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#UTCOP – What is a Faith Prayer?

What is a Faith Prayer?

by Susan Harris

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Father, I come to you in the Name of Jesus. My heart sings because I know You are moving on my behalf even though I may not see which direction You are going.

Help me to forge ahead in faith with my Sword lifted to sever doubt and discouragement.

I will passionately pursue the dreams You have hidden in my heart.

We will partner and watch the blessings of the Almighty overtake me. Today I will breathe the pure air of the noble calling in Christ. I will seek the high place. I will live in anticipation that You who began a good work in me is faithful to complete it.

Glue my eyes heavenwards and light the path so I will not stumble. Thank you Jesus. Amen.

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Susan Harris

Susan Harris

Susan is a speaker, wife, mother, and former teacher. Prayer is her passion, and except for salvation, it is the subject on which she has spoken most frequently over 20 years of Christian ministry. She is also the author of three books – Little Copper Pennies for Kids, Little Copper Pennies: Celebrating the Life of the Canadian one cent piece (for adults) and Golden Apples in Silver Settings. She loves kittens, pennies, and making new friends. Find her at www.susanharris.ca, on Facebook at SusanHarrisCanadianAuthor, and on Twitter @SusanHarris20.

 

Looking for a Breakthrough?

Looking for a Breakthrough?

by Susan Harris

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A clip from the Science Journal on December 20, 2002 read:

A molecule called RNA has long been regarded as a big player in the drama of the cell, acting only as a helper for the more dominant DNA. But new studies show RNA actually controls key actions by turning genes on and off, directing embryo development and, perhaps, playing a role in cancer. This new understanding has been named the No. 1 breakthrough of the year by the Science Journal.

A breakthrough in technology in 2002 was the cyber knife. The caption was, “Georgetown University unveiled the Cyberknife this week at Georgetown University Hospital. The latest breakthrough in cancer treatment is surgery with no scalpel, no blood, and little or no post-operative pain…”

A headline in sports read “Latest breakthrough in Olympic Sports Pioneering Spirit.  Arab women make breakthrough at Games: — After Fatima Gerashi, their very presence represented a huge breakthrough for Arab women, whose freedoms have traditionally been severely curtailed…”

In the Bible there are breakthroughs that are more miraculous, greater, and more complete than the ones quoted above.

Mark chapter 5 highlights a breakthrough for a woman who had a bleeding condition. She had been to many doctors, had exhausted her options, and was desperate for a cure. The Scripture tells that while Jesus was on His way to heal Jairus’ daughter, the woman saw Him and resolved to get healed.

Jesus always drew crowds, and on this day, the crowds were thick. It was a negative strike against the weak, sick woman, because it made it near impossible to get Jesus’ attention face to face. Made even worse because she had probably heard that He was on other business, going to heal a little girl. But she was a trooper, and activated Plan B.

“All I need to do is touch his clothes…” Stretching out her skinny arms, and still being pushed, she managed to touch Jesus’ robe. At the same time, Jesus felt some power go out from Him, and in that moment, the woman was healed. Never to hemorrhage again. That’s a breakthrough…

It’s never too late for a breakthrough.

Friends, you must not give up on your situation. Set Plan B in motion, get passionate about the victory and go after the breakthrough you desire. No cause is too lost to pursue a breakthrough. Moses went before Pharaoh seven times before the breakthrough came for Israel’s freedom. Elijah would tell you that he prayed seven times before it rained. Don’t give up after a few times, Friend,  press in for the gain.

Remember too that Lazarus was dead for three days; he stank according to his sister’s description, yet he was raised back to life. No situation is too dead for Jesus because He Himself came back to life after being buried for three days. And He wants to break through for you. Will you let Him?

(An excerpt from Golden Apples in Silver Settings, Ch 3, Breakthrough, by Susan Harris)

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Susan Harris

Susan Harris

Susan is a speaker, wife, mother, and former teacher. Prayer is her passion, and except for salvation, it is the subject on which she has spoken most frequently over 20 years of Christian ministry. She is also the author of three books – Little Copper Pennies for Kids, Little Copper Pennies: Celebrating the Life of the Canadian one cent piece (for adults) and Golden Apples in Silver Settings. She loves kittens, pennies, and making new friends. Find her at www.susanharris.ca, on Facebook at SusanHarrisCanadianAuthor, and on Twitter @SusanHarris20.

Are You Afraid of the Night?

Are You Afraid of the Night?

by Susan Harris

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Which are you? Some people are early risers and are most productive in the morning while others, like me, are night owls and our energy comes out best during the dark hours. At night stores close their doors and staff head home. Homemakers defer work to the next day, and traffic gets slower as the rush hour fades into night.

For those on the graveyard shift, it can be a long and tedious task. Machines work tirelessly, oblivious to the fatigue of their human company. Elsewhere people watch television, some read, others cry, and yet others die during the night. To the person who is ill, the night could be a long and loathsome period. For another group the night is the time they have been awaiting: the thief anticipates the cover of darkness to assist his schemes. Witches practice evil works, and necromancers visit the graveyards to engage the dead in their ploys.

Symbolically the night is a time of heaviness, a time of battle and discomfort, of terror and fears. (tweet this)

Sounds are magnified. Shadows look monstrous. Adrenalin pumps. Bad news can come any time during the twenty fours, but when the phone rings during the darkness, there is a premonition of the worst.

Friend, you do not have to fear the Night.

Luke chapter 2 accounts that one Night, shepherds were tending their sheep when the angel of the Lord appeared and told them to ‘Fear not,’ because Jesus was born. He would bear their sins. He would be their friend. He would be a miracle worker. And because of Him they would become citizens of Heaven.

News unparalleled shook the world in the year 4 B.C. Newsrooms could not have wanted a more coveted theme, and telecommunications could not have flashed a more arresting headline.

That Night was the divine shaping of history,
God was fulfilling prophesy, and the old was being separated from the new. (click to tweet)

Dear Friend, someone capable and efficient watches over your family in the Night. When you take the subway or other public transit, the Night guard Jesus goes ahead like a fire, and He burns up the enemies (Psalm 97:3.)

The Lord watched over Peter and delivered him in the Night (Acts 12). While the guards dozed, Jehovah was at work. He sent His angel to release Peter. Imagine guards trained to be alert, sleeping through chains clanging to the ground! Peter walked out free and two soldiers were jobless the next day.

Friend, when Jesus works for you in the Night time, He deadens the senses of the enemy who cannot be roused until He is finished. Are there problems in your home, job, or church?

Father God can put the enemy to sleep and break the chains so that freedom can flow. (tweet this)

That’s how He works the Night shift for you. He wants to bring peace and reconciliation, compromise, and solutions.

So sleep in peace and rest, for Jesus is keeping the Night watch.

(Excerpt from Golden Apples in Silver Settings, Ch 17 – The Night Watch.)

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Susan Harris

Susan is a speaker, wife, mother, and former teacher. Prayer is her passion, and except for salvation, it is the subject on which she has spoken most frequently over 20 years of Christian ministry. She is also the author of three books – Little Copper Pennies for Kids, Little Copper Pennies: Celebrating the Life of the Canadian one cent piece (for adults) and Golden Apples in Silver Settings. She loves kittens, pennies, and making new friends. Find her at www.susanharris.ca, on Facebook at SusanHarrisCanadianAuthor, and on Twitter @SusanHarris20.

What is a 1 Minute Prayer Plan?

What is a 1 Minute Prayer Plan?

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by Susan Harris

“Couldn’t you pray with me for one hour?” Jesus asked his disciples (Matthew 26:40.)

Some Bible translations use the word “keep watch” or “stay awake” but regardless of the term used, there is no mistaking Jesus’ incredulity when He found his closest friends sleeping while He supplicated the night before His torturous death. He agonizes. Peter, James and John tour Dreamland. Apathetic to the sorrow of their man-god companion.

I grew up in a Christian home where prayer was a way of life. There was prayer in the morning, prayer at meals, prayer in the night; and if it was not morning, noon or night, there was still prayer. My parents would take us to all-night prayer meetings at church, it being the safest way to watch the brood while they watched with God. So I grew up praying for long hours.

It was not until I was at university, however, that I discovered a structure for effective praying. A little book called The Hour That Changes the World: A Practical Plan for Personal Prayer transformed my prayer life. In it the author, Dick Eastman, teaches how to pray for an hour by proposing 12 areas, focusing on each for 5 minutes.

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He suggests beginning and ending with Praise. The other segments are Waiting, Confession, Scripture Praying (my favourite), Watching, Intercession, Petition, Thanksgiving, Singing, Meditation, and Listening.

Friend, I’ll tell you that spending 5 minutes on each point could easily cover an hour, and more. Nevertheless, I’ve found that some people need smaller doses because they may be new to praying or they have an overflowing schedule and do not have the time. Some have simply not built a routine for prayer.

So this weekend when the Lord dropped the 1-Minute Prayer Plan in my brain, I was totally excited.

“In the New Year, pray for 1 minute daily in the first week. Then increase each week by one minute – that’ll be 2 minutes for each day of the second week. Three minutes in the 3rd week, and so on.”

This method could help build a consistent prayer habit, and as you see results and get excited to pray, you’d carve out the necessary time. Many people are dissatisfied with the commercialization of Christmas and they want to return to the real meaning of our Saviour’s birth. Hence we’ll accelerate with an additional minute over the last few days of the year. A sacrificial gift of prayer could restore Christ to Christmas if we spend an hour with our Lord.

I’ve created a 1-Minute Prayer schedule that’s pictured above, and I hope you would find useful. I’ve also created an event on my Facebook page at 1 Minute Prayer Plan Event  and will be posting snippets on practical prayer weekly. Feel free to join or invite someone. You can revolutionize your life 1 minute at a time. You can change the world through prayer.

Wishing you a year that is exceedingly abundant above what you can imagine.

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Pray for 1 minute a week, increasing by 1 minute weekly, leading up to 1 hour by year’s end.

Small steps in prayer will develop a more consistent prayer habit.

“Couldn’t you pray with me for one hour?” (Matthew 26:40 paraphrased)

Join the 1-Minute Prayer Plan event at https://www.facebook.com/events/726997343977027

A sacrificial gift of prayer could restore Christ to Christmas if we spend an hour with our Lord.

Susan Harris

Susan Harris

Susan is a speaker, wife, mother, and former teacher. Prayer is her passion, and except for salvation, it is the subject on which she has spoken most frequently over 20 years of Christian ministry. She is also the author of three books – Little Copper Pennies for Kids, Little Copper Pennies: Celebrating the Life of the Canadian one cent piece (for adults) and Golden Apples in Silver Settings. She loves kittens, pennies, and making new friends. Find her at www.susanharris.ca, on Facebook at SusanHarrisCanadianAuthor, and on Twitter @SusanHarris20.

Will My Baby Live?

Will My Baby Live?

by Susan Harris

English: Hagar and Ishmael, Benjamin West

English: Hagar and Ishmael, Benjamin West (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

When my sisters were toddler and baby respectively, the baby, who was generally contented, was crying one afternoon. The toddler decided to help out. Our mom had made fresh lemonade and the lemon halves were lying on the kitchen counter. The toddler forced the lemon into the drinking bottle, added some water and screwed the cap in place, then offered it to her sister. In a tone that imitated our mom she said, “Here darling, don’t cry.”

This illustration exemplifies how babies can help babies.

And Friend, you can make a difference in spite of your age, experience or credentials.

We use the term ‘baby’ loosely to refer to pet projects or dreams. And when those goals are not achieved the metaphor is made to a ‘baby dying.’

If this is your situation, I’d like to encourage you from Hagar’s experience. In Genesis 21:9-20, Hagar and her young son, Ishmael, are banished to the desert because Sarah and Hagar are in conflict. Predictably, the food and water runs out. And in the scorching heat of the sun the child cries because he is thirsty. Ishmael lies on the desert sand, dying. And Hagar likely wishes for death too.

Friend, your baby, or another person’s baby, may be in the balance. You’ve probably exhausted your time, your prayers and resources, and you are dispirited.

Hold on. There is a good ending.

As Hagar despairs the angel of God calls from heaven. “What’s the matter, Hagar? God has heard the boy crying.”

The name Ishmael means ‘God hears.’ Divinely named before crisis arose.

The Lord advises the broken Hagar to help her baby live with a specific instruction. And a promise. “Lift him up by the hand for I will make him a great nation.”  When she opens her eyes there is a well of water ….a well that was not been there before.

There are seven symbols for the Holy Spirit the Bible:
water, fire, cloud, oil, light, seal, and dove. 

Jehovah Jireh stepped in. The El Shaddai gave Hagar a promise in His own voice that her son, carded for death, would live and become great.

And Friend, your baby will live too. Your dream, your ministry will bear mighty fruit.

For God knew you by name before the crisis came.

Have you asked, “Lord, how can I carry others when I myself want to be carried?”

Dear one, babies can carry other babies. You can do it. God wants to revive you with His refreshing presence. His word reminds you that His yoke is easy and His burden is light.

Softly and tenderly Jesus is calling
Ye who are weary, come….

The gentle voice of Jesus is calling you so He can re-energize your spirit. The gentle voice of Jesus is calling you so He can affirm your worth. The gentle voice of Jesus is calling you so He can tell you how mighty you will become.

Babies can help babies. And babies will live.

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You can make a difference in spite of your age, experience or credentials.

There are seven symbols for the Holy Spirit the Bible: water, fire, cloud, oil, light, seal, and dove.

For God knew you by name before the crisis came.

The gentle voice of Jesus is calling you so He can re-energize your spirit.

(Excerpt from Golden Apples in Silver Settings by Susan Harris. Ch 11 – Sweet and Refreshing)

Susan Harris

Susan Harris

Susan is a speaker, wife, mother, and former teacher. Prayer is her passion, and except for salvation, it is the subject on which she has spoken most frequently over 20 years of Christian ministry. She is also the author of three books – Little Copper Pennies for Kids, Little Copper Pennies: Celebrating the Life of the Canadian one cent piece (for adults) and Golden Apples in Silver Settings. She loves kittens, pennies, and making new friends. Find her at www.susanharris.ca, on Facebook at SusanHarrisCanadianAuthor, and on Twitter @SusanHarris20.

Have You Prayed Scripture?

Have You Prayed Scripture?

by Susan Harris

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One of the prize books I received for topping my class in elementary school was a book called “My First Book of Prayer”. Filled with colourful pictures, it was my first tangible expression of prayer as a child.

Later, I was launched into prayer during my early years at university with Campus for Christ. There I learned of the multifaceted areas of intercession, praise, worship, thanksgiving, petition, supplication, adoration, waiting, listening, confession aspects of prayer and praying the Scriptures.

One of my favourite ways to pray continues to be Scripture Praying. (Tweetable)

Scripture Praying uses the word of God to pray requests that are based on His word. It reminds me of a lawyer presenting a case, where a point is made and then backed up with a reference. You can build fresh resolve for fresh answers by praying the Word of God. In 1985 I started praying the Scriptures and have never stopped.

That year at university I scored a ‘C’ grade in Marketing and was quite distressed about it. I searched the Bible for words that spoke to good grades and intelligence, and found some in Daniel:

Children in whom was no blemish, but well favoured, and skilful in all wisdom, and cunning in knowledge, and understanding science, and such as had ability in them to stand in the king’s palace, and whom they might teach the learning and the tongue of the Chaldeans. (Daniel 1:4, KJV).

(I would recommend using a concordance to help locate scripture verses that speak to your situation. There are free ones online.)

Since the Word of God MUST come to pass, I prayed this verse daily, personalizing it to my situation like this:

I, Susan, am favoured by God just like Daniel was. I am smart and wise, and will understand and gain knowledge in every kind of learning including Marketing, Business Policy, Accounting 1…..

And I named every course I took. The following semester I scored an A in Business Policy, the follow-up course to Marketing, and my faith in Scripture praying was affirmed.

Friend, not one jot, not a punctuation mark, or a letter will go unnoticed by God.

Pray the Word back to Him Who spoke the Word, and
see it come to pass. 
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The Word is the tool that Jesus used to defeat Satan’s temptation after His forty-day fast. Not once, but three times, Jesus said, “It is written” and quoted the Scripture. His strategy is as potent and effective today as it was then. Ensure you are doing what is required in your human environment. Then speak the Word to your mountain and see the Lord unfold the results.

(Excerpt from  Golden Apples in Silver Settings, by Susan Harris Ch 17 – Fresh Resolve to Pray.)

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Susan Harris

Susan Harris

Susan is a speaker, wife, mother, and former teacher. Prayer is her passion, and except for salvation, it is the subject on which she has spoken most frequently over 20 years of Christian ministry. She is also the author of three books – Little Copper Pennies for Kids, Little Copper Pennies: Celebrating the Life of the Canadian one cent piece (for adults) and Golden Apples in Silver Settings. She loves kittens, pennies, and making new friends. Find her at www.susanharris.ca, on Facebook at SusanHarrisCanadianAuthor, and on Twitter @SusanHarris20.

What is the Date for Answered Prayer?

Please welcome a new contributor to Under the Cover of Prayer – Susan Harris. Please read her bio below this post. And she would love to hear your thoughts. Her first post is taken from her book Golden Apples in Silver Settings. The chapter is called “Fresh Resolve to Pray”. Stay tuned for the next instalment in this series.

What is the Date for Answered Prayer?

by Susan Harris

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When my daughter was approaching her third birthday, one of her friends sent a parcel by mail four weeks ahead of the big day. Radiance saw the gift before I could hide it so I laid it in full view high up on the book shelf. Each day she would look wistfully at the yellow-wrapped box, beckoning enticingly beyond her reach. I felt sorry for her and moved the box out of sight, but she kept asking to see it so I placed it on the shelf again. The little girl was very excited at the promise of the parcel which she knew contained something good because it was from someone who loved her.

Waiting was hard, and two-year olds have no concept of time. She measured time in terms of ‘how long it took to watch a Dora show on TV.’ We also measured time by the number of sleeps, but she could not conceptualize twenty eight sleeps until her birthday.

I am reminded that God measures time in eternity,
and we humans cannot fathom what that really is. (tweet this) 

Then the Holy Spirit whispered a nugget of truth regarding the delay of answered prayer:

“Each prayer you’ve prayed is like a gift waiting to be opened,
and it has a date on it.”
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It was a light bulb moment for me. And Friend, I believe that God has a response date on the packages of your prayers. And it could be today! Ten days from now, one year from now, or in another time frame.

Hold on to the Word of the Lord that each prayer you’ve uttered has been heard, and like a child waiting to open a gift anticipating the promise of its goodness, the answer to your prayer is waiting to unfold on its due date.

Through seasons of seemingly unanswered prayer – and I say ‘seemingly’ because Wait is an answer, just as No is a response – I want to encourage you to expect your answers. To vow that for better or for worse that you will never stop praying and believing. For your prayers will be answered. The fullness of time for you will come. This has been settled in heaven a long time ago and sealed with the caption:

“Not one jot or tittle of His word shall return unanswered.” (Matthew 5:18 paraphrased.)

Susan Harris

Susan Harris

Susan is a speaker, wife, mother, and former teacher. Prayer is her passion, and except for salvation, it is the subject on which she has spoken most frequently over 20 years of Christian ministry. She is also the author of three books – Little Copper Pennies for Kids, Little Copper Pennies: Celebrating the Life of the Canadian one cent piece (for adults) and Golden Apples in Silver Settings. She loves kittens, pennies, and making new friends. Find her at www.susanharris.ca, on Facebook at SusanHarrisCanadianAuthor, and on Twitter @SusanHarris20.