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Does Prayer Matter To God

  • DOES PRAYER MATTER TO GOD?

     

     

    And I PRAYED

     

    1 Thessalonians 5:17

     

    “Pray without Ceasing”

     

    AHHH, Friday, the beginning of a three day weekend. I was worn out leaving work. The constant pain of dealing with this Arthritis leaves me with little energy at the end of any given day. But here it was Friday and I was exhausted. I take the same way  home as I usually do, passing Sams club,  our Kroger grocery store on Rutgers and landing in front of K & W restaurant . I had turned my AC on and cranked up my relaxing music and was stopped at the light waiting to turn left when the light turned green. 

    I was just looking at all the cars, when I glanced to the other side and noticed a car, it was sitting on the turn. It appeared he had stalled or something as he was making a right hand turn. I really got a good glimpse of this situation when I looked in the car and saw two small children. One in the front seat, one in a car seat in the back behind the driver. The driver had salt and pepper hair but did not appear to be old, but maybe 50’s. It was clear he did not have a cell phone, I never saw him hold anything up to his ear. Any way, cars were passing, flying by him, one lady in an SUV, had her hand stuck to her ear with her cell phone as she flew around him as if he was not there. I PRAYED! I CALLED OUT LOUD, OH GOD, YOU NEED TO SEND HELP, YOU NEED TO SEND A POLICE MAN , YOU NEED TO SEND HELP RIGHT NOW. Within seconds of that prayer, a man in a red shirt came off the corner where a new bank was going in, he asked the man if he needed help, then got behind the car to begin to push, then another man came off the same hill, then two people came running off the sidewalk, a woman and a man, then on the other side walk another man and woman came running and all got behind this car and pushed them to safety. AND I CRIED WITH THANKFULNESS. I cried all the way home. God had heard my prayer for this stranded man with his little children and sent help. I don’t know how long he had been sitting there before I came upon the stop light, but he was there several minutes before I began to pray. DID GOD HEAR MY PRAYER? INDEED HE HAD and HE allowed me to witness HIS response. HE could have waited to send help after I had gone through the light, but He lifted my spirit that Friday afternoon, when right before my eyes HE sent angles to help this man.

    John 20:29 

    Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.

    Because God answered my prayer for help for this man, he made it home to his family safely ( I believe that ) . I am sure he would tell his partner, his family, what had transpired and what his fears were. Did the man pray? Was the man a Christian? Did the man recognize that God sent those people to help him? Only God knows that, but God made it apparent to me that I helped in that mans rescue because I cared enough to pray about that situation. The way he was on the corner, he could have been killed easily, and along with him the two children. The cars could have been stacked up, and it could have been an awful scene had God not intervened.

    Do I believe God answers prayer? Indeed I do ! Do I always see the end result to that prayer? NO I do not. But I BELIEVE that God hears the prayers of those whose hearts are loving and caring for others. I have trained myself over the years, that when I hear a siren, I begin to pray. Even when I am home and can here them in the distance, the moment I recognize the siren I begin to pray. Pray they will reach the person in time, that the traffic will move out of the way, that the ambulance will be there with help quickly , that God will move on the behalf of those who were involved in the accident. It does not half to be elaborate, Jesus HELP THEM is enough for God to move on there behalf and on yours for caring for others.

    I pass a house daily, it sits on the edge of the road. It is old, different patterned blankets hang in the windows. Gas cans, heaters, chained up dogs, chainsaws and the like, line the front porch. This house has had many tenants. There are young children in this house along with several men, and several woman in it. It is not a good situation. When I pass it, or when I am stopped in traffic in front of it, I pray for the children of that home, that God would rescue them, and that he would keep them covered with his love. All I know is that these children are not in a good place, I can’t help them physically, but I can help them by caring enough about them to bring them before the Lord.

    Matthew 19:14

    But Jesus said, "Let the children come to me. Don't stop them! For the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to those who are like these children." 

    I may not be able to bring these children to HIM physically, but I sure can bring them to HIM in prayer. Who knows, because I prayed, one of them may become a preacher one day. One may become a missionary. All I know is that children of today are our next generation, and they may never see the inside of a church or hear a Sunday School message, they may never sing Jesus Loves me this I know for the Bible tells me so. You may be their only link through prayer, because you care about the little children. Just read the news, children are being abused left and right, some in there own homes, some by there parents or some by a relative and no one is helping them. How my heart hurts for the little children who are abused at such a young age. Unless the Lord intervenes on their behalf, they will have a distorted view of love and of relationships when they get older . They may become abusive in their families. They may take their own life when they get older, thinking ,this is the only way out of the abuse.

    And to think they may die without the Lord!

    PRAYER CHANGES THINGS !

     

    Psalm 66:19

    But

    certainly God has heard me; He has attended to the voice of my prayer.

     

    Matthew 21:22

    And whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.”

    My son and I had plans to visit our handicap neighbor for the holiday weekend who lives across the street from us. I chose Sunday so I could leisurely do things. I had baked a cake early in the morning. I had cut up tomatoes, onions and lettuce to have on our Salmon burgers for lunch. We made arrangements to go over at 10 am. We planned to watch a movie first then prepare lunch. Very early that morning, 2:30 am to be exact, my son came out of his room highly aggravated, he was woken up by the incessant barking of dogs. This went on for hours until it got light. Now our neighbors next door have seven cats. All of which are indoor and outdoor. Well these dogs, never seen before were at my neighbors deck just to the left of us just barking at the cats that were perched on the deck. The whole neighborhood should have been awake but no one budged no lights came on. My son even took a flash light to see if he could see them in the dark. First he thought they were deer then saw that they were dogs. On was a large white dog, the other a dark black dog, he was a high breed of some kind, his face was the face of a dachshund, his body shaped like a bull dog, with a stubby tail. You could tell he was breed with a different mate than his breed. It was very unusual. Any way, when it got light, we noticed one of the neighbors cats perched on the peak of the roof over the shed out in our back yard.One of the neighbors daughters was seen on a chair at the shed trying to coax this one cat to the edge to help him down. Now mind you, cats can leap tall buildings in a single bound, this was nothing for this cat to get down from, we have seen him many times on this roof, and we have seen them get down. As she was coaxing him, I was watching from the deck. I had asked her if she had any tuna fish, for that would surely lure him to the edge. So she got off the chair, went into the house and brought out a can of cat food. She got back up on the chair and was successfully able to lure this cat to the edge. Why was this cat on the roof ? The dogs that were barking had scared their cats to run and climb out of harms way. Ok, that was taken care of and I went back inside to get our items together to go across the street to my neighbors house for lunch.

    My son had stepped outside and came back in and had a disturbed look on his face. He went back out the front door and I wondered what was going on. So I peaked out the window facing the back yard, he was behind the shed pulling out brush from behind , all I saw was pieces of greens being thrown behind him. Again I stepped outside on the deck, I heard a cat cry. It was the kind of cry that a cat cries when they are in trouble. I could not see any thing, but I knew my son was intent on finding that distressed cat. I walked outside and headed toward the shed, I could hear the cry, he heard the cry, but still unable to find out where it was. My son had cleared a path behind the shed, but still no cat. He would call to it and it would call back. I made my way back inside and back onto the deck, and as I heard this cat cry, I prayed, “Oh God where is this cat that is in trouble, we can not see it, show us where it is”. As I looked up into the thick trees over the shed, I saw a blob, I kept my eyes on that spot and saw something move. God had showed me where the second cat was and I told my son. The barking dogs had sent this cat way up in the tree and now it was stuck, and so freighted it could not get down.

    So now my son looked up into the trees, he saw it. There is a metal object in front of this shed my son said it is for hauling out a car engine. Any way, this object is resting against the front of this yellow shed. My son got on the wooden chair, hiked his leg up, put his foot on the metal object, and pulled himself up onto the roof of this shed. I have not seen him move like that in quite a while. He walked to the other roof peak and was able to see this cat. There were many branches in the way, so my son began to break off the branches. These tree limbs broke easily by hand. He was a human bush hog, he was on a mission, and what ever it took he was going to save this cat. AND I PRAYED! Lord steady him while on the roof ! Help him get to the cat! I helped where I could, handing him planks of wood. Discussing how to get to the cat. The cat was clearly scared to death, he could not move from where he was, but the distance between the roof and the cat was a great void that my son could not get to. He tried branches, but they were not long enough. We had borrowed the neighbors clippers whom we were going to have lunch with, and he was able to cut some of the thicker branches from view. He needed a very long branch or a plank to reach the branch of this stuck cat. Mean while, the neighbor to the left, who lives in the house that this cat belongs to came out. It was clear he had no idea of what to do in this situation as he just stood there and looked at my son. He just stood there, had no suggestions, no offer to go on the roof with my son to help him. This did not stop Asher. He had an idea, he got down off the roof, this was no small feat , going up was one thing, but coming down was another. He went to the basement to see what might be useful, and he found a saw, he has an idea. He grabs the saw, goes back behind the shed and cuts down the longest tree that was back there . The tree falls just as he wanted it to, against the shed. He now scurries back up the chair, hops on the metal object and back onto the shed. And I continue to pray. He grabs the tree and with the heaviest end, he tries to reach the cat, the trunk is to heavy, he pulls it back across the roof, and strips the tops of the leaves, and breaks off unnecessary branches. He now has a long stick, with a V at the tip. He has cleared away any visible limbs from in front of this cat, he can see clearly what needs to be done. He holds the heavy end and he reaches across till the V sits on the branch the cat is in. The cat is clearly stuck, it appears his hip is wedged in the branch. My son holds the heavy end on his shoulder as he calls to the cat to come down. I am calling to it from the deck, and the neighbor is still standing in his driveway, just watching. I see from my vantage point, a tree in front of him with a clear V in it. I direct my son to bend the tree and put the end of his branch in that V thus stabilizing the branch and taking the weight off of his shoulder. I can clearly see the cat from the deck. Asher is calling and it is shaking. He is trying to move but is afraid. I asked the neighbor if he had any tuna, he said that he did  and went into the house and got a can of cat food and climbed on the chair and handed it to Asher. I told Asher to take some and rub it on the trunk of the tree that he just put in the V. The cat should smell it and gain some confidence. Slowly the cat began to move, slowly he began to walk on the limb that Asher laid down as a bridge for him to walk on. And I prayed. The cat made it to Asher, and he gently picked up the cat, and the cat clung to him as if to say “THANK YOU”. The neighbor of the cat was now standing on the chair and took the cat from Asher. The neighbor thanked Asher and took the cat in. He came back out, got the can of cat food from Asher, and as the neighbor walked by me, he looked me in the eyes and said thank you. I said you are very welcome. Asher hoped down from off the roof, put the tools away, and came in sopping wet, scratched from handling the brush, and with shaky legs. The cat was saved, Asher was the hero of the day. And I thanked the Lord for keeping him safe during this rescue.

    Psalm 54:2

    Hear my prayer, O God; Give ear to the words of my mouth. 

    This could have been easily an emergency room scene had my son slipped, but because I prayed, God clearly had a rope around my sons waist and was holding him in place. To some people, a cat is just a cat, and to some, they can not be bothered. But to my son, a cat holds a very dear place in his heart, and he will go to great lengths to not see them suffer. God knows when a sparrow falls, He surely knew this cat was in this tree and needed help. The cat had been crying for hours. No one called 911 for help, no police, if you call animal control they have voice mail and don’t work on Sundays, and we did not think of the fire department.

    1 Kings 8:28

    Yet regard the prayer of Your servant and his supplication, O Lord my God,

    and listen to the cry and the prayer which Your servant is praying before You today: 

     

    Luke 3: 21-22

    When all the people were baptized, it came to pass that Jesus also was baptized; and while He prayed, the heaven was opened.  And the Holy Spirit descended in bodily form like a dove upon Him, and a voice came from heaven which said, “You are My beloved Son; in You I am well pleased.”

     

    If we are to follow the path that Jesus laid down for us,

     

    then we must also “PRAY”.

     

    1 Thessalonians 5:17

     

    “ Pray without Ceasing”.

     

    If it is important to you, it is important to God.

     

    Matthew 6:8

     

    Therefore do not be like them.

     

    For your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask.



    But

    “ASK WE MUST”!

    JOY

    JESUS, OTHERS, YOU

     

    Mark 12: 29-31

     

    And Jesus answered him,

     

    The first of all the commandments is,

     

    Hear,

     

    O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord:

     

    And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.

     

    And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these

     

    Who is my neighbor ?

    Luke 10:29-37

     

    But he, willing to justify himself, said unto Jesus, And who is my neighbor?

     

    And Jesus answering said, A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, which stripped him of his raiment, and wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead.

     

    And by chance there came down a certain priest that way: and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. And likewise a Levite, when he was at the place, came and looked on him, and passed by on the other side. But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him, And went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him.

     

    And on the morrow when he departed, he took out two pence, and gave them to the host, and said unto him, Take care of him; and whatsoever thou spendest more, when I come again, I will repay thee.

     

     

    Which now of these three, thinkest thou,

     

    was neighbour unto him that fell among the thieves

     

    And he said, He that shewed mercy on him. Then said Jesus unto him, Go, and do thou likewise.

    We may not always be in a position to help physically, but we have no excuse not to pray about any given situation. Every day, we encounter someone who is in pain. Everyday, someone we know gets a diagnosis that could be death. Everyday, a spouse dies, everyday, a divorce is occurring and everyday, you know someone who fits this. YOU NEED TO PRAY FOR THEM ! And if your heart really cares about them, you need to pray daily, and if you really love that person, then you need to get others to pray with you.

    A co-worker who is past the age of 70, took a walk behind the building the other day to where there is a park bench for the smokers. When she rounded the corner at break time, each person out there had there head bent over there cell phones. Playing games, texting, watching a video or on Facebook. They never saw her. How many of us have our noses in our phones so much so that those who are hurting are never seen by us?

    You have only one life, you have only one chance at life, unless, you die, go to heaven and God returns you to earth for HIS reasons. It happens, but I assure you, if you are allowed to return, your nose will not be in your cell phone, your very essence will be on the presence of God HIMSELF.

    This life exists for you only as long as God allows it.

    How sad it will be, when we stand before the Lord and he shows us our life as HE saw it. How sad it will be when you see all the opportunities you missed to pray for someone in your little corner. How sad indeed will your heart be when this you see. Take a look around you today, who or what needs your prayers.

     

    Always My Love For You,

    Leslie

    By God & Leslie

    September 2, 2014

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     











     


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