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Nearly everywhere I went in that period of time, I took a survey for a book I was writing called The Power of a Praying® Husband. I wanted to know how women. THE POWER OF A PRAYING is a registered trademark of The Hawkins Children's LLC. . not been a believer—if you are a woman, this book is for you. I' ve. Stormie Omartian is the bestselling author of the Power of a Praying® series ( more than 37 million books sold). Her other books include Just Enough Light for.
Sometimes when praying people have a difficult time as to where to start. This book is like a The Power of a Praying Woman is a book for women on their prayer life. This book is like a guide to a prayer life. The book shows who to pray for each day. Each chapter comes with a prayer at the end as well as a bible verse.
The good thing about this book is the person can meditate all through the day about each chapter. People do not realize that prayer is the way to communicate with God. It is also an important part of your day. That is what this book is talking about. This book guides the reader on how to trust God with some of your concerns of your heart.
This book also teachers the reader how to allow prayer to become an important factor in their life. Need some sample prayers to get you started? Feb 16, Pamela Fernandes rated it really liked it Since its Lent, I would definitely recommend this book, especially for married women.
Its an amazing book. There are so many editions of this, but the one I've read had these examples and instances and any Christian woman can relate. For others it would be nice, in the sense it gives you some perspective as to why and how to deal with members of the family and pray for them in whatever situation. I gave this to my mother and she shared it with my father. Wonderful Counselor Isaiah 9: The Lord Who Heals Exodus Hope Psalm God of Comfort Romans I long to dwell in Your presence, and my desire is for a deeper and more intimate relationship with You.
I want to know You in every way You can be known. Teach me what I need to learn in order to know You better. I don't want to be a person who is "always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth" 2 Timothy 3: I want to know the truth about who You are, because I know that You are near to all who call upon You in truth Psalm I am open to whatever You want to do in me.
I don't want to limit You by neglecting to acknowledge You in every way possible. Today I especially need to know You as put in a name of the Lord. I believe You will be that to me. God, help me to set aside time each day to meet with You alone. Enable me to resist and eliminate all that would keep me from it.
Teach me to pray the way You want me to. Help me to learn more about You. Lord, you have said, "If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink" John 7: I thirst for more of You because I am in a dry place without You.
I come to You this day and drink deeply of Your Spirit. I know You are everywhere, but I also know that there are deeper manifestations of Your presence that I long to experience.
Draw me close so that I may dwell in Your presence like never before. James 4: Luke Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full. Hebrews That is, you and I are not perfect. No one is perfect. None of us has arrived. None of us is incapable of sin. None of us is without problems. None of us have walked so long with the Lord that we know it all and therefore have nothing to learn. None of us is so complete that we don't need anything from God.
None of us has it all together. It's out in the open. Please don't think I said this because I believe you need to know it.
To the contrary, I believe you already do know it. I said it because I want you to know that we all know it. We know it about ourselves and we know it about each other. Therefore, we can be completely honest with ourselves about ourselves.
I don't want you to feel when reading this book that you have to live up to some impossibly high standard for your life. This book is not about living up to a standard. It's about letting God become your standard. It's not about trying to make something happen for yourself. It's recognizing that you can't make anything happen, but you can surrender your life to God and let Him make things happen. It's not about finding ways to avoid God's judgment and feeling like a failure if you don't do everything perfectly.
It's about fully experiencing God's love and letting it perfect you. It's not about being somebody you are not. It's about becoming who you really are. But in order to see these things happen, you have to be completely honest with yourself and with God about who you are at the moment.
Women all over the world want to live fruitful lives. They want to dwell in God's grace while still obeying His laws. They want to be unshakable in God's truth yet moved by the suffering and needs of others.
They want to know God in all the ways He can be known, and they want to be transformed by the power of His Spirit. But they are often hard on themselves when they don't see all these things happening on a daily basis. For that reason, I want you to look upon this idea of cleansing your heart not as a judgment that your heart is dirty, but as God's call for you to get completely right before Him so He can bring all the blessings He has for you into your life.
See it as God preparing you for the important work He has ahead for you to do. In order to accomplish this, you have to examine your life closely. You have to be brave enough to say, "Lord, show me what is in my heart, soul, mind, spirit, and life that shouldn't be there.
Teach me what I am not understanding. Convict me where I am missing the mark. Tear down my arrogance, pride, fear, and insecurities, and help me to see the truth about myself, my life, and my circumstances.
Expose me to myself, Lord. I can take it. Enable me to correct the error of my ways. Help me to replace lies with truth and make changes that last. Perhaps more courage than many of us have at the moment.
If you are hesitant to let the Lord expose your heart because of what He might reveal, then ask Him to give you the courage you need. In order to see positive changes happen in your life, you have to be open to the cleansing and stretching work of the Holy Spirit. You have to allow Him to expose your heart so you won't be deceived about yourself and your life.
You have to invite Him to create a clean heart within you.
Then be willing to do these two things: Confess to God any sins of thought or action that He shows you. Repent of the things you have just confessed. True Confession Don't think just because you are not a serial killer or have never robbed a bank that you don't have any sin to confess. Don't think because you have walked with the Lord for a number of years and go to church every Sunday morning and Wednesday night, and to all prayer meetings in between, that you have nothing for which you need to repent.
Sin doesn't have to be glaring and obvious in order for it to be sin. For example, have you ever doubted that God can do what He promises in His Word? Doubt is a sin. Have you ever said anything about a person to someone else that isn't exactly flattering?
Gossip is a sin. Have you ever avoided someone because you thought they might ask something of you that you didn't want to give? Selfishness is a sin. Have you ever had an unloving attitude toward another person? Sin is hard to avoid percent of the time.
That's why confession is crucial. When we don't confess our sins, faults, or errors, they separate us from God. And we don't get our prayers answered.
When we don't confess our sins, we end up trying to hide ourselves from God. Just like Adam and Eve in the garden, we feel we can't face Him.
But the problem with attempting to hide from God is that it's impossible. The Bible says that everything we do will be made known. Even the things we said and thought in secret. Therefore whatever you have spoken in the dark will be heard in the light, and what you have spoken in the ear in inner rooms will be proclaimed on the housetops" Luke What a frightening thought!
If each of us will have to give an account, the quicker we get it straight with God the better. In fact, the sooner we deal with the sins we can see, the sooner God can reveal to us the ones we can't. And God only knows how much of that there is residing in each of us. There is always a consequence for sin. King David described it best when he wrote of his own unconfessed sin: For day and night Your hand was heavy upon me; my vitality was turned into the drought of summer" Psalm I remember having resentment toward my husband for words he said that hurt me deeply.
As long as I held on to the hurt and resentment, it made me feel physically ill. I didn't want to confess it because I thought my feelings were justified and he was the one who was wrong. But I finally realized that all sin is sin, so I confessed my resentment to God as sin—and the moment I did, the feeling of sickness in my body left. For my iniquities have gone over my head; like a heavy burden they are too heavy for me. My wounds are foul and festering because of my foolishness" Psalm Nothing is heavier than sin.
We don't realize how heavy it is until the day we feel its crushing weight bringing death to our souls. We don't see how destructive it is until we smash into the wall that has gone up between us and God because of it.
That's why it's best to confess every sin as soon as we are aware of it and get our hearts cleansed and right immediately.
Confession gets sin out in the open before God. When you confess your sin, you're not informing God of something He doesn't know. He wants to know that you know. Confessing, however, is more than just apologizing. Anyone can do that.
We all know people who are good apologizers. The reason they are so good at it is because they get so much practice. They have to say "I'm sorry" over and over again because they never change their ways. In fact, they sometimes say, "I'm sorry" without ever actually admitting to any fault. Those are the professional apologizers.
And their confessions don't mean anything. But true confession means admitting in full detail what you have done and then fully repenting of it. Full Repentance It's one thing to recognize when you have done something that has violated God's laws; it's another to be saddened by it to such a degree that you are determined to never do it again.
That's repentance. Repentance means to change your mind. To turn and walk the other way. Repentance means being so deeply sorry for what you have done that you will do whatever it takes to keep it from happening again. Confession means we recognize we have done wrong and admit our sin.
Repentance means we are sorry about our sin to the point of grief, and we have turned and walked away from it. Repenting of something doesn't necessarily mean we will never commit that sin again. It means we don't intend to ever commit it again. So if you find that you have to confess the same sin again after you have only recently confessed and repented of it, then do it.
Don't let the enemy saddle you with guilt and ride on your back shouting words of failure in your ear. Confess and repent as many times as necessary to throw him off and see yourself win the battle over this problem.
Don't entertain thoughts such as, Surely God won't forgive me again for the same thing I just confessed to Him last week. You can turn things around in your life when you turn to the Lord and repent. Learn to confess and repent quickly so that the death process that is set in motion each time we violate God's rules is not given time to do it's full damage, "for the wages of sin is death" Romans 6: Ask God every day to show you where your heart is not clean and right before Him.
Don't let anything separate you from all God has for you. Forgive me for thoughts I have had, words I have spoken, and things that I have done that are not glorifying to You or are in direct contradiction to Your commands. Specifically, I confess to You name any thoughts, words, or actions that you know are not pleasing to God. I confess it as sin and I repent of it. I choose to walk away from this pattern of thought or action and live Your way. I know that You are "gracious and merciful, slow to anger and of great kindness" Joel 2: Forgive me for ever taking that for granted.
Lord, I realize that You are a God who "knows the secrets of the heart" Psalm Reveal those to me if I am not seeing them. Show me any place in my life where I harbor sin in my thoughts, words, or actions that I have not recognized. Show me the truth about myself so that I can see it clearly. Examine my soul and expose my motives to reveal what I need to understand. I am willing to give up meaningless and unfruitful habits that are not Your best for my life.
Enable me to make changes where I need to do so. I want to cleanse my hands and purify my heart as You have commanded in Your Word James 4: I pray that You will "have mercy upon me, O God, according to Your lovingkindness; according to the multitude of Your tender mercies, blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin" Psalm Lord, "create in me a clean heart I want to receive Your forgiveness so that times of refreshing may come from Your presence Acts 3: And whatever we ask we receive from Him, because we keep His commandments and do those things that are pleasing in His sight.
PSALM Acts 3: Proverbs When I became a Christian, forgiving my mother was the obvious thing to do. It wasn't until years later that God revealed my unforgiveness toward my dad. When a Christian counselor I was speaking with about the unrest and frustration in my soul asked me if I had any unforgiveness toward my dad, I said no.
Why would I? He wasn't the abusive parent. But when the counselor told me to pray and ask God to show me the truth, a lifetime of rage, anger, hurt, unforgiveness, and tears flooded my entire being. Down deep I felt my dad never came to my rescue.
He never rescued me from my mother's insanity. He never came and let me out of the closet she had locked me in for so much of my early childhood. I didn't realize how much I blamed him for allowing my mother, who he knew was severely mentally ill, to treat me with such cruelty and abuse. When I forgave him that day, I felt peace like I had never known before. Often we don't recognize the unforgiveness that is in us. We think we are forgiving, but we really aren't. If we don't ask God to reveal our unforgiveness to us, we may never get free of the paralyzing grip it has on our lives.
A big part of making sure our lives are clean and right before God has to do with forgiving other people. We can never move into all God has for us unless we do.
An Excellent Choice I know "hate" is a very strong word, and we hate to use the word "hate" about anything. And we certainly hate the thought that we might actually have hate for another person.
But that's what unforgiveness is—the root of hate. When we entertain unforgiving thoughts, they turn to hate inside of us. Jesus felt so strongly about this that He said, "Whoever hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him" 1 John 3: He also said, "Whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses" Mark Now let's get this straight.
When we don't forgive, we are considered murderers without any eternal hope who shouldn't expect God to forgive us until we have forgiven others. I'd say that if it's between forgiving and not forgiving, forgiving seems like the better choice.
When we choose not to forgive, we end up walking in the dark 1 John 2: Because we can't see clearly, we stumble around in confusion. This throws our judgment off and we make mistakes. We become weak, sick, and bitter. Other people notice all this because unforgiveness shows in the face, words, and actions of those who have it. They see it, even if they can't specifically identify what it is, and they don't feel comfortable around it.
When we choose to forgive, not only do we benefit, but so do the people around us. Family First It's very easy to have unforgiveness toward family members because they are with us the most, know us the best, and can hurt us the deepest. But for those very same reasons, unforgiveness toward one of them will bring the greatest devastation to our lives.
That's why forgiveness must start at home. First of all, it is very important to make sure you have forgiven your parents. The Bible is crystal clear about this issue. If you don't honor them it will shorten your life. And you can't fully honor them if you haven't forgiven them. When I made the decision to forgive my mother, I did it because I wanted to obey God and move into all He had for me. It must have worked because look how old I am. But forgiving her once did not mean that I never had to worry about it again.
There were layers and layers of unforgiveness that had built up in me over the years, and I found I had to forgive her every time one of them surfaced. Actually, I had to forgive her every time I saw her because she only became worse as the years went on. Just because we confess our unforgiveness toward someone one day doesn't mean we won't have unforgiveness in us the next. That's why forgiveness is a choice we must make every day.
We choose to forgive whether we feel like it or not. It's a decision, not a feeling. If we wait for good feelings, we could end up waiting a lifetime. If we have any bitterness or unforgiveness, it's always our fault for not choosing to let it go.
It's our responsibility to confess it to God and ask Him to help us forgive and move on with our lives. We also need to ask God to show us if we have any other family members we need to forgive.
We don't tend to think of ourselves as unforgiving people. Irritated maybe, but not unforgiving. But we have to remember that our standards are much lower than God's, and therefore we often don't see where we need to forgive. Ask God to reveal any unforgiveness you have toward a family member.
You are going to be miserable until you get it resolved. When You Can't Forgive Forgiveness is never easy. But sometimes it feels downright impossible in light of the devastating and horrendous pain we have suffered. If you have a hard time forgiving someone, ask God to help you. That's what I did regarding my mother, and by the time she died, I had absolutely no hard feelings toward her.
If you can think of someone whom you find it hard to forgive, ask God to give you a heart of forgiveness for them. Pray for them in all the ways you can think of to pray. It's amazing how God softens our hearts when we pray for people.
Our anger, resentment, and hurt turn into love. Don't worry, however. When we forgive someone, it doesn't make them right or justify what they have done.
It releases them into God's hands so He can deal with them. Forgiveness is actually the best revenge because it not only sets us free from the person we forgive, but it frees us to move into all God has for us.
Our forgiving someone doesn't depend on them admitting guilt or apologizing. If it did, most of us would never be able to do it. We can forgive no matter what the other person does. Sometimes incidents happen in our lives that are so devastating we can go for years without realizing the depth of the bitterness we have because of it. Sometimes we don't forgive ourselves for things we've done, and so we give ourselves a lifetime of punishment for whatever we did or did not do.
Sometimes we blame God for things that have happened. Ask God to show you if any of these things are true about you. Don't let unforgiveness limit what God wants to do in your life.
Whatever It Takes Four hundred and ninety times! That's how many times we have to forgive a person. Peter asked Jesus, "Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Up to seven times? You may be able to think of someone you have to forgive times a day, but the point is that God wants you to forgive as many times as it takes.
He wants you to be a forgiving person. Jesus told the story of a man who was released from a large debt by his master. But he turned right around and made his own poor servant go to prison for not paying him a small debt. When the master heard about this he said, "I forgave you all that debt because you begged me.
Should you not also have had compassion on your fellow servant, just as I had pity on you? Jesus said, "So My heavenly Father also will do to you if each of you, from his heart, does not forgive his brother his trespasses" Matthew This is very serious. We who have received Jesus have been forgiven a large debt. We have no right to be unforgiving of others.
God says, "Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God in Christ forgave you" Ephesians 4: If we don't forgive, we will be imprisoned by our hatred and tortured by our bitterness. Everything we do in life that has eternal value hinges on two things: It's far easier to love God than it is to love others, but God sees them as being the same. One of the most loving things we can do is forgive.
It's hard to forgive those who have hurt, offended, or mistreated us. But God wants us to love even our enemies. And in the process of doing so, He perfects us Matthew 5: It's always going to be easy to find things to be unforgiving about. We have to stop looking. God wants you to move into all He has for you. Forgiveness opens your heart and mind and allows the Holy Spirit to work freely in you. It releases you to love God more and feel His love in greater measure.
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Life is worth nothing without that. Show me where I am not. Expose the recesses of my soul so I won't be locked up by unforgiveness and jeopardize my future. If I have any anger, bitterness, resentment, or unforgiveness that I am not recognizing, reveal it to me and I will confess it to You as sin. Specifically, I ask You to help me fully forgive name anyone you feel you need to forgive. Make me to understand the depth of Your forgiveness toward me so that I won't hold back forgiveness from others.
I realize that my forgiving someone doesn't make them right; it makes me free. I also realize that You are the only one who knows the whole story, and You will see justice done. Help me to forgive myself for the times I have failed. And if I have blamed You for things that have happened in my life, show me so I can confess it before You. Enable me to love my enemies as You have commanded in Your Word.
Teach me to bless those who curse me and persecute me Matthew 5: Remind me to pray for those who hurt or offend me so that my heart will be soft toward them. I don't want to become hard and bitter because of unforgiveness. Make me a person who is quick to forgive. Lord, show me if I have any unforgiveness toward my mother or father for anything they did or did not do. I don't want to shorten my life by not honoring them and breaking this great commandment.
And where there is distance between me and any other family member because of unforgiveness, I pray You would break down that wall. Help me to forgive every time I need to do so. Where I can be an instrument of reconciliation between other family members who have broken or strained relationships, enable me to do that. I don't want anything to come between You and me, Lord, and I don't want my prayers to be hindered because I have entertained sin in my heart.
I choose this day to forgive everyone and everything, and walk free from the death that unforgiveness brings. I know that I cannot be a light to others as long as I am walking in the darkness of unforgiveness. I choose to walk in the light as You are in the light and be cleansed from all sin 1 John 1: Condemn not, and you shall not be condemned.
Forgive, and you will be forgiven. Luke 6: Matthew 5: But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. Matthew 6: I hated it because it was at 7: There weren't any portable hair dryers back then, if you can even imagine such primitive times.
We had to swim daily, rain or shine, and it could get quite cold on those foggy California winter mornings. The only way I could be excused from swimming was if I were dying, and even then I had to have a note from the doctor.
In spite of the misery of that experience, I loved swimming and I became fairly good at it. I learned that if I was positioned correctly and did all the right moves, I could go forward quickly in the water. It became a smooth maneuver that would get me speedily to the other side of the giant pool. And nothing would make me falter—not even turbulence from other swimmers on either side of me.
The same principle is true for us. If we want to successfully navigate the waters of our lives, we must position ourselves correctly and learn all the right moves. If we don't, when we come to turbulent situations we will not be able to navigate through them. We will end up flailing around and exhausting ourselves just trying to stay afloat. And we will never actually get anywhere. But when we position ourselves under the headship of Christ and learn to do what He requires of us, there is a flow of the Holy Spirit that will carry us wherever we need to go.
We can't begin to make the right moves if we don't know what they are. And we can study all we want in this holy manual of life and learn everything we are sup' posed to do, but at some point we still have to jump in the water.
The proof of our sincerity is in the doing, not just the knowing. It's one thing to read about life, it's another to live it. Obedience is something you do; having a heart to obey is something you pray about. We know a lot about what we're supposed to be doing, but we often have a hard time doing it.
We must pray that God will enable us to be disciplined enough to do what we need to do. I am a fairly disciplined person for the most part. But I wasn't always that way. There was a time in my life when I was the exact opposite.
I was plagued with depression. And, as many of you who have been depressed know, you can't think clearly or organize your life well when you are struggling to find a reason to live. You are unable to do the things that are good for you because you don't know if you're worth it.
You don't move forward in your life because it takes all your energy just to survive each day. When I started learning to pray about every aspect of my life, I asked God to help me be disciplined enough to be daily in His Word, to pray faithfully, and to take the steps of obedience I needed to take. I asked Him to deliver me from depression and anything else that kept me from all He had for me. I was surprised at how quickly God answered those prayers. I have become disciplined, organized, and obedient beyond what I believe are my natural capabilities.
I am still learning new levels of obedience, however, even after 32 years of walking with God. My body is getting older, but as a result of obeying God in new ways, my spirit is being renewed with each passing year.
And with each new step of obedience I take, I experience new blessings and new freedoms I have not known before and never thought possible. Don't fall into the trap of thinking that once you are saved you don't have to put forth any effort. That's like getting married and never taking a shower again.
You might be able to get away with it for a while, but it's risky business and your quality of life will definitely suffer. Learning obedience is a lifelong process.
There are always new dimensions of it to conquer. Even if you have walked with the Lord for 40 years, you still need to ask God to show you any area where you are not being obedient.
We get into trouble when we think we know what to do and we stop asking God if we're doing it. We can never get prideful about how perfectly we are obeying God because He is continually stretching us and asking us to move into new levels of growth.
Nor can we go to the other extreme, saying, "This is just the kind of person I am— undisciplined and unreachable. All we have to say is, "Lord, help me to be disciplined enough to obey You the way You want me to so I can become the person You created me to be.
Personal Obedience In addition to the rules we all have to obey, there are specific things God asks each of us to do as individuals in order to move us into the purpose He has for our lives.
These are different for each person. For example, eight years ago God instructed my husband and me to move from California to Tennessee.
This was not something I wanted to do nor did the thought of doing that ever enter my mind. I was happy where I was and didn't want to leave. But because it was a clear directive from God, we packed up and obeyed.
The reasons why we moved have become increasingly evident over the years, and I am so grateful we heard God's directive and followed it. But we probably wouldn't have heard if we hadn't actually said the words, "Lord, show us what we are supposed to be doing. If you don't ask, you won't know. It's that simple. For example, God may ask you to take a different job, stop a certain activity, join a certain church, or change the way you've always done something. Whatever He asks you to do, remember He does this for your greatest blessing.
But you must understand that you may not hear Him speaking to you at all if you are not taking the other steps of obedience He expects all of us to take that are found in His word. It doesn't hurt to ask. In even the most wonderful of jobs, there are still aspects of it that we don't enjoy.
But part of being successful in life means doing things we would rather not.
When we do things we don't like simply because we know we need to do them, it builds character in us. It makes us disciplined. It forms us into a leader God can trust. And there is always a price to pay when we forsake the things we need to do in order to do only the things we feel like doing. We must be willing to make sacrifices for the blessings we want. When you find it difficult to do what you know you need to, ask the Holy Spirit to help you.
Of course, you still have to take the first step, no matter how daunting, intimidating, dreadful, uncomfortable, or distasteful. But when you do, the Holy Spirit will assist you the rest of the way. He said to. If there were no other reason, that would certainly be enough.
However, there are many important benefits that you and I should be reminded of regularly, and below I've listed ten good ones. We get our prayers heard. But certainly God has heard me; He has attended to the voice of my prayer" Psalm We enjoy a deeper sense of the Lord's presence. We gain wisdom. We have God's friendship. We can live safely. We are perfected.
By this we know that we are in Him" 1 John 2: We are blessed. We find happiness. We have peace. We have a long life. A Stepping-Stone to Destiny God has great plans for you. He has important things He wants you to do.
And He is preparing you for your destiny right now. But you have to take steps of obedience in order to get there. And you have to trust that He knows the way and won't hurt you in the process.
God's rules are for our benefit, not to make us miserable. When we live by them, life works. When we don't, life falls apart. When we obey, we have clarity. When we don't, we have confusion. And there is a definite connection between obedience and the love of God. Even though God loves us, we won't sense His love if we are walking in disobedience to His ways. There is also a direct connection between obedience and getting your prayers answered 1 John 3: If you have been frustrated because you don't see answers to your prayers, ask God if it is because of disobedience.
Say, "Lord, is there any area of my life where I am not obeying You? You never know when you will step into the moment for which God has been preparing you.
And it is not just one moment; it's many successive ones. It doesn't matter whether you are a single career woman or a married lady with nine children under the age of ten, it doesn't matter whether you are nineteen or ninety, God is preparing you daily for something great.
He wants you to be willing to let Him purify you, fortify you, and grow you up in Him. But you have to play by the rules. I love Your law because I know it is good and it is there for my benefit. Enable me to live in obedience to each part of it so that I will not stumble and fall.
Help me to obey You so that I can dwell in the confidence and peace of knowing I am living Your way. My heart wants to obey You in all things, Lord. Show me where I am not doing that.
If there are steps of obedience I need to take that I don't understand, I pray You would open my eyes to see the truth and help me to take those steps. I know I can't do all things right without Your help, so I ask that You would enable me to live in obedience to Your ways.
Your Word says that "if we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us" 1 John 1: I don't want to deceive myself by not asking You where I am missing the mark You have set for my life.
Reveal to me when I am not doing things I should be doing. Show me if I'm doing things I should not. Help me to hear Your specific instructions to me. Speak to me clearly through Your Word so I will know what's right and what's wrong. I don't want to grieve the Holy Spirit in anything I do Ephesians 4: Help me to be ever learning about Your ways so I can live in the fullness of Your presence and move into all You have for me. There are many answers to that question, but the main one is this: We have an enemy.
I don't mean just we the people of New York or we the people of the United States. I mean we the people who stand for the things of God. There is an enemy who opposes all that God is and everything He does and anyone who believes in Him or tries to live His way. We all have an enemy who is like a terrorist to our soul.
If we don't realize this, it will be easy for him to manipulate us. Of course, he is not omniscient nor omnipresent—he can't be everywhere and know our every thought—but if we don't fully realize that he is a limited and defeated foe, then we will be harassed by him continually. One of the things Jesus accomplished when He died and rose again was to break the power of the enemy.
When He defeated the enemy on the cross, He gave us authority over him. He said, "I give you the authority We are all involved in a spiritual battle with an enemy who will never let up.
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Even though it is people who do evil things to us, we have to keep in mind that it is our ultimate enemy, the devil, who is behind it. Even when we are being attacked by a person, recognizing who our real enemy is will be the first step in standing strong against him.
Just as God has a plan for you, so does Satan. Satan's plan is to steal from you and destroy your life. He disguises himself so that he doesn't look threatening, and he lulls you into thinking that you are not in any danger 2 Corinthians But he never takes a day off. He is constantly trying to see his plan for your life fulfilled. That's why you have to "be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour" 1 Peter 5: For the most part, we are able to recognize obvious attacks of the enemy.
But the more subtle ones, when we are being seduced into accepting something into our lives that will ultimately get us offtrack or destroy us, are harder to recognize.
For example, he will attempt to make you believe you deserve every bad thing that happens to you. But deserving is not the issue with God. We didn't deserve to have Jesus die for us. Yet He did. The point is not whether we deserve the things the devil throws our way. The point is Jesus died so we don't have to experience them. Ask God to help you discern the enemy's work in your life. Then "resist the devil and he will flee from you" James 4: Five Good Weapons Against Mass Destruction God has given us many weapons to use against the enemy's plan for our destruction.
Here are the top five: A powerful weapon against the enemy is God's Word. This is the most powerful weapon. One would think that if you were the Son of God you wouldn't have to go into the wilderness at all, let alone to be tempted by the devil. But "the tempter came to Him" the way he comes to all of us, and Jesus used the Word of God to refute him. He said, "Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God" Matthew 4: When the devil tries to destroy your life, refute him with God's Word.
The moment you identify evil working in your midst, hide yourself in the Word of God. A powerful weapon against the enemy is praise. The devil hates it every time we worship God.
That's because he can't tolerate people worshiping anyone else but him. He detests it so much he can't even be around it. When we praise and worship God, His presence dwells powerfully in our midst and the devil has to leave. A powerful weapon against the enemy is obedience.
If we are living in sin or walking in disobedience in any way, this leaves the door open in our lives for the devil to gain a point of entry and ultimately a foothold. Bad things happen to us that might be the enemy's work, but it could also be because our own sin has given him a place to erect a stronghold in our life. Satan does not have jurisdiction over you, but disobedience to the laws of God opens the door and puts out a welcome mat for him.
A powerful weapon against the enemy is faith. Keep in mind that the enemy is always planting land mines out ahead of you. You have no idea where they are because they are not visible to the human eye.
The way to avoid them is to walk closely with God and let Him guide your steps. That takes faith. Walking in faith is a powerful way to avoid the enemy's trap. A powerful weapon against the enemy is prayer and fasting. Prayer is a strong weapon against the enemy. Fasting makes it even more so. Often the hold of the enemy upon our lives can only be broken by prayer and fasting. It doesn't seem as though such a simple thing could do so much, but it does.
And it might not seem as though anything is happening while you fast, but there are powerful things being broken in the spirit realm.
Often just a simple hour fast is enough to break the hold of the enemy upon our lives. Regular fasts will keep evil at bay and strongholds broken down. It's a way of saying, "I deny myself what I want most and put God first in my life. Many people have asked this question, but the question answers itself.
The enemy attacks you because you are a good person. The devil will always attack anyone who loves God and lives His way. In fact, this is the main criteria for his enmity against you. The only way you could get him to not do that is to become like him. You would have to stand for what he represents. As long as you have a heart for the things of God, you are his target. Keep in mind that the greater your commitment is to the Lord, the more the devil will try to harass you.
That's why if you are moving into a deeper level of commitment to God, or coming into a new time of deliverance and freedom, or entering into new ministry or work God is opening up for you, you can depend on your enemy trying to stop it.
He may try to threaten your mind, your emotions, your health, your work, your family, or your relationships. He will try to get you to give up. Even though he is not close to being as powerful as God, he attempts to make you think otherwise. He will try to gain a point of rule in your life through deception.
He will try to blind you to the truth and get you to believe his lies. He will try to convince you he is winning the battle, but the truth is that he has already lost. This is the deal. The devil has come to steal, kill, and destroy.
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Our forgiving someone doesn't depend on them admitting guilt or apologizing. I was given The Power of a Praying Wife as a wedding gift. I want to know the truth about who You are, because I know that You are near to all who call upon You in truth Psalm Help me to forgive every time I need to do so.
If you find yourself praying to Him many times a day just because you love to be in His presence, then your relationship is growing deep. The book shows who to pray for each day.
Repentance means to change your mind. We must learn that the blessings we truly need come only from God.