Monday Motivation: The POWER of Prayer

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At certain times in our lives we’re bound to feel helpless.  Whether it’s over a personal tragedy, or mourning with the nation, it’s that feeling of  “there must be something more I can do”.  We want to help where we can, give what we’re able to, and display sincere support to those who need it most.  Our hearts desire is there, but what happens if we don’t have the means and opportunity to make the impact we hoped for?  The circumstances may be complex, but the answer is simple, really.  Before, during, and after these types of situations, we must always turn to God in prayer.

James 5:16 (AMP)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

16 Confess to one another therefore your faults (your slips, your false steps, your offenses, your sins) and pray [also] for one another, that you may be healed and restored [to a spiritual tone of mind and heart]. The earnest (heartfelt, continued) prayer of a righteous man makes tremendous power available [dynamic in its working].

Did you know that there is TREMENDOUS power available through prayer?  This is because The One we pray to is almighty in EVERY WAY!!! In the natural and earthly realm we may recognize certain limitations and that our hands may be tied, but in the spiritual realm we have all that we ask for if we line it up with the Word of God!

1 John 5:14-15 (AMP)                                                                                                                                                                                                          

14 And this is the confidence (the assurance, the privilege of boldness) which we have in Him: [we are sure] that if we ask anything (make any request) according to His will (in agreement with His own plan), He listens to and hears us. 15 And if (since) we [positively] know that He listens to us in whatever we ask, we also know [with settled and absolute knowledge] that we have [granted us as our present possessions] the requests made of Him.

 I get the frustration and discouragement that comes with this perceived notion of helplessness.  I really do.  But I encourage us to relish in the promises of our Lord and Savior and the fact that we get to have face time with Jesus!!

Hebrews 4:16 (AMP)                                                                                                                                                                                                            

16 Let us then fearlessly and confidently and boldly draw near to the throne of grace (the throne of God’s unmerited favor to us sinners), that we may receive mercy [for our failures] and find grace to help in good time for every need [appropriate help and well-timed help, coming just when we need it].

Amen and Amen!!!  God has direct knowledge of all we long to do for others, and what we’d like to happen for ourselves.  So don’t be shy, talk to your Heavenly Father.  In coping with burden, frustration, sadness, and anger, go to Him with confidence!  Do you believe that He hears you?  If so, then before you let your shoulders droop and your mouth turn into a pout, remember that if prayer is ”all” that’s left it’s more than enough!!!  For this I thank Him, and I pray that we all take a moment to do the same! 🙂

Mark 11:24 (AMP)                                                                                                                                                                                                                

24 For this reason I am telling you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe (trust and be confident) that it is granted to you, and you will [get it].

Philippians 4:6-7 (AMP)                                                                                                                                                                                                      

6 Do not fret or have any anxiety about anything, but in every circumstance and in everything, by prayer and petition (definite requests), with thanksgiving, continue to make your wants known to God.7 And God’s peace [shall be yours, that tranquil state of a soul assured of its salvation through Christ, and so fearing nothing from God and being content with its earthly lot of whatever sort that is, that peace] which transcends all understanding shall garrison and mount guard over your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.

John 15:7 (AMP)                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

7 If  you live in Me [abide vitally united to Me] and My words remain in you and continue to live in your hearts, ask whatever you will, and it shall be done for you.

John 14:13-14 (AMP)                                                                                                                                                                                                           

13 And I will do [I Myself will grant] whatever you ask in My Name [as presenting all that I Am], so that the Father may be glorified and extolled in (through) the Son. 14 [Yes] I will grant [I Myself will do for you] whatever you shall ask in My Name [as presenting all that I Am].

HAVE YOU PRAYED TODAY?

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Daily Prompt: Dear Mom

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Mom and I, age 7

Dearest Mommy Lady,

I know you saw the letter I wrote to Alexandra, and now here’s one for you. I didn’t plan on going on a letter-writing campaign this week, lol, but I finally saw a writing challenge I couldn’t resist.  I’m supposed to be telling you something I’ve never been able to, but considering our excellent communication, I wasn’t quite sure what that might be. 🙂 My immediate thought was to tell you again how much I love you, and that I’m truly beginning to understand your loving intent behind so many of your mommy ways.  This is nothing I haven’t said to you before, but in light of today’s tragedy, I wanted to be sure you knew it.  As I think of all the hearts that were left broken after such a senseless act, I thank God that I’ve had 31 wonderful years with you.  We’ve certainly bumped heads and worked each others nerves, but as this picture shows, we are much more alike than either one of us might care to admit. 😉  I KNOW I am blessed to have a mother like you, but that’s not all I really wanted to say.

Years ago, you and my dad divorced.  No one was more shocked than Chris and I to discover that our “perfect” family wasn’t so wonderfully happy, and drama-free after all.  We all faced pain, struggles, and hard times, but even in the midst of turmoil you both truly kept us first.  I don’t just mean with the material things, but in keeping watch over the delicate minds of your children.  I never heard you curse my father out or make him the villain.  You never told me horror stories of how he ruined your life, and you never filled our heads with lies.  Thank you, thank you, and thank you for that.  I know that despite your Wonder Woman façade, WonderWomanV5it was very hard on you, but you refused to let it tear our family apart.  I remember adults questioning me, because they couldn’t understand how you and Dad could still get along so well.  Thinking about it now I realize how innappropriate some people were, but what mattered is that your continued friendship gave your kids the confidence to know that we always had both our parents in our corner

A little over 3 years ago you took that friendship to another level.  You became the caregiver for my cancer-stricken daddy, and invited him to live with you and Kenny in his final weeks.  This, your ex-husband, was now the man whose doctors appointments you attended, and whose bandages you changed.  When he was at his weakest, you and D2 (please let him know that my love and appreciation for him is fully included in this letter too) did all that you could to make him comfortable.  Your home was now his once again, and in his final days I never worried about him being lonely or afraid.

Ok, now I’m crying, but it’s important for you to know that you and my stepdad showed me one of the greatest examples of unconditional love I have ever witnessed.  Maybe everyone didn’t understand.  Maybe their own pettiness in handling such circumstances wouldn’t allow them to see the brilliance of what God was doing, and you know what? That’s fine with me.  I got the message loud and clear.  Mommy, you’re one-of-a-kind.  I joke about your Vulcan tendencies, Spock_vulcan-salutebut the strength I’ve witnessed in you has shaped me in many ways.

I could go on and on, but I guess I’ve said all this for one very important reason.  Thank you for taking such great care of your long-time friend, and the man that meant the most to me in the whole world.  I want you to know that this girl’s heart will never, ever forget.

Love you always,

Me