Friday, May 17, 2013

Prayer Breeds Wisdom

In 1996, my husband was severely ill. I was somewhat a newlywed, inexperienced, overwhelmed, and overburdened with a 2-year-old child to care for.

As a new convert in my church, I did not know too much about prayer and its power. That is until I discovered it for myself.

On a Tuesday evening, following the prayer service the pastor, who knew about my situation, said to me, "Hold on firm! Sometimes God is just testing us."

 "Are you kidding?" I thought to myself. "God, if this is a test, I had enough." I couldn't wait to get home and get on my knees and pray, even though I didn't know what I was going to say.

Needless to say, I did pretty well. I knew nothing about confessing sins, ask and you shall receive, and so on...All I knew was that I found myself weeping and wailing and begging for mercy.

"God, please have mercy on me. I can't take this anymore." Before the prayer, if someone asked me what "this" meant, I couldn't tell them. But, God knew exactly what it meant and provided for me accordingly.

I got on my knees heavy laden and rose up as light as a feather. Between work, visiting my husband in rehab, picking up my child from Daycare, and taking care of the house, I was a mess. I was stressed out and getting sick often.

"I was blind but now I see." My days didn't have to be chaotic anymore. Suddenly, I knew what to do. "I don't have to answer the phone when I'm busy."

How wise is that?

Friday, May 3, 2013

Ready, Set, Fight

How often do we have to fight our battles
Sometimes for ourselves and sometimes for our brethren

How often do we find ourselves in a jam trying to find
The right tool or weaponry to fight our battles

How often do we end up choosing the weaponry
That is unfit to give us victory in battles

How often are we reminded as to what
The best weaponry is and yet ignored it

How often does prayer become the first
Weaponry that comes to mind when in battle

How often do we take our battles to God in prayer
And let Him use us as He wants on the battle field

Let us not try to put out forest fires using a squirt gun
Let us use the spiritual weaponry that God has given us.