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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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Steps to Victory

What do you do when trouble knocks on your door?

There is no doubt that difficulties will come into your life.

What is important is how you choose to respond.

Would you like to be prepared in advance?

Please read the following chapter from 2 Chronicles for a great plan.

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This chapter contains a powerful formula, that if followed today, will produce the same results that it did for Jehoshaphat, so long ago. This chapter shows us the steps to conquer problems, and enable us to live in victory with joy!

Note: To respond as Jehoshaphat did, we need to be choosing to spend time alone with God on a daily basis. Walking and talking with the King needs to be our way of life.

Follow Jehoshaphat’s steps to victory

  1. Seek the Lord.  (prayer and fasting)   verse 3
  2. Stand on the Word of God. Hold onto the promises and remember what God has done before.   verses 6-9
  3. Give the whole problem to God. Depending on Him completely. (submitting to God’s will, trusting in the Lord)   verses 10-13
  4.  Listen to God. Respond to His instructions.   verses 15-20
  5. Praise the Lord. (while people are praising, God is moving)  verses 21-22
  6. See what God has done. Rejoice!  verses 26-28
  7. The power of God becomes known by others.  verse 29

These are steps that I found while studying the chapter. I remind myself of them when difficulties come my way. I pray that you will find it helpful also. I am very certain that you will discover more treasure in the chapter if you study and pray to see. Please take a moment to comment below. I would love to read what God shows you.

Blessings,

Lynn 🙂

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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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Don’t Leave Without Jesus

In  John 6:1-15  we read about  Jesus, the disciples, and a large crowd of hungry people. Jesus provides a meal for all the people even though the only food available was 5 loaves of bread and 2 fish. There is so much in this account to study and savor. However, this post is going to be about what happened next. Jesus invited me to linger with Him recently in John 6:16-21. He gently brought to my mind some points that I hadn’t noticed before.

The disciples had finished gathering 12 baskets full of leftover bread and fish pieces. Don’t you wonder what they must have felt like as they pondered the miracle they had just witnessed? They didn’t just witness the miracle but Jesus had allowed them to actually be a part of what happened. Imagine being one of the crew cleaning up after this picnic. Well, we could easily stay here, but let’s move onto the evening and see what happens next.

We know from John 6:15 that Jesus had gone to the mountain alone. We find the disciples at the sea.

Now when evening came, His disciples went down to the sea, got into the boat, and went over the sea toward Capernaum. And it was already dark, and Jesus had not come to them.  Then the sea arose because a great wind was blowing.  So when they had rowed about three or four miles, they saw Jesus walking on the sea and drawing near the boat; and they were afraid. But He said to them, “It is I; do not be afraid.” Then they willingly received Him into the boat, and immediately the boat was at the land where they were going.   – John 6:16-21 

Do you find it perplexing that the disciples would leave without Jesus? John does not tell us but in Matthew 14 and Mark 6 we read that Jesus had instructed the disciples to leave.


Picture yourself at the scene. Would you quickly jump in the boat with the disciples or desire to stay behind with Jesus?

When I imagine myself at the scene, I am reluctant to leave Jesus. I want to stay and wait for Jesus to return or maybe He even invites me to be with Him on the mountain. I certainly don’t think I would be eager to join the group in the boat. Or would I?

What about me now, today? Do I wait or do I rush ahead? I’m sorry to say that there have been many times that I didn’t wait for Jesus.

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Back to the disciples

They ventured out onto the sea after dark, rowed for miles and the wind was blowing hard. The disciples struggled in their own strength when they had to make the trip without Jesus. So different from just a few hours earlier when they were basking in the afterglow of a miracle.

Have you had this kind of experience after proceeding without Jesus? I sure have.

But then Jesus  

At first, the disciples are fearful but then they see it is indeed Jesus. Jesus has arrived walking on the water.  As soon as Jesus entered the boat they were suddenly at their destination.  So much here in verses 19-21 to discover and I hope you will spend some time exploring.


I am so glad that Jesus will come get me when I have gone out in my boat without Him. But I don’t want to live like that. I want to be where He is always. Jesus is my destination.

Make it your goal to be with Jesus, stay with Jesus and follow Him. It’s not about you fitting Him into your plan. It is His plan for you to follow Him step by step, moment by moment.

Don't leave without Jesus