Gracia's Prayer Changed

While serving in the Philippines as missionaries, on May 27, 2001, Martin and Gracia Burnham were abducted by a militant Islamic group and held captive for 376 days. On the afternoon of June 7, 2002, a rescue attempt managed to free Gracia although her leg was wounded. Martin, though, was killed.

I heard Gracia Burnham tell of those days they were in captivity. They endured incredible hardship as they trekked through the jungle with limited food and supplies.

At one point, they were forced to go without water. Gracia said she was begging, "God, I need water. I can't make it without water."

Then her prayer changed. "Lord, You know what I need. You have something to teach me. Help me to be content."

God gave her more than water. He gave her a spirit of contentment. Contentment--the result of trusting God to supply all our needs in all circumstances--must be one of God's greatest gifts.

No doubt Gracia's submissive spirit was a part of what sustained them during the 376 days. Today Gracia and Martin's hardships so patiently endured are bearing fruit. Some of the militant Islamist group that held them captive are inside prison and three have become Christians. Two of their children are married and preparing to be missionaries.

God always gives His best to those who leave the choice to Him. And His best is better than we would think to ask.

Jesus, You know what I need. Thank You for the grace to let You choose.

"Godliness with contentment is great gain" (1 Timothy 6:6).