Posts Tagged ‘prayer’

Ten Things I’m Learning about Prayer

Posted by    |    September 14th, 2011 at 5:40 am

  1. If you REALLY want to get God’s attention in prayer, it’s not by being eloquent or using big words, but by being honest and shooting straight with Him.
  2. The power of praying aloud is ELECTRIC!
  3. Prayer is not about poetry or posture, but about engaging the heart.
  4. When it comes to the “power of prayer,” the power is not in the person doing the praying, but in the One who hears the prayer.
  5. God’s not moved by the length of a prayer, but by your humility (Luke 18:9-14).
  6. Prayers, even short and informal, are VERY significant.
  7. There is no secret formula, no special phrases and no exact patterns you must follow to get God to hear you, just ask in Jesus’ name.
  8. Praying with my wife is incredible. It lets me see into the special places of her heart.
  9. I should never be too busy to pray. Just as much as I love to hear from my children, God loves to hear from me.
  10. There will are plenty of times when I don’t have service on my cell phone … BUT I will ALWAYS be connected to God through prayer… any time and any place … I have PERFECT reception and service.
What have you learned about prayer?

Big Mistakes, Small Opportunities

Posted by    |    January 6th, 2011 at 2:47 pm

We’ve all felt it.  That pit that you get in your stomach when you realize you’ve done something you regret or didn’t intend to do, and now it’s a full-blown mistake.  I had an experience like that recently, where something that I didn’t think would be a big deal became a mistake, an err in judgment.  What is considered a mistake to one person might not be to another, so I realize that it’s all relative.  But what do you do when you feel like you’ve failed The Creator? The older I get, the more I realize that the gut feelings I sometimes get before making a decision can be the Holy Spirit trying to forewarn me from taking a wrong turn.  It’s when I begin to rationalize my choices that I need to take a step back and determine if I am on the brink of a mistake.  Rationalization isn’t confirmation.  It usually means I’m about to do something I know is wrong, but I want to justify it to myself and others.  When said decision turns out to be a bad mistake, I then have the shame of facing the Lord with my shabby apologies and repentance. (more…)