Thursday, November 20, 2014

Seven Steps of Prayer

This is a handout from MeadowCrest Church, I don't refer to it everyday, but I do read it occasionally ~ keeping it fresh in my mind. 

1. Preparation ~ The Cleansing of our Spirits
"Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me and know my anxious thoughts.   Psalm 139:23
"If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteouness."
I John 1:9
Confess specific sin.  Accept God's forgiveness.
"Create  in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me."  Psalm 51:10
2.  Praise ~ Worshipping a Holy God
"Praise the Lord, O my soul; all my inmost being, praise His Holy name.  Praise the Lord, O my soul and forget not all His benefits."  Psalm 103:1-2
We praise Him for who He is:
His grace, love, power, holiness, goodness, patience.
We thank Him for what He has done and is going to do:
Material Blessings ~ jobs, home, family
Physical Blessings ~ health, strength
Spiritual Blessings ~ church, Christian friends

3.  Power ~ Filled with the Holy Spirit
"We have not received the spirit of the world but the Spirit who is from God, that we may understand what God has already given us. 
I Corinthians 2:12
Lord, fill me with the power of your Holy Spirit.  Make my mind like the mind of Christ.    (2 Corinthians 3:16)  May Your thoughts be my thoughts.
4.  Protection
Ephesians 6:10-17 ~
Belt of Truth ~ protection of Satan's deception.
Breastplate of Righteousness ~ protection from envy, jealousy, deceit, pride, easily offended, and desires not pleasing to God.
Shoes ~ protection for the direction God wants you to go.
Shield of Faith ~ protection from all Satan's distractive darts, including: fear, doubt and unbelief.
Helmet of Salvation ~ protects thought life.
Sword of the Spirit ~ (Word of  God) Protects and provides discernment for dealing with all that we face in life.

5.  Pleasure ~ We are Created to Please God
1.  We please Him by faith - Hebrews 11:6
2.  We please Him by bearing fruit - John 15:16
"Lord, I want to serve You, bearing fruit for Your glory.  Help me to lose my focus on self and live my life for Your glory."
6.  Peace
"Lord, let me have the peace that only you can give."
Philippians 4:7

7.  Petitions
My family's need
The needs of others
(intercessors - I Timothy 2:1-4)
* Church
* Spiritual Leaders
* Country
* Missions
* People I touch regularly that don't know God
* Be specific
My Needs
The prayer that is born of meditation upon the Word of God is the prayer that soars upward most easily to God's listening ear.
R. A. Torrey
How To Pray (1900)



Wednesday, November 19, 2014

I'm Just Waiting On You

Today I'm sharing from my scrapbook, something I entered in 2008.  Apparently it was a message that touched my heart at the time or I would not have saved it.  I never get tired of remembering God's intervention in my life...and I find myself going back to my Praise Journal and Scrapbook often.  It's a reminder of where I've been and how I've felt over the years ~ a reminder that God walks with me as I travel this journey called life.

~ When God Waits ~
There are a lot of 'why' questions that we lift up to God.  Everyday people are looking to heaven and crying out in frustration, "Lord, why aren't you doing something about this?  Why is this happening to me?"  We saturate the airwaves with the 'why' questions of life.
I'm convinced that God has one answer for almost every one of those questions.  He says,
I'm waiting on you.

When Moses and the Israelites stood on the edge of the Red Sea watching the Egyptian army close in on them, they cried out to God in fear.  They began praying that God would somehow rescue them.  And look what God said:  "Tell the people to get moving!" (Exodus 14:15).  To paraphrase, "I'm just waiting on you."
Too often we spend our days waiting for a miracle.  When trouble comes, we cry out to God for help.  When things don't move fast enough, we blame God for taking His time.  And all the while God is saying to us, I haven't gone anywhere.  I'm just waiting on you.
And what is it that God is waiting for?  Often He is waiting for us to lay aside our agenda and trust Him....Whenever God waits, He waits with a purpose.
And when we finally come to our senses and do the thing that we know He wants us to do, he moves with a vengeance.  The Red Sea parts, and things start to happen.

Whatever we do, we must step out in faith, He's there to help us or catch us or lead us ~ He's with us no matter our journey.
As my friend Debby often says...
Ain't God Good?
Oh yes He is.
Today's Inspiration:
Embracing Eternity
by: Frank M. Martin