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In my Prayer Closet I share my experiences with getting out of my prayer rut:
My Prayer Closet

(Newest ones are last)
Wait on the Lord
Wait on the Lord
In God's presence
In God's Presence
Asking in God's Will
Asking in God's Will
Watch and pray
Watch and Pray
Pray without ceasing
Pray Without Ceasing
wonderful knowledge
Wonderful Knowledge
Give to receive
Give to Receive
Prayer coverings
Prayer Coverings
One Accord
One Accord
Drink the Water
Drink the Water
Knowing God's Will
Knowing God's Will


2/2/98 Wait on the Lord
"Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD."
Psalm 27:14
I never used to understand when it said to wait on the Lord. Wait for what? Now I understand. Just wait. Don't be impatient. Wait a second, wait a minute, wait a few years. Just wait until He lets you know it is time. He will strengthen your heart to help you wait upon Him. Wait and listen.

In my prayers I felt like I was reaching out to God. I wasn't sure where I was reaching; I was just throwing my prayers out to where ever He might be. This last week I finally learned how to shut my mouth and listen. God has been wanting to communicate with me and I was busy throwing prayers at Him. I sat and "waited upon Him" and He began speaking to me. It wasn't in a large voice like God has in the movies. It was as thoughts in my mind. I had a pen and paper ready and just began writing the thoughts He gave me. One thing I learned was that God is right here. He is here with me all the time. He isn't "out there" somewhere. . .he is RIGHT HERE!

The main thing that happened was I experienced His love. It washed over me, through me, and into me. I already knew that He loved me. The problem was, my head knew it, but my heart never really got the message. Now I understand. He loves you, too. He is RIGHT THERE WITH YOU. When I say right there, I mean right there! He is waiting for you to wait upon Him. Take the time to listen. It is worth it! (Oh yeah, you will probably want to take notes so you can remember everything.) Enjoy your visit with the One who loves you more than you love yourself!

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3/9/98 In God's Presence
"Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus"
Heb 10:19
Before Jesus died on the cross only a special member of the tribe of Levi was allowed to enter the holy place in the temple. That was the place in the temple where the glory of the Lord dwelled. When Jesus died the curtain separating the holy place from the rest of the temple was ripped from top to bottom. That signified Jesus had opened the access to God so people did not need a "middle man" to intercede for them. When we approach God in prayer we are entering God's presence. We are entering the place where the glory of the Lord dwells!

Think about it. . .WE ARE IN GOD'S PRESENCE! Oooh, it gives me goose bumps! Imagine God sitting in the same room with you. This might totally revolutionize your prayer life!

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12/7/98 Asking in God's Will
"And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: and if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him."
1John 5:14-15
I hear so many TV preachers saying that you can ask for anything you want and, if you have enough faith, God will give it to you.

That is not quite how it works. You need to find out what God's will is concerning a matter before you ask. If it isn't God's will for something to happen or for you to have something, then you might as well ask Santa Claus. You will get the same response.

In order to know God's will for something you need to learn how to listen to God. You need to learn how to hear God's voice. God DID NOT quit communicating with people when the Bible was written. He sent us the Holy Spirit so He could communicate with us. If we do not hear His voice, then we are the ones with the problem. God has never stopped speaking to us.

If you are interested, you can read how I learned how to hear God's voice. The story is in my prayer closet. Praying is so much more meaningful when it is more than just you talking. I used to feel like I was talking to the wall. I got bored and disinterested in praying because I felt like there was nobody listening. It's not that way any more! Hallelujah!!

You can know beyond a shadow of a doubt that your prayers WILL be answered if you ask according to God's will. It does take a lot of faith, however. There is a potential problem of which you should be aware. It is possible for us to expect a prayer to be answered in a certain way. Sometimes God answers prayers in a way that we did not expect. Remember Isaiah 55:8-9 tells us, "For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts."
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7/19/99 Watch and Pray
"Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving"
Colossians 4:2
Let's review. What is prayer?

If you answered, "Communication with God," you are correct. This scripture tells us to continue in prayer and WATCH in the same with thanksgiving.

1Thessalonians 5:17 tells us to, "Pray without ceasing." We need to be in continual communication with God. What good does that do? Well, think about it. God knows the results of your actions, so ask Him what you should do. God knows where you should go, what you should say, and lots more. He knows everything that will happen.

Watching in prayer would be listening to what He tells you about what you should pray. God wants you to pray for certain people, places, things, etc. When you pray what God has placed on your heart then things begin to happen! Prayers are answered!

When you think about someone, that may be God placing them on your heart so you can pray about them. When you wake up in the middle of the night with something on your mind, perhaps you are supposed to begin praying. You need to become sensitive to God's voice. You need to be ready, willing, and able to pray.
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10/4/99 Pray Without Ceasing
"Pray without ceasing."
1Thessalonians 5:17
Unfortunately, most people think that praying is asking God for things. They kind of look at God as the big Santa Claus in the sky. Even Webster's dictionary has the wrong definitions. Prayer is nothing more than communication with God.

Praise and worship is prayer. Telling God you love Him is prayer. Waiting and listening for His voice is prayer. Like I said, prayer is nothing more than communication with God. It is basically no different than communication with the person who is the closest to you. Is every word that you say to your spouse, parent, child, or best friend only asking them to do something for you? I certainly hope not. Should your communication with God be any different?

He wants you to share your thoughts, your pain, your joy, and your love. He wants you to carry on "small talk" with Him. He wants you to include Him in everything that is happening in your life. Have you ever asked Him which route to your destination would be the best? He knows where the traffic jams are, you know. Have you ever told Him how much you appreciate the fact that your family is healthy or alive? Have you ever told Him how beautiful the sky, a flower, or a mountain is? Have you ever asked Him to use you in any way He wants?

When you are not talking you can be praising. He is worthy of all praise, you know. He created everything you see. He loves you with a never-ending love. He has the hairs on your head numbered. Tell Him how marvelous He is.

Ps 139:17-18 tells us that God has each one of us on His mind, "How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them! If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand: when I awake, I am still with thee." Doesn't that make you feel wonderful? You should reciprocate that love by having God continuously on your mind as well!

What are the benefits of praying without ceasing? Try it and then you tell me!
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12/28/99 Wonderful Knowledge
"O LORD, thou hast searched me, and known me. Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off. Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways. For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O LORD, thou knowest it altogether. Thou hast beset me behind and before, and laid thine hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain unto it."
Psalm 139:1-6
Here is something you should write down and keep in front of your face from now on. This is something you can use for a New Year's resolution. It would require nothing on your part other than thinking about it.

God knows you inside out. He knows your thoughts, he knows what you've done, and he also knows what you are going to do. He knows every single thing there is to know about you. He knows all that and He still loves you!

Once you get a good grip on that you will probably want to get to know Him better. After all, what better friend could you have than one who loves you no matter what you do? What better companion than one who can give you perfect advice? What better teacher than one who knows everything? He is someone you need to know better.

The knowledge of Him is too wonderful. You can never know all there is to know about God, but you can learn more and more every day. The knowledge of the ways of the Lord is something to seek. There are things about God too wonderful to describe. He is not keeping secrets from you. He wants to reveal Himself to you. You just need to be willing to learn.

Step one: read your Bible. You will learn more about God's heart for His people. You will learn more about the things He wants you to do. You will learn more about the way things should be.

Step two: talk to God. He is always right there where He can hear you. Talk to Him about your problems. Talk to Him about the things that make you happy. Talk to Him about the small things and the big things. After you are done talking, listen. Listen for what He has to say to you.

Be open to what He has to tell you. The knowledge you will receive is very wonderful!
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6/18/01 Give to Receive
"If then God so clothe the grass, which is to day in the field, and to morrow is cast into the oven; how much more will he clothe you, O ye of little faith? And seek not ye what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink, neither be ye of doubtful mind. For all these things do the nations of the world seek after: and your Father knoweth that ye have need of these things. But rather seek ye the kingdom of God; and all these things shall be added unto you. Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom."
Luke 12:28-32
Ask ask ask is what I hear a lot of people doing when they pray. Father heal... Lord find me a job... Father bring resolution to this problem... Lord protect... God knows we need these things.

Examine your prayers. How much asking are you doing? Do you spend any time in praise? Do you spend any time in loving Him? Do you spend any time asking Him to show you what things in your life He wants changed? Are your prayers all about you and what you need/want or are they about Him? Are you giving or taking?

I have found that, if I focus on pleasing God, then He blesses me. He blesses me with protection for my children. He blesses me with many things that make me smile. He knows the desires of my heart and can take care of them in a manner that is much better than anything I could ever imagine. He wants to make me happy! However, He also wants me to be walking in His will. He wants me to be taking my part in His kingdom here on earth. He wants me to give to Him and then He will give to me!

I put together a page that reviews some of the things the Bible says about prayer. If you haven't seen it, go take a peek and then come back.

God knows how He wants you to pray. Ask Him to show you. He usually has certain things or certain people that He wants you to pray about and He will probably want you to spend time just getting to know Him better. Seek the kingdom of God. Find out where you fit in to that kingdom. Find out how you should be praying. God is not Santa Claus. He is God. Approach Him the way He wants to be approached.

Don't model your style of prayer after anyone else. Don't let anyone tell you how you should be praying. Be open to what God wants you to do and say. Learn how to pray more effectively! It's important!
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1/13/03 Prayer Coverings

"Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints."
Ephesians 6:18

Recently the Lord reminded me of something. It has to do with the Body of Christ. We don't always see the jobs of all the members. Some jobs are very visible and many are invisible, so to speak. We don't always know what things are being done in the dark. Prayers are one job that are prayed in the "dark" in the prayer closet.

I know for a fact that the success of my ministry is dependent on people's prayers. I know that there are people that respond to the call that God lays on their heart and they pray for me and my ministry.

I believe that sometimes things go wrong for people because somebody or some bodies missed their prayer assignment. While some people are visibly active in the Body, the intercessors are busy behind the scenes praying God's will into action.

Every person that is in God's ministry, whether a large ministry or small, needs to have a prayer covering. (By the way, are you a member of the Body of Christ? If yes, then you do have a ministry.)

When God lays someone on our hearts and minds it is for a reason. When I don't know why in particular I pray blessings on them. That is why I am glad to be able to pray in tongues. I can pray for someone when I don't know exactly how to pray. However, if God wants us to pray then He equips us with what we need to accomplish that prayer.

Prayers of the saints are weapons used in spiritual warfare. The enemy is on the prowl trying to destroy ministries and people who are effective in the Kingdom of God. We must be alert and responsive when God gives us a prayer "assignment!" Someone is depending on it!
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7/1/03 In One Accord

"It came even to pass, as the trumpeters and singers were as one, to make one sound to be heard in praising and thanking the LORD; and when they lifted up their voice with the trumpets and cymbals and instruments of musick, and praised the LORD, saying, For he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever: that then the house was filled with a cloud, even the house of the LORD; so that the priests could not stand to minister by reason of the cloud: for the glory of the LORD had filled the house of God."
2Chronicles 5:13-14

 This is a do-it-yourself Bible study. I'm going to review this scripture with you and then give you some things to ponder.

The trumpeters (120 priests) and singers (a large number of Levites dressed in white linen, having cymbals and psalteries and harps) were as one. They sang and played together as one.

Notice, it says they lifted up their voice (not voices) and praised God. They all praised Him together, saying the same words... focusing on Him with one mind and one heart. What happened?

That's it. That's the Bible study.

Compare these two verses with Acts 2:1 where, "they were all with one accord in one place."
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9/17/03  Drink the Water

"As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God."
Psalm 42:1

COMMENTS:    I was telling you how I was feeling like I was in a spiritual desert and that my prayers are not connecting.  The main problem in a desert is thirst.  I live in a desert climate.  I have plants outside that normally would not survive in this weather.  However, with water, they do just fine.

 God is our spiritual water.  We are made in His image.  We are created by Him because of His love.  He created us to love us and to receive our love in return.  If we don't connect with God then we have a thirst that cannot be quenched.  We will always feel a longing and, if we don't recognize it as a thirst for God, then we often try to fill that longing with other things.  We can die in our souls if we don't drink from God.

Most of the summer I have not been drinking from God.  I have only been taking sips.  I did not spend dedicated time with Him and in His Word.  I did "take Him with me" most of the time.  I would include Him in my life.  I would praise Him and talk to Him each day.  What I was not doing was drinking from Him.

  There were a lot of things going on this summer that filled my days.  I spent many hours helping to build our barn.  I spent a lot more hours doing all the things that I do all the time.  Many evenings I would exhaustedly drop into bed, only to wake up in the morning and do it all again.

So, was it my fault that I wasn't spending enough time with Him?  Yes.  My choices were made every day as to what to do with my time.  My reasoning was:  they needed my help building the barn, some things wouldn't get done unless I did them, my husband needed my help, whatever, whatever, whatever.

  So, why didn't I get up really really early every morning to spend time with Him?  Why didn't I lock myself in my camper and turn on the air conditioner to spend time with Him?  OK, stop it!  Stop making me feel guilty!!  Just who do you think you are, anyway?   Oh, maybe this is God speaking.  Maybe He is washing away all my good reasons for not spending time with Him.  Maybe He missed me more than I missed Him.  Maybe He is training me on how to handle it next summer.  Maybe He is taking me through this desert to let me know how He felt while I was busy.  Maybe He is allowing me to become very very thirsty so I will never do that again.

 Let's go on in this chapter.  Verse 2, "My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God: when shall I come and appear before God?"  OK, God, I am appearing in front of You.  I have no good excuses.  I messed up.  My soul thirsts for communion with You.  You are the living God.  You are what I need.

Verse 3, "My tears have been my meat day and night, while they continually say unto me, Where is thy God?"  Well, I haven't really been crying, but I imagine that the people I was with during the summer may have wondered where You were.  They didn't see me communing with You.  They didn't see the fruit of my drinking from You because I was only sipping.

 Verse 8, "Yet the LORD will command his lovingkindness in the daytime, and in the night his song shall be with me, and my prayer unto the God of my life."  No matter how badly I mess up, yet He still loves me.  He still is with me.  I will not walk away just because I feel like I am in a desert.  I will still praise Him.  I will still spend time with Him.  I will still absorb His Word.

Verse 11, "Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God."  Why should I be cast down?  I will be encouraged by my God who is the health of my countenance.  I will trust that He will guide me through the desert.  I will trust that He will provide manna to sustain me as long as is necessary.  I will rejoice in this time and use it for reflection and for learning.  I will continue to praise my Lord, my God, my Life.

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1/12/04  Knowing God's Will

"Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise."
John 5:19

COMMENTS:  Jesus also said in John 5:30, "I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me."  Don't ask me why Jesus differentiated Himself from God if He was God.  I don't know the answers to those types of questions.  I do know that it is in the Bible and must be there for a reason.

I'd say that one reason it is there is to show us what we should be doing.  God's will is what we should seek to be doing.  How do we know what God's will for us is?  The Bible is full of directions and guidance to point us in the right direction.  That would be an excellent place to start.  I would like to make a suggestion, however.  You  need to read it for yourself.  Don't rely on a pastor or teacher to do it for you.  Even if they are hitting the nail on the head in their teachings, they may be trying to teach you what God gave them FOR THEMSELVES.

God will speak to you on an individual basis through His Word.  He will open your understanding in such a way that it is personal to you.  He will remind you of other scriptures you read and show you how to put them together.  Get into your Bible and meet God there!

If you don't have it firmly planted in your head, then work on planting the fact:  God will speak to you.  God will let you know what He wants you to do.  Sometimes it is clear and sometimes it is not.  Sometimes I think He wants you to choose what to do to show you whether or not you know Him very well.

Other times He wants you to learn so much about His nature and to be so attuned to His heart that you are supposed to be guided by His eye.  (Ps 32:8) 

Jesus spent a lot of time alone with God.  There are lots of times when He went off by Himself.  If Jesus needed to spend time alone with God, what makes us think that we don't?

Let's not be so presumptuous to think that we are in God's will just because we are a good person and go to church every week, either.  It takes communication with God to determine His will.  How will we know whether or not to witness to someone?  Was your first thought, "Of course!  We should witness to everyone!"  Not necessarily.  I have spoken to people who came to the Lord because I DIDN'T witness to them.  Occasionally God would open a door for me to be able to speak of the things He was doing in my life.  Sometimes He just wanted me to demonstrate His love and compassion.

We aren't necessarily the person that God chooses to bring someone to the Lord.  He has an entire Body of people that are to be at His beck and call.  He may take that person that you had the job of softening their heart and send another Christian to them to bring them to the Lord.

I know other people who are turned away from all things of God because they were hammered with the gospel over and over by well-meaning Christians.

You see where I'm going with this?  What we assume to be God's will may not be His will at all.  We need to be in constant communion with Him.  Don't say, "Amen" at the end of your morning prayers and dismiss God until the next morning.  Keep thinking about Him all day long.  Include Him in your life.  Expect to hear from Him.  Do things and say things because He wants them done or said.

One last thought:  when you mess up, ask Him to forgive you and try again.

One more thought:  when you mess up after you've asked forgiveness for messing up and after you've tried again.... ask Him to forgive you and try again... and again... and again...

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