Chapter 26 – Knowing When to Keep Praying

A Case-Study of Persistence https://www.workingpreacher.org/commentaries/revised-common-lectionary/ordinary-20/commentary-on-matthew-1510-20-21-28-5 Jesus’ response to her second cry for help includes a reiteration of his mission to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. He even likens her status as a Gentile to the status of the small, pet dogs who long to be fed from the table (Matt 15:26). The Read More …

Chapter 25 – Transforming your Anxiety into Peace

Don’t Be Anxious For Anything https://www.gotquestions.org/Philippians-4-6.html What is the meaning of Philippians 4:6? “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God” If discouragement over the problems addressed in the letter (or anything else) was robbing the Philippians of joy, then Paul gives Read More …

Chapters 23, 24 – Discovering God’s Purposes and Experiencing the Joy of Waiting

Pray First https://www.desiringgod.org/interviews/how-do-i-wait-for-god So, the first thing that waiting on God means is this: before you make one peep of an effort to solve your own problem or hire a human agency, pray. Seek the counsel of God. What is his way to solve this problem and bring you out of trouble? It says in Psalm 106:13, Read More …

Chapters 20, 21, 22 – Fasting

Fasting is Important https://www.cru.org/us/en/train-and-grow/spiritual-growth/fasting/prayer-and-fasting.html God considers fasting important. The Bible contains 92 passages referring to it. Many of our heroes of the faith, including Moses, Elijah, Esther, Nehemiah, Daniel and Paul, fasted at crucial points in their journeys with God. Fasting played an important role in the life and ministry of Jesus. After being anointed Read More …

Chapter 19: Understanding How God Works

He Encourages Earnestness https://www.christianity.com/bible/commentary.php?com=mhc&b=23&c=62 God’s professing people must be a praying people. He is not displeased with us for being earnest, as men commonly are; he bids us to cry after him, and give him no rest, Luke 11:5,6. It is a sign that God is coming to a people in mercy, when he pours out Read More …

Chapter 18: Realizing God’s Desire to Bless You

https://www.desiringgod.org/messages/ask-your-father-in-heaven Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. When you pause to consider that God is infinitely strong and can do all that he pleases, and that he is infinitely righteous so Read More …

Chapter 17: Gaining Strength Through Prayer

Why Pray? https://www.focusonthefamily.com/faith/prayer-has-its-reasons/ Prayer Gives us Power Over Evil Can physical strength help us overcome obstacles and challenges in the spiritual realm? No, “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the Read More …

Chapter 16: Understanding Jesus’ Patterns of Prayer

Jesus prayed before the important events and decisions of his life https://www.heartlight.org/wjd/luke/0323-wjd.html Jesus withdrew to the mountains to be alone with God and pray as he faced this momentous decision. He didn’t choose twelve and then ask God to bless his choice. No, he spent the night in prayer before he chose the twelve. When Read More …

Chapter 15: Realizing the Struggle of Prayer

 “It is not a matter of time so much as a matter of heart; if you have the heart to pray, you will find the time“ – Charles Spurgeon http://www.philipkosloski.com/how-to-make-time-for-prayer-in-a-busy-schedule/ …..from Stephen Covey’s book First Things First. He explains how often when we create a daily schedule, we try to add things on to our busy schedule without Read More …

Chapter 14: Learning to Pray Scripture

“When we pray through a passage of Scripture, we are using the language of the text to direct our conversation with God“ – Miranda Mae Ewing https://www.biblegateway.com/blog/2016/05/praying-with-authority-an-interview-with-john-eldredge/ Explain the concept of praying Scripture and give examples from the Bible. John Eldredge: Let’s start with a promise the Bible gives us: That if we ask anything Read More …