Prayers, Petitions, and Princesses

After I rid myself of “Silver-tongue” the abuser , I found myself alone with my children.  I took stock of my changed life and looked around me.  Who could I trust?  I now walked a different path from the one that led me to ruin.  I needed to find friends who were walking the same road, or find my way alone. 

“White Flower” had also asked the King to teach her His paths.  She lived just down the street and became a close friend.  It seemed natural to get together over coffee and pray, while our kids played together.

We hadn’t a clue how to pray together though, or what to pray.  The Lord told me to “pray the Word”.  I took it to mean find appropriate scriptures and then pray them in the context of the situation.  The King would speak a verse, and off we’d go to find it.  Back then, I did not have Bible software or a concordance.  My Bible got very well thumbed.  I wore out two paperback Bibles in six years, the first was the ‘Good News’ and the second was the ‘NIV’ translation.

We would come back to him with our petitions, speaking His word.

For example I prayed the Word in Psalm 25;

Show me your ways, Lord,
    teach me your paths.
Guide me in your truth and teach me,
    for you are God my Savior,
    and my hope is in you all day long.
Remember, Lord, your great mercy and love,
    for they are from of old.
Do not remember the sins of my youth
    and my rebellious ways;
according to your love remember me,
    for you, Lord, are good.  Psalm 25:4-7

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I found that praying the word is a great way to go to the Lord, using His own words.  The King honours His word.

My book is full of me talking to the King – which is praying to Him using the Word.  The faithful King responded in kind.  If you read my book you will see His replies and revelations have come true in real life.

Intercession

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My husband said I’d better explain what intercession is.

Intercession is a prayer to God on behalf of others.  All Christians are called to intercede.

That’s how God, our Father in Heaven gets his will done on Earth.

Sometimes the Holy Spirit gives us the words to pray when there are no words.

 In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God. Romans 8:26-34

At times a Christian may be asked to “stand in the gap” for somebody.  This is a special type of intercession where we stand in the other person’s shoes and plead for them.  I was asked to do this for “Kate.”

Kate shows up in my book when she came to me for help after getting tangled up in the web of Silver-tongue, the narcissist.  What happened to me was happening with her so I was certainly able to stand in her shoes.

I certainly had no words for what he was doing – only expletives, so I had to let God do the praying.

It’s interesting but I’d named the place of intercession in the story as “Clearwater”.

Years later I met my second husband, and through him a wonderful American woman named Eleanor, his Grandmother.  Grandma is a very strong Christian.  We travelled over to the States to meet her in 2008.  She is well into her 80’s, can’t move around very much but is an active intercessor.  My husband said “never underestimate God’s power working through a praying Grandmother.”  Her prayers brought him into the Kingdom, even though she lives half way round the world.

His Grandma lived at a place called Clearwater.


After note:

Oswald Chambers, an early twentieth-century Scottish evangelist and teacher said “Jesus Christ carries on intercession for us in heaven; the Holy Spirit carries on intercession in us on earth; and we the saints have to carry on intercession for all men.”

The Shield of Faith

Of the six pieces of armour the believer is given, the shield has substance.

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1

When I first used the shield, I was in a battle for the mind. I didn’t know what it was or what I was doing. I just followed the King’s advice, and in a mixture of desperation and blind faith did what He said.

The shield is designed to stop burning arrows fired at us by the evil one.

At all times carry faith as a shield; for with it you will be able to put out all the burning arrows shot by the Evil One. Ephesians 6:16

Burning arrows can be thoughts. We think they’re our own thoughts, and we entertain them.

I’d developed a severe worry habit, which I was trying overcome in different ways. I tried meditating on the word of God, which worked great over time, but its not a quick fix.

Norman Vincent Peale suggested in his book “The Power of Positive Thinking” that immediately I got a negative thought, drop it from my mind and voice a positive thought.  No, that didn’t work.

I hollowed out a tissue box, wrote ‘God’ on it, wrote out my thoughts on bits of paper and ‘posted’ them in the slot. The ‘God Box’ also worked great, over time. My 5 and 6 year old kids saw me doing it, copied me, and prayers got answered!  But again, it wasn’t a quick fix.

The trouble was I felt like I was in a war. I was desperate and in need of immediate emotional and mental relief.  I didn’t want pills as I wanted to fix the problem, not mask it.

Words have power, and the narcissist I was in an abusive relationship with seemed to know it. He said horrible things to get control of me. I’d just lost my father the month before and the abuser didn’t intend to let up or give me space to grieve.

My mind was running constant re-runs of the narcissist’s words and actions, without letup. I couldn’t stop it and it only got worse. It seemed like a sick and twisted rendition of a soap opera called “Daze of my life”, with characters I hated.  The devil set the scene, wrote the script, then joined the gossips in the audience to laugh at me maliciously.

The only thing keeping me sane was my desire to be there for my young children who loved me and needed me.

The King taught me how to shield my mind by handing all the evil thoughts to him. Its called “taking every thought captive”.

… we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” 2 Corinthians 10:5 

After three days of handing over every bad thought to the Lord, I met Jesus in a dream. I tell you, He is very much alive, He’s just in a different room from us right now. He healed me, getting rid of a cough I’d had for 10 months, and He gave me peace of mind that goes beyond all understanding.  Chapter 2 of the Kingdom tells the story.

And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:7

May His peace guard your heart and your mind.