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Thursday, January 15, 2015

Prayer is CPR

While praying at Church this past Sunday, the Lord put a "word" in my spirit about prayer and Tuesday, while praying the "Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary" the Lord continued to teach me and build on what He showed me Sunday, concerning prayer.
He spoke to my heart Sunday and said;
"Prayer is like CPR, it gives breath and life to the heart of those who are dying." Wow!
Pondering this I'm reminded of my CPR training and watching others administer it to a dying victim. It can become very, very, tiring and stressful physical and mentally administering the chest compressions and breathing breaths for someone, until help arrives. I've personally never had to use my training, and have thought if I ever did... Would I have the strength and would I remember everything I was taught to save a life? The key to CPR and saving ones life is to not stop administering it, until help arrives. Even if you think it is hopeless. And if it takes awhile for the help to get there... Those administering it to the dying, it becomes a battle, a tough hellish battle to keep going, and to not give up. I remember as a child, my dad was a witness to a little African American boy, who was struck by a car. It was in the middle of nowhere and it took over an hour for help to arrive. He immediately went to the child and started CPR and he was the only one on the scene who knew how to perform CPR. He never gave up, on this little boy. But, sad to say, the child did not make it. My daddy came home exhausted and felt so defeated he did not survive. It must of been a nightmare for him.
Prayer is like CPR my Lord planted in my heart.. Oh, how I sometimes give up and think it's not working. My Lord, says CPR is like prayer....do not give up until the help comes, even when you are tired and it's been a loooonnnngg time, and you just don't think another breath would help. TRUE Prayer is like CPR, because it is work for those who are dying. You must not stop.. The best way to give CPR is if you have a team of others to help.. When you get tired...pass it on to the another person. Rotate and never give up. CPR is like prayer..prayer needs to be teamwork.
Tuesday, while praying the "Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary" and mediating on the 1st mystery.... Jesus praying in the Garden, before they came and arrested Him.. What did He do? He asked His Apostles to keep watch and pray for themself and Him . What did the Apostles do? They were tired, they could not stay awake. Jesus went to them three times, and woke them up..."Please pray the hour is almost here." 
Here in the Garden of Gethsemane: (1st Sorrowful Mystery) we have Jesus, (God in the Flesh) who is asking for prayer. Why?
Wasn't it good enough that He, King of Kings, Lord of Lord who healed the sick, rose folks from the dead, open the eyes of the blind and the ears of the deaf to hear? Why would Jesus need His Apostles to pray? The scene in Gethsemane (Luke 22: 39-48) in many ways had become a CPR experience.. They just could not compress and breath another breathe of prayer.. They were tired... Makes one wonder if things could of been different had they prayed?
We know He had to go to the cross and we know the events surrounding His passion and death on the cross had to unfold.
We know this was the Father's plan.
We know Jesus asked the Father in the Garden to take this cup away, but, only if it was the will of the Father..
Jesus knew it was not the Father's will. He sweated blood..
Do you think if His Apostles had prayed as Christ had asked them, maybe Christ's human nature would not have been in so mush distress? The CPR of prayer could have helped our Lord not feel alone and abandoned, as He was scourged at the pillar; (Mark 15:15: 2nd Sorrowful Mystery), crowned with thorns; (Mark: 15:16-17: 3rd Sorrowful Mystery), Jesus carrying His Cross (John: 19:16-17: 4th Sorrowful Mystery), and Jesus dies on the Cross; (Mark: 15;21: 5th Sorrowful Mystery)...
Luke 23:34: Jesus said, "Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing."
Romans 12:4-5
For just as we have many members in one body and all the members do not have the same function, 5so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.
1 Corinthian 12:26-27
Many Members, One Body
And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it. 27Now you are Christ's body, and individually members of it.
John 17:20-21
Prayer for all Believers
"I do not ask on behalf of these alone, but for those also who believe in Me through their word; that they may all be one; even as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they also may be in Us, so that the world may believe that You sent Me. "The glory which You have given Me I have given to them, that they may be one, just as We are one;… Jesus
Jesus is our mediator to the Father, but just like He asked His Apostles to pray for Him, He needs us to pray for each other...we are connected to His Body.
You, me, and those who are in heavenly place... We are connected to Him (His Body) here and for eternity.. I can ask you for prayer, I can even ask Mother Mary or any Saint in heaven to pray for me.. We are all connected and we should never, ever give up the CPR of praying for each other.
Those in Heavenly place are alive, they are not dead and I believe they are now great prayer warriors...more than ever.
It's a great mystery to understand how we are all connected to the Body of Christ.
Many will say... How can those in heaven hear our prayer request? They are dead.. Really? I thought they were alive...now and for eternity.. That's what the word of God teaches. We have eternal life..those who put their heart and trust as Jesus Christ their Lord as Savior.. They died to this world and are born into eternal life....forever!
Well, to be honest it's a mystery.. All, I know is I've been woken from my sleep to pray for someone.. They did not call me or send me a text.. It was the mystery of being connected to the Body of Christ that woke me from my sleep.
Why me? Who am I to have any power to pray for someone? I am nothing. Jesus is the mediator... Why doesn't He just pray for them? Why does He use us?
A friend shared with me an example, in helping me understand the "mystery" and need for the "Communion of Saints".. Those who are in heavenly place praying for us....why? Jesus is the mediator.
Yes, He is...but we are apart of a great family.. We are apart of the family of "The Kingdom of God" and we are all connected and there is power and strength in numbers.
Let's say, you need to put a fence up around 3 acres of property. You need to first dig holes and place post in the ground to hold the fence. You can choose to put up this fence all by yourself or you can ask others to help you.
If you do it by yourself, it's going to be a long, hard process ...but you will in time get it done.. It might kill you doing it..but, hey, you choose to do it alone.
If you do get others to help, you take turns digging the holes for the post, someone goes and gets food and drink when you are hot and hungry, someone holds the post as another shovels the dirt back into the hole... There is power in numbers and strenght and our Father did not create us to be alone.. He desires we work together..in prayer and love...all of us.
Prayer is the CPR that gives life to a world that is dying.. Don't stop, help is coming.
We need to never give up, and if we get tired and don't think we can keep up the breathing and compressions, we can use the buddy system. We can pass our prayer on to others and even those in heavenly places.. We are the Body of Christ and nothing can separate us...not even death..
Romans 8:37-39
But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
CPR is like prayer and when we are tired, we need to pass the prayer to someone else.
And when renewed ... start where you left off.
Since I have come to understand the Communion of Saints.
I trust them.. They will not forget, they will not get tired, they will not use my request for prayer as gossip.. They will continue praying until the prayer is answered..
Revelation: 5:7-9
He came and received the scroll from the right hand of the one who sat on the throne.
When he took it, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb. Each of the elders held a harp and gold bowls filled with incense, which are the prayers of the holy ones (Saints) They sang a new hymn.
If Jesus needed the prayers of His Apostles... So we need the prayers of the Body of Christ.

Also, prayer is like CPR for us. We need to find the time to use prayer for us, to talk to Jesus, get to know Him. Forget about the needs and wants.... in time the CPR gives our hearts, minds and bodies a relationship in the quite of the storms of life and He breathes breath in areas we need and compresses our heart to truly understand what love really means. It's not about us anymore. It's about how MUCH He loves us and how he desires to spend time with us. 

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