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Ask All Things In Jesus Name

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him
shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16 (NIV)
The only way to God, is through our Savior, Jesus. It is Jesus who took the sins of the world
with him when he was mercilessly crucified on the cross. Salvation became ours on that day,
through the blood of Christ. How anyone can think of that horrific day, and not be brought to
tears is beyond me.

So, when you talk with God, and ask for what you want, remember the One who gave the
ultimate sacrifice for you.
If you have not accepted Jesus as your personal Savior, it is time…right now.
“No one comes to the Father, but through me.” John 14:6
We never know when we will be called by God to come be with him, so why wait? It IS
imperative for your eternal salvation.
Nothing we can do is good enough to get us into Heaven, and yet nothing we do is bad
enough to keep us out…it’s all about believing in the sacrifice made for us by Jesus.
This is not to say that we should be bad people…but being Christ-like will make you WANT to
be better.
Even people who consider themselves the most lost, are certainly not beyond His grace and
At the crucifixion, after the soldiers spat on him, nailed him to a cross, and poked his body
with spears, Jesus STILL wanted God to forgive them.
Luke 23:34
Then Jesus said, “Father forgive them, for they know not what they do”.
If Jesus can forgive them, he can, and will forgive anyone. It doesn’t matter what you have
done, Jesus is waiting for you…all you need do is ask.

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How To Pray?

While prayer from an individual works well…imagine the case where several people get
together and pray for the exact same thing. God loves people gathering in His name to pray!
Prayers chains, prayer groups, prayer in our churches. This is POWERFUL, and should be
used whenever possible…and remember the positive images. Everyone should be
concentrating on that positive image.
This seems simplistic, I know…but put it to the test. Start praying with that positive picture
for anyone you pray for.

Pray For Our Leaders
We need prayer especially for our leaders. The President, The Congress, Senate, and our
local leaders such as the Mayors. This may be difficult for many of us to do as we do not see
eye to eye with them. We also need prayer for our protectors. The police, firefighters, and
EMT’s. In our particular circumstances in our world today, it is crucial to pray for those who
make decisions for our countries, and for the ones who put themselves in harms way to
protect us from danger.
Special prayers should also be said for our military and their families, who give SO much to
ensure the freedoms that we have come to enjoy.
I’m going to share a story about a leader that NOBODY wanted to pray for. His name was
Adolph Hitler. In the United States, a coalition of pastors got together to start a prayer chain
to start to pray for Hitler. People thought they were crazy…and UN-American. It was decided,
however, that congregations would start praying for Hitler.
It was only a matter of months since people started praying for Hitler, that the Third Reich
started having problems. They began to crumble. At the point of the beginning of the
prayers, Hitler was winning the war. Within one year, the war in Europe was over. How’s that
for the power of prayer?

Let God Handle It
Whenever I start feel overwhelmed, it is at a time when I have forgotten to turn it over to
God and let him handle it. I guess sometimes we are so anxious for something, that we
forget that it is NOT in our hands…but in God’s. Maybe that’s where the old adage comes in,
“All things in God’s good time”.
I think I try and force the issue sometimes…which is really dumb, but, after all, I am human
and therefore flawed. If you are like me, you want everything yesterday, but unless it falls
into God’s timeline for you, you’re barking up the wrong tree.
This is when we need to humble ourselves before God, and ask him for what we want. If it is
in his plans for us…it will be known to you soon enough…but don’t rush it.
In Philippians 4:6-7 Paul said, “In nothing be anxious, but in everything, by prayer and

petition with thanksgiving, let your requests be known to God. And the peace of God, which
surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and your thoughts in Christ Jesus.” Simply
put, pray and ask God for everything you want, and need…and in all prayers, give thanks.
Another thing I found out is that God has a sense of humor. My wife and I were very content
in our lives. My kids were grown and gone, and it was now time for some leisure. Not much
to worry about, which was fantastic. I had two daughters from a previous marriage, and my
wife had never had children…which was the way she wanted it.
Then the phone call came…
One of my daughters had lost her children due to neglect (and a few other things that I won’t
go into here,) and my 4 grand children were in the foster care system in the state of Nevada.
Our lives will never be the same…hahaha.
We had recently moved to our current home, which is HUGE! 5 bedrooms, 3 and a half baths
just for the 3 of us…My wife, her mother, myself, 2 dogs and a cat. There was no reason
whatsoever for us to buy such a large house, and always laughed about what we were going
to do with the extra space. 3 weeks after we moved in…we got the phone call.
How’s that for timing? We have now adopted 4 of our 7 grand children, and fit perfectly in
this home.
See…I truly believe that it was all God’s plan all along. We think it’s our idea in the beginning,
but then God shows you differently. Tell me He doesn’t have a sense of humor:)

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The Lord’s Prayer

There is no better way to learn how to pray, then to study the words of the original Teacher,
Jesus Himself. Who else to give you a direct line to the Father, than from the Son? When
asked by a disciple on how to pray, Jesus taught his disciples this.
Our Father, who art in Heaven,
Hallowed Be Thy Name.
Thy Kingdom come,
Thy will be done,
On Earth, as it is in Heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
And forgive us our trespasses
As we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation
But deliver us from evil
For Thine is the Kingdom, and the Power, and the Glory

This may sound pretty, and it is an awesome prayer, but do we know what we are saying
when we pray that prayer? Let’s break it down so that we may truly understand.
“Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.”
Here we are revering our Father as Holy and Sacred. In the beginning of our prayers, lifting
our God up beyond all things should be paramount. This is OUR time with God, and we do
not want any thoughts in our mind other than speaking with him.
“Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done…on earth, as it is in heaven”
In this phrase we are simply stating a fact of all believers and doers of God’s word. Our
Kingdom is waiting for us if we adhere to his wishes. There is no sin in heaven, and that is
exactly what he is asking of us to be done on earth.
“Give us this day, our daily bread”
This is basically where we ask God to grant our prayers to him. Our daily bread is more than
food. It is what we want from life…our dreams for our futures, our dreams for our children,
and so on.
“And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us”.
We are asking God to forgive our sins, as we are forgiving those who sin against us.
“And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil”.
We are asking God to keep us safe from those who may do us harm…or who may lead us
astray. God has granted us the right to choose between good and evil. It is up to us which
road we choose.
“For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever”
Once again, we are revering God’s majesty! He IS the way! He is the power, and all glory is in
Him. “Amen” Let it be! Amen

The Lord’s Prayer is the most powerful prayer ever in my opinion. People have been saying
this prayer for almost 2000 years, and like I said before, was taught by Jesus Himself! Now,
instead of just reciting the prayer…we can FEEL the prayer in all its glory!
Jesus didn’t just pull this prayer out of thin air. He not only taught it…He used it Himself to
pray to His father. Jesus had a relationship with his father, and that is what God wants for,
and from you…a relationship with Him. If you don’t have a relationship with God…how on
earth can you pray to him.
I have an example of what I am trying to say here. God blessed me with a singing voice. Not
just a guy who could carry a tune, but a REAL voice. You will understand what I am saying in
a moment. God not only blessed me with a voice, but He also blessed me with the capacity to
FEEL what I am singing. There is a HUGE difference between someone who just sings a song,
versus someone who FEELS a song. The emotion is what sells a voice…and emotion is what
sells a prayer. I hope you comprehend what I’m saying here.

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Revere The Lord In Prayer

In all prayer…in all things….revere the Lord.
Time after time I see people, men and women alike, who think that everything they have, or
anything they do well, has everything to do with them, instead of lifting their heads and
giving thanks to the One who makes it all possible.
It is truly a miracle that you are even here on this earth, and without the blessings of God,
you would not even exist. People have either forgotten that, or never knew it in the first
place. When you pray, remember to thank the One who has made it all possible. It is not
coincidense, or by luck that you are here…it is only by the grace of God that we even exist.
We have all seen baseball players who have just hit a home run who look up and point to the
sky. They are giving the glory to the one who deserves it, and it warms my heart every time I
see it.
Always revere the Lord in your prayers, and he will revere you in return.

One of my favorite hymns states, “What a privilege to carry, everything to God in prayer”.
That one actually makes me cry…as does many of the old hymns. The point here is, prayer IS
a privilege…and yet, many people don’t use that privilege to its capacity. That is where the
“Pray Without Ceasing” comes in. It is there for you…any time of the day or night.
Picturing prayer is really a simple concept, but it is POWERFUL!
When you bow your head to say your prayers, I encourage you to picture in your mind a
positive image of what you’re praying about. If you are praying for someone who is going in
for an operation for example, as you pray, picture them in full health. Picture them the vibrant
and fun loving person that you’ve always known.
In another example, if you are praying for employment, picture yourself already having the
job that you are praying for. See yourself going off to work in the morning, performing your
duties as if you already have the job. Be joyful in your prayers. This is a time to be positive
and focused…and with joy in your heart!

It says in Psalms 100:
1 Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands.
2 Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing.
3 Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we
are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
4 Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto
him, and bless his name.
5 For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.
Also in Psalms, it talks more about singing. Actually, many of the Psalms tell us of singing
joyfully unto the Lord.
Psalms 66:1 Make a joyful noise unto God, all ye lands:
2 Sing forth the honour of his name: make his praise glorious.
Singing God’s praises is the one way that I have found that my mind does not wander into
other realms. I am focused on praising the Lord in the song I am singing. I have included
some of these songs in this package. They are my favorite hymns, and are an absolute joy to
listen to, and sing along with. It doesn’t even matter if you can’t carry a tune in a bucket,
because you are singing your praises to the Lord…and He LOVES your voice…he DID make it
after all.
There are many other instances in which we can use the power of prayer in a powerful and
positive light.
Are you looking for a better relationship with God? Picture yourself speaking directly to God,
like he is in the chair next to you. This is kind of difficult when you first start out, but the
more you do it, the easier it gets.
Are you looking for healing? Whether you are looking for physical, or mental healing, or even
a healing from financial woes, these can all be done with a positive image in your mind. You
do not have to be sullen, or sad to ask God about these things. Lift him up in joy, present the
image to God through your thoughts. Picture yourself as well, before the affliction took hold
of you. Picture yourself as a financially well person. It goes a LONG way in prayer. Just try
this…and you will notice the changes in your thought patterns, and you will start becoming a
more positive, focused person who is giving it to God!
We all know someone in our lives that need prayer, perhaps several. My proposal to you is
that you share this with your friends who are praying for the same thing. A prayer chain with
positive images is mighty powerful!