Prayer and Waiting

This sermon is not only about PRAYER and WAITING, there is so much more in this lesson. I know it will bless you as it blessed me. I’d like to get feedback or comments from you if you feel led to give them.

Blessings & Peace,

Barbara J Couch, MDiv.


Praying Does a Person Good

James 5:16(AMP)

Therefore, confess your sins to one another [your false steps, your offenses], and pray for one another, that you may be healed and restored. The heartfelt andpersistent prayer of a righteous man (believer) can accomplish much [when put into action and made effective by God—it is dynamic and can have tremendous power].”

Good Morning All,

I hope your morning has been easy, hopeful and full of whatever you may have needed.

For some people asking to be prayed for or sending out a prayer request can seem like you’re not doing anything or that it’s kind of strange. In my world, asking for prayer is normal and never seen as something strange. In fact, I take it very serious. It’s my privilege to pray with you and for others.

If you have prayer requests for yourself or for someone else, please feel free to let me know. You can contact me via WordPress, Twitter, Email or Facebook .

If you need ongoing support through a tough time or help with spiritual concerns, feel free to contact me anytime.

Blessings and Peace,

Barbara J Couch, MDiv.

Today’s Meditation 

​I wait for the Lord, I expectantly wait, and in His word do I hope.

Psalm 130:5 (AMPC)

In this world of “quick fixes” and “hurry up” it is hard to focus ones attention on God and waiting on Him for wisdom, direction or for prayers to be answered. I invite you to walk by faith not by sight. Trust in God for everything. Have patience and look forward to God moving in your life. 

Blessings and Peace,

Barbara J Couch, MDiv.

What Does Answered Prayer Look Like?

“The LORD works out everything to its proper end— even the wicked for a day of disaster.” Proverbs 16:4 (NIV)

What does answered prayer look like? Answered prayer may look like exactly what you want, desire, need or it could look totally different from what you are thinking. The Bible say,

“As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts”. Isaiah 55.9 (NIV)

Does this mean God is going to say no to a request? Not always. He maybe saying this is what you need instead of that. This is what lines up with His will for you. And let’s be real about it, sometimes God does say no. As Believers we know that God’s will for us is the best thing for us. So we trust Him. We expect God to be God in our lives. We depend on God for all things small or big.

Answered prayer may manifest in many different ways. In our imperfection we see things with a short view or a skewed view.

I pray that as Christians, born again Believers, we will be open to the ways God responds to our prayers and as we wait on Him, let us rejoice with praise coming from our hearts and on our lips.

Peace & Blessings,

©Barbara J Couch, MDiv., 6.11.17

the Waiting Season

When things are not going well I know what to do. I go to God in prayer for myself and for others. I meditate on His Holy Word. I remove myself from any distractions that I may be able to hear God speaking to me in the various ways at His disposal. I listen. Get quiet within myself. I recall the struggles I had in the past and how God brought me through. I worship God.

When things are going well. I pray for others and I thank God for His grace and mercy. I reflect on the moments or days when things were not as I wanted them to be and the many moments and days I saw God’s hand move in my life. I meditate on a particular Scripture that expresses my joy and the love in my heart. I worship God.

But what do I do when nothing’s really wrong. When things are just ok. What do I do when my needs are met even though some of my desires or requests have not been fulfilled.


In my waiting season I hope to continue to pray for myself and for others. I hope to know God is present even though my senses tell me something different.

In my waiting season I will have a heart of gratitude. I will love and listen. I will hope. I will stay anchored to the Lord. I will rejoice for my God has blessed me in many ways some known and seen and a lot of blessings already done but not seen yet.

In my season of waiting I will love fiercely and show mercy. I will not let the world distract me from my calling. I will be centered in my faith and know my God is on the throne of grace.

I will honor my God in my waiting season. I will worship in His presence.

Bjc➕, 4.29.17