ďThe Lord is near to all who call upon Him, to all who call upon Him in truth.Ē
There is something I want to confess to you. I may not be the role model Christian that you know, but I canít spend a day without praying. Like food to my stomach which I canít live without, Iíll feel famished in my soul if I miss a day without a prayer.I admit that there were days when I'd rather sleep than pray, but I know that the Holy Spirit helped me in my weakness, and interceded for me.
Unbeknownst to most of the people who know me, I have this humble ministry of praying for one person or family every day for a week which I started doing at the beginning of this year. Iíve told at least three of the people Iíve prayed for that I was praying for them, but at times, Iíd rather not tell people Iíve been praying for them, because I donít want them to divert their attention to me, rather than God. I also keep a record of my prayers in a journal, for the purpose of seeing how God answers prayers, and this helps me grow in my faith. Maybe at the end of the year, as I review my prayer journal, God will grant me the opportunity to share the testimony of answered prayers.
The verse from Psalm 145:18 kept popping in my mind this week. I know in my heart that God is speaking to me to pray unceasingly ( 1 Thessalonians 5:17). Heís ever so near to me when I pray. Itís like talking to a dear friend who will listen intently to what Iím saying without a fear of being judged.
One quiet night when I was so depressed, I cried to God almost soaking my pillow with tears. I heard His soft,soothing voice in my heart, ďI will never leave you nor forsake you.Ē Then I can almost see a glimpse of Heaven, even just for a mere second, where sin is not present, where there are no tears, no pain, no sufferings. What a blessed hope that someday, I will see Jesus, my Lord, clothed in Majesty and Splendor, and He will be waiting with His arms open wide and will tell me:
ď Welcome to the mansion prepared for you.Ē I can settle even for the smallest mansion as long as I know Iím Home!
Sorrow may lasts for a night, but joy comes in the morning. Prayer keeps me going. Itís an amazing opportunity to converse and listen to the King of Kings, The Mighty One, who seems so far away to some, yet the One Who is ever so near if we just draw closer to Him in prayer.
Right this moment, rest assured that someone is praying for you. The answer may not be in a way that you wanted it to be, but itís for your best interest. Trust God. He knows what Heís doing. Heís a loving, trustworthy, faithful Father Whom we can trust.
Gloria, You are such an inspiration! AND you are such an obedient servant to the Lord. When you wrote about the incredible peace you experienced when you prayed that night, I could FEEL that peace and the amazing feeling of glimpsing into Heaven. The peace we feel when we focus on God in prayer is truly extraordinary...you are so right, we need to call! Love, Peggy