Prayer #23 Conditions Part 2

He's a good dad!From David:

I am reminded of how God is a dad.  He is the best dad in the whole . . . well, everything.  I was recently listening to the audio version of the book The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom.  A repetitive theme in this wonderful book revolves around this idea. As the story goes, Corrie asked her dad a question that she was too young to need to know the answer of.  In his wisdom, her dad asked her if she would take his suitcase for him.  She said that it was too heavy for her and he responded by saying that like his suitcase, some things are too heavy for us to hold.  We have to grow older/stronger to be able to carry some things.

The word “conditions” in this chapter speaks of how our good dad will not give us things unless we are ready for them.  That is the condition! In His love, in His being a good dad, He won’t overload us with things that our character is not ready to handle.

Bill Johnson answers the question, “how much money is too much” by saying something like, “However much turns your trust to the money and away from God.”

As you read this prayer and the following Scriptures, keep in mind that God is a good dad.

 

Prayer:

Lord, I want to follow You with all my heart. I thank You for all Your provision for me and that You want to bless me. Holy Spirit, convict me of anything in my life that displeases You or stops Your hand of blessing on my life. Lord, as I read these scriptures, show me what You want to change in me, and how I should make the changes You desire for me. Help me to treat others the way I want You to treat me. I love you. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

 

Scriptures:

Matthew 19:29 “And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or farms for My name’s sake, will receive many times as much, and will inherit eternal life.”

 

Matthew 25:45-47 “Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom the master has put in charge of the servants in his household to give them their food at the proper time? It will be good for that servant whose master finds him doing so when he returns. I tell you the truth, he will put him in charge of all his possessions.”

 

Deuteronomy 30:8-10 “You will again obey the LORD and follow all his commands I am giving you today. Then the LORD your God will make you most prosperous in all the work of your hands and in the fruit of your womb, the young of your livestock and the crops of your land. The LORD will again delight in you and make you prosperous, just as he delighted in your fathers, if you obey the LORD your God and keep his commands and decrees that are written in this Book of the Law and turn to the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul.”

 

Isaiah 1:19 “’If you are willing and obedient, you will eat the best from the land; but if you resist and rebel, you will be devoured by the sword.’ For the mouth of the LORD has spoken.”

 

Prayer #22 Protection

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Lord, I thank you for promising me protection from harm under every circumstance. Forgive me for times when I have allowed fear to overcome me, instead of looking to You. You are my strong fortress and my high tower in a time of war, and my refuge from every storm. When trouble comes, I will not give way to fear, but I will put my trust in You. Your right arm will uphold me. Every plan of the enemy to hurt me will fail, because I am the apple of Your eye. My mouth will speak of Your salvation from danger. You are my peace and I trust You to save me, in Jesus’ name, Amen.

 

Prayer # 21 Wisdom

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Lord Jesus, give me a true hunger for wisdom, and a rightful fear of You. Convict me sorely if I begin to think myself too great to learn from those I consider lowly. Teach me true wisdom by Your Spirit so I will know how to live my life. I also need Your wisdom in order to please You, and to fulfill the destiny You have for me. I want to learn of You for my own sake. I also want to learn so that in turn, I will be able to bless others when they are hungry for understanding.

 

I acknowledge that only with Your timing will good come to others when I share with them. When I wait on You, and speak only by the prompting of Your Spirit, You will breathe on my words, and understanding and light will come to others’ lives. Outside of Your leading and anointing, I will only pass on soulish or mental knowledge that will produce no life, but may either cause frustration and confusion, or may produce arrogance in other people.

 

Please bring people into my life from whom I can learn Your ways. When I pray, and read Your word, please teach me whatever I need to know. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

 

Prayer #20 Promises of Abraham

0 AbrahamLord, by faith, I humbly claim the blessing of Abraham. I believe you for blessings on my finances, and for possession of land according to Your plan. By faith I receive Your favor because I believe in You, obey You, and put all my trust in You. I believe You for Your favor on my descendants, and for them to become mighty in You. Most of all, I believe You for grace to please You with my life and to accomplish the destiny You have for me. In the Lord Jesus’ name I ask these things, Amen.

 

Genesis 15:1 “After these things the word of the LORD came to Abram in a vision, saying, ‘Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your exceedingly great reward.'”

 

Lord, please be my shield and defense from man and from the enemy. Lord, knowing You, is my greatest desire and reward. Forgive me for putting idols before You.

 

Genesis 21:22 “At that time Abimelech and Phicol the commander of his forces said to Abraham, ‘God is with you in everything you do.'”

 

Lord, please keep me from any enterprise in which You can’t be with me, or from any timing of any endeavor You can’t bless.

 

 

Genesis 22:15-17 “Then the angel of the LORD called to Abraham a second time from heaven, and said, ‘By Myself I have sworn, declares the LORD, because you have done this thing and have not withheld your son, your only son . . . indeed I will greatly bless you, and I will greatly multiply your seed as the stars of the heavens and as the sand which is on the seashore; and your seed shall possess the gate of their enemies.’”

 

Lord, I give You the things most dear to me: my family, my friends and the things with which You have blessed me. Have Your way with them and with my life. I trust in You and in Your love for me. In Jesus’ name I pray.

 

 

Prayer #19 Humility

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Lord, forgive me for the pride that so often permeates my life. I realize that without You, I am nothing, a desperate failure. I know that any good thing I seem to have accomplished has only been by Your grace giving me motivation and the strength. In Your mercy You have put people in my life to motivate me and develop my character. Godly people You have sent have helped and encouraged me in every good thing I have done for You.

 

Thank you for the areas of weakness and testing that You, in Your wisdom, have allowed to stay in my life. These trials show me my desperate need for You and the wickedness of my old nature. Thank you for saving me and redeeming my life from destruction. I ask You, Holy Spirit, to convict me any time I listen to my old nature or the enemy, and begin to believe conceited lies about myself. I turn from such lies and acknowledge that all good things come from You, Lord. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

 

Prayer #18 Blessings

blessingLord, I thank you that I am blessed by You. You desire me to believe that You want to bless me greatly, while the enemy wants me to expect you to be harsh and mean. He knows that my negative expectations of You may be self-fulfilling, while my faith in Your great love and desire to bless me releases You to do just that. Please prompt me by Your Spirit to know which of these promises of blessing You want for my life now and give me faith to reach out and believe You for them. Convict me, I pray, to see what things or attitudes in my life are wrong and are preventing You from blessing me the way You want to. Thank you for Your great and wonderful love for me. I pray in Jesus’ name, Amen.

 

Prayer #17 Contentment

contentmentLord, thank you for my situation and for what You have given me. Thank you for the people You have put in my life. Use my circumstances to work Your character in me and work gratefulness in my heart. Help me to embrace each season that you bring into my life. I want to receive graciously when You cause others to bless me, but even more, I want to be a blessing to others, as You permit, expecting nothing in return from them. I trust that in due time, You will grant me the desires of my heart that come from You. I desire that when you grant them, You will bring glory to Your name and advance to Your kingdom as a result. Protect me from idolatry. I pray these things in Jesus’ name, Amen.

 

#fz2h #contentment

 

What is your definition of contentment?

 

Dr. Robert Baldwin’s Review

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Dr. Robert Baldwin is a “a seventy-four year old, happily married, retired minister and military chaplain” who has written an honoring review that comes from a unique and insightful perspective.

He has two blogs: http://www.4walkingwithgod.com/ and http://www.4relating.com/blog/ and will be posting this review on the former shortly.

Here is the review:

Finances in the Kingdom of God

From Zero to Hero in Your Finances written by Dr. Richard Knapp is a book about how Abba takes care of His dependent children. Richard Knapp speaks from experience as a child of the Kingdom who is dependent upon God. Dependence upon Abba for provisions rises from the obedience of putting God’s Kingdom first above all things and people. From Zero to Hero in Your Finances is filled with personal testimonies of how God provides the “daily bread” for those who are needy because of an obedient walk with God in His Kingdom.

Richard Knapp makes it clear that wholehearted devotion to God’s work and separation from worldly idolatry is necessary to move from zero to hero in receiving the abundant life that God promises and came in Christ to restore to His children. Dr. Knapp explains that the humility of emptying self is a requisite of being raised upward by God.

The lives of those mentioned in the book are eyewitness accounts of how God resurrects to fullness every aspect of a life presented to God as a living sacrifice. In every sense From Zero to Hero in Your Finances is a book of acts that demonstrates the truth that God’s power is perfected in human weakness. This book offers practical advice to struggling Christians who in faith depend upon God for deliverance.

Solid teaching, testimony of others, supporting scripture, prayer and practical application of Christian living are presented to the reader. The book is as much about a life-cup that overflows with God’s blessings as it is about finances. The book makes it clear that God is a God of promises delivered to those who are “sold out’ to Him and the work of His Kingdom.

Buy the book at: AliveinHimPublishing.com, Amazon, Barns and Noble , or iTunes.

Prayer #16 Promises

 

psalm-91Lord, I thank you for Your promises. I thank you that You want to prosper and bless me, as much as I can handle. I believe You will provide for me, and give me sufficient finances so I can bless others at every opportunity. I believe You will protect me. I will not be afraid of the terror by night, nor of the arrow that flies by day, nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness, nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday. A thousand may fall at my side, and ten thousand at my right hand; but it shall not come near me. I am the head and not the tail. I am blessed going in and going out. As I delight myself in You, You will give me the desires of my heart. You desire to bless and prosper me in every area of my life, as I yield myself to You, and search after You. I choose to seek You first. I desire to be blessed so that I can be the blessing to others that You have called me to be. Show me which of Your promises I am to claim now, and which ones are for the future. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen!