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PLEASE PRAY

Hello all.  ThisPRAYER is another plea for prayer.  Another prayer request was just posted from Nadene the missionary in Africa.  Please click this link to go and read her prayer request.  After you pray for her, you can click the green button to let her know of your support for her in this situation and others.  This is a plea for prayer and fasting… Thank you for your prayers in this and all the prayer requests.

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PRAYER REQUEST, PRAISE REPORT

I would like to take this opportunity to tell you about the Prayer Request and Praise Reports Tab at the top of this page.  I would normally be posting the next post in the series “Prayer”. I have just yesterday ended the part of this series about the Ark, Noah and all that happened to him.images I had started the series on Prayer from Adam and Eve and the first prayer, carried it forward until I did The Ark and Noah part. It was most interesting and I will tell you I learned volumes! I am so thankful God has me on this journey of discovery and learning.

Now, as I said, I would normally be posting the next in the series. However, I would like to introduce you to the Prayer Request Form, Prayer Request Tab and the Praise Report Tab. I believe we are to pray for others. The Bible tells us to pray for each othelarger.

James 5:1616 Confess your trespasses[a] to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.

Some folks have already taken advantage of having others pray for them. There are several Prayer Requests out there already. If you choose to place a prayer request on the website, you click on the Prayer Request FPicture4orm Tab (or click this link to be taken to the Prayer Request Form) and fill in the necessary blanks. You can remain anonymous if you choose. Once you submit your prayer request you will be listed in the list on the Prayer Requests Tab (click the link to see the Prayer Request List). When someone prays for you – me, my family or friends or anyone that goes to the Prayer Requests Tab, you will receive an email saying that you were prayed for. Anyone can go to the Prayer Request Tab and pray for anyone on the list. When they pray for someone, they just click the green button labeled “I Prayed For You”. An email will be sent JesusPrayingwhen they pray for someone and click the green button. In the email that is sent there is a link. The link is used when whomever receives the email has a Praise to report when something has occurred for the prayer request that has been submitted.

I was so excited to find this feature and have it available to be utilized by folks that love to pray for others. I was raised in a family that prayed. My father and mother taught us kids how to pray and talk to God. Just to be real with Him, that is what He wants. Jesus prayed for his disciples and you know what I believe…. If Jesus did it, it must be important.  So, I have this resource for anyone to use. Like I said, when leaving a prayer request, you can remain anonymous if you choose. No one will ever know who submitted the request. It will just be listed as Anonymous. I hope you feel free to use this valuable tool. I love to pray for people. I know there are many, many needs out there and I believe prayer is our moJesus_alonest powerful tool here on earth that we can use in our Christian walk with our Lord and Savior!.

With that said, I will close this post for now. Remember, God loves you so very much! He calls you His beloved!

The Video – What If His People Prayed – Casting Crowns

The Song – What If His People Prayed – Casting Crowns

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PRAYER – PART II

Where do I begin … Prayer is so vitally important in a believer’s life. This is how we communicate with God all the things we want to say. Now prayer can be verbal or thought or just barely breathed out. All of it is communication with God. If we didn’t have prayer we couldn’t have a relationship with God. As I said in my post from yesterday, when Jesus died on the Cross the Veil was torn in two – Matthew 27:5151 Then, behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and the earth quaked, and the rocks were split,”. That symbolized the fact that we do not have to have a High Priest go to God for us as they did in the Old Testament. The veil was torn and we could enter ourselves. Now we enter into the presence of God at any time of the day or night but just whispering or thinking His name. He is always there. He loves to hear from us. We are His beloved children.

In looking up information about prayer, I ran across a lot… I mean a lot of information on prayer. This one website I found had a list of all kinds of prayer and various topics of prayer and other information about prayer. From Corporate prayer to Prayer Discipline to Hindrances to prayer to Christmas dinner prayer and more. I am certain that every one of the topics listed are great. However, I will not be going over each and every one of those… but I can provide you the website to let you browse. It is something that I will have to spend some time on to lBARRIERS AND BREAKTHROUGHSet it all soak in. The website is called AllAboutPrayer.org. One of the things I did glean from reading just one of the articles on that website was that apparently some folks misunderstand the scripture Matthew 18:2020“For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them.” Apparently some think that if you have two or more people gathered together to pray then Jesus is more in the midst of them than if you are by yourself and pray. I have heard this scripture all my life and never stopped to really think about it. Jesus is with us even if we are out in the middle of the ocean all alone … AND he is with us as we are gathered together to pray with others. I don’t really think this scripture is indicating that He – Jesus – is at one location and not at another. I guess some folks can twist anything into what they want to… Anyway… onward.

18060-we-cannot-properly-understand-scripture-without-prayer-andI would like to turn to the scriptures and see what they say about prayer. There are so many references to prayer in the Bible. There is so much to learn about prayer but one thing I know beyond a shadow of a doubt is that God hears every thought or breath we pray! Jesus says in the Bible that He will leave the Holy Spirit for us when He leaves this earth to go back to Heaven.

John 14:15-1815 “If you love Me, keep[d] My commandments. 16 And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever— 17 the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you. 18 I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you.”holy-spirit-1

It is the Holy Spirit that intercedes for us to God. The Holy Spirit does many things for us but I want to mention the prayers of the Holy Spirit to God the Father on our behalf. This kind of goes along with the Intercessory Prayer post from yesterday and the one in May. He intercedes for us because sometimes we just simply do not know how to pray.

Romans 8:26-2726 “Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us[a] with groanings which cannot be uttered. 27 Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God.”

Now there is also some misunderstanding about the Featured Picture scripture I have for this Series. “Pray without ceasing”.  The scripture is found in 1 Thessalonians 5:17. Actually the scripture needs to be read in context and here is the entire section:prayer-bible-verse

1 Thessalonians 5:12-22

Various Exhortations

12 And we urge you, brethren, to recognize those who labor among you, and are over you in the Lord and admonish you, 13 and to esteem them very highly in love for their work’s sake. Be at peace among yourselves.

14 Now we exhort you, brethren, warn those who are unruly, comfort the fainthearted, uphold the weak, be patient with all. 15 See that no one renders evil for evil to anyone, but always pursue what is good both for yourselves and for all.

16 Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing, 18 in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

19 Do not quench the Spirit. 20 Do not despise prophecies. 21 Test all things; hold fast what is good. 22 Abstain from every form of evil.

Someone asked me once… “How do you pray without ceasing?” Well, I don’t know that I pray without ceasing but I do know that my mind is thinking a lot about various scriptures and I am in almost constant contact with God all throughout the day. I don’t think I could get through a day without talking to God all day long. Now this may not be an out loud talking… but my spirit is always talking to God. I love the quote…

“Certain thoughts are prayers. There are moments when, whatever be the attitude of the body, the soul is on its knees.”

Victor Hugo

In other words… no matter what I am doing, sitting, standing, laying down, walking, etc…. my thoughts are prayers and my soul is on its knees in prayer.

I will end with that today. More to come tomorrow on Prayer. This is a big topic and we will be on it for a while. I do hope you enjoy learning more about what the Bible and God says about prayer.

Remember God loves to hear from you anytime. You are His beloved!

Sweet Hour of Prayer CD – Narrated by Philip Keveren
(with Devotional Readings from Oswald Chambers)

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PRAYER – PART I

Prayer is the most powerful tool we have here on earth.  We need to use it as often as we possibly can!

I have written a post about Intercessory Prayer before and I must do another post that is similar. It has recently come to my attention to pray for several folks and I feel led to write this now. As I was writing a prayer requests on this website, I got that familiar urging from above to do another post on Prayer and not only a post but to do a Series on Prayer.

I would like to do this first post on Intercessory Prayer. Why? Because it is my belief that Intercessory Prayer is one of the most important responsibilities that a Believer has. We must lift each other up in prayer to our Father. The Bible tells us to do so and I believe if it is in the Bible it is important.

I will be borrowing some of the content from the first Intercessory Prayer post I did from May, 2014 so those of you that read that first one, well… you will be informed twice. LOL…

You will hear me say, more than once, Intercessory Prayer is a very important thing for each of us to do. I have folks asking me to pray for various things. Usually it is for a sick relative, friend or themselves. Sometimes it is for a job interview and sometimes it is just an “unspoken” request. My father and mother have prayed for folks and situations all of my life. I have witnessed miracles and answered prayer of all sorts. Some prayers were not answered in the way we might have wanted them to be answered in but they were always answered.INTERCESSORY PRAYER 1

To be asked to pray for someone is an honor for me.  It tells me they trust me and are confiding in me with something near to their heart and they ask me to pray for them.  As Christians, I believe Prayer is our most powerful tool here on earth.  It ushers us directly into the Throne Room of God Almighty!  In the Old Testament, it tells about how they used to have to pray. The Temple was the place that God resided and the High Priest had to be the one to enter into the Holy of Holies to pray for the people. The High Priest entered into the Holy of Holies through a very tall, thick “veil”. When Jesus died on the cross, the Bible says the “veil was rent into”.   In Matthew 27:51 it states…VEIL TORN

51 Then, behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and the earth quaked, and the rocks were split,”

The significance of that is that we did not need a “High Priest” any longer to pray for us.  We could go directly to God Himself.  Jesus’ death on the cross and resurrection allowed that to happen!  So for someone to ask me to pray for them is a great honor for me to be trusted with that request.

I have had wonderful examples of prayer warrior people in my life in my mom and dad and friends throughout my life… but one friend stands out above the rest. She is a very humble lady and will probably be embarrassed when she reads this. However, I was influenced by her years ago. I used to work with her and other than my mom and dad, she is the one that has been the “prayer warrior” example that I have always looked back on and was so thankful for. I lost track of her for many years and have recently found her again. I am so thankful I was able to locate her again and we communicate from time to time. I know she is still out there praying for people every day. That is just what she does. She was such a blessing at that time in my life and is even more so now.tumblr_lhw0qoYRq51qapi6jo1_500

In Colossians 1:9-12 Paul tells the church (not the building but the people that make up the church) that he prays for them.

 For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives,[a] 10 so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God,11 being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, 12 and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you[b] to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light.”

Some other scriptures about praying for others:

1 Timothy 2:1 – 2 “Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men,…”

Romans 8:2626 Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us[a] with groanings which cannot be uttered.

And my favorite is Jesus’ prayer for His disciples and others that will be touched by them:Alexandre_Bida_Jesus_prays_with_his_disciples_525

John 17:6-26“I have manifested Your name to the men whom You have given Me out of the world. They were Yours, You gave them to Me, and they have kept Your word. Now they have known that all things which You have given Me are from You. For I have given to them the words which You have given Me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came forth from You; and they have believed that You sent Me.

“I pray for them. I do not pray for the world but for those whom You have given Me, for they are Yours. 10 And all Mine are Yours, and Yours are Mine, and I am glorified in them. 11 Now I am no longer in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to You. Holy Father, keep through Your name those whom You have given Me,[b] that they may be one as We are. 12 While I was with them in the world,[c] I kept them in Your name. Those whom You gave Me I have kept;[d] and none of them is lost except the son of perdition, that the Scripture might be fulfilled. 13 But now I come to You, and these things I speak in the world, that they may have My joy fulfilled in themselves. 14 I have given them Your word; and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. 15 I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one. 16 They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. 17 Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth. 18 As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world. 19 And for their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they also may be sanctified by the truth.

Jesus Prays for All Believers

20 “I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will[e] believe in Me through their word; 21 that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me. 22 And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one: 23 I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me.

24 “Father, I desire that they also whom You gave Me may be with Me where I am, that they may behold My glory which You have given Me; for You loved Me before the foundation of the world. 25 O righteous Father! The world has not known You, but I have known You; and these have known that You sent Me. 26 And I have declared to them Your name, and will declare it, that the love with which You loved Me may be in them, and I in them.”

If Jesus thinks it is important to pray for others, I know it is important for us to do so also. Please consider yjesus-praying-on-mountainour friends and family members that need prayer. Please pray to our Father that He will hear your prayer.

I encourage you to pray for others.  Keep a list of folks that you know need prayer or have talked about something they are having a hard time with.  Sometimes I ask if I can pray for others and sometimes, I just pray for them.  Remember, prayer is our most powerful tool here on earth!  God hears our prayers and loves it when His people pray.  Talk to Him today.  He is waiting to hear from you, His beloved.

I have included the following songs on some of my posts before. I enjoy this CD so very much when I just need some quiet time and to be reassured of God’s presence. It is a wonderful CD and it is all about prayer and the narrated parts are from Oswald Chambers writings. I am including 4 songs from the CD.

Sweet Hour of Prayer CD – Narrated by Philip Keveren
(with Devotional Readings from Oswald Chambers)

 

 

 

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Thank You for Your Prayers

It’s been a harrowing day but it ended rather well.  My mom is still in the hospital and am asking for two things.  I want to thank you for all of your prayers you have offered up for my  mother and us…  Here are the 2 items I need from yoprayer-requestu.

1) your prayers

2) Your indulgences to not post tonight

I am pretty tired from being up at the hospital most of the day and I am just not able to give it my undivided attention.  I need sleep.

I will be back tomorrow.  Thank you for both.

Thank you so much!

In His Joy,

Leah L. Adams

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.’omans 15:12-14

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GENEROSITY and PRAYER

I have been blessed by a generous person in my past more than once.  However, the one time that comes to mind first is of a lady that was our realtor when we (my x and I) were trying to sell our house in Cleburne, Texas.  We had to leave Cleburne quickly and move to Fort Worth.  We had no extra money and it was tough to make the house payment and the rent at the same time.  We kept our head above water for a while but it soon became overwhelming and we barely squeaked by foreclosure more than once only because of a very generous, kind lady.  She knew the house would sell eventually, it was just going to take longer than usual because of the economy, etc.  So she paid the house payment at least 2 times that I remember.  I never asked her for it… she offered it!  I was blown away by her kindness and generosity.  I hope to be able to pay her back someday and if I can’t she is the kind of lady that doesn’t care about that.  She just showed us that she cared about us at that time.  Yes, she got her commission and yes it probably covered the amount she gave us… but it was still an act of kindness that I will never forget. generous_logo

God expects us to be able to be generous in our own ways too.  We may not be able to pay someone’s mortgage but we can buy someone’s lunch, or buy them a bagel for breakfast.  It really doesn’t cost us much to be kind and generous.  It always comes back to us in blessings.  And this evening I have experienced the most generous kind of generosity!  Prayers from all around the world!  I am not sure where some of the folks live but I do know that they came out in droves to pray for my mother and my family tonight!  Generosity? YES!  36Prayer is our most powerful tool and when it is in numbers, I believe God smiles!  I have made so many wonderful friends on Facebook.  Some folks don’t believe you can have “real” friends on Facebook, but I beg to differ!  I have met some of the kindest, most generous, loving people that care about you and … well, your family and your pets (which are family to us).  I believe that these folks pray when they say they will.  Some even type the prayer right in the comments of a post.  I LOVE THAT!  Because I do that too!  I love to pray for people.  I love to receive prayers from people.  I love to receive prayer request from people.  Because… like I said, prayer is our most powerful tool here on earth!  The Bible has many scriptures telling us to pray for one another.  See Romans 8: 26-27 (There is a great website with several other scriptures about praying for others …click this link).   Another reason I love prayer is because Satan shudders when we pray!  When we as Christians pray together it thwarts the power of him and his evil ones.  Yes, I believe Satan is a real entity!  He is called the prince of the power of the air in Ephesians 2:2.  So when we pray… our prayers go straight to the Holy Spirit then straight to God the Father!  So… Satan has no power over that!  Prayer works.  images (3)

Tonight my mother had many, many people praying for her all across this great land of our and even in other parts of the world!  That is so powerful and God loves it when we pray!  Thank you to those of you that have prayed for her tonight!  I love you in Christ!  Your generosity is greatly appreciated!

There is another generous thing to celebrate too!  Jesus Christ died for our sins and rose agaimages (4)in on the 3rd day so we could live with Him in Heaven!  God was more than generous when He gave us His Son to die for our sins!  Thank you Jesus for your generosity and love for us.
And thank you for the people that pray!

The Song – What If His People Prayed – Casting Crowns

What If His People Prayed – Casting Crowns – Video

 

INTERCESSORY PRAYER

I have been the recipient of prayer from someone for years.  When I was estranged from my family for 10 years – when I was married, my dad said he prayed for me every day to be returned to the family.  Yep, 10 years! He prayed every day for me.  I have always known my mom and dad have prayed for me… that’s just what they do.  They love their family and love praying for them.  Not only do they pray for the family… they pray for the extended family which is what their friends in Christ are.  My dad is quick to add someone to his prayer list if he hears of a need someone has, whether it be materially, medically or otherwise.  He loves to pray for folks.  PRAYER WARRIORAs I have said before, I used to work with a lovely lady named Phemia in Beaumont at a Savings and Loan.  She would pray at any given moment for you.  If you had a problem, she would stop right there and pray for you.  It might just be a quick prayer but it was a prayer directly to The Father!  She would intercede for whomever it was that was in need.  She prayed for me many times.

To be asked to pray for someone is an honor for me.  It tells me they trust me and are confiding in me with something near to their heart and they ask me to pray for them.  As Christians, I believe Prayer is our most powerful tool here on earth.  It ushers us directly into the Throne Room of God Almighty!  When Jesus died on the cross, the Bible says the “veil was rent into”.   In Matthew 27:51 it states…

51 Then, behold, VEIL TORNthe veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and the earth quaked, and the rocks were split,”

The significance of that is that we did not need a “high priest” any longer to pray for us.  We could go directly to God Himself.  Jesus’ death on the cross and resurrection allowed that to happen!  I found a couple of websites that help explain this event in history.  One of them is gotQuestions.org and they have a great explanation if I could just use an excerpt from their website here:

So, what do we make of this? What significance does this torn veil have for us today? Above all, the tearing of the veil at the moment of Jesus’ death dramatically symbolized that His sacrifice, the shedding of His own blood, was a sufficient atonement for sins. It signified that now the way into the Holy of Holies was open for all people, for all time, both Jew and Gentile.”

“When Jesus died, the veil was torn, and God moved out of that place never again to dwell in a temple made with hands (Acts 17:24). God was through with that temple and its religious system, and the temple and Jerusalem were left “desolate” (destroyed by the Romans) in A.D. 70, just as Jesus prophesied in Luke 13:35. As long as the temple stood, it signified the continuation of the Old Covenant.  Hebrews 9:8-9 refers to the age that was passing away as the new covenant was being established (Hebrews 8:13).”

“In a sense, the veil was symbolic of Christ Himself as the only way to the Father (John 14:6). This is indicated by the fact that the high priest had to enter the Holy of Holies through the veil. Now Christ is our superior High Priest, and as believers in His finished work, we partake of His better priesthood. We can now enter the Holy of Holies through Him.  Hebrews 10:19-20 says that the faithful enter into the sanctuary by the “blood of Jesus, by the new and living way which he opened for us through the veil, that is, through his flesh.” Here we see the image of Jesus’ flesh being torn for us just as He was tearing the veil for us.”

With this event in history, as it says above, with Jesus death we no longer have to have someone else go into the “Holy of Holies” to pray for us, as they did before Jesus.  We have complete and total access to God the Father through Jesus death.

Colossians 1:9-12 Paul tells the church that he prays for them.

 For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives,[a] 10 so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God,11 being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, 12 and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you[b] to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light.”

PRAYERI do love praying for people too!  I keep a prayer list at my desk so I can have a constant reminder of those that have asked me to pray for them.  I consider it an honor to pray for and with someone.  I always ask God’s will in prayer for others though.  Some folks may think they can pray for a new car, new house, boat, or other material things.  However, prayer is a conversation with God.  God is not a “convenience store”.  There is a difference between wanting a new car and someone needing a car to get around.  God knows the heart and the motives though.  When you pray for others, just pray for God’s will to be done.  He knows your heart.  Sometimes I don’t understand the outcome of a particular situation that I have been praying about, but I have to remind myself… God is God and I am not.  He knows best – ALWAYS.  Click this link here  for another website that has a list of scriptures from the Bible about Intercessory Prayer.  If it is in the Bible it must be important for our Christian walk with The Lord.

I encourage you to pray for others.  Keep a list of folks that you know need prayer or have talked about something they are having a hard time with.  Sometimes I ask if I can pray for others and sometimes, I just pray for them.  Remember, prayer is our most powerful tool here on earth!  God hears our prayers and loves it when His people pray.  Talk to Him today.  He is waiting to hear from you, His beloved.

This song – Sweet Hour of Prayer – is from this CD – Sweet Hour of Prayer narrated by Phillip Keveren.  It is an awesome reminder of how wonderful prayer is.  It is excerpts from devotional readings by Oswald Chambers with music to go along with the narration.  The song attached is an excerpt from this CD.  Enjoy!

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