Prayer Works For Me (and anyone else)

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Yesterday my oldest child, still a baby sometimes at 5 years old, got some major dental work.  He is a somewhat timid child, not a big risk taker, often afraid of new experiences.  Our dentists office is fantastic, both kids loved their first two checkups.  This time Nathan needed three crowns, which involved conscious sedation and laughing gas.  We didn’t tell him anything except that the dentist needed to “paint” his teeth.  He was pretty cool with that, but I was not.

So I asked for prayer from my Facebook friends.  I know that many many of them are serious prayer warriors, and took my request seriously.  It was not an off-handed thing for me…not much makes me nervous, but this did, and I was quite serious about wanting prayer.  Of course I prayed myself…a ton.  But I do believe that the more  people pray for someone, the more an invisible wall of protection is raised…the more a wave of comfort takes over.  The book of James says “the prayer of a righteous man is fervent and effective.”  In God’s mysterious way, even though the outcome is known and predestined, prayer changes things.  It works, it is powerful, it is a weapon.  One that ought to be wielded often.

I was nervous about leaving Nathan alone in the procedure room because I had to entertain Alex in the waiting room.  I was afraid he would quickly figure out what was going down and start bawling and asking for me.  But they offered him his choice of movie on a little TV anchored to the ceiling so he could watch it while they worked, and he even had headphones to hear it over the sound of the drill.  That helped me worry less.  The sedation sure seemed to work quickly.  Alex was my biggest challenge, it being lunchtime and we had a long wait.  But everything went well and Dr. James said Nathan was a great patient.  I had to help him walk and feed him his ice cream lunch, but then he slept all afternoon.  He’s not happy about the metal crowns, and is still a bit lethargic and emotional, but doing well.

Thank you, my Facebook friends, for your highly effective prayers to calm my nerves and bring Nathan safely through.

I would love to hear your stories of how prayer has worked for you in my comments!

Top Ten Bible Verses that Impact Daily Life

Now that I’m 30-something, my memory ain’t what it used to be.  In school I had a mind like a steel trap.  A nearly photographic memory.  Beginning in second grade I had to memorize scripture verses, usually a different one every single week.  All the way through 12th grade.  That’s a huge chunk of God’s word.  But now I’m hard pressed to remember the references and exact words of the vast majority of those.  I know what the Bible does and does not say, and I can find the verses I need, but most of it is not on the tip of my tongue any more.  With a few exceptions.  There are a few verses that I have called on so frequently that they stick in my head.  They have such impact on my daily living, my sense of peace, my decision-making, my priorities.  Here are ten of them. (More Top Ten posts here.)

1. John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whosoever believes in Him will not die, but will have everlasting life.”  (I’m teaching my 5 yr old to memorize this one.)

2. Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

3. John 16:33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (Jesus said this to his disciples)

4.  2 Timothy 3: 16-17   “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”

5. Psalm 51: 10-12  “Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation
and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.”

6. Ephesians 1:4  “For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding.”

7. Romans 12:2  “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”

8.  Joshua 24:15  “But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your forefathers served beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD.”

9. Psalm 139:13-14  “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.”

10. 1 Corinthians 13: 4-6  “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.”

What scriptures are your favorites? Please, do share in the comments, I’m sure it will bless and encourage me and those reading! 🙂