The Power of Prayer Part 2

I’m blown away by the things that God has been doing in my life lately.

I remember back when I was on Facebook, a dance friend would tease me about praying for a parking space. I tell people all the time that you should pray for EVERYTHING because God cares about ALL of our needs and a few of our wants.

I ALWAYS pray for parking especially at home because a lot of people have moved into my apartment complex to the point where you have to pray for a parking space if ever you leave. For example, today I left every so briefly to go return a bowl I purchased on Saturday. On my way home, I stopped in the T-Mobile store because I need a new cell phone because I’m tired of the Scotch tape on my phone. I also stopped in the dollar store. Finally, I stopped in Shop Rite to get some V8 Splash and sushi. I was gone maybe 30 minutes. When I returned home, there was only one parking space close to my apartment (though there were plenty of spaces elsewhere). I looked out the window at 7:30 p.m. and there were a couple parking spaces available closer to my unit, so I went out to move my vehicle.

As soon as I got in the driver’s seat, someone came flying through the lot and pulled into a space. I thought for sure they had taken the space that I had my eye on, but thankfully, they took the second option, praise Jesus. I gave thanks to Jesus before I got into my vehicle and again after I moved my vehicle. It always pays to pray for what you want or what you need!

Since we’re on the subject of prayer, I have another praise report related to prayer. Last Monday, I text a friend from church and asked for prayer for more fellowship opportunities closer to home so that I don’t have to drive so far to fellowship with other believers. I sent that text at 9:28 p.m. on Monday, June 26th.

When I got home from work on Thursday, June 29th, I received an email around 6:38 p.m. from Meetup.com letting me know that there was a new Bible Study group that I might be interested in. Of course, it’s located a good 25-30 minutes away from home. At first, I wasn’t going to join, but then I thought, what the hey, it can’t hurt.

The group was created on Thursday and had its first meetup on Saturday morning. I’m really glad that I went because I had such a blessed time. I had a yummy home-cooked breakfast and met some pretty nice people. They were warm, welcoming, friendly and easy to talk to. Most people who know me, know that I’m a huge introvert. That means I would much rather stay home than go out in most cases. It also means that I’m pretty reserved around strangers…but not last Saturday. It was like someone had taken over my mouth the way I was jabbering away. Not only that, but I’m normally a VERY PRIVATE person to the point of not telling people what town I live in, but there I was giving out my cell phone number. Yeah, I told God that I’m working on not being so overly private…

Anyway, the point is, God does answer prayers! I went to a meetup last night, which turned out to be a 2 hour church service. Gotta love those Pentecostals! All joking aside, they were really nice, too and it was a blessed time in God’s Word. There is another Bible Study meetup this Friday night that I plan to attend. Might as well go to a Bible study since I can’t find a dance partner to practice my Waltz with.   🙂

Remember, the Bible says “ask and you shall receive” and it also says “you have not because you ask not”. So, if you want something, start praying because all you have to do is ask and it will be given to you according to God’s will.

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God Isn’t Finished, Yet

There is so much I could say here and I’ve said most of it in my head, but I’ll just say this: be careful what you pray for because He is faithful to give it to you. So, if you pray for patience, God will surely give you a trial to teach you how to be patient. If you ask God to increase your trust, He will surely send a trial to teach you to trust HIM. I think you get the point. I’m NOT saying you should not pray for these things (because God will teach you these things anyway), I’m just making you aware of how my Abba Father, operates.   Seriously though, God dips each of us into the refiner’s fire for our benefit to transform us into the men and women He created us to be.

One last bit of encouragement, DO NOT compare yourself to anyone else. I’ve met people who have been saved for decades who are still sucking on breast-milk while some folks who just got saved have moved on to the grown folk’s table and are now chewing on meat & potatoes.  You have your own Romans Road, so just walk it out knowing that God isn’t finished with you yet because He who is faithful will finish what He started.

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Alone Time With God

I need my alone time with God. I remember when I used to work in NYC and would get to work extra early so that I could spend time with my dearest Dad.  I also remember being so rigid that I’d get annoyed if someone interrupted us, until I finally gave in and accepted the obvious…God was sending people to me for a reason, and that reason was NOT so I could feel annoyed, but rather for me to share His Word with whomever was “interrupting” me.  It was a huge reminder that we ALL need to be open to those “interruptions” which are really divine appointments.

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