It never fails these days to login to Facebook or Twitter and see a friend asking for prayer. When I was in my early 20s, I didn’t think about prayer as much as I do in my 50s. Shoot, back in the 70s, social media wasn't even around to ask! Every now and then I’d hear about a family member that was in the hospital, but that was about it. Now it’s two or three times a day reading about sickness and death.

If I were a non-believer in Christ, I’m not sure how I’d feel about people asking all the time about prayer. I can’t imagine thinking all my friends are just pitiful and wasting their time. Thankfully, I am a follower of Christ, and I do believe in the awesome power of prayer.

I learned about how to pray and how God reacts to it when I was a little boy. I grew up in a Pentecostal church and they would have prayer lines every other Sunday night. It’s where elders of the church and faithful people would stand in the front of the church, sometimes in one straight line or two, depending on how the preacher was feeling that night or how intense the need was.

If it was one line, you'd simply walk up close to the alter and tell the preacher what prayer you needed God to answer and he’d lay hands on your head or shoulder and send you down the line. Every person up there would talk out loud to God on your behalf. If it were two lines, watch out devil! There’s strength in numbers you know... The Holy Spirit would come down and you’d hear more people speaking in tongues, raising their hands and shoutin’. The preacher (John Carter) would send you down the middle of the parallel lines.

I mustered up the courage to go through what some call the “Fire Tunnel” a time or two when I was around 12-years old. It kind of felt like going through an 8-minute car wash. I remember getting pushed and bumped along the way. Each time I went through, it was different. I never knew how long it’d take to get to the other side. But once I did, I felt clean, like I’d been washed in the blood of Jesus.

Like the old hymn says, “There’s power in the blood.” God has the ability to turn a bad situation completely around. I’ve seen people healed...heck I‘ve been healed! I recall the time when mom prayed for me when I was a kid. I had sprained my arm roller skating, and within an hour of her praying, I was using my arm again with no pain.

It clearly states in the Bible God‘s power.

“Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven.” - James 5:14-15

“LORD my God, I called to you for help, and you healed me.” - Psalm 30:2

I‘m sure you’ve seen the term, “prayer warrior”, right? Some just think that it’s someone who prays a lot or someone that’s close to God. However, I believe it’s something more. Intercessors prayer is fulfilling the need of praying for other people, while prayer warriors engage in a spiritual battle against Satan.

“Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” - 1st Peter 5-8

You see, the devil comes to steal, kill and destroy. So when you are going through a difficult situation like illness, heartbreak or despair... you‘re fighting the devil. That’s when you need to turn to prayer warriors. Those that understand the enemy. They understand that it might mean long hours on their knees praying in earnest for you and rebuking the devil that’s attacking you.

“Our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms” - Eph 6:12

I know it sounds scary, but we have powerful God. He has the authority to heal, soothe and to defeat the enemy in the twinkling of an eye. Turn to Him, read The Word and seek wisdom. Call on your brothers and sister, your prayer warriors and be steadfast in faith. God will hear you and answer. God will win the battle in the end. Praise His Holy Name!

“For everyone who asks, receives; and he who seeks, finds; and to him who knocks, it will be opened.” - Luke 11:10

Brady Seals, author of God Blessed Texas & Me Too

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Updated: Jan 2

And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” -Revelation 21:5 ESV

Most of us hope that verse is true for 2021, right? 2020 was less than desirable, wouldn't you say? The virus, Kobe, Joe Diffie, heartbreak, bombings, unemployment, riots,'s enough to drive someone crazy. We've probably all cried out last year in defeat, "Why God?" or prayed in earnest while feeling hopeless, "Please stop the suffering!"

In my memoir, God Blessed Texas & Me Too, I wrote in Chapter Four (The Dark Night), about another time in my life when I felt hopeless.

I can now think back to those days when I was a young man and read my own words and know that with God, I persevered. I feel confident that with whatever the devil throws at me from here on out, God has got me, just like He did with His faithful servant, Job.

Here's an excerpt from my book:

Why do we Suffer? Job was the biblical guy that I most felt a connection with during my dark night of the soul. I had read his story in The Bible when I was a kid but after what I went through, I had a deeper appreciation of his dreadful account. It also made me ask a lot of questions though. Questions like, why do people suffer? And where is God in the suffering? The book of Job begins by describing him as a just and righteous man. But Satan comes before the Lord and God allows him to test Job. Unthinkable misfortune befalls Job and his faithfulness is gauged by three different conversations with his friends and family. Job passes the tests in the end and God rewards him giving him greater happiness than he ever had before.

“But and if ye suffer for righteousness’ sake, happy are ye: and be not afraid of their terror, neither be troubled” -1 Peter 3:14 KJV

I have also come to realize that God is God and He doesn’t need to answer to anyone about why. Instead we need to see His wonders of creation and need to try to comprehend just how small we really are in the scheme of things. God’s wisdom is beyond our comprehension and why He does what He does is unfathomable.

“For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.” -Isaiah 55:9 KJV

So 2021 is here and so is God. I'm going to put my faith in Him and let Him take control and guide me. And He can guide you too! All we have to do is trust in Him and pray for His Will to be done in our lives. Yeah, it's hard to accept when times get hard, but we can rejoice. It'll all work out in the end. He has a dove's-eye view and He knows about the sun that's just beyond the clouds. May your 2021 be amazing!

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Updated: Dec 24, 2020

I've wanted to start a blog for quite sometime but never really got around to doing it. I figured now is a good time. 2020. Ugh... It's been a doozy. Even though COVID has kept me and my family indoors for most of the year, there have been some positives from it. Getting closer to my family and God, finishing my memoir that took fifteen years to write, re-recording and releasing my own version of Little Texas' 90s hit "God Blessed Texas," and filming a video for it.

The task of writing the memoir was much more daunting than I originally thought. To have to research all of my memories to make sure they were not only true, but landing right on my life timeline. I called and talked to people I haven't talked to in years. I organized and labeled all of my old photos that I had stored in cardboard boxes in the garage for years. I even resurrected old recordings that I had forgotten about and gave them a listen. I was pleasantly surprised. They weren't half-bad!

Writing was overwhelming at times. I laughed, I cried. Overall, it was a bucket list project. It was also therapeutic for me. I was able to mend a few broken relationships along the way and go face to face with some of my past regrets. Most importantly I realized just how much God loves me. He endured it all with me. Stood beside me, held me, comforted me and scolded only a good heavenly Father would.

I named the book "God Blessed Texas & Me Too" because God has blessed me so very much in my life. I dedicated it to my son, Evan. I felt I needed to let my friends, family and fans know my story. Since I've released it, I've already gotten many emails from folks who have felt encouraged and inspired. That's meant the world to me. My heart has been overjoyed.

2021 is right around the corner and I'm thinking I'll release some new original music too. I just need to write and record it! I also plan on writing another book about my early years in the future if there's enough demand and God willing. And if COVID lets up, I'll get back out and start touring.

I will continue to write periodically here in my blog and hopefully continue to uplift you and spread the good news of my Lord and Savior. I'll update you about all the things that's happening in my life as well. Of course you can visit all of my social media sites as well but I'm going to make this particular blog a little more personal. If you haven't gotten a book yet, I would hope you would at some point. I hope it blesses you! For the next several months it'll be exclusively on Amazon. However, you can get an autographed copy on my website

Pray with me right now for those who are sick and suffering from this horrible virus and let's ask the Lord to bless all of those in the medical field, that they will be blessed this Christmas. Thank you to everyone that has supported me and I will try my best to support you by being a conduit for God. Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!

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