Pray Without Ceasing

Hey friends!

It has been a while since I have written.  Life has been very interesting to say the
least.  I can tell you that the
depression and anxiety are GONE.  Praise
JESUS!

God has shown me so many areas of my life where I had let
fear take over.  Not good.  Even this past Sunday I was convicted about
how I have let the ‘fear of man’ control my life for YEARS.  I had no clue.  Isn’t that interesting how God doesn’t
overload us with everything at once? Haha!
I would be a hot mess if He did.

After my realization on Sunday I was thinking “Wow,
God!  I really had no clue! Thank you for
showing me now… but I could have avoided so much heartache if You had shown me
this FOREVER ago!” But then I was reminded that God knows exactly what He’s
doing.  I don’t think it’s that God hasn’t
tried to tell me or show me this MANY times before… I think it’s that I wasn’t
listening.

I guess I want this blog to go in the direction of how
effective prayer is … yet, we don’t use it.

On Sunday a friend of mine prayed with me over a VERY hard
place in my life, that ‘broken record’ place… where you keep experiencing
heartache but you can’t figure out why you keep returning to that place…  Well, she prayed a specific prayer at church
with me that God would reveal what that ‘thing’ is that keeps me hooked and
that I would leave that place a changed person.
During the service God revealed the hook that had me and I left a
changed person.

Yesterday an acquaintance
of mine told me that she had been praying for me back when I lost my job at
Sommet Group.  She prayed a specific
prayer for me over my finances and work life – I KNOW that God heard her
prayers (along with others who were praying for me).  I think God allowed me and her to make
contact and for her to tell me she prayed for me as a reminder that He is
listening.

As I was driving home I called my husband, Tony, and talked
about prayer.  I said “How can we believe
God,  know how effective prayer is and
NOT pray ALL THE TIME – myself included.
If we REALLY believed and could take a small peek into the spiritual
realm around us we would, like Paul said, pray without ceasing.  I think we are so stuck in the mindset that
we have to SEE in order to believe and so we fail to pray.

Hebrews 11:1-3 says Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of
what we do not see. 2 This is what the ancients were commended for. 3
By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that
what is seen was not made out of what was visible.

We have to
stop being so natural minded.  I have to
stop being so natural minded.

God is
listening.  Are you praying?

If not, I
encourage you to start… now.  If you are
but not a lot, I encourage you to get into the flow of constantly talking with
the Lord.  If you are ALL THE TIME – that’s
fantastic and I bet you see great fruit in your life and in the lives around
you.

My
challenge lately has been praying for those who drive me LOCO! Haha!  I have been asking God to help me see them as
He sees them (advice from my sweet friend, Sarah).  I have also been lifting them up to Him –
asking Him to bless them in specific ways (and really meaning it in my
heart).  God has shown me that when
people are driving me nuts it’s usually not THEM that are the problem… it’s something
in ME that God is working out.  He has
also shown me that there are people who are potentially dangerous – to guard my
heart and set safe boundaries but to love them from a distance.

Our fight
is NOT against flesh and blood – I’m constantly being reminded that it’s never
anything personal against me.  Darkness
drowns in light – If you were a demon don’t you think that would piss you
off?  Spiritual warfare – unseen but VERY
real.

Are you
fighting with worldly weapons or spiritual weapons?

Lots of
pondering.  :o)

 

Ephesians
6:18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers
and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all
the saints.

 

Running,

April

 

 

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