Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Confession #44 - Just What Do You Say?

A very dear friend of mine is going through a painful divorce and is struggling with finding strength to carry on.  A cousin's 14 year old daughter has been suffering through painful chemo treatments.  A very close personal friend has recently discovered she has breast cancer.  And there are so many more I know that are hurting.  The question is just what do you say?

Dear Sisters I have wrestled with knowing just what to say to those who are hurting.  I've tossed and turned trying to think of a better response than simply, I'll pray for you.  Offering up the I'm praying for you response is good but without follow-up it's an empty promise that so many of us tend to make.  I've made a committment that I will pray.  Right there and then, either over the phone, through a text or email or in person.  Because I believe that we need not offer that statement alone, we need to pray, with them, for them and every time they cross our minds. 

Their hurts have become my hurts, their sorrows are my sorrows, and their struggles are my struggles.  I love these people.  Not just because they are my friends or family, or sisters-in-Christ, but because God has commissioned me to love them.  I truly Love them, and if I am to show that love they need to hear my heart cry out to God on their behalf. 

I encourage you that as these hurting people cross your mind, send them a quick email, text or facebook message with your sincere prayer for them.  Let them know that you are really praying and that you really do care. 

Sisters love is more than words it's an action and most time it seems that the only thing we can do for those that are hurting is to pray.  But make no mistake prayer is a powerful weapon against this evil dark world, against disease, against Satan's influence.  It is a weapon to be used mightily as we are warriors for Christ.  Next time your asked or prompted to pray, pick up this weapon and use it to destroy the foes of our faith.  Use it to demolish Satan's attacked, use it to build each other up and use it to annihilate disease and sickness. (Click here for all the verses on the power of prayer)

Friends you can become a powerful prayer warrior.  Simply pray by the power of the Holy Spirit in the name of Jesus for God to _________.  And more than anything that His good, perfect, and pleasing will be accomplished overall.

Mark 24:11 "Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours."

Dear Heavenly Father I pray for my sisters tonight who's desire it is to lift up their hurting friends, family and acquaintances to you.  Lord I pray that they can understand that indeed they can be powerful warriors for the faith through even the most simple heartfelt prayer.  I pray that they don't worry about fumbling with words but to just allow you to give them the peace to know that you understand their hearts and what their desire is.  I pray that you would give them the resolve to not just say, "I'll pray for you", but to actually do it right away demonstrating that they really are women of their words.  Thank you that you have given me a heart for others that you have asked me to love beyond measure and bring to action my heartfelt sorrows for them through the amazing and awesome power of prayer.  May all the glory go to you Dear Lord.  In Jesus' name I pray.  AMEN

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