Do you struggle to find the right words when you pray? Do you find yourself overusing phrases with “bless” in them? Do you want more confidence in prayer? If so, try following this Prayer Helps tip!
Have you ever prayed for something for a long time? In this Prayer Helps video – “God’s Delays”, I share about a prayer request that took years to be answered.
If you watch the video to the very end you will see a much younger me in a group photo!
May you be encouraged to persevere in prayer!
Nothing encourages me more than experiencing answers to prayer or hearing how God has answered the prayers of others. However, we often act as if “Yes” is the only answer we can receive from God, but “No”, or “Not now” are answers that should be acknowledged and celebrated as well.
This is the first of several videos where I share personal answers to prayer. In this one I share how a “No’ from God greatly impacted my life.
I hope you will be encouraged to accept “No” from God as much as you are willing to accept “Yes”. I’ll share more about other answers to prayer I have received in upcoming videos.
I would be interested in hearing from you any questions or experiences about prayer that you would like to share!
This is my last post before Christmas so I want to wish you and your loved ones a very blessed Christmas!
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace
as you trust in him.”
The first Christmas reminds us that God can do the impossible, a great theme for our focus on answered prayer.
In Prayer Helps #4, I share two of my favorite stories about answered prayer. I have broken them up into two videos.
I hope these videos will encourage you in your prayer life.
In the next video, I will share some of the answers to prayer I have personally experienced.
Prayer – it’s not all about me!
Instead of need-based prayer, try a different model – worship-based prayer, the subject of the third video in this series.
In your personal prayer time, try using the 4/4 musical beat pattern suggested by Daniel Henderson in his book Fresh Encounters – Experiencing Transformation Through United Worship-Based Prayer (Colorado Springs, CO: Navpress, 2004), 129.
There is something wrong with the way many of us approach prayer.
In my opinion, two reasons for our poor praying are:
- Ignorance – Most of us were never taught how to pray.
- Arrogance – We assume too often that we know the best answer for our need without having to consult God.
Behind this poor praying is the wrong focus – need-based prayer rather than God-focused prayer.
(Fresh Encounters by Daniel Henderson)
Acts 4 is a good example of God-focused prayer:
- -vv.1-22 – the problem
- -vv.23-30 – the response
- -v.31 – the result
When you pray this week, bring your needs to God and before telling Him how to answer your prayer, pause. Wait for God to show you how you should pray and then offer your request.
Next Video – Worship-Based Prayer