How to Make Prayer your Most Powerful Weapon

How to Make Prayer your Most Powerful Weapon

I want to begin to summarize this Prayer series with some key points, some important takeaways:

Come to God boldly in prayer. Approach the throne of God with a confidence to which there is no equal. We have that right. He gave it to us.

 Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace,  that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need. (Heb. 4:16, NKJV)

Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you. (Luke 10:19, NKJV)

 

People hold hands as they pray during a memorial service outside the Aurora Municipal Center in Aurora, Colorado. The memorial was for the victims that were killed and wounded during the mass shooting at a movie theater last Friday. (Joshua Lott/Getty Images)

Know that God always hears your prayers. If we don’t believe that God hears our prayers, they will be weak and ineffective. And frankly, we won’t do it very often. We will see no point in it. We will approach it with the same confidence we have in wishing wells and Santa Clause. It is a lie and a tactic and trick of Satan to keep us from praying at all. God does hear our prayers and He wants us to keep them coming!

Effective prayer is not a feeling.  I hear people say, Pray until we feel something. We won’t find that in the Bible. Butterflies and profuse sweat doesn’t mean much when it comes to effective prayer. I mean if you need that kind of work out then go for it. But let’s stick to the Word on this one.  There is a scripture that talks about fervent and effectual prayer. Our fervency is spiritual. It is the prayer of faith that makes our prayers fervent and effectual. And faith is a spiritual force. If we get excited–no worries. No points off for it. But if Jesus can raise a young girl from the dead with two words (Luke 8:54, KJV) and not break a sweat we can be just as effective in our situations with all that power inside of us.

We pray with a knowing. What do we know? We know that if and when we pray that he hears us and if He hears us we will have what we ask for. Now that’s the Word!

And since we know he hears us when we make our requests, we also know that he will give us what we ask for. (I John 5:15)

Prayer: Your Most Powerful Weapon

Prayer: Your Most Powerful Weapon

God is waiting to hear from you

Prayer is the most effective way to communicate with our heavenly Father. And he wants us to talk to him often. It is his deep desire for us, his children to come to him, not timidly or ashamedly , not unsure or haphazardly, but boldly as if we have every right to speak before him—and of course we do! And he wants to talk to us.

Therefore let us come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our times of need. (Heb. 4:16, KJV)

The Power of faith-filled prayer

The prayer of faith is a force so powerful it can render changes in the physical world that can baffle and confound even the wisest of us.

“Truly I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them. (Mk. 11:23, NIV)

When we pray in faith, you release the same power that raised Jesus out of a grave. When we pray in faith—you have an immediate connection to the throne of grace. When we pray, in faith, according to the will of God, heaven is alerted.  Our connection to God becomes as real and as tangible as that of the woman with the issue of blood. Her touch to the garment of Jesus by faith released a power so significant, it instantly stopped Jesus the Christ as hundreds possibly thousand pressed in on him to be seen, heard, delivered. Our healing may not always be instant as hers was, but faith puts the power of God into action, he becomes on one accord with our petition, and therefore, just know that he not only hears our prayers, but we will receive what we ask for.

And since we know he hears us when we make our requests, we also know that he will give us what we ask for. (I John 5:15, NLT)  

Too often, the enemy bullies us into believing that are prayers are trite, trivial and unimportant; God’s too busy saving countries from famines and tsunamis and other natural disasters to hear from us. At least, this is what the enemy wants us to believe. But this lie has been costing Christians victories and often their lives, for many years now. You see, we know this is a lie because too often in scripture God urges, compels us to pray. At one point he tells us to pray and don’t stop! Yeah, it’s pretty important if he wants us to do it all of the time.

To be sure there are certain answers we won’t receive until we talk to God. We will dance around the same problem, work the same failing solution until we pray. God is waiting. He wants us to ask, to seek, to reach out to him. He wants a relationship with us. Relationship means that we know Him. We seek and obey his will. We know and respond to His voice and recognize when he is responding to ours. He wants to hear from us.

When we realize the power of our prayer, not only will we do it more often, but we will look forward to the times we can just sit and talk with our Father. That dialogue alone can bring us peace and keep us from making hasty, foolish decisions. Time with the Father is truly the most well spent time of the day.

When Your Doubts are Greater Than Your Faith II

When Your Doubts are Greater Than Your Faith II

Last week we focused on several ways we can combat the enemies to our faith. We all experience doubts sometime, but God has provided us with the answers we need so that we always come out on the winning side. Be blessed!

 

Know the Will of God Regarding Your Situation

So you’re not sure whether God wants you healed. Maybe this is the way you’re supposed to…go? Or maybe He is punishing you for something you did?(remember in college when…) Or maybe God has favorites (avid church goers or those that give tons of money to various causes). Yeah? Really? Find the Word to back that up. His Word is his will and it never changes. (By the way, you won’t find anything in His Word about wanting to keep us sick or to punish us. Trust me sin is its own punishment). Find the word and believe it. Take it to heart. It may seem ineffective at first–like empty words on a page. Go back to it again and again. Now read it again.  Meditate on it. I can remember reading passages as tears dripped on to the pages. I was broken and hoping that this Word would free me. And I read it again until His truth begin to stir within and bring life to those dry places. The fears and doubts begin to dissolved. It didn’t happen over night or even over the course of a week (Although it may happen quickly for you). But when we have strongholds on our thinking, or in other words we’ve been thinking wrong for so long, we have to make a determined and deliberate effort to change our way of thinking. Our thinking must become parallel to God’s way of thinking, otherwise God’s provisions will be there waiting for us and we won’t have a heart to receive them because we will be blinded from the truth.

“We tear down arguments and every arrogant obstacle that is raised up against the knowledge of God, and we take every thought captive to make it obey Christ.” (II Cor. 10:5, NIV)

Watch Your Mouth!

What are you saying about that problem? Are you agreeing with the doctor and getting your affairs in order? Are you quoting God’s Word one day and then recounting how bad and hopeless this thing is the next? Like with integers the negative and the positive cancel each other out. If you can’t say anything positive then wait to say anything until you can.

What is God saying to you?

You can quote verses all day if we’d like, but if God has spoken to you specific instructions about your situation, your words will have little effect. I knew a woman whose husband was a heavy drinker. She would quote Bible verses and pray over and for him daily. But one day God simply spoke to her and told her not to say another word to him about his drinking–just show him love. But she wouldn’t stop. She would nag, threaten and use manipulative tactics to try to get him to stop. You’re killing yourself and your family. She would say. I’m only telling you to stop because I love you! She’d try to sit quietly or ignore it for a while, but she just wouldn’t let it go. Simple instructions—don’t say another word to him about his drinking. But the smell of liquor and the language and drunkenness drove her to a fit. And because she had put herself in God’s way, she limited his ability to do anything about it. Not only that, it played a part on her health and sense of well-being and she literally grew sick with worry and frustration over time.

Jesus said He only did what my father told him to do. You notice that Jesus didn’t heal the same way every time. Sometimes he simply laid his hands on the person. Other times he spoke the word or commanded the condition to leave. I was always hearing from His father. I mean, the very act of submitting to the cross represented his obedience to His father. Obedience is key. Jesus’s ear was open to that voice. Is your ear open? Are you listening and obeying?

“He went away a second time and prayed, “My Father, if it is not possible for this cup to be taken away unless I drink it, may your will be

done.” (Matt. 26:42, NIV)

 

 

Read the Word of God

Get into the greatest book ever written. It’s really as simple as that. God often speaks to us. But he’s got this book that contains his truth, his will, his way. He wants us to read it; it is a love letter of His redemptive plan. You want something fresh and new? Read it. It’s alive and relevant to your situation. You need something of old, tried and true? Read it. It has not changed.

For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. (Heb. 4:11, KJV)

Don’t Give Up

Whelp. I’m done. Maybe it’s God’s will for me to go this way. Momma had it and went peacefully in her sleep. Auntie had it. She didn’t put up a fight, but checked out gracefully.

Is it God’s will or are you simply giving in because you’re too tired for the fight.

So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up. (Gal. 6:9, NLT)

Listen, this battle, this situation is not just about you. It’s about all those that will come after you. It’s about those that are watching you and are really hoping that this Jesus thing really works because they haven’t seen the power of God played out.

Jesus came with signs and wonders because he wanted people to see and know the power of the living God. Well, now he works in and through us. We show the world that his power is still awesome to save and heal and get you through stuff that seems impossible. The world is watching us. Are we giving them something good and true to watch? Are we displaying an accurate representation of the power of God? If we’re falling out and giving up are we strong ambassadors for Christ?
Get up with sweat on your brow and tears in your eyes. Get up when everything in you is telling you to stay down. Get up and believe. Believe when everything in you doubts. Believe because someone else needs to believe.

Be committed to the craft…

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