Prayer of One
By Roxanne Agpoon
We always hear the phrase “Prayer is powerful” and even only one who cries to God in prayer is of course just as powerful.
The amount of praying people is not the basis but rather the heart and humility of the one praying.
The Prayer of One is based on Elijah as previously blogged and told.
There are times that we feel that it may be only you praying for a specific matter. We may wonder if that prayer is even heard by God, being the impatient people we are. Often the impatience leads us to doubt. But we forget that a simple prayer with faith can change many things.
God responds to our prayers when we earnestly pray to Him, when we show faith, humility and sincerity.
Excerpts from a Youversion Devotional:
When you read the Bible a lot, certain patterns emerge. One that has come to surprise me is the strategy that God keeps going back to over and over, especially when a major crisis looms. That strategy is to send one guy. In the 9th century B.C., at a time of terrible spiritual weakness and even worse spiritual leadership, God’s Plan A was to send Elijah to rebuke an evil king (sounds like a death sentence) and to encourage the few faithful believers.
Elijah was God’s agent in bringing about a punitive drought and famine, but also in bringing about the merciful rainfall that ended them. “Elijah was a man just like us. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years. Again he prayed, and the heavens gave rain” (James 5:17,18).
When you are in tune with God’s agenda, your prayers have the power of dynamite. Don’t ever say, “I’m just one.” From God’s point of view, one is plenty.
-Prayer Heroes from “Teach Me How To Pray”
-pray for an earnest heart to pray and seek Him with humility
-pray that your desires are according to God desires
-pray for God’s favor to pour out like rain in your life.
Prayer for Mercy
By Hannah Sagaral
Sometimes, i think of the word mercy and contemplate on what it really means. Before i looked up a good explanation of the word mercy, i thought to myself… “mercy means feeling sorry for someone else’s unfortunate circumstance”
But when i looked up the meaning… this is what it said:
“ A blessing that is an act of DIVINE FAVOR or compassion”
Mercy is not just your ordinary favor, it is divine favor or compassion. With that being said, the word divine is used to describe someone as God or The Almighty.
We all know that with God’s grace and MERCY, we gained an unbreakable bond with CHRIST!
Ephesians 2:3-5 (NIV) …Like the rest, we were by nature objects of wrath. But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved.
Did you catch that?!
WE ARE MADE ALIVE WITH CHRIST!
At times…. i feel as if i’ve completely taken advantage of God’s love and mercy but..
No matter how bad we think of ourselves or how much we think we’ve neglected God’s love and mercy, don’t ever think that God’s love will ever fade! Remember he came into this world to save the worst of sinners!
1 Tim 1:15-16 (Phi) …I realize that I was the worst of them all, and that because of this very fact God was particularly merciful to me. It was a demonstration of the extent of Christ’s patience towards the worst of men, to serve as an example to all who in the future should trust him for eternal life.
we thank You for Your everlasting love and mercy. I pray that we will not abuse this love that You have placed upon us and that we will continue to value the gift of salvation. God, at times where were at a loss in our faith, may You remind us the love, and compassion that has given us a second chance through Christ.
-to never forget GOD’s Mercy and compassion
-a continuous devotion, to our GOD so that we will have a deeper understanding of God’s divine favour.
Prayer for Change
By Janelle Co
Ephesians 5:1-2 NLT says,
Imitate God, therefore, in everything you do, because you are His dear children. Live a life filled with love, following the example of Christ. He loved us, and offered Himself as a sacrifice for us, a pleasing aroma to God.
Change is GOD’S COMMAND. This is essentially why we need change, because we are supposed to reflect the life of Christ. We learn to speak like Jesus, to move like Jesus, to think like Jesus, to pray like Jesus, to worship like Jesus, to live like Jesus. Before we live the example of Christ, ask ourselves, do we know how Jesus lived on earth? Do we know Him through His miracles or through His stories in the Bible? Or do we know Him by experiencing His presence in our lives?
Now, how do we get to know Jesus? PURSUE HIM.
Looking at Luke 9:23, Jesus demands “If anyone would come after Me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.” This is what Jesus did during His life on earth to fulfill the Father’s will. He denied His own flesh, His own emotions and feelings. He took up the cross for His people’s justification, to nail our sins on the cross. And lastly, He followed every command of the Father. Therefore, He is exalted to the highest place and was given the Name above all names.
Today, seek Jesus and search ourselves. Examine our hearts. Take time and see which areas in our lives do we need change in. Where in my life do I need to deny myself? Where in my life do I need to take up my cross? Where in my life do I have to sacrifice in order to follow God?
This is the starting point of transformation: when we become just a clay prepared for the Potter to come and mold us into His masterpiece.
Ephesians 2:10 NIV “For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”
Let us pray:
- For God’s power of transformation to overcome our fear and pride towards change,
- For every Christian to pursue God without cease and passionately and be a reflection of Jesus’ example,
- and Thank God for opening your eyes to places where you need change, and for constantly molding us into Christ-likeness.
God’s Chisel by Skit Guys
Prayer from a Broken Heart
By Jayar Ballesteros
“Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, And those whose hope is the Lord.”
Most of us have experienced a broken heart. Maybe some of us are experiencing it right now. Maybe because of relationships, family, rejection, or losing someone precious to you. I know it’s hard, but we are encouraged by God to just believe and have faith in Him.
One example is Abraham. God asked him to sacrifice his only son Isaac to God as a sacrificial lamb. Do we know how heart breaking that would be if that happens to us? But Abraham just stuck to God and had faith in Him. God spared Isaac and promised Abraham an amazing promise. If we or someone we know is struggling from a broken heart, pray, encourage and help them. Being heart-broken gives us more reason to be in constant communication with God.
†Constant Communication with God - constant communication with God will help us face this struggle. Having a broken heart hurts us, but know that it’s only going to be temporary. In the end it will make us stronger than what we used to be.
†Courage - courage to accept, courage to let go of the things we are not meant to keep. Courage to start afresh. Courage to acknowledge that God is right all the time and repent to God.
†Open Heart - an open heart to accept all the things that are gone and to receive God’s ever sufficient grace, knowing He will always be there for us.
Laus Deo Semper (praise always to God)
Prayer for God’s Revelation
By Pen Estabillo
Jeremiah 18:1-2 (NCV)
18 This is the word the Lord spoke to Jeremiah: 2 “Go down to the potter’s house, and I will give you my message there.”
Want to know God’s daily revelations to you? Start your day in His presence by praying,
worshipping, and of course by reading His word. Start your day with the One who created you, the One who loved you first before anybody else. Just like what the passage above said, “Go down to the potter’s house, and I will give you My message there.” It didn’t say go to your cellphone nor TV nor computer but it said go down to THE POTTER’S HOUSE and there we will find His message for us. Remember CYN’s, better is ONE DAY in His courts than THOUSANDS elsewhere. Need direction, guidance, confirmation or wisdom CYN’s? Then let us SOAK IN HIS PRESENCE and let God mold our lives.
- Pray to God to refine that fire in our hearts again, to have that ONE DESIRE to be in the presence of our ONE TRUE GOD because it’s only in Him where we will find peace, comfort and revelation that He specifically has for us.
The Prayer for God’s Presence
By Julie May Umali
2 Peter 1:3-4
His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.
What do we do before we get into certain situations? Sometimes we ask, “How can this benefit me?” For example, before we get a job we will ask about the benefits package. Also, before helping a friend we ask what we shall get in return.For this reason, some people don’t have that passionate desire for God’s presence in their life. When they ask themselves about the benefits, they don’t understand all the wonderful things that come with His presence.
In the two verses above, it explains just some of the wonderful benefits we can receive by being in God’s presence - EVERYTHING we need for a godly life (v. 3) - His very great and precious PROMISES (v. 4) - ESCAPE from this corrupted world through his promises (v. 4)
So now we should ask ourselves, “Do I desire and have a passion for God’s presence in my life?”
- In everything you do this week, acknowledge the presence of God.
- Ask for God’s presence in your prayers.
- Pray that others will learn of the benefits of His presence.
Prayer with a Friend
By Janelle Co
Friends are one of God’s greatest gifts to His people.
He’s not only given us the opportunity to have a relationship with Him, but with other people too. A well-known quote from John Donne says, “no man is an island”. God did not intend one person to live life on earth alone. Then the Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper who is right for him.” (Genesis 2:18 NCV). See, God dislikes loneliness or isolation. He is a God of relationships! Let us take advantage of this gift God gave us.
Today, contact a friend through a text or a phone call, or maybe meet-up with them. Let’s take the challenge even further by getting a hold of someone you’re not close with, or someone you haven’t talked to or seen in a while. Ask how they’re doing, or what have they’ve been up to lately. Share God’s word and testify of God’s faithfulness in your life. Then ask them of their prayer requests, and together, pray for each other. You may not be aware but this friend may be troubled or feeling discouraged, but by doing this, God opens a door of opportunity for him/her to experience His love through you.
This is a challenge to show God’s grace and goodness to another person and also, to receive blessing through a friend. So today, remind a friend that God loves him/her and He never gets tired of doing good for you!
Galatians 6:9-10 NLT
So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up. Therefore, whenever we have the opportunity, we should do good to everyone—especially to those in the family of faith.
Today, also pray for:
all your relationships which can be strengthened and is Christ-centered.
restore any broken and suffering relationships between couples, friends, and with God.
your relationship with God, the most greatest and most important of all.
Enjoy the day! God Bless!
The Interceding Prayer
By Jaren Vince Cruz
What is intercessory prayer? It is the act of praying with God on behalf of someone else. It is a selfless act and is considered by some people to be the highest form of prayer. There are many ways to love your neighbour but intercessory prayer has got to be one of the most powerful. 1 Timothy 2:1 “Pray for all people, asking God for what they need and being thankful to him.”
How to pray for others:
1) Pray that they know God’s will for their lives. (Col. 1:9) “For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives you.”
2) Pray that they would do God’s will in their lives and pray for productivity in their lives. (Col. 1:10) “So that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God.” *An obedient Christian has a fruitful life, this is God’s design for our lives.
3) Pray for them to have a growing relationship with God.
4) Pray for power in their lives. The power of the Holy Spirit can show strength in the face of problems, patience during testing and endurance to finish. Our source: JESUS.
5) Pray for them to have a right attitude. (Col 1:11-12) “Being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light.” *maintaining a joyful and positive attitude.
It changes the person and also you as you increase the time you spend in prayer:
-When you once focused on receiving, our concern has shifted to giving. (Acts 20:35)
-Where you once concerned with your injuries, your focus has changed to healing. (Col. 3:13)
-Where you once thought about problems, your focus is now God’s power. (Psalm t62:8)
Who listens when we pray? You can talk to God because God listens. Your voice matters in heaven. He takes you very seriously. When you enter His presence, He turns to you to hear your voice. No need to fear that you will be ignored. God listens intently and carefully.
Psalm 145: 18 “The Lord is close to everyone who prays to him, all who truly pray to him.”
God’s help is near and always available, but it is only given to those who seek it.
Psalm 34:17 “The Lord hears good people when they cry out to him, and he saves them from their troubles.”
Why do we pray? Our prayers may be awkward. Our attempts may be feeble. But since the power of prayer is in the ONE who hears it and not the one who says it, our prayers do make a difference. -Max Lucado
Prayers are precious jewels.
1 Peter 3:12 “The Lord sees the good people and listens to their prayers.” Your prayers are honored in heaven as precious jewels. Purified and empowered, the words rise in a delightful fragrance to our Lord. Your words do no stop until they reach the Throne of God. Your prayer on Earth activates God’s power in heaven, and “God’s will is done on earth as it is in Heaven. Your prayers move God to change the world. You may not understand the mystery of prayer. You don’t need to. But this much is clear:
Actions in Heaven begins when someone prays on Earth.
JESUS - intercessor
Jesus interceded for his disciples and the believers who would come after them including us!
John 17:9 “I pray for them. I am not praying for the world but for those you have given me, for they are yours.”
John 17:21 “That all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me.”
Jesus’ final prayer. Luke 22:41 “Then Jesus went about a stone’s throw away from them. He kneeled down and prayed.” The final prayer of Jesus was about you. His final pain was for you. His final passion was for you. Before he went to the cross, Jesus went to the garden. And when He spoke with His Father, you were in His prayers. And God couldn’t turn His back on you. He couldn’t because He saw you, and one look at you was all it took to convince Him. Right there in the middle of the world which isn’t fair. He saw you cast into a river of life you didn’t request. He saw you betrayed by those you love. He saw you with a body which gets sick and a heart which grows weak.
On the eve of the cross, Jesus made his decision. He would rather go to hell for you than go to Heaven without you.
The Persistent Prayer
By Teri Agpoon
The Message (MSG)
The Story of the Persistent Widow
18 1-3 Jesus told them a story showing that it was necessary for them to pray consistently and never quit. He said, “There was once a judge in some city who never gave God a thought and cared nothing for people. A widow in that city kept after him: ‘My rights are being violated. Protect me!’
4-5 “He never gave her the time of day. But after this went on and on he said to himself, ‘I care nothing what God thinks, even less what people think. But because this widow won’t quit badgering me, I’d better do something and see that she gets justice—otherwise I’m going to end up beaten black-and-blue by her pounding.’”
6-8 Then the Master said, “Do you hear what that judge, corrupt as he is, is saying? So what makes you think God won’t step in and work justice for his chosen people, who continue to cry out for help? Won’t he stick up for them? I assure you, he will. He will not drag his feet. But how much of that kind of persistent faith will the Son of Man find on the earth when he returns?”
This widow represents us. There are times when we too are burdened down with cares, worries, fears and troubles. During those times, it may seem that every circumstance of life is stacked against us. There may be the temptation to say, “What’s the use?”, especially after we have constantly prayed about some matter. If we can learn anything from this poor woman, let us learn the lesson that persistence in prayer pays off in God’s time! So, keep praying, despite all the obstacles you face and despite all the signs that say you should just give up!
1.) Be Committed To Prayer
1 Thessalonians 5:17
New Living Translation (NLT)
17 Never stop praying.
Jesus is telling us to be ready, to be on guard, and to be watchful. It is the idea of being in the attitude and atmosphere of prayer all the time. Prayer is more than an obligation, it’s also an opportunity. It is an opportunity for us to be in touch with our heavenly Father any time the need arises!
2.) Be Consistent In Prayer
New Living Translation (NLT)
9 So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.
Jesus challenges His people not to lose heart during the times when answer to prayer is delayed. Don’t give up, keep praying and don’t lose heart! God will move in His time!
3.) Be Comforted By Prayer
New Living Translation (NLT)
7 But if you remain in me and my words remain in you, you may ask for anything you want, and it will be granted!
New Living Translation (NLT)
22 You can pray for anything, and if you have faith, you will receive it.”
New Living Translation (NLT)
7 “Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.
God’s people may not always do what they are supposed to do, but they can count on the Lord to keep every promise He had ever made. He will be faithful to honor His Word to us. You may feel like giving up, but you keep on praying and He will answer in His time and according to His will.
The Bold Prayer
By Camille Tabirara
Ask God for boldness to shine your light to the world, to speak boldly the gospel and rebuke evil.
Mathew 5:16 “Let your light shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven”
Lets admit that there are times that we’re shy to share the words of God, yung mga testimony na dapat natin ipagsabi sa mga taong na eencounter natin na mga hindi pa nakakakilala , pwedeng kamag anak , kaibigan , ka klase , o sa mga nakakatabi natin sa mga bus. Kung ihahalintulad nga para silang mga taong na sumakay lang sa bus pero hindi nila talaga alam yung pupuntahan nila . Parang alam lang nila na doon yung sakayan , pero hindi sila sigurado . Kala nila sapat na yung kaalaman nila pero hindi pa pala . Bilang tayong mga nakakilala na ay mayroon tayong parte sa buhay nila at ayun yung ibahagi natin sa kanila yung message ni God. Malapit na kaya dumating si God .
Malapit na! Sasayangin paba natin yung oportunidad na dapat nga pinagaagawan?
“Prayer of boldness ” wag natin limitahan ang sarile natin sa mga dapat nating gawin dahil sa bawat bagay kasama natin si God . The God of Israel . The king of all kings !
-Pagpray natin yung sarile natin and yung mga katulad natin na bigyan tayo ng wisdom sa mga gagawin at sasabihin natin .
-Pagpray natin na mag shine satin yung gustong makita satin ni God at makita nila si God satin.
-Pagpray natin na kahit anong maging result sa gagawin natin, mag ppraise padin tayo kay God.