an opportunity to intercede

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

In the last several months of my life, there have been a few situations among people I care deeply about that has rocked their worlds.
I'm not talking a bad day here and there.

life changing events.

parents divorcing after 20 + years of marriage.
an unexpected death of a loved one.
a called off engagement.
a failed adoption.

My heart aches terribly for these people in my life. 
I have walked some very hard days with some of my closest friends.
I have listened to the deepest cries and hurts of their hearts.
I hear of their worries and fears of tomorrow. 
Wondering how they will pick up the pieces and keep walking.
asking me when will the hurt go away? 

I feel helpless.
I hurt for and with them but it doesn't change anything about the situation.

Even in the world around us there are heartbreaking stories of things happening to people that don't make sense. 
The innocent children who died in the shooting in Connecticut.
The shooting at the movies in Colorado.
Just to name a few that have happened in recent days.

I find myself asking, why would God let something like this happen?
Where is He?
How do you even make sense of these things in life?
How do you keep going?

I'm not sure I have any answers to the questions I just asked but I feel like I have been challenged.
To trust more.
To really dig deep in my heart and spirit.
To strengthen my faith.
To actually do something worth while.

While there are moments where just being "present" with those in my life who are going through some of the darkest days they have ever faced is the best thing I can do for them in that moment. 

I have been challenged to intercede.
To pray on their behalf.
To approach the throne boldly.
To fill in the gap when life gets back to "normal" and everyone else has moved on and forgotten about the road they are walking each and everyday.

I was challenged once in a service to ask the Lord to bring people to my mind when they need prayer.
He has done just that.

Specifically for these special people in my life, it is my prayer that the Lord will bring them to mind when they are struggling, when they need someone to fight for them, to lift them up, to bring a ray of hope in a desperate moment. 

I don't just want to hurt for these people in my life, I want to do something.

It's my opportunity to intercede.
To come before my Heavenly Father with a heavy heart and pray for God's presence, grace, and peace to fill their lives.

I'm not sure I'll ever understand why things happen the way they do.
I am however confident in a God who is faithful no matter where we find ourselves at in life.
I believe in a God who heals broken hearts and for a God who truly gives us the desires of our heart.
He is our joy and strength during the dark nights.
The journey to wholeness may be long and hard, but I know that My God is faithful to complete every work He has started.
Even when you can't make sense of anything going on.

The bible says this
"God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth gives way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea."
Psalm 46:1-3

It is my prayer that I will become stronger in my faith and more consumed with the word to help encourage those in my life who are going through some of the darkest days of their life.
It is my prayer that my faith will  go stronger so that  if/when I am faced with the dark nights of my life, I will hold fast and true to the promises of God, regardless of how I feel.
To remember that I worship God not because of my circumstances but because of who He is.

I feel blessed with the opportunity to intercede on behalf of some amazing people in my life.

If you are reading this, I challenge you to ask the Lord to bring those to mind that need prayer.
I'd ask that you would intercede with me for some dear friends of mine.
I'd also be honored to intercede for you or someone you are praying for, so please let me know I can pray.

The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who 

are crushed in spirit. 

Psalm 34:18

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