Have you ever felt like you’re not making a dent in the world?
Like no matter how much you give of your time, treasures, or talents the world isn’t any better? I have felt this way.
But recently the Lord has been faithful to remind me that I am on the right path.
I don’t claim to be a prayer warrior. I don’t have a prayer room or some set aside routine times for prayer, but when someone asks me to pray for them I do it right then. It may be a short prayer.
“God may you be with…”
“God bring peace to…”
“God put your mighty hand on…”
You get the picture.
With recent events in the news, our prayers may seem inadequate. If you watch or read the news you can instantly feel like we are sinking fast. Unfortunately, the news, most times, only shares what sells. Drama. Tragedy. Disasters. Only at the end of a broadcast do we here a short story of hope.
But I’m here to tell you: YOU MATTER MORE THAN YOU THINK AND PRAYER WORKS!
I really believe this and this last weekend proved it to me.
I got an urgent text from my cousin. His wife was very ill and in the hospital. Life and death. He asked me to pray because, as he said it, “You’re the closest person to God I know, and we need a very loud prayer!”
Wow! Me?!? But he put his trust in me to pray and he gave me permission to share the request with others. So that’s what I did. I prayed right then and I shared the request will all the prayer people I know. I didn’t use social media; I went with close friends whom I could count on. Together with about twenty-five men and women, we prayed.
Now most people feel like if God doesn’t heal then God doesn’t listen or care, but that’s not true. We live in a world with sin, disease, and consequences, so death is a part of our world. God does have the power to move mountains and heal anyone at anytime, but we don’t know His plans. So sometimes when horrible things happen, we blame Him. Thankfully, His shoulders are broad and His heart is understanding and forgiving.
When I pray for someone, especially for someone’s health issues, I always ask for God to show up and be felt by those people—for them to know that God is with them. I ask for wisdom for the doctors and steady hands. I ask for the Holy Spirit to walk with them through the journey. I don’t ask for the journey to be taken away. And then I ask in His name, Jesus Christ.
When you have an army praying for you and Jesus interceding for you and the Holy Spirit in you then you can walk through anything.
Philippians 4:13 says, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
We matter. Our prayers matter. So keep on doing what you’re doing for the Lord and for one another. God uses our love to give to others.
Oh, and just so you all know, my cousin’s wife is doing better. She’s not 100 percent, but then again who is? They are walking the journey together and that’s what love does.
HE WALKS WITH US THROUGH IT ALL.
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