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#UTCOP – Remember to add thankfulness to your prayers

Remember to add thankfulness to your prayers

by Kimberley Payne

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“Make thankfulness your sacrifice to God” (Psalm 50:14, NIV).

 

“But giving thanks is a sacrifice that truly honors me” (Psalm 50:23, NIV).

 

I want to honour God and one way I can do this is by giving Him thanks.

Remember to try the acronym P.A.T.H. when you pray. The “T” is for thankfulness.

Praise, Admit, THANK, Help

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Use P.A.T.H. to help you pray. Read @fitforfaith’s post. “T” is for thankfulness. (tweet this)

Kimberley Payne

Kimberley is a motivational speaker and author. Her writings relate raising a family, pursuing a healthy lifestyle, and everyday experiences to building a relationship with God. Through her work, Kimberley hopes to inspire people to live lives that glorify God. You can visit her website at www.kimberleypayne.com

#UTCOP – How to pray using The P.A.T.H to Prayer

How to pray using The P.A.T.H to Prayer

by Kimberley Payne

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Praise

Lord, You are worthy of my praise. I praise You for Who You are. I praise You for what You do. You are full of grace and mercy. You are creative and imaginative. You are slow to anger and forgiving. You are awesome.

Admit

Father, I admit that I say, do, and think things that are sinful. Specifically I ask forgiveness for ______________________.

Thank

God, I thank You for this beautiful season. I thank You for my health. I thank You for hearing my prayers and providing for my needs.

Help

Lord, I pray for the salvation of my children, my husband, my entire family. I pray for peace especially for those who are being persecuted today. I pray for Your will to be done in my life.

In Jesus’ name I pray.

For more information on how to use P.A.T.H. please check Kimberley’s post How Should I Pray?

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How to pray using The P.A.T.H to prayer. (tweet this)

Kimberley Payne

Kimberley is a motivational speaker and author. Her writings relate raising a family, pursuing a healthy lifestyle, and everyday experiences to building a relationship with God. Through her work, Kimberley hopes to inspire people to live lives that glorify God. You can visit her website at www.kimberleypayne.com

#UTCOP – How to Exercise your spirit with Prayer

How to Exercise your spirit with Prayer

by Kimberley Payne

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What is Prayer

 

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:6, NIV).

Prayer builds your spiritual strength. It can include praise, confession, thanksgiving or appeal. Prayer puts you in contact with God, Who has more power than you could ever imagine. When you pray, He hears you and fills you with the power to do things you never thought you could do.

What cardiovascular exercise and strength training do for building a strong body, prayer does to build spiritual strength. Your body requires exercise and food, and it needs these things regularly. You cannot just take care of it at the beginning of the week and forget about it. Your spiritual life is similar to your physical body in that way.

You cannot pray just once and a have healthy growing spiritual life.

What prayer is not

 

Prayer is not just for highly-spiritual people. God delights to have you come to Him with your requests. You do not have to be “good enough” to pray.

Like exercise, prayer is not a one-time thing. You can pray every day, anywhere and any time. It is important to spend time in private prayer each day – just you and God.

Prayer is not talking to others, reading or studying. It is not “doing” something. You need to let everything inside you get still. You may feel compelled to cram every moment with activities and external stimuli.

Still your mind and listen for God’s voice to emerge. (based on Psalm 46:10).

Prayer is not just about you talking to God, but God talking to you.

With prayer you can have a private audience with the Lord. An intimate dialogue goes on inside where there may not be an audible voice, but Spirit to spirit.

Benefits of prayer

 

Allows intimate dialogue with God.

Encourages you to face a new day.

Provides information and strategies.

Accomplishes the impossible.

Develops deeper relationship.

A pure motive delights God.

Prayer, when combined with quiet time, can decrease respiratory rate, heart rate, elevated blood pressure and muscle tension. During prayer, the body escapes from the stresses of everyday life and enters into a relaxed state.

This is an excerpt taken from Fit for Faith – 7 weeks to improved spiritual & physical health

 Prayer:

Dear Lord, thank You that we can come to You as we are. You love us and want to hear from us. You are a good and gracious Father.

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Learn how to exercise your spirit through prayer. (tweet this)

 

Kimberley Payne

Kimberley is a motivational speaker and author. Her writings relate raising a family, pursuing a healthy lifestyle, and everyday experiences to building a relationship with God. Through her work, Kimberley hopes to inspire people to live lives that glorify God. You can visit her website at www.kimberleypayne.com

 

How to Interact with Scripture

How to Interact with Scripture

by Kimberley Payne

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So I turned to the Lord God and pleaded with him in prayer and petition, in fasting, and in sackcloth and ashes (Daniel 9:3, NIV).

There are many prayers in the Old Testament, but Daniel’s prayer stands out as one of the most powerful. Daniel meditated on Scripture and his prayers reflected this. He allowed God to speak to him through his readings and then spoke back to God through his prayers.

God’s word, the Bible, is God speaking to us.

How can we respond? We can speak back to Him. When we read Scripture, we can pause, think about what He’s saying, and say something to Him in response. God desires a two-way conversation.

This may be foreign to you and you may wonder what to say. Take for example, that you read a passage of Scripture that is difficult to understand. Instead of skipping over it, you may stop and say, “God I find this passage confusing. Please help me to understand Your word.” Or you may read something that you have trouble believing. Take a moment to ask God to help you believe and increase your faith.

You may read a passage that moves you because of a demonstration of God’s power and majesty. Stop and take a moment to praise Him for who He is. Thank Him for the work He’s done on your behalf. Give Him the worship and thanksgiving that He’s worthy of.

Or you may read a passage that reminds you of a need you or someone else has. Stop and take a moment to lift that need to God and intercede on behalf of someone else.

Reading the Bible doesn’t need to be
just a quiet time of reflection.

We can read God’s word and talk with Him like Daniel did.

Prayer:

Dear Lord – Thank You for Your Word. It is life-saving, inspiring, and healing. I pray that You will remind me daily to read the Bible and pray back to you Your Word as it speaks to my heart. In Jesus name, I pray.

Tweetables:

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Kimberley Payne

Kimberley is a motivational speaker and author. Her writings relate raising a family, pursuing a healthy lifestyle, and everyday experiences to building a relationship with God. Through her work, Kimberley hopes to inspire people to live lives that glorify God. You can visit her website at www.kimberleypayne.com

 

Will We Remember?

Will We Remember?

by Kimberley Payne

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And now, O Lord our God, who hast brought Thy people forth out of the land of Egypt with a mighty hand, and hast made Thee a name, as at this day (Daniel 9:15, NIV).

In the Bible, we see that Daniel was a righteous man who prayed regularly to God. He spent time reading the scriptures and talking with God. He knew that God kept His promises and fulfilled prophecies.

When Daniel prayed, he reminded God of the
mighty acts He’d performed.

Has God moved in your life with answered prayer? When you pray, do you rehearse the great acts that God has performed in the past as you ask for His intervention in the present?

Next time you make a request in prayer, start by recalling all that God has done in the past. Include His miracles from the Bible as well as from your own life.

Praying with a memory will help grow your faith.

Prayer:

Dear God, please remind me to lift my friends and family, my circumstances and questions to You in prayer when I see certain objects throughout my day. In Jesus name, I pray.

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Do you rehearse the great acts that God has performed in your life when you pray? (tweet this)

Kimberley Payne

Kimberley is a motivational speaker and author. Her writings relate raising a family, pursuing a healthy lifestyle, and everyday experiences to building a relationship with God. Through her work, Kimberley hopes to inspire people to live lives that glorify God. You can visit her website at www.kimberleypayne.com

 

How to Pray Through Memory

How to Pray Through Memory

by Kimberley Payne

Praying with a Memory

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And now, O Lord our God, who hast brought Thy people forth out of the land of Egypt with a mighty hand, and hast made Thee a name, as at this day (Daniel 9:15 NIV).

In the Bible, we see that Daniel was a righteous man who prayed regularly to God. He spent time reading the scriptures and talking with God.

Daniel knew that God kept His promises and fulfilled prophecies.

When Daniel prayed, he reminded God of the mighty acts He’d performed.

Has God moved in your life with answered prayer?

When you pray, do you rehearse the great acts that God has performed in the past as you ask for His intervention in the present?

Next time you make a request in prayer, start by recalling all that God has done in the past. Include His miracles from the Bible as well as from your own life.

Praying with a memory will help grow your faith.

Tweetables:

Has God moved in your life with answered prayer? (tweet this)

Do you know how to pray with a memory? (tweet this)

Kimberley Payne

Kimberley is a motivational speaker and author. Her writings relate raising a family, pursuing a healthy lifestyle, and everyday experiences to building a relationship with God. Through her work, Kimberley hopes to inspire people to live lives that glorify God. You can visit her website at www.kimberleypayne.com

ARE YOU READY FOR ACTION?

Are You Ready for Action?

by Kimberley Payne

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I remember the frustration experienced in my home because of homework. Each day my kids would return from school, we would argue over when and where and how to do their nightly assignments. The ordeal stressed us and caused family strife. I decided to take it to God in prayer. I hoped that God would change my children’s attitudes so that they would look forward to doing their homework. This, however, was not the case

I learned that although I can pray to God and ask Him to help,
I must also be willing to be part of the solution. Tweet this.

I cannot just pray and then throw up my hands and carry on with my day. I can ignore the fear and worry but I still need to be willing to take action. I believe it was Joyce Meyer who said, “Don’t react, act.”  So I don’t need to react with ranting, raving, whining and nagging. I must rely on God’s guidance and proceed with a solid plan to resolve this homework issue.

God often answers prayer through people. He can and will divinely interject but usually He uses people who are willing and obedient.

I can pray for wisdom and knowledge
but I must also act upon that knowledge and “do” something. Tweet this.

It is not enough for me to say, “Dear Lord, help my child to do homework” without listening for His answer and being open to His guidance.

Prayer and action go hand in hand (Nehemiah 4:17).

 We devised a homework system through listening to the wisdom of others and spending time in quiet reflection with God. I realize that although my plan is working well now, I may need to change it in the future. As our family’s needs change I can ask God for His guidance and His wisdom. Then I must be open and listen for it. God wants to answer our prayers but He wishes to work though His creation, not impose His will upon it.

“Therefore, prepare your minds for action” (1 Peter 1:13 NIV.)

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Kimberley Payne

Kimberley is a motivational speaker and author. Her writings relate raising a family, pursuing a healthy lifestyle, and everyday experiences to building a relationship with God. Through her work, Kimberley hopes to inspire people to live lives that glorify God. You can visit her website at www.kimberleypayne.com

HOW IS GOD REVEALED THROUGH HIS WORD?

How is God Revealed through His Word?

by Kimberley Payne

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At my church, we are working through a Bible study by Beth Moore. It is a video series, entitled “A Heart Like His”. Beth invites us to join her on a journey to know King David, a man after God’s own heart.

One part of particular interest in the video was where Beth explains that when we ask God for something we shouldn’t be expecting Him to talk to us through the clouds. But instead, God speaks to us through His Word, the Bible. So if we have a concern or problem or issue, we should take to reading the Bible to “listen” for God’s voice and His answer. Before opening the Bible, we should pray that God would reveal Himself to us through the words on the page.

Beth gives the example of how God revealed Himself to Samuel through His Word, the Bible. We can read in Samuel 3:21, “The Lord continued to appear at Shiloh, and there he revealed himself to Samuel through his word.”

We so often want to see God in a situation. Beth shares:

 “I need to know You’re here with me. I need to know You’re working here. O, God, if I can just see You in the midst of this I can get through almost anything. Would You reveal Yourself to me? And He reminded me I’ll reveal Myself to you through My word.”

This also shows us the importance of memorizing scripture. When we are up against a problem, we can relate back to our memory of the Word and find the answers within.

God will reveal Himself to you through His word. He will make His presence known to you. Expect Him. That is His promise. He is looking for receptive hearts. So whether you are reading your Bible in the kitchen, the den or your bedroom, expect Him to reveal Himself to you.

“Blessed is the one who reads the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it, because the time is near” (Revelation 1:3 NIV.)

 

Kimberley Payne

Kimberley is a motivational speaker and author. Her writings relate raising a family, pursuing a healthy lifestyle, and everyday experiences to building a relationship with God. Through her work, Kimberley hopes to inspire people to live lives that glorify God. You can visit her website at www.kimberleypayne.com

WHAT IS GREAT FAITHFULNESS?

What is Great Faithfulness?

by Kimberley Payne

Why, Lord, Why?

At church on Sunday, they sang a song from the hymnbook called, “Great is Thy Faithfulness.” The lyrics were by Thomas Obediah Chisholm and music by William Marion Runyan. Although I had difficulty singing along, I paid close attention to the words. My favourite line was, “All I needed Thy hand hath provided.”

This verse resonated with my soul that day. It didn’t say, “All that I wanted” but rather, “All that I needed.” I took a moment to reflect on the last five years of my life and I was taken to my knees in awe and appreciation.

I wish that I had kept a journal of answered prayer. I think this is a brilliant idea. I have kept notes here and there and I have various journals that I write in every day, but I’ve never dedicated one book to just answered prayer.

There are so many little things that I pray for every day. My husband was working on my income tax on the computer when all of a sudden the program kicked him out. Two hours of work – lost. But it was restored within ten minutes without so much as one number out of place – an answer to prayer.

One of my cats was coughing and sneezing. She looked as if she had trouble breathing and took to hiding under a desk. Would she survive the night? Is it just a cold or something much worse like cat leukemia? The vet announced it only a virus – an answer to prayer.

On a four-hour hike with my mother, two aunts and my brother’s mother-in-law, the average age was 65. The terrain was full of obstacles with four fallen trees, raspberry bush thorns, and slippery logs. We made the entire trip without incidence – an answer to prayer.

My daughter had fallen from the monkey bars and landed with an audible crack from her left arm. She cried and complained that she could not move her elbow. Hours (and a full set of x-rays) later showed that it was only a minor fracture – an answer to prayer.

If I were to start a journal, it would fill up rather quickly. I find God’s faithfulness inexhaustible. He is a caring, compassionate and concerned Father. How great is His faithfulness.

“Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness” (Lamentations 3:22-23 NIV).

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Kimberley Payne

Kimberley is a motivational speaker and author. Her writings relate raising a family, pursuing a healthy lifestyle, and everyday experiences to building a relationship with God. Through her work, Kimberley hopes to inspire people to live lives that glorify God. You can visit her website at www.kimberleypayne.com

HOW SHOULD I PRAY?

How should I pray?

by Kimberley Payne

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P.A.T.H. – learning to pray.

Years ago, if I felt that I wanted or needed something I would ask my brother and sister-in-law to pray for me. My brother was a pastor and I felt he had a “direct line” to God. Of course, I would only ask if it was very important or something I thought worthy of prayer.

My own prayers consisted mostly of reciting words I had memorized as a child, such as the Lord’s Prayer. If I asked for something I wanted, I left it to chance. I believed it was happenstance if my prayer was answered and I thought that it couldn’t hurt to ask.

My prayers today are much different. Today my definition of prayer is not just reciting words or asking for stuff, but rather it is a conversation with a loving Father.

In my book, Fit for Faith, I follow the acronym P-A-T-H to prayer.

P stands for Praise

Prayer is not just about asking for things but it is about telling God about the things you adore about Him. He is praiseworthy. Many times I open my prayer time with praise, letting God know how much I appreciate and love Him.

A stands for Admit

I admit that I am a sinner and confess my sins. Sometimes I admit something obvious like gossiping – other times the Holy Spirit reveals to me where I have sinned. 1 John 1:8 states that if we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.

T stands for Thanksgiving

I thank God for all that He is and all that He does for me. Some days my prayer time is spent entirely on thanking Him.

H stands for Help

This is the time when I can ask for His help and bring my requests to Him. I can pray for my own needs and the needs of others.I have no trouble spending fifteen minutes a day in prayer, especially when I consider prayer to be more than reciting memorized words or just asking for things. I challenge you to spend fifteen minutes each day following the PATH to prayer.

“Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful” (Colossians 4:2 NIV).

Kimberley Payne

Kimberley is a motivational speaker and author. Her writings relate raising a family, pursuing a healthy lifestyle, and everyday experiences to building a relationship with God. Through her work, Kimberley hopes to inspire people to live lives that glorify God. You can visit her website at www.kimberleypayne.com