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Am I Praying Properly?

Sandra Hersey. live life out loud. Keys to victorious faithPrayer is vital to our lives, as most of us know. However, most give their “grocery list” prayers I like to call them, which sound something like this: “God, help me pay my mortgage this month. Help my mom to feel better. Send me someone to give me some HELP. Make my spouse understand me more. Please God make my children mind! Thank you Jesus. Amen.”

Though prayer is important, it is of the most importance that we know how to pray properly. And as with anything we must look to the Bible for the correct answer, and who better to look at as an example than Jesus!

When we face times of trials, and storms rise up in our lives, we can seem to be like a tossed ship in raging waters. But God intends for us to chart those “storms of life” with the promises He has already laid out for us in His Word. Jesus knew this when Satan tempted Him in the wilderness. Now you may say “I’m not being tempted to sin, I just need an answer to my prayer.” Think of this my friend, when we are worried we ARE being tempted to sin by not trusting God. God does not want us to worry or His Word would not declare “Be anxious for nothing!” ( Read here for more on why we should not worry). The point I want to show is not about temptation, it is how to follow Jesus when we have Satan bringing on a storm in our life.

Let’s look at Matthew 4: 1-11- 1THEN JESUS was led (guided) by the [Holy] Spirit into the wilderness (desert) to be tempted (tested and tried) by the devil. 2And He went without food for forty days and forty nights, and later He was hungry. 3And the tempter came and said to Him, If You are God’s Son, command these stones to be made [loaves of] bread. 4But He replied, It has been written, Man shall not live and be upheld and sustained by bread alone, but by every word that comes forth from the mouth of God.  5Then the devil took Him into the holy city and placed Him on a turret (pinnacle, gable) of the temple sanctuary. 6And he said to Him, If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down; for it is written, He will give His angels charge over you, and they will bear you up on their hands, lest you strike your foot against a stone. 7Jesus said to him, On the other hand, it is written also, You shall not tempt, test thoroughly, or try exceedingly the Lord your God. 8Again, the devil took Him up on a very high mountain and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and the glory (the splendor, magnificence, preeminence, and excellence) of them.  9And he said to Him, These things, all taken together, I will give You, if You will prostrate Yourself before me and do homage and worship me.  10Then Jesus said to him, Begone, Satan! For it has been written, You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him alone shall you serve. 11Then the devil departed from Him, and behold, angels came and ministered to Him.”

Notice Jesus had the same reply to everything the devil threw at Him; He said over and over “it has been written!” Jesus took the Word of God and declared “It is written” then He spoke out what the Word said about His particular situation!  For example when Satan tried to tell Jesus he would give him all things Jesus said in verse 10 “Begone, Satan! For it has been written, You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him alone shall you serve.” Jesus spoke out it is written and backed it up with Deuteronomy 6:13. Jesus also said, “If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you” (John 15:7). We must have God’s word abiding in us so we can declare it out when we need answer to our prayers!

It is vital we follow Jesus’ examples and instructions. He knew how to talk with His Father  and get His prayers answered, as well as how to send the devil packing when he showed up!

First, find the scripture which has already been promised to you in God’s Word. If you need healing find a healing scripture like 1 Peter 2:24. If you need help in your finances stand and declare Philippians 4:19. If you have an unsaved loved one; bind up the devil over their life according to Matthew 12:29, and pray the Lord of the harvest according to Matthew 9:38 will send labors into their lives to lead them to Jesus! There is a promise from God to you in His Word for EVERY situation in your life! You must find that promise!

Second, you pray out “Father, in Jesus Name, it is written in your Word….” then add the Scripture you are standing on!

Third, give thanks to the Father IN ADVANCE for doing what He promised He would do. THIS is walking in faith! When we know BEFORE it comes that God WILL do it, THEN we are walking in faith. Faith is NOT hoping God will. Faith is not wringing our hands and pleading with God; it is declaring out of our mouths the Word of God. Declaring “it is written, and in Jesus Name” to the Father. Then we keep thanking Him that it is done, NO MATTER what we see in the natural!

We must come to the point where we know we must declare first “It is written” before we can claim “it is finished!”

Know someone who is facing a storm they can’t seem to get out of? Sandra’s book The Drying Pot; And The Refining Fires Necessary to Become a Vessel Used By God is a book of trials and triumphs! She takes you through her real life trials and how she overcame! See how you can move God to change your situation!

Is It God Will?

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Many people say I want to do God’s will or I want God’s will for my life or my situation. However, they usually follow-up the previous statement with “but I don’t know God’s will for me.”
Today I am going to show you once and for all what God’s will is concerning your life and your situation.

We know that in order to be a child of God we must have accepted Jesus into our lives as our Lord and Savior, then after doing that we have an inheritance opened up to us. This inheritance is as if we were given an inheritance by the wealthiest man on this earth, a man where money and power could settle everything for you, well we have been given something far better.

And our inheritance does give us everything we need. I encourage you to read the 1st chapter of Ephesians to read about some of the benefits you have received as a child of God. Ephesians 1:3 says “We are blessed in every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ.”

In other words, every provision for your physical health and welfare has been given to you. Your spiritual needs, including victory over sin and fear and failure have already been met in Christ Jesus.

Right here is God’s will for you. It is His will for your life to be blessed in all areas; he does not want lack or sickness for you.

Would a God who is love according to 1 John 4:8, want to send His son to save you then want to keep you in poverty, sickness, frustration, hurt, anger, bitterness – NO he wants to give you all that is good. James 1:17 tells us “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father.”

Nowhere in the Word of God does it tell us that since Jesus came to this earth to be beaten for our sicknesses and crucified on a cross for our sins, nowhere in the word does it say he wants to teach us lessons by keeping us in sickness and poverty, in fear, doubt, unbelief and failure. That is not his will!

To know the will of God for your life, you must read the Word of God. His word IS his will. Hebrews 4:12-13 tells us the Word of God is alive and nothing is concealed from its (His) sight, and God and His Word are one (John 1:1).

We must understand that God and His Word don’t just agree, God does not just agree with what the Bible says, God and the word are one.

His Word is as all-knowing as He is. When you realize that when God speaks, His words comes from His heart and they are filled with Him. It’s the same way when you speak from your heart; your words are full of you.

So not only is every answer for your every need written down for you on the pages of the Bible, but there in black, white, and red is the will of God concerning your life.

Are you praying for salvation for your family, God’s will is there as to whether or not he wants them saved? In Acts 16:31 “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be save, and thy house!” There is God’s will, you AND your house! What about those lost that are not your family Psalm 2:8 tells us to pray for the lost in heathen lands! And there are so many more on his will for salvation, we need to look them up and stand on them!

Are you asking God if it is his will to heal you? Isaiah 53: 4,5
Matthew 8:16,17 & 1 Peter 2:24 all tells us of Jesus being wounded, bruised, and taking on our infirmities and bearing our sickness and healing us – it says “we were healed!” that is past tense, it was done, he already did it for us! It IS his will for us to be healed today and forever!

Do we all agree that whatever Jesus did on this earth, he was an example of what we are to do, how we are to act. I would say we all agree to that.

So if we look at Luke 5: 12-13 we see a man who had leprosy and this man asked Jesus to heal him IF it be his will, and Jesus said “I am willing, be healed!” It was Jesus will for this man to be healed!

Well you may say, yes but that was for this man. Well Hebrews 13:8 “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. “ And Acts 10:34 “God is no respecter of persons.”

Are you worrying about a situation in your life? 1 Peter 5:7 tells us we are to “cast ALL of our cares on him,” it does not say worry.

We talked last week on the show about Phil. 4:6 if you missed that show on How to change your situation I encourage you to listen to it. It is Not God’s will for us to worry. We are telling him we do not trust him when we are worrying, he can’t answer our prayers when we are in worry.

What about financial situations?
Phil 4:19 tells us “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus!” Who is the supplier, you the worrier or God? God is! So we need to trust this promise.

3 John 2 tells us “beloved I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as your soul prospers.”

Luke 6:38 has the perfect will for your finances and I am walking talking proof of it “Give and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.”

So you cannot ask I wonder if I should tithe or give of myself and my resources, here is His will!

If you want to know God’s will concerning a matter in your life you must study the Word of God and find his will for you. His word is his will.

The word tells us it is his will for us to be healed, saved, wealthy, at peace with everyone and everything! So let’s not doubt His word but instead let’s stand on the promises He has already given us, this word is our manual – our contract with God! What we are entitled to as his children.

When we can find a scripture about whatever we need – right there is our answer as to whether or not it is God’s will for us!

John 5:39 tells us to search the scriptures, and when we do this, we will know his will!

1 John 5:14,15 tells us “Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.”

Break down:
We have confidence in Him; confidence that if we ask according to his will, he hears us.
Remember his word is his will, so if we ask according to the Word of God, if we pray and stand on a scripture over our situation, we know we ARE praying his will.

Then it says, and if we know he hears us, well how do we know, well we just read it – if we ask according to his will he hears us.

So we are praying his will and asking by asking with the scripture for example if I was needing finances I would pray

Father in the Name of Jesus, I am asking for finances to increase in my life. I have given of my tithes and offerings and according to Luke 6:38 your word says “Give and it will be given to me: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into my bosom. For with the same measure that I use, it will be measured back to me.” You also tell me in Philippians 4:19 that you God shall supply all my need according to your riches in glory by Christ Jesus! So I am standing Father on your promises and according to mark 11:24 you said I can ask whatever I desire and believe that I have received it and it shall be done. So I thank you now Father, that you are my supplier, I call you my supplier, I praise you that you ARE my supplier. And you do bring to me the finances I need in a good measure pressed down shaken together and running over, I thank you now for the men and women who are going to give unto me because of you and your word. I thank you for it now that it is done already, in Jesus name!

Then no matter what it looks like in the natural I praise him that it was done back when I prayed the prayer and stood on the promise. I do not need to beg him I do not need to keep praying the prayer over and over because that is unbelief,

I might think God was not listening or did not hear me or I did not say the right words. But that is unbelief – I stood on his word, and I thanked him in advance by faith that it is done and I praised him and I keep thanking him and praising UNTIL (I don’t stop by what I see) I praise him and thank him until I see it come to pass in the natural. Then I testify about his goodness!

I know he has heard me according to 1 John 5:14, 15 “Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.” And it says I get what I ask him for! Hallelujah his word IS his will.

{Want more devotions? I’m A Sword Wielding Devil Slayer; Declaring The Word of God and Taking Back What The Devil Has Stolen From Me!}

Where are you putting your trust?

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If you are a follower of the news both locally and nationally you can hear repeatedly how the world is in trouble. It has even bled over into the writings of TV shows! We can no longer even escape from the reality of the world with our favorite TV shows because they too remind us what kind of trouble this world has gotten itself into. I for one have decided I will not continue to watch a TV show who wants to feed me the misery the news media is feeding! I am a child of the Most High King and I WILL NOT live in fear. I WILL trust my heavenly Father who tells me He WILL supply ALL my needs (Phil. 4:19)!

How often has somebody told you not to worry about whatever situation you are in? Then how often have you been able to listen to and heed to such advice? Jesus gave us the instructions on how to deal with EVERY situation we are facing, including the ones the world is in! Over and over Jesus instructed others and us to fear not! Yet over and over his disciples shuddered in fear and I dare say, you and I have found ourselves in that place as well.

I believe God has something better for you and I as His children. We are to have a life beyond worry, doubt, lack, and even fear. By the power of God’s Word and the power of God’s love for us, we CAN walk in victory in ALL areas of our lives!

God wants us to have life and have it more abundantly! He wants you and I to live in the area of more than enough. And His desire is to bring to LIFE those who are held by Satan in fear, lack, doubt, and even death! When we are in lack we have death so to speak in our area of need. When we are in fear we have death in our midst; death of whatever the enemy is trying to rob from us! Satan’s ONE mission is to steal from you, kill you, and destroy you AND all you have and hold dear! PERIOD!! But what we must realize and get a hold of; our God is not effected by economic numbers or a medical report or any other circumstance we are facing!

The enemy is waging war against this world AND believers with a spirit; that spirit is one of fear, doubt, and unbelief. He has cunningly stepped in using the media and other things of this world to have us gripped with worry and fear. Asking questions of “how” and “why.” And in response we see people afraid of what may happen. It grieves me as I know it must grieve our Heavenly Father when He sees even His own children in fear and doubt. God did not give us a spirit of fear. He has always wanted us to have more and do more, why? Because we are His mouth piece, His hands, His feet! WE are the ones who are to bring the Gospel to this world, WE are the ones who are to break off the bondages on others. WE are the ones who are to be walking in victory. But as I look around I see what the enemy has done to even the children of God. But you and I are to rise up and STAND in faith on what the Word of God says. The Word of God is truth! It does not lie! It is for TODAY and it is OUR responsibility to stand up and say NO! We will not live like this, we will NOT live in fear, sickness, lack, worry, or unbelief!!! We are MORE than conquerors so we must start taking our authority in this world and live like the Bible has said we can! We are in a battle and we must fight, but our weapon we are to fight with IS the Word of God!

Whatever you are facing today, the answer has ALREADY be given to you, YOU must find it in the Word of God, and STAND on it! How long must I stand you ask – as long as you have to! Read the Word and you will see that so many people had to stand, they had to wait for God to move, and as they waited God ALWAYS moved, they ALWAYS got the victory! And you and I can too, it is up to us, are we willing to trust God or trust in this world? Are we willing to say My God supplies my needs, not this world. Are we willing to stand and declare WITH God ALL things are possible to those who believe! Do you believe, do you believe and trust your Father in Heaven. He loves you and He wants you victorious! Believe, trust, and stand on the Word of God!

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