I thank God that He made a doorway to heaven that prayers have access to go through. Taking prayer before God is a command, an honor, and a humbling experience. Prayer does not change God, but it changes me. The more I go to God in prayer, the more I desire to be in His presence. Without prayer nothing changes, but with prayer all things are possible. God’s word says, “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven, and forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”
His word, when obeyed, is the instrument in our mouth. When it is loosed it opens heaven’s power to do what we can’t, the impossible. All this hinges on “can we?” Will we humble ourselves, seek His face, turn from our wicked ways? Only then will God lean down and listen, forgive our sin and heal our land.
How do we pray? Can we hear the crying, see the hungry, touch the sick? This is a good place to start praying. Can we look at our churches that are half empty, and see some closing their doors, and not have a burning fire in our hearts to cry out. Choose to live at Jesus feet. When our tears touch His feet, His heart will answer our need, but it’s by prayer alone.
She sat on her small porch in her standard attire, shorts, blouse, and sandals, with her cat beside her.Being older, waiting for the mail was her most urgent business. I had to start up the opposite side of the street and go back down on her side until I could get to her home, second from the corner. I found her still waiting, neither of us knowing this would be a different day for the both of us. As I approached her she began telling me about her cat having a few lumps under its skin, proceeding to let me know that by rubbing on vitamin E, the lumps were disappearing. I told her I was happy the cat was getting better, but asked her what she had done to her ankle. She said I sprained it getting up and down off a stool. It was swollen quiet a bit.
I asked her if I could pray for her, and she said yes, that would be nice. I placed a couple of fingers gently on her ankle. After praying for it in the name of Jesus, I told her everything would be alright. The next day at work on my route everything was going well until I got to her street and again stopped to see how she was doing. She was so happy because when she got up that morning the swelling was gone from her ankle. Praise the Lord! My God cares about every part of our lives, large or small. Give God a chance to work in your life. Call upon His name. He is always there.
Today I drove over to Eleanor to check out the lake for wildlife but there was only a bunch of geese. Back in the car, I circled back to an area designated as a bird sanctuary. There was a locked gate but people are welcomed to walk the road that is just one large circle. The road has a layer of gravel that has been pressed in place over several years of use. Leaving the car, I started out walking this road hoping to see some wildlife to photograph. Looking down at the ground as I walked to get to the main area, I was overwhelmed at what I was seeing. It was as though I was looking through a giant magnifying glass. I could see every minute sign of life that had traveled that road in the last several days. Footsteps, deer tracks, small stones nudged out of place. It seemed like everything was being revealed. I am still trying to process it all, knowing that God is trying to teach me something. In this earthly, and also spiritual, realm there is far more to see than what appears obvious. God speaks a lot to me through nature. On your life trail, let God teach you in the ways you will understand best. We are all different and unique and God knows how to reach us all. Lord help us to get our inner man in tune with your Holy Spirit and glorify the name of Jesus in the process. Be Blessed and Remain a Blessing.
Sometimes God will give you a word and no matter if it’s for the future, the word sometimes comes from events of the past. The word I received was a”fire” and it came through a friend in our bible study. She was talking about Africa where the people in most locals had to cook over an open fire.
When I heard the word fire, it brought a happening up out of the past, afresh in my spirit. My wife and I had only been married a few short years. Sitting at home my wife told me that she had been talking on the phone to her friend whom she had not seen for many years. Her friend was now married and living in upper Pennsylvania and they wanted to see each other again, and so they made plans for us to visit them.
After driving from our home in West Virginia for several hours we finally arrived at their home and planned to stay about three days. One morning everyone wanted to go to a local park and have a picnic. On arrival we located a nice area that had a few empty tables and set up our food. We were having a great time of sharing stories and my wife spoke of funny things that happened in their childhood. This precious couple had two beautiful little girls and while we were talking, the two girls were playing around one of the other empty picnic tables. One of their daughters, in playing, stepped on some coals laying on the ground. Someone earlier in the day had poured out the hot coals on the ground. As the daughter stepped on the coals she cried out in great pain. All of us leaped over to her picking her up, and her daddy put her foot in the ice chest to help lessen the pain. I began quietly to ask God to work a miracle and not let her little foot be scarred. We all rushed her to the hospital. After about twenty minutes the doctor came over to us and said he could not find anything wrong with her foot. Her foot was completely free of any pain and there was no sign of any kind of burn. Praise the Lord! He answered the prayer exceedingly beyond what I had even asked. Glory to His wonderful name. May the good Lord help us all to always be watching and praying in season or out. His works are far too numerous for my feeble words. Be Blessed and Remain a Blessing.