Confessions

Good morning.

I need to get this off my chest.

I’m weak.

I can’t do it all.

I HATE to multi-task. It’s a myth and a lie. I like to focus on something until it’s done and then move on to the next thing.

Sometimes I hate people. Interaction with other humans is draining at times because, let’s face it–they are weak, too.

Lord have mercy…I need you so much!

I can’t love, help, be kind, compassionate, merciful or forgiving to anyone in my own strength.

I get tempted by different things at different times.

Sometimes I want to yell. Sometimes I want to flip people off. Sometimes I want a drink…or a doughnut…or several drinks and doughnuts…

But I don’t drink alcohol because it’s not good for my health- physical, mental or otherwise.

And I can’t (or shouldn’t) eat doughnuts either. My body doesn’t process wheat or gluten well. Besides that, I want to be healthy and svelte and doughnuts don’t fit in with that plan.

I’m not svelte at the moment and that makes me mad. At myself.

I love God. He’s awesome.

I’m amazed that He loves me or even bothers with me at all because I see me- the real me- and it’s not pretty.

I spend a lot of time praying due to: ALL OF THE ABOVE.

I need forgiveness and mercy.

I love it.

I can’t live without it.

I want to be forgiving and merciful to other people because I know how wonderful it feels to receive it. But without God’s grace, it doesn’t happen on my end, because…

I’m weak.

 But when He fills me with His goodness, His ability and His grace, the joy I feel is overwhelming. His peace comes in like a flood, relieving the pressure, the stress and the anger.

He soothes my soul.

I go to Him with all my weaknesses and all my shortcomings. I give Him the burdens that threaten to crush me under their oppressive weight and I leave them at the foot of His throne…which, by the way, also requires grace.

Fill me again, Lord! Thank you for allowing me to be real with you…and weak…because in my weakness Your strength shines through.

I love you, Lord.

I love you, Father.

Thank you Holy Spirit for being my constant help and guide.

 “Inasmuch then as we have a great High Priest Who has [already] ascended and passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession [of faith in Him].

 For we do not have a High Priest Who is unable to understand and sympathize and have a shared feeling with our weaknesses and infirmities and liability to the assaults of temptation, but One Who has been tempted in every respect as we are, yet without sinning.

 Let us then fearlessly and confidently and boldly draw near to the throne of grace (the throne of God’s unmerited favor to us sinners), that we may receive mercy [for our failures] and find grace to help in good time for every need [appropriate help and well-timed help, coming just when we need it].”

Hebrews 4:14-16 Amplified Bible

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The Prayer of One or the Prayer of Many

When I was reading in 2 Corinthians 1:3-11, I was struck by a verse that hadn’t stood out to me before, which is verse 11:

“And you are helping us by praying for us. Then many people will give thanks because God has graciously answered so many prayers for our safety.” 2 Corinthians 1:11 New Living Translation

I am an advocate of prayer at all times and for all reasons. When anyone asks for my wisdom or advice regarding their situation, my first question is usually, “Have you asked God about it?” 

I know that God is faithful to speak to me and lead me when I ask for His help and wisdom. He has never failed to direct me or show me the right thing to do. I have learned to have faith in Him through the truth in His word and by seeking Him in my daily life.

The reality of God’s involvement in my life is tangible and evidenced by so many answered prayers. So when someone says something along the lines of, “I’m just one person…my prayers don’t count…”, I am quick to point to the word:

“…The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results…” James 5:19b NLT

This is  absolutely true. One person praying can make a difference. But I have been noticing something lately regarding the power of corporate prayer– especially in regards to praying for other believers:

When we as a body, as a group of believers, cry out earnestly for God’s help and intervention– and He in turn answers those prayers– the faith of everyone involved increases and God receives the glory! There are things we need to share and ask others to pray about. God wants to bless us all and see us grow in faith and in unity. Sometimes our answer depends on others joining their faith with ours and everyone crying out to God.

Think about Paul’s situation. He had been repeatedly arrested for preaching the good news about Christ. Christians were being persecuted and put to death for their beliefs. They were considered trouble makers and heretics from differing groups: traditional Jews, followers of pagan religions and an oppresive Roman government. When the Christians of Paul’s time heard about his imprisonment and impending death, it most certainly brought fear and anxiety for their own safety into question. Satan’s purpose in this was to stop the truth of Jesus from being preached, to shut the mouth of the Church, so to speak. It’s the same thing he tries to do today…

…but God.

Instead of the believers cowering in fear, they opened their mouths and prayed for Paul. The news of his escape and continuing missionary journey bolstered their faith in God and strengthened their foundation in Christ. There are so many instances in scripture of God’s people joining together in one accord and fervently praying for His will to be done and for His power to show forth. Check out these 3 when you have the time:

2 Chronicles 20:1-27

Acts 4:18-31

Acts 12:1-17 

There are ministers of the gospel in prison today who need our prayer support. The 1st one who comes to mind is Saeed Abedini, the Iranian American Christian being held in an Iranian jail. Please pray for him, his family and for other persecuted Christians who are suffering because of their faith in Jesus.

Pray for people you know who suffering with sickness and disease. Come together with other believers, crying out to God on their behalf. Our God is GOOD! He heals the sick and brokenhearted! Our church has been seeing an increase of people being declared “cancer-free” or recovering from heart attacks, strokes and other illnesses. The faith of many is being increased as we see God’s answers to our prayers.

My marriage was healed by God and I found Christ because God responded to the faithful prayers of my husband, and the other people he asked to pray for us. No godly prayer is unheard! No desperate plea is rejected.

If you need or want prayer for something, please post your request in the comments. We will pray for each other. And when He answers your prayer, we want to hear about that, too!

To God be the glory!

Believers praying together