I was diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy when I was born. If you are not familiar with MD, it is a neuromuscular disease that affects muscles causing weakness (mostly the legs.) I am 21 years old and still walking while most patients are in wheelchairs as early as age nine. In extreme cases, some children do not live past their twenties.
I just wanted to share some of my life struggle to show people that God is real. I know what it is like to feel like God does not listen to prayers, but He hears them loud and clear. Honestly, we are the ones that fail to listen to what God responds back to us. Sometimes God works in pieces and when what get something other than what we ask for we pitch a fit. I’ve not been healed of this disease although I pray for it daily and I still keep my faith. We pray for God to eject us out of a situation when it strains us instead of asking for steadfastness, wisdom, and understanding to traverse the uncomfortable grounds of struggling.
Jesus suffered unimaginably harsh persecution and all sorts of pain in order for us to have our sins forgiven. I embrace my suffering because I know this thing I’m dealing with is only temporary. Do not lose hope! Satan uses depression, self-doubt, and many other forces to make us feel trapped.
Speak against your struggles! Speak your desires out loud into the atmosphere. Speak against those forces and let them know they have no power over you. Weapons will always be formed against us but shall never prosper.
Lord Jesus, I come to you in prayer. I pray that you break the bondage chains of anyone who reads this. That you reassure them that there is more to life than tribulation. You do not allow us to face things we cannot handle. Allow us to say I CAN even when we feel it is impossible. Give us the strength to keep fighting and when we are out of breath, breathe for us. In your name, we pray, Amen!
Isaiah 54:17 New King James Version (NKJV)
17 No weapon formed against you shall prosper,
And every tongue which rises against you in judgment
You shall condemn.
This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord,
And their righteousness is from Me,”
Says the Lord.