Faith Can Conquer Anything

During the season of Lent my church is intentionally participating in a season of meditation and directed prayer and fasting. I have committed myself to these Lenten Season efforts also. Therefore, I will devote my Hump Day Helpers to the same subject matters highlighted for the weekly Lenten meditations.

This Week’s Prayer Assignment:

Subject of Meditation – “Faith”

Pray that in times of difficulty and struggle you will activate your faith to trust God more and to take Him at His word. Pray to God confessing your devotion to Him and your desire to study more of His word, thereby allowing His word to rest in your heart, building a trust in Him that is unwavering. With God, you can conquer anything!

“Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” – Hebrews 11:1

Prayer works! Complete the prayer assignment and watch God move in your midst. You can do this!

Within Earshot of a Blessing

This morning I sat in a waiting room within earshot of an older gentleman talking to who seemed to be a family friend. He shared with his friend a recent experience of getting hit with some challenging, unfortunate health news, twice, back-to-back. The gentleman’s friend seemed to be at a loss for words. His initial response was an uneasy groan. When the friend spoke he cleared his throat to muster out a ‘Wow’. Even I was a little choked up…and I was eavesdropping. The older gentleman’s wife joined the conversation and reiterated everything her husband said, however, with the love and anguish that only a caring wife could express. Yet, there were no tears, no anger nor attitude of defeat. What I could feel, sitting inches from them, was strength, rooted strength, in the midst of their circumstance. Then, suddenly, I felt the urge, the compelling, to pray – for a stranger. I closed my eyes and I prayed silently, intently, right where I sat. I prayed for the older gentleman, his wife, his loved ones and family. The spirit of prayer didn’t let go of me, there was still an urge to continue in prayer. So my eyes stayed closed and my heart opened a little wider and I silently prayed, right where I sat, for all those in the room, for their friends and loved ones, by the leading of the Holy Spirit. Before leaving the room, I felt a little lighter, not as heavy as I was when I first entered. And I was grateful. The Bible says in 1 Timothy 2:1,

“Here are my directions: Pray much for others; plead for God’s mercy upon them; give thanks for all he is going to do for them.” (The Living Bible)

This week’s Prayer Assignment:

Throughout the week pray for those in your midst, strangers – on your job, in the grocery line, in the doctor’s office, at school, while in traffic, at a sporting event, in a waiting room. Pray for God’s goodness, grace and mercy to hover over them, to keep them, to spill over in every circumstance and situation they may encounter. And, as we do for ourselves, thank God in advance for all that He will do in the life of that stranger. Pray, intently, with belief. What a selfless blessing you will give that will yield much more than silver and gold! Go ahead, pray for a stranger.

Prayer works! Complete the prayer assignment and watch God move in your midst. You can do this!

A Call to Urgency

It’s a new year, a new day and another opportunity to make known our intentions. What are our intentions regarding our relationship with God? Are we content with what we have made known to Him this past year, how we have lived, how we have treated each other in plain sight of His omnipresence? Have we lived like God is watching? Many of us are not living as we should nor treating each other as we should. But thank God, in His loving and gracious power, He has allowed us another opportunity for a ‘do over’.

Let us make God smile in this moment of our lives. Let’s make our good intentions known to God, beginning with a refreshed prayer life, starting right now, in this moment. Yes, I feel in my spirit a sense of urgency on the matter of prayer. I’m talking about a naked, humble approach to prayer that gets God’s attention. Not the rehearsed, puffed up, bogus, uncommitted prayers we try to fool our omniscient God with.  God is not pleased with prayers of trickery, and truth be told, those who are likened to those prayers are getting weary, realizing the return on such prayers does not yield a lasting positive return. Forgive us Lord! Renew the right spirit within us this day and the days to come! The Bible says in Jeremiah 29:12-14:

“When you call on me, when you come and pray to me, I’ll listen. “When you come looking for me, you’ll find me.“Yes, when you get serious about finding me and want it more than anything else, I’ll make sure you won’t be disappointed.” God’s Decree (The Message Bible)

It is with this inspiration that God has led me to focus on prayer in my Hump Day Helpers; specifically Prayer Assignments. Life has gotten to be tiresome, worrisome, stressful, confusing, challenging, painful and down-right difficult for many of us. Sometimes, we are so overwhelmed with life that we pray without hope or belief, forget to pray, don’t know what or how to pray or simply refuse to pray. We must change that! Prayer is our ‘All Access Pass’ to God.  Let’s put it to good use.

This Week’s Prayer Assignment:

Pray for your neighbor. Instead of talking about and fussing about the neighbor who lives across the street, next door, up the street, down the street, upstairs, downstairs, across the hall, in the next building; pray for them, their family, their challenges (seen and unseen), their peace and joy. Pray God’s delivering power over whatever they shall face in coming days, God’s saving power over their lives and God’s peace that passes all understanding, in the mighty and matchless name of Jesus!

Prayer works! Complete the prayer assignment and watch God move in our midst. You can do this!