Last month we started to look at verses that we could focus on based on certain topics that come up in our heads and hearts. We considered the issues of Life, Thankfulness, and Hope. This newsletter, “Lock on a Verse—Part 2” will focus on the certainty that our prayers are heard, knowing that God is for us, and trying to grasp peace in our hearts when making decisions. Each topic is designed to have a verse that settles the question in our mind. That verse, or verses, act as an anchor to lock in on when a question floats through our mind. The process happens quicker if we have the verse tucked in our heart through memorization.
1. GOD HEARS OUR PRAYERS
Most people have wondered if God hears their prayer—at some point in their life. And we recall stories of how God hears even the whispered, one-word prayer of “Help!”, and sends help. So we learn He’s capable of hearing our prayers. King David added to this Psalm, “The Lord has heard the voice of my weeping”(v.8). Scripture says God puts our tears in a bottle (see Psalm 56.9). He hears. He cares. He’s able.
“The Lord has heard my supplication; The Lord will receive my prayer” (Psalm 6:9, NKJV).
The New Living Translation interprets the verse this way: “The LORD has heard my plea; the LORD will answer my prayer” (v.9). This is powerful to meditate on until we know this truth. “The Lord will answer my prayer.”
The hard part is when we have to wait for the answer to come. We are told in the New Testament to keep on asking, keep on knocking, keep on seeking (see Matthew 7:7), indicating that there may be a process involved of “Keeping on.” We are encouraged to invite others to join us in our prayers. No matter how long it takes, we have Psalm 91:15 to hold us steady. Note how God speaks in the first person as a promise to us. “He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him and honor him.” Locking in on this verse brings a conviction that God does indeed answer our prayers.
2. THE LORD IS FOR ME
“When I cry out to You, then my enemies will turn back; This I know, because God is for me” (Psalm 56:9, NKJV).
Along with wondering if God hears our prayers, we wonder if God is really for us. We may feel that God wants to teach us a lesson. Yes, there are many lessons in becoming a disciple. But being part of a lesson plan doesn’t mean that God isn’t for us. He wants us to succeed and walk in victory over our enemies. He doesn’t like us only on the days we are doing good and walking in faith. Many people with a turnaround testimony talk about how Jesus met them at their worst state in the depth of their depravity to offer freedom and walk with them on the path that leads to life and wholeness. Ezekiel says it again to a wayward season in Israel’s history: “For indeed I am for you, and I will turn to you, and you shall be tilled and sown” (Ezekiel 36:9). This is letting Israel know God is for them, but their path back wouldn’t be easy. There will be tilling and sowing. It may be an “Ouch, Hallelujah” time, but God is cheering FOR us.
3. PEACE IN MAKING DECISIONS
“Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful” (Colossians 3:15).
We get a lot of prayer requests from people who have to make decisions about all kinds of things. One of the ways Christians can know how to recognize God’s will in making a decision is when we reach peace about a decision. Peace brings a harmony in our mind and emotions. The Amplified Version of the Bible describes peace like an “umpire.” I always image an umpire in a baseball game at home plate declaring a runner, “SAFE!” The umpire puts his arms out in declaring this and it is final. (Or, it was before camera and drone angles can cause the need to review a decision.) With Jesus, His peace is lasting. Here’s the full verse, “And let the peace (soul harmony which comes from) Christ rule (act as umpire continually) in your hearts [deciding and settling with finality all questions that arise in your minds, in that peaceful state] to which as [members of Christ’s] one body you were also called [to live]. And be thankful (appreciative), [giving praise to God always]” (Colossians 3:15, AMP).
This verse ends with giving God praise always. It is almost like a, “PS: Praise God always.” Yet this admonition from Paul has depth and wisdom. It means praising God before our decisions as well as after the decision. There are many keys to praising God. It helps to praise God for the parts of His character that you need the most in making the decision that needs to be made. We praise God for His abundant nature and provision as we make decisions that involve finances. We praise God for His omnipresence (being everywhere all the time) when we need to make a decision about which place to live. We praise God for His Creation of the human body and understanding how it works (down to the cellular level) when we need physical healing. Etc.
God Answers Prayer
Since our last Healing Rooms Open Hours:
One lady described her experience as “GREAT!” She felt God was teaching her and encouraging her to do spiritual warfare in her situation. She felt she grew in knowledge of God, and His ways.
A woman reported, “I felt really encouraged and seen by God. The appointment raised my hope and faith levels.” In one part of the appointment, she felt the prayers by the team members echoed something she had heard in a dream a few days earlier. This added confirmation to the things she felt God was saying to her in the dream.
One lady said her pain level went from a 9 to a 5. She loved her appointment. She was hurting before the appointment, but her hope and faith improved being reminded that God knows her situation and is helping her. He is with her in the process. And she appreciated being reminded of God’s promise to watch over her every moment.
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 November 7, 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: November 7, November 21
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