Here we go with our final look into the powerful and effective discipline of prayer. Check out Part 3, if you haven’t already: http://www.melindaknight.com/prayers-that-work-part-3/
Amen. So be it. When we say “Amen,” we are putting a declaration of agreement on something; we are saying “let it be,” “so be it” or “yes, that’s true.”
The bible tells us there is great power in agreement. When you “Amen” something that is said, you are bringing the power of agreement of what is said into your life.
Matthew 18:20, “For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them.” NIV
Ecclesiastes 4:12, “A person standing alone can be attached and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken.” NLT
The bible also tells us that 1 can put a thousand to flight and 2 can put 10,000 to flight. When you say “amen,” you bring the power of 2 speaking it into your life. That’s a whole lotta power!
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Why don’t we pray (cont.)? (see part 1 & part 2)
As I mentioned earlier, this study on prayer comes from many different studies, books and wonderful men and women of God. The following questions about prayer were asked by my pastor, Pastor Gini.
5. We do not see instant results or the results we want.
(Isa. 55:8-9), Romans 11:33-36, Ps. 37:3-8)
The Bible says if we want to be a disciple of Christ that we must take up our cross daily and follow Him. Saying no to ourselves and saying yes to Him daily. This is called spiritual maturity. His will becomes our will and as a result, we become less and less demanding, asking for fewer things outside His will and more and more prayers get answered.
6. We have greater confidence in our ability to work things out on our own.
(1 Cor 10:12, Prov. 12:15, Romans 6:21, Eph. 5:6-10, James 1:22-25)
We are trained from a young age to make things happen, to figure things out and make a life for ourselves, on our own. In contrast, as we grow in God, the more we realize, the less we can do by ourselves. We can’t do anything of eternal value apart from Him. Everyday, we make an exchange, our weaknesses for His strength. His strength is made perfect in our weaknesses. This should take place in our daily prayers. Truly, we cannot do anything without Him.
7. We do not understand the significance of our investment in prayer.
(Ps. 133:1-3, Matt 18-16-20, Lev 26:7-8)
There is significance and value in our prayers. When we pray, we make an investment in eternity. However feeble, you will reap interest in your investment. It is not our efforts that create life. It is God’s anointing and grace on those prayers. Many times we feel inadequate, devalued, or the inability to speak the right words, but we will still reap interest from our prayers. We are a vehicle of the Holy Spirit. You are a vessel through which the prayer flows.
Proverbs 15:8, “The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord, but the prayer of the upright is His delight.”
Matt. 21:22, “And whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.”
Even in your unbelief, ask God to help you and you will see the doubt dissipate.
Your prayers are necessary for God to move on the earth, your prayers are vital to your spiritual maturity. Your prayers are powerful for healing the sick and your prayers are effective in winning the pre-christian.
It’s time to pray BIG prayers. It time to begin praying those prayers you used to pray.
I’ll see you in my final prayer installment, part 4.
Join Pastor Jeff as he livestreams prayer from our home every Wednesday 10pm pst at The Rock Church
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Let’s continue our journey through victorious living and overcoming the enemy.
Check out Part One if you haven’t read it already.
One of the ways we overcome the enemy, protect our stuff (I mean our life) and gain revelation and grace, is through prayer. God has given us power in our prayer. God hears our prayer, He answers our prayer, He admonishes us to pray daily and He taught us how to pray.
If so, then why don’t we pray?
1. We do not feel worthy to ask God for anything.
(1 Timothy 2:1-3, 1 Peter 2:5, Ephesians 1:3-7)
It is not by our works that we are made worthy. Apart from Jesus, none of us are worthy. The Bible says “there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” God sees us as spotless through the blood of His son, Jesus. Stand up and pray!
2. We are not sure that God really hears us when we pray.
(Ps. 10:17, Ps. 34:15, Ps. 145:18-10, Prov. 15:29)
The Lord hears us when we pray. As times, when it seems we cannot break through with our prayers or have few answers to our prayers. It could be the consequences of asking amiss. The Bible says, “you have not, because you ask not, then when you ask you ask amiss.” When we pray, we must pray the will of God. How do we know His will? We read His word. It is His will. God hears our prayers, every one. He answers every one with either: yes, no, go or slow.
3. We do not know how to pray or feel we have anything to say to God.
(Jer. 33:3, Ps. 142:1-2, Matt 6:9-13)
This scripture in Matthew is what we could call a “blueprint” to prayer. It is not a magical phrase but a model Jesus taught for daily prayer. As we get more proficient with this model, the less we need it. Daily prayer is self-centered. Praying for ourselves initially sounds selfish but the truth is, we need to pray more for ourselves, not less. As we pray about our attitudes, circumstances, thoughts, relationships, etc. we are changed and our heart is aligned with the will of God and mind is renewed. We are free of personal burdens and sins so we can successfully pray for others. Unless we petition daily, we cannot be proficient in intercession for others. Unforgiveness and sin serve as blockages to our prayers. With unforgiveness and sin, God cannot hear us or answer prayer.
4. We fear we might become obligated to God not to sin.
(Eph 2:8-10, Heb. 12:28, Rom. 5:19-6:2)
We think that we must produce to be loved or accepted, therefore, if we pray and ask God for anything, we are then obligated to repay the debt or favor with religious activity. God doesn’t want religious activity, He wants our whole life. God gave wholly to us when He gave His only Son. We didn’t earn it. The same way, we ask by grace and He answers by grace.
If you have a prayer request you’d like to share in the comments, I’d love to include you in my prayers, this week.
See you in part 3
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I heard my friend Rory say, “Gossip hides in the shadows.” Wow. That is so true. I believe when we confront it in love, it can no longer hide.
The key is “in love.” Confrontation shouldn’t be done to expose one person as wrong and another as right but to humbly reveal truth and give opportunity for change. Then, move on with forgiveness. Done deal. Done talking about it.
Conflict is most often a matter of perspective, not necessarily truth. When we seek to understand, rather than be understood, love abounds.
When insecurity rises, gossip does, too. We feel (sometimes unknowingly) if we can expose someone else or cloud their identity, it will make us look better or give a common cause that binds us with someone.
The only bond we need is love. That’s more than enough to shed light on the greatness in one another!
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“I need more toys and playgrounds in my life.” That’s what my friend told me yesterday. I love it! It is so easy to lose the laughter and the pursuit of fun. What part of LIFE says boring? Our experience? The news? The thought of math class? (Sorry, Mr. Baker.)
My husband, Jeff loves to river raft. Whether swamped with glacial water, stuck in a jetty or just peacefully drifting, he is wide open and having fun. He is such a great example of the power we have to determine our own atmosphere. He can be in the darkest circumstance, yet constantly drawing on God, the source of his joy. The source of his strength. He refuses to speak negativity. When thoughts arise, contrary to the life God promises, Jeff speaks the opposite. He speaks the truth found in the Bible. Jeff is serious about life, God and people but every room is still his playground!
Life is tough and we get to choose how we walk it out. What one thing can you do today that will effect your atmosphere? Is it speaking positive, choosing joy, doing something you love? Do it. Determine your atmosphere.
Find your fun today.
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We are headed back to Cambodia in 2014 with Inspire International. A great team and I had the honor of ministering with Caleb and Sarah Wehrli, a few years back. Not only were we ministering hope, bringing food , Christmas presents and sharing Jesus to Cambodians but we were able to bring fresh, clean, drinking water to villages that have NEVER had this basic need met. Having brought clean water to the dump of Puerto Vallarta, it tugs at my heart to see children combing freshly washed hair, mamas giving babies a drink and smiles everywhere.
The Rock Church was able to bring wells to 6 Cambodian villages. Each village houses at least 100 people. What will we do this year? One well costs $1,800. Together, we can bring clean water to a village by donating here.
Look for more mission trips coming, including a family trip. I cannot wait to take our families on the mission field!
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Today on our anniversary, I received 23 roses from my husband, Jeff. I remember when we first got married, we could only afford 1 rose, for several years. Jeff used to say, “One day, you are going to get one rose for every year.” What a sweetheart! This year I was blessed with over two dozen!
Even though twenty-three years is a seemingly short amount of time compared to the very rare silver and gold anniversary couples, I want to share a few things I know, now.
1. I know when clothes are on the floor, they’re dirty and when their on the bed, they’re clean. I grew up a neat freak. After years of frustration with clothes spread about the house, Jeff and I came up with this system. It works great!
2. I know when things don’t go my way, I go over Jeff’s head. May I rephrase that? I know I must be a praying woman. Ephesians 6 tells us that this life is a spiritual battle, not a flesh and blood battle. I can give my opinion or perspective to Jeff but then I don’t nag…I take it to God. If it is His will, He will surely cause Jeff to see the truth. If it’s not God’s will, then He’s gonna change my heart.
3. I know Jeremiah 9:20 says to let the women teach their daughters to pray. I need to be passing on the legacy of prayer.
4. I know to speak to the king in my husband. Whatever man I speak to is the one who will grow.
5. I know the beauty on the inside is more important than the beauty on the outside. 1 Peter 3:1-7, we are daughters of Sarah. My husband must be able to trust my character. I cannot be easily angered with him. Why? Because the wrath of man does not accomplish the righteousness of God. A woman with strong character is not weak but powerful enough to hold back her strength. For those who’s love has not yet found Christ…1 Peter 3:1 tells us that even if my husband does not serve Christ, my actions will be a witness to him. (Okay, that was totally free!)
6. I know I cannot deny the outward beauty. Paint the barn! It needs to be taken care of.
7. I know God is my source, not my husband. Emotionally, there is no one stable enough to fulfill my every need, dry every tear and mend every hurt. That is the job of a supernatural God Who wants to be that person for me.
8. I know I am my husband’s only legitimate source for intimacy. 1 Corinthians 7: 3-5…read it. I must meet his intimate needs. I am the only person in the world who can meet those needs. If I am not meeting his needs, I am responsible for his temptation…Wow, that’s a doozy!
9. I know my tongue is Jeff’s source of encouragement. I don’t need to tell him what he does wrong. I am not my husband’s judge, God is. There is enough in life to deflate him. If I tear down my husband, I am tearing down what I want. I cannot affirm him enough. Even as I type, I am eating off of his blue plate. Why is it blue? Because he is my champion and I am his biggest fan!
10. I know we have different gifts but we are equal in person.
11. I know I am not subject to PMS and neither is he subject to its effects!
12. I know my man loves to have guy time. I refuse to make him feel guilty for that nor will I pretend it means he loves me less.
13. I know I have been given this moment and I’m not gonna waste it. I may not get another, this side of heaven.
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