Good morning my sisters-
I didn't sleep very well last night. I think it came from having to let fire someone at work yesterday and around the same time finding out my boss didn't have cancer. Praise The Lord for that one! I hate letting people go but I love watching people get closer to Christ. My prayer for the young man that we had to part with yesterday is that he will figure out what he did wrong, that God will lead him and that he will understand and learn from what happened. For my boss, my prayer is that he will confess this miraculous gift to everyone he knows and grow closer to Christ because of it.
I think many have misconceptions about prayer and even fasting in prayer. And although the Scripture I chose today will say that they fasted and God answered, I want to caution everyone that God does not give us everything we want because we pray and fast. Since I was small I knew that only the prayers within His will would be answered positively. That doesn't mean God doesn't care, it really means that God knows best even when we think He doesn't. Our days are numbered and they are counted by Him and even though we all believe in happy ever after, that's really not the story of life on earth. The story is about a man that came to earth to heal nations, bring about revival and be our intersessory so that there would be no need for sacrificial lambs.
I don't want people to be confused about prayer. Prayer is powerful and it's our telephone to The Lord but we must remember that everything that He does is because He wants too. This is sometimes hard for people to understand when Scripture holds true. Bad things happen even when we pray for protection or love or really anything. Our Lord is with us and he hears our cries and when we fast it's a way to get closer to Him because for once our eyes are not on ourselves but on His provision. And when we combine prayer mighty things can happen. So when you pray, remember the words of Jesus. He always prayed," Your will be done." Why is that? Because He knew that not everything would be given to those that prayed but that in faith prayers would be answered when they align with His. Keep the faith, pray often and confess your sins but above all don't get discouraged if your prayer wasn't answered the way you want. God must have a different blessing in store, you just don't know what it is yet.
Please join me this week in praying for the women of Nigeria. I received Bibles today that will be shipped and in the hands of mighty warriors. One prayer will come true this week and oh how I thank God for the provision. Also, like my good sisters in Nigeria, reach out to me and I will pray for you, God knows our needs but when we come together nothing can stop us. May God bless you and keep you today wherever you live and know that there is no greater love than Jesus.
So we fasted and petitioned our God about this, and he answered our prayer. (Ezra 8:23 NIV)
My prayer today:
O, Lord, I come before you asking you to call us when it's our time to fast and pray for Your will to be done on earth. Your call is mighty and I want to thank you for the healing you have done this week and for my boss who will tell the story. You are a great God, there is no one like You. We need to learn to pray and to fast, not for our desires but for Yours. Keep us secure in You, walking in the power and glory of Your name. I lift up women in every nation to You and ask that You would give them courage, strength and a boldness to hear Your truth. Your will must be done on earth and in heaven and I pray for that today. I would like to especially pray for Anne Graham Lotz, Lord, lift her and her ministry up, give her courage and put a crown of thorns around her Lord. You know all circumstances and she is a mighty warrior for You. Let us not lean on our own understanding but give us wisdom to lean on You. For all You are and for all You do, please bless us as we conquer our fears and spread Your Word far and wide. In Jesus Name, Amen