How to pray when I don’t know how

By: Carole L. Haines 

If you ever struggle with how to pray for people, the Bible is filled with wonderful prayers we can pray over the lives of others. I have, and still do pray the following prayers over people directly from the Word of God. We are promised that God’s Word will never return void without accomplishing what God has sent it forth to do. 

“For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven, 
And do not return there without watering the earth 
And making it bear and sprout, 
And furnishing seed to the sower and bread to the eater. 
So, will My word be which goes forth from My mouth. 
It will not return to Me empty, without accomplishing what I desire, 
And without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it. (Isaiah 55:10-11) 

Praying God’s Word over people is a powerful practice which promises fruit. I will give you my two favorites below, but there are wonderful ones from the prophets, like Daniel, Jeremiah and Isaiah. You will also find great ones in the epistles of Peter and Paul. Here are two of my favorites and I pray them over my children often. 

“We have not ceased to pray for you and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, 10 so that you will walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, to please Him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; 11 strengthened with all power, according to His glorious might, for the attaining of all steadfastness and patience; joyously 12 giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified us to share in the inheritance of the saints in Light.” (Colossians 1:9-10) 

“I do not cease giving thanks for you, while making mention of you in my prayers; that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of Him. I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe. These are in accordance with the working of the strength of His might which He brought about in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. And He put all things in subjection under His feet and gave Him as head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all. (Ephesians 1:16-23) 

God’s Word tells us that sometimes we just won’t know how to pray for a certain person or situation (Romans 8:26). Yet it also calls us to pray without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:17). When we are struggling to pray God’s will over a situation or person, we can find direction, led by the Holy Spirit, in His Powerful Word. Not only so, but His Word bears fruit and accomplishes His will. Be Blessed in your prayers today, Dear Believers. 

Stewards of ourselves

A guest post By: Bruce Nevin Haines 

All we have is a gift from God. Our bodies, talents, mind, resources, relationships, they’re all gifts from God. The Bible tells us: 

“Every good thing given, and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow.” (James 1:17) 

A Steward is defined as a manager, an overseer, or a guardian. Anything good we have in our lives is a gift from God, and as such, it is something we much treat with gratitude and care. Everything is a resource that we are to manage and treat with honor. Take our bodies for example, God’s Word calls our bodies temples of the Holy Spirit.  
       “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you have been bought with a price: therefore, glorify God in your body.” 
 (1 Corinthians 6:19-20)  

Our desire to honor God with our bodies should come from a place of Gratitude for the gift of Salvation bought for us. We offer our bodies back to God in joy and thanksgiving as an act of Worship. (Romans 12:1-2) Our bodies are the vessel through which we have opportunity to serve God. Stewardship involves every facet of who we are. We need to try to take care of ourselves in such away, as to be good stewards of these gifts we have been given. 
If I need medicine for any reason, I should take it.  We are stewards of our minds and emotions as well. Where there is stress, depression, anxiety, anger; I need to choose to handle myself in a way that honors God. God promises me that: 

“No temptation has overtaken you, but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it (1 Corinthians 10:13). 

Therefore, I can trust God to strengthen me and provide the resources I need to respond in a godly manner to any temptation or situation I face. It’s His promise, and He is a promise-keeping God.  I cry out to Him from my place of need, in any area, and He gives me strength. Maybe not deliverance, but the ability to walk through it, to manage my emotions, my mind and my body in a manner pleasing to God. 
     Stewardship also involves the wisdom to create boundaries with people who are consistently a problem for us. We need to love them in Christ, but sometimes it’s wise to keep our distance as well. We are stewards of our relationships. These, too, are gifts from God, but life can bring us unsafe people and we need to relate to them wisely and carefully. We truly can do all things through Christ who gives us strength, strength in the moment of need. (Philippians 4:13, Hebrews 4:16) 

Take heart, Dear Believer, we are all still learning to be good stewards of ourselves. Have a Blessed Day. 

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