Prayer Tip: Rejuvenate Your Prayer Life

 It is necessary to iterate and reiterate that prayer, as a mere habit, as a performance gone through by routine or in a professional way, is a dead and rotten thing.  Prayer should not be regarded “as a duty which must be performed, but rather as a privilege to be enjoyed, a rare delight that is always revealing some new beauty.”  E.M. Bounds

What can you do to rejuvenate your prayer life?  Some suggestions:

Start with God rather than problems, concerns, or a list.  “Our Father who is in heaven, hallowed be your name…”  Focus on praise and adoration of Creator God, Sovereign over all, Lover of your soul.

 “…pray at all times in the Spirit…” Eph 6:18  It’s much more important and effective to know and pray what God thinks than bursting out with your own sentiments, understanding, and desires.  You can start by asking God what you should pray and that He pray it through you.

One of the best ways to do this? – pray scripture.  Look for passages in the Bible that praise God.  (Psalms is fantastic.)  Meditate on them and pray them back to Him.

Look for promises that apply to the need and pray those back to God.

And as you express your needs and worries and concerns to God, do it with gratefulness and thanksgiving.  Phil. 4:6  Remember, God has promised good in all things to those who truly love Him.  Rom. 8:28

Make your appeal from a position of unhindered communication – sins confessed, with an attitude of humility and surrender, determined to follow through on whatever He shows you to do.  Acts 24:16

Let yourself get caught up in awe and wonder that Jesus, the only begotten of the Father, died for you and accepts you just as you are.  Remind yourself of your standing in Christ and pray in His Name.

For more information on the Grace Bible Church Prayer Team, visit begrace.org/prayer.
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Prayer Tip: God Delights to Hear You Pray

Are you so aware of sin and failure that you cannot pray with confidence or even pray at all?  I have Good News for you, child of God.  Look up and receive His provision!

I John 1:9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Prov. 28:13 He who conceals his transgressions will not prosper, But he who confesses and forsakes them will find compassion.

I Peter 3:18  For Christ also died for sins once for all, the just for the unjust, so that He might bring us to God, having been put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit;

It’s paid for….in full!  Debt cancelled.  God’s forgotten it and there’s no use bringing it up (or dwelling on it).  We are ’justified by His blood’ (Romans 5:9) through faith (5:1).  Because I’m justified, my standing is just-as-if-I’d-never-sinned.

But wait!  Much more than being completely cleansed continually and having a clean slate, we are infinitely righteous in Christ.

II Cor. 5:21 He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

Remember Gal. 2:20, I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.

 So who’s really doing the praying now?  It’s Jesus in me.  Do you think the Father is reluctant to hear His Son’s voice?  Rather, He delights to hear Jesus in you praying.

Don’t pray anymore as your old self.  That person died.  Pray always in the Spirit, out of your new self, the Jesus in you person.

For more information on the Grace Bible Church Prayer Team, visit begrace.org/prayer.
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Songs of Worship, 4/24/2016

This Week’s Songs of Worship:
Music helps us to connect right thinking and right feeling. The more we know God, the more we’re inspired to sing and to live our entire lives worshiping Him. Here’s a chance to learn this week’s songs ahead of time!

CREATION
God is the great and loving Creator

FALL & REDEMPTION
We have rebelled and need Jesus

RE-CREATION
God is making us new in Jesus


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Prayer Tip: God Knows What He Intends

“A lot of fairly mature believers think God is like a genie in a bottle.  Let’s ask for something and. poof, it’s going to happen.  And if it doesn’t, then somehow He didn’t hear us or we did or said something wrong.

        God has a plan, we need to get attuned to it, not the other way around!!!!  God’s answers are the right ones for His purpose! He WILLreward our faithfulness, but it might not be on this earth, and it might not be now!”       (sent by my friend Ray D.)

Do you agree?

When Jesus was about to feed the 5,000 He asked Philip how they could feed such a large crowd. John 6:6 says, He asked this only to test him, for he already had in mind what he was going to do (NIV).

Maybe a good way to start our prayer is, “Lord, you already know what you intend to do.”  It sets a trajectory for our prayer of getting in step with God and lifts the burden of thinking we have to figure out exactly what to pray for.

Isaiah 14:24 The Lord of hosts has sworn saying, ‘Surely, just as I have intended so it has happened and just as I have planned so it will stand.’

Keep in mind that God’s will is “good, well pleasing and perfect.”  Rom. 12:2  You really can’t improve on it.

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

I asked my daughter, Amy, some time ago what God had been teaching her about prayer.  At the time she was a busy young mother of a 9 month old, in the middle of transitioning from another country back to the US, her husband starting a new job after a 6 month search, and downsizing to an apartment in a new neighborhood after several failed attempts to secure housing. She said,

I don’t listen to God enough. He has been teaching me that listening is an important part of prayer. And yet time and time again I find myself approaching Him with my lists, blabbering on and on. He is such a good listener! How I desire to learn from Him, but what am I learning if I’m doing all the talking?

I often wonder why I don’t take the time to listen to Him more. Is it that I don’t make the time? Am I afraid of what He’ll say? Am I just being proud, wanting to fix things on my own? For me I think it’s just a whole bunch of excuses, including all the above. And yet my spirit within me, even now, is screaming at me to find a quiet place and tune in to what God wants to speak into my soul, circumstances and life.

Proverbs 1:5 says this: “let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get guidance”.

Wow, now that is exciting! Here is another good verse on listening,

John 10:27 “My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.”

How can I follow Him if I’m not listening to His voice?

James 1:19 says: “My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak…”.

What does God want to say to me right now? What does he want to say to you? Let’s follow Samuel’s example in 1 Samuel 3:4-10 and pause long enough to say, “Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.”

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