Daily Devotional – 7/12/17 “You praying?”

About two weeks ago, I made a statement that said, “God, I am ready whenever you are” and I be doggone if the enemy wasn’t ear hustling on our conversation. Chile, I could tell you but I won’t because God got me covered. What I can tell you is this, I can be in a place right now where I don’t feel holy, don’t feel like encouraging you, don’t want to pray for anybody else, declining to respond to those who have need of me, pressing ignore on the phone and bypassing text messages but I will NOT! Why? Because this thang isn’t about me. I knew when I said yes to God that I would have to accept the heaviness of the mantle I carry. Does it make this journey easier, no but it sure does make it worth it. This is why I can sit in my car, before walking into my job, and pray for God to open shut up wombs, for Him to remove anything negative from MRIs, for Him to erase debt in the matter of minutes, for Him to open blinded eyes and give movement in feet that haven’t worked in years, to restore organ functions, to pay off debts, to ease a trouble mind and to make His ways known.

Yes, when I could have taken the time to pray for me, I chose to pray for others because I just know, believe and feel that if God can do it for you; He will bless me in the process. I will not be selfish because if God can do it for you, He can do it for me. I won’t hold my prayer for you because if God can do it for you, He can do it for me. I refuse to allow my situations to keep me from helping you out of yours because if God can do it for you, He can do it for me. See, when I pray for somebody else, I just believe that God is shutting the mouths of the naysayers who are against me. When I pray for somebody else to be blessed, I just believe He will use the same somebody who spoke ill of me to bless me. When I war for you, God will have somebody warring for me. When I walk the floor of my house, at midnight, for others; God will have somebody doing the same thing for me. Please understand, I am in no way saying don’t pray for yourself but sometimes, you have to pray for others. Hello Job! For the bible says in Job 42:10, “And the Lord restored the fortunes of Job, when he had prayed for his friends. And the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before.”

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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