Pray as if a Life Depends on it!

Pray as if a Life Depends on it!

January 24, 2019 0 By Nancy Oehlert

I’m blocked, y’all! Seriously blocked. For an author, this is not a good thing.

I assumed it was just the usual difficulty of getting back into the swing of things after the holidays, but this goes way beyond that. Has your heart ever been so burdened that you had difficulty focusing on your work? It’s an all-too-familiar place for me.

I have recently been made aware of several people who are caught in horrible circumstances. Some of them I’ve known for many years.  My mind and heart are weighed down with their circumstances. You see, I’ve been where they are. At one point in my life, I was so burdened that I actually stopped praying. I stopped worshipping. I stopped working. I didn’t go anywhere. I didn’t do anything. I was in such despair that if I could make it from our bed to the sofa, that was a good day! If I somehow managed to wash a load of clothes, that was a victory! I was in a deep, dark depression.

BUT…

I had people praying for me. When I was cloaked in darkness and no longer praying for myself,  faithful family and friends were lifting me up to the God who heals. Lord, my God, bless them! They may never know the impact of their prayers for me, but I am forever grateful.

So, being aware of so many people who are hurting and in desperate situations, I experienced a sort of ‘flashback’. And there is just one thing I can do to help them. Just one thing. But it’s a BIG thing!

Pray as if a life depends on it!

…because it just might. Many people are living in desperate situations. Your neighbors, people at work, at school, and yes, even brothers and sisters in Christ are caught up in living nightmares. There are people you come into contact with every day who are in dire need of your intercession. We’ve got to wake up and be aware of what’s going on. Satan is attacking! We are in the heat of battle against the forces of evil.

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On your knees, soldier!

Oswald Chambers wrote, “Prayer does not prepare us for a greater work. Prayer IS the greater work.”

When Jesus was at a critical point, his response was to pray. If the son of God needed it, how much more do we? If you are in a desperate situation, prayer is your answer. Pray for yourself. Ask others to pray with and for you. If you are asked to pray for someone, be faithful about it.

If you don’t have the words to adequately express yourself or you don’t understand a situation well enough to know what to ask for, that’s not a problem. God provides an interpreter for the saints!

    “…the Spirit helps us in our weakness, because we do not know what to pray for as we should, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with unspoken groaning. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because he intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.”  Romans 8:26-27

God’s provides everything. All he waits for is our willingness to pray.

Strap on your armor and let’s head into battle.

“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I

   hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land. Now my eyes will be open and my ears attentive to the prayers offered

   in this place.”    2Chronicles 7:14-15

– “Therefore let everyone who is godly pray to you while you may be found; surely when the mighty waters rise, they will not reach him. You

    are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance.”   Psalm 32:6-7

– “Pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all 

    the saints.”   Ephesians 6:18

– “Is any one of you in trouble? He should pray.”   James 5:13a

– “The end of all things is near. Therefore be clear minded and self-controlled so that you can pray.”    1 Peter 4:7

If you’ve wanted to help someone and didn’t know what to do, prayer is your answer. The apostles were faced with this situation when they were trying to help a family with a sick child. The apostles wanted to help the boy but they couldn’t. Jesus told them that prayer was the answer. Grab your Bible and read about it in Mark 9:14-29.

         

We know who wins the war, but the battle is still raging.

You may be caught in painful circumstances. And there are people that we love who are trapped in horrible situations. May God impress upon our minds and hearts the need for prayer.

I have been the paralyzed man on the pallet whose friends tore a hole in the roof to bring their friend to Jesus. Can you remember a time when others prayed for you? Imagine being able to do that for someone else. Tear the roof open and bring your loved ones to the one who heals. Struggle in prayer. God provides all of the power. Impact another person’s life by praying for them.

And please, while you’re at it, pray for me.

“Though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.”

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