Even for people who are happy living alone, holidays can be difficult. There is a feeling that “everyone’s having a good time except for me.” Even watching a commercial of a happy family around the table can trigger depression—especially if being with family for the holidays is not an option.
Sometimes, we get stuck in life situations and we need to be rescued.
As I write this, I sit in sunny Phoenix, under a blue sky with not a cloud in sight. I’m watching as Hurricane Sandy is approaching the area where I grew up in the Northeast. I have many friends and family there and my heart and prayers are with them.
In my inbox today was this message shared by the leader of the prayer ministry in our church. It’s from a missionary couple in Thailand. They quoted prophet Chuck Pierce of Glory of Zion International Ministries.
As we are all joined in praying against one of the largest storms of our time, I wanted to resend the excerpt from a prophetic word spoken by Chuck Pierce at our statewide gathering in Basking Ridge on June 8 of this year. He said this,
“God is going to give us power over the next storm in this area. There will be a storm on the coast, and the Lord says I am going to give you power. You are going to see My power working. Now I am here to say again, New Jersey, Newark, Rehoboth Beach in Delaware, Hartford area in CT and all the way to Yale – God is going to move in an unprecedented way – now get ready! The power of God has come into the atmosphere. This power is going to surprise you in a way that you have not been surprised. Some of you are saying how does this affect me? Well, some of you are going to wake up in the Presence of the Lord, and He is going to say I am waiting for you. He’s going to stand there and you are going to be arrested by HIS SPIRIT. God’s people are coming under a supernatural power and favor in this region.” (emphasis mine)
I’ve lived through 6 hurricanes (including Andrews in Miami) in my lifetime, (which is why I now live in Phoenix.) Be wise in your decisions. Listen to the warnings. Prepare to live without power for several days (I was 2 weeks without power after Andres). Prepare for financial hardship. Many businesses will be forced to remain closed for days if not weeks. Sandy is going to be worse that Irene – which hit the same area just last year.
The difference is that Sandy’s bigger and it’s predicted to head west then north rather than the northerly track that Irene took. It’s called “Frankenstorm” for other reasons than it’s coming a few days before Halloween. Experienced hurricane and storm specialists are saying they have NEVER seen a storm like this. The governor of Rhode Island compared it to a storm in 1938. Full moon, high tides, unusual jet stream, huge storm with hurricane-force gust from Norfolk, VA to the tip of Long Island and Tropical Storm-force winds stretching from Roanoke, VA, to Pittsburgh, to Syracuse, to Maine.
I pray for all people that are in the storms path and are affected by it. I pray for wisdom, safety, good health, and minimal damage to property. But remember this: IT’S JUST STUFF. If it you have to choose between being safe and saving your stuff, choose to BE SAFE.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding.~ Proverbs 3:5
God has said, “Never will I leave you: never will I forsake you.” Hebrews 13:6
(Jesus:) No, I will not abandon you or leave you as orphans in the storm–I will come to you. John 14:18
Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. ~James 1:2-4
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Again, I pray be wise and be safe.
Some time ago, a friend said to me, “I pray, but my prayers are never answered.” So he basically gave up on God. At that time, I wasn’t as committed a Christian as I am now and I really didn’t have the proper response for him.
Now I do.
James 4:2-3 tells us:
You do not have because you do not ask God. When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.
Many, many years ago, when I was a young Christian, I used to play the lottery. I’d watch as the balls would turn in the cage and pray, “God, if you let me win, I’ll give half to the church!” It never happened.
My motives were wrong. I wanted to win, because I was having financial difficulties. At that time in my life, I still didn’t understand how to fully trust God for all my needs and I didn’t thank Him enough for what I had. I’d say a quick, “Oh, Thank God!” when something good happened or the faithful Thanksgiving prayer, but being grateful didn’t really become part of my life until years later when I was unemployed. (Read “Up the Down Escalator”) It wasn’t until that major trial in my life did God teach me how to trust Him.
Ever since then, I thank God for meals, thank Him for the talents and gifts he’s given me, and for the little things like running water on a regular basis. I try to live in an “attitude of gratitude.”
In Philippians 4:6-7 Paul tells us not to worry, but to ask for what we need in prayer:
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
The key phrase here is “with Thanksgiving.” He’s not going to give us what we ask for if we’re not grateful for what He’s given us already!
Another thing that hinders us from getting our prayers answered is Pride. We think we can do it all ourselves and that we don’t need God. How wrong we are.
Peter tells us:
All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because,
“God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.”
Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. ~1 Peter 5:5-7
The key words here are “in due time.” God provides, but only if it’s in His Will for your life and when He thinks you’re ready. God’s timing may not be to your liking, but His timing is perfect.
Watch this video of Dr. David Jeremiah explaining “Praying Always with All Prayer“:
God will give you what you ask for if:
- You thank Him for what he’s already given you
- You ask for what you NEED with sincerity and not pride or greed
- You humble yourself before Him
- You TRUST HIM completely for ALL your NEEDS
- You seek His Will for your life and what you’re asking for is in His Will for you
Thank you, Father God, for everything you’ve given me. For providing my food, clothing, the roof over my head, for the income I have and for running water. Thank you for the talents you’ve provided me and allowing me to use them. Father, forgive me for not trusting you in the past and know that I put all my cares, worries, needs at your feet and that you will provide what I need and answers to my problems in Your time. Thank you for doing that, Lord. In Jesus’ Name I pray. Amen.
Feel better? I bet you didn’t realize that your burdens could be lifted off your shoulders so easily! Only with God’s mighty Power!
Soli Deo Gloria!
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Don’t miss your future because you’re stuck in a moment. Get into the God habit. Part 3 of my notes from Joyce Meyer Conference in Phoenix 2012