Posts Tagged 'Prayer'

A Day of Giving

Today is a very exciting day. God has placed it in our hearts to donate the proceeds of today’s trade in my wife’s retail shop to Him today. We pondered whether we should close the shop in rememberance of this day, 2000 odd years ago, when Jesus gave so much for each and every one of us. Instead, we decided to rather use today as a day of giving, thanking Him and honouring Him through our actions.

“Lord our Father, I pray that today will be Your day. I pray that today will be a day of introspection, a day of spiritual stock-taking, a day of repentance, a day of thanksgiving, a day of joy and a day of blessing. I pray that Your name will be honoured today. I pray that you will, through the power of Your Holy Spirit, touch people’s lives today. That You will draw them close to You. That their hearts will warm to You. That lives will be changed through You. I pray that in the name of Jesus, whose blood was spilled for our salvation. Amen”

A prayer for my wife

“Father in heaven, I come to You today praying for my wife. I pray that Your Holy Spirit touch her today, helping her to get clarity and peace on the decision she needs to make regarding her work today. I pray that You will answer her prayers. That You will draw close to her, that she will feel Your presence.

I ask that she will see me through Your eyes, and that she will love me regardless of all my imperfections. I ask that I will be the man that she wants me to be. That our love for each other be built on the foundation of Your love for us.

I pray that Your will be done in her life. In the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.”

Prayer: power prayers vs ceiling prayers

In praying over the last two odd months, I felt as though I could place every prayer in one of the following two distinct categories:

1) Power prayers

I could sense these prayers carried weight and power, were aligned with God’s will and were really heard.

2) Ceiling prayers

These prayers felt empty and void, without conviction, leaving me restless and with questions as to their alignment with God’s will. It felt as though they never got beyond my ceiling on their way to God.

My ceiling prayers occurred almost exclusively when I prayed for myself and my personal circumstances. It did not happen every time I prayed for myself, I prayed some wonderful personal power prayers too, but I was baffled about why it sometimes just did not “feel” right.

After considerable searching the answer was very simple. Every time I started my prayer time by getting still before God, allowing Him to show me the areas of sin that I need to repent on, asking forgiveness for everything revealed to me,  and thanking Him for cleansing me, a power prayer followed. And yes, whenever I prayed without performing this exercise my prayers felt like ceiling prayers.

To summarise, I need God to wash away my sins at the commencement of my prayers, for me to feel that the remainder of my prayer is a powerful one. It works for me.

Through the eyes of my 5-year old…

A week ago, after saying a prayer with my 5-year old son, he asked me: “Daddy, how many people have you told about Jesus?” It took me totally by surprise, and I grappled to find an appropriate response. Afterwards, I realised two things:

1) I am not doing enough to tell (and show) people about Jesus, and his role in my life.

2) Imagine the day of judgement, and God, Creator of all (not a 5-year old), asking you: “What have you done for Me?”

My simple prayer for today is inspired by my eldest son:

“God, help me to do more for You. Help me to be a witness to You in the small things I do every day. Help me to talk about You when I get the chance. In the name of Jesus. Amen.”

Patience

“Be patient in troubles, and keep on praying.”

Romans 12:12

Conquering Jericho – an update

I have completed my 7-day prayer for Chris, Meghan and Presley Matt, and Moses (the boy they are adopting) today. I trust the Lord will answer them.

The power of prayer

“Are any of you suffering hardships? You should pray. Are any of you unhappy? You should sing praises. Are any of you sick? You should call the elders of the church to come and pray over you, anointing you with oil in the name of the Lord. Such a prayer offered in faith will heal the sick, and the Lord will make you well. And if you committed any sins, you will be forgiven. Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed.  The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results.”

James 5:13-16

Let us not underestimate the power of prayer.



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