Prayers of Faith

PRAYERS

This month, my pastor is doing a series on Prayer. Since it was announced that we would be focusing on prayer during worship services and bible studies, I have been thinking a lot about prayer and what makes our prayers effective. And one thing that keeps resurfacing during my meditation time is FAITH.  That led me to wonder how a “regular prayer” is different from a prayer of faith.
Verses on which to meditate:. 
Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. 
Mark 11: 24
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
Hebrews 11:1
If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.
Matthew 21:22
Before I forget, if you are in the Atlanta Area and want to hear an awesome word, from an anointed man of God, I invite you to to come visit us this Sunday.  

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In my life, here is what I have learned about faith:
– Faith gives you supernatural confidence.
– When we take a leap of faith with God, we have everything to gain (and nothing to lose but fear.)
– Faith allows us to believe that God has a plan for our life.
– .Faith allows us to genuinely believe that ALL things work together for our good. 
– Faith allows us to be genuinely happy for the achievements of our family and friends because we know that if God is blessing them, He most certainly can and will bless us.
– Faith reassures us that in our loneliness, God is enough.
– Faith calms us despite discouragement and anxiety.
– Faith allows us to pursue our respective purposes with reckless abandon even when we can’t see where we are headed.
Additional Verses on Which to Meditate:
But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind.
James 1:6
Without faith, it is impossible to please God.
Hebrews 11:6 (I’d really just recommend reading the entirety of Hebrews 11. It’s all about FAITH!!
Knowing what I know about faith and about prayer, here are my tips:
1) Always Pray (1 Thessalonians 5:17) – Remain in constant communion with God. 
2) Don’t Lose Heart (Luke 18:1) – Persevere; you already have the victory. 
3) Give Thanks in All Circumstances (1 Thessalonians 5:18) – Praise God for His goodness. 
I pray that your prayers shift from “regular prayers” to prayers of faith. Remember, God is not a man that He should lie, not a human being that he should change His mind. He will do just what he said!
A Prayer For You:

Dear Father, I thank you for each reader of this post. I pray that each reader will have full faith and full trust in You. I know that if we abide in you, you will abide in us. And that if you abide in us, we will fulfill our respective purposes and live blessed lives. Grant us the desire to spend time in your word and in your presence. Increase our faith so that we are comfortable coming boldly to your throne. Increase our faith such that we pray prayers of faith and know that what we ask will be done. We know that you are a God who is able to do more than we could ever ask, think or imagine. For that, we are thankful. Amen.

Peace,
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Praise is What I Do – Word of the Year

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Source: godsygirl.com

Happy New Year! Praise is my word for 2014. Praise and worship are sometimes used interchangeably. I am not a theologian, so I’m not here to tell you that they are or aren’t synonymous. In the grand scheme of things, your belief or knowledge of the definition of these words will not get you into or keep you out of heaven. So, let’s not get caught up on that. Let’s just talk about praise.

Ok. Now, when we hear the word praise, we often think of music or the praise and worship portion of worship service. But, God doesn’t mean for us to reserve our priase for church. If that were the case…well you get the point. Praise should be a lifestyle. And, going forward, my praise will be:

  1. focused on God and his goodness (Hebrews 13:15)
  2. fueled by faith (Hebrews 11:1)
  3. fulfilled in my life and my future (Psalm 61:8)

MY DEFINITION — Praise (verb): any activity (thought, word, song or action) that comes from a heart consumed with and focused on expressing thanks, honor, adoration, and glory for our AWESOME God.

In 2014 (and thereafter), as I seek and purpose to praise God in the good and the bad (because of Romans 8:28, I know that God works ALL things together for my good because I love him), I will live with an attitude of gratitude. Psalm 22:3 tells us that God inhabits the praises of his people.  Because of that, God is not attracted to our problems.  He is attracted to our praise! This is also why praise precedes any and every breakthrough. When we focus on God and his greatness, we reflect his glory back to him. You see, I have decided to praise him for who He is and what he has already done. I will also praise him in advance for the things I am expecting (and the things that aren’t on my radar that he is going to surprise me with 🙂 ) Him to do in my life. 

Today, I praise God because he is worthy of ALL of my praise. He is alpha and omega. He is mighty. He is my creator, my strong tower, my way-maker, my peace, my provider, my healer, my comforter, and the list goes on and on.

Praise is not an event that takes place only at church or in an environment with other believers. Praise not only comes forth from our lips in a sway inducing song that causes arms to be outstretched (like the photo above 🙂 ). Praise manifests itself in our faith, in our actions and our thoughts (a.k.a. our lifestyle). Praise is necessary because it refocuses our attention from our present circumstances to the awe inspiring nature, character and goodness of God.

I am striving for a sincere lifestyle of praise, which I believe will increase and release more faith, allow for a more intimate relationship with God, and develop  contentment.

Will you join me in a lifestyle of praising God?

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P.S. This song (It Could Be Worse — James Fortune and FIYA, featuring Le’Andria Johnson and Zacardi Cortez) came on as I was finishing this post, so I thought it fitting to share it with you.