Thursday, June 19, 2014

Should I be Praying For Her?

Do you ever think that when you run into an acquaintance at a seemingly random place numerous times within in a short period of days that perhaps God is up to something and might just expect you to begin praying for them?   This thought has come to my mind recently.  It just seems strange to me that to continue to "bump" into someone over and over to the point that we laugh about it but then stop short of recognizing divine intervention.  Then we reason it away or merely chalk it up to coincidence.  Or is God more intentional and deliberate and constantly setting us up to "work" for Him in the area of prayer? I believe He is!

I personally think that prayer is the most powerful form of communication.  And I honestly think that, we as His children, have the huge potential to intercede on behalf of His Kingdom and purposes at any given moment.  I don't really believe that we understand just how much influence and power we bear when it comes to helping others with our prayers.  It takes faith to pray.  But it's really an amazing concept if you think about it.  In 1962, the push to stop prayer in public schools began and we were told to stop praying in school but no one can really stop anyone from praying silently in their hearts.  Of course, God knew this would happen and I am extremely grateful that He is so insightful and genius for coming up with this blessed communication line.  He is a wireless God.

So now that He has laid someone on my heart and gotten my attention by putting them in my path several times, I plan to take the next month or so and lift her up in prayer and ask Him exactly what I should pray for her.  He does have prayer requests, ya know.  Why wouldn't He with so many children?  LOL. And He isn't afraid to make them known when we take the time to ask and listen.

"I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them." 1 Timothy 2:1 NLT

"And work for the peace and prosperity of the city where I sent you into exile. Pray to the LORD for it, for its welfare will determine your welfare."  Jeremiah 29:7 NLT

Friday, January 3, 2014

Could You Use A CHRISTmas Ham?

What do you do when you don't want to forget a cool "answer to prayer" story?  You blog it!

So a few days before CHRISTmas, Mike and I were blessed with a lovely ham from a friend.  Although we appreciated it, we had already made plans to deep fry a turkey and do the trimmings that go with it.  We knew we needed to pass the ham gift on to someone who might need it.  Before he left for work one morning, we prayed and asked God to show us who we should give it to.  We both knew that He would answer and give us wisdom about the request.  I believe He is thrilled when we bother to ask His "opinion" so I knew He would make the answer obvious in His time.  In my mind, however, I envisioned us taking the ham to someone.  But about an hour after we prayed, an employee of our landscaper/lawn service stopped by to drop off a poinsettia to me as a way of saying thanks for getting him an appointment with Mike for a hand problem he was having.  I was grateful for his thoughtfulness and as he left and got in his truck to leave, I remembered the ham (or rather the Holy Spirit prompted me)!!! I shouted out to him and asked him if he needed one and he said, "yes!"  I ran and grabbed it and gave it to him. A few minutes after he left, Mike called to check in and I told him what had happened and he agreed 100% that he was our answer to the "ham prayer."

 So the Lord didn't answer exactly in the way I thought He would.  Instead of going out to take it to a designated person, He brought the person to us!!!  Glory to God in the highest!!!


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