Lock on a Verse – Part 1
How many verses of Scripture do you know by heart? It might be a season to learn some more. Scripture becomes easier to memorize when it’s personal. We all have those moments when we read a chapter of the Bible and a verse jumps off the page and into our hearts. We know, “That verse is for me!” This is a good place to lock the verse into our hearts through memorization. These verses start to mark our lives. Instead of remembering tough circumstances in life, we focus on remembering how God met us at each event with a verse, or a truth, to bring us through. Let’s look at some examples.
“I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the LORD” (Psalm 118:17, NKJV).
I shall live, and not die! And be ready to declare the works of the LORD. Our natural response is, “Yes Lord. I will share my testimony when you heal me.” Most of the people who got healed in the New Testament were never the same. Many wanted to drop everything and travel around with Jesus. Most of the time, He told them to stay in their place. He knew they would tell others, even when He told them to keep it quiet. And they did. They didn’t go back home as the same people. They were healed, and changed. They wanted to tell everyone. This trademark of wanting to share a healing story is almost as rare as healing is in most churches in America. Healing changes lives. Are you willing to allow God to change your life as you ask for healing?
2. THANKS FOR ALL THINGS
“Giving thanks always for ALL things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Ephesians 5:20, KJV, emphasis added).
Give thanks for ALL things—both good and bad. Learning to trust God in all things takes mature faith. It’s easier to thank God when things are good. Or after a bad thing flips to good. But learning to thank God in advance of the good part coming out of a bad thing is the goal. Declaring thankfulness elevates trust over the painful or difficult event in one’s life. This is not a natural response in the face of tragedy, pain, or loss. But praising God for who He is above our understanding of why things happen allows us to walk through the crisis into peace and trust.
We may have to surrender our “like” of the circumstances to “trust” in who He is. Events that seem unfair to us tug at our conviction that God is good. It becomes a choice to believe that God is good, just, righteous, honorable, holy, trustworthy, caring, all-powerful, or loving. Each of these choices represent slippery slopes that lead to despondency. God says He is working something good out of the trial (see Romans 8:28). Stop and decide if you can believe this. This is the crux of many battle turning points. The enemy wants us to walk away from God. God asks us to trust Him when it is the darkest. This is the time to get prayer. Find a friend with faith and borrow it till your faith is strong enough to move forward. Search out testimonies of those who have walked similar paths and survived, coming through fervent in their love for God and others, and their capacity to believe. God has not given you more than you can handle; there is a way through, and a way out (see 1 Corinthians 10:13). Keep asking, “God, how can I move forward? Show me the path of life through this.” (Psalm 16:11).
It is particularly important that we cover our journey with thanksgiving along the way. It propels us past the sticking points of discouragement and despair. Thanking God for the little improvements, the little upticks, and the slivers of good news, helps build the foundation of faith when we can’t see how the ending will turn out.
We touched on this in our last newsletter, so this point serves as a reminder. Where do we get more hope? The answer is Romans 5:5, “And hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us” (NASB). The love of God comes from God continually like a river that never stops flowing. This river starts at the throne of God in heaven and pours into our hearts on earth continuously. God’s spirit communicates to our spirit deep inside us. We may recognize it as that still small voice. The Holy Spirit brings this love of God to our spirit. He directs the flow over to us, sometimes past man-made (or devil-made) detours. God’s love delivers more hope when our own hope and understanding levels are running low. When we allow God’s hope to fill us up, joy, peace and belief start to pump afresh in us. Here is another verse to call to mind (possibly memorize) as we need to fuel up on joy, peace and belief: “Now may the God of hope fill you with ALL joy and peace in believing that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit” (Romans 15:13, NASB, emphasis added).
God Answers Prayer
Since our last Healing Rooms Open Hours:
“I heard God speak to me about my relationship, and that was helpful. He gave me clarity around my relationships and helped me to trust Him more. I feel closer to God and better equipped to handle life right now.”
“I had a great experience with the prayer team members. The woman spoke words of affirmation that were very applicable. God gave me more confidence in the choices made in the past few weeks and more peace moving forward.”
One lady appreciated the team members as being kind, listening deeply, and offering hope from scripture. She left being able to trust God more for a good future despite some challenging current circumstances. The woman received a picture image from God that greatly encouraged her during the prayer time.
The teams prayed for job interviews, finding housing, court cases, finding destiny, insomnia, dizziness, depression, back pain, knee pain, decisions about work, a healthy pregnancy, throat issues, parent-children relationships, trauma relief, cancer cells to go, chemotherapy side effects to diminish, breaking curses, marriage challenges, mental stability and well-being, caring for elderly parents, financial miracles, physical hearing issues, and prodigal children.
Scheduling An Appointment
Together, Silicon Valley Healing Rooms Prayer Ministers are ready to take your prayer requests to God in prayer. They also seek God’s word for you in advance of the appointment.
We are now taking signups for prayer appointments for Tuesday October 3, 2023.
To sign up for an appointment, there are TWO STEPS:
1. Let us know your TOP THREE APPOINTMENT TIME PREFERENCES, in order of priority.
We will coordinate the teams, and send the zoom information on Monday for the appointment on Tuesday.
2. Share a phone number so we can TEXT you with scheduling changes.
In the event that we are not able to offer you the time frames you desire, you may share a phone number with us to text you if an opening should arise when someone needs to cancel an appointment. This happens from time to time, and we are able to text you to see if you are available to join an available prayer team. All information is confidential to the ministry and is not used for solicitation. This step is optional.
You are welcome to sign up for prayer appointments at the following times listed below:
|Morning Times:||11:10 to 11:40 am|
|11:55 to 12:25 pm|
|12:40 to 1:10 pm|
|Evening Times:||7:10 to 7:40 pm|
|7:55 to 8:25 pm|
|8:40 to 9:10 pm|
It is our greatest joy to join you in prayer and pray for whatever you want to bring before God.
We pray, believing, knowing, and confident that God answers prayer.
If you don’t need prayer right now, you are welcome to forward this to others you know that might want people to pray with them.
***We love to hear how God has answered prayer. Please share what God has done in your life as a result of prayer. You can reply to this email, or share it in your appointment, or write a comment on our web site.
The spiritual winds are blowing strength, life, and peace into us,
Stephanie Shoquist, Donna Maranon, Jim Clow
Directors, Silicon Valley Healing Rooms Team
Future Open Hours Online. For 2023: October 3, October 17, November 3
For more information about Silicon Valley Healing Rooms, or to contribute to this ministry, visit www.SiliconValleyHealingRooms.com