Prayer A to Z: A Comprehensive Bible-Based Study of Prayer by Stephen Nielsen: Table of Contents and a Short Excerpt

 
prayer A to Z Book

                        

                              CONTENTS

 PREFACE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .xvii                         
 
 INTRODUCTION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  xix
 
1   ANSWERS TO PRAYER . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21
    God Wants Us to Know We Can Receive Answers to Prayer . . . . . . . . .  21
    How to Receive Answers to Prayer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  26
    Why Prayers Aren’t Always Answered . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  36
    The Blessings of Answered Prayer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  37 
 
 2   AROMA OF PRAYER  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  39
    The Golden Altar of Incense . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  39
    The Brazen Altar  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  40
    Burning the Incense  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   43
    Keeping Our Prayers As Sweet As Incense . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   44
 
3   AUTHORITY IN PRAYER . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   46
    Our Position of Authority . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   46
    Executing Our Authority with Power  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  49
    The Use of Our Authority . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   52
 
4   BURDEN IN PRAYER . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  55
    The Burden of God . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  55
    God Calls Us to Be Burden Bearers with Him  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55
    How to Recognize a Burden  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56
    Preparing for Burdens . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .59
    Carrying Burdens . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  60
 
5   CONFIDENCE IN PRAYER . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62
    What Is Confidence? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  62
    Why Do We Need Confidence? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63
    What Makes Us Confident? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .66
 
6   DEFINITION OF PRAYER  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  74
    The Nature and Meaning of Prayer  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .75
    Various Descriptions of Prayer  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80
    The Forms of Prayer  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83
 
7    DESIRE IN PRAYER  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  85
    What Is the Biblical Meaning of Desire? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   85
    God’s Desire for Us  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  87
    Our Desire for God  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 88
    Our Desire to Pray  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 89
    How to Develop and Deepen Desire . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 91
 
8   EARNESTNESS IN PRAYER   . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 94
    What Does It Mean to Pray with Earnestness? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .94
    What Does Earnestness in Prayer Not Mean?   . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .97
    Why Should We Pray with Earnestness?  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 98
    How to Develop Earnestness in Prayer? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 99
    Levels of Earnestness  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100
 
9   EVANGELISM AND PRAYER . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  101
    What to Pray for Ourselves . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  101
    What to Pray for the Lost  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  106
    A Strategy for Evangelism . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  110
 
10   FAILURE IN PRAYER  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 113
    Failure in Getting to Prayer  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  113
    Failure in Prayer  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .115
 
11   FAITH AND PRAYER  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  121
    What Is Faith? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 121
    The Different Kinds of Faith  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 126
    The Growth and Development of Faith . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 128
    How to Pray with Faith  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 131
 
12   FASTING AND PRAYER   . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 133
    Jesus Has Taught Us to Fast  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .133
    We Have the Examples of Many that Fasted  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 134
    Our Neglect of Fasting  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  136
    How True Fasting Has Been Described  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  137
    Various Types of Fasts  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  138
    Five Wrong Reasons to Fast  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 140
    Twelve Right Reasons to Fast  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 141
    Guidelines for Fasting  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  143
 
13   FORGIVENESS AND PRAYER  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  145
    Being Forgiven by God  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   145
    Forgiving Yourself  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  148
    Forgiving Others  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 149
 
14   GOD’S IDEA  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  155
    Arguments that Prayer Is Not God’s Idea  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 155
    Proof that Prayer Is God’s Idea  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  156
    God’s Ten Idea’s or Purposes for Prayer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  157
 
15   HOLINESS AND PRAYER . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  161
    The Meaning of Holiness . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  161
    The Extent of Holiness . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  162
    Why Be Holy? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  164
    How to Be Holy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 165
    Seven Things to Practice for Holiness . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  170
 
16   HOLY SPIRIT AND PRAYER . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  177
    Who Is the Holy Spirit? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  177
    Prayer for the Holy Spirit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  180
    How the Holy Spirit Helps Us Pray . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  181
    Eight Things We Can Pray that the Holy Spirit Will Do for Us . . . . 184
 
17   HOW TO PRAY – PART 1  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  189
    Eight of Jesus Teachings on Prayer  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .189
 
18   HOW TO PRAY – PART 2  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 198
    Introduction to the Prayer  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 198
    The Address – “Our Father in Heaven” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  203
    The Six Petitions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .205
    The Doxology  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  213
    The Use of the Lord’s Prayer in My Personal Prayers . . . . . . . . . . . 214                                 
 
19   IMPORTUNITY IN PRAYER  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  218
    Importunity in Prayer Demonstrated in the Scriptures . . . . . . . . .  218
    The Great Demand of Importune Prayer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  224
    The Process of Importune Prayer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   227
    How to Pray with Importunity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 228
    The Results of Praying with Importunity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .229
 
20   INTERCESSION – PART 1  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  231
    The Father’s Role in Intercession  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  231
    The Intercession of Christ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 234
    The Intercession of the Holy Spirit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  237
 
21   INTERCESSION – PART 2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 239
    The Definition of Intercession . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 239
 
22   INTERCESSION – PART 3 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  246
    Who to Intercede for and What to Pray for Them . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 246
    Our Great Responsibility to Intercede . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 252
    The Blessings of Intercession . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  255
 
23   JESUS’ NAME . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  257
    What Does It Mean To Pray in Jesus’ Name? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  .257
    The Use of Praying in His Name . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   261
    How Do We Know If We Are Really Praying in His Name? . . . . . . 263
 
24   KNEELING AND PRAYER . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  264
    Why Should We Be Concerned about Our Prayer Posture? . . . . . . 264
    Six Prayer Positions and What Each One Symbolizes . . . . . . . . . . . 265
    A History of Prayer Posture . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 271
 
25   LENGTH OF PRAYER . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 273
    How Long Should We Pray? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 273
    How to Pray Long . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .276
    Planning to Pray Long . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 278
 
26   MINISTRY OF PRAYER . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 280
    What Is a Prayer Ministry? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 280
    Who Are the Participants of the Prayer Ministry? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 281
    Christ Our Life and Example . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 285
    The Power of the Prayer Ministry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 286
    How to Set Up a Prayer Ministry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 288
    Intercessors – The Workers of the Prayer Ministry . . . . . . . . . . . .   296
 
27   NECESSITY OF PRAYER . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .300
    Prayer Is Necessary to Obtain Personal Salvation . . . . . . . . . . . . . 300
    Prayer Is Necessary for Spiritual Growth . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .301
    Prayer Is Necessary to Help Us Stand Firm Against the Devil . . . .302
    Prayer Is Necessary to Obtain Things . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 303
    Prayer Is Necessary for Obtaining Fullness of Joy . . . . . . . . . . . . . 304
    Prayer Is Necessary for Obtaining Mercy and Grace . . . . . . . . . . . 304
    Prayer Is Necessary for Obtaining Freedom from Anxiety . . . . . . .305
    Prayer Is Necessary for Obtaining the Power of the Holy Spirit .  305       
    Prayer Is Necessary to Carry Out God’s Work . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 307
 
28   OBEDIENCE AND PRAYER . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  309
    What Is Obedience? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 309
    How to Obey . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  311
    The Results of Obedience . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 315
 
29   POSSIBILITIES OF PRAYER . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 321
    The Wide Scope of Prayer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 321
    Asking God for Big Things . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  322
    What about Miracles? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 326
    Moving Mountains through Prayer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .334
 
30    POWER IN PRAYER . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  336
    The Source of Prayer Power . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 336
    The Instrument of Prayer Power . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  337
    The Purpose of Prayer Power . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 337
    The Acquisition of Prayer Power . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 342
 
31   PRAISE AND PRAYER – PART 1  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .347
    What Is Praise? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 347
    What Is Prayer? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 349         
    The Origin and Basis of Praise . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 351
    Common Praise . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  351
    The Difference between Petitionary Prayer and Praise . . . . . . . . . . 352      
    The Interdependence of Petitionary Prayer and Praise . . . . . . . . . . 353
    Staying On the Path of Praise . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .354
    The Use of Praise in Life . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  356
    The Use of Praise in Warfare . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  357
    The Use of Praise in Prayer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 359
 
32   PRAISE AND PRAYER – PART 2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .360
    Examples of Praise from the Bible . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  360
    Examples of Praise from Various Bible Characters . . . . . . . . . . . . . 363     
 
33   PRAYERLESSNESS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 367
    Six Reasons Why Prayerlessness Is Sin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 367
    Four Deadly Sins That Keep Us from Prayer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 370
    Seven Ideas to Help You Overcome Prayerlessness . . . . . . . . . . . . . 374
 
34   QUIETNESS IN PRAYER – PART 1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  377
    How God Speaks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 377
    Why God Speaks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 382
    How to Hear God’s Voice . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 383
    Respond To His Voice . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 386
 
35   QUIETNESS IN PRAYER – PART 2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 387
    What Is a Quiet Time? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  387
    How to Have a Quiet Time . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  389
    Sample Outlines . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  394
    Making It Work . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 395
 
36   QUIETNESS IN PRAYER – PART 3 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 397
    The Importance of Solitude . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 397
    How to Find Solitude . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 398
    Hindrances to Finding Inner Solitude . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 401
    What to Do While In Solitude . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 406
    The Blessings of Solitude . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 410
 
37   QUIETNESS IN PRAYER – PART 4 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .413
    What’s the Devil up To Regarding Our Prayers? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  413
    Who Are the Devil’s Servants that Try to Pervert Our Prayers?  . . 414
    Don’t Be Fooled by the Devil’s Counterfeit Prayer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .421
    How to Stay on Track with Your Prayers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .423
 
38   REVIVAL AND PRAYER . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .426
    What is Revival? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 426
    Our Great Need of Revival . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  428
    The Pattern of Revival . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 429
    The History of Revival . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .432
    Preparing for Revival . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 435
 
39   SPECIFIC PRAYING . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 437
    What It Means to Pray Specifically . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 437
    Why It Is Important to Pray Specifically . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  437
    Why Some Prayers Are Not Specific . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 439
    How to Pray Specifically . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .440
 
40   SURVEY OF PRAYER – PART 1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 443
    The Prayers of Abram-Abraham . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 443
    The Prayer of Abraham’s Servant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 446
    The Prayers of Jacob . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  447
    The Prayers of Job . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  448
    The Prayers of Moses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 450
 
41   SURVEY OF PRAYER – PART 2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 459
    The Prayers of Joshua . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 459
    The Prayers of the Sons of Israel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 460
    The Prayers of Gideon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 462
    The Prayer of Monoah . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .463
    The Prayers of Samson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   464
    The Prayers of Hannah . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 465
    The Prayers of Samuel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 467
 
 
42   SURVEY OF PRAYER – PART 3 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .469
    The Prayers of David . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  469
    The Prayers of Solomon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .475
    The Prayer of Jabez . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 477
    The Prayer of Asa . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  478
    The Prayer of Jehoshaphat . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .478
 
43   SURVEY OF PRAYER – PART 4 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .480
    The Prayers of Elijah . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .480
    The Prayers of Elisha . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  482
    The Prayers of Jonah . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  483
    The Prayers of Hezekiah . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .485
    The Prayers of Isaiah . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 487
    The Prayers of Habakkuk . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 488
    The Prayers of Jeremiah . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .489
    The Prayers of Ezekiel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .490
    The Prayers of Daniel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  491
 
44   SURVEY OF PRAYER – PART 5 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 494
    The Prayers of Ezra . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 494
    The Prayers of Nehemiah . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 496
    The Prayer of the Leaders of the Levites . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  498
    The Prayers of Jesus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  500
    The Prayers of the Early Church . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .504
    The Prayers of Paul . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .506
    The Prayer of John . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  510
 
45   TRAVAIL IN PRAYER  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .512
    What Do We Mean by “Travail In Prayer”? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .512
    The Source of Travail . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  515
    The Struggle of Travail . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 516
    The Process of Travail . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 518
    Why Do We Need to Travail In Prayer? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 520
 
46   UNITED PRAYER . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  522
    United Prayer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 522
    Group Prayer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  525
 
47   VIGILANCE IN PRAYER – PART 1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .532
    What Is Vigilance? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 532
    Two Purposes for Vigilance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  533
    Why Is Vigilance Necessary? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 534
 
48   VIGILANCE IN PRAYER – PART 2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 542
    Vigilance by the Power of the Holy Spirit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 542
    Vigilance by Prayer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  542
    Vigilance by Our Understanding of the Cross . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 543
    Vigilance by Resisting Sin and Satan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 545
 
49   WORD AND PRAYER . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .553
    The Word Teaches Us to Pray . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  553
    Abiding In the Word Gives Us Power to Pray . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 555
    Prayer Gives Power to the Word . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  560
 
50   XANADU . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 566
    The Beauty of His Creation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 566
    The Beauty of His Plan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 567
    The Beauty of the Inner Room . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .570
    How to Better Experience the Beauty of the Inner Room . . . . . . . . . 572
 
51   YIELDING IN PRAYER . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575
    What Is Yielding? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  575
    What Do We Yield To? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .576
    How to Yield to God and Not to Satan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 578
 
52   ZENITH OF PRAYER . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .583
 
PARTS OF PRAYER . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .583
    Prayer as Confession . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 584
    Prayer as Praise . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 586
    Prayer as Thanksgiving . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 587
    Prayer as Petition . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 589
 
PURPOSE OF PRAYER . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 591
    The Overall Purposes of Prayer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 591
    Of Confession . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 592
    Of Praise . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 593
    Of Thanksgiving . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .594
    Of Petition . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 595
 
PRINCIPLES OF PRAYER . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 597
    Attentiveness to God . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 597
    Priorities of Prayer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 601
    Power in Prayer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 602
    Responsibility to Intercede . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  603
    Only to God . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .604
    Answers to Prayer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  605
    Confidence in Prayer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 607
    Hear Us! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  609
    Importunity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 611
    Necessity of the Word . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .612
    God . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   613
    His Desires and Burdens . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 615
    In His Name . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  616
    Specific Prayer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 618
    Transparency in Prayer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 619
    Hindrances to Prayer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .621
    Resisting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 623
    Obey Him . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  625
    Need for Unity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  626
    Earnestness in Prayer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 628
 
PEAK OF PRAYER . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 631
    What Prayer Basically Is: Soul to Soul Communication . . . . . . . . . . . 631
    The Different Parts of Prayer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  639
    The Means and the Purpose of Prayer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 643
    United Prayer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  649
 
PRACTICE OF PRAYER . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 653
    Find Places to Pray . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 653
    Use Prayer Aids . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 655
    Develop Prayer Practices . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 660
    Have Special Prayer Times . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  669
 
NOTES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   677
 
BIBLIOGRAPHY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 699
 
 
 
 
 

Here is a short excerpt from chapter One.

CHAPTER 1

 ANSWERS TO PRAYER

 

Most of us I think would say that over our lifetime we have only received a handful of answers to prayer.  But that’s not the way it should be.  God purposed from the beginning that answers to prayer be the rule, not the exception.  His idea of prayer was, and is, to be a regular, daily means for us to receive from Him what we need and desire in order to do His will.  In fact, Jesus has promised us in John 15:7, “If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.”  Yes, God wants to give you the very thing you desire and ask for.  And He will, if you meet the conditions—to abide in Him and let His words abide in you.

GOD WANTS US TO KNOW WE CAN RECEIVE ANSWERS

 Prayer was never meant to be an end in itself—not an exercise to glory in, to impress someone, or even merely for communion and enjoyment of God, though that is part of prayer.  Rather, the main purpose of prayer is to glorify God when we receive from Him the things we ask for (Jn. 14:13).  And that is what we should expect when we pray—that He will give us exactly what we ask for, nothing else, nothing different.

Now let us look further into why we can know that we can receive answers to prayer.  Here are six reasons:

 

1.  In all of Jesus’ teachings on prayer He has emphasized strongly that we can receive answers.  In Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, in Matthew 7:7-11, Jesus instructed His disciples on asking and receiving.  He told them that if they will just ask, He will give to them, if they seek they will find, and if they knock the door will be opened to them.  Here it seems that asking, seeking, and knocking are all ways of asking, asking that gets more and more intense.  Seeking is more intense than regular asking, and knocking is more intense than seeking.

But I think this passage is teaching more than just our intensity in prayer.  I see this kind of prayer as a progression of prayer that involves us in the process.  God wants us to be involved in prayer, in bringing about the answer.  He doesn’t just want to hand us what we desire on a silver platter.  So here Jesus I think is teaching: ask what you desire, but then when God gives you some insight into what exactly He wants to give you, go out and seek for it—put some feet on your prayers.  Then next, when you think you have found what you have been praying for, knock on the door. And when the door opens, test it to see if it is what God wants you to have.

An example of this kind of prayer would be when we are praying for a job.  We would begin our prayer by asking God for the kind of job we desire.  But it doesn’t end there with verbal asking.  We don’t just keep asking and not do anything.  No. The next thing we naturally do when we desire a job is to “seek”—to look around for a job.  We would look in the paper or on-line at the help wanted ads, etc.  But it doesn’t end there.  We would get on the phone and call places that interest us and then go and talk to the person offering the job.  That’s the knocking part of prayer.  So we don’t just sit on the couch and pray!  We put feet to our prayers!  God wants us to be involved in the process of prayer.

Notice that at each level, or at each step on the journey Jesus tells us that God will give us an answer.  He said, “For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.”

The basis for God’s answers, Jesus explained (vv. 9-11), is the fact that He is our Heavenly Father and He loves us.  His love and goodness is far beyond that of our earthly fathers.  Jesus’ teaching here is that if our earthly fathers who are sinful give us every good thing that we need and ask for, how much more will our Heavenly Father give to us when we ask Him.  

On another occasion, in Luke 18:1-8, Jesus told a story about a widow who repeatedly came to the town judge, pleading for justice.  According to the story, the judge did not fear God or regard man,

and he really didn’t want to help the woman.  But because of her persistence in coming, he finally said to himself, “Though I do not fear God nor regard man, yet because this widow troubles me I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me.”

Then Jesus said, “Hear what the unjust judge said.  And shall God not avenge His own elect who cry out day and night to Him, though He bears long with them?  I tell you that He will avenge them speedily.”

Here again, as in the first story, the teaching I believe is that of contrast.  If the earthly, unjust judge gave justice to the woman because of her persistent pleading, God as our judge will certainly give us help when we pray, and much more speedily, because He is good and just.

In these two teachings of Jesus on prayer the central theme is on the persistence of prayer—that if we are persistent He will surely give us an answer because He is good.  But there are other themes of prayer in Jesus’ teachings that likewise show us how the Father wants to give us answers.  In Mathew 21:18-22 and in Mark 11:20-24 the theme is having faith.  Read these stories for yourself and see how Jesus emphasizes that if we have faith we can surely receive answers.  He says in Matthew 21:22, “And whatever you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.  Then also in Mark 11:24 He says, “Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.”

In the gospel of John the emphasis of Jesus’ teachings is on abiding and asking in His name.  In John 14:13-14 Jesus states, “And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.  If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.”  In John 16:24 Jesus says, “Until now you have asked nothing in My name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.”  Last, in John 15:7 Jesus says, “If you a- bide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.”

Notice, in all of the above verses, the emphasis Jesus puts on our receiving—that if we have faith, or abide, or ask in His name, we will definitely receive what we ask for.  He says, “…you will receive” (Matt. 21:22), “…you will have them” (Mk. 11:24), “…I will do it” (Jn. 14:14), “…you will receive…” (Jn. 16:24), and “…it shall be done for you” (Jn. 15:7).  There is definitely no uncertainty in these teachings of Jesus that God will give us what we ask for when we meet the conditions (Italics added for emphasis).

 

2.  God has made it our nature to ask in prayer in order that we may receive.  We are not speaking of the old nature here.  It is not in the sinful nature to want to pray and expect answers.  If you are without God you never want to pray, and when you do pray you are surprised when answers come.  But when we invite the Holy Spirit to fill us and when we learn how to pray from Him, God works in us the desire to pray and expect answers.  Therefore, it is the new nature in us that desires to pray and to receive answers.

Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians 3:16 that we are temples of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in us.  He was of course speaking to only believers; God’s Spirit dwells in each believer.  He dwells in us individually, but also corporately—in the church (1 Pet. 2:4-5).  In Matthew 21:13 Jesus said, “My house shall be called a house of prayer…” In that context He was speaking of the Jewish temple.  However, I think we can also conclude that since we (individually and as a church) are temples of God, Jesus was also speaking to us.  Yes, in our new nature, we naturally want to pray and to receive answers, because He has made us a “house of prayer.”  In this house of prayer, where the Spirit dwells, He will give you His heart, His desire.  And when we lift that desire up to God, when we ask Him according to that desire, that is what prayer really is.

Now when I said God gives you a desire I did not necessarily mean only a desire to pray (though that is included).  God will give you a desire for a specific thing that He wants you to have, or for a specific change to take place in you or another person.  That desire for that thing will naturally bring you closer to God, fill your heart with joy, and give you confidence that what you are praying for will happen.  For if He gives you the desire for a thing then we know it is His will and we will feel His abiding presence with us.

3.  It is God’s nature to hear and answer prayer.  It is well established in the Bible, by various declarations (especially in the Psalms) and by ample evidence, that God hears and answers prayer.  In Psalms 5:3 David declares, “My voice

You shall hear in the morning, O LORD; in the morning I will direct it to You, and I will look up.” Again in Psalms 65:2 David says of God, “O You who hear prayer, to You all flesh will come.”

In Hebrews 11:6 we find the clear teaching that God is a rewarded of those who diligently seek Him.  This is His nature.  This is who He is.  He is a God who listens to our prayers and rewards us with an answer.

He answers the prayers of all His creatures who cry out to Him for mercy and for daily needs.  Look out and see how God has fed and clothed the whole earth.  Not even the little birds lack food and shelter (Matt. 6:26-28).  He answers the prayers of Christians in particular because we are His own special people whom He died for and whom He has adopted into His family (1 Pet. 2:9; Eph. 1:5-7).  What a good Heavenly Father we have.  He is always watching out for us.  He cares for all our needs and wants because He loves us so much.

He wants to answer our little requests as well as our big requests.  He cares about the little things we ask for, not because they are so important in themselves but because they are important to us.  For just as a mother sees to the little things that an infant child cries out for, God cares about the little things that we ask for.  Likewise, God wants to give us big things too—and a lot of things.  He says to us from Psalms 81:10, “Open your mouth wide, and I will fill it.”  Again, from Jeremiah 33:3, He says to us, “Call to me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.”

4.  God’s answers to prayer show evidence of the existence of God and give us proof of our right relationship with Him.  Anyone who comes to God in prayer must believe, at least a little, that He exists (Heb. 11:6).  But when He rewards us with an answer, we have unmistakable evidence of His existence.  Says E. M. Bounds, “There is no proof so clear and demonstrative that God exists than prayer and its answers.”

Furthermore, when we receive answers from Him, it not only strengthens our own faith, but it plants the seed of faith in others around us who have witnessed His answers.  This was Elijah’s expectation for the people of Israel—that when they witnessed what God would do they would believe.  Thus he prayed, “Hear me, O Lord, hear me, that this people may know that You are the LORD God…” (1 Kin. 18:37).

Answered prayer not only gives us proof of His existence, it gives us confidence that we are on the right track with God—that we have a right relationship with Him and that He is pleased with us and with our prayers.  Again E. M. Bounds states, “Answer to prayer is the convincing proof of our right relations to God.”

But it not only gives us confidence and proof; it gives those around us proof.  Surely, those around Elijah knew, because of his answered prayer, that he was a man of God.  When people around us see how God answers our prayers they will also regard us as men and women of God.  When this happens (and it will) we must always be careful to give God the glory so they will praise Him and not us.

5.  When we receive His answers we share in His work and will.  God has chosen us who believe to bring to pass His will on earth.  But we can’t do it under our own power.  He has designed that we accomplish His work and will through prayer.  That is, through prayer He will give us strength, wisdom, confidence, and any help we need to accomplish His work.

In Luke 19:10 it says, “For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.”  When we allow the Holy Spirit to fill us, we in effect are joining Jesus in His work of seeking and saving the lost.  And when we pray for the lost and He answers our prayers, we can know that His work is being done though us.

 

6.  Answers to prayer bring God glory and bring us joy.  In John 14:13 Jesus said, “And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.”  Then in John 16:24 Jesus said to His disciples (and to us), “Until now you have asked nothing in My name.  Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.” Here we see clearly that the purpose of answered prayer is to glorify God, that He would be glorified in the Son.  But we see also that the outcome for us is that our joy is made full. I believe that when we pray in the Holy Spirit, according to His will, this will always be the outcome for us.  For when we are used in the service of God to bring Him glory by our prayers, the Holy Spirit will always fill us up with joy.  That is what will naturally happen.  It is the joy of the Holy Spirit bubbling up in us; it is the overflow of the glory of God in us.

Now what we are talking about is not prayer itself.  The act of prayer, the obedience of prayer, does not necessarily bring God glory.  Prayer is what is expected of us, but it is the answers that come from our prayers that bring Him glory and us joy.  The whole point of prayer is to get answers.

E. M. Bounds has said, “It is not the marvelous array of argument and eloquence in praying which makes prayer effectual.  Not one or all of these are the things which glorify God.  It is the answers which brings glory to His Name.”  Again Bounds wrote, “Better not to pray at all than to go through a dead form, which secures no answer, brings no glory to God, and supplies no good to man.”

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About Stephen Nielsen

I'm an author, a self publisher, and a painting contractor. I live in beautiful Minnesota, USA . Welcome to my blog site.
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3 Responses to Prayer A to Z: A Comprehensive Bible-Based Study of Prayer by Stephen Nielsen: Table of Contents and a Short Excerpt

  1. Heidi Viars says:

    You have the heart of a teacher, Stephen … I am so grateful to have crossed paths with you! There is no better relationship on earth than the one with our Creator. There is no better way to keep this relationship intact than in, through and with prayer! Thanks you for pouring into this topic!!!! I pray your material reaches far and that God will use it bring glory to Him. 🙂

  2. Thank you so much! It is a journey. Pray I will be able to keep it up.

  3. Valentine Katte says:

    I will have to get this book. Thanks Steve hope you are doing fine

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