After reading comments of people more popular than me that have posted scripture or the good news of the gospel I am left with overwhelming heartache and gratitude all at the same time.
Overwhelming gratitude that when Jesus pointed out my sin I let Him walk me through being offended by Him calling me out. He helped me come into agreement that my sin is offensive instead of mad at Him that He called it offensive. I am SO OVERWHELMINGLY GRATEFUL that He rescued me from my sin. Plucked me right out of it and set me on solid land. Gave me freedom that I never knew before! Oh thank You sweet Jesus!!
Overwhelming heartbroken that so many may take their last breath without finding that same freedom. Believing a lie the devil has told them that they know better than God. That God is denying them because He is calling something a sin when it isnt. Or believeing the lie that the bible has it wrong or is outdated and God doesnt view certain things as sin. Or believe the lie that God is ok with sin in your life. They get offended and turn away. They would rather be a slave to sin than reign over it. They let the devil enslave them because they believe living in sin is freedom. They stopped feeling the struggle between good and evil because they gave into the evil and call it good. Yes, my heart breaks. My heart mourns for them.
Dear Lord, Our good and great Father! You know how it ends. You know who chooses You and who leaves denial as there final breath on their lips. I know You know. I pray an intercessory prayer over them Lord. You saved me. You would not let me go. I thank You Lord and I ask You to do it again and again to every lost soul! I pray as fervently as my broken, grateful heart can pray that you find those that still have just a bare mustard seed of doubt in their evil ways and make that doubt grow until they feel their emptiness again. Until they hear You call again. Unitl they look to You to fill the emptiness forever more. Tug on hearts Lord. Til their last breath I pray…Lord, find them over and over again. In Christ name, Amen
I want to tell yall a little story about anger. It was once a pretty big issue of mine. Yelling at my kids. Yelling at my husband. Yelling at my mom. Yelling at myself. Yep, all the people that should mean the most to me felt my anger. I could give you excuses. Some would sound like really good reasons for my behavior. But then I would be a victim of my circumstance. A vicitm controlled by my surroundings is not something I want to be. As I walked closer with Christ I also realized that a victim is not what He wants me to be either. So, I went to work praying on it. At first I thought I needed to focus on not yelling at my family. Seems the logical course of action, right? Well, God often doesnt use logic when He is working on you. He goes more Mr. Myagi and tells you to go wax a car. In this instance, He told me to stop yelling at people in traffic. Why God? They cant hear me. Isnt this a good way to let my anger out and no one gets harmed? But someone was getting harmed. For one, my son heard me yelling at every little mistake another driver made. Now, as he is driving he is so concerned about doing something wrong that he finds no joy in driving. He hates it. Is that all because of me? Probably not, but it sure didnt instill confidence and grace in him, did it? It also harmed me. It allowed me to react at a moments notice in a negative way to something that angered me. It let that immediate rage reaction be ok. Clearly, my first step was to practice harnessing my rage to complete strangers on the road. From the safety of my car I could hear God’s correction, seek repentance, and do better. Over time I gained wisdom on how to take a breath…just take a beat and think “how do I want to choose to react?” Because it is a choice. There is always a choice. Now, I hope my family has noticed a change in me. Sometimes these things we dont think is hurting anyone are the exact things that are giving us permission to behave badly. Currently I am working on gluttony of food. God has shown me that self control on Monday through Saturday doesnt mean I get to reward myself on Sunday with a free for all binge. That behavior allows me to remain in bondage to the sin of gluttony. It harms me. What is sin on Monday through Saturday is still sin on the cheat day. What do you need to go “wax the car” on? God will reveal it when you take it to Him in prayer and trust His process over your logic.
What if we prayed for them instead of complained about them? What if we prayed for God to soften their hearts and turn their eyes to Jesus? What if we prayed for God to give them a new spirit and stir up their souls? What if we prayed that God would allow them to feel conviction again? What if we worried more over the fate of their souls than the fate of this country?
Something God hit on my heart this morning for encouragement:
I am praying for somethings that just dont seem to be coming to pass very quickly. I know there are others out there feeling that strain. Maybe you are even on the brink of divorce, of giving up, or losing your mind over it. Look in the bible. Does your desire match God’s desire? Can you find it in scripture? If so, then you have a promise God CAN NOT break. Anything we pray that is alinged with His will then we WILL receive it. Have faith in the waiting. Lean on the strength of Christ. You are promised to receive what is in His will when you ask. Maybe not right away but God’s timing is always perfect even if we don’t understand why it is taking so long. Maybe we won’t receive it in the way we thought but we are to lean not on our own understanding.
If, on the other hand, you see that you have selfish, prideful desires that dont line up with His will then praying for His desires to be the desires of your heart is your best prayer. God will not change to align for you but He will lead you into change to align with Him.
1 John 5:14
This is the confidence which we have before Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.
2 Peter 3:9
The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.
You ask and do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, so that you may spend it on your pleasures.
One of the biggest things that has held me back from receiving the joy and peace offered to me through salvation in Christ is how I hurt people in my past. How can I receive joy and peace when people I had a hand in damaging are still hurting? That’s not fair. I should hurt with them. And I do hurt with them. It is just now my pain feels different. It feels shared. Like Jesus is right there with me. He suffered through pain He didn’t deserve so He could be there to take pain I do deserve. I look forward with joy and peace because I see what God saved me from. I know He will do the same for those I hurt, damaged, or directed down a wrong path. I do my part in saying I am sorry. He does His part by working in their hearts to give forgiveness and no longer use their pain as a reason to keep sinning. Exactly what He did for me is what He will do for them. God knew exactly what I would do and He put these people in my life anyway. He has a plan. He wants them, too. I will accept that joy and peace because I trust Him. I will accept it because me walking around in a defeated, sorrowful way will not lead one soul to my Father that heals. I want you to see the work God has done in me. I want you to see the Christ that saved me. I want you to see the Spirit that moves in me daily. That joy and peace is mine. I don’t deserve it but I inherited it the moment I submitted my life to the salvation offered by Christ. It is my inheritance and I fully accept it! You can inherit it as well. Pray for the power of God that redeems, resurrects, and relieves! There is more to life than this punishment you are doling out to yourself. You don’t have to live like this anymore. Let today be the day.
“Thus says the Lord God: On the day that I cleanse you from all your iniquities, I will cause the cities to be inhabited, and the waste places shall be rebuilt.
Lord, I pray over every soul that reads this. If they don’t know you, I pray that soul becomes so restless without You they have no choice but to give in. I pray if this soul does know you but still living in their punishment that they accept the inheritance You have offered. For the souls that have reached this level of joy and peace I pray You shine on them so others can find them and be led to You. In Christ name, Amen
I see a lot of posts about “tonight I pray for this momma” and describes some hardships a momma goes through. I think those posts are great and I am going to add one that not many think about.
Today Im going to pray for the momma whose child did something wrong. Really wrong. Wrong enough that they had to watch their baby be taken away in handcuffs. I pray for that momma that will lay down with gut wrenching sobs tonight because while she is in her bed, her child is not. I lift up that momma that misses that child so much she cant even voice it. I lift her up each time she hears someone talk bout her child or the situations. Oh how those words rips her heart, Lord I pray for your healing power. I pray for comfort that surpasses all understanding. I pray for a relationship healed between her and her child. I pray for your authority over all decisions made. And most of all…I pray for a turn around. I pray for hope to never leave her heart and she never forgets your resurrection power. In Christ name I pray, Amen
If there is anyone out there that needs to talk. Or just needs someone to hear them cry and pray. I am here. Talk to me…
“Im not gonna claim that!” Yet it happens anyway. “Don’t put that out in the universe!” Yet it wouldn’t have mattered whether you voiced it or not. “Pray with bold faith!” Well, you did and it didn’t come to pass like you wanted it to. Yes, God calls us to pray to Him. But why, if its God’s will be done anyway, why even bother praying? So, what’s the point? The point is attitude. The point is perspective. The point is hope. God wants us in constant conversation with Him so we always remember He is there. So we always remember that yes, it is God’s will in all things, which is great because God’s will is not to harm but to prosper us. Every tear will be wiped clean and every challenge is just a season. Some longer than others. Why do we pray? Why do we think of all things positive? So we keep a positive attitude along the way. So our perspective is on God and how much we can trust Him. That bad thing didnt happen to you because you “put it out to the universe”. It just happened. And sometimes we won’t know why on this side of heaven. That good thing didn’t pass you by, or your loved one didn’t die because you didn’t pray bold enough. It just happened that way. It just did. But praying boldly gave you hope. It kept you connected to the One that loves you and knows what is best for you. And that loved one that died anyway…they just went home, and their going to be right there when it is your turn to go home, too. Take the pressure off yourself. God already has your life planned out. Do what he commands in prayer so you protect your attitude and perspective and hope. There are times God will answer a prayer very specific to how you prayed it, but just because He doesn’t answer them all that way doesn’t mean He isn’t listening. Prayer is a powerful, life giving act. It shows obedience. But most of all, it shows where your heart truly is and creates a relationship with your Father. He wants to hear you admit to it all. He wants every question, every doubt, and every plea. He has not forsaken you. Whatever you are going through may not feel good but trust that HE is good…all the time. Even when it hurts. Even when it didn’t go the way you wanted. This too, shall pass. Pass through it in prayer.
Jesus, thank you that altough Your spirit was in agony over what was about to come, You did it anyway. You could have called angels to be at Your side at anytime, but You stayed the course not just for the people of that day, not just for your disciples, but for ME…for all of us. I thank You Jesus not only for Your sacrifice and torture You went thru for us, but for this night when You could have changed Your mind…when You were filled with such dread of what was on its way….when even your disciples couldnt stay awake in prayer with You and You was on Your own. Jesus, THANK YOU!! This is why I want every waking moment to be Yours. Lord I thank You for this life You have given me. Thank You that when I fall short, Your grace covers me because You stayed the course this very night. In Christ name, Amen