The Lord Answered My Prayer
Scripture Reading Psalm 91

I overslept one morning after staying up late the night before working on some writing, and praying over some prayer requests that had come in.  I didn’t get into bed until 4 am, so imagine how surprised I was when I didn’t move when the alarm sounded off at 6:30 am.  I guess I was too tired to move.  Normally, I rise around 5:00 to begin praying and reading the Word, but that didn’t happen this morning. 

I reflected on last night and how tired I was when I fell into bed.  I was lying and just as I was about to fall asleep I remembered I hadn’t prayed.  Too sleepy to get out of the bed, I just started praying.  For some reason, this would not do; so I got up, knelt on the bed, and cried out to the Lord.  I grabbed my pillows and prayed over them.  I rubbed and prayed over the bed asking the Lord to protect my mind, and to minister to me as I slept.  The last thing I remember saying before I fell asleep last night was, “As I lay my head upon the pillow speak Lord for your servant is listening.”  I said this over and over as I looked over at the clock; it was 4 am; I closed my eyes and fell asleep.

Shortly after that, I heard music playing softly, and I allowed it to minister to my spirit.  Not realizing that it was the music from the alarm which had gone off an hour before.  I didn’t feel like moving, so I just laid there.  “How wonderful is this”?  I thought as I listened to the worship music.  I sang along with the song for a while, and then finally opened my eyes.  Oh no!  It was 6:30; I had overslept.  I got up and quickly got myself ready.  Instead of going to my prayer room, I went downstairs praying a little prayer as I started breakfast.  To be honest, the only thing on my mind was sleep. 

After I fixed breakfast, I went returned upstairs with the intention of saying another quick prayer and falling back in bed for a while.  However, instead of doing that, I entered my prayer room, and I sat down at the computer.  My Bible was still open on the computer table, so I picked it up to read, then changed my mind and decided I needed to check the computer to see if any prayer requests came in overnight.  I didn’t see any, so I started to read my scriptures and pray when suddenly I found myself on my knees crying out and praying to the Lord.  The Holy Spirit took over and began to minister to me.  He opened my eyes and caused me to see a vision, which I will share with you now.

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Inspirational Story – Right Now

I’ve had some really hard days since my brother went home to the Lord. Yes, I have rejoiced, and still, rejoice that he is where we all long to be, but I miss him more than words can say.  I miss the weekly phone calls and the silly things we used to talk about. I miss my brother,  Nevertheless, in the midst of my grieving, the Lord came to see about me and led me to this story that I shared with you a while ago. 

As I read through it, my reading turned into prayer and praying into rejoicing in the Lord. Like David, I had to encourage myself in the Lord. I won’t say that all my sad days are behind me, but I do know the Lord sees me and will help me get through them. Amen and thank you Jesus. I pray this blesses you as it blessed me. 

Inspirational Story – RIGHT NOW
Daniel 10:12 Then he said, “Don’t be afraid, Daniel.  Since the first day you began to pray for understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your request has been heard in heaven.  I have come in answer to your prayer.
Oh, Heavenly Father, please help me to write this so that they will know that you are real.  Help me to say this the way you want it to be told so people will be delivered and set free.  Right now, Lord, RIGHT NOW.   It was 4:00 am and the Lord had awakened me, and I found myself crying out in the spirit “RIGHT NOW LORD, RIGHT NOW.”

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Let Me ask you this when rain falls does the thirsty ground rise up and try to catch it all? No, it simply waits and soaks the rain in. In the same way, you don’t need to strive to reach Me. All you need to do is surrender and be available to Me. I am around you all the time. You do not need to struggle to be close to Me. Simply rest and let My rain fall upon you.
When you allow My rain to fall on your spirit, it refreshes you. I want you to be renewed with strength for the journey, and be able to hear clearly the things you didn’t understand before. If you have a need, simply ask Me. When you don’t ask, you exhaust yourself mentally and physically trying to find the answers. And when you do find the answers, you’re too exhausted to appreciate the blessings around you.
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The circumstances you’re facing seem totally out of your control.  Use My name and break through the darkness and distractions that are trying to keep you from reaching your blessing.  I want you to be at peace and trust that even though these things seem out of your reach, but they are not out of Mine.  My hand is never too short, and I am still in control.

I see the distress and the grief of your soul, but don’t allow the situation to cause you to give up.  Don’t give in to the temptations of depression and despair.  Take this time to fill your mind with My word, and it will change your view and keep you encouraged.  My word has the power to change the atmosphere and lift you up into the realm of glory, so use it. 
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When we think about January, we think of it as a time of renewal, a time for a new beginning, a time to let go of the past and move on.  So, as we reflect upon what the Lord brought us through, let us be reminded that nothing is too hard for the Lord.  He brought us through trials, circumstances, and situations that we thought we wouldn’t survive. He opened doors that were once impossible for us to open. He opened doors that were closed in our faces time and time again, and then He closed doors that we didn’t have the strength to close.

Our Lord and Savior remind us there is nothing too difficult for Him. He is on His throne, and His Spirit is within us.  He can break through our cloudy days and cause the sun to shine in our darkest night.  All we must do is have faith in His word; for when the Lord decrees a thing in your life, there is nothing that can stop His word from coming forth. He is more than able to watch over His word and will bring it to pass regardless of how the situation may look.  He is the God of possibilities.

Be faithful to the word He has spoken, and do not let the enemy talk you out of your promise. God will accomplish all He has said to you.  God is for us, and not against us.  He will never forsake us or leave us. Fear not, stand firm and declare the glory of the Lord in your life. God delivered you in the past and He has plans to do even more for you in the future. Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever. He never changes.

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New Devotional Book

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                             CONTACT: Shearon Hurst


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When My Heart is Overwhelmed
Provides Daily Words to Comfort, Inspire, and Find Joy through Christ

 The devotional is minister and author Shearon Hurst’s third work, delivering daily spiritual guidance to those facing difficult times

For over 20 years, Shearon Hurst has ministered to a wide range of people, encouraging them to walk with the Lord. And now, in her third devotional book release, Shearon will continue to share words that encourage, strengthen, and draw readers into a more intimate relationship with Him, even in the most difficult of times.

When My Heart is Overwhelmed (13.99, paperback, 4.99, e-book] is Shearon’s third devotional, following the publications of Shh! God is Trying to Tell You Something: Speak Lord, I’m Listening and Where Peaceful Waters Flow: Devotions to Help you Dwell in the Presence of the Lord [both available on Amazon]. Shearon’s latest effort delivers 365 days of inspirational, comforting, and joyful words designed to shed light on the path that the Lord has laid before us, guiding readers through turbulent times.

The inspiration for Shearon’s current and past works was born from years of walking and talking with Christ in both her personal life and professional life.  Daily conversations with the Lord searching for answers to the various trials and tribulations in her life, led the Holy Spirit to speak prophetic words to Shearon, which moved her to share these messages of love, hope, devotion, inspiration, and joy with those who seek to be closer to the Lord and grow stronger in their faith.

Shearon sees her devotional as an interactive work that she hopes will inspire action in those who read it along with the Bible. “As readers take in the words that this inspirational devotional provides, my hope is that they will take the time to stop and search the scripture and reflect while allowing the “Still Small Voice” to minister to them. By allowing the Holy Spirit to speak to them through the messages in this devotional, readers can find comfort and inspiration to devote more time in walking and talking with the Lord while encouraging others to do the same,” said Shearon.

Shearon sees her new devotional as a must-have for anyone looking to grow closer to the Lord, but especially for those who may need comfort in the face of difficult times. By reading the messages in this devotional and trusting in the Lord, readers can discover the path that the Lord wishes them to take to overcome adversity.

When My Heart is Overwhelmed is available online in both paperback and e-book formats on Amazon. To learn more about Shearon or to purchase When My Heart is Overwhelmed or her previous devotionals, visit


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