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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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Prayer Tip: Help in the Day of Trouble

I’m sure glad that God is available to help in the day of trouble.  Tragically for many, that is the only opportunity they take to pray.

Consider Psalm 50:14-15 “Offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving And pay your vows to the Most High; Call upon Me in the day of trouble; I shall rescue you, and you will honor Me.”

I like the promise of rescue when I call.  But look more closely at the conditions of the promise and ask yourself:

Do I offer to God sacrifices of thanksgiving in the day of trouble?  Is it with a grateful heart that I call?

Have I been keeping my vows to God in daily living such as loving God with all my heart, soul, mind, and strength?  Meditating in His word day and night?  Delighting in keeping His commands?

Am I careful to honor Him in worship, praise, and thanksgiving with my words and actions?  Particularly giving Him glory for rescuing me out of trouble?

God’s invitation to call upon Him is repeated often in Scripture.  What a privilege to do so as sons and daughters of the Living God!  He never gets tired of hearing us call.

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Prayer Tip: Your Prayers Make a Difference

“One of the most wonderful things about the call to prayer is that every single one of us can experience divine power before the throne of Grace.  Whether we are young or old, rich or poor, male or female, no matter where we work, no matter where we live, we are powerful people and “heaven tall” when we are down on our knees before the throne of Grace.”  Beth Moore

Jesus said it this way, “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do, he will do also; and greater ”uc”>works than these he will do; because I go to the Father. “Whatever you ask in My name, that will I do, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. “If you ask Me anything in My name, I will do ”uc”>it.   John 14:12-14

To grow in faith and ‘ask in My name’, we must be ‘abiding in Him and His word abiding in us.’

Romans 10:17  So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ.

John 15:7  If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.

Are you abiding in Christ today?  Is His Word abiding in you?  Then ask whatever you wish according to His Word abiding in you.

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Prayer Tip: Praying for Real Needs

When people share a need or we observe people in need and we want to intercede for them, our tendency is to pray our sympathies.  This approach often has us praying about symptoms without addressing root issues and real needs.  I think we would all agree that to pray, “Lord, help my friend feel better.” will not have a very deep or lasting impact.

In Mark 2 friends brought a paralytic to Jesus to be healed and Jesus said, “Son, your sins are forgiven you.”  The paralyzed man had a need much more critical and with greater consequences than physical healing.

In Luke 18 (also Matt. 19 and Mark 10) a rich young ruler asked Jesus how to receive eternal life.  How would you have counseled/prayed for this man?  Jesus told him to keep the commandments. (What happened to ‘believe on Me and be saved’?  Jesus hadn’t been through our evangelism class.)  He knew the good man was trusting in his good works, so He told him if he really wanted to grow he should sell all his possessions and give to the poor and then come and follow Jesus.  The man couldn’t trust Jesus for salvation while trusting in his riches.

In John 5 Jesus picked a man out of a crowd of sufferers who had been an invalid for 38 years and asked him, “Do you want to be made well?”  The obvious is not always the greatest need.

When interceding, pause to think about what the root issues and real needs might be, asking God for discernment and what you should pray.  (God desires a change of heart/repentance and trust more than a change of behavior/circumstances.) Then pray in the Spirit.

 For more information on the Grace Bible Church Prayer Team, visit begrace.org/prayer.
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