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Alone with God by Gwyn Oakes Like No ratings yet.

We often hear people say they are going to “get away” for the weekend or go somewhere apart from the daily grind. We think of trips to the seashore or to the mountains to rejuvenate and refresh ourselves. This is not always an option as time and finances do not allow us the luxury.

I have found there is nothing more refreshing and rejuvenating than to have time alone with God. When we face dark times, feel no one understands, or simply want to be alone and feel His love and care, we can slip away to a quiet place and find Him there. Jesus gave us that example again and again.

The words of an old song come to mind: “Standing somewhere in the shadows you’ll find Jesus.” In a quiet place, whether it is a closed bedroom door, a spot in the backyard, or in our car in a parking lot, God is waiting to meet us. He longs to know that we want to be in His presence, that we want His love and help.

Jesus felt the need to be alone: “And when he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, he was there alone” (Matthew 14:23). He taught us by example the importance of setting aside solitary time with God.

In my darkest hours, I find peace and consolation in being alone with Him. When I simply want to reflect and be in His presence, He is always there – just a prayer away. I know from experience that He hears me when I talk to Him. He cares about my fears and frustrations and calms my troubled mind and soul. It is wonderful to share my excitement and joy with Him as well.

Regardless of my situation, my heavenly Father watches over me. When I am alone with Him, I more clearly see the way He wants me to take. He strengthens me, teaches me, and reveals secrets to me – just as He did His disciples. “When they were alone, he expounded all things to his disciples” (Mark 4:34). “And he said unto them, Come ye yourselves apart into a desert place, and rest a while: for there were many coming and going, and they had no leisure so much as to eat. And they departed into a desert place by ship privately” (Mark 6:31-32).

Find a place alone with Him often.

This article is reprinted in memory of Gwyn Oakes, former Ladies Ministries President of UPCI. She now rejoices in the presence of the One she loved so deeply and served so faithfully.
(Information from: PURE Newsletter – UPCI Ladies Ministries ladiesconnections@upci.org)

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Praying for Prodigals Like 5/5 (1)

There are many prodigals (backsliders) that have been raised to know the truths of God’s Word. Prodigals are found in all walks of life and circumstances. Not only are they in our workplaces and even in our churches, some are in far worse places including prisons, mental hospitals, and on the street, etc. It has been said, “sin will take you further than you want to go and keep you longer than you want to stay.”

God is “married” to the backslider. He declares it in Jeremiah 3:14, “Turn, O backsliding children, saith the Lord; for I am married unto you: and I will take you one of a city, and two of a family, and I will bring you to Zion.”

We must reach for these prodigals through prayer. God values them. He wants to rescue, restore, and save those that have been shipwrecked. He sees the value of their soul and so should we. Time is running out!

Suggestions on how to focus on prodigals:

Make a prayer album with photos of prodigals. If photos are not available, write their name in the album. Write at least one promise from the Word of God below their picture and pray those promises over them daily.
Ask your prayer team or prayer partner to pray with you daily for them.
Fast one day a week for them.
Obtain a spiral book of index cards. Write a prodigal’s name on each card and use these cards to remind you to pray for them throughout your day.
Praying for the Prodigal:

Pray God will wake up the spiritually sleeping prodigal and place a deep hunger within their hearts to return to their first love which is Jesus.
Pray prodigals come to Jesus in true repentance.
Pray prodigals will come to themselves and realize that “today is the day of salvation.
Pray God will pick up the broken vessels, place them on the potter’s wheel and make them into what He wants them to be.
Pray prodigals will feel and accept the mercy and grace of the Almighty God.
Pray God gives each prodigal a deep desire and determination to live for Him regardless of circumstance.
Pray prodigals will have the ability to forgive themselves for walking away from God and any sin they may have committed while away from Him.
Pray God’s People will accept His prodigals back with open arms, love, prayer, and encouragement.
Pray God’s Prodigals will be restored to Him and be refilled with the Holy Ghost.
Esther Hunt
South Texas District Prayer Coordinator
( Information from: http://www.worldnetworkofprayer.com/…/praying-for-prodigals/ )

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