Prayer: A powerful force in the hands of spiritual warriors

| May 28, 2014
Chasiti Falls

Chasiti Falls

By Chasiti Falls

I hope everyone had a wonderful Mother’s Day. I enjoyed my weekend by attending a Mother-Daughter Prayer Breakfast. Personally this was a new event for me; however the Mighty Women of Fellowship hosted their 7th year at the Ol’ Rugged Fellowship Church home of Pastor Jermaine and First Lady Talisha Sanders.

This event appears to be an awaited yearly event that gives the women in the community an opportunity to focus their energy on current community issues and goals. The breakfast was delicious and featured a dish for every diet possible.

The theme was “My Mother Prayed for Me” backed by James 5:16:

“Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is so powerful and effective.”

Prayer simply is a conversation with God. If you don’t believe in God, Webster defines it as the act of making a wish. The verse of reference is simple and self explanatory, but some may get stuck on the “righteous person” so let us define that. Webster defines “righteous” as a person that displays that they have morals, a virtuous person. Sounds plain enough right, could be anybody.

So at this prayer breakfast they asked women of the Michiana community from different backgrounds to participate as Prayer Warriors. These Prayer Warriors were requested to lead a prayer to a specific theme.

The 1 Voice Praise choir leads attendees at the prayer breakfast during a spirit-filled worship moment.

The 1 Voice Praise choir leads attendees at the prayer breakfast during a spirit-filled worship moment.

To be a warrior in prayer is to engage in the spiritual battle and fight the good fight of faith wearing the full armor of God and “pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests (Ephesians 6:10-18).”

Some of the requests of the day included Minister Dorthy Pittman praying for the living mothers in the community, while Lady Diane “Lady Di” Stewart and Lady Judy Jones prayed for the mothers of the past and the daughters who will be our mothers of the future. Lady Gloria Pace graced us with a prayer for unity and Lady Jillian O’Neal prayed for the community. All the prayer warriors did superb jobs emanating positive energy.

These were indeed some virtuous women, thus I did feel their positivity and the community shall definitely be affected via the participants present. If one knows how to focus the power of prayer is felt.

Never underestimate the power of the voice or spoken word:

The words of the reckless pierce like swords, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.”—Proverbs 12:18

Growing up as an inner city youth with a sharp tongue myself, my mentors taught me to be careful with my words, for people might not exactly remember what you said or how you said it, but they will never forget how you made them feel.

Each religion or denomination has a unique way or different things that are required to complete certain prayers for specific outcomes. These are certain ritualistic things that one should learn through congregational meetings. But, what about the person who just wants to build spirituality for their self? Are you the type of person who would like to pray but does not know how?

Realistically, it all depends on you, because this is you having a conversation with your God or making a command upon your superego or conscience.  There are three things one should always keep in mind:

1) You can pray whenever and wherever you would like.

2) Use your own words and keep it to the point. It doesn’t have to be eloquent or long.

3) Keep the channels of communication open at all times.

People can pray at a basketball game, dinner table or in the bed whatever works best. One’s words should be specific to what the desire or request is. Like they say be careful what you wish for you just might get it. And lastly, be appreciative that you got to say what you wanted by being able to receive the response.  Communication is a two-way street.

Back to the program…

The Rev. Jennifer Tinsley

The Rev. Jennifer Tinsley

The guest speaker of the day was Jennifer Tinsley of Elkhart, Ind., pastor at St. James African Methodist Episcopal Church. She graduated from Indiana University in 1976, Loyola University Chicago with a Master’s in Social Work in 1984, and McCormick Theological Seminary in 2006.

This woman is truly one for speaking the truth if you want to hear it or not. She gave a dynamic food for thought speech that seemed to be well received by the participants present. Some of the soulful things she spoke on included how as women we should stop running with the gossip about one another and do more praying for one another. She made note that if your biological mom didn’t pray for you, that it is certain some community mother did, so you could make it through. She made note that today, most of us are guilty of watching “Reality TV” and enjoying the celebrities acting “ratchet.” However, it is our jobs to make sure our young woman know that those celebrities are getting paid for their “ratchet” acts like pulling out another “sista’s” weave for us to see. It is the mother’s responsibility to teach the children they should not be doing those things in the schools for free.

She discussed that we have to get out of the habit of just giving out “Social Media Blessings.” You know, the common reply when someone has a status post they are having problems or going through trails: “I’ll pray for you.” We should get back into the habit of joining together for prayer because there is power in the touch from another human being.

As human beings, we thrive on personal contact, however, in this technological new age, our social interaction has been diminished and downgraded to Social Media posts and tweets. Research has shown that social interaction offers adults many benefits. Staying socially active and maintaining interpersonal relationships can help you maintain good physical and emotional health and cognitive function.

Social Media is not of the devil as some say regularly in the pulpit as it does benefit those who are halfway across the world separated from loved ones. It assists many in maintaining their interpersonal relationships.  We have to establish balance.

The University of Rochester Medical Center states that there are health benefits to being socially active like:

• Potentially reduced risk for cardiovascular problems, some cancers, osteoporosis and rheumatoid arthritis

• Reduced risk of Alzheimer’s disease

• Lower blood pressure

• Reduced risk for mental health issues such as depression

Social interaction helps keep your brain sharp, and is most effective when paired with an overall healthy lifestyle, including a balanced diet and regular physical activity.

I would like to take a moment to thank all of the virtuous women of Union Baptist Church in Fort Wayne, who prayed for me while I was in the Cuban dorms making the best of my situation and fighting everyday to graduate with my medical degree. Likewise, to my colleagues from over 20 countries that continue to keep contacts with me over the Social Media Circuit that encourage me during my path to become a Certified Physician in the United States. I pray I am as much inspiration to you as you are to me.

The moral of the story is we need each other, and be mindful that your future is somebody else’s past so you best stay prayed up so you don’t mess it up. I enjoyed listening to the Rev. Tinsley very much and felt her words were accurate and deeply needed to be heard and shared for the sake of the community.

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