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we don’t pray

Hello blog readers.. I didn’t intend to write what I’m about to write.. Honestly, I never thought about it in this way before today…

This evening I prayed for things regarding our nation, and world. For the past few months, I’ve committed to praying more – -for others, for myself, for strangers, for whoever/whatever God places on my heart. As I prayed tonight, the Holy Spirit interceded, and totally grieved my spirit.

In the middle of my prayer, my heart became grieved — as if it were broken. I sobbed and wept and asked God to forgive us. We have turned away from Him- and it hurts His heart. I wrote down some things that the Holy Spirit interceded on behalf of:

We don’t pray. We only pray when we want something. We only pray for people we know, and not for people we don’t know. We only pray for government leaders when we fear how it might affect us. We don’t consult God, and ask Him for His wisdom. We consult ourselves. We rely on ourselves, and not God. We rely on our own counsel. We rely on our money. We rely on our relationships. We rely on our image to sustain us. We have forgotten about the covenant God made with us. A covenant is an agreement. He promised to make a people for Himself, and He has kept His word. You have been set apart as holy to the LORD your God, and he has chosen you from all the nations of the earth to be his own special treasure. He is faithful to His covenant. We are unfaithful. We have given our hearts to things of the world. We cry out to Him only when we need Him. We blame Him for our problems. We mistreat Him. We don’t invest in relationship with Him. He deserves better than we offer Him. We don’t know Him like we could.

He’s the same God who sent His only Son to die for us.  He’s the same God who called Abraham His friend. He’s the same God who brought life from the dead womb of Sarah. He’s the same God who Moses relied on for miracles. He’s the same miracle-working God who David served. He’s the same God who defeats giants. He’s the same God who fights our battles – and gives us victory. He is the same now as He was before He laid the foundation of the earth.

James 1:17 Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.

We are Gomer – the wife of Hosea, to Him. We prostitute our hearts before Him. We turn away from Him every chance we get. We cheat on Him with other gods, with things of the world.. We idolize people! We idolize money, and possessions. We covet the things that others possess. We put many things before Him. And then, we ask Him to help us. We don’t live for Him, but we look for His blessing. We ignore Him — until we need Him for something.

Imagine how we hurt the heart of God. Jesus endured the cross for us, and we still pain Him. We still pierce Him. We don’t even acknowledge God. We live our lives for us, not Him.  Father forgive us. Please Father, forgive us.

Holy Spirit, give us no more than we can bear – but burden our hearts so that we become a prayerful people. Do whatever needs to be done Father, to make us pray. We need revival Father. We need this. I want this for us, and for YOU. I want you to be loved by your people. I want Your heart to be filled with love from your people. ALL of your people — not one be left out. You are Love. All I have is my heart, and I give it to you. We are sinners who have fallen short. Take our hearts, and clean them up. Turn us into a people who pray.

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 I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. 2 chronicles 7:14

If you said it, I believe it. I believe 2 chronicles 7:14. Turn us into a people who prays with our families, and in private, and in public. You cannot lie, and if you could, you wouldn’t — because you are good and righteous.

Proverbs 8:8 All the words of my mouth are righteous; there is nothing twisted or crooked in them.

You want effective change?

Hello blog readers. I had a conversation tonight after prayer service at my church that I want to share. I believe it will bless someone.

One of my sister’s in Christ asked me for advice in how to effectively share the gospel to a particular person. The person she wants to share with is a co-worker, and a Jehovah’s Witness. The reason she asked me for advice is because I was raised as a Jehovah’s Witness until my teenage years. Although I stopped going to the Kingdom Hall, I carried many of the beliefs that I was taught with me for the majority of my life. Ultimately, the only One who can undo and correct a lifetime of teaching is the Holy Spirit.

Ezekiel 36:26 I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.

In my earlier years, I wouldn’t have believed that I had a heart of stone. Because of what I was taught, I rejected the gospel of Christ dying, and rising up to purchase a place in heaven for me. My heart was stone, and I was unaware. I’m in awe of what God did to my heart. He kept His word.

2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.

You want effective change? Never underestimate the power of prayer. It’s the most powerful tool we have as believers.

1 Timothy 2:1-4 I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people– for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.

Pray for others to come to know Christ in an intimate way. Pray for them to experience the goodness of having a relationship with God. Prayer isn’t just about yourself. God wants us to pray for others.

James 5:16 Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.

If you don’t know how to have an intimate relationship with God, I strongly encourage you to cultivate a prayer life. The more you pray, the more He will become real to you. God loves when we come to Him in prayer just to talk. He loves when we come to Him in prayer to give Him honor and praise. God expects us to come to Him in prayer when we need things, because He is a Provider and a loving Father.  And, He loves when we pray for others to come to know Him. This is good, and pleases God our Savior.

If there are family members or friends in your life that you want to know Christ, and they aren’t seemingly interested — your job is to pray for them.  Love them, and trust God to open hearts in His timing.

Jeremiah 24:7 I will give them a heart to know me, that I am the LORD. They will be my people, and I will be their God, for they will return to me with all their heart.

TIMING

“Be still, and know…”

Hello blog readers.

Tonight, I wanted to be alone. I wanted some alone time to pray. It’s one horrific story after another rocking this nation. People are mourning, outraged, shocked, and terrified. I wanted to go somewhere to pray where no one would hear me, or see me if I cried. So I got in the shower.

I prayed in the shower for a while, asking for some pretty big things… Peace and protection for every single person in the latest city under attack…. Destroy the spirit of fear, revenge, hate in their atmosphere. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. (Eph 6:12) That’s a job only God can handle.

While I’m in my place of prayer, my son – who I thought was asleep-  yells through the door, “Mom!!!!!!” It startled me. I asked what’s wrong? .. and he says in a near-panic voice, “My ear!!! Something is shocking my ear!”

I answered, “I don’t understand. What do you mean? Is something poking you in your ear that might be sticking out of the mattress?”  He said, “Noooo mom, my ear… something is sticking me!!!” The troubling of his voice concerned me, so from the shower, I wrapped the shower curtain around me and stuck my head out and told him to come so I could look. He pointed at the tiniest speck of a pimple on the outer part of his ear. There was a tiny white dot, where a pimple was forming. I told him, “Son, it looks like a pimple is forming in that spot. It will probably tingle a little or be a little sore, but it will be ok.” He was satisfied with my answer, and went back to bed.

As soon as he left, the Holy Spirit helped me understand something.  My son called on me for something that was of huge concern to him. To me, it was a small pimple. He was uncomfortable, and came to me for help. I was in the middle of intimate prayer, in the shower. My initial instinct wasn’t to say, I’m busy, or wait until I come out of the shower. I immediately called him to me. I was concerned about what troubled him. This isn’t to pat myself on the back, because any other day I would have told him to wait. I have a rule with him. Don’t bother me when I’m worshiping (unless you want to worship too) or praying — unless it’s an emergency. But tonight was different. From my perspective, his dilemma was something I knew would be healed in a short amount of time. And if need be, I’ll give whatever treatment in my power to that pimple until he’s comfortable.

If we wouldn’t hesitate to tend to the needs of our children, even in the smallest knicks and bruises — how much more would God tend to our broken and terrified hearts? He actually invites us to throw our burdens on Him.

1 Peter 5:7 Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.

Nothing is too big for Him. The only thing he cannot do is lie.

It’s never a bad time to approach Him in prayer. He’s never too busy. There is never an inappropriate time to pray. You’re His child, and He cares for you. You’re never an inconvenience. Talk to Him. Tell Him your worries, and concerns.. and trust Him to work on your behalf. His thoughts are Higher than our thoughts and His timing is Perfect. So don’t think He has to answer you in “your” way or “your” timing. His decision is always the right decision. We’re not promised a pain-free life. We’re promised Him, and He gives strength to get through every situation that Satan hopes will crush us.

Psalm 46:10 “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”

Nothing in this world can, or ever will, catch Him by surprise. The enemy is a liar. He comes only to kill, steal, and destroy. The enemy hopes and deeply desires to kill, steal, and destroy our faith in God’s promises — and he will do anything to convince us that God has left us.

Deuteronomy 31:6 Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”

Isaiah 41:10 So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

fear not

“if my people…”

Hello blog readers.

Romans 15:13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

My heart goes out today for the many people hurting around the world. I encourage you to give all your worries and cares to God, because He cares for you. (1 Peter 5:7)

Psalms 34:18 The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.

Day after day tragedy strikes somewhere. Within the recent days and weeks there has been a rash of tragedies. More teenagers have died in my area because of gun violence this year than the last 4 years combined. Everyday, the news top stories are horrific. 215 killed in Baghdad terror attack. Terrorist shoots up an Orlando nightclub. Suicide bomber in Istanbul airport. Officer involved shootings across the U.S. That’s just a snippet of the violence from 2016. Many are crushed in spirit.

Pslam 37:7 Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him; do not fret when people succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes.

2 Timothy 3:1 But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days.

But there is hope.

2 Chronicles 7:14 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 I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

That’s a wonderful promise. When tragedy strikes, many ask “What will be done? What can be done?”

People of God, Let us all humble ourselves, pray and seek his face, and turn from our wicked ways. If we do this, He will heal our land… because He cannot lie.

Hebrews 6:18 God did this so that, by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled to take hold of the hope set before us may be greatly encouraged.

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