Prayer · waiting

While You Wait

We expect fast service. Fast delivery. Fast answers to our text messages, and, let’s be honest, we expect fast answers to our prayers. But we quickly learn that God’s time table is different than ours, and we often find ourselves waiting. Today’s podcast answers the question – What should we do while we wait for God to answer our petition? You might be surprised that we aren’t supposed to be just sitting still and doing nothing! Find out what you can and should be doing while you wait as you listen to today’s episode that concludes the series on Elizabeth.

You can listen to a preview here ~

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communication · God's Love · Prayer

My Father’s Voice

The radio podcast on my phone was interrupted by an incoming call. I looked down to see the word, “Dad.” I was delighted to see that it was my father who was calling. I always enjoy getting to talk to my dad, but the increase joy in hearing from him was due to being concerned (okay, I was worrying) about a procedure he’d had done at his physician’s office the day before. Fearful of bothering him, I didn’t want to call, so I decided to wait for his initiation. Hearing his voice and him calling me by my nick name in greeting, made my face and my heart smile. I got to ask him questions about how he was doing, then, as is typical of him, he turned the attention to me instead. He encouraged me about some issues I shared with him, and he assured me of his prayers. We enjoyed a sweet conversation and I hung up the phone relieved and thankful for his thoughtfulness in calling. It was a sweet comfort to hear his voice.

Moments after the call had been finished, the Lord brought to my mind that hearing from my Heavenly Father is even more precious. There are so many burdens on my heart right now, and each morning as I open my Bible and my prayer journal to read and then lift those needs before the Lord, it has been so sweet to hear from my Father in heaven.

He comforts me.

He reminds me of the Truth.

He gives me advice.

He listens.

He encourages me. 

I rise from our time together, a smile on my face and in heart. He called and I heard His voice. Thank you, Father.

By fearsome deeds of righteousness wilt Thou answer us, O God of our salvation, who art the confidence of all the ends of the earth and of them that are afar off upon the sea. Psalm 65:5

What burdens are you carrying today? Sit down and be still. Open God’s Word and let Him speak to you there. As you sit in prayer, don’t do all the talking. Let Him “call” you. You will hear His voice and He will comfort you.



gratitude · Prayer

I Prayed For Healing

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Here I sit in my quiet space while the fire and my Christmas tree are lit before me.  The glow that is emitted from them both doesn’t compare to what is radiating from my heart this night.  The overflowing emotion that has spilled out in a torrent of joyful tears in the past week is Gratitude.

Perhaps you’ve followed along here with the news that my mom was to have major surgery the day before Thanksgiving.  I didn’t share any details beforehand, but now that it’s behind us, I must share the background story so you’ll get a glimpse into the reason for my grateful heart.

In late September, my mom had Colitis that sent her to the emergency room.  While doing a scan, a mass was found.  A biopsy was taken at that time.  A couple weeks later I went with her to two appointments where the doctors dismissed the colon issues and were very somber about the mass.  The biopsy had come back inconclusive, leaving them very concerned about this softball-sized tumor.  The next step was an appointment set for her at a cancer center for a consultation.

Hearing the words “Mass” and “Cancer” is enough to make anyone quiver, and I felt my own emotions shaking like the  leaves that were hanging from the tree branches on that autumn day.  However, my mom was confident and calm, resting in a sovereign God who has her life – and her death, in His hands.  Peace emanated from her life and reminded me of Philippians 4:7 – “the peace that passes understanding.”

The oncologist told her the mass must be removed, spite her age. He explained that both ovaries would also be removed.  He went on to say that this is a tough surgery for any woman, and would be especially so for my mom, a woman in her early 80’s, but that he felt she was strong enough to endure it.  A surgery date was set for early November, but after several “events” happened with her, the date was set back to the 27th.  She would be in the hospital seven days, and possible rehab after that.  Now we had two months to think about this. 

Two months to wonder what the mass was. 

But also two months to PRAY for God to intervene.

I say this, not from pride, but as a testimony to my great God – the Lord would stir me in the middle of the night and I would feel so compelled to go to my place of prayer and pray.  I poured out my heart before Him as Scripture compels us to do.  I admitted that I was fearful.  I would have to confess my worry.  Then I also rehearsed some verses on prayer that I read, such as ~

The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. James 5:16

I prayed for a miracle.  I knew that every doctor was sure it was cancer, but I began pleading with the Lord to remove it, knowing that “nothing is too hard for Him!” I know that God hears the cry of His children and is very near in a time of trouble.  These verses are reminders that a person’s healing won’t always be here on this earth – God may choose to “deliver us from our trouble” by taking us home. Ultimate healing is promised every believer, but sometimes God heals here.  We see that evidenced over and over in God’s Word.  That was the answer for which I was praying. I’m leaving out so much as to why I was asking God for that, but it wasn’t just my own love for her…God knows the deeper reasons. I was also seriously asking for God’s will because I know that what He chooses to do is always what is best.  I knew that I could trust Him with the outcome.

Then came the surgery day.  While my mom was away with the medical staff, my family was gathered in the waiting area.  We stopped to pray in the middle of the surgery.

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After a two-hours in the operating room, the doctor came into the consultation room to comfort us with the news that she had done well during surgery and that they removed the mass and the ovaries…and that the mass was

BENIGN.

Benign!

No cancer!

We rejoiced and then we stopped to pray and thank God for His touch in her life.

That night after I returned to my parents home, I found a place to bow on my knees before the Lord to give Him thanks in private.  This is how I had come to Him over and over again in those two months.  I would be remiss not to do the same in order to thank Him for hearing my prayers.  I am nothing.  He is everything.

I acknowledge Him – my omnipotent God for His gracious kindness towards us. If God had allowed the cancer, He would still be good.  One day each of our lives will end and He knows when that time will be.  But for now, I know that He has ordained that my mom be given more days to serve Him and love Him.

He’s given me this day to praise Him, and I will!

The seven day hospital stay was a mere four day stay, and no rehab afterwards!  She was home Saturday night and has been recovering remarkably well, again, all because of a powerful God!

Through this whole trial, I have come to a greater love and longing for prayer.  How can I live one day without communing with God, sharing my heart, giving Him my burdens and watching what He can do? Oh, may I never forget the blessing of watching Him do the exceeding things that only He can do, all because we prayed.

Let me end by thanking many of my dear readers here who were praying for my mom’s surgery.  How that touched my heart!

Next week I’m going to address the subject that may be on your heart as you read this post – What About When God Doesn’t Answer Our Prayers?  

With a grateful heart,

denise a

Christian growth · Prayer

How To Pray Powerfully Using Scripture

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Because we live in the country, we have a home land line at our house.  We had it installed because our  phone reception can be poor at times, so in the case of an emergency, we wanted to know we can call out.  However, whenever that phone rings, we totally ignore it.  It’s like it isn’t getting our attention at all.  You see, the only ones who call that number are telemarketers.  Since we know that, we let the answering machine get the call and we totally ignore the ringing!

Have your prayers that you pray ever felt like our land line?  Have you ever called to talk to God, but it seems He is just ignoring your call?  We’ve all been there at times.  But I think if we understand how to pray effectively and powerfully using His Word as our supplication, we’ll feel like that far less often, and will understand the power of praying Scripture.

There truly is power in praying back God’s Word to Him.  If that idea seems strange or you wouldn’t have a clue where to find verses to pray, I hope you’ll watch today’s video as I share how to do both of those things.

I’m also going to share an idea about how to set up a prayer journal for a small child, and then progressively change it so it would fit an older child’s needs.

One resource that I forgot to mention on the video is this book,

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I got mine at a conference a few years ago but I found it here on Amazon.  I saw a used copy for $1.99!  I love this book and use it a lot!!

I’d love to hear how it’s going for you if you’ve begun a prayer journal.  Or if you have any other questions, feel free to leave them here in the comments.

This is the last in the series on prayer, but let’s you and I KEEP ON PRAYING!

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Prayer · worry

Take It To the Throne

 

phone notificationRecently I got a text message about a difficult issue concerning someone close to me.  Their situation was critical, and there was nothing any person could do to fix it.  I found myself so anxious and uptight. In tears, I expressed my concerns to my husband.  Right then he took me by the hands and stopped to pray.

Immediately, I felt the Lord’s peace come over my heart.

Gone were the anxious thoughts,

the worry

and the twisting of stomach and emotions.

With shame I asked the Lord to forgive me for not stopping myself from worrying and taking time to pray.

Why is it easier for us to go on with our fretting, rather than running to God’s Throne to find mercy and grace to help in our time of need?  Hebrews 4:16 I knew I was helpless to change the situation, yet I went about my tasks with my furrowed brow and fearful thoughts.

Even though the situation we prayed about wasn’t helped immediately, I was!  God’s peace flooded my heart as my husband took us to the Only place where help could be found!

I also knew I needed to help the sender of the text.  I called and said,

“I need to help you by taking your hand, too, and going to God’s Throne right now.  Can we pray together?”

If you’re anxious about ANYTHING today, can I remind you of what you probably already know?  You need to stop letting it weigh you down and simply go to God’s Throne in prayer and leave that burden with Him.  And if you know someone who is worried, or in a difficulty or a hopeless situation (your spouse, a friend, a child), do what my husband did for me and grab their hand and take them with you to the Throne of God.  What peace you will both find there!

Is there a burden you need to stop and pray about?  Is there someone who needs you to stop and pray with them?  

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