Pastor Chris has done it again! Church of the Highlands‘ 21 Days of Prayer was amazing. From the inspirational worship songs led by our fantastic worship team to the encouraging words by pastors from the COTH campuses.
Three weeks of prayer with each week being a different focus and each day a different word. This helped me to stay focused on my day and reminded me of who watches over me. Our pastor, Chris Hodges, started things out with: drawing closer to God.
Most of you know last year was a difficult time for me and my family. I was diagnosed with cancer and my world changed. No, I take that back. Our world changed. What was I going to do? I could choose to be mad at God for allowing this to happen or I could choose to trust in Him. Being in a relationship with God, I knew I was not fighting alone. God was with me at every scan and x-ray and every consultation and surgical procedure. How do I know this? By spending time with Him and reading His word. Drawing closer to God is not a one-way street. It takes an effort on our part. If we draw close to Him, He will draw close to us (James 4:8).
Joshua 1:9 says: Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your GOD will be with you wherever you go. This is so true. I wouldn’t say it if I didn’t believe it in my heart.
21 Days of Prayer has taught me there is power in prayer. The Bible says… “And when two or three of you are together because of me, you can be sure that I’ll be there” (Matthew 18:20). We can be sure! That’s like having a 100% guarantee. Another guarantee: John 14:13-14 says:, You can ask for anything in my name and I will do it, so that the Son can be glory to the Father. Yes, ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it! (My latest scan showed “there is no evidence of the disease.” Prayer works!)
Let me ask you this. Do you go to God in Prayer and ask in His name for what you desire? My guess is most of us don’t ask. We see the next–door neighbor with a new car in the driveway and wonder how he could afford it. Or a co-worker lands the big promotion you knew was yours. And then we ask “Why, God?”
Think of it this way — you have not because you ask not. Ask God for the desires of your heart, and if it lines up with His will, it will be given to you. If He doesn’t give it to you, it’s because He has something better in mind for you than you can imagine.
If you or a loved one or someone who know need prayer for healing, please comment below and I will be happy to pray with you.
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Recently diagnosed with stage 2 Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, Tonya Masoner continues to write for BoP when she is able. She doesn’t ask “Why me Lord?” She embraces the journey God has set forth for her. The battle has already been won. God has walked before her and now He leads her to victory. Her Breath on Paper bio can be found here.