Prescriptive Prayer

“The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous [wo]man avails much.” (James 5:16, NKJV)

This prayer was electronically delivered to my inbox this week. This prayer was purposefully penned for my friend Meg. Meg is fighting a reoccurring battle of cancer, specifically a reoccurring brain tumor.

During trials of life, we need the support of others. This prescriptive prayer is an example of a prayer warrior in action. Meg and the author of this prayer, Anne H., gave permission for me to share this with you.  Meg refers to this prayer as her “prescriptive prayer.” Friends, thank you in advance for taking Meg’s need before God’s throne.~April

 

Prescriptive Prayer by Anne H. 

Lord,
I come worshiping You for who You are, and thanking You for Your amazing love… “You were before all things, and through You all things exist.” (Colossians 1:17)

You, Father, knew Meg before she was ever born, You “fashioned all of her days when as yet there were none of them.” (Psalm 139:16) This brain tumor did not take You by surprise, and You have called Meg by name and have said to her,Fear not for I have redeemed you, I have called you by name, you are mine.” (Isaiah 43:1)

So, I come Lord, putting the entire burden of this brain tumor on You, and I ask that You defeat it, that You take it apart, that You bring it to nothing, for Your glory and for Meg’s good, and for the good of her children. I know that “the thief (the enemy of our souls) comes to steal, kill, and destroy, but that You came to bring life, and life more abundantly.” (John 10:10) Fill Meg with Your abundant life, and remove the enemy’s attempt to destroy her. I speak against all fear that would come against her and ask that tormenting fear would leave her, and that Your perfect love would cast out all fear. (1 John 4:18) I ask, “No weapon formed against her would prosper.” (Isaiah 54:17)

I ask that You cover her, and her children, this treatment plan, her family, and friends who are supporting her and praying for her, with Your protective shield and Presence. I ask that You watch over every aspect of Meg’s life and journey, and that You and Your name be lifted up throughout this fight of faith! Keep her and her children grounded in You and in Your love, and “when the enemy comes in like a flood, that the Spirit of the Lord would lift up a standard against him!” (Isaiah 59:19)

I thank You and praise You that in this world You never leave us alone and without hope. “You never leave us, nor forsake us” (Hebrews 13:5) and that You hold our hand (Isaiah 41:13) and walk us through the fire (Isaiah 43:2) so that we might come forth emblazoned by You, with a deeper love and understanding of all that You are and of all that You accomplished at the Cross on our behalf.

Thank You Holy Father. Thank you precious Jesus.Thank You magnificent Spirit.

In Jesus mighty name, we ask and believe all these things!

Amen.

A Go Fund Me account was established for Meg an the family. Click on the link below for more information. 

https://www.gofundme.com/megs-radiation-treatment-fund

Deep Calls to Deep

church-pews-pixabay“Deep calls to deep in the roar of your waterfalls; all your waves and breakers have swept over me.” (Psalm 42:7, NIV)

On Palm Sunday, a teddy bear of an Irishman displaced those in my pew, wrapped his arms around me and prayed. “Hosanna is the Highest” resonated in the sanctuary, but all I could hear was his prayer and the mention of my name.

This prayer warrior recently returned from a trip to the Holy Land. In many of the historic and holy places he traveled he prayed for me by name. Did he know I woke paralyzed that morning or that I couldn’t walk without assistance? I didn’t lake-sunset-water pixabay 76900_1920ask.

Like a small child, I sobbed on his chest, heaving at the mention of my name in prayer. I cannot recall it all but I remember hearing “April, I spoke your name for restoration at the, Mount of Beatitudes, the Sea of Galilee, and the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem. The same Christ, who restored Peter, will restore you.”

This valiant warrior lost his beautiful wife to cancer last year. This valiant warrior understands the community of shared suffering. If the Olympics offered a gold medal for perfectly executed hugs and prayer, Redd McIntyre would win.gold medal Pixabay

“When my soul is in the dumps, I rehearse everything I know of you, from Jordan depths to Hermon heights, including Mount Mizar. Chaos calls to chaos, to the tune of whitewater rapids. Your breaking surf, your thundering breakers crash and crush me. Then GOD promises to love me all day, sing songs all through the night! My life is God’s prayer.” (Psalm 42:7-8, Message)

I thank God for this man, who leaned in and prayed when it was needed. Even though on Palm Sunday, I suffered in a semi paralyzed state for over 16 hours, God sent a valiant prayer warrior and “It is well with my soul.”

~April Dawn White

Under Restoration

Daisy and bookAt 9 am today, I traded my red chair for the porch swing. With coffee in hand, I asked God “What do you want to tell me today, Lord?”An unseasonably warm breeze brushed my face, rustling my hair and the pages of my Bible.

“Remember to cling to the promise I gave you” was the inaudible response.

God reminded me to cling to the promise He gave me in 1 Peter 5:10:

“And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm, and steadfast.” (1 Peter 5:10, NIV)

One of my prayer warriors, Redd is on a trip of a lifetime to the Holy land. Each day I follow his journey through Facebook.  Yesterday, standing outside my doctor’s office I received a message from Redd indicating he spoke my name aloud for healing at the Mount of Beatitudes.

Today, on the other side of the world, Redd walked where Jesus walked. At 9am today (his time) Redd stood on the beach where Jesus restored Peter. He prayed my name aloud for restoration and healing.

It is not by coincidence that I am feeling restored.  The same Christ who restored Peter is restoring me.Girl walking in water Free Digital Photography.net

Notice who penned the promise I’m clinging–Peter.  When Peter wrote this letter,inspired by his encounter with Christ,  I wonder if he was sitting on the same beach where he was restored.

Today, March 10, 2016 my name was prayed aloud along the seashore where Christ restored Peter and “It is well with my soul.”

~April Dawn White

 

Panoramic View

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I lift up my eyes to the mountains—
Where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord,
The Maker of heaven and earth.
(Psalm 121:1-2, NIV)
Gazing out the massive windows I soaked in panoramic view of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Recent snowfall highlighted the 180° view of these purple mountains majesty. Under normal circumstances I would enjoy this view with a cup of coffee, a blanket, and a book, but not this time. I peered through the thick glass of the ninth floor waiting room windows and silently prayed, “Lord, help!”
    He who watches over you will not slumber;
Indeed, he who watches over Israel
    Will neither slumber nor sleep.
(Psalm 121:3-4, NIV)
Down the sterile hall, our beloved rested in ICU, unresponsive. She was unresponsive, but God was not. The horn was blown and prayer warriors across the Roanoke Valley, extending south to Tennessee and north to Maryland were in action. The prayers of God’s faithful interceded on our behalf.  I could not believe how well I slept Friday night, the night our beloved was airlifted to the hospital. The next day, I learned why. This text message came across Saturday morning: “God woke me up every 2 hours last night to pray…and we will continue. We love you guys.” I slept soundly because my friend and prayer warrior was up all night, interceding on my behalf so I could rest!
The Lord watches over you—
    The Lord is your shade at your right hand;
The sun will not harm you by day,
Nor the moon by night.
(Psalm 121:5-6, NIV)
The ICU limits visitation, so much of our time is spent sitting in the waiting room. While talking with my beloved’s husband, our eyes continued to drift to the panoramic mountain view. We watched as the medical helicopter flew in just above our window delivering another airlifted patient. Back and forth, over the mountains to the hospital the helicopter flew. Silently, I prayed each time the helicopter landed. Our beloved was airlifted here too.  I laughed as my beloved’s husband told the story that he asked the pilot if he could fly the helicopter. “The tax payers used to pay me to fly.”
The Lord will keep you from all harm—
    He will watch over your life;
He Lord will watch over your coming and going
Both now and forevermore.
(Psalm 121:7-8, NIV)
Monday, I admired the snow capped Blue Ridge Mountains on my drive to work. As I viewed the mountains I prayed this verse: “I lift up my eyes to the mountains, Where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, The Maker of heaven and earth” (Psalm 121:1-2, NIV).
Then I remembered the story of Elisha in 2 Kings Chapter 6. The enemy surrounded the city and Elisha’s people. ““Don’t be afraid!” Elisha told him. “For there are more on our side than on theirs!” And Elisha prayed, “Open his eyes, LORD, so that he may see.” Then the LORD opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha” (2 Kings 6:16-17, NIV).
Monday at 10:37 AM the faucet of peace was turned on and peace like a gushing river washed over me. God used His beautiful mountain creation, the words penned by King David, and the story of Elisha to remind me to LOOK UP! While I may feel surrounded by uncertainty, God is sending His army to surround our circumstance.
The windows of the ninth floor waiting room at Roanoke Memorial Hospital offer a panoramic 180° view of the Blue Ridge Mountains. God showed me this week, there are more on His side than the enemy’s side. God showed me that He surrounds me. He surrounds my uncertainty. He completely surrounds my circumstance. Unlike the mountain view from the hospital windows, God doesn’t have a 180° view of my circumstance. He has a 360° panoramic view!
Hours later, the call we’d been praying for came. Our beloved is awake and responsive. Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord!
I lift up my eyes to the mountains—
Where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord,
The Maker of heaven and earth.
(Psalm 121:1-2, NIV)
                                                                
Photo credit courtesy of Pixabay

Building Team

           

With buttery fingers and cups of soda, our family spent the last hours of 2014 in the theater watching The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. Typically, I don’t care for movies of this genre, but J.R.R. Tolkien’s work allures me. Beyond the dwarves and elves, I am drawn to the spiritual significance contained within each of Tolkien’s stories. 
As the name implies, this Hobbit film was full of battle scenes. My favorite battle scene (I can’t believe I even have a favorite battle scene) was when Dain II Ironfoot, Thorin Oakenshield’s cousin, led an army of five hundred dwarves from the Iron Hills to aid in the protection of the Lonely Mountain of Erebor. Dain Ironfoot and his armored soldiers arrive for battle prepared to fight. At Dain’s command all the warriors knelt in sequence. Their armored shields formed a solid impenetrable wall of iron. Their iron swords ready to pierce anything fired in their direction.  (Click here to view this online image: http://img1.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20150109152027/lotr/images/0/0a/BOTFA_HD_-_Dain_arrives.jpg)
We watched this movie during a time of significant spiritual battle for our son. I shared last month in War of Words (click here for that post: http://redchairmoments.blogspot.com/2015/01/war-of-words.html) the spiritual battle Andrew was experiencing. After weeks of keeping this battle between God and our family, I reached out to my prayer warriors. To tell you the truth, I should have reached out to them earlier, but I had no idea his battle would last that long. Six weeks is a long time to see your middle school child struggle with a battle of the mind. I will never forget being pulled aside one Sunday and a dear friend and prayer warrior said, “April, you should have reached out earlier.”

Go to the throne before you go to the phone.
A friend and prayer warrior once told me “make sure you go to the throne before you go to the phone.”  Sometimes, it’s difficult to discern when to keep a burden between you and God and when to invite others in to intercede in prayer. The Bible is full of stories illustrating God’s desire for His people to stand still while He does all the fighting as with Moses. “The Lordwill fight for you; you need only to be still” (Exodus 14:14 NIV). But other times, as in the story of Moses, God uses friends and prayer warriors to aid in the battle. Exodus 17 details a battle against the Amalekite army. Moses’ army was victorious only when his arms were raised. When Moses became tired and his arms dropped, the opposing Amalekite army gained the advantage. Finally, Moses friends Aaron and Hur, stood beside Moses and they physically held up his arms.  “Then they stood on each side of Moses, holding up his hands. So his hands held steady until sunset” (Exodus 17:12 NLT).
Last Sunday our pastor spoke on another favorite story of Moses from Numbers chapter eleven. To summarize the chapter, Moses was facing an impossible situation. He cried out to God and the Lord spoke back. The conversation went something like this:
Moses:  I cannot carry all these people by myself; the burden is too heavy for me.
(Numbers 11:14 NIV)
 God: “Is the Lord’s arm too short?” (Numbers 11:23 NIV)
Of course the answer to God’s rhetorical question is an emphatic NO! God is the God of the impossible. To prove the point, He gave Moses a team of seventy men who became his prayer warriors in the battle. We all need prayer warriorsGodly people on our side when we are faced with impossible situations. Our pastor reminded us that even Christ Himself had prayer warriors. He had the twelve disciples and his closer friends, Peter, James, and John. If Christ Himself had prayer warriors, we certainly do too!
 Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us (Ephesians 3:20 NKJV).
            Initially, I wrote this piece last week as an expression of thanks to my prayer warriors who prayed us though a tough battle of the mind with Andrew. However, I had no idea of what was to come. I had to call out to my prayer warriors again this week. A beloved family member is currently hospitalized and unresponsive.  I am comforted in the knowledge that I am not in this alone. Our family is surrounded by a team of prayer warriors going to God’s throne on our behalf. Yesterday, our pastor reminded me of the power of prayer with this quote:
“When man works, man works;
But when man prays, God works.”
-Hans Von Straden, Missionary
The battle scene of Dain Ironfoot and his armored soldiers is forever burned into my mind.  As crazy as it sounds, this image provides me peace. I have peace because I know not only do I have prayer warriors ready to hold up my arms in the midst of a battle, but I also have a God who tells me to stand still and I will fight for you.

~April 

War Of Words

Bedtime has always been a battle around our house. Getting the kids in bed on time with their lunches packed, assignments signed and book bags ready for the next day has always been a struggle.  But for the last month bedtime has taken on a more personal battle, a spiritual battle for Andrew.

It all started the first of December. For reasons I can not explain, Andrew began to have a battle in his mind and it was especially worse at bedtime.  At first, Chris and I thought his “bad thoughts” were due to lack of sleep, but weeks went by and his thoughts were not getting better. Each night, Andrew’s prayers were getting longer and more specific. Andrew prayed “God, thank you for my family and thank you that you love me” and then a voice in his head would say “God doesn’t love you, your family doesn’t love you” etc. Chris and I would pray with Andrew together and separate and yet this pattern of lies verse truth invaded his mind-nonstop!

Andrew chooses to pray out loud so he can himself speak truth, but the bad thoughts continue. One night, Andrew was still awake two and a half hours after bedtime praying. All the while Chris and I were praying too!

It seems that Andrew’s fears far exceed his age. He has always been a sensitive child and sensitive to the plight of others. For example, his bathroom reading material is a World Watch List booklet  by Open Doors about the persecuted Christians. While most boys would be reading car or sport magazines, Andrew chooses read about how to pray for Christians in highly persecuted countries.  I call Andrew my little Nehemiah, because he has began to become a young leader and a young man of great prayer.

Night after night, the bad thoughts continued. One night I mentioned that praying is how we talk to God. But if we want to hear back from God we need to read his word. I suggested the next time he can not sleep, pray and read the bible. That night Andrew took my recommendation and found this comfort: “The righteous man may have many troubles, but the LORD delivers him from them all. (Psalm 34:19 NIV)

Another night Andrew said he was worried God wouldn’t forgive him of his sins. With that insight, I researched what God does with our sin when we ask for forgiveness. Here is a snapshot of  what God does with our sins:

  • Tramples on them and throws them into a sea. (Micah 7:17-18)
  • Washes us white as snow. (Isaiah 1:18)
  • Removes our sin as far as east is to the west. (Psalm 103:11-12)
  • If we confess, God is faithful to forgive. (1 John 1:9)
  • As believers our name is written in the Lamb’s Book of Life. (Rev 20:11)
I also told Andrew that when we call upon the powerful name of Jesus Christ, the evil one must flee (James 4:7-8). I told Andrew that the evil one can not be in the same room when the name of Christ is being proclaimed. I also explained that when he asked God into his heart the Holy Spirit put a seal on him (2 Corinthians 1:22 and Ephesians 1:14) and as our Pastor says that seal states “Property of God Forever!”
Property of God Forever!
This was a break though realization for Andrew.  I further explained that God is quick to forgive as soon as we confess. God doesn’t want us moping around the house, feeling guilty over mistakes. Pray-Confess-Repent-Move On! God wants us doing a happy dance like the Pharrell Williams song Happy. It is that happiness and joy that will attract others to Christ.
Yesterday, I asked a friend to pray for us. She reminded me of the importance of putting on the full armor of God. She identified Andrew’s bad thoughts as fiery arrows from the devil. Tonight, Andrew and I read about putting on the full armor of God. Using Andrew’s Nerf gear as an example, I explained that the evil one will shoot you with all the darts, bullets, and fiery arrows he can fire. This is why we need to always have our armor on, especially the helmet of salvation. The evil one will try more than anything to make you doubt truth! I showed Andrew that helmet of salvation is not like a bike helmet where your ears are exposed. The helmet of salvation is more like a medieval helmet where it completely covers your face and ears. If we can cover our ears and control what we listen to, then we can control what we think.

The Whole Armor of God

A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.  Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil.  For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places. Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm.  Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth and the body armor of God’s righteousness.  For shoes, put on the peace that comes from shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil.  Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere. (Ephesians 6:10-18 NLT)
Today, another prayer warrior told me to watch a video series titled “Crash the Chatterbox” from Steven Furtick of Elevation Church in NC. Instantly, I knew this was another divine appointment. This series of messages is based on his book with the same title. The subtitle of this book is “Hearing God’s Voice Above All Others”.  Clink on this is a link to view first message on  Crash The Chatterbox. Over the next few weeks our family will be watching this message series. 
Hearing God’s voice above all others is the key. Everyday we are inundated with media, news and nonsense. But if we are walking in our full armor we will be able to tune out the chatter and listen to truth. 
Please pray for Andrew and our family as we continue to fight this battle.
~April 

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