Archive for October 6th, 2011

21 Question Test of Spiritual Maturity
Establishing a Prayer Life
Do you know what prayer is?  James 5:14-16 (Message Bible) says,  “Are you hurting? Pray. Do you feel great? Sing. Are you sick? Call the church leaders together to pray and anoint you with oil in the name of the Master. Believing-prayer will heal you, and Jesus will put you on your feet. And if you’ve sinned, you’ll be forgiven—healed inside and out. Make this your common practice: Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you can live together whole and healed. The prayer of a person living right with God is something powerful to be reckoned with.”
Also, it is communion with God; it’s the time where you are talking to the Lord, and you become one with Him.  Prayer is where we are developed spiritually; it’s where our faith is cleansed of doubt.  Also, prayer solidifies and ensures our relationship with God.  Below are other advantages that we can find in prayer to the Lord:
·        Prayer is where emotional needs are met.
·        Prayer provides an ability to receive instruction and know God’s will.
·        Prayer is where we get knowledge and faith for our assignments.
·        Prayer is where we get to be a priest on behalf of others.
·        Prayer is where we usher in His will of human affairs.
·        Prayer is where God will give us revelation of the present and the future.
·        Prayer is where the Lord will show us when to repent.
·        Prayer is where we deal with the devil.
·        Prayer is where the Lord provides judgment, wisdom, and grace.
·        Prayer is where the Lord will saturate you until your human eyes can see God.
·        Prayer brings discernment, allows you to hear the Lord’s voice, and let’s you see when the devil comes in.
·        Prayer is a vacation because you can leave the trials of life and boldly approach the throne of the Lord.
·        Prayer allows the impossible to become possible.
·        Prayer moves mountains and brings ever increasing favor.
Think About This
How many more victories would have had in your life if you prayed?  Did you know that your relationships are planned and delivered when you put time in with the Lord?  There is never a good reason to be stressed.  Instead, cast issues out of your mind by praying.  When thoughts come to torment and distract you, just pray.
The Power of Speaking in Tongues
Praying in tongues is the highest level of prayer because it surpasses the flesh and the human mind (Jude 1:20).  However it is a controversial topic in the church, but it should not be.  Contrary to religious belief, speaking in tongues is not an Old Testament tradition.  The gift of praying in tongues is just what the Lord designed it to be; a gift, an asset that should be instrumental in the life of every Christian.  Speaking in tongues is a private yet power filled language that is strictly between you and the Lord.  Finally, speaking in tongues develops your relationship with God.
Live your life to the fullest in God.  Begin praying to Him and find out what He has to tell you!
Dr. Joyce Oliver

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