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Christianity isn’t about how to be spiritual, achieve your goals or have your best life now. Christianity isn’t about philosophy. It’s not about talk. Christianity is about power.
It is critical that we remember that prayer is not a power by which we force God to act according to our will. Rather, by communicating with God, His passions can become our passions.
Yes, it should never be underestimated that Satan is powerful. But so is prayer. Satan is a murderer, and he wants to kill your witness… he wants to kill your reputation… he wants to kill your contentment. But our powerful God is for us and victory is His because of the shed blood of Jesus and the power of His resurrection.
A dozen details straight from the scriptures to guide your prayers.
Prayer is so vital to all that God wants to do on the earth, and it is so essential to us, that He commands us to do it all the time. Here are a few reasons why.
"Bread" in this prayer is really symbolic of any need you have. Do you have a need today? God delights to meet your need.
The flesh is our main enemy when it comes to prayer. But praise God. He knows we are weak and that we need His power to pray. That is why God has graciously provided you and me Someone to help us.
I am often asked, "If you believe God works all things according to the counsel of his will (Ephesians 1:11) and that his knowledge of all things past, present, and future is infallible, then what is the point of praying that anything happen?"
If you've never prayed, or are out of habit, it can feel like a foreign language. One remedy suggested by Paul is to "pray continually."
Three elements enter into our appeal to God: Prayer, the outpouring of the soul; supplication, stating our desires; and thanksgiving; we must always come to God, not in a complaining spirit, but with thankfulness for present mercies.
God wants to answer prayers of faith for the impossible. Are we willing to step out into this dimension in our prayer lives?
Daniel chapters 9 and 10 provide an important look at how we should approach prayer. We see that prayer isn’t passive, it’s active. It’s really doing something. Prayer isn’t the least we can do, it’s the most.
In preparing my first message on spiritual warfare, I ran across this prayer taken from The Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers and Devotions by Arthur Bennett.
In a strange, mysterious way, God has chosen to enlist His children to accomplish His purpose for reaching the world and establishing His kingdom on earth! Mind boggling isn't it?
Recently, I was studying what causes people to feel spiritually frustrated. The two top reasons? Bible study and prayer. I get that.
The Lord’s Prayer can be rote, or it can become a divine force unleashing God’s glorious blessing. How is “Thy kingdom come” a prayer that literally changes the world? Pray then like this: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come…” (Matt. 6:9-10).
The resurrection is more than just an event that happened once in history. It's your source of power!
Week 4: Claim victory for the things you have agreed with God to change.
Should we study systematic theology? Of course! It’s invaluable. But when reading God’s word, let each passage speak for itself first.