Friday, February 8, 2013

keep on praying

The last few months have flown by.  It seems that just yesterday was September, and our church was beginning to focus on some new things including Mark Batterson’s book The Circle Maker which is about prayer.  God continues to bring me more insight and desire to pray.

pray without ceasing;

James 5:16  NLT
Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be healed. The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much.

But certainly God has heard; He has given heed to the voice of my prayer.

Have your prayers become somewhat routine or stale?  Maybe your prayers are just non-existent.  The fact is God connects with his kids in many ways, and prayer is one of the ways that God connects with us. 

Further, prayer is not only talking to God.  Prayer is listening too.  Prayer involves our needs and our growth as well as the needs and growth of others, the people we come in contact. 

There are a couple of thoughts that continue to run through my mind: if we aren’t seeing our prayers answered, then we must begin writing down what we are praying for AND we must stop holding back or not praying for miracles because we are afraid God won’t respond AND it is time to believe God can do anything.

Here are some thoughts from Draw The Circle: the 40 day prayer challenge:

--- It's the impossible prayers that honor God because they reveal our faith & allow God to reveal His glory.

--- When we act in faith, we aren't risking our reputation; we risk God's reputation because He's the one who made the promise in the 1st place.

--- God won't answer 100% of prayers we don't pray...Every prayer is calculated risk...God calls us to ante up faith we have...

May God help us keep on pray, believe God and see miracles that only God can do.  Lives will be changed.  We will be changed.  All that stands between us and answered prayer is us taking the risk to ask God to move!

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happy birthday, Julie

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