2018 Begins with the Flu

It’s the beginning of a new year!  My wishes and prayers are that all of you have a blessed 2018.

The first Sunday of the year should be encouraging and bright with hope, but this year many people are suffering from the flu; some cases are even severe and life threatening.  Hospitals are having to turn people away, or set up tents because there are so many people who have caught the flu.

Let’s pray for all the people who are at home or in the hospital suffering from symptoms, and pray for the serious cases to be healed.

Also pray for Lacy, our father, and our little brother Jake, who’s come down with the flu; and for my health and Mom’s, so that we may stay free from the illness, and also that we stay strong enough to tend to the others as they get better.

I pray that God grant you with wisdom, peace, and love in the new year, and that He shows you His amazing mercy and power as you live each new day.


Experiencing the Spirit’s “It”

Have you ever felt in your zone? Like, this is what I’m meant to do, this right here, and nothing else matters just so long as you can experience “It”?

I’ve felt that way ever since that time a few years ago…

I remember It. Summertime was here and I was swimming in my pool when suddenly, fear struck my heart. The breeze blew my wet hair and thoughts of actor Robin Williams surfaced; I felt a sense of worry. It grew stronger. Why? My mind pulled me to pray, but I dwelt on nothing except the feeling. The fear. I didn’t know why I couldn’t stop worrying. There was nothing indicating anything was wrong. Who am I, I questioned, to pray for someone far away, someone I rarely think about, and Robin surely doesn’t think of me. I don’t know what’s going on with him, so why should I pray? 

Then August came. Robin Williams passed away tragically. Emotion led me to write about him in my prayer journal on August 11, 2014:

“Tonight the internet posted… Robin Williams died, age 63, from what people think was depression/suicide, cause of death being asphyxiation. Lord, that made me so sad… to know that, it makes me distressed. I’ve been thinking about him a lot lately, you know, and at one point I even thought about putting him on my prayer list, but then I forgot to. 😦

It made me realize how important it is to do what is right as soon as I can, without dilly-dallying. I don’t know what anyone is going through.”

The same thing – It – happened with Whitney Houston 2 years before. I was thinking about her before she died. I was worried about her for no apparent reason. Commonly, I listened to her song on Pandora’s pop station, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and danced and sang along, and the beat made me feel energized and happy, but days before her death the music was a little bit sadder. I looked at her face on the cover of the album and grew worried and sad. Unfortunately, I didn’t pray for her either, because I wasn’t listening to It, the Holy Spirit’s calling, and she died 2 days after singing “Jesus Loves Me” with Kelly Price, in what is determined to be an accidental death.

Since Robin Williams, I try never to take thinking about someone, close or far-away, for granted. Whether they know me or not, that gives me no less responsibility to respond to It, do what God calls me to do, and if that means praying for random people, I’m there.

“It” is kind of like a spiritual ya-ya or pow-wow or whatever they’re called, when people are joined together hand in hand, or in a huddle, and they all feel less alone and scared, because they’re pouring out hearts to one another, except It is all in the unseen realm and completely on a God level, where nobody sees each other. Some call it ESP and some call it random clusters of luck, but truth be told there is a Spirit that connects us together. Kind of like in Acts 9:7 when “the men who were traveling with him [Saul] stood speechless, hearing the voice but seeing no one.” God is there. He does speak.

I had another mental occurrence last week for a celebrity; I welcome you pray if you feel It too.

Last week, I dreamed about George Lucas. In my dream, I was trying to find out how to talk to him personally, because I was writing a story and wanted his mentorship, so the dream flashed forward to an interview, where I asked him whether he was proud of the new Disney-made Star Wars movies. He shrugged and said, “I don’t know, I don’t care what they do with the story, just so they make the characters happy in the end. If they have all the characters die, I’ll be upset, but I really don’t care.” He walked off with a briefcase and I was left following him into a rainy street. The street lights hit the road and made it shine, and he looked back at me, but continued on his way, and I felt sorry for him. After a lingering darkness, I awoke.

We can pray that George Lucas copes with the continuation of Star Wars and that he continues to be strong, because I am not among the group who holds to the opinion that everything Mr. Lucas did was for money -there are actually some on the internet saying that- and I feel like he could be stressed seeing his lifelong (or for a long time) project be altered and adapted to match today’s society.

In conclusion, there’s an answer now that lingers when I question “Who am I?” I guess I’m God’s prayer warrior, because he calls me time and time again to pray for people in need. Even public figures, the rich, celebs, and government officials need prayers, so I’ll respond to the call this time. Now… unlike before… I’ll be there. I’ve experienced “It” and I know what to call It: it’s not extrasensory perception, it’s not intuition, it’s not clairvoyance, It is God’s voice and he knows who is in need of the spiritual gathering of souls, for us to unite in prayer, to rescue, seek and save the lost.

Help me!

With love, Lacy

Additional journal prayers about Robin and Zelda Williams:

August  12, 2014: “Please be with Zelda Williams right now, during her daddy’s death/wake. Whatever you call it. Lord, please be with those around her, that they might give her love, so she doesn’t fall into depression, too. We’re [Kat and I] thinking about doing something for Zelda Williams on Twitter to give our condolences regarding her dad, Robin. She tweeted something saying ‘I love you. I miss you. I’ll keep trying to look up.’ Along with a quote about stars and how stars will laugh for Robin or something…

“Troy [my uncle] posted up something saying that Robin was the type of man who liked reading Chronicles of Narnia to his kids. Maybe he was a Christian, who knows. You know, Lord. You know.”

August 13, 2014: “Be with Zelda Williams – we’re considering drawing a picture of Zelda as [Princess] Zelda (a new costume design) and advertising Saint Jude’s on it, maybe even her specific link, the one where people can win a trip to Expo 2014… if it’s still applicable. Tell us if it’s wrong. She got off Twitter but she’s still on it. Just taking a break.”

August 14, 2014: “All I know is that we need to figure out what we are doing most of all on The Lair [our game’s original title], for now, and of course, Zelda Williams. She needs encouragement right now. I hope I can do something creative enough to speak to her.”

August 15, 2014: “Thank you for your beautiful blessings you bestow on me everyday. I said something earlier I regret – something like, ‘If God gave us the Merlin cast, Zelda Williams, and KOEI to work with, on Merlin and Camelot Musou (a game [idea we had]), we’d have the best of three worlds and we’d have to thank God everyday for all the blessings he’s given us.’ As if we shouldn’t give thanks anyway! Sorry if this is wrong, Lord. I’m sure it was careless of me to say it.

“I’m fearful I am going to doubt again about my future and even about salvation and heaven/etc., because the idea that Robin Williams will go to Hell is eating pretty bad at me, however, there is nothing I should worry about that. You have got that under control! If he is a man who accepted Jesus in his heart, and he followed the path of Christ, then he’ll be in heaven!”

“…Please have Dmini [online friend] write back to my fanart. 😦 Unless I really am supposed to move on…. maybe I should focus on getting Zelda’s picture done first.

“…Father, please continue to be with Zelda Williams. Twitter has taken action against the trolls that kicked her off of Twitter. They want to be more aggressive in stopping bullies. Thank you, Lord. In Jesus name, Amen”

August 16, 2014: “Father, today I didn’t get a lot done on Zelda Williams’ fanart. In fact, I almost felt bad again for trying to make a happy picture. So I ask you to guide my inspiration for that. Please help me to know how to react to someone who just had their father kill himself. What a sad circumstance. How can I ever relate?”

I never have been able to draw the picture for Zelda yet, but I still pray for her. I invite you to pray with me.

“Most certainly I tell you, he who hears my word, and believes him who sent me, has eternal life, and doesn’t come into judgment, but has passed out of death into life.” John 5:24

Prayer of the Faithful

A prayer with the words of Albert B. Simpson (Hymn: What will you do with Jesus?) , Eliza E. Hewitt (Hymn: Who will follow Jesus?), and King David (Psalms 25 and 26).

Jesus is standing in Pilate’s hall, Friendless, forsaken, betrayed  by all; Hearken! What meaneth the sudden call? What will you do with Jesus?

Jesus is standing on trial still, You can be false to Him if you will, You can be faithful through good or ill: What will you do with Jesus?  (Simpson)

O Lord, I give my life to you. I trust in you, my God! Do not let me be disgraced, or let my enemies rejoice in my defeat. No one who trusts in you will ever be disgraced, but disgrace comes to those who try to deceive others. (Psalms 25:1-3, NLT)

Who will follow Jesus, standing for the right, holding up His banner in the thickest fight?  Listening for His orders, ready to obey, who will follow Jesus, serving Him today? (Hewitt)

Show me the right path, O Lord; point out the road for me to follow.  Lead me by your truth and teach me, for you are the God who saves me.  All day long I put my hope in you.  Remember, O Lord, your compassion and unfailing love, which you have shown from long ages past.  Do not remember the rebellious sins of my youth.  Remember me in the light of your unfailing love, for you are merciful, grapes
O Lord. (Psalms 25:4-7, NLT)

Who will follow Jesus, in life’s busy ways, working for the Master, giving Him the
praise; Earnest in His vineyard, honoring His laws, faithful to His counsel, watchful for His cause? (Hewitt)

The Lord is good and does what is right; he shows the proper path to those who go astray.  He leads the humble in doing right, teaching them his way.  The Lord leads with unfailing love and faithfulness all who keep his covenant and obey his demands. (Psalm 25:8-10, NLT)

Will you evade Him as Pilate tried?  Or will you choose Him, whate’er betide?  Vainly you struggle from Him to hide: What will you do with Jesus?

Will you, like Peter, your Lord deny? Or will you scorn from His foes to fly, Daring for Jesus to live or die?  What will you do with Jesus? (Simpson)

For the honor of your name, O Lord, forgive my many, many sins.  Who are those who fear the Lord? He will show them the path they should choose.  They will live in prosperity, and their children will inherit the land. The Lord is a friend to those who fear him.  He teaches them his covenant.  My eyes are always on the Lord, for he rescues me from the traps of my enemies.  (Psalms 25:11-15, NLT)

Who will follow Jesus when the tempter charms? Fleeing then, for safety, to the Savior’s arms; trusting in His mercy, trusting in His power, seeking fresh renewals of His grace every hour? (Hewitt)

Turn to me and have mercy, for I am alone and in deep distress. My problems go from bad to worse.  Oh, save me from them all! Feel my pain and see my trouble.  Forgive all my sins.  See how many enemies I have and how viciously they hate me! Protect me! Rescue my life from them! Do not let me be disgraced, for in you I take my refuge.  May integrity and honesty protect me, for I put my hope in you.  (Psalm 25: 16-21, NLT)

Who will follow Jesus, in His work of love, leading others to Him, lifting prayers above?  Courage, faithful servant! In His word we see, on our side forever will this Savior be. (Hewitt)

Declare me innocent, O Lord, for I have acted with integrity; I have trusted in the Lord without wavering.  Put me on trial, Lord, and cross-examine me.  Test my motives and my heart. For I am always aware of your unfailing love, and I have lived according to your truth. (Psalms 26:1-3, NLT)

Who will follow Jesus? Who will make reply, I am on the Lord’s side; Master here am I?(Hewitt)

Don’t let me suffer the fate of sinners. Don’t condemn me along with murderers.  Their hands are dirty with evil schemes, and they constantly take bribes.  But I am not like that; I live with integrity.  So redeem me and show me mercy.  Now I stand on solid ground, and I will publicly praise the Lord. (Psalms 26:9-12, NLT)

“Jesus, I give Thee my heart today! Jesus, I’ll follow Thee all the way, Gladly obeying Thee!” will you say: “This I will do with Jesus!”  (Simpson)

Pray With Me

This Easter our worship was a singing service. We sang songs and read a prayer written by Mr. Charles Spurgeon. It was an uplifting service, as singing services usually are.  (I always loved singings as a child, and still do.)  Here’s a summary of the prayer -in my own words of course- that we read, along with a verse or two of a few of the songs we sang.

“Our Father which art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth as it is in heaven.” Matthew 6:9-10

Oh Lord God, we are humans and sometimes we forget that Your kingdom is more important than our cares and worries.  As much as we need Your help in overcoming our weaknesses, You want our undivided loyalty.  We stand on holy ground in Your presence. Help us to remember in reverence Your love for us, as You adopted us as Your people. Remind us to adore you; remind us to hold on fast to our faith in You.

Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty!  All Thy works shall praise Thy name, in earth and sky and sea; Holy, holy, holy! Merciful and mighty, God in three persons, blessed Trinity!

-“Holy, Holy, Holy! Lord God Almighty”  (verse 3) by Reginald Heber

Let us pray for the world, and let every person be touched with Your love (through the Holy Spirit). Jesus died a painful and terrible death (and then rose again!) so that we humans could be saved and adopted.  Father, open the hearts of the people in this world, so that they may see Your glory and may know Your love for them. Reach out to them so that they can feel Your care in their lives and give them hope.

He who gave His love to me, that I might from sin be free bids me share it today, “As I love you,” He has said “You must serve men in my stead, as you go on your way.”

While His love burns true and bright, we are walking in the light. He has shown us the road; we His glory must reflect lest our dimness and neglect keep some soul from its God.

-“The Love of God” (verses 3 & 4) by Laurene Highfield

Be with the church, Lord. Help us live up to our position: Christ’s bride.  Help us do what is expected of us. That is to bring Your message of love and salvation to the people around us, and to reveal the truths of the world. We need Your strength to stand against the forces of darkness as we work diligently; we need Your wisdom to know how to be at peace with the people here, but also the knowledge on how to shine Your goodness in the world to bring more people to salvation in Jesus’ name, under Your grace.  Give us courage to do the right thing.

We have heard the Macedonian call today, send the light!  And a golden off’ring at the cross we lay: send the light!

Let us pray that grace may ev’rywhere abound: send the light! And a Christ-like spirit ev’rywhere be found: send the light!

Send the light! The blessed gospel light; let it shine from shore to shore. Send the light! The blessed gospel light; let it shine forever more.

-“Send the Light” (verses 2 & 3, chorus) by Charles H. Gabriel

You, oh God, forgive us when we do any wrong. You overlook our ignorance and You fix our mistakes.  You turn ALL things into good things. You make miracles out of catastrophes. And what do You ask for in return? You ask for us to be kind to everyone, and to show Your love to not only our brothers and sister, but our neighbors too. We are called to introduce You to the world.  When people look at us, they need to see You.  Help Your people, God.  Help them live the way they should.

Somebody did a golden deed, proving himself a friend in need; Somebody sang a cheerful song, bright’ning the sky the whole day long: Was that somebody you? Was that somebody you?

Somebody filled the days with light, constantly chased away the night; Somebody’s work bore joy and peace, surely his life shall never cease: Was that somebody you? Was that somebody you?

-“Somebody Did a Golden Deed” (verses 1 & 3) by John R. Clements

And Lord, last of all, please help us. If we’re sick, or sad, or struggling.  Be with Your people who are battling temptations, because Satan wants to snatch our souls from Your grace.  Be also with Your people who are in danger, help them survive the persecution that they are facing.  Encourage Your people who are in need of encouragement, and strengthen those who are weak.  “For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.” (Matthew 6:13)

The Lord’s our Rock, in Him we hide; Secure whatever ill betide, a shelter in the time of storm.

A shade by day, defense by night; No fears alarm, no foes affright, a shelter in the time of storm.

The raging storms may round us beat; We’ll never leave our safe retreat, a shelter in the time of storm.

O Jesus is a Rock in a weary land, a shelter in the time of storm.

-“Shelter in the Time of Storm”  (verses 1, 2, & 3, chorus) by Vernon J. Charlesworth

Lord, come quickly to deliver us from the evils of this world.  In Jesus name, Amen.

Prayer Petition December 5th-12th

Jesus says where two or three people come together in His name, He is there with them. We can come together, create unity, and make a real difference in the world, in Jesus name. Spread the word!

#PrayForGatlinburg #PrayForOakland #PrayForMichaelReed #RejoiceForEdinburgh

For where two or three are gathered in my name, I’m there with them.” Matthew 18:20 CEB

A Prayer for the Children of the World

Yesterday was International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church (IDOP). Tomorrow is Election Day for the United States of America. Soon, the US will have a new president.

My concerns are with the children of the world. What will happen to the next generation? How can US play a role in saving as many children as possible from poverty, homelessness, violence, and chaos? Who is the right person to lead the country I live in, which has been known to influence the world in good ways and bad ways, and is there a way to prevent war?

I say my prayer for this pivotal moment of time, in dedication to Christian youth facing trials of many kinds. (I regret not mentioning Europe in my prayer; I’ve read how Swedish people suffer, Germans suffer, French suffer; it seems persecution is global.)

Surely the Lord must have a plan to combat all the suffering, surely? Yes, he does. Jesus talked to us about why we suffer and who we are called to be. In a prayer He said to the Father, on behalf of all believers, He explained the plight we Christians face:

I have given them Your word; and the world has despised them because they are not products of the world, in the same way that I am not a product of the corrupt world order. Do not take them out of this world; protect them from the evil one.

Like Me, they are not products of the corrupt world order.Immerse them in the truth, the truth Your voice speaks. In the same way You sent Me into this world, I am sending them. It is entirely for their benefit that I have set Myself apart so that they may be set apart by truth. I am not asking solely for their benefit; this prayer is also for all the believers who will follow them and hear them speak. Father, may they all be one as You are in Me and I am in You; may they be in Us, for by this unity the world will believe that You sent Me…”

(John 17:14-21, VOICE)

Please close your eyes and pray with me:

How to Pray

We are so diminutive; so small in the universe.  Think about it for too long and it will surely start to feel like we’re insignificant in God’s realm, because he is so BIG.  But through Jesus, we have been given the gift of prayer; the ability to talk to God like He’s our best friend.  We don’t have to wonder “How do I do this?” or feel awkward that He’s not here or not listening.  To pray, just talk as if you’re talking to your parents or sister or brother or friend.

Jesus gives us an example of a prayer in Matthew 6:9-13. “So when you pray, you should pray like this: ‘Our Father in heaven, we pray that your name will always be kept holy. We pray that your kingdom will come.We pray that what you want will be done, here on earth as it is in heaven. Give us the food we need for each day. Forgive the sins we have done, just as we have forgiven those who did wrong to us. And do not cause us to be tested; but save us from the Evil One.’ [The kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours forever. Amen.]” (ICB)

When you pray, make sure your heart is genuine and true.  Talk to Him in all sincerity, because through the Holy Spirit, your heart speaks.

“Our Father in heaven, we pray that your name will always be kept holy.”

1. Acknowledge how great God is.

Begin your prayer by telling God that you know how great He is, and you  cannot begin to compare to Him. Acknowledge the power that He has, and how His power applies to your prayer.

“The voice of Jehovah is powerful; The voice of Jehovah is full of majesty.” Psalm 29:4 (ASV)

  1. In Suffering: “Lord God, only you can help me.”
  2. In Thanksgiving: “Mighty God, you are great! Thank you for the grace and mercy that you are willing to extend.”
  3. With a Request: “Heavenly Father, please listen to my prayer. You alone are holy, and you have the power to make this right.”
  4. In Sorrow: “Oh Lord, my heart is breaking! It hurts to breath. But I know that You care, God. You care about me. Mend my broken heart, and lend me Your strength. You are strong enough to overcome and outlast anything.”
  5. With Repentance: “God. You know everything. There is nothing I can do, say, or think that You will not know. I cannot escape your presence.”

“We pray that your kingdom will come. We pray that what you want will be done, here on earth as it is in heaven.

2. Give your life to God.

There’s an old American Folk Hymn that sings  “Would you be poured out like wine upon the altar for Me? Would you be broken like bread to feed the hungry? Would you be so one with Me that you would do just as I will? Would you be light and life and love My Word fulfilled?” The second verse responds to God’s call in the first verse, saying “Yes, I’ll be poured out like wine upon the altar for You. Yes, I’ll be broken like bread to feed the hungry. Yes, I’ll be so one with You that I would do just as You will. Yes, I’ll be light and life and love Your Word fulfilled.”  Express it in your prayer.  Let God know that you want to be ready to do His will, no matter what it is.

“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service.” Romans 12:1 (ASV)

  1. In Suffering: “I don’t understand what You want from me, but I am trying to do your will.  Please show me what You want me to do.”
  2. In Thanksgiving: “Use me God! I want to be a part of your awesome plans.”
  3. With a Request: “I want to do Your will, but I need Your help. Whatever it is, help me to do it. Help me know what to do.”
  4. In Sorrow: “God, how can you want this? Help me understand Your will. Help me understand what you want from me, so that I can carry it through as you wish.”
  5. With Repentance: “You have a plan for me. Sometimes I don’t go along with what You have planned, but I’m trying Lord.  My spirit is willing, but my  body is so weak. Tame my rebellious spirit, oh Lord.”

Give us the food we need for each day.

3. Make your request.

Let God know what it is that you want from Him.  He takes delight in your requests.  He wants to bless you.  All you have to do is ask.

“Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you,” Matthew 7:7 (ASV)

  1. In Suffering: “I’m having trouble Lord, and I need Your help. Please help me understand how to remove this thorn of suffering, or if it’s Your will for me to struggle with it, then help me learn to live with it and grow in faith because of it.  Show me Your ways, oh God. Give me understanding.“
  2. In Thanksgiving: “These earthly blessings that you provide are all momentary, but please help this joy that I feel last beyond today. Help me feel this strength and happiness in You, even when I find myself in harder times tomorrow.”
  3. With a Request: “God, I come to you now with a request, heavy on my heart. I know you will listen to me, and I know you will respond. I wish for your will to be done, Lord; but if there is any way, then could it fit into Your divine plan, for…(continue by stating your request)”
  4. In Sorrow: “Stop the pain, Lord. You are the Father of Comfort; please share your peace with me.  It’s too much for me to handle on my own.  This night is too dark.  Please shine your light on me again.  Help me feel Your joy, so that I can live again.”
  5. With Repentance: “I’m sorry. I’ve sinned against you God.  You know what I’ve done. I’m ashamed of the way that I acted. (Admit to Him what it was that you are sorry for.)  Please forgive me, God.  Help me be better.”

Forgive the sins we have done, just as we have forgiven those who did wrong to us.

4. Acknowledge that you are a sinner, and you need His forgiveness.

Humble yourself.  Tell Him what He means to you. Be sure to thank Him for the forgiveness He extends to you.

“For all have sinned, and fall short of the glory of God;” Romans 3:23 (ASV)

  1. In Suffering: “You know that I am not perfect. I cannot help myself, Lord.  I shouldn’t even have the ability to speak to You, because of my sins;  but because of Jesus’ sacrifice for me, You listen. Thank you for listening, Lord.”
  2. In Thanksgiving: “I am a sinner, I am not worthy, and yet here I am, before You, able to talk to You as a daughter or son can speak to their father. Thank you God, for this amazing ability to talk to you. Thank you for forgiving my sins, yesterday, today, and tomorrow.  All I have to do is ask.”
  3. With a Request: “I don’t deserve what I’m asking. I know that.  But I come humbly before you Lord, as a sinner looking for grace.  Please hear my plea, and remember Your own Son’s sacrifice. Forgive me, so that I may be redeemed and worthy of my request.”
  4. In Sorrow: “I am nothing more than a wild sparrow; no one cares about the sparrows Lord. I feel like I could die today and no one would notice. But you do, Lord.  You care, and you know my pain.”
  5. With Repentance: “I strive to be perfect like you, God; but I’m not. I’m far from perfect.  There’s not a day that goes by that I don’t sin against you, whether in lusts or in lies or in doubts or complaints. I’m sorry, Lord.”

And do not cause us to be tested; but save us from the Evil One.

5. Acknowledge that you are weak, and God is your strength.

Admit that you are weak, and that you need Him.

“Jehovah is my strength and my shield; My heart hath trusted in him, and I am helped: Therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; And with my song will I praise him.” Psalm 28:7 (ASV)

  1. In Suffering: “I am weak. Please be my strength.  I fail You every day, please carry me through this hard time.”
  2. In Thanksgiving: “Tomorrow I may stumble and fall, but You’ll be there for me. You are my fortress, my hiding place.  I know that I am safe with you, God.”
  3. With a Request: “I will never be worthy without you, God. You are the one who lifts me up and helps me conquer my weakness.”
  4. In Sorrow: “Please give me strength. I am weak, so weak.  I can’t stop crying. Help me through the day.”
  5. With Repentance: “I can never be right; I fall short every time. God, help me cross the finish line.  Help me reach our end goal, I want to finish the race with You.  I don’t want to be anywhere but with You.”

“The kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours forever.

6. Praise God for his awesome power, and be assured that you are heard.

Thank God for hearing you, and believe that he has listened.

And this is the boldness which we have toward him, that, if we ask anything according to his will, he heareth us: and if we know that he heareth us whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions which we have asked of him.” 1 John 5: 14-15 (ASV)

  1. In Suffering: “Thank you for caring about me. Lord, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil.  You are with me. Thank you for being with me. God.  Thank you for listening to me. Deliver me soon.”
  2. In Thanksgiving: “You are always there. And you listen, even to me! Thank you, thank you.”
  3. With a Request: “But I have nothing to fear, because You are with me. You know my heart, You know what I want.  You also know what’s best, Lord. You are omniscient, omnipotent and omnipresent. I trust you.”
  4. In Sorrow: “I feel so alone, but I believe You’re here, with your arms around me. Help me believe, Lord!”
  5. With Repentance: “Thank you. You will never leave me.  You forgive me, no matter what I do or how many times I mess up.  You are so great.”


7. End your prayer with the name of Jesus, so that God can be glorified.

Be sure to end your prayer in Jesus name.

And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.” John 14: 13

“In Jesus’ Holy Name, Amen.”

Living for Christ

“Would you be strong enough to profess Christ, even at gunpoint?”  This is a popular question brought to Christians to determine the strength of their faith.  And often, Christians respond from what they’ve learned: if we aren’t strong enough to profess Christ, then we are not worthy to accept His gift of salvation.  The teaching comes straight from the Bible, as John writes in 1 John 2:22-23 that “who is a liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? He is anti-Christ who denies the Father and the Son. Whoever denies the Son does not have the Father either; he who acknowledges the Son has the Father also.” (NKJV) and also 1 John 4: 15, which says “Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him and he in God.” (NKJV)

The truth is, many of us can’t predict what we will do in a situation where we are held at gunpoint and asked if we are a Jesus follower; we can tell what we would like to do or what we plan to do, and we can pray that it won’t happen at all, but we can’t say what we will or will not do in the moment that it happens. Even with the uncertainty, however, we have no reason to fear that moment of judgment. Read more

How to Pray for Victims of Al-Shabaab

The above image shows the danger zones where Al-Shabaab militants are located. Red shows their concentrated control.

Two weeks ago, I created a video promoting IDOP, the International Day of Prayer for the persecuted church (November 6th, 2016). I asked for Christians to pray with me. However, there is a possibility some of you want to pray, but have no idea what to pray for. I mean, the thought might cross your mind: I have no knowledge about the people suffering. I don’t know how to emotionally connect enough to pray, and I don’t have time to learn more. That’s a natural thought process. We have lives. We are very busy.

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#IDOP – International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church

Mark your calendar for the first Sunday in November. November 6 is the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church, also known as IDOP. This day has been designated as a day to pray for the Christians facing oppression, whether from government or culture, especially found in Northern Africa, the Middle East, and Asia.

Praying on IDOP is more serious than simply asking for world peace. If we want to use the word deplorable, let us use it to describe the conditions some face in hostile regions of the world.

If you are living in the free world, help me spread the word by sharing my video. You don’t have to do it on social media where there is a device between you and the other person; talk to your friends about it face to face. What we need to do is get each other involved to truly make IDOP bountiful and good for the ones suffering. We need to lift each other’s words up in prayer, saying things like “Amen!”, “Bless you”, or “Yes, Jesus” when a fellow Christian is praying. To put your hand on a friend’s shoulder also helps spur him on to have a more powerful meaning. (And when praying with non-Christians, you can talk to Jesus in your own mind, letting Christ know you want His attention.)

If you are not in the free world, or you do not feel safe to profess your faith, you can still pray privately on this day. Kneel down to God in an enclosed room, all alone, and cry out to him for deliverance. Embrace the ones you love, hug and kiss them, and say a prayer on behalf of others suffering, too.

God will hear our prayers on a mightier scale if we all pray together. I urge you, I cannot do this alone… well, perhaps I can, but the ones hurting really need more than just me for real change.

Honestly, God does not care how we say our prayers, or how eloquent we are. As long as we pray from our hearts, God hears us. So I petition that you remember to pray on IDOP for the sake of love. Revival. Peace. Pardon. Should any person be imprisoned or killed for sharing their faith? #StandWithThem

Writer’s note: I am not affiliated with or working for The Voice of Martyrs non-profit organization.  I only want to help shed light for the Christians suffering, as I have the freedom in America to do so. I support VOM through donation and also encourage you to do the same. Visit www.persecution.com for more information.