Jacques Ellul is quite right, it seems to Gary and I, though very bold, when he says, “It is prayer, and prayer alone, which can make history.… To pray is to carry oneself toward the future. It is both to expect it as possible, and to will it as history.”
“How terrible it will be for pregnant women and for nursing mothers in those days.” Matthew 24:19-21 NIV
As I listen to world news today of tensions, threats of war and especially the women and children held in Iraq on a mountain with no food and water, I can’t stop the picture thrashing in my mind of the words spoken by Jesus and recorded in the Book of Matthew. The deepest compassion of Jesus shows in this passage. How my heartfelt cries go out for these woman, men and children that are being told leave your Christian faith or die!
Heavenly Father, give world leaders wisdom, courage and faith to act to help Christians around the world. Give your church grace, mercy and a knee bending desire to pray. Minds to speak and support our brothers and sisters that are being deeply persecuted for their faith. Hands to serve and hearts to love. May we rightly discern your word with understand.
“But woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those days! But pray that your flight will not be in the winter, or on a Sabbath. For then there will be a great tribulation, such as has not occurred since the beginning of the world until now, nor ever will.…”
“Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thus with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;…” Ephesians 6:18 NKJV
Do you look for and expect surprises daily? I try to. I found one this am and it was a great epiphany for me.
Recently, I have been dealing with left knee pain. I had it checked and x-ray said, no cartilage! Oh, yes, I have a new focus now. I am having to babysit my knee. It’s been like this for a few months. Needless to say, kneeling must be a big problem for ones like me with a hurting knee. So, no kneeling have I done. Although, every once in awhile I felt like deep inside I wanted to kneel and pray but, my prayer ended up being about my knee.
This morning I was slowly painting my face with makeup when it occurred to me I wanted to pray ‘saving faith and saving grace’ for someone(s) I knew. I really wanted to kneel because I felt pain for them beyond my knee. I took off and threw myself down next to my bed. It was a cloud! The best kneeling ever. When I finished I looked down and my down comforter had fallen to the floor to catch me and my knee. I didn’t want to leave. What comfort for my knee. But, most importantly, I felt the power of the Holy Spirit moving with even more comfort to those that I felt to take my little nothing cosmetic time and my babysitting job and kneel and pray to meet a power beyond my imagination. I had an epiphany!
Look for and expect daily epiphanies! Yes, moments of sudden revelation or insight.
By Stormie Omartian
“Lord, I lift my adult children up to You and ask that You would put a hedge of protection around them. Protect their spirits, bodies, minds, and emotions from any kind of evil or harm. I pray specifically for protection from accidents, disease, injury, or any other abuse. Keep them safe from any hidden dangers and let no weapon formed against them prosper. Thank You, Lord, for Your many promises of protection. Keep them safe in all they do and wherever they go.”
-Power of Praying for Your Adult Children http://stormie.co/fM
My sister reminded me to pray this prayer daily. I have made it a goal for the new year! Will you join us?
God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.
Living one day at a time;
enjoying one moment at a time;
accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
taking, as He did, this sinful world
as it is, not as I would have it;
trusting that He will make all things right
if I surrender to His Will;
that I may be reasonably happy in this life
and supremely happy with Him
forever in the next.