Cassidy, the Cross and more…

“Cassidy and the Cross” by Caronda Adams
A zygote begat a blastocyst; a blastocyst begat an embryo, and an embryo begat a teenager! Decisions empower or devour.

An incident occurred in which Cassidy, my seventeen-year-old daughter, trespassed a rule in our home, not a felony, something much milder on a Christian sin-scale! I scribbled a list of angry complaints. She disappointed me, and I was going to “gripe her out.”
However, the Invisible Force tapped me on the shoulder and suggested that I pray before delivering the soured speech. Oh, that’s a good idea, I thought. Thankful for the reminder, I paused and prayed. Through tears and transparency, God reformed my list.

I threw my notes away and began to follow His notes. I used index cards to write down many of her talents. Then, I made a stack of notecards naming Satan’s wish list for her life. With my attitude realigned, I called her. I asked her to meet me at Memory Gardens; It was a beautiful cemetery, not a creepy one. She consented. (My family knew that I frequented this cemetery when I was writing and reading.)

She pulled up, and I was waiting on a cement bench under a tree. She joined me, and I pulled the index cards from a delicate sack.

“I listed your talents on notecards.” I handed them to her one at a time. “That’s a lot of beautiful gifts.” Our hearts softened as we reflected on her talents.

Then, I pulled the evil cards from the thin fabric. I snatched one of her lovely cards. It said, “Voice.” (She’s a singer.) I replaced it with an evil card. I stole another card. The one that said, “Sensitivity.” I replaced it with an evil one. With tears traveling down my cheeks, I took her beautiful gifts and replaced them with the enemy’s ugly index cards. I said, “The Devil will steal the lovely and leave you with the ugly.” The thief comes to steal, kill, and destroy (John 10:10).

Pink sprinkles of His power poured on us.

I loved this cemetery because it had a tall, tall white cross watching over the graves. I asked her if she would sing. We meandered to the tall cross. “Then sings my soul, my Savior God to thee…” echoed through the air. “I am come that they might have life” (John 10:10).

The melody produced a glory that is impossible to convey on this paper. Because of prayer, Cassidy and I learned something that day which I will take to my grave.

Obedience begat a truth; the truth begat a conversation, and the conversation begat a freedom.
“Be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only” (James 1:22). Plugging into prayer means doing what He speaks to us.

(Cassidy is the piano player and worship leader at Faith Tabernacle today. She and her husband teach the youth class where she destroys darkness with the light of truth.)

Note: Caronda and her husband, Craig Adams, pastor in Hoxie, Arkansas. She has an MA in English and a BS in Education and is a high school English teacher. Books, butterflies, and Butterfingers are a few of her favorite things.

(Information from: Ladies Prayer Intl September 2021 Newsletter – UPCI Ladies Ministries –

“Plug Into The Power Of Prayer” by Carla Burton

Growing up as a missionary kid in the Philippines, I experienced “brown outs.” An area of town would have its electricity shut off for a period of time so the power grid would not become overwhelmed. This almost daily occurrence could come at any time of the day or night. Many times, in the middle of service every microphone and musical instrument were rendered useless due to these brown outs. I could have one-half of my hair curled and suddenly have no way to finish. (I learned to curl front to the back instead of side-to-side, just in case.) I learned from these experiences that I needed power to accomplish anything.

How many of us simply go through the motions of prayer without being plugged into the power of power? John 15:4-5 (ESV) says it best: “Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. . . For apart from me you can do nothing.” Jesus told us very plainly the only way we will ever produce fruit is if we stay plugged into Him. It is His power that produces anything in our lives. His power transforms us. All we must do is plug into that power.

Daniel plugged into the power of prayer daily and was delivered from lions and conspiring men. Moses plugged in and saw miracles, provision, and salvation for the children of Israel. Hannah plugged in and received the greatest desire of her heart. Elisha plugged in and saw victory on Mount Carmel. Hezekiah plugged in and received healing from an incurable disease. Jesus plugged into the power of prayer for strength to face His greatest trial. Those in the upper room plugged in and received salvation and boldness to tell others. Peter, Paul, and Silas plugged in and were set free from prison. So don’t tell me there isn’t power in prayer. The only question is: are you plugging In?

I am consumed with concern for the present generation. They dance and worship in the altar. They come to youth class and enjoy lessons that challenge them. But we must be careful not to lose a generation because they don’t realize the power comes from plugging into prayer. We cannot allow them to be deceived into thinking shallow worship and creative lessons can ever take the place of a purposeful, passionate, plugged-in prayer life.

We must make sure we are exampling a plugged-in prayer life to those who follow in our footsteps. They need to hear our prayer rooms full of intercession, groaning, tongues, and praise. They need to see an altar call longer than the worship service, where tongues and interpretation overwhelm the atmosphere until every soul is on their face before God. We have tried to be so creative in giving them additional methods of prayer to keep them interested and active in praying. But journals, apps, walks and prayer list will never take the place of on-your-knees, intercessory prayer time with God. That is when the plugging in occurs. We touch heaven so that heaven can touch the world.

I pray that you feel the call going forth today for a plugged-in prayer life. If you are tired of trying to accomplish something without having the power to finish it, then today is the time to get plugged into the power of prayer. A dry, repetitive, uninspired prayer life is like trying to run an entire home on batteries alone. Instead, chose today to fall on your face and plug into the power of prayer.

Note: Carla Burton is a Pastor’s wife to The Turning Point in Nashville, TN. She is an author, a speaker and a licensed minister with the UPCI. She is also the creator of A Passion Approach Ministry, an online Apostolic video resource center.

(Information from: Ladies Prayer Intl September 2021 Newsletter – UPCI Ladies Ministries –

“A Call for Help from Macedonia” by Pastor Marvin Mullins
No matter where we live there is a call for our help from Macedonia…Others. Responding to the call for help
from Macedonia requires the following actions. Please pray for and practice this essential lifestyle of
prayer as outlined with details below.

1. We must have a consistent and intimate prayer life.
“…assuredly gathering that the Lord had called us for to preach the gospel unto them” (Acts 16:10). The
words “assuredly gathering” reflects saints that have a deep prayer life and intimacy with Jesus. Prayer
makes us positive and confident about our mission. Prayer causes us to be sensitive to the needs of
others and gives us Biblical solutions for those who are trapped in a dilemma and seem to be helpless.

2. We need a prayer life that will take us “into.”
“…Come over into Macedonia, and help us” (Acts 16:9). We need to be into God first to minister to Him
which will infuse us with His thoughts and equips us to go into Macedonia. “Into” means feeling their pain,
burden, and identifying with their dilemma. It is a willingness to get involved and allow God to minister
through us to meet the need no matter what it is or how long it will take. “For the hurt of the daughter of
my people am I hurt; …” (Jeremiah 8:21). “And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much
trembling” (I Corinthians 2:3). “To the weak became I as weak, that I might gain the weak: I am made all
things to all men, that I might by all means save some” (I Corinthians 9:22).

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“Prayer for Helps” from Elaine Griffiths
(I Corinthians 12:28)

Oftentimes, our churches are cleaned, papers filed, chairs put away, bulletin boards maintained,
and visitors taken to and from church. These are a few examples of the actions of those who are
blessed with the gift of “helps” in our churches around the world. Many saints are unaware of the
invisible “few” that anticipate the needs of others and do it; yes, unseen and oftentimes
overlooked. At this time, I believe it is important that we pray God’s blessing upon them.

• Pray that God will bless each and every assembly with “helps.” Pray that their hands will
be strengthened as they lift up the hands of those in ministry. (Exodus 17:11-12)
• Pray that they will know how their gift edifies the Body of Christ. (Ephesians 4:16)

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