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There are so many benefits to working on the front lines as a prayer warrior. I equate the excitement to be the same as a person who takes a journey around the world for the first time; every day a new adventure!
There is power in prayer! I know it! I see it! I hear it all the time!
What really sticks with me was my dear friend who grew up during the Depression. She went home to be with the Lord a few years ago. She told me that she and her sister were from a poor family in Detroit. They literally lived on the wrong side of the tracks. She and her sister could not get a school lunch and that bothered her so much. She said your name had to be on a list at school. She could accept being poor and not having as much as others; but not being able to get luch must have made them targets of great ridicule! It was humiliating, embarrassing and demeaning. It was not her fault. I don’t think she knew her earthly father. I never heard her mention him. Oh, but she had a heavenly Father!
As a young girl at the age of ten years; she thought that God was real. In faith she prayed that God would put she and her sister’s name on the lunch list. It sounds like a tall order, but not for God! Imagine…
a ten year old child believing that the Hand of God would show up and put her and her sister’s names on the lunch list!
Well, her prayers were answered…the next day…she came to school and their names were on the luch list. She never forgot it. She made God She was more than a conqueror at ten! a priority in her life from that day forth!
Whether it be prayer, faith, peace, wisdom; whatever your situation, you MUST be consistent in your approach. What you put in is what you get out in many cases.
Therefore, my beloved brethren, be firm (steadfast), immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord [always being superior, excelling, doing more than enough in the service of the Lord], knowing and being continually aware that your labor in the Lord is not futile [it is never wasted or to no purpose]. 1Corinthians 15:58
Dearest Friend, I am pleased to greet you, write to you and encourage you today. My prayers go out in agreement with your prayers and I know that all is well. The seasons are changing and we are changing with them. Maybe a stranger cannot see it on the outside of us, but our faith is getting stronger and stronger every single day. We are OVERCOMERS. I pray that all is well with you and your family today. I assure you that as you stand in faith believing God that it will be…all will be well. I have to talk to you about some important things before this year winds down on us. I’m just asking you to take a few minutes of your time to read this letter. You see, I’ve been trying to write it all month and now there aren’t many if any days left. Smile.
Be consistent is the message that I have for you. It means: be steady, be reliable, be unfailing, be regular, be dependable, be stable and be continual. Webster’s 1824 Dictionary describes: marked by harmony, regularity, or steady continuity : free from variation or contradiction ;a consistent style in painting. This whole entire month I have been trying to find a way in human example to describe to you. I continuously found examples in being consistent; but I was looking for a story that I personally knew more about to share with you. Let me say that being consistent is something that is hard to assess by an outsider in many cases. We can all best assess ourselves.
I prayed for yet another good example, (there are many/ a lot that I do and do not know about) just when time was running out, I ran into my friend Rene. Rene is a faith friend of mine. She works as a cashier in a market that I go into. I don’t casually know her. All of the stores that I patronize I get to know the people who work there. I met Rene right around seventeen years ago.
When I first met Rene, she made it clear that she loved Jesus. I didn’t ask her; she volunteered. It was amazing to me because at the time, I wasn’t so verbal myself that way about my love for Jesus. Smile. She was so full of the love of God that it showed. Customers gravitated to her. As long as I’ve known her, she has walked to and from work, well over five miles in each direction. I know personally that God is first in Rene’s life. She is consistent with God and He is the head of her life. She consults Him about every decision that she makes, every single one. She has sacrificed greatly for her family over the years. I believe that now she is raising her little granddaughter. Even when she had tough times, I never once heard her complain, not one time.
One day, I made a decision to get in her line at the store, no matter what. When we see each other we share testimonies. I know that if I talk to Rene, I’m going to have yet another great opportunity to give God praise in public. A lot of people hear us when we do this. We don’t care. We aren’t loud or obnoxious. Usually when I look around I see people smiling when they hear us because they know we are truly sincere and not just grabbing attention. A lot of times some of the other cashiers join in and we even have had the manager joining in on our declaring the wonder of God on the job in front of customers. We can’t shrink back, we can’t waiver.
I hadn’t seen Rene in a while and when I did she was telling me why. Her words were: ELAINE, LET ME TELL YOU ABOUT GOD’S FAVOR! She explained that she had went into the hospital for a 45 minute surgery and she woke up on life support eleven hours later! She said she did not know what had happened but she woke up thanking God. Soon thereafter, they sent her home because miraculously she had returned to normal.
A few days thereafter, Rene and her friends went to the Palace to see Joel Osteen. She explained that when she arrived they explained that her seats were in the bleachers above the bleachers. You know the ones? Maybe not, I do. Rene was telling me how she called on the LORD; she explained it this way: “I said LORD, I cannot go all the way up to those seats there must be a mistake, my friends want to go home, you know I can’t go up there. LORD, I need your help, You’re going to have to fix this for me, I can’t do it.” In the meantime, her dilemma had been brought to the attention of the ushers who went and got the person who was in charge of decision making.
In the end, they took Rene and her friends to a private suite, right by the stage on the first floor. They were each given their own personal television monitor to assure that they could see and hear and they were served special food cooked to their specification and liking at no cost to them! Renee is consistent as many people are. Her consistency allows her to receive God’s best. God is her rear guard, He sees to it that people smile on her, that she is protected, that she has joy, that she has health, that her needs are met and she knows it.
The most important thing is that this type of favor is available to each and all of us. God is no “respecter” of persons…the bible says so. Rene singled out God, showed Him her love and regard for choosing her, she showed Him her faith, gave Him her full attention. Renee made Jesus the head of her life and NOT just in words. She calls on the LORD for every single decision. That’s what she does. My prayer for each of us this month is that we will stay in faith, stay on task and be consistent so we can each see the full measure of what God has for us.
* It’s the mid way point of the year. Take heed. Please take these scriptures for prayer, meditation and confessions or use some of your own; but don’t let it slip. blessings to you!
(2007- The Year of the Open Door)
And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write; These things saith he that is holy, he that is true, he that hath the key of David, he that openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth; I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name-
And when they had preached the word in Perga, they went down into Attalia: And thence sailed to Antioch, from whence they had been recommended to the grace of God for the work which they fulfilled. And when they were come, and had gathered the church together, they rehearsed all that God had done with them, and how he had opened the door of faith unto the Gentiles.
1 CORINTHIANS 16
For I will not see you now by the way; but I trust to tarry a while with you, if the Lord permit. For a great door and effectual is opened unto me, and there are many adversaries.
2 CORINTHIANS To whom ye forgive any thing, I forgive also: for if I forgave any thing, to whom I forgave it, for your sakes forgave I it in the person of Christ; Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices. Furthermore, when I came to Troas to preach Christ’s gospel, and a door was opened unto me of the Lord,
COLOSSIANS 4: Masters, give unto your servants that which is just and equal; knowing that ye also have a Master in heaven. Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving; Withal praying also for us, that God would open unto us a door of utterance, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in bonds:
LUKE 11 And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.
(2007- The Year of the Open Door) (Continued Page 2)
ACTS 5: Insomuch that they brought forth the sick into the streets, and laid them on beds and couches, that at the least the shadow of Peter passing by might overshadow some of them. There came also a multitude out of the cities round about unto Jerusalem, bringing sick folks, and them which were vexed with unclean spirits: and they were healed every one.
Then the high priest rose up, and all they that were with him, (which is the sect of the Sadducees,) and were filled with indignation, And laid their hands on the apostles, and put them in the common prison.
But the angel of the Lord by night opened the prison doors, and brought them forth, and said, Go, stand and speak in the temple to the people all the words of this life. And when they heard that, they entered into the temple early in the morning, and taught. But the high priest came, and they that were with him, and called the council together, and all the senate of the children of Israel, and sent to the prison to have them brought. But when the officers came, and found them not in the prison, they returned and told, Saying, The prison truly found we shut with all safety, and the keepers standing without before the doors: but when we had opened, we found no man within.
Now when the high priest and the captain of the temple and the chief priests heard these things, they doubted of them whereunto this would grow. Then came one and told them, saying, Behold, the men whom ye put in prison are standing in the temple, and teaching the people.
ACTS 16 And when they had laid many stripes upon them, they cast them into prison, charging the jailor to keep them safely: Who, having received such a charge, thrust them into the inner prison, and made their feet fast in the stocks. And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them.
What’s in it?
I am asking you if you are reading this to join us in agreement in prayer regarding the events that occurred at the Virginia Techcollege campus; knowing that God honors our prayers.
Heavenly Father, we stand before your throne this day in the Name of Jesus. We bind the spirit of confusion and contention on the Virginia Tech campus as people look to point a finger for who might be the blame. We loose Godly peace and comfort in that environment. Thank you for dispersing angels to that place to cover that community. We also bind the spirit of fear in that place.
Please comfort those families whose loved ones who have been lost or injured! We pray that people will begin to form collaborative efforts to show those families that they are loved; just like they did for New York City victims and for the Hurricane Katrina victims.
We pray for the administrators that they will be able to handle all of the pressure and rise to the occasion. We pray for that police department; that their actions are not second guessed. We thank you for their dedication and service. We pray for each and every student, some have lost friends, family, a sense of security and some have lost confidence. We pray that their hearts will be strengthened.
We pray for that community; that they will pour forth to minister to those students. Where are all the people who come rushing forth in a crisis Lord; please send them forth!
We also pray for the family of the shooter: Cho Seung-Hui. We pray that they will not be ridiculed; but that the truth will come out. We pray that families who have children who are challenged with mental illnesses will pay more attention to them and gain wisdom about getting them healed and not just medicated.
We plead the blood of Jesus over the Va. Tech campus and every single college campus or school in this country. We are not ignorant of Satan’s devices. So we decree right now that there will not be another occasion like this, not on our watch.
We declare that the saints of God will have an advantage to minister the Word of God throughout the land so that people will know of Your mighty love for them.
We know that Your Word cannot return unto you void; for You are not a man that you should lie.
We will not let our guard down; so from this day forth we agree to pray For our country and it’s people. In Jesus Name. AMEN
There’s a reason this is being brought to your attention. Don’t ignore the call.