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As you begin to pray, ask the Holy Spirit to come along beside you as you pray.  Then put away daily thoughts, which is very hard.  Concentrate on the words in a quiet place, if possible.  (But don’t be limited to a quiet place.  Pray all day, everywhere, in the middle of traffic, it doesn’t matter.)  Or DON’T PRAY ANYTHING.  JUST KNEE THERE, or sit there, or lay there.  BE QUIET AND LISTEN TO HIM.  You may not think you hear anything, but you will sometime in your day.  Those sudden wonderful plans/ideas/insights that you think are yours aren’t yours at all, they really CAME FROM HIM.

Max Lucado said not to be intimidated to pray, but to JUST PRAY and keep on praying.  It’s all about communicating.  He knows your prayers even before you utter them.  He is a God of words …. He spoke creation into being ….  He gave us His Sword of the Spirit (His Spoken Word) to fight off the fiery arrows of Satan.  We are created for His pleasure.  He’d like to hear from us.  Our words may not be perfect to our ears, but we have nothing to lose and EVERYTHING TO GAIN.

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A Daily Word from Pastor Graham    

November 14, 2008

Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weaknesses. -- Romans 8:26

Go ahead, you can admit it… prayer is hard work. There is a weakness within us that makes prayer difficult. It is our humanity, our “flesh.”

When I start to pray, I can think of about ten other things I could be doing. Does that happen to you? I go over all my responsibilities or my mind wanders. Other times, I just don’t feel like praying.

But it doesn’t have to be that way! You and I can have effective, fulfilling prayer. What’s the key? Praying in the Spirit.

There are two ways to pray. You can pray in the flesh or you can pray in the Spirit. What’s the difference? Scripture says, “The Spirit is willing but the flesh is weak.”

So if you pray in the flesh, you pray in weakness. Prayer through our own efforts alone and for our own purposes does not get through to God. But if you pray in the Spirit, you pray with strength.

Wouldn’t you like to pray with power? Wouldn’t you like to know that your prayers are getting through? You can if you partner with the Spirit in prayer.

I want to encourage you to depend upon the Holy Spirit in prayer just as you depend upon the Holy Spirit for witnessing, for teaching others, and more.

Because He is our Comforter and our Help!


A Daily Word from Pastor Graham

November 19, 2008

But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

-- Matthew 6:6

If obligations and a busy schedule have exhausted the energy in your spiritual tank, maybe you need to refuel!


So if you feel drained of energy and strength, I want to share how you can be empowered.


The Spirit of God can energize you through your prayer life. And when you worship God in the Spirit, you’ll be invigorated.


Personally, when I’m physically tired and begin to worship God, my spirit becomes energized, revived, and revitalized. The same thing can happen to you!


I believe one of the secrets to empowering prayer is committing to private prayer time. Jesus says in Matthew 6:6: “But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret.” 

 Private prayer is that time alone with God when you and I draw near to Him through the Spirit to know Him, to talk with Him. And every Christian who wants to be refueled with the power of prayer must find a place to pray privately. 

Do you have a secret place? Do you have a quiet time dedicated to the Lord? Matthew 6:6 continues, “And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.”




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