(Friday, March 15th 2013) Confess your faults one to another, and pray for one another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. (James 5:16)
Effectual prayers are intended to be intense! These are prayers that believers are expected to engage themselves in in their daily Christian walk. These are prayers that are energized by the Holy Spirit, much like that of the ones who performed miracles. It is a normal thinking then that whenever we engage in such, the results and the effects are life changing. Yet I say this seems so far from reality of what is happening today in my life and maybe yours too.
Lately I’ve been frustrated, perhaps more like discouraged! Yes, I just said it! I have been frustrated about a few things. Am I praying as I ought to? I believe I am, even though my prayers recently are not living up to what James wrote in the scripture verse of what it can be and should do. Do I have things [sin/s] in my life that are likely to hinder my prayers from going up to the throne room of God and into His hearing. Quite frankly, not that I am aware of, especially since it is a part of my daily life that I am before Him like a helpless little child asking for forgiveness and pardon for any sin I may have committed during the day, whether in thought, word or deed.
Am I perfect? No. I am so far from that. Am I better than my sister or my brother? No! I’ve always kept it at the back of my mind that the ground is level at the cross so whether it is Sammy Joe, or Mary Sue or Yvonne Wilson, we are all going to have to stand before the judgement throne of God and face the Righteous Judge, King Jesus.
Snippets of my frustration and discouragements:
1.) In addition to living under the assumption right now that my prayers do not seem as if they are availing much, God allowed the hand of the enemy upon me where I was made to feel a bit ‘less than’ by my peers that I was surrounded by today.
Without the fine details of the matter, I would just say at first I tried to play a tough cookie. I shrugged off the feeling as insignificant and a thing of nothingness in my life and then I looked for the humour and laughed about it. Yet still I found myself at the end of the day in a cocoon, feeling a little bit wounded in my spirit. A bit of anger came over me, that feeling like, how could they have done that to me? How dare….? I am a child of God! But all the more reason Yvonne why they did what they did. So like Jesus, here I am having to say once again, “Father forgive them for they know not what they have done.”
2.) Another snippet – I hate it when promises are made and they are not lived up to! There is a saying that goes like this, ‘a promise is a comfort to any fool.’ Well, for one I am not a fool and two, never make a vow and not deliver on the vow. The bible says it is better not to have vowed at all. Don’t tell me you are going to call me and then you don’t.
Do not promise you are going to take me to lunch and at the last moment you cancel and the promise you made that you will call me to re-schedule, you still have not called. Do not invite me to your meeting and then when I show up for the appointed time, without even an apology, you say, ‘Ooops, it was only for so and so.’ Then why was I on the email notice in the first place? Hello? Who else does that?
3.) Another snippet – Recently, I have been the subject of what appears to be ‘Internet stalking.’ I am aware that people can be stalked in the physical, but ‘Internet stalking?’ Been the victim of hacking, yes but never thought about that one. Even had to resort to removing the ‘anonymous’ option from persons posting on my Blog by that status. Don’t want to leave your real name, no way to reply to your email, the question in my mind is, why?
I’ve been praying to God about all these and I believe that He is going to deliver me from the perpetrators. If it seems like He is taking longer than I thought for Him to show up and show off Himself with my deliverance, then He must have a reason for allowing me to go through that trial by fire a little bit longer. That caused me to raise the question, ‘Where is God when you need Him the most?’
I will end here with the snippets since those are the most pressing ones. But someone once said, people may hate you for being different and not living by society’s standards, but deep down, they wish they had the courage to do the same.
My posture is that my breakthrough will come
I refuse to give in to fear, because God did not give us a spirit to fear, but of power, love and a sound mind. I refuse to back down from the enemy. The bible is clear that we wrestle not against flesh and blood (people) but against principalities, powers, rulers of the darkness and spiritual wickedness in high places. We are dealing with a real devil. He can never be like God as in Omnipotent, Omniscient and Omnipresent but sadly, he finds the people who he can work through all over the world and even right here on the Internet.
I refuse to quit Blogging! I have a unique voice and I will keep on using it for the glory of God. His word is clear – the weapons of our warfare are not carnal (physical) but they are mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds of the enemy and to casting down wicked imaginations of the mind and every high and lofty thing that wants to exalt itself above the knowledge, power, mind, and the will of God.
The time is now for us to pray one for another, because without that kind of prayer and support, and a community of believers who bond together rather than tear down one another, we would find ourselves in deep trouble.
May God bless you! It is my hope that this post spoke to you in some way or the other and you have been encouraged to keep on doing what you do for the glory of God to the best of your ability. Stand firm, your change will come!