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Dear Grateful Interceders,
How grateful I am to each of you for joining me in this walk of faith that we call intercession. I love the fact that we can connect through prayer even though we can't see each other praying. Please join me for the next few minutes and let's just stop and thank the Father for the answers to prayer that we have seen and the ones that are on the way. Pause.
As Thanksgiving nears, God took me to a place in Scripture that I would not have thought of to encourage me in my desire to have a grateful heart: Luke 17:11-19. This is where Jesus heals the 10 lepers, but only one of them comes back to thank Jesus for the healing. Even as I am typing this, I feel so convicted at the times Jesus healed my heart, my body and those I prayed for and I failed to run to Him with words of praise and thanksgiving. There is a sadness in Jesus' words as He asks "Where are the other nine?"
But after I confessed my sin of ungratefulness, I am able to see the incredible blessing that Jesus wants to give me, when I am so moved by His kindness and mercy , "Arise and go, your faith has made you well." Is He saying that the best blessing we can give Him is to thank Him for His gifts even before we have the answers to our prayers because we know that He loves us with an everlasting Love and He loves to hear our prayers?
My heart yearns to have Jesus delight in my prayers, so I would like to share something that He has shown me in my prayers for my family. I was distressed to find that as I prayed for my family I would get sidetracked by bemoaning all the problems and even giving God my solutions to these issues. When I got up from praying I was more distressed and faithless than I had been before I prayed. Then the Spirit said "Why don't you pray for your own like Jesus is praying for His own in John 17? Now I know John 17, but I had never listed what Jesus prayed for His own, so I had a Bible study with the Spirit and here is what He showed me:
1. That they might know the Father and (Jesus).
2. Protect them by the power of the Name God gave Jesus
3. That they would be One with the Father, Son and (Holy Spirit and one another)
4. Jesus' joy fulfilled in them
5. Keep them from evil
6. Sanctify them with the Truth
7. Know the Father's Love
8. Be with Jesus in heaven
Now I pray this every morning and sometimes during the day, and I am amazed at the faith God is building in me for His Plans for my family.
Please know how dearly you are loved by the One who makes us one with Him and with one another.
Mary Mize Hellums
Coordinator for City-Wide Women's Prayer