Ginrich's Devotional Blog

May 2, 2011

Pray for the Sick

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,faith,God's Word,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 1:27 am

Jas 5:15 And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise him up. If he has sinned, he will be forgiven

I have a friend and neighbor who was found on her floor unconscious on Easter Sunday.  I spent hours in the ER with her trying to wake her up.  Then was in ICU with her.  Then she was moved to a room but was very confused.  She was still confused Friday when transferred to a re-hab facility.  I’ve prayed for her throughout this but as I saw her even more confused on Friday I prayed even more earnestly.  Saturday night I prayed all night long.  After church on Sunday I went to see her.  She was wheeling down the hallway by herself and was in full control of her mental faculties.  God is so good.  Was it my prayer?  Not necessarily.  There were many people in several churches praying for her.  But it was prayer – it was God – that brought her back to us.  When I visit someone in the hospital or re-hab or nursing home I always ask their roommate if they want prayer.  We are told to pray for the sick – all the sick.  We may not always see the effects of our prayer but all prayers offered in faith are effective.  We just need to do it.  Let us always be quick pray.

February 24, 2011

Cry Aloud

Ps 3:4 To the LORD I cry aloud, and he answers me from his holy hill.


Have you ever been so tired or sick or frustrated or angry and you didn’t know what to do.  Perhaps you even wanted to quit.  The psalmist felt that way.  I really enjoy reading the psalms.  In this psalm he says he cries aloud to the Lord and the Lord answers him.  This is where we are to go when we are tired or discouraged or angry or sick or frustrated or worried.  We cry aloud to our Lord and listen and expect to hear the answer for us.  Many of us choose to vent to others or go to some drug or drink or other device.  These things might help temporarily but they don’t give us the answers we need.  Only God has the answers for us.  Next time you experience one of these feelings, get by yourself where no one can hear you and cry aloud to our Lord.  Then be quiet and listen.  It’s best to listen with pen and paper and write what comes into your calming mind.  You’d be surprised what you hear the Lord say to you when you give Him a chance.  Cry aloud to the Lord and He will answer you  from His holy hill.


January 31, 2011

Numbered Days

Job 12:10 In his hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind.

Mt 6:27 Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life

Every six months we have been having lunch in a near-by city with a cousin who flies in for her cancer check-up.  She’s been cancer free for over 2 years.  Today she told me she just bought 6 more months.  She feels she’s living with a shoe being held over her head and is waiting for it to drop.  God is the One Who numbers our days.  Some people usurp God’s control and take their own life, but God even has the power to stop that.  God hold our lives in His hand and no amount of worrying can change it.  God’s desire for us is to be at peace with our future and fellowship with Him, allowing Him to flow through us to others while our days are on this earth.  Instead of fretting over something we have no control, lets bask in His joy, peace and love and share His light with those around us.


November 1, 2010

A Cheerful Heart

Proverbs 17:22 A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.

Sometimes it’s hard to allow our heart to be cheerful.  When a loved one or we are walking through a stormy time it is hard to find something to feel cheerful about.  We, as human, tend to be very shortsighted.  When I was critically ill I regularly recited the things that gave me joy, both in the past and in the present.  It’s amazing how many things in our lives bring us joy.  Dwelling on our current problem, be it illness or anything else, does no good.  We do need to give the current problem attention to walk through it but it doesn’t need to be all consuming.  When it’s hard to get our minds off, when it’s hard to get physical or emotional strength it is time to turn to God.  Start by thanking Him for the gift of salvation through His Son.  When we start into thanks one thing will lead to another and before long we allow God’s joy to enter our heart and cheerfulness returns.  If it helps, keep a thankful list written down to remind us of all our blessings.  In and through everything life brings our way, we can still give thanks to God.


October 31, 2010

When Loved Ones Are in Crisis

Ro 12:12 Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer

When loved ones are facing a crisis, it is hard on those who love them.  Feeling helpless is difficult.  It creates emotional pain and guilt.  We want to do something to ease their worry and/or pain but just don’t know what we can do.  We want to solve their problems.  We don’t know how they really feel, physically or emotionally because we cannot feel what others feel.  We can only imagine.  That makes it even harder for us.  What can we do for our loved ones facing critical problems?  We can be there.  We can learn when to be quiet, when to ask questions and when to give aid.  We can encourage them to share how they feel but not push them to share.  We can understand when they get angry but not get angry back.  When it gets to stressful for us we can share our stress with someone not involved.  Most important, we can get down on our knees and talk to God.  Sometimes it’s hard for those in crisis to pray for themselves.  We can fill the gap.  I’ve been on both sides.  I know how comforting knowing and feeling the prayers of others are.  I know the fears of watching and not being able to solve the problems.  I know walking through the crisis: the initial anger, the initial fear and moving into trust and peace as we feel the prayers of others.  I also know the need to keep our lives as “normal” as they have been.  We always have more than one thing going on in our lives.  To concentrate on just the one thing, like an illness or other problem, and ignore all the rest of our interest is not beneficial.  We need to encourage each other to continue on as best we can through whatever crisis we face and allow God His timing on seeing us through our crisis.  He is faithful.  He is all knowing.  He can do it in spite of us.


October 30, 2010

Facing Hard Times


Dt 31:8 The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.  Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”


We live in a sinful world.  When it rains, it rains on whoever is in the area.  Sometimes bad things happen.  Sometimes we’re where the bad things happen.  Sometimes we do things or don’t do things to our physical bodies that bear consequences later on.  Sometimes just working or being around certain things bear consequences to our bodies or minds.  We cannot change the fact that life is a risk; that there are events that can happen we don’t like.  We can change how we face them.  We can face them in fear and dread or we can face them in trust and faith that we are not facing them alone.  If we have accepted Jesus, God’s Son, as our Lord and Savior, have confessed our sins and received His forgiveness, we can count on God walking with us through all life brings our way.  He never promised us we would be free from the storms of life on this earth.  In fact, His Word tells us we will walk through storms.  His promise is He is with us, never leaving us alone or forsaking us.  He will see us through the storms of life.  All we need do is look to Him.  Allow His faith to enter us and His Holy Spirit to comfort, give us peace and give us wisdom.


October 29, 2010



Mt 6:34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.


A wonderful neighbor of ours just got word he has lung cancer.  He’s waited a long time to find out what was wrong.  Now he has to wait for them to find out what kind and what stage.  Waiting is very hard.  It’s hard to control our mind and emotions from doomsday thinking.  We are full of “what if’s.”  Our comfort is in God’s Word.  He promises to be with us to the very end.  When we have to wait on situations like this we must stand firm and trust God.  We must fill our minds on things that are good and lovely.  We don’t know what we will face tomorrow.  We don’t even know what we will face in the next hour.  We must choose, and continue to choose what thoughts we will allow ourselves to dwell on and choose trust and faith in the One Who created us and loves us enough to sacrifice His only Son, Jesus, for us.


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