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The Israelites had to choose.

By painting their doorposts with blood from a sacrificial animal, they were sending a critical message. This message is that they accepted what God said. Wanting to choose life, they knew that this was the way to safety. This act was another step towards their impending deliverance and freedom. Dispatched from heaven, the death angel knew to pass over the homes with stained doorposts. Those were the homes of God’s followers.

In addition to a safety measure, the blood was also a testimony to the Egyptians and other Israelite believers. In painting their doorposts, they were saying that they chose to trust God one more time. So far, they had been protected and spared during the previous nine plagues. Though Pharaoh’s heart grew harder and colder each time something happened in Egypt, the oppressed clung to the belief that God would rescue them somehow.

The same is true for us today. Revelation 12:11 (NLT) says “And they have defeated him by the blood of the Lamb and by their testimony.”

Jesus, our ultimate animal sacrifice, used His blood to cleanse us, save us and redeem us before God. While we no longer have to paint our doorposts with blood, we can still tell this good news. Our testimony, our story is what will encourage others to try trusting God.

Have you ever met someone whom God doesn’t love? I have not. However, I have met numerous people who have no idea that God is a loving God who desires to save each of us.

How are people supposed to learn this?

Through us. Through our story. People are encouraged when we share our experiences. It becomes more relatable when God, a Being who is somewhere out there, has positively affected the lives of someone we know personally. Seeds of faith are planted as we start to believe that if God can do something great for them, He can do it for us too.

“Kneeling With the Savior”, 21 days of prayer and fasting has ended. We are continuing to see God work. Prayers are being answered. Healing has occurred. There are new employees. Meetings that once seemed to never work out are now happening. God has put people in the right path of the right people who could help them. We have also seen some difficult challenges arise. Things that only God can handle. We continue to trust Him for the outcome.

If you’d like to share a story about what God has done for you, please contact Sabrina. We’re blessed with multiple platforms from which to share your story.

We need to keep sharing our stories so that everyone will know of the power of the blood of the Lamb.

 

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Written by Sabrina Jacques-Rowe
Communications Director,
Henderson Highway Church

What Happens When We Pray

Elijah’s day was one for the history books. God had shown up and shown out yet again. Elijah’s day began with an impromptu appointment with King Ahab, followed by the showdown on Mount Carmel. As an exclamation point to end the day, God sent rain after years of drought. Many prayers were answered that day.

Upon his return to Jezreel, Elijah received a death threat.  Queen Jezebel promised to kill him within the next 24 hours. Scared for his life, Elijah fled. Sitting all alone in the wilderness, Elijah begged God to end his life. He felt that all was lost and nothing was worth living for. His desperation did not go unnoticed as God led him to Mount Sinai for a special meeting.

Elijah poured his heart out before God, sharing his feelings with honesty. He had worked so hard but was all alone and the pressure was unbearable. At that moment, God had an intimate chat with Elijah. He was there, listening to Elijah and giving him directions for what to do next. God also reassured Elijah that he was not alone. In addition to God’s presence, God had thousands of other faithful believers in Israel.

Elijah’s story highlights some key points about prayer.

Praying people have both great and crummy days.

Elijah went from a spiritual high to crisis mode in the same day. However, he never stopped talking to God. Prayer is not reserved for hard times only. When things are going well, we’re tempted to ease back or lessen the intensity of our prayers. We may even start to think that we’ve figured out the complex equation where our prayers and our faith will result in guaranteed answers. But prayer isn’t a problem waiting to be solved. Prayer is how we talk with God, how we connect with God.

We can be honest with God in prayer.

Elijah didn’t sugarcoat his prayers. He didn’t flatter God first before creatively saying that he felt deserted and in trouble. Instead, Elijah just poured out his heart with all its raw emotions before God. God was not insulted. He didn’t chastise Elijah for his honesty. God was able to talk with Elijah in a unique way because he had bared his heart before God and chose to seek Him out during troublesome times.

God is with us.

When Elijah prayed, God heard his cries and called Elijah to a special appointment with Him. God literally showed up when Elijah cried out. Elijah knew with certainty that was in God’s presence and covered his face to protect himself from the full glory of God. In turn, God himself spoke with Elijah and reassured him.

God loves us so much that He has made Himself easily accessible, through the gift of prayer. We don’t have to take a number or wait in line. We aren’t limited to only a few moments of His time after a meticulous screening process. We don’t need a microphone or platform for our prayers to be heard. Prayer can be done at any moment, in any location, at all times of the day.

We’re heading into the final week of “Kneeling With the Savior”, 21 days of prayer and fasting. The changes have been challenging as they refine us, molding us to become more like God. It’s been encouraging to see the praise reports as people celebrate answered prayers.

It’s not too late to join the video calls at 6 a.m. each day. Our prayer lives will grow as we invite God to be the priority in our lives. 

Join the Zoom video calls (6 am CST).
Access the devotional plan.
For more on fasting, here are some practical pointers for prayer and fasting.

 

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Written by Sabrina Jacques-Rowe
Communications Director,
Henderson Highway Church