Daily Devotional – January 22, 2020 “Prayer”

Our Father,

God, as I come petitioning your throne, I first thank you. Thank you, God, for another day, for keeping grace and sustaining mercy, for forgiveness and repentance and for protection and provision. Now Father, I need your ear to attend to the cries of our land and your hand to rest upon your children. God, I feel like Solomon when he prayed at the dedication of the temple. For he said in Second Chronicles 6:19, “Nevertheless, listen to my prayer and my plea, O LORD my God. Hear the cry and the prayer that your servant is making to you.” Here am I, oh God, pleading for you to hear my prayer and plea. I may not be outside or within a temple but hear me from where I am because we need you.

When innocent babies are being gunned down in our city, we need you. When homicide rates are on the rise, we need you. When uplifting each other is being replaced with bullying, we need you. When worship places are no longer following your word, we need you. When prophets, prophetess, intercessors and healers are quiet; we need you. When your people are being led astray because they won’t study and pray, we need you. When we complain more than we cry loud, we need you. When abuse, anger, bitterness, selfish actions, suicidal thoughts and sin are overshadowing our thoughts and service, we need you.

Father forgive us. Forgive us of our sins. Forgive us for taking you for granted and hear our pleas. Forgive us, oh God and don’t allow your wrath to burn against us. Forgive us and heal the land. I know things happen, evil is present, and we sometimes must endure but your word says, if I pray and ask in faith, it shall be. God, comfort the brokenhearted and the grieving families. God be a present help for those who are sick. God, rescue those who are lost. God, protect those who are in the cold without shelter. God, stop the senseless murders, protect our children and bring swift judgment to those responsible.

Father, my list of asks could go on and on, like that of Solomon but you know the cry of my heart and mouth. So, all I’ll ask is for you to read the prayer within the beats of my heart and tears that I shed. We need you, God to let the manifestation of your power be seen. Raise up a people who will lay down on their face for an entire nation. Raise up a people who will fast to see your glory touch their city. Raise up a people who aren’t ashamed to pray, even in hostile environments knowing you’ll show up. Start with me, God. Use me, in thy service for I’m willing and I believe.

By faith,
Amen.

Daily Devotional – 3/11/19 “Here’s what you do!”

You see the outcome of my situation and think it’s been easy. Nawl, baby, you just happened to walk in on the celebration. The game, the storm, the sickness, the repossession, the bankruptcies, the lies, the broken promises, the sins committed, the depression, the failed businesses, the negative check accounts, the abuse, the misuse, the nightmares …. they almost took me out! You just happened to miss those moments. What you see is the result but you missed the rebuke. You see me reaping from my harvest but what you didn’t see was the harshness of the season. You see me living but you didn’t see the moments it felt like I was dying. What I’m trying to tell you is, don’t wish for this. In fact, don’t even pray for this because there’s a cost to this anointing and you might not survive what I have. Don’t misunderstand me, I am not speaking of me, in general but I’m referring to the times you’ve dreamed of having what somebody else got because their life looks good, playing out on social media. Ma’am/sir, do you not realize how many times somebody has to retake a selfie before the actual one is posted? Yeah, you see the polished brass but you didn’t see what it took to remove the tarnish. You see the smile but not the suicide attempts. You see the happiness but not the hell. You see the miracle of the birth but you didn’t see the miscarriages, beforehand.

Beloved, there’s a cost to what you see. Let me make this thang personal, for a line or three. I didn’t ask for this! I didn’t ask to carry this mantle but I do because God trust me with it. I didn’t ask for the gifts, however, God planted them in my belly while I was forming in my mother’s womb. Sure, it’s easy to look at Lakisha and think she has it all together, when the truth of it is, I fail too. Truth is, I hurt, I make mistakes and I’m sometimes fearful. However, I get up, every day, put on my body armor of righteousness, shoes of peace, belt of truth and helmet of salvation. Then I grab my shield of faith and my sword of God’s words and I prepare to fight. Not just for me, though, but for you too. When I fight, I’m fighting for my family, friends, church family and those of you who look to me for encouragement. My fight isn’t just for me, it’s for you too but it isn’t easy. Some days, it hurts more than I think I can handle but I press because I was anointed for this, it’s my calling. But don’t you wish for it. Here’s what you do, as bible shares in Ephesians 6:18-20, “Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere. And pray for me, too. Ask God to give me the right words so I can boldly explain God’s mysterious plan that the Good News is for Jews and Gentiles alike. I am in chains now, still preaching this message as God’s ambassador. So pray that I will keep on speaking boldly for him, as I should.”