Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Prayer

So many people lately in need of prayer within the circle of friends I know. It breaks my heart for what some are going through. Believers, challenged in great ways that will test their faith. I know they will stand firm in Him, come through to the other side in peace and victory. Sometimes all we can offer is the standard phrase, "I will be praying for you." or "I wish I could do more, but all I can do is pray."

When reading the verses below we are reminded of the power of prayer given from on high. He cares for us. He wants us to come to Him in our need as well as the needs of others..in all things.

All we can do is pray? Thats really quite something. It's far reaching. It's better than a card. It's better than a phone call. It's our privilege to take some time to really care for those we love by praying for them as they struggle against cancer, job loss, financial needs, taking a strong stand for Jesus and the Truth, emotional needs, children, parents, a soldier, a president, a neighbor.

I remember when I was taking care of Jeff and emotionally struggling in big ways from time to time. All through the years, I knew I had a band of friends who prayed for me daily, or throughout the day and I tell you the truth...I could feel it, sense it, wear it and be blessed in my spirit. I was uplifted and able to float above the daily concerns and cares to a place that was very peaceful.

Today, will you take a moment to pray for my friends Gemma and John, people I have known for over 25 years now. They were both diagnosed with two different types of leukemia in the same week. John has three pre-and teen children, Gemma has grandkids who count on her. Both are Christ followers and are solid in their faith. I appreciate you taking the time to lift them up to our Heavenly Father. Thanks.

~oOo~

And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by men. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full. But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him" (Matthew 6:5-8).



"Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus" (Philippians 4:6-7).
Therefore, I desire that men pray everywhere, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting.
1Ti 2:8
Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need. Heb 4:16
Pray for one another, that you may be healed. Jam 5.16b
~oOo~

3 comments:

Janeen said...

Whoa, my friend, that is heavy for one family to receive and YES God is bigger than all of it. I know it has eternal value and that they are comforted by the peace only He can give. Beautiful post, beautiful!

By the way, how do you keep up with bloggin' and FB? I can barely keep up with my short list of blog reads here?! ha ha

KARNA said...

janeen, thats two families. john nunes and gemma and harry marquez... both hope center peeps.

I've got nothing but time, sistah. Easy for me to play on Facebook and blog too while you work, take care of your husband and kids, throw teas, do a blog yourself, and be an all round hot mama and old fashioned true to the core wifey and lover of Jesus.

Tea Time With Melody said...

Well, I needed to read this post today, Sunday.....I have read the verse before but it always good to refresh ones self. Thanks.