Sneak peak

Chapter 1



Why Prayer?

From the moment we are born we learn the rules of self-reliance as we strain and struggle to show how independent we can be. How many two-year-olds have you heard say, “Me do it”? Asking someone else to control your life is simply counter-intuitive to an independent spirit. But “me do it” disregards the importance of prayer.

Prayer is 180 degrees in the opposite direction, something that goes beyond the natural. That’s why praying God’s blessing on your home is supernatural. It is going beyond your abilities and connecting with God’s. So, just what is prayer?

To begin, prayer is communicating with the heart of God. In other words, it is conversing with God. Every time we pray, we come into contact with the God of the universe in a profound and life changing way. It is impossible to experience His presence and not be transformed in some way. Thus, we can pray to the God who gives hope (Note: Rom. 15:13) when we face desperate, hopeless circumstances, emotional needs, or when our children need healing.

When we, or our children, have made bad choices or need godly friends, God gives us hope through prayer. During our times of need, when we are struggling with unrealized dreams, an unfulfilled life, or sickness, we know God can and will touch our lives when we ask Him (Note: Heb. 4:14-16).

Prayer is telling God we love and need Him in our lives. When we don’t pray, we reveal that we think we can handle life on our own. Jesus told us: “Apart from me, you can do nothing” (Jn. 15:5), and that’s the real truth. Every good gift in your life comes from God (Note: Jas. 1:17).

So, prayer should be specific. It includes asking God to meet specific needs, not just general ones. When we share what is on our hearts with God, we have confidence that He always cares and that He will meet our needs. He has promised to give us what we need, but He still expects us to ask. We are instructed to pray all the time. This includes praying for every specific need in our lives, our family’s lives, and those of our friends as well (Note: 1 Thess. 5:17).


Sneak peak

Chapter 1

Why Prayer?

From the moment we are born we learn the rules of self-reliance as we strain and struggle to show how independent we can be. How many two-year-olds have you heard say, “Me do it”? Asking someone else to control your life is simply counter-intuitive to an independent spirit. But “me do it” disregards the importance of prayer.

Prayer is 180 degrees in the opposite direction, something that goes beyond the natural. That’s why praying God’s blessing on your home is supernatural. It is going beyond your abilities and connecting with God’s. So, just what is prayer?

To begin, prayer is communicating with the heart of God. In other words, it is conversing with God. Every time we pray, we come into contact with the God of the universe in a profound and life changing way. It is impossible to experience His presence and not be transformed in some way. Thus, we can pray to the God who gives hope (Note: Rom. 15:13) when we face desperate, hopeless circumstances, emotional needs, or when our children need healing.

When we, or our children, have made bad choices or need godly friends, God gives us hope through prayer. During our times of need, when we are struggling with unrealized dreams, an unfulfilled life, or sickness, we know God can and will touch our lives when we ask Him (Note: Heb. 4:14-16).

Prayer is telling God we love and need Him in our lives. When we don’t pray, we reveal that we think we can handle life on our own. Jesus told us: “Apart from me, you can do nothing” (Jn. 15:5), and that’s the real truth. Every good gift in your life comes from God (Note: Jas. 1:17).

So, prayer should be specific. It includes asking God to meet specific needs, not just general ones. When we share what is on our hearts with God, we have confidence that He always cares and that He will meet our needs. He has promised to give us what we need, but He still expects us to ask. We are instructed to pray all the time. This includes praying for every specific need in our lives, our family’s lives, and those of our friends as well (Note: 1 Thess. 5:17).

“A shield, weapon, and teacher.”

“A shield, weapon, and teacher.”



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“When you enter the home, give it your blessing. If it turns out to be a worthy home, let your blessing stand.”

Matt. 10: 12-13 NLT

 

“When you enter the home, give it your blessing. If it turns out to be a worthy home, let your blessing stand.”

Matt. 10: 12-13 NLT