I know it sounds audacious and egotistical for me to post something that tells others how to pray but if you have ever wondered about this, believe in Jesus Christ as the Messiah, and follow me as a minister of the Gospel, read on.
Prayer is communication with God. Communication is a two way street. An effective prayer is one that is heard. You have probably heard someone pray that you thought was good and others that you thought didn’t go further than the ceiling tiles. It is my belief that the difference is in the heart not in the delivery. Some people that have grown up in certain denominations have learned the “right” phrasing, tone, and intonation to “sound” good. That is not what I am referring to here. Be careful that you don’t allow “that guys” prayer to make you think that your prayer is not reaching the throne of grace. Envy is not good.
It is not about the length, or flowering content of your prayer. A good prayer based on the one Jesus taught his disciples contains only four elements.
After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen. – Matthew 6:9-13 King James Version (KJV)
There are different kinds of prayers but the one that I am referring to here is one where you have been called upon to pray for someone else or you are seeking the Lords help personally.
The first part is the Adoration or Acknowledgement. Who are you talking to? There are a lot of spirits, demons and self-made gods floating around. Are you talking to the Creator of Heaven and Earth?
The next part is the confession. David asked that God create in him a clean heart. You are approaching the Throne of Grace. The seat of God. You cannot go there in sin. You must ask for forgiveness, which is only available through the sacrifice of Jesus. That is why people say things like, I plead by the “blood of Jesus.” I often ask God to forgive me of anything that would prevent me from being heard right now. If I have time and alone, I may even go into detail about it, knowing that nothing I have done was in secret to Him. This confession is private and only between you and your God. You don’t need a third party here.
I believe that speaking your prayer is better than just thinking it. I base this on the fact that God spoke the world into existence and that I would rather hear you say I love you than just think you do.
The third part of this process, which takes longer to explain that to do is to thank God for what He has already and will do.
And the final part, the forth is the actual supplication. Or what you came for. The Lords prayer has all four of those elements in it. Though not in that order.
To remember it, think of the acronym, A.C.T.S. acknowledge, confession, thankfulness, supplication.
You can talk to God about anything. You should talk to God about everything. I believe that you were created by God for a purpose. I believe you are special to Him. And because He loves you better than anyone, talking to Him more would be a good thing. We wrongfully think that we should only talk to God in times of emergency. I say wrongfully because, how would you feel if you only spoke to someone of great power when you needed something. It wouldn’t feel like you had a relationship with them at all. But merely like you were using them. God wants you in a relationship with you not a religious experience. Would you want a doughnut in the back of your car or a full sized spare tire? We often short change God in more things than we realize.
There is power in prayer. Having the ability to seek counsel, and wisdom is just a couple of the things available. Don’t just wait for the miracles. There are things that the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob can do for you right now that can make your day blessed. And there is the “faith” element. But I’ll talk about that later. You must have it, and pray in it.
… you have not because you asked not. James 4:2
During your prayer do not be alarmed if you feel sleepy when you are in private conversation with God. His Spirit brings a peace that sometimes knocks you out. Do not freak out if you start getting ideas and solutions to problems while you are praying. You are now connected to the Source of life, and your creative side gets charged when you do. You are an offspring of God. You have to learn to save your notes( inspirations) when this happens.
Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord.- Psalm 27:14
Join me Wednesday nights at 9 pm est for online prayer at http://blanchardchapel.us or by calling 202-780-1279 (you can just listen or join in live)
If you want me to pray with/for you, just call.
God bless you.
*special thanks to Richard Smallwood for allowing me to use his music here. I hope it blesses you.
My wife had me thinking of getting a Victory touring bike. (great wife, I know.) Of course, I had to wait till, I either sold the motorcycle I have or we were in a better financial situation. She liked the one she saw at the Arlen Ness shop in California. I had visions of the Motorcycle Radio Podcast riding again. Then out of the blue, BAM! I heard that Polaris, the mother company of Victory cycles was killing the thing. WTF! Say it isn’t so…
Direct from the Polaris site:
POLARIS INDUSTRIES TO WIND DOWN VICTORY MOTORCYCLES OPERATIONS
STRENGTHENING ITS POSITION IN THE POWERSPORTS INDUSTRY
MINNEAPOLIS (January 9, 2017) — Polaris Industries Inc. (NYSE: PII) today announced it will immediately begin winding down its Victory Motorcycles brand and related operations. Polaris will assist dealers in liquidating existing inventories while continuing to supply parts for a period of 10 years, along with providing service and warranty coverage to Victory dealers and owners. Today’s announcement does not affect any other Polaris business units.
“This was an incredibly difficult decision for me, my team and the Polaris Board of Directors,” said Polaris Industries Chairman and CEO Scott Wine. “Over the past 18 years, we have invested not only resources, but our hearts and souls, into forging the Victory Motorcycles brand, and we are exceptionally proud of what our team has accomplished. Since inception, our teams have designed and produced nearly 60 Victory models that have been honored with 25 of the industry’s top awards. The experience, knowledge, infrastructure and capability we’ve built in those 18 years gave us the confidence to acquire and develop the Indian Motorcycle brand, so I would like to express my gratitude to everyone associated with Victory Motorcycles and celebrate your many contributions.”
Several factors influenced today’s announcement. Victory has struggled to establish the market share needed to succeed and be profitable. The competitive pressures of a challenging motorcycle market have increased the headwinds for the brand. Given the significant additional investments required for Victory to launch new global platforms that meet changing consumer preferences, and considering the strong performance and growth potential of Indian Motorcycle, the decision to more narrowly focus Polaris’ energy and investments became quite clear.
“This decision will improve the profitability of Polaris and our global motorcycle business, and will materially improve our competitive stance in the industry,” said Scott Wine. “Our focus is on profitable growth, and in an environment of finite resources, this move allows us to optimize and align our resources behind both our premium, high performing Indian Motorcycle brand and our innovative Slingshot brand, enhancing our focus on accelerating the success of those brands. Ultimately this decision will propel the industry-leading product innovation that is core to our strategy while fostering long-term growth and increased shareholder value.”
Polaris will reduce the appropriate operating cost based on this decision, while continuing to support the future growth of the ongoing motorcycle business. Polaris remains committed to maintaining its presence in the Spirit Lake, Iowa community with Indian Motorcycle production and in the Huntsville, Alabama community with its Slingshot production.
Any one-time costs associated with supporting Victory dealers in selling their remaining inventory, the disposal of factory inventory, tooling, and other physical assets, and the cancellation of various supplier arrangements will be recorded in the 2017 income statement in respective sales, gross profit and operation expense. These costs will be excluded from Polaris’ provided 2017 sales and earnings guidance on a non-GAAP basis.
Great mother of pearl! Now what? Do I get a bike from my friends in White Plains, MD and squirrel it away or just wait? What do you think?
Domestic violence is a sensitive issue that may lead to serious repercussions if continued.
It can be defined as an aggression or physical abuse aimed at one’s spouse or domestic partner; typically violence and brutality by men against women.
A good proportion of women globally, are affected by a number which doesn’t pay heed to age, race, religion, ethnicity, academic background or economic position.
Women are often treated as a commodity. Social isolation, lack of comfort to the native language and deprivation of financial security is what is added to the dilemma and often aggravates their situation.
Let’s take a look at some of signs of Domestic violence which would suggest that it is prevalent in an arrangement.
Controlling- People, generally men who abuse are often seen as bullying or commanding.
Restricting- Abusers imposing restrictions on victim’s day to day activities.
Envy and possessiveness – Excessive passion and possessiveness is seen owards their belongings, family members and pets.
Unstable and Hot-tempered – People involved in domestic violence are usually very short tempered. They often like to make a mountain out of a molehill.
Destruction of self worth – Every action of abusers is aimed at depletion and destroying victim’s self esteem and confidence.
- Horror and Fear – Abusers would often try to instill feeling or fear and dismay out of victim’s mind.
From contributing author Amy D.
I understand the First Amendment of the US Constitution that gives Americans the the “right of the people…to petition the Government for a redress of grievances” but the spirit of the law to which it was intended has lost its power. Puppeteers have hijacked it and use it to further their causes. The past few marches and protest I have seen in the media were bogus. There are people paid to march and incite trouble (crowdsondemand.com). There are organizations and celebrities that rely on the media to stay solvent. They use people. Racist and spin doctors use these events to incite discord and fear. Only love conquers hate. I have a problem with the people, friends and family that help carry negative messages when unity is needed.
I don’t see the good from marches today in the age of the internet. If I am missing something, please tell me.
True believers and followers of Jesus Christ should not be the ones stirring up dissension, mistrust and racism under the banner of honoring Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Politics is almost as old as prostitution and just as dirty. Which has clouded the minds of Americans. This is 2017 not 1967. Things are a lot different. I remember. Don’t be confused, or used with the rhetoric.
President Obama is almost worshipped today as a deity by some. I would like to remind you that he is a politician. The Bible clearly shows that following that type of honor to a man above the Most High God will get you a king afterwards that brings you back to your knees. My God is still in charge.
Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Racism is not exclusive to white supremacist. Don’t think as a black person you can’t and don’t speak, and do racist things. Freedom has given people the ability to be wrong, evil, mean spirited regardless of skin color, finances or social status. The so-called Christians should know better.
The law of retaliation, is the principle that a person who has injured another person is to be penalized to a similar degree. Its also known as the “eye for an eye” rule.
“an eye for an eye leaves the whole world blind”-Ghandi
If I hear one more preacher mention Trump or Clinton, I may just scream. They should have a point or they should shut up. If you want to honor Dr. King, talk about peace, unity, love and Jesus Christ.
Politics affects us all. It shapes society and influences culture. I get that. The Apostle Paul urges that prayers be made “for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life” (1 Timothy 2:1-2). Paul understood the need for Christian participation in government. Rev. King “caught hell” during his ministry for being involved in the political process instead of just preaching the Gospel and ultimately was martyred. He helped lead the civil rights movement against racial segregation and discrimination. But that is not what we have today with the people that use his name.
There is a difference. It’s that nuance that I am trying to bring to your attention. Learn to discern.
“Life is too short to spend time with people who suck the happiness out of you.”