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Just Keep Praying

PrayerI just want to take a minute to encourage you. If you’ve ever dealt with a long-standing problem; had an illness that you’ve battled what seems like forever or you’ve had a persistent need that you feel you’ve been praying about for so long and have never gotten an answer from God. Don’t quit praying and faithing.
I don’t always understand why God works the way He does or in the time He does, but He does work. And because you didn’t get an answer or a touch yesterday, doesn’t mean today’s not the day. Give each day an opportunity to be the miracle moment, through continual prayer and faith.
I want to share a quick story with you. Please know that my sharing this is not done to draw attention to myself or to celebrate anything “I’ve” done, rather to encourage you to continue to trust God in the moments that you want to give up praying the most.
Yesterday, at a church, I had a woman come up to me after service that had been trying to find me for 3 months. That long ago, in this same church, I had a chance to pray with this lady. When she came to me that morning, 3 months ago, she began telling me that she had been suffering from severe headaches, daily, for 2 years. Now, if you know me personally and what my wife has been through with migraines, you know the irony in God sending this lady to me to pray for her. I remember, as she shared her struggle with me in that altar, laughing at God under my breath; certainly not at her struggle, but at the fact God would send this headache laden lady to me, to pray for her, while my own home couldn’t even conquer the same issue. 
Anyway, she had tried everything the doctors directed; she was taking tons of medication to attempt to function in life, but really had no life and was losing all hope in her prayers. But she didn’t give up and took one more chance at an agreement in prayer. 
We prayed together that morning in that altar and by her words yesterday, she told me as she left that altar she knew God healed her. Since that morning 3 months ago, after 2 years of debilitating headaches, she has not dealt with another one. She’s not taken another gram of medication and she is enjoying life again.
God answered her persistent step of faith that morning. She came broken, hurt, in pain, tired, wondering if God would ever respond and if her life would ever be normal again, and because she didn’t give up in her prayers and in her faith, God touched her life. In a moment it all went away. 
I tell you that just to say, don’t give up on your prayers and your faith in the Almighty. I know you’re tired of dealing with whatever it is you’re having to go through; I know you want answers, I know you need help and yet each day seems as if nothing’s changing. Be strong. Don’t lose hope in God and your prayers to Him. He is Alpha AND Omega; which means that He not only saw the beginning of your struggle but will be there to see you overcome your struggle. Keep praying today. Keep believing today. Because today could be the day that it all changes in moment.
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When God Speaks

When God speaks to us, He speaks to our “real” person, not the person others see or how we see ourselves. He’s talking to that Kingdom man or woman inside of you; the original intent of our being. That’s why when God speaks, tells you to do something or drops dreams and vision into your spirit, and it seems foreign, crazy or impossible to you, you’re trying to process in the natural what you first need to grasp in the Kingdom.

When you transition your thinking to Kingdom first, you’ll be a large part of making things happen “on earth as it is in heaven.”

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Not Sure How To Pray? Simple Guidelines For Prayer

Many of us through the years have taught or been taught that the best way to pray when we’re not sure how, is to just “talk to God like you would anyone else, and just tell Him what’s on your heart!”  I’ve been guilty of this at some point, I know and while telling God what’s on our heart isn’t wrong, it’s not what’s effective. The Bible teaches us that He knows our thoughts, needs, and desires before we even speak, so why just tell Him what’s on our heart?

Prayer is the most effective and forceful tool a Kingdom citizen has, when used effectively. Jesus, modeled this in the sense that He often prayed for hours and performed powerful miracles in minutes. Why just tell God what’s on your heart, when you can be effective and powerful with your prayers?

I’m going to share just a few guidelines for how to pray. The measure that it’s proof positive can be found in Matthew 6:9-13.

  1. Recognize the Source (Abba; Father); you are approaching the Source for all your answers; all your needs; Recognize He’s your all in all.
  2. Worship Him; Adore Him; Magnify Him; Exalt Him; Glorify Him
  3. Be committed to God’s Kingdom and what He wants to accomplish; ask God to fulfill his desires before your own.
  4. Minister to others’ needs. Pray for others. Ask God to protect and bless what’s needed for every part of the process of daily living, for others, as well as, for you.
  5. Consider those you’re in relationship with. Forgive. Don’t allow the sun to set on your anger. Repair broken relationships. When you forgive, you open the endless possibilities for your prayers to be answered.
  6. Ask for wisdom that you don’t put yourself in situations to compromise your relationship with God.
  7. Worship again; give thanks, with confidence, that your prayers will be answered, giving God all the glory.

 

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Fasting the Simple Way

Check this out. This is the most complete, direct and guaranteed method of fasting.  Books are good, but this one is better. Continue below:

Isaiah 58:6-14 (NKJV)

6 Is this not the fast that I have chosen:
      To loose the bonds of wickedness,
      To undo the heavy burdens,
      To let the oppressed go free,
      And that you break every yoke?
       7 Is it not to share your bread with the hungry,
      And that you bring to your house the poor who are cast out;
      When you see the naked, that you cover him,
      And not hide yourself from your own flesh?
       8 Then your light shall break forth like the morning,
      Your healing shall spring forth speedily,
      And your righteousness shall go before you;
      The glory of the LORD shall be your rear guard.
       9 Then you shall call, and the LORD will answer;
      You shall cry, and He will say, ‘Here I am.’

      “ If you take away the yoke from your midst,
      The pointing of the finger, and speaking wickedness,
       10 If you extend your soul to the hungry
      And satisfy the afflicted soul,
      Then your light shall dawn in the darkness,
      And your darkness shall be as the noonday.
       11 The LORD will guide you continually,
      And satisfy your soul in drought,
      And strengthen your bones;
      You shall be like a watered garden,
      And like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail.
       12 Those from among you
      Shall build the old waste places;
      You shall raise up the foundations of many generations;
      And you shall be called the Repairer of the Breach,
      The Restorer of Streets to Dwell In.
       13 “ If you turn away your foot from the Sabbath,
      From doing your pleasure on My holy day,
      And call the Sabbath a delight,
      The holy day of the LORD honorable,
      And shall honor Him, not doing your own ways,
      Nor finding your own pleasure,
      Nor speaking your own words,
       14 Then you shall delight yourself in the LORD;
      And I will cause you to ride on the high hills of the earth,
      And feed you with the heritage of Jacob your father.
      The mouth of the LORD has spoken.”

Now be honest, if you fast, when you fast, it’s usually done with motive. Something in your life, in your environment has gone awry. You need healing, you need deliverance, you need breakthough, family needs salvation, need a promotion, need favor, etc etc etc.  I was challenged by this word this morning, because I, too, have been guilty at times in the past of approaching fasting in that way.  We live and die by the scripture in Matthew 17:21, “However, this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting, in hopes that this applies to our situation. We fast the way WE want to and the way WE think it should be done.

I’m here to challenge you.  There is no doubt that you have needs, problems that need to be solved, answers that you need, etc, but Isaiah 58:6 says this is the fast that God has chosen! If we’re attempting to petition God on our behalf to gain answers, we’ll have more success approaching things the way He desires. Now look at the passage and rethink the challenge.

God’s choice for a proper fasting approach deals with one thing: your approach to others.  It’s not even what all you pray when you fast, but that your prayers and your actions align. God’s concern is your attitude and actions towards others; v. 6: praying for THEIR salvation; their burdens, their needs, their oppressions; v.7: taking action against THEIR brokenness, their humiliation, their need; v. 9b: remove condemnation from your approach to them and do away with your hypocrisy; v. 10: most of all, show love and Jesus to the pained.

Now watch. Go back to v.8: you’ll get YOUR breakthrough, your healing, your favor, your protection; v. 9: your answers; v. 11: you’ll receive your guidance, your strength and your needs met! If you look at the verse mentioned above in Matthew, when the disciples were questioning Christ about breakthrough and He answered with “prayer and fasting”, it wasn’t for their breakthrough, it was for someone else! A sick boy.

The Bible teaches us that God knows every need we have without having to even speak it.  If you have an understanding of that, then you realize that God is on standby to bless you, to answer you, and to think otherwise shows a lack of faith in God and His word,  but the key to that release in your own life, is that you begin to operate in care and concern for others.  Look again at verses 13-14; paraphrasing, if we can forget about our own needs, when approaching God with prayer and fasting, and begin to turn our attitude and service towards others, God will remember us and restore us to a greater realm than even before.

You can win by keeping it simple: Love God, Love Others.

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