Do you sense the call to pray? The demand for the answers to life never stops. The need for prayer is ever present. Prayer for others is expected of those in ministry leadership positions or those who carry titles and assume lofty roles in the church. Mistakenly, prayer is thought of as the unspoken or unwritten role of the older, gray-haired woman whose life seemingly doesn’t consist of much more than church. We tell people in passing that we’ll pray for them. “Keep me in prayer!” is a casually used phrase. But do you really know what it means to pray for someone else, much less to keep them in prayer?
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Do you sense the call to pray? The demand for the answers to life never stops. The need for prayer is ever present. Prayer for othersis expected of those in ministry leadership positions or those who carry titles and assume lofty roles in the church. Mistakenly, prayer is thought of as the unspoken or unwritten role of the older,gray-haired woman whose life seemingly doesn’t consist of much more than church. We tell people in passingthat we’ll pray for them. “Keep me in prayer!” is a casually used phrase. But do you really know what it means to pray for someone else, much less to keep them in prayer? Pray It Forwardtakes anintrinsiclook at the call, duty, lifestyle and heart of the Intercessor at its core.
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There are times when my words or thoughts don’t suffice. There are times when my spirit needs to be fortified. There are times when I am depleted of myself. Yet these are the same times when my prayer time is most fulfilled by praying God’s word.
As promised, here are some of the scriptures that have strengthened me as I pray. Do add these and more scriptures to your prayer life and be encouraged to build your relationship with God.
This Is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. 1 John 5:14
And if we know that he hears us – whatever we ask – we know that we have what we asked of him. 1 John 5:15
Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always. 1 Chronicles 16:11
Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. Jeremiah 29:12
Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. Mark 11:24
And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Matthew 6:7
I call on you, my God, for you will answer me; turn your ear to me and hear my prayer. Psalm 17:6
May you call on the Lord, as you make it a daily practice to deepen your relationship with God. He responds to your cry. He responds to His Word. May your life answer the call to pray.
My mind reflects on the time when I would hear my grandmother say, “Prayer is the key and faith unlocks the door.”
Prayer as a child was much like a recitation. A poem of words formed into a neat little package, sometimes with rhyming words to ask God’s protection and blessing with praise and gratitude.
Growing a bit older, prayer for me became a “Get me outta here” plea. An “Oh, God I forgot to study, so if you could help me out that’ll be great. Amen” type of prayer was spurted out in my high school days.
Growing in my relationship with God, my prayers became more personal. I recall those days of praying, “God heal my broken heart” (and boy, have I prayed that more than I can count!) They turned into the verbiage of a submitted life of, “God, lead my heart and help me to love what You love. You know what’s best for me, so help me trust You.” Are there days when I am frustrated and trying to figure life out? Of course! But that’s when prayer is most needed and most powerful in my life.
As I came and continue to know-really know- and love God, my prayer language changes because of the ongoing process of growth. As I mature, so does my level of prayer.
One of the best ways to pray is to pray the scriptures to fortify our heart and mind toward His will. In the coming days I’d like to share some scriptures that I have used during my prayer time.
The fears and situations we don’t face become our limits.
The Philistines were facing off with the Israelites in a battle. They sent their giant of a warrior, Goliath. For days, WEEKS, they were taunted by him in a stand off. Why? Because no one was willing to come against what was larger than them…until their brother, a shepherd boy made a lunch delivery.
When David faced Goliath, he NEVER called him a giant.
Everyone else spoke of his size and strength, but David simply called Goliath “an uncircumcised Philistine.” Although it could not be denied, he never gave any credence to take time to dwell on his size. His posture remained on magnifying the greatness of his God.
You cannot win if YOU don’t show up!
David learned quickly as he was dressed in full amour that that wasn’t who he was. Certainly his brothers in the army were more than happy to loan their armor were well meaning. And to the natural eye, it would appear to be the necessary equipment used in this type of combat, but your greatest asset and strategy of weaponry is using what works for YOU. Other people’s “stuff” is too heavy.
His focus was not on the size of the problem; it was affixed on the vastness of GOD.
The actual most powerful keys to our battle is in what most people can’t see. David readily saw their victory as he told Goliath that he would strike him down and destroy him that day. And so he did. Utilizing what you have already mastered to defeat something attempting to limit you can be taken down with the confidence of the power of God in you with one clear shot.
Have you ever noticed the differences in the average person and a leader? It’s more than brand names and labels on their clothing.
There are always job descriptions to relate primarily what you do. And that should be done with diligence and excellence. However, never be confined to doing what you’ve always done. Look for opportunities to reach beyond the norm for the good of the organization…it’ll be for your good also.
Negative attitudes bring negative outcomes. Your results are primary determinants of your perspective. Try to project the positive aspect into your work. It makes a more desirable and healthy work environment. Begin speaking what you want into what you have! Thankful makes room for more. Half full or half empty?
Traditions are good but can often be full of traps if you misconstrue the original purpose. Don’t be afraid and hesitant to try something new or something old done in a new way. Remember, people thought the Wright Brothers were crazy for coming up with that wacky contraption. Do your research and go for it! Who knows, you just may “fly.”
While this sounds as if it’s a valiant effort, it’s only an excuse. Take “try” out of the equation and just do your best. Leave all elements for the possibility of failure absent from your speech.
These words have the sound that what you do is mundane. Understand that you should do what you do well, but leaders stay on their toes. There can always be room for improvement and areas to challenge you so that you are stretched beyond where you were yesterday. In fact, everything you do today should prepare you for where you will be tomorrow. Wake up and open your eyes to new possibilities.
Ok, ok! The leaves may be turning and falling off but don’t you dare think that this is the end of your story! Stay COMMITTED to what and where God has placed you. This is not the time to bail. REMAIN planted and STAY rooted. It may very well get worse before it gets better, BUT I PROMISE, it’s going to get better! -SV