Feeds:
Posts
Comments

Archive for the ‘Prayer’ Category

cola
More often than not, taking time out for spontaneous prayer is like opening the cap on a bottle of cola — disconnected ideas and concerns flitting from one topic to another without any real substance or peace.

But if I take more than just a few moments and let the “fizz” dissipate an inner calm makes real contact with my Heavenly Father.

How long does it take?

Depends on how shaken up I’ve been; usually not less than half an hour.

– fritz

Read Full Post »

A Prayer Exercise

PersistentPrayerHere’s a prayer exercise I’ve discovered to be a blessing:

Turn the Message version’s paraphrase of Paul’s letter to the Ephesians into a personal, individual prayer (replacing the “us” with “me”, the “we” with “I”, the “His” with “Your”, and “He” with “You”).

Here’s an example to get started:

3-6 How blessed you are God! And what a blessing you are! You’re the Father of my Master, Jesus Christ, and you take me to the high places of blessing in him. Long before you laid down earth’s foundations, you had me in mind, had settled on me as the focus of your love, to be made whole and holy by your love. Long, long ago you decided to adopt me into your family through Jesus Christ. (What pleasure you took in planning this!) You wanted me to enter into the celebration of your lavish gift-giving by the hand of your beloved Son.

7-10 Because of the sacrifice of the Messiah, his blood poured out on the altar of the Cross, I’m a free person —free of penalties and punishments chalked up by all my misdeeds. And not just barely free, either. Abundantly free! You thought of everything, provided for everything I could possibly need, letting me in on the plans You took such delight in making. You set it all out before me in Christ, a long-range plan in which everything would be brought together and summed up in him, everything in deepest heaven, everything on planet earth.

11-12 It’s in Christ that I find out who I am and what I am living for. Long before I first heard of Christ and got my hopes up, you had your eye on me, had designs on me for glorious living, part of the overall purpose you are working out in everything and everyone.

13-14 It’s in Christ that I, once I heard the truth and believed it (this Message of my salvation), found myself home free—signed, sealed, and delivered by the Holy Spirit. This signet from you is the first installment on what’s coming, a reminder that I’ll get everything you planned for me, a praising and glorious life.

Ephesians 1:3-14 Message Bible (italics mine)

Wow! What a prayer!

-fritz

Read Full Post »

Uncensored Praying

Mark D. Roberts

I often want to censor what flows from my heart because it’s so messy.

In times of fearful desperation, I’ve wanted to cry out to God, “Rouse yourself! Why do you sleep, O Lord?” But then I catch myself. Of course God isn’t sleeping, I reason. He doesn’t need to wake up. Besides, who am I to say such things to the Lord?

So I end up with some insipid confession of God’s care for me, rather than the fearful and frustrated but altogether genuine cry of my heart.1

The Psalmist prayed this way:

“Get up, God! Are you going to sleep all day?
         Wake up! Don’t you care what happens to us?
Why do you bury your face in the pillow?
         Why pretend things are just fine with us?
And here we are—flat on our faces in the dirt,
         held down with a boot on our necks.
Get up and come to our rescue.
         If you love us so much, Help us! – Psalm 44:23-26 (Message)

Uncensored prayer may not be polite — but at least it’s heart honest, and that’s appreciated more by the one who counts and gets better results.

— fritz
=-=-=-=-=-=-==-
1. Roberts, Mark D. (2010-06-18). No Holds Barred: Wrestling with God in Prayer (Kindle Locations 550-553). Random House, Inc.. Kindle Edition.

Read Full Post »

Mike Bickle

Take less than eight (8) minutes and watch/hear a good explanation by Mike Bickle, director of International House of Prayer, on how to develop an effective prayer life.

click here

Read Full Post »

Herbert McCabe (1926-2001)

Trace your distraction back to the real desires it comes from and pray about these.

When you are praying for what you really want you will not be distracted. People on sinking ships do not complain of distractions during their prayer.

– Herbert McCabe, English theologian

God, Christ and Us, pg. 187 (a compilation of twenty-seven sermons of the famous English theologian Herbert McCabe London: Continuum International Publishing Group, 2005). Quoted in Philip Yancey’s book, Prayer (Kindle Locations 4039-4041). Zondervan. Kindle Edition

Read Full Post »

…how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him? — Matthew 7:11

… how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him? — Luke 11:13

Philip Yancy


We pray for what God wants to give us, which may turn out to be good gifts or it may be the Holy Spirit. (From God’s viewpoint there is no better response to persistent prayer than the gift of the Holy Spirit, God’s own self.)

Like Peter, we may pray for food and get a lesson in racism; like Paul we may pray for healing and get humility.

We may ask for relief from trials and instead get patience to bear them.

We may pray for release from prison and instead get strength to redeem the time while there.

Asking, seeking, and knocking does have an effect on God, as Jesus insists, but it also has a lasting effect on the asker-seeker-knocker.

— Yancey, Philip (2008-09-02). Prayer (Kindle Locations 3330-3340). Zondervan. Kindle Edition.

Read Full Post »

“The real value of persistent prayer is not so much that we get what we want as that we become the person we should be.”

— Yancey, Philip (2008-09-02). Prayer (Kindle Locations 3319-3320). Zondervan. Kindle Edition.

Read Full Post »

Older Posts »

%d bloggers like this: