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Effective Prayer

In Joshua 10:12-14 we read about Joshua asking the Lord to have the sun and moon stand still.  After reading this passage, I began to think about how audacious Joshua was to pray such a thing and fully expect God to grant such a request.  I mean he was asking God to do the impossible!  Can we expect the same from God when we pray?  I looked up scriptures about prayers and how we can be assured that God hears them and will answer them.  Here is what I found:

1.  We should have Faith   Mark 11:24, Matthew 21:22

2.  We should live a Righteous life  1 John 9:31, James 5:16

3.  We should Stay in the Word John 15:7

4.  We should pray with Thankfulness  Philippians 4:6

5.  We should be Forgiving of others Mark 11:25

6.  Pray According to God’s Will  1 John 5:14 – 15

7.  Pray with Confidence  Hebrews 4:16

8.  Ask in Jesus’ name – John 14:13

9.  Be Watchful – Colossians 4:2    Yes, we can expect God to listen to us and grant our request, no matter how audacious, if it is in accordance with His will.

Gail Morrison

Trust in the Lord

I hate flying.  On a recent trip to Seattle with my family, the flight was very turbulent and we experienced a “hard” landing.  It made me think how life is similar to flying.  Sometimes it goes smoothly, sometimes it is turbulent and sometimes we experience a “hard” landing.  As we fly, we cannot see the way ahead but we trust in a pilot who does.    This is also true in our spiritual life.  The Lord always knows the way ahead.  We need to trust him, seek him in prayer, and read his word.  Isaiah 40: 28-31 says “He will not grow tired or weary and his understanding no one can fathom.  He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.  Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.  They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”     I want to soar like an eagle with the Lord because that is when I can fly safely!
Carol Ann Martin

The Golden Bowl

Recently I was encouraged by Revelation 5:8a which reads, “there is a golden bowl in heaven full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints.” We can get weary in praying over a situation if we do not see anything happening.

My husband and I experienced this in prayers for a family member which took 15-20 years to see what we prayed for answered in her life. I think the secret is to stop asking and start praising that the Lord has heard and is undertaking your petition. I know He was doing a work in us during this time that seemed interminable. In addition there is a perfect time when the person being prayed for can receive the answer. I encourage you to know that the petition you prayed for is in that golden bowl at the throne room. The answer will come in the right time.

Peggy Park

Prayer for Each Other

I love when we, as the body of Christ, pray for each other.  It is such an honor.  In fact, we are called to do just that, as some of my favorite scripture verses illustrate:

Colossians 1:9 

“And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding.”

1 Timothy 2:1 

“First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people.”

James 5:16 

“Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.”

Ephesians 6:18 

“Praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints.”

1 Thessalonians 1:2 

“We give thanks to God always for all of you, constantly mentioning you in our prayers.”

Joanne Shuman

God is Our Provider

There’s nothing quite like the satisfaction of a glass of cold spring water on a hot afternoon, a cold shower after mowing the lawn, a dive into a stream after a long hike, or sometimes a glass of lemonade fresh out of the refrigerator.  Being satisfied means you’ve been filled, you want nothing more, and that the thirsty longing has been quenched.

That’s exactly how Jesus satisfies.  To have Him means that you have it all.  To trust Him means that your needs are met.  To know Him is to realize that He is your dearest, most faithful companion.  The next time you pour a cold drink on a hot afternoon, pause and praise the Lord for the way He quenches your thirst.  Wellspring of water overcomes, subdues, fulfills, and satisfies like nothing else, like no one else.

Garnett Langley

Mary, Did You REALLY Know?

One of my all time favorite Christmas songs is “Mary Did You Know.” What a beautiful way to express the life of Jesus as a baby cuddled in His mother’s protective arms to a Savior of mankind from eternal death! As a mother myself, I have wondered if Mary REALLY knew the life in store for her precious child. The Bible tells us in Luke 1:32 that the angel, Gabriel, told Mary that her son would be “great and will be called the Son of the Most High!” Being a faithful Jewish girl, she would have also been familiar with Isaiah 53:3-7 which prophesied that the Messiah would be despised, rejected, and pierced. I wonder if Mary’s prayers were like most mothers? Did she pray for protection, safety, and wisdom in following God’s plan for her child’s life? What responsibility Mary and Joseph must have felt in raising God’s Son! How active their prayer lives must have been! I challenge us all to pray, REALLY pray, for the children in our lives. They may be young, old, or not even our own. Pray for protection and safety but, above all, pray for wisdom in knowing God’s will for their lives!

Mary Mirre

Wrapped in Prayer

Have you ever heard the saying “Good food and a hug can fix just about anything”? There’s nothing quite like the smell of homemade bread baking in the oven. I can hardly wait to get a big slice of that warm toasty bread smothered in butter. That wonderful smell fills my senses and my mind is flooded with all sorts of happy memories. That’s how prayer can be as well. I really look forward to spending time with my Lord in prayer. I can almost taste the sweetness of His presence as my heart and soul are filled with grateful memories of His goodness and faithfulness throughout my life.
Then there’s something about that simple little hug too. It’s just that tender embrace that reaches through to your heart and makes everything seem a little better. And the same is true for prayer. Sometimes after a time of prayer I can feel the Lord’s gentle arms enfold me and that sense of contentment and peace fills my soul. Just knowing that He cares makes everything so much better. So for me, prayer time is kind of like good food and a hug rolled into one!

Debbie Beckwith

My Sin Before Me

Every now and then, when I am especially burdened, I find myself turning to Psalm 51 during my prayer time. As I have recently been putting it to memory, I learned that the idea of “my sin always being before me” in verse 3 applies to God’s view of me but also my view of myself. How often do I catch myself rehearsing sinful thoughts, attitudes, or actions and despairing? In this Psalm, David sets a positive example for all of us when we get stuck in our weakness. David approaches God in humble repentance, reminding himself and us that we have hope in God’s unfailing love and his great compassion. Then, by faith, David pleads for God to take action. Notice the action words that he uses: have mercy, wash away, blot out, cleanse me, teach me, create, renew, restore, grant, and save. Let us follow the example of this Psalm and take action through repentance and calling out to God by faith each day.

Phyllis Eversole

Answered Prayer

Several years ago a colleague of mine was having some heart issues. When she told me that she was going to have some tests to see exactly what the problem was, I told her of a time my sister prayed for my brother about a heart blockage and God answered her prayer. My colleague requested that I pray for her. Right then and there, we joined hands along with another teacher and we prayed that God would take away her heart issues. When the day of her tests came, I could hardly wait to hear the results. When I was told that her tests came back all clear and her heart was the heart of someone much younger, I was overjoyed. I knew that God had heard and answered my prayer. It made me want to give God the praise and glory and tell others how he has worked!

“And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.” John 14:13

Gail Morrison

Prayer and Faith

Prayer – a time to talk with our Lord and lay all our concerns at His feet.

At the time of penning these thoughts, my heart is heavy with the devastating news of, our precious sister in Christ, Nadine Lear’s illness. Because of her tremendous faith, and through many prayers, she is sure of her recovery.
“I can do all this through him who gives me strength.” Philippians 4:13

This also floods my thoughts of 29 years ago when our son was hit by a car and in a coma for six days before being called home to be with our Lord. When he was laid to rest on our 20th wedding anniversary, George remarked that, “it was David’s victory celebration.” So, with our faith, our prayers, and the prayers of others, our family found peace, the eternal peace that David waits for us.
“And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.” John 14:3

Some days we feel our prayers are not being answered, but God is listening and the answers come “in His time.” To God be the glory!

Margaret Heaton

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