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“Repentance revives hope; repentance brings forgiveness. Be careful of perpetual condemnation. The Holy Spirit never nags. Satan cripples our faith with self-inflicted condemnation. True repentance means God has forgiven and forgotten despite our human difficulty in forgetting.  There is, therefore, now no condemnation to them who are in Christ Jesus… (Romans 8:1).  Thy will be done… (Luke 11:2). Do not argue with God.  Pray not to convince God of our will, but to submit to His will.”

 

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By Teri Spears & Thetus Tenney

Prayer consists of multiple parts…

Praise Him for who He is:
– He is faithful, just, loving, excellent and so much more.
– God’s presence dwells in praise.
…inhabitest the praises of Israel (Psalm 22:3).
– God is pleased with our praise.
Praise the Lord! For it is good to sing praises to our God; for it is pleasant, and praise is beautiful (Psalm 147:1).

Thank Him for what He has done and is doing.
– Saves, protects, guides, delivers, provides and so much more.
– Before we present needs to God, it is appropriate to thank Him for all He has already done.
Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving… (Psalm 95:2).

Repent to cleanse our heart and mind
– Confess and repent for attitudes, actions, failures, negligence, short comings, and more.

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness… (I John 1:9).

If thou prepare thine heart, and stretch out thine hands toward him; if iniquity be in thine hand, put it far away…then thou shalt be secure, because there is hope… (Job 11:13-18).

Repentance revives hope; repentance brings forgiveness. Be careful of perpetual condemnation. The Holy Spirit never nags. Satan cripples our faith with self-inflicted condemnation. True repentance means God has forgiven and forgotten despite our human difficulty in forgetting.

There is, therefore, now no condemnation to them who are in Christ Jesus… (Romans 8:1).

Submit to His will
– Thy will be done… (Luke 11:2). Do not argue with God.
– Pray not to convince God of our will, but to submit to His will.

Pray the Word
His Word is creative. His Word never returns void. His Word is the foundation for faith. His Word is truth. His Word is everlasting.

…my word…shall not return void, but it shall accomplish… (Isaiah 55:11)

…faith cometh…by the word… (Romans 8:17).

…for the word of the Lord endureth forever… (I Peter 1:25).

What we say about any situation is not as important as what His Word says!

– Personalize the Word
– Reference the Word for every need. Read and speak the Word in prayer.
– Find a promise and insert names, situations, places, things. Pray specifically.
– Prayer is such a personal relationship. Paul often addressed his prayers with “Father.. .”
Jesus said to pray to the Father.
When ye pray, say, our Father… (Luke 11:2).
– Respond to the Word
After we have personalized the promises, allow time for the Word to take root through meditating, listening, praising. Meditation of the Word is the best faith builder. We should suspend a promise in our mind to recall whenever worry or concern troubles us about ourselves, others, or situations.
See by faith promises completed according to His word.
He shall supply all of your needs according to His riches in glory. (Philippians 4:19).

 

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