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Prayer for Employment

MP900341996Father, I come boldly to your throne of Grace, in Jesus’ Name on behalf of those who need employment.

 I believe and confess your Word over them today knowing that you watch over your Word to perform it in our lives, and that it is your will that your Word is manifested in the earth realm. I pray that your Word prospers wherever it is sent! And I send it to those needing employment. Father, I acknowledge that You are the Source of all our needs; it is because of You that we have the resources needed in this life. You are the Source of every need, consolation, comfort and encouragement.  I pray that believers who seek employment are courageous and grows in strength, not becoming discouraged and giving up in their search for gainful employment. You know every need and You are concerned about our well-being. 

I pray that you will instruct them and guide their path as they acknowledge you.  I pray that even their search for employment, they are drawn closer to You as they pray asking for Your help and committing their way to Yours.

Father, I thank you that you have already set before them an open door, which no one is able to shut. Lead them to that open door that they may enter in.  Father I pray that your favor surrounds them like a shield.  Help them to have perfect peace and confidence in your faithfulness to provide and protect.  I pray that they be of good cheer because Jesus has overcome the world, and deprived it of its power to harm them.  I pray that those seeking employment will not fret or have anxiety about their situation, for your peace, Lord, mounts guard over their heart and mind.  I pray prayinghandsthat they realize that even in this situation they are self-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency. Your grace is sufficient.  Let them speak your word over their situation in faith. Father, again I ask that you direct, make straight and plain their path.  I pray this prayer on their behalf and in agreement with Your will, personal plan and purpose for their life.  Thank you, Father, that You hear us and answer. Amen!

 

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Prayer for the Longing Soul

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“For he satisfies the longing soul…” 

It is easy to be identified as having a longing soul especially during times of grief, the holiday season and other events that can cause frustration and unfulfilled needs. This can become an entrapment that makes life seem unbearable.  Usually the longing soul focuses on self-gratifying things, things of a temporal nature, compatible companionship and camaraderie, which cannot bring long-lasting satisfaction to a longing soul. Signs of a “longing” soul are running about, rushing and running to and fro, eager or greedy, thirsty, and yearning for more. The search for fulfillment is usually in temporal things that depreciate in value, or running to that individual you hope will satisfy the need you have to feel loved and secure.  Unfortunately, none of these will satisfy the longing soul.  The depth of the longing soul is beyond our comprehension and certainly greater than what we perceive as our greatest need. God never meant for another human being to take His place; to satisfy that part of us designed for Him.

The longing soul can only be satisfied by the One who created it, breathed life into it–the Giver and Sustainer of life.  Truth is we can experience temporary and short-term satisfaction, but only God can give complete, long lasting, eternal satisfaction.

Sometimes we think we know what we are longing for, but more than likely, we really do not know.  All we know is that   something is missing–there is a deep void within, an emptiness that screams to be filled like a hungry infant at feeding time. Let me assure you that God knows what you’re longing for even if you do not.  After all, He created you and He knows all things about you. He wants to fill your soul with Himself through the “life-giving” Spirit. Let us pray!

Prayer for the Longing Soul:

Father, You are Creator of the Universe, which is beyond our comprehension; yet You are so concerned about all mankind that you have a plan to implant Yourself in us that we can live eternally. This too is beyond our comprehension; so it is by faith that we accept Your plan.  Father, I pray for those who are searching, running to and fro, thirsty for fulfillment that only comes from You.  Your word in Psalm 107:9 declares that You satisfies the longing soul.  Father, I pray for those who are unfulfilled, looking to people and temporal things to satisfy and meet a need that You want to meet.  I pray for those who are desperate for companionship, and overwhelmed by life’s challenges. Lord, I pray that they invite you into their heart so that You can satisfy their thirsty soul. Only through an intimate relationship with You can we enjoy the abundant life that comes through faith in Your Son, Jesus Christ.

Father, our faith is in You; You are faithful to keep Your Word. Thank You, Father, for satisfying the longing (thirsty); in Jesus’ Name we pray. Amen. 

Prayers in the Old Testament

I enjoy reading and studying the prayers of patriarchs, prophets and other people in the Old Testament.  There’s a lot we can learn if we spend some quality time studying their prayers.

We’ll start sharing some insights that can help us and enhance our prayer life.  If you would like to get a jump start, read Jeremiah’s prayers (17:14-18; 32:16-25). Read King Jehoshaphat’s prayer (2 Chronicles 20:1-12). Read Daniel’s prayer (Daniel 9:1-19).

This will be a long series, so get ready; you will be blessed.

As always, thanks for visiting!

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#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.

10 Hindrances to Answered Prayer

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God has promised to hear us when we pray. However, we want Him to hear and answer us also as He has promised.  There are exceptions to having our prayers answered. I will share ten (10) common hindrances to receiving answers to our prayers.  These hindrances are based on scriptures.  These will be audio posts.  Listen up!

Note:  They are listed in numerical order not ranking order.

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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!

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Enlarge My Heart

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If you have lived any length of time, you know that there are times when you feel like you are carrying the world on your shoulders.  Your heart is too small to carry the baggage. You feel helpless and heavy in your spirit.  Sometimes it appears that God is taking a sabbatical.  How do you deal with those weighty feelings and ‘over-sized’ emotions?  One of the best ways is praying for the revival (refreshing and renewal) of your soul. You can ask for understanding and strength. Always remember to repent and trust God to grant grace and rest. Be assured that He hears you and will enlarge your heart.

Verses 25-32

25My soul clings to the dust;
Revive me according to Your word.
26 I have declared my ways, and You answered me;
Teach me Your statutes.
27 Make me understand the way of Your precepts;
So shall I meditate on Your wonderful works.
28 My soul melts from heaviness;
Strengthen me according to Your word.

29 Remove from me the way of lying,
And grant me Your law graciously.
30 I have chosen the way of truth;
Your judgments I have laid before me.
31 I cling to Your testimonies;
O Lord, do not put me to shame!
32 I will run the course of Your commandments,
For You shall enlarge my heart.

PRAYER

Heavenly Father,

Hallowed is Your Name.  I am in awe of Your majesty! You are great and worthy of all glory and honor.

I bow before You today in submission to Your will and your way. Again I pray in faith, confidence, and expectation of Your promise to hear me when I call unto You.  I repent of my sins and ask for forgiveness now so that my prayers are not hindered.  Thank You, Father, for being just and faithful to forgive me and cleanse me from all unrighteousness through the precious blood of Jesus Christ of Nazareth.

Father, I delight in Your Word.  I need it; I want it! I prostrate myself in Your Presence desperate to hear from You.  When I am laid low, revive me by Your word. Lord God, I talk to You about my plans and you answer me, but teach me Your decrees. It is Your purposes and plans that prevail over mine. Make me understand the way of Your precepts so shall I meditate on Your wonderful works.

Father, the cares of this life often cause me to become weary and my soul melts from heaviness; I ask that You strengthen me according to Your word.  Keep deceitful and lying ways far from me and favor me with Your law.

Lord God, I choose the way of truth. Your judgments I have laid before me to walk therein.  Help me to hold fast to Your testimonies, O LORD, do not put me to shame as I am called by Your Name. I will run in step with Your commandments, realizing it is You who enlarges my heart and broadens my understanding.

Oh! How I praise You! I worship You in spirit and in truth.  You alone are God. Thank You for this privilege and access to Your grace through Jesus Christ, my Redeemer and Lord.

I pray this prayer with thanksgiving. I seal it in the Name of Jesus, the blood and the Holy Spirit.  Amen.

 

An excerpt from the devotional, 22 Days of Prayers and Meditations: Psalm 119

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Prayer of Petition

Prayer of petition is also referred to as supplication.  These are requests that include our personal needs and the needs of others (intercession, which we’ll discuss in another post).  In our petitions, we ask God for whatever needs that concern us; e.g., physical (natural), psychological, spiritual, emotional.  Some scriptures that support this element of prayer are: 2 Corinthians 12:7-10; Philippians 4:6-7; 1 Samuel 1:27.  (There are more; feel free to research yourself).

Also, in Jesus’ model prayer recorded in Luke 11:1-4; Matthew 6:9-13 is this element of prayer—petition (supplication, requests)… “Give us day by day our daily bread… forgive us our sins…do not lead us into temptation…”

These are petitions (requests) made to Father God.  Prayer of petition should be intentional on our part for the purpose of appropriating God’s gifts and resources in order for us to fulfill His purposes by working in and through us.  If our motives for asking are wrong, we won’t receive. This is essence what James meant when he said (paraphrasing) we ask and don’t receive because we ask “amiss” (improperly, wrongly), namely for selfish reasons (James 4:2-3).   

Petition is a privileged element of prayer; therefore, we must be mindful that what we’re requesting (asking) God for is in accordance with His will and purpose.  One important note to remember is that He knows what we need of even before we ask (Matthew 6:8).  Ultimately, the prayer of petition is a privilege that comes with being in relationship with a loving and caring Father.

Below is a sample Prayer of Petition:

Heavenly Father,

Thank you for the privilege of coming boldly to Your throne of grace in the Name of Jesus, my Savior and Lord. According to Your Word I am making my requests known to You knowing that You already know what I need.

Father, I ask that You renew my strength so that I can wait patiently upon You. I ask that my ears and eyes are opened  that I might see,  hear, know and understand Your Word so that I can walk in obedience to Your commands, and share with others.  I ask You to make me alert, awake and attentive in Your thoughts and ways, so that I’m not easily deceived by the enemy. I ask that you help me to be disciplined and a good steward over all that You’ve entrusted to me for my consumption, to bless others and  Kingdom purpose. Above all, Father, I ask that my family (name them) would receive Your Son, Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord; that they completely surrender their lives to Him in full assurance of the atoning blood that He shed on the cross. Thank you, Father, for the privilege of prayer.  I pray with thanksgiving, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

 NOTES

  • Even in prayers of petition, you should spend time repenting, thanking, praising and worshiping Father before you start asking for anything.  This is important to gain access into His Presence (Holy of Holies)  and enter into His courts; it positions you in the spiritual realm and gives you clarity in hearing the Holy Spirit give you what to pray for; yes, even your needs.  This way, what you ask for will be aligned with His will.
  •  We have the privilege of asking; however, God’s sovereignty gives Him the right to grant or deny our petition based solely on His will, His plan…His purpose (2 Cor. 12:7-10).

Prerequisites for Answered Prayer

Is prayer like having a “blank check” to ask God for anything we want and expect to receive it?

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22 And Jesus, replying, said to them, Have faith in God [constantly].

23 Truly I tell you, whoever says to this mountain, Be lifted up and thrown into the sea! and does not doubt at all in his heart but believes that what he says will take place, it will be done for him.

24 For this reason I am telling you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe (trust and be confident) that it is granted to you, and you will [get it].

25 And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him and let it drop (leave it, let it go), in order that your Father Who is in heaven may also forgive you your [own] failings and shortcomings and let them drop. Mark 11:22—24, Amplified).

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I recall how Mark 11:22-25 became alive in me years ago; it changed my perception on prayer.   It was the “seed” that produced the faith I needed to rise up and pursue a consistent and fervent life of prayer.  This shifted my prayer life to a higher dimension for which we have been called. Believe it and put into practice so that you will know that God still does answer prayer.

Sure it may appear to be a blank check, but it is not.  There are two prerequisites in these passages that are essential to answered prayer. They are: Faith and Forgiveness.

First, let’s recap the scenario and circumstances surrounding this lesson on prayer.  After Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem, He and the disciples went out to Bethany.  The next day upon leaving Bethany, Jesus was hungry and saw a fig tree with leaves from a distance, which ordinarily meant there were figs on the tree.  However, when He reached the tree there were no figs only leaves because “it was not the season for figs.”  However, there should have been edible buds on the tree since leaves were on it.Since there were no edible buds, it was the indication that the tree would be fruitless that year.

Throughout Old Testament history and prophecies, the fig tree and its fruit (fig) were associated with God’s promises of prosperity and carried prophetic warnings.  The fig tree was a symbol of long-continued well-being and prosperity.  Therefore, for the tree to have leaves but no edible buds, which was a sign that there would be no figs, means it was out of divine order, and unproductive in accordance with God’s purpose and promises. Also, note this was the condition of the Jewish leaders (Pharisees, Sadducees and Scribes) at that time—unproductive and out of alignment with God’s purpose and promises. This tree represented creative deception (false advertisement, if you will).  So Jesus made a prophetic declaration in faith against the tree (He cursed the tree).  He said to the tree, “No one ever again shall eat fruit from you” (Mark 11:14).

At this point, it was an object lesson for the apostles, and an impartation that released the power of the spoken word (prophetic declaration).  This is just as relevant for us today.  However, please note that EVERYTHING declared must align with the order of God, and anything that personifies deception, or opposes God’s promises and the productivity that He has ordained must not be allowed to remain.

The next day Peter observed the fig tree and pointed out to Jesus that the tree He cursed was withered. Jesus’ reply to Peter’s observation appears unrelated and definitely unexpected.  He said, “Have faith in God.”  What does a withered fig tree have to do with faith in God?  I’m glad you ask.  The withered tree is the manifestation of a declaration of faith that was in agreement with the will, design and order of God.

This kind of faith is supernatural and progressive—faith in the power of God so much so that what you say is aligned with what you know to be His purpose will come to pass. Your faith must be evident by what you say and do.  Jesus demonstrated the “power” of the spoken word against something that is not aligned with the will of God. Specifically, the tree was planted to bear fruit for food (Genesis 2:9a).  If there were leaves on the tree there should have been fruit. Having leaves and no fruit was deceptive in nature and against God’s divine order. Again, this was an object lesson for the disciples because they didn’t have that level of faith yet.  However, Jesus imparted this knowledge unto them—a key to prayers being answered is having faith in God and speaking.  Believing that what you say will happen, it will be done for you as long as it is in agreement with God’s will, way and word. Wow!

“…whatever you ask for in prayer, believe (trust and be confident0 that is granted to you, and you will [get it]” Mark 11:24, Amplified).

Have you prayed for anything?  Do you believe you will receive it, or do you believe you have already received it?  To believe you have received it is to believe your request has been granted in the Spirit realm before it’s manifested in the natural.

This is why many of our prayers are not answered, or should I say not being manifested in the natural.  We don’t make faith declarations; neither do we believe until we see the manifestation in the natural.  NOW faith is the assurance (the confirmation, the title deed) of the things [we] hope for, being the proof of things [we] do not see and the conviction of their reality [faith perceiving as real fact what is not revealed to the senses]”  Hebrew 11:, Amplified.

At the moment Jesus spoke to the tree, he knew his prayer was heard and answered by God the Father and would be manifested in the natural. Another example is in John 11:41-42. Jesus’ prayer for the resurrection of Lazarus had already been answered. How do we know? “And Jesus lifted up His eyes and said, Father, I thank you that you have heard Me. Yes, I know You always hear and listen to Me, but I have said this on account of and for the benefit of the people standing around, so that they may believe that You did send Me [and You have made Me Your Messenger].” 

 When you pray with confidence that your prayer is already answered, the manifestation of it is for the benefit of others so that they will believe.  Therefore, your petition or requests should always be aligned with God’s will.  Lazarus being raised from the dead was already God’s desire (John 11:4).  When we pray for what we know is God’s will, we should also expect our prayer to be answered simply for the purpose of bringing glory to God through our faith in His Son Jesus Christ.

“Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.” I John 5:14-15

The second prerequisite is forgiveness.  Jesus makes it clear to the disciples that forgiveness is a necessity for answered prayer.  Forgiveness is a fundamental principle in the kingdom of God (Matthew 18:21-35). After all, forgiveness is central to the plan of salvation. Because the Father forgives us, we must forgive others. Forgiveness is a matter of the heart, and the condition of our heart determines the truth about our relationship with the Lord as well as others. Basically, our relationship with others is just as important as our relationship with the Lord when it comes to answered prayer.

Therefore, if we want our prayers answered, we must keep our hearts pure“And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him and let it drop (leave it, let it go), in order that your Father Who is in heaven may also forgive you your [own] failings and shortcomings and let them drop” (Mark 11:25, Amplified). 

 Ultimately, not only does unforgiveness hinder answers to prayer, it severs our connection with the Father. There can be no bitterness or resentment to block the lines of communication and fellowship with God.

What assurance to know that our prayers are answered because of our faith in God. However, to live with the assurance of answered prayer, we must guard our heart from the pollutions of the world and the lustful desires of our sin nature. We must rely on the Word of God, the Holy Spirit, and the cleansing power of the Blood of Jesus to purify our heart that we may be able to freely forgive others and receive forgiveness from our Father.

The good news is God still answers prayer today!  Don’t give up! What are you praying for? Do you believe your prayer will be answered, or is already answered and you’re waiting on the manifestation?  If you believe it’s already answered and you’re just waiting for the manifestation, then you should be saying as Jesus said, “Father, I thank You that You have heard me…”

APPLICATION:

Will you confess any unforgiveness that has hindered your prayers from being answered?  If so, repent; ask God for forgiveness and start fresh in faith believing the Word of God.

After reading and meditating on this, how will you change your approach when going to God in prayer?

Will you pray with greater expectation, and yet wait patiently for the manifestation of your answer?

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