You know, the one where we ask God for "travelling mercies" or safety, and for protection and good health.
I know they have the best intentions....but I wanted to stand up and shout,
No! Don't do it! Don't pray for safety and good health!
Pray for POWERFUL acts of God. For DISRUPTION of your plans and for GOD's plan instead. Pray for God's power to be evident in your WEAKNESS and in times of DANGER. For experiences that make your hearts pound harder and faster and labor that makes you weary at the end of the night.
In the last month or so, a couple of people have said things to us like, "the Magruder family has had too much hardship...more than your fair share of difficulty...it doesn't seem fair". Brain tumors, memory loss, unemployment, stroke, financial instability.....
But Todd and I have had this discussion many times...and we wouldn't change a thing. Perhaps it's because we've experienced some adversity that we feel so strongly about it. Every challenge we face has been an opportunity to see God's faithfulness and learn to trust him even more. Every trial gives us a better story to tell about Jesus!
Please don't feel sorry for us. And while we appreciate your prayers for our health and safety, we'd rather you pray BIG....for God to do "exceedingly, abundantly more than all we could ask or imagine" (Eph. 3:20).