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Friday, April 08, 2005

The luggage that you are suppose to carry around

Back in the days, I use to carry a purse that was equal to a suitcase. Every emergency that could come up, I had the answer in my purse. If there was room for the kitchen sink I would have put it in my purse.

Several years ago, we were visiting my parents in Maryland. We decided to take the children to see all of the sights in Washington DC. Every time we went into a building my purse had to go through the metal detector.

I had to wait along the side while everything in my purse was taken out and displayed to everyone. During one of the purse searches, I actually took a look at the things I was carrying around.

I had a syringe, a spoon, some toy cars, makeup, bandages, dolls, riverbanks, you name it, it was there.

Now I had the syringe and spoon because my children have asthma and they were on medication but if you just look at the things differently, you would think that I was a using drugs. :-)

Well those days are over. I usually carry just my keys and wallet. But there is something that I carry that is more important than my keys. More important than my wallet.

I carry a prayer journal.

This is the luggage that you are suppose to carry around.

I carry a prayer journal because every person that I come across that needs prayer I have to enter it into my prayer journal.

The reason you need to carry your prayer journal with you is because you can run into someone early in the day that needs prayer. You can pray for that person right then and there but later on you may want to pray again for that person.

With everything that goes on in a day, it might be hard to remember the person that you prayed for. It may even be a day where instead of God putting just one person in your life, God places 20 people.

Enter these people into your prayer journal.

You can use your prayer journal to review those who need prayer. Remember that we pray until God tell us to stop praying. Sometimes it is one time sometimes it is months of prayer. God lets you know.

Do you have to go out and buy something special something expensive??

Not in the Kingdom of God!!!

Use a notebook, pad, whatever you have around.

Keep it with you always.

So now you are thinking...do I really have to do this??

Well the answer is yes and no.

You do not have to anything that you do not feel like doing.

Remember that one of the gifts we have is "Free Will"

You do not have to carry a prayer journal and sometimes God may tell you that you do not have to carry one...

But here is something I learned.

God loves to test His people.

If He did not test us then He wouldn't know where we are. And where He needs to work in our lives.

So when someone comes my way for prayer, I am going to carry my prayer journal and enter their name. I do not know sometimes if God put that person in my life just to see if I would pray for them.....

Sunday, April 03, 2005

Praying 101 (a)

While you are developing your prayer life.
The one important thing that you want to remember is that there is power in your prayer.
I know you are thinking that I am just starting this prayer thing and I don't feel very powerful but you have power.
What you want to do is learn how to increase your power.
Let me give you an example.
If you put a pot of water on the stove and put it on low the water will get hot.
It is going to take a while but the water is going to get hot.
Now if you want the water to heat up quickly you turn up the heat.

So lets turn up the heat in your praying....

One of the biggest mistakes that we make in praying is praying to the problem.
I am still guilty of this from time to time and I always have to catch myself.

Let me give you an example:
My teenagers are typical teenagers. With that said...

they fight with each other...
they rebel against things just to rebel...
they watch and listen to things that they should not...

Now sometimes I get caught in praying the problem by saying
Oh God why are they fighting
Oh God stop them from fighting
Jesus why are they rebelling
Oh God why won't they follow the correct directions
and on and on.

When I catch myself I pray
In the name of Jesus, I thank you for the love that they have towards each other. I thank you Father God for choosing each of them to be brother and sister to each other.
I thank you God in the name of Jesus that these two children are mighty children of God. I thank You that You have blessed their steps and that they are favored. I thank You God that anything that is not of You will never deposit and rest in their spirit. I thank You Father God that You are keeping harmful things from them.
In the name of Jesus, I thank You for what You have done in their live and what You continue to do in their lives.

Now can you see the difference in the two prayers.
The one that allows you to see things differently than what they are
these are the prayers that pack the most power.

Again, try to find scripture to back up what you are praying.
God always honors His word and His word catches His attention quickly.

Keep Praying

Sometimes we get to a spot where we feel that we have prayed all that we can pray.....
Nothing can be further from the truth....

When we reach that point where we think that we have prayed all that we can pray guess what happens???
You go back to your problems....
You go backwards and start worrying about yourself...
You interrupt Gods work in your life.....
Remember that God is going to take care of you...
God wants you to take care of those who do not know what you know...

Today here are some more chances to pray...

Pray for those you might see stranded on the roadside......

Open up the newspaper or go to the news online. More than likely you do not even need to go to the second page...Pray for someone who needs prayers

Pray for all of the parents you know who have teenagers.....

Pray for people in the hospital.....

Pray for your pastor..........

Pray for bus drivers.........

Pray for teachers..........

Pray for the elderly who are alone....