My journal was lost, but now is found
I lost my journal, but after a week of retracing my steps I retrieved it yesterday in the lost and found at Kinko’s. I was very happy to have it back and I read through it again and I noticed a connection between two answered prayers.
On July 3rd, 2006 I prayed Psalm 42:9 “I say to God, my rock: Why have you forgotten me? Why do I go mourning because of the oppression of the enemy?” I acknowledged that the enemy of my soul was too strong for me and I asked for deliverance.
On April 4th, 2008 I was reading John 14:14 “You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.” So I asked him again for deliverance from the enemy.
On both of these occasions I experienced, in a manner that I cannot explain, an assurance that my prayer had been heard and answered and on both occasions a season of marked progress in the pursuit of holiness followed.
I feel I must share this with you because in the past I have preached that I have found the word to be much more useful than prayer in the battle to resist temptation. This is true to a point. When face to face with temptation it helps me to quote a short memorized verse. Praying in that moment I find too amorphous to be very helpful.
And yet the two most memorable experiences of deliverance over the past two years were occasioned by believing prayer. So I re-commend the practice to you. Go ask him for something.