A Prayer for Strength By Elaine Davenport (Sunday, July 8, 2007)

Father, certainly this is one of the hardest prayers to make. And surely it would be harder, yet our faith and not what we feel makes it easier. For we know that right now things “seem” fixed and the outcome “looks” dim…but you are the God of SUDDENLY! We fully expect you to show up and change our circumstances. We don’t have to know when, we just know that you willl and that is good enough for us! In fact, it is cause for celebration. WE PRAISE YOU FATHER! WE LOVE ON YOU! WE LAY IN YOUR LOVING ARMS! WE TREAD ON SERPENTS! NOTHING CAN HARM US! We simply ask you to sent your angels and your Holy Spirit to lead us, guide us and to comfort us. We ask it in the Name of Christ the Messiah, the Anointed One. Amen

 

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The Gift by Elaine Davenport (Wednesday, July 4, 2007)

Dear Friend, how are you? I hope that you didn’t think that I forgot about you because I didn’t. Everyday, I think about you and I get the prayers out for you. The word that comes to you today, seems a little different, but it is truly intended just for you. You see, you have the power to IMPACT the lives of others! Your Blessing will be that yours is greatly impacted as well. How great or how small that is …depends on you.

Proverbs 17 verse 8 says:

A gift is as a precious stone in the eyes of him that hath it: withersoever it turneth, it prospereth.

Let me tell you a true story. I’ll try my best to make it short. (smile)

I never had the ‘knack” or ability for taking care of sick or physically challenged people. I was never really even comfortable, around “the sick” always feeling awkward or that I might say or do the wrong thing. This was so true about me; until I became sick and physically challenged myself. I was so shocked when it happened. At the time, I thought that it was the worst thing ever! However, I learned some things, the main thing I learned was how it “felt.” I felt bad and people felt bad for me, but very few knew how to help me. During that time, I needed spiritual strengthening; I just didn’t know it! When it was all over and done, I began to view people in a different light. I had graduated to a higher level…I understood how it felt.

This new revelation and my love for God led me to go to visit friends’ mom who was in a Nursing home a while back. I was told that she was exhibiting the physical manifestations of Alzheimer’s disease. Her name is Gloria Lamb. My going to visit her Blessed my life. During the last holiday season, I was so moved by her humility, gentle sweet spirit and her faith that I wrote about her in the Southfield Goodfellows Newspaper. Thousands read the article and there was great feedback. You see, many times when people really need us; we forget about them and we just can’t do that.

Many days I read the bible with Gloria. She never ceased to amaze me with her eagerness to pray. She had such a gentle and sweet spirit. One day I went to visit and it was significant because I hadn’t been in two weeks. It was as if she had been waiting for me. When I sat down she started telling me how good God had been to her. She was saying how she had it better than a lot of people, she said that she had no complaints, no regrets…she was just thankful. SO THANKFUL! As it turned out, that was to be my last visit with her. I attended her funeral earlier this month and I will tell you that she left a legacy by example for the three generations of her family that still remain. I’m asking you to pray for them and I know that you will. Thanks. The more I thought and prayed for Gloria and other people, the smaller my problems became.

Now please just STOP and think for a moment, here is a woman ravaged by Alzheimer’s, but REMEMBERING God through the BARRIERS in her mind and THANKING HIM! I wish that you could have had a front row seat to witness that! I was Blessed. All of this happened as a result of my giving a little of my time..my reward was an incredible gift! It was much more than I can now describe!

In this letter, it was not my intention to tell you of my giving. My intention is to challenge myself and you to “THINK HARD” daily of “whose” life we can make a little or a lot better. We can do that with just a card, a letter, a visit, an email or a phone call. I encourage you. A long time back, I decided I was going to stop apologizing for not thinking of people and not staying in touch. Finally I said, I’m going to FIX my own problem, I’m going to do better with this staying in touch stuff. I didn’t know at the time HOW GREATLY my life would be enriched as a result of that decision …I just didn’t know.

So if you’re down, oppressed, feeling incredible pressure, experiencing money woes, feeling alienated, in poor health or just not feeling like your young self…I ENCOURAGE you to REACH OUT to someone ELSE…THINGS will turn around SUDDENLY for you! I know it, but I challenge you to try it. All of us have giving spirits; we just have to develop them! Thanks for listening and remember…my prayers for you to be Blessed, to have Favor, to have all of your prayers answered STILL CONTINUE.

Get Closer to God! by Elaine Davenport ( Thursday, June 28, 2007)

Perhaps you’re here out of curiosity or for more information on healing, faith, prayer, wisdom, peace or whatever your specific need is. Just know that…it’s time to broaden your horizons. You already are you say? More. There is no one whom this message cannot Bless and God gets all the Glory, Praise and Honor for it!

Before I formed you in the womb I knew [and] approved of you [as My chosen instrument], and before you were born I separated and set you apart, consecrating you; [and] I appointed you as a prophet to the nations. Jeremiah 1 verse 5 Amplified Bible


 

Dearest Friend, I bring you greetings. How are you? I have been praying for you. Yes you. You’re probably thinking: “Yeah right,” or “I hope so”, but I assure you that I am. I am praying daily for probably around 100 to 300 people, and when I think about you, I simply say: “Lord, meet their need and please speak to them in certain situations that they face today. Please give them your Divine Health, Wisdom, Joy, Peace, Favor and whatever they need today. You see, I simply let the Spirit of God lead me to pray for you. I have a special message today tailored just for you. It is so fitting that your spirit will say: “Wow!

For at least a month, I have been instructed to tell YOU to broaden your horizons! That could be from many perspectives. The primary focus is Spiritual. The secondary components are: creatively, financially, morally, physically, emotionally and or educationally. If you’re reading this letter, then God has some things for you to do and you know it. I didn’t say you know what it is…I just said you “know” it. Smile. I encourage you to: stretch, reach, explore, amend, to balance and to get closer to God!

Of course, I have to tell you a story. Last month, I sent out close to 200 letters and I apologize that everybody didn’t get one. The message was: “Develop your Giving spirit” for some and it was “ What You Choose to Do is Important!” for others. (It literally was the same message with slight variations.) A few days after the first batch went out, I got a long distance call from Houston, Texas. I was delighted because it was Brother Daniel Morales whom I had met when my sister/friend Vivian and I hopped on a plane and went down to visit the Lakewood church. You see, we were stranded in Houston and Brother Daniel was “sent” to get us to church, to eat, keep us grounded in the Word, provide us with Christian fellowship, take us shopping and to the airport. Whew! Can you imagine doing all of that for TWO TOTAL STRANGERS? Well, he did! We all became friends. I’ve met saints before, but Daniel was different. He has this gift of relating all of your everyday conversation back to the Word of God. It is not done to show off, it’s just the way that he is. It’s actually remarkable to be in such good company.

Well, Daniel had told us how he planned to move to Alaska because there were no jobs in Houston. As soon as we heard it, Vivian and I stood in agreement that it would not take place, that he would not have to leave his church or his community and go off to Alaska; for surely he is a man of God and we didn’t want to see him leave the place where he was connected. When we arrived home, stayed in touch and our prayers continued. We wondered what had ever happened to Daniel in that situation. Vivian kept saying Gods’ not going to send him to Alaska.

Daniel called to say that he had met a friend at church and they had talked. He found out that she had been a missionary. She asked him if he could pray for her brother who was confronted with a rather serious diagnosis of cancer. Daniel began to pray for this man sight unseen. The brothers’ condition improved in a great way by the hand of God. In a later conversation, he mentioned to the lady that he was looking for a job. She told him that her brother, whom he had prayed for was looking for dependable knowledgeable drivers for his bus company. So Daniel went to go inquire of a job. When he arrived at the company, he passed a man. The man looked at him and said: “Do I know you?” Daniel introduced himself. The man said: “You’re my sisters’ friend who prayed for me, do you have an application?” Daniel said No, and they went inside to fill it out. He was hired to work in Houston, right there on the spot! It’s a beautiful story and it’s true. PRAISE GOD!

I am happy to report that he won’t be moving to Alaska because God is faithful! Now, Daniel told me an interesting fact about himself. You see, people come from all over the world to visit the Lakewood church. He says, God always arranges for him to meet the people who need help. He says it’s been going on for so long that he is now very used to it! Vivian and I were going on and on about the miracle of our meeting him and his giving us transportation that we so DESPERATELY needed…and Daniel didn’t seem phased by it. He politely told us it happens ALL THE TIME! All because he chose to broaden his horizons. He couldn’t talk long because he had to go take his aunt to see her brother who was in a nursing home. Daniel knows his calling…what’s yours? You have one. Start praying more, God will tell you.

Now, I’m also asking you to consider broadening, enlarging, increasing, lengthening, augmenting your horizons. If you do it spiritually, I assure you that the other components will fall into place. You see, God has chosen YOU to do a special thing. God will give you FAVOR to do it. I’ll be watching and listening and praying that you’ll do it. Be Well. Love Elaine

It “looked” like things were worse by Elaine Davenport (Wednesday, June 27, 2007)

God is Love

Many, O Lord my God are thy wonderful works which thou hast done, and thy thoughts which are to us-ward: they cannot be reckoned up in order unto thee: if I would declare and speak of them, they are more than can be numbered. (I’ve lost count)

Psalm 40 v. 5

My Dearest Friend,

Perhaps I know you. Maybe I don’t. I didn’t really know the lady at the bank who took the time to point me to the light of God. I didn’t see the ministering angels moving out each day to prosper my way.

I’ve been thinking about you and your family.  To think that I just started off mailing letters to a handful of people not very long ago, and now am posting them on the internet!   It’s an incredible thing! I just started writing to three people to cheer them up and from their responses, I had the inclination to reach out to more people. You didn’t get this letter because something is wrong with you, you got it because something is “right” with you. I’ve got to tell you this. I have come to recognize that people who receive these letters are at different faith levels, so if I try to think too hard about the right words to say to people on all the different levels, I will never get any letters out. So, I don’t do that anymore, I just send the message and it’s up to you…what you will do with it.

Most of you know my brain tumor story. They removed it, it wasn’t malignant and I was “supposed” to be able to celebrate, right? Well, that didn’t happen right away. It was a very nasty tumor.

The doctors forgot to tell me that there was a possibility that I might have a stroke during the surgery (I did) and they failed to mention that I might lose the ability to talk properly, to walk and I’m really glad they didn’t tell me about the short term memory problems that would surely come with a vengeance or I might have gotten cold feet. But, you see, I did not put my trust in the doctors. Now, I know a lot of people, but at that time in my life I just happened to have been in touch with more people than any other point

in my life. This is important because when I got sick, I was not only in touch with God, but I miraculously was surrounded by”high level” prayer intercessors. I was teaching Weight Watcher’s classes at the time that I got sick. My “students” went all out for me! My friends from work were absolutely awesome! They were the best friends that anyone could ever have. I not only had worked at five offices, but I was in touch with everybody! My family was so supportive too; especially my husband and my mother. My faith level was so high, that I expected to go through it mightily…I did…but it wasn’t on my time table. It was on God’s time table. I didn’t expect to write this, but someone needs to hear this. Perhaps it is you or someone that you know.

IT CONTINUES………..

The chief neurosurgeon waited at my bedside after surgery. I wasn’t feeling too good and I couldn’t talk. I didn’t know yet that walking was going to be a really big issue for me. My

mother and my husband John formed a cordon at my bedside. They weren’t going to let anyone run over me. (smile) The doctor wanted to go back in and do more surgery in two weeks. I wasn’t up for it, so I simply told her (the doctor), I’d let her know when I was feeling more like myself again and then we could ”talk” about it. She was pushing pretty hard, but my mom stopped her. She left me with the following message: “We’ll have to go back in and do brain surgery every three to four years, it’s going to grow back!” The days ahead were very tough for me. I was messed up. I became extremely depressed and at that time, I didn’t know what to do. I pulled away from most people and almost lost myself in the process. If I believed the doctor’s report, you could characterize my life as being very inauspicious.

The only way that I got through it all was because I realized something… God loved me. God was protecting me, leading me and guiding me. I relearned walking which was really hard. I overcame a horrible speech impediment that was embarrassing. My balance was off and my memory was down for the count. I had minatory headaches for eight years before the surgery. Had them ten years after surgery. They were terrible. I was healed of them earlier this year.

I was praying for somebody else and God honored me. Because of Him, I outlasted a wheelchair, a walker, a three legged prong cane and went back to school and got two degrees. The two degrees…not by my power in any way. God had multiple purposes for sending me to get them, but one of the first benefits that I got may surprise you. You see, I became an expert researcher on brain tumors and even wrote two theses. It was after all that studying that I could see for the first time the real miracle that had taken place in my life. There was no earthly way I was supposed to survive that tumor! None. By the time school was over, there was no visible sign of my illness or injuries from surgery. I was extricated! I never had brain surgery again. They took pictures again and again, but there was nothing there. They couldn’t understand it. Okay, I got healed and it was great, but it doesn’t stop there. I have to help others. I have to get Gods’ message out. If He would do all that for me, He would do that and MORE for you. Sickness is not always physical. Most of the time, it isn’t. We were all meant to be whole and healthy!


Many of you know my story, but I just want to remind you that HE is a God of Miracles. Please remember this for anything that you face because HE is there. I love you take care and I’ll write soon. I continue to pray for you all each and every day by name -making petitions and I expect things to be well with you.

Thanks so much to all of you who write those beautiful letters, give words of encouragement and those of you who call. In fact, thank you if you just pray for everyone in need and those who receive this letter. I expect Blessings to pour forth because of it. I know that all of your schedules are busy and important and I cherish you.


Everyone Please Be Blessed indeed! Love Elaine Davenport

 

The grass withereth, the flower fadeth; but the word of our God shall stand for ever.

Isaiah 40 v. 8

God is Love

Get on your Faithmobile and ride! by Elaine Davenport (Monday, June 25, 2007)

This is the Motor City capital of the world!  I have an awesome ride.  It’s called a Faithmobile!  I didn’t even have to buy it.   It’s my main form of transportation.  It’s how I get around and get things done.

When I find myself facing a mountain in life; I take action.    I get on my Faithmobile!    When the challenge comes before any of us; we have to do something.  It’s not likely to disappear on its’ own.  One Book of the bible that has really Blessed me is the Book of Joshua.

I have talked to a few other believers who have been led to do something similar. In Chapters One through  Six; the story of Jericho is portrayed.  In that story, Joshua was instructed by God on how to take the city of Jericho with his army of men; even though Jericho was surrounded by walls.

Joshua marched with the people as directed by God for six days.  On the seventh day; the people gave a  great shout and the walls fell down.

So the people shouted when the priests blew with the trumpets: and it came to pass, when the people heard the sound of the trumpet, and the people shouted with a great shout, that the wall fell down flat, so that the people went up into the city, every man straight before him, and they took the city.  Joshua 6: 20 

When I have a challenge or a mountain that needs moving;  I meditate in the first six chapters of the Book of Joshua.   I read and meditate in one chapter a day for 6 days.   I do this in faith’ it is not a formula.   On the 7th day, I go to the park to praise God and give thanks.   There is so much to learn from the bible; so much wisdom to gain.

Every single time, I’ve seen walls fall down.  Every time I’ve had God honor my prayer requests.  God is no respecter of persons, what He’ll do for me; He’ll do for you.  But you gotta get on your Faithmobile and ride!

Not of the Ordinary By Elaine Davenport ( Thursday, June 20, 2007)

The only things that I had going for me some years ago, when I found out that I had cancer were:

1.Faith

2.My reverence for God

3.God’s Love for me

4. God’s mercy and compassion

5.A strong foundation in Christ

That’s all I had. That wasn’t enough for me to fight the battle that lied ahead of me, so God sent reinforcements.

I’ll be honest. I have five minutes to tell you this. It’s 5 am and I’m on my way to prayer. So here’s what happened. I just happened to go to the bank and see a friend from thirty years ago, who hearing part of my plight was “on the ready” to get me into an assembly of believers; where my faith could be built up for my healing. I was willing. I accepted the invitation not knowing what to expect. As I entered the sanctuary, I said: Lord, if this is the place where you want me to be they need to be talking about healing. Sure enough, when I got inside; I heard an on time message for healing that changed the course of my life. It was the life raft that I needed.

God is a God of Divine appointments and connections. Don’t hesitate to ask Him for what You need and for what you can do to serve Him.

In Ephesians Six verses ten through eighteen it says: Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.

11Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

12For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

13Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

14Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;

15And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;

16Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.

17And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:

18Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

This was more of what I needed to fight the battle; which by the way, I won!

P.S.  The cancer I had is NOT in remission; it’s gone!  They couldn’t find it and were slow to declare it because they said the tissue “looked” so suspicious.  The pathologists were mystified…Praise God!

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God healed my son by Elaine Davenport (Wednesday, June 20, 2007)

Five years ago, I called my son’s school to talk to a teacher he had not been getting along with. I was trying to repair the communication between the two of them that was heading south at ninety miles per second. My son was extremely immature at the time. The teacher gave me the impression that he was as well. I realize now that they were just two people with problems who met.

At the time, my son was taking ADD medication. I had fought that for years, but succumbed to the pressure as his behavior had spiraled out of control. I paid careful attention to the effects of the medicine upon my son. I won’t say the name. It really doesn’t matter since they have many names for the same medicine. The medicine was helping; it was making things worse.

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My son had put great pressure on us all. He ran away continuously. He usually got to the corner of the street. He was considered to be gifted but sensitive; and if you ever hear it, get on your knees and pray for the person. He used to demand that we apologize to him and we would, never knowing what we did. He would become emotionally overwrought and our entire family thought we were nuts to put up with it. We were patient all of the time, but it was hard.

BACK TO THE STORY…

I was appealing to the teacher to be patient with my son because he was threatening to quit school. It fell on deaf ears. I got off the phone and was still crying. Not long after that, I was sitting reading my bible and I was led to take my son off the medicine. He began to improve. Within two years, he was a completely different person.

Right around that time, I read a book by noted Christian writer Rebbecca Brown in which she talked about the accuser going before God to make a petition for. I had never heard anything like that, but in my prayer time I prayed to find out if there was anyone close to me that the accuser had made a petition for. I was surprised but not surprised as I began to think about my son unequivocally. So after that, I keep my son quite near the top of my prayer list.

During this time, he has radically changed in maturity and behavior. His academic change has been nothing short of remarkable. We walked him through high school, but God has restored him and he recently received an invitation to be on the National Dean’s List. He doesn’t do drugs or drink and I mention it because so many of the post ADD children are rumored to have problems with drugs after getting off of the medicine.

As far as the running away and tantrums and demands for apologies…they ceased.

Today, he’s scholar at a top school. Only God could do that. Personally, he’s a joy to be around. He helps, we think he’s the family mediator, has a strong sense of humor, is witty and is level headed. Despite all of that, I keep him covered in prayer knowing the adversary.

I am ever so thankful. I offer this to you to challenge you to specifically pray for healing for your family member; be it physical, psychological, mental, emotional or what have you.

Pray for them. Begin today.

Matthew 15:28 (King James Version)

King James Version (KJV) Public Domain

Then Jesus answered and said unto her, O woman, great is thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt. And her daughter was made whole from that very hour.

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