This broken world needs prayer now more than ever.
As Tawdra and I have written our “Forty Days of Following the Resurrected Lord” devotional, we’ve been binding our prayers with each other and all of you who follow us online. Those prayers are doing amazing things!
Just a few weeks ago I received a much-needed message from a reader of this blog.
I always carry my Red Rope Journal with me to work. Sometimes I just need to pray and whenever I journal I can feel the power of all the prayer warriors. Well I left it on the locker room table one day before going home and a beautiful young lady saw it. She asked me what it was and I shared with her the purpose. She was like oh my goodness I really would like one. The Holy Spirit whispered and said gift her a journal. I came home and ordered it. I said that to say, please don’t ever take your good works for granted, because you are touching lives and changing situations. Another young man saw it and petitoned prayers for himself.
Yes, friends, Prayer matters.
Just this morning Tawdra shared with me an amazing newsletter from Phylicia Masonheimer called “Prayer is War.”
In Mark 9:29 the disciples come to Jesus disappointed and surprised that they could not cast out a demon. When they ask Jesus why, he tells them: “This kind only comes out by prayer and fasting.” Jesus was saying that the power to overcome spiritual forces of evil only comes by intimacy and connection with God. Theological knowledge is important; I teach it. The bible is important; we should read it. But it is intimacy with God, which only comes by prayer and spiritual discipline, which empowers us to face the evil of this world.Phylicia Masonheimer
Tawdra and I spent forty days, beginning on Easter Sunday, walking with Christ and visiting some emotional places in our lives, places where He stood firmly beside us. In just a few more days, the Easter season will reach its culmination with the celebration of Pentecost: the day the Holy Spirit, the Comforter, the Counselor, the Advocate descended on the disciples.
It’s the same spirit that comes to each of us when we choose to walk with Jesus.
I’ve been praying hard for guidance and direction these 40+ days. I’ve been praying hard for YOU these 40+ days. Today I’m asking you to join me and others. Let’s make these next days as we approach Pentecost count big. Let’s hit our knees and give God all the glory and all the power to do mighty things in our lives and in this world!
Will you do that for me? Will you bind your prayers with mine as we seek the gifts of the Spirit in our lives?