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“And someone from the crowd answered Him, ‘Teacher, I brought my son to you, for he has a spirit that makes him mute. And whenever it seizes him, it throws him down, and he foams and grinds his teeth and becomes rigid. So I asked Your disciples to cast it out, and they were not able.’ And He answered them, ‘O faithless generation, how long am I to be with you? How long am I to bear with you? Bring him to Me.’ And they brought the boy to Him. And when the spirit saw Him, immediately it convulsed the boy, and he fell on the ground and rolled about, foaming at the mouth. And Jesus asked his father, ‘How long has this been happening to him?’ And he said, ‘From childhood. And it has often cast him into fire and into water, to destroy him. But if You can do anything, have compassion on us and help us.’ And Jesus said to him, ‘If you can! All things are possible for one who believes.’ Immediately the father of the child cried out and said, ‘I believe; help my unbelief!’ And when Jesus saw that a crowd came running together, He rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it, ‘You mute and deaf spirit, I command you, come out of him and never enter him again.’ And after crying out and convulsing him terribly, it came out, and the boy was like a corpse, so that most of them said, ‘He is dead.’ But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him up, and he arose. And when He had entered the house, His disciples asked him privately, ‘Why could we not cast it out?’ And He said to them, ‘This kind cannot be driven out by anything but prayer.’” (9:17-29)
When I read God’s Word each morning, I find inspiration and insight that keeps my day on track. Join me on this journey. Let’s settle in with His Word—it’s His Love Letter to us. Did you know that? Let’s read it like a Love Letter, expecting to glean something for our walk with Him every day. Let’s look for peace in the chaos and strength for our weaknesses. Even on our busiest days we can carve out a few minutes to refocus on the important. Can’t we? We may have to get up a little earlier, when the house is still and quiet, or stay up a few minutes after the others are tucked in for the night, but we can do this! I know we can!
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"When you don’t know what to pray, God’s Word provides direction and power. Praying His Word back to Him is the most effective way we can touch others and make a difference in our own lives.
While you may not consider yourself a prayer warrior, there are basic principles of powerful prayer found in the Bible. When we use the tools God has given us in His Word, we can move mountains – BIG mountains in our families and in the lives of the people we love deeply. We can also know with great certainty that we’re praying the will of God.
Praying Scripture has been the biggest help to me. That way, instead of vaguely praying for God to help or bless someone, I can ask Him that they might be "strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love" (Ephesians 3:16-17) or that they might "be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding" (Colossians 1: 9). It's not that there is anything wrong with asking God to help and bless people, but Scripture gives us specific ways to ask for that help.
Barbara, praying Scripture is something I've only begun to do in the past couple of years and it's been so spiritually rewarding! It's even helped me memorize Scripture as well. That's a win win!! :) I taught Sunday school on Colossians 1:9 this past Sunday, (funny you should mention that) and we talked about praying Scripture over people.
Thanks for pointing out the line—this can't come out by anything but prayer. Writing in my journal, using Scripture to guide my prayers, and my friend Tara Furman's new book Prayer Made Simple which lists Scriptures to pray under categories.
Thanks for the heads up, Debbie, about Tara's new book "Prayer Made Simple." That sounds like a lovely resource! I'm going to look that up. I may even add it to this post! Thanks!
Yes, I have a lot of work to do with prayer. So thankful for the Gift of our relational God.
It's such a wonderful privilege, Michele, to be able to come to God BOLDLY in prayer! May that motivate us to come before His throne even more often.
I love the idea of a prayer journal, and I've tried that before, I just haven't made that work for me, yet. I'm going to keep trying though because, like you, I want to be able to look back and see the miraculous answers!! In 2022 I am using the Faithful Life Planner—which is as much a planner as it is a spiritual growth tool with spaces for things like God & I time, prayer lists, sermon notes, etc. So, I plan to use that as a prayer tool as well as a planning tool.
I was studying on prayer in my time with Him today. Love it when He does that.
God is good like that, Lauren, to remind us over and over again. :)
Intentional is the key word here. I found once I was more intentional about making my time with God one of the first things I did in the mornings, then my days seemed to go much smoother--maybe not in circumstances but definitely in my attitude. Prayer costs nothing but time and dedication.
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