Wednesday, May 25, 2011

When I say I'm praying...

When I tell you that I'm praying for you, or that I will be praying for you, I want you to know that I am totally serious about it. I used to do that on occasion, until God showed me that saying something like "I'll pray" and not doing it is lying, and only me trying to make myself look "Christian."  When folks are in need, religious platitudes won't help (do they ever?) -- they need real answers!

I believe that when I pray, God hears me. I take as 100% true and sure what He has said in His Word regarding His children.

For instance, when the tornado struck Joplin, I said I would pray, and I did.  I asked the Lord to send aid - angels to minister to those in need, according to Hebrews 1:14 where it says angels are "ministering spirits sent forth to minister for those who would inherit salvation", and Psalm 34:7 that says his angels encamp around those who fear Him, to deliver them.

I'm not writing this so you can "ooo" and "aah" over my prayer life, or to offend anyone who has, in the past, said they would pray but didn't. I'm not here to judge you. I just want you to know, that when I say "I'm praying..." I take it as though I've been called to the front line, that I've got your back and I'm in it with you!

“I tell you the truth, whatever you forbid on earth will be forbidden in heaven, and whatever you permit on earth will be permitted in heaven.  I also tell you this: If two of you agree here on earth concerning anything you ask, my Father in heaven will do it for you. For where two or three gather together as my followers, I am there among them.” Matthew 18:18-20 (NLT)


  1. Amen Daughter! Very well spoken....

  2. I find myself stopping to pray immediately after telling someone I would just because I don't want to forget and be less than honorable with my responsibilities.
    Hey that's my job to quote the passages about "fearing the Lord." Just kidding. I don't want to get you in another uproar! (kidding again) No wonder I'm the only one who appreciates my humor...
    Awesome post today!

  3. Same here, Floyd!

    LOL -- when have I ever been in an uproar?? ;)

  4. You haven't, I was just kidding. Maybe it was me I was thinking of...

  5. Hehehe, I have definitely been in an uproar before, just maybe not here!

  6. Saw this on facebook, did someone cancel my subscription? I was wondering why I hadn't heard from you in awhile???

  7. This is so true...When I say I will pray for you, I truly do also, it may not be right then but I will pray. I truly believe the scripture in Mathew. There have been so many times that someone else has prayed with me and I have felt the presence of God. Its very moving and peacfull. And I know God hears are prayer,cuz I have had many prayers answered but he also will answer them on his terms and his time. Sometimes this is difficult, when u don't get an answer right away.

  8. Floyd -- nope, no cancellation, just busy with all things having to do with moving into a new house!! :)

    Karen -- Amen, you and me both! And you know, the thing with God answering in His own time isn't about holding stuff back from us, but understanding that He has seen the end from the beginning, and He knows the exact path we need to take! :)