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National Day of Prayer

Today is National Day of Prayer.

Please join us in prayer for each and every person in this world, for our national and local government and for our military. 

How can we pray for you?

Pray

“Our world today desperately hungers for hope, and yet uncounted people have almost given up. There is despair and hopelessness on every hand. Let us be faithful in proclaiming the hope that is in Jesus!” — Billy Graham

Mapping Out God’s Will For Your Life

By Joy Allmond:

As with many, personal crisis forced Christine Wyrtzen to become passionate about prayer. At yesterday’s Women’s Day Away at The Cove, her hope was to make that passion contagious by showing other women how to pray more effectively.

15 years ago, her mother was dying of cancer, and Christine began to capture her thoughts and prayers through her journal.

“That just really thrust me in a new direction of having a heart for hurting people,” she remembers.  “Ever since, I have felt this great desire to assemble pieces that teach people how to pray specifically and strategically.”

Through this time in her life, God showed her how to do “personal prayer mapping,” a process that involves tracing back the origins of the things that require prayer.

In her very own words, she “equips other to understand the issues of their own souls and the souls of those they love.” She is showing women how to uniquely target those areas in prayer, and wants to see people move away from what she calls “anemic” prayers, such as:

Please change my husband and make him quit drinking.

When, through prayer mapping—tracing the roots of a soul and understanding why people engage in certain behaviors—you can pray more strategically. If this is your prayer, you could pray about the things in his heart that encourage him to excessively drink, and perhaps pray that God would remove the influences in his life that enable him to abuse the alcohol.

Or, instead of praying something like, please be with Aunt Martha who is having surgery; let her know you love her, you could pray more broadly, such as:

·        Asking God to help the surgeon sleep well.
·        Asking God to send angels to fill the room with light and glory.
·        Asking that the surgeon’s hands become God’s hands.

“You can see that if you start thinking that way, you can easily come up with a one-to-two page customized prayer for yours or someone else’s needs,” Christine explains.

To truly understand and practice personal prayer mapping, she strongly believes we need an understanding of our enemy. She feels that in the church, we avoid talking about him and seeing his patterns.

“We need to have the eyes to see how he deceives, tempts and devour. We need to know what a stronghold is. Once women learn these things, they very quickly begin to see his fingerprints on their families in the way they struggle.  Then, they are able to personalize this almost immediately.”

By the end of the day, the women at the Cove were astounded by the power of prayer and left inspired to participate in intercession more fully.

“I would love to see people who have been praying for something for 20 years—and have seen little movement—get charged by the potential of learning how to pray this way, and seeing how God is still of a God of intervention and of passivity.”

Join us for our next Women’s Day Away, Simply Irresistible: Being a Contagious Grace Giver,  on May 2nd with Lisa Harper.  Click here for more information and to register.  

Behind The Scenes…Intercessory Prayer at The Cove

We are blessed to have over 100 volunteers at The Cove.  From helping you find a seat in the auditorium, to guiding you on a tour in our Chapel and Visitor’s Center, to praying over our guest’s and visitor’s prayer requests, these faithful servants play a vital role in our ministry. 

Pam is a volunteer at The Cove who helps out in administration and is on the Intercessory Prayer Team.  Read on as she gives you a BEHIND THE SCENES look at her role here.       

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As a volunteer at the Cove one of the things I am involved in is the Intercessory Prayer team.  I feel it truly is a privilege and honor to be trusted and asked to pray for the concerns others have on their hearts.

As a team we are praying for an average of 900 different prayer cards that are turned in at The Cove each month. These cards are available on site in various locations for the guests and visitors on property.  So, how does it work?  When guests are here for a seminar or other event, they can fill out a prayer card(s) with requests and concerns that God lays on their hearts.  They drop the card(s) in the one of the prayer boxes that are located throughout the property. These cards are collected and given to members of our prayer team who immediately begin praying for them. Each of the cards is prayed over at least 4 times, and then destroyed.

There are 20 members on the Prayer Team who sign up for different time slots to be on Cove property praying.  My female prayer partner and I come together once per week to meet and pray for the prayer requests. 

My favorite location to pray is up in our prayer room on the 3rd floor of The Training Center.  I have such a fabulous view of the mountains of the Cove, the changing sky above, the great birds that are soaring, and also a view out of the Cove to the world beyond with its buildings, mountains, valleys, and horizon. Every time I am there the scenery is different, varying with the seasons and weather patterns.

What kinds of requests do we get?  Here’s a sample: broken marriages, prodigal children, concerns for grandchildren, loss due to death or suicide, salvation for souls, future spouses for Christian children in this world, friends and family who are sick, those close who are dying, struggles in the local churches, court cases and battles, guidance for  life, the need of a job, a house that needs to sell, career changes, false accusations, mission outreach projects, fractured relationships between parents & children, pain in ministry, physical pain and suffering, medical tests and treatments, guidance with finances, help with addictions to food, drugs, alcohol, pornography, etc.

There is also a place to share praises on the cards. So, even though we see the burdens that are on people’s hearts, we also often get a glimpse of the blessings God is pouring out. What a thrill to praise the Lord for His goodness, grace, love, compassion, sustaining power, faithfulness, protection, provision, guidance, comfort, and peace.   We even get some cards that are sharing answers to prayer, and we rejoice in those as well.  What a gift to see the hand of God working in the lives of those who come and share with us, as we partner with them in approaching our Father God with the desires of our hearts.

Interested in volunteering at The Cove?  Click here to download an application.

The Power of Prayer and Surrender

God is always at work in our lives.  Do we see it…in good times and bad? Do we take time to thank our Creator for the blessings of each and every day?  Do we praise Him in all circumstances?  Do we surrender everything to Him?  A couple from Kernersville, NC knows a thing or two about surrender and the power of prayer.  May this beautiful story will be an encouragement to you today. 

By George L. Matthews

About 3 years ago, I developed a tremor in my right hand that was diagnosed as benign essential tremors.  

As the tremor worsened and other symptoms began to manifest, my wife, Dianne, asked her neurologist at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center for a neurology referral for me.  

He suggested Dr. Haq, in the neurology department there but told her he might be hard to see since his appointments were scheduled months in advance.  

When Dianne called to see about scheduling an appointment, she was told there had been a cancellation – the very next morning, at 8 am, “Could we be there?”  Is anything too hard for our God?   

Over the next few months, as I underwent numerous tests, my symptoms worsened.  Tests indicated polyneuropathy.  We thought I had spinocerebellar ataxia, but the tests were all negative.   Only one test was confirmed positive, that for paraneoplastic syndrome.  But we had no idea why this syndrome was present.  

In February, I began having difficulty walking.  In 3 weeks time, I was able to walk only with the assistance of lofstrand crutches. 

Every step was an effort.  

My entire body seemed to convulse when I tried to stand.  

The once self-sufficient, independent man that I had always been was reduced to needing help just getting out of bed.  

It was during this time God began dealing with me regarding my absolute surrender to Him as Lord of my life.  

I knew He was Savior, but did I trust Him to be Lord?  

It was easy to say yes to that question when all was well.  

But now, could I accept what He had allowed into my life with thanksgiving (I Thessalonians 5:18)?  When I finally realized that even in the darkest places, He was Lord, I felt that “peace that passes all understanding”.  

I knew that He had a purpose for this and I could trust Him.

Dr. Haq had decided that even though we still did not have a definitive diagnosis for my convulsive movements, he would admit me for a week of steroid treatments.  

I would enter the hospital on June 11.  Dianne had already booked a weekend seminar for us at The Cove for June 8-10 to hear Dr. Ken Boa. 

How amazing that God orchestrated our time at The Cove the weekend before my hospitalization!  

When we arrived for registration at The Cove, we signed up for the Interactive Sessions that were a part of the Seminar event.  

I was assigned with a fabulous group of men, and Dianne with a great group of women.  We were loved upon, encouraged, prayed for.  We were sought out by a couple who had used a recent hospitalization to witness to the hospital staff, and encouraged me to do the same. They shared Bible verses with us.  

We recognized that God had sent all these people to us this very weekend for a special purpose.  The staff at The Cove was so kind and helpful, and we knew they were also praying for us.  We were encouraged by Dr. Boa’s teaching.  

We left The Cove on Sunday knowing we were firmly secure in God’s hand, that He was in control, and we need not fear.  

On June 11, we arrived at the hospital to find out the treatment plan had changed over the weekend.  

One of the physicians Dr. Haq had conferred with had found an article that suggested IVIG treatments.  They started the first treatment Monday evening.  

By midweek, I began standing and taking steps without my crutches.  

By Thursday, I was making laps around the neurology department.  

As I walked, I shared with the staff of God’s goodness; I handed out tracts to those who asked how I could be so joyous.  God provided many opportunities for me to share His love during my stay.  

Then, on Friday I walked out of the hospital without my crutches.  

Am I cured?  We don’t know.  

The doctors were amazed at how well the treatment worked but can’t give a prognosis since they don’t have a definite diagnosis.  

But this we do know, “we are fearfully and wonderfully made” and the Creator God does know.  

It is in His hands and whatever He chooses to send, we accept.  He knows what is best for us.  He knew that until I was unable to manage on my own, I had reserved a part of me that was not completely surrendered to Him.  

I am grateful for this time of illness, for I saw not only physical healing, but spiritual healing as well. 

I felt the amazing power of prayer.  

I saw how God’s timing was woven throughout the events of the past months.  

I had great physicians, great medical staff to administer the treatment, all orchestrated by Him.  But more importantly, we had a lot of people praying for us…our church, our family, and our friends.  

How awesome is our God who walks with us, hears our cry for help, and sends people to walk through our valleys with us!!  

And answers prayer!