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Prayer Monday: A Prayer of the Sick/Song of the Day

Yesterday I was incredibly sick with what I’m guessing was a 24 hour bug.  Throwing up every hour on the half hour for what felt like an eternity and then when that stopped I had full on body aches and a high fever.  Even running my hands through my hair hurt on a level like I don’t ever remember it hurting.  Through it all though, something in my heart still gave praise to God.  There were short windows where I would feel well, about 30-45 mins each and during one of those windows I played a song that I newly learned.  Part of the lyrics say “in my weakness you are merciful” and I started to cry as I sang them out loud.

It is so true.  In our moments of weakness, physical or spiritual, God is still merciful, He is still good.  I was blessed beyond measure to have it happen while I was home visiting family so that my mom could take care of me. Just a few years shy of thirty and I was lucky enough to still have my mom nurse me back to health.  She quickly went out to get ingredients for chicken soup, sugar free jello (I’m diabetic), low carb Gatorade, and saltine crackers.   At one point when my fever was raging high and I could barely move from pain, she actually spoon fed me some jello and gave me Gatorade through a straw because I hadn’t had anything for a bit.

God gives us what we need when we need it! Even more, the doctor I’m working with this month told me I could take today and tomorrow off to get better and come back on Weds.  What blessings! What mercy!  God, You truly outdo what I am worthy of! Thank You Jesus!!

Thank You Jesus that in my weakness, You truly are merciful! Thank You Jesus that in all times, You are good! Thank You Jesus that there is none like You and You truly do watch over us 🙂  Praise You Jesus! Praise You God for Your little miracles 🙂

Rebekah M.

Prayer Monday: Prayer Wheel – Ending Praise

After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heavenGive us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen. 

~Matthew 6:9-13

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We conclude the prayer wheel this week with praise. We started off with worship, asked for His Will to be done, then to provide our daily needs, to forgive us as we forgive others, to deliver us from evil and now we’re bringing it all back to praising Him.  To me, I like making the analogy of a “praise sandwich.”  After all the things that have been asked for during your prayer time, it’s important to close with praise. Remind yourself who is the one that will answer those prayers.

He is worthy of all praise and adoration. 

Praise reminds us of WHO Jesus is- the powerful, mighty, God. 

Praise opens our hearts to exercising faith- He’s done things before, He can do it again. 

One key point is that praise/worship opens our hearts into reminding us of God’s inherent qualities and all the things He has already done.  Try it and see, you’ll find your faith growing.  Your doubts will begin to slip away. Jesus loves us beyond all imagination.  He wants to give us good things! He wants only for our good.  Everything truly will work out for He is a good God! All things are good and right in His hands!  Praise be to God who always causes us to triumph in His name! We have overcome by the power of Jesus!  Praise be to our King who fights our battles for us! The One who goes before us and covers us from behind! Thank You Jesus! Thank You that when we come in faith believing, we can even move mountains!!!

Rebekah M.

Related posts:

Part 1: https://beingrebekah.com/2013/03/11/prayer-monday-the-prayer-wheel-part-1-praise/

Part 2: https://beingrebekah.com/2013/03/18/prayer-monday-the-prayer-wheel-his-will/

Part 3: https://beingrebekah.com/2013/04/01/prayer-monday-the-prayer-wheel-daily-needs/

Part 4: https://beingrebekah.com/2013/04/08/prayer-monday-the-prayer-wheel-our-debts/

Part 5: https://beingrebekah.com/2013/04/22/prayer-monday-prayer-wheel-deliver-us-from-evil/

Prayer Monday: Prayer Wheel – Deliver Us from Evil

After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heavenGive us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen. 

~Matthew 6:9-13

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This week we continue with the prayer wheel. We started off with worship, asked for His Will to be done, then to provide our daily needs, to forgive us as we forgive others, and now we’re going to ask Him to deliver us from evil.  This is not saying that evil is stronger than good, but in acknowledging that we need His help, it is the key to staying free from sin.  I recently have been learning what it means to have a “fear of the Lord.”  It is a fundamental understanding that one is not immune to sinning. It is knowing that we must seek God for the strength to stay away from sins.  It is believing that although the world has temptations, God is able to keep us strong against them.

Even apostle Paul himself struggled with the wrong urges- Romans 7:15

God is made strong in our weakness- II Cor 12:9

He is able to keep us from falling- Jude 1:24

We can do all things through Christ- Philippians 4:13

It is okay to realize you are human and want to do the wrong things at times. It is okay to acknowledge this, but you don’t have to give in! Pray and God will be your strength! Ask Him to help you with your daily temptations! I believe that there are things that could be coming your way that you can pray a block against.  Yes, there are things that must come our way for us to grow, but remember that God will not send anything your way that you cannot handle (I Cor 10:13).  Hold strong my friends, and pray for God to deliver you from evil and He will!

Rebekah M.

Related posts:

Part 1: https://beingrebekah.com/2013/03/11/prayer-monday-the-prayer-wheel-part-1-praise/

Part 2: https://beingrebekah.com/2013/03/18/prayer-monday-the-prayer-wheel-his-will/

Part 3: https://beingrebekah.com/2013/04/01/prayer-monday-the-prayer-wheel-daily-needs/

Part 4: https://beingrebekah.com/2013/04/08/prayer-monday-the-prayer-wheel-our-debts/

Prayer Monday: A Prayer for the Hurting

In light of the events earlier today, I wanted to say a prayer for the hurting- join me if you would. 

Jesus, 

What happened earlier today was a senseless act of horror today in Boston. What should have been a moment of celebration where months of training finally came to fruition for so many, ended in tragedy.  I pray for comfort and peace over those affected by what took place and I ask for You to help us to embrace You for who You are: the Wonderful Counselor, the Prince of Peace, the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father. You will hold us in this time of pain. You will reach out and comfort those who have lost loved one. You will calm the fear in the hearts of those who are paralyzed by fear from what happened today.  We cannot allow fear to rule our lives. Help us to trust that You hold our worlds in Your hands. Help us to remember that just calling on Your name, the name of Jesus, there is power. There is power to break every chain. There is power to shine brightly in this dark world. There is power to overcome fear, worry, doubt, anger, bitterness, and hatred.  There is power to be love to those around us- to show compassion with our every move. There is power for the hurting to be healed. You mend broken hearts. By Your stripes all those years ago when they were torturing You we are healed. 

I praise You God that You will bring emotional and mental healing. I praise You God that You will help those physically hurt in the blasts. I praise You God that You will bring peace to those living in fear. I trust and believe that You are greater than the darkest of hearts in this world. 

Rebekah M. 

Prayer Monday: The Prayer Wheel- Our Debts

After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heavenGive us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen. 

~Matthew 6:9-13

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This week we continue with the prayer wheel. We started off with worship, asked for His Will to be done, asked Him to provide our daily needs, and now we ask Him to forgive us as we forgive others.  This is no small order.  If we are to be forgiven of our sins, we must forgive those who have wronged us in the past.  I know that for the longest time my Ex and his friends held me back so much because I just couldn’t forgive them. The gossip, the pain they all inflicted- people who claimed Christ and yet had been very un-Christ-like in their actions towards me. I was bitter (as I wrote about just recently in another post) and it hindered me from the blessings of God. This past Sunday the pastor spoke of how if we stick around the memorials of the past “in the wilderness,” we will never “cross over the Jordan into the Promised Land (promises of God).”  A profound thought.

God doesn’t want us living in the past. 

How can we expect God to forgive us if we hold grudges against others? 

God is a perfect God and He cannot move in places where anger, bitterness and hatred live. 

When you let go and forgive others, His love will come in like a flood and you will feel His amazing power heal you. 

I talked with my “sister” on Sunday about how, from now on, every time I start to “revisit the memorials of the past” that I was going to claim “I’m crossing the Jordan to my promises!!” So do it with me readers!!! Forgive those in your past and shed the weight they hold on your life! Claim your future promises every time the things of your past (and the anger, hurt, and/or bitterness) try to haunt you.  When you are looking unto Jesus and the things He has for you, you cannot help but shed the past! For in Him is all fullness of joy. In Him we find peace. In Him nothing is impossible!  Forgive those who have wronged you and find His love sweep over you as He freely forgives you of all you’ve done wrong! 🙂

Jesus, 

Thank You that Your principals are always for our good. We cannot enjoy the blessings you want for us if we are weighed down by the past. Anger, hurt, bitterness, and shame only harm the blessings You want to put into our lives.  I am learning that sometimes You withhold blessings because we are not ready to receive them yet and would only break them like a baby would if given a priceless crystal vase.  Thank You that You want to help us be ready for our blessings and will even help us forgive others if we just ask (in prayer!). You are a mighty, wonderful God and I love You so much Jesus. 

Rebekah M. 

Related posts:

Part 1: https://beingrebekah.com/2013/03/11/prayer-monday-the-prayer-wheel-part-1-praise/

Part 2: https://beingrebekah.com/2013/03/18/prayer-monday-the-prayer-wheel-his-will/

Part 3: https://beingrebekah.com/2013/04/01/prayer-monday-the-prayer-wheel-daily-needs/

Part 4: https://beingrebekah.com/2013/04/08/prayer-monday-the-prayer-wheel-our-debts/

Prayer Monday: The Prayer Wheel- Daily Needs

After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen. 

~Matthew 6:9-13

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This week we continue with the prayer wheel. We started off with worship, asked for His Will to be done, and now the next step is to ask Him to provide our daily needs. The bible says “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you (Matt 7:7).”  It is never God’s Will for us to go without our basic needs met. He will provide food, shelter, clothing and any other needs we have.

He wants to provide for His children

He wants to give us good things 

He loves us beyond measure

So be encouraged dear readers that you can ask whatever you need in faith and know that He will provide. Do your part of praying and knocking on doors and see that He will provide. You just have to believe! 🙂

Thank You Jesus for Your provisions. Thank You that You are an on time God.  Thank You that we can put our trust in You. 

Rebekah M. 

Related posts:

https://beingrebekah.com/2013/03/11/prayer-monday-the-prayer-wheel-part-1-praise/

https://beingrebekah.com/2013/03/18/prayer-monday-the-prayer-wheel-his-will/

Prayer Monday: Miracles

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI will digress from the Prayer Wheel series this week to talk about something God did this weekend. My pastor’s wife has been sick for almost two months now.  Someone who rarely ever misses service was out almost a whole month with breathing problems. Sickness upon sickness has been in her life these past few weeks where once she thought she was getting better she just fell back into another cold.  Last week she was noting how she felt better (even able to come to service) but still had a little something in her lungs.

On Friday at a church conference (the one I mentioned in Kicking Jonah Out) they had us all go to pray with our pastors/pastor’s wives and as we were praying for her, I felt impressed upon to put one had on each side of her back (over her lungs). As I did I began to pray for healing over her- a final healing that pushed out even the last bits of sickness in her.

This past Sunday, she came up to me and asked if I was the one who put both my hands on her back one on each side. When I replied yes, she asked if I prayed for healing over her. She said “see, later on that night, I realized that for the first time in SO long, I could breathe normal. I realized God must have healed me and thought it might have been you who prayed.”

An interesting part that struck me is that I was not super surprised. Something in me just felt “if God will do it, He will do it.”  I know that there was NO part of MY power (not that I have any) did that. It was ALL Jesus.  My only part in it was believing He didn’t want the pastor’s wife to live with sickness and that He was able- and He was! 🙂

Dear readers, I hope you learn to grasp this too… I know there was NO part of me that could ever hold even a bit of power to heal someone, and yet my prayer was used by God to do just that! Not because of anything within me, but because I knew that it was ALL in HIM.  He is able! He can! He will! 🙂

Pray in faith believing and you too will see miracles come to pass!

Rebekah M.