Bedridden Warriors

A Daily Thought Provoker Quote
from Heart & Path Journal at HeartPathJournal.net
Online Publications of David J. Hall

“If you feel about as effective as a bedridden sick person with a heavy fry pan facing an army with death in their eyes, don’t forget what a faith-filled shepherd boy did with just a sling and a stone.

From our beds, let’s pray like Elijah. Let’s pray like Paul. Let’s pray like Jesus. Through Christ we can be very victorious as conquering Devil smackers!”

( David J. Hall / from article: “Devil Smacker” )

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Prayers That Impress God

A Daily Thought Provoker Quote
from Heart & Path Journal at HeartPathJournal.net
Online Publications of David J. Hall

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New to prayer? Don’t worry, God isn’t impressed by prayers said with poetic verse, nor prayers offered in King James English, nor prayers that are filled with reciting long theological words and terms.

However, He is impressed when we pour out our soul in our own language: the language of our own heart!

( David J. Hall / from article: “A Quiet Call to Deep Intercession” )

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A Call To Prayer for Caribbean & Eastern USA Coast

The national weather services are reporting that the majority of the weather prediction models currently indicate that Hurricane Matthew (which is passing through the Caribbean area right now) will follow the entire East Coast of the USA, traveling from south to north.

Haiti is being pummeled by the storm, a tiny nation that shares an island with The Dominican Republic on its eastern half. Haiti, in 2010 was devastated by an earthquake and has yet to even begin to recover economically, in health and sanitation, and in infrastructure. As the storm is moving north beyond Haiti, reports and updates will begin to come out regarding their post-hurricane conditions.

From South Florida to New England, the hurricane is possibly in the next few days going to wreck havoc upon millions of our fellow citizens. Though it typically will lose some of its strength as it finds its way northward, the storm has an incredible amount of energy right now and even several days from now may have enough energy to damage property in New England with its winds and rain.

Please join me (and no doubt thousands of others!) in prayer for Haiti, and for the East Coast of the USA. Let’s pray for God’s supernatural intervention, and despite Hurricane Matthew’s observed and verified power, that it would fizzle down to a breeze and a sprinkle in its effect upon our fellow citizens.

Praying for weather to change is completely scriptural, sprinkled throughout the timeline of the Old Testament and the New Testament. God answered prayers with either a complete weather change, or with complete safety for the people as the storm passed through.

“THE PRAYER OF THE RIGHTEOUS IS POWERFUL”

“Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray… The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.

Elijah was a human being, even as we are. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years.

Again he prayed, and the heavens gave rain, and the earth produced its crops.”‭‭

~ James‬ ‭5:13-18‬

Thank You for joining the ranks of the praying. See you at the altar of prayer!

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A Quiet Call to Deep Intercession

Today when I was thinking about prayer and its many forms and depths, I chuckled when I recalled my Dad gently teaching me about the difference between “deep intercession” and “saying grace” over the family meal.

As I recall I think I was praying a lengthy prayer on behalf of missionaries while the food grew cold and everyone else patiently waited for my amen.

Dad was very gracious in how he later approached that teaching moment in my life, and I thank him and Mom for every lesson they imparted to my sister and I over the years.

The lesson reminded me today of the difference between “saying grace” at meal time and offering “deep intercession” on behalf of God’s glory and His Kingdom.

It made me wonder: Perhaps He wants to remind us of the difference between what we do regularly and that which is most needful in these days. Perhaps if we will endeavor to hear His still, small, and gracious voice we might hear Him calling us to times of prayer beyond saying grace over our meals.

Keeping our meal-time prayers brief is appropriate, just as appropriate as it is to take other times out of our days and nights to enter deep intercessory prayer.

If prayer beyond meal-time is a new venture into unfamiliar territory, please know that the GREATEST School of Prayer is located very near to you… it is found wherever your knees will touch the ground. Prayer is mostly learned while actually praying.

Don’t worry, God isn’t impressed by prayers said with poetic verse, nor prayers offered in King James English, nor prayers that are filled with reciting long theological words and terms. However, He IS impressed when we pour out our hearts in our own language: the language of our own hearts!

Thanks for reading! See you later today (or even now?) at the altar of prayer.