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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.

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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

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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

Summer of Prayer Series 

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.

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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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First 5

“Ten minutes spent in the presence of Christ every day, aye, two minutes, will make the whole day different.”  – Henry Drummond
If you have read only a few posts here on Every Day with the King, you surely know there are no subjects mentioned more than starting your day with Jesus and Bible studies. Today I would like to suggest an option that is designed for when you have very little time and yet is very adaptable for when you have more time. So whether you have 5 minutes or 30, this is designed to fit your life.

It is – First 5

If you are not familiar with First 5, please take the time to check it out. The app is free. Join and get started today. You will find the daily reading each morning on the app. If you want to order the Experience guide you will find lots of material to expand your study. The guide is completely optional.

The app includes many features to explore. Past studies are always accessible along with the current study. You can comment and be involved at what level is best for you. There are community groups. These are groups where you can meet to discuss the study right there on the app.

The First 5 studies are extremely well written and presented. My favorite thing about First 5 is that it is designed to make everything about starting your day with Jesus so simple!

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Check out the First 5 Help Page to find so much more information.

Have you experienced First 5?

Leave a comment below 🙂

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Aware

Before Jesus died, He told His followers that He would leave them. BUT He promised that they would receive the Holy Spirit who would be with them forever (John 14:16). After His death and resurrection, He told His followers that they would receive power through the Holy Spirit (Luke 24:49; Acts 1:8). Jesus did not leave His followers as orphans but sent the Holy Spirit to indwell them (John 14:18). The Holy Spirit did come (Acts 2:1-4, 18, 32-33). Also see Ephesians 3:14-19. See the blog post Acts 1:8

Now he who keeps His commandments abides in Him, and He in him. And by this we know that He abides in us, by the Spirit whom He has given us.  – 1 John 3:24

If Jesus Christ is your Lord and Savior, you are living daily in His presence. You are never alone because He is always with you. Do you live like this is true?

When we live aware it leads to a life of Adventure with Jesus

 “The Presence of God is the central fact of Christianity. At the heart of the Christian message is God Himself waiting for His redeemed children to push into conscious awareness of His Presence.”    – A. W. Tozer


The Problem

As I said in the blog post, Constant Prayer, one of the marvelous things about a relationship with Jesus is that He is constantly present.

Our problem is forgetting He is there!

Why do we forget?

We forget because we cannot SEE!

Now Thomas, called the Twin, one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. The other disciples, therefore, said to him, “We have seen the Lord.” So he said to them, “Unless I see in His hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe.” And after eight days His disciples were again inside, and Thomas with them. Jesus came, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, “Peace to you!” Then He said to Thomas, “Reach your finger here, and look at My hands; and reach your hand here, and put it into My side. Do not be unbelieving, but believing.” And Thomas answered and said to Him, “My Lord and my God!” Jesus said to him, “Thomas, because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” And truly Jesus did many other signs in the presence of His disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name.    – John 20:24-31  NKJV

There is so much for us to drink in from the above passage of scripture. Please take the time to explore it beyond a quick read. Don’t do it alone. Ask Jesus to reveal Himself through the Word and make you aware of His presence there with you. The Living Word and the written Word are meant to go together.


I don’t want to settle for being awake. I want to live awake and aware!

How about you?

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One Way Door

Corrie ten Boom spoke to many groups of people all over the world. Sometimes she visited and shared her story in prisons. She made a video, especially for prisoners. Even if you are not living in a prison building, you may find that you are a prisoner. She had this in mind as she spoke on the video. Do you feel trapped in your life today?  Do you feel like things can never change? Perhaps you are just discouraged and tired. Do you long to be free from whatever is holding you down? There is a way to be free.

The first 3 1/2 minutes is a great introduction showing scenes from “The Hiding Place” movie. Some of Corrie’s best illustrations are in this video. She was 85 years old when “One Way Door” was made.

I would suggest that you get comfortable with a glass of ice tea. Have paper & pen handy in case you want to take some notes. Sit back and enjoy this time with Corrie. If you are not familiar with Corrie and her amazing life, this is a perfect way to meet her.

Corrie ten Boom – One Way Door

 

 Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.   

– Matthew 11:28-30 

Jesus is the answer 

Thanks for watching Corrie ten Boom’s “One Way Door”

I pray that Jesus is speaking to your heart and you experience the new life that only He can give you.

Blessings,

Lynn

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Coffee with Jesus

All I need is a little coffee and a whole lot of Jesus 

Have you seen the above statement floating around on social media? In a lighthearted way, it points out that Jesus is or should be the #1 priority of each day.

Let’s think about practical ways to start your day with Jesus.

You’ve set your alarm for an earlier time. Climbed out of bed and put the coffee on to brew. So now what?

Years ago I used to get out and have a walk first thing very early in the morning even before coffee. It was a brisk walk around the neighborhood while all was still and quiet. I remember it was a rich time of prayer, praise and listening for the Lord.  But I have not taken the morning walk and talk with Jesus in a long time.

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However, writing about it is making me think I might just start doing it again. The summer season is the perfect time to start this while early mornings are so pleasant. Combining an activity with quiet time helps to establish it as a habit and pretty much makes it impossible to forget.

Right now the only activities I’m combining with my quiet time are pouring my coffee and toasting a muffin or bagel. I sit down with my Bible and journal ready to meet with Jesus. For me pouring my cup of coffee and spending time with Jesus go together.

Whether you call this time
  • quiet time
  • morning devotions
  • coffee with Jesus
  • breakfast with Jesus…
The important thing about morning quiet time is to start the day with Him.

I like to have my Bible, journal, daily devotional book and current Bible study all within my reach. I spend some time reading the Bible and while reading I’m listening for what God is saying to me through that portion of His word. This is usually followed by a little prayer time and writing in my journal. The subject of keeping a journal is a subject that I will talk more about later in another blog post.

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Visit the Bible Study page for lots of great resources.

I can’t stress enough how important it is not to be misled into thinking that the purpose of your quiet time is to check off a list of things to do each day. Growing closer to the Lord, knowing Him more and simply sharing the start of each day with Him is the true goal. Did you meet with Jesus? Did you start your day with Him? That’s it, that’s what it’s all about.

Over time you will look forward with anticipation to the start of your day with your King and hearing what He says to you. Knowing Him more and becoming more aware of His love for you will happen day by day. Start your day with Jesus and continue it with Him.

Live every day with the King!

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