Did you ever come to the conclusion, when a life crisis stops you in your tracks, that God is sending you this message?
Slow Down! Quit neglecting
the things of the Spirit!
Quiet time spent reflecting on God and praying has been a rare occurrence compared to the years when I commuted to Houston from the Clear Lake, Texas, or Alvin area. All that drive time in bumper-to-bumper traffic was my big opportunity to sing, worship, and listen to sermon tapes. Lately I’ve been missing all that time with God.
And wallah! God arranged for me to have those times back, though in a different way. Thank the Good Lord that, with these gas prices today, I don’t have to commute. Instead, I will be dipping both of my arthritis-riddled hands in hot paraffin wax up to twice a day for 20 minutes per hand. (Such wonderful pain relief!)
As I sit at my desk with one hand coated in lavender-scented wax, wrapped in a sandwich bag, and inserted into a thermal glove, I shall focus on God! Okay. I’ll also play some Words with Friends on my mobile phone.
But mostly this will be a ministry time. I’m going to keep a running prayer journal and spend that time lifting people up. I’ll also be writing down answered prayer.
Have you ever heard of Lakewood Church of which Joel Osteen is the pastor? (It’s the biggest church in America.) I’m a trained Stephen’s Minister there, which is comparable to a deacon in a Baptist church. To be honest, I am switching to a smaller church. But when I go to Lakewood, I am free to wear my badge and help pray, as needed.
In other words, I am a minister; and I’ve been a part of numerous prayer groups through the years. I’ve seen God amazingly answer prayers, and I’m not shy about believing for miracles.
If you have a prayer need in your life, please consider sending me a specific prayer request. Or, if you’d rather keep the details private, you can simply give me a person’s first name and I’ll lift them up before the Lord (He knows what’s going on, and that’s the important thing).
My hands may hurt, but I’m truly thankful that God has shown me that He’s blessing me to slow down and engage in a daily prayer ministry.
What on this earth is more powerful than a prayer of faith? It’s crucial business and worth the suffering that drove me to my knees.
New King James Version (NKJV)
17 Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain; and it did not rain on the land for three years and six months. 18 And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth produced its fruit.