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Sun, Aug 26th - 7:26PM


Enhancing Fervent Prayer
by Ngozi Nwoke

Do you need speedy answers to your prayers? Or do you wonder what you need in order to pray more fervently? Prayer is a channel of communication with God and fervent prayer is a hot line to heaven. It gives you unobstructed link to God and delivers speedy answers to your prayers. This article lists the tools for enhancing fervent prayer.

Whatever your purpose for desiring to pray more fervently, you need some tools or enhancers to accomplish that purpose. And no matter your level of fervency already in prayer, you can improve and enjoy more of God's blessings. So here are the tools for enhancing fervent prayer

Fervent prayer enhancers

1. Time
Though it is not how long you pray but how well you pray that matters, you still need adequate and quality time to pray fervently. When you have enough time, you will be able to sufficiently plead your case before God, (Isaiah 43:26). Elijah was not in a hurry when he was praying fervently for rain to fall. He prayed till there was a sign in heaven, 1 Kings 18:42-44). You also need to pray till you have peace within you.

2. Quiet place
It is difficult to concentrate in a noisy environment. You need quietness all around you and also within you for you to pray effectively and receive answer from God. For instance, the night before His crucifixion, Jesus was up on Mount Olives alone in fervent prayer before God and an angel came and strengthened Him for the task ahead, (Luke 22:41-44). An enhancer like a quiet place makes all the difference.

3. Knowledge of the word of God
God listens for His words when we pray and He is committed ONLY to His words, (1 John 5:14-15). He watches over His Words to perform it. Therefore, you need to know what God's word says about your prayer point and say them back to Him. Search the scriptures for God's words concerning that issue, meditate on them and then pray them. This is one tool you must engage for speedy results

4. Faith
"But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him", (Hebrews 11:6, KJV). It takes enhancer like faith to pray fervent prayer. You need to believe that God will answer your prayer. Faith is like a magnet that draws God's attention to your prayers.

5. Righteousness
"For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil", (I Peter 3:12, KJV). It is the effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man, that avails much. Have a right stand with God, pray fervently and God will answer your prayers.

Many people are desperate for answers from God for various reasons and fervent prayer is the solution. Make use of the above listed tools or enhancers today and you will enhance your prayers. Surely you will receive answers from God and enjoy unending blessings of God.

What other tool can you use to enhance fervency in prayer?

Ngozi Nwoke Is a teacher and a counselor. A product and distributor of love. She has a passion to teach people how to enjoy God's love and fellowship for more fulfilling life. Want more fulfilling life? Subscribe for free email updates today at: stepswithgod.com



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Tue, Jul 31st - 3:55AM

Reflections On Prayer



Reflections On Prayer by Glenda Meakin outlines her thoughts on
What Is Prayer and Why Pray.

Rev. Meaker retired as rector of St James Anglican Church, St Marys, Ontario in 2000. Before that she had been associate priest at St James, Stratford, Ontario and chaplain at Bishop Strachan School, Toronto.

Shown right is The Virgin in Prayer by Giovanni Battista Salvi da Sassoferrato (1609-1685).



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Thu, Jun 9th - 3:33AM


How is Your Prayer Life?
by Robert Baines
Christian prayer is a reference to a believer communicating with God, often by speaking or thinking. It is essential to Christian growth. The following are my suggestions regarding Christian prayer:

1. Understand times and types of prayer
- Morning. In the morning is a good time to thank the Lord for letting you make it through the night. It is my longest and devotional prayer. I use the ACTS formula that we will discuss below.

- Meals. Before every meal you ought to tell the Lord "thank You" and ask Him to bless the food that you are about to eat. A long, head bowed, and eye closed prayer is not necessary, especially, if I am hungry (smile).

- Bed. Before you retire for the evening, you ought to tell the Lord "thank You" for another day. I often pray a shorter version of the ACTS formula that we will discuss below. I like to get on my knees, bow my head, and close my eyes, in total submission to God.

- Worship. In the worship service, you should pray silently, while others are leading you in prayer. In some churches, people are asked to pray out loud and all together. And sometimes they read a prayer together.

- Trouble. In the times of trouble, we tend to move past "saying prayers" to actually "praying." Thank God, God is able to hear us all at the same time and work things out for our good.

- Special. When special decisions need to be made or you simply feel like praying, pray. When someone asks you to pray for them, pray.

2. Use A.C.T.S.
- Adoration. Christian prayer should express to God that you are aware that He is the creator and sustainer of the whole universe. Acknowledge that it has been the Lord who has brought you this far and not yourself.

- Confession. Tell God that you have sinned. Name some of those that come to mind. Tell Him that you are sorry. Ask Him to forgive you because of Jesus' suffering for your pardon.

- Thanksgiving. Tell God "thank You" for the many blessings that He has showered in your life. Thank Him for food, clothing, and shelter. Thank Him for life, health, and strength. Tell Him "thank You" for keeping mean people from snuffing your life away.

- Supplication. Ask God to supply the needs of others. This is intercessory prayer. Make sure you ask God to bless your Pastor and church. Ask God to bless your family and loved ones. Even ask God to bless and have His way with those who cause stress in your life.

And then ask God to meet your needs. Ask Him to fix what is broke and smooth out the rough places. But most of all, ask God to have His way in your life. When God has His way, He will always do what is best for His people.

I often pray using the ATCS model. I put adoration and thanksgiving close and then follow with confession and supplication. There are times when after I finish adoring God, thanking Him, and confessing to Him that I am almost ashamed to ask Him for anything else.

In summary, understand that there are times and types of prayers. The acronym ACTS is a nice guide in praying.

Dr. Robert E. Baines, Jr. uses his doctorate of ministry degree and twenty years of pastoral experience to provide quality and helpful Christian living information to 1,000's of visitors a month.

Make sure you secure your free copy of his ebooklet, "How to Encourage Yourself: 21 Practical Tips," and sign up for his newsletter that features great articles, helpful devotionals, and Bible based teaching notes at
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Thu, May 12th - 9:08AM

Apostles and Nicene Creeds


Apostles Creed shows the ecumenical version of the Creed produced in 1988 by the English Language Liturgical Consultation. Versions of the Creed are used in Churches of Western tradition, including the Latin Rite of the Roman Catholic Church, Lutheranism, the Anglican Communion, and Western Orthodoxy. It is also used by Presbyterians, Methodists, and Congregationalists.

Nicene Creed shows the 1979 Book of Common Prayer version from the Episcopal Church. The first Nicene Creed was so named as it was adopted at the first Council of Nicaea in 325.



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Tue, Apr 5th - 4:20PM


Insurance For Answered
Prayers
by Miriam Kinai
There are several things that you can do to increase your chances of having your prayers answered and getting what you want from God. The first thing you have to do is to remain in Jesus and let His words remain in you for then He promises you whatever you wish, if you ask for it, it will be given to you. (John 15:7)

The second thing you have to do is to ensure that you are not asking amiss for then you will surely miss the answer to your prayers. (James 4:3) Therefore increase your chances of having your prayers answered by ensuring you are asking with the right motives in your heart. Do not pray with selfish or corrupt or decadent motives.

The third thing is to set your heart on what you want. Learn from Daniel who waited for 3 weeks for his answer from God. (Daniel 10:12-14) When the angel arrived with his answer, he told him that from the first day that Daniel had set his heart to understand, his words were heard in heaven. Therefore set your heart on whatever you wish God to give you whether it is healing or a husband, a wife or wealth, a child or a career, money or a ministry. Set your heart on it and you will receive it just as Daniel set his heart on understanding and he received it.

The fourth thing you should do to increase the chances of your prayers being answered is to wait expectantly. Wait certain that your prayer has been received in Heaven and your answer is on its way to you. Wait without letting the fiery darts of doubts scorch your confidence in God's ability to answer your prayers. Do not let skepticism shake that conviction. Do not be double minded, one minute certain you will receive it and the next not sure if prayers are heard let alone answered as this will markedly reduce your chances of getting it for a double-minded doubting Thomas or Thomasina should not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord. (James 1:6-8) Therefore insure your prayers to ensure they are answered by waiting without doubting whether you have to wait for 3 seconds, 3 minutes, 3 days, 3 months, 3 years or 3 decades.

Adapted from Managing Stress with the Word of God by Dr. Miriam Kinai

Dr Miriam Kinai is the author of Managing Stress with the Word of God, Rules of Relaxation, Managing Stress for Teens, Sword Words, Resolving Conflicts just like Jesus Christ & Managing Acne Naturally.

Website:
christianstressmanagement.com

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