March 21, 2014

Does God Really Hear My Prayers?

We Pray So That…..

Happy Friday Morning sweet friends!

I didn’t plan on writing a post this morning, but the Lord prompted my heart to write, so I trust that if God brought you here today, this is a message from His heart to yours!

I thought we would talk a bit about prayer today. I included a chapter in my new book Living So That, entitled “Pray So That,” because I think we often forget what an amazing gift God has given us in prayer.

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Does prayer intimidate you?

Do you wonder if God really hears you?

Do you wonder if God’s too busy with more important things so you don’t want to bother Him with your prayers?

I’ve had these thoughts. And at a desperate time in my life, I needed to KNOW if God really heard my prayers…if He really listened…if He really cared. So I began to search His Word on prayer, and He took me on an incredible journey and revealed to me much that I didn’t know.

What a privilege it is to enter into the presence of God and pray.

Did you know in the Old Testament the Israelites had no direct access to God? Jewish law allowed one Israelite, the High Priest, the privilege of direct communication with God. The law gave only him the privilege to enter into the presence of God. And even then he was only allowed access one time a year.

Solomon built God’s temple under the Old Covenant. God directed that the inner chamber include two rooms separated by a heavy veil. One of those rooms was called the Holy of Holies. Once a year Jewish law allowed the High Priest, chosen by God, to enter into the the Holy of Holies to offer up sacrificial prayers for himself and the sins of God’s people. God’s presence resided in that sacred place and only the High Priest had the privilege of entering in.

In the New Testament, under the New Covenant, God changed everything! He sent His Son, Jesus, to die on the cross. Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection gave His people, Jews and Gentiles (non-Jews) alike, access to enter in to His presence. Jesus’ death removed the curtain that had separated the heart of God from His people.

Scripture beautifully explains this:

At this point it was about noon, and the darkness fell over the whole region. The darkness persisted until about three in the afternoon, and at some point during this darkness, the curtain in the temple was torn in two. Luke 23:44-45 (The Voice)

The tearing of the curtain served as a powerful symbol revealing that God’s people were no longer separated from His presence. Jesus’ death opened the way for all people to have access to God. They no longer had to go through the High Priest. They no longer had to rely on another’s sacrifice on their behalf. Jesus was the only sacrifice needed for people to meet with God.

Now every believer in Jesus, no matter her past, title, position, or denomination, may enter into God’s presence any time, any place.

This means we can enter into God’s presence on our back porch, in our car, on a walk, at our desk, in our kitchen, in our laundry room, anytime…anywhere. Why? Because WE ARE NOW HIS TEMPLE. He comes to live inside ALL who invite Jesus Christ to be their Lord and Savior!

Paul writes in 1 Corinthians,

Don’t you know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who comes from God and dwells inside of you….? 1 Corinthians 6:19 (The Voice).

Listen to the words of the author of Hebrews:

So, my friends, Jesus by His blood gives us courage to enter the most holy place. He has created for us a new and living way through the curtain, that is, through His flesh. Since we have a great High Priest who presides over the house of God, let us draw near with true hearts full of faith, with hearts rinsed clean of any evil conscience, and with bodies cleansed with pure water. Hebrews 10:19-22 (The Voice)

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God paid a high price for us to have this gift of prayer. Scripture gives us full assurance that when we pray, God is listening and receiving every word we speak.

Do you exercise this beautiful gift of prayer?

Colossians 4:2 directs…

Pray, and keep praying. Be alert and thankful when you pray. (The Voice)

James 5:16 promises…

Your prayers are powerful when they are rooted in a righteous life. James
5:16 (The Voice)

Concerning prayer, Scripture tells us…

Be still, be calm, see, and understand I am the True God. Psalm 46:10 (The Voice)

If you think your prayers are not important enough. If you think God is too busy. If you wonder if God hears you. If you wonder if He cares. Remember the truths you have learned today. Remember God gave the life of His One and Only Son SO THAT you can enter into His presence and communicate with Him. You are precious and valuable in His sight!

Trust God with your heart. Know you are worthy of His time. He created you and longs to engage with your heart. Come before Him with thanksgiving…praise…confession…questions…doubts..hurts…hopes…dreams.

He is waiting for you!

Let’s start right now! Join me today. Find find a quiet place and pray. Ask the Lord to help you carve out a special time to be with Him each day for the next few days…even if only for a few minutes.

For a sneak peek at Living So That, please sign up for my FREE five-day companion devotion “Five Days to a Faith-Full Life” by clicking here.

If you want to dig deeper into this topic, join us for the Living So That Proverbs 31 online Bible study beginning April 6th! Sign up by clicking here.  

And to purchase a copy of  Living So That, visit the following links:

Proverbs 31 (signed copy if purchase by 3/24)

Amazon (kindle only $2.99 right now!)

LifeWay 

I would LOVE to hear your thoughts on prayer today. And if the Lord prompts you over the next few days, stop back by and share what He has spoken to you. I look forward to hearing from you! 

Blessings,

Comments

  1. I love that I can approach Jesus at anytime……..anywhere…….day or night…..with the cries of my heart. I do not pray well out loud in front of others but I talk to Him all day long. I really have hope that someday I will be able to pray aloud with others…….that I will take the boldness that I have to go to Jesus with my petitions and be able to speak them out loud. I have prayed in a group but I know it was His Spirit…..not mine. I keep a prayer journal that, once I get started, I can fill page after page. I talk to Jesus throughout the day. I pray for my husband as he leaves for work. I lift up my kids to Him, my grandkids, too, as I go about my day and they cross my mind. I pray for people in my church who are having difficulties. I thank Him when my hair cooperates……….LOL! I trust that He is always with me to listen, that He covets hearing from me. It has taken me a lot of years and trials to know that He is my best friend. He won’t ignore me, He won’t dismiss me when I just need to talk. He knows my heart and when it is in the wrong place, He lets me know……gently…..so that the change that is needed is accomplished as painlessly as possible. I thank Him for that! I simply don’t know how anyone gets through a day without Him!

    • Brenda, such a beautiful picture of prayer for us. Thank you for sharing. It is daily…hourly…minute by minute communication with our Father. And I agree, how do people get through a day without the love and presence and strength of their Creator and Abba Father!

      Blessings,

      Wendy

  2. Thank you for sharing these words Wendy! Prayer is powerful and I’m guilty of not using it enough…especially when it comes to those closest to me, but thankfully God is changing that. A few years back for our women’s event we prayed for everyone by name…when it was over God showed us how He honored our prayers and worked powerfully through them. It was amazing, but at the same time He convicted me…I’d prayed daily for a couple of months for women I didn’t even know when I hadn’t even lifted my husband and children with such diligence. Prayer is powerful, but I’ve been reminded I must even prioritize them.

    Lately I’ve been thinking about the answers and wait that are connected to prayer. I don’t believe there are any “unanswered” prayers, but there are many that are not answered the way we expect. I look back at my grandma’s battle with cancer – we prayed for healing and comfort, but Grandma passed away. We’d been asking God to heal Grandma and He did…only it was spiritually, not physically. My little 6 year old daily asked God to take the cancer away and He did…only it didn’t happen here on earth, it took place when she met Him in heaven.

    This truth doesn’t make the pain any easier, but it does remind me God is God and I am not. Like you say we must go to Him truly believing He can work a miracle, but at the same time prepared to trust His ways and accept His plan.

    Blessings and prayers for you,
    Jill

    • Jill, I think unanswered prayer is the hardest part of understanding prayer. And the only way we gain wisdom an understanding on that issue is by knowing the character of God. When we can trust WHO He is and KNOW His heart and His Word, then unanswered prayer makes so much more sense. As you said, it’s not so much prayer that goes “unanswered,” but prayer that is answered according to His will, not our will. And the more we know Him, the more we will be led to pray in His will by His Spirit.

      Thanks for sharing!!

      Blessings,

      Wendy

    • Elizabeth says:

      Dear Jill,
      May God richly bless you. I felt the same way about “unanswered”
      prayers. When I pray “thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven” I am reminding myself that God’s will is done in heaven and we have the privilege of prayer that God’s will be done on earth.
      Thank you so much for your post. It blessed me so much today.
      Blessings,
      Elizabeth

  3. Thank you for authenticating yet again, He truly does hear our prayers. I believe (my opinion) God really does hear the cries and prayers of a mother. Thanking Him for His presence to give me that peace today. Thank you for being obedient and sharing.

    • Oh, Dottie, God does hear the cries of a mother’s heart. I have seen Him answer those cries time and time again in my life and in the life of women I know and love. Sometimes He takes a long time, but He always hears and is always at work in the lives of our children.

      Lamentations 2:19 says, “Arise, cry out in the night, as the watches of the night begin; pour out your heart like water in the presence of the Lord. Lift up you hands to him for the lives of your children…”

      Let us never ever stop praying for our children!

      Blessings,

      Wendy

  4. Thank you Wendy ! you are indeed God’s way of reaching out to me. Just this morning, I prayed deeply because I feel like God has not been listening to my prayers the past few months.
    It has been 6 mos since my husband left the house. I was of town at that time and as soon as I came back he was gone. I’ve reached out to him several times, he did responded twice and explained himself briefly that his decision to walk away is for the best. There are no 3rd party involved or any serious fights involved. We do have few marital disagreements as we are newlywed. We are still adjusting and few things frustrates me because everytime I voice my concerns, he takes them for granted. I also wants his time and attention ( he’s always busy on his online business) which causes us to argue everytime I asks him to stop working during evenings so we can spend our time together. With that, we argue about little things. But I never ever..ever thought he would make such a drastic and hurtful decision to abandon our marriage. Worst, he did it while I was away on a trip. No explanation whatsoever. I know it’s the enemy speaking to his heart. He suddenly gave up. He told me once on his email that our 5 months marriage is not worth salvaging! Truly hurtful !
    I kept pressing forward for God’s way for us to reconcile and for HIM to restore our marriage. I surrender him to our God and For God to bring him into salvation and for me to have a kind, faithful, and prayerful heart. I should be mad at him, right? His relatives told me he Is back in his parents house in another country. For some reason, every morning I feel like the holy spirit tells me to pray for us and for him. Am I just in denial ? Is he ever going to come back? For weeks, I sent him emails speaking the truth in love and how much I miss him and for him to come back home. No reply. No word. The past months I press forward going to prayer groups and bible study to have more connection with God and for God’s guidance and enlightenment. But yet, I am still waiting for HIS revelation, HIS directions, HIS answer…patiently waiting of what’s going to happen next =(

    • Cece, I would not give up praying for him and for loving him because he is your husband. The choice will ultimately be his, but I join you in praying for God to tender His heart to your love, his promises made to God and to you, and to any sin in his life that is keeping him from returning to you and his marriage. I also pray God will continue to minister to your broken heart and fill you with His love, mercy and grace as you seek His will in your marriage! With God ALL things are possible!!

      I have a marriage prayer on my blog. Below is the link. May it help guide your prayers. Maybe you can share it with him.

      http://wendyblight.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/MARRIAGE-PRAYER.pdf

      Blessings,

      Wendy

      Blessings,

      Wendy

    • Brenda S says:

      CeCe, we had a speaker at our Christmas Tea, Marlene Lawson, who has written a book called the 1 Peter 3 Girls. I have read it and it addresses your situation and others. I have loaned my book out and it is now being passed around. I highly recommend it. There is also a facebook page for the book. https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-1st-Peter-3-Girls/162311770464813 I checked Amazon and they only have the ebook right now but I know it is available and possible through the facebook page.

      I have been divorced and I know the heartbreak and pain that comes with the process from start to finish. I was abandoned with 2 small children multiple times and cheated on repeatedly over the course of our 13 year marriage. I was not walking with God at the time so I had no scriptural support and no lifeline to hang on to. I can’t say if having a book like The 1 Peter 3 Girls would have made a difference in the outcome of our marriage but I do know that having the scriptural support and the accountability of women like those in the book would have made the process less painful and I would have known that I tried everything that I could to honor God in that process. I pray that God speaks to your husbands’ heart and that through Him your marriage will be saved and made whole.

      • Thank you Wendy and Brenda for your prayers and words of comfort — Brenda, I will definitely look into the book you’ve mentioned =) Thank you for sharing. I pray you continue to have the heart and compassion to seek Gods word and wisdom in your life’s journey.
        It is my constant prayer that God will reveal to my husband the truth in Love and love will remain in his hear for our marriage. Although my husband has not said the word” D” or said anything about it , But I pray that Arnold will find compassion in his heart not to depart himself from God and pressing forward we won’t get to that point.
        Wendy, I continue to pray that God will continue to provide you with wisdom as what you are doing specially for those women that needs some encouragement each day =)

  5. Carrie Carlsen says:

    I loving praying and sometimes I do have those doubts, but the part that I love is that God is quick to answer those doubts with a devotional, verse or some other message that lets me know he is listening. I am so thankful for the power of prayer in my life. I have also been going to thru the Made to Crave bible study series and so much has clicked with me on the power of prayer in EVERYTHING.. God loves so much that he wants us to come to him for EVERYTHING.
    I am so looking forward to the study of your book on April 6th. The first chapter was AMAZING!! Thank you for your beautiful gift of writing as you are so inspiring.
    Have a wonderful prayer-filled day.

    • Carrie, thank you for your kind words, and I’m so excited you will be joining us for the Living So That study!! And thank you for the reminder that when we have God’s Word hidden in our hearts and minds THAT is how we will be able to take captive all thoughts and lies the evil one tries to place before us.

      See you April 6th if not sooner!!

      Blessings,

      Wendy

  6. Hello Wendy, This was for me!!! but what I have been struggling with is since God knows everything and we want His will for our lives, other than praying to Him to form a relationship how do our prayers “change things” if He has our story already planned? I hope this makes sense, I have been praying about it and then this pops up in my email, I talked with my husband about it and he kind of made me feel bad, like it was a dumb question.

    I must tell you I told my 13 year old son about your story where you went to the hospital to pray for the baby with ,I believe, it was kidney problems, and it brought faith to him he has repeated it to unbelievers at school trying to get them to believe!!

    Would you please pray for a girl from my church her name is Kayla Kincannon and she has been fighting brain cancer for 2 years and they have run out of options.

    Thank you for all you do, looking forward to hearing from you.

    Have a blessed day!! Kelly

    • Mema Jeanne says:

      Kelly, I am not able to sleep again tonight, so I have absorbed myself in His word SO THAT my focus could be on Him and not what I am so sad about!!! I have just read Wendy’s blog and have been reading through the comments. I will be praying for your Kayla and her parents, her family, and her church family, and all of her friends. Bless her heart!!!! May God give His grace and comfort to each of them during this time of uncertainty. As Wendy told of praying for a dear friend who died as they were down stairs praying, she had to be comforted and come to terms that God is sovereign. I hope to keep hearing how Kayla does as I suppose you and I will be together in this study.
      Praying for God’s will,
      Mema Jeanne

      • Thank you so much Mema Jeanne!!! It gave me goosebumps to read your reply, as if you picked up on what a sweetheart this young lady is, I have never seen a teenager so strong in the Lord, thank you so much for praying for them. I will pray for you that you get rest and your sadness is lifted.

        Have a blessed day.

        Kelly

        • Kelly,
          I love the way you seek the truth by asking questions! I can picture Jesus’ face light up with a beaming smile as you try to uncover more of God’s truths. And, I’m so blessed to read how Mema Jeanne took a sleepless night and turned it into the gift of intercessory prayer. I’m also incredibly blessed by Wendy’s wisdom in her reply.

          Heavenly Father,
          Thank You for Kelly. You tell us that when we hunger for righteousness, we will be filled. In Jesus’ Name, fill Kelly with Your Holy Spirit. Guide her steps and give her ears to hear Your whispers of truth and direction.
          Lord, we also lift up precious baby Kayla to You. It’s absolutely heartwrenching to watch a baby undergo the harsh effects of brain cancer. You are the God of ALL compassion. Lord, cover Kayla, her family and friends with Your undying compassion. Draw each person who loves this little girl into You. You have the ability to heal- even when the medical community runs out of options. We are humbly asking You to bring her body complete healing. Rid her of the cancer that is coming against her brain and immune system. You can! We lift Kayla and our belief to You. And, although it’s incredibly hard, we trust You.
          Thank You for Wendy’s ministry. Thank You that we can hold one another up during hard seasons. We love You and we lift our prayers in Jesus’ Name, Amen!

          Kelly, on a side note, you have the same name as my middle name. I was so excited to read that our name means “warrior.” We can be prayer warriors in Jesus’ Name together!

          Hugs…

          • Thank you so much Noelle, what a beautiful prayer!! I did not know my name means “warrior” thanks for telling me, a warrior for Jesus is for sure what I want to be!!

            Have a blessed day

    • Kelly, you have asked a great question! And one I don’t think we will ever fully have the answer to until we get to heaven. But I believe with all my heart that we pray for exactly what the Spirit leads and if that’s healing, we pray for that in full faith, believing God is able. If our prayer is not answered that way, then we recognize that all our prayers are prayed to a Sovereign God whose ultimate plan will prevail.

      But the story of King Hezekiah in Scripture is an example of a time where it seems God “changed His mind.” Through a prophet, King H was told he would die. King H begged God for more years and God gave them to him. And in that extra time he was given, his sons were born who carried on the kingly line. See 2 Kings 18-20 for his story.

      I do believe prayer can change circumstances but more than anything PRAYER CHANGES US!

      Blessings to you,

      Wendy

  7. This is confirmation that YES Jesus does hear our prayers. Someone had a word last night at church for the congregation and it was that God does hear our prayers. Earlier in the week I read a devotional that confirmed that He does hear our prayers, every time!
    Thanks!

  8. Christine says:

    Thank you for your post, Wendy! I spent too many years intimidated by prayer but thankfully, the Lord has been changing that over the past several months. He has taken me on a journey from praying in my mind, to praying out loud to now praying scripture. It’s been quite the process and I really look forward to my quiet time with the Lord now!

    • Praise God!! That is the road God wants us to take. We pray first in our head…then our heart…then on paper sometimes…then out loud and then His Word out loud. It is a thrilling journey to grow deeper in prayer with our Father in Heaven and see how powerfully He uses it to deepen our faith and the faith of others as they see Him at work in prayer. Thank you for sharing!

      Blessings,

      Wendy

  9. Thanks for the post today, Wendy. I have your book & have signed up for the OBS. I bought it to do the study & was planning on waiting for the study to start to read it. But after receiving your post, I may have to dive into this chapter now.
    The Lord’s been dealing with me about prayer and quiet time lately. So your email was kind of a confirmation for me. Thanks again & I look forward to the study. :)

    • Oh, I love when God uses what I have written as a confirmation. Such an answer to prayer!!!!! I pray for each post to go to the women who need to hear, not from Wendy, but from Him!!! Thank you for taking the time to share this. You have blessed me. :)

      And so excited you will be doing the study with us!

      Blessings,

      Wendy

  10. Jeanie Kelley says:

    Praying used to scare the living day lights out of me. I was always afraid of speaking to God. I always looked at God like I looked at my dad so I was afraid of him. Now, though since being on the prayer team and GAP prayer team and writing out my prayers, I can see where God has me. Praying for other women and praying for family and friends.

    • Jeanie, it was the same for me. Terrified at first to pray out loud…especially when I heard others who prayed so beautifully and eloquently. But God is so good to take us through a process to teach us how to pray. And thank you for being a prayer warrior!!! WE NEED MORE AND MORE WARRIORS in our world today.

      Blessings,

      Wendy

  11. I love to pray!!!! I pray when I walk, in the shower, wherever I can. I love what you wrote Wendy “We are now His temple” I remember when I was much younger and before I was saved, I would wonder if God heard my prayers, my cries, I know now that He did, that He was always with me, and was just waiting for me to open my heart and invite Him in. I love my Savior, and love to talk to Him. So excited for the bible study.
    Blessings,
    Anna

    • Anna, thanks for sharing your heart of prayer today. What a gift to read how God has revealed His heart of prayer to you and the enthusiasm and love with which you now approach prayer. Such a great model for all of us.

      See you April 6th! I’m so excited as well.

      Blessings,

      Wendy

  12. sheila payne says:

    Praying is hard for me. However, I never thought about the sacrifice of His one and only Son being SO THAT I could have access to the throne room directly. I am thankful to be able to see that now. Even though it is sometimes hard to stay focused or feel as if the prayer is getting above the ceiling, I see how important it is to God that we do pray.

    • Sheila, it has been a joy to follow you through the last few years and observe your heart that hungers to learn and grow deeper with God. He has brought you a long way, and I know He will continue because you come to Him with such a humble heart!!

      And I agree, it is hard to stay focused sometimes when I pray. I feel guilty when my thoughts wander off, but I know when I return, God is right there waiting with a smile on His face saying, “I knew you would come back, sweet child.”

      Blessings,

      Wendy

  13. Wendy,

    Loved this and I love these verses in Philippians 4.

    Don’t be anxious about things; instead, pray. Pray about everything. He longs to hear your requests, so talk to God about your needs and be thankful for what has come. And know that the peace of God (a peace that is beyond any and all of our human understanding) will stand watch over your hearts and minds in Jesus, the Anointed One. (Phil 4:6-7, The Voice)

    I love that He longs to hear from us and that His peace stands watch over our hearts and mind. And He gives us permission to pray about everything – both big and small. Nothing is too big or too small for Him. Nothing takes Him by surprise.

    Loved the chapter on Pray So That!!!

    Love you and praying for you as God prepares you for this journey with the online Bible Study. Thinking of you and praying these verses over you:

    7-8 This is my life work: helping people understand and respond to this Message. It came as a sheer gift to me, a real surprise, God handling all the details. When it came to presenting the Message to people who had no background in God’s way, I was the least qualified of any of the available Christians. God saw to it that I was equipped, but you can be sure that it had nothing to do with my natural abilities.

    8-10 And so here I am, preaching and writing about things that are way over my head, the inexhaustible riches and generosity of Christ. My task is to bring out in the open and make plain what God, who created all this in the first place, has been doing in secret and behind the scenes all along. Through followers of Jesus like yourselves gathered in churches, this extraordinary plan of God is becoming known and talked about even among the angels!

    11-13 All this is proceeding along lines planned all along by God and then executed in Christ Jesus. When we trust in him, we’re free to say whatever needs to be said, bold to go wherever we need to go. So don’t let my present trouble on your behalf get you down. Be proud!

    14-19 My response is to get down on my knees before the Father, this magnificent Father who parcels out all heaven and earth. I ask him to strengthen you by his Spirit—not a brute strength but a glorious inner strength—that Christ will live in you as you open the door and invite him in. And I ask him that with both feet planted firmly on love, you’ll be able to take in with all followers of Jesus the extravagant dimensions of Christ’s love. Reach out and experience the breadth! Test its length! Plumb the depths! Rise to the heights! Live full lives, full in the fullness of God.

    20-21 God can do anything, you know—far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us.

    Glory to God in the church!
    Glory to God in the Messiah, in Jesus!
    Glory down all the generations!
    Glory through all millennia! Oh, yes! (Ephesians 3:7-21, The Msg.)

    • Donna, tears are streaming from my eyes that you would pray this precious Scripture over me. Thank you, thank you from the bottom of my heart. I have never read this passage in The Message. It is beautiful. You are a true gift in my life.

      And I love the words you used to describe God’s peace and its role in our lives:

      “His peace stands watch over our hearts and minds”

      Oh, I want to keep that visual in my mind on days when I feel His peace is escaping me.

      Thank you for taking the time to share and pray over me today!

      Love you,

      Wendy

  14. Prayer is my blanket to cover me when the elements get rough. Prayer is the cover to weather ANY storm. My God is soooo awesome and it is that awesome that prompts me to share.

  15. Wendy, although I believe in complete faith that God hears my prayers, listens and answers me in His perfect time, I still struggle a bit with to whom I am addressing my journaled prayers. Some mornings, as I enter my quiet time, I am addressing my heavenly Father, often times it is Jesus, and sometimes I am seeking the Holy Spirit to counsel and guide me from within. I believe in God, three Persons, One Most Holy Trinity….I am praying for an answer to my feelings. I have read The Shack many years ago and recently purchased the Shack Revisited. Sometimes I just pray to my Almighty God, my loving heavenly Father, my Lord and Savior Jesus, and my Holy Spirit, my God within me. Am I the only one who thinks about this? So much information…I guess I willcontinue to seek the Truth in Scripture and pray that God will open the eyes of my heart through His Word…any thoughts?

  16. Sorry I got so caught up on that in my previous post. Don’t want you to think that those thoughts consume or distract my prayers. I love to pray! Whether it be in conversation, or journaled, or Scripture passages or verses, or prayers that are written by others that become my voice on any given day! I am so looking forward to this Bible Study and now even more to this chapter! God bless!

  17. Wendy,
    So looking forward to doing this study with P31. I have already signed up and hopefully recieving the book soon. I pray almost constantly. I have found over the last few years, especially due to the great ladies I have met through P31, that praying is so key to life. I am also a pastor, so one would assume I have it all together, but am a work in progress! I am sometimes overwhelmed by ministry, but have learned to lean more on God than on my ‘to-do’ lists. Praying for you as you prepare to lead us through this study with Melissa. God Bless!

  18. Wendy,
    It was such a gift to read this post. My prayer life has grown tremendously due to your teaching! Between “Living So That” and your online study “Cultivating a Heart of Prayer,” God has revealed His truths through your words. I’m still in awe of this precious communication we can have with our Heavenly Father. And to think that He leaps for joy to communicate with us… Thank you for pouring out your heart as an alabaster jar offering. You personify Deuteronomy 6:5 and we are the blessed recipients!
    Love you my friend!

  19. My prayer life has grown so much these last few years and now it is part of my day. Throughout the day I find myself praying not only for things but giving thanksgiving for all the little stuff also. I am so excited to read this book (which I found in my mailbox tonight when I got home!) and do the study. Thank you for being such a blessing to me and so many others. Blessings!

  20. Thank you for all your home-study that you did on this study. I was so grateful to all those verses. And they were not so typical of “Easter”, either. God has brought you through a journey that testifies of His work and pleasure in you. Thank you so much.

    PS i put all the verses that you had for look up on a Word document. Printed it out, so it was handy as I read what you shared. I did it over several days. I was truly in awe of God!!!! WOW!!!!

  21. Wendy, thank you for sharing this. I just “stumbled” across it. I have been dealing with an illness for months now, Dr’s kept telling me nothing was wrong, it was in my head, I was just depressed, etc. We have since found out that even though I am only 33 years old, I am suffering from a hormone imbalance. My emotions are a roller coaster ride most days and even though God has told me this is only temporary, I still forget, A LOT! I know he loves me, but this is the farthest I have ever felt from God! That has been the worst part of it all. I love my Father and I know he knows my heart, and sees how I really feel, but my emotions and the enemy trip me up sometimes. I know he hears my prayers, but do find it difficult to hold on to that when I get lowly. Thank you for being obedient!

    • Sweet Amanda, I am so sorry for your suffering. Being sick and out of balance is so disrupting physically, emotionally and spiritually. First and foremost I pray for our Heavenly Father, Jehovah Rapha, God our Healer to restore balance in your hormones…to breath the breath of His healing power in and through your body to bring everything into perfect alignment. Secondly, I pray for His ministering angels to surround you with a wall of protection from the evil one so that you can TRUST in Him and not hear the lies of the evil one. I pray God will fill you with His great peace as you walk this journey and assure you in very real and personal ways of His presence and His love for you…reminding you that He has not forgotten you and you are not alone. We live in a fallen world and sickness abounds, but He is there for us as we walk through it. Believing our God will HEAL you!!!

      Blessings,

      Wendy

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