A Powerful And Effective Prayer That Works

August 7, 2013

You’ve heard the statement…”there is power in prayer”. Most people believe it. However, even though many believe in prayer’s awesome power, they fail to spend significant time in prayer.

Why is that? I believe there are several reasons. One big  one is that people have busy schedules and try to cram as many things in a day as they can. Unfortunately, they don’t leave time for prayer. I believe one of the biggest reasons people don’t pray often is that they simply don’t know how. And because they don’t know how, they feel intimidated and believe that if they don’t have an all-out fancy prayer to offer, then it’s not good enough.

Please know that nothing can be further from truth. Even a one minute, on the fly prayer is better than no prayer. God is thrilled any time you make an honest effort to pray. However, if you are still looking for a formal, strong prayer that will bring results, I have one to offer.

Most of you are familiar with the Lord’s prayer. It is very effective, especially because Jesus Himself preached it. The prayer I am talking about goes back even before that one. It is the prayer of Nehemiah. It is found in Nehemiah 1:5-11. I take this from an excerpt from my e-book “30 Days To A More Powerful Life” You can get it here at…http://www.lulu.com/content/e-book/30-days-to-a-more-powerful-life/13987192

Here is how the prayer breaks down. Your prayer will be very powerful and effective if it has these elements:

1. Praise/Thanksgiving – Before anything is said or asked for, Nehemiah is praising and thanking God simply for who he is.

2. Forgiveness – I believe God is much more likely to hear and answer our prayer if
we are coming to Him with a humble heart, asking for forgiveness.

3. Specific request – Once his heart is right, it is then that Nehemiah presents his
case before the Lord. He is also specific and detailed in his prayer.

4. Expect the answer and blessing – As the prayer ends it is apparent to me that
Nehemiah expects success and blessing. It is inspiration for us to expect the same. It may not happen the way we might think, but it will.

I have found this to be an extremely helpful prayer formula. It works because you are going into prayer with a pure and positive mind and heart before you ask for what you want. You are able to focus in faith on your desired outcome, and when you expect God to answer in His way, you can move on with confidence after the prayer.

This type of prayer brings results. I will share more detail about that in my next post. In the meantime, I recommend you use this excellent formula for prayer, and watch how the blessings show up. Have an excellent day!


No Such Thing As Miracles?

August 5, 2013

“There is no such thing as supernatural or miracle, just something that is still beyond logic of the observer.” – Toby Beta

If you are a regular reader of this blog, you will know that I often talk about miracles and how you can see more of them in your life. So why would I all of a sudden share something like this?

For God and those with the the highest amounts of faith, a “miracle” is just another ordinary event. It’s just business as usual. The key is in the last line of the quote…It only seems like supernatural to those who deem these incredible events as beyond logic.

Here is the challenge I present today…bring your faith to such a level that extraordinary events are just business as usual. Make it so that they present no surprises. Still be thankful for them and awestruck by them. However, the less you are surprised by these extraordinary events, the more you will look for them and see them in your own life.

I would be lying if I said I was at a point where all miracles were expected. However, I have a come to a point in my life where I expect them a lot more, and these miracle events are not so illogical any more. It’s an indicator that my faith has grown a great deal.

I recommend you use this same indicator in your own life. Should you believe in miracles? Of course you should. However, the challenge is to grow your faith to a level that these “miracles” soon become regular occurrences. Although we never take them for granted, they become business as usual, as I mentioned earlier.

How do I develop this faith, you ask? The best way I’ve found is to visualize. See them happen regularly in your mind. Then when they happen for real, you are not surprised. This practice also develops the positive thoughts and emotions it takes to succeed in all endeavors of life.

Please know there is such a thing as miracles. Please believe it. But also know that all things are possible with God, and in His eyes nothing is a miracle. It’s just business as usual. If you walk around with that kind of faith, you will have the whole world in your hands just as He does. Enjoy the blessings : )


Life Is Ironic…Don’t You Think?

August 2, 2013

Yes, I’m stealing part of a line from the Alanis Morissette song. It’s one of my favorite songs ever, and I hum it often, especially as I live through the ironies that this life brings us.

What’s the irony for me now? I’m a teacher on summer vacation. This is the time I dream about all year. It’s the time I have the freedom to focus more on my passions that I can’t do as much during the school year, like this blog for example. I am so happy with how this blog has grown and the positive impacts it has had on people (thank you for sharing those impacts, by the way). So with this time, I can take it to a totally higher level, right?

It hasn’t worked out that way. In fact, I’ve spent less time here and doing other hobbies in these past few weeks than I have during my busiest times of school. I will say that, as good it has been to have this free time, this summer vacation has been a struggle. I won’t get into detail, but things have caused a strain with my wife, finances, etc, and I have felt an unusual level of frustration.

At this point, my regular readers are saying…but wait a minute…don’t you preach positive thinking, mind power, high emotion, faith, etc on this site? How can you be talking about difficulty and frustration? I will say that those things happen to the best of us, even the most positive optimistic people. God says ALL of us WILL have trials and obstacles in life. I’ve had a period where I’ve had to face a few more.

Here is where the irony lies….even though I am struggling and have been down and frustrated at times, IT’S ALL GOOD! As things things are happening, I am seeing how some of the pieces are starting to fit together. I am seeing that these obstacles are taking me closer to my goals instead of bringing me away from them. That’s where positive thinking and faith come in.

If you are struggling now and feel like the accomplishment of your goals is nowhere in sight, I challenge you to have faith. Try and see how the obstacles now are actually setting you up for success. Something that helps me is to think of past obstacles or difficult situations. Think of how you got through them, and how certain events were actually setting you up for the success you were looking for. Then have the faith of knowing that the same thing is happening for you now.

I apologize to my regular readers who have come here looking for uplifting information lately, only to find another blank each day. It is my goal to write here most days, but the other distractions have taken me away from that. However, I hope this inspires you today. Obstacles are unavoidable, but if you maintain positive thoughts and demonstrate faith, you will know that it is all for your good, and actually taking you where you want to go if you simply allow it. I look forward to writing again soon. Have an excellent day!