June 1: Effective Praying: Take Every Opportunity

For the next seven days we’ll look at some prayer thoughts from John Fallahee. John has appeared on Crosstalk and WVCY-TV30 with Mike Gendron of Proclaiming the Gospel. He’s the author of a new book, Reflect the Glory of God in Prayer, and has graciously allowed us to share some excerpts from his new book:

Pray without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:17). Do you remember the first time you read this command? As a new believer, encountering this truth, I thought to myself, “How in the world is that even possible? Sure, Jesus and Paul could pray unceasingly, but I am a mere babe in Christ.” But in reading the Scriptures and talking to knowledgeable believers, it became clearer that there is a multitude of ways to pray. There is a formal prayer where you set aside time to pray in your “prayer closet”; there are prayers at meals, prayers at church and in Bible study with other believers. But then I discovered that sharing your thoughts iwth God throughout the day can be a type of praying as well. My prayer life was revolutionized.

At any moment, you and I can pray to God the Father on His throne, through God the Son, Jesus Christ, with the help of the Holy Spirit. Jesus is the only mediator between God and men, and as the only High Priest to God, is the only person who can hear and pass prayers directly to God the Father. God the Spirit or Holy Spirit, who permanently lives in true believers, assists us in our weakness because we do not always know how to pray as we should. The whole Trinity is involved in prayer! May the words of our mouth and the meditations of our heart be acceptable in Thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer! (Psalm 19:14).

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May 31: Effective Prayer: Concern Yourself with God’s Kingdom

For the next seven days we’ll look at some prayer thoughts from John Fallahee. John has appeared on Crosstalk and WVCY-TV30 with Mike Gendron of Proclaiming the Gospel. He’s the author of a new book, Reflect the Glory of God in Prayer, and has graciously allowed us to share some excerpts from his new book:

The Scriptures say in Hebrews 9:27, “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:” Every single soul will die and come face to face with God their Maker as their final Judge. There are only two ultimate outcomes before the all-knowing and all-powerful Judge: condemned to the lake of fire for eternity or pardoned to the new heaven and new earth for eternity. The one who believes in this life in Christ is not condemned; but the one who does not believe in this life is condemned already, because they have not believed in Jesus, the only begotten Son of God (John 3:17-18).

Knowing that one’s eternal destiny hinges on hearing and responding to the Gospel before death, should move and motivate every blood-bought, born-again believer to reach out to parents, siblings, cousins, friends, neighbors, unsaved religious individuals, and even strangers with the Good News of Jesus Christ. This is priority number one. This is mission number one. This is the Great Commission….

Too help you pray with passion and priority in your concern for God’s kingdom, please read and meditate on the following passages. Write down specific prayer requests for kingdom concerns where you live, work, and worship.

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May 30: Effective Prayer: Expect Suffering & Persecution

Reflect the Glory of God in Prayer by John Fallahee
Reflect the Glory of God in Prayer by John Fallahee

For the next seven days we’ll look at some prayer thoughts from John Fallahee. John has appeared on Crosstalk and WVCY-TV30 with Mike Gendron of Proclaiming the Gospel. He’s the author of a new book, Reflect the Glory of God in Prayer, and has graciously allowed us to share some excerpts from his new book:

When we live as lights, faithful and obedient to the truth of the Scriptures, following Jesus Christ’s word and example, we should not be surprised when the world rejects us. But if we do not properly prepare ourselves in prayer for suffering and persecution, we may undermine the very Gospel we are proclaiming….

Let us take a different approach in this chapter. I would like for you to simply read the selected Biblical accounts of various individuals who experienced persecution or suffering….

While you are reflecting on the actions and attitudes of these faithful souls, ask the Lord for courage and conviction to live wholly to Christ and His Word regardless of the cost to you in this life.

When they heard these things, they were cut to the heart, and they gnashed on him with their teeth. But he, being full of the Holy Ghost, looked up stedfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God, And said, Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man standing on the right hand of God. Then they cried out with a loud voice, and stopped their ears, and ran upon him with one accord, And cast him out of the city, and stoned him: and the witnesses laid down their clothes at a young man’s feet, whose name was Saul. And they stoned Stephen, calling upon God, and saying, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit. And he kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay not this sin to their charge. And when he had said this, he fell asleep.

Acts 7:54-60

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May 29: Effective Praying: Love God & Love People

For the next seven days we’ll look at some prayer thoughts from John Fallahee. John has appeared on Crosstalk and WVCY-TV30 with Mike Gendron of Proclaiming the Gospel. He’s the author of a new book, Reflect the Glory of God in Prayer, and has graciously allowed us to share some excerpts from his new book:

Mirrors are helpful. They assist us in inspecting our outward appearance. They keep us safe and others safe when driving. There are even specialized mirrors to reveal blind spots around corners. In the last chapter we focused on facing life with the Scriptures, but life does not consist of viewing ourselves only. We can’t remain in front of the mirror all day. Our gaze must extend upward and outward to fulfill our calling to love God and love people.

Imagine if tomorrow you were placed on the witness stand to prove you truly love God and others. With the courtroom cameras fixed upon you and all the world watching, what evidence could you submit that would withstand the scrutiny of an adversarial courtroom cross-examination?…

At the intersection of life and prayer is loving God and loving people. If we neglect to intercede on behalf of others, then we fail to truly love. The Bible uses a unique word for this kind of love, it is agapao. It is a love that is noble and sacrificial, rooted in the will rather than mere emotions. The Bible describes this kind of love in so many amazing ways. There is one particular passage about love in the Scripture that is often quoted at weddings.

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May 28: Effective Praying: Face Life with the Scriptures

Reflect the Glory of God in Prayer by John Fallahee
Reflect the Glory of God in Prayer by John Fallahee

For the next seven days we’ll look at some prayer thoughts from John Fallahee. John has appeared on Crosstalk and WVCY-TV30 with Mike Gendron of Proclaiming the Gospel. He’s the author of a new book, Reflect the Glory of God in Prayer, and has graciously allowed us to share some excerpts from his new book:

Facing life with the Scriptures is not a “one and done.” Rather it is a daily pattern and practice of true believers….

Facing life with the Scriptures requires that you turn to the Lord with all your heart, soul, might, and mind. So how do we cultivate the kind of prayer, passion, and courage of Hannah, Daniel, and Josiah?

It begins with the right thoughts followed by the right actions. Let me express this as a formula:

information + application = sanctification

or

Bible + obedience = godliness

Real change through prayer happens when godly thoughts join godly actions. Consider memorizing the following passages to help you face life with the Scriptures.

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May 27: Effective Praying: Examine Your Motives & Manner

For the next seven days we’ll look at some prayer thoughts from John Fallahee. John has appeared on Crosstalk and WVCY-TV30 with Mike Gendron of Proclaiming the Gospel. He’s the author of a new book, Reflect the Glory of God in Prayer, and has graciously allowed us to share some excerpts from his new book:

After focusing on the person and work of God, we now travel from the throne room of God to the innermost part of our being, our heart and mind. When it comes to praying to God, remembering He knows all and sees all is both a comfort and a warning.

…God hates the ways of pride and hypocrisy. Interestingly, He also dislikes prayers that repeat the same words over and over. God wants an honest conversation in prayer, not “vain repetition.” These are solemn reminders regarding our mindset before we enter the prayer closet. What is the right kind of spirit for prayer? Psalm 34:18 affirms that the Lord appreciates a broken heart and contrite spirit in prayer.

Question: When you pray, are you captivated by God or something else? How do you keep yourself focused on God in prayer?

When my children were around the ages of 6, 4 and 2, I would find them clutching their favorite stuffed animal when we were praying to God. As lovingly as possible, I would remind them to give their full attention to the Lord and to put away their toys. As adults we too must guard our mind and heart against clutching anything that would distract us in prayer.

Therefore we must examine our motives and manner in prayer.

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May 26: Effective Praying: Remember the Glories of God

For the next seven days we’ll look at some prayer thoughts from John Fallahee. John has appeared on Crosstalk and WVCY-TV30 with Mike Gendron of Proclaiming the Gospel. He’s the author of a new book, Reflect the Glory of God in Prayer, and has graciously allowed us to share some excerpts from his new book:

Do you know who God is? What He loves? What He hates? What He has done in the past? What He will do in the future? Can you recall from the Scriptures His attributes, His names, and His commandments?

Are your prayers limited by a lack of knowledge about God? How do you praise God? Do you thank God, and if so, for what?

Have you considered that the heights of intimate worship through prayer are linked to a deep understanding of God and His Word? Later, we will consider the prayers of Moses, David, Solomon, Daniel, and Paul who knew God and His Word intimately.

Question: So how does one remember the glories of God in prayer? How should our prayers begin?

I am convinced that as you study the Bible to know God more deeply, your prayer life will be transformed. Do you want to grow closer to God? Then begin by asking God to give you a greater passion for prayer and curiosity to know and think rightly about Him.

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