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Category Archives: Prayers

I am a strong believer… 1 5/5 (1)

I am a strong believer that no need is too great or too small to take to God in prayer.

From, “Now Lord, You know I am in a hurry trying to pick up everything I need for this banquet at the church. Please give me a quick and good parking spot” to “Lord, I need a dress for this wedding and You know my budget. Please help me find just the right outfit today at a great price. (Oh, and let it make me look two sizes smaller . . . just to represent You well, Lord).”

There were prayers that I prayed as a young AIM (Associates in Missions) worker in our travels. “Lord, we have been blessed with all these gifts from Your precious people. Please make a way to get all this back to the U.S.” To my husband’s utter amazement, a local boy we had made friends with from the grocery store escorts us to the airport to say goodbye. Behold! His good friend is working the baggage inside and we get our things shipped for free! Won’t He do it?

Even though our heavenly Father knows exactly what we have need of before we ask (Matthew 6:8), I believe He awaits a simple prayer request sent to Him that expresses utter trust that not only will He provide the things that we need, but also the little bonus items that we just want (Matthew 7:11, Psalm 37:4).

Prayers prayed at the bedside of a dying loved one, prayers prayed in earnest by a mother for a sick baby or a backslidden child, prayers prayed at lightning speed as a car careens toward yours – these all the Father hears. It doesn’t matter if they are expressed with beautiful poetic words or in hushed whispers, each prayer is heard by and matters to our great God.

If the situation is impossible, pray. If you find yourself in dire confusion and don’t know how to express yourself, pray. If all you can manage in time of deep anguish is a groan or the word “Jesus,” pray. God is so amazing that when we just simply cannot find the words, if we pray in the Spirit, He will do the work for us, and make intercession on our behalf (Romans 8:26).

Just know that your heavenly Father awaits your cry and stands ready to help. One prayer can change everything.

 

Note: Debbie Sanders is Ladies Ministries President of Hawaii and currently serves as the director of Today’s Christian Girl, a national ministry for girls aged 10-18. Debbie is the wife of Jonathan Sanders and mother of three daughters. Brother and Sister Sanders pastor a revival church in Hawaii
(FROM: One Prayer Changes Everything By Debbie Sanders – Ladies Prayer Intl October 2017 Newsletter)

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Back-to-School Prayer 1 5/5 (2)

August is here and that means school is starting up again. It doesn’t matter if your student is a first-time, returning, elementary, high school, or college student…online or in class…public or Christian or home school…in town or far away…your child or grandchild, nephew or niece, neighbor or friend…your student needs your prayers.

Your church can conduct a back-to-school special time of prayer one Sunday where all students, regardless of age, gather at the front and let families and church gather around them and pray. Provide prayer cloths that leadership has anointed and prayed over, then let families take home one for each student in the family, whereas a family they will pray over each one before placing one in each student’s backpack. Conduct a prayer walk at each school represented by students in the church. Provide copies of this prayer guide to families so they can pray over their students at home before students leave for school.

Focused Prayer:
Pray for protection to and from school for each student.
Pray for protection at school, that it would be a safe place with no bullying or terror attacks.
Pray for good health to prevail in every family throughout the school year.
Pray for teachers to show kindness, grace, and understanding, as well as wisdom in dealing with situations in the classroom.
Pray that God will provide for every financial need.
Pray for parents to offer strong guidance and support, offering encouragement as well as expecting fair accountability.
Pray that your student would understand and do well in the learning process.
Pray for peace in your student, that each would not be afraid of situations or people present.
Pray for confidence for your student, that each would try new things and bravely tackle all assignments given.
Pray for your student to make wise choices in their friendships, speech, manners, and reactions.
Pray that your student would do justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with God.
Pray that your student would stand with boldness and integrity on the Word of God, especially when presented with beliefs and teachings contrary to truth.
Pray that God will strengthen your student as each builds their relationship with Him.
Pray that your student will introduce someone to Christ and help that friend grow in Christ.
Pray for the Holy Ghost to always lead, protect, and anoint your student.

Joni Owens, Children’s Pastor
New Life Center, Bridgeton, Missouri
Kindergarten and Beginner Curriculum Editor
Word Aflame Publications, UPCI Headquarters
(From wnop Newsletter)

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Appreciation Sunday – SEPTEMBER 10TH! 1 No ratings yet.

A key community outreach called Appreciation Sunday, launched by Building the Bridge and approved by the UPCI General Board, is in operation! The objective of this ministry is for churches to acknowledge, honor, and celebrate honorable occupational workers and their families in our communities annually. This year Appreciation Sunday will be held on September 10, 2017, and will focus on educators, both in the secular and Christian communities, along with their families. This initiative provides an opportunity for our educators to receive prayer and to experience the impact of the Word and the Spirit of God in a Pentecostal church environment.

A website, appreciationsunday.com, may be accessed to provide information and downloadable resources to assist all who are interested in participating in this grand community outreach effort. Individuals and churches are ardently encouraged to pray, fast, and participate in this amazing “open door” to make an indelible dynamic impact in our communities.

PRAY FOR:

The Vision. To launch an organized and unified community outreach effort, and mobilize churches across North America to participate in Appreciation Sunday. Pray that churches would be proactively involved in Appreciation Sunday and that the masses worldwide would render great advocacy and prayer support in commemoration of this day.

The Plan. On Appreciation Sunday, September 10, 2017 churches will honor the service and sacrifice of educators both in the secular and Christian communities, along with their families. Pray that churches purposefully execute and implement a comprehensive plan of action with fervency in prayer, in order to effectively host Appreciation Sunday.

The Mission. To positively impact the community, showing appreciation to educators nationwide who have touched the lives of millions of people. To fulfill the great commission, the apostolic church must purposely design and implement strategic programs that will affect the community that God has chosen for them to impact. Pray that churches accomplish this stated mission.

The Community. Building stronger community through appreciation and participation. Appreciation Sunday is about celebrating the people that defines the community. This provides an opportunity to fulfill the great commission. Pray that each church reach out to their respective community. Pray for the greatest success of Appreciation Sunday in every church!

Flo Shaw
Director
World Network of Prayer
(From wnop Newsletter)

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Prayers for…Missionaries 1 No ratings yet.

Global

Tuesday: Shawn & Jaydie Sarsfield (Mali)
Wednesday: Amy Sawyer (Belize)
Thursday: Mitch & Jutta Sayers (Germany)
Friday: Bred & Lycia Schreckhise (Domincan Republic)
Saturday: David & Yonda Schwarz (Regional Director, Central America and Caribbean)
Sunday: Stanley Scism (Cambodia)
Monday: Lynden & Kathy Shalm (Regional Director, Asia)

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North American Missionaries

Tuesday: Gregory Turner Family (Gray, GA)
Wednesday: Gary Brill Family (Madras, OR)
Thursday: William Gibson Family (La Grande, OR)
Friday: Neil Mack Family (Camby, IN)
Saturday: Michael Seidenfaden Family (Lawrenceburg, KY)
Sunday: Curtis Franks Family (Broad Bottom, KY)
Monday: Alan Bassette Family (Rome, NY)

(From wnop Newsletter)

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As the disciples walked with Jesus… 1 No ratings yet.

As the disciples walked with Jesus, they daily heard His teaching and saw the miracles He did for the people. They saw blind eyes opened, the crippled made to walk and even the dead raised to life again. And yet, their request to Him was, “Lord, teach us to pray.” In response, Jesus taught them that true prayer is not only asking, but it is also about binding and loosing, or warfare and bringing down the strongholds of hell. He taught them that some things may appear impossible, but there is a faith that can explode the impossible. And mighty prevailing prayer is the weapon that opens the door to the power that overcomes the world of darkness. And that world will yield ground to the child of God who gets desperate enough to pray in the spirit until hell’s gates are moved.

A desperate pray-er doesn’t care who hears him pray; he cares only about one thing and that is his great need of touching God.

Several years ago while my late husband and I were pastoring, some of our ladies were at our church seeking God earnestly when we heard in the distance a woman screaming. Alarmed, we ran outside and saw a woman running toward us with a small child in her arms. She fell to the ground at my feet crying and screaming, “my baby is dead…he had a seizure and stopped breathing…he hasn’t breathed for several minutes now. Please pray!” The child was unresponsive, but as we laid our hands on him and called on the Name of Jesus, he began to gasp for breath and started crying. God completely healed that child. He is still a mighty, merciful God who hears and answers when His people earnestly seek Him.

James 5:16b “the earnest continued prayer of a righteous man makes tremendous power available.”

Norma Deville, Guest Writer
Shady Grove UPC
Jena, Louisiana
(From: wnop Newlsetter)

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Walk into the Extraordinary. 1 No ratings yet.

It was a day just like any other. As Gideon threshed wheat near the winepress, the unexpected happened. An angel appeared before him, “The Lord is with thee, thou mighty man of valour” (Judges 6:12).

Gideon knew immediately that this was one lost and confused angel. Why, he was the youngest of a poor, obscure family. What could he do? He was powerless. How could God possibly use him?

Born into a nation that had walked away from God, attempting to hide wheat from the Midianites was a way of life for Gideon. Tired of living under the heavy hand of their enemy, the children of Israel began to call upon God to save them. Now an angel had come with a message of deliverance, but he had picked the wrong person. Of the entire nation, he had selected a young man with little prospects for the future.

It is easy to relate to Gideon. He had the audacity to ask the outrageous questions that we are reluctant to put into words. “If You are with me, God, why am I in such a mess? You delivered us out of Egypt only to allow us to fall prey to the Midianites. You want to use me to deliver my entire nation? If this is really You, You have to show me a sign!”

The angel did the miraculous before Gideon’s eyes, yet he still fleeced God. Not once, but twice. At last he was convinced that he was hearing from the Lord.

With thirty-two thousand men at his disposal, everything seemed promising. But then God began the process of selecting and rejecting until Gideon was left with just three hundred men. God took this small group, armed with only trumpets, pitchers, and lamps (torches) and caused the Midianites to utterly destroy themselves.

What an amazing, wonderful story! From our perspective, we can smugly wonder why Gideon ever questioned God at all. Surely if an angel appeared to us, we would immediately, without hesitation, obey.

But we all ask questions. God beckons us down a path that we have never walked before, “The Lord is with thee, thou mighty man of valour!” We quake, question, and flee in fear. How can God use us? What if He lets us down? The task is too great! He expects too much of us. Doesn’t He know who we are? Isn’t He aware of our lack of experience and abilities?
God is looking for those who are willing to obey. Perfection is not a requirement. Self-sufficiency and tremendous confidence are not either. “Peace be unto thee; fear not!” (Judges 6:23) God’s reassurance is needed when we stand at the crossroads of the familiar and a new assignment from the Lord.

Just like Gideon, we are weak, defenseless, and without adequate resources to accomplish what God requires of us. But, “our sufficiency is of God” (II Corinthians 3:5). “The Spirit of the Lord came upon Gideon” (Judges 6:34) and he was able to face and accomplish the task that God had placed before him. Without God’s assistance, it is impossible to boldly accept the challenges that lie ahead.

But it is not up to us! When we face the enemy, task, or ministry that God has called us to do, we too will hear His assurance. “And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left” (Isaiah 30:21).

In the Spirit today, can’t you hear a voice gently speaking? “The Lord is with thee, thou mighty [wo]man of valour!”

The above article was written by Bonnie Peacock who dedicated her writing talents to inspire and challenge others in their walk with God.
(FROM: SISTERS sisters@upci.org via Ladies Ministries Newsletter)

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IF YOU GO TO WAR by Beth Marie Evans 1 5/5 (1)

God’s ways are not our ways, and His thoughts are not our thoughts. However, in spite of our human imperfections, we can achieve excellence. This may not be true according to worldly standards, but according to the hope we have when we choose to live according to the laws of God, we can live a life of excellence.

We have so many examples in scripture of those who, in spite of doubt, unbelief, and sin, accomplished what God called them to do. David, who is called a man after God’s heart, cut off the skirt of Saul’s robe while he slept, and then repented. According to our standards, David had good reason for assaulting Saul because Saul was out to kill him for no other reason than jealousy (see I Samuel 24:4-6). However, David chose a way that was more excellent, even though he was not perfect. He was a man who could be reasoned with, and would receive instruction, even from a woman. When Nabal returned evil for the good that David and his men had done for him by refusing to provide food for his men and beasts, David wanted to kill him and his whole household. But instead he repented of his ways, even thanking God for Nabal’s wife, who prevented him from committing this sin (see I Samuel 25:5-34).

We have many other examples; we have Jonah, who didn’t want to do the will of God because of his fear and prejudice, Abraham and Sarah, who tried to bring the promise of God to pass themselves, but in the end, God kept His promise through Isaac. When we consider Daniel, who was said to have an excellent spirit, there doesn’t seem to be anything negative written of him. What we see written concerning Daniel is that he sought out God continually. We also see this in the life of David, who had many failures, battles, but also victories. Although we never read of any sin committed by Daniel, he was never called a man after God’s heart. It is possible to live a life of excellence before God when we choose to press steadfastly towards the mark of the high calling of Jesus Christ. This week, pray that you will live a life of excellence before God!

Beth Marie Evans
Apostolic Author
Cook County Chaplain
International Christian Fellowship
Brookfield, Illinois
(From wnop Newsletter)

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The GLOBAL DAY OF PRAYER will be observed on Sunday, June 4, 2017. 3 5/5 (1)

The GLOBAL DAY OF PRAYER will be observed on Sunday, June 4, 2017. The Global Day of Prayer is commemorated annually as “A Day of Repentance and United Prayer!” Christians around the globe will lift up their voices in one accord in stadiums, churches, fields, etc., believing for the power of prayer to transform our world and fill the nations with the glory of God!

God is calling people worldwide to unite together in prayer to pray for the world. He wants us to embark on the journey to intercede for the nations and to answer the call relayed in II Chronicles 7:14, “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” And as a result, verses 15-16 will manifest, which further declares, “Now mine eyes shall be open, and mine ears attent unto the prayer that is made in this place. For now have I chosen and sanctified this house, that my name may be there for ever: and mine eyes and mine heart shall be there perpetually.”

On the Global Day of Prayer, we will be praying with the world…for the world! Join millions of praying people worldwide, and do “a world of good” and watch the world change…for the better!

Pentecost Sunday also will convene on Sunday, June 4, 2017. The observance of this day highlights the initial outpouring of the Holy Spirit in the Book of Acts. Preceded by a wave of repentance, the Holy Spirit was poured out upon 120 people in the upper room, and then later 3,000 individuals received God’s Spirit as well.

Pray that a spirit of travail would grip our hearts, so that a great harvest of souls will be born into the kingdom of God. Pray for a spirit of conviction, repentance, and transformation to prevail. Pray that the hearts of seekers would be purified with holy fire through the infilling presence of God. Pray for a supernatural demonstration of the power of God. Pray for a divine manifestation of His Holy Spirit, along with restoration, renewal, healing, miracles, signs, and wonders. And remember, God still desires to reach the “Lost” through “Pentecost”!

Flo Shaw
Director
World Network of Prayer
(Information from the wnop Newsletter)

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A call to prayer 2 No ratings yet.

…CONTINUALLY
Although we are living in some of the most perilous times in the history of humanity, we also are living in some of the most glorious times in the history of the church. This world is waxing worst and worst, but the Kingdom is waxing greater and greater!

This is not a time for the church to be asleep. Awake, a call to prayer has gone out (Romans 13:11). Don’t you hear it? Today we have the most splendid opportunity to make an impact. As we pray with passion and perseverance for our governmental leaders, and the challenges facing our nation and our world…God will “hear” us; God will “help” us; and God will “heal” our land (II Chronicles 7:14)!

Is there not a cause? Choose to be a catalyst of change. Why even wait for the UPCI, WNOP, or church leadership to ask us to pray and fast? The Spirit of the Lord prompts and leads us to do so…continually (Daniel 9:3, Joel 2:12, Acts 6:4, I Thessalonians 5:17, I Timothy 2:1-4). “The signs of the times” speak volumes alone. The Lord beckons us to be faithful in standing in the gap (Ezekiel 22:30). He has deployed us as His army, and we have the awesome responsibility to fulfill His divine assignments. Commit to consistent intercession. Consecrate unto Christ with constant fasting. The hour that we live it demands it! Pray for America! Pray for the world!

This world and all therein shall pass, only what we do for Christ shall last! Do you want to maintain your salvation? Do you want others to obtain salvation? Well, make the most of your temporal life…by investing in all that matters for eternal life! Please commit to consistent prayer and fasting with us! It is time to awake and…arise and shine (Isaiah 60:1-3)…and answer A CALL TO PRAYER!

Flo Shaw
Director
World Network of Prayer
(From wnop Newsletter)

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The New York Metro District WNOP Regional Summons 1 No ratings yet.

The New York Metro District WNOP Regional Summons convened on March 30 – April 1, 2017, in the New York Metro District, where Bishop Devon Dawson is district superintendent and at New Life Tabernacle, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, where Bishop Micheal Mitchell is pastor. The Summons theme was “RELEASE”! This event was a great SUCCESS! The overall attendance was approximately 1,150, including around 110 in the Kids Summons that transpired on Friday night, in which 7 received the gift of the Holy Ghost! There were 57 confirmed miraculous healings!

As orchestrated by God, a sweeping thunderous move of corporate intercession occurred unlike we had ever experienced, and lives were transformed and supernatural kingdom exploits were done! A great spirit of unity prevailed as both the ministry and laity wept and rejoiced!  A prophetic word came forth that “because of this, great revival, harvest, miracles, and blessings would manifest!”

Some other major highlights of the Summons included:

Great moves of God: God wrought phenomenal things in the Spirit from the preaching, worship, divine impartation, intercession, miracles, healings, educating and equipping.
Dynamic speakers: Devon Dawson, Micheal Mitchell, Art Wilson, Ric and Vicki Gonzalez, Margaret Banks (NYMD Prayer Coordinator), Joshua Herring (Evening Evangelist), Flo Shaw (Keynote), Lisa Marshall (Prayer), and Colleen Clabaugh (Kids Ministry).
NYMD choir & singers/musicians: Anointed worship led by New Life Tabernacle, Oneness Rehoboth Apostolic Church, the McKains and Vicki Gonzalez.
Participation of neighboring district superintendents: Jay Stirnemann (MA/RI) and John Hanson (CT) led in powerful prayers and exhortations.
Pre-service/Summons prayer: Led by anointed prayer coordinators, ministers and intercessors.
WNOP honorees: Special UN guests/city official honored for their exemplary contributions to society.
Reach Out America presentation (Disaster relief/Humanitarian aid ministry): Larry Williamson, President. Instrumental in impacting NYMD after Hurricane Sandy.
Warrior Cry: The youth drama team from Oneness Rehoboth Apostolic Church marched in with military attire, moved in formation, and quoted the Word of God sporadically from memory. It was amazing!
Plowing Before The Planter focus: Further equipped attendees in prayer evangelism.
Special awardee: Margaret Banks awarded with a plaque in recognition of successfully completing her full four-year tenure as PBTP coordinator.
Event live-streaming: More than a 1,000 people joined the conference, via live-stream. Many onsite and offsite reported this was the greatest prayer conference ever! People were released, renewed, and delivered by the power of God!
Many people entered into new dimensions of prayer and the Spirit. The most common words to best relay the impact of the NYMD WNOP Regional Summons overall expressed by both leadership and laity was that…”It was a life changing experience!”

On behalf of WNOP, we would like to personally thank all who worked and participated in this Summons to contribute in it being a great success! Eternity has yet to reveal all that was truly accomplished! The photos and quotes below display only a “small” part of what we experienced from a ‘big” RELEASE…and our lives will never be the same again!

Flo Shaw
Director
World Network of Prayer
(From: wnop Newsletter)

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Triumphant Through the Power of Prayer by Tanya Harrod 3 No ratings yet.

“Hear my voice, O God, in my prayer: preserve my life from fear of the enemy”.  Psalm 64:1

I was blessed to be raised in a home that sought-after God, knowing prayer, faith, and trust. Growing up we saw many things come to pass through the power of prayer.

When I was eight years old, I was in a race with my sisters and the neighbor kids. We ran around the neighborhood seeing who was the fastest. I remember thinking, “Yes, I´m going to win”.  It was at that moment that I came crashing to the ground, splitting my knee open to the bone!  We were home missionaries and had no insurance, my mom didn’t know anything else to do other than to pray and wrap a large bandage around my knee. Within an hour I was back to running around. My knee was totally healed, except a tiny bruise that I still have as a reminder of God answering prayer.

Many times, we can seem to get busy in life and don’t see spiritual attacks that come against us.A few weeks ago, as I was tucking Alaina, our eight year old into bed, she started acting nervous. I shrugged it off, prayed over her, and put her to bed. The next three nights her daddy and I got frustrated as she seemed to be stalling at bedtime and not wanting to sleep alone. Finally, on the fourth morning while praying the thought came to me that it was a spirit of fear, not just the normal little “scared thing” that kids go through.

I sat Alaina down and asked why she had been dreading bedtime. She broke down crying, telling me how scared she was of being alone, of being in the dark, and having it too quiet around her. I knew then that she was being attacked by a spirit of fear. We began to pray with her and bind fear, bind the lies of Satan, and loose peace over her. We called our pastor who prayed over her mind and together we taught her how to pray the Word of God and use His promises.It took three more nights of praying before it left her completely, but through prayer we were triumphant.

Alaina has now learned personally that she can be triumphant through the power of prayer, because God has given her peace and she sleeps soundly every night. No matter what may come against our families, the answer is found in prayer.

“Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them” (Mark 11:24).

Note: Tanya Harrod is married to missionary Nathan Harrod and blessed to be the mother of Alaina and Lincoln. The Harrods have served in the country of Spain for the past thirteen years and pastor three churches in the Catalonian Region. They are working to start more.  She homeschools her two children and tries to be involved in any area needed including music, youth, and teaching.

(From: Ladies Prayer Intl April 2017 Newsletter)

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Triumphant over Distractions in Prayer by Liane Grant 2 No ratings yet.

Our desire to be triumphant in prayer is sometimes thwarted because we have difficulty dealing with things that distract us before and during our prayer time. To triumph means to be victorious or successful. We can be victorious over time pressure by setting aside time to pray each day. Then, we can be successful in overcoming distractions by keeping our focus on God during that special time.

Ironically, sometimes the distractions come from the very children we love and for whom we pray. After the birth of each of my three sons, I ached for time alone with God. “O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee” (Psalm 63:1). But it seemed that no matter how early I got up, the baby would awaken while I was praying. What a blessing when my husband offered to block off an hour each day to be with the kids and give me time for private devotions. It was in his best interests to have a praying wife, after all.

Susanna, mother of the famous preachers John and Charles Wesley, had a unique solution to uninterrupted prayer time. Although she was raising ten children and her husband was often absent, Susanna was committed to two hours of prayer each day. She trained her kids that whenever she covered her head with her apron, she was praying and should not be disturbed.

If we really want to triumph in prayer, we will find a way somehow. Nowadays, in addition to children, we have email, text messages, Facebook notifications, and Twitter clamouring to interrupt our prayer time. We can turn off these electronic distractions to focus in prayer, but sometimes it is hard to silence our own distracting thoughts.

In the early years of marriage, I received some great advice from my pastor’s wife about dealing with distractions during prayer. She suggested that we keep a notebook close by to write down any task or information that came to mind while we were praying. II Corinthians 10:5 talks about “bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.” By quickly writing a note, we could return to prayer without thinking constantly, “Oh, I need to remember to do this after prayer.”

So, triumph in prayer begins when we conquer the things that hinder us from starting to pray. We continue to triumph when we overcome distractions during our prayer time. Then, we will truly be in a position to be triumphant through prayer. “Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ” (II Corinthians 2:14).

Note: Liane and her husband Scott are career church planters in Montreal, Quebec under the UPCI Metro Missions program. Liane serves as the Quebec Ladies Ministries president and is the founder and overseer of The King’s Translators, a group of volunteers dedicated to providing apostolic resources in French. She is currently doing her doctoral research with this translation group.

(From: Ladies Prayer Intl April 2017 Newsletter)

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Triumphant Through Prayer by Wanda Fielder 2 No ratings yet.

Being raised in the church from birth, I always believed the Word of God to be true but often leaned on the prayers and faith of my parents to carry me through. There is merit to this blind faith; however there comes a time in everyone’s life that he must seek to find a personalization and ownership of that same faith. Often it takes a time of crisis for us to diligently pursue a very personal relationship with the Lord.

My pursuit of faith became more focused when I became a parent, as I then had responsibility for someone other than myself. The knowledge of accountability for others can be overwhelming, but I knew the perfect source of strength and chose to seek Him for direction. Because of my faithful quest for guidance, I did not expect the curve in the road ahead.

When raising children in the fear of the Lord from day one, we expect nothing less than complete surrender of their lives to Him. When our oldest son began to stray from the Lord, it took us by total shock and grieved our hearts to the fullest. As he began to experiment in things of the world and to veer from the path we had taught him to follow, we wept before the Lord. Surely this couldn’t be happening in our God-fearing home. It was time to put our faith to the test.

I began to focus on the Word of God, applying it in a very personal way to our situation. I John 5:14, 15 promises, “And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.” I knew that it was the will of God for our son to serve the Lord, so I began to pray and claim that scripture. I Peter 5:7 has always been a source of strength to me, and I obeyed its command: “Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.”

Increasing our faith, my husband and I began to pray and plead the blood of Jesus over our son.
I well remember laying on the floor underneath one of the pews in our sanctuary declaring that Satan was not going to have our son. Pleading the blood of Jesus, I claimed him for the Lord and refused to let go of God’s promises. Through much prayer and fasting, we received our answer from the Lord. He turned our son around and made his life new in Him.

This situation took place over seventeen years ago. It thrills me to say that our son is serving the Lord faithfully since that turnaround. God has blessed him with a wife and children who also live for the Lord. We are grateful beyond measure.

You can be triumphant through prayer. Never give up.

Note: Wanda Fielder, founder and editor of the web site and newsletter, Tealightful Inspirations, currently serves as Connections Director for the UPCI Ladies Ministries. She is married to James Fielder, and they have pastored in Portage, IN for the past 37 years. She is the happy mother of two sons, Brent and Bryan, and Nana to Maddi and Lincoln.

(From: Ladies Prayer Intl April 2017 Newsletter)

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To Inquire In His Temple 2 4/5 (1)

In all the business of life and ministry, Psalm 27:4 brings us back to the one thing we must never neglect, but rather continually search out, desire, and strive for;  that is to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to inquire in His Temple.

In a world full of trouble, trials and negativity, it’s vital to take time in prayer to look into the face of Jesus Christ, beholding His beauty and delightfulness. To inquire is a multi-faceted experience, for it means to plough, to break forth, to inspect, admire, care for, consider, and seek out.

In light of this let us pray:

Lord, help us to plough up, break up the fallow ground of our hearts so You can come and rain righteousness upon us.
Let us plough, in the Spirit, the hard soil of the fields in which we labor for the harvest, so that souls will be prepared to receive the saving Word of God.
In Jesus name, let us pray, casting all our burdens on Him who cares for us until we break forth in joy. Let the joy of the Lord be our strength to carry on in His will.
Let us take time in His presence not only to allow Him to inspect us and search us, but also that we admire Him and delight in Him.
Lord Jesus, in your presence let us receive divine love, causing us to care for You and for the things that are important to You.
Help us Lord to consider our ways and to allow You to mold us into Your image as we behold Your beauty.

JulieAnn Reynolds
Local Prayer Coordinator
Apostolic Life Center
Manchaca, Texas
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