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As you start the new year, what ideas do you have to help keep prayer fresh?


We invite you to share an idea or discipline that helps you stay focused on Christ and faithful in your  praying . . .


Phil

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One way to consider is praying together with family and friends.  Many relationships are built through praying together. 

Dear Phil

Over the past few years I have been lead to start each year with a fast! I would like to encourage you all, to follow the link below from Jentzen Franklin. He has helped me understand the significance of fasting and each year he and his community start the year with a 21 day fast. Last year there were over 300,000 people on the fast and what a privilege to be part such a corporate fasting movement.

 

In 2012 the fast starts on Sunday the 8th January and ends on Saturday evening the 29th. Ask the Lord to guide you as to how participate and what type of fast. Either order the appropriate books as listed below or buy Jentezen’s book “Fasting” locally and be blessed in your prayer and support life. www.jentezenfranklin.org

 

 

From his book on page 10: Ecclesiastes 4:12 says “ A threefold cord is not easily broken” In Mathew 6; Jesus provided the pattern by which each of us as a child of God is to live. That pattern addressed three specific duties of a Christian: giving, praying and fasting. Jesus said, “When you give...” and “When you pray....” and “When you fast”. He made it clear that fasting, like giving and praying, was a normal part of Christian life. As much attention should be given to fasting as is given to giving and to praying.

 

Solomon, when writing the books of wisdom for Israel, made the point that a cord, or rope, braided with three strands is not easily broken (Eccles. 4:12). Likewise, when giving, praying and fasting are practice together in the life of a believer, it creates a type of threefold cord that is not easily broken. In fact Jesus took it even further in Matt.17:20, by saying “ Nothing is impossible”

 

We need to strengthen and protect our intercessors and fasting is certainly an area that can assist us to just do that! So here is an opportunity to become part of a corporate world wide fast and experience a very different start to the New Year 2012!

 

God bless you all in your faithfulness!

 

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I agree with you,my church holds 21 days of fasting every january and it really gives one a Godly start of the year and a reminder to cultivate discipline in prayer and fasting through out the year

My New Year's Prayer is to have a greater Determination.  I am gong to purpose in my heart to do more in the vineyard of the kingdom every day. I have chosen a theme for the past 3 years. This year it is determination. I choose a passage of scripture to help me keep my motivation. Prayer is such an intricate part of the success we enjoy in life and I have chosen life and prosperity. I am determined to live an abundant life and help others do the same. I am trusting God completely for everything. I am determined to make 2014 the best year thus far for the greater works of God to be manifested in my life and the earth. Psalm 20:7-9 KJV says

"7 Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of the Lord our God.

They are brought down and fallen: but we are risen, and stand upright.

Save, Lord: let the king hear us when we call.:

PrayOn in 2014

Mary J. Crosby

Focus and Prayer Refreshment

A very simple but POWERFUL commitment:  "When negative circumstance assail and try to grab my focus, instead of dwelling on them on Satan's turf, I WILL turn my eyes upon Jesus, maybe sing that song, and engage in His spiritual prescription to soar with Him in 1 Thes. 5: rejoice evermore, PRAY without ceasing, in everything give THANKS, and don't pour water on the FIRE of the Holy Spirit. 

 

Again, His way is simple and POWERFUL.  You can't follow it and stay in depression, doubt, or discouragement (no matter what the negative circumstances!).  [John Hoelzel Sr]

To keep my prayer time fresh, I try to change the words I use to prevent that stagnant, casual, and contriteness from sneaking in.  Just recently, I found that praying from the opposite perspective in my praise helps me feel the praise anew.  Instead of saying, "Lord, I praise you for your mercy," I might say, "Lord, I praise you that you are the kind of God that doesn't give me what I deserve!"  Or, I might say, "Lord, You are to be praised that you are not critical of me" instead of saying, "I praise you for being a God of love."  And on it goes...it sort of helps to generate some creativity, too.  Just works for me.

really spoke to me and thank you!

Yes!  I love to pray the Scriptures and personalize them, especially using different versions. 

I am learning to structure myself in prayer by setting times during the day and night to pray. No matter where I am or what I am doing, when it comes time for prayer, I stop and pray. I am learning to not only prayer during these times. I must have a praying spirit working at all times.  Therefore, I must stay in God's presence by reading and speaking His word into the atmosphere, singing hymns, meditation, etc. Prayer is hard work so we must not become complacent.

Yes!  I actually set an alarm on my phone to remember specific people i've promised to pray for.  Am also seeking the Lord to better understand how Jesus prayed as a Jewish teacher and learn some of the blessings in Hebrew from the Messianic fellowships with my son.

you know bro, this last month and a half, i have been needing something more in and thru my prayers.  i've always known that PRAYER IS THE KEY to walking in victory ALWAYS, but it's WALKING IN GLORY, and how did i get to 'walk in glory'?  by staying in the secret place.  So I had missed church for several weeks and I AM A WORSHIPPER, and so i was desperate to worship!!  I felt the Lord saying to me, "Worship at home and have church the same way you do at church."  So I decided to do just that!  I worshipped, I praised, I declared, I sang, I danced, I jumped and i shouted!!  The Lord said, "I LIVE IN YOUR PRAISES! I LIVE IN YOUR WORSHIP!"  So I was determined to continue DECLARING HIS WORD!!  The Lord would speak to me and say, "Don't stop what you are doing!"  and i was so encouraged!!  Everything changed for me and in my family!!  In my home, IN MY LIFE!! My husbands heart and attitude was changing to accept the moving of the Lord.  Even he was encouraged in God.  If you knew my husband, you would praise the Lord with me!!!

I am a chaplain and even the word in my preaching has changed, and it is good!!  By the third day, God had said to pray on my property and DECLARE AND DECREE His Word, so I did!!  Bro, this is the year of DECLARATION AND DECREE like never before!!  This is the year where 'REVELATION MEETS REVOLUTION'   hahahahahh!!!!!  OH GOD IS GOOD AND HIS MERCY ENDURES FOREVER!!  I SAY, "BRING IT ON LORD!!"

Thank you for letting me share!!  My ideas on prayer...KEEP PRAISING, DECLARING, DECREEING,, WORSHIP, AS YOU BREATHE...

Yvonne Smiddy

Lately, I have been reading the prayers of other sisters and brothers in my prayer group. They ignite me to pray and agree with them in prayer. I find that as they pray I am prompted to pray and fill in the gaps or cover other areas of prayer. 

I desire to add fasting again to my praying. So the brother who has already mentioned fasting and given a resource has helped me today on the subject. I am on medications that I must take with food. The Daniel fast seems most appropriate for me.

Keeping my prayer life fresh means that I try something that I haven't done in a long time or something new. 

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