Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Pray for the Impossible

“Is anything too hard for the LORD?... (Genesis 18:14). 

“Faith sees the invisible, believes the unbelievable, and receives the impossible.” - Corrie ten Boom

What is impossible in your life?

Do you face an impossible situation? Have you been diagnosed with a disease impossible to cure? Are you facing an impossible economic problem? Do you feel it is impossible for one of your family members to ever turn to God?

In Mark chapter five, we find the story of the woman with the issue of blood. She faced an impossible situation. For twelve long years she suffered with her disease. She spent all her money on the doctors. The doctors took her money but offered her no hope. They told her she would recover. In fact, she continued to get worse.

But one day, she heard about Jesus. She heard how Jesus healed the blind and the crippled. She said to herself, “If I can just touch the edge of his garment, I will be healed.”

In the midst of her impossible situation, she put her eyes on Jesus. She pushed through a crowd of people and managed to touch the edge of his clothes. Immediately, she was cured of her suffering.

Jesus turned around and asked, “Who touched me?” The disciples were confused. They said, “Jesus, you are in the middle of a crowd, hundreds of people are touching you.” But Jesus knew that her touch was different. Many people were touching Jesus, but this woman touched him with her faith.

The woman identified herself to Jesus and told him what she had done. Jesus said to her, “Your faith has saved you. Go in peace, and be healed of your disease.”

Jesus turned her impossible situation into a miracle. Jesus will do the same for you. Whatever situation you are facing today, know that with God all things are possible.

I encourage you to use your faith to reach out and touch Jesus right now. Believe God for the impossible! Believe God for your miracle! 

This is an excerpt from Daniel's book "The Power of Prayer." Order your copy by clicking HERE. 

Monday, September 26, 2016

Pray for Souls to be Saved

“…We will stand before this temple and in Your presence (for Your name is in this temple), and cry out to You in our affliction, and You will hear and save.” (2 Chronicles 20:9 - NKJV)

“O God, give me souls or I die.” - John Hyde 

John Hyde was an American missionary who ministered in what is today northern India and Pakistan in the early 1900’s. Today, he is known as “Praying Hyde.”

In 1896 Hyde traveled around to many villages in Pubjab. He wrote, “This year there were no conversions in the villages. There were last year. What is the reason?” His solution was to fall to his knees in prayer. He began to cry out to God for lost souls. He often prayed all day long and through the night, forgoing food and sleep. He was often seen crying as he prayed, “O God, give me souls or I die.”

Hyde’s passion for prayer led to the formation of the Punjab Prayer Union. Their goal was to dedicate themselves to praying for revival.

Hyde saw a need to encourage and train pastors so he invited a group of local pastors to the city of Sialkot for a convention in 1904. Before the first meeting, Hyde spent thirty days on his face before God in prayer. Because of the prayer saturated environment, there was a great outpouring of God’s Spirit. Many confessed their sins and pledged themselves to seek God.

At the Sialkot Convention in following years, there was great “brokenheartedness for sin” and a burden for lost souls. One brother who attended the convention describes what he saw, “Oh, what an awful vision I have had! Thousands of souls in this land…being carried away by the dark river of sin! They are in hell now. Oh, to snatch them from the fire before it is too late.”

In 1908, John Hyde announced at the Sialkot Convention that he was believing for at least one soul to be saved everyday. He asked God, not just for a seeker, but “a soul saved, ready to confess Christ in public and be baptized in his name.” In a nation where some churches went years without any conversions, many thought his goal was impossible. But, John Hyde began to pray and travel and preach. He encouraged those who worked with him to find lost sheep.

One of his friends reported that Hyde “would engage a man in a talk about his salvation. By and by he would have his hands on the man’s shoulder’s, be looking him very earnestly in the eye. Soon he would get the man on his knees, confessing his sins and seeking salvation. Such a one he would baptize in the village, by the roadside, or anywhere.”

By the end of that year, over four hundred new believers had been baptized! In 1909, John Hyde asked God for an even more audacious request. He wanted two souls to be saved every day. If the daily quota was not filled, his response was to stay up all night in prayer crying out for God to give him souls. As he focused on soul winning, he found himself drawing closer to the heart of God. He preached, “When we keep near to Jesus it is He who draws souls to Himself through us.”

Over eight hundred people were saved that year and at the Sialkot Convention in 1910 the vision was enlarged once again. That year, Hyde set a goal of leading at least four people to Jesus every day. His example challenged other pastors and missionaries. Some ministries that had experienced years of little or no fruit suddenly saw hundreds coming into the kingdom of God.

Much of what God has done in Pakistan and northern India in the past one hundred years can be traced back to the original Sialkot Convention and the prayers of John Hyde.

This is an excerpt from Daniel's book "The Power of Prayer." Order your copy by clicking HERE. 

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Pray Habitually

And when He had sent them away, He departed to the mountain to pray” (Mark 6:46 - NKJV).
“If I should neglect prayer but a single day, I should lose a great deal of the fire of faith.”  - Martin Luther
Jesus made it his habit to pray. Every day, he would steal away to spend time with his Father. We should develop the same habit of prayer in our own lives.
A habit is any action taken on a daily basis. First, you form habits, then habits form you. Your current life is the sum total of all your past habits.
Your future destiny is the sum total of the habits you will develop. Show me a person with good habits and I will show you a person who will be successful. Show me a person with bad habits, and I will show you a person who will fail in life.
After you develop a bad habit, you become a slave to that habit. But, if you develop a good habit, that good habit becomes a friend that will lead you to success.
I have discovered that my success relies on my habits; the habitual actions I take on a daily basis. My health is the result of my habits. My wealth is the result of my habits. The books I write are the result of my habits. My weight is the result of my habits. My friendships are the result of my habits. My spiritual health is the result of my prayer habit.
Based on my personal experience, you can form a new habit by doing something new for 21 days. The amazing power of forming habits is that anything you do twice becomes easier. The more times you repeat the action, the easier it becomes.
If you are unhappy with your spiritual walk, you must change your prayer habits. A great prayer life is the result of design. You have to choose to live a life of prayer. Spend time every day in prayer and you will see amazing results. 

This is an excerpt from Daniel's book "The Power of Prayer." Order your copy by clicking HERE. 

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Pray for a Harvest of Souls

“The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest to send forth laborers into his harvest field”(Matthew 9:37).
“Prayer is the only adequate way to multiply our efforts fast enough to reap the harvest God desires.” - Wesley L. Duewel 
When I was growing up, my family lived on a hill overlooking a huge cotton farm. All spring and summer, we watched the cotton plants grow. They began as tiny sprouts peeking up from underground, then they grew rapidly. By late summer, the field was densely covered in green plants. By early fall, the yellow cotton flowers faded away, leaving cotton balls in their place. Then the plants died and turned brown. Now, the field was almost completely white. When the field looked like it was covered in snow, I knew the harvesting was about to begin. I always remembered when Jesus told his disciples, “Behold the fields are white unto harvest.” Jesus was talking about grain fields, but the principal is the same. There comes a time when the fields are ready to harvest.
How can we help harvest the fields of lost souls in this world? In Matthew 9:37, Jesus told his disciples to pray for laborers. He knew there was a huge harvest waiting to be gathered and he also knew that it would require lots of work to bring the souls into the kingdom of God. So, he told his disciples to pray for laborers.
I believe the disciple did pray! I know they prayed because God answered their prayers.  In the next chapter, Jesus sends out laborers into the harvest field of Judea. These laborers were the disciples. In other words, the disciples became the answer to their own prayers!
I believe that when the disciples began to pray, God softened their hearts and prepared them to bring in the harvest. When you begin to pray for souls to be brought into the kingdom of heaven, God will use you to save people. You can become the answer to your own prayers. If you want God to send you to a specific country, begin praying for that country. If you want God to use you in a specific type of ministry, begin praying for those who have needs in that area. This will prepare your heart to reach out to those in need, and once your heart is ready, God will use you to touch lives!

This is an excerpt from Daniel's book "The Power of Prayer." Order your copy by clicking HERE. 

Friday, September 23, 2016

Street Evangelism in Kenya

Pray to Light Your Life on Fire

“...Fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands” (2 Timothy 1:6).

"It is only when the whole heart is gripped with the passion of prayer that the life-giving fire descends, for none but the earnest man gets access to the ear of God." - E. M. Bounds
Your prayers light the fire of God inside you!

The fire of God is the burning passion that exists in the hearts of those who are committed to serving God. This fire creates an appetite for righteousness. Fire produces love, reverence, and passion for God. Fire is found in the fervor and intensity of worship. Fire falls when God’s children yearn to be consumed with a divine adoration for God. It creates a craving hunger for God Himself.

God’s fire drives the preacher to preach. God’s fire forces the teacher to teach. God’s fire compels the evangelist to evangelize. Fire gives birth to an obsessive enthusiasm for winning the lost. God’s fire sustains the soul when trials and tests come your way. God’s fire enables the Christian to live a holy life. The fire of God judges between right and wrong. The fire of God purifies that which is not worthy and destroys imperfections. The fire burns away chaff and leaves gold. It challenges, compels, and produces mighty men and women of God.

The fire of God is not given to make us cozy, but holy. The fire of God is like the fire in the belly of a steamship; it provides the thrust for the voyage upstream. The fire of God is like the fire in a hot air balloon, uplifting the spirit to higher heights. The fire of God is like a campfire, supplying warmth on a cold night. The fire of God is like the flame in a lighthouse, giving direction and warning of danger.

The fire of God is the difference between dead religion and a living relationship with Christ. The fire of God separates those who play at church from those who are the church. The fire of God differentiates between those who preach life changing sermons and those who only share comforting monologues. The fire of God divides the worshipers from the ones who only want to be entertained. The fire of God is the difference between the impotent and the powerful. The fire of God is the defining characteristic of the passionate follower of Christ.

The fire of God rings the death toll for the forces of the kingdom of darkness. The fire of God energizes God’s people with His power and truth. The fire of God burns away sinful thoughts, motives, and desires, and leaves behind a renewed mind. The fire of God removes sadness and replaces it with the joy of the Lord. The fire of God is the sign that true revival has finally come. The fire of God calls sinners to repentance and inspires people to live a life of holiness. The fire of God enlists, trains, and empowers believers for world evangelism.

This is an excerpt from Daniel's book "The Power of Prayer." Order your copy by clicking HERE. 

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Pray Desiring God's Presence

“Come near to God and he will come near to you... (James 4:8).

“...the purpose of prayer is to reveal the Presence of God, equally present at all times and in every condition.” - Oswald Chambers

God is more than a religious belief, or an icon on the wall, or a deity to mumble prayers to before eating a meal, or a list of rules to live by, or someone whose meetings we attend. He is our friend. God wants to walk with you and talk with you on a daily basis. His greatest desire is to have a relationship with you. God created you to be His friend.

The Hebrew word for “presence” means “face,” “in front of,” or “to see one’s face.” When my wife wants my attention, she sits on my lap and with a hand on my cheek turns my face to look her in the eyes. She enjoys my presence as much as I enjoy hers. Being in God’s presence simply means spending time with Him, talking to Him “face-to-face.”

The greatest gift God has given you is His presence. The greatest gift we can give God is a desire to be in His presence. We reveal our desire for God’s presence by the amount of time we spend seeking Him. Pursuit is proof of desire!

Many make the mistake of only seeking God’s blessing instead of celebrating His presence. It is important to seek God’s face, not His hand. We love God because of Who He is, not because of what He has done or can do for us. God is not an eternal Santa Claus. We should chase His presence, not His presents. It should not be just “I want blessings from God,” it should be, “I want God.” The marvelous thing about seeking the Giver is that when you find Him, you also receive His gifts simply because He loves you.

In God’s presence you will find:
* Abundance (John 10:10)
* Comfort (Isaiah 51:12)
* Deliverance (Psalm 34:19)
* Encouragement (2 Thessalonians 2:16)
* Favor (Proverbs 12:2)
* Forgiveness (Psalm 103:3)
* Healing (Exodus 15:26)
* Joy (Psalm 16:11)
* Love (1 John 4:8)
* Patience (Psalm 37:7)
* Peace (John 14:27)
* Protection (Psalm 91)
* Prosperity (Psalm 25:12-13)
* Rest (Exodus 33:14)
* Strength (Nehemiah 8:10)
* Wisdom (Proverbs 2:6)

This is an excerpt from Daniel's book "The Power of Prayer." Order your copy by clicking HERE.