Archive for Prayer

Oct
12

Call for Prayer for Victims of War

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The Hamas terrorist attacks on Israel on October 7, 2023 are shocking and horrific, and now is the time, more than ever, to pray the prayer below. 

The most disturbing thing to me was the report that people around the world were rejoicing over the killing of innocent people, the raping and kidnapping of women, children, and the elderly. Hamas was sending out videos of the atrocities they were committing, as if they are proud of it. The Nazis at least tried to hide it.

It also seems that the terrorists care nothing about the citizens of Palestine, either. They are quite willing to sacrifice them, too. Israel had always gone to great lengths to protect civilians when they were about to attack. (Note: Please don’t click on the link above unless you don’t believe me. If you’re sensitive, don’t click on it. Just trust me.)

Who rejoices over destruction, death, and suffering? Only those sold out to evil. Those who actually believe they are pleasing God by acts of atrocity. (What kind of god, you may ask, would encourage such a thing?)

Who protects and defends the innocent? Only those who value life. (The Israelis have always done everything they can to warn Palestinian civilians to evacuate before they bomb. Hamas hides their headquarters and military assets behind or under mosques, hospitals, schools. Hamas tells their citizens not to leave their buildings.)

As Ben Shapiro points out in this podcast explaining why he’s showing pictures of the atrocities, the terrorists don’t think like you do. They do not have the same values. 

It seems to not be fashionable to call something or someone evil. But what else would you call it? “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!” (Isaiah 5:20) I will call it what it is. 

And I will hate it. In the scriptures, it says to hate evil. Not evil people–we pray for them as our enemies–but evil itself. And we do what we can to eradicate it, if necessary.

The desire to enslave or destroy the Jews entirely has reared its ugly head since the days of Moses. Yet God has never allowed that to happen, and he never will, if you believe the Bible (and history). 

Perhaps not coincidentally, this very week I have been reading the Book of Esther in my regular two-year Bible reading plan. It is one of my favorite books of the Old Testament, and it’s quite timely now. The poetic justice in this story  is very sweet. (I pray, “Do it again, God! Do it again. Deliver your people yet again.”)

​​​​​​​(Interesting note: in Esther, Haman was the enemy that tried to destroy the Jews. Now it’s Hamas. One letter different.)

Prayer is a big part of spiritual victory of any kind. So pray the prayer below. Pray it often, pray it from the heart. You will be doing something important. 

We are not battling against flesh and blood, ultimately (Ephesians 6:12).

This is a spiritual war, fought with spiritual weapons, which are more powerful than any earthly artillery.

Don’t forget . . .

Be a light and push back the darkness!

Remember to pray!

(Have you been paying attention to how God is answering this prayer? That’s how I read the news now….)

life-giving light prayer

 

 

Sep
21

Aligned Decision Making

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I recently faced a big decision.

It was one that would affect me, my family, and many other people—for years to come. I felt I had to get it right.

Of course I prayed for wisdom and guidance.

I started working through a grid called the OOVL Decision-Making Guide, which guides you in thinking through options, desired outcomes, how much you value each outcome, and the likelihood that each option would achieve your desired outcome.

It was helpful.

But . . .

The problem was, I didn’t know how likely it was that the desired outcome would happen, in most of the cases.

Or, it came down to a trade-off: more likely in the short term, but not the long term. Or vice versa.

And then came this question to my spirit: Which option requires the most faith? Read More→

Mar
18

The Science of Prayer

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Do you pray?  Have you seen some pretty amazing answers to prayer?

I have. Prayer is a big part of my life. I’ve always known it works (though I don’t get everything exactly as I pray for), but the scientist in me always wondered if there is an explanation for how it works that’s outside of religion.

And perhaps there is. It’s all connected to the quantum field.

What’s the quantum field?

A quantum field is a theoretical concept that helps us understand how particles behave at the smallest scales in the universe. Imagine that the universe is like a giant, constantly shifting, vibrating fabric. This fabric is made up of tiny units of energy called particles (the threads, as it were), and each type of particle has its own unique energy field.

Quantum fields are the mathematical description of these energy fields, which fill all of space and time. They are constantly fluctuating and interacting with one another, creating particles that come into existence and then disappear again. It’s all about energy and information. What looks to be matter, is really energy vibrating at a low enough rate that we can perceive it with the senses.

The fascinating thing about these particles is that they do not exist in a definite state until they are observed or measured. Instead, they exist in a state of superposition, which means that they can be in multiple states at once.

This reminds me of some words that dropped into my mind out of nowhere one day: “All perspectives exist in the quantum field. Choose the perspective that leads to gratitude, joy, and peace.”

When we pray, we put out attention on a particular outcome, which already exists in the quantum field as a potentiality. Our very prayer (observation) allows that particle to “manifest” in the physical world.

Then there is the idea of quantum entanglement.

In quantum entanglement, two energy “particles” interact with each other, and there is a full download of information. They become “entangled,” so that each “particle” instantaneously possesses the same energy information as the other, and both experience the same state.

This is mentioned in The Healing Code, referencing an experiment where two strangers met briefly, then were put in Faraday cages (through which no outside electromagnetic energy can pass). The experimenters found that when they shined a light in the eyes of one of the men, the pupils of the other man constricted just as if the light were shining in his eyes at that moment, though he was in that Faraday cage some distance away and no light was actually being shined in his eyes.

That’s the thing about quantum entanglement: distance and time mean nothing. It appears to violate the laws of classical physics, which dictate that information cannot travel faster than the speed of light. In the case of entangled particles, information seems to be transmitted instantly, regardless of the distance between them.

Let’s translate all this to prayer. If God is the creator of this quantum field, and exists within and outside of it as well (I don’t think God is the quantum field itself, but he created it and sustains it), and everything is energy, we too are energy. We are electrical beings, and we can interact on many different levels both with each other, and with God.

Prayer is interaction on this non-physical, energetic level. We can get “entangled” with a certain desire that we present to God, uniting our intention with God’s, and that makes things happen in the physical world, which is just a certain manifestation of energy.

Of course, God always has veto power. He is in charge of what gets manifested: only that which is His sovereign will, governed by His love and infinite wisdom. (Thank God for that!)

We can also get “entangled” with another person and their need, and present that to God.

Important to note about prayer: it must be activated by a certain kind of energy, namely faith.

When Jesus healed on earth, he almost always linked it to faith: “Your faith has made you well.” The person believed that Jesus could heal, or at least that he might, and that was all that Jesus needed.

Remember the man who asked Jesus to heal his demonized son, and said to Jesus, “I believe; help my unbelief”? (Mark 9:24)  Jesus said we only need faith the size of a mustard seed, the smallest of seeds, but if we plant it in the soil of God’s power, that’s enough to “move mountains.”

I love that science is now “explaining” things that were revealed thousands of years ago in religion. You don’t have to know how to build a highway to drive on it, but you do have to know a few rules of the highway to use it effectively and safely. We don’t need science to explain prayer in order to pray, but it’s wonderful to know that science supports what we already knew from spiritual teachings.

All truth is God’s truth, after all. True science always reveals something more of God’s ways.

If this topic interests you and you want to know more, I think you’ll really like the book, Quantum Glory: The Science of Heaven Invading Earth by Phil Mason. It presents the science of quantum physics in the light of Scripture. I kept having to put it down to take in the wonder of it all, and give thanks and praise to the Creator who set things up so amazingly.

Mar
11

Hidden Stressors-Part Four-toxins

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In this series on hidden stressors, I’ve mostly focused on the emotional aspects.

For many of us, this is the kind of stress that’s easiest to hide, especially if we’ve grown up with Childhood Emotional Neglect (CEN), or are high on the sensitivity spectrum.

Another reason I’ve focused on the emotional, is emotional issues can predispose us to being more vulnerable to yet another hidden source of stress: toxins.

All of us are subject to this hidden physical stress.

Toxins lurk in our food, water, air, cosmetics, household cleaners, even fabrics.

They also lurk in the energy around us, in the form of electromagnetic frequencies (EMF) and dirty electricity.

I don’t think I have to go into detail about all this. No doubt you’re aware of it, and may feel a little helpless about what to do about it all.

However, we are not helpless at all. There is one main thing we can do to keep healthy, and that is to focus on the immune and nervous systems. Read More→

Sep
23

Pray for Haiti’s Dire Situation

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Ever since I graduated as an undergrad in 1978, I have sponsored a child through Compassion International.

My Compassion child in Haitie, Marie Michel, Haiti, age 9

Marie Michel, Haiti, age 9

I am now on my fifth child, Marie Michel, who is now 9 years old.

(I had the privilege of meeting my then-current child in Haiti in 1990. It was an unforgettable experience. It broke my heart to witness firsthand the poverty of the people, and to see that my child was sick. Yet, the courage and commitment of the Compassion workers totally inspired me. THEY were not depressed like I was by the circumstances.)

I just got the following update from Compassion, and ask that you would pray along with me and others for this desperate situation.  (If you feel led, please also give to the relief fund.) We need God to shine His light of mercy here!

 

What to pray for Marie Michel

What to pray for Marie Michel

Please pray for our brothers and sisters in Haiti as they face a dire situation. Fuel subsidies have ended and caused major price increases. Many are protesting this in Haiti’s major cities, leading to violence, looting and blocked streets. Street blockages are causing banks and business to close — and preventing water and basic necessities from reaching those who need them most. As the situation worsens, families are forced to shelter in their homes to avoid the increasing violence. This grim situation follows a year of painful events for the people of Haiti, including a devastating earthquake and intense inflation.

Over half of Compassion’s Frontline Church Partners in Haiti are in areas reporting unrest. To keep children and staff safe, programing is paused, and staff members are reaching out to children and families over the phone to assist in any way they can. We hope to get children back into child development centers as soon as it is safe.

I know that hearing about the unrest and shortages in Haiti may weigh heavily on your heart. Would you join us in prayer? We ask you to pray with us for:

  • Protection for children and families living in areas of unrest.

  • Quick aid, including water, to be delivered to those who need it most.

  • Safety for Compassion staff as they assess and help.

Thank you for your commitment to praying for and ministering to children in poverty.

In Christ,
Steven Marble
Senior Director, Supporter Care
Compassion International

P.S. Will you prayerfully consider giving to the Disaster Relief Fund to help children and families in Haiti during this difficult time?

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