Today's Devotions

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Showcase: Assorted Treats

  • Difficult People to Love +

    Loving others is not easy, Read More
  • River of Love +

    There's a river of love that runs through all timeBut there's a river of grief that floods through our livesIt Read More
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Archie_Parrish"Delight yourselves in God, yes, find your joy in him at all times. Have a reputation for gentleness, and never forget the nearness of your Lord. Don't worry over anything whatever; tell God every detail of your needs in earnest and thankful prayer, and the peace of God which transcends human understanding, will keep constant guard over your hearts and minds as they rest in Christ Jesus" (Philippians 4:4-7 Phillips).

Is it possible to live in an atmosphere of answered prayer?

Shortly after R.C. Sproul started St. Andrew's Chapel in Sanford, Florida he asked me to lead a Kingdom Intercessor's Training event for his blossoming congregation. Later, I asked R.C. how things were going. He responded, "I feel like I'm living in an atmosphere of answered prayer." In his personal life and ministry he was seeing one petition after another become tangible reality.

The last three months have been very challenging for me. My wife has entered into the final battle of her ten-year war with cancer. Our doctors say there is nothing more they can do. In spite of this - or maybe because of it - to a greater degree than ever before I am living in an atmosphere of answered prayer. When you know that God is the only One who can help, life becomes very simple and fervent prayer fills your waking moments.

More than 10,000 participants in Kingdom Intercessor Training events have taken a survey; their pastors tell me these people were the ones most interested in prayer in their churches. One question in this survey is: "How often does God answer your specific petitions?" Possible responses were "never, seldom, frequently, or daily." The vast majority have checked "seldom." From this it appears that very few believers "live in an atmosphere of answered prayer."

I believe the Bible teaches that all believers should "live in an atmosphere of answered prayer." The New Testament commands believers not to "worry over anything whatever; tell God every detail of your needs in earnest and thankful prayer." Paul urges Christians to practice continuous conversation with the Lord. This means listening to Him speak by His Spirit through His Word and then asking Him to meet specific needs. To those who obey this command, God promises His peace that "transcends human understanding." And He promises that His peace will "keep constant guard over your hearts and minds as they rest in Christ Jesus" (See Phil. 4:4-7 Phillips).

The prayer that God answers is not casual but earnest, i.e. intensely serious and sincere; it is also thankful, i.e. filled with gratitude and relief because you believe God will answer your prayer. Consider this: If a believer prays for something "In the name of Christ," but does not believe God will answer the prayer, he or she is taking "The name of the Lord your God in vain." Luther said, "If I did not believe God answered my prayers, I would leave praying to the devil."

Every prayer God answers is somehow intertwined with destroying the kingdom of Satan, expanding God's kingdom of grace, and hastening God's kingdom of glory. I find that a time of disciplined daily kingdom-focused prayer enables me to pray with kingdom focus more effectively about everything, everywhere, all the time.

http://www.kingdomprayer.org/


Reflections to Consider

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Publications

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Music

  • River of Love

    There's a river of love that runs through all timeBut there's a river of grief that floods through our livesIt Read More
  • I Am Nothing

    I stutter when I tryTo speak the language of lifeI want to shout out loudBut I just cry insideSometimes it Read More
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Audio & Video

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Favorites

  • Transforming this World: The Hope of Glory by NT Wright +

    Wright confronts the perspective that this world doesn’t matter, and that we live only to be in heaven. He shows Read More
  • What is Good in a World that Defies Hope: a talk by NT Wright +

    This is the second part of three talks by NT Wright at Harvard University in November, 2008 on the topic Read More
  • The Stream, the Lake and the River: NT Wright +

      Acts 2.1-21; John 7.37-39; a sermon at the Eucharist on the Feast of Pentecost, 11 May 2008, by the Read More
  • Jesus in the Perfect Storm by NT Wright +

    Zechariah 9.9-17; Luke 19.28-48; A sermon for Palm Sunday, April 17, 2011, In the University Chapel of St Salvator, St Read More
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Hidden Blessings

  • Christ is a Great Savior: a review of the movie Amazing Grace +

    Amazing Grace is a historical drama about William Wilberforce who was elected to British Parliament at the age of 21 Read More
  • Wilberforce, Hollywood's Amazing Grace, Charlotte Allen +

    William Wilberforce's relentless campaign eventually led the British Parliament to ban the slave trade, in 1807, and to pass a Read More
  • Making Beauty out of Ugly Things: Grace by U2 +

    Grace, she takes the blame She covers the shame Removes the stain It could be her name Grace, she carries Read More
  • The True Nature of Grace and Love: a movie review of the Soloist +

    The 2009 movie The Soloist is based on a book by the same name, written by Los Angeles Times columnist Read More
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