Created for His Glory

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Created for His Glory

Martin Luther once said, “As it is the business of tailors to make clothes and of cobblers to mend shoes, so it is the business of Christians to pray.”
I firmly believe when you put prayer in its proper perspective it will be much easier for you to pray and to feel successful at it. As Christians, we must get to the place where we understand that prayer should not be viewed only as you asking God for something or asking God to do something.  Prayer is a way for you to grow in relationship with God.  Prayer is a way for you to tap into God’s will and live and practice it in your life.
In recent months, in my personal prayer life, I’ve spent less time asking for things and more time worshiping God. I have also spent more time than normal listening. There are times when I pray, that I do not ask for anything at all. I’ve found that as I endeavor to spend time with God giving Him glory and intently listening to what He may have to say to me, that I feel a closeness that I really like. And you know what?  I think He likes it too.
Will there be times to pray and intercede? Yes, absolutely!!! But it must be balanced with an intentional effort of getting to know the One you love. I believe we can impact the world with our prayers, and should. But we must not neglect having consistent times of intimacy with our God.
The changes I’ve made, have helped me hear His voice clearer and easier. I’ve also found that I have much clearer direction on which particular things to intercede about when the time comes to do so. (Far too often I fear we are guilty of going on auto pilot in our prayer time, instead of bring spirit-led.)
I want to challenge you this week to take time with God and don’t ask for one thing. Instead, tell Him how much He means to you and how great You think He is. Then, take time and listen. He probably has something He wants to say back to you.  After all, you were created for His glory.

“Even every one that is called by my name: for I have created him for my glory, I have formed him; yea, I have made him”. (Isaiah 43:7)

Have a blessed week.
Lisa Marshall
Strategic Prayer Coordinator
World Network of Prayer
Created for His Glory 2018-11-20T12:23:15+00:00

The Ultimate Example of Prayer

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The Ultimate Example of Prayer

The ultimate example for all Christians is Jesus. One thing was very clear about Jesus…. He prayed!  There are a few things about His prayer life that we can all learn from.
  • The beginning of his ministry on earth was started in prayer.  Jesus prayed and the heaven was opened up and the Spirit descended on him like a dove. (Luke 3:21-22)
  • At times Jesus withdrew for a time of prayer. He often went on the mountainside to pray.  He prayed late at night.  (Matthew 14;23), He got up early to pray (Mark 1:35), He prayed in the wilderness alone (Luke 5:16).  In His life we can see that although praying with a group is good, even Jesus knew the importance of time alone in prayer.
  • Jesus prayed with others.  Luke 9:28, he took Peter, James and John and prayed.   We need to be faithful to the prayer room.
  • Jesus spent time in prayer before making major choices.  “And it came to pass in those days, that he went out into a mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God. And when it was day, he called unto him his disciples: and of them he chose twelve, whom also he named apostles” (Luke 6:12-13).  Before choosing the disciples, he spent the entire night praying. I wonder how much better our lives would be if we spent all night praying before we made major choices?
  • Jesus prayed for others.  “Simon, Satan hath desired to have you, but I prayed for you that your faith fail not.”  Jesus prayed for the disciples or his coworkers in the Kingdom (Luke 22:32).
  • Jesus’ prayer times were often teaching experiences.  “After a time of prayer with the disciples, Jesus asked, “Who do people say that I am” (Luke 18-20)?  And revelation came.  Thou are the Christ.
  • Jesus prayed during his greatest time of need.  (On the cross)
  • Jesus taught persistence in prayer.  He told the disciples that men ought always to pray and not give up.  Luke 18:1  (Can’t imagine He would tell them to do something He wasn’t doing himself)
  • Jesus prayed before meals.  
    • o  when he fed the five thousand with the boy’s lunch of bread and fish (Mark 6:41);
    • o  when he fed the four thousand (Mark 8:6);
    • o  when he shared a meal with his disciples in the upper room the night before his crucifixion (Mark 14:22);
    • o  and, following his resurrection, when he shared a meal with Cleopas and his wife in Emmaus (Luke 24:30).
If we are CHRIST-LIKE, then WE MUST be people of prayer.
Lisa Marshall
The Ultimate Example of Prayer 2018-07-21T16:22:28+00:00

A Limitless God

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A Limitless God

God’s power is limitless. There is literally nothing He can’t do. The Bible tells us God is…. a healer, provider, shepherd, friend, physician, counselor, way maker, problem solver, giver of peace, infinite, immutable, all powerful, self-sufficient, omniscient (all-knowing), omnipresent, wise, faithful, good, just, merciful, gracious, holy, love, sovereign……are you getting the picture?
We are not praying to a weak God, we are praying to an almighty God! If we could take our eyes off our problems and set them on our God, we would find it easier to pray.  Cancer is nothing to the Great Physician and Creator who made every cell and fiber of the human body. Peace in the midst of chaos and problems of life, is nothing to a God who has an abundance of peace that passes understanding. There simply isn’t a problem that He doesn’t hold the answer to.

Take time this week before you pray and spend a few minutes focusing your thoughts on who God really is. You will quickly realize that you can confidently pray BIG prayers because you serve a BIG God.

Lisa Marshall

A Limitless God 2018-07-21T17:01:05+00:00

Are You Vulnerable?

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Are You Vulnerable?

Recently I attended a prayer conference. There was something taught that impacted me, so I wanted to share it.
We know we are not to be ignorant of Satan’s devices and perhaps sometimes we wonder where the enemy may attack next. In Ephesians 6, the Lord gives us the Armor of God.  In doing so, He is showing us the areas He knows that needs protection. Recall the armor and think of this: (helmet of) salvation, (breastplate of) righteousness, (belt of) truth, (feet shod with the gospel of) peace, (shield of) faith and (sword of) spirit. Now I know where I might be attacked: salvation, righteousness, truth, peace, faith and spirit. Perhaps the Devil looks at which area we are weakest and that’s where he tries to attack.
Thinking about that I realized I am probably often vulnerable in peace. In short, I worry too much. And the enemy of my soul steals my peace. Since I know the area he is going to attack, since I have weapons for that area, I purpose to make this area stronger by finding verses on peace, covering my mind with the blood of Jesus, and binding any spirits trying to steal my peace. Think of an area I mentioned and see if there is an area in which you’re vulnerable. God will help you fortify that area. He already equipped you with the armor for it.
Have a blessed week.
Jill Fierge
North American Missions
Are You Vulnerable? 2018-07-21T17:11:26+00:00