The Risk of Not Praying

Prayer moves things in heaven to move things on earth. When you don’t pray, you risk missing out on the fullness of all God wants to do.  That’s because you can’t have the full engagement of God unless you’re fully engaged in prayer.

If you’re struggling to pray, ask yourself where else you’re struggling in your faith. Is your belief or your obedience faltering?

How to Build a Prayer Life

Jesus’s death on the cross gives us full access to God – just as we are – and we can pray to Him at any time and as often as we’d like. We don’t have to wait for Sundays or special occasions.

And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.

– Ephesians 6:18

If you want to develop a better prayer life, simply pick a place and a time, and put it on your calendar. Start with 5-10 minutes, and you might be surprised that you start to crave more. That’s because prayer isn’t born out of religion; it’s born out of relationship.

Your Strength Is in The Lord

The world tells us to be strong. The Bible tells us in Ephesians 6:10, “Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.”

If you want to live a victorious life, you’re going to need more than your own power, strength, and grit. You’re going to need God’s infinite, limitless, resurrection power. Thankfully, once you’ve accepted Christ as your Savior, you have access to just that –  God’s supreme power.

Parents: Pray Over Your Kids

We need the power of God to strengthen our families, our kids, their lives, and their future!

Challenge to Parents: As our kids go to school, pray over them each morning before they run out the door, or on the drive that day. All it needs to be is a short and simple 1-minute prayer of blessing over them.

Relying on God’s Power

Asa was the third king of the Kingdom of Judah and the fifth king of the House of David. If he could come back and teach us one thing, it would:

When you rely on God’s power, you add God’s blessing and can miss hardship.

When you rely on human power, you can miss God’s blessing and add hardship.

God is more powerful than you imagine or think. When you pray and seek Him, He will strengthen you!

I Hate Being Powerless

Often we’re not helpless, but we do find ourselves powerless. There are just some things outside of our control. We can’t win on our own!

When we move from beyond “helpless” into “powerless”, we have to decide what we’re going to do. Are we going to trust God or try to solve the situation ourselves? What we need to remember is that God is more powerful than we think. 

The Winning Mentality

Scripture: Romans 8:31-35, 1 Samuel 13 & 14

The Mentality: The circumstances around me will never weaken the faith within me.

2 Mindsets:

  • Holy Anticipation: Follow like God is for us.
  • Holy Responsibility: Live like God has equipped us.

Questions to Consider:

  • Where do you have a Holy Responsibility to pick a fight?
  • Where have you lost a Holy Anticipation?

“The believer needs to enter into each new day realizing that God is for him. There is no need to fear, for our loving Father desires only the best for his children, even if they must go through trials to receive His best.”

– Warren Wiersbe

The Fear Of Being A Christian In Public

The disciples showed us that it is natural and normal to be anxious about a being public with your faith. We’re scared what people will think about us, say about us, intimidated by what they’ll do. We won’t know what to say. We crave acceptance and fear rejection. Fear sends us toward a private faith.

However, the Holy Spirit gives us the power for a public faith!

Stronger

Scripture:

I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being

Ephesians 3:16

The Holy Spirit (in you) is the supernatural source of power that makes you Stronger in your inner being.

3 Examples of Stronger:

  1. Stronger Sight
  2. Stronger Self
  3. Stronger Significance

What would you pray?

  • Prayer to confess I sometimes live as if God exists to serve me rather than existing to serve God? (Forgive me, change me)
  • Prayer seeking the Holy Spirit to strengthen my spiritual gifts so as to build up others (in His church-the body of Christ)
  • Prayer seeking the Holy Spirit to strengthen self-control?
  • Prayer seeking the Holy Spirit for clearer sight?

 

Prayer

Scripture: James 5:13-18

One Thing To Know:
Prayer is keeping company with God.

Two Things To Do:

  • Talk with God everyday, because he enjoys your company.
    Talk with God about everything, because he cares about you.

Three Life Hacks:

  1. Power Down
  2. Invite In
  3. Host The Dove

Really Short Stories for Really Busy People

The Wizard of Oz, like all great stories, borrows its power from the Original Story. They share a common construction, and we’re drawn to the story because it’s our story:

  • Everyone Gets Lost.
  • Everyone Needs Help.
  • There’s No Place Like Home.