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Prayer Tip: Praying for Groups of People

When you think of the needs of the people you personally know or associate with, are you overwhelmed?  And then to remember that God has the whole world on His heart and we hear about our brothers and sisters in Christ being persecuted and destitute, being driven from their homes and having tremendous need and then to think of the nations of the world and the lost and oppressed and starving and helpless and enslaved…

What can one person like you or me do about all of that?  The flesh wants to run and hide in denial, “I just don’t want to know or think about it.”

Even our prayers can seem so puny and ineffective.  “But we live by faith and not by sight.” II Cor. 5:7  “The effectual, fervent prayer of a (solitary) righteous man accomplishes much.  James 5:16

God has instructed us to keep on praying.

Ephesians 6:18  …be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.

I Timothy 2:1  I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone—

Obviously we will not be able to pray ‘for everyone’ by name but we can pray for groups/categories of people.  We can have broad impact by engaging in this broad praying while not neglecting pointed praying for specific people.

We will never know (until we get to heaven) the full impact of our prayers.

KEEP ON BELIEVING God for big things.

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Prayer Tip: ‘Giving’ and ‘Give me’ Praying

“The greatest thing anyone can do for God and man is to pray.”  S.D. Gordon

Too often we think of prayer as “the least I can do.”

“Prayer for others is a form of giving, and praying for God’s best in our lives is part of giving ourselves to Him.  As we form the habit of ‘giving’ prayers, we start growing out of our natural tendency to major on ‘give me’ prayers.”  Ruth Myers

What a privilege to be a part of God’s greater purposes for all of creation and people everywhere.  Our model for how to pray, the Lord’s Prayer, has seven requests; six relate to God’s purposes and our spiritual needs, and one to our practical needs.

Do you feel like your world is really small and not very significant?  Pray!  Pray for the nations right in your own community.  Pray for the nations around the world.  Pray for our missionaries and others who are advancing the gospel around the world.

Never give up.  Gal. 6:9  Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary.

While all kinds of prayers delight God, let’s be generous this week with ‘giving’ prayer.

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Prayer Tip: Whatever you ask… will be granted.

Mark 11:22-24 And Jesus answered saying to them, “Have faith in God. “Truly I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says is going to happen, it will be ”uc”>granted him. “Therefore I say to you, all things for which you pray and ask, believe that you have received them, and they will be ”uc”>granted you.

What a promise!!  Is it really true?  Has this been your experience in prayer?

Some thoughts regarding these verses:

The object of our faith is critical.  Have faith in God.  We tend to look to other things and people and….whatever, to help God out.

What seems like a mountain in your life?  I think this certainly includes the things that stand in the way of God’s leading, things that obstruct our view of the face of God.

The verses do not address the timing of God’s answers.  Many times we want instant answers and get impatient and give up and leave before the answer comes.  And we miss it.

If we really believe we are asking according to His will and that we will receive what we ask, wouldn’t we spend time giving thanks while we wait for the promised answer?  Too often we never get out of the asking mode and into the ‘believe it’s on the way’ mode and we get stuck on the asking part with very little thanksgiving.

This week let’s ask God, “What is a specific application of these verses for me?”  And then listen with determination to do what He shows you and confidently speak to that mountain.

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Prayer Tip: Discouragement

Not too long ago I confessed to the Lord discouragement and lethargy in prayer and asked why?

The Psalmist struggled with this from time to time.  Psalm 42:5a  Why are you in despair, O my soul? And why have you become disturbed within me?

What came to mind?  Little faith due to a divided focus – Jesus plus something.  It’s easy to begin looking to someone/something else for provision of a need, fulfillment, excitement, LIFE.  And He’s the sole source.

I Samuel 12:21 You must not turn aside (from following the Lord), for then you would go after futile things which cannot profit or deliver, because they are futile.

The other thing that came to mind was failing to ‘put feet to my prayers’ i.e. not giving myself wholeheartedly when He shows me how to be part of the answer.

The Psalmist’s answer is, “Hope in God, for I shall again praise Him Forthe help of His presence.”  Ps. 42:5b

How do you hope in God when it seems like nothing is changing for the better and in fact is getting worse?  Stay focused on God by staying focused on His promises, like
Romans 8:28; James 1:2-4; Psalm 23; Romans 8:32  and many more.

Do you keep a list and review the promises He’s given to you?

He has proven Himself faithful!  Joshua 23:14 …not one word of all the good words which the LORD your God spoke concerning you has failed…

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Prayer Tip: Starting Over – Is It Possible?

Have you ever made such a mess of life that you’d like to start over?  If not our self, we all know someone in that mode.  The main way people try to do that is physically move (some stay on the move), even join the military.  Sometimes moving to a new location/situation is necessary to start fresh, but that alone will not do it.

I heard it said once, “Wherever I go, I go too; and that spoils it all.”

What is needed is a new me, a new perspective, a new way of thinking and doing things.

II Corinthians 5:17  Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

When praying for things that involve people (is there anything that doesn’t?), don’t just pray for changed circumstances, pray for a changed person, a whole new life if necessary.  This particularly applies to self.

It’s called repentance.  For the not-yet-believer, it’s repentance leading to a new you – conversion to new life.  For the believer, it’s repentance leading to a new view – from God’s perspective.

God is Creator.  He specializes in new beginnings.

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Prayer Tip: Commander of Victories

I recommend 31 Days of Power by Ruth Myers to help you pray scripture.  Here is an excerpt from pg. 14-15:

Ps. 44:4 You are my King, O God; Command victories for Jacob.

Thank You that prayer and praise give me constant opportunities to be on active duty in the spiritual war that surrounds us.  How glad I am, my King and my God, that through prayer I can influence You to command victories near and far – in my own life and service, in the lives of those around me, and in those laboring for You in the far corners of the earth.

I John 2:15-17 15 Do not love the world nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world. 17 The world is passing away, and also its lusts; but the one who does the will of God lives forever.

II Corinthians 12:9  And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me.

So I take my stand in You as the One who is sovereign over all evil influences.  I count on You as a shield around me.  I stand against the works of the flesh and the enticements of the world that so easily distract me and hinder my prayers.  I choose to put off the filthy clothes of fleshly living – the selfishness, the lust, the distrust, the neglect of my privilege of prayer.  As Your chosen child, I put on the beautiful garments You’ve provided through the life of Christ in me.  I give You thanks for my weakness, and I glory in the truth that Your strength is made perfect in weakness – that out of my weakness You are making me strong.

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Prayer Tip: What Should I Pray?

One approach to take in discerning what to pray, particularly for individual needs, is to consider what the natural person in me (my flesh) desires … and then consider the opposite.

Galatians 5:16-17  But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh.  For the flesh sets its desire against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; for these are in opposition to one another, so that you may not do the things that you please.

When we experience discomfort (that can mean pain, sorrow, fear, confusion, anger, frustration, doubt, rejection, etc.) our immediate reaction is to pray for relief – “God, change that person, deliver me from these circumstances, take away this pain, fix it or get me out of here…).  Rather, ask God how He wants to change you/grow your faith/perfect His work in you/accomplish His purpose through the situation and ask Him to do it.

“In every situation of our lives – in times of obvious blessing or in times of trial, large or small – God has a purpose in mind, and so does Satan.  Basically, Satan always wants to bring about the opposite of what God has in mind.  God wants to draw us closer to Himself; Satan wants to draw us away.  God wants to strengthen our faith; Satan wants to weaken it,…  God wants to purify our character; Satan wants to corrupt it.  God wants to liberate us from worldly values; Satan wants to entangle us, to whet our appetite for the things that grieve God and dilute our passion to honor Him and please Him.   God wants to increase our love for people and our readiness to forgive offenses; Satan wants to nurture bitterness and resentment.”  31 Days of Power by Ruth Myers p. 9

Listen for His leading while asking the Holy Spirit to pray through you.

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