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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Word(s) of the Year

I have a feeling that 2013 is going to be a year of significant change for me! I’m not the biggest fan of change, but change is always for our betterment.  I will be open to whatever changes await me next year because whatever the change(s), God has something absolutely, positively amazing in store for me. Many people advocate choosing one word for the year because it gives you a different outlook during that year. I have tried and tried, but I can’t choose just one. This is proof of my indecisiveness; more on that later.

My bible, journal and concordance

My bible, journal and concordance

If you haven’t already chosen a word for 2013, it’s not too late. Keep in mind, you don’t have to choose a word.  I’m choosing one because it will give me something to focus on during my meditation and something to refer to when I’m frustrated with life or circumstances. This is my first year choosing a word of the year. I have faith that it will set the tone for my year.  Words are important. If chosen properly, your word will guide your behaviors, transform your thoughts and inspire you to do and be better.  Your word can also challenge you in your spiritual walk.  I am sharing a list of words that is comprised of my top choices, along with related scripture.  Maybe by the end of the night I will have chosen just one. We’ll see. 🙂 Feel free to choose one of these if it speaks to your soul.

Encouragement

Hebrews 3:13 – But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.

Faith

Hebrews 11:6 –But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek him.

Ephesians 3:12 – In union with Christ and through our faith in him we have the boldness to go into God’s presence with all confidence.

Romans 10:17 – So faith comes from hearing, and hearing from the word of God.

Forgiveness

Matthew 6:14 – For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But, if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.

1 John 1:9 – If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.

Grace

2 Corinthians 12:9-10 – But his answer was: “My grace is all you need, for my power is greatest when you are weak.” I am most happy, then to be proud of my weaknesses, in order to feel the protection of Christ’s power over me. I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and difficulties for Christ’s sake.  For when I am weak, then I am strong.

Growth

2 Peter 3:18 – But continue to grow in grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Hope

Romans 15:13 – May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hopeby the power of the holy spirit.

Joy

Nehemiah 8:10 – …Do not grieve, the joy of the Lord is your strength.

Love

1 John 4:18 – There is no fear in love.  But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment.  The one who fears is not made perfect in love.

2 Timothy 1:7 – For the spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self – discipline.

Peace

Isaiah 26:3 – You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.

Purpose

Psalm 138:8 – The Lord will work out his plans for my life…

Jeremiah 29:11-13 – I alone know the plans I have for you, plans to bring you prosperity and not disaster, plans to bring about the future you hope for. Then you will call to me.  You will come and pray to me, and you will find me because you will seek me with all your heart.

Ephesians 2:10 – God has made us what we are, and in our union with Christ Jesus he has created us for a life of good deeds, which he has already prepared for us to do.

Redemption

Ephesians 1:7 – In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace.

Titus 2:14 – Our Savior Jesus Christ gave himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works.

Steadfast

1 Corinthians 15:58 – Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.

Surrender

Psalm 46:10 – “Be still, and know that I am God…”

James 4:8 – Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you…

SURRENDER!!! This will be my word for 2013. “I surrender all.  All to thee, my precious savior…”  I surprised myself; I was able to choose one word before I finished the post! Things are changing already. J  Initially, I thought long and hard about my word. I stopped thinking about it, and then it started appearing everywhere. I should’ve recognized that as confirmation. But, as I was typing this post, it was that word that stood out.  So, for 2013 (and beyond), I am being called to surrender my desires and my plans to His PERFECT will. After all, God doesn’t need any assistance from little ol’ me. As Psalm 46:10 tells me, I just need to be still, know that God is in control and that’s He’s got me. After all, he promised to perfect that which concerns me.  

surrender

Surrender means to cease resistance and submit to authority.  Surrendering also means not to worry about things that I’ve prayed about.  So, when I attempt to chart my own course, I am resisting God’s will for my life. Shame on me!!!! I never looked at it that way before. The more I think about it, when I resist God’s will for my life by trying to get from point A to point B quicker or trying to skip B, C and everything else in between and move right to Z, I am actually delaying my own progress. Focusing on SURRENDER for the year will enable me to achieve my goals in that I won’t be resisting God.

It is my prayer that a spirit of surrender will become a part of me, so much so that it will become second nature.    Surrendering will challenge me to let go and let God; it will fulfill God’s plan, guide my choices, transform my thoughts and inspire a spirit of obedience.

If you have chosen or subsequently choose a word of the year, I’d love for you to share it.

Happy New Year and Peace & Blessings!!!