“Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere.” Ephesians 6:18
Just so you know, the phrase “praying in the Spirit” is mentioned two other times in the NT scripture: (I Corinthians 14:15 and Jude 1:20)
So the real question is how do we pray in the spirit?
Before we answer the question let’s first define the phrase “pray in”. The Greek word translated “pray in” can have several different meanings. It can mean “by means of,” “with the help of,” “in the sphere of,” and “in connection to.” Praying in the Spirit does not refer to the words we are saying. Rather, it refers to how we are praying. Praying in the Spirit is praying according to the Spirit’s leading. It is praying for things the Spirit leads us to pray for. Romans 8:26 tells us, “In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express.”
That being said, God’s throne is always open. I can’t stress enough how critically important your prayer life is, especially in a world riddled with sin. Consistently connecting with God is like putting on a daily shield that insulates you from the enemy’s fiery arrows and blows. We are helpless in a world that we can’t control. Turn to God: pray, pray, and pray. This is your strongest defensive weapon!
Faith is reality, hope and evidence that God is moving behind the scenes. Therefore, even though you can’t see every move God makes, you can trust in believe by faith that God is always moving in your favor and for His glory!
I need a few saints who sees what I am seeing and hear what I am hearing to boldly commit to praying for those presently in or have recently completed their battle with this disease. Also, don’t forget to lift up the families. Thank you in advance for your support and commitment to prayer.
This year was filled with mixed emotions to say the least. Mom and Dad slayed in the kitchen, Kim came with her delicious homemade seafood casserole and Cajun rice, Vanessa furnished her tasty cakes, and I brought the smoked ribs (for the first time since NoNo’s rebirth). That being said, this year wasn’t really about glorifying what we cooked or ate…it was truly about remembering one of the five reasons who was called home to glory. There was a lot tears, a few laughs, and moments of self-reflection. Some of our family wasn’t present but they were definitely kept in our thoughts and prayers. The holidays will never be the same for me, but because I know that JESUS lives, I have a blessed assurance in CHRIST that my beloved embryonic twin brother (son, brother, husband, nephew, father, grandfather, and friend) reigns with Him in eternity’s eternity. Not to mention, I also find joy in recognizing the same JESUS that was raised from the dead, who left a borrowed tomb empty, and ascended to sit at the right hand of the FATHER is coming back sooner than we think. On that day…..all I can say is, “If it had not been for the Lord, who was on my side……”
NoNo, you were not only remembered—-you were honored and I unequivocally know that your spirit was with us!
Though you may be gone from this world, your story is not over yet. You are forever loved and remembered forever young! We love you baby!
Adonai Shalom, we are thankful for all Your blessings, goodness, and kindness towards us. We are thankful for all the people in our lives who make our life meaningful, accountable, and beautiful. Thank You for watching over us every single day. Let Your blessings be upon everyone today and the days ahead. Father God, continue to lead/guide us with Your limitless grace and sustain us with Your immeasurable mercy. And for our every precious loved one who is celebrating this day in Your presence–though our hearts yearn for their presence to be with us, I humbly asked that You keep our hearts, minds, spirits, and souls at peace, strengthened, and comforted. As it stand there is coming a time when we all will be reunited back to one another very soon! Holy Spirit have Your way today. In Jesus’, the only reason we can be forever grateful name, Amen and Amen!
Isaiah 43:16, “Thus says the LORD, Who makes a way through the sea And a path through the mighty waters…”
From the verse above we see that God introduces Himself as the God who makes a way. This is a very special verse and message for me because God is presently showing me that He will make a way as I continue to process the absence and second birth of my embryonic twin brother!
The Lord is emphasizing to me that despite the difficulty of my present sufferings and despite the options that looks limited in the natural, God is a God who makes a way; even when there seems to be no way. What a blessed truth!
At the point of our text in 586 BC, the Israelites found themselves exiled in Babylonia; their temple and homes destroyed. As the years in exile became many decades, the great question that burned in the hearts of the Israelites was ‘is the situation hopeless?’ ‘Is there a way out of this impossible and difficult time?’ ‘Is there a way home?’ The Israelites’ faith was reaching a breaking point until God stepped in and spoke. He starts in Isaiah 43 verse 15 by saying ‘I am the LORD, your Holy One, the Creator of Israel, your King.’ He begins by reminding them that He is YAHWEH – the great I AM! The self existent, active, ever present God.
In short, while in their captive state, God reminds Israel of their past. Here are three things He brings to their remembrance:
God led them away from trouble (Exodus 13:17-18).
God led them to a dead-end (Exodus 14:1-3).
God made a way where there was no way (Exodus 14:13-14).
So, if you are presently in a captive state and you are wandering where is God; look no further. God is with you and with no way back and no way forward, God does what God does best – The impossible! Charles Spurgeon said, “The Lord will make a way for you where no foot has gone before. That which, like a sea, threatens to drown you it will be a highway for your escape.”
Philippians 4:19, “And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.”
Brothers and Sisters, matter how bad it gets out here in this cruel and wicked world continue to lean on God. God will work it out. The scripture above reminds that God will supply every need! You may not know how He will supply it, but please, trust that He will work it out. If no one got your back, I can unequivocally assure you God’s got your back! In fact, He is actively working it out! So, rely on Him and do your best to leave the rest in God’s able hands. God is able! God will work it out!
For starters, I still can’t believe God called you home on 4/17/22 and not to mention today makes 7 months since your spiritual departure.
That being said my beloved embryo Twin, I fanatically miss you like crazy. Not a day has passed by that I haven’t spoken to you in my prayers! Not a day has passed by where a tear drop didn’t fall! Not a day has passed by where I haven’t called out to God for healing, comfort, peace, and strength for ALL of your family and friends temporarily left behind!
I am not going to lie, it still hurts like hell, but one thing that brings me peace is knowing that you are with our Triune God and that Jesus is coming back sooner than we expect. I also find comfort in 2 Peter 3:8 because Peter tells us that, “a day is like thousand years and thousands years is like one day.” Which simply means that 7 months for us is still one day for you my baby!
NoNo, death may have taken your body, but our Abba Father reclaimed your soul. My mind holds every memory, my heart preserves our ￼￼perennial love, and my preserving/enduring faith reminds daily that we will meet again (2 Thessalonians 4:13-18).
PS. I still have to tell my self that you are out town going about God’s business!! I love you baby!