I thank You for Your mercy and patience with me. As I sit beside my sister’s hospital bed, watching her fight for her life, I have questions but I can’t ask them. I know that You are able, faithful and good. You are a miracle worker and a way maker but I still have questions that I can’t ask. I know Your Word. I know the elements of faith but in this situation I have questions that I can’t ask.
If You, My Almighty God, would indulge me and allow me to ask, I would of course ask why. My sister gets up at 4:30 a.m. everyday to spend time praising You, praying for others and studying Your Word. I’m ashamed to say but sometimes I get annoyed by how loud she gets when she’s praising You. If this can happen to her, what am I in for? I would ask when is your miracle going to kick in. I would ask, why is it that even though I know how to pray confidently in Your Word, in this situation, sitting beside this hospital bed, my words stumble out or don’t come out at all. I got serious questions, Lord, but I can’t ask them.
I’m supposed to write this blog to encourage others who have questions that they don’t dare ask. I feel like I’m failing in this assignment. Lord, Your people, Your sons and daughters, Your beloved ones have questions that we can’t ask. All we know is that we look to You, the Most High, the Lord Almighty, for strength, comfort and wisdom. We seek Your voice, waiting to hear, “peace, be still,” in our storms.
Thank you, Lord, for hearing and answering our prayers.
“I call on the Lord in my distress, and he answers me.” Psalm 120:1 NIV
I take my prayer time very seriously. In that time, I’m restored. My tank is refilled with love and encouragement. I receive wisdom and clarity. Not to mention, all of the people I help by praying on their behalf.
Lately, I find that my precious prayer time is being stolen. The culprit: worry. Instead of focusing on a Mighty God, I find myself focusing on mounting problem. Instead of thanking God for His blessings, I’m trying to find solutions to every real and perceived crisis that keeps popping up. When I realize what’s happening, I cast my cares on to the Lord but foolishly I pick them right back up and play with them in my mind. Before I know it, I’ve spent 30 minutes worrying instead of praying. I end up exhausted and feeling stressed and hopeless.
What does it take to get through my thick skull that God has me covered? He already has my problems figured out. There is nothing too big for Him. It’s time to reclaim what has been stolen. It’s time to give God praise for the victory.
“Can any one of you by worry add a single hour to your life?” Matthew 6:27 NIV
An excellent weapon against worry is prayer, especially praying for others. It’s hard to worry about your problems when you focus on the needs of others. Praying is an act of love and love casts out fear. It also opens the door to blessings in our lives. When our focus shifts to the needs of others we are also reminded of our current blessings. We create a thankful heart that is open to receiving more blessings. We are also sowing seeds for others to pray for us when we are in need of prayer.
You don’t need to wait until someone asks you for prayer, just look around and you’ll see that there are always plenty of opportunities to pray for someone. So, if worry is weighing you down today, take out your secret weapon and pray for someone.
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7 NIV
Heavenly Father, I thank You for my family. Although we may be separated geographically, we are still together. You are the glue that holds us together. You are our Restorer and Healer. I pray that You heal every single member of my family from the crown of their heads to the soles of their feet. I pray that You give us a spirit of wisdom and revelation so that we may know You better. I pray that You enlighten the eyes of our hearts so that we may know the hope of Your calling. Lord, please continue to strengthen us. Let Your angels always encamp around us and our homes. Let no weapon formed against us prosper. Let the prayers of our ancestors be fulfilled through us. I rebuke every generational curse and every demonic influence in our family, in the name of Jesus.
Lord, may You always remain the head of this family and may You always be glorified in our lives. Please continue to use us to be a blessing to not only each other, but to those around us. Let our love for each other be an example to other families.
Father, we praise You and thank You. In the name of Jesus, Amen!
Prayer works. If you need prayer for your family, I would love to pray for you. You can send prayer requests to: email@example.com.
Lord, I thank You for allowing me to see another month. I admit last month was a bit rough. There were heartaches, disappointments and mistakes. There were even times when I doubted Your love for me. I’m sorry, Lord, for ever doubting Your love for me and Your promises for my life. I know that through every setback and every heartbreak You were with me, patiently waiting for me to reach my hand towards You. Thank You, Lord for being my Comforter, Healer and Restorer.
As I start this new month, I recognize and acknowledge You as the head of my life and I give you first priority. I acknowledge Your authority in my life by trusting You. I pray that You will continue to guide me and protect me, my family, friends, coworkers and managers. I pray that Your will be done in our lives so that we may give You all the glory. I pray that Your peace and favor continue to cover us. I thank You for supplying all of our needs according to Your riches in glory and I thank You for healing us from the crown of our heads to the soles of our feet, with nothing broken or missing. We are fully restored physically, emotionally and financially by the blood of Jesus. Thank You for hearing and answering my prayer. I give You all the glory, honor and praise. In Jesus name, Amen!
I would love to pray for you too so if you need prayer feel free to send prayer requests to: firstname.lastname@example.org. God hears and answers prayers.
“I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers.” Ephesians 1:16 NIV
In the middle of the night, when I was hurting and inconsolable. When I was sick. When I made stupid mistakes. When I thought I knew what I was doing. When I was lost and scared. When I was lonely. When I was where I shouldn’t have been with people I shouldn’t have been with. What would have happened if I didn’t have someone praying for me? Would I still be alive or as blessed as I am now. If I didn’t have praying parents, grandparents, siblings, aunts, uncles and cousins, would I be a bigger mess? Could I have written this blog if I didn’t have praying friends, coworkers, managers or even strangers?
It is such a blessing to have people praying for you when you don’t have the strength or the sense to pray for yourself. When you feel that urge to pray for someone, don’t ignore it. Your prayer could mean the difference between life or death. It could mean the difference between an eternity in heaven or an eternity in hell. You may even be reaping the rewards of someone praying for you as you read this.
You may not be able to give someone support financially. You may not know the right words to comfort someone. You may not know how to love someone who has hurt you but you can always pray for them. It costs only a few minutes of your time and you don’t even have to tell them. Prayer is a true act of love. Pass down your legacy of prayer to someone today.
“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 truth.” 1 Timothy 2:1-4 NIV