δοῦλος

“Bond-servant.”
“Slave.”
“Servant.”
“One who gives himself up to the will of another.”
“Devoted another to the disregard of one’s own interests.”

Continuing on from the last post, the word is still in my mind and is what I continue to pray for. Often times we hear so many people complaining that their prayers have not been answered. But I wonder, and daresay that the things that we pray for, we don’t really need, or that we don’t realize our time frame for when we think we need something is much different from God’s time frame of when we need it.

And then there are those instances in which prayer is answered, almost immediately.  I think it’s in these instances that we’ve prayed for the right thing. When a prayer is answered either one way or another, I think that either shows us that we’re on the same page with God, or that we’re going headlong in the opposite direction.  And when something happens according to your prayer to God, its amazing. Not just for the fact that God answered the prayer, or gave you a sign, but possibly the more spiritual satisfaction that comes with knowing that you’re in the same thought process with God, because the only way that you could pray for something and it be answered is that it be in God’s will. And I think that’s something that we should all strive for, to be in sync with God, going after His will, whatever that may be.

For me, today, that was to be a servant for the Lord. Today was my second day in the hospital for clinical rotation. Last week the patients I saw were all self-serving and could take care of themselves. However, today the unit I was on was filled with many patients who were not able to take care of themselves. In the first week, and this week too, I’ve prayed for God to use me as a servant, and there were countless opportunities for me to serve today. Given some of the tasks associated with nurse work in assisting patients with daily living are not the most pleasant, today I found joy in just that. Helping in any way that I could. Serving. Just what I asked for. In the same way, I’m striving to be a servant of God. A slave for Christ.

Its strange to have a prayer answered so directly and quickly. But the thought of being in the same mind frame that God has for my life is overwhelmingly powerful.

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