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A Reminder: The great Prayer Process for Christians and Bible Believers to know. 1 5/5 (1)

If you are someone who believes in the Christian Bible and praying, then the following information will be of great help to you and others.

There is a process we can all follow when praying to achieve real results. The process include some Christian Bible Scriptures that are relevant to the pattern presented here. During your personal prayer session, if you spend five minutes, for example, praying with each point mentioned in this presentation in mind, then you will most likely have spent about 60-70 minutes in praying in during your prayer session.

Praise. In the Christian Bible, Psalms 34 verse 1, Psalm 63 verse 3 and Psalm 150 verse 6 in the Old Testament refer to this point. You will also see related information at Hebrews 13 verse 15 in the New Testament. Praise simple refers to starting your prayer session with praise to Jesus.

Kingdom Praying. We can find a related scripture for this point at Matthew 6 verse 33 in the Bible. Basically, this means paying more attention to the priorities of the Church or Christian Ministry rather than on our own needs. By doing so, we can expect God to help us solve our human daily problems or needs because we have taken care of his Church needs first.

Forgiveness and Confession of Sins. Read Matthew 6 verses 14-15 and Psalms 139 verses 23-24 for related scriptures on this point. Pastors and Church Leaders will often tell Christians that an unforgiving mind-set or spirit will most certainly hinder us from receiving answers to our own prayers.

Petition. According to this point, some will say prayers of petition should always include willingness to accept God’s will, even if he answers the prayer or not. Read Matthew 6 verses 9-13 and James 4 verses 2-3 for related scriptures. For my experience, the will of God must always prevail over all prayer requests base on human knowledge, current situation or experience.

Intercession. This is similar to Kingdom Praying mentioned above. Matthew 9 verses 37-38 and I Timothy 2 verses 1-2 have helpful scriptural information about this point. Intercession is simply about praying for the needs of others, for example, the poor, homeless, sick, unemployed and others.

Bible Reading. For my experience, some have found this to be unusual or surprising during a prayer session. However, if we read 2 Timothy 3 verse 16 we will discover that this should not be so. If you are a regular bible reader, you will know or eventually discover, that God can and will speak to Believers through his divine word – the Christian Holy Bible.

Meditation. Many people I know like this very much. Some even prefer to do this than pray at all. Psalms 1 verses 1-2 and Psalms 77 verse 12 have more information on this. Meditation is just quiet focusing on and dwelling on the things in your life that are related to the bible and why we need to pray. From meditation, we can achieve greater insight, knowledge understanding of many issues that may be bothering us.

Thanksgiving. We know that praise is important but so is thanksgiving. This is focusing on all things that we are thankful for in our lives and that of our families, neighbors and friends. This often include things that are not pleasant because the Bible says we are to give thanks for all things at all times.

Praying the Word of God. I have always given special attention to doing this during my time to pray. Praying the word of God from the bible is very powerful praying because we are saying what God said or what was stated through his apostles, prophets and others from the Old and New Testaments. Read John 15 verse 7 for scriptural related information. By praying the word, we can repeat and claim God’s divine promises to all humans and Christians for our situations in life.

Singing. This is another unusual point during our prayer time. However, the famous scripture Psalm 100 verse 1 and Ephesians 5 verses 19 will help us understand why we do this. At our Church, we often sing at the start of our Services to invite the presence of God in our hearts and minds. Therefore, it helps to do likewise in our special private prayer session.

Listening. We often focused on praying for what we want or desire, for others needs and and so. However, very few of us really listen to hear from God after we pray. This is not a simple matter. It will require a sincere heart and mind that is focused on really hearing from God and accepting what he will say to our minds or hearts from our praying. Read 1 Kings 19 verses 11-12 for information.

Praise. As it was in the beginning, so it should be towards the end of our prayer session. Read Matthew 6 verse 13 for more information. After we have done all of the above, we again need to praise God for his presence and blessings in our lives.

In ending, some may not follow the exact process above when praying. However, when we do it will produce better results. At no time can we pray without confessing our sins and with forgiveness in our hearts. We must learn to listen to God and accept his will in from our answered prayers.
AMEN.
( Inspired Information from the “Prayer Wheel” from UPCI )

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Prayers Never Die by Dr Robbie Crawford Like No ratings yet.

When we were going through the fiery trials of pastoring, a minister told me, “The prayers of your grandparents are sustaining you right now.” My godly grandparents had been deceased for many years, but I believe that their prayers live on and are now living on in my children.

My daughter recently attended a conference and told me that someone there had prophesied over her. “They said that the prayers of my mother would come to pass. I couldn’t wait to call you to find out what you have been praying for me.” I am not sure what she was expecting but my prayers for my children are not for belongings, positions, or honors. My consistent requests come from a combination of eighteen scriptures that contain the basic core values instilled in me from my parents and grandparents and that I hope to pass on to the next generation.

My prayers for my kids, that I hope will be passed onto theirs, usually go something like this:

Our Father which art in heaven, we love Your name!

Let Your kingdom be evident in my children and let Your will be done in their lives.
Help them to be genuine, to know the truth, love the truth, and let it set them free.

Jesus, supply their needs.

Forgive them as they forgive others.
Help them to love and respect others even when it isn’t deserved. Don’t let the sun go down on their wrath. Help them to place their enemies in your hands, letting go of grudges or hurts.

Keep them from temptation and deliver them from evil.
Anoint my children. Help them to avoid evil by having mental clarity and integrity, and by making good choices.

Love
Surround my children, infuse them, saturate them, and consume them with Your love.

Emotional Maturity
Help them to mature in You and have a sure footing. Help them to be examples and not to faint in the day of adversity. Give them joy! Help them to be peaceable and slow to anger. Help them to use kind words and to be easily entreated.

Fearlessness
I pray that my children will walk in Your power, boldness, confidence, and authority. Help them to fear no evil.

Self-Discipline
Teach my children to pray and to study Your Word. Guard their hearts. Set a watch over the things that come in their minds but especially those that come out of our mouth, for those are what defiles. Keep them from the influences of the world as they grow up in a fun, healthy, and godly environment.

Faith
May my kids have great faith so that nothing will be impossible for them

Humility
I pray that my children will do justly, love mercy, and walk humbly before God.

Gratefulness
Help my children to always be thankful for their salvation, their spiritual legacy and inheritance, their past traditions and future promises.

Yours is the kingdom, the power and the glory forever!
As for our house, we will serve the Lord!

Note: Dr. Robbie Crawford has worked more than twenty-five years as a teacher, an educational administrator, a licensed minister and an associate pastor. She received a PhD in education from the University of Missouri-St. Louis where she was inducted into four honor societies. She is currently the director of New Life Preschool in St. Louis, Missouri, as well as the children’s pastor and Sunday school director.
(Information from: Ladies Prayer Intl September 2018 Newsletter – UPCI LM <ladiesprayerintl@aol.com)

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Supernatural Prayer Anointing Like 5/5 (1)

It is the goal of all active Christians to walk in a deeper level of anointing. It is possible to become empowered in prayer to do “greater works” with apostolic anointing and authority to be more effective in ministry in ministry, the work of God and living an abundant Christian life.

Discover powerful advancing levels of supernatural prayer anointing that come straight from the throne of God, as you enter into your own personal spiritual SPA. “Now he which stablisheth us with you in Christ, and hath anointed us, is God…” (II Corinthians 1:21, 3:17-18); Become empowered in prayer to do “greater works” with apostolic anointing and authority to be more effective in ministry, the work of God and living an abundant Christian life!

In the natural, a SPA is defined as a mineral spring or source with health-giving properties; a resort providing therapeutic immersion. God, Creator of the Heaven and Earth, desires that we experience nature’s splendor and therapy (Job 38:16, Isaiah 41:18, Isaiah 49:10). Natural spring water is amazing; Spiritual living water is more amazing! Through the power of prayer, God desires we go beyond the natural to the supernatural!

In the natural, a SPA is defined as a mineral spring or source with health-giving properties; a resort providing therapeutic immersion. God, Creator of the Heaven and Earth, desires that we experience nature’s splendor and therapy (Job 38:16, Isaiah 41:18, Isaiah 49:10). Natural spring water is amazing; Spiritual living water is more amazing! Through the power of prayer, God desires we go beyond the natural to the supernatural!

In the spiritual, Ezekiel entered into his divinely symbolic SPA and experienced the five-fold levels of supernatural prayer anointing (Ezekiel 47:1-10).

“…he brought me again unto the door…and the waters came down from under from the right side of the house, at the south side of the altar. v. 1
…brought he me…unto the utter gate by the way that looketh eastward. v. 2
…the man that had the line in his hand…he measured a thousand cubits, and he brought me through the waters; the waters were to the ankles. v.3
…he measured a thousand, and brought me through the waters; the waters were to the knees…he measured a thousand…the waters were to the loins. v.4
Afterward he measured a thousand; and it was a river that I could not pass over…waters to swim in… v. 5
…at the bank of the river…the waters shall be healed…every thing that liveth, which moveth, whithersoever the rivers shall come, shall live: and there shall be a very great multitude of fish…” (vs. 6 – 10).

The Five-Fold Levels of Anointing:

We all start with a measure of anointing God placed on our lives. He does not give an anointing without measure immediately. There first must be a testing and proving of faithfulness, and growth before moving into a measureless anointing.
Your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost, and rivers of living waters flow from within. Every Spirit-filled Christian has an anointing. However, each believer is responsible for maintaining and increasing the level of anointing (Ephesians 5:18, Acts 4:31). We can experience the greatest levels of anointing as a Christian.

It is evident in Ezekiel’s experience how the level of God’s presence, favor, and power can increase in our lives. Waters and rivers often refer to the presence and flow of God’s Spirit. The highest attainable level of God’s anointing is represented by waters which flow from God’s throne, bringing healing and life!

Level 1 – Observation: Ezekiel observed the waters flow from the temple of God. Instead of activating the Spirit within, some become spectators of God’s power. They watch others flow with the anointing, but never experience it for themselves.
Level 2 – Ankle-Deep: Some believers only desire a shallow experience with God, and seldom go beyond the point of self-interests. They are not in a position to impact those around them positively, and they seldom desire greater spiritual anointing/gifts.

Level 3 – Knee-Deep: This level of the anointing desires a deeper experience with God that is partial and gravitates in and out of self- and external-interests, yet restricts the pursuit of deeper depths in the supernatural realm of what all God has in store.
Level 4 – Waist Deep: This status denotes influence, procreativity, and productivity in reaching beyond the scope of internal interests. It involves interaction with others, as engaged in a measure of ministry, yet not fully submitted to the flow of the Spirit.

Level 5 – Immersion: This represents believers who adhere to the voice of God, in obedience to His Word, by pure faith. They are led by the Spirit of God and produce much fruit (Romans 8:14). A measureless supernatural prayer anointing will prevail!

Tips on Advancing in the Levels of Supernatural Prayer Anointing:

Factors that will affect the level of the anointing in ministry are the will of God, preparation, and expectation. You get what you preach!
Ensure you are anointed with fresh oil (Numbers 11:8, Psalm 92:10). Pray and fast. Consecration brings revelation, and revelation brings demonstration!

Be sensitive to anointing. Seek for the anointing to increase until it’s measureless.
When you move into the ministry of signs and wonders, be very precise to follow instructions from God. Obey the voice of God exactly.

Even when you do not feel the anointing, know it is present; God will touch people!
The word of faith goes forth, and the captives are set free, devils are cast out, the dead is raised, and miracles are wrought.
Faith believes what God said in spite of the circumstances. Some say, show me, and I will believe it, but God says believe me and I will show you!

Jesus refers to “greater works” as the extended work of the Holy Spirit dwelling in us/empowering us for His divine purpose as His representatives on earth, to operate in the supernatural. The power comes from Jesus…and He works in us and through us!
God wants to use you (Mark 16:20; Acts 5:12, 14-16; 14:3; I Corinthians 2:4).
The anointing of authority releases the power of the Spirit through you, to declare and decree, to command and create, to plant and pluck up.

In prayer, God wants us to have anointing and authority. The anointing of God empowers us to pray more effectively and also to do some things beyond our natural ability, but the authority of God…is a step further…and helps us to take dominion and power in directing the anointing!

The authority of a priestly (kingly) anointing: To rule and reign with Christ; to know who you are in Christ. To speak on behalf of God’s kingdom in the heavenly realms, and it comes to pass. Your words carry weight, and none will fall to the ground!

Supernatural Prayer Anointing

Panoramic Anointing (Ezekiel 47:1-2)
Observation
“Being a spectator.” Having a bird’s eye view, but indirectly involved. Asfroma distance. A snapshot of God’s anointing from afar. An observer and not a participant.

Private Anointing (Ezekiel 47:3)
Ankle-Deep
“Getting your feet wet.” Self-Interests. Personal and internal anointing which assists in maintaining one’s own salvation and relationship.

Periodic Anointing (Ezekiel 47:4a)
Knee-Deep
“Going in knee- deep.” Testingthe waters in prayer and playing it safe near the perimeters. Partial internal and external anointing that works interchangeably.

Public Anointing (Ezekiel 47:4b)
Waist-Deep
“Rising up to your loins.” Reproductive and external anointing of the interest of ministering to others, in an outreach mentality.

Priestly Anointing (Ezekiel 47:5-10)
Immersion
“Swimming in the overflow.” A powerful, sovereign anointing that releases God’s divine display of supernatural power in ministry and life.

Flo Shaw
WNOP Director
(Shared from: http://www.worldnetworkofprayer.com/a-praying-life/supernatural-prayer-anointing/)

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“Prayer That Gets Results…” 1 5/5 (1)

I bet if I surveyed this audience most of you would conclude that your prayers are often ineffective. You seldom see results or answers that are as clear as you’d like them to be.

In 1996, a man visiting Stockholm stood to inherit a million dollars, according to a newspaper account. He had stopped off to pray at a church and signed the guest book of a man whose body lay there in a coffin. He was later notified that the deceased had died without heirs and had specified that “whoever prays for my soul gets all my belongings.” Don’t you wish your prayers yielded results like that?

Maybe you’ve wondered if God is even listening. Perhaps you feel like former president Franklin Roosevelt. He often endured long receiving lines and complained that no one really paid attention to what he said. One day he decided to try an experiment. To each person who came down the line he murmured, “I murdered my grandmother today.” The guests responded in typical fashion with phrases like, “Marvelous! Keep up the good work!” It wasn’t until the end of the line, while greeting the ambassador from Bolivia, that his words were actually heard. Unrattled, the ambassador leaned over and said, “I’m sure she had it coming.”

Truth be known, that’s the way a lot of us feel. We’re more surprised when our prayers yield answers that when they don’t. I guess When you think of what prayer really is it’s astounding that we’d get and answer at all. Ambrose Bierce once said that to pray was … “To ask that the laws of the universe be annulled in behalf of a single petitioner confessedly unworthy.”

What I want you to understand is that unanswered prayer should be the exception and not the norm. We were created by a God who is more willing to answer us than we are to ask him. As it turns out, that’s the biggest problem with prayer … us.

Jesus taught his followers the characteristics of effective prayer. If you want to pray and see results then begin to apply his advice.

1. It’s aimed at something specific.

Often times we see no results because we ask for nothing specific. When we pray we tend to generalize and not ask God what we really need.

“How often have we prayed, ’O Lord, be with cousin Billy now in a special way’? Have we stopped to consider what it is we’re requesting? Imagine you are a parent preparing to leave your children with a babysitter. Would you dream of saying, ’O Betsy, I ask you now that you would be with my children in a special way?’ No way! You would say, ’Betsy, the kids need to be in bed by 9pm. They can have one snack before their baths, and please make sure they finish their homework. You can reach us at this number if there’s any problem.’ We are very specific with our requests and instructions for our babysitters. We want them to know specifics. It should be no different with prayer.”

Whatever you want God to do for you or another person, ask specifically. It’s not a petty matter to God. He is intimately interested in the details of your life. Pray specifically. After all, how can God prove to you He’s answered unless it’s specific?

2. It’s approached with confidence.

In Luke 11 is the story of the man who woke his neighbor to borrow bread. Notice the reason given for the man getting his request granted by his neighbor. It was because of their friendship, but because of the man’s endless asking. (Luke 11:7-8)

He was bold. It took a lot of guts to do this. In ancient times most homes had only one room. On one end was a raised platform where everybody slept together – husband, wife, and all the children. Not only did the entire family sleep in this one room, so did all the livestock. The other fellow would have to get up, possibly wake up his wife and kids, stir up the animals, light a lamp, go unlock and open the door and give the man some bread.

The one knocking was confident because he knew his neighbor’s reputation was on the line. Remember, hospitality was a huge deal at that period of history and he didn’t want to lose good standing in the community. Jesus’ point isn’t that He will do things grudgingly because his reputation is on the line. Rather, He teaches us that we can be confident in prayer because of God’s character. He is compassionate and gracious and loving. He wants to answer our prayers.

So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it” (Hebrews 4:16). Ask specifically and ask confidently because God cares for your needs.

3. It’s applied with persistence.

Most often we don’t see results in our prayer life simply because we give up too soon. “And so I tell you, keep on asking, and you will be given what you ask for. Keep on looking, and you will find. Keep on knocking and the door will be opened. For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And the door is opened to everyone who knocks” (Luke 11:9-10 NLT).

Jesus’ point is that the persistent seekers find what they’re looking for. They find answers. Let me point out, however, that we don’t always get what we ask for. We will always get an answer if we ask, seek and knock, but it may not be the answer that we want.

There’s a misconception that prayer is simply getting God to give you what you want. Actually prayer is a means by which God changes us. If we’re persistent he shapes us to want what he wants. He actually gives us the desire to want what right when we seek him in this way.

Pray specifically. Pray confidently. Pray persistently.

4. Its answer is appropriated through trust.

The thing that you’ve got to know is that God is not like a genie. He’s not some malicious tightwad in the sky either. Our heavenly Father is a perfectly loving Father, who always has our best interest at heart. He’s on our side. He’s pulling for us. He wants to meet our needs more than we really understand.

If you have kids think about how you love to meet their needs. God is the same way, but to a greater degree. He’s a perfect parent who gives us the absolute best. Why? He loves us. It’s for this reason that we can trust him. Effective prayer derives from a trust in the character of our and build on that same trust.

Prayer that gets results can be the norm in your life rather than the exception. Commit yourself to pray specifically, confidently and persistently. Entrust yourself to a heavenly Father who loves and cares for you more than you could ever dare to dream.

( Information from: http://www.worldnetworkofprayer.com/a-praying-life/prayer-that-gets-results/ )

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What Stephanie Gossard says about Autism. 1 5/5 (1)

People with autism are created by God in a special way. They think differently than most people do. Sometimes they have difficulty talking to other people or looking at you. This doesn’t mean that they don’t want to be your friend or are not listening to you. Treat them just like everyone else. They can also have ultrasensitive senses and can get overwhelmed if it is noisy or crowded. At times they might need a break. If you have someone in your church with autism, talking about things they like might be helpful.

Pray…
churches will welcome people with all abilities.
they will show the love of God to individuals and families affected by disabilities.
teachers will have wisdom to teach and instruct.
for the kids in our Sunday school classes to be kind, to talk to kids that are not the same as they are, and to be helpful and be friends with all kids.
for people with autism to feel God’s presence.
for people with autism to see the love of God when they come to church and to have a desire to serve God all the days of their life.
for us to love people like God loves people.
for the Ladies Ministries program, ABLE Ministry. (ABLE is dedicated to assisting the special needs and disabled populations within the church and the community.) Connect with ABLE on Facebook at ABLE Ministry UPCI.
Stephanie Gossard (Timothy’s Mom)
Content Manager, ABLE Ministry
St. Charles, Missouri
(From: WNOP ECHOgram Newsletter – World Network of Prayer wnopadmins@upci.org)

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“Praying for Apostolic Unity” wrote Becky Powell. 1 5/5 (1)

We were privileged recently to host Missionary friends Mike and Lisa Long (Zimbabwe, Botswana) in our home. Oh, the joy of “iron sharpening iron”! I was sharing my desire to see unity and revival in our district and related how our WNOP sectional leaders are all focused in praying thus. Sister Long spoke up and said “we all need to pray for apostolic unity!” I was reminded of how unified and “with one accord” the apostles were on the day of Pentecost and immediately following. There are at least six times “with one accord” is mentioned in the Book of Acts. Let us pray for apostolic unity.

Pray :
in supplication, Acts 1:14, “These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication”, supplication is the action of asking or begging for something earnestly or humbly. The first step is attitude of the heart, a humbled spirit.

in expectation, Acts 2:1, “They were all with one accord in one place” One of the meanings of the word ‘with’ is going in the same direction (like a school of fish). We should all have a strong belief that something (revival) is going to happen in the near future.

in continuation, Acts 2:46, “And they, continuing daily with one accord… “Continuing is simply – keep on keeping on! Don’t stop, continue to pray.
in exultation, Acts 4:26, “They lifted up their voice to God with one accord, and said Lord, thou art God”, The apostles were, as we should be, unified in worship, in singing and in praise to God.

in association, Acts 5:12, “And by the hands of the apostles were many signs and wonders wrought among the people; (and they were all with one accord in Solomon’s porch) “They were a group of people unified for a single purpose, there were no divisions among them.

in purpose, Acts 15:25, “It seemed good unto us, being assembled with one accord, to send chosen men…” The apostles were unified in their goals and resolute in their desires. They chose to send out men that were “with one accord” also! We should pray that those going forth to reach the harvest have purposed in their heart to be apostolic, to believe the infallible Word of God and will continue walking that path!
Blessings to All,

Becky Powell
Texas District WNOP Coordinator
(From: WNOP ECHOgram – World Network of Prayer wnopadmins@upci.org)

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Know the “ABC Essentials ON A Path of Prayer by Lori Wagner.” Like 5/5 (1)

The following guide is a navigational tool for an intimate prayer journey. It offers direction, however, feel free to divert from the suggested path and follow as the Spirit leads.

A: ACKNOWLEDGE God, the Father of creation—His sovereignty, His majesty. ACCESS His presence through praise. ASK Him to lead you in this time of prayer.

“Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name” (Psalm 100:4).
“Lord, teach us to pray” (Luke 11:1).
“In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths” (Proverbs 3:6).
B: BLESS the Lord! Bless His holy name, and then bless His people, your family, and yourself.

“Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name” (Psalm 103:1).
“Give a blessing [pray for one another’s well-being, contentment, and protection}; for you have been called for this very purpose” (1 Peter 3:9, AMP).
“The LORD bless thee, and keep thee: The LORD make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee: The LORD lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace” (Numbers 6:24–26).
C: CONFESS your failures, frailty, and sins, as well as your dependence on God. Humble yourself, but then see yourself as forgiven and restored (in the same condition as Adam or Eve before sin yet living in a world in need of God). Then COME boldly to prayer free from sin, guilt, and shame knowing Jesus enjoys your confident approach.

“O Lord, hear; O Lord, forgive; O Lord, hearken and do; defer not, for thine own sake, O my God: for thy city and thy people are called by thy name” (Daniel 9:19).
“Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need” (Hebrews 4:16).
“The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD: but the prayer of the upright is his delight” (Proverbs 15:8).
D: DELIGHT in Him. Give Him your full attention. DESIRE Him and to understand His Word, heart, mission, plans, and strategies.

“Whom have I in heaven but thee? and there is none upon earth that I desire beside thee” (Psalm 73:25).
“Delight thyself also in the LORD: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart” (Psalm 37:4).
“Surely the Lord GOD will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets” (Amos 3:7).
E: EXPRESS your prayers in English. Pray with understanding for known needs such as spiritual and emotional healing, illnesses, relationship issues, and financial concerns. Be EXPLICIT with your requests, and remember to include church and secular leadership.

“I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the understanding also” (1 Corinthians 14:15).
“Give us this day our daily bread” (Matthew 6:11).
“I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty” (1 Timothy 2:1–2).

CONTINUES at: http://www.worldnetworkofprayer.com/a-praying-life/abc-essentials-on-a-path-of-prayer/

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Alone with God by Gwyn Oakes Like No ratings yet.

We often hear people say they are going to “get away” for the weekend or go somewhere apart from the daily grind. We think of trips to the seashore or to the mountains to rejuvenate and refresh ourselves. This is not always an option as time and finances do not allow us the luxury.

I have found there is nothing more refreshing and rejuvenating than to have time alone with God. When we face dark times, feel no one understands, or simply want to be alone and feel His love and care, we can slip away to a quiet place and find Him there. Jesus gave us that example again and again.

The words of an old song come to mind: “Standing somewhere in the shadows you’ll find Jesus.” In a quiet place, whether it is a closed bedroom door, a spot in the backyard, or in our car in a parking lot, God is waiting to meet us. He longs to know that we want to be in His presence, that we want His love and help.

Jesus felt the need to be alone: “And when he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, he was there alone” (Matthew 14:23). He taught us by example the importance of setting aside solitary time with God.

In my darkest hours, I find peace and consolation in being alone with Him. When I simply want to reflect and be in His presence, He is always there – just a prayer away. I know from experience that He hears me when I talk to Him. He cares about my fears and frustrations and calms my troubled mind and soul. It is wonderful to share my excitement and joy with Him as well.

Regardless of my situation, my heavenly Father watches over me. When I am alone with Him, I more clearly see the way He wants me to take. He strengthens me, teaches me, and reveals secrets to me – just as He did His disciples. “When they were alone, he expounded all things to his disciples” (Mark 4:34). “And he said unto them, Come ye yourselves apart into a desert place, and rest a while: for there were many coming and going, and they had no leisure so much as to eat. And they departed into a desert place by ship privately” (Mark 6:31-32).

Find a place alone with Him often.

This article is reprinted in memory of Gwyn Oakes, former Ladies Ministries President of UPCI. She now rejoices in the presence of the One she loved so deeply and served so faithfully.
(Information from: PURE Newsletter – UPCI Ladies Ministries ladiesconnections@upci.org)

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