I have arthritis. It's not debilitating, but it can be painful. I continue to work out on a daily basis, stay in shape, but at times I have to curtail my normal routine because of the aches and pains from inflammation. Three nights ago, on Sunday, I awoke at 4:30 a.m. with a deep, dull ache in my upper right leg, the femur -- the biggest bone in our bodies. It awakened me from a sound sleep, and after enduring it for a time, I got up and took an extra dose of the OTC pain reliever my doctor recommends for twice-a-day use. After about a half hour, the pain slowly subsided and I managed to get back to sleep. My wife had to work that day, so I had to get myself aroused to go to church. I slept through my alarm, didn't awaken until 7 a.m., and had to hurry to get to the 8 a.m. service. Two nights ago, Monday, I again awoke at a bit after 4:00 a.m., again with the same deep, dull ache. Only this time, almost out of frustration, I prayed, "Lord, please, touch my leg, make this pain subside, and let me get some sleep. You know I have a big day today, and I need my rest. To your glory, Amen." Almost immediately, the pain subsided. When I moved over the next few minutes, trying to find a comfortable position, it would flare briefly, but again dissipate. Within minutes, I was back asleep, and awoke with my 6:00 a.m. alarm. Last night, I again awoke at a bit after 4:00 a.m. again with the same deep, dull ache. I immediately prayed just as I had the night before, and the pain disappeared. I was asleep again in moments, and just got up about 35 minutes ago for my prayer time, study, and first cup of coffee. Then I decided I needed to share this, so here it is. It's a simple thing. It seems like such a small thing for God to do. Yet He did it. Unhesitatingly. If the pain returns tomorrow, He will again respond to the prayer, of that I have absolutely no doubt. I have to ask myself -- and thought I would ask you -- what are we missing each day, what miracles do we not receive, because we do not ask? Jesus' half brother wrote: James 4, (NASB) 2 You lust and do not have; so you commit murder. You are envious and cannot obtain; so you fight and quarrel. You do not have because you do not ask. 3 You ask and do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, so that you may spend it on your pleasures.I truthfully believe God wanted my attention these last few nights. He is telling me, "I have so much more for you, but you sit in self-satisfaction and believe what you have is because of your efforts, not Mine. When will you see, all you have is from Me, and I can just as easily allow it to be taken away, to allow trial, affliction and difficulty to tear down what you think you have built up?" I am not in open rebellion, but I am in self-satisfaction. I confess that. Again, it seems like such a small thing. But it has such huge implications for what God can do through me, if I will but allow it. It comes at a time when I've been given two great blessings: The chance to help a man at church, without charge, struggling with addictions; and the opportunity for my wife and I to visit our sister church in Canada this spring or summer to do the same, help families there struggling with addiction and sin, such as adultery and bitterness. A door opens, a choice is offered. This morning I have chosen to let God "heal the pain." So much of my ministry is born out of my own addictions and suffering. I did not have because I did not ask. Now, I have the opportunity to have so much more, and I will ask, I will seek God to lead me and work through me. My pain these last few days, it is a small thing, but the removal of it has truly opened my eyes. Please pray for me. God bless.