PRAYER – Don’t disgrace me, Lord, by not replying when I call to you for aid.(Ps.
PROMISE – You shall know that I am the Lord.Those who wait for me shall never be
I visited a prison in Ruanda.It was only a small building, but many prisoners were
sitting outside on the ground.
“Where do you sleep at night?” I asked.
“Half of us sleep inside, the others must stay outside, because there are too many
prisoners.”Some had a banana leaf, others had a branch or an old newspaper to sit
on.It was all so sad.I prayed: “Lord, the fruit of the Spirit is joy.Give me an ocean
of joy to share with these poor fellows.”He did what I asked.I could almost shout
for joy.I told them of a friend whose name is Jesus, who is good and so full of love,
who never leaves you alone.
When I said goodbye, all the prisoners accompanied me to the car.“What do they
say?” I asked my interpreter.She laughed and said: “Old woman, comeback, come
back, and tell us more about Jesus.”(Marching Orders.)
PRAYER – And now, in my old age, don’t set me aside.Don’t forsake me now when
my strength is failing.(Ps. 71:9)
PROMISE – I will be your God through all your lifetime, yes, even when your hair is
white with age.(Is. 46:4)
PRAYER – Wash me and I shall be whiter than snow. (Ps. 51:7)
PROMISE – No matter how deep the stain of your sins, I can take it out and make you
as clean as freshly fallen snow.Even if you are stained as red as crimson, I can make
you whiter as wool!(Is. 1:18)
PRAYER – Oh, send out your light and your truth – let them lead me.Let them lead
me to your Temple on your holy mountain, Zion.(Ps. 43:3)
PROMISE – Your words are a flashlight to light the path ahead of me, and keep me
from stumbling.(Ps. 119:105)
PRAYER – O Lord, my God, give me light in my darkness lest I die.(Ps. 13:3)
PROMISE – Jehovah God is our Light and our Protector. He gives grace and glory. (Ps.
PRAYER – Lord, waken!See what is happening!Help me!(Ps. 59:4)
PROMISE – He will never let me stumble, slip or fall.For he is always watching
never sleeping.(Ps. 121:3, 4)
The uppermost tier of beds was built so close to the ceiling that one could not sit
upright on the beds.All about me lay many young girls, courageous, sturdy girls.We
had been talking about guidance in our times.Now one of them said:
“It has certainly been no mistake that God directed my life by way of Ravensbruck.
Here, for the first time, I have really learned to pray.The distress here has taught me
that things are never entirely right in one’s life unless he is completely surrendered to
Jesus.I was always rather pious, but there were areas in my life from which Jesus
was completely excluded.Now He is King in every sphere of my life.”(A Prisoner
PRAYER – Help them (your people) to follow the good ways in which they should
walk, (1 Kings 8:36)
PROMISE – I am the Lord your God, who punishes you for your own good and leads
you along the paths that you should follow.(Is. 48:17)
PRAYER – Rescue me, O God, from my poverty and pain.(Ps. 69:29)
PROMISE – The rocks of the mountains will be their fortress of safety; food will be
supplied to them and they will have all the water they need. (Is. 33:16)
PRAYER – Let your priests, O Lord God, be clothed with salvation, and let your saints
rejoice in your kind deeds.(2 Chron. 6:41)
PROMISE – I will clothe her priests with salvation; her saints shall shout for
joy. (Ps. 132:16)
It was during a visit to a friend that she asked me if I could arrange to go to Bermuda
for a week.As far as time was concerned, it was possible to add it to my schedule.
But I did not have money for the plane trip.So I asked the Lord for guidance.When
it became clear that He wanted me to go, I wrote immediately to Bermuda saying that
I would come; the matter of money I entrusted to the Lord.Within two or three days,
cheques arrived from different people, people who knew nothing of the proposed trip.
And there was just enough money for a return ticket.(Amazing Love.)
PRAYER – Don’t leave me, Lord;don’t go away!Come quickly!Help me, O my
Saviour.(Ps. 38:21, 22)
PROMISE – What a wonderful God we have – he is the Father of our Lord Jesus
Christ, the source of every mercy, and the one who wonderfully comforts and
strengthens us in our hardships and trails.(2 Cor. 1:3, 4)
PRAYER – When my heart is faint and overwhelmed, lead me to the mighty, towering
Rock of safety.(Ps. 61:2)
PROMISE – Jehovah is my rock, my fortress and my Saviour.He is my shield and my
salvation, my refuge and high tower.(2 Sam. 22:2, 3)
PRAYER – Let your tender-hearted mercies meet our needs.(Ps. 79:8)
PROMISE – Through Christ, all the kindness of God has been poured out upon us.
PRAYER – Point out anything you find in me that makes you sad, and lead me along
the path of everlasting life.(Ps. 139:24)
PROMISE – My paths are those of justice and right. (Prov. 8:20)
PRAYER – Look down from your holy home in heaven and bless your
people. (Deut 26:15)
PROMISE – He will surely bless us.He will bless the people of Israel.(Ps. 115:12)
Some time ago in San Diego, I met a man who told a story of the power of
intercessory prayer.He had been a heavy drinker, and was finally taken to a
psychopathic hospital.Here he was placed in a room with three other patients, who
did nothing but scream.When night came he was in despair.He prayed but could not
fall asleep while the screams continued.Then suddenly he began to pray for the three
patients, and just as suddenly the screams ceased.
“Not only that,” continued the man, “it seemed as if something broke in me.When I
prayed for others, my own tension was released, and I was free.The next day I had to
under go a psychiatric examination.At its conclusion the doctor said, “There is
nothing wrong with you; you are normal.”I knew that night that I had become a free
Intercession often adds to its many other blessings the healing of one’s own tension.
PRAYER – Rescue the poor and needy from the grasp of evil men.(Ps. 82:4)
PROMISE – He stands beside the poor and hungry to save them from their
enemies. (Ps. 109:31)
PRAYER – Bend low, O Lord, and listen.Open your eyes, O Lord, and see. (2 Kings
PROMISE – The eyes of the Lord are intently watching all who live good lives, and he
gives attention when they cry to him.(Ps. 34:15)
PRAYER – When will you comfort me with your help? (Ps.119:82)
PROMISE – I will comfort you there as a little one is comforted by its mother.
PRAYER – oh, for wings like a dove, to fly away and rest!(Ps. 55:6)
PROMISE – Come tome and I will give you rest – all you who work so hard beneath a
heavy yoke.(Matt. 11:28)