Posts Tagged ‘prayer’

Three Parts of Prayer

August 12, 2014

Three Important Parts of Prayer

1 Chronicles 16:4: David appointed the following Levites to lead the people in worship before the Ark of the LORD by asking for his blessing and giving thanks and praise the to the LORD, the God of Israel.

How should we pray? What should we pray about?

The verse we look at today offers us some keen insight. In it, King David told the priests to pray in three specific ways in the temple.
1. Petition. That’s bringing requests to the Lord. “Jesus, please do such and such for so and so.” “Lord, help me study well for the test tomorrow.” “God, enable me to play well in the game this afternoon.” You make a request for yourself or others, and God answers.
2. Thanks. A second element of prayer is thanksgiving. You thank God for answering your prayers. You thank him for helping you. You thank him for being your friend. It’s not hard at all. God has done something good in your life. You thank him, just like you would your mom or dad.
3. Praise. An important dimension of prayer, this is where you let God know how great you think he is. “Lord, praise you for your love. I couldn’t live without it.” “Father, praise you for being the great God of the universe. You are the best.” Praise is perhaps the highest form of prayer, because it’s us giving God our love and adoration.

Do you use all three elements in your prayer life? Try it today. After you make a request, thank him. And after you thank him, praise him. It’s a good pattern to follow.

Prayer: Jesus, please make my prayer life blossom. I want to learn to pray well. Amen.

TO BE CONTINUED:

The writing in this blog is available as a book on Amazon.com under Mark Littleton, Through the Bible Devotions, at http://www.amazon.com/Through-Bible-Devotions-Genesis-Revelation/dp/0784714746/ref=sr_1_38?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1406490323&sr=1-38&keywords=mark+littleton

A Special Prayer

August 2, 2014

A Special Prayer

1 Chronicles 4:10: He was the one who prayed to the God of Israel, “Oh, that you would bless me and extend my lands! Please be with me in all that I do, and keep me from all trouble and pain.” And God granted him his request.

This prayer might be a good guide for anyone who seeks God’s blessing. The important thing this prayer reveals is that the author of it wanted the blessing God had for him. What blessing was that? He didn’t know. But he believed God wanted to bless him. He didn’t demand riches, honor, fame, power or anything like that. No, he just wanted God to bless him in whatever way God wanted to.

Think about that. Are you praying for all kinds of things in your life? But what if God has better, greater blessings in mind? What if God really wants to bless you with something incredible, but because you’re always praying about something else, you’ve missed it?

That was the secret of this prayer. The author just asked God to bless him however He wanted. That’s a great way to pray. Why? Because it lets God be God, and you the blessed one.

Prayer: Father, help me to learn to pray with power. Amen.

The writing in this blog is available as a book on Amazon.com under Mark Littleton, Through the Bible Devotions, at http://www.amazon.com/Through-Bible-Devotions-Genesis-Revelation/dp/0784714746/ref=sr_1_38?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1406490323&sr=1-38&keywords=mark+littleton

Proven Once and For All

July 5, 2014

Proven Once and For All

1 Kings 18:39: And when the people saw it, they fell on their faces and cried out, “The LORD is God! The LORD is God!”

Do you ever wish God would simply show himself? That he would do a little miracle, just to prove he’s there? That he’d come down and talk to you, just for a minute?

People all through history have asked God to prove himself. “Where are you? Come down and show yourself. Don’t hide. We want to see you.”

God showed himself like that a few times in history. During the days of Noah, when the flood happened, God showed his power. In the time of Moses, when God sent plagues on Egypt and did miracles for Israel, God proved himself nearly every day. Then in the time of Elijah and Elisha, God performed many miracles. Finally, the age of Jesus and the apostles was filled with miracles.

In this Bible story about Elijah, we see God doing a stupendous miracle. Elijah challenged the idol-worshipers to a duel. When their god did nothing, Elijah called on the true God to send down a bolt of lightning. God answered immediately, and all the people fell on the ground. “The Lord, he is God!” they cried.

Why doesn’t prove himself these days? Actually, God often does prove himself. People see answers to prayer every day. We have the Bible, too, which is full of miracles. Many times people are healed in response to prayer. Don’t demand that God prove himself; instead pray. The answers you see will be proof enough.

Prayer: Lord, let me not demand proofs as much as study your word as the best proof. Amen.

Knowing God’s WIll

May 20, 2014

Knowing God’s Will

 

1 Samuel 23:2: David asked the LORD, “Should I go and attack them?” “Yes, go and save Keilah,” the LORD told him.

 

“Well, are you gonna run for Congress or not?” Julie asked her best friend, Marcie. “You’re one of the most well-known people in the district. You’ll win.”

 

“I’m not sure.”

 

“What’s to be sure about?”

 

Marcie took a long breath. She had become a Christian about a year before. In church she learned about God’s will and doing God’s will and things like that. She wanted to please the Lord. Did he want her to run?

           

“Is this one of those God things you have?” Julie finally asked.

 

“It’s important to me,” Marcie answered. “God is important to me. I have to do what he wants.”

 

“Fine, then pray about it, and see what happens.”

 

“Okay.” Marcie went home that night and prayed. God soon answered in a matter of days, giving her what she thought was a “go ahead.”

 

Is God concerned about things like getting elected to Congress? God wants to be involved in every aspect of your life. It’s not so he can control you. It’s so he can lead you to fulfillment.

 

Do you want to know what God wants today? Start with prayer. Talk to God. He’ll tell you.

 

Prayer: Father, I want to do your will, not mine. Lead me. Amen.

Trouble

May 1, 2014

Trouble!

 

Exodus 5:22: So Moses went back to the LORD and protested, “Why have you mistreated your own people like this? Why did you send me?”

 

Trouble happens to everyone. Sooner or later, trouble will invade your life. Work, school, church, your family, your friends. Trouble finds us all.

 

In Moses’ day, God had commanded the leader to barter with Pharaoh(the king of Egypt) and lead the Jews out of slavery. Moses, after trying to get out of the whole thing, finally went along with God. When Moses appeared before Pharaoh, things got worse. Pharaoh told Moses to get out of his palace, and then he ordered that the Jews make bricks without straw. This was a dire problem, because without straw the bricks were much harder to make through holding the clay together.

 

When Moses got back to the Jewish leaders, they screamed at him. How could he do this to them? What was he thinking?

 

Moses ran into his tent and asked God to fire him. “How could you do this to ME?” he cried.

 

In the end, though, God showed Moses he was completely in charge. He made it possible for the Jews to escape from Egypt, but only after more trouble resulted.

 

Having troubles is not always a bad thing. God sometimes sends them for one reason: so we’ll run to God and ask for his help. Do you have trouble today? Maybe you need to go to God and get some divine help!

 

Prayer: Father, let me never forget that you are there to help me. Amen.