You are Glorious! You are all powerful and all knowing. All honor and glory are yours, Lord God! I am humbled to come before you in reverent prayer, praising You, seeking your love, your wisdom, and your guidance. Thank you for making your presence known while I bow before You and petition on behalf of fellow believers who need You desperately. Lord, I am inadequate on my own, an imperfect vessel, but You, Lord, are flawless and your mercy and love for those who desire a relationship with you, are boundless. Time and time again, you have proven this to be true. Thank you for loving us so much that You took our sins upon you, sacrificing yourself, suffering an excruciatingly painful death. You paid it all. You are the resurrection and the life! We praise You! Only by your power and your will can I offer anything of value as I pray on behalf of those seeking hope, healing, and help. As I pray over their pressing concerns, please speak to me. Allow your Spirit to convict me of any area in my being that needs cleansing and forgiveness. Allow your Spirit to flow through me and guide my prayers. Thank You for your answers that will surely come; answers that have great purpose and meaning in your eternal Kingdom.
It is my prayer that your will be done, Lord, now and forever! Amen(In Him, I Pray)
“If it is God’s will.” – This phrase I say frequently when I pray, but why? Why the question of uncertainty? It isn’t just a manner of speech. I don’t just throw that sentence around as a casual ending to a prayer, or do I? I guess the real question is how can I be sure to discern God’s will for my life or the lives of others and how can my prayers make a difference?
I assume we believers are alike in that we desire to follow God by faith and trust in His Word. We want to live, “God’s will for our life,” for we understand that there is nothing and no other who could design a more beautiful life for each of us than the Lord Almighty, God of all Creation. Yet, there are times when we are uncertain what God’s will truly is for us and for those for whom we pray. For example, we may experience a time of suffering and question how it could be God’s will that we are hurting. Or, we pray for healing for those who are deathly ill, but as we pray we are uncertain if God will actually heal them as we request. We wonder if it might be God’s will that they return to their heavenly home. Others may ask for prayer to be free from chronic pain, but are unsure if their pain is intended for God’s purposes which might be saving them from a worse fate. It is in these moments we say, “If it be your will, heal them, save them, Lord.”
Truly, there are times when it is hard to discern God’s will or intention within our circumstance. So I ask you, do you believe it is it our job to discern God’s will in order to pray effectively, or is it our job to simply trust God with every prayer?
Jesus said, “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.” (John 14:26, ESV)
Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. (Romans 8:26-27, ESV)
Let us stick to the fact that all of God’s promises hold true: Jesus offers His cloak of grace that covers us allowing us to confidently come before the Father to receive mercy and help in our time of need, He promises to prosper us and not harm us, promises to strengthen us and uphold us with his right hand, promises to never leave us nor forsake us, promises to walk alongside us and guide us, promises to love us and to befriend us, to give us hope, life and an eternal resting place in His kingdom, among many others. (ref.: Jeremiah 29:11, Isaiah 41:10, Hebrews 4:16). These promises are all true, for God is incapable of lies or deceit. For that reason, I believe the best course to affirming the will of God for us is by reminding ourselves what God’s promises are and who God says we are (for we are victors, royalty and chosen). When we do this, there is no room for doubt. His will for us is good. In that truth we should place our trust. Our only job is to bring our sincere heart before Him in reverence and pray in the power of the Holy Spirit, believing that all that follows is His best and most perfect will in every situation.
For all the promises of God find their Yes in him. that is why it is through him that we utter our Amen to God for his glory.2 Corinthians 1, ESV
I am at a point in my life where I recognize that everything is worth praying about. For prayer does what worrying, hoping, fretting, or overthinking cannot. It opens up the direct line of communication with God. It allows us to place our petitions, prayers and concerns into the hands of the one who can guide it best for the good of all concerned. Understanding God wants what is best for us means knowing His answer to any prayer is what is always in our best interest. Sometimes, the best answer is something only God knows. That is why I go to Him in faith and reverence. Perhaps we are not meant to understand, but simply trust Him. Perhaps in a moment of crisis, there is no answer because God’s perfect timing is yet to come. Thus, patience may be needed as much as trust.
God is good and his perspective is eternal. His intervention in our lives comes about from His love for us, His desire to have a personal relationship with us and grow us spiritually; all assuring us our eternal salvation. God must have goals for our spiritual growth. I assume these are among His goals for our spiritual success and achievement. When we doubt them, we limit His ability to work in our lives. When we don’t let Him lead and when we don’t wait on His answer, we are acting as if we don’t trust his plan for provision and His purpose for us. Our role is to believe in the power of his salvation, trust Him in every situation, to be patient, wise, calm and cool, kind, accepting and, thereby, grow in our ability to respond more like Him. In that space we will begin to understand the will of God and our prayers become more meaningful and effective.
But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen2 Peter 3:18, ESV
We pray in faith, trusting in the power of the Holy Spirit to communicate our pureness of heart, our desires, and belief that God hears every prayer and cares for His people. It is after praying in this light we find answers that can turn around the worry to joy in a completely unexpected, out of nowhere kind of way. Even more, when believers are joined together, aligned with God’s will, the response can be immediate. For, the power of prayer becomes stronger when prayed together with other believers.
“For where two or three gather as my followers, I am there among them.”Matthew 18:20, NLT
This is not magic, well wishing or fantasy, but truth. Enacting the power of the Holy Spirit who dwells within us, praying together as one and utilizing the spiritual connection God offers, is a blessing which allows for the grace of God to come into every area of our lives. It brings God’s will into focus.
And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.Romans 8:27, ESV
I know what it’s like to feel helpless when loved ones are hurting or sick and there seems to be nothing we, alone, can do to help. I also know what it is like to be looking up from the pit of despair when all of life seems broken and pointless. I have reached the end of myself at various times of trial in my life. I attest that my walk of faith has lead me through heartache, breakdowns and tragedies. I faltered many times by believing God wanted to punish me for my mistakes or failings and I am here to tell you that only by surrendering all of myself in prayer to God (loosening my grip on my problems or pain, raising my white flag of surrender, handing all my worry, stress, guilt and anxiety over to God, asking for His help) did I find miraculous answers to all my prayers, instantaneous change of circumstance, healing and restoration. I am talking about life altering, complete healing and restoration. It is my testimony that prayer in the Spirit transforms and aligns your life with the will of God. It can bring you to new heights of joy, peace, clarity, wisdom, love and deep devotion to the creator of the universe. It can impact your life, and in the lives of everyone you care about. In seconds, it can set you on a path or a life course that you were always intended to be on; the ideal course God had always planned for you – one more glorious than you can ever imagine. It also has the power to impact those you pray for in a glorious way. The key is to approach prayer in genuine faith, believing it’s power, persevering regardless of struggle or circumstance and trusting in its outcome as God’s will most of all.
I’m not writing to tell you what to do. I am not selling you a bill of goods and the last thing I would ever wish to do is give you false hope. I am hoping to expand your awareness of this powerful and glorious communication between you and God through the Holy Spirit is immediately available for you. The more you surrender and grow in grace, the more the Holy Spirit intercedes. I encourage you to try it. If you do, you’ll instantly experience blessings of comfort and peace and that is only the beginning.
Let me pray for you!
My intention with this blog is to provide a resource for prayer over concerns and issues in the lives of people who are following Jesus, or to help those seeking answers about Him. My ability to write meaningful prayers in the spirit come after listening well, hearing the issues of my beloved brothers or sisters – taking in their truth, and kneeling before the Lord in prayer. It is there I best share my heart with Him. From that time and place of devotion, I have been told that my ability to put a meaningful prayer into words has an impact. Some have responded by telling me that they have received more blessings than they dreamed possible by my putting into words the feelings they couldn’t clearly express and having it prayed over by believers. I would consider it an honor to do the same for you.
I feel compelled to offer this as a service onto the Lord. I will also ask followers of my prayer blog to join me in praying over your prayer request (anonymously or otherwise) which is assured to make a greater spiritual impact for all involved.
I am not at all sure where God may lead us through this format, but I do know that at this moment He wants me to let you know that you are loved – that you are His. He created you with intention and a specific purpose. In Him, you were always meant for great joy, purpose, peace and in relationship with Him. He wants you to trust Him in every area of your life. Start the journey to deeper faith today!
I believe it is God’s will to offer a prayer for you and that He will continue to honor this blog and bring forth wisdom and hope to all who come by it.
It is In Him, I Pray:
Lord, I declare how truly amazing You are and how grateful I am to be your child! You gave everything to keep us from eternal separation from the Father. What’s more, You have given to us such power and connection to You in our prayers. You have left a portion of yourself with each of us when You endowed us with the Holy Spirit to guide and protect us as we pray. Please allow us to draw ever near for we need You. We clearly see that it is You, alone, who can transform us. Lord, it is about your power and your strength in our lives, and your love and care for us that is the fulfillment of your promises. Help us to come humbly before you and align our prayers with your will. Let us grow in wisdom and grace as we pray. Help us develop deeper faith from time in prayer and in your presence.
As it should be, may your will be done, Amen.
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Thank you and God Bless you!