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Divine Note #46 - Prayer - we are called to do it - Ephesians 6:18

Divine Note #46 – January 23, 2010

Prayer - we are called to do it

Ephesians 6:18 (CEV) Never stop praying, especially for others. Always pray by the power of the Spirit. Stay alert and keep praying for God's people.
It was not planned as a day of prayer, but God wanted it to be a day of prayer for me. For the last several months I have been receiving more prayer requests than usual. My hospital ministry has also taken on a level of intensity. Then the tragedy in Haiti occurred and my soul was stirred. So I dropped my plans and said, “Father I will pray!” It turned out to be a day that I will never forget.

I used the A.C.T.S. (like Acts of the Apostles) method to get myself focused and prepared. One of the key things I did was update my prayer list. I also asked Facebook and Twitter friends to let me know if they needed prayer.


A = Adoration or worship
. I do not recall how much time I spent in abandoned worship, song, dance and praise, but it prepared me to talk to the King. I also read Psalms of worship and key verses kept jumping off the page. As I worshipped, I felt this helmet-like sensation over my head. It quieted my spirit and I listened for him. It was a supernatural feeling. My sister says it may have been the helmet of salvation. Ephesians 6:17 (NCV) Accept God's salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.


C= Confession
. After a time of praising the Lord it felt only natural for me to be honest and confess before I made my requests. I felt a level of intimacy that I cannot effectively put into words. It was like talking to someone who loved me intensely and who was not judging me. Psalm 34:4 I asked the LORD for help, and he saved me from all my fears.


T=Thanksgiving
. I turned to the Bible for verses on thanksgiving and it was really sweet to be thanking God for giving me the honor of coming before him to lift up prayers. I also found myself concentrating deeply on various verses. Psalm 136: 3 Give thanks to the Lord of lords. His faithful love endures forever.


S=Supplication. By this stage I was in the presence of God. I touched the name of each person on the page and prayed by the power of the Spirit. He understood my requests. He heard my requests. I do not know outcomes because he handles that part. My only job was to bring the prayers before him. I will never forget the day as long as I live.

I will be making it a regular practice and I invite you to consider doing it as well. Read Prayer made easy by Mark Water for ideas on how you can rev up your prayer life. Have a powerful week and remember to pray for each other and the people of Haiti as well as those helping them.
Big God Hugs!
Blanca

Read Love Letter to My Savior, a tribute to God in honor of my first year of public ministry. It is posted on my Journey blog at http://www.mydivinejourney.blogspot.com/
Also, follow my growing ministry on Twitter - http://twitter.com/BlancaV - as I share my love for Christ in 140 characters or less! It’s a great way to share your faith with the world and meet amazing people!

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