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How can I get what I ask God for?

“If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.”  John 15:7.

Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading: Jeremiah 13-15, and John 15.

Do you feel as if praying is a waste of time?

Many folks do but when things get real tough they get right back to it in a hurry.

I find today’s chosen verse to be extremely obvious: If I am filled with God then my prayers will be answered.

I think that the struggle here is thinking that we can get the second part (prayer answered) without being certain that the first part (filled with God) is in place.

The more and more I read the Bible the more knowledge I accumulate.  I see things I had missed.  I connect things I hadn’t connected before.  This is academic stuff.  My accumulations are in my head.  What’s missing?  The accumulations getting to my heart.

I find at times that something someone else says in a conversation will bring Scripture to my mind.  But is it something that is coming out of my mind or is it from my heart?  If it is from my mind, then it will emerge as a know-it-all.  If it is from my heart, then it will sound like Him not me.

In my written prayers on this blog I often mention God’s Words as something I want.  And I do want them but they must come from a heart that loves God not a head that accumulates thoughts from the Bible.

These are such important things to consider and I am thankful for the Scripture that has led to it.

“Lord, fill my heart with You.  I have Your Holy Spirit but does Your Holy Spirit have all of me?  I want that.  Forgive me for learning of You but not being overwhelmed by You.  Take over my heart, I beg.  I love You, Father.”

There is a way to get your prayer answered.

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Praying tips

“The end of all things is near.  Therefore, be alert and of sober mind so that you may pray.”  1 Peter 4:7.

Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading: Isaiah 43-45, and 1 Peter 4.

Prayer involves the mind.

How can we pray “right” when our mind is cluttered?  When we are distracted?

The answer to those questions is a resounding, “Not very well.”

Our prayer life must have some organization to it.  However, too much organization can send spontaneity out the window.

If something prompts prayer, then the praying must be immediate.  There’s no waiting.  Do it right then with those in your midst who are also mindful that instant prayer is needed.

I also think that we have to elevate our alertness to what is going on around us.  Sometimes we get so glazed over that we stop noticing things in our midst.  Someone is working on a road near where you live.  Do you pray for their safety?

It is a fact that if you pray regularly for people you will remember their names.  If you have neighbors that you seldom see, BUT are remembering in prayer, you will interact with them differently when the opportunity of interaction comes.

The quality of my prayer life reflects the quality of my relationship to God.  I want mine to be spontaneous and persistent.

“Lord, the more I interact with You the more I will interact effectively with those in my midst.  Elevate my prayer life, I beg.  I ask to be better with the spontaneity part.  To do that I must be better tuned to You because thereby I will see/hear others as You do.  O Father, help me, I plead.”

Are you praying with spontaneity and persistence?

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If you’re not praying, you’re probably straying!

“’Pray that you will not fall into temptation.’” Luke 22:40.

Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading: Exodus 3-4 and Luke 22.

One way to stay out of temptation is to stay away from where temptation is. If you’re trying to lose weight, don’t be near access to food.

Jesus knew what was coming. People were going to arrest Him and take Him away. He realized that when it happened His disciples might be tempted to abandon Him and what He stood for.

He was right. Trouble came and the disciples left.

God knows my future. If He’s telling the disciples to pray, I suspect that the message could be relayed to me as well.

I mention often that the area of my life that seems to be most out of His control is reactionary times. Something happens that I haven’t scripted into my life and, like the disciples, I “run” from what I should do.

Jesus’ solution is to pray. Note that the praying should be done before the problem arrives. Since I don’t know the future, I would do best if I was constantly praying.

“Lord, I need a relationship with You that is ongoing. It can’t be up and down. I handle change poorly because my walk with You fluctuates. Help me to change that. Help me to stay in Your Presence the rest of this day. You are well worthy of my full connectedness to You. Thank You, Father, for letting me be close to You.”

If you’re not praying, you’re probably straying.

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Forgive to be forgiven

“And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.” Mark 11:25

(Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading – Job 23-24 & Mark 11-12)

If we don’t have a right relationship with God, how do we expect to be able to communicate (pray) to Him?

This concept is mentioned in Corinthians referring to the taking of communion.

God notes the hearts of all of us. Nothing escapes Him. To attempt to ask Him to do something for us that we won’t do for others is folly.

It is reminiscent of the parable about the worker forgiven a huge debt by his boss. Instead of carrying that kindness on to those who are indebted to him, he does just the opposite.

My sins are ultimately against God. I must seek His forgiveness when I sin. My tendency is to first seek to get forgiveness from the person I have sinned against. I must never forget that sin is a breaking of God’s rules.

If I am in right relationship with God then praying is a very natural thing to do. There is no formality. The intrusions don’t exist. I talk with Him as the wonderful friend He is. I thank Him for His many blessings. I know that He knows all about what is going on in my life. I don’t need to “dispatch” Him to a problem of mine or give Him insight on a problem in my life. He’s where my trouble is. He knows what is going on. I pray knowing that He is already where I see a need. I pray, joining Him in His concern for my problem.

“Lord, reveal to me my sinfulness. I want my life to be clean so that our relationship is functioning the way You want it to. I thank You that You love me.   I thank You that You sent Jesus to take care of the consequences of my sins. I owe You everything! Fill me with Your Holy Spirit. Toss out the sludge in my life. Cleanse me, I pray.”

Are you acceptable to God?

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Detestable prayers?

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“If anyone turns a deaf ear to my instruction, even their prayers are detestable.” Proverbs 28:9

(Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading – Proverbs 28-29 & Psalm 60 & Romans 16)

Harsh, very harsh!

What is really important to a believer? One thing that comes to my mind is for me is to be able to enter the presence of God. I want a relationship with Him. A relationship that is working because I am lost without it.

But in today’s verse we find an asterisk so to speak. A piece of information that is not just factual. It is a caffeine jolt!

To enter into His presence via prayer has a precondition: I must be doing what He wants me to do.

God finds my prayers “detestable” if I am blatantly disobeying what He has told me to do or not to do. It certainly makes perfect sense. Why would God want an interaction with someone who knowingly disobeys Him?

I believe that I have much to learn about God and what He wants from me. I believe that my ignorance leads me into frayed relationship with Him at times. That’s not what today’s verse is about. The missteps referred to here are intentional. I know that I should respect my wife and yet I choose not to do it……..that will mess up my relationship not only with my wife but also with God. I can’t let that happen for either reason.

The Lord is willing to teach me. Am I willing to put in the time and determination to be taught things? Will I forgo time spent doing less important things? My prayer relationship with God hinges on my behavior. O Lord, help me!

“Father, Your patience with me is unfathomable. What I want to do out of love for You often gets neglected for lesser things. I never want my prayer connection to You to be compromised. Forgive me for drifting away from You so frequently. Saturate me with You this day. Prick my conscience when I am getting loose from You. I love you, Father.”

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House of prayer

ja19“My house will be called a house of prayer.”  Luke 19:46

(Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading – Genesis 47-48 & Psalm 10 & Luke 19)

God’s house is to be known for its praying.

At the House of Pizza everyone knows that pizza is the primary offering.  Other things are served but pizza is the main feature.

How about the church?  When you think of the specific church you regularly attend, what is the main feature there?  Is it the minister?  Is it the music?  Is it the programs that are going on there?

If your church is one in which you wonder if anyone is praying, other than the minister on Sunday morning, than the chosen verse should be alarming.

Prayer is a special relationship with God.  As a believer I love God and want to communicate with Him often.

My relationship with God starts out personal and stays personal but also moves into group mode.  Acts 1:14: “THEY all joined together CONSTANTLY in prayer, along with the women….”  This was the model for the earliest Christians and it should be the model for Godly churches today.

I am surely taking liberties with the verse but I want my home (house) to be a home of prayer.  I want to pray there spontaneously and often.  I cannot let the activities in my midst negatively impact my praying relationship to God.  I must stay close to Him.

“Lord, I thank You for Your Word.  May churches be known as, “Houses of Prayer,” as You intend them to be.  May my home be a place when prayer is practiced spontaneously. I love You, Father!”

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Keep on praying

ja18“Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up.”  Luke 18:1

(Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading – Genesis 44-46 & Luke 18)

The more I pray the better I get to know God.

I do not know God’s timing so when I pray telling God what to do I should not be alarmed when my prayers of that sort aren’t answered as I want.

The chosen verse encourages persistence in prayer.  The occasional approach to prayer is not effective.

I need to live a Godly life.  Walking with God will assist me in being in agreement with Him.  That agreement will impact the effectiveness of my prayers.

I believe that I need to be persistent in praying for the salvation of family members.  I plan to be relentless in that quest.  They need God.

One offshoot of praying for things is that I also have to open myself up to being willing to be part of a solution.  A family member unsaved?  Maybe God is waiting for me to be involved.  Maybe He is preparing me to be involved.  By praying I understand that I may have a part, with God’s leading, in the solution.

“Lord, I open myself up to Your leading.  What do You want me to do?  Help me to know what it is and do it.  Praying for others is a definite.  Keep me mindful of Your power.  You can change the sun!  I lift up and lower before You, my family.  Father, bless them, through me if need be.  Guide me, O thou great Jehovah.”

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Remedy for anxiety

d6“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”  Philippians 4:6

(Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading – Philippians 1-4)

There is an alternative to worry for the believer……..pray.

I often worry.  Sometimes the worry is over small things, sometimes major things.

God isn’t underwhelmed or overwhelmed by the size of my worries.

My relationship to God is the key to effective prayer.  If that relationship is loose, then praying is heavy labor for me.  I must restore my relationship with Him before I can pray naturally to Him.  If sin is festering, I must clean it up as soon as possible in order to restore my connection to God.

“Husbands, in the same way be considerate as you live with your wives, and treat them with respect as the weaker partner and as heirs with you of the gracious gift of life, so that nothing will hinder your prayers.” – 1 Peter 3:17.

My whining reveals a messed up connection to God. On the other hand, immediate inclination to bring God into a situation reveals that my relationship to Him is where it should be.

The remarkable thing about all this is that I can easily discern how my spiritual life is going by what I say and do.  I don’t need an evaluation from someone else.

“Lord, help me to learn the obvious: I need a tight relationship with You.  Forgive me for independent living.  That lifestyle always comes up short on satisfaction and long on anxiety.  Cleanse me, Father, of sin so that my interaction with You is free and clear.  I love Your counsel.  I love You, Lord.”

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I need help

d1“In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans.” Romans 8:26

(Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading – Romans 5-8)

What a blessing for the Godly!

I am desperately weak. I don’t know what I should be doing sometimes. Other times I know what I should be doing and end up doing the opposite. I pray to God with a confused, at best, sense of what I need.

In the Old Testament Elijah was so discouraged that he prayed that God would take his life. Elijah did not get what he asked because God had plans in place for Elijah beyond that day. God hears the prayers of the righteous but gives them what He wants them to have.

There are situations where what I need to pray for is clear. Someone is sick so I pray that they get better. Sometimes I get to a place where I have options. I don’t know what to do. God does and I have His Holy Spirit within me. This verse tells me that the Holy Spirit prays for me. What could be better!

“Father, I am so weak spiritually. Thank You for giving me Your Holy Spirit as a comfort and as a helper. I cling to You. I beg for Your direction for my life. Show me Your Ways. Teach me Your Path so that I may walk rightly. I love You, Lord!”

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