That Time I Prayed to be Invisible

My mother and I were in Birmingham for an event. We arrived on a beautiful, sunny Friday afternoon. I parked my car in the parking garage and we made our way to the venue two blocks away.

After enjoying the teaching and the music, ten thousand women exited the arena to make their ways to their vehicles. My mother and I turned to the right and began to walk and no one (not a single woman) followed us.

I don’t know how 9,998 other women all knew to park in the opposite direction. All I know is that my mother and I were left to walk alone, in the dark, to a parking garage two blocks away. Between us and the vehicle were abandoned buildings, empty parking lots and several men wandering the streets.

In that moment, all I could think to do was to pray that we were invisible. I asked the Lord that, if any of those men had any evil intentions, they simply would not see us. Now, I’m not saying that God made me invisible (although I’m not saying He didn’t either.) I do believe that God blinded the eyes of any potential enemy that night.

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I told that story at a recent women’s event to illustrate the power of prayer. I had forgotten about this incident and it came to me at the last minute. I couldn’t help but laugh as, as we walked those two blocks, I kept repeating, “It’s fine. They can’t see us. We’re invisible.”

Here’s the thing, though. I totally believed that God could do it. And, if I’m honest, it isn’t the first time I’ve prayed such a thing. Sometimes, at night, my spirit will feel unsettled and I’ll pray.

Lord, if there is anyone currently roaming the streets with ill intentions, let them not even take notice of our home.

God, if my children are out in public and the enemy is on the prowl, draw his attention away from my babies.

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It’s a prayer I’ve prayed often but never mentioned to anyone. It’s not exactly the parenting advice people expect.

What advice would you give for raising children in this broken world?

Oh, I just pray we’re all invisible.

Yeah. Hmm.

BUT – I found the coolest verse today.

Are you ready?

Wait for it…

Hide me from the secret plots of the wicked. – Psalm 64:2

I wanted to do the slow clap after reading it. Essentially, y’all, David just prayed to be invisible. Do with it what you will.

You are loved. ❤

Stacy

 

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Unleash His Power

I have always loved the story about the woman with the issue of blood.  She was considered lower than low by those around her.  She had tried everything and man could do nothing for her.  But then she heard about Him…Jesus.  I can not even imagine the desperation as she fought through the crowd…fully realizing that this was her one chance to be healed.  And so, she stretched out her hand and she touched Him.  She touched Him.  And then there is this verse…one which, in recent weeks, has become a new favorite of mine.

At once Jesus realized that power had gone out from him… – Mark 5:30

I love Nicole C. Mullin.  She has long been a favorite Christian artist of mine.  She sings a song called One Touch and it is about this story.  There is a line in there that blows me away…“and then, suddenly, He turned around / He said somebody has unleashed my power.”  This woman unleashed the power of God!  The power that heals the sick.  The power that raised people from the dead.  The power of God, people!  That just boggles my mind.  Mind you, it was not her touch that unleashed the awesomeness of God…it was her faith.  When we live in complete faith – we have the ability to unleash the power of God Himself in our lives.

There is a family that needs the unleashing of God’s power…they have been on my heart for several weeks now.  Please take a moment to visit this site, take in their story and pray.  Pray for God to show Himself mighty.  Of course, our prayer is for total healing on this side of heaven.  But, she also lists other ways that they are in need of prayer.

If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to save us from it, and he will rescue us from your hand, O king. But even if he does not, we want you to know, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up. – Daniel 3:17-18

This is what it means to rest in the sovereignty of God and to trust in His love for us.  We know He is able, but if He chooses not to grant healing…we love and serve Him anyway knowing one day we will see everything clearly.