Monday, July 22, 2013

HOW TO PRAY WITH POWER---by Rebecca Carey Lyles

My guest today is Author Becky Lyle. Welcome Becky, I am so looking forward to your encouraging words.
Author Rebecca Carey Lyles

My family went through a difficult situation a while back. I learned a lot about myself during that time, like how I want problems fixed according to my schedule (NOW!), how I think I know better than God how to fix things, how I can pray one minute and worry the next, and how easy it is for me to blame others when life doesn’t go as I think it should.

I also relearned and experienced some of God’s wonderful attributes. He loves me, and he loves my loved ones even more than I love them. He can be trusted to take care of those I care about. He keeps his word. He provides peace in the midst of the storm. His timing is not only perfect, it’s astounding. His answers come in amazing ways I could never imagine. And he’s always at work, even when circumstances suggest he doesn’t care or act.

I learned much more, but one of the best aspects of my learning curve was experiencing the power of praying scripture. Every day, Bible verses came alive to me and spoke directly to our situation. Sometimes they were words of comfort, sometimes wisdom, sometimes peace. Always, God’s Word brought hope. May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13

Here are some of the prayers God continues to answer (from the NIV and NLT versions of the Bible).

- Psalm 138:8 "The Lord will work out his plans for my life [Please work out your plans for my loved ones] --for your faithful love, O Lord, endures forever. Don't abandon me/us, for you made me/us."

- Psalm 144:1-2 "Bless the Lord, who is my/our rock. He gives me [Give us] strength for war and skill for battle. He is my [Be our] loving ally and my/our fortress, my/our tower of safety, my/our deliver. He stands before me [Stand before us] as a shield, and I [we will] take refuge in him/You. He subdues the nations [Subdue the enemy of our souls] under me/us."

- I Thessalonians 3:12 "May the Lord make your [Make our] love grow and overflow to each other and to everyone else, just as our love overflows toward you. As a result Christ will make your [Make our] hearts strong, blameless, and holy when you/we stand before God our Father on that day when our Lord Jesus comes with all those who belong to him."

- I Thessalonians 5:5: May we be children of the light and of the day, not of darkness and night.

-  Isaiah 8:11-14: "Do [May we] not think like everyone else does. Do [May we] not be afraid that some plan conceived behind closed doors will be the end of you/us. Do [May we] not fear anything except the Lord Almighty. He alone is the Holy One. If you/we fear him, you/we need fear nothing else. He will keep you/us safe."

- Isaiah 22:22: "He will open doors [Open doors, Lord!], and no one will be able to shut them; he will close doors [Close doors, Lord!], and no one will be able to open them."

God opened and closed doors for our family and continues to do so, responding to the prayers of many. I thank God for the dear saints who prayed for us and with us, even when they didn’t know details of our heartache. God is good, and so are his people!

How you can contact Becky Lyle

Facebook: Becky Lyles or Rebecca Carey Lyles

Twitter: @BeckyLyles

LinkedIn: Becky Lyles

[Winds of Freedom will hopefully release soon.]

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