Love never gives up. 1 Corinthians 13:7a
I felt nudged by the Spirit to start a women’s prayer group. Five months prior I had stepped out of my Worship Pastor job, various ministry commitments, and truly any activity which required me to be present. My pregnancy sickness left me couch ridden and unable to do much of anything else but simply survive the day. But a new dawn had risen. I found myself able to leave the house and clean my house. Now all which was needed was to have people over to my house-and thus, our Refreshed women’s prayer group began.
Never lead a prayer group before. So as I charted this new territory, I once again had to rely on the Lord for the “how to’s”, “how come’s”, and “how can I’s”. And I have absolute confidence in His ability to calm my fears and lead me as a Good Shepherd whenever I start something new. This confidence comes from remembering His past faithfulness in Every. Other. Unknown circumstance. And starting this “Refreshed” women’s prayer group has been no exception to this truth.
Last week everyone in our group cried at some point during our sharing/times of praying for one another. (Of course this is not too earth shattering since we are all mother’s and I am pretty sure once you become a mother part of the job description is to cry at the drop of the hat when someone’s feelings are involved.) We were praying for our children by name.
The tears came for one blessed mother as she said one of her children’s name’s and attached the word, “Lost”, in regards to how to parent her. This mother explained further that for two years she had been unable to do school drop off’s without her child crying and clinging in desperation that she didn’t want to go. Day’s and week’s and month’s of trying to problem solve this. Day’s and week’s and month’s of a mother’s feelings of guilt and shame as other mother’s seemed to watch with eyes of judgment. Day’s and week’s and month’s of feeling inadequate and unable. And after day’s and week’s and month’s of no change, she was fed up. Giving up. And had used up-all. her. faith.
So this is where our group of six stepped in with our faith. We had faith for her. We prayed fervently for a change in this child. We prayed fervently for wisdom which only comes from above for our dear friend. We had hearts which were bursting big with belief in our God to do the impossible. We were asking for a “mini miracle” which was 2 years and coming.
As my friend was walking to her car after our prayer time together I felt Spirit nudged to call out to her and say, “I have GREAT HOPE for you my friend.” And I did. And this stemmed from this amazing truth from God’s Word that, “Love never loses faith. Love believes all things.”
The next day our group of six got a text from this “Lost mother”. Here is what she wrote (I have this mother’s permission to tell you her story, however I am using different names to protect their privacy.):
So listen to this….Here is a picture of my girls walking into school together. Yesterday, Julie almost had a panic attack and I had to walk her inside the building to her classroom. Julie has never had the confidence to walk into school by herself, I’ve walked her in since Kindergarten (and she is in 2nd grade this year). You guys, I don’t have words. From yesterday to today it is an absolute miracle. The power of prayer is incredible. I’m at a loss for words.
We all have voiced times of worn, troubles with marriages, mothering, health, and friendships, and prayer needs so beyond us we don’t even know how to put them into words. But we do not battle alone. We understand as God’s Word says in Eph 6:12, “Our battle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world” and that one of our biggest weapons is to “pray in the Spirit on all occasions…. Eph 6:18a”. And so we continue to pray for one another.
I can’t tell you of ALL the other testimonies which came out of the above prayer time and other prayer times we have had because it would be pages and pages long, but I can tell you our group of six is a group which does not major in the minors. And we see “major’s” as any situation we are living in fear over or believe to be an impossible to change in our own strength/control. We see “major’s/mini miracles” as victory in Jesus over our own or other’s changed mind’s and hearts and actions.
We can each testify and give glory to God because we have witnessed over and over strongholds torn down. Chains broken. The impossible becoming possible. Supernatural healing happening. All due to the faithfulness of our God. And the power of prayer.
And out of this the Lord has changed my heart and mind to see clearly two reoccurring themes.
1.-God is faithful-God really does hear and answer prayer.
2. We are to never lose faith- to believe all things are possible through Jesus when we pray for our loved ones. Prayer is a powerful weapon.
Who in your life is having trouble “never losing hope/faith” and you could in love and faith stand in the gap for them and pray with them?
How can you incorporate more prayer into your daily schedule? Will you ask Jesus for courage and confidence in His Spirit to pray when fear/worry arises in you and your loved one’s lives?
© 2012 Standing on Peace