God Grants Trampled Ground

Pastor Kevin interviews Worship Leader Chris Morgan as he shares the story of his wife’s journey through a painful, debilitating illness, and how God spoke uniquely to Chris while on a prayer trail about “praying trampled ground.” His wife, Mary Anne, was eventually healed, and his prayer life changed forever.

Heather’s Prayer for Her Daughter

Pastor Heather Semple, from Red Cedar Community Church in Wisconsin and a friend of Pastor Kevin, shares her story of a very personal affirmation from God through an unexpected prayer request for her daughter. In the midst of what she believed to be a big spiritual risk for her congregation, her obedience and this “surprise” prayer moment left Pastor Heather feeling closer to God than ever.

Today, she believes the more she lives like God’s daughter, the more she experiences His power in her parenting and in her pastoring.

Trampled Ground

I pray that you would be women of prayer..
..so that you would be a rebel for God in this godless world. That you would live for Christ in a world that lives for self. That you would Cause Trouble for Satan and advance the kingdom of God at home, in the church and wherever God places you on map.

Two Convictions:

  1. It Matters Who Prays.
  2. God Grants Trampled Ground.

Why Doesn’t God Answer My Prayer?

Some days, it seems like prayers only reach the bedroom ceiling. It’s enough to cause anyone to wonder if God is really listening and why He doesn’t seem to be answering our prayers.

When God seems distant and our prayers seem useless, we can turn to the Bible for the perspective we need to press on.

Two truths we must keep in mind concerning prayer:

1. God hears us and loves to give good gifts.

No matter how you may feel, your prayers do not bounce off the ceiling. God loves to hear from His children just like a good dad loves to hear from his kids. In Luke 18, Jesus gives His disciples a parable “to show them that they should always pray and not give up (Luke 18:1).  Through this story, Jesus affirms that God is better than this indifferent judge who responded to the pleas of the widow. God hears our appeals to Him, and we can expect His loving response. He is a good father who eagerly desires to give good gifts to His children.

2. God knows what we need even before we ask.

God knows everything — past, present, future, and all possibilities. But because we’re human, we’re not always going to understand God’s ways (Isaiah 55:8-9Romans 11:33). If we could understand all the mysteries of God, we would be Him. In the Bible, we see Him work unexpectedly. Even Abraham and Sarah were surprised by the way that God gave them a child in their old age (Genesis 15:2Genesis 18:12-14). God may not work in the way we desire or anticipate but we can trust that His plan is best.

We also see in the Bible that we can hinder our own prayers. James 4:3 declares, “You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions.”

  • What are your motives for prayer?
  • Do your desires align with the Lord’s or are you seeking selfishly? We are too small a focus for the world to revolve around. At the end of the day, God’s plan is always going to be better than our own.

In a letter to the church, Peter makes it clear that there are ways of living that can affect our prayers (1 Peter 3:7 and 1 Peter 4:7).

  • Have you impaired your connection with God because of sin?
  • Has the Lord spoken to you on a sin issue that you need to repent of?

Jesus also affirmed faith as necessary for prayer, and James echoes this in his letter to the church (Matthew 21:21-22 and James 1:6-7). Do you have faith to believe God can fulfill your prayer? If not, ask Him to help you with your doubt.

James assures us that prayer is powerful and effective, supporting His belief with the example of Elijah, who was a man just like us, and earnestly prayed for rain to cease for three and a half years. If God hasn’t answered your prayer, trust His goodness, His timing, and that He hears you.


Article courtesy of NewSpring Church

How Do I Know an Answer I Get Is from God?

When we’re sure God answered a prayer, we want to shout it from the rooftops, and thank God over and over! But when we aren’t sure the answer was from God, we have a very different experience – we don’t thank God, we don’t get encouraged in prayer, and we don’t understand the value of the cycle of prayer.

Remember, the God of the universe has the supreme power to answer our prayers in unexpected, surprising ways. Trust His sovereignty.

How Can We Help Kids See Answers to Prayer?

As we pray with our kids and they’re getting older, we transition from mere thankfulness to the concept of being cooperative with God.

Think of it this way: the first half of things we ask of God can be answered by gifts He’s already given us – a body, a mind, the earth, the capacity to work, etc. The second half is God doing things for us that we cannot do for ourselves. We cooperate with God to answer prayers; we both do our part.

When I Feel Like God’s Not Hearing Me, Should I Keep Praying?

There are times we casually ask God for something, and we’re not even aware of what will be involved in how God answers that prayer. For example, if we ask God for wisdom, we should be actively working to gain it.

How? Our focus should change from a material-centered lifestyle to a spiritually-centered intensity. Combining the fervency and persistent nature of our prayers, maturing, and fasting will all develop our spiritual life and help us gain wisdom – and we can’t rush that process.

How Do You Balance Praying in Faith with Releasing It to God?

Our prayers should be based on the understanding that God, our Father, has complete and sovereign control. The question is not whether He has our situation in control – it’s whether we trust Him.

The things we can do (like pray), we have to do. The things we can’t do are up to God. And God grants us peace in the meantime. So take heart: We have no idea how many prayers God is answering that we can’t even see yet.

Should We Be Specific in Prayer?

There will always be tension between your faith in God and your faith in your expectations of God. The Bible tells us only to exercise our faith in God. He is sovereign and His will stands.

That said, it’s okay to ask God for specific outcomes. The important thing is to remember that it’s up to God to do His will, and we must yield to His will with a tender and thankful heart.

How Important Is It to Have Relationships for Prayer?

The Bible tells us “to rejoice with those who rejoice and mourn with those who mourn.” There’s a practical reason for this: we tend to distance ourselves from God at either end of these extremes. In good times, we can grow arrogant. In bad times, we can become desperate. God wants us to be in community with other believers so we can have accountability and support throughout all the stages of our lives.

How Do You Help People Understand God Has a Plan?

Tragedy has a way of making people doubt God and His goodness. Pastor Kevin explains there are two issues that must be dealt with: a head issue and a heart issue. Sometimes we want an answer as to why something happened, when what we really need is a changed disposition and a dependency. God’s only promise is that He will always be with us.

What if You Pray for Something that Isn’t Healthy?

If what we’re praying for is not consistent with the word of God, then whatever we’ve gained is not from God. When we violate the word and the wisdom of God, what we get on the other side is not the will of God. God will not answer our prayer in an unhealthy way that goes against what He teaches us in the Bible.

What Do You Say to Someone Who’s Losing Valuable Time in Prayer?

There are various ways to pray, but confession is always an important component. Pastor Kevin offers an acronym as a guide: P.R.A.Y. (Praise, Repent, Ask, Yield) Start with a posture of praise. Then approach God with a clean heart through repentance so that nothing stands in the way. Ask God to grant a request, and then yield to His will for whatever outcome He chooses.

How Do You Talk with a Non-Believer about Prayer and God’s Will?

Sometimes friends who don’t believe in God ask us, as Christians, to pray for them. When things don’t go as we hoped and prayed, our friends feel disappointment and we feel uncomfortable. Pastor Kevin explains practical, step-by-step ways to pray with non-believers and how to follow up later to initiate conversations about faith.

How Can Single Moms Develop an Atmosphere of Prayer?

The first thing a single mom should do to develop an atmosphere of prayer is to grow her own intimate relationship with her Heavenly Father. This opens the door to her children believing in the possibility for themselves. The next thing she should do is to let her children know she’s praying for them and offer to pray with them together. Engage the mystery of prayer and watch God work.

How Can Kids See Answers to Prayer if They Don’t Get Their Way?

As we pray with our kids and they’re getting older, we transition from mere thankfulness to the concept of being cooperative with God.

Think of it this way: the first half of things we ask of God can be answered by gifts He’s already given us – a body, a mind, the earth, the capacity to work, etc. The second half is God doing things for us that we cannot do for ourselves. We cooperate with God to answer prayers; we both do our part.

How Do I Make Prayer Practical for Young Children?

Children crave routine, and prayer can easily become part of your family’s daily rhythm. Begin with prayers of thanks for food, toys, friends, etc. Progress over time to prayers for God’s help in situations at school or with difficult relationships. Prayer should grow in complexity as children get older. Model for them, through all stages of life, how to pray to their Heavenly Father.

How Do I Lead My Wife Spiritually and in Prayer?

When we marry, it’s not just two people coming together. It’s two people coming together with God. It’s a relationship of three that takes time to grow and develop.

Keep prayer simple in the beginning. Ask her how you can pray for her day, and then pray together and be specific. When tough times strike, the intensity of your prayers will increase. Lead her well and depend on each other for prayer and accountability.

What’s Better Than Forgiveness From Sin?

In The Lord’s Prayer, Jesus says, “Lead us not into temptation.” Temptation, in this instance, means trials that would lead us to fall prey to Satan’s schemes and cause us to sin.

We should pray daily so that God would help us not to become so undone by our challenges that we would believe the lies of the enemy.

How Pastor Kevin Forgave His Dad

Pastor Kevin shares how he managed to forgive his father, from whom he’s been estranged since age 17. He discusses the three words that helped him process the loss: bitterness, forgiveness, and sadness. The forgiveness removed the bitterness, but it did not remove the sadness of what could have been.

Lead Like a Man, Pray Like a Boy

There is so much in our lives and in our world that we can’t control. Political issues, economic changes, relational problems – many things plague us. At work and in our families, when we’re expected to lead, we should lead with strength and confidence. But when we pray to God, our protector, provider, and deliverer, we should humbly approach Him like a child.

Prayer Is Not for God, It’s for You

Why should we pray if God already knows what we need? Theologian John Calvin offers an insightful explanation. In short, prayer is not for God, it’s for us. God knows what we need, and He’s faithful to provide it. But when we pray, we exercise our faith, release anxiety, and are reminded of who God is.

When we don’t pray, we’re at risk of believing everything we need falls upon us to provide. Remember, it’s not our own efforts and abilities that afford us what we need. It’s always God who does the blessing.

Prayer Fills a Gap that Needs Continual Filling

Just like the deposit and withdrawal nature of relationships, our spiritual life goes through similar cycles. The design of prayer is that when we pour out our prayers to God, He continually pours into us.

So is it normal to hit “empty” often? Absolutely. God didn’t design prayer to be a one-time thing; it’s meant to happen every day.

The Order of The Lord’s Prayer Matters

Jesus taught the disciples how to pray by modeling a prayer – The Lord’s Prayer. What Jesus demonstrated is that the order of our prayers matters. It all starts with recognizing the holiness and greatness of God, and His will mattering more than our own.

There is nothing above God, and everything that transpires in our lives is for His glory alone.