“Prayer is the key that opens the storehouse of God’s infinite grace and power”. R. A. Torrey
” But He draws close to us as we draw close to Him”. James 4:8
As you set your goals for 2011, let your first goal be to seek the Lord and to increase your walk with Him by increasing your prayer life and bible study. Matthew 6:33 AMP states , ” But seek first of all His Kingdom and His righteousness, and then all these things taken together will be given you besides”. Prayer
“Lord, I draw close to You today, grateful that You will draw close to me as You promised in your Word ( James 4:8). I long to dwell in your presense and my desire is for a deeper and more intimate relationship with You.
God help me to set aside time each day to meet with you alone… Teach me to pray the way You want me to. Help me to learn more about you. ( Portions of prayer taken from ‘The Power of A Praying Woman” by Stormie Omartian)
One prayer warrior Alvin J. Vander Griend calls prayer “the talking part of the most important love relationship of your life”. God loves you so that, although He is sovereign, He has decided that He wants a relationship with you and to commune with you. Prayer is an awesome privilege .Two reasons for prayer is to develop a relationship with God and to release God’s will on earth.
You want to draw closer to Him and to know Him? You need answers? You want God to guide you as you set and carry out your goals ? Come join the 21 Day of Prayer and Fasting with myself and Minetta Hare of Faith at Work Ministries. Below is information Missionary Hare has supplied about the 21 Day Prayer and Fasting Journey.
So you may be starting a little after January 1 ,2011 but you can still do the following :
1. Determine to spend quality time with the Lover of your soul every day. Decide to start out with half an hour and increase it slowly. Be diligent and be faithful. We can never grow or develop an intimate relationship with God unless we spend quality time with Him.
2. Have a journal. God has so much to speak into your life. It may not happen overnight if you haven’t been praying on a consistent basis. But remember He is right there listening. Prayer is a dialogue. He wants you to listen also. Don’t give up. He hears the prayers of the righteous who have accepted Him as Lord and Savior and have no inquity in their heart against another.
3. Join the Global Prayer Force 21 Day Fasting and Prayer Journey led by Missionary Minetta Hare of Faith at Work Ministries. Below is information on getting started on the Prayer and Fasting Journey.
Pray fervently ,
Linda, The Prayer Leader
Prayer and Fasting: A Closer Walk with Thee #gotblog.
Greetings from Evangelist Minetta Hare- below is information regarding the 21 Day Journey:
by Minetta Hare on Saturday, January 1, 2011 at 6:16pm.
Excitement and anticipation awaits you as embark upon the next 21 days of praying and fasting. Below are suggestions, comments, prayer points/concerns and recommendations to help you complete the journey.
BIBLE READING: Read the Book of John during our 21-Day Prayer & Fasting Journey. One chapter per day.
JOURNALING: Write down your feelings, emotions, resolutions, unctions from the Holy Spirit or whatever your spirit telling you during your time of prayer.
•Minetta Hare and Faith at Work Ministries (FAWM) 21-Day Prayer & Fasting Journey starts today. We are using the Daniel Fast for period of time. Ask the Lord to give you guidance and directions regarding fasting. See notes for kinds of Fasts.
• Purpose. Preparation. Commitment. Action. Results. These are the ingredients for successful biblical fasting.
• PURPOSE. Why We Should Pray and Fast. We need to 1)Crucify the Flesh. 2) Hear the Voice of God 3) Power and Anointing in Our Lives 4) More Faith 5) Healthy Lifestyle.
• COMMITMENT. The first step to successful prayer and fasting is to make a commitment to do it! Make your proclamation and commitment today! Write out a commitment form between you and God.
•PREPARATION. We must prepare for a successful prayer & fasting journey. This is not a quick or shortcut process to achieving our goals and objectives. Prepare your heart, mind, body and spirit for this transformation and encounter with God. It takes time and effort. Seek God’s Presence and His Face through prayer, meditation, dedication and fasting.
Week 1 – January 1 – 7 Repent of your failings and shortcomings. Ask God to search your heart. Psalm 139: 23-24, Psalm 51.
Fasting is not just for the purpose of resolving specific problems. It has purpose of renewing and strengthening your relationship with God so that your everyday prayers can be more effective.
Week 2 – January 8 – 14 Pray and Intercede for Others and their Needs.
Week 3 – January 15 – 21 Boldly present Your Own Needs Before the Lord.
QUICK TIPS FOR FASTING
by Minetta Hare on Thursday, December 30, 2010 at 2:56pm
Be sure to consult your doctor before beginning any fast, especially if you have any type of medical condition.
How to Begin Start with a clear goal. Be specific. Why are you fasting? Do you need direction, healing, restoration of marriage or family issues? Are you facing financial difficulties? Ask the Holy Spirit for guidance. Pray daily and read the Bible.
Preparing Spiritually Confess your sins to God. Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal areas of weakness. Forgive all who have offended you and ask forgiveness from those you may have offended (Mark 11:25; Luke 11:4; 17:3-4). Surrender your life fully to Jesus Christ and reject the worldly desires that try to hinder you (Romans 12:1-2).
Deciding What to Fast The type of fasting you choose is up to you. You could go on a full fast in which you only drink liquids, or you may desire to fast like Daniel, who abstained from sweets and meats, and the only liquid he drank was water. Remember to replace that time with prayer and Bible study.
Deciding How Long You may fast as long as you like. Most can easily fast from one to three days, but you may feel the grace to go longer, even as much as 21 to 40 days. Use wisdom and pray for guidance. Beginners are advised to start slow.
What to Expect When you fast your body detoxifies, eliminating toxins from your system. This can cause mild discomfort such as headaches and irritability during withdrawal from caffeine and sugars. And naturally, you will have hunger pains. Limit your activity and exercise moderately. Take time to rest. Fasting brings about miraculous results. You are following Jesus’ example when you fast. Spend time listening to praise and worship. Pray as often as you can throughout the day. Get away from the normal distractions as much as possible and keep your heart and mind set on seeking God’s face.
How to End Don’t overeat when the time comes to end your fast. Begin eating solid food gradually; eat small portions or snacks.
PRAY, PRAY AND PRAY SOME MORE.