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Activated August 2012

Prayer Power - August 2012

None of us can achieve ultimate success in life or any endeavor on our own; we all need outside help, and who better to help guide and provide than all-knowing, all-powerful God Himself?
 

01-08-2012
It’s Not Odd, It’s God!
It’s Not Odd, It’s God!

My friend Michael has a favorite saying for when God does something inexplicable in answer to prayer: It’s not odd, it’s God.

For some months, Michael and a few others of us have been working on a major new endeavor. One of the first things Michael and another partner did was map out the entire project. The plan looked terrific on paper—so simple, so straightforward, so sure. We soon found out, however, that God had a somewhat different plan and timetable. And part of His plan seems to be to teach us to depend more on Him as our all-wise CEO.

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01-08-2012
The Elevator
The Elevator

“We haven’t done even half of what we had planned for this morning,” I mumbled as I stepped impatiently into the elevator that was to speed my husband Franz and me to an appointment on the 20th floor of a downtown high-rise. A few moments later, the elevator jolted to a halt and we were enveloped in darkness.

“Not again! Not now!” I groaned, glancing at my watch.

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01-08-2012
Fixed Determination
Fixed Determination

For years I nearly always closed my Meditation Moments radio show with the words “God is still on the throne, and prayer changes things!” Someone once wrote in and said, “I don’t find those words in the Bible.”

No, they’re not in the Bible, but they’re certainly scriptural and express an important truth.

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01-08-2012
On the Spot
On the Spot

My flight to Uganda was booked for less than two weeks away. I sat in my room and counted the money in my wallet.

I was trying to get from Thailand to East Africa to continue my Christian volunteer work there. God had told me He would provide the money, but my present work didn’t bring in the kind of cash I needed for plane fare to the other side of the planet.

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01-08-2012
When It Seems God Isn’t Answering
When It Seems God Isn’t Answering

Why do some prayers take longer to be answered than others,and why do some seem to go unanswered?

It’s impossible for us to know for sure, and there are probably a number of factors that come into play. One thing we can be sure of is that God always hears our prayers, even though He doesn’t always answer them right away and not always in just the way we expect Him to. Sometimes He says “yes,” sometimes He says “no,” and sometimes He says “wait.”

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01-08-2012
Two Lists
Two Lists

I believe in prayer. I believe that it works, that it changes things for the better. But more than that, I believe that praying works in me, that it changes me for the better.

I’m a list person. I keep lists of all kinds of things, and two are related to prayer. One is a list of things I’m currently praying for. Some of those things are so much on my mind that I don’t even have to write them down, while others are needs that friends have asked me to pray for or situations that I have read about or...

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01-08-2012
Prayer Gains
Prayer Gains

About three thousand years ago, a wise man named Agur said, “There are three things which are too wonderful for me, yes, four which I do not understand.”

Really? I used to think. Only four? Of course, he did pick four good ones.1

I recently considered some of the ways I benefit from prayer. I was especially reflecting on various aspects of stability and clarity—inner poise and grace—that prayer adds to my life. In keeping with Agur’s group of four, here are my top four gains.

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01-08-2012
The Model Prayer
The Model Prayer

The Bible records many instances of Jesus praying.Sometimes He prayed all night.1 Other times He got up before dawn to prayalone.2 Occasionally He prayed in front of His followers as an example to them.3

He prayed for His disciples and for all of us who would come to know Him throughout the ages.4 He offered prayers of praise and thanksgiving to His Father.5 He also prayed in times of anguish and personal difficulty.6

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01-08-2012
What Prayer Can Do
What Prayer Can Do

Prayer—secret, fervent, believing prayer—lies at the root of all personal godliness.

—William Carey (1761–1834), English missionary

 

Prayer should not be regarded as a duty which must be performed, but rather as a privilege to be enjoyed, a rare delight that is always revealing some new beauty.

—E.M. Bounds (1835–1913), American minister and author

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01-08-2012
A Part of My Life
A Part of My Life

When I sat down to write an article about prayer for this magazine, I heard a little inner voice say, “You can’t do that. You don’t pray enough!”

That set me back a bit, and I had to think about it. It’s certainly true that I don’t pray as much as I could and probably should. So instead of writing, I closed my laptop and went to the kitchen to prepare the dough and start slicing toppings for a pizza dinner. Meanwhile, I couldn’t shake that thought. Do I pray enough?

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01-08-2012
The Long and the Short of It
The Long and the Short of It

Prayers in the Bible range from lengthy supplications, such as Solomon’s 1,000-word prayer of dedication1 and the 1,200-word prayer found in the book of Nehemiah2 (the longest prayer in the Bible), to the succinct “Lord, save me” prayer of Peter when he was at risk of drowning.3 The brevity of Peter’s plea was evidently no barrier to his receiving an answer, because Jesus did rescue Peter. Many prayers in the Bible, while not as short as Peter’s, are still quite brief. Even the Lord’s Prayer has only about 70 words, depending on the translation.4

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01-08-2012
Understanding. Answers. Faith.
Understanding. Answers. Faith.

What may seem logical to you in a particular situation isn’t necessarily right, because you’re human and fallible. It also may not be the way I see it, because “My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways. As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.”1

You may be able to figure some things out and get some things right, but you’ll do much better if you learn to ask Me for My insight and solutions.

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