the power of prayer, confession and our great Comforter, the Holy Spirit

Beatitudes: Building Godly Character in Women, Those Who Mourn

“The Lord wants us to fast, and weep, and mourn over our sin because, when we are believers, this mourning and sorrow will drive us to Him. There and only there, we can receive His grace & mercy.” Today we continue in our series, Beatitudes: Building Godly Character in the Woman of God, by welcoming back our United States Country Coordinator, Susan Shepherd. We dive into the second beatitude, “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.” Susan reminds us of the power of prayer, confession, and our great Comforter, the Holy Spirit. Listen in to learn how to pray more deeply and grow closer to your Heavenly Father.

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Getting closer to God through prayerBlessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. Matthew 5:4 ESV

As it is, I rejoice, not because you were grieved, but because you were grieved into repenting. For you felt a godly grief, so that you suffered no loss through us. For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, whereas worldly grief produces death. 2 Corinthians 7:9-10 ESV

The Spirit of the LORD God is upon me, because the LORD has anointed me to bring good news to the poor; he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound; to proclaim the year of the LORD’s favor, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn; to grant to those who mourn in Zion— to give them a beautiful headdress instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, the garment of praise instead of a faint spirit; that they may be called oaks of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he may be glorified. Isaiah 61:1-3 ESV

“Even now,” declares the LORD, “return to me with all your heart, with fasting and weeping and mourning.” Joel 2:12 NIV

Just as it is written in the Law of Moses, all this disaster has come on us, yet we have not sought the favor of the LORD our God by turning from our sins and giving attention to your truth. The LORD did not hesitate to bring the disaster on us, for the LORD our God is righteous in everything he does; yet we have not obeyed him. Daniel 9:13-14 NIV

The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. 2 Peter 3:9 NIV

So with you: Now is your time of grief, but I will see you again and you will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy. John 16:22 NIV

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how to remove anger from your heartSusan Shepherd joyfully serves as the USA Country Coordinator for Moms in Prayer International coaching, encouraging, and working with amazing godly women across the United States. She joined a Moms in Prayer group in 1996 when her daughters were in elementary school. Since then, she’s experienced the peace, power, and perspective of watching God work in the lives of children and schools and she is passionate about sharing this hope and joy with other moms. Susan is married to Joe, mom to two married daughters, and the grandmother of three with another grandchild on the way. Susan loves to pray, but she also likes coffee with friends, traveling, and a good book.


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  1. If you are looking for a guest for your podcast I would love to share my testimony. Walking through forgiveness from childhood trauma kidnapped by my father and taken to Jordan. NBC produced made for television movie about my life Desperate Rescue the Cathy Mahone Story. Jesus still does miracles including healing us from old wounds

    1. Hello Lauren, Thank you for your comment. Your story/testimony is incredible. However, we cover stories and content based on prayer for children and schools. Thank you for understanding. God bless you.

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