Prayers

“Before they call I will answer, while they are still speaking I will hear.” Isaiah 65:24

Ask:  “Whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” Mark 11:24

Believe:  “Believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.” Matthew 21:22

Claim:  “This is the confidence we have in approaching God; that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And we know that if He hears us~~whatever we ask~~we know that we can claim what we asked of Him.”  1 John 5:14

Share your prayer requests and we will pray for you.

Please feel free to intercede for others as you pray.

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  1. caroljsmith12prays
    Jun 23, 2011 @ 17:28:37

    “Consecrate yourself to God in the morning; make this your very first work. 
    Let your prayer be, ‘Take me, O Lord, as wholly Yours. I lay all my plans at Your feet. Use me today in Your service.  Abide with me, and let all my work be done through You. Each morning consecrate yourself to God for that day. Surrender all your plans to Him, to be carried out or given up as His providence shall indicate.     Day by day, as you give your life into the hands of God,your life will be molded more and more after the life of Christ.”
               E.G. White, Steps to Christ, p. 70

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  2. caroljsmith12prays
    Jun 23, 2011 @ 17:32:57

    Prayer is the soul’s desire for God. Step forward and experience the gift of prayer and God will abundantly bless. Begin with a simple short prayer. Ask for the Holy Spirit and seek the presence of Jesus. “Seek the Lord and His strength.” Psalm 105:4 Claim the blood of Jesus Christ to cover all sin, and ask Him for protection from any other influences or thoughts. Always pray in the precious and holy name of Jesus Christ, our great Intercessor. Rom. 8:34; Hebrews 7:25

    “To pray in the name of Jesus means to pray in the awareness that our prayers have no worthiness or efficacy apart from his atoning sacrifice and redemptive mediation. It means to appeal to the blood of Christ as the source of power for the life of prayer.” D. Bloesch, Struggle of Prayer, p. 36-37

    Start your prayer walk by
    PRAISING God for who He is…the great and awesome Creator. Praise God for His sustaining and redemptive powers. “I will bless the Lord at all times, His praise shall continually be in my mouth.” Psalm 34:1
    RESPONDING with a thankful heart for God’s gift of salvation, and for all of His blessings, mercies and victories. “I will give thanks to Thee, O Lord my God, with all my heart, and will glorify Thy name forever.” Psalm 86:12
    Open your heart and talk to God as a friend.
    ACKNOWLEDGE your need and your weak-ness. “Jesus loves to have us come to Him just as we are, sinful, helpless, dependent. We may come with all our weakness, our folly, our sinfulness, and fall at His feet in penitence. It is His glory to encircle us in the arms of His love and to bind up our wounds, to cleanse us from all impurity.” E. G. White, Steps to Christ, p. 52
    ADMIT by confessing, forgiving, repenting and praying: “Be gracious to me, O God… According to Thy compassion blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity…Create in me a clean heart, O God and renew a steadfast spirit within me. “ Psalm 51
    YIELDING – through prayer your absolute surrender, perfect trust, and total obedience for His will to be done in your life. “For it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.” Phil. 2:13 “By yielding up your will to Christ, you ally yourself with power that is above all powers.” E. G. White, Steps to Christ, p. 48
    EXPECTING GOD to answer. “And we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests which we have asked from Him.”
    1 John 5:15; Mark 11:24
    “Call to Me, and I will answer you, and I will tell you great and mighty things, which you do not know.” Jeremiah 33:3
    “It will come to pass that before they call, I will answer, and while they are still speaking I will hear.” Isaiah 65:24 “…for I the Lord will answer them myself.” Isaiah 41:17
    Wait expectantly for God… “He longs to have you reach after Him by faith, He longs to have you expect great things from Him.” E.G. White, COL., p. 145, 146
    “And my God shall supply all your needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” Phil. 4:19

    REJOICING ALWAYS
    For God is faithful to His promises. “Rejoicing in hope, preserving in tribulation, fully devoted to prayer.” Romans 12:12

    “Finally brethren, rejoice, be made complete, be comforted, be like-minded, live in peace, and the God of love and peace shall be with you.” 2 Cor. 13:11

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  3. Carol
    Jul 11, 2011 @ 16:12:22

    Prayer is my daily life breath…as important as the air I breathe. It is our vital connection to our loving Creator, Redeemer and Savior. So as you begin each new day pray first and continually.

    “Great is His faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each day…His unfailing love endures forever. I will say to myself, “The Lord is my inheritance; therefore, I will hope in HIM!” Lamentations 3:22-24

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  4. Carol J. Smith
    Jul 27, 2011 @ 17:42:39

    In My Face: The Eyes of the Homeless

    Everywhere I drive I see panhandlers, people asking for money along the highway intersections…try to count them over a day or try to ignore them…impossible. Truly it makes me sad to consider their plight; probably because I have had family members who were destitute. Considering all I have food, shelter, love and support. I am thankful to be free of addiction. I am compelled to help but don’t know how I can really even begin to follow through. Will my dollar really benefit? I do what I can here and there: giving bottles of water, granola bars, socks, toothbrushes, words of encouragement and kindness.

    Last evening, I was walking from the drug store in the parking lot, sure enough a young woman flagged me down…she saw me coming from a distance and had my attention. Our eyes met as she waved and came closer to me. I was uncomfortable to say the least. I knew she wanted money. She had a black polyester paint suit on, black long wavy hair and a terribly bruised face. Both of her eyes were black and blue, her cheeks were swollen, several teeth were missing, her speech was slurred. I was hooked as we made eye contact. Honestly, I didn’t want to part with my few dollars. I had just used my last twenty to purchase some homeopathic topical pain cream recommended by my massage therapist for my bruised elbows and knee. I knew she was in pain. I asked her permission to apply the Topricin, to her face to provide some relief. She was happy to accept it. Oh, how I love God’s perfect timing for those precious encounters.

    Of course she assured me that the money I gave her would not be for drugs…she didn’t mention alcohol as she slurred her words. She told me she needed the money to purchase make up to cover up her bruises. I wanted to take her home, give her a bath, some of my unused makeup and clean clothes. She wanted to sell me her beaded necklace for $2.00. Clearly it was worth more. She said it didn’t matter her mother made it. I didn’t want her necklace nor did I want to give her money. I asked her what happened to her face. Her boyfriend beat her up. She said it didn’t matter she wasn’t worth anything. Immediately, I proclaimed, “You are worth a lot!” You are the daughter of the King of the Universe. Her face lit up with hope. She smiled and repeated.” oh I am nothing, not worth anything.” Again, I told her she was valuable in God’s sight…she was His daughter. “Oh’, she said, “my mother would like you.” Ah, my mother’s heart was touched. I encouraged her to get help and stay away from the abuser. She assured me she had moved out and was now living somewhere else. She hugged me repeatedly at least six times….so grateful for my little act of kindness.

    Well I only had a few dollars in change. I waited for my husband and son to return. Then I saw her coming out of the store with a bag…she was glowing. My husband said he saw her purchase some make up. I took on her smell, an awful odor that lingered as I drove to my comfortable home.

    A little favor for a stranger…a huge blessing for my heart. Oh how I wish I could do more. Surely our Heavenly Father desires to do more for His children.

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  5. JoAnna Forkosh Shope
    Jul 27, 2011 @ 18:43:57

    Your story truly touched me. So many times I have wanted to reach out and do more to help someone who is panhandling on the corner. But all I did was give some money and pray they truly used it to help themselves or their family……How inspirational that you know for sure that your contribution to this woman was used for exactly what it was meant to be used for…… perfect timing indeed!

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    • Carol J. Smith
      Jul 27, 2011 @ 21:13:02

      JoAnna,
      Thank you for taking the time to read and reply. I also looked up to you with admiration…you did so well in high school. So many times addict use the money for further self-destruction…a reality and fear as we give. I try to give food or water but sometimes they truly are just poor. We will be so happy when Jesus comes to take us all home to heaven…no more pain, sorrow, suffering or death. Revelation 22-22 “Come Lord Jesus, come soon!” Love always, Carol

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  6. Bonnie Scharnow
    Jul 27, 2011 @ 19:02:34

    Carol, what a blessing that was to my heart. God’s timing is so perfect! I’m glad you were able to share His love with her. I’ll keep her in my prayers.
    Bonnie Scharnow

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    • Carol J. Smith
      Jul 27, 2011 @ 21:10:06

      Thank you…she gave me two different names but the second name was Deborah. We must keep God’s precious lost in our prayers. You are a special prayer warrior Bonnie so together we will continue to pray for those who are unable to pray for themselves. Thank Jesus for His loving grace…continue to intercede as He does for us!

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  7. Carol J. Smith
    Aug 16, 2011 @ 23:52:26

    Serenity Prayer
    God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
    the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.

    Living one day at a time, enjoying one moment at a time; accepting hardship as a pathway to peace; taking, as Jesus did, this sinful world as it is, not
    as I would have it;Trusting that You will make all things right if I surrender to Your will; so that that I may be reasonably happy in this life and supremely happy with You forever in the next. Amen.
    Reinhold Niebuhr

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