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How to Pray: 5 Practical Tips

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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.

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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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Declarations

30 Declarations To Speak Over Your Life

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30 Declarations To Speak Over Your Life

I DECLARE:
1. I have the life of God in Me. The Blessings of God is released upon me today. I experience the overflowing goodness of God over my life.
2. My greatness is increased on every side. I am elevated to a higher realm of power and glory.
3. Unimaginable blessings and success is coming my way in the name of Jesus.
4. God’s faithfulness is my experience everyday. i am not perturbed, I am not dismayed for my trust is in Him. My God never fails.
5. All the promises of God upon my life shall be my experience
6. I am destined to excel
7. I am destined to succeed
8. Failure is not in my nature
9. I Soar, I Prevail, I Excel.
10. I have dominion over sin, sickness and challenges.

11. Life is easy for me.

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12. God’s power and strength is at work in me.

13. I will accomplish everything the Lord has designed for me.

14. I will live to fulfill destiny

15. This is my time, this is my moment.

16. My God is ordering my steps everyday

17. I will not be put to shame.

18. I bear the mark of excellence and integrity

19. Each day is a gift from God and I will cherish it.

20. The blessings of the Lord is my portion each day

21. Everything is working out for my good.

22. I am a wonder to my generation.

23. I will make an impact in my generation.

24. God’s mercy and goodness is my portion

25. I receive divine help day by day

26. Kings shall come to my lifting

27. Supernatural doors are opening for me day by day.

28. I am designed for victory and nothing can stop me.

29. I am unstoppable and untouchable in Christ Jesus.

30. I will make heaven at last.

These declarations will change your life if you believe and become consistent in it.

God bless you.

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Declarations

Powerful Bible Declarations To Speak Over Your Life Daily (PT1)

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There is a lot of significance when you begin to release powerful bible declarations over your life daily. As you build this new habit of waking up and declaring God’s word in your life, you activate each day supernaturally.

Sometimes, as we declare God’s word over your life, we tend to think that it  produces no results, because we do not see any major difference significantly in the natural realm, but that’s not true.

When you speak God’s word over your life daily, you are warring in the spirit and a lot is already taken place in the supernatural.

The truth is, when we confess God’s word, it helps align our prayers to the will of the Father. We bring things that are not in existence into existence when we speak God’s word over our lives because there is so much power in spoken words.

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Personally, i have made up my mind to be intentional in this subject. I want to walk in the fullness of the power of God in me. There is no more room to talk defeated, worn out and less of who i am in Christ Jesus.

The death of Jesus, brought life in full, so i refuse to let my challenges and circumstances determine how my life and day will go.

IF you feel the same and have also made such decision, then let’s begin our day with these powerful bible declarations To speak over your Life daily.

Powerful Bible Declarations To Speak Over Your Life Daily

My God has made me the head and not the tail, i am above only (Deuteronomy 28:13).

I am above and on top only, i will never go below (Deuteronomy 28:13).

I have the Joy of the Lord in me, and His Joy strengthens me (Nehemiah 8:10).

I am blessed in my going out and in my coming in (Deuteronomy 28:6).

I have the life and power of God to do all things, by His strength only (Philippians 4:13).

I don’t have the spirit of timidity and fear, I am possessed by the spirit of love, power and self control (2 Timothy 1:7).

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Fear will never get hold of me because God lives in me. (Isaiah 41:10).

I am a new creation in Jesus Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17).

I am set free from every form of darkness in this world (Colossians 1:12-13).

The One who lives in me is greater than the one who live in this world (1 John 4:4).

I have the spirit of God living inside of me (1 Corinthians 3:16).

I live, talk and walk by faith and not by what i see (2 Corinthians 5:7).

No weapon fashioned against me shall ever come to pass (Isaiah 54:17).

My needs are supplied richly by my God (Philippians 4:19).

I dwell under God’s supernatural preservation (Psalm 91:1-2).

My God has a great plan for me to give me a blessed , prosperous

God has great plans for me and I am filled with hope for a great future. (Jeremiah 29:11).

 

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Overpowering a Dangerous/life-threatening Spirit

Overpowering a Dangerous/life-threatening Spirit

Do you judge others? Is it easy for you to locate errors with those around you? Then be careful: Your spiritual life is in danger. On this post, we’ll be viewing the topic overpowering a dangerous/life-threatening spirit

Why We Judge

We judge for our own egotistic benefits. For instance, we sometimes become critical when comparing ourselves to those around us. We try to locate errors in others to attest that we are clever, good looking, better-off or richer. But these are self-centered motives.

We only want to feel good about ourselves. We get critical when others do not perform what we request from them. Regularly, it is a family member, peers associates who fails to meet our needs. Our expectations lead to a judgmental attitude.

Even our own frustrations can lead to a critical attitude. If life is not turning out the way we want, we hide our own defeats by looking for faulty ones.  A critical attitude can hamper your relationship with God and confuse you from God’s determinations for your life.

Do not Judge

Discovering errors and being critical are some of the simplest things to do. They appear to arise naturally to us. But Jesus informed us not to judge “lest you be judged” (Matt. 7:1, NASB). We should abide by his command.

Jesus further enlightened why a critical behavior is dangerous: “God will be harsh on you as you were on them, he will offer you the same treatment you offered them” (v.2).

When we judge, we summon verdict on ourselves. The word of God affirms that “verdict will be painful to he who has displayed no pity” (James 2:13).

By passing verdict on, others, we hide our own errors. For instance, when the religious leaders carried a woman to Jesus who was caught engaging in sexual activity, they wanted to kill her. But Jesus replied, “If none of you has ever erred, then come forth and cast the first stone at her” (John 8:7). No one threw any.

God alone reserves the right to pass verdict on everybody (Romans 14:4). Allow God take revenge. The Lord declares, `I am the one to take vengeance and repay them back'” (Romans 12:19).

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Overpowering a Dangerous/life-threatening Spirit

The Cure for Criticism

Judgment is very important. The Bible says that “God is a virtuous judge” (Psalm 7:11, NASB). The cure for criticism is established in comprehending the nature of God’s verdict. The Bible states that everyone is an offender. This iniquity drives a lump amongst God and man, and merits verdict (Romans 3:23; 6:23).

Irrespective of how “decent” we think we are, “all our good performances are like grimy apparel” (Isaiah 64:6,). We cannot make up for all the evil things we have committed.

Left alone, we still merit God’s verdict, death and everlasting torment in a place the Bible referred to as a “lake of scorching sulfur” (Rev. 19:20).Just God can gratify the verdict against us for our iniquities.

God led His Son to the world to pay the ransom of our iniquities. Jesus Christ seized our judgment on himself and passed away in our place. In return, God gives to every person all His blessings comprising everlasting life, pardon, harmony, happiness and hope if only we reverence Jesus as our Lord and Savior.

If we really comprehend the verdict that we each merit from God, we would be less disposed to judge/criticize others.

Giving Grace Instead

Have you learnt to obtain God’s grace and mercy? This is the first step to overpowering a dangerous/life-threatening spirit. If you’ve never appreciated God for the ransom he gave, do so now. Only atone for your iniquities and hand your existence over to Him (Acts 3:19; Romans 10:9, 10).

If you acknowledge Jesus as your Redeemer, show gratitude to Him for His grace and mercy. Appreciate Him for pardoning your iniquities. Appreciate him for granting you another chance at life.

Now, grant loveliness and compassion to others, Jesus said, “Easily you obtained, offer easily” (Matt. 10:8, NASB). Instead of judgment, spread God’s love to those nearby, commencing t with family, friends and co-workers. Frequently those nearby to us feel the punitive effects of our judgmental approaches.

From now on when you sense the invitation to become dangerous, follow Jesus’ clear teaching to observe a critical look at your own life first (Matt. 7). Beg God for forgiveness of your iniquities.

Recollect, it’s easy to be critical. The errors of others are regularly noticeable by us. In these times we need to make sure we offer grace instead. Appreciate God for those individuals and request from the Lord to bless them and divulge his intentions to them.

It’s quite simple: God has granted you mercy. He has paid the debt for your sins. Now, the only obligation you owe is to give his love and compassion to others, for “mercy triumphs over judgment” (James 2:13; NASB).

In conclusion, ensure to devote time with God in prayer and meditate on the word of God. As you study the word of God, ask him to assist you to be tolerant with those around you. In time, you will change from a fault-finder to a grace-giver as you learn to live like Jesus lived.

God’s Word on Condemnation

“Constantly be modest and mild. Tolerantly put up with each other and love each other. Endeavour to allow God’s Spirit retain your hearts joint. Do this by existing in harmony” Eph. 4:2,3.

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