Prayer for Law Enforcement, Firefighters and more

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This is my daily prayer for all law enforcement officers, firefighters, and emergency responders.  If you know anyone who works in these fields, would you please send this to them so they can actually see a prayer that is going out EVERY day for them?  They work such thankless jobs, and I know they would appreciate seeing that someone cares enough to lift them daily to the Lord.

Lord, I lift up all law enforcement officers, firefighters, and emergency responders, asking that whether they are working today or not, You will protect them at all times, in all ways, in all circumstances, and conditions. For those who will be working into tomorrow morning, I ask that you keep them safe throughout their entire shift. I ask that you grant them wisdom, insight, and discernment that goes far beyond what their natural minds can know.  If they are about to be ambushed, I ask that You put them on a heightened sense of alertness so they can take swift, decisive action to protect themselves and others.  Lord, I also ask that you will keep our LEO from shooting anyone w/o it being absolutely necessary.  And I also ask that you keep all of them from doing anything that would put them or their departments in a bad light.  In Jesus’ Name.  Amen.

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What’s Between Ask and Receive

This is a wonderful message!  If you’ve been praying for something for a long time and are feeling discouraged because you haven’t received an answer, you need to hear this message!

 

Yesterday’s Miracle – I could have been a widow today.

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My husband experienced a divine miracle yesterday.

He was driving on a 4 lane interstate during rush hour traffic when a Toyota hit the back end of his Ford F250 pick up truck.  It hit him so hard, the truck spun 180 degrees, but also crossed over 3 lanes of traffic, yet no other vehicles were involved in the crash.  The officer was stunned when he saw what little damage was done — just the back bumper was damaged.

The guy is a loser — druggie, no insurance, and was in cuffs w/in a few seconds of the officer showing up.  He had called someone to come get him before the officer showed up. He put a bag of golf clubs in the other person’s car. Officer took the bag and opened it and pulled out one bag of drugs after another. BUSTED!!!!! Officer said the guy had a LONG rap sheet.

For several months, after verbally putting on the armor of God each morning, I plead the blood of Jesus and pray a hedge of protection over myself, hubby, and our daughter, our home, property, and our vehicles. I ask the Lord to protect us from sickness, disease, the deadly pestilence, arrows that fly by day, from accidents, and from our enemies, both seen and unseen. I have told hubby and daughter several times that it is imperative that we are relying on the protection of our God on a daily basis. Thank You Lord, for Your awesome faithfulness and protection. We praise You and we recognize it is ONLY BECAUSE OF YOU that my hubby is alive today.

Pondering on this miracle, it reminded me of another time when I firmly believe my intercession saved my husband’s life.  You can read about it here.

Pray and Be Alone With God

This is a FANTASTIC message!

Prayer Series – Persistence in Prayer

Persistence in Prayer
How often do we give up when we don’t see any results from our prayers?  I know in my own life, if I don’t get “drive-through service” with my prayers, I tend to get discouraged.  I want things done my way and in my time.  But God tells us that His ways aren’t our ways, nor are His thoughts our thoughts.  Jesus teaches us in Lk. 18 the parable about how we should always pray and not give up.  The unjust judge finally has mercy upon the woman’s insistent pleas.  Jesus points out to us that God will have even more mercy and justice for His children than an unjust judge.  So, KEEP PRAYING!

We are admonished in Phil. 4:6 that in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, to bring our requests to God.  Yes, I admit, this can take some time.  But look at verse 7.  IF we take the time to unload our burdens and cares upon the Master, His peace will guard our hearts and minds.  How often do we find the time to pick up the phone and voice our woes to a friend?  Those are times that we could have been praying.  Or do we fall into the trap of using the internet when it would be much more productive to talk to God?  Many times we won’t take the time to pray, but yet we will take the time to go visit a Christian counselor.  That ends up not only taking our time, but our money as well!  Don’t misunderstand, I’m not saying there is anything wrong with getting counseling, provided that we really need it.  I am just saying that it’s quite possible that if we take the time to spend with the Lord, we may just find that our mind has been touched by the Great Counselor.

As I was looking at Eph. 6 where it talks about the armor, prayer is actually part of that armor.  It’s not just another weapon though; it’s part of the actual warfare itself.  The Full Life Study Bible (p. 413) says that to fail to pray diligently is the same as surrendering to the enemy.  As I pondered on prayer being part of the armor, it dawned on me that when we fail to pray, it’s similar to going outside without being fully clothed.  An appropriate way to put it for women is to say that it’s like going to church without having put on your makeup!

A final thought on the subject of prayer is that we should be diligent in training ourselves to pray because our prayers please God. (Pr. 15:8)  We also know that He hears our prayers.  (Pr. 15:29; I Pet. 3:12)

Father, help me to make the choice to train myself to be more diligent in praying.  Not praying just so that I can unload my burdens, but praying so that I can be intimate with You.  Place within me a desire for that awesome intimacy that I know YOU desire for me to have.  Help me to let You be the apple of my eye, the rejoicing of my heart, the very center of my life.  Amen.
© 2003, Stacy R. Miller

Prayer Series – Finding that Solitary Place

Finding that Solitary Place
Jesus sought time alone with God on many occasions, especially in times of momentous decisions.  In Lk. 6:12, we find that Jesus went to a mountainside to pray, and spent the night praying.   After this particular time in prayer, He had incredible results.  He chose the twelve who were to be His apostles, He healed numerous people, and preached His most recited sermon (the sermon on the mount).  You may have heard about the famous sermon by Jonathan Edwards, “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God.”  He actually stood up, had his notes just inches from his face, and read that sermon.  It sure doesn’t sound too impressive, does it?  What made it impressive?  What brought about such awesome results from this message?  Mr. Edwards spent the night travailing in prayer over the message and the people who would hear the message.  You see, it wasn’t him that brought the results, it was GOD!

In Mt. 26:36 we find that Jesus tells His disciples to sit there while He went off a short distance to pray.  In Mk. 1:35 we see that He got up very early in the morning to find a solitary place to pray.  Lk. 4:42 mentions that at daybreak, Jesus was going out to a solitary place.  Lk. 5:16 reveals to us that Jesus OFTEN withdrew to lonely places to pray.

I know that as mothers, many of us find that it is so hard to find a solitary place to pray.  One thing I have started doing is to turn my thoughts upon the Lord as soon as I waken in the morning.  I commit my day to Him, asking Him to lead me and to show me what is truly important for me to do that day.  Many times, the important things are as simple as listening to Rachel when she wants to talk.  Sometimes it is being diligent in disciplining her.  Too often, I find myself punishing, rather than disciplining.

Other times, it is learning to stay at home that day and focusing on the house since another day is going to be packed with lots of activities.  I tend to stress out quickly on the days when there is much to be done.  He has taught me to play soothing gospel music.  That has helped me to focus my thoughts heavenward a lot more.  I find that in the middle of mopping the floor or cleaning the bathtub that I am worshiping my Master.  I am pondering on what the words of the song say, turning them into my own prayer.  I am training my mind to focus on Him when unseen things happen during the day.  How many of us will put something in a certain place so that we won’t lose it, only to find out later that we have lost the item?  I have learned to pray for His help at those times.  I walk around, praying, listening to hear His voice.  I ask Him to give me a spirit of wisdom and revelation to think where the item is.  WHEN I take the time to ask for His help, it never takes more than five minutes to find it.  Then, I just have one more thing for which to praise the Lord!  It’s also teaching Rachel to look to Father for the everyday things in life.

In I Th. 5:17, we are admonished to pray continually.  This refers to abiding in His presence.  In Jn. 15 we are told to abide in Him.  This is to become a lifestyle for us, not of constantly uttering formal prayers, but rather prayers of all kinds and on all occasions.  It can be as simple as hearing a siren, then praying for the people involved (the victims, the police, the fire department, the ambulance drivers, the doctors who are going to be treating the ones being helped….)  I recently took Rachel to a local event where she got to climb up inside an ambulance.  While there, I told the paramedic that we pray for them anytime we see or hear their sirens.  He was touched by that; you could see the surprise in his eyes.  I proceeded to let him know that we aren’t the only ones praying.  I know of many mothers who are making this a habit, and then passing this godly heritage on to their children.

Father, as the disciples asked You to teach them how to pray, we ask You to teach us how to pray, but we also ask of You; teach us to abide.  In the midst of the chaos, the frustrations, the noise, the busyness, teach us how to abide.  Amen.
© 2003, Stacy R. Miller

Prayer Series – Outline for Prayer

Outline for Prayer

I know that many of us struggle with having a consistent prayer life.  There may even be some who don’t really see the importance of prayer.  Yet, Jesus said in Mt. 6:5 “WHEN you pray.”  It becomes pretty clear that prayer is something that we should do; otherwise, it could have been stated “If you pray.”  Our Lord took time out to pray.  If the Master needed time alone with the Father, then shouldn’t we who are often so fleshly, and who so prone to sinning, need time alone with the Father as well?

We find the Lord’s prayer in Mt. 6:9-13.  I used to attend a church that would quote this “prayer” every time we attended service.  However, this isn’t really a prayer at all, but rather a model of how we are to pray.  You could easily make an outline from this model like this:
I.  Our Father in heaven, holy is Your name.
A.  Worship the Lord.
II. Your kingdom come, Your will be done.
A.   In my life
B.   In the lives of my family members
C.  In the lives of those who rule this nation.
D.   In countries around the world.
E.   In my church
III. Give us this day our daily bread.
A.   Pray for God to show me more of Himself today.
B.   For Him to provide for our physical needs.
C.   For our financial needs.
D.   For our emotional needs.
IV. Forgive us our debts.
A.  Take time to be still before Him.
B.   Be conscious of the conviction of the Holy Spirit.
C.   Repent of the sins that come to mind.
D.   Pray for His direction in making restitution and apologizing where necessary.
V.   And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.
A.  For Him to put His word deep in my heart so that I might not sin.
B.  For His strength to help me remove myself from places of temptation.

We can use the above outline and pray a long or short prayer.  We can do a brief prayer and still cover most subjects, or we can MAKE time (it’s our choice), to pray longer.  This outline can easily be modified to fit the needs in your own life, or to fit the burdens that are on your own heart.

In Mt. 7:7-8, we come upon the scripture which mentions asking, seeking, and knocking.  From the Full Life Study Bible, p. 16, it says:  “Jesus encourages perseverance in prayer.  The tense of the Greek verbs in v. 8 designates continued action.  This means we must keep on asking, seeking, and knocking.  Asking implies consciousness of need and the belief that God hears our prayer.  Seeking implies earnest petitioning along with obedience to God’s will. Knocking implies perseverance in coming to God even when he does not respond quickly.  Christ’s assurance that those who ask will receive what they ask is based on: (1) seeking first the kingdom of God; (2) recognizing God’s fatherly goodness and love; (3) praying according to God’s will; (4) maintaining fellowship with Christ; and (5) obeying Christ.”
© 2003, Stacy R Miller