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HOW CAN I PRAY USING SCRIPTURE?

How Can I Pray Using Scripture?

by Janis Cox

Real Prayers from Real People

Our Bible Study, better known as the Bible Babes, has started a new study called Rational Worship by Carolyn J. Watts. As we looked closely at Scriptures we were asked our thoughts and feelings. Then we were asked to make a prayer.

Praying using the Scriptures is very powerful. Tweet this.

This week I asked my women friends to share with you their prayers.

The question in our study read:

In the light of your current life situation, what does Romans 11:33 make you want to pray?

“Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God!
How unsearchable his judgments,
and his paths beyond tracing out “(Romans 11:33, NIV)!

Here are real prayers from real people:

God, I need your wisdom and knowledge to lead me to make good decisions each day. Only You see the future and therefore only You can guide me in the right way, the way that glorifies You.

God, You know everything. So from the depth of the riches of Your knowledge and wisdom I know You can be there for me. Show me, guide me, and move the mountains.

O Lord, my Father, my Creator, I give my whole self to You. You know me so well. I thank and praise You for Your glory is everything.

I am so grateful that an all-powerful God would be involved in the details of my life and my plans for the future. Thank You that I can trust You with all my hopes and desires knowing that You will lead me in the right direction.

What prayer would you pray – after reading that Scripture a few times?

Stop. Think. Then pray.

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Janis Cox

Janis Cox - Author and Illustrator

Jan, a former school teacher and small business owner, found a new passion in writing in her retirement. She has published two devotionals and a number of articles for magazines and a Bible study. She is owner of Under the Cover of Prayer and moderates the site. Jan has completed a children’s book called Tadeo Turtle. She is the watercolour illustrator. Word Alive has published Tadeo Turtle. See more information at Jan’s Website.

IS GOD THE GOD OF MIRACLES?

Our God of Many Miracles

by Patricia Day 

It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man.

“Cast your burden on the Lord, and He shall sustain you.  (Psalm 55:22, NIV)

To say that we prayed vehemently would be an understatement.  The Bible tells us “It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man”. (Psalm 118:8)

My husband’s unexpected surgery ‘fell’ into our lives and work income stopped!  Yikes!

He’d undergone an angiogram, only to be told it revealed that he needed immediate heart surgery!  He underwent triple-bypass surgery the next morning.

To say we were devastated at the time does not even come close to expressing our feelings and fear….. however GOD is good and as we prayed and trusted that all would be well, He provided for us in so many unexpected ways.  Let me share some with you:

      • I received rides each day, to and from the hospital – all offered never asked for.
      • We received money from family, friends and church family to cover all our immediate expenses and mortgage.
      • We received gift cards from friends for grocery shopping.
      • A garage door repair bill was covered by church friends (just because they wanted to help some way).
      • A cheque from friends, prompted in a dream!  They obeyed.  They said one was told the amount to give!  Because they strongly felt the dream was from God they obeyed. What totally amazed us was that the cheque amount was exactly what we needed to bring overdue bills up to date!  We had not been in touch with these friends prior to this, so they had no way of knowing our need from anything we might have said.
      • Christmas hamper from church family and groceries delivered to our door by friends.
      • Cooked meals and homemade soups brought to our door by friends.

This is not an exhaustive list – we were blessed with many other surprises – even though our faith took a ‘direct hit’ when we first received the news, after the test results were revealed.

We should have known better, but trusting that God is in complete control can elude us in troubling times, and even mature Christians can panic; we’re only human.  We question our ability to come through this latest challenge.  We could have completely ‘lost it’, but hung in there despite doubts.  We should have known better – God provided for us in great abundance then, and He still does.

Prayer:

When tragedies or sickness overwhelm us, it is easy to sink into a ‘pity-party’ and forget to call out to You and trust in Your grace and provision.  Let us remember to reach out to You first and trust that you will provide all that we need, with Your usual perfect timing.  In Jesus Name, Amen!

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Patricia Day

Patricia Day

Writing has always been a passion of Patricia. She can express myself better in writing, than verbally.  She enjoys creating short stories and devotionals. Her favourite past-times: family-time; gardening; reading; walking and listening to good music. Married.  Mother of two sons; step-Mom to a son & daughter and Nana to ten.

Look for her devotionals at Pepe Prays and her blog at Patters Matters.

Patricia has recently completed her first novel – Eleanor, A Stolen Childhood – which is in the process of publication.  Her second novel, Priscilla – Hidden in the Shadows is now being written.

DON’T WRITE OFF A POWERFUL PRAYER

Don’t Write Off a Powerful Prayer (reprinted with permission)

By Heather McGillivray

Being somewhat of a snoop, I enjoy getting together with friends and finding out what’s going on in their lives. I also love when I make a new friend and get to sit down and talk with her (really talk) for the first time—which is why I was right in my element last night, tucked away in our little booth at Country Style Donuts while my new friend told me all about the past harrowing half decade of her life.

I don’t enjoy hearing about the hardships of others, but I am inspired whenever I get to be close to someone who happens to wake up in the middle of living her dream–only to discover it has turned into a nightmare from which she does not have the luxury of escaping–and stops every once in a while, through tears, to tell me how God has been good to her.

She could choose to fall apart and let the people who depend on her most down—or she could bear up under the weight of it and keep putting one foot in front of the other. She has chosen the latter, and I am greatly humbled by her example–having been the queen of falling apart all over the place and basically spilling out from between my own seams on many a memorable occasion.

I cannot imagine going through the situations she is facing and still be as intact as she is.

We agreed to pray for each other. Sometimes we’re in a situation too long, too tightly and too deep to pray our way objectively out of it; sometimes praying for someone else’s situation and knowing they are praying for ours is almost as good as a vacation.

But on the way home I couldn’t help thinking to myself—what I really want to do is rewrite the rest of her life.

I want to open a new page in my laptop and start typing turns in the road ahead. I want to write her a reprieve: days without rain and sunshine around every corner. I want to build a white picket fence around her dreams and keep out the big, bad wolf.

Instead, I prayed. And not the mental ascent kind of prayer I sometimes send off when I haven’t taken the time to get acquainted with the situation—the kind of deep pleading and crying out to God that only comes by the power and love of His Holy Spirit, and through the witness of having experienced some of the same kind of pain. I prayed on the way home. I prayed in my favourite prayer place. And I prayed just now while the writing of this brings it back to my heart afresh.

And, while I don’t know how the story will unfold, I do know there is a peace and assurance of faith that comes with leaving the final chapters in the hands of Him who wrote the Book on love.

We don’t get to write others off, so to speak. But we do have a powerful impact on how the rest of their stories will unfold. Our prayers can push back the antagonist; send healing rain and snatch lives back out of the mouth of the destroyer.

Why do I pray so little when I know that this is so?

Our prayers are powerful—they move mountains; they move God.

But most of all they move us.

The prayer of a person living right with God is something powerful to be reckoned with (James 5:16b The Message Bible).

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Heather McGillivray

Heather lives in Chelmsford, Ontario, with her college aged children. She knows they haven’t left yet because she’s still doing their laundry and buying lots of groceries–she just can’t figure out where they’re hiding, or what they’ve done with the van.

The most exciting thing in her life right now, apart from Jesus, is that He’s letting her write her very first novel, and she’s almost done it. She loves poetry, and could get lost for weeks at a time in a good one. What she knows above all else, is that God hears and answers prayer–and for that she is eternally grateful. Visit her at her blog.