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PRAYER

Pray before you Pay

It is natural to pray for large item purchases such as homes, cars, etc., but have you thought about praying for everyday items such as your groceries, utility bills, rent or mortgage, clothing, etc. etc. When we pray for even the small things, we are acknowledging that everything belongs to God. As the scriptures say in the first part of Luke 16:10: "The person who is trustworthy in very small matters is also trustworthy in great ones..." Let's look at the impact of prayer. What is prayer? A Conversation with God Prayer is making our requests known to God Places our focus on God and is the secret to a close relationship with God Prayer changes attitudes and events - Everything By praying and conversing with God we are giving it to God. Prayer is praising and worshiping God for who He is Pray with perseverance, continuous and expectancy The word Pray/Prayer is mentioned more than 300 times in scripture. Prayer can also be defined as "the raising of one's mind and heart to God or requesting of goods from God" and this is fundamental in living the Christian life. "Man does not live on bread alone but every Word from the mouth of God". In life, prayer is essential to freeing ourselves from sin and growing in His holiness. At the end of this section we provide four points for praying over finances. a) Go into Prayer first Acts 1:12-13 After Christ ascended into heaven, the disciples immediately returned to Jerusalem and prayed together. Jesus told them they would be baptized in the Holy Spirit in a few days. Instead of just wandering off and not doing anything, they PRAYED and WAITED. It is important when facing an important decision to not rush into the work without prayer and hope it turns out okay. Our first step should be to pray for the Holy Spirit's power and guidance b) Remember Jabez Prayer 1Chronicles 4:9-10 9 Jabez was more honorable than his brothers. His mother had named him Jabez, [3] saying, "I gave birth to him in pain." 10 Jabez cried out to the God of Israel, "Oh, that you would bless me and enlarge my territory! Let your hand be with me, and keep me from harm so that I will be free from pain." And God granted his request.

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c) Nehemiah 1:5-11

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Then I said: "O LORD , God of heaven, the great and awesome God, who keeps his covenant of love with those who love him and obey his commands, 6 let your ear be attentive and your eyes open to hear the prayer your servant is praying before you day and night for your servants, the people of Israel. I confess the sins we Israelites, including myself and my father's house, have committed against you. 7 We have acted very wickedly toward you. We have not obeyed the commands, decrees and laws you gave your servant Moses. 8 "Remember the instruction you gave your servant Moses, saying, 'If you are unfaithful, I will scatter you among the nations, 9 but if you return to me and obey my commands, then even if your exiled people are at the farthest horizon, I will gather them from there and bring them to the place I have chosen as a dwelling for my Name.'

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"They are your servants and your people, whom you redeemed by your great strength and your mighty hand. 11 O Lord, let your ear be attentive to the prayer of this your servant and to the prayer of your servants who delight in revering your name. Give your servant success today by granting him favor in the presence of this man." Praise & Worship d) Jeremiah 29:11-14 11 For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD , "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. 12 Then you will Yes, God does call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. 13 You will seek talk to us me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. 14 I will be found by you," declares the LORD , "and will bring you back from captivity. [a] I will gather you from all the nations and places where I have banished you," declares the LORD , "and will bring you back to the place from which I carried you into exile." e) 1 Peter 3:12 The eyes of the Lord watch over those who do right, and his ears are open to their prayers... f) James 5:16b The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and wonderful results. Our most powerful resource is communion with God through prayer. Results are often greater than we thought possible. God's power is infinitely greater than ours. g) James 4:10 When you bow down before the Lord and admit your dependence on him, he will lift you up and give you honor. Wow, He will honor us!!!

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h) Elements of effective prayer 1) Praise 2) Thanksgiving 3) Repentance 4) Specific requests 5) Commitment

Prayer is like a muscle, if you exercise it regularly, your prayer muscle will gain strength and your appreciation for God will grow immeasurably.

i) Shows Trust in God - Know that God expects you to ask - Know that He desires to give and complete your joy - Come confidently to Him in prayer (Hebrews 4:16) j) Examples: Grocery Store There are many examples from various classes that when people pray before they go to the grocery store, they have a much better experience and save substantial amounts of money. Pray over bills Instead of complaining about the utility bill or car payment, pray and ask God to bless the people receiving this payment, and give thanks that you are able to help them earn an income from your payment. k) Spouses ­ PRAY TOGETHER It is very important for couples to not only pray, but pray together about their finances. This causes unity and reduces the stress in financial decisions. Every couple that does this will see the benefits. Matthew 18:20 For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them." 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (New King James Version) 16 Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing, 18 in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

Financial Prayer Points

1) Wisdom ­ we definitely need God's wisdom with finances 2) Guidance ­ He will help us with buying the right things 3) Thanksgiving ­ give God thanks for all that you have 4) Blessings ­ so that you may bless others with your financial freedom

PRAY BEFORE YOU PAY

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What is Prayer, Exactly?

From The Power of Praying(TM) Together by Stormie Omartian with Jack Hayford Prayer is communicating with God. Each time we pray, we come in contact with God in a profound and life changing way. When we face hopeless situations in our relationships, businesses, work, finances, health, emotions, or children, praying to the God of hope can change the situation. When we struggle with such things as unrealized dreams, an unfulfilling life, lack of mental clarity, or emotional pain, we have access to the God who can touch every area of our lives to transform them and bring about wholeness. He wants to reach down and touch us, but first we have to reach up and touch Him in prayer. When we pray, we're saying, "I know You are real, Lord, and I want to spend time with You." Prayer is praising and worshiping God for who He is. This takes our focus off of ourselves and places it on Him. It positions Him first in our hearts and allows Him full access to our lives. Pastor Jack taught us that there are two sides to prayer. There is the fellowship side and the partnership side. "The fellowship side of prayer is when we come just to be with God in the intimacy of relationship," he explained. "The partnership side is when we exercise the responsibilities of partnering with Him to see the reintroduction of His rule into our circumstances. Worship, praise, adoration, and exaltation are an important part of fellowship with God, but it is also a means of partnering with Him to drive back the darkness." When we pray we're saying, "Lord, You are wonderful almighty, all-powerful, the God and Creator of all things. I exalt You above everything, and I worship You for who You are." Prayer is telling God we love and adore Him. It's coming humbly before God and speaking to Him the way we would to someone we dearly love. Prayer is telling God how grateful we are that He loved us before we were even aware He existed. When we pray, we're saying, "I love You, Lord, and I thank You for loving me." Prayer is telling God we need Him. When we don't pray, it implies that we think we can handle everything on our own. But the truth is we can't handle anything on our own. We need God for everything. We need Him to save us, forgive us, heal us, deliver us, fill us, restore us, redeem us, free us, guide us, protect us, lift us above our limitations, and move us into the plans and purposes He has for us. We can't get there without Him. When we pray we're saying, "I can't live without You, Lord. If you don't intervene in my life, nothing good is going to happen." Prayer is making our requests known to God. It's sharing with Him all that is on our hearts, knowing that He cares about each one of those things. God promises to give us all we need, but we still have to ask. Just as He instructs us to ask for our daily bread, we are to come before Him and ask for whatever else we need too. Prayer is not a last resort, something we turn to when all else fails, a stab at something in the dark, or an exercise in positive thinking to try and make ourselves feel better. Prayer changes

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things. But we have to talk to God about the things that need to be changed. Prayer is acknowledging that, even though what we are praying for may seem impossible to us, with God all things are possible (Matthew 19:26). When we pray, we're saying, "Lord, I have these needs, and I know You care about them and will hear my requests." Prayer is serving God His way. It's not just about us getting our needs met, although that's an important part of prayer. God's plan is to rule earth through His delegated authority. That's us--we who believe in Him. God wants us to bring His kingdom to bear upon the issues of the earth. God has things for each of us to do, and they start with prayer. Pastor Jack said, "If we think that a future in heaven is the sum of Christ's gift to us, we will live out a spiritually immature existence, pointed toward heaven, but pointless on earth." Pastor Jack was never one to be vague about the truth. "People need to understand why God doesn't just do everything on His own initiative," he said. "It goes back to God giving the responsibility for governing earth's affairs to humankind (Genesis 1:26,28). He ordained that everything on earth would be determined by human choice. `The heaven, even the heavens, are the Lord's; but the earth He has given to the children of men' (Psalm 115:16). But it only works when man keeps in relationship with God. The will of God and the works and power of God do not simply flow without an invitation into earth's scene. The Lord has transmitted to His people the responsibility of inviting the presence of the kingdom. It's not because God can't do something without us, but because He won't do it without us." Some people believe that God is going to do whatever He is going to do no matter what, so there is no reason to pray. But the truth is there are things God will not do on earth except in answer to prayer. "There are people who don't like this idea because they don't want the responsibility that it carries with it," said Pastor Jack. "They just want God to do what He's going to do. But God wants to grow up His sons and daughters, and He waits to move where they invite Him to move. That's what He wants to do! His decree is clear about this. But we need to be equally clear: This emphasis does not minimize the sovereignty of God. The power is all His! But views of God's sovereignty can overlook His will to involve His children in advancing His redemptive purposes. The Sovereign God Almighty has decreed that what takes place on earth shall be realized through the willing activities of people who submit to His will and invoke His presence and power." This explains why the earth is in the mess it's in. God has delegated everything to man, and we have reaped what we've sown. God has determined, and chosen to abide by, this sovereign decree: He works on earth in answer to our prayers, and we have neglected to pray. The good news is that it's never too late to sow the seeds of prayer and gain a different harvest than the seeds of sin and death we have produced in our world. We can invite God's power to enter specific situations right now. When we pray, we're saying "Lord, I want to be Your instrument through which You do what You want to do on this planet. Help me to pray according to Your will, so that Your will is done on earth." This is what it means to pray "Your kingdom come, Your will be done."

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Stormie Omartian says that upon first meeting Jack Hayford more than two decades ago, she explained her New Age beliefs to him, and he told her she was "ignorant." Not stupid, but unknowing of what it was she needed. Eventually, the faith of a friend brought her to sit under Pastor Jack's teaching. Today, 23 years later, the strength and transparency of Stormie's message to others has made her a bestselling author and earned many prestigious awards. Hers is an incredible testimony of multiplication of the ministry imparted by Pastor Jack Hayford. More than six million copies of The Power of a Praying® series of books have been sold, and Omartian sits on the Board of Trustees of The King's College and Seminary. Stormie and her husband, Michael, have also written hundreds of songs, including the Christian musical, Child of the Promise. They have been married 29 years and have three grown children. Reprinted from Spectrum, the ministry magazine of The King's College and Seminary and Jack Hayford Ministries.. http://www.livingway.org/GRAPHICS/praying_together.pdf Taken from The Power of Praying(TM) Together by Stormie Omartian with Jack Hayford. Copyright © 2003 by Stormie Omartian with Jack Hayford. Published by Harvest House Publishers, Eugene, OR 97402. Used by permission.

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