This post is being written in the hour that most people have long gone to bed. I find myself at this very moment interceding for one of my children. Nothing tragic or overwhelming, but for peace of mind.
I shared with my friend Judy just hours earlier how God is speaking to me about studying what His Word has to say about prayer.
My first conversation with God went something like this: “Daughter. I want you to seek My Word. See what I have to say about prayer.”. “Okay, God. I’ll get right on that sometime.” I began searching but not really putting a lot into it.
Today He says to me. “Seek My Word about prayer.” “Okay, I’m going. Right after I do this”. (don’t remember what “this” was now). This time, I felt more of an urgency in my spirit to go ahead and be obedient.
I know that I am to pray without ceasing and several other verses that says to be in the spirit of prayer, but nothing like this.
I started digging out sermons from a couple of pastors and preachers that I listen to to get some solid references. It was then time to get the concordance out to do some deeper study.
My family went through a brief time recently of what I’ll call a distraction. It was from an external source. A source that satan used to try to train wreck us. We overcame by the word of our testimony (Revelation 12:11). Confessing God’s word and promise of victory over the situation is what got us through.
As I thought back on that situation, I prayed, “Surely Lord, we’re not going to have to visit that again!” Call me selfish, but I don’t want my family under attack. Who does?!
Then I thought, “Well, maybe I’ll be an instrument in helping someone else in their prayer or by interceding for them.
12:32 am is the time that my oldest daughter text me asking, pleading for prayer and scripture references. Our children are well over 500 miles away from home visiting grandparents, aunts and uncles. Too far for me to reach out to her physically. As much as I wanted to, I knew that I didn’t have to. God’s Spirit lives in her too. He was already there. What I needed to be for her was another voice to stand in the gap with her and to agree, in Jesus name, that everything was going to be more than okay.
She told me that her mind was racing and that she couldn’t gather her thoughts. She was falling back into her old habits of being irritable too. This is something that we go through from time to time. I know that its satan trying to wiggle his ugly self into the mind of my child. Um…dude. we’re not havin’ it!
My husband and I immediately got out of bed and went straight to the Word. He called her on the phone and began praying God’s word over her. Promises of healing, a sound mind, power and authority over satan and any evil thing that tries to come against her. As he’s praying with her, I’m praying for her.
She did feel better by the time they got off the phone. Since she’s at her Nana and PawPaw’s house, she didn’t want to disturb them by reading her Bible aloud. My husband instructed her to go to the bathroom in the furthest part of the house and confess the Word anyway. If PawPaw gets up, just let him know that you needed to read your Bible.
He left her to read Psalm 91:1-16 for tonight and to call us in the morning when she can write down and pray more scripture.
Now I see a small glimpse of what I feel God is preparing me for. The war is real. If I don’t know His Word, then I don’t know His will for my life, my family’s life or the world around me.
Not only must I be equipped with the Word to fight our enemy, I must, must, must equip our children. Satan is out to destroy all families. He hates good. We, as God’s children, are to abhor evil. Which means…abhor satan; to hate him with a passion!
As the hours are now passing, I cling to the knowledge that God is protecting and watching over each of my babies. I rest assured that they are in His care.
I hope to do follow-up posts on how God is leading me in prayer.
I will leave this post with Psalm 23:1-6. A Psalm that is sadly a “check off” verse for memorization. It is so powerful and chock full of God’s amazing promises.
1.The LORD is my Shepherd; I shall not want. 2.He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. 3.He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. 4.Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. 5.You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; my cup runs over. 6.Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.