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#UTCOP – God, Why are You Not Answering My Prayer?

We welcome a new guest blogger today, June Whittle. I am pleased to have her join us at #UTCOP. Please give her a warm welcome. Enjoy her post about faith and never giving up.

#UTCOP – God, Why Are You Not Answering My Prayer?

by June Whittle

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So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you (Luke 11:9, NIV).

As far as I was concerned, I was asking, asking and asking. But God wasn’t answering. So one night, on my knees I cried out, ‘God, why are you not answering my prayer?’

I had been earnestly praying for my daughter to come back to God.

For three years we were part of a dedicated praise and worship team at a church. She was passionate about God, read her Bible daily, prayed and even ministered to her friends. But something in the church changed. The focus became too money orientated, instead of the Word of God. So, God moved us from there.

My daughter didn’t want to know God anymore.

We did find another church. However, the experiences from the old church left a bad taste in my daughter’s mouth. She started to question God about faith, creation and lots of other things.

Eventually, she didn’t want to go to church anymore. She started drifting away. And my heart was breaking. I felt like I was losing my daughter.

Our home turned into a battlefield. I couldn’t talk to her. Everything I said upset her. She lashed out at me verbally at every given chance. I became extremely stressed. I rang family and friends asking for advice. They were helpful, but it didn’t change anything. The situation grew worse.

My daughter developed an interest in nightclubs, drinking and smoking. Her best friend (an old classmate) was a girl who loved getting drunk and hanging out with lots of boys. She and my daughter became so close that my daughter stayed at her flat most nights. Sometimes I didn’t even know if she was coming home or not. When I questioned her about her whereabouts, she got angry with me.

Where was God when I needed Him?

It’s funny how you tend to turn to everybody else except God in a crisis. But I thank God for the promptings of the Holy Spirit. He spoke to my heart and told me to commit the situation to God.

Pray without ceasing,  in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you (1 Thes. 5:17-18, NKJV).

That’s exactly what I did. For months, I prayed asking God to take control and do something. I cried out to Him. I begged Him.

But the more I prayed, the worse the situation became. Many more months passed.

My daughter and I just wasn’t getting on. She didn’t even want to stay at home or spend any time with me. When she was at home, she stayed in her room. I hardly saw her.

“Why God? Why? Why are you not answering my prayers?” I pleaded with Him. I couldn’t understand what I was doing wrong. I even asked a fervent man of God to agree with me in prayer for my daughter to come back to God and to change her rebellious ways.

It seemed like all my prayers were floating in the air. Maybe God didn’t hear me or refused to listen to my pleas.

However, I didn’t give up.

When she was out at night, I prayed for her protection. I was afraid she would get raped or even murdered. She was mixing with all types of unsavory people. People who didn’t know God. Who didn’t care about how they lived their lives.

I knew I shouldn’t worry. I couldn’t help it though. I had no peace at nights.

The torment I was in, went on for nearly two years.

The surprise telephone call that blew my mind.

Then one day my daughter told me she was going to the sexual health clinic because she needed to get a check up. She thought she had a urinary infection. I left for work that morning and told her to call me with the results.

She did call me. I was with a student at the time. She said, “Mum, I’m pregnant!”

I replied, “What? Really?” To say I was shocked is an understatement. But I wasn’t angry.

She added, “I wonder what plans God has for me now.”

Well, when I heard her mention the name God, it took my breath away. She actually thought about Him. Enough to wonder about His will for her life.

Anyway, a few weeks later, she rededicated her life to Jesus. Her walk with Him was stronger than before. During her pregnancy, she was on fire for God. I was amazed at the transformation.

So, what I learned was, when you pray and God is silent, He is working. Don’t ever stop praying. Whatever it is you’re asking God to do, hang in there. Be patient and trust Him. He knows best. In my daughter’s case, God used what seemed like a bad situation to glorify His name.

Prayer:

Heavenly Father, I give you thanks. I praise your holy name and worship you. Lord, you are everything to me. When the challenges of life hits me hard, I know I can depend on you. I thank you because you are faithful. You said you would never leave me or forsake me. Thank you for being there even when I thought I was on my own. You carried me when I felt too tired to go on. You lifted me up when my spirit was at its lowest. You whispered to my heart, but I was too distressed to hear you. You were telling me not to give up. And I thank you for keeping me rooted in you.

Lord, I pray that you will bless all mothers, especially single mothers on their own. I ask that you reveal yourself to the ones who are crying out to you for help. Shine your light in the dark places of their lives. May they come to know you and accept you as their Lord. Pour out your love and peace in their hearts. Father, provide everything they need to look after their families.

Father God, I bless you from the bottom of my heart. I give you all the glory, honour and praise. You are worthy. Thank you for your love. In Jesus name. Amen.

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June Whittle

June Whittle

June is a single Christian Mummy, freelance writer and blogger. She gave her life to Jesus in 2000 after the death of her dad, ex husband and 2 week old grandson. That year was a turning point in her life. God carried her through the grief and heartaches. He was her strength and source of peace. She hasn’t looked back at her old life since.

June writes to encourage, inspire and motivate other ladies, both Christians and non Christians. God told her to use her gift of writing. As she walks in obedience she finds fulfillment and joy. She loves to help others and uses her writing as a means to empower.

June can be found at: Arise Single Christian Mummies, Miraculous Ladies and Divine Copywriter.

Five Things I Learned During My Blogging Sabbatical

Five Things I Learned During My Blogging Sabbatical

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Welcome to UTCOP’s new home.

Although there might be a few more changes in store for readers – this will be Under the Cover of Prayer’s new home. Praising God for a fairly smooth move – a few hiccups but they were solvable.

What this holiday has done is said so well by Oswald Chambers. My answer is YES.

Is there a freshness and vigour in our spiritual outlook? ~ (Oswald Chambers, May 9th)

There are 5 big things God has shown me in this month of Sabbath Blogging Rest:

Focus

Since my mind is always twirling, whirling, inventing, discussing, questioning … I need to find a way to focus on the task at hand. I always managed before to get all those post up and running (mostly) on time. However, I also was doing too much and going in too many directions. And losing that focus.

God showed me that the focus of what I do and what is important for Him is PRAYER. Yes connecting with Him and showing others how important that is in their lives.

Be Intentional

God also showed me that in order to do this I have to be intentional with my day. So I need a plan. Yes I dread that word. But I am looking for a successful simple way to plan my week. If you know of how to do that please tell me.

I believe God still wants me to write. I have 2 children’s books, one devotional (or Bible study) and a prayer book all in the works. So I need to be intentional so I can finish something. Right?

In being intentional God also told me that I can’t be so stuck on that habit that I forget the Holy Spirit who can interrupt at any time and change my direction. That doesn’t mean a phone call, an email, or a husband wanting to chat. But it does mean that I need to take my head up from my computer at set intervals and check with the world around me.

K.I.S.S. Social Media

Social Media and commenting on blogs are important means to build community. However, I have to learn to make it simple and for it not to overwhelm my day. Once again I need a plan and a timer and remember there is only so much time I can devote to it.

Reach Out to My Online Community

Even though I am behind a screen we have built a community here on line. I would like the opportunity to pray for you. You can use the comment section or email me at UTCOP. I promise to pray for your request.

If you are able I would love you to tell me of your answered prayers.

Reach Out to My Home Community

Yes, when we are squirrelled away behind a screen we might forget the world around us. I know I do. It is easier to sit here and type than to meet the community. My husband does the shopping (and in our small town that is where we meet people). I plan to do one or two trips to town a week just for that purpose – for those God appointments. (I have had a few all ready!)

My summer is community oriented. I joined a Time Outs for Moms, 2x a month. I am running a Vacation Bible School at our church. I am going on my 5th trip to Poland with an Evangelical Camp which teaches English.

Prayer:

Lord thank You for showing me when to stop and regroup. Thank You for showing me so much in the past month. Lord bless all of my readers who are reading this post today. Speak into their hearts and give them wisdom, truth and perseverance to follow You, Jesus. In Your Name, AMEN.

It would be a privilege to pray for you.

Blessings,

Janis

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#UTCOP had moved successfully to its new home here on www.janiscox.com

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Thanks for all your support.

At the end of my blogging Sabbath (mid May) I will be up and running again with posts about prayer. You will see #UTCOP up and running.

#SundayStillness will still be every Sunday.

Hope you take a moment and subscribe to www.janiscox.com. See the sidebar.

Blessings,

Janis

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What I Want to Learn about Prayer

What I Want to Learn about Prayer

by Janis Cox

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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:

#TribeofJesus

#UTCOP

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.

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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.

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

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.

Blessings,

Janis

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Sunday Stillness – How is your prayer a time capsule?

Sunday Stillness – How is your prayer a time capsule?

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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.

Tweetables:

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

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Please check out all the places I link to during the week. Thanks to everyone who has joined Sunday Stillness. I do try to get to your posts every week but I admit sometimes I don’t have the time.

Here are my favourite links for Sunday Stillness:

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Sunday Stillness – Mark 11:24

Sunday Stillness – Mark 11:24

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I am reading through the New Testament with Margaret Feinberg as a Lenten exercise. I started earlier because I knew I needed more time than 40 days.

As I read through Mark, I came across:

Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours (Mark 11:24, NIV).

We doubt a lot. We wonder if it would be possible for God to answer our prayers. And here Jesus says, “believe you have received it.”

In The Message I read this:

Include everything as you embrace this God-life, and you’ll get God’s everything (Mark 11:24, The Message).

Embracing the God-life – listening to His Voice, acting on His Word, praying persistently.

Every day I try harder and harder to do this. And I have seen miracles, divine appointments and God moving mountains.

I believe I have received it when I pray. Do you?

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To contact me at any time please email Janis.

Today is Sunday Stillness.

Do you have a Scripture that spoke to you this week? Please link below. If you post to Twitter use #sundaystillness and @authorjaniscox.

Feel free to pin the picture. Follow me at AuthorJanisCox on Pinterest.

And join me on Facebook at AuthorJanisCox.

Read the Sunday Stillness rules if you are new here.

I would appreciate if you would link only about God’s Word. If you have a linky party that’s okay if it is about the same thing. Please no sales or prizes. I want this to be friendly but I must ask you to abide by the rules. Others want to read God’s Word – and that is what I would like the links to be about. I must take down the links that don’t follow the rules. Thanks so much.

JOIN THE SUNDAY STILLNESS COMMUNITY – 
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Please check out all the places I link to during the week. Thanks to everyone who has joined Sunday Stillness. I do try to get to your posts every week but I admit sometimes I don’t have the time.

Here are my favourite links for Sunday Stillness:

The Sunday Community

Still Saturday

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Sunday Stillness – Psalm 91 – LOVE

Sunday Stillness – Psalm 91 – LOVE

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Continuing with the love theme for February. Psalm 91 is one that I am saying aloud and praying each day for the whole month. Do you LOVE the Lord?

In Junes 2008 I heard the Lord say to start a prayer blog. I said, “Who me? I am not gifted in praying.”

He replied, “I AM”.

So Under the Cover of Prayer was started because I love the Lord. There have been a few hiccups. Once I became fearful that I couldn’t write as well as my contributors and people would compare my feeble attempts to my more polished writers and those who knew more about prayer. So I stopped writing and just posted their words. One night God convicted me. Oh did I hear Him strongly. You can read about that incident at Under the Cover of Prayer in a post called Convicted at 2am.

But through all the ups and downs of learning to post and seeking contributors and guest bloggers, God has been faithful to send me posts to fill my queue. He always rescues me.

Drop over to Under the Cover of Prayer – seek His Face in a close communion through prayer.

God will rescue us if we call upon Him.

I will call upon the LORD, for he will answer me, give ear to me and hear my prayer (Psalm 17:6, NIV).

Tweetables:

“Because he loves Me”, says the LORD, “I will rescue him” (Psalm 91:14, NIV).

God will rescue us if we call upon Him.

 

Today is #SundayStillness.

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Do you have a Scripture that spoke to you this week? Please link below. If you post to Twitter use #sundaystillness and @authorjaniscox.

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Read the Sunday Stillness rules if you are new here.

I would appreciate if you would link only about God’s Word. If you have a linky party that’s okay if it is about the same thing. Please no sales or prizes. I want this to be friendly but I must ask you to abide by the rules. Others want to read God’s Word – and that is what I would like the links to be about. I must take down the links that don’t follow the rules. Thanks so much.

JOIN THE SUNDAY STILLNESS COMMUNITY – 
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. I do try to get to your posts every week but I admit sometimes I don’t have the time.

Here are my favourite links for Sunday Stillness:

The Sunday Community

Still Saturday

 Sharing His Beauty

Missional Women – Faith Filled Fridays

Scripture and Snapshot

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The Weekend Brew

 

 

 

 



How Can We Be Under the Cover of Prayer?

How Can We Be Under the Cover of Prayer?

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Each Friday I write at Under the Cover of Prayer. This is a blog I started in June 2o1o. I am blessed to have contributors each week who talk about their experiences with prayer.

Today I talked about answered prayer. God doesn’t always answer the way we want. But He does answer. Drop over to #UTCOP to see my question and His answer.

 

Do You Visit #UTCOP?

Do You Visit #UTCOP?

#UTCOP is Under the Cover of Prayer, a blog that has been running for over 3 years. I have wonderful writers. We post 3 times a week. If you haven’t dropped over, please do.

Last Friday I wrote about A Confident Prayer.
how-to-make-a-confident-prayerRead the post at Under the Cover of Prayer.

Tweetables:

Get down on your knees. Ephesians 3:14

Praise God for all He did, is doing and will do. Ephesians 3:21

 

Have You Visited Under the Cover of Prayer?

Have You Visited Under the Cover of Prayer?

On Fridays I write at Under the Cover of Prayer or UTCOP. I would love you to visit us over there.

Last Friday I wrote:

Do You Have Enough Dead Space? – Solitude – Part 1

Jesus Goes Up Alone onto a Mountain to PrayI have been reading a book called Your God is Too Safe by Mark Buchanan. The chapter on slowing down and the spiritual disciplines of solitude, silence and secrecy – It reminded me – to take time to smell the roses.

Hope to see you at UTCOP. For the next 2 Fridays I will be continuing this series.

And check out my Facebook page where I post from UTCOP and He Cares for You.