The Unseen Hand by A.J. Simms
There is an Unseen Hand to me,
That leads through ways I cannot see
While going through this world below,
This Hand still leads me as I go
I’m trusting to, the Unseen Hand,
That guides me through this weary land
And some sweet day I’ll reach that strand,
Still guided by the Unseen Hand
I’ve been holding on to this picture thinking that it would come in handy. At first, I thought it was a little cheesy because it’s not really my style of “art.” Yeah, yeah…it’s a mountain and the little person is on a journey and the hand of the Savior is holding him! Sad to say, this message seems to have become “old” news for me as I have heard and experienced it much. But somehow, this week, its message has been refreshed, revived and awakened in my spirit. Not only is it the hand of God sustaining us (and that’s really all we need), but also have you stopped to think about the prayers of your friends or family that have helped carry you…when it wasn’t a crisis moment?
During my ministry with Kid’s Jamboree (long ago), a faithful older lady in my church made it her business and duty to lift me regularly. I knew I could count on her devotion and dedication to pray for me everyday! And she did! I felt the prayers…it was as if an unseen hand was guiding and carrying me as I worked hard ministering deep into the hours of the night, throughout the day, while overseas, and here at home. She was the least likely person that I would have imagined to make that sacrifice for me! I was blessed, indeed! When she was struck with cancer and quickly passed away, I remember the sorrow I felt. Could I make it without her prayers? What would I do? Would I ever hear the words again, "I'm praying for you" from someone who really took that to heart and was faithful to do so?
God had removed the one special person that I counted on! He reminded me that I was not alone and that He was ever present, always interceding for me.
“Therefore He is able also to save forever those who draw near to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.” Hebrews 7:25
Chorus: And He's Ever Interceding -
And He's ever interceding, to the Father for His children;
Yes, He's ever interceding, to the Father for His own;
Through Him you can reach the Father, So, bring Him all your heavy burdens;
Yes, for you He's interceding, So, come boldly to the throne.
I knew I could count on her to bathe my day in prayer. She was the one I called on to pray over difficult decisions, silly issues that were important to me, my health, the relationships I had with my other friends, and vast other categories. She has prayed for many of you reading this blog! She took prayer seriously and she knew how much I depended on it, for she did too in her life! She was my prayer buddy! It’s been a little over a month now since my faithful prayer partner, Sherlene, went to be with Jesus. Again, I’m left thinking, “How am I gonna make it without her prayers?” God sweetly nudges me to reflect again on His intercession to the Father on my behalf.
Romans 8:26 –“ Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.”
Vs. 1 Someone to go the extra mile, Just like a mother caring for her child;
A friend who sticks through thick or thin, No matter what you've done or where you've been;
Just like one great big family, A stronger, older brother He will be;
So quick and ready to defend, The younger, weaker to the end.
Then later that day, I got a text from someone else, “Praying for you! What's going on I haven't seen you lately?” Again totally humbled and in awe that God cares so much for me that not only was HE praying for me, but that he had others praying for me as well! What an awesome thought!
Someone was surely fulfilling Ephesians 6:18 – “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;”
It is sad that we only sometimes feel the presence of His hand softly under our steps, that unseen hand…guiding us, filling our minds with wisdom, flooding our heart and voice with praise! Actually, we need to take more notice of it! We need to be so in touch with His presence that at our least little step off of the “strait and narrow,” it feels like a giant fall into a deep chasm that leaves us stretching out our arms from the darkness to be saved from the harsh fall.
“How narrow is the gate and difficult the road that leads to life, and few find it.“ Matthew 7:14
Vs. 2 Just like sheep, we've gone astray, Struggling 'neath the debt we could not pay;
Not ever hoping to renew, The love and fellowship that we once knew;
But He began to intercede; Crying, “Father, please, forgive, I plead.”
And as the nails pierced in His hands, God, once again, reached out to man.
I don’t know about you, but I know that I cannot go through this life without prayer. Isn’t it good to know that when Jesus was resurrected, He not only lives to conquer sin and death and save us, but “He ever lives to make intercession…” Hebrews 7: 25!
If perhaps you are going through some really rough times these past weeks, I encourage you to stop and go before the throne…boldly…with confidence that He, your Father will help. Tell Him how you are feeling, what you need, or just close your eyes in His presence and absorb His healing strength. He is praying for you. He lives to pray for you! His arms are wide open. Won’t you run into them? Why do you wait?
"Seeing then that we have a great High Priest [a great Intercessor], that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need."
Hebrews 4:14, 16
Philippians 4:6 – “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.”
“Through Him then, let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is,
the fruit of lips that give thanks to His name. And do not neglect doing good and
sharing, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.” Hebrews 13:15,16
“Therefore, confess your sins to one another
and pray for one another,
that you may be healed.
The prayer of a righteous person has
great power as it is working.” James 5:16
The other day, the Air Suspension motor on my car began to go out! It made my ride very rough and bumpy! My thought, “Oooo, if only I had a hand underneath to lift my suspension and help me ride smoothly, it wouldn’t feel so awful.” Then, (in my object lesson brain) I quickly related it to prayer and thought how it might feel if no one ever prayed for me! A really rough and bumpy journey of life. It's definitely not how I want to go through life! Too bumpy and rough! Immediately, I remembered the cheesy art and thanked the Lord that there IS an unseen hand guiding my life, and there are unheard prayers (for me) too! I am so thankful. Prayer is powerful. It has the power to change things. Don't just pray to be praying! Pray with expectation! Expect that mighty results will happen if prayed in line with the Father's will.
"Whatever you ask in My name, that will I do, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son." John 14:13
If God is laying someone on your heart, pray for them. Don’t just stop there, either! Let them know. It might be just the “pick me up” or “faith encouragement” that they need. I am happy to know that people are thinking of me and even happier to know that they took time to think, sacrifice, AND pray! (A special thank you to Kathy, my prayer partner, and many others of you who go to the Father on my behalf!)
"Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.
We ask you, brothers, to respect those who labor among you and are over you in the Lord and admonish you,
and to esteem them very highly in love because of their work. Be at peace among yourselves.
And we urge you, brothers, admonish the idle, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with them all.
See that no one repays anyone evil for evil, but always seek to do good to one another and to everyone.
pray without ceasing,
give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you."
1 Thess. 5: 11-18
In those moments when there are things that I cannot share or cannot find the words to express, or perhaps don't want to burden down my prayer buddies with another request, I lean harder on Jesus. I am also thankful that He is praying for me...and He has ALL the time in the world!
Ever Praying, too!
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