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Do You Remember?

Do You Remember?

 Prayer is an Invitation: Revelation 3:20. “Behold I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door I will come into him and dine with him, and he with me.”

Prayer is an Invitation to God to come into the midst of our needs, our broken lives, our weakness, our unwillingness to obey God.

This was the very first message I gave to the Men of One Accord of my home town. It is also my first blog which maybe only two people have seen. Here is the point some men in a town twenty-seven miles south of me want to start a men’s prayer group. They have asked me to help them get started in a Prayer of One Accord. So I left it up to them to set the time and place and I would be there. All you have to do is give me a call and tell me where and when and I will be there. I was asked if I knew where this or that was in their town and I said no. They asked if I had GPS I said no, I have GGS {God’s Guiding System} no problem I will find you.

After prayer in my home town with my brothers Saturday July 14. I knew what the message was they needed to hear. I was to start at the beginning with them, Prayer is an Invitation. At home I pulled up my blog to get the only copy of Prayer is an Invitation and copied it by hand because most of my equipment has failed. It also allowed me to make changes as the Holy Spirit directed. Then with prayer and worship in my heart I waited for the call to spring into action.

The waiting reminded me of being in the Marine Corps during the Cold War. I served in HMX 1 the Presidential Helicopter Squadron. Part of that mission was to keep three helicopters ready to launch at all times 7/24, I was part of the air crew. The reason was to move high government leaders to a safe place in the event of nuclear war. We trained and were tested to the point that we could launch the aircraft within seconds of the call going out. When the call was given we never knew if it was a test, training, or real. Waiting for the call was the hardest part not knowing if the next call out was going to be real or a test. The next call if real would mean that the world would be changed forever, people you loved, family, and home burned, dead, never to be seen again. I was trained to snatch people up to keep them from burning in a living Hell. Of course I would be saved too but all the earthy things I loved would be forever gone, burned.

I got the call at 4:15 PM. It was not the call out I was expecting, it was my work place. Things were falling apart I was needed to come fix the problem, now. Driving to work I was asking God what is going on? I was sure God wanted me to help these men of the next town. I ask God if He was going to let Satan get in the way of His plans? What I found at work was a much bigger mess than I could handle on my own. I needed help so I called in my friend and brother in Christ, he is also one of the Men of One Accord. We worked and cleaned up the mess to the best of our ability without all the parts we needed to make a complete repair. It was only a band-aid repair to get by till Monday morning when we could get the parts to make a more permanent repair. Back at our trucks as I started to talk about how the Spirit of the Lord was moving in our prayers Saturday mornings. I spoke about how the Spirit just left us sitting there in tears speechless, enjoying His presence. That must have been like a spear to his heart for he said, “ I do not want you to make a comment about what I say.” I listened to him confess all the sin and how he had messed up everything in his life.  He was totally defeated, totally broken, and believed God would never take him back. I looked at him and said, “God has you exactly where He wants you.”  I did not ask him if he wanted to pray, I just started to pray. I had to answer God’s call to race out onto the battlefield and place my shield between him and all of Satan’s fiery darts. Condemnation had driven him far away from the cross and he did not know how to find his way back.

Ecclesiastes 4: 10; “For if they fall, one will lift up his Companion.”

My prayer was just me asking my Father if He remembered. I asked Him about all the times he restored me when I had fallen. When I had messed up, when I was alone, and all the other times He had to come to my rescue. Do You remember Father? I ask my Father if He remembered how He always poured out His Grace upon me in all the events of my twenty-three years of walking with Him. After I described each event of my life in detail I would then ask Father do You remember? In detail I would describe what He had done for me and asked Father do You remember? I then would tearfully requested each time of my Father to do the same for my brother.

By the time I was done with that prayer we were both on the ground in the dirt in prayer. Our tears of sorrow and shame turned into tears of joy and praise. For one who once lay dying on the battlefield was carried back to the foot of the cross to be healed and restored to life by grace. I too have been carried to the foot of the cross many times it just happen to be my turn to answer the call.

Abba Father thank-You for remembering my brother and I.

Prayer is an Invitation to God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit, which brings two Lovers into one joyful room of Grace, our God and our very wounded  soul.

AMEN!

Isaiah 6:8;

Also I heard the voice of the LORD saying;

“Whom shall I send,

and who will go for Us?”

Then I said, “Here am I! Send me.”

Do You Remember the last time you answered the Call?

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10 thoughts on “Do You Remember?

  1. a) It is so cool that you were one of those Marines. I realize it may not be as glamorous as others might think, but I think that kind of stuff is always amazing.

    b) I have been in both positions: questioning if God could still accept me and praying as the dear brother in Christ. At a couple points I found myself being both simultaneously!

    It never ceases to amaze me how boundless God’s love and grace are, and how much He listens to and responds to our prayers.

    It is great knowing we have each other covered in prayer, and that God is watching over us and through us.

    • A.) Being a Marine is and will always be apart of who I am, just as being a Christ follower is now today. The training on how to be always faithful in the Marine Corps still works today in following Christ.
      1) Obey orders without Question.
      2) Never quit your post until you have been properly relieved.
      3) Never surrender as long as you have the means to resist.
      Do you think a Marine makes a good consoler? Most likely not!
      B.) Yes I too have been in both positions!
      Yes I too am always amazed how boundless our Lord is with Love and Grace and knowing He is watching and listening!
      Yes I too am grateful for my brothers in Christ Jesus cover us in prayer!
      Thank-you Daniel for your comments of Love, when I read part B you brought tears of joy again to my eyes.
      God Bless!

  2. What a testimony! May His Grace continue to guide you as you continue to remember His Grace! –S

  3. RebeccaAarup on said:

    That was very moving, thanks for sharing your experience so openly. Repentance leads to praise and worship!

    • Rebecca my dear sister in Christ Jesus, thank-you for stopping by and hanging around! When my Lord called me to this task of Men Of One Accord my life was to be lived transparent. The more transparent I become the less the world sees of James and the more they see of Christ. Please pray for me that as time passes the less of James is seen and the Christ that is me is all that remains. This shall be my prayer for you and may the smile of Jesus always be on your face. AMEN!

  4. Planting Potatoes on said:

    good read! I have had the same experiences with prayer and thank God for that gift every time! But don’t you think being trained to follow orders, “no matter what” instilled in you a deep sense to trust God, no matter what? It did me! Semper Fi!

  5. James, thank you for sharing this post with me, this is exactly how I feel we should respond. I also liked what you wrote in one of the comments to this post about how to be faithful in the Marine Corps, it DOES also apply to following Christ. I hope you don’t mind I have written this down to put where I will always see it and remember … 1) Obey orders without Question. 2) Never quit your post until you have been properly relieved. 3) Never surrender as long as you have the means to resist. Great rules to follow! I also loved the scripture you share from Isaiah … It can be so easy for me sometimes to get caught up in my own stuff sometimes and forget that I am here for God’s purpose….here I am Lord send me! This was a very good post! Have a blessed day!

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