I have been so preoccupied with the Kasey Anthony trial and the government budget in the news that I have not given in to what I need to do here in this Prayer Tab.  If you are reading this and need prayer, I want to invite you to write to me about your prayer needs at IzzaBoutChuToo@yahoo.com.  Please do not give your last name or the prayer recipient's last name.  Just give a brief description of what your prayer needs are so that I can add them to my list.  But, before you do that, I want to you to promise me that once your prayer is answered, that you also let me know about it so that I can take the name off of my list and offer up praise to our Lord.  I don't mean to come across as someone who is special that you can turn to for prayer.  I want to join YOU in prayer so that it will be answered because "Where two are more are gathered in My Name (Jesus), there I AM. 

There are many different ways to pray.  I have been exposed to lots of different prayer styles over the years.  But, here is a funny story that you might appreciate.  I had just moved to Florida.  I was only here for about 9 months.  It was Easter Sunday.  I was living with two roommates and we were spending Easter Sunday together.  I had gotten back from church and was preparing to cook a feast but wanted to change my clothes so that I didn't soil them.  I went up to my room and began to close the blind when I looked down and noticed that our neighbor was outside with a host of friends, hibachi grill going a blaze, getting ready for his party.  I thought, "Oh, he must be having an Easter feast too!"  Suddenly, I saw all of the men drop down onto their knees and begin to worship the fire in the hibachi.  I thought, "huh?!"  That is so barbaric! Why are they worshiping fire?"  It really upset me.  Just then, one of my roommates hollered out to me to come downstairs.  I told her that she needed to come upstairs to see what I was seeing.  She came up and looked outside with the same phrase that I had just uttered, "Huh?!  What are they doing out there?  Are they worshiping the fire in the hibachi?  I thought that they were having a party!"   My other roommate barged into the room to see what we were doing.  We told her what we were seeing.  She looked at us, started laughing, and said " They're not worshiping the fire, they are facing East and the fire just happens to be in their way.  They are facing Mecca."  To this statement, I looked at her blankly.  "Mecca?  What is Mecca?"  She briefly explained the muslim ways and I was shocked.  I had never heard of such a thing.  That took place in 1992.  It is now 2011.....almost 20 years later....and in that 20 years....I have heard a lot about Islam.  Back then, I thought that they worshiped God the Father of Issac, Jacob, and Abraham....just in a different way.  I thought that women wore the berkas the same way that we females used to cover our heads in church in days past.  I had no idea.  I had taken religion in college and never heard the word Islam.  It was a new thing for me when I saw them worshiping fire that day.....which I now know that they were NOT worshiping fire.  But, I have also learned plans that Islam has for our USA and the world.  I am not happy about it.

 I do not hate these people so please do not misunderstand...but I do not agree with what they believe in.  Our country had always had a Christian base.....and now the tides are changing.  Do you see the turmoil in the Middle East?  They want freedom like we have......or so we/they think.....but that is not the case because freedom means different thing to different people.  Islam freedom is an oxymoron to Christian freedom.  We Americans need to take off the "berkas" that Islam has placed over our heads, as a people of this nation, and realize what is going on around us.  We think that things are bad now.  Just wait.  It will get worse if we don't stand up and realize that freedom will not be the freedom that our parents handed over to us on a silver platter while feeding us freedom with silver spoons in our mouths.  The silver lining has melted away to expose loopholes in our government that is permeating our country....a new terror on the horizons. The silver spoon that ladled freedom into our bellies is gone and has left a bad taste in my mouth.

 Beware and repent America.  We need to bow down....not to the east towards Mecca.....but towards God in the heavens who sent His Son to die for our sins if we just acknowledge it.  We need to ask forgiveness and ask Him to take over this country again.  We kicked Him out...maybe it is time for us as a nation to invite God the Father of Issac, Jacob, and Abraham back into our arms for at least one last supper.  We need to break bread and drink wine and celebrate our relationship with Our Father daily.  Have you invited Him into YOUR life?  You still have time to do this as long as you are reading this and Jesus hasn't returned....and even then it is not too late.  As long as you have one last breath in this life.....it is not too late.  You can be a murderer, an adulterer, someone who lusts, someone who lies, an addict, anything at all...even Mr. or Mrs. Goody Two Shoes......we are all eligible.  It doesn't matter if we are agnostic, pragmatic, Catholic, Baptist, New Age, Islam, Taoist, whatever.....it doesn't matter.  All are welcome to the feast that God placed before humanity around 2000 years ago in the Name of Jesus.  He is the Way, the Truth, and the Light Who will set you free of all of your struggles.  Instead of killing yourselves trying to do what is right on your own....and you know that you can't.....turn to Jesus the Son of God.   He is the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords.  He died in our place so that we don't have to die.  Sure, we will all die from this physical life....but there is a life after this life.  There are two different ways to live that life to come.....one is in the company of God the Father and the other is in the hands of the anti christ...satan....ruler of darkness.  Either way, both places are eternal.  So, when you choose.....choose carefully.  Our life here on earth is temporary.  The way that you live here can determine where you spend eternity.  But, we don't have the resistance necessary to ward darkness off of ourselves on our own.  We have to rely of God the Father of Issac, Jacob, and Abraham through Jesus His only begotten Son and through the Holy Spirit...they are all 3 in 1.  It is a mystery that mankind can't understand....but they are a gift to us if we have faith that we can receive them to ourselves where they will dwell within us for all eternity. 

So, if you want to make this happen in your life, just tell God that you believe in Him.  Tell Him that you believe that Jesus is His only Son.  Tell Him that you want the Holy Spirit to be activated within you.  Tell Him that you believe that Jesus died, gave up His Life in your place so that you don't have to die as a result of all of your sins.  Tell Him that you are sorry that you have sinned all of the sins that you have done throughout your lifetime and that you want to change.  Ask Him to come into your life and to change you for the better.  If you do this, then you will live with HIM for all eternity.  Will all troubles go away in your life here on earth?  NO.  There will always be troubles....but you won't have to fight alone anymore.  If you ASK Him, He will show you how to fight those battles and will march into your wars before you.  He will give you the strength necessary to live this life here on earth.  And when you close your eyes here on earth for the last time and open them for the first time in eternity, you will find yourself in heaven with all of your fellow saints....if you choose Jesus to be in your life as your savior.  God bless you and God Speed!