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What does Undergirded by Prayer Mean?

What Does Undergirded by Prayer Mean?

by Janis Cox

Rebuilding the Walls - Nehemiah

Last week I attended a Christian Writers Conference, held in Guelph, Ontario. The conference is called Write! Canada and sponsored by The Word Guild. For the past nine years I have faithfully attended this conference. It is really the highlight of my year.

Where can I find faithful Christians in one place for 3 days,
who also write?

Write! Canada is a place where we can all set aside agendas, we can encourage one another, we can be filled with worship, we can pray together, and we can learn more about the craft of writing.

My heart is full but my head is also full. For the next few weeks I will be in prayer asking God what did I hear and what does He want me to do with that learning.

The most powerful part of our conference is the undergirding of the Prayer Team. We knew that those who stayed at home were in prayer for us every day. Thank you to those who held us up to the Lord.

I heard a paraphrase of Nehemiah 4:16 that said:

“Those protecting the workers are as important
as the workers themselves”.

Thank you Prayer Team for protecting us during the conference.

We also held early morning prayer times (and two afternoon prayer times, too), where we lifted up concerns of attendees. They were able to put their concerns on paper and place in a prayer bag. We also prayed for what we were hearing from God too. It was a powerful start to the day!

Janis Cox

Janis Cox - Author and Illustrator

Janis, a former school teacher and small business owner, found a new passion in writing in her retirement. She has published two devotionals and a number of articles for magazines and a Bible study. She is owner of Under the Cover of Prayer and moderates the site. She is also a contributor to a group blog called Family and Faith Matters. Janis is the author/illustrator of the Award Winning book, Tadeo Turtle. Word Alive has published Tadeo Turtle. See more information at Janis’s Website.

WHY IS PRAYER IMPORTANT? – Poland Thoughts – Part 1

Why Is Prayer Important? – Poland Thoughts –  Part 1

by Jan Cox

All the prayers of our team pray-ers.

I went to Poland much calmer and in better health this summer than last. Because of my allergies – airborne and food – I tried hard to work within my limits.

I took an small pillow which I had made from a foam insert with a sewn pillow case over it. They have feather pillows where I stay and each year my allergies had been bothering me.

A Homemade Foam Pillow – even Snowball likes it.

I took an antihistamine each day.

I watched what I ate.

I came home much healthier – thank You, Lord.

This year I was not given responsibility for the children’s programme. That was an energy saver for sure. I stayed up later and had time to socialize with the Polish adults and my team members.

Being in charge of a daily Bible study not only enlightened and encouraged the nationals but also God’s Word spoke to me. I loved my group’s enthusiasm and openness when answering the questions.

Bible Study Class in Poland

Our early morning team time blessed us all. With most of the time given to prayer we prayed for everything that the Holy Spirit brought to our minds and laid on our hearts. I could feel a strong web in our circle as we prayed – pulling us closer together and to God.

I continue to pray back here in Canada. Using a gifted picture frame, I can now look at my Bible study group and pray specifically for each member. Even as I walk by the frame – it is a reminder to lift them to God.

Much thanks to my special prayer team back home. Being UNDER THE COVER OF PRAYER made all the difference to each one of us. Each team member had their own personal team of pray-ers. Multiply that by our member and we could sense the power of God as we moved through our days. Strength, peace, comfort, healing, compassion, love … just a few of the marvellous gifts we received from your prayers. Thank you so much.

great memories – check out my Gratitude List from last week

Returning Home: Gratitude List – counting to 2000

      • My IM Bible Study helps me smooth out my rough edges and the homecoming
      • Jet lag is improving
      • I fell – but no major hurts – just ached and scraped my knee (like a kid!)
      • Boat ride and swim to relax
      • It rained!!
      • Great joint church “sizzling service in the park” but held in the church because of the rain
      • stirring sermon by Pastor Doug (Gospel Lighthouse)
      • awesome music by a joint band
      • excitement about family gathering at a cottage
      • pictures in my mind of my Polish friends
      • learning to text on my IPOD
      • time to think, study and read
      • awesome summer weather
      • talented actors from our town played “Steel Magnolias”
      • cooler nights – fall is just around the corner

Jan Cox

Janis Cox - Author and Illustrator
Janis Cox

Jan, a former school teacher and small business owner, found a new passion in writing in her retirement. She has published two devotionals and a number of articles for magazines and a Bible study. She is owner of Under the Cover of Prayer and moderates the site. She also writes at A Better Way. Jan has completed a children’s book called Tadeo Turtle. She is the watercolour illustrator. Word Alive will be publishing this story and it will be available later this summer. See more about Tadeo at Jan’s Website.