One thing I know for sure about my Prayer Journal is that it is ALWAYS Full!
There is never a day that I sit in my Prayer Chair and NOT have some requests to whisper into God’s ear.
Yesterday, at my wonderful home church in Tampa, Grace Family Church, Pastor Craig headed into the home stretch with a HOME RUN Sunday series called NO LIMITS! You can download it for FREE and I would highly recommend it. I soaked up every word, especially for the season I am in. Yesterday’s message was on Prayer. God stirred my heart fresh with some of my favorite Bible Stories and scriptures. I always use the notes from my Sunday sermons to kick off with my weekday Bible Study time. God PLANTS His Word through our Pastors and churches but He GROWS His Word through my own personal Face to Face time with Him. My Pastor can not APPLY these truths in my life. That is my job.
So, I thought I would share my personal takeaway from yesterdays message. Again,this is my personally digested and re-studied version of Pastor Craig’s 3 points and scripture references.
5 Steps to Getting Your Prayers Answered
1) Be Specific. (Matthew 20:29-34)
I love to read those words where Jesus himself, who clearly KNEW what the blind man needed, asked the man to clarify it for himself; to SPEAK IT OUT; to ASK. Jesus says ASK and the door will be opened to you! (Study opportunity–Do you know WHERE He says those words?)
Tell God exactly what you need that only He can provide. Honestly, if it is something somebody else can do, don’t bother asking Him. He doesn’t want to be SECOND to anyone or anything.
2) Be Sincere. (James 5:17)
I LOVE Elijah and the incredible stories about that man of God in the scriptures. Take the time to read this one–2 Kings 18:42-45
I know that when I pray, my heart has to be right. It has to get in line with God’s Word and God’s Kingdom plan. I have to start with getting MYSELF and my personal agenda, wants, and mostly selfish desires out of the way and THAT is some heavy lifting!
3) Be Confident (1 John 5:14-15)
This is kind of a mantra I have when I speak at women’s events. If you don’t know what God says about your personal prayers, you will never KNOW HIS WILL!. ooopppsss..sorry. But it’s true. If I ask you right now, what do you need from God, you could probably make me a quick list–I know I could!! But if we don’t know what God’s WORD says about that request, we can never be CONFIDENT when we ask. We will be half hearted. We will be unsure. We will just be HOPING God hears us.
If I know what God’s Word says we will be confident, I can remind God of His WORD and His WILL when I pray.
Here is an example;
If I need to have my body healed, I pray Psalms 103:3 “He heals ALL (not some but ALL) of my diseases”.
I pray with confidence that God says in HIS WORD that HE WILL HEALL ALL of my disease. Then, I leave the results inHis hands.
4) Be Persistant. (Luke 18:1-5)
I am VERY OFTEN like that woman. I am often seeing the same prayer in my prayer journal over and over and over. I will not give up if I know it is God’s WILL revealed by His WORD!
5) Be Faith-FULL (Psalm 86)
When we get to know God’s character, our faith in Him and His goodness grows and grows and grows. Eventually, we will see our lives BLOOM!
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