Week Five: Arm Yourself with Spiritual Strength

The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results (James 5:16b NLT).

I work hard at prayer because I believe prayer works. The Bible promises powerful results for the righteous person who prays sincerely and fervently. Now don’t get me wrong.  I’m not righteous enough to earn the answers to my prayers.  No one is. It’s only because of the enormous price Jesus paid on the cross to secure my righteousness (right standing with God) that I have the privilege to come  boldly to the Father with my requests.  Continue reading

Week Four: Agree in Prayer

If two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven (Matthew 18:19).  

I am fascinated by bottlenose dolphins.  These magnificent creatures can reason, solve problems, think abstractly, and even recognize themselves in a mirror!  They’re lightening-fast and fiercely powerful. Stories abound of dolphins protecting humans against sharks, repelling them with high-speed, battering ram-like blows.  My dad, a World War II submarine veteran, tells of long, hot tours in the South Pacific. The sailors hoped to see dolphins so they could dive off the sub for a refreshing swim–sure to be safe from sharks.  Sharks steer clear of dolphins for another reason.  They’re outnumbered.  Dolphins find strength by sticking together in groups or “pods.”  So what do dolphins have to do with prayer?  Like dolphins, our fellow believers can help us gain strength in prayer and defeat our spiritual enemies.  Continue reading

Week Three: Pray with Authority

You can ask for anything in my name, and I will do it, so that the Son can bring glory to the Father (John 14:13 NLT).

As we begin week three of our 40-Day Challenge, let’s turbo-charge our prayers. That’s what happens when you combine prayer with God’s Word.

Our focus is Step Three: Pray with AUTHORITY. 

We have AUTHORITY in prayer when we are in agreement with the Word of God. Simple as that.

God’s Word works. During my atheist days,  I’d have told you the Bible was nothing but a dead book.  Imaging my surprise after I met Jesus to read that same “dead book,” only to discover that God’s Word is alive.  Active.  Powerful. Continue reading

Week Two: Be Specific When You Ask

Welcome to WEEK TWO of the 40-DAY CHALLENGE.  If you are just joining us, click here.

Last week, we practiced Step One: BE ALERT for prayer. I hope you’ve been watching for signs of God at work and listening for His voice, especially His whispers.

This week’s focus is on Step Two: Be SPECIFIC when you ASK.

Back in high school, I took karate.  Our training included hand- to-hand free sparring.  No protective pads allowed. Yikes! Plus, I was in a class with all guys and easily outmuscled. But the instructor coached me to use my opponent’s size and strength against him.  In other words, I was to channel the attacker’s force into a powerful counter-attack.  To my surprise, this strategy worked! Continue reading

What’s your prayer trigger?

Devote yourselves to prayer being watchful and thankful. Colossians 4:2

This is Week One in our 40 Day Challenge and we are focusing on Being Alert.   If you want to be watchful and alert for prayer,  the first step is simply remembering to pray. I like to find practical ways to weave prayer into my days.

 Prayer triggers, or visual reminders to pray, are a great way to remain watchful and alert.  Continue reading