Paul stated “We have not received the spirit of the world but the Spirit who is of God that we may comprehend what God has freely given us” (1 Cor. 2:12).
So stop and pray with me for just a moment.
“Dear Lord, I pray that you will open my mind to understand all that you have given me. Help me to let go of biased notions and small-minded thinking to take hold of all that you have for me. In Jesus name, Amen. Did you pray? Did you mean it? Let’s keep going! As you read the following words.
A prayer for inheritance
Praise to God, Father of our Lord Jesus Christ who has blessed us in the heavenly kingdom with every spiritual blessing in Christ. For he selected us in him before the formation of the world, to be sanctified and righteous in his sight.
In affection he destined us for acceptance, to be children through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his desire and will to the praise of his magnificent grace which he gave freely to us. In him we have restoration, through his blood the forgiveness of sins in agreement with the riches of God’s grace that he bestowed on us.
With all knowledge and understanding, he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good preference, which he intended in Christ, to be put into effect when the period reach their fulfillment to bring unity to all things in heaven and on earth under Christ.
In him we were also selected, having been destined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will, in order that we who were the main ones to put our faith in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory and you also were involved in Christ when you received the message of truth and the gospel of your salvation.
When you believed, you were marked in him with a stamp, the promised Holy Spirit, which is a bond guaranteeing our inheritance until the restoration of those who are God’s own to the admiration of his splendor (Eph. 1:3-14 emphases added).
Paul described the blessings and promises you already have. You don’t need to earn them, you simply need to grab what is already yours. You got what it takes to live bold.
The almighty God made a guarantee in your safe-deposit box before the formation of the world, made the key in the shape of a cross, and granted you access the moment you believe.
How to Pray: 5 Practical Tips
I’m a wanna-be prayer warrior. I want to grow a deeper prayer life, but I have a secret struggle with boredom. I know prayer carries power and changes lives. But whenever I settle down to pray, I find it difficult to concentrate. Three minutes later, my mind raced back to the last season of Downton Abbey, or wanders to my to-do list. Or I attempt to pray before bed, but I fall asleep.
Are prayer wimps a thing? I doubted I am one and I’m left pondering how to pray well.
I don’t mean to be flippant. Prayer is a wonderful opportunity. Through words like these in scripture, we have an open offer from the lord of the universe: “call unto me and I will respond to you.” (Jeremiah 33:3a) We have an assurance that He hears us: “You will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will hearken to you.” (Jeremiah 29:12)
From the pages of our scripture, we saw instances of men who prayed. Even Jesus, the Son of God, prayed. So I know I should too, but I find it challenging. I suspect I’m not alone. Many Christians struggle with knowing how to pray.
Why do we struggle with how to prayer?
Maybe we over-spiritualize it. We reasoned we have to pray extensively and fluent for it to actually work. We compare ourselves with spiritual giants like Billy Graham or Mother Teresa, and we feel unreserved and undeserving. At times we distinct prayer from the rest of life; we stare at it as something we do at prayer gatherings or in our silent time.
I studied Paul’s words in Colossians 4:2, “Be earnest, unwearied and steadfast in your prayer being alert and intent with thanksgiving l.” I wonder… how do I devote myself to prayer when I have a normal life with an occupation and children? I fail to recall that Paul was surely talking about a heart attitude, not a never-ending prayer meeting or devotional time. Dedicated prayer is a heart tendency to turn to God at each turn in our day.
On my trip after prayer wimp to warrior, I’m learning a few real tips for how to pray:
Tip 1: Pray Simply
We may think we have to pray fervently, convincing words for God to listen to us, but in actuality He listens even to our brief “SOS” prayers.
“The lesser the words, the better the prayer,” said Martin Luther. Isn’t that comforting? We can communicate to God in normal language, just like we communicate to our friends. We don’t have to pray extensively. God enjoys a modest word of praise, like “Lord, I adore you.” He values the prayer of a suffering mom when she cries, “Restore my kid.” He replies the simple request: “God, give me strength for today.”
Tip 2: Study the scripture and Pray over Verses
Have you ever had a one-sided conversation with someone who talked incessantly without eavesdropping to you? The conversation didn’t go very far, did it? We do similar thing to God when we pray without studying the Bible, His everlasting letter of love and knowledge to all of us on earth. Studying the scripture assists us to know God. It brings life to our prayers.
If you want to have an actual conversation with God, study the Scripture. Let David’s words in the Psalms enliven your prayers. Pause in the Gospels to pray concerning a verse that motivates you, requesting God to work that fact into your heart. Let the words of Paul’s letters give you definite prayer demands for yourself and the people you love.
Tip 3: Make Prayer Active and Multi-Sensory
Prayer becomes gloomy when we turn it into only spiritual exercise. God made us unique beings, so why don’t we bring creativeness to our prayer lives? Illuminating a scented candle can send a signal to our brains: “It’s a period to pray.” It can bring a holy sense of admiration to a few minutes of prayer. Listening to music can help us concentrate on God. Many people like scribbling, sketching, or image while they pray.
I assisted my ADHD-plagued brain concentrate on prayer by keeping a prayer magazine. Making a list of requests keeps my mind alert; I stop to pray for each request after writing it down. Sometimes I write out lengthy prayers like a letter. A prayer magazine strengthens faith when you look back over your requests and remember God’s responses.
Remember you don’t have to be seated silently to pray. My greatest prayer times ensue out on road walk. Praying audibly also makes me keep my mind busy, but I save that for prayer times at home.
Tip 4: Make Prayer an Essential Part of Your Day
This verse surprises me: “Celebrate at all times, pray without ending, give appreciations in all situations;” (1 Thess. 5:16-17) is it actually possible to pray without ending?
How about trying an experiment? Start and end your day with prayer. Lift up brief prayers to God as often as you can throughout your day. Pray over your agenda. Ask God to aid you with your to-do list. When you hear a disturbing news report, lift the condition up to God. Say a prayer for your partner or child as you embrace him or her. Pray for the individual you’re speaking to. A friend of mine gives appreciations whenever she stops at red lights while driving. search for prayer moments that work for your life.
Tip 5: Pray Expectantly
Prayer becomes a lifeless exercise when we’re not looking for answers. Jesus invites us to expect God to work. How much more thrilling prayer turn out to be when we keep our eyes open to watch for God’s responses. At times I wonder how many responses we miss because we don’t really expect God to answer.
Remember Colossians 4:2: “Devote Yourselves to Prayer, being watchful and thankful.”
How about getting in progress today? Don’t get disheartened if you get unfocused like I do. Just get back on a pathway. Pray and lookout for God’s answers, so you can thank Him. He might respond otherwise than you anticipated, but His response will always be superior to what you had in mind.
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Ways To Pray Powerful Prayers (2020 Edition)
Ways To Pray Powerful Prayers (2020 Edition)
I love Luke 5:16 because it shows that just like you and me, Jesus wanted a break from the demands of his busy life to renew his batteries and devote time with his Heavenly Father. The life of Christ is meant to provide us illustrations we can trail and study from. So, even though he was God incarnate, Jesus didn’t draw on his superpowers as the Son of God when it came to facing life’s challenges. Instead, when he was tired, weighed down or in need of spiritual nourishment, he would “sneak out” to perform services of prayer — working into the power, insight, and purpose that can only be established in God’s presence.
But He Himself Withdrew To The Wilderness And Pray.—Luke 5:16, AMP
Prayer is one of the most prevailing weapons God has given us, and looking ahead at 2020, I trust it has never been more significant for God’s people to be on our knees. But to be familiar with how to pray is not very easy. Jesus’ disciples felt the same confusion. They were conversant with the oft-frequent prayers of the Torah. But Jesus prayed with a kind of power and supremacy they had never seen before — as though God was listening! So when they went to Jesus, as told in Matthew 6, they didn’t say, “Teach us another prayer.” They said, “Lord, teach us to pray.”
The Lord’s Prayer (Matthew 6:9-13) is Christ’s response. It is a beautiful prayer and one that every Christian should hide in their heart — I challenged my granddaughter to memorize it. But graceful as the words are, I don’t believe Jesus planned it to develop extra ritualistic prayer. Rather, it was to be an example of how to pray.
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This, then, is how you should pray:
‘Our Father in heaven,
hallow be thy name,
thy kingdom come,
thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we also have forgiven those who trespass against us
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from every evil one.’
Here are eight guide that have assisted me to pray powerful prayers. I trust they will inspire you make 2020 a year of prayer.
- Know to whom you are speaking.
Prayer is a discussion with God, and every discussion start by addressing the person to whom you are speaking by name. Jesus started with “Our Father in heaven.” He focuses on a distinct person — the Heavenly Father with whom he has a personal relationship. We have the same right to call God “Father,” and there are times when we need to talk with our Abba Father, Daddy God. But God is three different persons in one: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
I find it useful in my prayer times to concentrate on which of the Holy Trinity I need to communicate with. Usually I communicate to Jesus, the friend who is closer than a brother and the Savior of my soul. Most times I cry out to the Holy Spirit, who fills and bestows me to do the tasks Father God has called me to do. Having a different sense of who I am speaking to helps me express what I want to say and how I want to say it.
- Thank him.
A heartfelt thank you is always a great conversation starter. Like every parent, God loves to see that we have thankful hearts. But more importantly, as we take the time to praise God for all He has done in the past — the answered prayers, the impossible situations overcome the healing and grace — our faith to trust for even better answers to prayer grows stronger and more confident. Praise unlocks the entrances of heaven and should always be part of our quite time with God.
The Lord’s Prayer is not the only residence where Jesus role-modeled a heart of submission and obedience to the will of God over his own wants and needs. In the Garden of Gethsemane, hours before Jesus’ execution, he prayed, “let not my will be done but yours.” In a world where right and wrong are commonly confused and the future is so unclear, it can be difficult to know how to pray or what to request for when challenging circumstances rise. But the one thing we can know with absolute certainty is that God’s plan for those who love him is good, and the safest place we can be is in the center of his divine will.
- Say what you need.
In Jesus’ time, bread was a staple — one of the most essential needs of life — and he did not hesitate to ask God to provide it. But we often hesitate to bother God with the little things we need, thinking he shouldn’t be concerned. And when the big problems come, we try all we can to solve the problem before we think to pray. The Bible says, “You do not have because you do not ask God.” So don’t hesitate to ask God for what you need in 2020. Our heavenly Father desires to give us decent gifts.
- Ask for forgiveness.
James 5:16 tells us that if we want our prayers to be heard, our hearts need to be true with God and with each other. If you sense your prayers are bouncing off the ceiling, take some time to check your heart.
- Pray with a friend.
There is power in agreement when we implore in Jesus’ name. When I have a vital need to present to God, I often call a colleague to pray together with. If you don’t have one, make finding a reliable prayer partner one of your aim in 2020.
- Pray the Word.
My mom was a spiritual prayer warrior, and more that I know about prayer I learnt from her. I loved to hear her pray because for each necessity or condition, she would claim a scripture of assurance. “The Word of God is supreme and is our great spiritual defense,” Mom would say. “Pray the Word, Marilee. Pray the Word.”
Jesus did the same when he was tested by Satan in the desert (see Luke 4:1-12). He was the Son of God, but he did not use his divine authority. Instead, he used the authority of the Scriptures.
- Memorize Scripture.
The most vital key to a lively prayer life is to comprehend our spiritual authority in Christ as explained in the Scriptures. The only way to do that is to become intimately familiar with the Bible. Even a few minutes a day in the Word of God will add strength and authority to your prayers in 2020.
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Pastor Chris Oyakhilome – The Responsibility Of Prayer (Full Text & Video)
The Responsibility of Prayer By Pastor Chris
BIBLE REFERENCE: Luke18:1(‘and he spake a parable unto them to this end’). In other words, the meaning of the parable or the reason of the parable was to teach them and instruct them that men ought always to pray and not to faint, not to give up or to loos heart.
And I want you to turn to the book of Acts 12:1(‘now about the time Herod the king stretch forth his hands to vex sudden the church, and James whose brother is john died through a sword……’). Who is this James? Do you remember him?
All the time you’ve read of Peter, James and John, these were the three closest to Jesus we have the two sons of Zebedee (James and John) and here that’s the guy that was killed, he was close to Jesus. Think about it how come? How could that have happened?
He was one of the two whose mother came to Jesus and say ‘please I would like my sons to seat one on your right and one on your left in the kingdom of God. So he’s not talking about an ordinary fellow no! These gentlemen were close to Jesus he wasn’t just one of the disciples he was one of the very close.
When Jesus went to the mount of transfiguration he took three people with him, who were they? Peter, James and John, so the bible says Herod the king harassed the church he harassed the members of the church and James the brother of John was killed with a sword, where was Jesus? Where was God? Why did God let it happen?
Because they don’t understand how the kingdom of God works, why did God let it happen? You haven’t asked the right question, the right question should be, did God let it happen you can’t say why did God let it happen! Because that means you are saying he was responsible he shouldn’t have let it happen, you are claiming that it was his job to stop it.
Imagining if I say hey! You, stand up! Why didn’t you clean the floor here this morning? You would say oh! Nobody told me I was supposed to clean the it that’s what you would say I wasn’t told, I didn’t know it was my responsibility.
So, it’s the same thing you ask ‘why did God let it happen?’ have you found out whether or not he had the responsibility to stop it? And James whose brother is john died through a sword, that got my attention. James close to Jesus was killed and God didn’t do anything to stop it could he have done something and he didn’t, what about Jesus, where was Jesus?
Could Jesus have done something about it and he didn’t, why didn’t he do it.
One of the problems among Christians is that of communication and this is because of our thinking. You know if your thinking is wrong your talking would be wrong.
We’ve never really expressed ourselves as much as the way God want us to, so when we give glory to God we tend to becloud the modus operandi behind whatever it is we are giving him glory for.
For example I say ‘God healed me, he healed me, he took the tumor out of my body’ that’s good but it’s sort of beclouds how it was done by God, let me explain further if somebody was listening he would want to know how God did it, well, he doesn’t know so God healed him. God took the tumor away so if the tumor didn’t go God didn’t take it away God didn’t heal him he didn’t do what he supposed to have done.
You see it? The way we testify sometimes doesn’t help us see the reality it’s not wrong to say God did it but it doesn’t help us understand so we take it for when he does it and when he doesn’t do it he’s responsible for doing it and he is responsible for not doing it.
How can you see it with the power of your mind, with the power of your thoughts and the power of your imagination? He said see! I have given you Jericho; he had to see it first.
Listen, the extent of your vision is the boundary of your blessing.
how far your vision can go is how much you would posses.
how far can you see?
What can you see? What is your mind saying, what are your taught saying, your taught maybe keeping you in bondage tonight or your taught may keep you in the arena of glory tonight. think about it what can you see? Maybe the doctor said you would never walk again, and now all you see is that you are going to die, they are going to bury you some people are crying some people are happy.
You can’t tell why some people are crying if someone is going to die it’s not always because they love that fellow he may be owing them something and they are thinking oh don’t let him die yet because he’s going pay me! I need my money first let him pay me first and he can die!
If you are waiting upon the Lord the Lord can’t do anything for you until you see it. He can only do for you what you see that’s why he gave you a mind so you can think. Everything here came from the minds of men thoughts.
Everything here came from some good thinking, somebody had to think about this. Thomas Edison taught about light that’s why we have light. They said to him quit! He tried ten thousand times and failed he said NEVER!
Every time I fail I taught I’ve found out one more way in which it couldn’t work and I failed I was one step closer to the way it had to work until he got it and that’s why we all are here, ‘thoughts’ what can you think?
Don’t let your mind just go everywhere no! You can discipline your mind you can choose the thought to accept that’s what makes it different between the one who is disciplined and to one who is not.
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