When I Pray.....
With my body being so jaded from work I really didn't know if I could pull it off.
All I wanted to do was sleep.
As I lye there snuggled tightly under my soft cozy comforter my mom gave me and my hubby as a shared Christmas gift this past year. I was instantaneously awakened by a loud disturbing sound of beep, beep, beep jolting me out of a deep sleep.
With one swipe of my hand, I sent the noise flying across the floor. Before I knew it I was back in dreamland. Little did I know this was one appointment I wasn't missing that day. So, as fate would have it, my oldest daughter entered the room just seconds after the flying torpedo called my cell phone hit the floor.
Mom, she yelled can I come in. As if I couldn't have heard her a mile away. She yelled once more, Mom! This time more loudly than before.
What is it I exclaimed? With irritation in my voice.
Mom, I need a favor.
Keep my kids while I have a girls day out with my little sis. Really!
Mom, I have been promising her and today is the day.
Rolling back over into my comfy position hoping this was part of my dream. I felt the nudge of my hubby as he gently pushed against my shoulder and whispered, what you are you going to do?
Assuring me it wasn't.
In my head I screamed "Keep the kids"!
While this sweet voice softly said, get them dressed I'll take them with me.
My heart and my mind were at odds. How in the world was I going to manage babysitting two kids one just above 2 months and a toddler by myself at church?
But something inside me said. You can do this.
With bunch of prayer and encouragement from myself. I made it! Yeah, GOD.
It was and amazing service and truly the Pastor preached a message that brought me to the edge of my seat. Literally I hung on his every word. It was thought provoking, funny, and relative.
I have shared it with so many since.
But it wasn't just his message GOD wanted me to hear.
As church ended a sister walked over to me an began to ask who the little people were?
Just like most grand parents full of joy with their chest poked out. I said, girl, this my grand babies.
She stood in awe.
I asked are you alright?
She responded, no one ever thought my hubby would be a grand papa.
Yet here we stand.
What do you mean?
She began to replay the story I have been told for many years.
How the diagnosis my hubby received at such a early age in life left others in his life hopeless. She stated that GOD had been good at answering the prayers of so many that covered him in prayer.
As I stood there listening I began to think on our life together. How many of the turmoils me and him have had to endure because of his aliments so pushed me to a place in GOD that I may have never encountered any other way.
I realize and accept that prior to me many prayed for him and for that I am eternally grateful.
Never the less once he and I entered into holy matrimony (as they say) I also gained a position that I didn't realize I signed up for.
It wasn't until I began to understand the magnitude of his situation, that I comprehended my need for my Heavenly Father to intervene.
This is where I began to pray.
Praying not just for materialistic things but for his longevity, his strength, his health, his life....
I would tell GOD all about him, how he is:
- a good daddy to our children
- he was a awesome man
- he honored and respected his mom
- he was good to his community
- he has a loving heart
- he always sees the good in people
- he is a loyal husband
- an amazing husband
- always working to make me a better person.
And how the world needed more men like him. I sincerely wanted him to have a long life. So GOD can use him to help make this world a better place.
Though I didn't know what I was up against and the struggles we would have to endure. I knew I had to continue praying for him.
Somehow GOD would confirm that He was hearing my prayers and answering them along the way.
So often I would come across a scriptures that would empower my prayer life. Scriptures like I found in Ephesians that states a sanctified wife can sanctify her husband. It took me some time to grasp the fullness of what this scripture meant as well as the capability it held as I stood on this promise.
With childlike faith I continued to confess it over my baby. (My Hubby).
Despite all that I saw.
As time went on the Father would give me other scriptures to add to my arsenal to use against the uncleanliness of sickness.
You see, sickness in and of itself is a evil spirit trespassing on GOD's property. GOD's property is any individual who have accepted the sacrifice Jesus paid on the cross for the remissions of their sins.
Entitling them to not only be forgiven of their sins but a even greater promise.
1. He was bruised for their iniquities
2. The chastisement of their peace was upon him
3. And by His Stripes we are healed
Once I understood this I realized that after accepting what Christ done for us. We become GOD's property.
And anything that comes on it that is against GOD's will is trespassing.
See my husband diagnosis was considered terminal and the doctors gave him a life expectancy of 18 years. To GOD be the glory GOD has done exceedingly and abundantly above what we could have asked in that this year my baby turned a whopping 53, look at GOD.
I said all that to say: It took me sometime to arrive to this.
In times past I would have normally stood there and been thankful for all the prayers of others.
But in that moment. Father GOD through Holy Spirit began to reveal that it wasn't just the prayers of the others that were before him.
It was my prayers too.
Father has taught me so much about prayer and how to effectively pray for him and others especially when it comes to sickness.
Now I can truly say this with all my heart, fiber and being.
When I pray He slays.
Then it's time to boldly come out of hiding. And confess it to the world.
"When I pray He slays"
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