Testimony from Cindi Crownover Adams
Jeremiah 29:11 is one of the most quoted scriptures of the Bible. Countless homes display this verse somewhere on the wall or coffee table, Bibles are underlined and highlighted, the scripture is quoted every day. It is an amazing testament to life as a believer in Jesus Christ. He does have plans for us, plans for our future, plans for good. It is my favorite scripture and I am reminded of it every day.
“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.” – Jeremiah 29:11
But…. Have you ever kept reading? I hadn’t. I hadn’t truly soaked in the full chapter until just under two years ago. I hadn’t read verses 12 and 13.
Around eight years ago, I became a member of the Audience of One family. I am a worship leader, I sing, I play a little piano. In the first days, I hoped no one would ever hear my piano playing. But God is good, is He not? He can take our total mess, He can take us as we are and create something new. I was paired with Melissa Grace as my prayer leader. That was proof that My God is a very good God. Melissa Grace is still my prayer leader today. I am blessed beyond measure.
A year or so into our time in A1, God placed healing on the heart of Melissa. And, so, we became the healing set. We began to pray and worship about physical healing. We have seen great miracles, and great wonders that we never expected. We have also seen things not go exactly how we wanted; we have lost ones we love. But, we continue to have the privilege to pray for God’s healing for so many, praying over our churches’ intensive prayer list, aching and crying for those who are in pain and experiencing sickness.
But God kept nudging us, He kept telling us He had more. He had more for us to pray for, more for us to do.
It says in Jeremiah 29:12-13, “Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you. You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart”.
He will restore, He will answer, He will come. He promises all of these things. He answers our prayers. But, He doesn’t ask us to stop! He wants us to keep asking, keep praying, keep bowing before Him, worshipping Him and placing our hurts, our sicknesses, our burdens at His feet. He has more for us. More than just physical healing. He wants us to pray healing for our nation, our leaders, our city, our church, our families, our marriages. He wants us to dig deeper. I did not know then, how much this verse and those promises would impact my life.
Just two short years ago, my amazing team was praying for the restoration of marriages, most specifically, my marriage. A marriage of 23 years. It was, by far, one of the most challenging times of my life and in the life of my team. We cried out to God, we pleaded, we asked, we sought the Lord. Our prayers may not be answered in the way we hope or even expect. Mine were not. My marriage was not restored. My life was changed and, in an instant, things were different. But, here is the amazing thing, He did restore. He restored me. He continues to restore me. He restored my children. He brought me into a closer relationship with Him than I ever thought was possible. He continues to show me, every day, just how much He loves me. And, how, with that love, I have all I need. All that I need. I sought Him with all of my heart. And, He restored me, He drew me in to a relationship with Him like no other.
God tells us, in 2 Chronicles 7, v. 14, “if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” Isn’t that amazing? What an amazing promise! How can we not want to do that? Listen to the verbs He charges us with. Humble ourselves, Pray, Seek, Turn. Those are amazing action verbs. They charge us, as Christians, every day. They charge my A1 team every single Wednesday! Even on those days when we are weary, and we feel like our prayers are falling on deaf ears (of course, we are wrong), and when we don’t know how to keep praying for the same thing again and again, those words, from 2 Chronicles remind us to continue the fight, continue to pray, continue to bow down and worship Him.
So, each week, we come together, broken, spilled out, messy sinners. We come together to offer our precious Lord, our Jesus, our imperfect prayers, our imperfect worship, our mediocre piano playing. We bring it to Him, our God and we humble ourselves, we pray, we seek, we turn. We ask. We ask for a miracle. We pray for the same things that we have prayed for one day, one week or over 10 years. God hears our prayers, He loves us so much, He delights in us and He longs to be with us.
It is a privilege, each week. It is a privilege to offer up a sacrifice of prayer and worship. It is a privilege to watch His miracles and it is a privilege to continue to pray for those yet to come. It says in Isaiah, “those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength…”. In some translations, it says, “those who wait on the Lord will gain new strength…”. That is what we are doing. We are hoping and waiting. We are coming before Him, humbled, asking for His healing. Asking for His restoration. And we will not stop! And, in the words of my dear friend, Stephanie Leggett, can I get an Amen?
Come, Lord Jesus!!!!
Blessings and love,
Cindi Adams, A1 worship leader