Huge changes and decisions were on the horizon. They had been decisions which had been coming for a long time, but were still a struggle to make. Even the wonderful things in life can cause stress, uncertainty, and questioning. People whom I hadn’t spoken to in years emailed and called me. “Hey Lianna, how’s it going? You’ve been coming up in prayer a lot lately, and I wanted to reach out and see what was going on.” Friends texted me out of the blue with prophetic words that related exactly to my emotions and what was going on.
I knew the Holy Spirit had alerted them to my needs. The choices at hand weren’t something the world would expect. They weren’t decisions that certain people in my life expected or understood. The changes pushed me out of my comfort zone–a lot! There were many moments, days, weeks, and months when I questioned if it was right. I needed ample strength–and that strength came through the prayers of many in the Body of Christ, obedient to the whisper of the Holy Spirit to pray for me.
Next time someone comes to mind, pray for them! You don’t know what they’re going through–but God does, and He knows what they need. Pray for them, and then let them know that you are praying for them! Pass along a Bible verse. Send them a card. Invite them for lunch or dinner. Encourage them!
“Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.” 1 Thessalonians 5:11
God’s plans are different than the world expects, different than we expect so much of the time. But when we obey, He gives us more than we can ask or imagine! And sometimes it’s the prayers of others, or our prayers for them, that help to bring that obedience and those blessings! In my life, the prayers and encouragement of my friends gave me the push I needed to make a big leap of faith. And for that, I’m so grateful!
“Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.” Ephesians 3:20-21