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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What my Eyes Have Never Seen

Lately, life has flown by and I’ve not made much time to write, but my thoughts have been revolving around all that I have seen in my lifetime.  I’ve seen first hand multiple miracles performed by God in my life and lives of my family.  When Brantyn was burned and then completely healed, when Silas wasn’t expected to live much less be normal but now he is the perfectly healthy picture of a boy.  Many times financially when there was no way on paper that our bills would be paid, but somehow it worked out every single time.  So many answered prayers, souls saved and Holy Ghost filled meetings when God’s presence was beyond a shadow of a doubt so real you could almost see it.  I worked for a period of time in a hospital with patients that had tried to commit suicide.  Multiple times the doctors had no explanation for how they had survived.  One man had shot himself in the temple, the bullet lodged on the opposite side of his head.  The path of the bullet on the scans showed damage that should have severed and destroyed his optic nerve but somehow it was perfectly intact and his vision and hearing still in great condition.  He should have been dead if you’d saw the medical records, but God had spared his life as well as his senses.  Mutliple others had drank or eaten  substances known to be fatal in such high doses but they also survived.  People survived jumps and falls from insane heights and waterfalls even.  I’ve even saw the effects of drugs and demonic possession of adolescents and teens, but God spared them. 
I’ve had the privilege to see many natural wonders and sights that God has made.  I’ve visited the powerful Niagara Falls, stood atop Mount Mitchell, walked through Appalachain Mountains, splashed in waves at the Outer Banks, drove through the Everglades, saw white sandy beaches, visited Amish country, and many waterfalls and canyons.  Then I can’t help but think of the things that I could see, if I were to travel, such as the amazing Northern Lights, Grand Canyon, Seven Wonders, Great Barrier Reef, Ireland, penguins in Antarctica, Alaska, Painted Desert, Israel and the many holy sites there.  I could go on and on about wonderful things that my eyes could possibly see. 
Out of ALL these things, and even if you could combine the splendor and majesty of them all, none would even begin to compare to the things our eyes can’t see!  The Bible says eye hath not seen, ear hath not heard and that it has not entered into the heart of man what things He has prepared for us.  We are not be able to imagine, nor could our fleshly eyes possibly envision, what our place in heaven will look like. How glorious will the gate be? Or the street of Gold? Or the millions there that will be singing praises to the King? The saints that have already gone? Our heavenly bodies? Most glorious of all will be our Saviour!  How wonderful to finally see His face, feel His hands, kiss His feet!  These things that we can’t see will be the things that will always matter most! The most important things and the only thing that matters at all is what we do with Jesus, we must believe in Him that we cannot physically see!

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.