What say you my friends?

“We tend to use prayer as a last resort, but God wants it to be our first
line of defense.
We pray when there’s nothing else we can do,
but God wants us to pray before we do anything at all.

Most of us would prefer, however, to spend our time doing something that
will get immediate results.
We don’t want to wait for God to resolve matters in His good time because
His idea of ‘good time’ is seldom in sync with ours.”
Oswald Chambers


(Praying hands by Albrecht Dürer 1508)

Back on February 1st, I wrote a post concerning the dire story canvasing the headlines…
that story being the notion of third term abortions—or what some folks have labeled as
4th term abortions.

The idea being that full-term delivered babies, followed by a discussion between parents and doctors,
could be left to simply die.
Personally, I call that murder but hey, what do I know.

Here is the post:
https://cookiecrumbstoliveby.wordpress.com/2019/02/01/third-term-abortions-absolutely-not/comment-page-1/#comment-23198

It was on that post that I received the following comment by a fellow blogger, “Mother Hen”:
(mother hen’s site: https://mamahenprays.wordpress.com/about/)

Mother Hen:
“Since they thought it foolish to acknowledge God,
he abandoned them to their foolish thinking and let them do things that should never be done.
Their lives became full of every kind of wickedness, sin, greed, hate, envy, murder, quarreling,
deception, malicious behavior and gossip.
All of Romans 1
I would like to join you and others for a set time to pray.
What do you think”

My response:
I think that would be a very good idea!

Mother Hen:
If there is a certain day of the week..
when we could begin to individually lift up our prayers for this specific request or any other
that might come our way. But agreeing together as buddies here at wordpress..
would surely be a blessing.. and much needed.
If you are led you might consider opening it up to others here.
You are excellent with words. But I take into consideration that the mayor needs you right now,
so maybe easing into it might be best for you.
Where two or three are gathered together in my name,
there am I in the midst of them. Matthew 18:20

my response:
I agree and I do believe prayer is a powerful tool.
I’m here in Atlanta with the Mayor until Saturday…and when I say I’m here with the Mayor…
it is 24/7 unitl mom and dad finally get home in the evening…
to say I’m tired is an understatement…but in a good way!
So this weekend I’ll write a post about our praying together—-
I figure we need to be specific—but in which direction?
For the Nation’s leadership?
For Christians in an ever increasing socialistic society?
Maybe I’ll just ask for a consensus….
but I think specific prayer and time will be key!

So when I recently read and later shared the story about our friend the Wee Flea’s testimony
and his near brush with death, my memory was quickly jarred back to my conversation with Mother Hen.

David’s health was rapidly failing so his church sent out an urgent email asking for
prayers for David’s healig at a set time daily.

David later responded…

“The churches responded.
You can call it coincidence.
But from that weekend on I began to get better.”

The power of a committed prayer.

What I call focused prayer.

God honors our petitions and cries.
Sometimes He answers us readily and directly…
Other times He answers in ways we do not always see nor understand.

If my people who are called by my name humble themselves,
and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways,
then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.

2 Chronicles 7:14

Again I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything they ask,
it will be done for them by my Father in heaven.
For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.”

Matthew 18:19-20

I think we all agree that we need to be praying for our Nation, our leaders,
as well as now for our unborn, or perhaps more correctly, our recently born children…

And so I ask you–
What say you?

What shall we pray for…percisely?

Shall we pray about this third term abortion debacle?
Shall we pray about our loss of morality?
Shall we pray about our oppressed Christian faith?
Shall we pray about our divided Nation?

What shall be our precise prayer?
When shall it be prayed?
And how often shall it be prayerd?

We all need to be in agreement on a specific prayer, a specific day and a specific time…
and then we need to join together in that prayer.

And so I ask each of your—what shall we, the faithful, be about?

Offer your thoughts and we’ll sort out our direction.

31 comments on “What say you my friends?

  1. Wally Fry says:

    Well I’m open to whatever for subject but for sure in when it happens.

  2. jeffw5382 says:

    The prayer of Saint Francis comes to mind immediately

  3. atimetoshare.me says:

    There are so many topics, but if we pray for a return to God and place our trust in Him alone, I believe the door will be opened for all the other prayers to be answered. The only way our land will be healed is if we do so. Part of the problem is that the nation doesn’t want to acknowledge sin and because of that, it has created a selfish, spoiled, entitled population that has little or no care for others. Prayer will link us as Christians as well. When we all pray to the same God – the Only God – we become more and more united and great things will come from it.

  4. Julie, I agree with Kathy. “Let’s start at home.” ~ meaning our own hearts and households? It must begin here. We all have beams in our own eyes. We, as His people, are the light in the darkness, but as Jesus noted in the Sermon on the Mount, our eye must be single, returning our focus upon Him for anything lacking in our own lives and the life of His Church. I pray for the Lord to turn HIs people in repentance first for our own sins, and guidance for the Holy Spirit to intercede for us. When the world sees a difference in us, they might be inclined to listen to God’s direction. All is according to the power of His Holy will. He must show His presence among us to lead. We need a revival among HIs people. (Sorry to take so much space. You opened a flood-gate.) Blessings. 🙂

    • no Fran—a flood gate is great!
      but tell me…what is the specific prayer—for out own eyes and hearts to be opened–or for our nation’s return to God??
      It’s the teacher in me to ask the specifics 😉

      • Julie, you quote 2 Chronicles 7:14. “If my people humble themselves.” Then, “if two agree.” What should be our prayer? Should it not be that we humble ourselves with all God’s people, seek HIs face and “turn from our wicked ways.” The prayer was for God’s people, not for other nations. The church as God’s people must return in obedience to Him. We are the only light, the only nation that belongs to Him. America is not a nation that will return to God. It is alien to God. Even Isaiah asked how long things would be under God’s judgment upon Israel.. God answered him in Isaiah 6. We do well to read and heed God’s working in the past, so as to know what to pray. The hearts of God’s people have to be changed ~ those who are living ~ before we can save the unborn. We are in exile now, living in enemy territory, even as the Israelites were captive for seventy years ~ corresponding to their profaning the Sabbath for seventy years. Jim posted statistics of four states’ claim to a Christian majority, yet Christians have abortions and show no difference in livestyle than the majority of our nation. Non-Christians see the lack of unity between those who say they are Christians and discount any authority of God over this or any other nation.

      • then shall it be for a unity of God’s people?

      • Yes, plus an awakening to the truths of His Word that makes us light in this darkness and an example of true Christianity. Thank you for opening your post to comments. Blessings.

      • and thank you Fran for your Spiri- filled insight..I’m throwing this all out there tomorrow…bringing it all together in a concise thought—now we just need to settle on a time

  5. SLIMJIM says:

    This prompted me to pray for our country, for babies but also for many other things

  6. Marie Wright says:

    I have read all of the comments so far. What puzzles me is that she asked two questions…what do we pray for and how. I feel that we are to select a time when as believers we pray for unity and peace and Our Lord’s blessings on our country. No one has said when or how so this is my thought…choose a time..,say 6pm daily to come before the Grace of God asking Him to intervene in the lives of our people and those in authority over our beloved country. He does answer prayer. It does not take the prayers from all of us for Him to answer but it is a way that we, as His people can draw together to ask His blessings. Thank you Julie for your daily blog. It has meant a lot to me personally.

  7. oneta hayes says:

    Julie, I support this endeavor. Plan to be with you in the prayer effort. I lean toward a specific prayer such coming together to pray against the forces that make abortion possible (media, social acceptance, complacency, legal systems, deception to the mothers), against the evil embodied in abortion (selling body parts, selfishness, political advantages), that legal steps be advanced( interpretation of the Constitution, legislation) that medical advances continue to show the baby’s viability before birth, that confusion causes the plans of the wicked to be exposed, that more financial support be given to groups (Right to Life). I don’t know whether that is complete, but I’d like to start there with a community of believers who know God answers prayer.

  8. Yes!! I’m praying!! Thank you, dear Jules!! ❤️❤️

  9. Salvageable says:

    I’m sorry I missed this post midweek. I am 100% in favor of joining together to pray for the nation and for the Church that dwells for a time in this nation. And I like Kathy’s suggestion on Friday’s post–Let’s follow the pattern of prayer that Jesus taught, putting God first in our prayers ahead of our requests and acknowledging that his will is what we want most.
    I have a funny story related to that. One of my friends was sent out of seminary to his first congregation, located in a rural area. A couple of farmers commented that it was pretty dry and maybe the pastor ought to pray for rain. So the next Sunday, in church, he prayed that the Lord would send rain. Two other farmers took him aside right after the service and told him that they were cutting hay the next two weeks and that rain was the last thing they wanted–they preferred dry and sunny days. So the next Sunday the pastor prayed for dry and sunny days. The first two farmers came to him right after the service and said that they wished he had prayed for sun when the crops needed rain. So this pastor learned to pray for sun and rain in due season according to the Lord’s own wisdom. None of the farmers complained about that prayer. J.

  10. […] (aka Cookie) has added her voice to those calling for prayer. She has written What say you my friends? and and the winner is… asking her readers […]

  11. Tom, Julie

    My prayer is to one day wake up to read my morning newspaper report about good news wisdom articles instead of folly. Kind of like Doug commented to relate my views to Don Quixote charging windmills.

    Also, to stop the pendulum of our Nation from moving from Christianity beliefs of our Nation’s founders back to pagan beliefs and practices.

    If Interested in an explanation and example of two current issues in the news, one that relates to Julie concern,

    https://rudymartinka.com/2019/03/01/king-solomon-answer-to-the-riddle-hiv-aids-als/

    Regards and good will blogging.

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