by Carla McDougal
Turmoil surged. Tears poured. Confusion erupted. Negative thoughts bombarded my mind. I felt like I was in a war zone. Dropping to the floor, I cried out for God’s strength and protection from this oppression…
God, there is no way I can speak at this women’s retreat! I am too weak. How can you use me if I feel this way? I just want to crawl into a hole.
All of a sudden…
Psalm 91:1 pops into my head, He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. Opening my Bible, I decided to read all of Psalm 91. In seconds, I found myself praising God for allowing me to suffer through this mental chaos and utter confusion. My weakness opened the door to a fresh experience with Jesus. That evening, as I walked onto the stage, Jesus strengthened me from head to toe in the shadow of the Almighty. He gets all the glory!
The next day I shared my experience with one of my close friends. With a gentle answer, she said, “Carla, when this happens to you call or text me so I can pray for you!” I told her I didn’t realize what was happening at the time but agreed to call or text her if it happened again.
This conversation lingered in my mind. Later that evening, I read Psalm 91 again. I focused on Psalm 91:1 and to my surprise, this is what I saw… 911. My heart leaped with excitement! Thoughts ignited. The next time I experience one of these spiritual warfare attacks I need to text – PRAY 911 – to my prayer team! I jumped up and started praising God for how He works in and through our situations.
I challenge each of you to use this same method. Ask God to raise up an emergency prayer team, so that in the midst of a difficult situation, circumstance, or spiritual attack, you can text––PRAY 911. They don’t have to know the details, God knows it all. He gives us the opportunity to participate in eternity here on earth through prayer. Standing in the gap for one another is a two-way blessing. Share this new idea with others. And, as God leads you to form or join a PRAY 911 team, don’t hesitate to live sold out for Him and pray for others.
Read Psalm 91. Write out the verse or verses that touch your heart. Ask God to reveal why this section speaks to you. Call out to Him to help you put this verse to action and live for Him.
This article is from my soon to be released book called… SOLD OUT Live for Jesus.
––My Prayer Chair by Carla McDougal
Award-winning author and speaker, Carla McDougal founded Reflective Life Ministries in 2008. Her true passion is her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. It humbles her to realize His love, grace, and mercy go beyond her understanding. She truly believes laughter is medicine from the Lord that breaks down walls and removes the masks in our lives. As a result, God has taken her around the world to encourage others to live every day for Him. Her latest book, My Prayer Chair, won multiple awards in 2013 and is now available in Spanish. Carla and her husband, Fred, live in the Houston, TX area and have three sons, one daughter, and two daughters-in-“love.” She smiles to think of the experiences God has allowed in her life to teach and remind her “He is in control.”
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