Tuesday, November 29, 2016

God pointed out a promise to me!

Last night at Elevate Prayer, a weekly Monday night prayer meeting of Life Church Huntsville, God kept urging me to turn to Acts 2.  I thought, "I already know what is in Acts 2."  But it kept coming, so I sat in my seat to read. 

It read, "But this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel: 'And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God, That I will pour out of My Spirit on all flesh; Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, Your young men shall see visions, Your old men shall dream dreams.  And it shall come to pass That whoever calls on the name of the LORD Shall be saved.' " (Acts 2:16-17, 21 NKJV)

I had no choice but to hit my knees and cry out to Him that I receive this promise, and to pray this promise over my prodigal!  The presence of God was so very palpable.  It was a God-ordained prayer!!  He called me to that very moment, and it was incredible!

Suddenly, my focus was changed to the music that was playing.  The song was "Standing" by William McDowell.  (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9lGwzKP5tcQ) 

God had created a very special time of prayer for us, and I am grateful.   I do "believe every single word!"

Friday, October 28, 2016

I just had to share this word:

(Isaiah 49:24-25) “Shall the prey be taken from the mighty, Or the captives of the righteous be delivered?  But thus says the LORD:  ‘Even the captives of the mighty shall be taken away, And the prey of the terrible be delivered; For I will contend with him who contends with you, And I will save your children.’ ”

It does not matter the strength of the one who has taken our prodigals captive; God Himself has promised to save our children!

Believe it!

Friday, October 21, 2016

I have been searching the scriptures looking for prayers and promises for our prodigals, and I found one that I just had to pass along.

Promises from Isaiah 49 for our Children

Most of Isaiah 49 is a promise regarding our children, but a few verses stuck out.
8-9a:  "Thus says the LORD:  'In an acceptable time I have heard You, And in the day of salvation I have helped You; I will preserve You and give You As a covenant to the people, To restore the earth, To cause them to inherit the desolate heritages; That You may say to the prisoners, "Go forth," To those who are in darkness, "Show yourselves." ' "

10:  " 'They shall neither hunger nor thirst, Neither heat nor sun shall strike them; For He who has mercy on them will lead them, Even by spring of water He will guide them.' "

14-17:   "But Zion said, 'The LORD has forsaken me, And my Lord has forgotten me.'  'Can a woman forget her nursing child, And not have compassion on the son of her womb?  Surely they may forget, Yet I will not forget you.  See, I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands; Your walls are continually before Me.  Your sons shall make haste.' "

22:  "Thus says the Lord God:  'Behold, I will lift My hand in an oath to the nations, And set up My standard for the peoples; They shall bring your sons in their arms, And your daughters shall be carried on their shoulders.' "

25:  " 'For I will contend with him who contends with you, And I will save your children.' "

I believe Him!


Tuesday, September 20, 2016

A Prayer for Someone Else or for Yourself


Make ___________ free.

Free from the devil.

Free from addictions.

Free from bondage.

Free from chains.

Free from evil.

Free from evil influences.

Free from sin.

Free from bitterness.

Free from pain.

Free from doubt.

Free from strongholds.


Free to love You, LORD.

Free to serve You.

Free to fulfill his/her calling and purpose.

Free to live.

Free to love.

Free to have the "life more abundantly.' (John 10:10)

The scripture that I pray so very often comes to mind.  "Father, I pray that ___________ will come to his/her "senses and escape the snare of the devil," who has taken him/her captive to do his will. (2 Timothy 2:26)

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

I just HAD to share some praise reports!

First, God has saved another prodigal connected to our Life Church family!

Also, a mom from Life Church has a son who was running with a crowd that was not a good influence.  He was going to hang out with them, but was delayed in a long check-out line at the store.  (Can we say, "Thank You, God?")  While he was delayed, one of his influences was shot twice.  This son was protected and has since denounced his friendships with them, and the father’s heart has reopened to him emotionally.  God is amazing!

From another mother who has just started receiving our promise/praise/prayer who is praying for her son and daughter-in-law:  “Wanted to share a praise.  Took 2 oldest girls home after school yesterday and witnessed a smile and good conversation between my daughter in law and <my granddaughter/her stepdaughter>.  I was so very thankful!  My spirit was leaping. Praise our sweet Lord and Savior - I am thankful for every positive affirmation!  (a good start - God is on the move)  thanks for your prayers!”
I thought you might like a little faith-booster!  I know that to me this seems more like a shower than a raindrop!
Thank You, LORD, for answering our prayers!

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Mind the Gap.

We returned home from London on Sunday. 

Each time we boarded the tube to traverse the city, or exited to see new things, a recording would say, "Mind the gap."  There were signs that reminded people, as well as refrigerator magnets and other memorabilia.  This is important because people have gotten their feet caught in the gap between the train and the platform, and injury occurs when the train departs. 

Evin and I were standing in a check-out line in London, and it hit me that there had to be at least a devotional in this slogan since I could not shake the phrase.  What fun that would be! 

Suddenly there it was!  And it was a restatement of one of my callings.

As pray-ers for prodigals, we are called to "mind the gap!" 

Ezekiel 22:30 says, "So I sought for a man among them who would make a wall, and stand in the gap before Me on behalf of the land, that I should not destroy it; but I found no one." 

We are to make walls to protect our loved ones.  We are to stand in the gap for them in prayer.  I never want it to be said of me that I missed an opportunity to "mind the gap." 

This is something I can do. 

While we were in Paris, I did miss an opportunity.  I saw an young man sitting on a wall with a t-shirt that read, "No Hope Left."  That struck me hard.  I have been praying that I would be the answer to someone else's prayer to be a witness to his or her prodigal, but I missed this opportunity, partly because of fear.  I walked away without sharing that there is hope in Jesus.  I am ashamed and very sorry.  I have apologized to God, and I have prayed for that young man repeatedly, but I never want to miss that opportunity again.  Lesson learned. 

Let's look for opportunities to not only mind the gap in prayer, but to mind the gap for the prodigals of others through a helping hand, outright witnessing, and being an example of godly joy and peace. 

Mind the gap!

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Exceeding Great Army

This week, a story in the Bible has been blessing me.  I am filled with hope, anticipation, promise, and a prayer that is powerful, because it is based on the Word of God.

Ezekiel 37:10 says, "So I prophesied as He commanded me, and breath came into them, and they lived, and stood upon their feet, an exceedingly great army."

Let me set up the story.

The first two verses of this chapter says, "The hand of the LORD came upon me and brought me out in the Spirit of the LORD, and set me down in the midst of the valley; and it was full of bones.  Then He caused me to pass by them all around, and behold, there were very many in the open valley; and indeed they were very dry."  (NKJV)

The LORD took Ezekiel to the valley and caused him to walk around to look at all of the dry bones.  He wrote that they were "very dry."  They had apparently been dead a long time. 

I think the parallel between these bones and our prodigals is obvious. 
     1. They have been dead a long time. 
     2. They are very dry spiritually.  
     3.They have all been alive at one point.
     4. God can raise them up, breathe life back into them, and use them to fight for His kingdom.

The first two are hard to take.  It is so very hard to think of our loved ones being spiritually dead after having known God.  In fact, in addition to being sad, I get really angry about it.

But the fourth point is powerful.  Just like Jesus forgave the paralytic lowered by his friends through the roof and forgave his sins, demonstrating what He can do spiritually through what He did physically (Mark 2:3-12), He demonstrated through the "exceedingly great army" what He plans to do in the lives of our prodigals. 

I have been moved for several weeks now to pray for our prodigals that they would be "saved, sanctified, filled with the Spirit, and anointed to fulfill the purpose, ministry, and calling for which they were created."  I am asking God to do spiritually what He demonstrated physically, to raise up "an exceedingly great army" to fight along-side us. 

Can you imagine what your loved one will do for the kingdom of God once he or she is saved?  Remember, "Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us" (Ephesians 3:20).  Because of the things they have experienced, they will reach people who will not give us the time of day.  They each have a calling on their life, and God will redeem all they have gone through!

God has already begun the return of the prodigal army.  He has saved 22 people on our list, and He is working in the lives of the rest! 

I give Him the praise for these that have been saved, and I thank Him that He is still working in the lives of the others to raise up this "exceedingly great army."