How to Shoot Someone With Your Prayers – New Podcast Episode

You've got the itch to change someone's life, don't ya? I can tell. It's all over you. That hunger to matter. That desire to help. Yes! But how are you going to change someone's circumstances? Let me show you how you can immediately impact someone's life. And you can even do it under the radar. Yep, you don't even need to say anything to them. All you need to do is shoot them with your prayers.

In this week’s “Christianity Made Easy” podcast you’ll hear:

  • How my husband, Ted and I stopped a tarot card reader in action at an Orlando restaurant.
  • How shooting an accident victim on the side of the road with your prayers may save their life.
  • How I turned a closed-hearted audience member into someone salivating to hear my message presentation.

You too can change lives and here’s a little glimpse of what you can do by shooting them with prayer…

You can:

  • change their mood
  • help their marriage
  • wipe the frown off of their face
  • enable them to feel love
  • change their physical state from sickness to health
  • catapult them toward their dreams
  • show them a new perspective

Yep, you can do all this and more – without saying anything to them.  And it's easier than you think.

Listen to the podcast so you can learn how to shoot someone with your prayers! And change their lives!

Get it by clicking here in iTunes or by listening below.

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The Bionic Prayer that Packs Punch

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Remember Steve Austin, the Bionic Man? Actually, he was called the Six Million Dollar Man. And his gal...she WAS the Bionic Woman. Those two super heroes were my all-time favorite's as a kid. Each on their own could fight off a dozen men bigger than they were with just their pinky's.

How?

Bionics!

Wouldn’t it be cool to have the power of bionics at your disposal to whip the devil’s behind?

Guess what? You do!

Ok, it’s not called bionics, but if you buy into what the Bible says about the power you have at your disposal, (See Ephesians 1) you’ve got something even greater than a bionic arm.

Let’s call it a bionic prayer. Cause it’ll pack punch.

If you need a little boost getting your bionics on in the prayer arena, here’s a little help…

Picture This:

Even in prayer, your words produce power. You've learned that praying negatively and focusing on your problems only energizes and strengthens them. Instead, you pray God's solution from the Word and it releases life.

Scripture This:

Proverbs 18:21  Life and death are in the power of the tongue.

Pray This:

Oh God, how powerful your Word is! Help me to use your Word to slice through the problems in my life when I pray. Give me wisdom to take your Word and lay a foundation to all of my prayers. I will declare your promises and think about your truths. As I do, I will see things materialize that will bring you glory.

Say This:

When something unfortunate happens, or when I'm not feeling well, I will not gripe, complain, or toss negative words around. I will release the power of God's Word into my life and my circumstances. I will see things change and take the shape that I speak about.

Here’s What Happens When You Pray Evil Out of Your Community

What happens when you pray evil out of your community?

Demolition crews arrive on the scene.

Oh true, it may not happen right away. But keep praying anyway and you will see evil move away.

Here's how it went down in my neighborhood:

Just a few miles from where my family and I live was a building that failed to succeed as a thriving business. Why did it fail to succeed? Because my two teenagers and I prayed for it's destruction.

The day the sign went up I drove by and gasped! "Club Lust" is what it read. You're kidding? Really? Just a few miles away from my house? I don't think so. I decided right there I'm not having it. Not going to have a "Club Lust" in my neighborhood. So I spoke up.

Every day I drove by that stinking filthy thing - I prayed that it would go away. Let me clarify. I didn't just ask to God remove it, I told it to go away. I spoke up. I demanded that it be shut down and torn down.

I told my two teenagers our plan. "Whenever we drive by it, we'll speak to it and tell it to go away. We will not have a Club Lust in our neighborhood. It must leave." Ever since then we've been telling that place to be removed.

Demolitions Start in the Spirit Realm

Our little demolition prayer started a couple years ago. It didn't happen right away. But today as I drove by that place my heart did a happy dance! I saw the demolition crew on the ground and bulldozers knocking the building over. It's being removed at this very moment.

As I am typing away on this keyboard, a bulldozer is a few miles away physically removing what I had already removed in the spirit realm. And before you get all bent out of shape thinking I'm cuckoo, just remember that Jesus told us how to handle things like this in Mark 11:23:

 If you have faith in God and don't doubt, you can tell this mountain to get up and jump into the sea, and it will. Everything you ask for in prayer will be yours, if you only have faith. (CEV)

He said speak to your mountain and tell it to move. He didn't say ask that it be moved. He said, "tell it to move". That's what I told Club Lust to do. I told it to move out of my neighborhood. And this is what you can do with the things in your life that need to go. Tell them to move.

Stop Asking & Start Commanding

Too often we keep asking when we should be commanding. If Jesus said you have authority to tell something to move then get gutsy and speak up. Some of you have no problem telling others where to go... so speak up and tell your problems where to go!

The Bar's on Fire!

When I was in Bible college I met a missionary named Mark Triplett. I remember him telling a story about a bar that was in his neighborhood in Argentina. He didn't want it there. Neither did his church members. It was bringing chaos and darkness into his city. So he put a demolition plan in place.

He and his church members boarded the church bus and parked it right smack dab in the middle of the bar's parking lot. And they commanded that bar be shut down. They didn't pray sweet little, "Oh God, please remove this bar from our neighborhood kind-of-prayer".  No! They told that bar where to go.

Every night for a week they parked their bus in that parking lot and spoke up. After a week, goodness gracious!! Want to know what happened? The bar caught on fire. Right before their very eyes that sucker burned to the ground. Mission accomplished.

Take Away:

1. You have been given authority to move mountains (mountains are things in your life that shouldn't be there).

2. The mountain may not move overnight or even right away. Keep at it and don't give up.

3. You destroy things first in the spirit realm that will eventually be destroyed in the physical realm. It starts in the spirit. Then manifests in the natural.

Speak Up

Don't be afraid to speak to your mountain. You've got things in your life you can move at your command. The authority has been given to you as a believer in Christ. Use it. Stop praying and start commanding!

 

The Ultimate Prayer-Play Book to Help You Win In Every Situation


My son's varsity basketball playbook is setting on the couch. So a few minutes ago I moseyed over there to take a look. Flipping though it I discovered a lot of detail. Man! I had no idea the plays he had to memorize!

That playbook's an asset he can refer back to when he needs to know what the coach has called for. In fact, if he and his teammates didn't have that playbook, they wouldn't have made it to regionals. They've become district champs and tonight they play for the title of regional champs. BUT, if those guys don't study that book, learn those plays, and execute them…it's over.

For Every Challenge or Need, God Has Outlined a Play We Can Pray

Ever felt like your prayers were useless? Like even though you prayed, you were beaten? How are you feeling right now? Like you have no chance of victory? Hold up! We too have a playbook. It’s a "Prayer-Play" Book.

With this playbook we have every "prayer-play" for every situation our opponent challenges us with. We just have to know the plays. And knowing the plays is really not as difficult as it seems. You don't even have to memorize EVERY play. You just need to know where to find the plays. Let me show you how easy this is.

1st, Go Grab the Playbook!

Where do you get this playbook? Well, you probably already have one. Yes, I'm talking about the Bible. And if you don't have one, you can get access to it online or even get a Bible app on your Smartphone.

It's never been easier to find specific plays directly from our coach's mouth. God gives us the plays in the Bible. For every problem, every challenge, every type of situation, God has outlined a play we can pray. The Bible is FULL of wisdom and golden nuggets. We just have to play them…or rather pray them!

We are promised success if we execute the plays in God's word.

Josh 1:8 NLT says:

Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do.

Where to Find Specific Prayer-Plays for Specific Problems:

Got a concordance? Get it out. Don't have one? No sweat, get to your computer, tablet, or Smartphone and use a search engine. Google, Bing, Yahoo. Whatever your search engine of choice - it will double as your concordance.

1. Simply Search 

I say simply because it's not hard. Type in what you need a scripture for. Example: Need a scripture on hope? Type in: "Scriptures on hope". Need help figuring out how to pray for children? Type in: "Scriptures to pray over kids." It's that simple. Need strength? You know what to do. Either search for “strength” online or go to your concordance (usually at the back of your Bible) and look it up.

2. Make a Prayer-Play Book

Once you find the scripture references, look them up and write them down. Then take each scripture and pray them. You can personalize by inserting the name of the person you are praying for.

For example, this morning I needed an extra dose of energy and stamina. So I grabbed a scripture about strength and inserted myself into the scripture and prayed it like this:

I can do all things through Christ because he strengthens me. (From Philippians 4:13)

A couple weeks ago, a member of this blog community was having a hard time knowing what to do about a situation. I found this scripture and prayed it over her by inserting her name into it. I prayed it out loud like this:

I pray that Patricia will trust in the Lord with all her heart; and that she will not depend on her own understanding. I pray Patricia will seek God's will in all she does, and he will show her which path to take. (From Proverbs 3:5)

This is how I prayed for my family this morning:

I have not stopped thanking God for Ted, Tyler, and Tiffany. I'm asking God, the glorious Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, to give them spiritual wisdom and insight so that Ted, Tyler, and Tiffany might grow in their knowledge of God. I pray that their hearts will be flooded with light so that they can understand the confident hope he has given to them. I also pray that Ted, Tyler, and Tiffany will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power. (From Ephesians 1 NLT)

As I'm reading my Bible, I just pop the names of my husband and two teenagers into the scriptures and pray it over them. I pray God's play!

Making a "Prayer-Play Book" is as simple as gathering scriptures concerning your opponent (what your dealing with, or the need in your life) and praying the verses. Do that, and you will have a playbook right from God's mouth.

Search for his plays, pray his plays. and you will score. 

P.S. Congrats on your win!

Let us know how you have prayed some of God’s plays. If you want, you can even pray a little prayer-play over your fellow blog readers. Put your prayer for them in the comment section for every one to read! Thanks!

When You Don’t Know What to Say When You Pray – Try This!

We've all been there - at a place in our lives not knowing what to say when we pray. Just what do you say to God when your mouth is empty? What do you do when you just can't find the words to discuss your situation with God? Here's a little jump-start. It's a prayer booster. There's four steps. It begins in your imagination, so...

Picture This: 

When you are totally ignorant about how to pray - whether it be little things or big things - you don't worry. You can relax knowing that you have the help of the Holy Spirit and he coaches you on what to say. Even though you are limited in your view, he enlarges the picture. Though you may not have all the facts and details to pray effectively, your partner prays through you. You don't have to figure out your prayers on your own. You rest easy knowing you have help when you pray.

Scripture This:

Romans 8:26 NLT:

And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don’t know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words.

2 Corinthians 6:1 NLT:

As God’s partners, we beg you not to accept this marvelous gift of God’s kindness and then ignore it.

Pray This:

Father, when I am at a loss for words, I am so grateful that your Holy Spirit fills my mouth! I ask the Holy Spirit to help me continuously as I pray. Partner with me and collaborate with me in prayer. I want to be part of your team so that my prayers get me out of any mess, put me on the right path, and make a difference in other people's lives. Thank you, Holy Spirit for helping me pray prayers that make a difference.

Say This:

God's Spirit is right there helping me along. If I don't know how or what to pray, it doesn't matter. He does my praying in and for me, making prayer out of my wordless sighs and my aching groans. He keeps me present before God. That's why I am so sure that every detail of my life is working into something good. With the Holy Spirit as my helper, I am getting better and better in prayer every day!

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How to Pray When Fear is Gripping You

If fear has it's grip on you,  let me show you how you can pray those fears away making you more confident, bolder, and gutsy! First you need to stir up your faith so you can begin to see what life would be like without fear...

Picture This:

You are not intimidated by anyone or anything. You have a strong posture and walk with your shoulders back, chest out, and chin high. You have a positive outlook. Nothing rocks your boat. Sleepless nights are a thing of the past. You are no longer paralyzed by fear like you have been in recent years. You feel confident and full of courage.

Scripture This:

Isaiah 41:10:

Don't be afraid, for I am with you. Don't be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.

Psalm 112:7-8:

I am not afraid of receiving bad news; my faith is strong, and I trust in The Lord. I am not worried or afraid.

Proverbs 29:25:

The fear of man brings a snare, but whoever leans on, trusts in, and puts his confidence in the Lord is safe and set on high.

Luke 12:32:

Do not be seized with alarm and struck with fear, little flock, for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom!

Pray This:

God, thank you that you are all I need. When I am discouraged, I will pray, and you will help me keep my head held high. Strengthen me and hold me up with your victorious right hand. I want to put my confidence in you, Lord. Keep me safe and set on high so I am not struck with fear. Thank you God, that if I fear you, I have nothing else to fear.

Say This:

I will not be afraid of receiving bad news. I know God is with me. I will not be seized with alarm or struck with fear. I am no longer discouraged. I will not fear any man. Instead, I will lean on, trust in, and put my confidence in the Lord. It's God's pleasure to give me the kingdom here on earth. I will not be shaken. Fear is no more.

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Top 7 Posts of the Year According to My Readers

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Here's a flash from the past - the top 7 posts of the year according to my readers. Find something you may have missed that might be just what you need today. Enjoy. Or hey,  re-enjoy!!

  1. How You Might Be Reversing the Prayers You've Been Praying in Faith - Have you ever found yourself saying the exact opposite of what you have been praying? Whoa Nelly! How can that be? Let me show you how negative statements can reverse the prayers you have been pleading to have answered. Read here.
  2. Why Prayers Without Emotion are Just as Powerful - Many times I've had a blank stare piercing the heavens with no feeling behind it. I didn't feel like I could feel God's presence and I wondered if something was terribly wrong. Can you relate? Have you ever prayed this way?  Click here and let me ease that feeling for you.
  3. 3 Fear Busting Prayers You Can Pray on the Fly - Fear. If it's got its grip on you, pray these quick prayers to loosen it. Pray them every time you are faced with a fear or concern over your life or a situation. Watch as God comes to your rescue and fear melts away. Get started with this…
  4. The Biggest Thing That Kills Your Prayers and How to Get Rid of It Immediately - You've probably killed some of your prayers over your lifetime. I know I have! So what's the biggest thing that kills your prayers & how are you supposed to get rid of it?  Here's the answer.
  5. 5 Ways You Can Slap Your Enemies Around with Prayer - We all have enemies, right? The Bible warns, “Beware when all men speak well of you!” No matter how loving and friendly you are - you'll always have an enemy just because you live and breathe. Here's how you can fix em!
  6. Why Pray When God Already Knows What You Need? - Are you thinking sometimes God plays dumb when you are obviously in need and he does nothing about it? He sees, right? The all-knowing God certainly knows when there is lack on your horizon. Then why doesn't he do something without you pressing him with requests? Let me give you a little glimpse into a father's heart…click here.
  7. 3 Reasons Praying Out-loud Gets the Enemy Off Your Back- Do most of your prayers take place inside your head? If you're like me, I have a running conversation with God all day long and a lot of it takes place inside my mind via my thoughts. And while that's good, there are reasons why praying out loud will get the enemy off your back. Let me show you why this is so powerful. Find out  here.

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Why Pray When God Already Knows What You Need?

 

Are you thinking sometimes God plays dumb when you are obviously in need and he does nothing about it? He sees, right? The all-knowing God certainly knows when there is lack on your horizon. Then why doesn't he do something without your pressing him with requests? Let me give you a little glimpse into a father's heart...

I remember one time when I was a kid I had a pair of sneakers that were old and holes started appearing near the toes. I would purposely look down at my old shoes while my dad was looking. My hope of course, was that he too, would look down and notice my worn out shoes. He did. But he never said a peep about them. He let me wear those things week after week until the holes became so big that my socks got drenched when I walked in the rain.

Speaking Up

Eventually, I had enough silence. I went up to my dad and said, "Dad, have you noticed that I need new shoes?" He said, "Yep.” I said, "Well, when are you going to get me new ones?" He said, "When you ask." Lesson learned. My dad wanted to be asked.

I don't know why that was so important to my dad. Maybe so I could establish a feeling of dependency on him. Had he taken me to the store without my asking for new shoes, I may not have felt how humbling it was to be reliant on him.

Aware vs. Involved

Whatever the case, my dad just preferred to be asked. That's all I needed to know. From then on, when I needed something I wasn't bashful about it. I went up to him boldly and stated my case. And he walked away loving the idea that he could give me something I needed.

Why pray? Because God likes to be asked.

So go with it...

Ask!

So now that you know God is aware of your need, ask him to get involved in your need. That may be the only reason he has waited!

Here are a couple of prayer-starters to get you going:

▪ Father, I know you already see that I need _____________. I know you are aware of my need, but now I ask you to get involved. Please supply__________________ according to your riches in glory. I am making an effort to seek your kingdom first and as I do, your Word says that everything else that I need will be taken care of. Thank you for that. Thank you for seeing what I lack and thank you for going to work on my behalf to provide it. In Jesus Name, Amen.

▪ Father, I thank you that you do see what I need. And you know what I need before I even ask. It's kinda crazy that you want me to ask you to intervene in situations you are already aware, but right now I ask for your involvement. I ask that you help me with this situation regarding _________________. I don't know what to do about it, but you do. Your word says that you will guide me and direct my steps. Lord, I'm calling on you and your Word says you will answer me and tell me great and unsearchable things I do not know. I am asking that you show me how to handle this the way you would want me to handle it. In Jesus Name, Amen. Thank you God, I give you the honor and praise!

Have you ever wondered why you have to ask for something God already knows you need? How do you handle it? Let us know in the comment section.

This post is an excerpt from my newest book, Grabbing God's Attention: The Art of Praying Like a Pro. You can click here if you are interested in scooping up a copy, Amazon has it. Smashwords has it for various eReaders. Or if you would like the PDF version that you can print (which is especially useful if you want to write in the Taking-Action sections of the book): Clicky here!

Photo of shoe: Google Images

 

How God Uses You Through Prayer

Prayer is like improv theater. Ever watched "Who's Line Is It Anyway"? That show had me rolling on the floor! The American version of the popular British improvisational comedy show starred Drew Carey as the host. Carey would take suggestions from the audience and assign roles and scenarios to the comedian contestants, who then improvised a skit on the spot. If you need a good laugh, Google it. The reruns will have you in stitches!

In kind of the same way, C.S. Lewis wrote this about prayer and I just love it. In effect, he said,

The scene and the general outline of the story is fixed by the author (God), but certain minor details are left for the actors to improvise. It may be a mystery why He should allow us to be a change agent of sorts.

What Lewis was describing is like a scene from "Who's Line Is It Anyway" or any other improv theater. It's as if God gives us the outline but we are left to improvise. And we do so by our prayers. God uses prayer as the method to make things happen.

Why would God use prayer as the method of change?

I can only guess. But this I know: God made things happen with his words. He made things, created things, and changed things with the words he spoke. How did he create the world? By speaking it into existence. Words spoken bring change.

The Bible says we are called to imitate God.

If we are to do life like him, it's no surprise then that prayer is the method he chooses for us to intervene in the world. By our prayers we speak. And when we do, things take shape. Things move. Things happen. If it's the method God himself chose, it makes sense then that it's the method he chooses for us to use as well. He wants us to be like him. To speak like him.

Jesus told a fig tree to wither up and die. It listened. The next time he passed by - it was a goner! In fact, Jesus tells us to speak to the mountains that stand in our way. You can check it out. Look what Jesus told them:

I tell you the truth, if you had faith even as small as a mustard seed, you could say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it would move. Nothing would be impossible." Matthew 17:20 NLT

He actually instructed us to tell whatever stands in our way "where to go"! Bet there's a lot of people you'd like to tell where to go! Do it. But be nice!

Mark Batterson says in his book, The Circle Maker,

We control our world through prayer. What we speak occurs. Prayer is prophesy.

Prophesy is speaking something that is going to come to pass. Wow! If you have faith to make something happen by speaking to it - look out!

So prayer is like grabbing the outline that God has ordained and improvising or fleshing out the scene with our prayers. It's his method. When we use it, we change the world. Cool that he let's us do that!

And we don't just get to do it, we were told to do it. Genesis 1:26 (KJV) says,

Let us make man inn our image, in our likeness; and let them have dominion…over all the earth.

When God gave man dominion, he gave him the freedom to act as his authority figure on earth. So again, it's as if God sets the stage with the outline of his will. And we are the actors who improvise as we take dominion over the earth. We are told to make things happen, to take charge. This is why we pray. And this is why prayer changes things. And this is how God uses you through prayer.

Get ready to speak your lines. Prayer is not your prerogative; it's your assignment.

Who's line is it anyway?….It's yours. Speak!

This post is an excerpt from my newest book, Grabbing God's Attention: The Art of Praying Like a Pro. You can click here if you are interested in scooping up a copy. Amazon has it. Or if you would like the PDF version that you can print (which is especially useful if you want to write in the Taking-Action sections of the book): Clicky here!

What do you think about the idea that you get to improvise with your prayers and make things happen on the earth? What have you prayed for that recently took shape? Go to the comment section above the post and share with us. Looking forward to reading what you have to say!

Dr. Linda

 

A Sure Way to Get People Praying For You

So you're going through a tough time. Life has sucked the snot out of you and you are barely crawling to the finish line. Well, maybe it's NOT that bad! But you are up against a wall in some area of your life, right? I'm with ya. And a few times it crossed your mind, "I sure hope someone, anyone, is praying for me!"

That would be cool, huh? Feeling the prayers of others wrapping around you, offering you a hedge of protection, and issuing a wave of blessing in your life. Who wouldn't want that?

But then you wonder… “Is there anyone praying for me? Am I on anyone's radar? Do I come to mind as others are praying?”

There is one sure way to make that happen:

Pray for them.

Pray for who?

Anyone who comes to your mind.

The janitor who empties the garbage in your building, the guy who whizzed by you on the highway this morning, the gal who checked out your groceries, the pastor who preached his heart out to you last Sunday, the babysitter who watched your kids, the telemarketer who illegally called your cell phone after 9pm the other night…you get the idea.

Pray. Pray for ANY of them. Pray for ALL of them. Pray for them when they come to mind. Pray when you know what they are up against. Pray when you don't have a clue what's going on in their world. If you want others praying for you…you have to get the ball rolling.

How do I know it's up to you to get the ball rolling?

Take a look at Matt 7:2b

…the amount you give to others will be given to you [or the standard you use for others will be the standard used for you; with the measure you measure, it will be measured to you]. (Expanded Version)

This principle works in all areas of our lives:

  • If you want to have friends, you must show yourself friendly (Proverbs 18:24 KJV)
  • He who refreshes others will himself be refreshed (Proverbs 11:25)
  • Forgive and you will be forgiven (Luke 6:37-42)
  • What you sow comes back to you (Galatians 6:7)

Jesus was the one who started this whole thing:

[So always; So in everything] Do to others [Treat others as] you want them to do to [treat] you. This is [sums up; is the essence of] the meaning of the law of Moses and the teaching of the prophets…Matt 7:12 (The Expanded Version)

Can you say boomerang baby?! What you throw out there is gonna come back to you! You can't get out of the way! This principle will hunt you down and chase you. What you do for others will end up back in your lap! That's something to bank on.

So yes, I believe it's safe to say, the amount of time you spend praying for others can determine how much time others spend praying for you. 

Funny how we want to reap a harvest we didn't plant for. Before you determine what kind of harvest you want, figure out how much seeding or planting you're willing to do. Only then will your harvest be guaranteed!

You want two people praying for you? Ok, then pray for two people.

You want 20-30 praying for you, ok, then get praying for 20-30 people.

You want the masses praying for you, ok, you get my drift don't you?!

Sow the kind of seed you want to reap.

It's up to you how many people will be praying for you…and how many won't!

What say you? Leave your thoughts for us to chew on in the comment section. Thanks!


What Ripped Prom Pants Have to Do With Praying and Solving Your Problems

He had the pink rose corsage atop a glamorous rhinestone bracelet, he had the prom tickets, he had the stunning date. Everything was perfect.

Until he was about to walk out the door.
Then the scream.
“Mom?!”
“Yes, son?”
“I have a hole in the side of my suit pants!”
Ut oh!

What did he do? He called for help.
Did he call for dad? Shoot no! Dad would fix the hole with duct tape.
Did he scream for his 14 year old sister? Nah...she'd probably staple it together.

He screamed for the best person for the job.
Mama to the rescue!
In under two minutes and 17 seconds, I grabbed my sewing kit, whipped out my needle and thread and said, "Ty, give me those pants, I'm gonna take care of this for you."
Within moments the problem was solved. Tyler rushed out the door, whisked his date off her feet, and they danced the night away!

Let's rewind.
Imagine a different scenario.
Tyler could have freaked out.
He could have tried to solve the problem on his own.
Or both...freak out and solve the problem on his own.

Know what he would have created?
A bigger mess.
And a frazzled state of mind.

....He would have been a fun date. Not!

But isn't that what we sometimes do when we discover a glitch that keeps us from going where we want to in life? We freak out. We try to fix a problem that we don't know how to solve. And most of the time we end up doing both, freaking out AND trying to fix the problem. Which causes a bigger problem; a bigger mess.

Here's a better option:
Fix your thoughts on God and you will have perfect peace while he gets the thing fixed.

You relax. You step aside. You surrender and let God solve your issue. You will finally be on your way without missing a beat.

Unless you freak out….Trying to fix it yourself.
Then your fix will be delayed. And so will your arrival.

I'd hate to picture this, but if my son was brainless enough to lose his cool over the rip in his pants and try to fix the hole himself, he would have made the pants look even worse. Can you imagine? Had he taken the do-it-yourself approach he would have spent three times longer on the ripped pants and arrived to the prom a half hour late. His date miffed, her dad ticked, and the whole night a downer.

When we try to take things into our own hands rather than running to God, who can fix our problem much better than we can, we risk delaying our solution.

So next time you are faced with a crisis:
• Don't freak out
• Don't fix it your way
• Ask for God’s help

"Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us…" Ephesians 3:20 (NIV)

Toss him the pants. He's gonna get it done faster and better than you can!
Mission accomplished.

Do you tend to freak out, fix it yourself, or have you found another way to deal with the problems that smack you in the face? Share in the comment section.