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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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Your future is in His hands.
By Dr. Jack Graham | April 19, 2016

Blessed be the God and  Father of our Lord Jesus Christ!  According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you.

—1 Peter 1:3-4

In these troubling times, have you ever wondered if we can really be hopeful about the future?  I want to assure you that it is possible to live with hope, despite what may be going on around us.

Because while hope is ultimately about the future, it’s also about the present.  And that’s because we have a living hope.  

Through the resurrection of Jesus Christ we have hope.  It’s because He lives that hope can reside in your heart if you’re a Christian.  

And because of that, there is no need to fear the future!  If you are a child of God, you are chosen and called by Him.  You’re not an accident, an afterthought, or a mistake.  You have been in the heart and mind of God forever, and He has already been planning and preparing your future.  

In fact, God knows the end from the beginning… and everything else in your life.  That’s comforting when we face tough times and when we’re tempted to give up.  It’s encouraging to know that we are never, ever without hope!

So today, if you’re tempted to give up on your marriage, don’t!  If you’re thinking about giving up on your kids, don’t!  If you want to give up on your dreams… or even life itself… don’t!  

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