Tag Archives: Prayer

The Antidote for Anxiety

Philippians 4:6 (KJV)

Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

Anxiety is a real threat to our health. It can cause both mental and physical suffering. Uncontrolled anxiety can lead to chest pain, lightheadedness, fatigue, nausea and a number of other illnesses. The bottom line is that anxiety hurts.

Not only does anxiety bring us physical pain but it can also bring us mental anguish. The worry that often accompanies anxiety can ruin our lives. Worry preoccupies our minds and debilitates our ability to live in peace.

There are many life events that can trigger worry. Issues on our jobs, in our families, with our finances and demands on our time can all lead to some serious worry sessions. Thanks be to God that there is a way to overcome worry.

The Bible tells us that prayer is the cure for anxiety. Whenever we feel anxious and overwhelmed, we should immediately go to God in prayer. Especially in these times, we need to pray boldly and with great sincerity. We can and should take everything to God in prayer; both the big and little issues of life.

Confident prayer begins with our remembrance of God’s majesty. God is all powerful and all knowing. He can provide an answer to every prayer. When we think about all of the prayers that God has answered over the course of our lives, we should run to take our cares to God.

The world is at war with the things and people of God. We should expect enemy attacks from time to time. However, when we turn our worries over to God through prayer, He promises to give us a peace that transcends all understanding. This peace will guard our hearts and minds from worldly worry. Through prayer, we receive God’s provision and protection. We also receive relief from anxiety.

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Salting the Water

2 Kings 2:19-22 (KJV)

And the men of the city said unto Elisha, Behold, I pray thee, the situation of this city is pleasant, as my lord seeth: but the water is naught, and the ground barren.

And he said, Bring me a new cruse, and put salt therein. And they brought it to him.

And he went forth unto the spring of the waters, and cast the salt in there, and said, Thus saith the LORD, I have healed these waters; there shall not be from thence any more death or barren land.

So the waters were healed unto this day, according to the saying of Elisha which he spake.

The Lord sends Christians out to be the salt of the world. We are to season the world with the Word of God to make it a more productive and fruitful place.

In this passage we see how Elisha used salt to purify the unproductive water. The water, which was once unproductive, became a blessing to the people of Jericho after it was purified by the salt. In the same way, Christians are called to flavor the world with God’s Word to bless the world and make it a more useful place. Be the salt and enliven the world with God’s Word.

Where Our Help Comes From

2 Chronicles 16:12 (KJV)

And Asa in the thirty and ninth year of his reign was diseased in his feet, until his disease was exceeding great: yet in his disease he sought not to the LORD, but to the physicians.

In this modern age, with all of its medical and technological advances, we must not forget that God is the ultimate source of help and healing. He is the creator of all things and holds everything together in His hands.

When we are sick in our bodies or find ourselves suffering in a hard place, we can find help when we seek the Lord in prayer. Place your complete trust in the Lord today and give Him the honor that He deserves.

Three Things

2 Chronicles 7:14 (KJV)

If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

It’s not too late. God still desires you. You can find your way back into His will. If you would do three things, God will bless you in three ways. If you become humble, seek God through prayer and turn away from sin, God will hear your prayers, forgive your sins and heal your soul. Turn back to the Lord and He will deliver you.

The Rock

Psalm 17:6-9 (KJV)

I have called upon thee, for thou wilt hear me, O God: incline thine ear unto me, and hear my speech.
Shew thy marvellous lovingkindness, O thou that savest by thy right hand them which put their trust in thee from those that rise up against them.
Keep me as the apple of the eye, hide me under the shadow of thy wings,
From the wicked that oppress me, from my deadly enemies, who compass me about.

When we pray to God and seek His protection, we can expect to receive an answer. Those that look for safety in God are the “apple of His eye.” When trouble comes, flee to God and seek refuge under the Rock.

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The Abundant Power of God

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Ephesians 3:16-17 NLT

I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit. Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong.

Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996, 2004, 2007 by Tyndale House Foundation

Ephesians 3:20-21 NIV

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.

In this life, we will come upon battles that seem to be too strong for us to overcome.  Battles on our job, in our families and in our finances not only hurt us but can sometimes devastate us.  While it may seem like these battles are being fought in the earthly realm, the real influence behind these battles is in the spirit realm.  This is spiritual warfare.  The evil one will use people and circumstances in the natural to fight us in the spiritual.  As we do more for Christ, we can expect the attacks of the enemy to increase.  Similarly, as we get closer to breakthroughs in our lives, the enemy will turn up the heat with his attacks to stop us from fulfilling our potential in the kingdom of God.

We need strength more powerful than our own to fight these spiritual battles.  We can obtain this supernatural strength from the Holy Spirit.  Christ will dwell within us when we exercise faith in Him.  Christ wants to inhabit our spirit and make a home there.  As we live our lives more and more in line with the Word of God, we create an environment within us that Christ can call home.  When Christ abides within us, we are supplied with all the power we need to battle spiritual warfare.

If we look back over our lives, we should find many instances whereby God supplied us with the necessary power to battle spiritual warfare.  Over the time of our lives, we should remember how God has used His power to bless, rescue and heal us.  This same power still works within us today.  By remembering all that God has done for us, we can have a confident expectation for what God’s power can do for us even now and also in the future.

Ephesians 3:20 tells us that God can do immeasurably more than we could ask or imagine.  What may seem impossible for us to do in our power is possible in God’s power.  There are no limits on what God can do in our lives.  Knowing this, we should have an attitude of great expectation for what God can do in our lives.

God’s supply is limitless.  All of the prayers of the saints will not dry out God’s supply of grace.  We can continue to ask God for His strength and help because His supply has no boundaries.  This power that God supplies within us is sufficient for us to win the spiritual battle.  If we strive to create a holy temple for God within ourselves, God will dwell within us and provide us with inner strength that is more than enough to conquer all that the evil one plans against us.

Tap into the Power of Prayer

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James 5:16 NIV

Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed.  The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.

If you are like most people, it may seem like there is never enough time to do all of the things we need to do.  Just thinking about all of the things we don’t have time to do can give us a headache and make us sick.  However, there are some things that, if we are to live successfully, we must make time to do.  On the top of that to do list should be prayer.

It is in prayer that we communicate with God and can share all of our concerns and feelings with Him.  I believe that God desires to not only know what we want but also what we feel.  When the pains and burdens of life begin to weigh us down, we should open up the communication line to God through prayer.  In prayer, God can reassure us, speak to us about our problems and provide us with direction.  Prayer is our lifeline.

When I find myself overwhelmed by the burdens of life, I often stop to think about my prayer life.  I ask myself if I am praying enough.  I ask myself if I have sincerely sought direction from God.  During the rough times, I find that I could usually stand to pray a little more.

James 5:16 tells us that the prayers of the righteous are powerful and effective.  The first thought that comes to my mind is “what does it mean to be righteous?”  One definition of righteous offered by dictionary.com is “acting in an upright, moral way; virtuous: a righteous and godly person.”  In other words, a righteous person is someone who lives right according to God’s commandments.  Deuteronomy 5:29 tells us that the way for us and our children to live a good life forever is to keep all of God’s commands.  This is what a righteous person strives to do.  From this, we can understand that step one to praying powerful and effective prayers is to live righteously.

Step two for praying powerful and effective prayers is to be persistent in our prayers.  1 Thessalonians 5:17 says that we have to pray without ceasing.  We cannot give up on our prayers.  Even when we may have been praying for a long time for something to manifest in our lives, we must continue to pray until we receive an answer from God.  We must be tenacious in our prayers until God speaks to us about our situation.  There is a saying that I really like that says we should P.U.S.H.  That is we should pray until something happens.  We should never give up on our prayers because there is tremendous power in prayer.

Scripture also tells us that our prayers should be fervent.  This means that we should be intense in our prayers and should pray with passion.  I believe that God wants to hear our honest, sincere and heartfelt prayers.  It is through praying in this manner that we pursue a real relationship with God.  It is awesome to understand that God wants to know us intimately.

Although there is tremendous power in prayer, we should understand that the power in our prayers is not due to our holiness or goodness but is due to the power and grace of God.  It is by God’s grace that our prayers become effective.  Isn’t it good to know that it is not by our strength but by His strength that prayer changes the circumstances in our lives?  If you strive to live righteously, pray persistently and with sincerity and passion, God can do some wonderful things in response to our prayers.