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#UTCOP – A prayer and an answer

A prayer and an Answer

by Rose Harmer


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Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank You for accepting and loving me! I also thank You for Your family of believers who consistently obey Your heavenly calling and teach us so much.

I confess I long for those wonderful days of camp meetings when we, as young people, would seek Your face until almost midnight. We witnessed the outpouring of Your Holy Spirit through many decades.

We long for revival now in our lives and in our churches.

Rose hears this answer:

My child, I long to fill you each day with My Holy Spirit. You will find peace if you follow My ways and My direction. I am the Potter and you are the clay. As you pray, I will make and mold you after My will. Stay yielded to Me. Seek to really know Me, the giver of life, peace and joy.

Thank You, Lord, for Your direction both in Your Word and by Your Spirit speaking inaudibly to me.
Thank You for my husband and the fact we both desire Your will in our lives.
Thank You for Christian writers, such as Catherine Marshall and David Wilkerson, who inspire us.

Help those people who have asked for prayer. Teach me to know what You want me to do.

I love and praise You, Amen.


Rose prays a prayer and hears an answer. (tweet this)


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.

#UTCOP – A Month of Prayers – How We Cry Out

How We Cry Out

by Mary Haskett


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O God help us not to despair as we hear, read and see through the media, all the turmoil in the world today. Help us stay focused on You and to keep in mind that in the final battle You will reign victorious.

Dear Lord, comfort those being persecuted. Help them to remember, even if their lives are taken from this world, they will be ushered into heaven and their tears will be wiped away.

We pray for the Jewish nation, protect them against the enemies that surround them. We know the land they dwell in is Your land and You ordained that they should live there. We know that no man can drive them out. We marvel at your protection of Your people, but we know it is a difficult time once again for them.

We submit our prayers to you Lord in faith believing You will have Your way. Amen


Join us for a month of prayers at #UTCOP. Prayer today @marymhaskettcom. (Tweet this)

Mary Haskett

Mary is a writer and speaker. Since becoming a Christian she has served in many capacities. On a monthly basis in her home, she hosts a women’s prayer group, a women’s fellowship group, and Ready Writers, London of which she is the founder.
She serves in several ministries in her church. She is a member of The Word Guild. and Inscribe Christian Writers’ Fellowship.

Her book Reverend Mother’s Daughter was a finalist in the 2008 Word Guild of Canada Awards and won an IPPY award in the states. Her second book Because We Prayed was released two years ago.  India My Calling is her latest release, and relates the compelling story of  Jean Darling who served for 40 years on the mission field. Mary has had many articles published and  has been a regular contributor to the community publication Christian Life in London. You can visit her at http://www.maryhaskett.com


Sunday Stillness – Let’s Just Pray

Sunday Stillness – Let’s Just Pray

This month of September on #UTCOP we will be offering prayer posts to our Lord. All our contributors will be posting their prayers.


We hope you will join us with your own prayers in the comments or by linking prayer posts.

Listen to this prayer of mine, God;
pay attention to what I’m asking.
Answer me—you’re famous for your answers ( Psalm 143:1, The Message)!

Let’s fill the web with the prayers of His Saints. Hear our prayers, Oh Lord. And in Your love, answer them.

The voice of the Spirit is … so gentle…unless you are living in perfect communication with God, you never hear it (Oswald Chambers, August 13).


Lord, we come to You, humbled by the knowledge that we humans can actually talk directly to our Creator God, Lord of the Universe. Guide us this month as we open our hearts to You; as we thank You; cry out to You; and yes even question You. Teach us as we pray to trust You; listen to You and follow You.

Teach us to be still so we can listen. Thank You, Jesus, who made the Way for this communication. In His precious Name, Amen.


As I Cry Out

I call on You, Lord
Change me as You desire
Open my ears to hear
Open my eyes to see
Open my heart to feel.

Help me to teach others to pray
Carve a spot in our lives
To have a God-conversation.

Then help to make
That conversation on-going
So Your Spirit is in us
At all times.


Join us for a month of prayers in September at #UTCOP. (tweet this)

Make a difference – pray. Join us at #UTCOP. (tweet this)

Carve a spot in our lives to have time for a God-conversation. (tweet this)

READ OTHER POSTS AND ENCOURAGE ONE ANOTHER. Please check out all the places I link to during the week. Thanks to everyone who has joined Sunday Stillness. Here are my favourite links for Sunday Stillness: The Sunday Community by Deidra Riggs Still Saturday by Sandra Heskaking Sharing His Beauty Missional Women – Faith Filled Fridays Jennifer Miller at Scripture and a Snapshot Fellowship Fridays at Christian Mommy Blogger The Weekend Brew by Barbie Shelly Hendricks at Renewed Daily (Recommendation Saturday)

#UTCOP – What is Home Sweet Home?

 What is Home Sweet Home?

by Brenda J Wood


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We are building houses day by day
Included in our life of eat, sleep and play.

Our food is the lumber that we choose
And the best of materials must be used.

That’s meat and veg, fruit and eggs
And exercise offers nails and pegs.

While we sleep the Carpenter takes all
And quietly fashions to His call.

If we make wise choices, when we are old
We’ll have a home we’re proud to hold

No need for fixing, or doing repairs
For well-chosen product wears the cares.

One final word, friends. We ask you—urge is more like it—that you keep on doing what we told you to do to please God, not in a dogged religious plod, but in a living, spirited dance. You know the guidelines we laid out for you from the Master Jesus. God wants you to live a pure life. Keep yourselves from sexual promiscuity. Learn to appreciate and give dignity to your body, not abusing it, as is so common among those who know nothing of God (1 Thessalonians 4:1-6, The Message).


God, help us to treat our body like the temple it is (1Corinthians 6:20-MSG).


How are you treating your body? Is God pleased? (tweet this)

Brenda J. Wood

A popular motivational speaker, Brenda, of Barrie, Ontario is known for her common sense wisdom, sense of humour and quirky comments. Brenda especially enjoys speaking at women’s retreats and conferences, community events, Mops, World Day of Prayer, and Stonecroft Ministries.

A prolific author, her current books include:

The Big Red Chair: a children’s book dealing with the loss of a grandparent.
Meeting Myself: Snippets from a Fractured Mind:  the author’s recovery from abuse and eating disorders.
Hearts Under Construction: A motivational cookbook designed to feed both body and soul
Heartfelt: 366 Devotions for Common Sense Living.
God, Gluttony and You: a Bible Study dealing with our relationship to food.
The Pregnant Pause of Grief: the first trimester of widowhood

Read more at:
facebook – www.facebook.com/brendawoodspeaker

How to Rediscover Prayer Walking

How to Rediscover Prayer Walking

by Stephanie Nickel


A few months back we began fostering a friend’s German Shepherd. This led to 15-30 minute walks each day. Since I’m not a huge fan of cardio exercise, the daily walk was a benefit to me. But even more importantly, I rediscovered the joy of prayer walking.

Below are some suggestions you might want to incorporate into your own prayer life.

Give Thanks

I thank God for many things while I walk.
For the ability to walk
For eyesight
For hearing
For physical health
For the ability to think
For the invitation to commune with Him

Once I begin to give thanks, one thing leads to the next, which leads to the next, which leads to the next.

Prayer for Strangers

I pray for the residents in the houses along the route I walk.
I pray for the owners, the employees, and the patrons of the businesses I pass.
I pray for the motorists and pedestrians I encounter.

Prayer for Replacement

I pray that God would replace negatives with positives in the lives of those along my route.
Doubt with saving faith
Darkness with light
Despair with hope
Loneliness with companionship
Turmoil with peace
Woundedness with healing
Lies with truth
Spiritual blindness with spiritual eyesight

The Opportunity to Listen

As I observe the beauty of the Creator’s handiwork, He reveals more about Himself. Oh, that I would have ears to “hear”!

“For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made” (Romans 1:20, ESV).

I admit that I am easily distracted. The physical activity of walking actually helps to keep me focused. Plus, of course, I do thank the Lord for things and pray for individuals I am less likely to pray for during my prayer time at home.

What advantages of prayer walking have you discovered?


God invites you to discover the wonders of prayer walking. (tweet this)


Steph Beth Nickel

Headshot 1 Stephanie 2013

Steph Beth is a wife of over 30 years and the mother of three grown children. Steph’s eclectic interests include writing, editing, fitness, photography, and childbirth (she is also a labour doula).
Steph’s was honoured to co-author former Paralympian Deb Willows’ memoir. Living Beyond My Circumstances is available from Amazon and directly from the publisher, Castle Quay Books, among other places. 
Steph edits for Christian Editing Services under the leadership of Karen Burkett. She is a long-time member of The Word Guild and a more recent member of InScribe Christian Writers’ Fellowship.

Steph blogs at Steph’s Electic Interests. Her author website, Steph Beth Nickel, is a work-in-progress.

You can also find her at Steph’s Facebook and Steph’s Twitter.

#UTCOP – Who is Steroidal Aunt Bessie?

Who is Steroidal Aunt Bessie?

by Brenda Wood


A killjoy likes to kill joy in others. Their behaviour prevents others from having a good time.
We all have an Uncle Freddy who looks down his nose at giggling children and spouts off saying like “In my day, children were seen and not heard!”


Then there are the Aunt Bessies who ‘Harrumph’ their displeasure if they cannot control the conversation. One Aunt Bessie I know grabs her stomach and cries out “Oh, I do not like you even discussing that.” Then she rushes to the bathroom to throw up, or at least pretend to do so.

Atheists are only another version of killjoys.

They don’t understand our love and devotion to Christ and spout long dissertations on why we ought not to believe. Don’t bother arguing with them.

Atheists are just Aunt Bessie on steroids.

The following are atheist excerpts from Mark 6:1-6, NIV. We aren’t the only ones amazed at their lack of faith.

“Where did this man get these things?” they asked.


“What’s this wisdom that has been given him? What are these remarkable miracles he is performing? Isn’t this the carpenter? Isn’t this Mary’s son and the brother of James, Joseph, Judas and Simon? Aren’t his sisters here with us?”


And they took offense at him. He could not do any miracles there, except lay his hands on a few sick people and heal them.

Jesus was amazed at their lack of faith.


Lord, please open the eyes of our unbelieving friends and relatives that they too would come to know Christ as their personal Saviour. Amen.


Who is steroidal Aunt Bessie? (tweet this)

Brenda J. Wood

A popular motivational speaker, Brenda, of Barrie, Ontario is known for her common sense wisdom, sense of humour and quirky comments. Brenda especially enjoys speaking at women’s retreats and conferences, community events, Mops, World Day of Prayer, and Stonecroft Ministries.

A prolific author, her current books include:

The Big Red Chair: a children’s book dealing with the loss of a grandparent.
Meeting Myself: Snippets from a Fractured Mind:  the author’s recovery from abuse and eating disorders.
Hearts Under Construction: A motivational cookbook designed to feed both body and soul
Heartfelt: 366 Devotions for Common Sense Living.
God, Gluttony and You: a Bible Study dealing with our relationship to food.
The Pregnant Pause of Grief: the first trimester of widowhood

Read more at:
facebook – www.facebook.com/brendawoodspeaker


How Does God Prompt Us to Pray?

How Does God Prompt Us to Pray?

by Sandi Somers

Paul wrote to his protégé Timothy,

I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them (1 Timothy 2:1 NLT).

Mr. Meller came to our church only occasionally, and I didn’t know him well. However, I did know that his first wife and children had been killed in a plane crash many years before.

On one particular Sunday when he visited our church, I wondered if he still had open wounds or unhealed memories from that tragic loss. Later during the service, he stood up to share the story of his family’s accident. Choking back tears, he said that this day was the anniversary of their deaths and that losing them was still a painful memory for him.

This was a powerful experience for me. It was no coincidence that I had thought of his loss before he mentioned it.

God had been nudging me to pray.

I became convinced that God brings specific people to mind because we are meant to pray for them.

He prompts us, sometimes with a thought or question about their welfare.

Who is God prompting you to pray for?


Heavenly Father, guide us today to pray when we think of specific people. Teach us that thoughts of people are a call to pray for them. Amen.


God brings specific people to mind because we are meant to pray for them. (tweet this)

Who is God prompting you to pray for? (tweet this)

Sandi Somers

Sandi Somers

Sandi  is a former teacher and Instructor of English as a Second Language. She has lived in Colombia, South America, and has travelled widely. She now lives in Calgary, Alberta.

Her current passion is writing about faith, prayer and the writing life. Sandi also enjoys reading, quilting, gardening, walking and connecting with friends and her extended family.  She belongs to the InScribe Christian Writers’ Fellowship and The Word Guild.



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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)


What Happens When You Pray to be Used?

Please welcome Melanie Fischer today – our new guest blogger.

What Happens When You Pray to be Used?

by Melanie Fischer


My pen was the ticket to a two week adventure in one of Nunavut’s fly-in communities. A long-time friend invited me along to her native land to document the Inuit culture for promotional material.

As I tucked a decorative scribbler into my carry-on luggage, I prayed,

“Lord, use me on this trip.”

We covered many miles across Canada to the Southern tip of Baffin Island. I covered many more miles with the end of my pen as I captured the culture and many exciting stories.

The story that earned the title “highlight of the trip” went like this:

Artists in the community bubbled with excitement as they prepared for the art sale. My stay was almost over, so I was thrilled to be able to attend. With my camera and camcorder in hand I sauntered from table to table, snapping pictures and chatting. I approached a table with a jolly Inuit lady and a man who resembled Santa.

The couple was especially friendly and generous in sharing stories. They paused to ask where I was from. “Close to Edmonton,” I stated. They gasped and explained that their son, Tommy, lived in a group-home there. Saddened that he was lonely and without family, they asked if I would stop and say hi for them.

I glanced down at my video camera, “would you like to say hi to him yourself?” I asked. They enthusiastically accepted the idea. The mom stared into the camera and delivered a message in her native tongue. I did not understand her words but I empathized with her tears.

The father then gazed at the video screen; a thick French accent buttered the phrase “I love you Tommy.” He was a man of few words, but he didn’t need them to deliver the message that he deeply missed his son. He quickly wiped away tears then nodded to indicate he was done. I closed up my camera then received contact information.

On my way home I had a one night layover in Iqaluit. As I approached the hotel front desk, a cheery young man asked me where I had come from. When I told him he laughed and said that was where he was from. “Maybe you met my mom and dad,” he chuckled.

He described his mom as a large Inuit lady and his dad…a Frenchman with a white beard. “Your brother is Tommy!” I exclaimed. He clasped his hand to his heart and spilled out “You know Tommy?” I told him how I was delivering a message from his parents to his brother.

Before I could even complete the question, “would you like to send him a message?” he stared impatiently at my camera, waiting for it to turn on.

The next day I arrived in Edmonton. A shy Inuit fellow sat across from me at our meeting place. He played the videos over and over, straining to hear every word.

You never know what will happen when you pray the prayer “Lord use me!”


You never know what will happen when you pray the prayer “Lord use me!” (click to tweet)

Have you ever prayed the words, “Lord, use me”. (click to tweet)

Melanie Fischer


Melanie is a writer and blogger. She has recently discovered that perhaps God has not created technology to punish us, but rather to propel His message into the world. She is passionate in sharing this newfound knowledge and equipping others to live their purpose. This has led her to recently start up the endeavor “Hungry for Purpose.” You can visit her blog and see what else she is up to on her website www.hungryforpurpose.com Melanie is a member of Inscribe Writers Fellowship.