Intentional: I Will Not Stop Praying

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Stop Praying? No Way

My Word of the Year is Intentional. As I began looking for a verse that I might claim, I kept finding verses where messengers of God said, “But as for me…” I thought, “These people are intentional in their lives. I want that”. So we will start looking at these scriptures. I have some friends helping me out and they are already stepping on my toes.”

Have you ever looked at a prayer warrior and thought, “I could never pray like that?” Friends, you have the same power of prayer in you that she has. Please read on as my friend Bettie Gilbert explains and expounds on 1 Samuel 12:23

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As for me, I vow that I will not sin against the Lord by
ceasing to pray for you. I will teach you the good and right way.

1 Samuel 12:23 csb

“How can you just pray about everything?”

I’ve had many people ask me that over the years. Often times they will follow the first question with
this thought:

“Oh, I could never pray like you do.
You must have some special connection with God.”

And both of these questions have been asked just as often by Jesus-followers as by those not part of the Faith.

So what have I offered in response?

What is my answer to those who seek to place me in some
super-prayer category?

“Oh, my friend, it’s not because of me
that the words flow out unceasing.
No, it’s because I’ve found out
that HE really does listen to our cries.
I can pray because of WHO I lift those prayers unto.

Don't Stop Praying; He hears your voice

“I love the Lord, for he heard my
voice; he heard my cry for mercy. Because he turned his
ear to me, I will call on him as long as I live.”

Psalm 116:1-2 (NIV)

When life has tossed me to the shore
like so much wasted driftwood,
When friends have walked away
and called me rejected and alone
When loss has cut so deep I thought
the gash would never heal
the only echo in my soul that found a home and Love Came from the One
who shed His blood And called me
fully HIS.

What of These Questions?

There was a time when those questions from my friends brought a sense of sadness to my soul. I felt they
were questioning me, and calling me “different” or “weird.” At other times, I could hear a sense of
separation in their voices, as if I was someone to put up on a shelf: nice, but out of reach for “normal” living.

But those feelings always shifted when I could give those friends the true answer. I have nothing special.
I am weak and lacking in my faith too. And as I walk this path of Chronic Illness, it has become even
more apparent that my praying is all because of HIM.

Does God hear us when we cry?

Is His heart ready to listen to our voice?

don't stop praying; The Lord is Near

“The Lord is near to all who call on
him, to all who call on him in truth.”

Psalm 145:18 (NIV)

He, Himself, tells us that He is near to ALL who call to Him, asking honestly for His help.
There is no special language
or wording that He prefers,
only that of an honest soul
looking to HIM for an answer
to the cry.

And in my heart, the cry goes up for every one of my
friends. His love and His listening have compelled me to pray for them, and for you, as you read these words

I would love to have you join in prayer here:

Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank You for calling us to pray. And then thank You for
letting us know that You hear every cry of our hearts.
Will You bless each of my friends here today to know
that they are called to join with You also? Will You let
them feel Your nearness to them even in the midst of
their long and painful days? And will You shower them
with the joy of Your salvation, as they turn their hearts
to You. We worship You together, our true and only God.
In the name of Your son, Jesus, we pray, Amen.

Bettie Gilbert

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About BettieG

You can find Bettie sharing from her multi-generational home in the far northern suburbs of Chicago. She is on a journey of walking forward with Jesus, in the middle of her own pain and weaknesses from multiple chronic illnesses. The beauty of nature is a joy that always calls to her, as well as the joy of her family and 9 young grandchildren. She and her husband have been married for over 40 years and take great joy in their weekend coffee breaks together.

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6 Comments on “Intentional: I Will Not Stop Praying”

  1. Thank you Dear Mandy for your invitation to share words here. And even more, thank you for sharing your heart of prayer with me and so many others here. May God continue to bless you. Love & hugs!

  2. What a blessing to read Bettie’s words here. May they encourage each of us to pray, knowing that God always hears us. We don’t have to be special, because God has redeemed us through Jesus, so He’s always ready to hear the prayers of His children. Thanks, Mandy and Michele for sharing Bettie’s words.
    Blessings to you all!

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