While in the midst of working on this book our family had two new little ones join us through the foster system and of course my writing took a back seat to a 2 day old infant and a 17 month old toddler. Eventually, I was called out by the Lord. He uses various means of preparing your heart for something that is about to happen in your life. After nearly 9 months of being a foster family I began to feel a deep call from the Lord to return to Him like never before. A call to begin fighting the spiritual battle that was taking place around me from the place of prayer. Just before that call to fight something spiritual happened, I came face to face with Jesus. One evening as I was laying down I felt in my spirit that He was very near. Suddenly it was as if I was in His presence. I realized that all this time that I had been torn between prayer and the spiritual battle that goes on in the foster care world, I had relied on Him very little in comparison to what I should have been. At that moment I realized He was in complete control and that He was very near to us.
It was then that I could see His Majesty. I have been in awe ever since. If you can’t see something continually you tend to forget it’s there. That’s what I had been doing my whole life. I was remembering Christ was there for me only when I needed too. I called on Him when it was important to me instead of knowing He went before me to such a degree that I could see Him doing so. My veil had been lifted. Like a bride on her wedding day, before the veil was lifted I knew He was there. I spoke to Him, I sensed His presence, and from time to time I could hear Him in my spirit or feel Him move around in my life. After the veil was lifted I could see Him. He was right here with me. He is surrounded by and in control of the whole universe but yet, He is with me. A real presence.
This moment was very important. This revelation changes how I approach everything. Sure, I fall back into old habits and try to take control but then He reminds me. Just weeks after realizing that I have Jesus right here with me whenever I need Him in a very personal way I started seeing a real need to press into Him. Signs from all over started pointing me back to prayer; a video from Beth Moore, an audio book by Priscilla Shirer, and a reminders of how powerful prayer is. So, I went back to my dedicated space for prayer. I got in the center of my home, in the quietness of my prayer room and I wrote out all the things I need God to guide me on. I needed Him to give me wisdom, to bless my family, to work the supernatural in situations that I could see no way out. Then He answered…
With my prayer list on display right in front of me I bowed my head in reverence and I called His name. As I as thanking Him and asking for His guidance and blessings tears started rolling. I had opened my Bible in preparation to read and as I looked down in mid prayer I saw the words “…will no longer be victims.” My heart stopped. That was exactly how I had been feeling. My husband certainly did not make me feel this way but our circumstances did. On my prayer list were prayers for my husband, our home, land, business, work, children, etc. We needed blessings. Then the Lord showed me in His Word that His Blessings are abundant and there for the taking.
Read Ezekiel 24:25-31
He is prepared to give us not only what we need but also our hearts desires as He sees fit. If we are walking the path of righteousness towards furthering His Kingdom then He certainly will bless us. For those He is going to use us as examples of what He can do for those who call on His name and seek His face
Every bit of today’s study was brought out after making a prayer list that concerned my husband, family, and home. It included financial responsibilities, help raising our children, and advancing my husband’s work as well as my business. Your list will look vastly different than my own but will probably include many of the same elements. I encourage you today, after reading the passage from Ezekiel begin to make your prayer list. Do so with the belief that God’s promises always hold true and that your prayers are being heard. Make your list so that you can check off when you see Him working in those areas and when those prayers were answered. Once you have made your list, hang it in a place where you can see it. Pray over it daily and with each breath believe that He is working on answering them. We may not always receive the answer we expect but if we are aligning our requests with His Will for our lives, you can be certain that you will be able to check of those answered prayers.
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I am married to my high school sweetheart. We've been pressing ahead together for over 24 years. We have 3 boys of our own and 2 foster babies. I wrote this Bible study years ago for me and shared it on my blog. It is very dear to my heart. It's been tweaked and reformatted and I'm proud to be bringing it back to you. Over the years I received countless emails from women who credited this study with changing their marriage for the better. Since removing it from my old blog I have received just as many emails asking when it would return. I hope you enjoy spending your time in God's Word with me.