My co-worker, Dee, became a widow through the tragic and unexpected death of her husband about five years ago.  Since then, life has been precarious for Dee.  She spent much of these last years angry with God.  Her grief over her husband was palpable.  

Bit by bit, over time Dee crept back toward a relationship with God.  She found Joyce Meyer on TV and something in Ms. Meyer’s theology rings true for Dee.  

Last week, Dee mentioned she had a job interview.  I prayed most of what follows for her that day and sent my prayer to Dee and to my partners in prayer, inviting them to join me.  As they responded, I sent their notes to Dee.  This morning I received one from a friend who is in Italy right now.  When I sent it to Dee, she asked if we’d pray for a different matter.  

I always feel privileged to know the hearts’ desires of others, because it means I can pray for them.  I’m always honored when asked to pray.

Glorious God,

I rise in the morning to sing praise of you, for you are the only God.  You are the creative energy in the universe.  You cause all change.  You were present before the beginning, whether it was a ‘big bang’ or a week or calling things into being.  Your energy is a loving energy, seeking to make all thing new and good.  Amazing!

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Loving Lord,

Jeremiah heard you say “for I know the plans I have for you, plans for your welfare and not your destruction.”  God, I claim this verse for my co-worker, Dee.  She has struggled long and hard and needs a way to have financial stability.  Lord, I pray you will remind her that you have made her with everything she needs.  She has wonderful intelligence and organization. She is amazingly responsible.  Dee is hard working and never shirks what must be done.  She seeks to live as your servant and yet the worries have continued to creep in.  Lord, soften the hearts of Dee’s creditors and let them accept her offer of settlement.  She has done her best, and run the long race.  Give her rest from this and grant her peace to plan for her future with your inspiration.

Remind Dee that you love her beyond her wildest imagination.  Help her to remember that she is exactly as you want her to be, that the skills and experiences are from you.  Remind Dee that she is a strong, courageous and very intelligent woman.  Help her to remember that with you at the center of her being, she can do all things.  Grant her confidence.  Grant her peace.  Remind her that with every breath she takes, she is taking in your precious oxygen and as she exhales, she is letting out spent air, having taken what she needs from it.  Let her know from the tips of her toes to the end of the last hair on her head, she has everything she needs to show the people she meets that she is filled with your grace.

Help Dee to remember that you are in charge of her work life and her financial life and that she can relax, knowing that all will work together for her good.  And if this job she’s discussed is best for her, let the employer offer it to her at a salary that will ease her financial load.

Extravagant Everpresence,

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You know your plans for Dee and we trust in you.  Remind us to lean on your strength and rest safely in your arms.  You have given us this world to provide our every need.  We have water to drink and replenish our bodies.  We have food to fuel our movements and our thoughts.  We have people in our lives who remind us how you are – loving, kind, and peaceful.  We have cars to get to where we need to go and clocks to know when to be there.  All comes from you and we are grateful.  Lord, I love you so much!

Through Jesus Christ, I pray,

Amen.

To God be the glory!

Melissa Pazen © 2013

Live Inspired:  pray continually; think boldly; dare greatly; love unconditionally; act deliberately, kindly, justly, mercifully and humbly; forgive easily; laugh frequently!

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