Pretty girl praying.I never witnessed first hand a miraculous healing of God. I’ve seen sick people get well. I’ve heard stories of cancer that was found and then it was gone. I think sometimes that my faith comes up short in this area. I believe that God can do anything He wants. I also believe that some of the real life testimonies of healing by God are true. I came across a cool story that involves Peter & John when the church was just beginning. Check this out….

One day Peter and John were going up to the temple at the time of prayer—at three in the afternoon. 2 Now a man who was lame from birth was being carried to the temple gate called Beautiful, where he was put every day to beg from those going into the temple courts. 3 When he saw Peter and John about to enter, he asked them for money. 4 Peter looked straight at him, as did John. Then Peter said, “Look at us!” 5 So the man gave them his attention, expecting to get something from them.
6 Then Peter said, “Silver or gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.” 7 Taking him by the right hand, he helped him up, and instantly the man’s feet and ankles became strong. 8 He jumped to his feet and began to walk. Then he went with them into the temple courts, walking and jumping, and praising God. 9 When all the people saw him walking and praising God, 10 they recognized him as the same man who used to sit begging at the temple gate called Beautiful, and they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him. (Acts 3:1-10 NIV)

This story of healing is amazing to me. If a person is lame from birth and they’ve never walked, I would think they would have to learn to walk. This guy was healed immediately and then was “walking and jumping”! I can imagine what people thought when they saw this guy who had been lame from birth busting a move! This all happened because Jesus’ followers believed. I’m not inclined to believe that the cripple guy had much faith. He had probably tried everything to bring healing, but these regular men, filled with the Holy Spirit of God changed his life forever. I can imagine that after Peter & John explained how this was even possible through Jesus that this man became a believer.

I really want my faith in this area to stretch and grow. I want my eyes of faith to be open to EVERYTHING that God does and everything He can do. I want to believe in unexplainable, supernatural miracles of healing. I have no intentions to stop praying for them because the Lord understands the weakness of my faith and He can do some amazing things with what I have. I will pray today for miraculous healing for a friend and God will grow my lack of faith.

Pressing On!

So Much More

MoreJesus gives a powerful teaching on prayer. His disciples ask Him to teach them to pray and He begins to tell a story.  The story ends up being about PERSISTENCE IN PRAYER.  I think He is teaching a powerful truth about prayer – Keep at it! I think Jesus was endorsing praying multiple times over the same issue or requests. I know that there are times when my kids have “worn me down” by asking and I caved in and gave them what they asked for. It seems to me that Jesus is saying that persistence in prayer is a good thing.

He also goes a different direction after speaking about persistence. He challenges us to ask, seek and knock. He promises answers. Check this out…

9 “So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 10 For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.
11 “Which of you fathers, if your son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead? 12 Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? 13 If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!” (Luke 11:9-13 NIV)

I work pretty hard at being a good Dad. I try hard to give my kids good gifts. I’m a “softie” when it comes to my kids. I want to help them in any way I can. Jesus is good with that, but then takes it to another level. He says if I’m a good Dad and know how to love and bless my kids, HOW MUCH MORE does my Heavenly Father know how to love and bless those who call Him Father.  I’ve learned more about the Fathers heart by becoming a Dad back in 1986 when my first child was born. I realized that I loved this kid more than I loved myself. I realized the intensity of my love as I realized that I would lay down my life in a second to save his. I also realized that there was NOTHING he could do to make me stop loving him as my son.

If I think I’m a pretty good Dad – HOW MUCH MORE is my Father God an amazing Father. I want to live under that love and protection today. I also want to model it for my children. My Father loves me without condition or strings attached and He made a way for me to spend eternity with Him even though I’m imperfect and I have multiple faults. His love is AMAZING & GRACE FILLED!

Pressing On!

Intense Prayer

Abstract Silhouette PrayingI’ve prayed for many years and I’m still working on the discipline of prayer. So many times in my past, my prayers were mostly desperation instead of conversation. I prayed like God was Santa Claus waiting to fill my wish list. I’ve had crisis in my life and then prayer looked totally different. I had a mission that had intensity – I was desperate and hurting deeply. My prayers took on an intensity that I had not experienced before.

Jesus was about to be betrayed. He knew what was coming, but His disciples didn’t. He tried to give them a heads up but they didn’t catch it. Check this out…

32 They went to a place called Gethsemane, and Jesus said to his disciples, “Sit here while I pray.” 33 He took Peter, James and John along with him, and he began to be deeply distressed and troubled. 34 “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death,” he said to them. “Stay here and keep watch.”
35 Going a little farther, he fell to the ground and prayed that if possible the hour might pass from him. 36 “Abba, Father,” he said, “everything is possible for you. Take this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.”
37 Then he returned to his disciples and found them sleeping. “Simon,” he said to Peter, “are you asleep? Couldn’t you keep watch for one hour? 38 Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak. (Mark 14:32-38 NIV)

Jesus’ prayer had a intensity because of what was coming. I have been in some pretty desperate situations and my prayers went deeper and stronger. My relationship with the Lord has been different after intense sessions like that. I’ve learned to trust His heart even when I can’t see what He’s doing. Intense prayer has more often revealed to me the heart of God rather than directly changing my situation. God is the One Who can change any situation and do anything He pleases. My intense prayer often includes a prayer to change my circumstances or my situation and the Lord actually changes me instead. The change He makes in me helps me see my situation in a totally different light. The pain is often still there, but my new perspective is like salve on the sore. Intense prayer is integral to my relationship with my God as I reveal my heart – He reveals His heart and I end of changed.

Pressing On!

Pray Anywhere!

Hands folded in prayer over open russian Holy Bible on black backgroundI love the story of Jonah because I see me in the story sometimes. I know that Jonah wasn’t this stellar, model prophet. He is actually known for running from the Lord’s call. I found it interesting reading his prayer from inside the big fish. I assume that he wrote this after the experience and not in the middle of it. His prayer was “spot-on” considering his situation. Check this out…

1 While Jonah was inside the fish, he prayed to the Lord his God and said,
2 “When I was in danger,

    I called to the Lord,

    and he answered me.
I was about to die,

    so I cried to you,

    and you heard my voice.
7 “When my life had almost gone,

    I remembered the Lord.
I prayed to you,

    and you heard my prayers in your Holy Temple.
8 “People who worship useless idols

    give up their loyalty to you.
9 But I will praise and thank you

    while I give sacrifices to you,

    and I will keep my promises to you.
Salvation comes from the Lord!
10 Then the Lord spoke to the fish, and the fish threw up Jonah onto the dry land. (Jonah 2:1-2, 7-10 NCV)

Sometimes my most desperate situations call for the most desperate and honest prayers. I have “been there and done that”! I think that some of my deepest convictions of my faith were formed in desperate times because I felt the presence of the Lord near me ministering to me. I can’t describe it very well with words, but I KNOW of His presence. He is as real as the computer I’m typing on. He transcends all that I see and know. I think that it’s incredible that I can talk to Him at any time. I can get His advise and His wisdom in a moment’s notice.

I don’t pray desperate prayers as often because I pray more often. I feel His Presence starting at the beginning of the day and all throughout the day. I want this daily journey with Him to continue every day of my life. 

Pressing On!