"The Lord's Prayer may be committed to memory quickly, but it is slowly learnt by heart." - Frederick Denison Maurice
“One Word from God will change your life forever.” Kenneth Copeland
The only weapon God has to work with is His words. God is Spirit, He does not physically move on the earth, instead He uses His words. God’s Word created the world. God’s Word defeats Satan.
God’s words are what led us to salvation. You got saved when you believed God’s words. When God wants to move on this earth, He uses words.
Words are the only weapon we have for defeating Satan. Words are the only tools we have for changing lives.
God’s Word in My mouth is just as powerful as God’s Word in His mouth.
You are only one verse away from receiving your miracle. If you will grab hold of one of God’s promises and memorize it, confess it, and claim it as your own, you can activate God’s power in your life.
If the word of God can create the mighty galaxies, then it can release the miracle you need.
“Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear” (Hebrews 11:3 - KJV).
The words of God are “life to those that find them and health to all their flesh” (Proverbs 4:22).
“Your word has given me life” (Psalm 119:50).
“God sent forth His Word to heal your diseases” (Psalm 107:20).
Jesus is the Word.
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God...And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us” (John 1:1,14).
Someone once prayed, “If only I could see a vision of Jesus, I could be healed.” Your vision of Jesus is in the Bible. God sent his Son for a season, but He left His written word for all eternity. Treat the word of God with the same respect you would show Jesus if he walked into your room. The word has the same power to heal today as Jesus had when he was physically present.
God’s word is permanent, not like the newspaper, or like a doctor’s report. The report of a doctor can change but God's word will never be altered.
The word is eternal, it is unchanging, it is the will of God.
“The word of the Lord stands forever” (1 Peter 1:25).
“Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away” (Matthew 24:35).
“Your word, O LORD, is eternal; it stands firm in the heavens” (Psalm 119:89 - NIV).
“For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12 - NIV).
“The LORD said to me, “... I am watching to see that my word is fulfilled" (Jeremiah 1:12 NIV).
“For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us” (2 Corinthians 1:20 - NKJ).
On the basis of one word, Peter walked on the water "Come," he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. (Matthew 14:29). Don’t put on your swimming trunks when Jesus tells you to walk on the water.
Work the Word, pray the Word, and the Word with work for you!
“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.
“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!
"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
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.
“O believing brethren! what an instrument is this which God hath put into your hands! Prayer moves Him that moves the universe." - Robert Murray McCheyne
“We have to pray with our eyes on God, not on the difficulties.” - Oswald Chambers
In the Hebrew language, the word “faithfulness” comes from the same root word as “trust, loyalty, integrity, and steadfastness.” God is absolutely true to His word, His promises, and His character.
Faithfulness is part of God’s nature. God is not going to back out on you, fail to keep His promises, or disappear. God is not going to change. He is absolutely trustworthy.
Here is proof that God is faithful:
* “...he is the faithful God…” (Deuteronomy 7:9).
* “…he is faithful in all he does” (Psalm 33:4).
* “God…is faithful” (1 Corinthians 1:9).
* “The one who calls you is faithful…” (1 Thessalonians 5:24).
* “...the Lord is faithful” (2 Thessalonians 3:3).
God is faithful, His promises are true,
you can trust Him, to take care of you.
When you are lonely, and when you are upset.
Look to God, He is not done with you yet.
While you are tired, and while you are sad,
For help, just ask your Heavenly Dad.
Even if no one else is ever around,
His blessings for you will always abound.
"When we pray for others the Spirit of God works in the unconscious domain of their being that we know nothing about, and the one we are praying for knows nothing about, but after the passing of time the conscious life of the one prayed for begins to show signs of unrest and disquiet. We may have spoken until we are worn out, but have never come anywhere near, and we have given up in despair. But if we have been praying, we find on meeting them one day that there is the beginning of a softening in an inquiry and a desire to know something. It is that kind of intercession that does most damage to Satan's kingdom. It is so slight, so feeble in its initial stages that if reason is not wedded to the light of the Holy Spirit, we will never obey it, and yet it is that kind of intercession that the New Testament places most emphasis on." - Oswald Chambers
Zadok straightened up and stretched out his sore back. All day long he had been moving heavy stones in the hot sun and now he was exhausted. He glanced to either side. On his left, he saw his friend Meshullam working hard. To his right, he saw the people of Tekoite using mortar to build the wall. He wiped the sweat off his brow with his free hand. In the other hand, he carried a sword.
He squinted down the length of the wall into the setting sun. Throughout the night, he planned to stay right where he was in case the enemy attacked. He figured tonight was the night the enemy might try to take the city. The men were all tired from working hard but the wall was not high enough yet to offer any real protection. All around the city there were far too many gaps in the wall. So, Sadok decided to stand in the gap so the city would be protected.
Along the bottom of the wall rode a figure on a horse. It was Nehemiah. Zadok waved at him and Nehemiah shouted back, “You are doing a wonderful job. Soon the wall will be finished.” Zadok smiled. It seemed like Nehemiah had been everywhere ever since he had arrived from Babylon. All day he circled the wall, encouraging the men, and lending a hand wherever it was needed the most.
May God open our eyes to see what the holy ministry of intercession is, to which, as His royal priesthood, we have been set apart. May He give us a large and strong heart to believe what mighty influence our prayers can exert. And may all fear as to our being able to fulfill our vocation vanish as we see Jesus, living ever to pray, living in us to pray, and standing surety for our prayer life." - Andrew Murray
2. We pray for their GOALS to be met in the coming year. We ask God to give them a clear vision for the future and the wisdom to know what steps to take.
3. We pray for their SPOUSE and CHILDREN. If they do not happen to be married yet, we pray for God to protect their future spouse and to bring him or her at the right time. If the family member is married, we ask God to bless them with a loving marriage.
4. We pray for their RELATIONSHIPS. We ask God to provide godly friends. We ask for God’s blessing on them in their role as a son or daughter, father or mother, and sister or brother.
5. We pray for God to give them MINISTRY opportunities. We ask God to make them a shining light in the midst of a dark world. We pray that they would walk in all the fruit of the Spirit and the gifts of the Spirit.
6. We pray for their SPIRITUAL WALK. We ask God to give them a hunger for God’s word, for prayer, and for praise and worship.
7. We pray for their FIANANCES. We ask God to provide for every need. We ask God to provide them with fulfilling work. We ask God that all the work of their hands would prosper.
8. We pray for their MIND. We ask God to keep them mentally alert and to give them good grades in school. We pray for their education.
9. We pray for their PROTECTION. We assign angels to watch over them. We ask God to keep them from harm and to protect them from anyone who would want to injure them.
10. We pray for FAVOR over their lives. We pray for them to have open doors.
11. We pray for them to receive the DESIRES of their hearts.
12. We pray for them to have a year of HARVEST. We ask God to give them an abundant harvest on every seed they have sown into the kingdom of heaven.
Finally, we pray that the coming year would be the birthday person’s best year ever!
I encourage you to make this a tradition in your family. When someone you know has a birthday, turn it into a significant spiritual occasion by speaking blessing over his or her life. Pray for them on their birthday as a way to set the tone for the entire coming year of their life.
"The true spirit of prayer is no other than God's own Spirit dwelling in the hearts of the saints. And as this spirit comes from God, so doth it naturally tend to God in holy breathings and pantings. It naturally leads to God, to converse with him by prayer." - Jonathan Edwards
Avail yourself of the greatest privilege this side of heaven. Jesus Christ died to make this communion and communication with the Father possible. - Billy Graham
One day Peter and John were going up to the temple to pray, when they saw a man who had been crippled from birth. Every day this man would sit at the temple gates begging for money. “Give me some money, please give me some money,” asked the crippled man when he saw Peter and John.
Peter said, “Look at us!” Excited, the man gave them his full attention because he expected them to give him some coins.
Then Peter said, “Silver or gold I do not have...” The man’s face dropped, “It’s just my luck to ask a poor person for money,” he thought to himself. But then his ears perked back up as he realized Peter was not finished speaking yet. “...but what I do have, I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk," commanded Peter. He did not have any money to give the man, but he did possess the healing power that is in the name of Jesus.
Suddenly the crippled man felt blood rush into his legs. He could feel them for the first time in years. He looked up and saw Peter reaching out his hand, and without thinking he grasped the outstretched hand and stood up. Instantly his feet and ankles became strong.
Hesitantly he took a step, then he took another step, and another step. He was walking! He began walking faster, then he tried to hop up and down. Finally he ran around the temple court shouting “Praise God,” and showing everyone how he could walk and leap. The crowd in the temple court was astonished because they all recognized him as the man who was once crippled.
Peter asked the crowd who came running, “Men of Israel, why does this surprise you? Why do you stare at us as if we made this man walk through our own power? Through faith in the name of Jesus this man whom you see and know was made strong.”
When the priests arrived, they were greatly disturbed because the apostles were talking about how Jesus rose from the dead. They commanded the captain of the temple guard to place them under arrest. The next day all the rulers, elders and teachers of the law asked Peter and John, “By what power or what name did you heal this crippled man?” These men knew Peter did not have any power on his own, so they asked this question in order to discover whose power was behind the miracle.
“It is by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified but whom God raised from the dead, that this man stands before you healed,” Peter answered. “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.”
The rulers were deeply disturbed because the apostles were preaching and healing people in the name of Jesus, so they commanded them not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus.
But in a prayer meeting later that night, Peter disobeyed their command and asked God, “Stretch out your hand to heal and perform miraculous signs and wonders through the name of your holy servant Jesus.” After they prayed, the Holy Spirit fell, and all who were at the meeting began to speak the Word of God with great boldness. As they preached, many people in the city of Jerusalem were saved and healed because of the power of the name of Jesus.