Prayer Tip: Pray in THE Name of Jesus

Do you feel more like praying after you’ve had a really good day spiritually?  Are you able to ask with greater confidence?  After you’ve messed up (again), do you think God might not be as willing to answer your prayer and that you can only ask small?  Then you’re probably ‘praying in your own name’.

John 16:24   Until now you have asked for nothing in My name; ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be made full.

What does it mean to pray in Jesus’ name?  It means to pray like Jesus, asking for the things He’s asking.  (Indeed when we’re praying in the Spirit, He is the one that is praying.  Gal. 2:20) It’s like writing a check on His bank account with His name already signed by Him on the signature line.  What a privilege!  What a responsibility.  He’s counting on us as stewards.

With all the needs of people we know multiplied by all the people around the world, for how much should we ask?  How much is in His account?  (He’s the Creator.  If you could ask for something not there, He can create it.)

“Thou art coming to a King, large petitions with thee bring, for his grace and power are such, none can ever ask too much.”   John Newton

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Prayer Tip: Make The Bible Your Prayer Book

Along with more specific promises God gives you, here are some things that we know are God’s will in any situation.

Cry out to God for contentment and the discernment to know if it’s to be contentment with the battle to change your circumstances or contentment with the circumstances as they are.

Phil. 4:13  Not that I speak from want; for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need. I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.

God wants us to have an unshakeable and abiding peace.

John 14:27  Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives, do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.

Also Phil. 4:6,7   Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, shall guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

God is always working in every situation to focus our faith.  We can always pray for faith that is focused on Him alone.

II Cor. 1:8,9  For we do not want you to be unaware, brethren, of our affliction which came to us in Asia, that we were burdened excessively, beyond our strength, so that we despaired even of life; indeed, we had the sentence of death within ourselves in order that we should not trust in ourselves, but in God who raises the dead;

Once again, Make the Bible your prayer book and plead the promises of God!

Prayer Tip: Pray the Answer

Reminder: this Saturday 8/12 is 1/2 Day of Prayer. Come join us at the Plaza for any or all of the time 0800-1200.

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Do you remember working math problems when the textbook had the answers to odd numbered problems in the back?  Most of us looked at the answer first and then worked out the problem with the answer in mind.  The Bible is our answer book and we can pray the same way!

II Cor. 1:20 (Berkley)  “..in Him (Christ) all the promises of God are yes…”

“Promises are molds into which we pour our prayers.  They foretell what to expect.  They shape our praying.  They motivate, direct, and determine our supplication.  This makes Christian praying different – we pray from God’s promise which is His answer, and expect it to be fulfilled.”   Armin Gesswein

Make the Bible your prayer book and plead the promises of God!  Fix your eye on God’s promise rather than the need.

Prayer Tip: Bargaining With God

Have you ever tried to bargain with God?  “If you do this for me, God, then I’ll _________”.  You can fill in the blank.  Consider Paul’s description of God to the Athenians.

Acts 17:24-25 “The God who made the world and all things in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands; neither is He served by human hands, as though He needed anything, since He Himself gives to all life and breath and all things;

That pretty much leaves us without any bargaining power.  God doesn’t need anything we have since everything we have came from Him to begin with – ‘life and breath and all things’.

The GOOD NEWS is that we don’t need to bargain in order to receive from God what we need.   Consider:

John 3:16  “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, …

Rom. 8:32  He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things?

Keep asking and believing God for what you need and keep surrendering your ideas of what that is.

And continue giving Him praise and thanks throughout the process.

Prayer Tip: Pray BIG

Have you ever had an Ephesians 3:20 prayer time?  What’s that?  I’m glad you asked.  I like that verse in the Living Bible.

Eph. 3:20 LB Now glory be to God who by his mighty power at work within us is able to do far more than we would ever dare to ask or even dream of – infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, or hopes.

A————-B—————————————————C———————>>>>

Point A is what I think the need is and B is what I believe is actually possible in this life.  An Eph. 3:20 prayer is letting my imagination run wild and praying the greatest ‘answer’ C that I can dream up.  Be assured God can do infinitely beyond that!!!  That’s usually when I simply ask Him for everything that He has for me.

Try it.  You probably even have a much better imagination than I do.  That’s not a problem for God.

Prayer Tip: Do You Try to Tell God What to Do?

Often when we pray, we have in mind exactly what we think God should do, when He should do it, and we even try to tell Him how to do it.  Think about it.  Does that really make sense?

Isa. 55:8-9 “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways,” declares the LORD. “For ”uc”>as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts.”

His ways are so much higher and better than my ways, it doesn’t make sense to insist on my way.

Prov. 3:5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.

I’ve concluded that if I’m going to trust Him fully and experience the good He has for me, I’ll need to distrust myself/my own understanding and not insist on what I think I want.

More often now I tell Him what I think the need is and then ask Him how I should pray.

Prayer Tip: You Can Talk to God About Everything

Do you talk to God about everything?  You certainly can.  And it’s not like it might be embarrassing or inappropriate since He already knows your thoughts before you think them.  Ps. 139:2-4

Phil. 4:6 LB  Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything; tell God your needs and don’t forget to thank him for his answers.  If you do this you will experience God’s peace,…

When we are in a relationship with others we do certain things.  If it’s a love relationship, we willingly spend a lot of time with that person and we can talk for hours to them over big and small things.  We should realize that to have a vibrant relationship with God, we need to spend time with Him in His word and talking to him about everything.  Janice C.

Our relationship with God is different because God is Spirit and our relationship is by faith.  But it is just as real, longer lasting, and at a much deeper level of intimacy.  Our 5 senses are temporal and very limited.  Our relationship with God doesn’t have these limits.  Rom. 8:16   For example, we can dialogue with Him constantly since He is always with us – unlike any human relationship.

Try talking to God throughout the day about whatever you’re thinking and doing.  By the way, He knows everything there is to know about your job/school/endeavor and He’s eager to help.  Ps. 46:1