Friday, July 11, 2014

A Praying Heart

Happy Friday!

I wanted to cap this week off by sharing a really cool resource that God wanted me to share today, but first let me tell you the story that led me to using it. 

Do you believe in the power of prayer? I mean seriously, having friends, family, loved ones, and even those you have never met or don't know asking God to move on your life or in your situation? I do. I know that over my life prayer has saved me, time and time again. Prayer has probably saved you as well and you may not even be aware of it. I have been led at times to pray for people that I do not know, or my community, to pray for mothers and fathers, to pray for those hurting due to a loss. Remember this post, here, when I talked about how I had been so down about things but God completely changed it around just like that for me? 

Well, I failed to let you in on the fact that I had requested prayer. Probably not in the most conventional method that you can think of. 
Actually right through my computer, I put in a prayer request, and it was answered. 

Have you ever heard of Prayer Works?
There's a local Christian radio station, KTIS, that has a pretty awesome resource on their website called Prayer Works. You can visit this website and submit a request for a prayer that goes out to a community of people ready and waiting to send up a prayer for you. And the cool part is every time someone prays, it notifies you (you can have it set up for your phone and it will text you!). Also, if you want to pray and send someone an encouraging word, you can do so as well. 

You don't know how encouraging it was for me to use this resource. 
Within an hour of posting my prayer request, I had received well over 15 people that said they had prayed for me. I even received a few kind words of encouragement and it was such a light to me in that hard and dark time. It allowed me to pick up my head and say, I've got this! I have God on my side, I have His people with me, praying with me, and believing with me. Everything will be alright. I immediately felt God's strength, with each and every notification that came to my phone.

Sometimes we just need to know that someone is standing by us in prayer. 
We don't have to know who that person is. 
Often, its better that it isn't someone we know or talk to on a regular basis.
What's even more amazing about this resource, is that you can click on their "stories" tab and read about how prayers are helping others and what God has accomplished through them! It's absolutely inspiring. 

So, what are you waiting for? Even if you don't have a prayer request you can always do good by standing in prayer for another person in need. God honors that and doing what is good pleases Him. 

Do you know of any other online resources that help others? Please share!
Has someone's prayer ever been a help or blessing in your life? I'd love to hear!

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  1. This is such a great concept. I've heard of this at church, prayer groups and such. But like you're saying the online community aspect really appeals to me because sometimes it is uncomfortable asking people in person or sharing with people you know these items.

    I'm definitely going to look into how to become a part of the community. It will help me work on my prayer life as well. Thanks for sharing!

  2. That's an awesome resource that I didn't know existed. Prayer helps, and in times when we are too weak to pray it's good to know someone else can pray for you/me.

  3. i do it and go on a lot to pray for others! I got so many prayers with my request. it was truly heart warming. You are right, it is a GREAT resource!

  4. wow that is a really lovely thing and so simple actually in the idea! If it can help you in your time then imagine how many others it is really really helping! Thats when you know that its a great thing - when people are having breakthroughs!


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