October Devotional

May God give you every desire of your heart

and carry out your every plan as you go to battle.

Our boast is in the Lord our God,

who makes us strong and gives us victory!

Psalm 20:4 & 7b

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How incredible that Almighty God invites us to pray!  He actually commands us to pray but He also invites us to pray because He is relational and delights in our coming to Him in worshipful, needful prayer.  Blasé Pascal says that God “instituted prayer in order to allow His creatures the dignity of causality” C.S. Lewis added to that comment saying in his book, God in the Dock, “It would perhaps be truer to say that He invented both prayer and physical action for that purpose.  He gave us small creatures the dignity of being able to contribute to the course of events in two different ways…. through work and prayer”. And I would add to that by saying through work and the work of prayer, for it can be after all, hard work.

I also believe the Holy Spirit prompts us to prayer throughout our day (and the night watches) and if we are listening and respond, we have the privilege of joining Him in the good work He is in the midst of doing.  Exciting stuff! So, I try to be alert in my spirit and listen for and respond to His promptings to pray. I don’t want to miss His invitation to join Him. I'm sure you don't want to miss His invite either!

Thank you for asking to receive Refuge for Women – Chicago’s prayer needs.  Consider this an invitation to join in the good work God is doing in our guest’s lives by lifting up these needs in prayer to the One who can use them to effect real change.  Your prayers have eternal, real consequences


Heavenly Father, thank You for using our prayers to bring about Your good purposes for Refuge For Women-Chicago.  The desire of our heart is to see healing, wholeness and salvation for each our precious residents. Grant us daily victories in the constant spiritual battles we fight.  We ask for Your provision for our entire monthly expenses. We will boast in You, Lord our God who makes us strong and gives us victory. In Jesus perfect, powerful name we pray.

Taken from our October Prayer Newsletter.  If you would like to receive our monthly prayer needs please sign up here:  Refuge for Women - Chicago Prayer Requests