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Do you ever have days when someone you know is going through a dark period and there's nothing you can do but pray? Of course, you do. We all do. That's one of the "joys" of the Sandwich Generation. Then again, one of the true joys of the Sandwich Generation is the fact that, even though we may be too tied down to get out to help, or live too far away, we can always "come along side" a hurting friend or relative through prayer, even if it's a very short one. 🙂
Recently, a dear friend of mine was dealing with something very difficult. I wanted to be like David and Goliath and go out swinging slingshots at all the "enemies" involved. Instead, much more like David, God had me turn my heart inwards to Him, and outwards to some of the wonderful promises of God in the Bible, and HE did the miracles instead.
As I spent a morning in prayer and fasting for this dear person, I opened my Bible to an old familiar favorite, Psalm 118. Oh my, God used that verse so wonderfully for ME first, and then for my friend. Isn't it encouraging when He blesses us as He also uses us to minister to others! As a matter of fact, after spending two days just soaking in Psalm 118, reading it every time I needed to pray again; reading it when I would start to worry; reading it to be blessed by it, I ended up sending it to three other friends who were also going through trials! And now I get to share it with you as well! This encouraging Scripture is definitely a treasure for all of us.
Here are just some of the inspirational and encouraging verses He blessed me with through this process. But when you get a chance, do take some time and read it all. And put your name, or a friend's name in. Praying Scripture is such a blessing to the pray-er and the pray-ee!
Give thanks to the LORD, for He is good; His love endures forever…
In my anguish I cried to the LORD, and He answered by setting me free.
The LORD is with me; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?
The LORD is with me; He is my helper. I will look in triumph on my enemies.
It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to trust in man…
I was pushed back and about to fall, but the LORD helped me.
The LORD is my strength and my song; He has become my salvation.
Shouts of joy and victory resound in the tents of the righteous: "The LORD's right hand has done mighty things!
The LORD's right hand is lifted high; the LORD's right hand has done mighty things!"
I will not die but live, and will proclaim what the LORD has done…
Open for me the gates of righteousness; I will enter and give thanks to the LORD.
This is the gate of the LORD through which the righteous may enter.
I will give you thanks, for you answered me; you have become my salvation.
The stone the builders rejected has become the capstone;
The LORD has done this, and it is marvelous in our eyes…
You are my God, and I will give you thanks; you are my God, and I will exalt you.
Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; His love endures forever.
I have to tell you, the third time I prayed through this Psalm that morning, I was praying it out loud and getting louder and louder, exulting in our mighty God! And, after a morning of prayer, I was blessed with an afternoon of answered prayers – several of them. The next day, though, more problems cropped up. I grabbed my Bible and started praying these inspirational Bible verses again. Immediately I was flooded with such a sense of His peace and His presence.
Periodically, He will have me just soak myself in a certain passage for several days or even weeks. I'm not good at memorizing but this process does a wonderful job of implanting His Word in my heart. I'll print the encouraging Bible verses out and carry them with me everywhere. And when the enemy tries to hit me with the "fiery darts" of fear and worry, I grab my "dagger" – inspiring Bible verses – and start reading them to myself and it's always a wonderful blessing.
I hope and pray that if you or any of your loved ones – from the elderly parents you are caring for to the very youngest of your grandchildren – are having any needs, that these verses will be a blessing to them and to you. 🙂