I read something this morning that greatly encouraged me to pray for Ian, the Murphy Family, and Larissa. In 2 Corinthians 1:3 we read, "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction..."
Ponder these words with me for a moment. Our God is the Father of mercies. He is abundantly rich in mercy and He delights to pour out mercy on His children. Just as a human father loves to give His children gifts, so our heavenly Father is eager to pour out His mercy upon us if only we will ask. God is eager to pour out mercy on Ian Murphy. He is eager to pour out mercy on the Murphy family and on Larissa. Let us thank God for the mercy He has already shown them and let us continue to ask Him for more mercies.
Not only is God full of mercy, but He is also the God of all comfort. He desires to comfort His children in every affliction. Do you see the tenderness of God shining forth in this passage? He is so tender and affectionate towards His children. He wants to comfort them in their afflictions. Just as an earthly father wraps his arms around his child when the child gets hurt, so God wraps us in His everlasting arms when we face affliction. He cares very much about Ian, the Murphy Family, and Larissa. His heart is soft and tender towards them in their affliction. How can we not ask such a tender and compassionate God to heal Ian? God cares about Ian more than we care about Ian. Let us ask our tender hearted God to restore Ian to his family. Also, let us ask God to comfort the Murphy's and Larissa in their affliction. He longs to show them mercy. What a wonderful God we serve...