Tomorrow starts September, can you believe it? I’m super excited and here are some things you should know:
1. I want to pray for you
2. I’m mostly genuine in that statement
3. I’m currently eating ice cream for breakfast.
Ok, why am I telling people this? To be honest, sometimes God puts an idea in my head and I completely resist it. And He persists. And I persist trying to ignore Him (as bad as that sounds…) but yet He persists. The truth for #1 here is that I really do want to pray for you. If you read my last post, then you know that I’ve been dealing with chronic headaches and since I let people in on that I’ve had a lot of amazing people praying for me and that’s always awesome.
So if you’d allow it, I’d like to do that for you. I’m going to be praying every day diligently in time I’ve set aside for the whole month of September for whoever needs it! I only need as many details as you want to give me, I’m not looking for gossip or dirt, I just honestly want to give back to people in a way that they’ve given to me.
I’ve written on prayer before. I know some people think that if there’s a need and God knows it then He should just fix it and we shouldn’t even have to pray. But I want to remind you that God works in prayer. I cannot and will never deny that, even if I don’t completely understand it. He is faithful to us as we are faithful to coming to Him in prayer.
That’s how it works, you don’t have to like it or approve of His methods. He doesn’t need your approval.
Just sayin. Felt like I should highlight this.
But even Jesus prayed, like a lot. So I know it’s something that’s important for us to do as well. I believe that praying for others makes us better followers. It makes us more sensitive to the needs of others and how we can help. Communing with God in this way is always very special, so yes there is a selfish element to it I suppose, but my true heart’s desire is to lift others before the Lord. I’m not trying to make myself look good or like a “better Christian” than anyone else, that’s just silly. I read in Acts 10 just this morning how God doesn’t have favorites. And I’m not trying to make myself look good to others, I don’t really care anymore what people think, so there’s that. But I have a pretty neat tool here on social media, so I’d like to use it.
As for #2, I wrote in my journal the other day about how I felt God leading me to do this but how I, well, didn’t want to. I know how crazy that sounds because umm if God’s calling you to pray for people then just do it, right? No big deal! The problem is that He has lead me to do this twice before and each time something catastrophic has happened in regards to my health. Maybe a coincidence but maybe not. The first time I did this I was diagnosed with cancer and the next time I did it I was pushed to stage 4. This is a mental block that I want to get past especially since God was so faithful – to me and to those being prayed for. So yes, my heart’s cry is to pray for people right now. But there’s also a little hesitation there that I believe God wants me to bowl over.
I’m called to be obedient, not cautious, so I want very much to do this.
And why in the world am I telling you about my horrible breakfast habits?
There is good reason, I promise. In this endeavor I’ll be giving up sugar for the month. Totally and completely (hopefully). This is kind of a long story and will be really, really difficult for me, but I will be fasting from all refined sugar and sweeteners in general as I pray for you. So, since it’s August 31st, ice cream for breakfast it is!
So anyway, this probably didn’t need to be this long, but it felt good to get that off my chest. Walking in God’s will is exciting and challenging and I am ready to pray for people! Anyone! Feel free to leave a comment here, or on facebook, or if you know me text or call me, or private message me, or email me at email@example.com. There’s like tons of ways to get a hold of me, just don’t send a carrier pigeon, that’s super rude because I hate birds.
I want to thank everyone who took the time to respond after my last post. It’s really difficult sometimes to let people in on things like that but your love and support and prayers have not gone unnoticed. So thank you! And I’d love to do the same for you…hit me up if you want some prayer! If you don’t see this before Sept 1st, get at me after, I’d still love to pray for you.
I also read in Romans this morning:
Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good. Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other. Never be lazy but work hard and serve the Lord enthusiastically. Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble and keep on praying. When God’s people are in need, be ready to help them.”