Just a quick word from the Mollie Column #GetScooped…
In a society where the whirlwind of Christmas duties like shopping, serving, cooking, holiday parties, and spending time with family and friends seem to claim all of our attention, we forget to spend alone time with The One that matters most. Alone time with God should be intentional, but this doesn’t always happen. Sometimes our silent prayers or whispers to God can still yield a breakthrough or much-needed answers. The Bible instructs us to pray about everything and worry about nothing.
“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.” Philippians 4:6, NLT.
As I was shopping the other day, I got really agitated as I couldn’t find any gifts that I liked for my loved ones. I began to pray that God would show me exactly where to go and what to buy. I didn’t find anything instantly, but later I found two gifts that I had been looking for over the last several months. I know shopping sounds minute or small and many of you are probably wondering why I’m shopping for Christmas anyway, however, that is not the point. My point here Scoopers is to never forget that God answers our prayers, and yes, even those small, silly prayers. The number one thing that we have to be willing to do when we pray is believe.
“I tell you, you can pray for anything, and if you believe that you’ve received it, it will be yours.” Mark 11:24, NLT.
(When Jesus curses the fig tree and declares that it will never bear fruit again; the fig tree immediately withered.) “Then Jesus told them, “I tell you the truth, if you have faith and don’t doubt, you can do things like this and much more. You can even say to this mountain, ‘May you be lifted up and thrown into the sea,’ and it will happen.22 You can pray for anything, and if you have faith, you will receive it.” Matthew 21:21-22
When we believe and have faith in God, He moves because he is faithful. If His word says he’s going to heal us, then he’s going to heal us. If his word says we have victory and power over the enemy, then we are victorious. The only thing is, we have to believe it. Allow me to share just a few instances of God’s faithfulness.
- In August of this year, Elle and I were meeting up with friends at Yeah Burger in Atlanta for lunch, when all of a sudden I felt a sharp pain in my left eye. I told Elle I needed to look at it to see what was wrong, but there was nothing visible in my eye. Elle prayed for me right there in the middle of the restaurant and about an hour later, my eye was completely fine!!
- A few weeks after the outing with Elle, I had a painful and nagging ulcer in my mouth. In the past, I went to the dentist and collected a bill just for him to tell me that mouth ulcers are common and basically heal themselves. So this time I was determined to see how much faith I had in God and see if my prayers worked just as well as Elle’s. I prayed in a parking lot and within two hours, there were no traces of an ulcer ever being in my mouth! One thing I remember saying to God was, “In you I am made whole and you are perfect. So if you’re perfect then I can receive all good and perfect gifts. I declare perfect healing in my mouth right now. May your healing manifest in my body. Amen.” Is this the uniform prayer I pray every time I’m looking for God’s healing? No, but I do believe we have to declare what we need and believe God will do it.
- I hate parking far out when I’m shopping, so sometimes I’ll pray and declare a parking spot. I know, I know that’s lazy, but I’m working on it! LOL! BUT, God hasn’t failed me yet even in my asking for a parking spot.
- One last example My uncle was sick several months back and the family felt it necessary to pray and fast on his behalf. During the fast we prayed together and declared God’s healing in my uncle’s body. He was in a coma for some time and during that time everyone’s faith was tested; I honestly believe everyone’s faith was elevated! We had to trust God even though things didn’t look promising. One day later, he was on his way to a healthier uncle and came out of the hospital a few weeks later.
Scoopers, please begin to pray and trust God in everything; big and small things alike. Remember, the “big” things you’re praying about are not too big for God. Maybe He placed those obstacles in your path to elevate the small faith you have. Also, don’t get discouraged if he doesn’t answer immediately…sometimes he will and other times He may just be testing to see if you’re going to curse Him. Keep watching and waiting on Him to move on your behalf. I have witnessed friends and family be restored back to their original health all because of God’s healing power. He’s able, but He’s waiting on us to believe in Him and declare His word in the atmosphere.
“It is the same with my word. I send it out, and it always produces fruit. It will accomplish all I want it to, and it will prosper everywhere I send it.” Isaiah 55:11, NLT.
As Always, I’m gracefully learning :)