FELLOWSHIP Prayer Guide

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The FELLOWSHIP Prayer Guide:

To be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man… (Eph. 3:16)

F - Fear of God:

·        Father, release the spirit of the fear of God into my heart (Ps. 86:11)

E - Endurance (perseverance, patience):

  • Strengthen my spirit with endurance to do Your will (Col. 1:11)
  •  Don’t let me quit pursuing the deep things of God. Don’t let me lose my spiritual fervor!
  • Help me to follow through on my commitments

  • Help me to fulfill my ministry callings when they’re difficult

L - Love:

  • Father, pour out Your love into my heart so it can overflow back to You and others (Phil. 1:9)

L - Light of glory:

  • Father, let me see the light of Your glory (Acts 22:6-11; Ex. 33:18; Ps. 4:6)
  • Let me encounter the “glory realm” in dreams, visions, etc.
  • Let me be a light to others, pointing straight to You.

O - One thing life focus:

  • Let me maintain a life in Your word with desire for it

  • Alert me when I need to recommit my priorities and schedule so that I can live as a person who regularly sits at Your feet (Ps. 27:4)

W - Count me worthy:

  • Help me to walk in a worthy  way in response to God in my life (2 Thes. 1:11)
  • Help me to escape all compromise
  • Let me see that the opposite of worthiness is to waste or receive Your grace in vain

S - Speech:

  • Father, set a guard over my lips and free me from sinful speech (Eph. 4:29; Ps. 141:3)
  •  May I only give edification and impart grace to the hearers of my words

H - Humility:

  • Jesus, I want to learn from You how to walk in lowliness of heart(Mt. 11:29)
  • Let me consider others better than myself

I - Insight unto intimacy (wisdom):

  • Let me know the secrets of Your heart. What are you thinking and feeling? (Col. 1:9)
  • Father, give me insight that I may walk under the Spirit’s leadership so that we may partner together in every issue in my life including my finances, schedule, emotions, circumstances, physical body (diet, health), relationships (in the home, work, ministry), my future, fears, addictions, etc. Give me new ideas in each area of my life.
  • Father, I long to walk in the fullness of Your will in every area of my life
  • Holy Spirit, I ask for insight into God’s end-time purposes, eternity, the New Jerusalem, the judgment seat of Christ, and hell.

P - Peace and Joy:

  • Strengthen my heart with supernatural  peace and joy that overpowers fear and anxiety (Phil. 4:7)


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Spark Notes (2/11)

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Introduction to the End Times                                                                                                              Session 1

I.                 Why Study the End Time?

a.      Jesus commands us watch and pray and stay alert and know the times in which we are living.  Jesus and Paul emphasized the ability to know the signs and live prepared.

                                                    i.     “When you see all these things, recognize that He is near, right at the door…this generation will not pass away until all these things take place (Jesus return) (Matt. 24:33-34)

                                                   ii.     Paul was only with the Thessalonians three weeks (Acts 17:2) and taught in length on Jesus’ return and the antichrist. “Do you not remember that while I was still with you, I was telling you these things” (2 Thess. 2:5)

                                                  iii.     Believers are called to have understanding and instruct others.  “For you yourselves know full well that the day of the Lord will come just like a thief in the night.  While they are saying, ‘Peace and safety!’  Then destruction will come upon them suddenly.  But you, brethren, are not in darkness, that the day would overtake you like a thief; for you are sons of light…let us not sleep as others do.”  (1 Thess. 5:2-5)  “The people who know their God will display strength and take action.  Those who have insight among the people will give understanding to the many.”  (Daniel  11:32-33)

b.      It awakens the Church to urgency and motivates her to live prepared and it strengthens her confidence in God’s sovereignty by knowing that He is in control.

c.      It is the most talked about generation (time period) in the Bible.  Over 150 chapters in the Bible have Jesus return as its theme. 

d.      It prepares the Church to intercede and participate in the coming revival and be victorious (over comers)   in love and power in the most dramatic time in human history.

e.      It awakens love in our hearts for our Bridegroom King Jesus to return to the earth and establish His reign.  We fall more in love with Him! 



II.                The Day of the Lord

a.      The “Day of the Lord” as referred to in scripture speaks of the years, months, and days leading up to the return of Jesus.  The “Day of the Lord” also speaks of the final hours and minutes when He appears in the sky, coming on a cloud with His angels and saints.  



III.              Watch and Pray

a.      Watch   -   The beginning of birth pangs: 12 signs  (Matt. 24, Mark 13, Luke 21)

                                                    i.     “Jesus…said to them:  “Take heed that no one deceives you.  For many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am Christ’, and will deceive many.  And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars.  See that you are not troubled…the end is not yet.  For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom.  And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places.  All these things are the beginning of birth pangs.”  (Matt. 24:4-8)

                                                   ii.     “When you hear of wars and commotions, do not be terrified…There will be great earthquakes…famines and pestilences; and there will be fearful sights and great signs from heaven.  Before all these things, they will persecute you…You will be betrayed even by parents and relatives and friends…But not a hair of your head shall be lost.  (Luke 21:9-18)

                                                  iii.     The Church will look up and lift their heads in encouragement knowing Jesus is coming soon.  “When these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near…Look at the fig tree, when they are already budding, you see and know for yourselves that summer is now near.  So you also, when you see these things happening, know that the kingdom of God is near.”  (Luke 21:28-31)

                                                  iv.     Jesus rebukes the people for being able to read weather signs while being unable to interpret the prophetic signs of His first coming.  “Whenever you see a cloud rising out of the west, immediately you say, ‘A shower is coming’; and so it is.  And when you see the south wind blow, you say, ‘There will be hot weather’; and there is.  Hypocrites!  You can discern the face of the sky and of the earth, but how is it you do not discern this time?”  (Luke 12:54-56)

b.      Pray

                                                    i.     The Spirit is awakening His Bride to establish prayer and worship to grow her into her identity and authority to be able to stand courageous in the midst of the most difficult times in human history.

1.      In 1985 there were 20 (24 hours/ day) houses of prayer found in the world.  Today, there are over 200,000 houses of prayer.  The Spirit is awakening intercession and worship.  God governs the universe in intimate partnership with His people through intercession.  The majesty and mystery of intercession is seen foremost in Jesus’ relationship with the Father.  “He (Jesus) always lives to make intercession for them.”  (Heb. 7:25)  “I sought for a man among them who would make a wall and stand in the gap before Me on behalf of the land, that I would not destroy it; but I found no one.”  (Ezek. 22:30)  “If my people”….(2 Chron. 14:7)

2.      He inhabits the praises of His people.  The prayer and worship movement creates an atmosphere for the Holy Spirit to come and manifest His presence corporately.  While we lift our voices, meditate in His word, and worship Him, He speaks opens our hearts to His ways.  “He (Holy Spirit) will not speak on His own, but what He hears, He will speak and He will reveal to you what is to come.”  (John 16:13)

3.      Jesus grants authority to His people and they participate with Jesus in the End Time Events.  “I will grant authority to my two witnesses…these will have power to shut up the sky, so that rain will not fall during the days of their prophesying; and they have power over the waters to turn them to blood and to strike the earth with every plague.”  (Rev. 11:3-6)

4.      Jesus is returning to His bride as they sing and call for Him to return.  “The Spirit and Bride say, ‘Come’.”  (Rev. 22:17)
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Apostolic Prayer Guide

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Apostolic Prayer Guide

Prayer for revelation of Jesus’ beauty that we might walk in our calling and destiny by God’s power

17 That the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, 18 the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may KNOW (experience) what is the hope of His calling (assurance/clarity of God’s call for our life) what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints (our destiny as Jesus’ inheritance), 19 and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His might power…(Eph. 1:17-19)

Pray to receive the Spirit’s power that Jesus’ Presence be manifest in us so we experience God’s love

16 THAT He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, 17 THAT Christ may dwell (manifest His presence) in your hearts through faith; THAT you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may be able to comprehend (experience) with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height – 19 to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; THAT you may be filled with all the fullness of God. (Eph. 3:16-19)



Prayer for God’s love to abound in us by the knowledge of God resulting in righteousness in our life

9 That your love may abound still more and more in knowledge(of God) and all discernment, 10 that you may approve (rejoice in) the things that are excellent, that you may be sincere (no compromise) and without offense till the day of Christ, 11 being filled with the fruits of righteousness…(Phil. 1:9-11)

Prayer to know God’s will, to be fruitful in ministry and strengthened by intimacy with God
9 That you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; 10 that you may have a walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; 11 strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, for all patience and longsuffering with joy….(Col. 1:9-11)
Prayer for unity in the church and to be filled with supernatural joy, peace and hope (confidence)
5 May the God of patience and comfort grant you to be like-minded toward one another…6 that you may with one mind and one mouth glorify the…..Father…13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. (Rom. 15:5-6,13)

To be enriched by all the gifts of the Spirit including powerful preaching and prophetic revelation
5 That you were enriched in everything by Him in all utterance (anointed preaching/singing) and all knowledge (prophetic revelation), 6 even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you (by miracles), 7 so that you come short in no gift, eagerly waiting for the revelation of … Jesus Christ, 8 who will also confirm you to the end, that you may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. (1Cor. 1:5-8)

For the release of grace to bring the Church to maturity especially to abound in love and holiness
10 Praying exceedingly that…(God will release His Spirit and grace to) perfect what is lacking in your faith?...12 And may the Lord make you increase and abound in love to one another and to all…13 that He may establish you hearts blameless in holiness before our God and Father. (1 Thes. 3:10-13)

 Pray to be worthy (prepared or made spiritually mature) to walk in the fullness of our destiny in God
11 We pray always for you that God would count you worthy of (prepare us for) this calling, and fulfill all the good pleasure of His goodness (plans for us) and the work of faith with power, 12 that the name of---Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in Him, according to the grace of our God.(2 Thes. 1:11-12)
That the Word will increase its influence (effectiveness) in the city as God releases His power on it
1 Pray for us, that the Word of the Lord may run swiftly (rapidly increase its influence) and be glorified (confirmed with apostolic power and miracles), just as it is with you…3 the Lord is faithful, who will establish you and guard you from the evil one…5 May the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God and into the patience (perseverance or endurance) of Christ. (2 Thess. 3:1-5)

For impartation of boldness (singing and speaking the Word) by releasing healing, signs and wonders
29 Lord…grant to Your servants that with all boldness they may speak Your word, 30 by stretching out Your hand to heal, and that signs and wonders may be done through the name of Your holy Servant Jesus. 31 And when they had prayed, the place where they were assembled together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the word of God with boldness. (Acts 4:29-31)

Release of God’s promise to be endued with power for all who tarry (labor in prayer) for breakthrough
49 Behold, I send the Promise of My Father upon you; but tarry in the city of Jerusalem until you are endued with power from on high, 50…He lifted up His hands and blessed them…(Lk. 24:49-50)

For the Lord to release His zeal for His people and for His manifest Presence to shake all that resists Him
15 Look down..and see from Your habitation, holy and glorious. Where are (the manifestations of) Your zeal and Your strength, the yearning of Your heart and Your mercies toward me? 16…You, O Lord, are our Father; Our Redeemer from Everlasting in Your name. 64:1 Oh, that You would rend the heavens! That you would come down (manifest Your power)!That the mountains (obstacles) might shake at Your presence—2 as fire burns brushwood, as fire causes water to boil –to make Your name known to Your adversaries (sin, sickness, Satan) that the nations may tremble at Your presence!3 When You did awesome things for which we did not look (expect)4 Since the beginning of the world men have not heard.…nor has the eye seen any God besides You, who acts for the one who waits for Him 5 You meet him who rejoices and does righteousness, who remembers You in Your ways. (Isa. 63:15-16; 64:1-7)

For the release of God’s promise to pour out His Spirit and release dreams, visions and prophecy
 17 In the last days, says God,  that I will pour out of My Spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy. Your young men shall see visions, your old men shall dream dreams. 18 On My menservants and on My maidservants I will pour out My Spirit in those days; and they shall prophesy. 19 I will show wonders in heaven above and signs in the earth beneath: blood, fire and vapor of smoke. 20 The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, BEFORE the coming of the great and awesome day of the LORD. 21 Whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved.  (Acts 2:17-21)
Prayer for Israel to be saved and the release of the prophetic anointing, miracles and righteousness
1 My heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is that they may be saved. (Rom. 10:1)
26 All Israel will be saved…The Deliverer
(Jesus) will come out of Zion. He will turn away ungodliness from Jacob; 27 For this is My covenant with them, when I take away their sins. (Rom. 11:26-27)
1 For Zion’s sake I will not hold My peace
(or be silent: release a prophetic spirit), and for Jerusalem’s sake I will not rest (or I will not be inactive: release power), UNTIL her righteousness (in all heart issues) goes forth as brightness, and her salvation as a lamp that burns (ministry to others). (Isa. 62:1)
Actual OT Prayers of Israel:
(Isa. 63:15-64:12; Dan. 9:4-19; Mic. 7:7-20; Hab. 3:2-19; Ezra 9:5-15; Neb. 1:4-11; 9:5-38; Ps. 44; 45:3-5; 65; 67; 79; 80; 83; 85; 86; 90:13-17; 102:12-22; 110:1-5; 122:6-7; 132:11
OT prophetic promises to pray over Israel
(these truths can also be prayed for the Church): Deut. 4:27-31; 30:1-10; 31:29; 33:26-29; Isa. 11:10-16; 29:14, 17-24; 30:18-33; 32:15-19; 33:2-6, 17; 35:1-10; 42:10-17; 43:1-7; 44:1-5; 45:17, 22-25; 51:3-11; 54:1-17; 56:6-8; 59:19-21; 60:1-62; 12; 66:7-14; Jer. 3:14-20; 16:14-21; 31:1-14; 32:16-23, 37-42; 33:6-26; 50:4-5, 19-20; 34; Ezek. 11:17-20; 16:60-63; 20:33-44; 34:11-31; 37:1-28; Hos. 2:14-23; 3:5; 5:15-6:3; 11; 14:1-8; Joel 2:28-32; 3:17-20; Zeph. 3:8-20; Hag. 2:6-9, 21-22; Zech. 8:2-8; 12:10-13:6; Mal. 4:1-6







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Food Pantry Testimony

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We are excited to share with you some of the Kingdom impact happening on Wednesdays as we partner with the HOPE food pantry to serve and minister to those coming in for food.  The food pantry opens their doors at 2pm each Wednesday but it is not uncommon to have people arriving as early as 10:30am.  We have been taking advantage of these few hours to connect with people, hear their stories, pray with them and discover God’s Truth and love for them by reading the Bible together and asking a few simple questions: what is this passage saying to you?  How can you apply it to your life? Who can you share it with this week?  Last week we meditated on Proverbs 16:3 which says, “commit everything you do to the Lord and He will make your plans succeed.”  Many people had great observations and applications for this nugget of truth but one person in particular had some great insight and then shared her testimony of how there was a time in her life when she was addicted to alcohol and very angry but she turned to Jesus, received forgiveness and submitted to Jesus’ leading for her life and now she has peace in her life and has been set free from the bondage of alcohol.  We asked her if she would be willing to prayer over the group and invite those who are ready to receive Jesus’ forgiveness and new life through His Holy Spirit to pray along with her.  Of the 20 people that had gathered there were 2 people we know of that received Jesus’ forgiveness and new life!  God’s Word is powerful and does not return void but accomplishes all that it is purposed to do!  We are not ashamed of the Gospel for it is the power of God unto salvation!!  



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Spark Notes (1/28)

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Mark Vermeer gave a teaching based on the verse of the week, John 15:12, "My command is this, love each other as I have loved you". He focused on three "R's" - Realization, Revelation and Response.

Realization

What kind of love is this scripture talking about? A perfect love like Jesus who would do nothing outside of the Father's love.

We have to realize that we are deeply loved by a Holy Father. Ephesians 3:17-18 says, "So that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have power, together with all the saints to comprehend the length and width and height and depth of His love". This is an unlimited, perfect, sacrificial love. In John 3:16 we see that: "For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life." God sacrificed his own son to give life to us. 

Philippians 2: 6-8 says, " who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.". In 1 John 3:1, we read, "See how very much our Father loves us, for he calls us his children, and that is what we are! But the people who belong to this world don’t recognize that we are God’s children because they don’t know him." 

We long to understand who Jesus was so we can continue to realize his love for us.

Revelation
Revelation shoes us the significance and importance of his command in John 15:12. Jesus didn't recommend, or suggest it as advice, but he commanded us. Just like when Jesus commanded the wind and waves to calm during the storm on the sea of Galilee in Mark 4. When this happened, the disciples were terrified! They had revelation of the power that Jesus has. In Ephesians 1:3, "And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit," we too, have the power of the Holy Spirit. 

Following revelation, we then Respond
1 John 4:20 says, "If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen." Who are our brothers and sisters? Who can we be loving better? Even strangers! Except it is sometimes easier to love a stranger for a moment by helping them out, but then what about the relationships in our families and close friends? How are those relationships? If we are truly loving, we should be giving the best gift - the love of Christ that leads them to a relationship with the One who loves more that we could ever love. This love of Christ in us should convict us to lead others to this love. Who can you be showing this love to today? 

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Emma's testimony

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This is a testimony shared by Emma Sandbulte.

As I was sitting at the Wednesday night loft set at the HOME Building,I could feel the Holy Spirit moving in everyone and throughout the room. When you hear all the different ways people sing and talk in tongues you can tell that you are not alone.  You think of a whole bunch of ways to worship and praise the Lord. My favorite part about the Loft is that no one cares about what they look like and what others will think about how they worship. I also like how you have the freedom to yell out a verse or a prayer whenever you want because you never know if God is putting that same verse or topic on a prayer on someone else’s heart. I also like how I am young but I have the freedom to do whatever I want when it comes to prayer. I feel like blogging is a way to express some of my emotions in a way that some people wouldn’t think that a child would be able to think or do. My favorite song in the whole set was Reckless Love because it talks about how God will fight for us even if he has 99 more believers and yet our one heart turned to him makes such a difference. In the song it says “there is no shadow he won’t light up Mountain he won’t climb coming after me.” To me that means God will do anything to get our hearts turned to him but only if we truly mean it. The next line says “there’s no wall you won’t kick down, no lie you won’t tear down coming after me.” To me that means that God will kick or tear down any lie that the enemy is telling us. That lie may be that we are to fat or that we don’t have a purpose on this earth. Whatever it is God will try and make us not believe it. If someone is saying that awful stuff to you please know that you are not alone in this. Being in middle school means that there are always going to be people who are mean. But lately there have been some really hurtful words being said to me and I am trying to stay strong. You’re not alone in this time. I don’t know why people think it is okay to say stuff like that but just stay strong and you will be okay. If you are believing the lies that the enemy is telling you then you have to PRAY! God is always trying to do what is right for you. He has your whole life planned and memorized so he knows what is going to happen it just depends on if you trust in what the Lord has planned for you. God really moved through me tonight and I know that I will probably want to go again. I have been there before in the summer but now that the school year has started I haven’t been able to make it. I hope to be able to find time to go though. I had so much to say from one hour of worship and spending time with the Lord but if you have ever been there then you would know that it is so moving.
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Spark Notes (1/21)

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Jen Sandbulte continued the series on Purpose, giving ideas on practical ways to set and achieve goals with the Lord.

Jen began sharing how her sons, both football players prepare for football season. Before football season, they are in intense training - early mornings with weight lifting and practice, then throughout the season they are working hard for the team. Once the season ends, they are already setting goals for next season and working in the off season to achieve those goals. This scenario is much like any other activity or job out there - we work hard and set goals for the things that we are passionate about. But what about our realationship with God? Do we spend all of those long hours in preparation for the Lord, just like we do with athletics, or our careers, or our families?

The book Bible 360 by Daniel Lim talks about giving the Lord our first fruits, not our left overs, then gives examples of how to get into the Word.

1. Read it. 
The average reader can read the Bible in 90 hours, so that means if we read it for an hour every day, we could read it in 90 days. That means we could read the entire Bible through 4 times in one year.

Yes, the Bible should be studied and meditated on, but reading the Bible all the way through breaks the unbelief that it can be read through. It's a big book, but it's doable! There are 66 books in the Bible, written over 600 years by 40 authors with 1 Holy Spirit and it's still relevant today. There are 1,189 chapters, 31,000 verses and 770,000 words. If you invest 1 hour a day for 30 days reading the New Testament, it can be finished in 30 days. What a return for a 1 hour a day investment. Image what the Lord would do with that! Where else to we invest 1 hour of our time each day? Are there other distractions that we could give up to spend 1 hour a day in the Word? We are to give 10% to the Lord. 10% of 24 hours is 2.4 hours. Are there ways we could make time in our day to give the Lord 10%?

2. Meditate on it.
To meditate means: thinking on, imagining and resolving the mind.  Psalm 1:1-3 Says that we should be mediating on the Word day and night. We can just take small pieces of scripture and slowly chew and digest them.

3. Live it. 
James 1:22-25 tells us to be doers of the word. Mark 16:15-17 says to cast out demons and speak in new tongues. We are to be the Church, living in community.

4. Write it. 
Deuteronomy 17:18-20 says, “When he sits on the throne as king, he must copy for himself this body of instruction on a scroll in the presence of the Levitical priests. He must always keep that copy with him and read it daily as long as he lives. That way he will learn to fear the Lord his God by obeying all the terms of these instructions and decrees. This regular reading will prevent him from becoming proud and acting as if he is above his fellow citizens. It will also prevent him from turning away from these commands in the smallest way. And it will ensure that he and his descendants will reign for many generations in Israel."
The kings had to write (copy) the word down and read it daily! Just start with writing 1-2 verses, eventually work up to more - maybe even a whole chapter! Then underline what sticks out. This is a great way to see the word in a new way. 

5. Pray it. 
Praying scripture essentially demands that we put our faith in God's word and utter it back to Him - expecting HIM to stay true to His word in His time.  Praying and agreeing with the truth in the Bible will also assure us that we are praying in the will of God and he delights to perform that which was written in His word. When we're praying the word of God, we are praying His will. 

6. Sing it.
Not just songs, but scripture. Most worship songs come straight out of scripture. When you hear a song, look up what scripture it is referencing - it will change the way you sing the song. 

Remember that if you don't se a goal and know where you are heading you'll always hit a target, but it's a moving target. You want to aim at the target God has in mind for you. 

We use apps for tracking fitness and health, work, and scheduling, but what about for prayer?
Download the app called "Prayer Prompter" or the "Read Scripture" app!

Another idea is to take a blank calendar and write down things you prayed for or write down praises. Then when prayers are answered, you can highlight them and be able to look back at where you've seen God work!



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