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Today I would like to welcome Bruce Atchison, a new contributor to Under the Cover of Prayer. He discusses how his prayer request changed as he grew closer to God.

The Miracle House

by Bruce Atchison

A Shelter and Quiet Place (not Bruce’s house!)

John MacArthur once said that providence is a far greater miracle than miracles are. Since God is all powerful, He can create whatever He wishes. With providence, countless variable factors have to line up for God’s will to be done.

A dozen years ago, I learned this important lesson.

I prayed earnestly each day for a quiet place where I could write in peace.

God seemed deaf to my cries as I waited for his answer. Wherever I moved, noisy neighbours and loud cars ruined my concentration.

In April of 2000, my mom happened to mention a real estate lady who she chatted with at the mall. When she gave me her phone number, I asked about seeing houses in small towns.

The realtor drove me to several hamlets but the houses were too expensive or not the sort I had prayed for.

The Prayer:

I asked the Lord for a home not near other houses and outside of  a town with a grocery store.  I also said that if the house I liked was still on the market for a few days after I saw it, I’d buy it.

The Answer:

The real estate woman drove me to Radway one afternoon. The house we looked at was located across the tracks and had no other houses nearby. The hamlet had a grocery store, post office, drugstore, and library. When I called a few days later, it was still on the market.

Additionally, I received a large payment from the federal government at that time. Since I had been a clerical worker, the government had underpaid us. The lump sum not only paid the down payment but I added a septic field to the system.

If any one of the factors had been different, I might still be renting or paying a hefty mortgage.

Thanks to God’s all-inclusive care, I now own my home and have had twelve wonderful years of solitude. Most importantly, His marvelous gift corrected my errant notion that the Lord only gave people what they needed if they worked up enough faith.

Psalm 37:4 shows that we should line up our desires with those of our Lord. He knows what will be best for us and accomplish His will as well.

“Delight yourself in the Lord
and he will give you the desires of your heart.”

I wrote about this answer to prayer in my new paperback and e-book, How I Was Razed: A Journey from Cultism to Christianity.

 Bruce Atchison

Bruce is a legally-blind freelance writer. His articles have appeared in a variety of magazines and newsletters. Additionally, he is VP of Communication for the Athabasca-Sturgeon-Redwater constituency association of the Wildrose Party. Atchison is also the author of three memoirs. He lives in a tiny prairie hamlet with his two house rabbits. See him at his blog (WordPress) blog (Blogspot), TwitterFacebookLinkedIn, and Virtual Bookworm.


Cast Your Burden on Christ

by Jan Cox

This morning two passages of Scripture struck deep into my heart. I had read from Philippians 1 and 1 Peter 4.

In Philippians, Paul is in jail, in chains, yet he is praying not for himself but for Christ’s church and His people.

And the word I have seen the most often in Scripture this week is LOVE.

“So this is my prayer: that your love will flourish and that you will not only love much but well. Learn to love appropriately. You need to use your head and test your feelings so that your love is sincere and intelligent, not sentimental gush. Live a lover’s life, circumspect and exemplary, a life Jesus will be proud of: bountiful in fruits from the soul, making Jesus Christ attractive to all, getting everyone involved in the glory and praise of God” (Philippians 1:9-11 The Message).

So – how do I love? That is my prayer to Christ. Show me how, where and when to love His people.

“There is nothing Christ dislikes more than for His people to make show of Him and not use Him. He loves to be worked. He is a great laborer. He always was for His Father and now He loves to be a great laborer for His brethren. The more burdens you put on His shoulders, the better He will love you. Cast your burden on Him” (Charles Spurgeon, Christ in the Covenant).

If Christ loves to be worked and we can cast our burdens on Him, then I need to pray that way. My burden this week is to love – so I will pray for Christ to show me the way to do that.

I read from 1 Peter – he talks about learning to think like Christ.

Here are some of Paul’s examples:

  • My own way – get rid of that type of thinking so I can be free to follow God and not what I want.
  • Stay wide-awake in prayer – watch and listen so I can see exactly whom to pray for and how to love (this can be emails, phone calls, people I meet, TV and the news).

So this is what I think I heard this morning:

  • Christ is my life
  • Pray to be shown whom to love
  • Get rid of my agenda
  • Watch and listen to everything God puts in my path.

What do you think? Can you listen to what God puts on your heart? Can you then burden Christ with that message to make it something you can work on together?


Father, I relinquish my agenda. I want to learn to love and I want to live in Christ. Keep me mindful of what is going on around me so I can be a good Intercessor and be Your hands and feet here on earth. In Jesus’ name. AMEN.

My Gratitude List for this week. I have to skip some of these gifts as I am much further ahead that the ones I have written. So I will pick a few and then get closer to the date we are today. This makes 486.

  • Carissa (granddaughter) sat between Wayne and I during our Thanksgiving church service
  • A great group of women being in communion with God; a feast of love
  • A verse to memorize: Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even great things than these because I am going to the Father” (John 14:12).
  • Hard Eucharisteo – Wayne’s Dad was sick for his own 90th birthday party.
  • Endurance when tired
  • Waking at 4am to travel (body confused for awhile)
  • Sun, Sprouts, barbecued chicken
  • Energy to clean dirt from patio, front porch, side of home
  • Meeting old friends
  • A Naturopath appointment; air-conditioning; air purifier; skin cream; DHIST
  • Mom in a new room at the Retirement Home – hurrah!
  • How bright and intelligent Mom is at 94; meds are working well
  • I can get down on my knees

Jan 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 written a children’s book in which she is also the watercolour illustrator. She hopes to publish it some day.


On Monday, September 19, Staci Stallings wrote the first part of A Reason to Pray.

Here is part 2.

A Reason to Pray (part 2)

by Staci Stallings

When you use Satan’s attempts to upset you as a reminder that “This is a reason to pray,” you are using one of the best spiritual tools in the weapons God has given you.  Why?

Because God drives Satan insane. In fact, Satan cannot be where God is. Even better, Satan doesn’t want to be where God is.

A friend of mine was having financial trouble. She had creditors calling who did not have a claim on the payment they were requesting, but that didn’t stop them from calling—every day. At home, at work, on her cell phone. Despite getting solid legal advice that she did not owe this money, they kept calling. The situation was sending her into panic attacks and had anxiety wrapped over her like a wet blanket.

When she finally told me what was going on, as we talked, the Holy Spirit whispered the answer to me. “Tell her to use this as a reason to pray.” Not in general terms, like at night saying, “Please, God. Take this away.” But directly.

As crazy as this is going to sound, I have now seen the following work miracles not just in this situation but in others. When the thoughts come (or the creditor call comes in, or the angry co-worker shows up, or the ex-husband calls), in your spirit say, “Oh, thanks, Satan. You’re right. I need to pray about this. Bless you for reminding me… Thank You, God, for being in my life and for showing me Your best way to handle this. Be with me Holy Spirit. I give this situation to You. You are the most awesome friend I have! Thanks.”

Let me tell you. Satan does NOT want to be the reason you remember God. Remember the dis- words mean separation, away from, negation. He wants to separate you from God, to negate the good God is doing in the world. It drives Satan crazy to be the reminder that God is present and all you have to do is put the situation in God’s hands to handle. And it’s become very clear to me that Satan will pull up stakes and RUN from a situation where you do this.

You can even get more specific in the salutation you use for the minions Satan has sent to torment you. “Oh, fear, thanks. You’re right. I need to pray about this. Bless you for reminding me.”

Oh! I can hear the demons cartwheeling away from the situation even as I write. They have no power where God is, and an aside, they hate to be blessed! It’s quite fun actually because you are learning to spread love even to your enemies. You will feel better and more at peace before you ever even get to the point of beginning to handle whatever is going on.

“Oh, thanks, Satan. You’re right I need to pray about this. Bless you for reminding me.”

Use Satan as your reason to pray, and in no time, he won’t be lurking around your doorstep. Try it. You’ll see what I mean.