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Organizing the Inside – Day 347 Blind Spots In Our Lives

37Then he returned and found the disciples asleep. He said to Peter, “Simon, are you asleep? Couldn’t you watch with me even one hour? 38Keep watch and pray, so that you will not give in to temptation. For the spirit is willing, but the body is weak.” 39Then Jesus left them again and prayed the same prayer as before. 40When he returned to them again, he found them sleeping, for they couldn’t keep their eyes open. And they didn’t know what to say. Mark 14:37-40 (NLT)

Are you ever too tired to watch and pray?
I know you’re embarrassed and just like the disciples you don’t know what to say… I’ve been there before. Through prayer hidden dangers are exposed. Blind spots come in many forms. You know that it’s there, but you may not turn your head to look in that direction until it’s almost too late. While driving, have you ever turned your head just slight enough to realize at the last second that completing your lane change would have caused an accident? You can never assume that because your blind spot was clear the last time you checked, you can safely change lanes minutes later. For this very reason we must maintain a strong prayer life. We never know what kinds of everyday things are lurking in our blind spots. Prayer keeps us alert! Consider these warning signs and don’t let them go unnoticed; avoid a serious collision:

  • Being over tired because you don’t get enough rest.
  • Bringing home frustration from work that affects your loved ones.
  • Not listening to the advice of a trusted friend.
  • Ignoring a sermon that really spoke to your heart.
  • Taking on too much to please others.
  • Choosing to do what you want instead of what God said.
  • Not spending your time wisely like too much time on social media.
  • Forgetting to keep a close watch on your priorities.

Perhaps you’ve skipped your time with God to save a few extra minutes on a busy day? The super busy life that many Christian women lead can cause serious problems down the road. If you’ve found yourself caught off guard in the past and have allowed some of the more important priorities slip, prayer will get things back in focus. Prayer produces power and when your life lacks prayer you will also lack power. As summer comes to a close and schedules begin to normalize, watch out for hidden dangers that go unnoticed because of prayerlessness. God is our compass guiding us until we reach our ultimate destination. His internal systems will alert us when danger is nearby. No matter what high-ranking items you have lingering on your “To Do” lists keep God first and never slack off in prayer.

Organizing the Inside – Day 346 Practice Wisdom and Get Results

But wisdom is shown to be right by the lives of those who follow it.” Luke 7:35 (NLT)
…But wisdom is shown to be right by its results.” Matthew 11:19c (NLT)

When we walk in wisdom our prayers of faith will get results. Only the wise practice wisdom. Wisdom is applied knowledge. Therefore by taking what we know to be TRUTH and applying it to our lives we are practicing wisdom. When we pray according to God’s Word those prayers are answered because His Word is His will. Your prayers are heard because Jesus bridged the gap and paid the price to reconcile us to God. Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me. John 14:6 (NLT)

Do you want your prayers to be effective? Don’t expect God to answer your prayers when your life is in shambles because of the way you’ve been living. Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results. James 5:16 (NLT) Prayer is not a time of negotiations with the Father. It is a time of faith and humility, when we go to God with an expectation that He not only hears us, but is able and willing to deliver us and answer our prayer.

Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. Hebrews 4:16 (KJV)

But in my distress I cried out to the LORD; yes, I prayed to my God for help. He heard me from his sanctuary; my cry to him reached his ears. Psalm 18:6 (NLT)

Yet you don’t have what you want because you don’t ask God for it. And even when you ask, you don’t get it because your motives are all wrong–you want only what will give you pleasure. James 4:2c, 3 (NLT)

But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. Hebrews 11:6 (KJV)

Just remember: For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith. Romans 12:3 (KJV)

There are no “super saints” your prayers have just as much value as anyone else’s. When you put God’s will ahead of your own desires, things begin to happen. Asking through prayer in Jesus name is about being where He is on the matter. Living life in a way that one’s heart is yielded to God’s purpose and plan is living right before God. This is righteousness: to agree with God and allow His Word to abide, direct and rule in your heart and life.

And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight. 1 John 3:22 (KJV)

Wherever God is, choose to be there also. Living right before God really has little to do with a list of do’s and don’ts. We are free from the former ways of, do not touch this and do not touch that. By surrendering your heart to the Lordship of Jesus Christ you are made worthy. God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. 2 Corinthians 5:21 (NIV) Walk in God’s wisdom, apply it to your life and (even the secret places) not only will your prayers be effective, they will yield enduring results. …attend to my words; incline your ear unto my sayings. 21Let them not depart from your eyes; keep them in the midst of your heart. 22For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh. Proverbs 4:21, 22 (KJV) Consider yourself worthy in Him, walk circumspectly in His wisdom and your prayer life will yield great results.

Organizing the Inside – Day 340 Consider Your Actions

21Was not our ancestor Abraham considered righteous for what he did when he offered his son Isaac on the altar? 22You see that his faith and his actions were working together, and his faith was made complete by what he did. 23And the scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness,”and he was called God’s friend. 24You see that a person is justified by what he does and not by faith alone. James 2:21-24 (NIV)

Prayer requires faith, but not always in the way you may think. Perhaps you have prayed for God to do something in your life and you have waited and waited, and in fact you are still waiting, but it seems your prayers are not being answered. There is one question you may want to consider asking yourself. Have I added the correct action to my faith? …Faith without works is dead. James 2:26b (KJV) Working on the wrong action is just a mess. It is imperative to find out what action is required for what you have waited for. This is by no means meant to be a solution for all the unanswered prayers.  There are many reasons why prayers are not answered; to compile such a list would likely require a very large book and many reasons would still not be addressed. This is only one I want you to consider.

Have you obeyed or are you too busy, waiting and crying out? (Exodus 14:15) There must be a point of specific action. This is action beyond prayer and preparation. Be bold; discover where your faith is and act upon it.

Receive direction. (Proverbs 2:6-11)
Prepare to do.
(Luke 12:47)
Follow through and do. (James 2:18)

Keep your focus and don’t get off track. Watch out for things that are by no means related to what God originally told you to do or what you are praying and believing Him for. Some things are common sense, but in this busy world we live in there are many distractions. Be aware; the enemy is crafty when it comes to deception. You may end up planting Christmas trees instead of vegetables when what you need is food to eat. KEEP focused and ACT according to your faith.  If your family needs food, do you just pray and wait at home for the food to come? (If that’s where your faith is… go ahead open the door and wait) Most of us aren’t there and that course of action may not be God’s will. Actions must be according to God’s will and according to faith. And when he was come into the house, the blind men came to him: and Jesus saith unto them, Believe ye that I am able to do this? They said unto him, Yea, Lord. Then touched he their eyes, saying, According to your faith be it unto you. Matthew 9:28, 29 (KJV)

If you don’t know, ASK for definite direction.  God will not hide the answers you need. If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. James 1:5 (NIV) One may plant a vegetable garden, another may ask the church for help, another may go to the local food pantry, and another may stay home and keep crying out to God about how hungry they are. If you are like the one who has cried out to God for something and you can’t understand why your prayers have not been answered, (when you know your prayers are according to His will) consider your actions. Do your actions line up with your faith? Does your faith line up with His will?

Organizing the Inside – Day 311 Pray to the Lord of the Harvest

53When Jesus had finished … 54He returned to Nazareth, his hometown. When he taught there in the synagogue, everyone was amazed and said, “Where does he get this wisdom and the power to do miracles?” 55Then they scoffed, “He’s just the carpenter’s son, and we know Mary, his mother, and his brothers—James, Joseph, Simon, and Judas. 56All his sisters live right here among us. Where did he learn all these things?” 57And they were deeply offended and refused to believe in him. Matthew 13:53-57 (NLT)

The people who are closest to us are often the hardest to win over to the Lord. Jesus experienced more rejection in His hometown than in other places. We learn that because of this, He did very few miracles where He grew up. … And so he did only a few miracles there because of their unbelief. Matthew 13:58b (NLT) Sometimes old friends and relatives blow off your faith as if it’s just a fad. I find that because “they knew me when” some, are quick to reject the truth that I bring. When close family and old friends reject your Christian values or act as though “oh, it’s just you” as if they don’t really need to respect your beliefs, it can be difficult to deal with. Remember, Then Jesus told them, “A prophet is honored everywhere except in his own hometown and among his relatives and his own family.” Mark 6:4 (NLT)

Jesus told His disciples to pray that the Lord of the harvest would send workers. …“The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” Matthew 9:37, 38 (NIV) You may not be the one to lead your girlfriend from high school to Christ. There are others who God will send. What you do in your prayer closet could mean more than any words you speak. Yes, pray for those who are near; the ones you’ve known for years. They’ve likely set up walls, and kingdoms of their own, declaring their own form of righteousness just to get by. Yet, they deny the Lordship of Jesus Christ daily by the very lifestyle they choose to live. There is no point in judging them; it’s your prayers that will make a difference. (James 5:16)

Keep praying for their salvation. Organize your prayer life to include them at least daily. When their face comes to mind, whisper a word of prayer in earnest intercession for their lost souls. Let your light continue to shine and be the witness that God has called you to be. Trust that the Lord of the harvest will send laborers who are equipped to minister to your lost loved one and friends. God knows how to meet them right where they are, and give them just what they need. Don’t lose hope, some may take years. When it happens it will be a celebration worth waiting for.

Organizing the Inside – Day 302 So You Say God Is In Control

19Well then, you might say, “Why does God blame people for not responding? Haven’t they simply done what he makes them do?”
Romans 9:19 (NLT)

What a hard subject when you so often hear that “God is in control.” Is God in control or has He given us the freedom to choose?  We weren’t created to be robots, but surely we only chose Him because He chose us first. In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will, Ephesians 1:11 (NIV)

So then why do we make plans? Why do you attempt to set goals to accomplish this or that only to find that your goals have led to a state of frustration and failure? If you’re constantly pushing yourself to do more to achieve more…more than other people, you probably find yourself too often perplexed and full of anxiety. There is nothing wrong with being highly motivated and willing to take the initiative when there’s a need. Just be careful as you go about making plans. (Not fearful, careful)

Here’s where you are going wrong; a simple adjustment will turn things around.  You make plans and then ask God to bless what you have decided to do.  Avoiding the misery that comes with failure is far more attainable than you may realize.  God will never force us to do anything that is not in our hearts to do.  When God hardened Pharaoh’s heart, was it not already Pharaoh’s intention to do things his own way? The point is we must want His will more than we want our own. Is your heart willing to yield?

Seeking His will before making plans is paramount to your success. When your heart is close to God, you’ll hear and know what His will is for your life, because He will guide you. For this God is our God forever and ever; he will be our guide even to the end. Psalm 48:14 (NIV) Then go ahead, make plans according to His will, not yours.  Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will. Romans 12:2 (NIV)

When making PLANS remember it starts with “P” PRAYER.

Organizing the Inside – Day 267 A Simple Pattern For Prayer

9After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. 10Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. 11Give us this day our daily bread. 12And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. 13And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen. Matthew 6:9-13 (KJV)

Lord here is my laundry list.
How do you usually approach the throne of God for prayer? Do you start out with a list of wants, then move to the don’t wants and finish it off with a sprinkle signature, “in Jesus’ name, Amen”? I believe Jesus looked through the portal of time and saw how our busyness would affect our prayer time. He knew all the cares and worries of life would bog us down causing our prayers to not have the right focus and be ineffective. I believe He wants us to enjoy prayer time and therefore He taught us what to focus on, and how to remove obstacles when praying. Jesus gave us a pattern to use when praying to help us work through the challenges He knew we would face. His pattern makes it clear that our laundry list is not the most important priority when we pray.

Jesus sets up the lesson by telling us in advance.
He tells us that a lot of words aren’t necessary; the Father already knows what you need. 7“When you pray, don’t babble on and on as people of other religions do. They think their prayers are answered merely by repeating their words again and again. 8Don’t be like them, for your Father knows exactly what you need even before you ask him! Matthew 6:7, 8 (NLT) Therefore, no chanting or stringing together a bunch of words to sound good, Jesus clearly teaches the fruitless nature of this sort of praying.

  1. First acknowledge God and give Him honor. Expressing gratitude and thanksgiving is one way to show honor to God.
  2. Prayer is not primarily about what we want; it’s about what God wants. Consider what it means to have His kingdom here on earth, just as it is in heaven. In His righteous kingdom His will is done completely. We should ask that God’s will be done in every area of our lives and in the lives of everyone else we are praying for.
  3. What is it that we truly need? The bread we need for today, to live in Christ. Jesus is the bread of life (the living Word) and without Him we cannot live. We need Jesus to be our daily portion.
  4. One thing that hinders prayer is unforgiveness. Jesus knew that our relationship with others would influence our prayers. We should cover both by seeking forgiveness for anyone we may have wronged and forgive anyone who may have hurt us. (read Matthew 5:23, 24)
  5. Living in this evil world among a perverse and wicked generation we need to ask for help and guidance to keep ourselves from being corrupted by evil. We should also ask for protection and strength to overcome evil which we know presents itself in many forms.
  6. Close out prayer by acknowledge the purpose and focus of all our prayers. It’s about God’s glorious kingdom and His righteousness. In His kingdom there is 100% obedience and those who live there are totally committed  to doing His will.

Jesus is teaching us a type of outline for prayer.
When following this outline we stay focused on how we should pray. Each individual person has to interpret the outline and what it means to them. Organize your prayer life by first studying Jesus’ teachings on prayer. Jesus gives us instructions for the beginning, middle and ending of our prayers. As we let go of our own desires and ambitions, and begin to totally seek God’s kingdom we will experience the peace and contentment that comes with answered prayer. This is praying “in Jesus’ name” when through faith and obedience we pray as we live and move and have our being in Him.

Read more on prayer
Matthew 6:5-15
Hebrews 4:14-16
James 4:3
Luke 11:1-10

Organizing the Inside – Day 263 How To Organize and Prepare For Fasting

6Is not this the fast that I have chosen: to loose the bonds of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that you break every yoke? 7Is it not to share your bread with the hungry, and that you bring the poor that are cast out to your house? When you see the naked, that you cover him; and that you hide not yourself from your own flesh? 8Then shall your light break forth as the morning, and your health shall spring forth speedily: and your righteousness shall go before you; the glory of the LORD shall be your rear guard. 9Then shall you call, and the LORD shall answer; you shall cry, and he shall say, Here I am. If you take away from the midst of you the yoke, the pointing of the finger, and speaking wickedness; Isaiah 58:6-9

Who: The bible does give many accounts of corporate fasts. (2 Chronicles 20:3, Jonah 3:7) I would encourage you to commit your part in a corporate fast to the Lord. Make certain that this is the fast for you. If God wants your participation, then He will speak to your heart. God won’t guilt you into fasting just because the Pastor said so and not even because it sounds like a good idea. If you are on board with what God is leading this particular group of people to do than great. If not, For you are not following your convictions. If you do anything you believe is not right, you are sinning. Romans 14:23b (NLT)

What: Fasting is serious business. You should not arbitrarily proclaim a spiritual fast as something to do to be more spiritual. If the fast is not ordained by God you probably won’t last until the end anyway. View fasting as something more than a tradition or ritual and enter into it with purpose, reverence and humility; otherwise you will likely give in to your flesh and not last until the end. The world fast for strife and debate; they call it a hunger strike. As believers we don’t fast to prove a point or to make our voice heard by political officials. We fast to loose the bonds of wickedness, to undo heavy burdens and to let the oppressed go free, to break every yoke of bondage. I do believe it is possible to have strong faith in one area and not have faith in another area. Therefore, it’s important to be specific about what you are fasting for.

When: You will know when to fast according to how the Holy Spirit is leading you. When there is a hard thing in your life, and you know that your doubt and unbelief is affecting your faith, this is likely a great time to proclaim a fast. But no one can tell you when to fast except the Holy Spirit. Unless it is a corporate fast and even then you want to know God is speaking to you to fast. Give your fast a start and end time as well as a specific purpose. Take your fast before the Lord and proclaim it before Him.

Some fast from sun up to sun down. Some fast for several days consecutively or for longer. Another method is to fast from sun up to sun down, but over the course of days. When fasting, you will reach a point where food is no longer a concern or preoccupation. Generally, the most difficult part of a fast is likely the first few days because your body is craving food. You must push past this point and then you will begin to sense the spirit man getting stronger and the hunger and constant thoughts about food will subside.

How: There are several ways of fasting. No food only water, no food or water and no food and natural juices. The point is to deny your body of food; essentially to deny your flesh. However, some modified versions of fasting abstain from other things like television or sweets. (read Daniel 10) You know the things that your flesh tends to want; be led by God in what you should fast.

The end of the fast is as important as the beginning and middle. I suggest you never come off an extended fast quickly and abruptly. Be prayerful, and ease back into your normal food routine. Otherwise, you may make yourself very ill. If after seven days of no food you decide to raid the fridge and eat everything imaginable, you will pay severely.

Additionally if you are on medication or have health concerns about fasting, exercise wisdom. Consult with your physician and more importantly, consult with the Lord. God knows your heart and He will show you exactly what to do about fasting.

Make sure you don’t give up one thing, only to take up another. For example you may be prone to eat out of boredom, but after giving up food you take up television, this will make your fast ineffective.

Consider having communion as the last and first meals of your fast, marking the beginning and ending. There is nothing in the bible (that I’m aware of) that says you can’t have communion at home or on your own. Surely God will lead you; you only need to ask Him for guidance.

Be certain that you don’t appear to be fasting, this is a private matter and no one else needs to know. 16And when you fast, don’t make it obvious, as the hypocrites do, for they try to look miserable and disheveled so people will admire them for their fasting. I tell you the truth, that is the only reward they will ever get. 17But when you fast, comb your hair and wash your face. 18Then no one will notice that you are fasting, except your Father, who knows what you do in private. And your Father, who sees everything, will reward you. Matthew 6:16-18 (NLT)

Finally, the only exception is if you are married you’ll need to gain agreement with your spouse before proclaiming a fast. The married woman is subject to her own husband and during your fast you will abstain from normal relations therefore it’s a good idea not to suddenly spring it on him. (read Numbers 30:10-15 and 1 Corinthians 7:5)

As mentioned in yesterday’s post. It’s important to take heed to what you do and say when you are fasting. This is a time of consecration and hanging out in your usual places (while nothing sinful of course) won’t support your efforts to set yourself aside.

In conclusion, fasting is something I believe is very personal between you and the Lord. These are only guidelines and suggestions to help you organize yourself for a fast. This was not meant to be an in-depth study on fasting.  The information I share on this post and any other is mostly out of my own personal experience and walk with God. My heart’s desire is to inspire you and me and encourage us both to deepen our relationship with Jesus by working on organizing ourselves from the inside out.

Organizing the Inside – Day 262 Lord, Help My Unbelief

17Then Jesus answered and said, O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? How long shall I suffer you? Bring him hither to me. 18And Jesus rebuked the devil; and he departed out of him: and the child was cured from that very hour.

19Then came the disciples to Jesus apart, and said, Why could not we cast him out? 20And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you. 21Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting.  Matthew 14:17-20 (KJV)

Jesus made it clear what the problem was.
Jesus told His disciples, “Because of your unbelief,” this is why they couldn’t get rid of the hard thing. The same applies to our lives as Christians; certain things that keep coming up or that we continue to struggle with are still hanging on, not because of a lack of faith, but because of no faith. You won’t get the full meaning of this scripture if you read it in some versions. The King James Version makes this clear. Jesus said faithless, which is not the same as other versions, which reads “little faith.” Real faith doesn’t have any unbelief mixed in, and only a small amount is needed. We’re talking mustard seed size!

Jesus gives a simple solution.
Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting. Matthew 14:21 (KJV) Consider this, Jesus was referring to this kind of unbelief, not a certain kind of demon. The unbelief in your life that affects your faith only goes out by prayer and fasting. Something supernatural happens when you fast and pray. The spirit man becomes empowered as your flesh is crucified and denied food. Caution, fasting without prayer will do nothing but make you hungry. The two must go together, so never fast under constraint or when you’re not praying and only do so when led by the Holy Spirit.

When fasting, consecrate yourself unto God.
Fasting and prayer is what Jesus prescribed as the remedy for unbelief. Take heed to the things you do, the places you go and the things you say. Set yourself aside for holy purposes. (Isaiah 58:7) While I believe you can continue routine daily activities, your spiritual awareness is heightened to hear the voice of God and it’s important to keep your heart in tune. Remember fasting is not a means by which you get your point across to God, but an act of humble submission whereby you allow the Spirit of God to purge the doubt and unbelief. Jesus said unto him, “If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.”  Mark 9:23 (KJV) If you are to, loose the bonds of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and… break every yoke? Isaiah 58:6 (KJV) I assure you that you will not be able to undo any heavy burdens in your own or anyone else’s life with unbelief hanging around. Jesus told His disciples, “Because of your unbelief,” this is why they couldn’t get rid of the hard thing. The disciples couldn’t break the yoke of bondage for one reason, their unbelief.

We don’t fast to move mountains.
We fast to deny the flesh and strengthen the inner man as we draw closer to God. As a result of that closeness (oneness) we are then empowered to do His will. Because of the heightened awareness of your spirit you will begin to see things that were not otherwise apparent. Through fasting and prayer you are empowered to proceed (take action) in faith, break yokes of bondage and undo heavy burdens. The Word of God is real, true and active. (also read James 2:14-24)

Tomorrow, Lord willing, we will look at how to prepare and organize for a fast. We will cover simple steps you can take to make sure you have an effective fast, and that you last until the end.

Organizing the Inside – Day 256 A Prayer Life That Changes Things

Elijah was a man just like us. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years. James 5:17 (NIV)

Elijah was a man of great faith.
His prayers got results; he earnestly prayed in faith for God to stop the rain. For three and a half years there was no rain because of Elijah’s request. Elijah’s prayer was according to the will of God. What we do know is this, The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results. James 5:16b (NLT)

Prayer should be our first response.
When you get a sharp pain in your head, or back what is your first response? When the dishwasher begins to sound weird what is your top-of-mind response? Do you immediately pray? If you answered yes, do you pray in faith or do you pray in fear? “Oh Lord, please don’t let the dishwasher go bad again,” is likely not a prayer of faith. If your immediate response to pain is something like, “Father I thank you in the name of Jesus that I walk in divine health, that He carried my sicknesses and bore my sorrows…” then you are probably praying in faith. Let’s make the matter plain. And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to Him must believe that God exists and that He rewards those who sincerely seek Him. Hebrews 11:6 (NLT) Since the scriptures make it clear that God responds to our faith, “Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” Hebrews 4:16 (KJV) It’s high time Christian women take their rightful positions in Christ. You are a daughter of the King of kings and the Lord of lords. (1Timothy 6:15) He spoke and the world was then in existence. Is He not able to answer your prayers in Him, made in faith?

Does God respond to your whining and cries of desperation?
No matter how sincere your plea for help might be, remember God responds to your faith. Jesus told His disciples to have faith in God if they wanted to get results. He instructed them to have faith when they prayed. If you have been crying to God in passionate desperation, that’s enough already. He is your heavenly Father. So you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God’s Spirit when he adopted you as his own children. Now we call him, “Abba, Father.” Romans 8:15 (NLT) Stop crying and pleading, ask Him for whatever you want and do it in faith! Dry your tears and begin now in the name of Jesus to act upon your faith. Look at what God told Moses. Then the LORD said to Moses, “Why are you crying out to me? Tell the people to get moving! Exodus 14:15 (NLT)

28They went right into the house where he was staying, and Jesus asked them, “Do you believe I can make you see?” “Yes, Lord,” they told him, “we do.” 29Then he touched their eyes and said, “Because of your faith, it will happen.” 30Then their eyes were opened, and they could see! Matthew 9:28-30 (NLT)

Then Jesus said to the Roman officer, “Go back home. Because you believed, it has happened.” And the young servant was healed that same hour. Matthew 8:13 (NLT)

Jesus turned around, and when He saw her He said, “Daughter, be encouraged! Your faith has made you well.” And the woman was healed at that moment. Matthew 9:22 (NLT)

22Then Jesus said to the disciples, “Have faith in God. 23I tell you the truth, you can say to this mountain, ‘May you be lifted up and thrown into the sea,’ and it will happen. But you must really believe it will happen and have no doubt in your heart. 24I tell you, you can pray for anything, and if you believe that you’ve received it, it will be yours. Mark 11:22-24 (NLT)

Organize your prayer life at once.
The first thing on your agenda to organize your prayer life is to have faith in God. By listening to the gospel preached, your faith will grow. This is the reason God put preachers and teachers in place. So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God. Romans 10:17 (KJV) Discover the keys to a successful prayer life. Get this free download to help organize your prayer life today.

Organizing the Inside – Day 185 In His Name

27That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us: 28For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring.  ~Acts 17:27, 28 (KJV)

God set us up for success. He put everything in order and made sure we were in the right place. He did all this that we would have a chance at finding Him. While many of us have found Him, are we living in Him?  Almost every time I pray, I end it by saying “In Jesus name, Amen,” or “In the name of Your Son, Jesus I pray, Amen.”  I had to stop and ask myself, “What does that mean?”  “Am I really in Him, and if so, am I living and moving in Him?”  God desires to have an intimate relationship with each of us.  That’s why He put us in the place we needed to be to find Him.

It’s really not enough to sign-off at the end of every prayer in “Jesus name” that somehow saying this makes our prayer legit.  What makes our prayers legit is that we are in Him, therefore we have full rights and the authority to use that name, because we are His offspring (our hearts, minds, and being belong to Him). I don’t just want to have the privilege of using His name; like a miraculous signature at the end of my prayers. I also want to experience the privilege of living, being and moving in the One who rightfully owns that name, Jesus. Are you living in Him? Also read Acts 19:11-16 and John 14:13,14