Life is full of ups & downs, and every now & then, a little sideways too! I know that I've been so busy lately, it's all I can do to handle my own stuff, most less pray for all the people I know who are really going through some serious trials. I also know that the enemy would love for us to be so bogged down in our own lives, that we don't lift up our brothers & sisters in Christ and stand with them until they see a breakthrough.
So, once again, I'm reminded that 1) I don't have to have all the answers before I pray. It's not like I have to figure it all out so I can tell God how I want Him to move. Sometimes the best prayers are "God please help"...right? 2) I am not always the person He wants to use to bring about the solution. Sometimes my prayers alone are sufficient, other times, He will tell me to get involved. So I don't have to hold back praying for someone just because my own life is extremely hectic. I can pray in the car while I'm waiting to pick up my kids, under my breath at the grocery store (even though someone might think I'm crazy if they see my lips moving), or at home while I'm doing the laundry. The point is, prayer is a powerful, but too often neglected tool that we have to make a difference in a person's life. The Bible says in James 1:16 "the effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much". I have been convicted about saying "I'll pray for you" and not following through. So I make it a point to say a prayer right away for anyone I give that promise to. I also think that we could all benefit from spending a little more time praying for others, and getting our eyes off of ourselves once in awhile. I know that if I'm lifting up someone else's needs, God probably has someone praying for me.
Last, I am so impressed with all the men & woman in my life, including all my new blogging friends. I hear about, or read about all the things going on in each of your lives, and I'm amazed at the strength and the grace you all display. The lessons that we're learning and passing on to one another are truly life changing. I can clearly see how God is moving, teaching, and stretching His children, through life's ups & downs, and even sometimes, sideways. . .
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