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Life-Changing Prayers

By Barbara J. Scott
I remember my former pastor, who lived to be 103 years old, asked me one day if I was turning my world upside down with this prayer. She taught me how we can take any person, place, or thing we are praying for, and put them in the middle of this prayer, and know without a shadow of a doubt that God is going to answer; because we are praying the way He taught us to pray.
Life-Changing Prayers

When we pray in the power of the Holy Ghost, which is that dynamite explosive power; everything is affected around us.  First of all it blows away things on the inside of us and then it explodes out of us and touches everything around us.  The Holy Ghost is the One Who enables us to pray in the will of the Father.  When we pray in the Spirit we are praying above that which we understand; because we are praying with the mind of Christ, Who is equal with the Father, because Jesus and the Father are one.  But the Father says that His ways are not our ways neither are His thoughts our thoughts, for as the heaven is higher than the earth so are His ways higher than our ways and His thoughts higher than our thoughts.  Don't try to figure God out, - just pray whatever the Holy Spirit leads you to pray.  When Jesus' disciples came to Him and asked Him to teach them how to pray, Jesus told them to say, "Our Father, Which art in heaven, Hallowed be Thy Name."  This is the model prayer that Jesus taught His disciples to say when they pray.  The Lord's Prayer is John 17, the prayer Jesus prayed just before He went to the Garden of Gethsemane.

This prayer that Jesus taught His disciples to pray is power packed!  In spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the disciples preached and prayed; and the Scriptures says in Acts 17:6,  "These have turned the world upside down."   Paul and Silas were preaching up a storm in Thessalonica and I'm sure they were also praying up a storm: and Paul, having been taught by Jesus while in the desert, I'm sure was also taught how to pray even as Jesus taught the disciples.  Now if their prayers were turning the world upside down, shouldn't we, too, be turning the world upside down with our prayers?  I remember my former pastor, who lived to be 103 years old, asked me one day if I was turning my world upside down with this prayer.  She taught me how we can take any person, place, or thing we are praying for, and put them in the middle of this prayer, and know without a shadow of a doubt that God is going to answer; because we are praying the way He taught us to pray.  We can pray, "Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in my husband; my brother; my sister; my children; because in Your kingdom, Father, there is salvation, healing, peace, deliverance‚Ķ"  Pray whatever you need God's kingdom to come in, and His will to be done in.  But in order for this prayer to be effective as we intercede, it must first be effective in our own life.  It's not just something we learned by heart as children and now we run through it not even realizing what we are praying.  Take time to stop at each phrase and meditate on what you are praying, allow the Holy Spirit to speak to you as you pray these words, and you will feel the power of God permeating in every word.  Then your effective prayers will turn your world upside down. "Father, I thank You that You have heard me. I know that You always hear Me." John 11:42.

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