Praying in the Spirit Using the Word of God for Week #4

Entry# 004 The Effectual Prayer

When we pray, we want to get results. In order to pray effectively, we must believe that God loves us and that we are His righteousness because of the finished work of Jesus Christ. Satan wants us to always feel condemned, and feel like God’s wrath is always kindled against us. God does convict us when we sin to cause us to repent and turn back to Him, so He can immediately wash us clean again with Jesus’ blood. But Satan wants us to feel so condemned that we try to hide from God and cover our sins. Then the Devil gets us on the downward spiral of harboring iniquity, making us ineffective, and unable to affect the kingdom of darkness. We should never carry guilt; all we have to do is to confess our sins, repent, go in peace and sin no more. We must always trust in the love of God to clean us and justify us by grace through faith so that we can become the righteousness of God. The bible says that the hairs of our head are numbered; God is in tuned to every intimate detail of our lives. He said if He can take care of the birds of the air, how much more does He love us and want to take care of us. He said if we ask our earthly father for bread will he give us a stone? How much more can we trust our Heavenly Father to see our needs and supply them when we pray in faith? The effectual fervent, faith-filled prayers of the righteous man avail much. We are the righteousness of God when we accept His love for us, and allow Him to cover our lives with the blood of Jesus. For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believe in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. So being transformed by the renewing of our minds, asking God to give us a pure, clean heart, allowing God to save and sanctify our souls, and trusting that we are loved by God and we are His righteousness, we can effectually pray in the spirit using God’s word. All we have to do is make the first step to pray, and God will bless our efforts to be effective.

Simple Sample Prayer

Dear God, in this New Year we do not want to waste time and energy doing things that are not effective or beneficial. Guide our ways and order our steps so that what you have invested inside of us would yield prosperous fruit, and so that the dreams you place inside of us would come to fruition. Reignite the passion and fervor in us so that we pray effectually, getting good results, and expecting you to hear us and grant our petitions. In Jesus’s name we pray, Amen.

Praying in the Spirit Using the Word of God for Week #3

Entry# 003 Praying in the Spirit

God is a spirit and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth. Everything we do, including prayer, must be done in the spirit. We do not only have a physical body that we can see with the naked eye, but we also have a soul and spirit that can only be seen through the eyes of God. Our bodies allow us to function on the earth realm. Our soul is what is saved by God’s grace. Our spirit is what connects us to our Heavenly Father. Just as the ocean has a whole world that we may never be able to fully see or explore, the spirit world is vast and endless that we cannot see with our naked eye. The spirit world contains angels, principalities, demons, and heavenly beings that we can often discern in the spirit realm. Satan is the prince of the air, and roams to and fro seeking whom he may devour. He comes to steal, kill, and destroy. But Jesus, who is King of Kings and Lord of Lords, came that we may have and enjoy life, to the fullest, and have it more abundantly. The Devil wants to destroy our faith, consequently destroying our ability to please God. For he knows without faith it is impossible to please God. This is why it is imperative for us to be intentional about developing a routine of being focused and disciplined in prayer. We have to do the hard but important work of getting into God’s presence and cultivate a relationship with Him. For as we pray in the spirit with faith, believing God hears us and loves us, we discover that He already knows what we have need of, and He desires to grant our petitions made to Him in prayer and supplication. As we pray in the spirit, we began to discern God’s will for our lives on a deeper spiritual level.

Sample Simple Prayer

Holy Spirit we thank you for being my Comforter, Teacher and Friend. We pray that you would lead and guide me into all truth as we develop a relationship with you by getting into your presence where there is fullness of joy. Please help us to make prayer a priority this new year, so that I can perceive you will and plan for our lives. Help us to boldly come into your presence to with thanksgiving and praise. In Jesus name we pray, Amen.

Praying in the Spirit Using the Word of God for Week #2

Entry# 002 Getting an Answer

Sometimes we do not get the things we requested in prayer. We may have prayed for a loved one’s healing, and they died; or prayed that God would bless a marriage and they end up divorced. The bible clearly states that if we say to this mountain be thou removed and cast into the sea without doubting it shall be done. God said ask and it shall be given, seek and you will find, knock and the door shall be open unto us. And that if we delight ourselves in God, He said He would give us the desires of our hearts. So why then do we not always get what we asked for in prayer? The bible suggests that perhaps we pray amiss. We may be praying with doubt and not unwavering faith. We may be praying selfishly or from our own personal biases, and not in the will of God. We may be praying as a reaction to a bad situation, making deals with God that we have no intentions of keeping. God hears and answers all the prayers of His people. He is not Santa Claus or an endless atm machine, however, waiting to do whatever we want whenever we want it. God desires to bless us, nevertheless, and give us the desires of our hearts when we delight ourselves in Him. As our Heavenly Father, He already knows what we need before we ask for it. He knows the good plans He has for us, and wants to accomplish His will in our lives. If we pray in the spirit in the will of God using the Word of God, we will always get what we ask for. For if we pray in that manner, we will only ask for what God is already prepared to give us. We can suggest to God what we would like to have, but wrap that request with the acknowledgement that we trust God’s judgment, timing and favor.  We can let God know in prayer that we would be content and grateful for whatever He decides to give us.  For God is able, willing, and ready to do exceeding abundantly above all that we could ever ask or think, according to the power that works in us. And although it may not be what we want when we want it, God will always give us an answer.

Sample Simple Prayer

Dear Father God, we thank you for hearing the cries and supplication of your children. We thank you for never leaving nor forsaking us, and always hearing our prayers. Teach us how to pray in the Spirit using your word so that we can always get an answer from you. We lay our request before you now, but we trust your judgment, timing and will for our lives, because we know you have good plans for us this year. In Jesus name we pray, Amen.

 

When Praises Go Up Praise Verses for Weeks #1-4

When Praises Go Up  Praise Verses

Praise Verse #001 Psalms 71:6

From birth I have relied on you; you brought me forth from my mother’s womb. I will ever praise you.

 

Praise Verse #002 Exodus 15:2

The Lord is my strength and song, and he is become my salvation: he is my God, and I will prepare him a habitation; my father’s God, and I will exalt him.

 

Praise Verse #003 Revelations 7:12

Saying Amen: blessing and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honor and power and might, be to our God for ever and ever. Amen.

 

Praise Verse #004 1 Chronicles 16:9

Sing to him, sing praise to him; tell of all his wonderful acts.

Praying in the Spirit Using the Word of God for Week #1 2016

Entry #001 Beginning to Pray

Happy New Year! May we begin this year with prayer and expectation of God’s goodness. Prayer is communication with God, acknowledging our frailness and God’s sovereignty.  Although God already know what we need, want, and what we will ask for, He still wants us to pray and develop a relationship with Him. When praying we are not only talking to God, we are also listening for His response to us. He responds to us in different ways; a dream or vision, a still small voice, and inner knowing, through a person or event, through His Word, in a shout or thunder, or showing Himself strong right in a situation in our lives. His response could be yes, no, or wait. God doesn’t mind us asking Him questions. He’s always willing to answer. He may not give us all the details, but that is what faith is for. He minds us questioning His authority, however. God wants us to trust His will and plan for us, and believe that He always has our best interest at heart. He wants us to pray without ceasing; praying for ourselves, our family, friends, associates and enemies.  He wants us to seek and acknowledge Him in all of our ways, and for every area of our lives. He wants us to develop a lifestyle of prayer and supplication, and to encourage others to do the same. God hears all the prayers of his children, and answers them all. He hears the sinners’ prayer, asking Him to become His child. We don’t have to be eloquent, coherent or even spiritually astute to pray. All we have to do is just begin to do it.

Sample Simple Prayer

Dear God, that you for bringing us into a new year. We praise you for all that you have done in the past, what you are doing for us right now, and what you are going to do for us in the future. We believe that you have good plans for us, and that you want us to commune with you in prayer each day.  Help us to make the time to talk to you daily, and be in the position to hear from you on a regular basis. We appreciate your love, favor, mercy and grace toward us, and we are delighted to embark on this journey of beginning to pray this year. In Jesus name we pray, Amen.

 

Praying in the Spirit Using the Word of God for Week#53

Entry#053 The prayer of Reflection, Introspection, Meditation

As we approach a new year, we have learned to pray in the spirit using the word of God. We take time to reflect on God’s goodness and all of the trials He has brought us through. We take time to do introspection to get a clear picture of what is going on inside of us. And we take time to mediate on God’s word, feeding from it like it is our daily bread. We have to constantly work to get our hearts and minds going in a positive direction. Daily there are people, places and things that are seeking to get us off track. We have to be intentional about thinks on lovely heavenly things. Satan is always trying to pervert something beautiful God created into something dirty and disgusting. He will magnify the one thing that is not going right for us so that we cannot see the many things that are in our favor. When we began to see God hand in every situation, we can have more peace in our present and less anxiety about our future. We can view the past with thanksgiving, the present with joy, and the future with hope. Then we can receive the mercy of God; not getting the negatively outcomes we deserve, and the grace of God, receiving the good that we didn’t merit. For God is the source of our love, life and strength. And when we think on these things, we have less chance for Satan to depress and discourage us. Have a Happy New Year. May God bless and keep you as the apple of His eye, as you pray in the Spirit using the Word of God.

Praying in the Spirit Using the Word of God for Week #52

Entry#052 Praying for a Day of Reckoning

As this year comes to a close, we often taking time to reflect on the past and make decisions about how to proceed in the future. It is a time where we count up the costs, and settle things in our hearts, minds and spirits. We make decisions to stop trying to get people who will never love us to care, to let go of toxic and draining relationships, and we decide to care for ourselves in a more holistic way. At some point we have to accept the things we cannot change and have the courage to change the things that we can. It is important to evaluate whether or not what we are spending our time, money and energy on is really worth it. We have to assess who our true friends are, and who are the people that love us in words only. After Adam and Eve sinned in the Garden of Eden, God asked Adam “Where are you?” We need to determine where we are mentally, physically, emotionally, spiritually, socially and financially. If we do not take time to have a day of reckoning, we are bound to repeat previous mistakes. This doesn’t have to be that scary doomsday or judgement day. We have to remember that God does not punish His children for wrong doing; only the unbelievers receive recompense for their deed. However, there always remain the law of reaping what we sow, and having consequences for actions. But God is not the punisher of His people; Jesus was punished for us, He is the rewarder. There will come a time when we will be rewarded for doing right when wrong was done to us, for being a light in a dark world, and for upholding God’s principles even when it was not popular. The day of reckoning we are referring to is the time of introspection, when we calculate our efforts and appraise our actions. Where we account for what has worked in our lives and what has not, and when we compile a game plan for how to move forward. Most people do not want to do the hard work of internal cleansing. But if we can push through and do it, we will have eternal benefits and rewards.

Praying in the Spirit Using the Word of God for Week #51

Entry #51 The Prayer of Jesus

St. John 17:1-26

Jesus wants us to pray in the spirit without ceasing. He wants us to develop a lifestyle of prayer, supplication and thanksgiving to God. Jesus prayed for the glory of the Father to rest upon Him as He had done the Father’s will. He prayed for us His children to be one in the spirit, as Jesus and the Father are one.  Praying that His joy be fulfilled in us, Jesus knew the world’s system would be against us; as Satan roams to and fro seeking who he may destroy. Jesus prayed that we would be sanctified by the word of truth. He prayed that we would one day be with Him beholding His glory, and that His love would be inside of us. Not only did Jesus pray for us while He was on earth, He is now seated in heavenly places daily making intercessions for us.  Great is His faithfulness; morning by morning new mercies we see. All that we have needed His grace has already provided.  Yet Jesus prays, and He wants us to pray daily. Our prayer acknowledges how frail and totally dependent on God we are, how great and gracious God is, and how we can believe to receive His goodness. Men ought to always pray and not faint. If we prayerful do not get weary in well doing, we will reap the benefits of a plentiful harvest.