by Tammy Phillips
May 20, 2021
“For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. “Therefore, I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive [them], and you will have [them]. (Mark 11:23-24 NKJV)
I am blessed to be one of six women who meet each week via zoom to Cover Tennessee in Prayer. We literally cover the state from North to South and East to West. We are from Memphis, Clarksville (a little north of Nashville), Knoxville and Chattanooga. We formed to cover our communities, our cities, our state and the leaders of Tennessee and our great nation in prayer. There is a lot that goes on in our state and nation. We pray over anything and everything that Holy Spirit leads us to pray over including family and friends. We “come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” (Hebrews 4:16 NKJV)
We believe the Mountain Mover! We pray for mountains to be moved. We believe for mountains to be moved and we see mountains moved.
Usually, what we pray about stays between our ears and God’s. I am sharing this prayer request and answer for three reasons. The number one reason is to encourage all to spend time talking to our heavenly Father. He wants to talk to you and He wants you to talk with Him. The Lord is our Helper and our Deliverer. “He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I [will be] with him in trouble; I will deliver him and honor him(Psalm 91:15 NKJV). His word also says, “Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.” (Jeremiah 33:3 NKJV)
Secondly, the Bible says in 1 Thessalonians 5:17: “Pray without ceasing.” Prayer is an act of obedience. We pray according to and in obedience to the word of God.
Third, the word of the Lord says in James 3:2. “You do not have because you do not ask.” (James 4:2 NKJV) Our group believes God’s word. We believe the God of impossible makes all things possible. We take Him at His word when He says:
“Behold, I [am] the LORD, the God of all flesh. Is there anything too hard for Me? (Jeremiah 32:27 NKJV)
“For with God nothing will be impossible.” (Luke 1:37 NKJV)
“With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” (Matthew 19:26 NKJV)
“I know that You can do everything, and that no purpose of Yours can be withheld from You. (Job 42:2 NKJV)
“So Jesus said to them, ‘Because of your unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you’”. (Matthew 17:20 NKJV
Jesus said to him, “If you can believe, all things [are] possible to him who believes.” (Mark 9:23 NKJV)
“Behold, the LORD’s hand is not shortened, That it cannot save; Nor His ear heavy, That it cannot hear.”(Isaiah 59:1 NKJV)
Yesterday, like many days in Cover Tennessee, our prayers were that eyes would be opened. One of our group, Kristi, was on vacation. She did not hear our petitions. This is what happened next…
11:15 AM: Prayer ended.
11:22 AM: I called Kristi.
11:59 AM: I was still talking to Kristi and a group text came in from another member of our team, Jo. Her husband has dementia and usually sits by her side while we pray. He had walked off during prayer. She could not find him and had called the police to assist. Kristi and I stopped what we were doing and prayed. Kristi, who had not been at prayer, offered this simple prayer: “Lord, open Mike’s eyes so that he can find His way back home.” Everyone else sent praying hand emojis.
12:03 PM: I texted Jo in faith to please let us know when he was found.
12:05 PM: Unbeknown to Kristi’s prayer, Jo texted OPEN MY EYES DEAR LORD. (She was trying desperately to find her lost husband. We were all praying the same.)
12:07 PM: I shared Kristi’s prayer with the group.
12:17 PM: Jo texted, “He will be found. To God be the glory. Thank you, Father. He is in your hands.”
12:23 PM: Jo texted, “Dad just called. Mike is walking up the drive.”
My response, Mike’s eyes were opened and he found his way home. “Ah, Lord GOD! Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and outstretched arm. There is nothing too hard for You.” (Jeremiah 32:17 NKJV)
This is a story that you might have heard on the 5 0’clock news if Mike was still missing. You are only hearing it now because I wanted to brag on God, give Him the glory due and encourage all to pray always. We asked and God answered in about 24 minutes. I can only hope that every answer would come that fast and with the ending we pray for. However, they do not, but it does not change the faithfulness of God. He is faithful all the time.
I thank God that “He is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us!” (Ephesians 3:20 NKJV)
I enCOURAGE you to talk to the Lord about everything. Ask Him anything. He can take it and He can make it…happen. He is God. He is the Mountain Mover. He is the Eye Opener. He is the Savior in all things. Glory to His name!