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?

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.

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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.

What Gives You The Right to Pray?

You know that feeling when you need to pray for something but there's this nagging feeling in the back of your mind that you don't deserve to ask? Or maybe God's too busy with people who are really righteous to listen to you? Or, even if you do get a prayer off your lips, Satan will knock it out of the air before it reaches God anyway? What gives you the right to pray? Let me show you so you can get what you need...

God gave you the right to pray when he gave you dominion over the earth. (See Genesis.) In other words, you're boss! Yeah, you... the boss!

Problem though, is that our relationship with God was broken through the measly act of a selfish woman and her selfish man eating off a tree that were not supposed to touch. That put distance between them and God. When that happened, they:

  • felt cut off from God
  • felt God was disappointed with them
  • didn't know if God would want them back
  • didn't know if God would still meet their needs
  • felt they didn't deserve the good things God could give them

Does this sound familiar? Have any of these thoughts popped into your mind when you think about praying and relating to God?

If so, take a deep breath. You feel this way simply because you're a descendent of the man and woman who made the first blunder - Adam and Eve. And yes, some of your own screw ups have contributed to these feelings too.

But there's a solution. And it's one that will give you hope and put you back in the driver's seat so you have the right to pray.

Only through Christ are you put back in right relationship with God, your sins forgiven and excused, giving you the right to pray with authority.

So what gives you the right to pray?

Simple...Christ.

2 Corinthians 5:21 NLT

For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ.

Romans 8:3b NLT

He sent his own Son in a body like the bodies we sinners have. And in that body God declared an end to sin’s control over us by giving his Son as a sacrifice for our sins.

Ephesians 3:12 NLT

Because of Christ and our faith in him, we can now come boldly and confidently into God’s presence.

Now, looking at the scriptures above you can see that:

  • Jesus Christ, a guy totally without sin, paid for your sin.
  • Jesus Christ forgave you, your move is to just believe and accept.
  • Jesus Christ making you clean, gives you the right to pray.

Not only do you have the right to pray, but also the confidence to pray with boldness, authority, and knowing, yep...you the boss!

I'll share with you in the next post how you can use that authority to let the devil know - that you know - you're boss. Then, he'll leave you alone, and you can have what's been yours all along. Yes, the things you've asked for, but haven't received yet. Stay tuned and I'll talk with you later!

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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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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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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.

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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!

20 Inspirational & Butt Kicking Quotes on Prayer

Sometimes you just need a little inspiration for your prayer life…or shall we say, kick in the pants?!

Still love me?

My desire, here at Pray Like a Pro, is for you to make prayer a running conversation with God all day long. Sometimes that's easy. Sometimes it's not. Sometimes we just need a boost in the right direction. So here's a list of some of my favorite prayer quotes meant to inspire you to have a little talk with God. Or maybe a big talk, depending on what's going on with you. Enjoy!

Quotes are original from yours truly, unless I have noted who said them. Others are unknown.

  1. Work hard. Pray harder. -Mark Batterson, The Circle Maker
  2. Quit asking and start commanding. Sometimes it's up to you to make a move!
  3. Don't tell God about your problem, tell your problem about your God. He's got this.
  4. I've never met anyone who at some point hasn't experienced BIG DISAPPOINTMENTS in their prayer life. -Unknown
  5. The devil believes in prayer, he just doesn't use it.
  6. Prayer is not complicated. It only gets crazy when we start pondering the questions about prayer the devil puts in our heads.
  7. See-Through Prayers. Keep praying till you see it through!
  8. Jesus said, "keep knocking and the door will be opened". Don't stop knocking. No one answers a quiet door.
  9. If you're too busy for God, then it's time to change your schedule -Joyce Meyer
  10. Prayer=Spiritual Red-bull to refresh your body & faith. Drink often.
  11. When you seek the Giver even if you don't get the gift, the gift loses it's importance. -Unknown
  12. The greatest tragedy in life is the prayers that go unanswered because they go unasked. Mark Batterson, The Circle Maker
  13. If you want a deeper connection with someone pray for them. The next time you see them, you'll be amazed that you feel closer to them.
  14. Sometimes the simplest prayers are the best prayers. Prayer fluff not necessary!
  15. Pray for someone who ticked you off recently! You'll find your heart changing toward them for the better!
  16. Wondering what to pray? Find prayers that Jesus prayed in the New Testament and model your prayers after his.
  17. Don't ask God to guide your footsteps if you're not willing to move your feet. @Tiffany Travelute
  18. Carpet fiber in the knees of your jeans. Priceless.
  19. Is prayer your steering wheel or your spare tire? -Corrie Ten Boom
  20. Groanings which cannot be uttered are often prayers which cannot be refused. -Charles Spurgeon

You can receive more prayer quotes and inspiration daily on Twitter by following @PrayerRockIt.

In the coming weeks, I'll post a whole list of my favorite Bible Scriptures on prayer so stay tuned - cause nothing beats words out of God's mouth!

Find Out if Selfishness Fuels Your Prayer Life


To see if you’ve got some kind of selfish yuck motivating your prayers here’s a question for you: What fuels your prayer life?

Pain?
Needs?
Trials?

Try This One:
Selfishness. Your prayers are all about you. No? Maybe? Let's look a little closer at what fuels your prayers by discovering the different "levels" of your prayer life.

Level 1 Prayer Life - Is all about you. You pray for your needs. Not so much for others. These are "What's in it for me prayers." The buck stops with you.

Level 2 Prayer Life - You pray for you + those closest to you. You and your inner circle. A little broader than the first, so that's progress.

Level 3 Prayer Life - You are other-focused. You sincerely love others outside your family and the world around you. You feel the pain of national crisis, your heart breaks for injustice, you look out for the needy and it fuels you to pray. And you do this because you know you can make a difference if you pray for more than just yourself.

Level 4 Prayer Life - You are directed by God to pray for the things that are on his heart. Your heart cries, "Break my heart Lord for the things that break your heart. May I be an instrument of change bringing about your will to the world at large."

Is your prayer life on level 1,2,3, or 4?
The answer will tell you what fuels your prayers. If it's level 1 or 2, don't fret, just try to stretch your prayers beyond yourself a little everyday. No beating yourself up. You're a work in progress. Gradually take the plunge and spend some time praying for others. As you do, you will be changing people's lives...and yours!

Ephesians 6:18 NLT
Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere.

To make it easier you can make a list so you can remember people who have needs. I sometimes make 3 to 4 columns in my prayer journal. A column for each prayer level. As I learn about prayers that have been answered for those on my list, I check them off. And that gives me fuel for thankfulness.

So now the question isn't, "What fuels your prayer life?" It's, “What's going to fuel your prayer life?"

The Ultimate Prayer-Play Book to Help You Win In Every Situation


My son's varsity basketball playbook is setting on the couch. So a few minutes ago I moseyed over there to take a look. Flipping though it I discovered a lot of detail. Man! I had no idea the plays he had to memorize!

That playbook's an asset he can refer back to when he needs to know what the coach has called for. In fact, if he and his teammates didn't have that playbook, they wouldn't have made it to regionals. They've become district champs and tonight they play for the title of regional champs. BUT, if those guys don't study that book, learn those plays, and execute them…it's over.

For Every Challenge or Need, God Has Outlined a Play We Can Pray

Ever felt like your prayers were useless? Like even though you prayed, you were beaten? How are you feeling right now? Like you have no chance of victory? Hold up! We too have a playbook. It’s a "Prayer-Play" Book.

With this playbook we have every "prayer-play" for every situation our opponent challenges us with. We just have to know the plays. And knowing the plays is really not as difficult as it seems. You don't even have to memorize EVERY play. You just need to know where to find the plays. Let me show you how easy this is.

1st, Go Grab the Playbook!

Where do you get this playbook? Well, you probably already have one. Yes, I'm talking about the Bible. And if you don't have one, you can get access to it online or even get a Bible app on your Smartphone.

It's never been easier to find specific plays directly from our coach's mouth. God gives us the plays in the Bible. For every problem, every challenge, every type of situation, God has outlined a play we can pray. The Bible is FULL of wisdom and golden nuggets. We just have to play them…or rather pray them!

We are promised success if we execute the plays in God's word.

Josh 1:8 NLT says:

Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do.

Where to Find Specific Prayer-Plays for Specific Problems:

Got a concordance? Get it out. Don't have one? No sweat, get to your computer, tablet, or Smartphone and use a search engine. Google, Bing, Yahoo. Whatever your search engine of choice - it will double as your concordance.

1. Simply Search 

I say simply because it's not hard. Type in what you need a scripture for. Example: Need a scripture on hope? Type in: "Scriptures on hope". Need help figuring out how to pray for children? Type in: "Scriptures to pray over kids." It's that simple. Need strength? You know what to do. Either search for “strength” online or go to your concordance (usually at the back of your Bible) and look it up.

2. Make a Prayer-Play Book

Once you find the scripture references, look them up and write them down. Then take each scripture and pray them. You can personalize by inserting the name of the person you are praying for.

For example, this morning I needed an extra dose of energy and stamina. So I grabbed a scripture about strength and inserted myself into the scripture and prayed it like this:

I can do all things through Christ because he strengthens me. (From Philippians 4:13)

A couple weeks ago, a member of this blog community was having a hard time knowing what to do about a situation. I found this scripture and prayed it over her by inserting her name into it. I prayed it out loud like this:

I pray that Patricia will trust in the Lord with all her heart; and that she will not depend on her own understanding. I pray Patricia will seek God's will in all she does, and he will show her which path to take. (From Proverbs 3:5)

This is how I prayed for my family this morning:

I have not stopped thanking God for Ted, Tyler, and Tiffany. I'm asking God, the glorious Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, to give them spiritual wisdom and insight so that Ted, Tyler, and Tiffany might grow in their knowledge of God. I pray that their hearts will be flooded with light so that they can understand the confident hope he has given to them. I also pray that Ted, Tyler, and Tiffany will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power. (From Ephesians 1 NLT)

As I'm reading my Bible, I just pop the names of my husband and two teenagers into the scriptures and pray it over them. I pray God's play!

Making a "Prayer-Play Book" is as simple as gathering scriptures concerning your opponent (what your dealing with, or the need in your life) and praying the verses. Do that, and you will have a playbook right from God's mouth.

Search for his plays, pray his plays. and you will score. 

P.S. Congrats on your win!

Let us know how you have prayed some of God’s plays. If you want, you can even pray a little prayer-play over your fellow blog readers. Put your prayer for them in the comment section for every one to read! Thanks!

When You Don’t Know What to Say When You Pray – Try This!

We've all been there - at a place in our lives not knowing what to say when we pray. Just what do you say to God when your mouth is empty? What do you do when you just can't find the words to discuss your situation with God? Here's a little jump-start. It's a prayer booster. There's four steps. It begins in your imagination, so...

Picture This: 

When you are totally ignorant about how to pray - whether it be little things or big things - you don't worry. You can relax knowing that you have the help of the Holy Spirit and he coaches you on what to say. Even though you are limited in your view, he enlarges the picture. Though you may not have all the facts and details to pray effectively, your partner prays through you. You don't have to figure out your prayers on your own. You rest easy knowing you have help when you pray.

Scripture This:

Romans 8:26 NLT:

And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don’t know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words.

2 Corinthians 6:1 NLT:

As God’s partners, we beg you not to accept this marvelous gift of God’s kindness and then ignore it.

Pray This:

Father, when I am at a loss for words, I am so grateful that your Holy Spirit fills my mouth! I ask the Holy Spirit to help me continuously as I pray. Partner with me and collaborate with me in prayer. I want to be part of your team so that my prayers get me out of any mess, put me on the right path, and make a difference in other people's lives. Thank you, Holy Spirit for helping me pray prayers that make a difference.

Say This:

God's Spirit is right there helping me along. If I don't know how or what to pray, it doesn't matter. He does my praying in and for me, making prayer out of my wordless sighs and my aching groans. He keeps me present before God. That's why I am so sure that every detail of my life is working into something good. With the Holy Spirit as my helper, I am getting better and better in prayer every day!

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Making Prayer Sandwiches Can Help You Sleep Better & Start the Next Day Right

Ever had something gnawing atcha that kept you awake at night? A problem? A concern? A need? Let me show you how a prayer sandwich can help you sleep better. No joke, make one of these babies each day as you pray and you'll rest easy as soon as your little head hits your pillow. And bonus - you'll start your next day right!

How do you assemble a prayer sandwich?

It's as simple as slapping two pieces of bread together with something in the middle. But in this case, we're using a morning prayer and an evening prayer sandwiched together with some really amazing filler in the middle of your day!

1. Laying down the 1st piece of your prayer sandwich:

Pray in the morning as soon as you wake up - thanking God for as many things as you can think of. Your health, your family, your friends, your car, your job. How about the fact that you had a bed to crawl out of? A coffee maker you are making your way toward that's going to give you a piping hot steamy cup of AHHH! Anything you can think of to thank God for is fair game for the first piece of bread in your prayer sandwich.

2. Laying down the meat of your prayer sandwich:

Pray about the events of your day. Your agenda and tasks. This is the meat of your sandwich because it's dealing with the meat of your day. The concerns and needs you have along with prayers for people you know and love. Don't forget the people you will cross paths with who need the love of Jesus.

3. Laying down the last piece of bread that completes the sandwich:

Before you go to bed, thank God for all he did for you today. Thank him for all that you accomplished. Then, give him all of your unsolved problems. Now this is important, because if you successfully unload all of your cares, big and small, dumping them into his lap, you won't need to wake up in the middle of the night worrying about them. You will sleep better - I promise!

When you sandwich your day with prayer - you will sleep better at night and start the next day right.

If you loved this short, sweet, and completely delectable post, you would love to devour this one too: The Secret to Never Forgetting to Pray for Anyone.

This Could be the Game-Changer for Your Prayer Life

I'm about to drop something on you that could be the game-changer for your prayer life. 

Ready for something to shift when you pray?

I'm talking answers.

Ready for a fresh way to interact with God?

I'm talking awakening.

Ready for your faith to be bumped up to a whole new level?

I'm talking inspiration.

Ready to kick it up a notch when you pray?

I'm talking results.

Ready for this?….

Coming December 20th. Click here.

Get ready to hop on board with us!

 

Prayer for You to See Yourself Successful Like God Sees You

 

How do you see yourself? Success or Failure? Does this contradict what God sees? God sees you as royalty. You may not feel like a king or queen today, but it's in you!

Let's look at how you can pray that you see yourself in a new way today. Put aside the lowly, insecure feelings that try to get you down. Let's pray that you begin to see yourself like royalty and reign like a king!

You've got something that the president and elected officials don't have. Ability to reign all of your days. That's right. Elected officials just get a 4-year term or maybe a 2-year term. You? You get to reign in life forever.

Romans 5:17b says, ...those who receive God's abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ! NIV

The word reign means: Royal authority; dominion; sway or influence of one resembling a monarch. (Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary)

The scripture above talks about reigning in life. That's forever. Not until the next election. Not until you no longer feel on top. No. You get to reign forever as long as you continue to believe that Jesus Christ put you in a position of power and success.

Why Your Qualifications Don't Matter

You'd think it has to do with your qualifications, or your most excellent ways. Nope. Not at all. You receive this position of power and success - reigning over all life’s difficulties and circumstances simply because you accept that Jesus paid for it.

You may have had so many unfortunate things happen to you in life that you can barely walk with your head held high. It might be tough just to see yourself as a child of God, yet I'm encouraging you to see yourself today as royalty.

How can you change your view?
Remember it's not about you. It's all about Christ. You are seated with him in heavenly places.

Ephesians 2:6-10 says:
For he raised us from the dead along with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ Jesus. So God can point to us in all future ages as examples of the incredible wealth of his grace and kindness toward us, as shown in all he has done for us who are united with Christ Jesus. God saved you by his a grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it. For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.

His death means you reign. What Christ did on the cross gives you access to the seat of power. So take it, it's yours. Start reigning today successfully. Pray like this and you'll be on your way to ruling and reigning like a king...

Prayer:
God, thank you that when I don't feel like enough and when I don't see myself with incredible value, you do. God, help me to see myself seated with Christ in heavenly realms. I am a masterpiece, not because of anything I have accomplished, but because Christ paid for me to become a new creation full of worth and success. When I am down on myself, remind me of who I am in Christ. Right now I reject any thoughts that I am not loved, not valued, or not important. Help me to keep my head held high. Thank you for empowering me to reign over life's difficulties because of what Christ has given me. I will reign in life and be successful!

If this post, "Prayer For You to See Yourself Successful Like God Sees You" has helped you, you would enjoy reading this: How to Turn Your Wimpy Prayers Into Bold Ones.

Your Prayer-Release Valve for Financial Pressure

 

Have you ever been in the squeeze of financial pressure and stress? Maybe you're there now. If so, you're not alone. There are millions of people right now in tight financial spots.

The good news is you, as a believer, have a rescuer. His name is Jesus. And he offers you relief from your financial troubles. Take in these scriptures so they will encourage you and then I'll show you how to pray them.

READ IT:

Deuteronomy 8:18 says, But you shall remember the LORD your God, for it is He who is giving you power to make wealth. NKJV

Luke 6:38 says,  Give, and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full—pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap. The amount you give will determine the amount you get back. NLT

Philippians 4:19 says, And my God will liberally supply (fill to the full) your every need according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus. AMP

There are 3 ways the Bible says you will be able to get wealth:

  1. You will create it yourself because God gives you the ability and power to get it. (Deut 8:18 above)
  2. People will give you money when you have been giving to others. (Luke 6:38 above)
  3. God will supply you with the money you need because Christ paid the price for it.

Based on these scriptures, you have 3 ways for money to come to you. So let's pray these scriptures over your financial situation. 

PRAY IT:

"God, you said in your word that you would give me the power to create wealth so I ask you in advance to empower me to make a good living. Give me wisdom so I know how to make an abundant income. I am grateful that I have had opportunity to give to others and because of that others are going to give to me. Your word says you, God, will be my supplier. I will not lack because you have everything I need and I know at the right time, you will put it in my hands. I ask you to meet all of my needs according to your riches that I have in Christ."

Now that you have read about it, let's speak it. Declare what God is going to do for you because it's by hearing, that your faith will increase. When you speak the blessings of God over your life, you will increase your belief and you will be putting it in motion.

SPEAK IT:

"My God will meet all of my needs according to his riches in Christ Jesus. I will not lack. God is giving me ideas on how to make money. God is opening doors for me that no man can shut. God is giving me opportunities to increase financially and professionally that will blow my mind! I trust in God, my source. When I give to others, God positions others to give to me. I will have everything I need at the time I need it. I am blessed to be a blessing. I am thankful that God is meeting all of my financial needs."

NOW BELIEVE IT!

If you’ve enjoyed this post, Financial Pressure Prayer Release, you might enjoy this: The Biggest Thing That Kills Your Prayers & How to Get Rid of It Immediately. 

 

Why Spiritual Warfare Doesn’t Work & What to Do Instead

 

You want to win the battle over the enemy and the forces of darkness, but let me tell you why spiritual warfare, as some know, doesn't work. And let me show you a better way. This is the way Paul and the disciples battled the enemy that cleared the air and made things happen in the spirit realm. And it will work for you too.

First, let me start with this little story that connects to how most people do spiritual warfare. I was watching the Dr. Oz show a couple of weeks ago. Dr. Oz had his dentist on as a guest. Yes, his own personal dentist! This expert on oral care proceeded to tell the audience and viewers we need to brush for 2 minutes at least twice a day. If you brush less than 2 minutes you will be creating movement but not removing all of the plaque and bacteria.

2 Minutes! Yes, 2 LONG minutes. I don't know about you, but I don't have the time nor the patience to stand there brushing my teeth for 2 minutes. But this was what he recommended. Why? Because it worked.

So, the next day, I stood at the sink for 2, count em 2, agonizing minutes. It was the most time-consuming tooth brushing I had ever experienced. I kept wondering, "How much longer can I hold out here?"

I turned on the TV. I whipped out my iPod. I tried all kinds of ways to pass the time. Time doing something I thought I was doing the right way all along. But now I had been educated. Now I knew the truth and I had no excuse.

And guess what? Now I have better results. After a 2-minute brushing my teeth really did feel cleaner. It was more effective. Thank goodness I listened to the expert.

How often do we do the same thing with spiritual warfare? Yeah, stick with me here. A lot of us have been falsely taught to go about it the wrong way. Thinking all along we are making a big dent in the spirit realm by praying up a storm.

Brushing the enemy away doesn't happen by speaking to the powers of darkness and demanding they move out of our town, out of our church, or out of the way of revival in people's lives.

Doing this is like trying to forcefully clean your teeth in 30 seconds expecting to brush away all the grime. You can't brush away spiritual powers by binding a spiritual power or by spending an enormous amount of time in prayer. Skeptical? Let's dig deeper.

Take a look at all of the New Testament scriptures. You will find:

  1. Jesus never sent his disciples out to do spiritual warfare.
  2. Paul never suggested his readers do spiritual warfare.

Yes, there are satanic and demonic powers in the air. The Bible clearly states this. But it doesn't say that the way to fight them is to pray up a storm.

Want to know what kind of Spiritual Warfare works?

The Bible says the way to fight is to take every thought captive with the Word of God.

2 Corinthians 10:3-5 says, We are human, but we don’t wage war as humans do. We use God’s mighty weapons, not worldly weapons, to knock down the strongholds of human reasoning and to destroy false arguments. We destroy every proud obstacle that keeps people from knowing God. We capture their rebellious thoughts and teach them to obey Christ. NLT

The weapons that 2 Corinthians 10: 3-5 talk about are the weapons in our mind. That's where the spiritual war is located. The wrestling is in our thoughts and the thoughts that other's have. The battleground is where the thoughts are that keep people from knowing the truth of God’s Word.

Ephesians 6:11-17: Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.

Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm. Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth and the body armor of God’s righteousness. For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared. In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil. Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. NLT

Since the fight is against thoughts, then the weapon has to correct thoughts. The only weapons that can correct wrong thoughts are right thoughts. And right thoughts come from God's Word.

The weapon is the Word. Bringing truth to people's minds is spiritual warfare that makes impact. It's helping them to exchange the evil thoughts Satan injects into their minds with God's thoughts.

The war is won when a person takes the right thought captive. Winning is determined by which thought - Satan's or God's – will be believed and acted upon.

Which thoughts do you and others have more faith in - God or Satan's? The answer will determine which spiritual force wins.

Binding a specific demonic power seems like it would work, but that's not the model scripture gives us. The way to win the spiritual war is to teach people the truth. You can pray all you want that this force will move or that force will move. But a better prayer would be to ask God to send someone to show them the truth and that their heart be opened to it. Better yet, you step out and share the truth with those who you're trying to do battle for.

As they begin to believe the truth and live by that truth, they will be set free and the battle in the spirit realm will be won. Demons bow to the Word of God, that’s powerful!

So then, the next time you want to engage in spiritual warfare, here's what will brush the devil away:

1. If it's spiritual warfare targeted toward you: Trade the enemy's thoughts in your mind for God's thoughts. Take every thought captive and you will break free and win the spiritual war. The truth will set you free.

2. If it's spiritual warfare targeted toward others: Introduce them to the truth of God's word. Tell people the story of Jesus and what he did for them on the cross. Show them what scripture says about their situation so they can think God's thoughts not what the enemy feeds them.

When this happens you and others will be set free. Yes, this takes longer than just praying. And yes, it means more work. But, you'll have a lot more impact in the spiritual realm if you do it right.

Fighting thoughts with the Word is spiritual warfare that stops the enemy dead in his tracks and it will work - that's what you do instead!

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.

 

Are You Following Your Own Directions When You Pray or God’s?

I bought a new razor. Took it out of the wrapper. Jumped in the shower. Removed the guard over the blade, popped it in the handle and tried to use it. I say tried, because the stinking thing wouldn't work. I shaved one leg but still had stubble. What was the deal?

This was a brand new razor. I tried the razor one more time. Rinsed the remaining shaving cream off my leg. Still stubble. Ok, now I'm miffed, and feeling like I wasted my money. And worse, I have no razor with which to get a nice clean shave.

I jumped out of the shower, and grabbed the packaging that I had tossed in the trash so I could return it. When I looked at the directions on the packaging I noticed I had not put the blade on the handle correctly. It was upside down.

No wonder it wouldn't work. I was the one that wasn't working right. I didn't follow the package instructions.

I learned a lesson that day. Don't blame the creator of a product if you aren't following the directions. I didn't use the razor the way it was designed to be used; yet I was still expecting the razor to give me the results I wanted. And I was blaming the razor!

Know what? Sometimes we do this with prayer.

Many of us don't follow God's directions when we pray yet when prayer doesn't work, we blame God.

Fact: There are laws God put in place that govern what he will do for you and I. God isn't going to do what he told us to do.

And we wonder what the problem is. The problem is us. You. Me. We just don't do what we need to do to make things happen. Then we secretly think God failed us. We get bitter and blame him for not answering our prayer.

God is good. He wants to bless you beyond measure. But he won't violate the laws he has already put in place to give you what you need. You need to follow the instructions he has issued. Don't get upset with him if you know the cure but refuse to follow the treatment.

The Biggest Reason God Isn't Answering Your Prayers Could Be This:

You're not following his directions concerning what you need.

5 Examples of How You May Not Be Following His Directions When Praying:

1. Asking God to make the devil leave you alone.

James 4:7 says, Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. NLT

He told you how to do it - resist him. God doesn't have to lay a finger. He's already intervened. Now you do your part. Tell the devil you're not interested in what he has to say. Resist him.

2. Asking God to heal people. He commanded you to go heal the sick.

Matt 10:8 says, Heal the sick, raise the dead, cure those with leprosy, and cast out demons. NLT

Go lay hands on them and command their healing to take place. You don't have to ask.

3. Asking God for peace when he tells you how to get it.

Isa 26:3 says, You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you! NLT

Fix your thoughts on God and give him your trust and peace will be yours.

John 14:27a says, I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart.

Christ said he's already given you peace. No need to pray it - take it.

4. Asking God for the power to receive what his Word says you already have.

Isaiah 54:17 says, No weapon turned against you will succeed. You will silence every voice raised up to accuse you.

Psalms 8:6 says, You gave them charge of everything you made, putting all things under their authority.

You don't have to ask for the blessings God's already promised you. Take your God given authority and tell your circumstances to line up with what God's Word says they should do.

5. Praying for relief yet you continue doing the very thing that causes your problem.

Galatians 6:7 says, Don’t be misled—you cannot mock the justice of God. You will always harvest what you plant.

Don't expect financial prosperity if you are blowing your money on grown up toys and running up your credit card debt on things you don’t need. Or don't expect God to heal you of lung disease if you keep smoking and refuse to stop. Don’t pray for God to make you all buff and muscly if you won’t work out. You get the picture. Sow what you want to reap.

You got this. Go do it. Follow God's directions instead of your own and you'll see more prayers answered.

Chime in. We’d love to hear from you. What could be other reasons God isn’t answering your prayers? How have you been following your own directions when you pray?

Prayers on Steroids – Here’s the Secret Sauce to Powerful Prayer

I want to share with you how you can have a powerful prayer life on steroids. Not everyone who prays gets the results they want because they don't go about it the right way. So I'm going to let you in on a secret that will get you results when you pray. You’re going to gain some muscle in your prayer life!

Though steroids are a drug that can be misused, the effects are incredible when used the right way. Steroids pump a person up, increase their strength and give them an incredible advantage.

If you grab this information and apply it, it will be like your prayers are on steroids. You will generate supercharged prayers that are strong and give you an incredible advantage in life.

As we know, not every prayer works the way we think it should. So let's figure out why. The Bible has a short little verse in James that goes like this:

“The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.” (James 5:16 NIV)

Powerful, huh? Not always. Sometimes our prayers go flat because we pray for something that isn't God's will. A prayer outside of God's will is not effective. Let me give you a couple of examples.

A lot of times people pray prayers that are based on their emotions. That's dangerous, because our emotions are sometimes whacked! You know how it is when someone has cheated you, wronged you, or hurt you. Gosh, praying about a situation like that can be tricky.

Your flesh wants to pray that God will hunt that person down and smack them upside the head. But what you really should ask God to do is to show that joker their faults and bring them to apologize and change their ways. It might even be good to ask God to help you see if you had any wrong in the matter.

The Bible says to pray for our enemies and to bless them. Bless who? Our enemies. Are you out of your mind?! You would think so, unless you knew better. That's not how most people would deal with their enemies, but that's why most people don't have their enemies turn into friends.

The key to praying prayers on steroids is to pray God's will.

Pray for what God wants - not what you want. This is to your advantage if you can wrap your head around it.

God has an edge over you because he knows way more than you do! If you can get to a place where you trust what he wants is better for you than what you want - look out! He is ready to unload a truck-full of answered prayer on you.

So the big question is…How do you know God's will so that you supercharge your prayers with it?

You have got to get inside God's head!

That sounds a bit scary! And even intimidating. But it's not that hard. God wants to grant you access to his thoughts. That is why he gave you his thoughts on paper. It's the Bible; it’s God's Word.

So, how do you get inside God’s head? You get inside his word.

His word prepares our hearts to pray powerful and effective prayers. God’s word teaches us what to ask for. If you want to know God's will, you have to get in his word, so his thoughts get inside you.

And when his thoughts get inside you, you will begin to think like he does. And when you think like he does, you will know how to pray his will.

God's Word Trains Us to Pray

As you read the Bible every day, little by little your thoughts change. You quit thinking like the rest of the world and you begin to think more and more like God.

“...be transformed (changed) by the [entire] renewal of your mind [by its new ideals and its new attitude], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God, even the thing which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His sight for you].” Romans 12:2 (AMP)

So did you catch that last part? It says you will be able to prove what the will of God is…what is acceptable and perfect in God's sight for you. How? By renewing your mind with God's word.

The Bible mentions Joshua who was faced with big challenges. It was his job to get the Israelites into the Promised Land. Basically, God told Joshua that the only way he would be successful is if he got in His word. Look how God unwrapped it here for Joshua in the Bible:

“Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do.” Joshua 1:8 (NLT).

The Word of God instructs us. It’s full of wisdom from God above. And if you really believe God is smarter than you are or ever could be you're going to want to tap into that knowledge.

When you do, you will become smarter in how you pray. The more you are in God's Word, the more your mind will be thinking like his, and the more your prayers will reflect his heart and will. Then guess what? The more your prayers will be answered.

So here's the secret sauce to powerful prayer:

Make time each day to read God’s Word, the Bible, so you can know how God thinks. His Word will begin shaping your prayers and it will be as if your prayers are on steroids!

This post is an excerpt from my newest book, Grabbing God's Attention: The Art of Praying Like a Pro. You can click here if you are interested in scooping up a copy.Amazon has it. Smashwords has it for various eReaders. Or if you would like the PDF version that you can print (which is especially useful if you want to write in the Taking-Action sections of the book): Clicky here! 

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The Biggest Thing That Kills Your Prayers & How to Get Rid of It Immediately

You've probably killed some of your prayers over your lifetime. I know I have! So what's the biggest thing that kills your prayers & how are you supposed to get rid of it?

Without a doubt..it's doubt!

We want to believe God's blessings.

But we don't.

How messed up is that?!

We sing about believing in the blessings and favor of God, but when it gets down to the nitty gritty, we don't believe all the way.

Sometimes the reason we don't believe all the way is because we've experienced delay.

But hey, even Jesus had to wait sometimes for his prayers to be answered. Who says it always comes immediately?

When Jesus spoke to the fig tree (Matthew 21:20) and told it to die - it didn't happen right away. Not that moment. Not 5 minutes later. Not 1 hour later. Nope. It wasn't even that night. It was the next day! That's when Peter came waltzing by and saw the results of Jesus' prayer.

Matthew 11:20

20 The next morning as Jesus was passing by with his followers, they saw the fig tree dry and dead, even to the roots.21 Peter remembered the tree and said to Jesus, "Teacher, look! The fig tree you cursed is dry and dead!"

Prayers aren't always answered instantly. I love what Laura, one of my blog readers said, "God doesn't put a done-meter on the outside of a sick person". But that doesn't mean prayer isn't working.

The tough thing is that waiting can cause us to doubt. But that's the very thing that will stop your payer from being answered.

Jesus said, speak to the mountain…if you believe in your heart and not doubt, the mountain will move.

Matthew 11:22

Jesus answered, "Have faith in God. I tell you the truth, you can say to this mountain, 'Go, fall into the sea.' And if you have no doubts in your mind and believe that what you say will happen, God will do it for you. So I tell you to believe that you have received the things you ask for in prayer, and God will give them to you. (NCV)

Could it be any clearer? Don't let the waiting cause you to doubt. Waiting is sometimes necessary. Only God knows why. But if Jesus had to wait, then sometimes we will too. Here's a little action plan:

  • Believe when you pray
  • Keep believing
  • Keep believing some more
  • Don't let delay cause doubt
  • Hang in there till it it happens

That's how it works. If it's good enough for Jesus, it's good enough for us. 

Look forward to the day when you come waltzing by the thing you spoke to and see that it did what you told it to do! Get rid of doubt so it doesn't kill your prayer.

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 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.

This post is an excerpt from my newest book, Grabbing God's Attention: The Art of Praying Like a Pro. You can click here if you are interested in scooping up a copy, Amazon has it. Smashwords has it for various eReaders. Or if you would like the PDF version that you can print (which is especially useful if you want to write in the Taking-Action sections of the book): Clicky here!

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. 

A Sure Way to Get People Praying For You

So you're going through a tough time. Life has sucked the snot out of you and you are barely crawling to the finish line. Well, maybe it's NOT that bad! But you are up against a wall in some area of your life, right? I'm with ya. And a few times it crossed your mind, "I sure hope someone, anyone, is praying for me!"

That would be cool, huh? Feeling the prayers of others wrapping around you, offering you a hedge of protection, and issuing a wave of blessing in your life. Who wouldn't want that?

But then you wonder… “Is there anyone praying for me? Am I on anyone's radar? Do I come to mind as others are praying?”

There is one sure way to make that happen:

Pray for them.

Pray for who?

Anyone who comes to your mind.

The janitor who empties the garbage in your building, the guy who whizzed by you on the highway this morning, the gal who checked out your groceries, the pastor who preached his heart out to you last Sunday, the babysitter who watched your kids, the telemarketer who illegally called your cell phone after 9pm the other night…you get the idea.

Pray. Pray for ANY of them. Pray for ALL of them. Pray for them when they come to mind. Pray when you know what they are up against. Pray when you don't have a clue what's going on in their world. If you want others praying for you…you have to get the ball rolling.

How do I know it's up to you to get the ball rolling?

Take a look at Matt 7:2b

…the amount you give to others will be given to you [or the standard you use for others will be the standard used for you; with the measure you measure, it will be measured to you]. (Expanded Version)

This principle works in all areas of our lives:

  • If you want to have friends, you must show yourself friendly (Proverbs 18:24 KJV)
  • He who refreshes others will himself be refreshed (Proverbs 11:25)
  • Forgive and you will be forgiven (Luke 6:37-42)
  • What you sow comes back to you (Galatians 6:7)

Jesus was the one who started this whole thing:

[So always; So in everything] Do to others [Treat others as] you want them to do to [treat] you. This is [sums up; is the essence of] the meaning of the law of Moses and the teaching of the prophets…Matt 7:12 (The Expanded Version)

Can you say boomerang baby?! What you throw out there is gonna come back to you! You can't get out of the way! This principle will hunt you down and chase you. What you do for others will end up back in your lap! That's something to bank on.

So yes, I believe it's safe to say, the amount of time you spend praying for others can determine how much time others spend praying for you. 

Funny how we want to reap a harvest we didn't plant for. Before you determine what kind of harvest you want, figure out how much seeding or planting you're willing to do. Only then will your harvest be guaranteed!

You want two people praying for you? Ok, then pray for two people.

You want 20-30 praying for you, ok, then get praying for 20-30 people.

You want the masses praying for you, ok, you get my drift don't you?!

Sow the kind of seed you want to reap.

It's up to you how many people will be praying for you…and how many won't!

What say you? Leave your thoughts for us to chew on in the comment section. Thanks!


What Ripped Prom Pants Have to Do With Praying and Solving Your Problems

He had the pink rose corsage atop a glamorous rhinestone bracelet, he had the prom tickets, he had the stunning date. Everything was perfect.

Until he was about to walk out the door.
Then the scream.
“Mom?!”
“Yes, son?”
“I have a hole in the side of my suit pants!”
Ut oh!

What did he do? He called for help.
Did he call for dad? Shoot no! Dad would fix the hole with duct tape.
Did he scream for his 14 year old sister? Nah...she'd probably staple it together.

He screamed for the best person for the job.
Mama to the rescue!
In under two minutes and 17 seconds, I grabbed my sewing kit, whipped out my needle and thread and said, "Ty, give me those pants, I'm gonna take care of this for you."
Within moments the problem was solved. Tyler rushed out the door, whisked his date off her feet, and they danced the night away!

Let's rewind.
Imagine a different scenario.
Tyler could have freaked out.
He could have tried to solve the problem on his own.
Or both...freak out and solve the problem on his own.

Know what he would have created?
A bigger mess.
And a frazzled state of mind.

....He would have been a fun date. Not!

But isn't that what we sometimes do when we discover a glitch that keeps us from going where we want to in life? We freak out. We try to fix a problem that we don't know how to solve. And most of the time we end up doing both, freaking out AND trying to fix the problem. Which causes a bigger problem; a bigger mess.

Here's a better option:
Fix your thoughts on God and you will have perfect peace while he gets the thing fixed.

You relax. You step aside. You surrender and let God solve your issue. You will finally be on your way without missing a beat.

Unless you freak out….Trying to fix it yourself.
Then your fix will be delayed. And so will your arrival.

I'd hate to picture this, but if my son was brainless enough to lose his cool over the rip in his pants and try to fix the hole himself, he would have made the pants look even worse. Can you imagine? Had he taken the do-it-yourself approach he would have spent three times longer on the ripped pants and arrived to the prom a half hour late. His date miffed, her dad ticked, and the whole night a downer.

When we try to take things into our own hands rather than running to God, who can fix our problem much better than we can, we risk delaying our solution.

So next time you are faced with a crisis:
• Don't freak out
• Don't fix it your way
• Ask for God’s help

"Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us…" Ephesians 3:20 (NIV)

Toss him the pants. He's gonna get it done faster and better than you can!
Mission accomplished.

Do you tend to freak out, fix it yourself, or have you found another way to deal with the problems that smack you in the face? Share in the comment section.

 

Why Pray If Not All Prayers Get Answered?

Why pray if not all prayers get answered?

Because Jesus did.

Ask a kid, "Why do you ask your mommy for a cookie every day if she doesn't always give one to you?"

Answer:  “Because then I would never get a cookie. Even if she doesn't give it to me every day, there are days when she does say yes.”

Jesus prayed prayers that didn't get answered too. We are in good company.

He was not saved from death, even though he desperately cried out to his father to save him.

Even before the crucifixion, as he knew it was coming; he asked that he would be able to escape it by saying, "Take this cup from me".

Jesus knows the sting of unanswered prayer. His longest prayer ever recorded in John 17, is a plea that all believers would be in unity. That "All of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you." Do you see that happening? Nope. Not yet. Does that mean God said no? Seems like having us all in unity would be his will, right? But it aint happening or if it is it sure is happening slowly!

So if God hasn't denied the request, then the prayer is hung up in "wait" mode. It's just not time yet for that request to be granted fully. This gives us hope. Hope that even when a request is hung up somewhere, it doesn't mean it's not going to be answered; it just may mean it's not time for it to be answered.

What about when Jesus spent the whole stinking night in prayer before he chose his 12 disciples. I'm sure the hours he sacrificed sleep were all about asking God to help him choose the right guys. And when he learned that one of them was a traitor, did he look up to God and say, “Um, did you make a mistake here about this one?” “Or did I make a mistake and not hear you correctly?” Or maybe it wasn't a mistake at all. Obviously it was a part of God's plan. Judas brought Jesus to the cross which was God's plan to begin with. See, even when it seems prayer went the wrong way; it may have been the right way after all. Who knows if the prayers you didn't think got answered, really did… with an answer you didn't recognize.

If prayer doesn't matter and God doesn't answer, then why did Jesus pray? And better yet, why did he tell us to do the same?

Jesus prayed as if it made a difference.

The Bible says we do not have certain things because we do not ask God for them. (James 4:2). Evidently God will withhold things from us if we don't ask. That right there makes me want to pray!

I once heard Myles Monroe say something about a dream he had. The gist of the dream was that God has a storehouse in heaven. God took Myles up to that storehouse to view what was on the shelves. There were all kinds of great stuff piled up in there. Stuff Myles had wanted all his life. He asked God why all of that stuff was on the shelves. God said, "Those are the things that are yours, but you never asked for them."

Not sure about you, but I don't want any of my stuff to stay on a shelf piled up somewhere. The things I want and need are there for the taking. They are there for the asking!

If prayer didn't make a difference or if God doesn't hear our prayers, then why did Jesus model a response like God's to the widow who lost her son, to the outcast woman who's bleeding would not stop, and to a Roman officer whose servant had died? In each of these events Jesus showed them that God, the Father, does hear their prayers. And that their prayers matter. Their prayers were answered.

Jesus knew more about the will of God than any other being on the face of the planet, and in the heavenlies for that matter. Yet, he still peppered God with his requests. Taking our cues from Jesus, I would say, “Yes, pray. Even if it doesn't seem to matter...it does!”