Friday, July 29, 2011

Words to Live By

Prayer is such a powerful tool.

We pray to communicate with God our Heavenly Father. I have a lovely little book called "For the Family" by Sylvia Gunter. She shares Steps to Powerful Prayer.

1. Worship God -
"Enter into His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise" Psa 100:4

2. Be Still -
"Be still and know that I am God" Psa 46:10

3. Confess -
"If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord the Lord will not hear me." Psa 66:18
"But if we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness." 1 John 1:9

4. Submit -
"Humble yourselves, therefore, under God's mighty hand, that He may lift you up in due time." 1 Pet 5:6

5. Believe -
"Without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him." Heb. 11:6

6. Do battle in spiritual warfare -
"For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of the this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in heavenly realms." Eph 6:12

7. Listen to the Holy Spirit -
"no eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love Him - but God has revealed it to us by His Spirit." 1 Cor 2:9-10

8. Ask God what He wants you to pray about. -
"I will do whatever you ask in My name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father. You may ask Me for anything in My name, and I will do it." John 14:13-14

9. Join together in agreement with other believers -
"If two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by My Father in heaven. For where two or three come together in My name, there am I with them. Matt 18:19-20

10. Persist until the answer comes! -
"Keep on asking and it will be given you; keep on seeking and you will find, keep on knocking and the door will be opened to you." Matt 7:7

11. Praise the Lord that He has heard -
"This is the confidence we have in approaching God; that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us - whatever we ask - we know that we have what we asked of Him." 1 John 5:14-15

12. Act on what God has revealed to you -
"Do whatever He tell you" John 2:5
"If you abide in me and My words abide in you, you shall ask whatever you will and it shall be done unto you in My name." John 15:7

I hope these verses are an encouragement to you. Remember that God's promises are unlimited, but God's fulfilling it may depend on our abiding in truth (2 Cor. 10:6)


Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Amen! What a wonderful and encouraging post. Thank you for sharing some of my favourite verses. Wishing you a lovely weekend.


Patti Hanan said...

These verses are very encouraging. Thank you!

Nikki (Sarah) said...

these are really good points. have a great weekend.

Debbie said...

I don't think I've been here before, and I just spent some time looking at posts all the way down to the chair redo. You have so many different facets that I enjoyed reading!

I love this one particularly, and the very last point is a huge one to me because I'm very skittish about doing what I feel called to do lately. I realize this delayed obedience as disobedience and really struggle with it.

Wonderful post and blog. I am going to be a new follower.

Carrie said...

thanks for posting this. Great scriptures, full of power!!!

Lisa notes... said...

Excellent verses and thoughts to pray about!

Simply Cornish said...

Seems as if "prayer" has been the hot topic of my week. After being away for 2 weeks vacationing, our pastor's prayer meeting sermon was on prayer. I also posted on my blog my outline for my prayer time. Think the Lord wants us praying. Thanks for your imput and thoughts on becoming better "prayers".

Unknown said...

Beautiful share, Jocelyn. They are so lifting & words of solace.

Have a beautiful weekend.

Anonymous said...

Wonderful list of great scriptures and thoughts. Thank you for sharing.

The Dragonfly On Iron Gate said...

Beautiful, Great way to start my Monday! Happy Days !!! Jules

Decor To Adore said...

Beautiful to read and ponder.

Pamela said...

What a blessing we have in prayer. You've outlined great steps to a vibrant prayer life.