Archive for August 2013

How Does God Say to Pray?

Recently, I attended a training session for intercessors at our church. The leader was talking about the heart of intercession, which is praying God’s heart. The notion is that rather than praying for a situation to be fixed the way we think it should be fixed in human terms, we stop and ask God, what do you want me to pray?

What is God’s heart in the situation? Though we probably hate to admit it, we think that the scripture that says, “His yoke is easy, His burden is light,” means that life should go as we expect and be easy. Yet God teaches us so much through our daily lives and struggles when we are open to it.

Next time someone asks you to pray for a situation, stop, ask God, “How do you want me to pray Lord?” You might be surprised at His answer.

Diligently Obey

“Now it shall come to pass, if you diligently obey the voice of the Lord your God, to observe carefully all His commandments which I command you today, that the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations of the earth. And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, because you obey the voice of your God.”

Deuteronomy 28:1-2, New King James Version

The word diligently describes on-purpose, focused action. In this scripture, Moses is clear about the blessings that God will bestow on those who obey God. To obey Him in this way, we first have to hear Him. How can we hear Him if we are always doing all the talking?

Hearing Him requires getting quiet before Him and asking Him to speak to us. The more we do that, the better we will know His voice. Then, He can direct us in times other than our quiet time.

Be quiet before Him and listen for His direction. You will find blessings beyond your imagination.

Provision of a Loving Father

Recently I traveled to a convention in Salt Lake City. As I was preparing for the trip, I felt God’s urging to be quiet and notice people and the surroundings. I was pretty sure He had a Divine appointment for me with someone I would meet. Nothing fancy happened during the convention as far as having a Divine encounter with someone.

The convention came to an end, and I headed to the airport for the trip home. As I sat in the gate area, I noticed two children who appeared to be pre-teen age, sitting next to me. Soon, their father came over to ask if they wanted anything to eat because the family would not be home until around 10 pm. The subject of pizza and a specific locally-owned pizza shop came up and from there we had a friendly conversation while waiting to board the plane.

The family of mother, father and three children boarded in a group ahead of me. I boarded the plane in the next group and when I came up to the row for my assigned window seat, the Mom and Dad of this family were seated in the middle and aisle seat of my row, and the three children were seated behind me. This turned out to be a very strong Christian family. The Mom and I talked for over 2 hours on the flight home and definitely made a connection.

What struck me is that the Devine appointment came at the very end of the trip. What that says to me, is that God will make a promise and sometimes we have to wait for it, and it may not happen when we expect it to. How beautiful that God placed me in the middle of that family, parents next to me, children in the row behind. It’s like He wrapped His arms around me with that wonderful family.

He always provides for us as a loving and caring father, who knows our every need.

He Notices

I go to a large church where we see lots of evidence of God’s mighty hand in our lives and ministries. The pastoring and preaching is anointed and in order. Yet, sometimes I feel lost in the big place. I sometimes feel that no one notices the gifts God has given me, and, that He can use me to bless others.

I was mulling that over one day, and I felt the Lord saying to me, “But I notice. I see your heart, I see your faithfulness to me.”

Wow! Who cares if humans notice. We live for Him anyway, right? So, if you are feeling small, blessed with gifts you want to share, yet you feel no one notices, know that He sees you.

Interesting, that once I embraced that joy of knowing that God notices, He sent a couple to me, who I have known for years, who did notice. They pray for me, they have spoken what they see in me as a woman of God. He has blessed me with a verbal affirmation through these precious people.

Be blessed . . . and know that He notices.

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