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Rescuer by Lisa Burkhardt Worley

Have you ever felt overwhelmed?

Yesterday was one of those days where everything seemed to cave in. There were school and ministry deadlines, relationship issues and financial concerns. In the past couple of weeks I also had a friend whose brother died, and another who suddenly lost their young daughter. It was a lot weighing me down and I just needed to talk it through with someone, so I texted a couple of friends to get a feel for their availability. They were either under the weather or seemed busy. I had already prayed, so feeling a bit alone, I prayed more fervently.

In the New Living Translation, Psalm 17:6–7 gives us a beautiful image of how God hears our prayers. David said, “I am praying to you because I know you will answer, O God. Bend down and listen as I pray.” What if when we pray, we imagine God bending down close to hear what we have to say? Picture a loving dad crouching to hear his young daughter whisper in his ear— because He cares.

When we are at our very lowest, the LORD hears our prayers and responds with a lifeline.

In Psalm 18, David was also feeling like he needed God’s divine hand to save him. He said, “The ropes of death entangled me; floods of destruction swept over me. The grave wrapped its ropes around me; death laid a trap in my path” (Psalm 18:4–5, NLT). If we are honest, sometimes we all feel this way. But then David said, “But in my distress I cried out to the LORD; yes, I prayed to my God for help. He heard me from his sanctuary; my cry to him reached his ears.” And later in the Psalm David shares his victory: “He reached down from heaven and rescued me; he drew me out of deep waters. He rescued me from my powerful enemies” (Psalm 18:16–17, NLT).

God is our rescuer.

In my case, he prompted a good friend to call me out of the blue because she wanted to talk. I listened to her, then she heard me out and I was able to share my struggles and pray with her for resolution to each of the issues I was dealing with.

Today is a new day and I am still afloat because I was rescued by a loving God who bent down to hear about what was troubling me. If you are going through something today, share it with the Father. I promise he will listen and will rescue you from the depths of despair.

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Praying for Uvalde by Lisa Burkhardt Worley

While most of us are not part of the Uvalde community, our hearts are intertwined with them as we feel the pain of their loss. We put ourselves in their shoes, imagining what it would be like to lose our child or grandchild to a senseless act of violence—and then we mourn.

We also feel a sense of helplessness. Is there anything we can do?

Uvalde is almost six hours from where I live and I don’t know anyone in that town, yet it’s very close to where I grew up in San Antonio, and I have a couple of friends who spent their early years there. Those are my only connections—still not enough to make my way down there (even though I’d like to) and embrace those who are hurting. So, I am praying. I am praying for the parents of the children. Praying for the siblings who survived. Praying for the extended families and for the community. Even praying for the family of the shooter. If you want to pray with me, the following are the heartfelt prayers I am lifting up:

Lord, we praise you that you are our comforter. We pray for inexplicable peace to fall over the families of the victims in this shooting. “You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You” (Isaiah 26:3, NKJV) .

We lift up the parents of the children who were killed. Wrap your arms around them, LORD. Show them they are loved and that their children are safe with you. Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted” (Matthew 5:4, NIV).

We pray for the siblings of the deceased. We ask for you to protect their hearts and mind as they process what has happened. “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind” (2 Timothy 1:7, NKJV).

We pray for future protection over the community of Uvalde, as this horrific scenario has undoubtedly shaken those who live there. The Lord watches over you—the Lord is your shade at your right hand; the sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night. The Lord will keep you from all harm—he will watch over your life; the Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore” (Psalm 121:5–8, NIV).

We ask for healing of the wounded, including the shooter’s grandmother. You are our healer, and we ask that no more will be lost.And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up” (James 5:15, ESV).

Lastly, we pray that the people of Uvalde will know that you are with them. We ask they feel your presence in their time of need. Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust” (Psalm 91:1–2, NIV).

There is no distance with prayer. Let’s join hands in intercession and cover the town of Uvalde as they try to recover from this tragedy. We must appeal to God, the One who can bring them through this time of sorrow.

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“What We Think is Not Always What it Is” by Lisa Burkhardt Worley

Have you ever thought that someone was angry with you when they actually weren’t? They just had something going on in their own life that made them appear distant. Or maybe you hadn’t heard from a friend for a long time and you deduced they no longer want to be a part of your life, when in reality they were in a difficult season requiring total focus.

Sometimes what we think is not always what it is.

This week, I was reading in 1 Chronicles 19 where the King of the Ammonites, Nahash, died, and Israel’s King David wanted to show kindness to Nahash’s son, Hanun, upon the death of his father. David sent messengers to the land of Ammon to comfort Hanun. But Hanun listened to the wrong voices. His princes said, “Do you think that David really honors your father because he has sent comforters to you? Did his servants not come to you to search and to overthrow and to spy out the land?” (NKJV) So Hanun decided to humiliate David’s servants by shaving them, and cutting off their garments in the middle, exposing them on their backsides. David’s loving intentions were misinterpreted, eventually leading to a war that David’s army won.

Sometimes what we think is not always what it is. Our wrong thinking can lead to worse situations like what happened with the Ammonites.

If you are spiraling—without all the facts—it’s important to go to prayer about what you are thinking. It’s also good to have a gentle conversation with whomever you think has wronged you. It’s the best way to find out and face the truth.

Remember Philippians 4:8: “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things” (NIV). It’s always best to give the benefit of the doubt and think the best until you actually know what’s going on.

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A Heart for Heritage by Lisa Burkhardt Worley

Over the years, I have loved all of the English programs like The Crown and Downton Abbey. I think it’s my 41% English blood that is drawn to shows like that.

However, it is the 33% Jewish ethnicity that has made the biggest splash in my recent history. In 2014, I was called back to my Jewish roots supernaturally in Israel, and since then I have written a book about it, entered a doctoral program to study about Messianic Judaism, and put together a documentary on Antisemitism, now up for an international award.

God has given me a heart for my heritage even though I did not grow up in the tradition due to the untimely death of my dad.

This week I was immersed in prayer for Israel and Jerusalem at a mega event called “The Jerusalem Prayer Breakfast.” I did not know what to expect but leaders who love the land like U.S. Representative Michele Bachmann, Senator Ted Cruz and Texas Governor Greg Abbott, all either spoke about Israel or lifted up petitions for our Jewish brothers and sisters. It was a powerful and inspiring event.

Members of the Israeli Knesset were also at the downtown Dallas Hyatt Regency speaking and sharing about the massive influx of Jews into the land of Israel, many of them Ukrainians fleeing their land, currently under siege. According to Knesset Member Tatiana Mazarsky, about 500 are declaring Aliyah per day, with thousands waiting in the queue. We are watching prophecy about end times unfold.

“When I have brought them back from the nations and have gathered them from the countries of their enemies, I will be proved holy through them in the sight of many nations. Then they will know that I am the Lord their God, for though I sent them into exile among the nations, I will gather them to their own land, not leaving any behind” (Ezekiel 39:27–28, NIV).

As we heard from a couple of people who are creating films about Israel, or who have ministries to educate people about Israel, I kept wondering What is my role in all this? It’s a good question to ask God on occasion. We can also ask the LORD: Am I doing everything you are asking me to do? Is there anything I am missing? Does my past have anything to do with my future?

For whatever reason, God has given me a call to my heritage and I am listening for future ways to educate people about Israel and the Jewish people. What is God currently calling you to do? He doesn’t waste a minute of your life and desires to use your past, or your heritage for His glory.

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Three Things to Pray for Ukraine by Lisa Burkhardt Worley

What is going through your mind as you watch news reports about the Russian invasion of Ukraine?

I am feeling helpless and wish I could do more to assist the people. We’re too far away to take in refugees. I don’t personally know anyone there, and I’m not trained for the military.

However, we are all trained to war in prayer, so here are three things we can pray for Ukraine:

Pray that God will fight this battle for them. “Then I said to you, ‘Do not be terrified; do not be afraid of them. The Lord your God, who is going before you, will fight for you, as he did for you in Egypt, before your very eyes, and in the wilderness. There you saw how the Lord your God carried you, as a father carries his son, all the way you went until you reached this place.”

Today as I was reading the recap of the Israelites journey to the Promised Land, I realized that while God gave them the victories, they still had to fight and put the work in. Ukraine is holding its own. According to NPR, airstrikes have not gone as planned and the Russians are experiencing food and fuel shortages [1]

Pray for the truth about this war to come out. There are a lot of conspiracy theories running around that flip the scenario of who is “good” and who is “bad.” I am praying for God’s truth and clarity to emerge from this scenario.

Pray for the Ukrainian refugees fleeing the country. With over 50,000 Jews living in Ukraine, many of these refugees are Jewish and are heading to Israel. This is a fulfillment of prophecy. In Ezekiel 38:8 it says, “In future years you will invade a land that has recovered from war, whose people were gathered from many nations to the mountains of Israel, which had long been desolate. They had been brought out from the nations, and now all of them live in safety.” God’s ways are not our ways, and it is possible that He has used this war for good, to move His people back to the Land. We need to pray for open doors, provision and shelter for all refugees.

I have always said prayer should not be the last resort, it should be the first resort. Matthew 21:22 says, “If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.”

So in the end, we’re not helpless. We can battle for Ukraine as we have been given the right to appeal to our Almighty Defender through prayer.

[1] https://www.npr.org/2022/03/02/1084033803/the-war-in-ukraine-hasnt-gone-well-for-russia-but-it-has-more-weapons-it-can-dep

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