Written By: Tanya Glanzman
“Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you.” Jeremiah 29:12
I sat next to her hospital bed, holding her little hand, working hard to hold back the tears that refused to be held.
“I’m so sorry I’m crying baby.”
She looked at me with a glint of a smile in her eyes and a teasing tone in her voice.
“Oh mama, if you weren’t crying, something would be wrong.”
And then, with her bald head, too thin frame and wisdom and peace beyond her years she said, “It’s okay Mama, Jesus is here.” Having now been given permission, I let go, held her as tight as I could without hurting her or disrupting the many cords that stretched between her little body and the incessantly beeping machines, laid my head next to her and sobbed.
We were over a year into our cancer journey. We were weary. We were told at the beginning that the course of treatment for my daughter who was diagnosed at 13 would be about 2.5 years depending on how things went.
This hospital stay took us by surprise, a result of an allergic reaction to one of the many chemo-therapy treatments she was given. On this day it just seemed more than I could tolerate. Did we really need one more thing?
This medication was created in a way that it re-released in her system every few hours, which meant that every few hours she was once again hit hard with an allergic reaction that was difficult for her to experience and difficult for me to watch. She could feel it coming on each time, I sat feeling helpless and out of control pressing the button for the nurse who would rush in and inject the appropriate medication into her line.
For the most part I worked hard to stay cheerful for her sake. She was already going through enough and the last thing I wanted to do was to lay my emotional baggage at her feet. We did our best to find humor and distract during the long days at the chemo clinic and long nights in the emergency room and hospital. Surgeries…bone marrow biopsies…spinal taps…. meetings with the medical team.
She is about to turn 24. Our cancer journey has long been over. I’m still recovering. Those were, hands down, the longest and most traumatic two and a half years of my life.
I wish I could tell you that I was a prayer warrior during this season. That I fought the good fight, that I didn’t fear. That having done all to stand, I stood firm on the truths of God’s Word to get through.
The truth, however, is that I struggled, and I struggled big. In fact, the first 3 months after her diagnoses, I didn’t even talk to God. I was angry. I felt betrayed. I couldn’t believe that we were faced with this. That this child, that I was told I would never even be able to have, was now fighting for her life. It all seemed so unfair.
I had prayed.
I had prayed that I would be able to conceive and give birth.
I had prayed that I would be able to be a good mom- better than the one I’d had.
I had prayed that God would keep my children safe from harm.
I had prayed.
The enemy of our soul desires nothing more than to convince us through whatever means necessary that our prayer is pointless. Convincing us that that which is pointless is powerless is a tremendous and often effective scheme.
His goals are clearly unveiled in John 10:10 where we are told “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy.” His motives revolve around working to steal your peace, kill your joy and destroy your intimacy with your Heavenly Father.
He wants you to believe that you are abandoned, forsaken, and left to your own devices when it comes to navigating your way through this journey of life. Often, he will remind you of all the reasons you are in this mess to begin with and how it’s your fault. Above all, he would like you to believe that you are alone. And yet, we know that this could never be, for the Word of God is very clear “And the LORD, He is the One who goes before you. He will be with you; He will not leave you nor forsake you; do not fear nor be dismayed.” (Deut. 31:8)
At times, however, it can seem like we are not being heard and it can feel like we are alone. Our circumstances seem to remain the same no matter how much we pour our hearts out to the Father. Fear begins to strangle out our faith and the enemy takes full advantage of our trials, struggles and weaknesses to shoot the fiery darts of doubt and insecurity deep within our hearts. The lies that He screams into our ears begin to become louder than the small still voice within reminding us to “Be still and know that I am God.” (Psalm 46:10)
When the enemy, in the sly way that he does, attempts to convince us of anything other than truth regarding prayer, we can effectively combat those lies of deception by wielding the sword of the spirit. The truth contained within God’s word assures us that, without a doubt, he does hear us when we pray. When the enemy whispers lies that contradict this truth, we must choose to fight back by “casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.” (2 Cor. 10:5).
Any thought that does not align itself with the truth of God needs to be brought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.
He loves us.
He died for us.
He promises to never leave us.
He dwells within us.
He cares deeply about every single piece of our lives.
He hears us.
Each thought that comes can influence our beliefs, attitude and behaviors. As we fill ourselves with the truth of God’s word, we will more easily be able to identify those thoughts that come which exalt themselves against the knowledge of God, which is His truth. As we identify those thoughts, we then bring them into the obedience of Christ by countering with that truth within us.
I eventually started talking to God again. When I came to the end of myself and realized that without intimacy with Him, I surely would never survive what lay before us. Where else do I have to go but into the arms of the one who knows me best and loves me most? And, like always, His arms were opened wide, waiting to be the comfort and peace that my soul longed for. And although we still journeyed long and hard days, I allowed Him to journey close beside me, where He wanted to be all along, and together…we made it through.
Daughter of God, run to Him today. Amid your mess, struggle, and storm. He’s waiting.
Pray with me-
Father, help me, as I face the difficult journeys in life to never stop running to you. When the cry of my heart roars pain and sorrow, fear, and doubt, help me to cling to what is true. Carry me when I’m too tired to run into your arms. Hold me close when I struggle to push away. Remind me always that you hear me, you listen to me and that you will never stop loving me. No matter what. I can’t and don’t want to do life without you.
written by: Olivia Caldwell
Some of my most precious times of prayer have been in repentance.
“So repent [change your inner self—your old way of thinking, regret past sins] and return [to God—seek His purpose for your life], so that your sins may be wiped away [blotted out, completely erased], so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord [restoring you like a cool wind on a hot day];” Acts 3:19 AMP
Perhaps you have not associated repentance with refreshment, but I testify today that I have found this to be the truth.
When we follow Jesus and we walk by the Spirit, we spend time in the Word and we spend time in the Lord's precious presence - and things happen there.
The Spirit opens up the Scripture to us, feeding us the Bread of Life. We see Jesus. We see the Father. Even a glimpse confronts us with the simple truth:
The Lord is holy. Holy, holy, holy. There is none like Him. And although Jesus has made us holy, we are yet growing in holiness, growing in conformity to the image of Jesus, and we are not Lord. Jesus is Lord.
This conviction and repentance following happens in many ways…
We may have something we have been struggling with for some time. I want to be clear that I do not speak to all of our struggles, but many “struggles” are, in fact, sin. We are struggling, wrestling, even, with dying to parts of ourselves. There are places in us and in our lives that the Lord wants to fill with even more of Him and we cling so tightly to things that simply will not last. They are not eternal. But He is.
The point is that more and more of us will die as we move deeper and deeper into Jesus so that what remains is Him. That may sound offensive - but Jesus is who we are after. Jesus is the image we are to be conformed to. Jesus is holy. Jesus “is the image of the invisible God.” (Col. 1:15) and “the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature.” (Heb.1:3)
We come face to face with our sin and cry out in desperation, finally, for help. For forgiveness. For refreshing. The Lord Jesus, who has been patiently waiting with outstretched hands to help us in our sin and our weakness, moves toward us. Can you believe that? He moves toward us, even at our lowest (which, if you think about it, is not truly our lowest, since He loved us while we were yet sinners).
And the refreshment comes. Healing comes, as we confess our sins. We can repent and we can renounce that sin and it's almost as if life begins anew, in a way. It's a relief to have the struggle come to an end once we have repented. It is finished.
Other times, we encounter the Lord's holiness in the Scripture. We see His character. We are struck with the fear of the Lord. We sit with Bibles open on our laps, in stunned silence and with tears welling up in our eyes. The beauty of Jesus overwhelms us. Parts of Him we have not seen or known before in this way move us to repentance. It is the natural response: we are set in awe before Him and we worship. Repentance is our worship. “Jesus, I have not lived according to this truth from your Word. Lord, I have not believed you as you are worthy to be believed. Father, I have not trusted you as you are worthy to be trusted. I have not worshiped you as you are worthy to be worshiped!”
It pours out of us. What beauty it is when our stiff-necked-ness and our hardness of heart and our flat-out ignorance melts into a tenderness from the work of the Spirit of God.
The heart of our worship is refreshed.
Other times, we are rebuked. Again, this will often happen as we spend time in the Word. We come across a hard Scripture, a command, and the Spirit stops us right in our tracks. If we are in healthy, godly community, this will come from a trusted brother or sister in Christ, who come to us with the truth in love. Either way, we are confronted with what the Word of God says and we are struck with a conviction over that sin and a desire to walk in the way of life that God, in His perfect wisdom, has laid out for us. Even if it stings and even if our flesh screams to react, we must yield to the Holy Spirit. We must let Him lead us in responding with humility and honor.
What refreshment lies on the other side of rebuke and repentance thereafter!
“My son, do not despise the Lord's discipline or be weary of his reproof, for the LORD reproves him whom he loves, as a father the son in whom he delights.” Proverbs 3:11-12
We are commanded not to despise this discipline and we rejoice in knowing that our Father in heaven loves us, his children, too much to leave us in our sin. It is less than what He paid for. He has more for us, better for us. Greater are His ways! We are refreshed as we turn from our way and walk in the Way.
Sometimes, we are moved to repentance as we witness the work of the Lord in another. There are stories of those in Scripture who respond to their circumstances in ways that are truly supernatural. Their humility and their reverence seem to shine a spotlight on our own pride. We meet people who live their lives in a way that pours out the aroma of Christ onto all they encounter. It causes us to examine our own lives: what do they have that I do not? What do they do that I do not do?
I'm not referring to a sinful comparison - it is a wonder over the work of the Holy Spirit in their lives. It is a longing for the Lord to come and do it in us. It is a recognition that they have seen and known the Lord in places that we may never know about, but we get the sense that they have dug and dug and dug the deep wells that spill out of them. We sense that they, like Jacob, have wrestled much with the Lord. There is history. There are testimonies unending. They have seen the Lord.
We want to see Him, too. Whatever it takes, Lord, we want you. Whatever it costs, Lord, I am willing. I just want you. More of you!
My friend, repentance is one of the greatest things that we can experience as a follower of Christ. Repentance testifies to the work of the Holy Spirit in us. Repentance brings to remembrance the steadfast love of the Father. Repentance spurs us on in our walk with the Lord. Repentance ensures that we move deeper and deeper into the Lord Jesus. We become more and more hidden in Him. We must live in Him! He must become our dwelling place.
Repentance does just that: it transforms a heart into a home for the Lord.
Today, sweet sister in Christ, let that cool wind of the Lord refresh you as on a hot day. Let true repentance bring that refreshment your soul has been longing for.
Written By: Sue Holcombe
I am so very honored to be asked to write an article on prayer. This is not something I ever thought the Lord would have me do...But God! I am very passionate about prayer, and ever since I began this journey to write about it, the Lord has been showing me so much about prayer from His word – I have been amazed.
What first came to my mind is the scripture I Thessalonians 5:16-18, “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”
At first, that seems a bit overwhelming, but it really is not. Prayer is all about communicating with our heavenly Father. What a privilege we have that he wants to hear from us all the time. The phrase “without ceasing” stops many in their tracks. Most of us think literally, I cannot pray 24/7. That is not the true meaning. We need to understand the full context. Paul first talks about rejoicing always, to have his joy in you. When we are filled with his joy and peace, it comes with great ease to pray, or have conversation with our Lord. I know for me it flows more naturally to be in communion with the father when I rejoice and give thanks for all that he has done. As I understand it, without ceasing, is keeping that constant connection with God. As each of us go about our full lives it is easy to think I haven’t even prayed today. This is so much more. You just have this ongoing conversation with your Abba father... Just you and him!
Now it is important to remember to listen. As believers that is a huge part that we miss. Communication is a two-way street. We share our heart with God and he always listens. We need to learn to be still and listen for him to speak. The last part of the scripture speaks of being thankful in all circumstances. For this is the will of God. I know we all long to be in his will. The word spells it out very clearly to rejoice always, pray without ceasing and to be thankful in everything. Now if only we could live that way, but we can. Do you know why? Because we are filled with his Holy Spirit! He is the one who guides, teaches and reveals the hidden things in our hearts.
The word also speaks about prayer in Philippians 4:6, “Don’t worry about anything, instead pray about everything”. Tell God what you need and thank him for all he has done. The scripture says it. Simply pray about everything. That means all things that are important to you are important to God. There have been many times in my own life that this became so obvious. One amazing story and answer to my prayers is my love story to my husband Larry. I had been praying to God for quite a few years to meet a godly man that he would have for me to marry. My prayers were personal, very specific and fervent at times. There were seasons of doubt that this may not happen to me. But God! He knew all along. I just had to learn to trust Him and His timing and to let go of what I thought I needed. His ways are really so much better than our ways. He brought Larry into my life at just the right time. We both prayed very much and had accountability and knew this was God’s plan. My husband will tell you, I still get very teared up when I talk about what God did in this season of my life, how he answered so many prayers and still does. Unbeknownst to me my own mother had been praying for the very same thing – and recognizes that God moved on both of our behalves.
I admire people who have such open intimate conversations with the Lord. It’s deeper than conversations with your best friend because God knows us so much better. There’s nothing we can’t share or pour out to him. He knows us and loves us so much. We have to remember there’s absolutely nothing that is going to surprise him or catch him off guard. If you have a worry or doubt, talking to God can relieve that concern. God always brings comfort in prayer time with Him.
I also love the scripture Jeremiah 33:3, “Ask me and I will tell you remarkable secrets. You do not know about things to come”. This is very powerful. This scripture is telling us to ask him. Well, here is that conversation/communication reminder again. The scripture goes deeper. He says ask me and I will tell you remarkable secrets. He wants to reveal hidden truths to us. We must be willing to listen and seek him with a pure heart. For most of us, it is very hard to comprehend that God is that available to us, but He is.
Prayer is... So many things. I’m quoting my pastor who said prayer is the essential activity of waiting for God, acknowledging our helplessness and his power. Calling upon him for help, seeking his counsel. He was speaking of it like being in a waiting room of a hospital. We are all in that waiting room at some time in our lives. Waiting on God to answer our prayers or to speak to us about our prayer concern. I really like where he said acknowledging our own helplessness and seeing God’s power. So often when we pray it is as a last resort. He does not want prayer to be our last resort but our first response. He wants to hear our joys, sorrows and our worries. There is also growth in the waiting time. I am quoting a good friend who wrote “One prayer may catapult you on a lifelong journey – No wonder it may take a lifetime to receive the answer to that prayer as we walk it out by faith in life”. The answer will come because God is Faithful! I have been much more intentional about listening for him to speak. I was at work the other day thinking over a matter, wondering if the timing would work out so I wouldn’t have to leave work. Just like that I heard His still voice say, “Why don’t you give that worry to me? You can see how I will work it out”. So I did. I prayed my concern to God and let it go and it all worked out perfectly. Such a humbling lesson. He wants everything, even those little concerns we don’t think about.
There are many times when we do not know how to pray. His word guides and directs us. In Romans 8:26 “In the same way the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we are to pray for, but the Holy Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groanings .” I will say I have experienced this many times. I will pray in my own prayer language and receive peace, knowing the Holy Spirit is interceding on my behalf in that very moment. In Jude 1:20 it reads “But you, beloved, are building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Spirit.” It is a very powerful weapon against the enemy. The enemy cannot understand what is meant for God. In Ephesians 6:18 it says “To pray at all times in the Spirit with prayer and supplication. To the end stay alert, be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere.” This is so important. God is admonishing us to stay alert at all times and to be diligent to pray for believers everywhere – this is important for our church, community, family and especially our children.
As I am writing this I am praying for more wisdom – He spoke to me saying my Word is truth – it will speak on its own! I know we want God to give each of us more revelation of Himself. This happens when we pray in the Spirit. As we are built up spiritually, faith increases and there is such peace in knowing you are praying God’s perfect will. In I Corinthians 14:2 it says, “For one who speaks in a tongue, speaks not to men but to God; for no one understands him, because he utters mysteries in the Spirit.” In writing this I want to be sure you have understanding and clarity. God’s word speaks of having a private prayer language or speaking in tongues. It is not meant to be foreign or unknown to believers. We are all filled with His Holy Spirit and can ask for a heavenly prayer language. God withholds nothing from his children. He wants us to know He hears us and knows our very heart.
Just remember, God is always listening. We just have to open our hearts to him and have faith that he hears our prayers.
Written by: Angie Reese
When I think of prayer, I think of the everyday stuff: meals, thank you’s for the day, and prayers over children as they sleep. I also think about the prayers of desperation that we pray during a crisis. But here lately, I have been praying a different kind of prayer. Something in between these two.
You see, I have been suffering with some pretty crazy depression and (for the first time in my life) anxiety. I’ve been doing all the things my therapist wants me to do. I have been taking the medicine my psychiatrist wants me to take. And yet, it is still there.
When you have this going on you just want some relief from it after a while. This can take you down some scary roads, but thankfully I have an amazing support group. Prayer didn’t occur to me until I had to pick up the phone and call Lyndsay. Crying, I poured out to her what was going on. My sweet friend didn’t judge me or tell me it was going to be ok. I had heard those words before. She suggested we pray. So she did.
Friends, I am here to tell you that allowing myself to stop and enter into God’s presence with her for that prayer gave me relief. Now, it didn’t solve my problem, but it showed me that when God says “And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus,” (Phil 4:7) that he was not kidding.
This attack on me has been from the enemy and I have set down my greatest weapon to cower in the corner and cry. Prayer, my friends, is an amazing tool and weapon against Satan and all his ways. When I allowed myself to pray - truly focus and pray - I found peace. Even if it was just for a few minutes, it was there. It was possible.
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your request to God.” (Phil 4:6) is what comes before the peace verse. So when I take the time to be in His word, His presence, and really lean into him and come to him as a child would come to her Father, I find this amazing gift. Never in my life have I needed the precious gift of prayer like I do now.
So is my situation a crisis? No. Is it something that is “everyday”? Not that either. But nonetheless, it is vital and God knew I was going to need these verses, this reassurance, in my life. Obviously, if it is in the Bible, I am not the only one who needs to hear this.
So, in the meantime, I will keep doing all the things and taking the medicine. But most importantly, I will lean on God and remember that He has it under control. I will rest in His peace and continually remind myself that He is there. The Holy Spirit will keep interceding for me when I have no words. I will keep praying.
Written By: Lyndsay Terry
2017 - We'd moved away from all of our friends and our church family to somewhere new. We were so lonely and so full of heartache and regret. So much had transpired in this quick decision to move…it felt as if it happened overnight. And to be truthful…it almost did. One day we had decided to stay and ride the storm out and find a new way to live in the middle of the mess I had made for our family and our church. I’d find a new job, we’d figure out what my husband was going to do…I mean, our whole lives were invested in this church and this community...how could we leave? But I had made some decisions I couldn’t “undo” and hurt people deeply. How would I even begin to pay for these “mistakes”…these sins?
Overnight, it became extremely volatile. We couldn’t stay. There was no room for us anymore and it was clear we weren’t going to be able to get healthy and healed in this place. So - overnight - we made the decision to leave town in 4 weeks and start again somewhere new, close to family so we’d have help and support to get healthy and healed.
4 weeks flew by and moved in slow motion all at once. 4 weeks wasn’t enough time to pack a house and say goodbyes to the people who still wanted to see us. 4 weeks was too much time to hang around a place we weren’t very welcomed. It was a small town…there was no hiding. 4 weeks and all our belongings were packed hastily into a u-haul and driven over 2500 miles to the other side of the country to start again.
We were in a new place with new faces and people who wanted to help and love us…there was no baggage here with these people…but I was stuck. All I could hear in my head were the voices of two men from our old, small town life and their judgement over me...their discouragement. Discouragement is a nice word for it. I’m not saying I didn’t earn it. I did. I earned all of their scorn and shame. I earned all of their disappointment and discouragement. I earned all of their disgust.
I just couldn't live with it.
We needed loads of help and forgiveness. We hadn’t earned it, but we needed support and love. And they just didn’t have it to give. Not to us. Not to me.
I couldn’t move on. It was tormenting me…their words running on repeat in my head day and night. We had been going to counseling, had marriage mentors, were living with family, and surrounding ourselves with Jesus and His Bride and I still couldn’t get healed. I was afraid of people…if they knew. If they saw me for who I really am…they’d say the same things those two men said. How was I going to break free from this? Every time I thought of those words, first - I would be crushed under their weight, and then - I would feel some righteous anger.
“How does this look like Jesus?”
“Is this how He would have responded to me in my time of need covered in my own sin?”
I found as I was moving out of my deep shame into forgiveness for myself, I still had a forgiveness problem…these two men. Every time I thought of them, something in me gave an angry shudder. My face would heat up, my heart would pound, and I couldn’t think of them without unforgiveness.
I was carrying the unforgiveness that had offended my heart so deeply when it was carried against me.
I went to the Lord…
“I can’t live like this. I need to move on and I just can’t. I’m scared and angry all the time. Will I be able to do ministry again without hearing their discouraging words? Will I be able to serve you again without feeling like a fake? I can’t live like this Lord!”
His response to that prayer? Pray for them.
“…bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you.” Luke 6:28
Sunday mornings were the hardest for me. I felt like a fraud going to serve in the church after the life I had lived just months ago. I would hear the words of those two men echo in my head the entire drive to church and just cry. Who am I to be doing this? Why would God ever use me again? I’m a fake. I’m a fraud…
Pray for them, Lyndsay.
I began to spend my rides to church on Sundays in prayer. I’d pray for those two men by name and instead of praying for what I “knew they needed” I just began to pray blessings over them.
“Bless those who curse you…”
I’d pray for blessings of wisdom, finances, friendships, their marriages, their children, the churches they loved and served. I’d pray for blessings in their workplace and for the advancement of their careers. I’d pray for blessings over them until I parked my car at the church and turned off the engine.
It started out rough. I wasn't sure I really wanted to bless them. My heart wasn't fully in it to be truthful. But I began this journey of praying blessings over those who cursed me out of obedience to the Lord. I needed to give the Lord my yes after so many months of telling the Lord no. Look where that got me. So I said yes and prayed blessings. I did this for months. And over time, when I thought of those two men, the hardness of my heart had chipped away and I was honestly, truly, unbelievably so, tender toward them. I had no more anger or hatred or unforgiveness harbored in my heart. I can think of them without remembering their words - I don't even remember what exactly was said anymore. I can think of them and feel love for the good they did in my life for the time they were in it. And through those months of prayer for those men, the Lord removed my fear of new friendships, my lack of confidence in serving Him, and renewed in me the calling he placed on my heart years ago. I was free. Free of their shame and free of my anger. Free of my fear and insecurities.
“For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable.” Romans 11:29
When I had a forgiveness problem…
When I had a relationship problem…
When I had a ministry problem…
When I had a confidence problem…
My freedom was not found in people praying for me, some emotional or mystical experience in the presence of God, not deliverance, not anointing, not impartation, not anything except…
“…bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you.” Luke 6:28
All of those problems stemmed from a PRAYER problem. And when I finally just took the time to meet with the Lord in prayer - not even for myself - but for those who cursed or abused me (I had done plenty of that myself too), all of my other problems seemed to fade away or solve themselves.
Whatever you’re going through right now, no matter how dark or lonely, how scary or confusing…your answer is prayer.
If you are struggling with forgiveness or bitterness - pray blessings over those who curse and abuse you. Pray them whether you believe it yet or not. Do it out of obedience…the Lord will change your heart.
If you are struggling with your calling…maybe you did something “unforgivable” and you think you can never serve the Lord again - your answer is prayer.
Prayer is treated as secondary so often isn’t it? We feel the need to DO something, not just say something to the ceiling. We need ACTION and we need it now!
Sis, prayer is letting the God who sees past, present, and future perfectly into your situation to work it out for your good and His glory. Prayer is admitting you don’t have the answers, but you know the one who does. Prayer is laying down your own plans to take up the perfect plans of your Heavenly Father who loves you. Prayer is heart to heart connection with the only person who can actually do anything to fix the problem, heal the hurt, or calm the situation. Prayer is our primary way to influence any situation we are in with all the power of Heaven. How dare we belittle our prayers...it belittles our God.
Whatever you’re struggling with right now…you don’t need action. You need prayer. You don't need answers, you don't need them to love you or accept you, you don't need change...you FIRST need prayer.
Let me pray with you, sis.
Lord Jesus, you see perfectly into our hearts and our homes and situations. You know our greatest needs when we don't even know them. Would you come and look into our hearts right now? Would you let us know what you see? Maybe my sister needs to be reminded that she has been forgiven. Or maybe that you have a purpose for her life. Or that man's words don't determine her future. You know what her heart needs right now. Would you just speak? Would you talk to us in the quiet parts of our hearts and let us know what we should be coming to you to get right now? You have all that we need. Help us to be quiet before you and listen to your voice. We love you. Forgive us for when we have belittled prayer. Forgive us for the times we turn to you last instead of first. Remind us of the truth that YOU hold our futures, that the world turns because you move it, that nothing happens without first passing through your hands. Thank you for speaking to us. We love you, Jesus. Amen.
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