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Prayer, Plain and Simple

“Alas, my master! What shall we do?”

So he answered, “Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” (2 Kings 6:15b,16)

You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. (1 John 4:4)

Perhaps you are facing a grave situation today that leaves you asking the age-old question, “What will we do?” Things seem hopeless and your confidence has expired with your strength.

Elisha has the answer to your poignant question. Three little words: “Do not fear.”

It may seem that the idea of not fearing is out of reach, counterintuitive, if not irresponsible. But keep reading… The truth of the matter is that you have more power at hand than you ever imagined.

Elisha prayed for the young man, that God would open his spiritual eyes to see the reality of what was around him. God did. Suddenly he saw that the hillside around them was completely amassed with hosts of angels, arrayed for battle on Elisha’s behalf.

My friend, God has you covered. If you have entered into covenant with Him, said, “Yes” to Jesus’ proposal to take Him as your Lord, then you get everything He has! Angels to protect you, wisdom to guide you, power to sustain you, joy in the midst of troubles, overcoming faith in the face of obstacles, and love! True love.

Father,

Open my eyes as you did Elisha’s friend, and show me the reality of the protection you have for me today. Help me to remember that you have already won these battles I am fighting, yet you have a part for me to play. My part is to believe in faith what you have said, to fight the good fight of faith with my declarations and my praise. Embed your truth so deeply into my heart that I become a person who is incapable of fear!

In Jesus’ Name Amen.

“It will be all right.” (2 Kings 4:23)

“It is well.” (2 Kings 4:26)

Elisha promised a son to a childless woman; he proclaimed this miracle and it came to pass exactly as he had predicted. But a few years later, tragedy struck. The little boy died. In her darkest moment, this mother, smitten with grief as any mother would be, declared a few startling words to her husband: “It will be all right.” She spoke faith with her words. Then she saddled a donkey and flew to find Elisha. Elisha saw her coming and knew immediately that something was very wrong. He sent his servant to run to meet her and find out. Her response to the question was a declaration of faith, “It is well.”

Was this woman prone to telling falsehoods? Things were not well nor were were they alright. This was the worst moment of her life. But when she had audience with the man of God, she told him the whole story. He went directly to her little boy and raised the dead.

When things look hopeless for us, we naturally rehearse and underscore the hopelessness with our words. Not so the woman from Shunem. She put her faith to work with her words. This is our challenge today: speak the Truth of the matter. As we’ve often heard Brother Kenneth Copeland say, “The Truth trumps the facts.” The facts may look grim, even hopeless, but the Truth that is found in God’s Word – His promises for my situation – are stronger, more potent, more real, and much more powerful than the grimmest situation I face today.

So elevate that Truth, magnify the Lord, and minimize the problem with your words.

Jesus,

I declare over the challenge I face today that, “It will be alright!” All is well because You are my God. You are bigger than any mountain I am facing. Nothing is too difficult for you. Everything is possible for those who believe. I believe! I celebrate the amazing power that you have put in my mouth. My tongue declares the truth, not merely the facts. For you are the Truth and the Truth sets me free.

In Jesus’ Name Amen

 

Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. Glory to him in the church and in Christ Jesus through all generations forever and ever! Amen. (Ephesians 3:20,21)

Father,

I give you all glory and praise! My heart and soul celebrate your power!

You are able. Lord, let those three words permeate my deepest being:  You. Are. Able. You are able and capable, yes. But, as a man once asked you, “Are you willing?” You answered unequivocally, “Yes!” Yes, you are willing and able where my needs are concerned!

As I present to you my cares and concerns, you will know that some of them are heavy on my heart. All of them are important to You, for your Word encourages me that the details of my life are dear to you.

Your ability to come to my aid is due to the mighty power working in me. So, Lord, work in me! Yes! I invite you with your power to work deeply, and through that mighty power at work in my spirit, get things done! With your power I will finish the tasks you have ordained for me to do since the beginning of time.

Father, please clarify those objectives! I so often zig zag through life, flitting here and there, and not always streamlining my priorities prayerfully. This is my prayer:  show me what to do; prioritize my moments, my goals, my world, my stuff, and my life. This way I can accomplish infinitely, unimaginably more than I would on my own. But I am not on my own! Hallelujah, I am Yours!

So I close this prayer the way I started:  I give you all glory! And all praise!

In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God. (Ephesians 3:18,19 NLT)

Father, I ask you for the capacity to grasp the depths of your great love for me. Help me wrap my mind around how you not only forgive and cleanse me from sin, but you take it so far out of my reach, not to mention out of your thought and memory. How could you be so good to me, Lord? Please expand my ability to experience your love, though it’s impossible to do so from a human point of view. This will make me a whole person, Jesus! That is what I long for! That is what you died to make me. Bring it on, dear Lord. In Jesus Name, Amen.

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