Joseph answered Pharaoh, “It is not in me; God will give Pharaoh a favorable answer.”
Genesis 41:16, ESV
This was Joseph’s response to Pharoah after being told that the cupbearer whose dream Joseph had given an interpretation for him years prior had given a good report of him to Pharoah after years of having forgotten. Joseph could have taken credit, but his faith was greater than his pride. It is easy for us to forget that all the gifts we receive in our lives are from God. Prayer over a friend that brings healing is not our work but God’s. God may place us in there to do it and give us the words to speak, but our Lord is the healer. It isn’t an act to make a person wealthy or an event that one must flock to know our Lord’s healing. God’s healing acts occur in places where people of faith come together and earnestly pray together. The healing may not occur as we desire, but the will of God is made apparent. We pray that our will is in line with His will, however. Joseph wasn’t offering up anything that was not in line with what God was putting upon Joseph’s heart. He was only going to reveal what God gave him and nothing more. We do the same as we pray for our brothers and sisters. We do this when we pray for those that are of the faith or not. It is God’s will we seek. No amount of work. No special offering. No special invocations will do anything if it is not in line with the will of the Father. When we pray to Christ, we seek out our Father just as Joseph did when he heard Pharoah’s dream. He knows all and reveals Himself to those whom He has claimed.
Let us pray. I thank you, my heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ, your dear Son, that you have kept me this night from all harm and danger, and I ask you to protect me this day also from sin and every evil, that in all I do today, I may please you. For into your hands, I commend myself, my body and soul, and all that is mine. Let your holy angel watch over me, that the wicked foe have no power over me. Amen.