Daily Devotional – 6/5/17 “Whose prayers?”

I have a lot of people who call, inbox, text and/or email for prayer. Most times, the request are, can you pray for me to get a job, a car, guidance, strength to forgive, to see God’s plan for me and/or etc. These are specific requests I can pray for without having to ask for details. However, sometimes a prayer request comes and I have to ask a specific question of, “What do you want me to pray for?” Now, I ask this for one reason and that is because I cannot pray against what you, yourself, is asking God for. We have to be on one accord. See, I can’t pray for your marriage to be healed if you are praying for God to show you a way out. I can’t pray for God to put you in leadership at your current church if you are praying to be moved somewhere else. I cannot pray for you to find a husband/wife, if that is not what you want. I cannot pray for you to give God a yes, if you are not ready. Neither can I pray for your light bill to be paid when you’re asking God for the rent. When we come together, in prayer, we should be on one accord because the bible says in Matthew 18:19, “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.” We need to agree.

Oh but before you even get to asking, you need to be sure the person whose prayers you are seeking, can actually pray for themselves and it works. Baby, if you can’t validate that their prayers are working for them, what makes you think theirs will work for you? I don’t mean any harm but when I am going through, I need somebody who can for sure petition the throne of grace and mercy on my behalf. When I call you in a crisis, I need you to have the ability to cry loud instead of cracking under the pressure. And it is the same for me because when you trust me enough to ask for prayers, I should be trustworthy enough to pray. This is why I don’t take the anointing on my life for granted. And this is why I don’t play with God and prayer because I know what prayer can do. There are too many people hurting, too many lost, too many on the edge of the cliff and too many losing. Prayer works. If I tell you, I am praying for you, I am because obviously you need it or you would not have come to me. Yes, pray works if you do it alone but sometimes, you need somebody else who can help. Do not be ashamed to ask for prayer, just be sure your asking does not bring you more suffering than you have. Whose prayers? The prayers of the righteous for they are powerful and effective!

“And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.” – Romans 8:28

Published by Pastor LaKisha

LaKisha Johnson is an author of thirty Christian Fiction novels, devotionals and journals. She writes from her heart, as she hopes the messages, on the pages, will relate to every reader.  Ask her and she’ll tell you, ”It’s not just writing, its ministry.” Over the course of her career, she’s won the 2018 Drunken Druid Book of the Year Award for her book, The Forgotten Wife, 2019 Top Shelf Christian Fiction Book of the Year for Dear God: Hear my Prayer, 2020 Distinguished Authors Guild Award for her book, I’m Not Crazy and was a 2020 TopShelf Women’s Fiction Finalist for her book, When the Vows Break. In addition to being a self-published author, she’s also a wife of 22 years, mother of 2, Asst. Pastor of Macedonia MB Church in Hollywood, MS; Sr. Business Analyst with FedEx, Devotional Blogger and more. She’s a college graduate with 2 Associate Degrees in IT and a Bachelor of Science in Bible.   LaKisha writes from the heart, and this is why she doesn’t take the credit for what God does. If you were to strip away everything, you’d see that Lakisha is simply a woman who boldly, unapologetically and gladly loves and works for God.

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