The Prayer Coach

Home » Posts tagged 'Jesus Christ'

Tag Archives: Jesus Christ

The Cry of an Intercessor

For those who believe in the power of prayer and praying in the Holy Spirit, check out the YouTube Channel, Intercessory Prayer (The Cry of an Intercessor)

2016 Prayer of Re-dedication

Audio – Prayer for Employment

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas.

Jeremiah’s Prayer

OT prayer seriesToday’s culture mocks devotion to the Christian lifestyle and obedience to God’s Word. Declaring the Good News of Jesus Christ is unpopular.  Even sharing the truth of God’s Word and reminding Christians of the consequences of disobedience to God is unwelcome.  When the truth falls on deaf ears it can be heartbreaking, we can feel ineffective, become discouraged, angry, disappointed and selfish in our prayers.

Can you imagine how Jeremiah felt after proclaiming God’s messagesJeremiah'sPrayer and warnings to the Israelites, God’s chosen people?  From his prayers we can imagine his disappointment, frustration, discouragement, and yes, even anger.  Consider Jeremiah’s prayer:

Jeremiah 17:14-18 New Living Translation (NLT)
14 O Lord, if you heal me, I will be truly healed;
if you save me, I will be truly saved.
My praises are for you alone!
15 People scoff at me and say,
“What is this ‘message from the Lord’ you talk about?
Why don’t your predictions come true?”

16 Lord, I have not abandoned my job
as a shepherd for your people.
I have not urged you to send disaster.
You have heard everything I’ve said.
17 Lord, don’t terrorize me!
You alone are my hope in the day of disaster.
18 Bring shame and dismay on all who persecute me,
but don’t let me experience shame and dismay.
Bring a day of terror on them.
Yes, bring double destruction upon them!                                                                
Yes, bring double destruction upon them!

What is evident when you read this prayer?

I saw and heard three (3) things in Jeremiah’s prayer when I read it ALOUD:

  •  Personal relationship. Jeremiah’s attention is on his personal relationship with Jehovah God. It’s personal; it’s all about him (Jeremiah).
  • Emotionalism mingled with faith. He acknowledges his faith in God to heal him because he is distressed, hurt (broken in spirit). He also acknowledges his faith in God to save (rescue and protect) him from the attacks of those who scoffs and mocks him because of his messages and warnings of disastrous judgment from God.
  • Personal defense. He continues by expressing his faithfulness, consistency and persistence in his assignment. In essence, Jeremiah defends himself by saying, “I’ve done my job—I have done what You chose me to do, and I’ve said what You told me to say. Lord, this is Your plan; not mine.”
  • Personal vindication/retaliation. After presenting his defense by reminding God of his obedience in carrying out his assignment, he then ask God to not let him be the object of terror or let him be destroyed. He acknowledges his hope (expectation) is in God alone when the time of disaster comes.  However, he closes his prayer by expressing his desire for retaliation (vengeance) against those who persecuted him for doing his job.   Basically, he unashamedly ask God to follow through with His plan to destroy those who persecuted him.

Important to note:  God does not acknowledge Jeremiah’s prayer!  In verse 19, God gives him another assignment with the command: “GO and stand in the gates of Jerusalem…”

 Can you relate to Jeremiah’s personal conversation with God? Jeremiah’s prayer is really no different than ours when we are feeling overwhelmed in life and ministry, frustrated by challenges, and disappointed by people who hurt us, particularly those we are trying to help. Sometimes we may feel ineffective, yet we must be careful not to let our feelings of rejection and discouragement sabotage our faith and trust in the sovereignty of our God to the point that we are praying out of emotions instead of our spirit, which should be aligned with God’s will.

The next time you are frustrated, feeling overwhelmed, disappointed and discouraged, how will you pray?

 

Keep’em simple

prayinghandsNo matter how perplexing or challenging your situation is your prayers do not have to be.  They should be specific, but keep ’em simple.  God is not impressed with lengthy prayers and flattering words to show off your vast vocabulary.   Notwithstanding, there is absolutely nothing wrong with intelligent, articulate prayers.  However, it’s not about being grammatically correct and fancy words; it’s about a believing heart.   Since the Lord knows everything, there is no need to pretend.  It is not your vocabulary that gets God’s attention, it is your faith.

Your faith in God, your relationship with Jesus Christ and your commitment to that relationship, regardless of your adversity, give you the privilege of talking to the Creator of the Universe, our Father, in your native language to express your needs and concerns in simplicity.  After all, God can even  interpret your silence because He hears your heart and sees your faith.

 

#9 – Unconfessed sin

Psalm 66:18 and Isaiah 59:2 in no uncertain terms makes it clear that unconfessed sin in our heart is a hindrance to answered prayers.  Always ask the Lord to cleanse and purify your heart and mind so that you can approach Him properly with the assurance that He will hear your prayers, and in His timing grant your request.

 

#8 – Trying to impress people

There is no need to try to impress others. We are all uniquely and wonderfully made in God’s image (Psalm 139:14; Genesis 1:26). We are complete in Him, (Colossians 2:10) and loved unconditionally by Him.

Trying to impress other people is like saying you are dissatisfied with who God made you to be. Be yourself and talk to your personal God. “And when you pray, you are not to be as the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and on the street corners, in order to be seen by men. Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full” (Matthew 6:5).

When praying with others, there is always a danger of being more concerned with what they think about your prayers than being concerned with the One to whom your prayers are directed. Never try to impress people when you pray and God is certainly not impressed by prayers.

#7 – Stinginess in giving to others

Giving is a principle in the Kingdom of God.  God loves a cheerful giver (2 Cor. 9:7).  Additional scriptures concerning giving are:

1 John 3:17-20; Proverbs 21:13; Luke 6:38.  I also encourage you to find other scriptures that teaches on giving; there are lots of them!

#6 – Not Abiding in Christ

Scripture reference: John 15:7

“But if you remain in me and my words remain in you, you may ask for anything you want, and it will be granted!”

#4 Improper Treatment of Spouse

Improper treatment of your spouse hinder prayers from being answered. (This is specific to the husband and his treatment of his wife; however, why risk unanswered prayers because of our improper treatment of others, period.)  Just treat everyone right…be kind, and love one another.

#3 Idolatry

Idolatry is a hindrance to answered prayer.

#1 Unforgiving Spirit

Keep praying! Don’t give up!

Man-Praying-390x250Persistence in prayer is a demonstration of your faith in God.

I really believe this post is specifically written to encourage you to keep praying; keep believing and trusting in the faithfulness and unconditional love of God to change your situation and/or change you concerning your situation.

One of the greatest parables Jesus taught on persistence in prayer is found in Luke 18:1-8.  If you read the parable, it reminds us that sometimes it appears that the unjust has the upper hand and is in control of all that concerns you– your well-being.  Not so! It’s important to know the will of God concerning you.  For example, the widow understood that her well being was God’s will for her…that she should be taken care of.  She also understood that the judge was out of the will of God where justice was concerned.  He was unjust because he was not accountable to God for administering justice as ordained by God.

My encouragement to you is persist in prayer regardless of how it appears to be no change; but above all seek to know God’s will concerning you and your situation.  Question: Are you the elect of God?  Then know that God hears and answers…trust Him to be faithful.  Reread the parable in Luke 18:1-8; meditate on it and let the Holy Spirit minister to you.

Remember, your persistence in prayer is a demonstration of your faith in God.

Praying with Specificity

throneofgraceIt is easy to pray generalized prayers asking God to bless us, our home, children, church, community, nation, etc.   What makes it easy is that no detailed thought is put into how you want God to bless.  What are you requesting God do? Rather than take the time to really consider the situation or condition and “pray” about how to “pray” saying general prayers is easier.

Does praying general prayers means a person is not sincere in their prayers? No. I think most people are sincere; they really do want God to bless, heal, save, etc.  I have learned that many don’t know to make specific prayer requests.  And, some don’t believe they should because God knows what they need even before they ask (Matthew 6:8).  That is true; Jesus said so, but He expects us to ask.  Being specific in prayer is a matter of clear and concise communication as if in a one-on-one conversation with another human being.  In order to “make sense” and avoid vain babbling in conversation, you seek to communicate clearly so that each person understands what is being conveyed. Although you are talking with God, clear and concise communication is just as important; however, it is more to our advantage.

I serve as altar prayer counselor at my local church. It is common for individuals to request prayer, but their requests are so general that I ask for more specifics, not to be nosy, but to be effective in prayer and articulate clearly.   In addition, as I seek to be specific, the Holy Spirit gives me additional insight and specifics to pray concerning their need and situation.  Therefore, they are enlightened concerning their own need and how to continue praying.

You may ask, “Why is praying with specificity important? God  understands and knows our heart.”

Here are three (3) reasons we should be specific in our prayers:

  1. Being specific helps us to understand and know God’s heart concerning our need, request and the needs of those we may be praying for.  In order to understand, know His heart we should be clear in our thoughts to articulate God’s will revealed in His Word. When we understand and know God’s will, our prayers are like guided missiles that hit the target with precision–they are more effective when we are specific. (Acts 4:23-31)
  2. Praying with specificity provides the proof when those prayers are answered.  When we make specific requests rather than praying general prayers, we can be certain when that specific prayer is answered.  (John 11:40-44)
  3. Praying with specificity builds our faith and confidence as we become more sensitive to the Spirit by allowing Him to pray through us.  As we study the Word of God, we are better equipped to pray in agreement with God’s Word and be specific because we know what He says.  When we pray specifically according to God’s Word and He answers specifically, we can pray with specificity in confidence that He hears our prayers and He will answer us as He promised in His Word (Jeremiah 33:3).

Here is an extended example of praying with specificity:

Heavenly Father,

You are holy, righteous and just.  I reverence you. Your works are marvelous in our eyes; I praise your holy Name.  You said in your Word that we can come boldly to the Throne of Grace to obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

Father, I come in confidence requesting your mercy be extended to Doris. I pray for your favor to surround her like a shield. I pray that she does not lose heart and faint in her faith because of the report she has been given.  I pray that she will believe your report. May she be steadfast and immovable from her position of hope in Christ and in your unconditional love for her regardless of how she feels.  Lord, I ask that she becomes more sensitive and alert to your Presence in the next three months as she undergo more tests.  I pray that every doctor, nurse, and all medical staff are handpicked by you to ensure the best medical care with her best interest in mind.  I pray that they are kind, gentle and express genuine concern for her well-being.  I ask that family members and close friends are strengthened by your hand to give Doris the support and love she needs to endure this time of testing.

Lord, I believe that you are the same yesterday, today and forever, so I ask that your healing virtue flow continuously through Doris’ body. Let your power to heal be manifested in her life to give testimony and glory to you as the only true and living God.

I speak words of comfort, peace and encouragement and send them forth in the Spirit to give life.  I pray that the words of life and not death are spoken by Doris and all in her environment. Let the words of life permeate her atmosphere! Father, I thank you that you hear the prayers of those who believe and stand firmly on the truth of your Word.

I pray this prayer in faith with thanksgiving in the Name of Jesus the Christ.  Amen.

After reading this, from this day forward, I pray that you begin praying with specificity according to God’s Word having confidence that He hears and will answer!

Your prayer coach,

%d bloggers like this: