Tag : prayer-2
Tag : prayer-2
Over the past couple of weeks of quarantine, I’ve been praying for others who are suffering with COVID, maybe more than I’ve prayed for my husband and myself. My friend Linda sent 101 healing Scriptures to declare over myself, and when I pray these promises found in God’s Word, I also pray the verses over the names of those I know with COVID. Two days ago, I received the devastating news that one of those I was praying for, a friend’s husband, succumbed to the virus. Because he was clinging to life in ICU, I had been fervently interceding for him and believed with all my heart that no matter how bad it looked, God could heal his body. I was devastated when I heard the news that he passed away.
I was one of countless people praying for this godly man, so when an army of intercessors pray for someone—in this case healing—and it does not happen, we may wonder Do our prayers even make a difference? The answer is yes, God answers all prayers, but sometimes He says no.
I think of King David who pleaded with God for his first son with Bathsheba to live and not die. 2 Samuel 12 says David “fasted and spent the nights lying in sackcloth on the ground. The elders of his household stood beside him to get him up from the ground, but he refused, and he would not eat any food with them” (2 Samuel 12:16–17). This went on for seven days but when, on the 7th day of intercession, David found out his child had died, he cleaned himself up, changed his clothes and went to church and worshipped. He also stopped his fast. He was not angry with God, did not disconnect from Him nor did he stop praying. David’s the one who said in Psalm 86: 1-2, “Hear me, Lord, and answer me, for I am poor and needy. Guard my life, for I am faithful to you; save your servant who trusts in you.” David never lost his faith. He still understood the power of prayer but in the case of the prayers for his son, the answer was no.
What I do believe is that God says yes more than He says no. The no’s just seem more magnified. I also don’t know why God heals some and not others. It’s a mystery that won’t be solved on this side of Heaven. But what I do understand is that we cannot stop praying and asking for a reversal of a dire situation. Our prayers can be the difference between life and death. In 2 Kings 20, King Hezekiah was told to put his affairs in order because he was going to die. It seemed final, but with tears, Hezekiah pleaded for more time. God heard his prayers, decided to heal the king and gave him an additional fifteen years. In that case, God said yes.
Maybe God has said no to you after you’ve prayed nonstop for a situation. I know it was difficult when the answer was not what you desired. But even when the answer is no, it doesn’t mean there will not be a yes in the near future.
I want to take this opportunity to invite you to our annual Level-Up Women’s Conference that will take place on Saturday, October 9th from 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at Northview Baptist Church in Lewisville. Speakers are KCBI”s Rebecca Carrell, Gateway Church’s Elizabeth Settle, Human Trafficking Survivor, Sandy Storm, newcomer, Alexis Arellano, and our entire Pearls of Promise Team. Worship Leaders are Debra Camp and Katherine Legg. God has been downloading so much material for you during my recent battle with COVID, you will not want to miss what He has to say to you. Take advantage of the Early Bird Special! Tickets are now only $39 and that includes lunch. They are available on Eventbrite at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/level-up-dallas-2021-tickets-141072470557?aff=ebdssbdestsearch
Join us for this incredible time of spiritual refreshing!
If there was ever a time to pray, it’s now.
I have been busy lifting up prayers for my friends in Louisiana who endured Hurricane Ida.
I have a friend in the Sacramento area, watching the fires approach her home. I have been asking God to pour down rain on that area so the wildfires will subside.
The husband of a friend of mine is in ICU with COVID. He’s made progress but is far from being out of the woods. Every time I think of him, I lift up a prayer.
Now, I am asking for prayers for myself and my husband. Yesterday, I tested positive for COVID and today my husband will see if he has it as well. It was a shock because I was vaccinated, but I was exposed to the virus last week at an event and I guess the exposure was too close and too great. My doctor had no openings, so I believe God led me to the perfect place for treatment, “777 Urgent Care.” The Nurse Practitioner who examined me said, “The vaccine will probably keep you out of the hospital.” That’s an encouraging word. But I am counting on that word and following instructions—taking medicine, Vitamin C, D and Zinc—so I can recuperate at home.
But more than that, I am trusting in the healing power of God.
This morning I was reading in Matthew 8 where Jesus healed a man with leprosy. The man knelt before him and said, “’Lord, if you are willing, you can heal me and make me clean.’” “Jesus reached out and touched him. ‘I am willing,’ he said. ‘Be healed!’ And instantly the leprosy disappeared.”
I feel COVID is a little like leprosy. It takes over your body. You have to isolate, and until you are deemed clean, no one wants to get near you. For a people person, ten-fourteen days in the house seems like a life sentence.
I know Jesus still heals. I’ve seen it numerous times. But I am asking him today, “Are you willing to heal me?” I am praying the answer is yes. I feel there is more work to do for the kingdom.
“For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” (Matthew 18:20, NIV)
Every couple of months I drive about forty minutes to a good friend’s house so we can pray together. She and I fellowship over lunch (she’s a great cook), and we catch up on each other’s lives, but the focus of this time together is prayer. We pray for our families, we lift up our ministry concerns, and we intercede for our country. Even though we both have busy schedules, this time of prayer is a priority.
As I was reading in the book of Jude today, I felt the Holy Spirit confirming that He is pleased with this commitment. Jude 1:20 says, “But you, dear friends, must build each other up in your most holy faith, pray in the power of the Holy Spirit…” In Jude 1:22 it says, “And you must show mercy to those whose faith is wavering. Rescue others by snatching them from the flames of judgment. Show mercy to still others…”
That’s a part of what we do in this time of prayer. We pray for family members who are not followers of Jesus, and ask to be merciful to others. However, the main focus of our prayer is to ask for God’s wisdom for many life scenarios. We don’t want to do anything in our own power.
Matthew 18:20 says, “For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” And there is a sense that the LORD is with us when I pray with my prayer partner.
What about you? Do you have someone you can pray with, a person you trust, with whom you can be totally transparent? If not, ask God to reveal who that individual is in your life and set up an appointment to pray. There is power in numbers.