God’s Invitation to Meet in Sacred Intimacy

Last week, Revive Our Hearts aired a conversation that I had with Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth about prayer. This was originally recorded awhile back, before LeRoy’s debilitating illness, but the truths she and I talked about then are even sweeter (and more of a tested reality) today than the day we recorded this program.

In this program, I made reference to the Scripture passage that I’ve prayed for LeRoy for several years now, from Psalm 92:

[box]The righteous flourish like the palm tree and grow like a cedar in Lebanon. They are planted in the house of the Lord; they flourish in the courts of our God. They still bear fruit in old age; they are ever full of sap and green, to declare that the Lord is upright; he is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in him. (vv. 12-15)[/box]

Although our form of ministry has changed significantly—he is rarely able to deliver a message now, hasn’t been a “functioning” pastor in almost a year, and we have limited opportunities to invest in others—I still pray this passage for him. We desire to bear fruit in old age—whether it is fruit from small places like a conversation over the phone or through text messaging or blog posts, in brief visits with our little ones, or through a quiet ministry of prayer—we desire, in any way possible, to declare that “The Lord is upright . . . our rock . . . our righteousness . . . He is good and can be trusted.”

There is much more on prayer that could’ve been shared on this program, but if you’re interested in developing your prayer life, you might check out a few of these posts from the archives.

You may have heard prayer referred to as a “spiritual discipline,” and it is. But prayer is much more than that, it is a way of life, it is the meeting of mortal with immortal, the precious union of heart with our heavenly Father. Prayer is an invitation to meet in sacred and intimate conversation with God. There is no greater privilege than this, and it is freely available to us at any time.

I don’t know what your prayer life looks like, and would love for you to share some about that in the comments below. But, if you’re interested, you can follow this link to the program where I’m talking with Nancy about my approach to prayer: 

One thing I didn’t say in that program that I want to mention here. We are very aware when we are being upheld through prayer. I certainly don’t claim to be an expert on the spiritual realm, but this I know—something tangible occurs here in the physical realm when the body of Christ goes to battle for a fellow believer in the spiritual realm. We are deeply touched by your faithfulness to pray for us and want you to know that your intercession is a gift to us.

May we all live out the command of Romans 12:12 ~

“Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.”

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  • Donna Doverspike

    Kim and LeRoy,

    I am continue to pray for you both and know that every day you are getting closer to your miracle.


  • Laurel Myers Hurst

    With deep love and appreciation from your OH sister in Christ. Your work in God’s Kingdom is multiplying! Though my husband and I are still mending the bridge between us, we have been able to minister to other couples who struggle similarly with the woman’s fierceness and the man’s retreat into passivity.

    You have laid a foundation upon which others can build, and no storm can topple it, not even this one. Our anchor holds within the Vale–Christ our rock.

    Hallelujah. Our Savior is near {Kim & Leroy}

  • Rebecca Einwechter

    Love and continued prayers for you both. May God’s grace sustain you and bring healing!

  • Naomi Lang

    You have no idea how you and Leroy are continuing to minister to me during your challenging time. I’m so thankful for your endurance and trust in God.

    My prayer life sucks! My marriage did not turn out the way I wanted, after fasting and praying. I’m not as motivated to talk with God. I think I maybe be pouting. I’m trying to examine myself to see why, all I’m coming up with is I’m pouting, disappointed and lack trust.

    Again, thank you for being an example of how to trust God when things are not the way you desire-tough times. After reading your post I’m always inspired to confess my sins and pray for you and Leroy.

  • Amy

    Praying for you this evening. Thank you for your ministry, I won a copy of your book from your blog when it first came out. These past few months there were a few times I was really struggling with some things. I turned on Revive our
    Hearts to be encouraged, and it happened that in those times you were speaking. I don’t think I would have known of your trial otherwise, as I had not visited your blog for quite some time. Your message on prayer was very inspiring and practical. I am trying to get in the habit now of dropping to my knees when I wake in the morning to confess my need of Jesus in my day. I continue to lift you and LeRoy in prayer.

  • Kimberly Wagner

    Dear Laurel,

    Your words and knowing how God is using you brought tears of joy this morning. Thank you for sharing, friend ~

  • Kimberly Wagner

    Dear Friends ~

    Ive read each of your posts, and continue to be deeply touched by your love and prayers for us. I’m so sorry for those of you who are walking through deeply painful valleys right now, but entrusting you to the One who sees, knows, and cares for what you are facing. Cling to Him, He is faithful.

    Love you much ~