Prayer Tip: Emotional Drains that Sap Our Strength

Reminder: 1/2 Day of Prayer this Saturday June 10 at the Plaza 8 a.m. to noon.

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Bitterness is an obvious drain that destroys the person harboring it and defiles everyone around them. But what about things like fear and worry and disappointment and self-pity?

 “The clearest evidence that God’s grace is at work in our hearts is that we do not get into panics.  The one great crime on the part of a disciple, according to Jesus Christ, is worry.  Whenever we begin to calculate without God, we commit sin.”     Oswald Chambers

We’re told (actually commanded) ‘do not fear’, ‘do not worry’, ‘fix your eyes on Jesus rather than yourself or your circumstances’. How are we to do that?    PRAY.

Psalm 34:4 I sought the Lord, and He answered me, and delivered me from all my fears.

Philippians 4:6-7 (NLT) Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand.

Psalm 3:3-4 But You, O Lord, are a shield about me, my glory, and the One who lifts my head. I was crying to the Lord with my voice, and He answered me from His holy mountain.

Psalm 27:13-14 I would have despaired unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord, be strong and let your heart take courage; yes, wait for the Lord.

John 14:1 Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me.

Prayer Tip: Prayer and Will

(Reminder: Don’t forget 1/2 Day of Prayer at the Plaza this Saturday Jan. 14, 8a.m.-noon.)

I have often felt discouraged in praying for another person’s salvation when observing the demonstration of a strong will set against God.  Does God overcome a resistant will? 

Duh.  He had to overcome my resistance to bring me to faith.  Didn’t He you?

John 15:16  You did not choose Me, but I chose you…

1 John 5:16 deals with intercession  and a person’s will.  “If anyone sees his brother committing a sin not leading to death, he shall ask, and God will give him life…”  (There is sin that leads to death; I do not say that one should pray for that.)

Oswald Chambers says, “Intercessory prayer for one who is sinning prevails; God says so.  The will of the person prayed for does not come into question at all; he is connected with God by prayer, and prayer on the basis of the redemption sets the connection working and God gives life.”

Unless you are sure there is sin that leads to death, PRAY.

Pray for your loved one to be saved, to experience real life.  Pray for your friend to come to Jesus.  Pray for all men.  1 Timothy 2:1

Prayer Tip: How to Deal With Your Fears

Philippians 4:6  Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

What are you anxious about?  What do you fear?

Jacob (Genesis 32:9-12) gives us a great example for dealing with our fears.  Note:

He addresses his prayer to “O God of my father…O Lord”,  the One and only all powerful God and his Lord.

He’s praying while in the process of obeying God – “You said to me, ‘Return to your country and to your relatives…’”.

He prays with humility and thanksgiving – “I am unworthy of all the kindness and faithfulness you have shown…”.  He’s grateful, having come with only a staff and now has ‘two companies’.

He identifies his fear and states his request – “Save me, I pray, from the hand of my brother Esau, for I am afraid he will come and attack me…”

Then he claims God’s promise to him – “But You have said, ’I will surely make you prosper…”

Are you walking in obedience? What promises has God given you?  You can stand on them.  His promises are absolute certainty, no ‘chance’ involved.  (You don’t have to know probability and statistics.  That’s Good News for everyone, not just those who don’t like math.)

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Prayer Tip: Prayers for Healing

Matthew 8:16-17 (NASB) When evening came, they brought to Him many who were demon-possessed; and He cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were ill. This was to fulfill what was spoken through Isaiah the prophet: “HE HIMSELF TOOK OUR INFIRMITIES AND CARRIED AWAY OUR DISEASES.” (ref. Isa. 53:4)

I’ve always thought of Is. 53:5 “by His stripes we are healed” as referring to our soul’s diseases.  I think primarily because I’ve not seen very many physical healings.  I parallel that with Psa. 103:1-3  Bless The Lord, O my soul,…who pardons all your iniquities and heals all your diseases.”

But here is a reference quoting Isaiah and saying it refers to His healing of physical illnesses and even demon possession.

My application:  In prayer for physical needs, always be listening for His direction/will but don’t be shy in asking for physical healing.  Temporal miracles can usher in eternal results.

(Because I do not want to pray my own ‘sympathies’, I do ask how what I’m praying might glorify God and advance His kingdom on earth as well as ‘make my joy complete’. John 16:24)

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Prayer Tip: Prayer for the Church – Key to the Nation(s)

Last week I mentioned that the only hope for our nation is revival in the church. Pray for revival in the church.

2 Chronicles 7:14 (ESV)  if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.

The church is made up of individuals like you and me.  ‘Wicked way’ is the same as “walking according to the stubbornness of his own evil heart, without listening to Me.” Jer. 16:12   And if we are not listening to God, we will do evil.  2 Chron. 12:14

Pray for personal revival.

What to pray?  (Jeremiah 4:1-2 TLB)
O church, people of God, “… if you will truly return to me and absolutely discard your idols,
and if you will swear by me alone, the living God, and begin to live good, honest, clean lives, then you will be a testimony to the nations of the world, and they will come to me and glorify my name.”

All people need the Lord. The longer we live the more we’ll realize that whatever we can accomplish and gain on our own will not satisfy.  Once acquired it becomes futile and empty. So many professing to know Jesus are engaged in the same pursuits as the world – money, status, power, achievement, a ‘special someone’, comfort – things which cannot profit or deliver because they are futile.

Jonah 2:8 Those who cling to worthless idols forfeit the grace that could be theirs.

Ask yourself the question: To what/whom am I clinging?

If it’s not God alone, we will be disappointed. God offers grace to free us and transform us and make us world-changers and together draw the nation(s) to God.

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Prayer Tip: Pray, Expecting an Answer!

Do you ever feel like ‘what’s the use?’ in certain areas of life – politics and the fickle majority, cancer, certain relationships, weight loss, dealing with depression, damaging habits and addictions, ….?

The song writer put it, “Sometimes the sky looks dark with not a ray of light, we’re tossed and driven on, no human help in sight; but there is one in heaven, who knows our deepest care, let Jesus solve your problem – just go to Him in prayer.”

God Himself says, “Call to Me and I will answer you, and I will tell you great and mighty things, which you do not know.”  Jeremiah 33:3

Our experience confirms us in the belief that Jehovah the living God really does aid those who call upon him, and therefore we pray and mean to pray, not because we are so fascinated by prayer that for its own sake we would continue in it if it proved to be mere folly and superstition, as vain philosophers assert; but because we really, indeed, and of a truth, find it to be a practical and effectual means of obtaining help from God in the hour of need. There can be no reason for praying if there be no expectation of the Lord’s answering. ” Charles H. Spurgeon

Today is ‘super Tuesday’ of an election year. Arrogance and foolishness have been the marks of many in current leadership – a disdain for God and the faith of our founding fathers.  We would expect that from unbelievers. Let’s focus prayer during these troubling times on the church – those professing to know God and yet many of whom look just like the world when making decisions and living life.

2 Chronicles 7:14 (ESV if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.

PRAY!  God is GOD!  Nothing is too difficult for Him.

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Prayer Tip: Rest for the Soul

Psalm 131:2  Surely I have composed and quieted my soul; Like a weaned child rests against his mother, My soul is like a weaned child within me.

It doesn’t seem to take much to get my soul disquieted.  Sometimes it’s a combination of little things that causes more unrest (anxiety) than a ‘big’ thing.  Why is that?

Maybe a little more so for men…, we like to think we’re grown up and are capable and sufficient in ourselves.  We don’t like the image of being like a small child who ‘rests against his mother’.  But Jesus said,

Matthew 18:3-4  I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. 4 Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.

Possibly we mistakenly think that by our anxious attention we can somehow control the situation and ‘make things happen’ or not happen and avoid undesirables.

How do I ‘compose and quiet my soul?’  The Psalmist says (131:1-3) to humble myself, don’t pursue matters that are beyond me (as determined by God), and hope in the Lord.  I want to consistently run to Jesus, climb into His lap, put my head on His chest and listen to His heartbeat.  (There is room for everyone.)

Keep gazing at Jesus.  In Him we can say with confidence, “It is well with my soul.” and truly be at rest.

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