Prayer To Be More Effective Leader

Prayer to Be More Effective Leader

Picture This:

You've stepped up. You are among a smaller crowd now - the crowd of leaders. You've proven yourself faithful over little things, which has brought you bigger things. When you speak, people listen. When you lead, they follow. You are growing everyday. Learning from the best. And you're leading while serving. You're a leader after God's own heart.

Scripture This:

Matthew 20:26-28 NLT:

But among you it will be different. Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your c servant, and whoever wants to be first among you must become your d slave. For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a e ransom for many.”

Luke 12:48b NLT:

When someone has been given much, much will be required in return; and when someone has been entrusted with much, even more will be required.

Proverbs 16:21 NLT:

The wise are known for their understanding,

and pleasant words are persuasive.

Pray This:

God, I want to step into a position of leadership. Knowing that leadership starts with servant hood, I want to learn how to serve like you would. Show me how to cultivate the heart of a servant. Help me to be on the lookout for ways I can lend a hand and serve those I lead. As I step up to the plate I know you will require more of me. Give me wisdom and show me how to handle my new territory. Bring people and resources I can learn from, as I desire to be constantly growing as a leader. I am thankful for new things you are allowing me to step into and I desire to prove myself faithful and serve you in a way you will make you proud!

Say This:

I am a leader after God's own heart. He is my model and I pattern my way of leading after his. I am watching over those I serve, looking for ways I can help them and improve their lives. I seek to encourage them, understand them, and grow them. I will be sensitive to their needs. As I lead I will serve. I will pray for wisdom and look to God for help in the new territory his gives me as a leader.

If you're interested in leadership, you might love my other website which is geared towards helping you grow into the leader God's destined you to be. Click here to learn more. - Dr. Linda Travelute, Certified Coach, Trainer, & Speaker for the John Maxwell Team. 

How Praying Psalm 34 Can Put Your World at Ease

Last night was one of those nights. The kind where I tossed and turned. Got up to go to the bathroom. Then needed a drink. Sleep was not on my horizon. Know what I mean? So when I can't sleep, I reach for my phone and listen to a podcast. Sometimes I'll drift off to sleep as I'm listening, but if not, at least I'm using my time wisely.

My podcast episode of choice last night was Paula White Caine's, Hope for Today. She was exploring Psalm 34. Listen to it here: (PWHFT - Ep84 - A Season Of Overflow)

When I got up this morning I was still taken with chapter 34 in the book of Psalms. So I read it. Then I prayed it. It's written in first person so it's customizable. Can I tell you...

I love that Psalm! And here's why you'll love it too. It will put your world at ease.

Read it here. Then read it again out loud and you'll see how your perspective shifts.

You'll go away knowing in the very depths of your being that God is there. He cares. He knows. And he's gonna make everything o.k. for you.

I had an email from one of our readers in the Pray Like A Pro community a few days ago. He asked for tips on how to pray to his heavenly father. Elijah, I hope you're reading, cause this one's dedicated to you... 😉

Just read. Then read it out loud. Make it your prayer.

Psalm 34 (The Message Paraphrase):

1I bless God every chance I get;
my lungs expand with his praise.
2I live and breathe God;
if things aren’t going well, hear this and be happy:
3Join me in spreading the news;
together let’s get the word out.
4God met me more than halfway,
he freed me from my anxious fears.
5Look at him; give him your warmest smile.
Never hide your feelings from him.
6When I was desperate, I called out,
and God got me out of a tight spot.
7God’s angel sets up a circle
of protection around us while we pray.
8Open your mouth and taste, open your eyes and see—
how good God is.
Blessed are you who run to him.
9Worship God if you want the best;
worship opens doors to all his goodness.
10Young lions on the prowl get hungry,
but God-seekers are full of God.
11Come, children, listen closely;
I’ll give you a lesson in God worship.
12Who out there has a lust for life?
Can’t wait each day to come upon beauty?
13Guard your tongue from profanity,
and no more lying through your teeth.
14Turn your back on sin; do something good.
Embrace peace—don’t let it get away!
15God keeps an eye on his friends,
his ears pick up every moan and groan.
16God won’t put up with rebels;
he’ll cull them from the pack.
17Is anyone crying for help? God is listening,
ready to rescue you.
18If your heart is broken, you’ll find God right there;
if you’re kicked in the gut, he’ll help you catch your breath.
19Disciples so often get into trouble;
still, God is there every time.
20He’s your bodyguard, shielding every bone;
not even a finger gets broken.
21The wicked commit slow suicide;
they waste their lives hating the good.
22God pays for each slave’s freedom;
no one who runs to him loses out.

I hope you'll sleep good tonight. I know I will because Psalm 34 has put my world at ease. You too?

4 Things That Happen When You Trust God Completely

Trust. It's not easy to do, is it? Especially if you've been disappointed time after time after time. Let me show you 4 things that happen when you trust God completely with every area of your life.

A man just got married and was returning home with his wife. They were crossing a lake in a boat, when suddenly a storm kicked up. The man was a warrior, he was brave and not bothered by the storm. But his wife was very much afraid because it seemed almost hopeless.

The boat was small and the storm was really huge, and any moment, it looked like they were going to go under. But the man sat silently, calm and quiet, as if nothing was happening.

His wife was trembling and she said, “Aren't you afraid ? This may be our last moment of life! It doesn’t seem that we will be able to reach the other shore. If we don't see a miracle take place, we're going to die.

The man laughed and took the sword out of its sheath. The woman was even more puzzled. What he was doing? Then he brought the naked sword close to the woman’s neck, so close it was almost touching her neck.

He said,  "Are you afraid ?”

She started to laugh and said, "Why should I be afraid ?, If the sword is in your hands, why I should be afraid? I know you love me."

He put the sword back and said, "And just like that, I know God Loves me, and the storm is in His hands."

When you trust God, you're going to experience:

1. New levels of peace and joy. You'll begin to experience the magnificent, abundant life Jesus paid for you to have. You'll no longer be bogged down by fear or worry. Trust puts an end to crazy frantic days because you know Jesus is going to come through for you.

And God's peace [shall be yours, that tranquil state of a soul assured of its salvation through Christ, and so fearing nothing from God and being content with its earthly lot of whatever sort that is, that peace] which transcends all understanding shall garrison and mount guard over your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. Phil 4:7 AMP 

2. Greater Victories. Trusting God to fight your battles guarantees you an ultimate win. Every time. Though, if you'd rather fight off your enemies on your own, go for it, but you won't be victorious every time. So why not trust God to fight your battles? When you do, you're victories will become greater and bigger as you trust him more.

Commit your way to the Lord [roll and repose each care of your load on Him]; trust (lean on, rely on, and be confident) also in Him and He will bring it to pass. Psalm 37:5 AMP

3. New opportunities. Each new day will bring a new opportunity to trust in his strength. And I must warn you - with each new opportunity a challenge will come your way. But don't worry, if you are trusting in God 100 percent, you're going to be just fine!

And Jesus said, [You say to Me], If You can do anything? [Why,] all things can be (are possible) to him who believes! Mark 9:23 AMP

4. A deeper relationship with God. Trust deepens any relationship. Friendship, marriage, family - no matter what the type of relationship, if trust is there, the relationship grows. Trust God and you'll be drawn closer to him. It's a central principle for all relationships. Trust and you'll be tighter with God.

The sheep that are My own hear and are listening to My voice; and I know them, and they follow Me. John 10:27

Today, I want to encourage you to make up your mind that you are going to believe God is for you and put that faith into action by trusting him.
You'll experience new levels of peace and joy, greater victories, new opportunities, and a deeper relationship with God. You're about to see these 4 things happen when you trust God completely with every area of your life.

How To Ask For What You Want

Do you find it hard sometimes expressing your desires to God? Have you ever worried that God may find you pushy or demanding? Or worse, you fear that your prayer will be turned down? Here are 3 things that will help you when you're wondering, how to ask God for what you want.

Asking God for what you want and need is a necessary part of life. And the more you practice it, the easier it becomes.

  1. Ask without fear.

Fear is an obstacle that blocks your capacity to receive. And I’m not just talking about the fear of making your voice heard. I’m also talking about the fear of getting what you want and realizing it’s NOT what you’d hoped it would be.

You may also fear losing it, and the fear of what will happen if you don’t get it. These are all very common, and they can get in the way of going after the things you yearn for most.

Here’s something to bank on. You can be fearless If you’re asking God for anything He says you can have in the Bible – because He’s already said you can have it.

Be brave and ask for what God says you can have – no fear necessary!

  1. Ask with trust.

When you don’t believe you deserve what you’re asking for - and if you don’t believe you’re worthy – you’re not going to be open to receiving it, and you probably won’t get it.

Say this with me OUTLOUD: “I won’t get it if I don’t trust God to give it.”

Did that sink in?

Ok, now say THIS:

“All things are possible for those who believe.” (Matthew 19:26)

All things are possible for who?

Those who believe.

That’s trust. Use it and get what you’re asking for!

  1. Ask without expectations.

When you want something you might be required to ask more than once - And you can’t get too attached to how receive it.

Sometimes God’s delivery truck looks different than what we would expect.

Back in college, I remember praying for a certain young man to wake up one day and realize I was the greatest catch on the planet. I wanted him to marry me. I expected to have his last name.

Guess what? Didn’t happen.

But God did answer my prayer and give me a husband that is amazing and better for me than what I was asking for. Had my expectation been met, I would have hooked up with the wrong guy.

I’m glad God doesn’t always give me what I’m expecting!

If you want love, Pray for love. But know that it might take a while and it may not come from the person you expect.

If you want a satisfying career, understand that you make get it, but it may not be in the field, position, or timeframe you thought it might come in. 

So write these down inside your Bible or prayer journal and let them help you guide your prayers:

  1. Ask without fear.
  2. Ask with trust.
  3. Ask without expectations.

That’s how you ask for what you want. If you liked this, please share it!

 

Little Prayer Tip Makes Your Prayers More Energized and Laser Targeted

When I was a kid I thought if I wasn’t praying on my knees - my prayers weren’t as powerful. Crazy thought, huh? Oh, you too? Yes, let’s be honest, we’ve all wondered if we had to be in a certain posture to experience potent prayer results.

I watched my grandma and grandpa, both mega prayer warriors, pray that way. When I’d spend the night at grandma’s house, before bed, she’d get down on her knees and pray.

Now, I loved my grandma dearly, gramps too, but now I know, praying on my knees is not the ONLY way to pray. Especially if you have knee problems!

Today, I want to give you a tip that will get you on your feet so you can feel more energized during your prayer time and create laser targeted prayers.

You may have heard studies about of standing while working on the computer or at a desk. And there’s been a lot of talk lately explaining the advantages of “stand up” desks. It increases productivity as well as decreases obesity (Win. Win.)

Ok, so what’s the big deal about stand up desks and what does this have to do with prayer?

We think better when we are on our feet.

A study from the Texas A&M Health Science Center School of Public Health finds students with standing desks are more attentive than their seated counterparts.

In fact, preliminary results show 12 percent greater on-task engagement in classrooms with standing desks, which equates to an extra seven minutes per hour of engaged instruction time. (Click here for original article on ScienceDaily.com.)

If we think better when we’re on our feet, then we’re going to pray better when we’re on our feet. Why?

It's because our thoughts direct our prayers.

When was the last time you tried to pray without thinking? ...Ok, bad question, because we do whip out little prayers without thinking, don’t we?!

But, if you’re wanting to be laser focused in prayer so you can really zero in on something that needs to change, you’ll get more out of that prayer if you’re thoughts are clear, and you’re full of energy.

Right?

In fact, right now as I type this, I'm standing at my standup desk. Yep, I'm standing in my Nike Roshe Running Shoes, because that's what I wear when I have a lot of desk work to accomplish and I want to stand comfortably for long periods of time.

Working at my standup desk makes me more productive, and have more energy which makes me feel better about what I'm doing too. And might I add, more fun.

So guess what I do when I pray?

I usually slip into my Nike’s, (or other comfort shoes) and I pray while I'm standing or walking around my room. (Or walking around the back yard or neighborhood - my two other favorite prayer spots.)

I find I have more energy and focus if I'm standing or walking while praying.

It's no secret, that moving gets your brain pumping and clicking on all cylinders.

So if standing while working at a desk helps you to stay focused and accomplish more, then standing while praying will help you pray prayers that are more laser targeted and energy infused too.

On top of all that, it just makes prayer more exciting and fun. And who wouldn't want that?

So, again, I'm not saying the only way to pray is standing or walking. I'm just encouraging you to give it a try and you'll find too, that you're more engaged and energized when praying.

Ever Wondered, “Am I Out Here All Alone?”

You too?

Good, we're not alone after all!

If you've ever wondered, Has anyone else ever experienced the kinds of problems I'm experiencing right now, or am I out here all alone?...

No, you're not alone. I'm right there with ya!

I love that Hebrews 11 records people just like us who had to fight and struggle as they waited for that thing they were "faithing" for to happen. Their walk of faith was a great big audacious challenge. Just like the one you and I are facing today.

And because those Old Testament saints stayed with it - yes, stayed with what God told them to do, stayed hopeful in the midst of bad news, stayed at it and didn't give up - even though they wanted to...

They got what they were waiting for!

Can you shout YIPPIE!!!

Ok, I'm being a little over the top, but seriously, WHAT IF today was the day you received what you've been praying for?

And the idea that you are not alone...wow! ...look at it in Hebrews 12:1. It says that "we are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses".

The phrase "compassed about" is taken from a compound of the words peri and keimai, which is Greek to you, but the words mean around or to be completely encircled by something. The second part of the word keimai, means to lie down.

Put them together and this is what you get...

Something that has been piled high and is lying all around you on every side. This is a picture of being encircled by something that is stacked high on every side.

What's stacked high all around you on every side?

Witnesses who have been in your shoes, but hung in there and made it through. And they're watching on the sidelines of your life, so that you know, you can do it too, just like they did.

You're surrounded by people like:

  • Abraham
  • Sarah
  • Jacob
  • Noah
  • Joseph
  • Moses
  • Gideon
  • Barak
  • Samson
  • David

Hebrews 12:1 says there are so many of them that they are literally lying all around you! (Go here if you want to read the whole chapter.)

And if you look closely, you'll see that there are many of these "not-gonna-give-up" people living on the planet with you. Alive and well.

In fact, if you want to hear a really amazing story about one who was almost at the point of giving up...she received bad news, more bad news, and more bad news...but...

She hung in there and saw a miracle that charged her faith and it will charge your's too.

Check out this week's podcast, "What Can a Dog Teach You About Hope" and you'll hear the story of Murphy the Miracle Dog who had cancer.
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HAD Cancer.

Past tense.

She's laying around you today too. Click here, if you want to hear her story and be encouraged in your fight.

Don't let the devil talk you into believing you're the only one who has faced what your going through right now. You're not alone! Email me if you want me to pray for you specifically. I'll add your name and situation to my personal prayer list.

14 Ways to Get Your Thankful On

Yes, I know you're thankful. Or are you? If you're human, there's no shame in admitting that sometimes, it's difficult to remain thankful. So here's 14 Thankful Statements you can offer to God that will help you be thankful! No, it's not rocket science, but sometimes we all need a little nudge to take thankfulness up a notch.
14 Ways to get your "Thankful" on:

  1. Thank you God, that all my needs are met according to your riches in glory.
  2. Thank you God, that I don't have to deserve your blessings to receive them.
  3. Thank you God, that my marriage is getting stronger and better everyday.
  4. Thank you that my kids are spending time with you everyday and you are showing them what to do with their lives.
  5. Thank you Father for giving the power that I need to conquer bad habits and addictions.
  6. Thank you God that there is a BREAK-THOUGH on the way for me!
  7. God, thank you that my family is protected.
  8. Thank you that I walk in divine health and that any pains or sickness in my body is evaporating right now.
  9. Thank you that my church is doing big things in my community.
  10. Thank you that my city is strong economically. It's schools and government are sound and full of honest people.
  11. Thank you that you are setting me up for big things today.
  12. Thank you that I'll run into people who I can encourage and pray for and be used of you in the next 24 hours.
  13. Thank you that you are meeting all of my needs through what Christ did for me on the cross.
  14. Thank you that I'm walking in God's favor!

What else can you add to this list for us? Share below. 

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What pain? The pain of Bible Reading & Prayer Plans that land you in guilt, cause stress, and leave you and keep you lacking in all areas of your life.

Just picture me as your "Chief Devotional Pain Killer!" 

In the next 2 days, I’m going to hold an exclusive online class - LIVE - where I'll show you how to:

  • Save at least 2 hrs each week reading your Bible but getting just as much out of it.
  • TRIPLE your prayer engagement ASAP.
  • Learn how to create a "spiritual vitamin" regimen so you can get stronger, more immune to attacks, and totally ready for what comes your way.

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Be a part of the team that helps "kill other people’s devotional pain" so they can get into the habit of Bible Reading and Prayer…and maximize their lives!

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Dr. Linda

The Secret to Prayer & Bible Reading is Sweatpants

So you want to bump up your prayer time, right? You want to get consistent with praying & daily Bible reading and get yourself into a good routine. Want to know the secret to pulling it off?

Sweatpants.

Not a sweatpants kinda guy or gal? No sweat. (ha ha) the point is...

Get comfortable.

You’ll never find me having a long talk with God wearing high heals. Unless I’m stuck in a situation where I can’t take them off!

My favorite prayer shoes…Sockwa’s. They're ugly but comfy. Because if I'm comfortable, I'll stick around longer, I'll be able to focus better, and I'll have a more enjoyable experience.

My talk with God will be more appealing. I know, you're thinking, "Is she that carnal?" Yes, I am. I'm real. And if I can't get comfortable, I'm going to spend less time in my prayer zone.

And here's a little confession: I don’t even kneel!

If I did, I again, wouldn’t spend as much time praying - because my knees would be hurting before I’m done. If I’m comfortable, I’ll pray longer.

So look, the idea here is to get over the idea of having a stuffy conversation with the Divine. I'm sure God would like for you to kick back, relax, and enjoy the moment with him.

And while we're at it, let's talk about Bible reading and how we can make that easier.

If you’re tired of daily Bible reading plans that land you in guilt city like I was, move on over to a no-pressure plan that will refresh your soul. 

When I was in college I bought a Chronological Daily Bible. Along with others I thought it would be an great accomplishment to read the Bible through in one year. I started countless other “Read the Bible in a Year” plans but never finished. Maybe you’ve done this too.

This time though, I determined, “I’m going to make this work.” After all, the Daily Bible I bought broke the reading into segments so I could finish it within a year – IF I was faithful to read everyday. And when I say read everyday, I mean read a BIG honking chunk everyday. But sadly here’s what happened…

Problems With My Daily Bible Reading Plan That You May Have Experienced Too:

It became a chore rather than something I enjoyed. I no longer looked forward to my time in God’s Word. It had become a rountine rather than a refreshing that I desperately needed.

My goal became reading to finish instead of reading to be replenished. Reading for the sake of completing rather than reading for the sake of understanding. Reading for accomplishment instead of reading for communion.

When I got behind, it was tough to catch up. Two days trying to catch up was even harder, three days – forget it. (That’s when most people give up.)

My conclusion: What ‘s the big deal about reading the entire Bible within a year anyway? Is a year the magic number that will usher you into a bigger blessing of some sort?

So here I am, a student of the Word, who has spent over 20 years in full time ministry, have a degree in pastoral theology, have taught thousands and thousands of people from the Bible, yet still I have NEVER read the entire Bible through in one year’s time. I have read the Bible from cover to cover, yes, but not crammed within the time frame of one year.

So shoot me!

Does that make me any less serious about studying God’s word? No, that makes me smarter.

No-Pressure Reading…

I will not bow to the customs and traditions and whims of men and women. I will enjoy every time I read my Bible because I do so with no pressure. It’s just me and God. Slowing down and giving him time to speak. Slowing down and allowing myself time to hear.

There are days I read multiple chapters depending on:

  • How much time I have.
  • What I am studying (If I am working or researching for a teaching or a writing project).
  • What I feel God is leading me to do that day.

There are days I read only a verse or two depending on:

  • How much time I have.
  • What God is trying to show me in what I just read.
  • When I begin praying that scripture over my life and over the lives of my loved ones and camp out there because I am so moved by it.

Know what kind of Bible reading blesses me and brings me freedom from pressure?

Taking It Slow.

When I take it slow and enjoy the tasty morsels God’s throwing into my mouth I’ve hit the sweet spot. Sometimes I read one verse and stop. I chew on that verse, thinking about it, muling it over in my mind all day long. As I do, God speaks multiple things to me about one little verse. It’s like swallowing a sip of coffee with multiple complexities. I savor the flavors being uncovered at every level.

Biting Off More Than You Can Chew

If you take too big of a chunk of scripture you can’t get as much out of it. It’s like putting too much food in your mouth and being forced to chew fast and swallow. Not as enjoyable as when you have time to savor every bite.

So Here’s a No-Pressure Bible Reading Plan:

  • Take just one bite of scripture at a time.
  • Don’t bite off more than you can chew.
  • Give the scripture time to digest.
  • Enjoy it!

So give yourself a fresh new Bible reading plan without guilt or pressure. It will taste better and will do your spiritual body good! Be free. Taste and see that The Lord is good!

If you’ve enjoyed this post, Fed Up With Daily Bible Reading Plans That Land You in Guilt City, you might enjoy this post: “How Just One Minute in the Word Can Make a Huge Difference in Your Day”. And don’t forget to sign up for your free subscription to this blog, you’ll receive fresh new posts delivered right to your inbox without any effort on your part! Subscribe here (and you’ll get a nifty little gift for doing so!).

How to Shoot Someone With Your Prayers – New Podcast Episode

You've got the itch to change someone's life, don't ya? I can tell. It's all over you. That hunger to matter. That desire to help. Yes! But how are you going to change someone's circumstances? Let me show you how you can immediately impact someone's life. And you can even do it under the radar. Yep, you don't even need to say anything to them. All you need to do is shoot them with your prayers.

In this week’s “Christianity Made Easy” podcast you’ll hear:

  • How my husband, Ted and I stopped a tarot card reader in action at an Orlando restaurant.
  • How shooting an accident victim on the side of the road with your prayers may save their life.
  • How I turned a closed-hearted audience member into someone salivating to hear my message presentation.

You too can change lives and here’s a little glimpse of what you can do by shooting them with prayer…

You can:

  • change their mood
  • help their marriage
  • wipe the frown off of their face
  • enable them to feel love
  • change their physical state from sickness to health
  • catapult them toward their dreams
  • show them a new perspective

Yep, you can do all this and more – without saying anything to them.  And it's easier than you think.

Listen to the podcast so you can learn how to shoot someone with your prayers! And change their lives!

Get it by clicking here in iTunes or by listening below.

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4 Phrases That Will Push You Through A Tough Time

You wake up - but you're not so sure it's gonna be a great day. Times are tough for you and you're uncertain things are going to work out. Is that where you are today? If so, I've got 5 phrases that will push you through your tough time.

Get these in your head. Get em in your heart. Write em out on an index card, post it note, or make them your screen saver on that techy smart-phone you have.

Here's your Push-Me-Through-A-Tough-Time List: 

  1. I CAN - Yes, say it like you mean it! Philipians 4:13 says, "I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength." There ya go. Whatever's required, you got it. Whatever it takes, it's in you.
  2. I WILL FINISH - You may have just started or you may started so long ago that you can't remember it. But it's not over. You're not over. Philipians 1:6 lets you know, God's going to finish what he started in you. You are finishing. Period.
  3. I WILL FIGURE THIS OUT - When confusion slaps you hard and you don't know how to solve your dilemna, hang on to 1 Corinthians 10:13. "All you need to remember is that God will never let you down; he'll never let you be pushed past your limit; he'll always be there to help you come through it." (MSG). Your answer is on the way - it'll come to you.
  4. I WILL BE OK - You may not feel ok right now. You may have to swallow this over and over until you get it in your "knower". But I KNOW what Romans 8:28 says about you... All things will work out for good in your life because you love The Lord and you are pursuing him.

Ok, now with these 4 phrases, let's shape a prayer around them so you can keep pushing when you feel like quiting....

God, I need your strength to push me through this tough time. I've been on the edge and I've felt like quitting. But I'm pulling on your strength to get me around this corner. With you, I CAN do all the things that seem too hard for me. I've got what it takes, and I'm feeling a tinge of energy coming through me already. I WILL FINISH with you're help and direction. I know you are for me and want to see me succeed. I WILL FIGURE THIS OUT as you whisper answers in my ear and give me the ideas I need. I WILL BE OK because you said I will be ok. All things are working in my favor and I know you see me. Thank you that I'm not alone through this time. Thank you that you are rushing to my side and rescuing me. In Jesus Name.

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How Do You Shut Down Voice of Accusation and Sweep Your Mistakes Under the Rug?

How Do You Shut Down Voice of Accusation and Sweep Your Mistakes Under the Rug?

Your sitting at a stop light. It's been 3 seconds since it turned red to green. The guy in front of you is not moving. Instead, he's looking at his phone. You're late. You're honking.

He doesn't move because he's jamming to his favorite beat and doesn't hear your horn.

You're seriously thinking about pulling up to his bumper and giving it a little love tap. But then something takes over, you lay down on your horn, give him the finger, and the nastiest look you can muster.

Oh, yeah, and you're a Christian.

Good thing you peeled that fish bumper sicker off your car last week. Wouldn't want to give believer's a bad rap.

The guy finally figures out the light is green but now yellow. Looks in his mirror and gives you a "sorry wave" then drives off. But you're stuck, cause the light is red again. And you still can't get through.

Now your cussing. You're adrenaline is pumping. You feel like fighting.

Oh, yeah, and did I mention...you're a Christian?

So now you hear a voice. Something like this:

  • "Why would God give you favor for your important meeting today?"
  • "Look how easily you lose your cool on the road. How can you expect good things to happen to you?"
  • "You call yourself a Christian? When was the last time you prayed? What good have you done for your fellow man lately?"
  • "Why should God heal your mother of cancer?"
  • "Why should God give you a raise?"
  • "Why should God help you graduate at the top of your class?"

Do these sound familiar?

Here's how you can shut down that voice of accusation AND sweep your mistakes under the rug!

You get a grip and clear your head. You remember what the Bible says about your stupidity.

Justice and right will make you strong. You will be safe from oppression and terror. Isaiah 54:4

But looking at that verse, here's what's easy to get twisted. You're thinking it's your right that will make you strong. But it's not. (You're not righteous enough in your actions, remember the red light incident?)

It's Christ's right that makes you strong. And that's what makes you safe from oppression (that accusing voice).

See the difference?

You're established on Jesus' righteousness, not your own.

Not your good behavior. Not your stellar rage-less moments. Nothing you can do can make you right. It's all based on how right Jesus was. And since he decided to trade places with you, you take on his righteousness.

I no longer have a righteousness of my own, the kind that is gained by obeying the Law. I now have the righteousness that is given through faith in Christ, the righteousness that comes from God and is based on faith. Philipians 3:9 GNB

Now, here's how you sweep it all under the rug and erase the past:

Now that you're conscious that the Lord has made you righteous, you have the strength to stay cool the next time road-rage hits.

Or the next time, you feel like flicking someone off.

Or the next time you feel like blowing up like a volcano because your kid has failed to clean their room and take out the trash.

Or even the bigger, tougher moments...

When crap hits the fan, you run out of gas, you forget to pay your credit card bill, you slip up and say something totally uncalled for...

You get it, don't ya?

Knowing Christ has made you right means you can apologize to those you wrong and you can decide to do it differently next time.

Here's how you can pray:

God, help me to get a grip on my righteousness in  Christ. Help me to understand what I have through your son. When I've failed, I choose to see myself as you do - in Christ's righteousness. Clean. Pure. Forgiven. And the more I understand this, the quicker I will be to shut down the voice of the accuser when he comes to me - so that your unmerited favor will work for me. Thank you for making me right in Christ, even though I don't deserve it.

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Kicking Your Bad Habits & Addictions Without Willpower

When I was overweight, I tried, tried, and tried to tackle the problem on my own - using my willpower. I'd succeed for a few days but then cave in again to eating what wasn't in my best interests. How's that for putting it mildly?

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I believed that if I just had enough willpower I'd be able to get over the hump. I'd look for ways to increase my willpower. I'd zero in on my bad eating habits and try harder. But I'd fail. You too?

Ever wonder why you just can't seem to kick that nasty habit that's been tailing you for years? You think you've mustered up just enough will power to do the trick, you dig in and give it all you've got - only to be defeated once again. But this time you give up. It seems of no use.

Here's why your willpower won't work. And here's how you can kick bad habits and addictions for good without willpower!

First, why doesn't your willpower do the job?
Answer: To keep you from thinking it's all you.

When you think you're strong - you don't need God. And that's a dangerous place to live. Why? He can't help you if you don't need him. And obviously you do - because you keep failing on your own.

Fact: God loves to rush to your side giving you the strength you need to tackle your challenges.

When you say, "I've got this." I can do this. I have willpower" you are setting yourself up for failure because you're depending on your own strength.

Pride is at the Root of Willpower
You weren’t meant to have willpower. Will power is your own power that you slip into when you become prideful. That's right, pride is at the root of willpower.

You think you're big and bad enough to do anything you want to do. Guess what? You're not. But I bet you've already figure that out, haven't ya? So how about this...

Just Give Up - You Know you want to!
Why don't you just give up and lean on God? You've been wanting to give up anyway, right?!

Does the Bible say, "Be strong in the power of your might?"
No, it says, "Be strong in the power of his might."

So then, why do you keep thinking your willpower is going to get it done?

Hello?
Are you there?

Give up and let God Do It.

Ephesians 6:10b NLT: Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.

You don't need willpower. You need God's power. Give up and let God strengthen you. Yep, that will do the trick!

Pray This:
God, I have some things in my life that I want to put an end to. Yep, it's time to change some habits that are not in my best interest. I know you will give me the power to tackle these behaviors that have become so routine. Give me your power, the power that is at work within me. The power that comes through Christ. I'm grateful, thank you that you are going to help me tackle this and change. In Jesus Name.

If You’re Waiting On God, You’ll Be Disappointed

Have you ever said, “I’m waiting on God.”? Hmm, hate to be the one to break it to ya, but if that’s ever come out of your mouth, you’re gonna be disappointed. Big time.

So, on the subject of waiting, here’s a confession: I hate worship songs that are theologically incorrect. They make me shiver. Especially the one’s that encourage you to…yep... “wait on the Lord”.

Why?

Because these worship songs give us the wrong idea about God.

For instance… There’s a ton of songs with lyrics that go something like this:

“God, I’m waiting on you.” 

“I’ll wait till you move.”

“I don’t mind waiting."

And there you sit or stand as a Christian believer… or hey, maybe you’re even face down on the floor...

Waiting.

Waiting some more.

Waiting to have a God-encounter.

Waiting for an epiphany.

But instead, you get disappointed that God hasn’t shown up in a real and tangible way like you thought he would.

Some people pray, "God come and be here with us.”

Seriously? You don't have to.

Remember that scripture in Hebrews 13:5 that says,

“ I will never leave you or forsake you.” ?!

Or how about Matt. 18:20 that says,

“Where two or three are gathered together in my name, there I am in the midst of them.”

If you’re praying and asking for God to show up, it’s because you are being led by your senses, not by the truth of God’s Word.

You’re looking for a manifestation rather than kicking your faith in gear and believing that He is with you whether you feel Him or not.

Don’t let your senses fake you out.

Oh my goodness, listen, if you’re waiting on God to show up…you’re going to be let down.

And here’s why.

He’s already shown up. Jesus, has already provided everything you need. If you’re not seeing it manifest yet, it’s not God who hasn’t given it - it’s just that you haven’t received it yet.

Don’t be so passive. Reach out and receive. 

Don’t sit there saying, “Well, I’m waiting on God to do something new.”

God has already provided an escape from your sins and healing for your brokenness. And bonus - he’s given you access to all the blessings in heaven.

So if you are waiting on him to move…news flash…He already did!

Ephesians 1:1-3 NLT

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ.

And the Bible says we ARE seated with Christ Jesus in heavenly realms. So, hey, since you are with him already - what’s with the wait?

Now it’s your move. Move closer to Him. Instead of asking Him to whisper something in your ear, why don’t you whisper something in His?

Say: "God, I know that your Word shows me that You’ve already blessed me. I thank you for what you’ve done! I am going to focus on you and your goodness."

And guess what? As you focus on what Jesus has already provided for you - you will draw out His abundant life from within you. Yeah, it’s already in there. It was given as soon as you believed.

So if things don’t change for you - STOP waiting.

Healing, prosperity, blessings, restoration, deliverance, etc, is all yours. You just need to believe it’s yours and it will come to you.

“All things are possible for those who believe.”

If you’re in Christ - there’s no wait.

Belly up to the table and enjoy!

Here’s a way you can pray for God to manifest Himself to you:

“God, you have told me in your Word that you will never leave me or leave me behind. I’m so grateful for that. And your Word promises that when two or three gather together, you are right there with them. So, I believe this and I’m asking you to show me how to yield to you. Show me how to walk in your presence. Show me how to believe that you are near. Thank you, In Jesus Name.” 

Why God Doesn’t Serve You Leftovers

Need a touch of God's mercy but not sure he's willing to give you a fresh dose? Good news: God doesn't do leftovers!

Read below or listen to the podcast.

I have a confession to make: The only time I like leftovers is when I’m not in the mood to cook!

Like last night.

I was tired. I had a tough day solving problems and technical issues on one of my websites as well as conflicts with booking speaking engagements.

At the end of yesterday when my family was asking, "Mom, what’s for dinner?"

I didn’t have it in me to lift a finger. Have you been there?

I just didn’t even want to invest any energy even thinking about what I could whip up because I had nothing planned nothing!

I looked at my 16 yr old daughter and said sheepishly…

“Leftovers?”

She wasn’t thrilled.

How about you? Do you like leftovers?

I typically don’t like leftovers unless they are YUMMY!

So have you been in a spot where you looked up at God and said, "What have you got for me?

I’m hungry in the relationship area. I’m hungry in the health arena. I’m hungry in my job for a promotion… "God, what have you got for me?”

Listen: You will NEVER hear God say: "Leftovers!"

Here’s how I know God doesn’t do leftovers:

His mercies are new every morning.

Look at what the Bible says in Lamentations 3:22-23

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. (ESV)

I Love that last line - "Great is thy faithfulness"…even when I’m not.

Yep, God is faithful to you even when you’re not faithful to him.

That’s mercy! That’s grace!

And he doesn’t assess what you’ve done that day or haven’t done - and say – “Nope, you haven’t done enough for me or others today - So I’m not giving you something new - You’re just getting leftovers!”

NO! His mercies are new every morning. 

  • Some mornings you may need more patience than others.
  • Some days you may need more love for a coworker.
  • Some days you may need a little more strength to get the job done, or the house cleaned, or the oil changed or the diapers changed.
  • Some days you need more strength to get through a chemotherapy treatment.
  • Some days you need more help than others.

Know what? God doesn’t serve up what’s left over from the day before!
He serves up something fresh and new!

Unlike me - I turn to leftovers when I’m too tapped out to cook or lacking time. God’s got his world under more control than I do.

He’s capable of whipping up something new for you every morning. Every day. He has unlimited resources!

So to you who’s marriage is falling apart, yes, you, the one who wrote to me and said your husband walked out on you... God’s got new mercies for you tomorrow morning.

You who wrote me and said you're weak from sickness and disease - God has new mercy for you today.

You who are depressed and down - God’s mercies are waiting for you today. And he’s got everything you could possibly need to get you through your day. And the next day and the next day!

Reminds me of the scripture, Psalm 23:6

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life. (ESV)

Let me paraphrase that - Surely, goodness and mercy shall follow you - all the days of your life.

God’s mercies are new for you every morning. And, they're going to follow you through out your day!

God doesn’t do leftovers - aren’t you glad!

Click here for the podcast version of Why God Doesn't Serve You Leftovers.

4 Fast & Easy Peace Fixes Webinar Replay

If you missed the live webinar we hosted for you last week, I've got you covered!

Here's the link. Watch it here. And stick around till the end for something that you will love!

In this webinar you will learn 4 Fast & Easy Peace Fixes that you can use anytime, anywhere.

Did I mention they're EASY! Love that, right?! I'll walk you through how I maintain my peace and stay calm in the midst of tough situations and tragedies by:

  1. Meditation - something you can implement it today - it's a win win to finding peace in your soul.
  2. Speak to Yourself - so you'll know how to do this and why it's important with regard to a peaceful way of living.
  3. Gratefulness - how to get into a grateful mood so you can feel calm and happy all day long!
  4. Prayer - so you'll know what you can pray and see God will rush to your side during difficulties.

Just click on the link below and you'll get the instant replay.

Here are links to the items mentioned in the webinar replay:

4 Peace Prayer Hacks - Your shortcut to prayers that bring peace

Prayer RockIt Boosters - Book of 200 Fast Fuel Prayer Packs on a variety of topics.

I'll be offering a variety of future webinars on subjects like:

  • Fear - NO more!
  • Worry - Never Again
  • Enjoying the Believer's Life Without Guilt
  • Christianity Without Rules and Regulations
  • Happiness That Outlasts Your Problems
  • Genuine Grace that Will Empower You to Tackle Life's Challenges
  • And much more!

Be sure to get your special invitation to all future webinars by popping your email in the YELLOW box. (And yep, you'll get a free book too!) 

FREE Webinar: 4 EASY Full-Proof Keys to PEACE

Peace

Peace

Are Your Worries, Concerns, Or Fears Stealing Your Peace?

I have something for you then!

Jump in on this FREE Live Webinar and You'll Discover...

  • 4 EASY Full-Proof Keys to PEACE that you can use ANYTIME.
  • How to STOP the Peace-Stealers so you can get a grip and feel in CONTROL again.
  • A FAST FIX for when you're falling a part so you can GET UP QUICKLY.
  • How to get a BURST OF POWER so WORRY doesn't make you feel weak.
  • In times of crisis or confusion, how to stay CALM and CLEAR HEADED.
  • How to push aside things that STEAL YOUR PEACE so you can ENJOY your life.
  • When you're shaken, how to HOLD ONTO PEACE so you'll always FEEL HAPPY.
  • What to do WHEN YOU CAN'T SLEEP so you can REST & BE REFRESHED in the morning.
  • How to slay your worries so you can focus on good things that bring you happiness.

Join me for this FREE Webinar, it's easy to sign up. Click here: http://webinarjam.net/webinar/go/6665/9e03d4b9c9

We'll have a live Question and Answer Session that you can be a part of.

Hope to SEE you, this Thursday at 7pm Eastern Time so you can get your PEACE BACK & KEEP IT!

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See you Thurs night at 7!

Dr. Linda

 

Get Your Hope-Dope Here

If you are down, discouraged, or hey - just sucking rug...THIS PODCAST IS FOR YOU.

Here's what I want you to do...

Picture This: You receive a promise from God or you embrace a promise in His Word. Then the waiting begins. It takes longer than you think it should. You get discouraged and begin to wonder if God even remembers you and your situation.

Is this you? Do you need a fresh load of Hope right now?

Listen to this episode as I push hope so you can believe good things are coming your way!

Take a quick listen and you'll get some hope-dope!

Click here, or on the Podcast Player below.

Does God Scare You

Does God Scare You?

Do you feel like you are never good enough, can never do enough, or never have enough faith for God to love and accept you?

  • If you are feeling like you are constantly under the watchful eye of a God who wants to catch you doing something wrong...
  • Or that all he remembers are the things you've done wrong in the past...

I want you to take a deep breathe and relax.

You're about to get free.

Could it be that your own earthly father goofed up your thoughts of what a loving father should be? Let's think through this a moment. It will help you understand why God may scare you.

If you're dad or mom for that matter, didn't give you the eye of approval growing up, if your parents hurt you terribly, if they abandoned you, or ignored you, you may have issues with God.

They Kept Him But Didn't Love Him

A man named Zudu, from a dirt poor villiage, grew up this way. He was born out of wedlock - a mistake from birth. Because his parents didn't want him, they looked for a way to get rid of him when he was born. They couldn't find a family who would adopt Zudu, nor any family members who would take him, so they kept him, but didn't love him.

His father never bounced him on his knee, never taught him how to throw a ball or hunt or fish. His mother used him as a slave to gather wood, water, and do all the hard labor.

Zulu had sisters who were treated much better. They were wanted. They were smiled upon. They were clothed with the best his parents could offer. But Zulu? Zulu was second class. Actually - more like 3rd class or 4th class...or no class.

His parents hardly ever looked him in the eye. Hardly ever touched him with care. He began to believe it was his fault he was unloved and unapproved of. Who could blame him? This is how he knew his father and mother. He knew no security, no compassion, no acceptance.

Because Zulu had issues with his earthly father - it caused him to have issues with his heavenly father. How could his heavenly father love him differently than his earthly father? This caused him to fear God because he feared his own dad. He couldn't wrap his head around unconditional love because it was something he never had.

That was Zulu's issue. What's yours?

Do You Have a Hidden Issue With God?

If so, know this - God has no issues with you.

He loves you.

No matter what you've done. No matter what you haven't done. You are loved by your heavenly Father. Simply. Purely. Unconditionally.

John 3:16 NLT:

For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.

I pray right now that God will become more and more real to you. Though He is already extremely accepting of you - I pray that you will SEE Him as extremely accepting of you. I pray that you will experience the intimate love God wants to love you with. And when you feel it, it will heal you, restore you, and transform you because His love for you is limitless.

Enter The No-Fault Zone

Today, right now, you are covered by God's amazing grace.

  • Your Heavenly Father isn't looking to judge you for your mistakes or sins.
  • He has already judged your mistakes and blamed His own Son, Jesus for them.
  • This gives you the right to walk away - clean.
  • This also gives you the right to "feel O.K."

1 John 4:18 - 19 NLT:

Such love has no fear, because perfect love expels all fear. If we are afraid, it is for fear of punishment, and this shows that we have not fully experienced his perfect love.

Now, how do you feel? Does God still scare you? I hope not. If you need a little more assurance, listen to this short podcast I recorded for you, "How to Convince Yourself that Jesus Loves You (iTunes.) (or use this direct link on the podcast site for Android or Computer listening.) "

3 Things I know About You

Hey! I know you! And here's WHAT I know - that I want you to know too...

1. God is working behind-the-scenes on your behalf. Whether you realize it or not, he is turning the situation around for your good.

How I know this:

Romans 8:28
That's why we can be so sure that every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good.

2. God is putting your enemies in their place.

How I know this:

Psalms 23:5
You prepare a feast for me
in the presence of my enemies.
You honor me by anointing my head with oil. My cup overflows with blessings.

3. God will not let you down. You don't have to be afraid of putting your hope in Him.

How I know this:

Romans 5:5-6 MSG
In alert expectancy such as this, we're never left feeling shortchanged. Quite the contrary––we can't round up enough containers to hold everything God generously pours into our lives through the Holy Spirit! Christ arrives right on time to make this happen. He didn't, and doesn't, wait for us to get ready.

Everything you hear is an opinion, not fact. Everything you see is a perspective, not the truth - UNLESS it's written in Bible.

I know these things about you because they are truth. And you can read about them for yourself in the Bible.

How You Can Make Your Pastor Better – Yes, You!

Pastors Jeff & Amy Smith, City of Life Church

Pastors Jeff & Amy Smith, City of Life Church

Want to blow the top off of everything you've ever done for your pastor and his or her ministry? You can help your pastor in ways that you aren't aware. And you can do it on your time, when it's convenient for you, and work it around all the other things you have going.

What can you do to enhance and supercharge your pastor's ministry?

Get praying!

That's it?!

Yes, and here's why...

If your pastor is anything like mine he or she has projects cooking all of the time that introduce people to what Christ did to rescue them out of their mess. My pastors, Jeffrey & Amy Smith at City of Life Church, are some of the most creative people I've ever met, and their heart to bring hope to people is off the charts! I hope your pastor has heart and momentum like this too.

But your pastor(s) can't do it alone. My pastors have hundred and hundreds of volunteers working along side them helping get things done in the natural. But know what else they need? Hundred and hundreds of people praying for them and their projects.

When I can't be there physically there is still a way I can help them powerfully. When I can't join in and give face-to-face time, I can still put in some face-to-face time with God that will help my pastors get er done!

Your pastor is in a tough profession. I know from personal experience - pastoring is one of the toughest jobs on the planet. Especially if you're a lead pastor or a senior pastor. Ministry is one of the most time sucking and energy draining callings. And yes, it can be the most satisfying job - but it can also be tough on the family and tough on the pastor --- but YOU can make it easier.

Your pastor needs you. He or she can't do it alone.

You can help your pastor in ways beyond your "flesh and sweat - gifts and abilities". In Ephesians 6:19 (NLT),  Paul says,

And pray for me, too. Ask God to give me the right words so I can boldly explain God’s mysterious plan that the Good News is for Jews and Gentiles alike.

1. Prayer is the most valuable, precious, and powerful thing you can give your pastor. Yes, I say give because it takes your time, it takes your energy, and it takes your compassion to cover him (or her, or them) in the work he is doing.

2. Praying for your pastor is partnering with him. And like Paul, he'll be thankful for you.

Every time I think of you, I give thanks to my God. Whenever I pray, I make my requests for all of you with joy, for you have been my partners in spreading the Good News about Christ. (Philippians 1:3)

3. Your pastor's success will also become your success. It's a win for both of you.

So what are you waiting for? Get praying for you pastor and his projects and you'll be multiplying his or her efforts! Get started today. Or even now!

Here's a prayer you can pray for your pastor:

Father, my senior pastor(s) has a huge responsibility before him. I cannot imagine the load they carry each week preparing for sermons and teachings. Leading, advising, planning, managing, counseling. Whew! That's a lot. Please fuel them with your energy and strength. I ask that the Spirit of the Lord rest on them - the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord. I pray that they will delight in obeying the Lord. May the pattern of teaching they use be shaped by the faith and the love of Christ. Give them the right words so they can boldly explain the gift of salvation to all walks of life. Give them hope as they instill hope in me and others. In Jesus Name.

Say This:

The life-giving Spirit of God will hover over my senior pastor(s). The Spirit that brings wisdom and understanding, the Spirit that gives direction and builds strength, the Spirit that instills knowledge and Fear-of-God is all over them. The fear-of-God will be their joy and delight. My pastor's words will bring everyone to attention. A mere breath from his/her lips will topple the wicked. Each morning he'll/she'll get on it and build righteousness and faithfulness in our church and community.

Now, Guess what? You just did something to make your pastor(s) better! You just did something to enhance his ministry and make it stronger. You just did something to refresh him and give him the edge. You just did something in the spirit that's going to manifest itself in the natural. Look out! You just made your pastor better!

If you enjoyed this, pass it on. And here's something else, email your pastor(s) and let him or her know you're praying for what he or she is working on!

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Have You Ever Felt Like God Was a Grinch?

Ever felt like God was kind of shall we say…stingy? Grinch-like? Tight-fisted? Now, before you get yourself in a tizzy thinking I've gone sideways on God, you must read on. I'm here trying to help you...even if you've never admitted it out loud…we all (that's me too) at one time or another have thought God was holding back on us, right?

  • When your kid got sick - even though you asked God to heal.
  • When the marriage ended - even though you asked God to restore.
  • When the joy was sucked out of your life - even though you asked God to change things.

When…you fill in the blank.

So, here we are at Christmas time and we've all had thoughts in the past that God's stingy with us. So here's a smack upside the head when we need to see it differently. (Warning: you may have an outburst of joy and tears after watching!)

Watch this video and as you do, keep this scripture in mind:

Bad as you are, you know how to give good things to your children. How much more, then, will your Father in heaven give good things to those who ask him! Matthew 7:11 GNB

Video clip : Click here to watch now.

So, in light of this…regardless of whether or not you've been naughty or nice…God's still got you on his list. AND, he's more than willing to give you good things. Just believe.

And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19 NLT

And p.s.

God's more generous than Santa or WestJet!

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Your Faith is Mixed if Your Doing This

Guy with PencilDo you have mixed faith?

Well, How do your prayers sound?

If your sending God mixed messages, it might look like this...

One anti-drug organization distributed some free pencils to schoolchildren. Sadly, it had the opposite effect than they intended.

Why?

The group passed out pencils with the printed message: "WAY TO COOL TO DO DRUGS."

Great message, right?

Yep. Until the pencil got sharpened. As the kiddos twiddled down their pencil points the message became: "COOL TO DO DRUGS."

Yeah, that's cool. And a little more pencil use plus a little more sharpening eventually made the message: "DO DRUGS."

Great. Same pencil. Mixed message. Time and use made the message evolve into something other than intended.

Does that ever happen to your faith? Or your prayers?

You start out with a faith filled prayer that covers all the bases. Then time starts to ware on that prayer. No answer twiddles away at your faith and you're left with less and less of it.

What does this sound like?

Though you prayed a powerful faith filled prayer, comments slip out of your mouth that are opposite of what you prayed for.

God, help us financially to meet our needs. But then weeks later, you're looking over your bills and you utter: "We'll never get out of debt!" If God is for us, why isn't he helping us?

Sure, you're frustrated, that's understandable. But you're sending a mixed faith signal up to the heavens.

Doesn't sound like you really believe God's gonna get you out of this mess, do you?

Or how about this: you're looking to passionately infuse your home with the love of Christ. You pray, "God, fill this place with your presence, let it overflow, let it ooze out of us on a daily basis."

Yeah, that's a nice mushy prayer. It'll work too, until you get sick and tired of your kids acting like hooligans, your spouse forgets to pick up the dry cleaning, and your car won't start because your teenager left the lights on all night.

Oh, and lets not forget the dog pooping all over the floor and your cat decides to spray all over the living room furniture.

Your emotions take over, you lose your faith-filled frame of mind, and you yell in desperation:  "My life sucks!" Oops. Too strong for you? Well, I'm sure you think it even if you don't say it.

Get real. Keep in mind who your God is. He's able to turn every situation upside down and get you out of your mess.

Do you realize who you're dealing with here? The Jesus I hope you serve is the same one who kicked the devil's booty out of heaven. Yes, he's the alpha and omega and in case you don't get what that means… just know he's got everything covered. Everything is under control.

You, my dear, don't need to sweat it. He's standing by your side even when you think you're all alone. And he's available if you'll just reach out with faith…

  • Unmixed faith.
  • Faith that won't dwindle.
  • Faith that stays sharp.
  • Faith that is faithful.

That's faith that will see you through, as long as you don't mix it up!

The Bionic Prayer that Packs Punch

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Remember Steve Austin, the Bionic Man? Actually, he was called the Six Million Dollar Man. And his gal...she WAS the Bionic Woman. Those two super heroes were my all-time favorite's as a kid. Each on their own could fight off a dozen men bigger than they were with just their pinky's.

How?

Bionics!

Wouldn’t it be cool to have the power of bionics at your disposal to whip the devil’s behind?

Guess what? You do!

Ok, it’s not called bionics, but if you buy into what the Bible says about the power you have at your disposal, (See Ephesians 1) you’ve got something even greater than a bionic arm.

Let’s call it a bionic prayer. Cause it’ll pack punch.

If you need a little boost getting your bionics on in the prayer arena, here’s a little help…

Picture This:

Even in prayer, your words produce power. You've learned that praying negatively and focusing on your problems only energizes and strengthens them. Instead, you pray God's solution from the Word and it releases life.

Scripture This:

Proverbs 18:21  Life and death are in the power of the tongue.

Pray This:

Oh God, how powerful your Word is! Help me to use your Word to slice through the problems in my life when I pray. Give me wisdom to take your Word and lay a foundation to all of my prayers. I will declare your promises and think about your truths. As I do, I will see things materialize that will bring you glory.

Say This:

When something unfortunate happens, or when I'm not feeling well, I will not gripe, complain, or toss negative words around. I will release the power of God's Word into my life and my circumstances. I will see things change and take the shape that I speak about.

The Answer Man Is Near You

You've broken it again. But God says, "We can fix this. Let me teach you. Let me show you how to handle your mistakes, your money problems, cranky loved-ones, and navigate long days. Let me teach you why people fight, why death comes, and why forgiveness is imperative." You step back, pick your head up, and grin, because he has all the answers.

Scripture This:

Philippians 4:19 NCV:

My God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

Psalm 23:1 NCV:

The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.

2 Corinthians 5:17 NCV:

If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.

Pray This:

God, there's so much I want to know. So many questions running through my mind. Can you give me answers? Help me fix my mess. You said you would supply all of my need according to your riches in glory by Christ Jesus. I'm counting on that. I'm also holding onto the idea that you are my shepherd, so I will not lack. Thank you for giving me the answers that I need exactly when I need them.

Say This:

I'm so glad that when I've got a mess on my hands, God is able to make all things new again. I look to God, as my Answer Man. He'll help me piece it all together and figure things out.

Been Mistreated? …How to Bless the Slime!

No doubt someone has messed with your stuff this week. Mistreated you, lied to you, stolen from you, hurt you. If not today, then maybe a couple days ago. Come on now, you know it's still under your skin. Want to figure out a way to get it out of your system? Here's a simple prayer to bless the slime in your life! (It will help you just as much as it blesses them!)


Picture This:

It's easy to bless the people who speak well of you. But those who drag you into the mud? Not so easy. Thankfully, you are growing in this area, and you are learning to bless and even pray for those who curse you.


Scripture This:

Romans 12:14 NLT


Bless those who persecute you. Don’t curse them; pray that God will bless them.


Pray This:

God, I want to forgive the slime who speak lies and nonsense about me. I can't even begin to understand why they say those things, but others are beginning to believe what was said about me. I want this stopped! Help me to rise above this. Stop those who are lying about me. And Lord...I ask you to bless them, change them, rescue them. Use this hurtful situation to bring about needed changes in me. And them. Amen.


Say This:

I choose today to speak words of kindness and blessing over those who have tried to hurt me. My words are powerful, so I will say things that build others up rather than tear them down. I am giving the enemy notice--the strategies he is using against me are failing. I am rising up through Christ.


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Here’s a Pep-Talk From God if You’re Feeling Down

Down? Discouraged? Not sure which way to go or what to do next? Here's a little something that will lift your spirits. Let's call it a pep talk from God. Read this little post with a prayer and let him coach you toward victory. It's probably just what you need today to get you out of your funk.

Picture This:

You were feeling like a train wreck. Nothing seemed to be working for you. Tears were building up behind your eyes and the dam of emotion was just about to burst. You didn’t think you were going to make it, but then God got a hold of you and changed your mind!  A little talk did the trick. He gave you a new outlook and showed you how to see behind the clouds. He whispered some things that you’ve been eager to hear. Now you’re good, the little pep talk he gave you will help you carry on.

Scripture This:

Romans 15:4 NLT

Such things were written in the Scriptures long ago to teach us. And the Scriptures give us hope and encouragement as we wait patiently for God’s promises to be fulfilled.

Lamentations 3:24-26 MSG

God’s loyal love couldn’t have run out,

his merciful love couldn’t have dried up.

They’re created new every morning.

How great your faithfulness!

I’m sticking with God (I say it over and over).

He’s all I’ve got left.

Pray This:

God, remind me when I get down and can’t see my way up, to take a few minutes to consult with you. I know just a moment in your presence can change everything. My circumstances. My perspective. And certainly my outcome. I invite you to keep me on track. I need you to keep me focused. Coach me Lord, to the finish line.

Say This:

I just received a pep talk from God. When I read his word, he gives me the boost I need to carry on. Like a personal coach, he’s right there, pushing me toward victory. He calms me when I’m upset and he helps me see the light at the end of the tunnel. I’m going to make it, he says so, and I believe every word.

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Would God Let You Die of Starvation Like He Does Others?

imagesHave you ever read a headline that said: Millions of Birds Dying of Starvation?

Nope… And you never will.

How can I be so sure?

Because God promises he would take care of them.

Matt 6:26 NLT:

Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are?

Just think about this…

If God cares so much for birds…birds. I'm talking birds. Little feathery things that just fly around and make noise...don't you think he's also looking out for you?

But people die of starvation all over the world, right? 

True.

But those people are not putting their trust in God.

Show me a person who has rock solid faith in God yet they are starving to death. Bet you can't find one. I've never heard of anyone having God at the center of his or her life starve to death. Not one.

Psalm 37:25:

Once I was young, and now I am old. Yet I have never seen the godly abandoned or their children begging for bread.

Matt 6:33 NLT:

Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.

It's impossible for someone who makes the kingdom of God first priority to starve or not have his or her basic needs met.

Have confidence in your God.

Put him first.

Do this, and you will always have your needs met.

Here’s the no-fail formula: God 1st = Needs Met.

You're more important than the birds.

Believe it.

Can You Handle 5 Minutes of Prayer a Day? Me Either!

images-3Can You Handle 5 Minutes of Prayer a Day?

I hope not! Why? Well, lets think of it this way…if I only prayed 5 minutes a day, I wouldn't be able to even scratch the surface of all my needs and the needs of other people I want to pray for.

And 5 minutes a day with the most important being in my life?

Nope!

I need more time with God! There's no way I can tell him everything that's on my heart in just 5 minutes.

  • No way I can let him speak to me and tell me what I need to know for my day in 5 minutes.
  • No way I can unload all of my cares on him in 5 min.
  • No way I can thank him for everything I'm grateful for in 5 minutes.
  • No way I can kick back and enjoy his presence in just 5 minutes.

I need more time with Him!

The Simple Solution:

Pray continually throughout the day. It's really not as hard as you might think. Just make it an ongoing conversation.

1 Thes 5:16-18 MSG

…pray all the time; thank God no matter what happens. This is the way God wants you who belong to Christ Jesus to live.

Just include God in everything you’re doing. Like he's your constant companion, always by your side. Glued to you and attached to your hip. Where you go, he goes. What you're involved in, he's involved in.

Makes sense then, that you'd talk to him about the things you are doing each day and night right?

So, can you handle 5 minutes of prayer a day? Yes…and more!!!

Here's another great post you'll find helpful: A Prayer Hack That Will Help You Love Your Messy Self! Just click!

Your RSS Feed for Pray Like a Pro is In Danger – Do This Fast…

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.

1. The easiest and fastest option is to sign up for blog updates by email. Can you say SAWEET! All you have to do is pop your email into the little box after clicking this link: Easy Email Updates.

2. If you still would like to receive your Pray Like a Pro updates via RSS, Feedly is a great RSS reader. If you want to give Feedly a whirl or want more info click here: Tips for Google reader users migrating to feedly.

After looking at Feedly, if you still want another RSS option, try one of these on for size:
12 Google Reader Alternatives.

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!

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Praying & Keeping Calm During Tornadoes & Disasters

Keep calm, are you kidding? Tornadoes, bombings, drive-by shootings. Deadly disease, sickness, lay-offs, kids running away from home. How do you keep calm with potentially devastating events  on your horizon? Stick with me, and I'll show you how you can keep calm by praying when dark things are lurking in the distance.

You've probably seen the "Keep Calm and Carry On" images floating all over the internet. The motto too has become a popular response in the midst of difficult events. It's a great slogan, that's why it's so catchy. But do you know where it came from?

A Glimpse Into the History of "Keep Calm & Carry On"

When the Second World War was in full swing, the British Government commissioned the Ministry of Information to take care of publicity and propaganda. Their job was to design a number of morale boosting posters that would be displayed across the British Isles during the testing times that lay ahead.

The posters were put in strategic places, to be seen by those facing the threat of war. They were placed in the public transport areas, shop windows, notice boards and hoardings across Britain. The most comforting of these posters read, "Keep Calm and Carry On". It was straightforward, to the point, and comforting to all who needed the reminder.

It's amazing that decades later people still find this message so reassuring as we face our modern dilemmas. I have put a little spin on this saying for you, my readers, that will bring you even more comfort in the tough times that may lay ahead for you.

Keep Calm & Pray!

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During World War 2, German planes bombed London. Houses were leveled. But there was a woman who remained calm amidst the rubble. She read Psalm 121:4 which says, "Behold, He who keeps Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep," she told the Lord, "Lord, since You don't sleep, then there is not point in both of us keeping awake. I will sleep while You keep watch." And she did! While she slept, the Lord protected her and her house.

What Might You be Afraid of?

  • Things that lurk in the night?
  • Things that fly at you like arrows in the day?
  • Disease that prowls through the darkness?
  • Disaster that erupts at high noon?

God protects you from:

  • tornadoes
  • earthquakes
  • drive-by shootings
  • bombs
  • viruses
  • deadly disease
  • a tsunami
  • rape
  • kidnap
  • murder
  • sinkholes
  • bankruptcy

No matter what is on your trouble-list, take comfort in Psalm 91: 5-12 MSG:

Fear nothing-- not wild wolves in the night, not flying arrows in the day, not disease that prowls through the darkness,not disaster that erupts at high noon. Even though others succumb all around, drop like flies right and left, no harm will even graze you. You'll stand untouched, watch it all from a distance, watch the wicked turn into corpses. Yes, because God's your refuge, the High God your very own home, evil can't get close to you, harm can't get through the door. He ordered his angels to guard you wherever you go. If you stumble, they'll catch you; their job is to keep you from falling.

You don't have to fear, God is watching over you 24/7. He never takes a nap or even a break. All so you can stay calm and carry on because you stayed calm, and prayed!

A Prayer Hack That Will Help You Love Your Messy Self

UnknowYou're a mess you say? No problem. But that makes you not love yourself so much. Here's a prayer hack that will help you love your messy self!

Picture This:

You are no longer convinced God hates you. Though you can't stand yourself sometimes, he's all grins when he sees you. You don't like the things you say and do. He doesn't either, but he still loves you. Even when your sin could be nauseating, he doesn't turn away. He's there loving you back to right living. You're loved. No ifs. No ands. No buts. God loves you regardless.

Scripture This:

1 John 3:29 NCV

If our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and knows all things.

1 John 5:13 NLT

I have written this to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know you have eternal life.

Colossians 1:13-14 NLT

For he has rescued us from the kingdom of darkness and transferred us into the Kingdom of his dear Son, who purchased our freedom and forgave our sins.

1 John 4:18 NLT

Perfect love expels all fear.

Pray This:

God, when I'm tempted to doubt your grace, wake me up. You love me too much to leave me in doubt. You never keep a list of sins consulting it often. In fact, on your list, there's nothing listed. How did that happen? Oh, yes, your mercy. Your love. Your Son. He covered it and I'm eternally forgiven and eternally thankful.

Say This:

I have been purchased. I have been given freedom and forgiven. I will not condemn myself anymore. The past is in the rearview mirror and I refuse to look back. God has made my heart clean and I am extravagantly loved. I will remind myself today that God loves me regardless of what I've done or who I am. I'm loved.

Share this with your friends and family so they can learn to love their messy selves too. They'll thank you!

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A Picture of God’s Protection & How to Pray For It

A Picture of God's Protection & How to Pray For It

images-1I heard a story about a farmer who was surveying the damage a fire had caused to his farm. He walked all around the farm looking for anything he could salvage. It seemed hopeless as everything was burnt to a crisp. When he came across his chicken coop, he looked down to see the charred carcass of a mother hen. He flipped the carcass over with the tip of his boot, and to his amazement, little live chicks ran out from under it! The mother had died protecting her chicks from the fire.

This mama chicken with big wings and the will to protect reminds me of the way God takes care of us, his chicks! You may have never thought of yourself as a lil chick, but that's how the Bible describes us.

Psalms 91:4

He will cover you with his feathers.

He will shelter you with his wings.

His faithful promises are your armor and protection.

I love that fact that if we are believers in God, we are under his wings of protection. That's something we can take comfort in when life seems turbulent. When the bill collectors are calling, when the doctor calls with a bad report, you can call on the name of The Lord, and he will spread out his wings for you to duck under.

What have you been ducking under lately?

Have you used any substitutes for protection?

  • Maybe you've found yourself in your lover's arms thinking he or she can replace God's. They can't.
  • Maybe you've found yourself in your bottle of Jack Daniels, thinking it can wash away your pain. It can't.
  • Maybe you've found yourself working your way to a bloody pulp hoping to cover your situation. You can't.

Only the blood of Jesus offers access into God's Protection System. So if you want protection, you're covered, but you have to duck under and take cover.

If you'd rather not, and you take cover on your own - well, you're really just out there in the open. Vulnerable and without a chance. Sooner or later, circumstances will catch up with you and they will crush you. Why not seek safety under the shadow of His wings? When you do, you have this promise of protection…

2 Corinthians 4:8 & 9 NLT:

We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair. We are hunted down, but never abandoned by God. We get knocked down, but we are not destroyed.

Like that mother hen, Jesus is the bigger, stronger being that died protecting you from the fire. And because of his death, you don't have to experience the fire of hell or the fire of earthly trauma. All you have to do is believe in what he did for you and you'll be protected.

His feathers are big enough, strong enough, and his wings wide enough to cover you no matter what comes your way.

Here's a Prayer Booster from Prayer Rock-It to help you pray for God's protection...

Picture This:

You have nothing to fear. You feel safe. Though you have no bodyguard in the natural, you have angels all around you that can't be seen. You feel as though nothing can penetrate the barriers of protection God has surrounded you with. You are confident in God's care and because of that - you have not one concern for your life. All is well. You're relaxed.

Scripture This:

Proverbs 14:26 AMP

In the reverent and worshipful fear of the Lord there is strong confidence, and His children shall always have a place of refuge.

Psalm 32:7 NLT:

For you are my hiding place; you protect me from trouble.

Job 11:18-19 NLT:

Having hope will give you courage.

You will be protected and will rest in safety.

You will lie down unafraid,

and many will look to you for help.

Pray This: 

God, you are my great protector. Thank you for keeping me safe and secure. Since I fear you, I have nothing else to fear. You are my hiding place, protect me from trouble. Give me courage as I hope in you. Let me lie down unafraid and sleep in peace. Tonight I want to rest in safety. I look to you for help. Make me confident in you.

Say This:

I am full of hope. I'll relax. I'll be confident again. I look around, sit back, and take it easy. I am without a care in the world.  The Fear-of-God builds up confidence in me, and makes the world safe for my family and me. I am fully protected and safe in God's care.

 

Are You’re Sad, Depressed, Frustrated When Ending Your Prayer Time? This Will Help


One of the benefits of being a believer is getting to pour your heart out to God, right? True. Feels good to vent, and share your frustrations. And since God's ears are always open to your prayers, you've got an audience 24/7. That's more time than your spouse or friends will give you. Problem is, when we spend so much of our prayer time, pouring our sorrows into God's loving arms, it can leave us sad instead of happy.

new good spirits

Have you ever ended your prayer time feeling worse than when you started? Let me show you what you can do to change that. You can still unload on God; his shoulders are broad enough for that. But it's how you end your prayer time that will determine if you're in a good mood or a bad one after your done praying.

There is a danger in pouring our sorrows out to God if we don't also pour out something happy. You know people, who talk non-stop about the trouble and pain in their life, don't ya? And those folks are not very happy are they? Nope. Because when a person is absorbed and only focused on their difficulties, it actually puts them in a bad mood.

If you want to have a pity party in front of God, go for it. He's all ears. But if that's how you end it, you're going to be in a bad mood. I speak from experience! What's the key? Balance. A little bit of this and a little bit of that.

Achieving Peace & Happiness After Sad Prayers

We can get a lot of our prayer cues from David in the Bible. He was a master "pray-er." He prayed some heavy-duty prayers. They weren’t all fun and games. There were people after him and many times he found himself depressed, alone, and hopeless. Take a peak inside his pain:

Psalm 6 1-7 MSG:

Please, GOD, no more yelling, no more trips to the woodshed.

Treat me nice for a change;

I'm so starved for affection.

Can't you see I'm black and blue,

beat up badly in bones and soul?

GOD, how long will it take

for you to let up?

 

Break in, GOD, and break up this fight;

if you love me at all, get me out of here.

I'm no good to you dead, am I?...

 

I'm tired of all this-- so tired. My bed

has been floating forty days and nights

On the flood of my tears.

My mattress is soaked, soggy with tears.

The sockets of my eyes are black holes;

nearly blind, I squint and grope.

But David knew how to get back on track. Notice how he ends his prayer time in this Psalm...

Psalms 18:46-50 MSG:

Live, GOD! Blessings from my Rock,

my free and freeing God, towering!

This God set things right for me

and shut up the people who talked back.

He rescued me from enemy anger,

he pulled me from the grip of upstarts,

He saved me from the bullies.

That's why I'm thanking you, GOD,

all over the world.

That's why I'm singing songs

that rhyme your name.

David ended his prayer with thanksgiving. That right there will set your world back in the upright position. He writes in Psalm 103:2, Let all that I am praise the Lord; may I never forget the good things he does for me.

Recording God's Stats

What was David doing here? He was recording the goodness of God. You can too. Remember the winning plays and write them down.

Look how David does it again…

Psalms 30:12 MSG:

I'm about to burst with song;

I can't keep quiet about you.

GOD, my God,

I can't thank you enough.

Psalms 105:1-5 MSG:

Hallelujah!

Thank GOD! Pray to him by name!

Tell everyone you meet what he has done!

Sing him songs, belt out hymns,

translate his wonders into music!

Honor his holy name with Hallelujahs,

you who seek GOD. Live a happy life!

Keep your eyes open for GOD, watch for his works;

be alert for signs of his presence.

Remember the world of wonders he has made,

his miracles, and the verdicts he's rendered--

Take your cues from David, finish up that prayer time of yours by talking about how amazing God is. When you do, it not only changes your mood, but there are a few other advantages too.

Benefits to Ending Your Prayer Time with Thanks:

1. You will build your faith. (You'll feel God put you back together.)

2. You will build your confidence. (Your prayers will be more powerful because your confidence level in God rises.)

3. God sticks around (He is enthroned on the praises of his people.)

4. You will be happier and in a better mood. Joy restored. Sweet deal!

Psalms 18:21-23 MSG:

Now I'm alert to GOD's ways;

I don't take God for granted.

Every day I review the ways he works;

I try not to miss a trick.

I feel put back together,

and I'm watching my step.

Do you thank God for all the great things he does for you on a regular basis? 

Even when you're up against a wall and there's no way out, instead of leaving God with a troubled mind, rehearse what God has brought you through in the past. Start naming them one by one.

  • Remember how God rescued you 6 years ago…. or 20 or 4?
  • Remember how God pulled you through that dark season of your life when…
  • Remember how God healed your body when the doctors said you had…
  • Remember how God provided for you when you lacked…
  • Remember how God restored your relationship with…
  • Remember how God saved you and made you a new person in...
  • Remember the miracles he performed for you!

Now, tell him how thankful you are for each of those things you just brought back to your mind. Let the memories morph into praise.

Make a Record Book for God

When God sets a new record for himself and comes through for you in a powerful way - write it down! Record the stats. Every detail. You will look back on the impossibility of your situations and say, "Whew! Look what God has done!" This is what David did in the Psalms; he recorded the events where God saved his behind. He logged God's goodness.

Go ahead, grab a notebook, nothing fancy, and start a Log Book for God. Fill it up with occurrences of answered prayer. This will build your confidence in God, and make your prayers more powerful because you'll be stirring your faith.

Before you move on from this blog post, take a few moments to think of everything you can be thankful for. What has God done for you? Rehearse it in your mind. Replay it. See yourself back at a desperate spot and how it felt when God moved and pulled you through.

Record, log, and rehearse your miracle moments - when you do, I guarantee you won't end your prayer time sad, depressed, or frustrated. A peace will settle on you like a sweet perfume. You'll have a glimmer in your eye, and hope in your gut. It will be put there by your praise and thanksgiving as you remember what God has done for you.

Ready? Get happy…end your prayer time with praise instead of sadness & frustration!

Are These Things Keeping You From Praying & Reading Your Bible?

Are These Things Keeping You From Praying & Reading Your Bible?
The next time you think you don't have time for prayer, think again. Could it be that you have the time stashed away but you don't know where to find it? Let's investigate and I'll show you how you can grab the time you want for prayer and Bible reading without it becoming a difficult task.

Little Things Can Keep You From the Big Things

Like tons of other believers, you probably have time to fill your day with small things which are not vital to your spiritual health. If your time is filled with the little things, you will end up ignoring the big things that determine your health and success as a Christian believer.

How to Find Time to Pray & Read Your Bible

Here's some good news: the key to having more time to nourish your soul and bring growth to your Spiritual being is doable. Just take a little time from the little things and direct that time toward the big things - prayer and reading your Bible. If you do, you'll be growing leaps and bounds as a Christian, you'll be more at peace, and you will have more wins in life.

What's on your small list?

What are the small things you can stop doing or spend less time doing, so you can devote more time to the big thing you really want to focus on?

Could any of these be on your list:

-  Surfing the net?
-  Twitter?
-  Facebook?
-  IM’ing?
-  Instagram?
-  Groupon?
-  Texting?
-  Google+?
-  StumbleUpon?
-  LinkedIn?
-  Angry Birds?
-  Pinterest?
-  Solitaire?
-  Instantaneous email replies?
-  Reading/watching news sites?
-  Co-workers you like to chat with?
-  Magazines?
-  YouTube?
-  Badges or notifications on your phone?

-  TV?

Become a Little Snatcher!

You can find the time to pray and read your Bible, just snatch it away from the little things list and you'll have more time than you imagined! Becoming a little snatcher will help you focus.
What are you going to snatch off your "little things list" this week, so you have the time you need to spend with God?

Here's a Prayer Booster:
God, I really do want to spend time with you because I know you'll bring peace to my crazy world. I also want to be nourished in my spirit by reading your Word. Help me to zero in on some items on my "little things list" so I have time to pray, read my Bible, and just be with you. Show me what things I can stop or do less of to give you more time. I know time with you is always well spent. I also know that being with you will refuel me and give me what I need to face my day. Help me keep my prayer and Bible reading time front and center. Thank you, In Jesus Name.
Snatch away!
By the way, If you want help with your prayer life, I've got a little something called Prayer Rock-It that will blow you away! Check it out here. It's booster fuel for your prayers!

Your Questions About Prayer Answered On The Radio Sunday!

I hear you! You've got questions about prayer... And I've got answers! Join me this Sunday as I will be the guest on the Healing Touch Radio Broadcast. I want you there with me so you can get your questions answered and kick your prayers up into high gear!

I'll be answering questions that you, my readers and video subscribers, have been asking. And I'll be and sharing some devil-butt-kicking tips you won't want to do without!

You'll also have a chance to win a FREE copy of my newest book, Grabbing God's Attention: The Art of Praying Like a Pro, now available in paperback as well as Kindle on Amazon.com. And you'll have an opportunity to win a FREE subscription to Prayer Rock-It: Booster Fuel For Your Prayers. Sound good? You know it!

Here's some of the topics I'll be covering:

What my two teenage kids and I did to pray a strip club out of our community and how you can do the same to rid evil out of your area!

How do you hear God talking to you?

How you can get people praying for you when you have a need?

What's prayer on steroids and how you can have em!

How you can be a prayer hero. Yes, you can change people's lives!

How you can slap your enemies around with prayer?!

Don't miss out, I want you to take advantage of this information that could change your life and the world around you! Tune in 7-8am this Sunday, April 7th at 1220am if you're in the central Florida area, or if you're anywhere else on the planet, you can listen in on the web at HealingTouch1220am.com. 

Talk to you Sunday!

Dr. Linda

 

 

See If You Pray Prayers You Don’t Need To Pray


Are your prayers fat? You know…stuffed with words you don't need? Let's see if you've ever prayed something that you didn't need to pray.

Here's a couple examples of "Fat Prayers" that contain words that are utterly useless:

  • Have you ever asked God to heal you when he says that by his stripes you were healed?
  • Have you ever asked God to give you joy, peace, and love when the Word says you already have the fruit of the Spirit - love, joy, and peace?

If God has already promised something to you in his word, then you don't have to ask for it.

Then how do you pray?

Glad you asked!

Let's strip away the fat in your prayers:

1. If the Bible says it's yours, stop asking. 

If I gave you a cup of coffee you'd be pretty silly to ask, "Can I please drink my coffee?" You don't have to ask for something that you've already been given. If God's Word says you can have it, there's no need to ask.

2. Thank God for what he said you have.

When you thank God for what he's already provided through Christ's death on the cross, you are activating your faith. You can't thank God for something unless you believe you really have it, right? So just take God's word for it. Thank him that it's on the way to you, and your faith will grow for what you are believing for.

3. Say What the Bible says you have.

Got a specific need? Ok, grab your Bible concordance or use Google and search for scriptures that address your specific need. For example, if your finances have taken a plunge, look up finances or other words related to it and find scriptures that tell you what you are entitled to as a believer in Christ.

James says, "Above all else, I wish that you prosper and be in good health, even as your soul prospers."

God inspired this scripture - he had James write it on his behalf, so it's safe to say, that's what God wants for you.

Now, say what God has given you. Talk about what the Bible says is yours. This will set it in motion because your faith-filled words have power. You could simply say, "I will prosper and be in good health, even as my soul prospers." There ya go! You are setting yourself up to receive that promise.

To Strip Away the Fat in Your Prayers That Make Them Useless: 

1. Stop asking for what you've already been given.

2. Thank God for what he has given you.

3. Speak about what he has given you.

Enjoy!

If you've gotten something out of this post, you would like this one too: Why Spiritual Warfare Doesn't Work & What to Do Instead. 

 

How to Pray When Fear is Gripping You

If fear has it's grip on you,  let me show you how you can pray those fears away making you more confident, bolder, and gutsy! First you need to stir up your faith so you can begin to see what life would be like without fear...

Picture This:

You are not intimidated by anyone or anything. You have a strong posture and walk with your shoulders back, chest out, and chin high. You have a positive outlook. Nothing rocks your boat. Sleepless nights are a thing of the past. You are no longer paralyzed by fear like you have been in recent years. You feel confident and full of courage.

Scripture This:

Isaiah 41:10:

Don't be afraid, for I am with you. Don't be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.

Psalm 112:7-8:

I am not afraid of receiving bad news; my faith is strong, and I trust in The Lord. I am not worried or afraid.

Proverbs 29:25:

The fear of man brings a snare, but whoever leans on, trusts in, and puts his confidence in the Lord is safe and set on high.

Luke 12:32:

Do not be seized with alarm and struck with fear, little flock, for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom!

Pray This:

God, thank you that you are all I need. When I am discouraged, I will pray, and you will help me keep my head held high. Strengthen me and hold me up with your victorious right hand. I want to put my confidence in you, Lord. Keep me safe and set on high so I am not struck with fear. Thank you God, that if I fear you, I have nothing else to fear.

Say This:

I will not be afraid of receiving bad news. I know God is with me. I will not be seized with alarm or struck with fear. I am no longer discouraged. I will not fear any man. Instead, I will lean on, trust in, and put my confidence in the Lord. It's God's pleasure to give me the kingdom here on earth. I will not be shaken. Fear is no more.

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3 Powerful Political Prayers You Can Pray That Will Make a Difference in the Elections

You can Make a Difference With Your Prayers During the Elections. Here are 3 Powerful Prayers You Can Pray Directing the Course of Politics & the Elections on November 6.

Prayer to Trust God in the Election Process

Lord God, I put my hope in you because you are my help and my shield (Psalm 33:20). I thank you for your goodness in all things. I trust you for the outcome of this election. No matter the results, I know that you can make all things work together for my good and the good of this nation (Romans 3:28). I declare that your people will dwell safely in this land and prosper abundantly. We are more than conquerers in Jesus Christ (Romans 8:37).


Prayer for God's Will in the Electection Process

Father, shape the thoughts of our nation. May Americans measure what each politian stands for by the standard of God's word. I declare that God's word will continue to grow and increase just as it did in Acts12:24.

May we as a nation seek you for wisdom and guidance. So that when we step into our voting booths on November 6 we will vote God's will for our nation. That every American will take their responsibility to vote seriously. They will inform themselves about the issues and their choices on the ballots. That they will get down to their polling locations and contribute by casting their vote. I ask that wisdom enter the minds of every US citizen and they will be filled with knowledge according to Proverbs 2:10 and it will govern the way they vote.


God, your Word says you will instruct me and teach me about the direction I should go. You will advise me and watch over me (Psalm 32:8). So as I slip into my voting booth on Election Day, show me what I should do. Counsel me so I make the right choices with my vote.


Prayer for Right Placement of Each Candidate

I pray that each candidate will handle themselves respectfully and with integrity. That upright people will take government positions. These will be men and women of integrity, blameless, and righteous in your sight. I declare any one with a heart of wickedness will be cut out of government. Those who twist their words and lie will not have a place of authority in America. Those with a heart of dissension and evil will be rooted out and booted out (Proverbs 2).


I declare that God's will be done on earth as it is in heaven in the political arena. I declare this in Jesus Name. Amen.


If you're passionate about making a difference with your prayers this election season, spread your passion. Share this post with others and get them praying. Together, we can direct the course of the political arena with our prayers.

 

3 Reasons Praying Out Loud Gets the Enemy Off Your Back

 

Do most of your prayers take place inside your head? If you're like me, I have a running conversation with God all day long and a lot of it takes place inside my mind via my thoughts. And while that's good, there are reasons why praying out loud will get the enemy off your back. Let me show you why this is so powerful.

It's sort of like this... If I simply have loving thoughts about my husband Ted, all day long but never share them with him out loud - he would have no idea how much I love him. Ted obviously can't read my mind. Only God can. The enemy has the same disadvantage and that's why praying out loud is important.

Here's Why it Gets Him Off Your Back:

1. They Enemy Can't Get Inside Your Head

Satan can send thoughts your way, but he doesn't know what you're thinking. Since he's not omnipotent like God, he can only go by what he sees you doing. He has no super-powers in your mind. That's why he studies your behavior and how you respond to things. Then he tries his influence by getting you to think incorrectly.

Since he can't get inside your head, praying outloud let's him in on your thoughts. And if they are Godly thoughts filled with the truth of God's Word - you have amunition against him and he knows it.

2. The Enemy Needs to Know Where You Stand On an Issue

Letting the enemy know where you stand is important so he knows you're not going to lean over into his camp. That's why you need to speak out loud what you believe. You get the upper hand when you audiably say what you are believing.

When you continually take a stand on something over and over and over again, he is going to back off. Show him you're not going to budge!

3. Praying Out Loud Solidifies Your Stand in Your Own Mind

After you say something out loud - it's out there! It makes you accountable. You will most likely stick with it because you made a public declaration. This is powerful. It's a win for you and a loss for him!

James 4:7b ...Stand against the devil and the devil will run from you.

Audible Ways to Take a Stand & Get the Enemy Off Your Back:

  • Thank God for your salvation (So the enemy knows you know who you are in Christ)
  • Declare God's goodness (So he knows you know it's God who is good to you)
  • Thank God for being your provider (So the enemy knows you don't take the credit for what you have)
  • Thank God for giving you success (So the enemy knows you give God glory for what He does through you)
  • Declare God is giving you wisdom (So the enemy knows you are seeking God for His plan not your own)
  • Worship God out loud (So the enemy knows you honor God above all else in your life)

Praying out loud gives you an enormous butt-kicking advantage! It lets the devil know what you believe and where you stand. So go for it! Pray out loud and you will make the enemy back off and yes, give 'em a good butt kicking!

 

 

The Key to Growing Miracles with Your Prayers

Cassie Hendon

This is a guest post by Cassie Hendon. Cassie is a worship leader and assistant at City of Life Church, Kissimmee, Florida. (She's one of my favorite vocalists and passionately pursues God in a big way. Get to know her better and what God’s putting in her heart by reading her blog at CassieHendon.com)

"How many of you need a miracle in your life?  Raise your hand."  As my pastor said these words at City of Life's Night of Visitation, the atmosphere was so full of faith it was palpable.  My eyes involuntarily filled with tears.  How many times had I stood there, raised my hand when asked this same question, and asked God for my miracle?  Fifty?  One hundred?  Five hundred?  Countless times.

We were gathered together that night to worship God.  To spend an entire service singing, praising, and honoring Him. So many times I had stood there asking for my miracle. I hadn't felt like praising Him.  The situation seemed too dark for praise.  Yet that night, as the tears welled up, I was filled with thankfulness. A joy unlike anything I'd felt in a long time.

My Miracle

For the first time in a long, long time, I didn't need a miracle.  God had answered my prayer. The Sunday prior, in a church over 1,000 miles away something changed. My dad stood in his pulpit and invited those who were far away from God to return to Him.  He asked those who needed God to stand. He wanted to pray with them for salvation.  Among those who stood - my brother.  My miracle.

Here's all I understand about answered prayer: we ask, God answers.  Sometimes He answers immediately; sometimes it takes months, years, decades.  This answer took over a decade to come.

There were times I grew weary praying for my brother's salvation. Times when I was the only one serving God in my family.  Times when, after talking to him and "taking the temperature" of his heart toward God, it seemed he was moving farther away from than closer to Him.

All I knew was God's will - that my entire family be saved (Acts 16:31).  There's such a beautiful rest we can enter into when we want the same thing that God wants.  God wants it, so we say "let your will be done, Lord" and know that the salvation of our family members is part of that package.

Dreams Do Come True

Last night I stood at the same place. And instead of asking for a miracle, I rejoiced.  I had finally received the thing that I had longed for.  I can only compare receiving an answer to prayer to Psalm 126. David describes it like being in a dream:

When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion,

we were like those who dreamed.

Our mouths were filled with laughter,

our tongues with songs of joy.

Then it was said among the nations,

“The Lord has done great things for them.”

The Lord has done great things for us,

and we are filled with joy.

Restore our fortunes, Lord,

like streams in the Negev.

Those who sow with tears

will reap with songs of joy.

Those who go out weeping,

carrying seed to sow,

will return with songs of joy,

carrying sheaves with them.

Your Prayer is a Seed

Every prayer you pray is a seed sown.  Many times our prayers are accompanied by tears of sorrow, tears of compassion, tears of distress.  Many times, these tears last for a long, long time.  Yet when you persist in prayer, you know that each prayer is a seed in the ground.

You can be certain that you WILL return to the place that you've planted those seeds of prayer, and the harvest you've prayed for will be abundant.  That's your miracle.  The tears pay off as your arms are so full of harvest that you can hardly hold it all.

My encouragement to you:  stay in the place of prayer.  When you don't think you have one more prayer in you for a specific person or situation, pray again.  Scrape together your faith and ask God for what's pressing on your heart just one more time.

I promise, He will answer.  You WILL receive your miracle.  

What miracle have you been seeding for? How often have you felt like giving up on your miracle? Share with us in the comment section.

Special Invitation for you: If you are in the Central Florida area August 19th join us for a special healing service as Evangelist Daniel Kolenda ministers at City of Life Church at 7pm. Daniel Kolenda's ministry is marked by healing signs and wonders, and we believe that God is going to move in great power on this day. Click here for more info.

Why Doesn’t Jesus Heal Today Like He Did in the Bible? He Does!

I hear people ask from time to time, "Why doesn't Jesus heal people today like he did in the Bible?"

If you've ever wondered...he does! You just don't always hear about it. Listen to this story from a lady named Patty Wallace that proves my point.

Patty's Story

Two years ago Patty had muscular dystrophy. I say had because on Sunday morning April 18th, 2010, at 7am that all changed. That Sunday morning Jesus was up to his old tricks. I say that tongue and cheek because some wonder if he's still in the miracle working business. This proves he is.

Patty woke up to go to the restroom because she was sick. She thought she was coming down with a virus of some sort. She went back to bed and her husband brought her a washcloth. As she was wiping her face she was praying, asking God to heal her of the muscular dystrophy. What happened next was amazing.

Patty said that Jesus got right in her face, called her by name, and said: "Patricia Diane, how many times have you asked me to heal you? You ARE healed in my name. Get up and walk." Used to limping and dragging her right leg from the disease, she sat up.  God told her to get up and out of bed so she walked to the bathroom where her husband was cleaning up her mess. This time her walk was without a limp. She was no longer dragging her leg. And her seizures were no more.

What happened?

Jesus healed her. Just like he did for the people we read about in the Bible.
After Jesus returned, he walked along Lake Galilee and then climbed a mountain and took his place, ready to receive visitors. They came, tons of them, bringing along the paraplegic, the blind, the maimed, the mute—all sorts of people in need—and more or less threw them down at Jesus' feet to see what he would do with them. He healed them. When the people saw the mutes speaking, the maimed healthy, the paraplegics walking around, the blind looking around, they were astonished and let everyone know that God was blazingly alive among them. Matthew 15:30 (The Message)
What kind of miracle do you need? You could be next. Jesus does still heal today like he did in the Bible.

Dare to believe.

Special Invitation for you: If you are in the Central Florida area August 19th join us for a special healing service as Evangelist Daniel Kolenda ministers at City of Life Church at 7pm. Daniel Kolenda's ministry is marked by healing signs and wonders, and we believe that God is going to move in great power on this day. Click here for more info.

3 Fear-Busting Prayers You Can Pray On the Fly

Photo: Google Images: Fear, The Record

Fear. If it's got its grip on you, pray these quick prayers to loosen it. Pray them every time you are faced with a fear or concern over your life or a situation. Watch as God comes to your rescue and fear melts away. Get started with this…

Nothing Can Touch Me Prayer - Based on Psalm 91:1 (MSG):

God, you're my refuge. I trust in you and I'm safe! I ask you to rescue me from hidden traps, shields, and from deadly hazards. Let your huge outstretched arms protect me— under them I am perfectly safe; your arms fend off all harm. I will fear nothing—Not disease that prowls through the darkness, not disaster that erupts at high noon. Even though others succumb all around, drop like flies right and left, no harm will even graze me. I'll stand untouched, watch it all from a distance. Yes, because God's my refuge, the High God my very own, Evil can't get close to me, harm can't get through the door. God thank you for ordering your angels to guard me wherever I go. If I stumble, they'll catch me; their job is to keep me from falling. I'll walk unharmed everywhere I go today. Thank you Lord!

Short & Sweet Prayer - Based on Psalm 18:19 (MSG):

If I hold on to you for dear life, God, you said you'd get me out of any trouble. Thank you for giving me the best of care because I am getting to know and trust you. I call to you and you answer. God please be at my side in bad times; Rescue me. In Jesus Name, Amen.

Nothing Can Separate You From God Prayer - Based on Psalm 26:12 (MSG):

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With God on my side, how can I lose? If God didn't hesitate to put everything on the line for me, embracing my condition and exposing himself to the worst by sending his own Son, is there anything else he wouldn't gladly and freely do for me? And who would dare tangle with God by messing with one of God's chosen? Who would dare even to point a finger? The One who died for me—who was raised to life for me! —Is in the presence of God at this very moment sticking up for me.

No one is going to be able to drive a wedge between me and Christ's love for me. There is no way! Not trouble, not hard times, not hatred, not hunger, not homelessness, not bullying threats, not backstabbing, not even the worst sins listed in Scripture. I'm absolutely convinced that nothing—nothing living or dead, angelic or demonic, today or tomorrow, high or low, thinkable or unthinkable—absolutely nothing can get between me and God's love because of the way that Jesus my Master has embraced me. Thank you God for filling me with faith today and wiping all of my fears away. Amen.

Hey, what do you think about printing this and stashing it in your pocket, purse, backpack, or taping it to the bathroom mirror? Pray these prayers as often as needed and fear will soon disappear!

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What fears are you facing right now that we can pray with you about? Leave them in the comment section. We are going to pray for you!

30 Second Prayers That Will Help the Colorado Theater Shooting

It doesn't take long to say a prayer that will change a situation. You can bring comfort, healing, and help to those affected by the Colorado Theater Shooting. Here are a few prayers you can put in motion TODAY that will impact the victims and their families along with the entire world as they watch this tragedy continue to unfold.

Take a moment to pray these prayers. By taking a few seconds of your time, you'll be impacting these people’s lives forever.

A PRAYER FOR THOSE INJURED:

God you are a safe house for the injured, a place of strength in bad times. And I know that you will defend those who suffer; you come to their aid in times of trouble. So I ask you to wrap your arms around every person who has been injured in this theater shooting. Reach down and touch their bodies right now so that they will live. Heal their physical wounds as well as their emotional wounds.

A PRAYER FOR THE FAMILY MEMBERS OF THOSE KILLED:

Photo Credit: AP

God, help these grieving family members and friends. Let your presence be their support and strength today. Comfort them the way each of them need. Empower these loved ones to keep a cool head and allow you to bring justice to the individual that caused this. You said vengeance is yours, so God help these people to put this man's life and future in your hands. Help them to forgive Jim Holmes so that they will not live in a prison of bitterness and resentment. May they learn the freedom that comes from forgiving.

A PRAYER FOR THE MAN WHO CAUSED THIS:

Deal with Jim Holmes so that he is not only corrected and dealt with in a just way but that he finds you in this. May he call out to you and ask you to forgive him and to turn his life around. Bring him the mental, emotional, and spiritual help that he needs. Help him to understand the pain he has caused others.

 

A PRAYER FOR SAFETY ALL AROUND THE COUNTRY:

Photo Credit: GMA

I ask God, that you will be a shield of protection to all who put their trust in you. For those who fear going to the movies, or stepping out into the marketplace, or going out into public, I declare that they will hide in the safety of your wings. Cause a trusting security blanket to cover those who call out to you. You will surround them like a shield and they will sleep in peace.

Amen

If you have found this helpful, please share it with others. When we get people praying, the more we see God move, heal, and deal!

In His Grip,

Dr. Linda

CNN News Story: Gunman Kills 12 in Colorado Movie Theater

Top Photo: Google Images. Photo of James Holmes: CNN

 

When You Need a Break From Stress – Prayer Booster

When You Need a Break From Stress!

Bible Bite: Matthew 11:28-30 (NLT)

Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light."

Prayer Booster:

"God I need a break! I'm tired and worn out. I come to you because you said that if I did, you would give me relief. Show me how to take a real rest. As I spend time with you, recharge my batteries. Melt away my stress. Fill me with peace that will overshadow my circumstances. Thank you Jesus, that you care and you are right there!" Amen.

Go to Jesus so you can get-a-way!

Why Pray When God Already Knows What You Need?

 

Are you thinking sometimes God plays dumb when you are obviously in need and he does nothing about it? He sees, right? The all-knowing God certainly knows when there is lack on your horizon. Then why doesn't he do something without your pressing him with requests? Let me give you a little glimpse into a father's heart...

I remember one time when I was a kid I had a pair of sneakers that were old and holes started appearing near the toes. I would purposely look down at my old shoes while my dad was looking. My hope of course, was that he too, would look down and notice my worn out shoes. He did. But he never said a peep about them. He let me wear those things week after week until the holes became so big that my socks got drenched when I walked in the rain.

Speaking Up

Eventually, I had enough silence. I went up to my dad and said, "Dad, have you noticed that I need new shoes?" He said, "Yep.” I said, "Well, when are you going to get me new ones?" He said, "When you ask." Lesson learned. My dad wanted to be asked.

I don't know why that was so important to my dad. Maybe so I could establish a feeling of dependency on him. Had he taken me to the store without my asking for new shoes, I may not have felt how humbling it was to be reliant on him.

Aware vs. Involved

Whatever the case, my dad just preferred to be asked. That's all I needed to know. From then on, when I needed something I wasn't bashful about it. I went up to him boldly and stated my case. And he walked away loving the idea that he could give me something I needed.

Why pray? Because God likes to be asked.

So go with it...

Ask!

So now that you know God is aware of your need, ask him to get involved in your need. That may be the only reason he has waited!

Here are a couple of prayer-starters to get you going:

▪ Father, I know you already see that I need _____________. I know you are aware of my need, but now I ask you to get involved. Please supply__________________ according to your riches in glory. I am making an effort to seek your kingdom first and as I do, your Word says that everything else that I need will be taken care of. Thank you for that. Thank you for seeing what I lack and thank you for going to work on my behalf to provide it. In Jesus Name, Amen.

▪ Father, I thank you that you do see what I need. And you know what I need before I even ask. It's kinda crazy that you want me to ask you to intervene in situations you are already aware, but right now I ask for your involvement. I ask that you help me with this situation regarding _________________. I don't know what to do about it, but you do. Your word says that you will guide me and direct my steps. Lord, I'm calling on you and your Word says you will answer me and tell me great and unsearchable things I do not know. I am asking that you show me how to handle this the way you would want me to handle it. In Jesus Name, Amen. Thank you God, I give you the honor and praise!

Have you ever wondered why you have to ask for something God already knows you need? How do you handle it? Let us know in the comment section.

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Photo of shoe: Google Images

 

The Secret to Never Forgetting to Pray for Anyone. Guaranteed.

I'm driving in my car on my way to my next appointment. I pass a car that looks like it could be someone I know. Suddenly my mind wanders over into, "Hey, I wonder how her mom's chemo treatments are going?"  I think: "I'll have to remember to pray for her later."

I arrive at my destination. I park and hop out of my car. My mind thinks back to a conversation I had with my daughter. She was concerned about a test she was taking. I'll have to remember to pray for that later too. I'll make a mental note.

Then I grab a cup of coffee and get seated at my meeting. I bump into Greg who tells me his neighbor was hit by a car last week. He's still in ICU fighting for his life. Wow! Add that one to the top of the list to pray for...later.

By now I've got quite a list going. Problem is - as important as these prayer needs are, they will fall off my list if I don't write them down.  And then even if I do, will I remember to grab the list before I start praying? Maybe. Maybe not.

So what usually happens?

My great intention to pray for all of these needs gets sidelined by busyness, distractions, and yep - my wandering mind. It's not that I intentionally forget to pray for these needs. I just don't remember.

Confession - I have a wandering mind. Researchers say that's because I have more brain capacity than most, which allows me to jump to other thoughts while on a task or subject. Hee hee! (Love that!) You too?! How smart we both are! But wandering thoughts get us in pickles. Especially when it comes to prayer.

Want to know the secret to never, EVER forgetting to pray for something or someone?

Pray it now!

Later may never come.

How bout the next time you realize someone needs prayer - you stop right there and pray? I've adopted this philosophy: When I can, when someone comes to mind, or when someone asks me to pray for them - I pray it now!

Eph 6:18 (AMP) says,

"Pray at all times (on every occasion, in every season) in the Spirit, with all [manner of] prayer and entreaty."

Pray It Now!

This means we can pray anytime, anywhere. We don't have to wait until we are in the right mood to pray. We don't even have to wait until we are in the right setting. Anytime, anywhere is a good time to whisper a prayer.

I'm not suggesting we give up our scheduled prayer time and switch to praying by the seat of our pants. No, we need to have a quiet time set aside where we can zero in on God with no other distractions. But when a prayer need becomes a distraction - because the need comes to mind - Pray it now! 

Bet you'll make more of a difference in people's lives. And think, the next time you see that person who needs a prayer, you won't have to say: "Yeah, I'll be praying for you. You're on my FUTURE prayer list." Or, "I'll get around to praying for you - if I don't forget!" Nope! You can ecstatically say:  "I was praying for you the other day!"

Mission Accomplished. Feels good, right?!

Pray it now!

Has it been challenging for you remembering to pray for other people? When's the last time you dropped everything and prayed for someone who came to mind? Leave your reply in the comment section.