How to Build Your Life Praying Bible Prayers

Podcast: Light on Life Season 6 Episode 7

How to Build Your Life Praying Bible Prayers

In a previous podcast, we talked about the importance of praying Bible prayers. Bible prayers are prayers based on God’s Word. They are prayers that are laced with scriptures specifically Bible promises. Today, in this week’s podcast episode, we are going to show you how to pray these kinds of prayers.

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Conscience and the Inward Witness: A Look at the Spirit Led Life

Why Standing on the Word Is Good Medicine

Why Standing on the Word Is Good Medicine

When thinking about the subject of ‘standing on the Word,’ the Leaning Tower of Pisa comes to mind. The Tower of Pisa in Italy is a freestanding bell tower located in Italy which took 344 years to build.  The tower weighs about 14,500 tons and it’s foundation is only ten feet deep. That’s a lot of weight for a building to have to support when it has been leaning since it was built. It began to lean in 1178, five years after it began construction. The lean was due to one side sinking into the soft ground. 1 My, a ten-foot-deep foundation for a Tower that weighs 14,500 tons? Something’s not right. And the same can be said for believers in Jesus who are trying to build high-quality lives on something other than God’s Word. In today’s post, we are going to look at ‘Why standing on the Word of God is Good Medicine.’

Why You Don’t Have to Be Sick in Light of the Bible

Why Praying in Faith Means to Believe You Receive

Podcast: Light on Life Season 6 Episode 6

Why Praying in Faith Means to Believe You Receive

Robert Murray McCheyne, the great Scottish prayer warrior, said that we must “Learn that urgency in prayer does not so much consist in vehement pleading as in vehement believing.”1 Prayer is good. Believing that you receive when you pray is better. It’s perfect Bible order. It’s the way Jesus taught us to obtain answers to prayer.

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Why You Don’t Have to Be Sick in Light of the Bible

The Value of Humility and Consecration in the Miracles of God

The Value of Humility and Consecration in the Miracles of God

Becoming a disciple of Jesus means becoming a committed follower. It is a learning position as Matthew 11:29 states. There is so much to learn and know about the Lord. One area where we need to go to school is the miracles of God. Yes, it’s a school, and the Holy Spirit is the teacher. Jesus said, ‘The works that I do, you will also do and greater works than these shall you do because I go unto the Father’ — John 14:12. As an aspiring disciple, it is necessary to learn about the miracles of God.

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Faith and Prayer: Important Lessons to Know

Podcast: Light on Life Season 6 Episode 5

Faith and Prayer: Important Lessons to Know

One unknown writer said, the following about faith and prayer. He said, ‘Faith dies through lack of prayer.’1 The statement sounds right at first glance but is it? The truth is the statement is backward. Prayer does not make faith work. It’s the other way around. Faith makes prayer work. What is faith’s connection to prayer? We can learn valuable lessons about faith and prayer by looking at how Jesus spoke to the fig tree in Mark eleven.

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Just Who Is Jesus to You?

Why A Good God Has A Good Plan For Your Life

Why A Good God Has A Good Plan For Your Life

A British train was carrying Queen Victoria was speeding into the darkness of night. Suddenly the engineer saw a startling sight. On the tracks, he thought he saw, in his headlight, a mysterious figure in a black cloak waving his arms. The engineer grabbed for the brakes, and the train came to a screeching halt. When they got out to take a look, they could not find the man that waved his hands. What they did see to their horror was that a few yards away from where they were there was a bridge that had washed out. Had they not have stopped when they stopped they would all met their deaths. They looked for the man that they had flagged them down and could not find him. What they did see was a gigantic moth laying dead on the tracks. What the moth had done was get into the headlights of the train. It looked like a man flagging down the train. The Lord saved that train and its passengers. When you hear stories like this, how can one ever doubt that God is a good God and has a good plan for our lives?

Conscience and the Inward Witness: A Look at the Spirit Led Life

Five More Simple Secrets When Praying to God

Podcast: Light on Life Season 6 Episode 4

Five More Simple Secrets When Praying to God

Recently, I ran into this illustration that shows a simple secret when praying to God. A woman lived in a small house built at the foot of a tall mountain. The mountain obstructed her view and made the inside of the house dark. She had read Jesus’ promise about faith moving mountains. Taking it literally, one night she prayed that the Lord would remove the mountain. The next morning the mountain was still there. “Humph!” she replied. “Just as I expected!”1 This woman didn’t act as if the Lord heard her and that’s one simple secret. But there are more secrets you can use when praying to God and that’s what we are focusing on in this week’s Light on Life.

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Just Who Is Jesus to You?

How to Develop a Highly Effective Confidence in God

What A Highly Effective Confidence in God Looks Like

The word confidence is mentioned forty-eight times in the Bible and is closely connected to trust. The question must be asked then, “Who is your confidence in?” Who do you trust? Who do you lean on in your everyday life? Proverbs 3:26 states that our confidence should be in the Lord. What does it take to develop highly effective confidence in God?

Why It’s Important to Flow in Faith’s Domain

Why It’s Important to Spend Time Talking to God

Podcast: Light on Life Season 6 Episode 3

Why It’s Important to Spend Time Talking to God

Stonewall Jackson was a man who spent time talking to God. He said: “I have so fixed the habit in my mind that I never raise a glass of water to my lips without asking God’s blessing. I never seal a letter without putting a word of prayer under the seal, never take a letter from the mailbox without a brief sending of my thoughts heavenward, never change my classes in the lecture-room without a—minute’s petition for the cadets who go out and for those who come in.” As we launch out into 2019, it’s important to do it with prayer as one of your foundational blocks. ‘Why It’s Important to Spend Time Talking to God — that’s our focus on this week’s Light on Life.

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Why It’s Important to Flow in Faith’s Domain

Are You Sure You Know What the Gospel Is?

Are You Sure You Know What the Gospel Is?

Believers in Jesus should know what His gospel is. If you were to ask someone to define the gospel for you, they would most likely say, ‘It means good news.’ And, that’s right. But, what specific kind of good news is it?

Why You Don’t Have to Be Sick in Light of the Bible

Why This First Jesus Miracle Matters

Podcast: Light on Life Season 6 Episode 2

Why This First Miracle of Jesus Matters

Jesus miracles matter, especially His first one. Every Jesus miracle matters. Here is a modern day one. In Kissimmee, Florida, a tornado lifted Jonathan Waldick, only 18 months old, from his bed. It carried him 50 feet. It injected him into a five-foot-high clump of debris that corkscrewed itself into the splintered trunk of an oak tree. And there, after a frantic, 30-minute search, Jonathan was found, only one foot visible but wiggling with life. There he was found, still cocooned in his Perfect Sleeper mattress, still resting on his purple striped sheet. Relatives and friends call Jonathan Waldick “The Miracle Baby.” They call the event “The Miracle at 1400 Fair Oaks.” One woman, Janice Gassert said, “I think God has something planned for this boy. I believe there’s a special plan.”

A few feet away, old phonograph records sat atop the wreckage, left there by the wind. It was a recording by the Raker Evangelistic Party, a gospel group. The first song on the album was called, “Oh Lord, You’ve Been So Good To Me.”1 God does all kinds of miracles, and in today’s Light on Life Podcast, we continue to look at some of them like the very first of Jesus miracles in the Gospel of John. We are going to take a look at the turning or water into wine and why it matters.

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Conscience and the Inward Witness: A Look at the Spirit Led Life

Talking Back to the Enemy with the Prayer of Faith

Talking Back to the Enemy with the Prayer of Faith

No doubt, Your parents cautioned you as a child about the disrespect involved in talking back. But there is someone on planet earth that you should talk back to every single time. He is the enemy of your soul and the hater of all things righteous. Talk back to the enemy. Backtalk devils, demons, and evil spirits. How? You do it using the prayer of faith.

Why It’s Important to Flow in Faith’s Domain

Different Kinds of Prayer

Ephesians 6:18 (NKJV) — 18 praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints.

  • Notice the words ‘all prayer’ in the front part of verse 18.
  • ‘All prayer’ means all kinds of prayer.
  • The TNIV reflects this in its translation.

Ephesians 6:18 (TNIV) — 18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.

Prayer for Your Needs – Prayer of Faith

Jesus Curses A Fig Tree

Mark 11:12–25 (TNIV) — 12 The next day as they were leaving Bethany, Jesus was hungry. 13 Seeing in the distance a fig tree in leaf, he went to find out if it had any fruit. When he reached it, he found nothing but leaves, because it was not the season for figs. 14 Then he said to the tree, “May no one ever eat fruit from you again.” And his disciples heard him say it.

Jesus Humanity

  • Jesus was hungry.
  • This fact proves His humanity.
  • God on His Throne doesn’t get hungry as you or I do.
  • He doesn’t order up a veggie burger to go with His angel food cake.
  • However, in His heart, God is ‘all-kinds’ of hungry.
  • He is hungry to see people come into a knowledge of His son Jesus.
  • So a hungry Jesus, seeing this tree walks up to it.
  • Notice another piece of language that shows Jesus humanity.
  • Seeing in the distance a fig tree in leaf, he went to find out if it had any fruit.
  • Jesus walked up to the tree to see if there was any fruit on it.
  • Didn’t He know there wasn’t any fruit on it?
  • The answer is no He didn’t.
  • That’s why He went to the fig tree to see.
  • The lesson we learn here is that Jesus walked in humanness with the Holy Spirit as His guide.
  • His dependence on the Holy Spirit is evident.
  • We read some of the accounts where Jesus showcases His perception.
  • For example, when He deals with the religious crowd.

Matthew 22:18 (NKJV) — 18 But Jesus perceived their wickedness, and said, “Why do you test Me, you hypocrites?

  • His perception was God-like.
  • I say God-like instead of ‘as God’ because Jesus laid aside His abilities as God per Philippines 2.
  • I say God-like because He received His ‘knowing’ from the Holy Spirit.
  • It’s a thrilling fact for you and I because it shows us what is possible.
  • We have the same Holy Spirit Jesus had.
  • The same Holy Ghost that came on Jesus can come upon you.
  • There aren’t two Holy Spirit’s, after all, only one.
  • The Spirit of God invaded the earth in Acts 2.
  • He hasn’t left.

Jesus Talks to a Tree

  • So, a hungry Jesus walks up to this fig and finds out that He is in the presence of a barren tree.
  • So He talks to it.
  • Notice, how the gospel writer puts it.
  • The ESV says, ‘He, meaning Jesus, said to it.’
  • The KJV says ‘He answered it.
  • Either way, the sterile condition of the fig tree demanded a response from Jesus.
  • The tree spoke to Him.
  • It’s rude when someone speaks not to speak back.
  • So when barrenness spoke, Jesus answered back.
  • Barrenness is one area where you can flex your prayer of faith muscles.
  • Praying the prayer of faith is your answer to a barren situation that confronts you.

Sickness Speaks

  • If you’re sick, your body is saying something to you.
  • As a child of God, it is saying more to you than “I don’t feel well.”
  • Sickness belongs to Satan’s realm.
  • It doesn’t come from God.

Acts 10:38 (NKJV) — 38 how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.

  • Sickness is an attack, an enemy attack pure and simple.
  • It’s an attack on your body to slow down your work for God.
  • It’s an attack against the Kingdom.
  • But, it’s also a barrenness attack on your rights in Christ.
  • The flu is saying something to you.
  • It’s saying, “I have a right to be in your body.”
  • “I have a right to make you miserable and steal your finances.”
  • That’s what sickness is saying.
  • It’s issuing a challenge to you, throwing down the gauntlet.
  • And, it’s saying it right to your face, “I’m not leaving so, what are YOU going to do about it?”
  • You can name any disease or the sickness.
  • They all have their distinct voice.
  • Bronchitis is saying, “You lack healing,” as you spit up green stuff.
  • “As long as I’m here, you’re going to cough and choke your head off.”
  • How are you going to answer that voice?
  • Do you have the guts to talk back to it?
  • Will you rise and answer with the prayer of faith?

Lack of Finances Speaks

2 Corinthians 9:8 (NKJV) — 8 And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work.

  • ‘All-sufficiency,’ ‘abundance for every good work,’ do you hear that?
  • Does that excite you to have what you need?
  • If it does, give voice to the prayer of faith.
  • Your adverse circumstance will not change unless you learn to talk back to lack.
  • Giving the silent treatment won’t work.
  • No, you must use your words.
  • The prayer of faith is your end of the conversation.

Jesus Uses the Fig Tree to Teach the Prayer of Faith

19 When evening came, Jesus and his disciples went out of the city. 20 In the morning, as they went along, they saw the fig tree withered from the roots. 21 Peter remembered and said to Jesus, “Rabbi, look! The fig tree you cursed has withered!” 22 “Have faith in God,” Jesus answered. 23 “Truly I tell you, if you say to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and do not doubt in your heart but believe that what you say will happen, it will be done for you. 24 Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. 25 And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.”

The Tale of the Dead Tree

  • So, Jesus speaks to the tree on His way to Jerusalem.
  • He then ministers in the Temple.
  • At evening, He leaves and goes back out to Bethany.
  • On the way back to Bethany He passes the same tree, He spoke to earlier.
  • Jesus and His disciples retire for the night.
  • The next morning as they go along, the disciples notice the tree.
  • Something about the tree is different, like mega different.
  • The tree which was green yesterday is no longer in that condition.
  • It is dried up.
  • Jesus then takes this opportunity to teach the disciples about praying the prayer of faith.
  • To be continued in next week’s blog.

How Can This ‘Jesus Sign’ Fulfill Your Life

Call to Action:

It’s time to rise up with sanctified backtalk in Jesus Name. Don’t roll over when the enemies circumstances rear their head in your face. Talkback and do it with the prayer of faith.

Question: How have you successfully thwarted an attack of the enemy? Sharing your testimony will help encourage someone else in their stand against the evil one. Please share your story in the comments section below.


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