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{January 14, 2009}   Prayer Request Update

Those of you who are praying on my behalf….THANK YOU!!!

Here is an update on the job I want as ISDMA IV…..the agency has not pulled the list of eligibles….this is a good thing…but pray they will pull the list soon and God’s favor to be with me, my resume.



{January 12, 2009}   Relief is HERE, yeah!!!

I was so hurt today.  A friend began a discussion that almost caused friction, topic was biblically.  Anyway, I was ignored when trying to figure out what the message this person was trying to get across.  I prayed and prayed and sought the Word of GOD for answers.  Then I was still for a while, it was quiet.  I waited to hear from the Lord.  Not literally like a voice or anything.  But what I learned today is this:

I mustn’t allow a human being cause such discomfort in me.  It does not matter what a person thinks of me, what matters is what God thinks of me.  I am hear to please God, not man or woman.  The world may hate me, for it hated Jesus as well.  I need to learn to be more secure in myself and have an assurance of the presence of Jesus. "He that is in me is greater then he that is in the world." 

John 15:18-19 (KJV) "If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you."

Philippians 4:13 (NIV) "I can do everything through him who gives me strength."

I know I have F.O.G., the favor of God, it is evident by all the blessings Christ has given me lately.  Through other individuals who allow Jesus in them to live through them.  He will bless all those individuals who have stepped up to the plate to allow Christ to use them to help me and others.

{January 12, 2009}   Fruits ….What are fruits?

You may be thinking of oranges, pineapples, and peaches, but I am referring to a parable that I feel I should share.

Matthew 7:16 says, "You will know them by their fruits.  …" also Matt 7:20 says, "So then, you will know them by their fruits."  Now the entire chapter has a great passage about the narrow gate or narrow path that leads to life and states few will find it.  It also cautions us to beware of false prophets.  BuT what is an attention grabber is this Matt 7:21, "Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven; but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven."

Now some people say the fruit is the amount of money you make or the position you have, not entirely true….yes, those are wonderful fruits to have but let me take you to Galatians 5:22-23 "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.

Now how to judge someone by their fruits, you also must know what are not good fruits and are considered deeds of the flesh.  Gal 5:18-21 "But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the Law. Now the deeds of the flesh are evident, which are: immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions, envying, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these, of which I forewarn you just I have forewarned you that those who practice such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God."

A Christian may be undergoing trials due to decisions made by others or themselves, by actions of others or themselves.  Just as Joseph was thrown into jail for NO fault of his own, but due to a lie from Potiphera’s wife.  But Joseph did not loose faith.  This story is in Genesis 39 with 23 verses.

I am sharing this because some seem to judge me a lot these days.  My jobless situation is no fault of my own, it just is.  God is preparing the way for something great.  He is moving me elsewhere to do good things, to be the salt and light in the place He is leading me.  I have been showered with an abundance of blessings lately.  I give thanks to Him on most high, God Almighty.  It is because of my relationship through the son, Jesus Christ, He knows me and shows me His love.  "PRAISE you Jesus, thank you God.  Thank  you for those blessings yet to come. In Jesus name, amen"

{January 10, 2009}   The Best Night So Far In 2009

This day started like any other.  It progressed as any other, but late afternoon the day changed.  God was good to me and took what could have been a miserable night and turned it into a wonderful night.  As you read, you will see.

Monday, January 5th and the weekend just ending, one would think the cold weather was over, but today, Tuesday, January 6th the temp is continuing to drop.

Not to mention my ex forgot to return Matt’s coat, so now I must drive to pick it up, and it seems my ex does not want to meet half way. I might have to drive to OKC. Tonight is dodge ball night, and guess what Matt is asking to do…….yep…….yep you got it……he wants to go. If I had a job, I would just buy him another coat, but I can not afford to do that, plus Matt has a brand new coat already this year which I sent with him when he went to visit his dad. So my delima is this, do I put tons of clothes on my kid for him to feel uncomfortable and take them off anyway, or do I drive to OKC?

LIFE….never simple.

Turns out I did drive to OKC, but thankfully my ex met me on the edge of town as I was coming into the city. Matt slept in the car on the drive up. He was hungry; there was a subway in the gas station where we met, so I bought him a sandwich. Then he was all siked about going to play dodge ball.

So I prayed and prayed asking God to prepare the way for me to take Matt to play dodge ball. I was shaking and terrified out of nervousness, but prayed for Jesus to give me courage and for His light to shine. As we walked in, we were greeted by other kids. There were kids ranging from 5 ish to teens and some older with a few other adults. They seemed full of joy. I looked eagerly around to spot Jase. He was right in the middle of the room, I didn’t even recognize him. He had grown a full facial beard. He looked different, but he still looked good. In fact he looked handsome and …..well anyway, I kept a distance. To be honest, I had more little kids come up to me needing my attention, there wasn’t anytime for me to pay attention to Jase. LOL. At first, I was lucky to miss every ball that came my way for several games, but there were a few times I would sit down anyway when the numbers were low. I even threw the ball a few times. Once I could barely make the ball go across the room. The second time, the person I aimed at, caught it. LOL Then one of the children claimed to have hurt his knee, so I walked him to the bench, rubbed his knee, and then extended his leg. In a joking manner told this little boy, his name I have forgotten….I am terrible with names, "Awe your fine, you just banged it a little, nothing is broken." We laughed it off, he went back into the game to play and I watched.

Then there was a time of devotional and prayer, very nice. I enjoyed it. Then we went back to dodge ball, but switched sides. I did not like the opposite side, I couldn’t find a spot that suet me. There was a different child who needed my attention, God’s love through me. Turns out he did not bang his head all that hard, but made me think he did, but before I realized this I had walked him to the bench to sit with him. There was no knot appearing, but he seemed in pain. I explained that he might need to sit out to calm down. I could feel the body heat from this child due to running around. Jase walked over. I asked him for some ice, he shook his head. He then tended to the child. I stepped aside. I went back into the game, I did not like this side of the gym. This side brought the end of my good luck. I got hit twice, once in the arm and the second time in the chest. Just as I was feeling comfortable again to go for the ball and throw it, the game was over.

Jase had bought pizzas for everyone. After he prayed, the kids went for the food. I stayed wanting attention as every female does, right? LOL I asked Jase what the rules of the game were, now mind you I had been asking different kids and learned most of them already, but I still wanted to hear them, to hear Jase’s voice. I know I am terrible. He said he had to stay and clean up first, so I said okay. I waited. Then I decided to go ahead and leave, I asked another child to take my son into the other room to get one piece of pizza. Jase told everyone to start with four then go back for more. I told my son one, due to him already eating a sandwich, and I knew he could not eat them all. I would rather he get one, and then go back for another. I was too nervous to eat. You all know how women can be? As I was leaving, Jase came up to me to answer my question. He did tell me a few things I was not aware of or had not been told yet, so I did learn more of the rules. I couldn’t help but stare at his face. I would look away toward the floor, but look back. He looked great!!!! Even with all the facial hair. Earlier in the even during a small chat on the bench he stated, "I know why men grow a beard. It’s definitely warmer with it." I smiled, I don’t think he saw the smile. Anyway, I remember asking him, "Under arm throw? Above arm throw?" When all along, I sort of knew what he was talking about, but needed to prolong the instructions. LOL. I thanked him for the instruction as we walked down the hall leading to the room where the pizza was. Matt was coming out, as I put his coat on Jase invited me into the other room for pizza. I was so nervous and didn’t know what else to talk about, so I replied, "No, I must get on the road." He tells Matt, "Bye Matt, Do you want to come get a second piece to eat in the car, to get your mom’s car all greasy?" Matt grinned and giggled. He shook his head no. We then left. On the freeway, guess who finishes the one slice? You got it, me.

As I drove home, I thought about the evening. We got home about 10:40 pm, not bad and Matt slept in the car. He is off to school now. Anyway, there was a little boy who gave me a hug, then asked if that was okay. I was like sure. Then another who sat by me during the devotion and prayer. This was the little boy whos knee I rubbed. When Jase asked if there were any prayer request. This little boy raised his hand. He asked to pray for me. AWE!!! I was … words to explain the joy and peace I felt.

It was a SuPeRB night for sure! God sure did change a long night on the road (4 hours and 20 minutes all together, going and coming) into a most remember able time. That 1 hour and 30 minutes attending the dodge ball ministry Jase leads was well worth the drive. His group has grown so much. Turns out last night, Jase was celebrating the annual anniversary of the dodge ball ministry, 6 years. He kept stressing that is was a day early, but Tuesday is their night to meet. It was a special time for everyone.

{January 3, 2009}   Three Days IN

We are now in our 3rd day of 2009.  I am so bored.  Tired…..I think it may be due to some stress.

I had struggles with my thoughts today.  I thought of how I only have so many more weeks of  unemployment.  How I would NOT like to have to give my youngest to his father for him to rise.  Truthfully, I love my boys.  I want to provide a great home and give them all they need and more, but I can’t do that without work.  The enemy has been toying with my mind.  It has been a battle.  BUT what I remembered is this, "’…For I know the plans I have for you’ says the Lord. ‘They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.  In those days when you pray, I will listen.  If you look for me in earnest, you will find me when you seek me.  I will be found by you,’ says the Lord. ‘I will END your captivity and restore your fortunes…’" Found in Jeremiah 29: 11-14.  I have felt as though I have been in a prison or captive in this town where I live.  I have no life really.  I try to get involved with the surrounding community, but truth is I just don’t feel as though this is my home.  I have friends and good neighbors.  In the next town I have a wonderful church and more friends there as well.  I even get involved with that community too.  But since I have been unemployed, there is not much money to go out and about visiting and doing.  Gas takes money.   Then, when I have my child or children, there is the expense of ensuring they eat if the outing is too long and no time to make it home to cook. 

I guess what I am saying; I do NOT know what my future holds.  I do not know who will hire me or when.  I do not know when a buyer will show interest in this home.  I have an idea of where I would like to move for a few reasons.  Truth is known, only GOD himself knows what I will be doing, where I will end up, and with whom meaning YEARS from now if I will marry.  As it is, I am not dating.  I have friends.  I even have 3 male Christian friends whom I find interesting.  Only ONE has my heart.  The oddest thing is, this ONE said he was dating another, but in our last conversation gives a statement which would lead one to believe there is yet a possibility, but he speaks in riddles.  I am beginning to think of him as a riddler, he never gives a straight forward response.  LOL.    REALITY is I do not know who GOD has for me.  BEFORE I go off on a tangent to explain how God puts the desires in our hearts and soul (mind).  Let me finish this story in Jeremiah, it came across very interesting.  Everyone who quotes the above scriptures leaves out the fact that this group of people this letter was written to were casted into exile, elders, priests, prophets, and all the people who had been exiled to Babylon by King Nebuchadnezzar.  Both important officials and normal people had been deported from Jerusalem.  Jeremiah who wrote the letter was in Jerusalem and sent the letter via Elasah.  The letter began, "The Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, sends this message to all the captives he has exiled to Babylon from Jerusalem." Jeremiah 29:4.  NOTICE the word "he".  The letter goes on to say to the people that while they are captives in Babylon they are to build homes, plant gardens, to marry and bare children.  To plan to stay.  Not to just waste away, but to LIVE and PRAY, also to pray for the city where they were held captive.  I will quote this part, "..for if Babylon has peace, so will you," verse 7 of chapter 29.    The message goes onto say that they would remain there in Babylon for 70 years. BUT GOD gives them a promise, this promise, "’But then I will come and do for you all the good things I have promised, and I will bring you home again.  For I know the plans I have for you.’ says the Lord."  So I asked the Lord what He was telling me today in my emotional, spiritual battle today.  I have been captive here in McQueen (otherwise known as Gould) and Duke, but to trust Him to keep his promise to me.  You see this morning I thought really negative thoughts, which are lies from the enemy.  Like:  What if you end up as a cook some where or on the street?  What if you can’t keep paying the bills?  What if you …blah blah blah.  So I spoke out telling the Devil to get behind me and calling on the name of Jesus.  I have hope for good things in my life NOT because I am good nor due to any reason of being worthy, but because HE loves me and He wants good things for me.

Later in this passage it says that those who stayed in Jerusalem suffered. "Your relatives who were not exiled to Babylon.  This is what the Lord Almighty says, ‘I will send war, famine, and disease upon them and make them like rotting figs, too bad to eat.’"  Jeremiah 29:16-17. Yes, it goes on to tell the horror they will suffer.   So exile may appear as a bad thing based on the definition of the word, but here it is revealed that these people in exile were being protected, it was for their own good.  In my life, by returning to this area I feel trapped.  It has proven to be a bad choice in my career due to the instability around here for that particular career field.  YET!!  Spiritually I have grown a lot.  This morning I remembered a position where I worked with a company for like five years and even worked myself up into management, Mazzio’s Pizza.  LOL. That was many moons ago!!  Then later I was in management at Taco Bell, but due to tragedy in my marriage, I was forced to move into what is known as a "safe" house and was not allowed to go to work.  My first born and I were in what the legal system calls "hide out."  It was for a short period of time.  My ex-husband had started physically abusing me and this was the legal system’s way of protecting me and my son.  Month’s later, about a year or so, my ex-husband changed; he then become no threat, but the damage was done.  Anyway, I was able to attend college.  Right out of college had a great job offer to go to Raleigh, NC, but due to my own bad choice thinking God wanted me to come home to mend my relationship with my family when the truth is He could have healed that relationship no matter where I lived. I came home out of fear or to runaway.   I was getting tired of seeing the man I loved with different girls, although we still had our family get together(s) and I was praying for reconciliation.  I feared moving to another strange town alone, now that I had my son, my first, who was 3 at the time I had this job offer.  When I was single, moving to another territory was not scary.  Today not scary either.  I do not know how my life would be if I had chosen that path. To be honest I will never know.  All I know is that I came home.   I felt as though God wanted me to mend my relationship with my family and the fact it was 100’s of miles from the one man I loved but kept hurting me.  GOD did answer the prayer many in my life to include myself had prayed.  My ex reconciled with me and moved here to be with me.  My career never got off the ground nor has it provided the stability I thought it would.  But my marriage was good, so I thought.  My husband, now my ex, and I had a second child.  He asked me to stay home to raise him.  I did, although more misery took place, and he reverted to his not so good behavior.  To make a long story short, the marriage is over. He is remarried and seems happy.  I am happy for him.  My relationship with my parents and siblings has improved tremendously.  My EX and I are communicating very well, and I pray it lasts.  A year ago now, I began praying asking God whether to move out of this town into the city to be closer to my son, or stay here and assume this mortgage.  About three months after I began to pray, communication began to pick up with a friend.  We later met and became close.  So now my prayer changed.  I was now asking GOD, please make clear what I am to do, I did not want to move to the city for the wrong reasons.  You see now not only did my son live there, but this guy who has my heart does too.  I allowed confusion.  I chose to stay here out of fear of making the wrong choice. I used the money I had saved for a family trip to California this summer. I had every intention of staying put. Just days before the finalization of me signing the second set of assumption papers assuming the mortgage to this house, my job came to an end.  So I just knew it was time to pack up and move.  I feel as though the city is where I should go. I have set a goal for the city, and must not allow doubt to creep in.  Nor distraction or diversions like going elsewhere. 

I guess I am sharing this so I won’t come across as being conceded or as though I deserve a better life, but I believe GOD to keep his promise and His Word to be true.

You see, I had planned to stay here in this small almost dead town.  I knew I would never meet a guy around here.  Every decent guy around his is married; there are no single guys due to working too hard or their ambition.  Most of the guys around here are single due to being players, drunks, druggies, or cheaters, in my age group that is.  So, I had every intention of growing old alone and staying in the job I had, not using the skills God has blessed me with or the intelligence.  I was simply going to be content doing the same routine day in and day out as a bookkeeper.  Nothing requiring the use of anything GOD had trained me to do, nor did it take much brain power.  I was going to sign the assumption paper taking over the 26 now 25 year mortgage.  BUT things did not go as planned.  WHY?  Because God did not want me to grow old alone in this house that feels like a prison.  He did not want me to stay hiding out in hole where no one can see me or know me. God has blessed me with the full ownership of the house via the deed, so I do have it up for sell.  But I must still maintain the payment although it is not in my name, but my ex’s.  I do pray it sells quickly.  So I can pay the mortgage off and get moved to where God is leading.  My savings is gone.  I need a miracle.

I sometimes wondered why the city, my oldest is about old enough to move off to college and then what?  So I began praying asking God about this. Via my last visit with my oldest, we talked about colleges.  He said he and one of his friends wanted to attend OU, which is in Norman.  I found peace about aiming for the city.  That was God’s way of telling me, not to loose hope.  Chris also wants to study the ocean or join the Navy.  My friend is there yes, but unless he pursues me, I am not going to worry about anything more then friendship.  Yes, I will take my son(s) to his dodge ball night.  My youngest keeps asking me over and over, "Mom, when is dodge ball?"  Rather now that he has learned the days of the week, he says, "Mom, it is Tuesday, dodge ball! Can we go?"  It will be good for them to go.  My friend shares God’s Word and fellowships with the youth.  I have prayed about a few that I met in his group.  If God willing, I may try to do what I can to be of use in his youth group, but I will not concern myself now with that.  God has a great man doing great things for that bunch of kids, and he is doing well.  God’s favor is upon him.  Things will work themselves out as time goes on.  I do not expect anything from this friend of mine.  What I have learned is to simply let God’s light shine no matter where I am at or what I am doing.  Oh there are those time I fail.  Like in today’s struggle, I struggled because I was allowing myself to listen to the enemy’s lies contemplating whether they were true, which brought in doubt, discouragement, and defeat. BUT Christ is with me and provides strength. God has even forgiven me for the sin of allowing these things to enter my life today and corrected my way of thinking.  Because He sent the Holy Spirit I have a counsel and understanding.  BUT Because I have Christ in me, He will help me.  "He that is in me is greater then he that is in the world!!!"

Well, I must go clean the boys’ bathroom.  I hope you all are having a great day.

I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven.

-Matthew 16:19

This chapter starts off very powerful.  It reminds us of the most power secret; prayer invites angels into the war zone of our experiences rather into our lives.

This chapter uses examples out of the Word to give illustration of how powerful prayer is.  When Peter was imprisoned, but due to the prayers of believers he was set free. 

Acts 12:5 “Peter was therefore kept in prison, but constant prayer was offered to God for him by the church.”

Another version says:  Acts 12:5 “So Peter was kept in the prison, but prayer for him was being made fervently by the church to God.”

Later in this passage you read that an angel of the Lord appeared to Peter and walked him out of the prison and beyond the iron gates that leads into the city.  Peter ends up at the house where many were gathered praying, the house of Mary the mother of John.

The word fervent means having or showing great warmth or intensity of spirit, feeling, a fervent admirer, hot, burning, glowing, enthusiasm, ardent, or rather with passionate fervor.  The word ardent, it means having, expressive of, or characterized by intense feeling; passionate; intensely devoted, eager, or enthusiastic; zealous, burning, fiery, or hot. Now the word fervor means great warmth and earnestness of feeling: to speak with great fervor, or intense heat.

The word constant means not changing or varying, uniform, regular, invariable, or continuing without pause or letup, unceasing like a constant noise, being persistent, faithful, unswerving in love, devotion, steadfast, firm in mind or purpose, having a certainty.

So when we pray, God does release or dispatch His angels.

When Jesus prayed in the garden of Gethsemane, angels came and ministered to Him (Luke 22:43)

Paul prayed in the midst of a storm, out in the middle of an ocean, and God sent an angel to stand by him. (Acts 27:23)

Pastor Franklin says, “The greatest people on earth are those who pray.”  I will have to agree.  He goes on to stress he does not mean people who talk about prayer, nor people who believe in prayer, nor even those who can explain prayer beautifully.   He ensures the reader knows it is those who put in the time to pray.  Now he uses the phrase ‘on their knees’, but I pray a lot, not always on my knees.  Yes I pray for myself, but there are times I pray for others and I am not always on my knees physically.  I can be lying in my bed when the Holy Spirit prompts me to pray for another individual.  Sometimes I am in the shower, driving down the road, in my kitchen or laundry room, and even while sitting in my living room.  I will be prompted to stop what I am doing and pray.  I hope Pastor Franklin did not mean my prayers were not worthy because I am not on my knees physically, and I do not think he does.  There is a different experience when you get on your knees to bow down before the Lord.  Not only does it give honor to God, a showing of Adonai (a showing of the reverence of God).  But it humbles you, even if you are alone in your living room or bedroom.  At first you may think of yourself being silly.   When people are around, at first you feel embarrassment for like 1 second, then you remember it does not matter what the world thinks of you, but what God thinks of you.  Then the day comes, you no longer feel silly or embarrassed, because you have an assurance of your relationship with the Lord God Almighty, I AM.

It is a sacrifice to make time to pray, especially if you are not a custom to it and are new at praying.  Once you become comfortable praying to God through Jesus Christ, you will find yourself becoming a prayer warrior if you allow God to use you.  His Spirit will prompt you of what to pray and for whom.  As it is stated by many not just in this book, “God is not looking for ability, but for who is available.”  He has given us each the free will to decide whether to follow Him or not.  To believe in Him or not.  To accept Him and receive salvation.  To merely stop and simply knowing Him or to grow in having a relationship with Him.  To be a baby spiritually or a mature believer, His vessel to be used as His servant to glorify God.  We are after all created simply for the glory of the Lord God Almighty.

“The prevailing prayer of faith is the power on earth that employs the power of heaven,” written by Pastor Franklin.  He states, “Prayer has brought hearing to the deaf, sight to the blind, life to the dead, salvation to the lost, and healing to the sick."  I must say I have things to verify this.  In my church there is a man who was deaf in his right ear, I believe it was his right ear, but now can hear.  He answered an altar call one service, he being a baby in Christ (this does not reflect his actual physical age mind you) having faith as a child all of sudden could hear in both of his ears.  He has medical reports to verify his claim.  Also another young believer had a lump on her chest, mysteriously it disappeared.  She also has medical reports to verify.  Basically this tells me, I must learn to revert back to the faith I had as a child before the enemy could use the five D’s to interfere.  You remember the five D’s don’t you?  Well just in case, I will remind you.  Also remember as we mature, it is a spiritual battle, HIS battle.  We must always seek HIM and ask for His strength, guidance, discernment, and His encouragement.

The Five D’s the enemy uses to cause us to sin:

Doubt- makes you question God’s Word and His goodness or purpose.

Discouragement- makes you look at your own problems rather then focusing on God, trusting Him to handle the problems.

Diversion- makes the wrong things seem attractive, so that you will want them more than what is right (righteous).

Delay- makes you put off doing something, so that God’s will never gets done.

Defeat- makes you feel like a failure, so that you don’t even try.

When you are feeling as though one of these or a few of these is affecting your life, STOP and PRAY to God for encouragement and to reveal the truth, His truth.  He never leaves our side.  Then say this to the devil (the enemy) “Get the behind me Satan! You do not have power over me.  I belong to the Father, Yahweh.  Christ is in me, with me."  Then you may continue to pray,  "Abba Father through Jesus I ask that you forgive me for the doubt, the discouragement, for allowing diversion to distract me, for delaying that which you have asked me to do, and to forgive me for allowing the feeling of defeat to be upon me.  Fill me with your presence, your glory, your truth, and give me your strength to continue down this path toward you.  Help me to remain on that narrow path that leads to you and to remain steadfast towards the upward call.”  Some of you may need to ask God to help you to find the narrow path, but only you know how to pray for yourself. This is just a suggestion. 

Getting back to this chapter, prayer is everything.  If the church, you are the church, will not pray, God will not act. For Jesus said, “I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven…” (Matthew 16:19)

Prevailing prayer does not mean to only pray when there is a crisis (a problem or need), pray always.  Giving thanks and praises, repenting, asking for guidance, knowledge, wisdom (an understanding), and discernment (insight).  Mostly pray to know His will and purpose for you during all aspects of your life.  Aspects of your life, like relationships (with Christ, friends, family, children, spouse, or future spouse), love, finances, serving, giving, education, and experiences. Etcetera.  You do get it, right?  IN all things REJOICE for the glory of GOD, In all things turn to HIM in prayer, SEEK Him in His Word, and to know Him.  His Light will shine via you to the world.  Making all the darkness around you disappear, that is the main purpose we are all called to do.  Spread His Word, allowing the whole world to know who He is.

Paul said, “Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men.” (1Timothy 2:1)

In James 5:16 we see the protracted prayer, fasting prayer, weeping prayer, effectual prayer, and fervent prayer of the righteous that avails much. 

Characteristics of Prevailing Prayer:

The word protracted means to draw out or lengthen in time, to prolong or extend. 

The word fasting means abstain from food or eat very little or abstain from certain foods for a period of time, especially as a religious discipline.

The word weeping means expressing grief, sorrow, or any overwhelming emotion by shedding tears.

The word effectual means producing or capable of producing an intended effect; adequate, valid, or binding, as an agreement or document.

The word fervent has been defined above at the beginning of this blog.

In this chapter, examples of people who displayed prevailing prayers were given.  To list a few of the examples briefly:  Elijah the prophet influencing the weather with his prayers, Esther in saving her nation the Jews, and Rizpah who did not allow her sons to be eaten by the wild beasts and sought proper burial for them.

As Pastor Franklin says, “Prevailing prayer is having the tenacity to hold on until something happens.”  He goes on to say, “One of the greatest weaknesses of this generation is a lack of commitment for the long haul.”  I must say I can see this surrounding us everywhere.  If you think about the divorce rate increasing and companies letting go or closing down, and the abortion count increase. God wants us to have the heart of an eagle not a cheetah. 

Isaiah 40:31 “Those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary.” 

There are a few things in my life at this very moment, I am having to not loose hope in or allow my heart to be weary.  What keeps me going is the truth.  Things do not look or appear as though good things are headed my way, but the knowledge He has given and my trust in Him my hope is strengthened.   "’But then I will come and do for you all the good things I have promised, and I will bring you home again. For I know the plans I have for you.’ says the Lord.  ‘They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. In those days when you pray, I will listen. If you look for me in earnest, you will find me when you seek me. I will be found by you,’ says the Lord. ‘I will END your captivity and restore your fortunes…’" Found in Jeremiah 29: 11-14. I know if I remain steadfast focused, He in the end will shine through me receiving all the glory and those things will come forth (answered prayers).  Those things I speak of I will share briefly.  One is my new position, a position that will sustain me and my boys providing more, so He can use it to minister to a group of youth through me.  Second is the sale of this home, receiving a price that will lead to a profit allowing my current church to benefit as well as restore my Storehouse and pay a few things off, reducing my debt.  Third is to prepare a way to move providing all that is needed to make the move.  Fourth bring my house in order providing me a new husband as the head of my home to love my boys as his own.  Fifth having all my children under one roof right now I only have two boys, but wouldn’t mind more with my new husband.  When my oldest goes off to college, he will come home to visit and share his life with me.  Also that the bond between my youngest and I will continue to grow and he will never want to leave me.  To be honest, at this moment, I feel as though I know the position that will be given to me and I stand in faith, claiming it as mine through Him who has prepared me for it.  I also know who my future husband will be for it is HE who put the love and desire in my heart for this man.  I must be like the eagle not the cheetah in this area.  God is working on him and on me preparing us both for the union He will bind together.  I hope to soon enter into a dating or courtship type of relationship allowing us both to know eachother better and grow spiritually together.  You see, I believe sharing HIS love, our relationship with HIM will make us a stronger tool for HIS purpose in serving HIM.  I do not know the buyer of this house, but I know one will come.  I do not know what kind of offer the buyer will make, but I know the value of this home.  I do not know where in the city I will find my new home, but trust God to lead me there revealing the location in due time.  HIS Timing!!!!

Okay getting back on track for the message in this chapter.  Revelation 5:8 says, “Golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints.”  Revelation 8:4-5 says, “The smoke of the incense, with the prayers of the saints, ascended before God…. Then the angel took the censer, filled it with fire from the altar, and threw it to the earth.”  Pastor Franklin claims, “What marvelous images!”  I must agree this is a wonderful or as he said marvelous image.  He goes on to say when we pray we are filling up those prayer bowls in heaven.  In God’s perfect timing, prayers are mixed with the fire of God (His power) and cast back down to earth to change our situation.   Our prayers are like incense before the throne of God.

Prayer and discernment go hand in hand!!!!!!!!!!  Pastor Franklin gives an example of a pilot having been pulled out of a plane due to an open door.  The copilot returning back to land, radioed back for a rescue team to begin searching.  A wonderful story and I won’t ruin it by quoting the story for you hear.

God is in need of men and women who will stand in the gap and become prevailing prayer warriors, otherwise known as intercessory prayer.

Pastor Franklin goes on to say Prayer is an Insatiable Hunger for Change.  Proverbs 30:15-16 “The horseleech hath two daughters, crying, Give, give. There are three things that are never satisfied, yea, four things saith not, it is enough.  The grave; the barren womb; the earth that is not filled with water; and the fire that saith not, it is enough. "(KJV)  Franklin gives great illustration of this to explain.  He ends with this, “The miraculous works of God were the result of insatiable hunger for change.”  

The word insatiable means incapable of being satisfied.

The apostles knew that ministry without prayer was powerless.  We are to do both serve and pray!  Not to mention (not to forget) stay in His Word.

et cetera