Prayer Power

A prayer of faith avails much.  James 5:15

There are so many books on prayer today and we are constantly reminded that prayer changes things. But why is it so hard to do it. What makes it so difficult to pray.

There are so many different reasons like, lack of time, self -reliance, thinking our issues are not important enough or just a lack of faith, to name a few.

I’m sure we can identify with some of those and of course we rationalize in our mind why we don’t pray and we can make a really good argument about it. But we cannot deny that many of us have had our prayers answered and know others who have had also. Deep down we know that God indeed does answer prayer.

I think the first hurdle to get over is to pray to God in Jesus name. Getting pass all the obstacles that keep us from going to him and telling him all about it. Not because he doesn’t know but because you are trusting him with a solution to the problem.

When my youngest daughter got sick I felt so helpless to help her. I took her to doctor after doctor trying to find a solution to her failing health. Sure I prayed, But I was also looking for answers in so many other directions. I think when you are hit with devastating circumstances it knocks you off balance if your eyes are not focused completely on God. I was in a state of panic I had to pull from everything I knew about God and his truth to help me to believe and then trust in his power to help my little girl.

Needless to say it was a very challenging time that not only kept me on my knees but it also showed me the power of God step by step. It took almost a year for us to get a diagnosis and a solution to her health problems but God bought her through it. During that time I seen the hand of God carry us through every step. Each one leading us to the next and closer to our solution. I wouldn’t wish that on anyone. But the lessons of faith I don’t regret. We had our church family praying also and God showed us his mighty power to save. This also taught me that it’s okay to ask for the prayers of the saints of God. People you know will take your case seriously before God. We are sometimes taught to be private with our business but as a Christian it is important to know that it’s okay to have a prayer group or prayer partner to agree with in prayer. It’s very powerful and not only binds us together in love but it also build our faith in God together. Sometimes you just need that extra support when you are discouraged or when your faith is weak. My prayer group and family was a great comfort and support to us during that time. (James 5:14, Matt.18:19)

It’s all about faith in God.

When you pray do you believe that God can do what you ask or give you a solution to your problem?

That is a key factor in getting an answer to your prayer. I will say like many, I believe God can do anything but still ask the question; Will he? I think with every experience we face God has already given us the victory. But sometimes we don’t attain it because of our own unbelief.

God’s word Says:

The effectual fervent prayer of the righteous man avails much James 5:16

The prayer of Faith will heal the sick. James 5:15

But let him ask in faith, nothing doubting. James 1:6a

..That if two of you shall agree on earth touching anything that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father. Matt 18:19

Acting on your faith.

Faith without works is dead. James 2:14-26

Do you believe God will answer your prayers. Then by faith you will follow him based on that belief. But if you don’t believe you will do nothing.  

To give you an example of this: When we were going through treatment for my daughter’s condition she had been miraculously scheduled for surgery within weeks with the only doctor in California that could treat her, due to a last minute cancelation. Her surgery was a success. We praised God. But a few months later I felt my faith was being tested again because her symptoms came back. We believed God would heal her and to have to deal with this again put me into prayer combat mode. I didn’t have to relearn that lesson. I prayed to God again and asked for a solution. The Doctor was away at a convention and was on his way out of the country so I was told to talk to another doctor since her surgery was already done. I prayed to God that he would work things out for my daughter again and her surgeon contacted me within that week to bring her in to see him before he left out of the country. We did and they scheduled an emergency surgery the next day to do more work. I was told because of her age the first surgery didn’t work. So this time her surgeon was praying with us that God would guide him. God answered our prayers again and it brought us to our knees in gratitude for his faithfulness. She has been symptom free now for almost a year and is leading a healthy life, thanks to God and those doctors and nurses that he lead us to. Needless to say if I would have just sat there just believing that God would heal my daughter and not putting action with it to follow him for a solution I don’t think the outcome would have been the same.

I can think of so many failures I’ve experienced just because I have not put my faith into action. We can pray all day and ask God to help us but if we don’t lift a finger in obedient action we are not putting ourselves in the position to receive the blessing. Example: If you pray for a certain job but fail to put in an application. But by faith you put in the application, go through the steps to qualify and leave the outcome to God. If it’s for you, it’s yours.

As simple as it sounds it happens far too often and we blame God for not coming through. God answers our prayers and sometimes not the way we expect. I was hoping for an instant healing of my daughter but through the months of following his direction he led us to the victory months later.

Having a receivers mindset: 

Having Faith in God means to know without question that whatever he answers he knows what is best. Walking in trust and expectation we seek the answers to our prayers. Asking, seeking and knocking and the doors will be open to us. (Matt 7:7)

What do you desire? Ask God, Seek his will and Knock, do whatever he tells you to do. He will give you an answer to your prayer according to his will. (1 John 5:14-15)

According to your faith be it done unto you. (Matt 9:29)

Alexis Smith-Byron

http://www.alexisbyron.com

 

 

 

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3 Tips to having Peace Everyday

3 Tips to having peace Everyday!

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not to your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge him and he will direct your path. Prov.3:5-6

Think about it, We face so many things on a daily bases and with life moving so fast we find it necessary to make hasty decisions. Sounds familiar?  The stress of not fully knowing if we made the right decision and what kind of results to expect can be unsettling. What if we could be confident in every step we take and every decision we make? Wouldn’t that give you great peace of mind, knowing that everything will work out for your good?

The Bible shows us just how to do that. Let’s look at Proverbs 3:5-6 more closely.

Tip #1:

  1. Trust in the Lord with all your heart;

Trusting in the Lord can be difficult at times especially when you are so use to just trusting yourself and making your own decisions.  I have had to relearn this so many times and I am still practicing this simple but powerful action. These truths have helped me thus far, to reflect on who God is and how he wants to be included in every aspect of my life; Nothing is too small for him to want to help with and there is nothing to large that he can’t handle, and Reflecting on what the bible says is true about God,

“God is our Refuge and strength an ever-present help in time of trouble.” Psalm 46:1

“Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling.” Jude 1:24

“Be strong and courageous, Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:6

“I have loved you with an everlasting love;” Jeremiah 31:3

These are just a few. But you get the point. When you know someone is for you 100% and wants what is best for you, wouldn’t you trust them? Now reflect on that and know that’s how God is towards us. But with an all knowing eye and an all powerful hand.

So in times of decisions bring it to him first, ask him for his direction.

This brings us to our second tip:

  1. Lean not to your own understanding;

It is so easy to think we have it all figured out. I know for me I’d think a situation is one way but after consulting with the Lord in prayer he shows me a totally different solution with a totally different understanding and perspective. It has saved me from making many stupid mistakes and  has also given me great peace in knowing God’s truth.

The Bible states:

“His ways are higher than our ways. Isaiah 55:8-9

“God sees not as man sees.” 1Samuel 16:7

 There has been times when I have been hurt or upset about an offense but after submitting it to the Lord, He gave me the big picture and then the wisdom to deal with it appropriately. He has helped me see things through the eyes of Jesus, which is Love. It has been a great comfort.

This brings us to our 3rd tip:

3) “In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your path.”

In every decision, every concern… in everything, bring it to God in prayer. There is a song that says, ”Oh what peace we often forfeit and oh what needless pain we bear, all because we do not take it to the Lord in prayer;”  Old habits die hard, I get it. But making a habit to pray first  will help you not panic later. You can be confident that He knows what is best for you and those you love.

“For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11

Look for his direction and follow it. Many times we know what we should do but we don’t want to do it.  This is where we must really decide on who we are going to serve; Ourselves or the Lord?

If we obey the Lord we will have blessings, joy and peace;  We will have the assurance that he knows the whole picture, and wants what is best for us. Knowing this and acting on it will give you Great peace everyday.

“The Peace of God that passes all understanding, shall keep your heart and mind through Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:7

 

Alexis Smith-Byron

http://www.alexisbyron.com

Sometimes You Have To Survive The Storm, By Coming In On The Broken Pieces

By:Pastor Apostle Charles Willis

Sometimes You Have To Survive The Storm, By Coming In On The Broken Pieces
What you are trying to make happen may fall apart; but you don’t have to fall apart with it.

Don’t kill yourself because things are hard, and it looks as though you can’t survive without it.

Don’t go down with the ship, get on top of the broken pieces and ride them to shore.

Even though your situation may be over, your life is not over.

Your bad experience will work for your good, if you don’t give up. Keep putting one foot in front of the other, and you will walk into another chapter of your life.

In the Holy Bible Acts 27:41-44 And falling into a place where two seas met, they ran the ship aground; and the forepart stuck fast, and remained unmovable, but the hinder part was broken with the violence of the waves. And the soldiers’ counsel was to kill the prisoners, lest any of them should swim out and escape. But the centurion, willing to save Paul (or whatever your name is), kept them from their purpose; and commanded that they which could swim should cast first and get to land: and the rest, some on boards, and some on broken pieces of the ship. And so it came to pass, that they escaped all safe to land.

Just Don’t Give Up. “You Are Going To Make It” Even Though You May Have To Come In On Broken Pieces……

A Mother’s Prayer 

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A MOTHER’S PRAYER

It is so important that we pray for our children. In this new age of parenting our children is most difficult. It seems there is more for them to be confronted with.

May the beauty of your spirit be so evident in us that we will be a godly role model for our children. Give us the communication, teaching and nurturing skills that we must have. Make us parents you want us to be and teach us how to pray and truly intercede for the life of our children. Lord you said in your word, “Whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive” (Matthew 21:22). In Jesus’ name I ask that You will increase our faith to believe for all things You’ve put on my heart to pray for concerning our children.

 

IN JESUS’ NAME,

Dr. Lorena Buckner,

www.jewelry-by-Lorena.com

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