At the beginning of our “Prayer Experience” on Saturday at the Priscilla Shirer simulcast, Priscilla implored everyone to stay engaged. Prayer time was not something to be glossed over in between worship and teaching, but it was “the thing” of the day.
She explained how they take prayer requests at each of her events. The requests tend to fall in a few broad categories. As she introduced each one, she asked for those that felt God had given them victory in that particular area to stand. Then, she asked for those with prayer requests in that area to raise their hands. Those with victory were to go to those with needs and pray for them.
The first category was marriage. If you know our story, then you know I stood up in victory through Christ. I was able to pray for my sister’s upcoming marriage and the marriage of other women from my home church.
She then asked for those that had found freedom from addictions—whether it be to a person or thing. Well, if you know why our marriage was struggling, then you know I had an emotional addiction to a person. I was again able to pray for my sisters in Christ.
She then mentioned finances which hasn’t been an area where we’ve struggled with yet. And then she asked for those that have been healed, whether physically, mentally or emotionally. I’ve written here about the healing of my hearing as a child and also just wrote this month about the healing and freedom of my mind.
I was almost laughing as I stood up so many times—probably more than anyone there. I giggled to my church friends, “I’m such a mess!” One replied, “No, you’re a testimony!”
And she was right. I’m so, so, so thankful he doesn’t leave us where we are. We should be eager to stand and give glory to God.
We were all so encouraged by what God had done for the women in the room. We clapped and celebrated and mostly didn’t even know one single detail.
On Sunday, my dad finished a 100 mile race after 27 hours. For real. He was in extreme pain all over by the end and he declared it the hardest thing he’d ever done.
As I was working out at home during the beginning of his race, I was hating the mountain climbers I was being put through by the guy on the DVD. But then I remembered my dad at the beginning of his long race. Surely I could make it for 45 more seconds of mountain climbers.
As my dad’s race was winding down, my sister posted on Facebook, “My dad just finished running 81 miles. That makes my 30 min walk/jog sound doable this morning.”
After this weekend, I was reminded how much we need someone to stand up and say, “Hey, I’ve been there and God brought me through.” Even if you aren’t going through something difficult, you are reminded how loving, how gracious our Father is.
I want YOU to write the rest of this post in the comments. It would be so encouraging if everyone could comment on a category where God has really worked in your life—marriage, addiction, finances, healing, salvation, etc. What is your story?
And, if you have a need, leave your category of need so others can pray for and encourage you.
It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Gal 5:1