P.U.S.H.

Many have seen the acronym P.U.S.H. It stands for Pray Until Something Happens. I don’t know who came up with this, but I love it! Those who know the Lord (or even know of him) will pray. I wonder, though, how many of us pray without ceasing as suggested in 1 Thessalonians 5:17. There are two more calls to action right before and right after this verse.

Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. ~1Thessalonians 5:16-18 (ESV)

These are what we call memory verses. They’re the go-to verses that you need as a reminder when the journey becomes a bit difficult to traverse. Another verse that I now use that I hadn’t even noticed until a couple of years ago (literally) comes from the Book of Matthew. This verse reminds me to pray for my enemies (Matthew 5:44). I accepted the challenge of doing this tough task a few years ago along with the words of 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, and I was amazed at what God can do — what seemingly impossible conversion can occur just from fervent prayer for someone I was reluctant to pray for.

I say all this to punctuate the importance of not only praying for those who are dear to you, but also praying for those who persecute you. God is able to do all things but fail. I’m certainly a believer. Take a minute today to pray for that person. Commit to doing it every day until something happens.  Scroll down to the comments, and let me know whether you’ll accept this challenge.

May blessings abound! ❤

 

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  1. I accept this challenge. Jesus has been calling me to this for awhile, you are a confirmation and a step in the path He has had me on. I have prayed for my enemies here and there but it has been a hard and unsure path that I have followed out of obedience. I have loved how it has softened my heart. I am thankful for the verses He had you highlight today, a new direction revealed. Thank you for posting this!

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    1. You’re welcome. 🙂 This post was as much for all of you as it was for me. I, too, have to remember that prayers for my enemies are urgent and necessary. Best wishes and happy holidays! ❤

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  2. Sheridan Johnson says:

    Love this and will definitely remember to P.U.S.H! ❤

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    1. Hi Sheridan! I hope all is well. 🙂

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  3. socamom says:

    Pray for your enemies. This is always a tough one for me, but I am working on it. I don’t have many, but the ones I do have make up for the ones I don’t! Maybe prayer is what they need.

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    1. Trust me when I say that a daily prayer for them may be what’s missing in their lives.

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  4. everythingcurvyandchic says:

    Omg this came to me right one time!!! I needed to hear this message….

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    1. That’s my prayer to God as I write–that these messages reach those who need them. Thanks for the feedback.

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  5. I so needed this, right here and right now. Parenting is trying to take me out and all I can do is pray.

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    1. Lots of things try to take us out, but we are overcomers! Keep fighting the good fight, Mimi. Before you know it, you’ll have so much free time (as the kids get older), that you won’t know how to fill it. 😀

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  6. MUAKimPorter says:

    I’ve never thought to pray for my enemies. This is a great message. love this post.

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    1. Thanks, Kim. I remember focusing on that scripture a couple years ago — wishing I had known about it six years ago when an “enemy” almost got the best of me. Now I know how fight those battles. It stretches your faith — especially when you start to see the change.

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  7. KenyaRae says:

    This was actually my word of the year this year. It has been amazing seeing th manifestation of choosing this word. I’m sharing an update on the blog next week! ❤️💕❤️

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    1. I can’t wait to see your update! ❤

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  8. Ty says:

    Thank you so much for this. I’m receiving all of this right now!

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  9. Tretre Mac says:

    I love the idea of praying until something happens. Thanks Michelle, great post.

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    1. Thanks, Tre Tre…it’s a proven practice. 🙂

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  10. I will definitely start praying for those who persecute or try to persecute me. I give thanks daily despite my current struggles. I’m ‘thankful’ because it could be worse. Great article!

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    1. Thanks, Kirstin. We do have so much to be thankful for, but sometimes it’s hard to focus on those things in the midst of trials. Be of good cheer; God has your back. ❤

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  11. This is a great challenge. We should always P.U.S.H.

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  12. Kiwi says:

    I literally try to push through on a daily. I am working on still praying for people who dont wish me well that can be difficult.

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    1. If you make it part of your daily routine, it will become easier. Give it a try. I’ve seen major changes occur. ❤

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  13. thestyleperk says:

    Amen! Very encouraging and timely post! Thanks for sharing!

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  14. Acronyms help me so much and this is one of my favorites. Thanks for the reminder.

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  15. I needed this reminder. It’s funny what and who God uses to nudge us in the right direction. I am definitely reluctant to pray for some folk but praying His will over their lives and hearts is better than cursing them out so… challenge accepted 🙂

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    1. Girl, that was funny. Agreed…praying for God’s will to be done is soooo much better than cursing them out. Trust me; I’ve been there too. 🙂

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  16. Thank you for this. I need to be more persistent with God. At first it all sounds so pushy like I’m making God do something and in that way feels disrespectful. But it is all really about my own dedication and persistence in accomplishing His will. I admire following the PUSH and I will pray until something happens.

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  17. Thank you. This was great.

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