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Bold Confidence

When we approach God in prayer, we are to approach with humility but we also are to approach with bold confidence. When praying, it should not be reciting a list of what we think we are supposed to say. When praying, we should not be following some tradition without our heart saying what our lips say. There are many people who pray but do not even believe the prayer will be answered.

In Acts 12, we read of an “earnest prayer” that was made for Peter to be released from prison (v. 5). Peter was sleeping bound in chains between soldiers but an angel led him to freedom. He went to the house of Mary (John Mark’s mother) where they were gathered in prayer. He knocked and Rhoda came to the door. When she told everyone that Peter was standing outside, they called her “crazy” (v. 16).

The Roman Centurion in Luke 7 approaches Jesus with bold confidence. He realized that he was unworthy to have Jesus follow him to his home, but he believed that Jesus could heal his servant by just speaking. He said, “Just say the word from where you are, and my servant will be healed” (v. 7 NLT). Just say the word. He had faith in the power of Jesus. He had faith that Jesus could speak and it could happen. Jesus commended his faith as faith that He had not seen in all of Israel.

If you are not confident in your prayer life, pray for help. In Mark 9, there is a son who was possessed by a spirit. He was mute and the spirit would cause him to get thrown down, to foam at the mouth and grind his teeth. The disciples were unable to cast out the demon. Jesus told the man, “All things are possible for one who believes” (v. 22). The man replied, “I believe; help my unbelief” (v. 24).

Today I encourage you to boldly approach the throne of God. Pour out your heart in confidence. Boldly claim the Word of God by speaking the Word in your prayer. Claim it for your own. Pray for the Spirit to reveal any unbelief. If you are dealing with something that is limiting your prayer life or not allowing God to move in an area, speak these words – “I believe; help my unbelief.”

Spider Versus Ninja Warrior

This time of year the mornings are a bit darker. I make note of the spiders beginning webs on my evening walk with the dogs. My hope is to duck each web on the morning walk. I cannot stand the feeling that follows when you walk through a spider web. Instantly you become a ninja warrior, arms flailing in all directions trying to remove the sticky, gross web. Then you feel like something has to be crawling on you somewhere so you continue to move your hands and arms to search. Minutes later you are still feeling on edge. What if there is a spider on me? Do you see a spider on me?

Some mornings I underestimate the spider. I think by ducking a certain amount or by moving in a certain direction that I will miss the web. That spider won’t get me. But I am wrong. The spider’s web was bigger than imagined. Then the “definitely not a black belt” part of me takes action. Sadly, we also many times underestimate the devil. Flailing arms do no good when that happens.

In Genesis, we are told that the serpent was “MORE CRAFTY than any other beast of the field that the LORD God had made” (3:1 ESV). Now if the devil is more crafty than all others, it is therefore important that we protect ourselves and put on our full armor of God. We cannot duck and dodge. We need to be armored up—protected with each piece of armor. One piece won’t work. A few pieces won’t cover us. We need to be fully armored. Today, armor up. Tomorrow, armor up. Each day, armor up.

“And that about wraps it up. God is strong, and he wants you strong. So take everything the Master has set out for you, well-made weapons of the best materials. And put them to use so you will be able to stand up to everything the Devil throws your way. This is no afternoon athletic contest that we’ll walk away from and forget about in a couple of hours. This is for keeps, a life-or-death fight to the finish against the Devil and all his angels.  Be prepared. You’re up against far more than you can handle on your own. Take all the help you can get, every weapon God has issued, so that when it’s all over but the shouting you’ll still be on your feet. Truth, righteousness, peace, faith, and salvation are more than words. Learn how to apply them. You’ll need them throughout your life. God’s Word is an indispensable weapon. In the same way, prayer is essential in this ongoing warfare. Pray hard and long. Pray for your brothers and sisters. Keep your eyes open. Keep each other’s spirits up so that no one falls behind or drops out.” – Ephesians 6:10-18 [MSG]

Energies of Prayer

You are not going to like everyone and everyone is not going to like you. The Bible says to love your neighbor, but Jesus made a point to tell us to love our enemies. It is hard to love people who do not love back but Jesus told us how to respond—with prayer.

Pray for those who persecute you. Pray for your enemies. Pray for those who are more difficult to love. Pray. Pour out the energies of prayer and watch God move.

Your prayers may not change the person, but they may change you. Pouring out love rather than hate is always the best response. Acting in compassion never goes unnoticed. Your show of mercy may plant many seeds. Keep on loving. Keep on praying.

“I’m telling you to love your enemies. Let them bring out the best in you, not the worst. When someone gives you a hard time, respond with the energies of prayer, for then you are working out of your true selves, your God-created selves.”

-Matthew 5:44 [MSG]

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The Power of Prayer

Children are a great part of our future. I read a story I want to share with you. It is actually about a professor who is at Southwestern Seminary. When he was 5 years old, his family was not well off. They barely had the money to make it and he didn’t have any shoes. His mother thought it was very important to pray– she understood the value of prayer.

When she sent her son to the store, she gave him the grocery list. HE didn’t have shoes to wear on his feet to go to the store. His mother said, “I’m sorry, but I don’t have the money to buy you shoes.” She told him that they should pray to God and ask Him to provide and He will provide, and so they prayed.

He went to the store and handed the man behind the counter the grocery list. The man looked at the list and then looked at the boy’s feet. He asked the boy why he didn’t have any shoes on his feet and the boy told him that they did not have the money for shoes.

The grocer packed up the list of groceries, wrote a note, and stuck everything into a bag. The boy proceeded home and gave his mother the groceries. When his mother was going through the items, she noticed the note that the man left, along with money for her to purchase the boy a pair of shoes.

Luke 11:9-10 says, “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives; and he who seeks, finds; and to him who knocks, it will be opened.”

There is great power in prayer. As James wrote, “an effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much.” Never doubt for a moment if God can hear your prayers or not. He hears each one of them and He answers each one of them.

As this little boy found out, God heard him and his mother praying for those shoes and God provided. This story shows the importance not only of sharing the power of prayer with young ones around us, but also in remembering the great power that prayer can have in our lives.