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    Now it happened, the day after, that He went into a city called Nain; and many of His disciples went with Him, and a large crowd. And when He came near the gate of the city, behold, a dead man was being carried out, the only son of his mother; and she was a widow. And a large crowd from the city was with her. When the Lord saw her, He had compassion on her and said to her, “ Do not weep.” Then He came and touched the open coffin, and those who carried him stood still. And He said, “ Young man, I say to you, arise.” So he who was dead sat up and began to speak. And He presented him to his mother.
    Then fear came upon all, and they glorified God, saying, “A great prophet has risen up among us”; and, “ God has visited His people.” And this report about Him went throughout all Judea and all the surrounding region.(Luke 7:11-17 NKJV)
    Who prayed that this widow's son was raised from the dead. We do not see evidence of prayer except that Jesus "happened" to be there and when He saw her, He had compassion and acted.

    Someone DID pray. We just don't see it in the story. Before this widow's son died, it is without doubt that this woman prayed to God for mercy. She is shown to be a widow. Without her son and without her husband, she would be left destitute unless her husband had brothers. I don't think he did, otherwise, she would no longer be a widow but married. Without a man in her life, she would become destitute and with no way to maintain a home, she would have become a beggar on the streets.

    When she made her prayer to God, the Father, He was also moved with compassion and sent His Son to her location at just the right time. When Jesus saw the procession, He was moved with His Father's compassion. Jesus never acted on His own compassion but just as He said, "I only do what I see My Father do." The Father's compassion was poured out through Jesus as the Father showed Him what to do and Jesus did according to what He saw/felt from the Father.

    I believe there is a great lesson in this for all of us. Often times, God will set us in a place that a need has arisen. When we feel His compassion and love, this is indication that God is ready to do something. We need to be so "connected" with the Spirit of the Lord so that we will be ready to do what He shows us to do, just as He showed Jesus. Notice, no one spoke to Jesus. No one asked Jesus to raise this young man. There seemed to be no transference of faith but only the act of compassion of Jesus. So it will appear to others when YOU are called to that place of need. It will appear to others that you are acting on your own EXCEPT that God will be glorified in what you do because it will be obvious to all around that God was there.

    Do you see the importance of our always being ready, instant in season and out of season? If we are not actively in fellowship in the Spirit with the Spirit of the Lord, we will not hear or see what He is doing and someone else may then be selected to do what God intended for YOU to do. Don't miss your time because other things of this world have taken you away from what is truly more important. Don't let the cares and concerns of this world act as that thorny weed to choke the seed of God's word to where it cannot produce the fruit it was intended by God to produce. Clear your "garden" of all that distracts and learn where the focus of God is in your life and determine to walk in it. He knows you can't but gives you His divine enablement to do what He wants you to do. This is called "grace". If you walk in grace, you will see the evidence of that grace in both your own growth and understanding as well as God using you to touch other lives in miraculous ways! You too, can be an answer to someone's prayers!

    Jerry Sundberg

    Soon after I received the Lord in 1976, I started receiving prophetic visions and warnings about the future of the church and the United States. I share my visions on my Hidden Manna websites and offer free of charge my two ebooks entitled “Hidden Manna” and “Hidden Manna 2”.

    Website: Hidden Manna

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