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imagesDanger is lurking in your RSS Feed. Yep, if you use Google Reader to access Pray Like a Pro updates, they're gonna be gone in just a few days. Google Reader is dying July 1st. Don't fret though, if you act fast, you can still subscribe to Pray Like a Pro and not miss a beat. Here are 2 quick fixes for you.

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After looking at Feedly, if you still want another RSS option, try one of these on for size:
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Hope this helps you. But please don't wait. July 1 will be the end of Google Reader and I'd hate for you to miss out on our Pray Like a Pro updates and content.

Talk to you soon, and if you have a prayer need, give me a shout, I'll pray for you. You're that important.

Dr. Linda

Learn How to Pray By Trial & Error

When I was in high school, I worked at a little Italian pizza place. We served all kinds of Italian dishes, subs, and the best garlic bread this side of Italy. But we specialized in pizza. Real hand tossed pizza. Out of fresh dough made daily. Ahh, I can smell it now. My mouth is watering!

The first couple of weeks I worked there, I waited tables. But it was my goal to get back into that kitchen and make the pizza.

Sure enough, after a few weeks, I was brought alongside the head pizza creator, the owner himself. He showed me how to stretch the dough, how to toss it into the air in a perfect spiral so it would land on my knuckles and then gently pull it out, shaping it with each toss.

It looked fun. It looked easy. Till I tried it. As the old saying goes, "It wasn't as easy as it looked." But I kept at it. Kept tossing, kept practicing. Soon, I had it down and was able to make over a dozen hand tossed pizzas to order in a matter of minutes. And they were lip-smacking good!

As we know, on the job training is the best training, so why not use that kind of training for prayer? If you want to pray effectively, Learn How to Pray By Doing It.

Get at it like I got at the pizza making. Give it a whirl and you'll develop your skills as a pray-er! You can listen to others pray and you can read prayers others have penned, but until you dive in and pray all by yourself, you're not going to really "get it."

Since your time is limited, here's a few ideas for on the job training in the prayer arena:

  • Pray in your car.
  • Pray while you're taking a walk.
  • Pray as you're cleaning your house.
  • Pray as you're on the job (under your breath).
  • Pray with your spouse.
  • Pray with your kids.
  • Pray with your friends.
  • Pray over your problems
  • Pray for the attitudes you are struggling with.
  • Pray for situations where you need God to turn things around.
  • Pray for others who have situations you are aware of that need God's touch.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Rejoice always, pray continually,give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

Just a few weeks ago, my friend Kathy and I were walking in the mall weaving in and out amongst all the busy people shopping. I mentioned I had a toothache that was really bugging me. She simply laid her hand on my back and prayed for me as we were walking: "Jesus, thank you for your healing and removing Linda's toothache." That was it. Simple prayer, simple faith.

And know what? My toothache went away.

So want to learn how to pray? Do it by trial and error.

On the job training is the best way to learn how to pray. Pray anywhere you are. Don't get weird about it. Don't do it in King James Language (Unless that's how you talk to everyone else, though I sincerely doubt it.) Don't elevate your voice so everyone within a mile radius can hear you. Just pray. God can hear your softly spoken prayers even above the lawnmower next door.

The more you pray, the better you will get at it. Give prayer a whirl! You'll be seeing answers in no time! The best way to learn how to pray is to simply do it.

How to Pray for a Miracle: The Craziest Prayer I Ever Prayed, “The Miracle of Dove Soap”

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One of the craziest prayers I ever prayed was that God would never let my soap bottle run dry. Yeah, it's kind of reminiscent of the story in the Bible about the poor widow who was told to bake cakes for the prophet, Elisha. That was a crazy story too. She was challenged to make food without the things she needed to make food. That could be a problem – but, not with God!

The Craziest Prayer I Ever Prayed

I was reading this story in my Bible and thought, well, if God can miraculously make the widow’s oil and flour containers replenish every time she put it back in her closet, he can do the same for me. So I got bold. I got a little crazy. I stepped out and asked God to do something totally out there. I prayed for soap! Hey, my faith was stirred by what I had just read so why not? See if this stirs you…

Struggling to Pay Bills

The year was 1991. My husband and I had been married less than a year. Like most newly married couples, we struggled each week to pay the bills and keep all of our supplies stocked.

We lived in a cute little apartment that had all new appliances because we were the first to live there. We had a dishwasher, but in thinking about how we could cut corners and save money, we choose to hand-wash our dishes rather than run the dishwasher. But we still had to buy soap, right? Nope!

We had a little bottle of Dove soap, one of those trial size containers up on our counter top. And we had a bigger bottle of Dove soap that we kept under the kitchen counter below the sink. That's the one we used to refill the little one when it would run out. So we've got two Dove soap bottles. One little one on the kitchen sink, one big one under the kitchen sink. Follow me here.

Dove Soap That Never Ran Out

As I was washing the dishes that day, I was talking to God and asking him to meet all of our needs. I had just read that far out story about the widow whose flour and oil had never run dry. And then a crazy kind of faith came over me. I said,

“God, you know we are struggling to make ends meet. We are faithful to you to tithe and give offerings. So I'm going to ask you to do something for me - will you please never allow this Dove soap bottle down here to run dry?”

I was talking about the big soap bottle under the sink. I picked it up and I said,

“Lord, the next time I take this out and refill the little bottle and put it back, just replenish it. Please don't ever let it run dry. Thank you, Amen.”

That's it. Simple prayer prayed with simple faith.

Know what? The next time I went to refill that little soap bottle with the big one, I took note of how much was in the big bottle. Then the next time I went to refill the little one, I opened up that cabinet below, grabbed that big bottle expecting to see enough soap in there to fill the little one. I got it.

Let me tell you, I don't know how it happened. I don't get how God did it, all I know is that every single time I went to refill that little bottle with the bigger bottle there was always enough. It never ran dry.

My Soap Has NEVER Run Dry

To this day, I still have those two bottles of Dove soap. And know what? They still have soap in them. That was 21 years ago. Now, after all those years I keep them in a box in the garage. And though they are yellowish from age, and the labels are brittle and old, and the Kmart price tag is falling off, they are still full of soap! I refilled that little bottle over and over and over again through the years with the big bottle of soap. And it has never run dry.

Does prayer work?

Yes! Does God still do miraculous things in response to crazy faith-filled prayers? Yes, he does. I have a Dove soap bottle to prove it.

Has God answered ALL of my prayers? No….But he does answer prayer! So with that in mind, PRAY! What have you got to lose?

I’d love to hear your story – what crazy, faith-filled prayers has God answered for you? Comment on this post so we can all read about it. You’ll be building someone’s faith! And hey, while you’re at it, share this post, your friends will thank you!

This post is an excerpt from my book, Grabbing God's Attention. Scoop it up in paperback or Kindle version at Amazon. It’s also available in ePub format from Smashwords.