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#UTCOP – How We Can Pray When We are Weary

How We Can Pray When We are Weary

by Jen Cudmore


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The first half of this year, even though I prayed about all my commitments, I took on too much. Between working full time, writing a novel, keeping up on my blog, and writing blogs for 4 other sites, I struggled to take care of my home, husband, and children. To say the least, I was exhausted.

My only hope was to rely on the strength of my God.

The Bible says that we should not grow weary of doing good (Gal 6:9) and that His strength is made perfect in our weakness (2 Cor 12:9).

I was so overwhelmed, I wasn’t sure how I could carry on.

Here is a prayer I wrote for myself during that tough season.

“God, You said I could cast all my cares on you (1 Pet 5:7) because You do not grow weary – I can rely on You for strength. I cannot do this on my own, but You are able to keep me from falling (Jude v24). You will sustain me.

Help me not to fear or become dismayed, for You are my God & You will strengthen me. You uphold me with Your righteous right hand. (Isaiah 41:10). Remind me to lift my eyes up because my help comes from You, Maker of Heaven & Earth. You will not let my foot slip; You are ever vigilant. (Psalm 121:1-3)

Help me remember that my troubles are only for this moment & if I believe in faith & persevere, I will achieve an eternal glory. I don’t want to focus on the temporary things in life. Help me to fix my eyes on what is not seen because that is eternal. (2 Cor 4:17-18).

 “O God, Hear my prayer! I cry to You for help when my heart is overwhelmed. Lead me to the towering rock of safety, for You are my safe refuge…Let me live forever in Your sanctuary, safe beneath the shelter of Your wings!” – Psalm 61:1-4


A prayer to uplift weary hearts by Jen Cudmore. (tweet this)

He carries us when we are tired and weak – pray this prayer. (tweet this)

Jen Cudmore

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Jen grew up on the Columbia River Gorge and currently lives in Alaska with her husband, two children, two boxers, and two cats. Her goal is to write novels that encourage women to look for positive qualities in a life partner, and to foster an environment of real romance, rather than fantasy, as they grow old with their spouse. For more, visit her website at http://www.jencudmore.com/. You can also find her on FacebookTwitterPinterest, and Goodreads.


What I Want to Learn about Prayer

What I Want to Learn about Prayer

by Janis Cox


I started Under the Cover of Prayer in 2010 because I felt God calling me to bring pray-ers together; to teach more about all the facets of prayer; and to make me a better pray-er.

He has done more than that. He has built a community, what I have started to call a Tribe of Jesus. I have started to use something called a hashtag (#) which helps people locate everything to do with this blog. I am using:



I have read many prayer books. I study the Bible. I focus on what I hear and see.

Today’s reading from Oswald Chambers really struck me.

How does God view our prayers and our pray-ers?

Worship and intercession must go together, one is impossible without the other (Oswald Chambers, March 30)

And from the Bible:

Your attitude should be the same as Christ (Philippians 2:5, NIV).

Now that makes me think long and hard and ask myself some questions.

      • Am I pleading without being with the mind of Christ?
      • Am I thinking of myself and my feelings, and my agenda when I pray?
      • Do I question God and ask how can I do this?
      • Do I let tell Him, ‘it is impossible’?
      • Do I decide for Him whether something will work or not?

Oswald Chambers says we need to aim to:

live in a holy relationship with God … having such intimate contact with Him that we know His mind about the ones for whom we pray.

For that reason I need a blogging holiday – not just one week, but at least one month away from blogging.


Please pray for me while I take this time to renew, refresh and rekindle that intimate relationship that I crave.

From April 10 – May 10th. I want to R.E.N.E.W.


If you need to contact me during this time please email Under the Cover of Prayer.


Lord Jesus, you have told me to take this time away to renew. Please help me to hear clearly what is important to you. In Your name, AMEN.




I want to RENEW my relationship with Jesus (tweet this)

Why am I taking a blogging holiday? (tweet this)


Sunday Stillness – How is your prayer a time capsule?

Sunday Stillness – How is your prayer a time capsule?


As I read The Circle Maker by Mark Batterson I pray more. I see my prayers answered. I see God working. I love this statement that Mark makes in this book:

Every prayer is a time capsule. You never know when or where or how God is going to answer it, but He will answer it (page 204, The Circle Maker).

As I started my faith walk with Jesus I remember someone explain to me that God always answers. The answer may be: YES. NO. or MAYBE.

If you haven’t had an answer of no – then persist in praying. The answer of YES may be just around the bend.

You won’t know if God will answer unless you keep praying.

That’s why prayers are like an incense to our Father – the aroma of our cries, our pleas and our questions. We watch and wait for the answers. That is exciting. But we need to pray in order to get answers.

Our prayers build before the Lord.

Our prayers don’t dissipate over time; our prayers accumulate through eternity (page 204, The Circle Maker).

Join me over at #UTCOP, Under the Cover of Prayer, as we grapple with all facets of talking and listening to God.


Our prayers build before the Lord. ~ @MarkBatterson. (tweet this)

You won’t know if God will answer unless you keep praying. (tweet this)

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Watchful Wednesdays – Prayer

Watchful Wednesdays – Prayer


That seems to be the word I hear constantly during the day.


Pray for this. Pray for that. Don’t forget to pray again for this.

Even our pastor here in Arizona did a session on prayer. He used the book The Circle Maker. You can listen to his sermon, Think Long.

Some nuggets and tweetables:

God’s ability to answer our prayers is bigger than our ability to listen.

Don’t quit praying. (You may be one prayer away from the answer you seek.)

We overestimate what we can do in one year, but underestimate what we can do in 10 years.

Don’t think less of ourselves but do think of ourselves less.

I am striving this week to really listen to when the Holy Spirit says PRAY. What about you?



Thoughts that Sting

by Janet Sketchley


What are Thoughts that Sting?


which thoughts to

dwell on,


agree with,


Choose life.

God has been reclaiming the garden of my heart from an infestation of negative thoughts. I had no idea how many of the enemy’s lies I’d bought, nor how deeply they’d rooted. I’m so grateful that He loves me enough to confront me with the problem, and to forgive me when I acknowledged my part in letting them take hold.

Listen to the father of lies?

Believe what he says?

Why in the world would a person do that?

But he makes them sound so reasonable, and they attach to our fears and masquerade as truth. Maybe that’s how to discern the difference: does the thought seem to confirm my fears, stir my anxiety? Or does it resonate with my spirit? I really need to check each thought at the mental garden gate and ask for ID. Friend, or foe? Prove it. 

Wasp Nest

Not long ago, I was outside in a quiet spot, pondering what I’m learning. A wasp flew into my space, September-stupid and slow. Instead of retreating like I’d do in with an aggressive summer wasp, I shooed it away with my hand.

It came back; I shooed it again. After a few times, it went away.

In the stillness, it seemed like God was asking, “Did you get that?”

I think I did.

“And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise” (Philippians 4:8 NIV).

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Janet Sketchley

Janet is an east coast Canadian writer working to break into print in novel-length fiction. In the mean time, she writes weekly book reviews, devotionals and features on her blog, “Tenacity“.



Let the Apostle Paul Pray for You   

by Violet Nesdoly  (reprinted with permission)

How Can Apostle Paul Help Us Pray?

“And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in knowledge and all discernment, that you may approve the things that are excellent, that you may be sincere and without offense till the day of Christ, being filled with the fruits of righteousness which are by Jesus Christ to the glory and praise of God” (Philippians 1:9-11 NIV).

Don’t you just love it when someone prays over you, and for you, the kind of prayer quoted Philippians 1:9-11? This kind of prayer lifts our sights from our concerns to how we fit into God’s big picture. It casts a vision of what we strive toward. It reminds us that we’re part of something big, glorious, and eternal.

Wes Campbell in the Introduction to the “Apostolic Prayers” chapter of Praying the Bible: The Book of Prayers says:

“Have you ever listened to a father earnestly pray for his child? In the Apostolic Prayers you find the apostles—the early fathers of the church—praying for their spiritual children. Most of the Apostolic Prayers in the Bible were written by the Apostle Paul” – p. 187.

Philippians 1:9-11 make up one of those prayers prayed by Paul over the Christians in Philippi. Campbell notes the characteristics commonly found in such prayers. He observes that Apostolic prayers are:

  • Fatherly prayers. They express what a father wants for those he has birthed and is raising in the Lord.
  • Foundational prayers. As founders of the church, the apostles were setting things in order.
  • God-focused prayers. They are, in fact, so God-focused that they virtually ignore the demonic host.
  • Positive prayers…. Apostolic Prayers are not focused on fixing what we aren’t, but rather on fulfilling what we can be.
  • Prayers for the church. They bring before God the concern of the saved whether individuals, churches or regions”

How can we make the most of these rich prayers?

Campbell again:

“When praying these prayers for yourself, personalize them by changing the pronouns and ask that God would do these things in your own life. Then pray the exact same words over your friends and family, putting their names into the text. Do the same for your church and the other churches throughout your city or region. When you do this, you will be praying like the apostles prayed. You can even expect the same results!” – all quotes above from Wes Campbell, Praying the Bible: The Book of Prayers, pp. 187-191.


Dear God, may my love overflow more and more and may I keep on growing in knowledge and understanding. For I want to understand what really matters, so that I may live a pure and blameless life until the day of Christ’s return. May I always be filled with the fruit of my salvation—the righteous character produced in my life by Jesus Christ—for this will bring much glory and praise to God. Amen. (Philippians 1:9-11 personalized from the NLT version.)

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Violet Nesdoly

Violet freelances in several genres and has been published in a variety of print and online publications. Her articles, stories, and activities have appeared in Keys for Kids, Devotions for Girls, Devotions for Boys, Clubhouse, Guide, Primary Treasure, Partners, Pockets and others. She has also published two books of poetry and is an avid blogger. She is a member of Inscribe Christian Writers’ Fellowship and a professional member of The Word Guild.


Why Worry When We Can Pray?

by Kimberley Payne  

Quite a climb!

The hill in the distance looked daunting. “You want to climb that?” I stopped walking to re-lace my shoes.

Helen giggled. “Yes, of course. I do it almost every day. The dogs love it.” Her two dogs ran ahead, eager to get going.

“Well, I suppose. But I’m not sure if I’ll make it.” I shifted my water bottle to my hip. The hill loomed ahead, a 5 kilometre walk upwards.  I wasn’t a stranger to a good hike; I loved to tromp through the woods and along the trails. But a walk straight up a steep hill was not my usual repertoire.

To pass the time and keep my mind off the pain in my calves, we talked. Enjoying a good chat is one of my favourite things to do in combination with a walk. Helen explained how she normally walks alone and she agreed that having a partner makes the upwards strain that much easier.

She shared with me a story of how she had been walking the same road the day before and suffered from blasts of dust from cars that raced by with no consideration for her and her dogs. Her frustration was compounded by the heat. She threw her arms up in irritation as cars sped past. “Why are you not slowing down? Have you no consideration?” she called after them.

But as her anger and indignation rose, she felt convicted in her spirit. Why worry when you could pray? So as the next car came into vision, instead of complaining and getting agitated waiting for the dust to swirl around her, she chose to pray instead. “Dear Lord, please make this driver slow down.” As she watched the vehicle approach, it slowed to such a degree that she expected the driver to pull over and ask directions. Instead he gave a wave and continued on. “Thank You, Jesus!” Helen exclaimed. As each car came into view, Helen prayed to God and He came through every time. The walk became enjoyable and a real testament to the fact that God cares about our every need.

As Helen finished her story, a farm vehicle, large and spewing dust all around came over the hill. “Let’s pray!” Helen enthusiastically challenged. We prayed and the truck passed without a flicker of dust. “God is good. Why worry when we can pray?”

I agreed with Helen and with an exhausted groan asked my own prayer, “Lord, please give me the strength to finish this walk!”

“Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life ?” (Matthew 6:27 NIV)

Kimberley Payne

Kimberley is a motivational speaker and author. Her writings relate raising a family, pursuing a healthy lifestyle, and everyday experiences to building a relationship with God. Through her work, Kimberley hopes to inspire people to live lives that glorify God. You can visit her website at www.kimberleypayne.com

CAN I TAKE A RISK? – Five-Minute Friday

Can I take a Risk?

When my husband decided he wanted to start his own business in 1987 I encouraged him to try it. I also helped him to incorporate, buy furniture, a computer, computer software and a telex system on the computer (yup that’s what we used back then). I learned how to do accounts payable, receivable and take orders. I went back to teaching to give us a solid footing for a few years.

Was it worth it?– positively!

We decided on the old philosophy – nothing ventured – nothing gained. Any what ifs we had, we put them aside. We said things like, “Well we can both go back to work – selling and teaching.” “ We can downsize and buy a townhouse or condominium.”

We sold this company in 2001 and took early retirement. Not content to just lay around, we opened a bed and breakfast and enjoyed that for 4 years.

This year it is my turn to take a risk. I have written and illustrated a children’s book called Tadeo Turtle.

Tadeo Turtle - Written and Illustrated by Janis Cox

Tadeo Turtle – Written and Illustrated by Janis Cox

(That is pronounced TAHD-ay-OH.) Now I have found a publisher/marketer – Word Alive. I signed the contract today.

Do I wonder what will happen? YES.

Do I wonder, “What if it fails?” YES.

But I know this is what I am supposed to do.

I woke up last night after many days of praying, talking it out with God and my husband. I heard clearly in complete sentences – not thoughts as I usually hear them in my head.

“Jan, I have given you the words and the pictures. I have prepared you for this moment. You know I will be with you every step of the way. Take your story Tadeo Turtle and go with Word Alive and make this story known to children.”

Risk is good – it means taking a step forward.

On Facebook this morning I saw this beautiful wall hanging. I can’t find anyone who claims it as theirs.

Choose to use Your Wings

Choose to use Your Wings

The word choose has been in my vocabulary this week as studied Grace Fox’s Bible study, Moving From Fear to Freedom. One strategy that she gives is, WE NEED TO CHOOSE, and in this case I choose to believe that this is what God wants me to do.

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13 KJV).

I am linking to the Gypsy Mama again this week. I can’t believe how the words she chooses fit into exactly what is happening in my life.

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by Rose Harmer

 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke is easy and my burden is light”  (Matthew 11:28-30 NIV).

For many years I have followed a pattern in my devotions of praising God for who he is, requesting his forgiveness or help, and then simply being still and listening as his Holy Spirit speaks in a still, small, inaudible voice to my heart, writing out those precious words and pondering them throughout my day.  The following is one of these “listening”.

Yes, my child, I have much to teach you.
Do not despair; you learned a valuable lesson yesterday which is to rest.
You know you are too busy and place too much stress on your mind and body.The stress has brought about the pain in your chest, the heart appointments and various ailments.

I never intended you to take on the heavy loads.
Perhaps now you are willing to take my yoke which is easy and my light burdens.
Trust in Me and allow My delight and joy in your days.

His commands are so loving and gentle, it is easy to learn his ways when we study his word and take the time to be still and listen.

Rose Spillenaar Harmer

Rose was born in Kirkland Lake, Ontario, and speaks on subjects related to marriage, family and mental health.  Her travels take her throughout North America and she winters in Cape Coral, Florida.  Her published words include a short biography in Clayton’s Kids (2009) and a column entitled “Listening” which will be part of a forth-coming book.  Contact Rose.