Just moments before I started this article I experienced goose bumps the size of ostrich eggs all over both my arms. I prefer to call them Holy Ghost bumps because the electrifying power and awesome presence of God permeated my entire being. I became unmistakably aware of His insistence regarding the topic of this article and His ‘hand’s on’ involvement in it’s message. I could hardly wait to get it on paper.
As I finished typing last month’s article I was prompted to include a note to myself as a reminder of what I felt should be the scripture for this month. I normally never have even an inkling.
Over the course of this month three different people, who are each very close friends of mine, quoted the exact scripture during our separate conversations. Each time I chirped in excitedly "YES, that’s EXACTLY what my next article is about!" I felt I was receiving distinct confirmation from God and my spirit stirred each time.
I know there are some reading this that doubt God’s participation in this kind of every day, moment by moment involvement in anyone’s life and you are not at all convinced that these could be divinely appointed, supernaturally inspired, God ordained conversations and statements. I hope you are sitting down because God is about to display His desire to have that kind of relationship with you as I relate the events that just took place.
My life had been on fast forward during the 74 days my husband spent in the hospital but seemed to accelerate once he was released. Being a caregiver to someone that has had open heart surgery is a little overwhelming therefore I couldn’t find even a moment to start writing this article. Since my deadline was fast approaching it was necessary to begin this afternoon but I wanted to first check my e-mail to see if there was anything urgent that needed my attention. There were more than 35 that needed to be answered so I decided to forgo opening any of them and let them accumulate until I could give them the appropriate attention they deserved because this was much more pressing. Yet while browsing quickly over the subject lines I was compelled to open a particular one called ‘Daddy’s Prayer’ and found that the scripture accompanying the story was the very verse I was about to type. This is when I became so elated that I almost cried because it became glaringly apparent that this message was foremost on God’s heart and that He is placing special emphasis on this subject. I believe that each reader will know in their own heart what they need to do with the prompting in James 5:16 ‘......the effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much’.
Might I add that ‘the prayers of many availeth even more’? During the past three month’s that my husband was at death’s door repeatedly, it became very obvious that it was because of the prayers of our family and friends that his life was spared so many times. Those fervent and unceasing prayers also seemed to place me inside an invisible cocoon made of love and faith in which I continuously experienced the peace and rest of God. I was not phased by my circumstances even once. Then one morning, right after I informed everyone that he was out of the hospital, I awakened to find my prayer cover had lifted. The difference was like night and day. I felt the strain of the past months closing in. My husband felt like he had been put through a meat grinder. Scurrying to the phone and to my computer I sent out an urgent SOS ..... "Please DON´T STOP PRAYING! I can tell you stopped! Please keep praying. It makes all the difference in the world!! "
New prayers must have gone up immediately because I felt as if I was bathed in warm honey once again. My husband commented that he could actually feel the prayers surrounding us like a thick, high wall.
This article was almost completed up to this point but I knew I needed at least another paragraph to connect my closing thoughts. Before putting on the final touches I decided I first needed to make a phone call. (discovered later it was actually God’s prompting) Someone had called me days before and I completely forgot to return her call. As we were finishing our conversation she commented, "I just want to say this one final thing; I don’t know where it is in the bible but a scripture is coming to my mind" She then tried to quote the following by memory, ‘For the eyes of the Lord search back and forth across the whole earth, looking for people whose hearts are perfect toward Him (pray to Him and seek Him) so that He can show His great power in helping them’".
Since my spirit leaped just as high as it did earlier I quickly looked it up and found it in II Chronicles 16:9. The incredibly amazing point that jumped out at me was that this scripture was cross-referenced to James 5:16 in my bible. I don’t know about you, but God certainly has my attention! He wants us to PRAY!
Our petitions and requests to God are not only an extremely powerful resource but God is looking for a people who will pray to Him much more often about everyone and anyone and about everything and anything. God loves it when we talk to Him! It blesses God’s heart and it also makes all the difference in the world.
Copyright Donna Martonfi www.psalm40ministries.com