Amazing Prayer


Prayer.  It’s probably the best and most powerful weapon in a Christian’s arsenal.  

The effectual and fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. 

James 5:16

Throughout the Bible are examples of how prayer can be used to do amazing things.  Now I know that it isn’t the words of the prayer that actually have any real power, nor is it the one who is uttering the prayer or any of their merit.  The power is that of our Lord and Saviour.  Prayers have parted seas, calmed storms, raised the dead and so much more.  In our lives many times we see the power of prayer.  How often does a family ask for prayer when a loved one becomes ill?  Or when cancer or death strikes?  How many prayers do we pray for financial, spiritual or physical help from the Lord?  If we expect our prayers to be effective and get results, then we must exercise!  After all, we couldn’t just go out and win the next 5K without any practice.  To be successful in anything must practice and exercise our abilities.  

How do you practice praying?  Not by writing out or memorizing the words you will say.  Prayer is exercised by using it daily!  All day.  We must use prayer to keep a close relationship with God.  Prayer is how we communicate with Him.  If we had a telephone line that ran straight to God’s throne, wouldn’t we constantly be ringing it?  Well, prayer is that telephone line.  He is always there to answer, any time, day or night. Furthermore, God wants us to constantly use it.  

Pray without ceasing.  

1 Thessalonians 5:17

So if God allowed us to have a weapon this powerful, and He wants us to be using it all the time, then why aren’t we?  I don’t know about you, but in my experience it seems that my prayer life is the first to suffer.  Many times I find myself putting it on the back burner as I do other things.  Or even when I’m praying, I find myself thinking about something else or my mind wanders off until I forget what I was even praying about.  We must get back to praying fervently, and passionately.  What does the phone company do to ensure that when we pick up our phones we can call out?  They maintain the phone lines!  We must maintain our prayer lines.   We need to pray continually and more sincerely.  So next time someone asks us to pray for a miracle, we might actually get results.  

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Thankful for Loneliness


My #7. Loneliness

It’s the middle of the night, your alone in bed with only the wind blowing through the limbs outside.  Darkness fills the room and your mind begins to ponder the meaning of it all, of life, your very existence.  God has created you, an individual person in a body of flesh and bone controlled by your soul.  You wonder how you even exist, how after thousands of years of other people living and dying, you came to be a living, breathing human being.  Does everyone else have all the same feelings you do, the same thoughts?  If someone else controlled your body, would they move it differently or make different decisions?  It’s truly aweing to ponder these deep thoughts and our brains are not capable of even beginning to understand any of the answers.  Scientists will always be searching for the origin of life, trying to prove exactly how it all started.  They will be conducting studies of consciousness trying to understand how your soul works.  But only God knows!  God created each and every one of us!  He formed you and me, the very cells we are made of.  He knows our souls and each fleeting thought that passes through our minds.  Most importantly, He loves us every one!  So much that He gave His son, Jesus Christ, to die for our sins and we only have to accept Him.  It’s while pondering these things, that I sometimes begin to feel lonely.  Out of the billions of people living in the world at any given moment, moving here and there, little “me” is lying there in bed alone.  Or so it seems.  But during the loneliness that creeps in, I realize that I am truly never alone.  God promises that He will never leave us nor forsake us.  Even if every person on this planet deserted me, hated me or sought to kill me, God would still love me.  I think of David when he was being sought out and had to hide in the caves.  How lonely he must have been.  I couldn’t even imagine.  But we read through many of the Psalms he wrote, that though he was distressed and afflicted, God was always there with Him.  He truly lived a life where God had fulfilled that promise multiple times.  God never “left” him, He will never leave us!  So when your feeling lonely, be thankful that you have a friend that will always be with you, Jesus Christ.

 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.  Hebrews 13:5 KJV

I am also reminded that God did not design us to be alone.  He designed us to share our lives with each other, as companions.  As evidenced when He created Eve, for Adam.

 And the Lord God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him. Genesis 2:18 KJV

God has created us to love one another and live our lives alongside our husbands, who He has chosen for us.  I’m so very thankful that I do not have to spend my life alone.  I am a loner most always, but usually with my husband.  I love to be alone, as long as he is there.  Although I know that I can ALWAYS depend on my Lord and Saviour to be there for me, I’m thankful that He also gave me a husband that will be there for me as well.  There is nothing better in this life, than being able to share everything, the good, bad and ugly with someone who loves and understands you.  Thank you Lord for always being there for me and thank you for my wonderful husband whom I can be “lonely” with.

Join me in the #GiveThanksChallenge by visiting the Give Thanks Challenge page.  Also see my past article on being  Lonely, Longing and LOVED for yet another perspective on being thankful for loneliness.

Give Thanks Challenge


I have created a page for what I’m calling the #GiveThanksChallenge.  This is a challenge that is not for the faint at heart.  It will not be easy.  It will require you to really examine your life and the many events that occur and find a way to give thanks to God for those events.  These are times in our lives that we are not usually thankful for.  I’m talking the lowest of the low.  This exercise is designed to help you exercise your faith in a way that is not typical and certainly no fun for our flesh.  Sincerely consider each category on the list and try earnestly to ponder how you should be thankful for every “bad” situation.  Think of any lessons learned or blessings in disguise.  God sometimes uses our “bad” situations to reach others, so maybe you can be thankful for how he used your situation to benefit someone else.  Just remember that we may not always see the good in every situation. God will always use our situation to get His glory if we will surrender to Him, but there is no promise that we will get to see how He will use our situation for “good”.

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.  Romans 8:28 KJV

Please find the challenge on the “Give Thanks” page here.

I invite you to share your examples in the comments section.  We will all enjoy reading and learning from each other how to be thankful for ALL things, not just the good. Please also share and challenge your friends on social media, #GiveThanksChallenge.