Even a surface reading of the Bible shows us that faith is important in prayer. Jesus marveled at the great faith of the Roman centurion who came to Him (Matthew 8:10), and rebuked His disciples when they showed lack of faith (Matthew 17:17).
In Mark 5:25-34 a woman who had suffered with a “hemorrhage” for twelve years, touched Jesus and received her healing. Jesus said, “Your faith has made you well.” When the Syrophoenician woman asked for the Lord to heal her daughter, Jesus said, “O woman, your faith is great, be it done to you as you wish.” (Matthew 15:28).
Okay, we could go on with examples of faith’s importance all day long, so we know that we need faith. But the question is, “How do we get it?”
I hope that you have been following the posts. If you have, you might have wondered why, when we said that we were going to be talking about prayer, we have been seemingly talking about everything else.
But hold on. We have a plan. We are laying a sure foundation for a prayer life that will literally change the world around us. For us to be certain about our prayers, we have to establish three things. We have to know Jesus as our Lord, we have to have faith in God’s love for us, and we have to believe in the Bible. (more…)
In January 1981 I had a life-changing experience. It had been two years since I had committed my life to the Lord and I had spent a lot of time praying and reading the Bible. After an evening of reading, I had barely drifted off to sleep when the Holy Spirit jolted me back to consciousness. At the time, Iranian rebels had overthrown the American Embassy there and were holding many Americans hostage. For more than a year these people had been held captive and our government seemed unable to secure their release.
That winter night the Holy Spirit spoke with almost an audible voice: “What if you could send a coded message to the hostages in Iran-a message containing a perfect plan of escape? The plan would be understood by the captives, but the guards wouldn’t be able to decipher the code.” (more…)
Okay, I’ve heard you!
Many people want to join us on the prayer initiative, but because of busy schedules can’t keep up with intense study everyday. So I’m easing up a bit. I will be blogging a couple of days a week..
Those of you who have more time will be able to delve more deeply into the topics we introduce.
So here goes.
Do you ever think of something you did or said 10 years ago – something you wish you hadn’t done or said- and feel a wave of guilt flow over you? I have. In fact, there have even been times when I would wake up during the night with such things on my mind, and not be able to go back to sleep. Have you?
Well God wants us to cut that out! (more…)
We have begun our Journey To a Confident Prayer Life. We are starting with the very basics, yet everything we are covering is essential for a great prayer life. First we have to be honest with ourselves and determine where we are in our journey. Then we have to make sure that Jesus is truly our Lord. We want our eyes open to God’s plan and we can only do this if we do it His way. For our prayers to be answered the way we want we have to have faith in God, so every step we take is part of the process of building our faith.
About two years ago, I led a prayer focus to help us understand the whole concept of prayer. Several people have asked me to repeat it, since they missed out last time. So here goes.
One of the most important attributes of a Christian’s walk is the ability to pray. As God works with us, we can literally see lives turned around, disasters abated, and regions transformed. Throughout history there are many testimonies to confirm this. Yet, you may say, “I’m not sure that my prayers are accomplishing such greatness.” Well, hang on. This focus is just for you. We are going to be building over the next 28 days a prayer fortress in your life and mine. You will gain confidence in your prayers and in your significance for God’s purposes. (more…)