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  • “For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of His Son, that without ceasing I make mention of you always in my prayers” (Romans 1:9).

     

    Recently, while sorting through our family members’ clothing and preparing for the transition from winter to spring and summer, I came across two small T-shirts with these words printed on the front: “My mom prays for me”. They were given to our two boys several years ago, and I never had the heart to give them away. They are a precious reminder of the fact that as mothers, we earnestly pray for our children. In fact, we tend to pray more fervently and more frequently for the ones who are close to us, especially when there is a need. Intercession, or intervening for another, happens when we willingly put ourselves in someone else’s place and pray on their behalf. Interceding in prayer for someone far away or for someone we don’t know may not always seem natural to us at first, but a heart and readiness to pray for our own children, whether natural or spiritual, is something we are often more ready to do.

    “So I sought for a man among them who would make a wall, and stand in the gap before Me on behalf of the land, that I should not destroy it; but I found no one” (Ezekiel 22:30).

    God is searching for anyone who is willing to intercede – to stand in the gap before Him – on behalf of others. We live in a world in desperate need of God. Our first priority is to pray for and meet the needs of our own children, who have been given to us. But it doesn’t stop there. A gate into intercessory prayer is to see any person we are praying for as if they were our own child, sister or brother, dear parent or closest friend. We need to be willing to care about the salvation of others, as we would care for our own family members.

    Intercessory prayer requires a true humbling of the heart. We don’t intercede for other people because they are worthy of it, or because there is some gain in it for us. Moses interceded over and over again for people who rebelled against God and were given over to their own selfish ways. Many people we pray for may not know exactly what they need, or how to get out of their mess. They need our help.

    As women of God, we need to rise and intercede on behalf of our neighborhoods, our cities and our nations. Will you answer the call?

     

    BY INGUNN TURNER

    Ingunn Bakke Turner was born and raised in Norway. Nate and Ingunn Turner are UPCI missionaries to Estonia and pastor in the capital city of Tallinn. 

    Reposted with permission from Ladies Prayer International

    “This matter is by the decree of the watchers, and the demand by the word of the holy ones: to the intent that the living may know that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will, and setteth up over it the basest of men.” Daniel 4:17

    Over the last few weeks we have been in the middle of an election campaign.  Those seeking office have been making promises about a lot of things. With so much going on in our country, it is hard to know who to believe and who to support.  There were a lot of surprises when we woke up this morning.

    This verse from Daniel was meant for King Belteshazzar, but it still is true in our world today.  God knows what is best for our country, He sees the bigger picture.  Everything that happens is part of His plan leading up to His coming again to rule the world.  The Scripture teaches us that He sets up rulers and puts down rulers.  We have a duty as citizens of our country to vote in our elections and try to choose who will be the best one to support.  But when it comes down to the outcome, God determines that.

    Now that the election is over, whether we agree with the party that has been selected to lead our country or not, our duty is to pray for them and to do our best to be good citizens.  We must trust that the Lord knows exactly what is happening, and we know that all things work together for good for those who love the Lord.  He is in complete control.

    Prayer:  Lord Jesus, we pray that you will help us to be good citizens of our country, abiding by its laws and praying for our leaders.

    Devotion by Anne Johnston

    “In thee, O LORD, do I put my trust: let me never be put to confusion.” Psalm 71:1

    As I was reading this Psalm in my Daily Devotions a few weeks ago, I realized that there were a lot of good verses that could be used as prayers, so  let’s just look at a few of them. I am using the New Living Version of the Scriptures.

    Verse 2: “Save me and rescue me, for you do what is right.”  We can always trust God to know what is best for us and to rescue us when we start to go astray from His plan.HH

    Verse 3: “Be my rock of safety where I can always hide. Give the order to save me for you are my rock and my fortress.”  No matter what we are going through, we can take it to the Lord and cast all our cares upon Him.  He is a safe place during every storm.

    Verse 5: “O Lord, you alone are my hope. I’ve trusted in you from childhood.”  We know that the Lord had his hand on us before we were even born.  I am thankful that I came to know him while I was a child, and that He has been with me through the years.  Many of you may not have learned of Jesus until you were older, but you can be assured that He was watching over you all through your life and reaching for you with His love.

    Verse 9: “And now, in my old age, don’t set me aside.  Don’t abandon me when my strength is failing.”  Although I may still feel young in heart, my body tells me that I am getting older.  I can’t do all the things I used to do, but as long as the Lord gives me breath, I am going to praise Him and endeavour to be a blessing to others.

    Verse 22: “…because you are faithful to your promises, O my God I will sing praises to you.”  He has never failed; He always keeps His promises.  We could never praise Him enough for all the blessings He has bestowed upon us.

    May this Psalm be a blessing to you as it has been to me.  The Lord Jesus Christ has been so good to us, and He deserved all our praise and worship.

    Prayer:  Jesus, we lift our hearts in praise to you today, thanking you for all that you are and all that you do.

    Devotion by Anne Johnston