Resources on Prayer

But Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible."-Matthew 19:26

As a Christian, your lifeline to God is prayer. It’s how you grow more intimate with God and develop a deeper and more personal relationship with Him. But prayer is also how you face the enemy of your soul head-on with courage and hope!  

God tells us to not be afraid of Satan and his forces. Because as a Christian, you have authority in Jesus Christ who has conquered all the spiritual forces of darkness. When Jesus Christ died on the cross and rose again, He won the victory. And He wants you and me to live in that victory!

How? It starts with prayer… passionate, even presumptuous prayer… to a God who you know can overcome anything. So often we forget to pray boldly, thinking that God can’t do what we are asking. But that is far from the truth, as today’s verse tells us.

Now, it’s important to remember that doesn’t mean we have a blank check to ask God to do anything and everything we want Him to do. There is a powerful connection to God’s Word and prayer. Scripture will guide you and teach you what things you should pray for. And God will always come through in His response based on what His Word says.  

Let me put it this way: There is nothing that lies outside the reach of prayer except that which may lie outside the will of God. 

If you are facing a battle with the enemy today, know that God is fighting for you… and your victory is sure in Jesus Christ. You...

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Seek the LORD and his strength; seek his presence continually!—1st Chronicles 16:11 

Sometimes I encounter Christians who ask me, “Pastor, why should I pray? God already knows what He’s going to do, so doesn’t He already have the answer?” Well, I tell them that it’s in prayer that you discover what God wants to do. It’s in prayer that you determine God’s wisdom, God’s way, God’s plan, and God’s desires. It’s in prayer that you make yourself available to God.

I like to think of it like the photo plates that were used to develop pictures. That photo plate was taken into a dark room where the time exposure takes place. In the dark room with the exposure of time, the image is presented to us.

And so it is in prayer. When we enter into the secret place of prayer, when we shut the door to our closet, get alone with God, and give ourselves to God, the imprint of Jesus Christ is placed upon our lives. We’re exposed to Him and we experience Him. And through that experience, we discover His purpose for our lives.

Prayer isn’t just asking God to do something, it’s allowing God to reveal His sovereign will to you. So spend time in prayer, opening yourself up to God and allowing Him to impress upon you and reveal His will in your life!

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Prepare yourself for the upcoming National Day of Prayer
By Dr. Jack Graham | April 20, 2016

…I sat down and wept and mourned for days, and I continued fasting and praying before the God of heaven.-Nehemiah 1:4

Faithful, everyday prayer is absolutely critical for Christians. It’s our communication with the One and only God that helps us learn His will for us. Unfortunately, though, prayer is a last resort, even for many believers.

Prayer is not a magic trick. It’s communication with God that should go hand in hand with our actions to honor Him. Prayer is not a substitute for work but a preparation for work.

Prayer focuses our attention and demands our discipline. Prayer is surrender to the Lord’s will. It’s not trying to pull God into our plans, but rather it’s putting our plans in line with His will.  

On May 5, 2016, the National Day of Prayer, millions of believers will be praying for our nation in Washington D.C. They will be lead by my dear friend and great leader, Tony Evans.  Across the nation in churches, in businesses, and in homes where believers have gathered, prayers will be lifted to the Lord.  I do believe there is exponential power in collective prayer.  However, prayers do not need to be great public events because it’s our personal and private prayers that truly move God and make a difference.

It’s in prayer that we experience God and are exposed to His greatness. It’s in prayer that we make ourselves available to God. 

Over the next 15 days I challenge you today to spend some time alone with God…making yourself available to Him, and prepare your heart to intercede for our nation.

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What’s the Focus of Your prayers?
By Dr. Jack Graham | April 6, 2016

“You are the Lord, you alone. You have made heaven, the heaven of heavens, with all their host, the earth and all that is on it, the seas and all that is in them; and you preserve all of them; and the host of heaven worships you.”

—Nehemiah 9:6

So much of our prayer life can be shallow, weak, and self-centered. But when you read the great prayers of the Bible, you discover that they are God-centered.  

A fascinating example is the prayer in the book of Nehemiah chapter 9. It’s the longest recorded prayer in the Bible, and so much of it focuses on the nature and acts of God throughout history. 

In the book of Psalms, you can see this pattern in the prayers of David also. Even in times of danger or need when David was greatly burdened, he would spend time praising God for who he is, and recounting the good things God had done in the past. 

This is an important key to breathing life into your prayers!

It can be easy to become focused on your problems. But when you pray, put your cares aside for a moment and let your mind focus on the Person to whom you are speaking. Remind yourself of who he is and how much he has done for you.

Remember how the Lord’s Prayer begins: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name…” (Matt 6:9).  

Of course, the Lord wants you to bring your cares to him—he tells you to in his Word. But when you pray, let your very first words, and the attitude of your heart, be to bring him praise and glory.  

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