A friend prayed without ceasing – 40 years later she learned of miracles

Twisted, snagged, and bent, like the Joshua Tree, we reach to heaven and give God glory.

We have not ceased to pray for you and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so that you will walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, to please Him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; 1 Colossians 1:9-10

On August 28, 2011, I received an email,  “This is a voice from your past.” I had lost contact from a dear friend in high school.

She caught me up on her life in the first email, and I caught her up on my life in the next email, including the fact that the Lord had healed me of fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome in 2010.

The next email from her brought me to tears as I praised God for her faithfulness to the Holy Spirit‘s urging to pray for me throughout all these years.

We had lost touch the last several years of high school. When I was 19, I ended up in the hospital, and there was a possibility that I would die from one of the tests that the doctors were performing. She had a dream that she ran through the hospital urging everyone to pray for me. When she woke up, she was very discomforted and only told a few people.

“But, the bottom line is, as weird as this sounds, through the years I have continued to pray for your health.

Prayer works! James tells us:

The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much. Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the earth for three years and six months. Then he prayed again, and the sky poured rain and the earth produced its fruit. James 5:16-18

Thank you, Elaine, for praying without ceasing for my health. Throughout the 40+ years of your praying, the Lord has worked great and mighty miracles in my family’s lives, including healing me and renewing my strength beyond what I had ever hoped for–all for the works that He had prepared for me to do from before the foundation of the world. Thank you for obeying the prompting of the Holy Spirit and praying earnestly.

My prayer for you:

Our Father in Heaven, You alone are great, and Your Holy Spirit urges us to pray beyond our understanding. Bless our prayers and our spirits as we follow Your bidding. Thank You for great saints who persevere even when they do so in faith. Guide us in Your ways and teach us to pray without ceasing. Thank you, Father.

What are you fervently praying for?

Flames balloon lift to wings of the dawn

“For throughout all their journeys, the cloud of the LORD was on the tabernacle by day, and there was fire in it by night, in the sight of all the house of Israel.” Exodus 40:38

This morning, Keith & I ballooned over Temecula Wine Country. Flames lifted the balloon to the wings of the dawn.

God led the children of Israel through the desert with a cloud overshadowing them by day and kept them warm by night with a pillar of fire.

God always overshadows His children with the cooling cloud in the heat of the day and the warm flames of the pillar of fire in the cold desert night.

Yet, we also go through trials of fire. Shadrach, Meschach and Abednego were tossed into the fire because they would not bow down to the image that King Nebuchadnezzar made. Dan 3:13

There are many different reason why the flames of fire might be engulfing us. Sometimes, it takes the flames of challenges and trials to lift us to the stratosphere, so that we can see the overarching vision God has for our lives. Other times, the flames might be the Refiner’s fire that is making us pure, so that the Refiner can see His reflection in our lives.

“He will sit as a smelter and purifier of silver, and He will purify the sons of Levi and refine them like gold and silver, so that they may present to the LORD offerings in righteousness.” Mal 3:3

My prayer for you:

Heavenly Father, show these dear readers the warmth of your overshadowing pillar of flames to keep them warm in the cold darkness of the desert, and when they are in the midst of the heat of the flaming trials, enable them to recognize your loving refining as you carefully control the heat, so that they become more like You and reflect Your holiness in their lives.