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Praise Part 1

Summer of Prayer Series

Praise – an act of worship that focuses our attention on God

Praise is an important part of a healthy prayer life.

Like supernatural effervescence, praise will sometimes bubble up from the joy of simply knowing Christ. Praise like that is…delight. Pure pleasure! But praise can also be supernatural determination. A decisive action. Praise like that is…quiet resolve. Fixed devotion. Strength of spirit.    – Joni Eareckson Tada

In Michael Youssef’s book The Prayer That God Answers, he says, “Without praise, we get too self-conscious. We get preoccupied with who we are, and not enough about what God thinks of us. And then we get grumpy and critical.”


I will praise the Lord at all times; His praise will constantly be on my lips.

-Psalm 34:1


Christians are made to glorify God. We are never in our element until we are praising Him. Prayer and praise are the oars by which a man may row his boat into the deep waters of the knowledge of Christ.

-Charles Spurgeon

Do you want to improve your prayer life?

Start praising and thanking God.

A day filled with praise is a sure way of keeping your focus and attitude right.

Infuse your life with praise and you will soon find joy in ordinary days.

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How important is praise?

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Corrie and Prayer

Summer of Prayer Series

Selecting things for the Summer of Prayer is enjoyable and a little challenging. It is causing me to realize that having an abundance of material on prayer means the best is sometimes hidden from easy view. The true treasures can be found and like all treasure, it is well worth the effort.

Here are some powerful insights from Corrie ten Boom on the subject of prayer.

45 minutes with Corrie ten Boom

Want to learn more about Corrie?

Visit the Corrie ten Boom Page

 

 

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Questions to Ask

Summer of Prayer Series

You ask [God for something] and do not receive it, because you ask with wrong motives [out of selfishness or with an unrighteous agenda], so that [when you get what you want] you may spend it on your [hedonistic] desires.  – James 4:3 AMP

Some questions to ask ourselves about our prayer life

Am I pushing my own agenda or seeking God?

What are my true motives?

The Bible is God's

Love to hear what you think.

Please share a comment below 

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His Plan

Summer of Prayer Series

The Lord’s prayer found in Matthew 6:9-13 can be used as a literal prayer to say alone or in a group. It is also clearly an outline, guide, and pattern of prayer to be used.

This is the prayer Jesus gave as an example of how to pray.

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One thing has been standing out to me recently in this prayer. Notice that the main focus of this prayer is on God and the desire for His will to be fully accomplished now and always.

Prayer is not a listing of needs, requests, desires, concerns, problems or plans. We are not to be finding a place for God to fit into our agenda. The truth is that He is allowing us a place in His plans and purposes. Doesn’t the joy of being included in God’s plans seem more desirable anyway?

 


Earlier this week I happened to watch an interview with an author whose book is on my to-read list. Link to the show is at the bottom of this post.

Something she shared really got my attention and deeply resonates with me. She was mentioning her time spent in prayer concerning a very serious situation.

I was literally on my knees in prayer on the floor asking God to intervene to make this possible He said, “Michele, I’m not doing you a favor. This is My project.”
I realized in that moment, we were just tools and this was His will and it was going to be done and we just needed to get behind it. So to watch Him move like that was pretty incredible.      – Michele Rigby Asaad

It changes our approach to prayer completely when we see this. 

Watch Michele Rigby Asaad on the Life Today Show for the entire interview

His Plan

 

 

 

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Prayer List Problem

Summer of Prayer Series

It is great to see the interest people have in developing and improving their prayer lives today. A great number of new books, articles, websites, apps, and Bible studies are available on the subject. I actually think the best is to be found in the older classics on prayer, but that’s me. Certainly, the most absolutely reliable writing on prayer is found in the Bible. Something to keep in mind when exploring all the new materials available today.

This post is about prayer lists. I guess because we tend to like having a list and checking things off, the idea of a prayer list sounds appealing to many. This is promoted widely and is generally a good suggestion. However, too much emphasis on this particular aspect of prayer leads to some problems. Sadly, some people are finding prayer to be disappointing when prayer list praying becomes the main focus. Instead of prayer time being the center of a real relationship with God, it becomes something heavy to carry each day. I’ve noticed people that seem to be under pressure to pray about all the things on their list. Praying on behalf of others is viewed as a serious duty with the outcome of people’s lives at stake.

C.S. Lewis mentioned what he called “one very silly sort of prayer. I have heard a man offer a prayer for a sick person which really amounted to a diagnosis followed by advice as to how God should treat the patient.”

I have heard this type of prayer very often when praying with a group.

The outcome of whatever we are praying about is NOT dependent upon us  

Faith needs to be in God not in our praying 

A vibrant prayer life is not about meeting some requirement but is about your relationship with God.

Put aside the list if it is dominating your time spent alone with the King. After all, God knows everything and does not have need of a detailed presentation to understand the details of problems, needs, requests…

I like to keep a list of people I am praying for but find that the best times of praying for others is when God brings a person to my mind. Amazingly when these times happen the prayer is so easy and natural because it is God who is calling me to pray not my list.

How about you?  What do you think about using a prayer list?

Please share your thoughts on prayer 

 

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Summer Update

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If you are not following the Every Day with the King Facebook Page you are missing out on much of the Summer of Prayer content. So for those of you who are not on Facebook here are some highlights from the Facebook page.

But Jesus looked at them and said to them, “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” (1)


A real Christian is an odd number, anyway. He feels supreme love for the One whom he has never seen, talks with familiarly e (1)A real Christian is an odd number, anyway. He feels supreme love for the One whom he has never seen, talks with familiarly every day to Someone he cannot see, expects to go to heaven on the virtue of Another, empties himself in order to be full, admits he is wrong so he can be declared right, goes down in order to get up, is strongest when he is weakest, richest when he is poorest and happiest when he feels the worst. He dies so he can live, forsakes in order to have, gives away so he can keep, sees the invisible, hears the inaudible and knows that which passeth understanding.     –  Tozer

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Soliloquy

“If you know God’s hidden companionship, your prayer will become a conversation instead of a soliloquy.”    – Corrie ten Boom
Soliloquy is an unfamiliar word that stands out in the above quote. Let’s take a look at the definition to fully understand the point that Corrie ten Boom intended to make.
Soliloquy is a device often used in drama when a character speaks to him or herself relating thoughts and feelings thereby also sharing them with the audience giving off the illusion of being a series of unspoken reflections.
If other characters are present they keep silent and/or are disregarded by the speaker.

Watch the first 45 seconds of this video → Soliloquy 


Andrew Murray also used the word soliloquy when writing on the subject of prayer.

One reason why the discipline of prayer is not attractive is that people do not know how to pray. Their stock of words is soon exhausted, and they do not know what else to say. This happens because they forget that prayer is not a soliloquy where everything comes from one side, but it is a dialogue where God’s child listens to what the Father says, replies to it, and then asks for the things he needs.

Then he gave a suggestion to those who encounter this problem.

Read a few verses from the Bible. Do not concern yourself with the difficult parts in them; you can consider these later. Take what you understand, apply it to yourself, and ask the Father to make His Word light and power in your heart. Thus you will have material enough for prayer from the Word which the Father speaks to you. You will also have the liberty to ask for things you need.

Keep on in this way, and prayer will become at length, not a place where you sigh and struggle, but a place of living fellowship with the Father in heaven. Prayful study of the Bible is indispensable for powerful prayer. The Word prayerfully read and cherished in the heart by faith will, through the Spirit, be both light and life within us.

– Andrew Murray

I challenge you to slowly read the Corrie ten Boom quote again.

Think about it and perhaps ask yourself some questions.

Please share your thoughts in the comments below 

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Summer of Prayer

Welcome to Summer!

The focus here on the blog and on the Every Day with the King Facebook Page will be the subject of PRAYER for the months of July and August.

To kick off this Summer of Prayer let’s spend 5 minutes with 97-year-old Edith Leland.

I believe you will be inspired and challenged.

Edith’s Story and the Power of Prayer

Welcome to Summer of Prayer!

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Ambassadors for Christ

When you became a follower of Jesus, you began a new life in Christ.

 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.  -2 Corinthians 5:17

You know that Jesus is your Lord and you want to truly know and serve Him. You have the Holy Spirit to help and guide you each day.  Even so, you might find that the distractions of this world cause you to lose focus and drift away from acting like who you really are.

Sometimes we need to be reminded of our true identity and the difference it makes in every aspect of life.

We physically live in the same world but now as citizens of the Kingdom of heaven. See Philippians 3:20.

Since becoming a Kingdom citizen, your full allegiance is always due to your King.

In the Bible, we find believers called

  • pilgrims
  • strangers
  • aliens
  • foreigners
  • ambassadors

See  -Hebrews 11:13  -1 Peter 1:17  -1 Peter 2:11  -Ephesians 6:20  -2 Corinthians 5:20


Our concern is to represent the King and His kingdom wherever we are.

Our quest is to know Jesus and make Him known to others.

We should grab every opportunity to promote the kingdom.

Have you thought about the honor and responsibility of being an ambassador for Christ?

Take a moment to watch the short video below.

Tourist or Ambassador?

What an honor to represent Jesus as a kingdom ambassador!

Read a related post  Embassy of the Kingdom

Let us serve with joy

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