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How to Pray Scripture

How to Pray Scripture


On the National Day of Prayer in the first part of May, as I drove I heard someone on the radio praying for the nation from II Chronicles 7:14 which says, “If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves and pray, and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven, forgive their sin, and heal their land.”

As I drove, I quoted the scripture with the speaker and was surprised when they left off half way through the scripture dealing with our wicked ways and God’s response if we will do our part.

In order to enjoy God’s blessings, we have to DO what He requires, before we see Him move on our behalf. How can we fulfill His requirements if the person speaking doesn’t tell us what God says to do?

It’s a little like someone giving us a treasure map and says, “X marks the spot.” When we look at it, half the map is torn away. We need to hear and do the whole truth in order to receive the treasure.

In my quiet time this morning, I was drawn to Ezra 9:6-15 and Daniel 9:4-19. Both are powerful prayers because they give a powerful pattern of how to pray for God’s intervention. Click the blue words to be taken to those scriptures.

What do you think? Have you seen God intervene as a result of prayer?


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A Look Back

A Look Back


Forty-three years ago today, I recorded in my journal, “Lord, what do you want me to do with these poems I’ve begun to write these past two years?”

I had 373 poems typed, and in a box. The box was beginning to overflow. Jesus’ admonition about hiding your light under a bushel had been heavy on my mind for several days.

Searching in the yellow pages under “publishers” brought me to the Nazarene Publishing House in Kansas City. I knew nothing about the publishing business, so a put a label on the box and mailed it to the publishing house with a letter offering them for publication.

A couple of weeks later, the box reappeared on my porch. The enclosed letter stated they “didn’t accept unsolicited submissions” and told me when they did solicit, they were only interested in two to three at a time. I took that as a rejection and shoved the poems back under the bed–although I wasn’t sure what an unsolicited submission was.

I kept writing poems, unaware of any writing groups.

Twenty-three years later, my church announced they were starting a writing group with the Royal’s pitcher, Dan Quisenberry, as the leader. Our eldest daughter, Jennifer, had recently had a spinal cord tumor removed. I wanted to tell the miraculous story of how we found a doctor in New York who would perform the high-risk surgery since all doctors in Kansas City had refused to take her case.

Through Dan’s encouragement and knowledge of other writers, I wrote the story and attended a Christian writers group ( and a secular writing group Kansas City Writers Group (

The first story I published was about that stressful time with Jennifer. Now it’s in God’s Little Miracle Book, the first of three miracle books I’ve published.

As of today, I’ve published ten books and teach beginning readers with the Kansas City Writers Group. I also speak at writing conferences. God does answer prayer–in His timing, not ours.

Heavenly Bellboy?

Heavenly Bellboy?

heavenly bellboy

Mark 11:24
(Jesus said) “Therefore I say to you, all things for which you pray and ask, believe that you have received them, and they shall be granted you.”

When our desires are His desires we can ask Him to intervene in a situation and He will.
Some people call this, “Having no mind in the matter.” In other words, we need to put our agenda aside. Ask God to pray through us whatever His will is in a given situation. Stand back. Get out of the way. Leave room for Him to move.

When we pray what’s on His heart; for Him to act according to His will, then we can be assured what happens is His will.

Many times people are disappointed and say, “God didn’t answer my prayer.” In reality, they probably handed God a grocery list of their wants, complete with suggestions on just how He was supposed to accomplish each task.

He’s not our heavenly bellboy. We need to get in sync with His plan that only He knows, then pray with the full assurance He provides.

Lord Jesus, I pray for You
to show me what, how, and who
to pray for in each situation.
May You be glorified in all things.
May I pray with boldness
to see Your will accomplished.

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God the Need-Meeter

God the Need-Meeter

The Savior

Psalm 146:5-9
How blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob,
whose hope is in the Lord his God, who made heaven and
earth, the sea and all that is in them; who keeps faith
forever; who executes justice for the oppressed; who
gives food to the hungry. The Lord sets prisoners free.
The Lord opens the eyes of the blind. The Lord raises up
those who are bowed down; the Lord loves the righteous;
the Lord protects the strangers; He supports the
fatherless and the widow; but He thwarts the way of the

There is absolutely no need the Lord cannot fulfill. He says only
the wicked will find themselves thwarted and not have their needs met.
Those who harbor evil schemes or want to harm God’s people will run into
trouble everywhere they turn. They may look good on the surface and even
seem successful, but nothing is actually right and they aren’t content.

Sometimes we see a person as virtuous simply because he or she
has a winning personality, but what does the Lord think? And what
difference does it make if people only succeed in temporal things?

If our heart’s desire is to please Him, we can depend on God to
supply every need. When we’re so close to Him we hear His heart, our
needs will truly be satisfied.

Father God, Lord Jesus, Holy Spirit,
I praise You for Your all-sufficiency
that meets every need.

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A Fresh Look

A Fresh Look


How many times do we pray and pray and think God hasn’t answered because I doesn’t look like how we pictured the answer?

He asks us to ask, seek, and knock, (Matthew 7:7), but nowhere does He leave the scripting to us. That’s His job. We’re not in charge. He is.

Many of the people who viewed Jesus, missed who He was because He didn’t look like the person they had scripted in their minds. He didn’t arrive on a white horse. He didn’t come and conquer Rome. He didn’t rule with an iron hand. He didn’t even have a place to call His own, let alone a palace.

Do we miss His very best for us while we expect Him to hatch the plan we’ve chosen, when all the while He’s answered us in an unlikely or unexpected way?

Perhaps we should repent of trying to be the script writer and leave the choices to Him. It seems to work best that way since our vision is short-sighted to say the least.

Begin this new year with praise and thanksgiving for His choices. They are always for our best.

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Sin and the Sea

Sin and the Sea


Micah 7:19
He will again have compassion on us; He will tread our iniquities underfoot. Yes, Thou wilt cast all their (our) sins into the depths of the sea.

Our God is a God of compassion, of mercy. He loves us deeply with a love that never lets us go.
This scripture tells us that He is going to bring our bondages, our perversity, depravity, and guilt under His foot. In other words, He captures the things that put us in bondage and makes them subservient to Him.
He goes on to tell us that He hurls our sins, our iniquities and its consequences, into the deepest depths of the sea.
Corrie tenBoom always added a P.S. to this truth. She said, “and then God posts a sign that says, ‘NO FISHING.’” In other words, don’t go trying to dredge up confessed sins. They’re gone. God has stomped them and thrown them in a sea too deep to retrieve. Hallelujah!

Father God, thank You for sending Your Son
to overcome all my sins;
for taking the punishment I deserved.
May I walk in freedom before You
all the days of my life.

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The Savior

The Savior


Acts 4:12
“And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men, by which we must be saved.”

Today, many people run to this philosophy and sit under that guru in search of the truth. They follow a teacher only to find out the teacher twisted the truth for his own gain.

There is only one who holds true salvation. It is Jesus Christ. God gave Him the name that rescues us, saves us, and heals us. Only He lived a sinless life, obeyed the Father even unto suffering, death, and rose again. Only He ascended into heaven. Only He will come back the same way He left (Acts 1:9-11). Only He has an eternal kingdom prepared for those who yield their life and living to Him.

Do you know Him? If not, ask Him into your heart and life. He is waiting for your invitation.

Lord Jesus, I invite You into every area of my life and living.
Forgive my sin, make me a new creature in You.
Please fill me with Your Holy Spirit
that we might build a relationship together
now and forevermore. Amen.

God’s Protection

God’s Protection

protecting angel
Psalm 91:11
For He will give His angels charge concerning you, to guard you in all your ways.

In God’s Little Miracle Book III, I share a story of a woman whose very abusive husband made several attempts to take her life. One day as she swam in their pond near their rural home he waded in after her with the intent to drown her. She cried out to the Lord as she had done many times before.

When he grabbed her, he couldn’t get a firm grip, no matter how many times he tried.

In her words, “It was as if I was a greased pig.”

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Father God, may I call upon Your name
when any danger threatens.
May I never forget Your promise of protection
at all times.

Have you had times when you were rescued by God’s hand?

God’s Delays

God’s Delays

paul shipwreck

Have you ever prayed for a thing and waited, and waited, and waited? Have you given up hope of ever seeing that prayer answered?

In Bible study, we recently studied the book of Acts. Near the end of the book is a very long account of the struggles Paul had after the Lord told him he was going to Rome to stand before Caesar.

After two years he was finally on his way when he was shipwrecked, bitten by a snake, and encountered other trials before he reached Rome.

Our teacher pointed out that that account is a picture of how we have to wait sometimes long and hard before we see we see what God has promised us. Hang in there. Keep believing God. He hasn’t forgotten you. He will bring to pass that which He has spoken.

God’s Deliverance

God’s Deliverance sea

Our God is a just God. He hears the cries of the afflicted and delivers those who cry out to Him. Psalm 46:1 says “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.”

After the Israelites left Egypt after 400 years of captivity, they found they had the Red Sea before them and Pharaoh’s army in chariots behind them. They were trapped. There was nowhere to go. They couldn’t outrun the army, even if there was someplace to run.

The people cried out to Moses in fear. Moses said, “Do not fear! Stand by and see the salvation of the Lord which He will accomplish for you today; for the Egyptians whom you have seen today, you will never see them again forever. The Lord will fight for you while you keep silent.”

The Lord told the people to go forward into the Red Sea. Moses lifted up his staff. The sea parted. The Israelites crossed over. Pharaoh’s army went in after them.

The account in Exodus 14:24, 25 says the Lord brought the army of the Egyptians into confusion and He caused their chariot wheels to swerve.

That word swerve in the original Hebrew is cuwr. It means “to depart; to be removed.” In other words, God made the chariot wheels to fall off!

Today we are faced with an unjust law imposed on us that would cause a person who has no health insurance to pay $400 a month for the cheapest plan that carries a $5,000 deductable if they needed to visit an emergency room. If a person making minimum wage can’t come up with $400 a month, how are they going to be able to pay the $5,000 due?

It’s an unjust law. At this point, the sign-up website isn’t functioning and people who don’t sign up will be fined.

Perhaps God has heard the cries that call to Him about the slavery of being forced to do something that puts us in bondage to an unjust government. Maybe the failed website is God’s hand saying, “Your wheels are falling off. Enough already!”

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