Seek His Face

Did you really take a look at this photograph? If not, please do. Can you see His face?

You might think this image fabricated or retouched. However, I attest that it is an unaltered photograph taken with my smartphone from my balcony a few years back.

That particular afternoon, I had stepped outside after praying and praising God, feeling particularly uplifted with a sense of God’s grace upon me from the time I spent in prayer and the personal revelations it awarded me. Thankful and content, I breathed deep and took in the glorious sunset, immersed in its awesome beauty – another day ending, strikingly manifested against the backdrop of God’s creation. It was so beautiful, I simply had to take a picture. It wasn’t until after reviewing the image that I saw the enormous face reflected in the clouds. When I did, my heart leapt in an acute awareness that God is far more immense than I could ever humanly fathom. Truly, I believe it to be something affirming from God.

God Is Greater Than We Can Imagine!

Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always. (1 Chronicles 16:11 NIV)

Look up! He is there. He is in the clouds on display and in the midst of your trials. He is not only in the trenches, but He is holding your hand, He is whispering comforting truth to your heart, and leading the charge in your victories. He is everywhere and His glory is all around you.

Let this moment be a time when you become aware of God’s presence within you and all around you. Tune out the clamor of the world and tune into seeking God in the calm and clarity of a single thought: God is always reaching out to you in love. Be still, acknowledge Him, accept His love, and let this truth transform your perspective and your life.

Prayer

My heart says of you, “Seek his face!” Your face, LORD, I will seek (Psalms 27:8 NIV)

Lord Jesus, it is your face, your presence we seek, for in You we are humbled, comforted, at peace and made complete. Nothing compares to You. Thank You for loving us, for showing us how vast and deep your desire is to make yourself known to us, in order to give us encouragement and hope. May your name be praised forever and ever.

It is in Your name, We pray

Amen

Have you experienced a miracle similar to this? Has the Lord shown himself to you in a unique way? Do you need prayer? Confidential prayer or comments can be emailed to me at:

dear.maria@mjrodero.com

Our Refuge And Our Strength

Come what may, stand firm on the foundation of Christ and His word. No one is holy like the LORD! There is no one besides you; there is no Rock like our God. (1 Samuel 2:2 NLT)

A lighthouse is typically built on a solid rock foundation and found far out on a peninsula or landmass jutting out into the ocean. It stands imposingly tall and austere against crashing waves and heaving storms. Its purpose is to aid and direct ships at sea, warning sailors to steer clear of danger. Those who reside in the lighthouse live contentedly safe inside its walls, through each passing storm.

I love this image of a lighthouse standing its ground in the midst of a raging storm, apparently unfazed by the impending wave intent to crash upon it. Visualize if you will that God protects you like that lighthouse. Whether you are seeking its light while navigating through gale force winds of confusion, or turmoil with any uncomfortable situation you face, or if you wisely find yourself praying for shelter and protection from an emotional storm whose force makes you fearful, let God be your safe haven, your fortress, your lighthouse. For it is the Lord who guides. It is the Lord who protects. 

In turn, as you pray, as the Lord works through you, you have the foundation to become the lighthouse for others; their shelter from the storm built on a solid foundation, with protective walls and a guiding light in the darkness to steer them clear from danger. Isn’t that what we all seek, who follow the Lord? Don’t we all hope to be a beacon of His grace?

No matter where you find yourself, whether your day is uneventful like a dead calm, a sea without wind or motion, or you find yourself in the midst of chaos, remind yourself that God is your redeemer and protector. Calmly seek His shelter or search the horizon for His beacon of light and know He is there to see you through any difficulty. Be patient and trust Him. Storms come and storms go. The sun will burn through the clouds eventually, or dawn will break anew in crystalline brilliance. “Stand firm in the knowledge that God will guide you and protect you and deliver you this day.” (Ref. Exodus 14:13-22)

Above all else, no matter where you find yourself, act as if all depends on you, but know that it is God who delivers us all. “For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.” (Isaiah 41:13 NIV)

Prayer 

Heavenly Father, there are times I need you so desperately that it hurts. When agony and confusion subside just enough to hear Your whisper to come seek You, I find shelter and protection. I am safe and secure in the promises You give. You say, “Come rest a while and I will give you peace.” (Ref.: Matthew 11:28) Praise be to God who watches over all and keeps His word. In your word is truth and life and the hope that in You I am free from condemnation. Praise be to You, Lord Christ, my fortress and my strength.

In Him, I pray

Amen

Please let me know how I can pray for you. Confidential prayers or inquires please email me at: dear.maria@mjrodero.com

The Power of Prayer

Are any of you suffering hardships? You should pray. Are any of you happy? You should sing praises. Are any of you sick? You should call for the elders of the church to come and pray over you, anointing you with the oil in the name of the Lord. Such a prayer offered in faith will heal the sick, and the Lord will make you well. And if you have committed any sins, you will be forgiven.

Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results.

(James 5:13-16, NLT)

As followers of Christ, we thirst for God’s plan for our lives. We long for connection and a sense of His presence in all we do. Prayer aligns our priorities with God’s will, as well as produces answers to our prayers. Truly, prayer brings blessings. Prayer is powerful.

While writing this post, urgent prayers came in. Please join me in prayer. Let us enact our faith, as we connect with the Lord in prayer…

Heavenly Father we praise you. You have known from the very beginning that this is where you would find me at this very moment in time, on my knees in prayer, asking for Your love, Your guidance and Your presence to wash over me as I pray for fellow believers. I am an imperfect vessel, but You are flawless and Your mercy is uncontainable.

Please allow Your Spirit to flow through us all as we pray.

Lord, we lift up Art, a beloved brother, husband, son, and family man. He has been hospitalized because of clots found in his lungs and his legs. Cancer is likely the culprit. Lord, he loves you, knows you, and longs to glorify you in this. Therefore, we trust in Your will and Your plan. We ask You for healing of Art’s body. Allow for his family’s prayers to be answered. We declare your promise, “If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.” (John 15:7 NIV) Therefore, in Spirit, we ask for miracle healing.

Also, we lift up Miss A in prayer. Lord you know her well, for she has a tremendous faith and a sincere heart for you. You know she has been diagnosed with a very rare, painful and incurable illness that only your healing power can cure. Please hear her cries and our petition that your healing hands be upon her. Please allow the medicine to ease her pain. She loves you, prays without ceasing, and trusts in Your will for her life. Please allow for healing to be part of her testimony.

Lord, there is such power when we come together and pray in Your name. We are so grateful when you reach in and touch our lives through the miracle of answered prayer. We long for it. Thank you for your perfect love. We want to glorify You in our faith and trust as we place these prayers before you. Praise Jesus, in whose name I pray.

AMEN

For confidential inquiries please email me at: dear.maria@mjrodero.com

Why Pray?

From the moment we come into this world we cry out, longing for protection and connection. We are designed that way to get our needs met. We cry and are comforted by the loving embrace from our mother, our father, or even a stranger. We are soothed by the sound of their soft and reassuring voice, and warmed by the blanket they wrap securely around us.

As we grow, our ability to meet our needs improves from crying out to speaking out, when we express how we feel, think, and act. This is considered healthy, especially if we are cared for by someone who loves unconditionally and responds with great consideration and care. It is clear that at the center of our being is the longing to be loved; to be nurtured by someone who gives us hope, comfort, strength, and courage.

Sadly, in this broken world, we often find ourselves disconnected from that kind of love and care from others. We are often challenged to find a sense belonging in our human relationships and we are discouraged when our needs are responded to with indifference or sarcasm. At times, we feel isolated; that we are alone in a despair that no one can truly relate to or understand. Since we are designed to pursue connection and unconditional love, it leaves us confused and discouraged when it is lacking. We are left wanting. Most significantly, it disrupts the drive to cry out in hope that someone will hear us and actually care.

Friend, in that moment, in our heartache, confusion, despondence or distress, we have forgotten who created us. We fail to recognize that God has been alongside us from the very beginning, waiting to be our source of comfort and our strength. He longs to hear from us. He is waiting for us to turn to him and cry out our need for him; trusting him to be the answer for all things.

Lord, you are the God who saves me; day and night I cry out to you. (Psalm 88:1 NIV)

I cry out to God Most High, to God, who vindicates me. (Psalms 57:2 NIV)

We belong to the Lord. He created us and longs to have a deep meaningful relationship with us, “for we are God’s handiwork” (Ephesians 2:10 NIV). He longs for connection with us – to be our hope, to show us love. In fact, he allows for direct conversation with him through prayer. Yet, circumstances challenge the truth that God is good, that he cares about us and wants good for our lives. Hardships and discouragements have us focusing down on our problems, keeping us from looking up to the God who saves. The best way to sense his goodness, to seek his counsel for our lives, to rest in his grace for comfort, to find purpose and to grow in his love, is through sincere prayer. Prayer is a blessing and gift from God directly to you.

Our Lord is called, “Mighty Counselor,” “Prince of Peace,” among so many other powerful titles and with good reason. Sense and reason become clear, wisdom grows, when we open our life to Jesus, especially in prayer. There is greatness in this holy spiritual communication. Even if you are not completely invested in it, perhaps doubtful or uncertain of its effects, the simple act of submitting yourself to the Lord in reverent prayer can have immediate results. It can bring peace to your weary soul and even launch immediate answers, usually from an unexpected source. Sometimes we pray and have to be patient, trust in his promises, and wait. That doesn’t change the fact that we are connected to our God who is always at work, in and around us. Comfort will be found in the waiting and faith will grow, if you are open to it. We must trust him always. Be mindful that we don’t have his perspective. What seems like a lack of action, could be the perfect response to the need we have in that moment, not necessarily the want.

It’s time to stop everything and start praying. Give it a try. At this very moment stop all wondering, worrying, planning and ask God into your life – Don’t be afraid to cry out to him. Like a perfect and loving father, he won’t ignore your cries, but will come to comfort you. He will wrap his grace around you and bring you peace. Open your heart share everything. Ask for forgiveness of sin, known or unknown. Ask for wisdom, clarity or whatever you are seeking or needing. If you are fearful, share that truth with the Lord. Once expressed, fear loses its hold on you in God’s presence. You are now praying to the God of all creation! It is deep and meaningful. In reverence and submission, lay it all down before him. Trust him with everything because he cares about YOU! That’s right, God loves you!

I am certain, without a doubt, God will meet you right where you are and will make Himself known to you. He will help you to see him working in your life. Allow yourself the blessing of growing through a healthy prayer life. What have you got to lose? I dare you to try to prove me wrong.

The choice is yours.

Prayer: My Lord, My God, You are holy. You are worthy of all praise! I lift up my sisters and brothers who reach out to you in prayer, asking you be gracious to them and give them the hope they desperately need. Strengthen their faith as they take time to rest in You, Lord. As it is written: Lord, be gracious to us; we long for you. Be our strength every morning, our salvation in time of distress (Isaiah 33:2 NIV). Thank you, Lord Jesus, for your saving grace.

In Him, I pray – Amen

Please feel free to let me know how I can pray for you!

For confidential inquiries please email me at: dear.maria@mjrodero.com

To God be all the glory!

Welcome to my prayer blog! This is a safe place to share praise, concerns, heartbreak or even circumstances that bring you to your knees, seeking answers and a connection with God the Father of all creation. I started this prayer blog at the suggestion of women in my circle who have expressed sincere appreciation for the prayers I write over their lives. I am a devout follower of Christ, whose life has been saved by grace time and time again. I give God all the glory for my healing and redemption. I long to give hope to anyone seeking the same.

God has clearly commanded us to pray for one another and put our faith into action. For Jesus prays for all believers when He said, “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me.” (John 17: 20-21 NIV)

Consider this site like a spiritual online version of “Dear Abby”:

  • A place where your concerns are heard, respected, and prayed over
  • An opportunity to receive a written prayer response to your situation, created in the Spirit
  • A place designed to help draw you back into a right relationship with God
  • A place to strengthen faith through the power of prayer
  • A space that allows the Lord to show you His immeasurable grace

It is my intention to write prayers and thoughts in response to concerns brought to my attention, as I walk alongside fellow believers who share their hearts. Discretion is paramount, as well as sincere consideration of the importance of what is shared.

Let us begin this journey together; drawing ever closer into an intimate relationship with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, through prayer and submission.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, my redeemer and my strength, how grateful I am to begin this journey online with You at the center of it all. May the information contained within and the responses shared, not only be pleasing to you, Oh Lord, but filled with wisdom that comes from Your Holy Spirit. Be our guide Lord, for we need you desperately. Praise be to God in the Highest! Amen

Confidential prayers or inquires please email me at: dear.maria@mjrodero.com

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