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Who is Praying

Who’s Praying

James 5:16 HCSB Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, so that you may be healed. The urgent request of a righteous person is very powerful in its effect.

Ecclesiastes 4:9 HCSB Two are better than one because they have a good reward for their efforts.

I often wonder who is praying for me. I ask for prayer frequently from others, but I still question whether they are really praying for me. I tend to fail in this area most days and know many others do as well, because of our busy lives. We all have good intentions. We all want to pray for people and we all want people to pray for us.

I know that prayer is where my healing is initiated and where I am strengthened by God. Just as James 5:16 tells us to confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. I think that the key component in this scripture is that the prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. In other words, when you pray to God with conviction and determination, praying in His will, in His name, you become fortified…your prayers are heard and your confidence is built in Him. As you watch God answer prayers it continues to be a powerful and effective tool to making you stronger and drawing you closer to Him.

When I think of a righteous person my thoughts go straight to my mother-in-law. Yes, she has struggles and has problems just as the rest of us, but she has a prayer life that most would love to have. Over the years I have observed her and learned so much from her. She is so precise about listing prayers and needs in a notebook and I have watched her check them off one by one as they come to pass. I have no doubt that she is instrumental in my whole family’s well-being.  Prayer warriors like her are vital to the Kingdom of God.

I often wonder who is going to take over these great responsibilities when she leaves this earth. Of course, there is my wife and her sister (who are both capable of taking this responsibility), but are they really ready? I know the Lord has been preparing me to pray for my family and others with fervency and without ceasing. I am praying that others will follow suit. Having a devoted prayer life is essential. It’s how we communicate with God. It is nothing more than talking to Him and unloading our burdens in exchange for His great peace. It brings His promises for us into existence.  

So, who is praying for you and who are you praying for on a daily basis? Ecclesiastes 4:9 tells us two are better than one; if either of them falls down, one can help the other up. I contribute all of my victories in life to Jesus because of the cross, and to fervent prayers from my elders, family, and friends. Let’s commit today to stand in the gap for one another to pray without ceasing.

 

 

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Steep Yourself

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Steep Yourself 

Matthew 6:30-33 MSG “If God gives such attention to the appearance of wildflowers—most of which are never even seen—don’t you think he’ll attend to you, take pride in you, do his best for you? What I’m trying to do here is to get you to relax, to not be so preoccupied with getting, so you can respond to God’s giving. People who don’t know God and the way he works fuss over these things, but you know both God and how he works. Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don’t worry about missing out. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met."

I have a great confidence in God because I have watched Him over and over again take care of me and help me through many different trials and tribulations, all kinds of circumstances, and all kinds of failures as well as successes. It’s because of this tangible proof that I can relax and lean on Him. I may falter for a minute, but I always quickly come back to Him knowing that I am His - protected and directed.

It is not a one-time dip in His presence that keeps me going. It is a constant dipping. It is a constant washing – of being saturated in His Word and presence. It doesn’t happen overnight…it takes time.  But God knows that if we put Him first…if we seek after Him above all other things that we will be transformed. We will be filled in order to be poured out unto others.

Picture a tea bag steeping in hot water. The tea infuses itself in the water over time and transforms the plain water into a lovely drink that has amazing qualities and brings satisfaction to the drinker, a great aroma, all of the tones of the tea can be tasted and appreciated becoming something delightful, comforting, and warm.

Jesus is THE living water. By steeping yourself in Him, you're soaking in His presence and ultimately, He cleanses and softens you. His presence and anointing extract what you don't need. He allows you to immerse yourself to absorb His character and His love in order to saturate others. It brings Him glory when we live in overflow, sharing what God has done in our lives and sharing His living water so that others can drink and never thirst again.

Matt 6:33 NKJV "But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you."

John 4:14 NKJV "but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.”

 John 6:35 NKJV And Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst." 

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