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Prayer Turned Testimony
by Joyce Poet
01/06/08
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Prayer Turned Testimony
Luke 21:13 And it shall turn to you for a testimony.

As I kneel here before You this morning, humbly aware that I fall short and kneel before Sovereignty, I not only kneel my body before You, but my life, every hope, every dream, every vision, every desire, every disappointment, every tear, every loved one, every fear, every smile, every memory. And they all fade away in Your presence.

You alone are God. And the more I look at You, Your strength, Your power and might, Your will and dominion, Your perfection, the more I see how human and frail and imperfect I am. Without You, I am nothing but a grain of sand, a filthy dishrag. But with You, I can do all things, believe all things, endure all things, hope for all things.

It has suddenly become another weak hour for me as I watch my loved ones’ lives being shaken. But I haven’t forgotten what I learned in my most weakened hour; When I am weak, then am I strong. I become strong when I am weakened because it is then that I most depend on Your love and compassion, the same love and compassion that took You to the cross. If You would lay Your life down for me out of love, (and You did) then that love is more than enough to carry me through these hours of weakness. So I bring this hour to You, here on my knees, and lay it at Your feet, in the same place that I lay me down.

According to Your Word, Your yoke is easy and Your burden is light. I want to make an exchange with You. I want to cast all my cares upon You and take Your yoke upon myself. I can’t do that by myself, but I know I can do it with You. I don’t even know where to start. So I ask You to just take them. Take them all.

My burdens often lay heavy on my shoulders. But I know they are very small for You. Your Word tells me that the earth is Your footstool. How big Your hands must be! And how small my burdens must be in those holy hands. You are so much more capable of carrying them than I am. This is my desire, that I might be raised up in this hour without the weight of my burdens, that I might successfully cast them upon You. It isn't something that I can do alone. But I know that I can do so with You. And I know that You are more than able to carry them all.

In Jesus’ Name, amen.

Note: I often wonder about writing these things out... about having such conversation with the Lord in anything but my “closet,” my “secret place.” Yet, even as I worked out this conversation with the Lord in writing, my phone rang. It was good news. A great burden has been lifted from my family. I am in awe at how things have turned full circle just since I began to pray and type. And perhaps there’s a good reason that I sometimes feel like I need to just work these things out in writing...

The Word of God calls us more than conquerors. (Romans 8:37) However, it is by the blood of the Lamb AND the word of OUR TESTIMONIES that we overcome. (Revelation of John 12:11) Our tongues and the words that fall from them {our testimonies} are so much more powerful than we imagine they are when combined with God’s Word and acknowledgment of the shed blood of Christ. I simply could not have known that phone call was coming through. Couldn't have believed for it. Couldn't have imagined it.

Perhaps someone else is in need today, in need of a lightening of loads and a testimony to God‘s sovereignty. I truly stand in awe at this moment. How wonderful it is to serve a God that is alive and well, compassionate and kind, and ever ready to hear our cries. Amazing... the God of miracles... still the same, yesterday, today, forever. And we can all cast every one of our cares upon Him.

Whatever you might be carrying today, whether worry, shame, guilt, fear... anything at all, won‘t you too ask the Lord to take it from you? He is most willing and able to carry whatever it is we surrender to Him and in return, leave us with His peace... a very easy yoke indeed, and His love... a very light burden indeed.


What is meant for our harm, God works out for our good; Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. Luke 21:13 And it shall turn to you for a testimony

Praise God!
© Joyce Pool

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Julie Pisacane 27 Mar 2008
Amen and will be using this one for the online ministries this week-end. Thank you for sharing , my sweet and precious sister in the Lord.
Christian Coutts 04 Mar 2008
A powerful article, confession, and testimony. This has blessed me. God is good all the time. Keep serving. In Christ, Christian
Jide Oboise 20 Jan 2008
Hi Joyce! Just read this article and could not help but leave a note. Keep the flag flying and the FIRE burning! Each day and each new situation reminds us that WITHOUT HIM WE ARE NOTHING!
Thomas Kittrell 10 Jan 2008
Thank you for sharing this with us. God bless you richly, I pray.
Thomas
Sherry Castelluccio  08 Jan 2008
I just love your honesty. (sound familiar?) You write like I do, with reckless abandon and no excuses. You are exactly who you portray yourself to be. A real, honest, deeply devoted spiritual child of the King. You give Him everything until it exhausts you, and then you sit back and just soak up His goodness. My sister, your prayers are incense. I know God is pleased.
MIRIAM JACOB 07 Jan 2008
My precious Treava, Thank you so much for sharing your deepest thoughts and prayers with us. It has helped us more than you know. I will share your "Prayer Turned Testimony" with my Prayer Team. It will bless them all so much. Can you send me the links to your E-books (the ones you published in the old format?) I want to read them again. I saved your links earlier, but I can't find them. Do send them to me. Love always, Miriam.
Peggy Yengling 07 Jan 2008
Dear Treava... Writing things out certainly helps us to clarify our thoughts and it can also be very healing, just to get the emotions out. As you indicated, it is also a wonderful testimony for others to read and your words may be just the balm that they need to ease and soothe their pain. If you had kept these thoughts to yourself they would not have reached others. You helped your words become 'verbs' - action words that healed! Your testimony also helped me to remember how freeing it is to focus on God - I mean really focus. When we do this, everything else pales in comparison! We are filled with both awesome energy from our Lord and at the same time calmed by His wonderful Peace! But, the main thing is everything else fades into the background and our one main priority is Our Father! When that happens, His Plans for us start to gel and our world becomes 'right'. It is one tremendous feeling! Keep sharing your beautiful faith... it is a gift to all of us! With My Love, Peggy
Mitzi Busby 07 Jan 2008
Treava, His Words, when spoken and believed by faith, will not return void. Thank you for voicing your faith and for reminding leave my burdens to Him.
Peggy Yengling 07 Jan 2008
Treava, I should also add that your words INSPIRE others greatly and ENCOURAGE them in their faith. Go, girl!
Sharon McClean 06 Jan 2008
All I can say is that OUR GOD REIGNS and He is on the throne. PTL joyce our God is SO good. I love you, Sharon




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