He decided to make known to them His blessing to the nations; the glorious riches of this mystery is the indwelling of the Anointed in you! The very hope of glory. -Colossians 1:27
If you had even a faint spark of faith, even faith as tiny as a mustard seed, you could say to this mountain, “Move from here to there,” and because of your faith, the mountain would move. If you had just a sliver of faith, you would find nothing impossible. – Matt 17:20
So, first and foremost, I urge God’s people to pray. They should make their requests, petitions, and thanksgivings on behalf of all humanity. Teach them to pray for kings (or anyone in high places for that matter) so that we can lead quiet, peaceful lives—reverent, godly, and holy— -1 Timothy 2:1-2
Confess to one another therefore your faults (your slips, your false steps, your offenses, your sins) and pray [also] for one another, that you may be healed and restored [to a spiritual tone of mind and heart]. The earnest (heartfelt, continued) prayer of a righteous man makes tremendous power available [dynamic in its working]. James 5:16
i don’t get prayer.
i just don’t get it. doesn’t make sense to me. never really has. how is it actually effective? for what reason does it have power? how are our prayers effective…
and on and on my crazy crockpot goes. endless rabbit trails. i think I have a million rabbits up there. runnin down their trails. in a crockpot. rabbit stew.
my point exactly.
i don’t get it.
i don’t have to get it to see its power.
praying big specific prayers is dangerous. in the best way.
i asked Jesus to show me His mighty holy side. i am getting tastes (let me know if you want to hear about the hiccup story). long story short, that’s a mighty prayer.
many have heard that Appalachian State has been going through a really hard season. haunting and tragedy and loss; loss of innocence. loss of security. loss of life.
a prayer walk was lead throughout campus and mighty things were proclaimed and prayed and asked for.
James 5:16. that sounds like a promise to me. and we know that we are the righteousness of God because that is why Christ died for us. (2 Corinthians 5:21)
prayer is faith spoken and proclaimed. in any prayer spoken, any request, any form, thanksgiving, proclaiming, hoping… it is faith manifested. it is fruit. proof of faith. it is choosing to believing the unseen.
of course i analyze, wrestle and struggle.
Love is finding me in different ways that i never thought would come, and here i am trying to analyze the magic. plan ahead and formulate. instead of the dance, the beauty, the resting, the celebrations of my wild freely given abundance of a Life. i know the latter is the real me. i feel and hear it beckoning.
but then fear.
of history repeating and my future dreams crumbling and broken heartedness cackling in my ear to remember pain and never risk again.
but if i feared faith every time, there would be no prayer. there would be no mountains moving. if I try to figure out and analyze and predict and fear change… there would be no butterflies or grace or magic or wild receiving or risk or might or majesty that i know deep is calling out to deep. the heart beat of my celebrations.
i want to partner with the Mystery and trust what i cant see and don’t understand. i lean not on my understanding but depend fully on the One that knows the number of hairs on my head, the amount of days i have left, what they will entail, for my Good and always His Glory. always.
Lean on, trust in, and be confident in the Lord with all your heart and mind and do not rely on your own insight or understanding. Proverbs 3:5
He decided to make known to them His blessing to the nations; the glorious riches of this mystery is the indwelling of the Anointed in you! The very hope of glory. Colossians 1:27
all i aspire to do is Love-Know Jesus more. to know is to love. and that is Heaven on earth.
everything else is icing.
i love you, icing.
And this is eternal life: [it means] to know (to perceive, recognize, become acquainted with, and understand) You, the only true and real God, and [likewise] to know Him, Jesus [as the] Christ (the Anointed One, the Messiah), Whom You have sent. John 17:3
[For I always pray to] the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, that He may grant you a spirit of wisdom and revelation [of insight into mysteries and secrets] in the [deep and intimate] knowledge of Him.
Ephesians 1:17 (AMP)
Answer my prayers, O True God, the righteous, who makes me right.
I was hopelessly surrounded, and You rescued me.
Once again hear me; hide me in Your favor;
bring victory in defeat and hope in hopelessness.
Understand this: The Eternal One treats as special those like Him.
The Eternal will answer my prayers and save me.