Attitude of Prayer: What is the direction of your heart?
Prayer Focus week 36 (Sunday-Shabbat)
When you pray for the same situations day after day, you might expect that the prayers would become routine and would begin to lose meaning. While this may be true for some people, this is not our intention. A vital part of prayer is the proper frame of mind?
The mindset for prayer is referred to as kavanah (generally translated as "concentration" or "intent" or “direction of the heart”). The minimum level of kavanah is an awareness that one is speaking to God and an intention to fulfill the obligation to pray. Without this, we are not praying; we are merely reading words. Our minds need to be free from other thoughts, focus on our loving Heavenly Father, what we are praying about, and the meaning of the prayer.
Verse to memorize: Meditate on these verses:
o Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust (Psalm 91:1-2, NIV)
o Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence.
He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge;his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart (Psalm 91:3-4)
o You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday. (Psalm 91:5-6)
o A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you.
You will only observe with your eyes and see the punishment of the wicked. (Ps 91:7-8)
o If you make the Most High your dwelling – even the LORD, who is my refuge –
then no harm will befall you, no disaster will come near your tent. (Ps 91:9-10)
o For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; (Ps 91:11)
o they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone. (Ps 91:12)
o You will tread on the lion and the cobra;
you will trample the great lion and the serpent. “Because he loves me,” says the LORD, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges My name. He will call on Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him. With long life I will satisfy him and show him My salvation.” (Ps 91:13-16)
Prayer:we blessed to be allowed to intercede for the needs. Some answers come within a few days, others may take weeks or months. Regardless of what we see with our natural eyes, HE is working. We need to continue to be faithful inintercession!
“Precious, mighty, Father. We glorify Your most holy Name. We worship YOU and You alone. Help us to quieten our hearts, to still our minds, to focus on You. It is You who created the world around us. You who made the world around us. You who gave us ALL that we have. Bless You, mighty Father. We again lift up these request. Thank You for healing those Who are hurting spiritually and physically. Thank You for having brought Kyle home. We pray the same for Natan. That You will calm their nerves. Bless our families – bring them closer than they ever thought possible. Touch and heal our finances. We pray we will each be debt-free. Thank You for hearing our every prayer, in Your most holy Name we ask.”
Hallelujah: lots are great action THIS week!
o Tere: the Lord is moving and getting her out of debt – miracles from unexpected sources!
o Brother (Phyllis): going to church this week – a Messianic congregation!
o Joan’s blood pressure: this week: the top number is down from 215 to 139! She is very appreciative for everyone’s prayers!
o Brooke (Bev and Ruben’s 4-year old grand daughter): released from the hospital, still weak but getting stronger.
o Joey: no more trips to ER – he is feeling almost 100%.
o Joe: tests Monday.
o Kim (Paul & Lynn): melanoma pathology results: margins clear!
o Kyle (Yvonne’s son): returned to US from Afghanistan.
o Don: this week, he has only had pain meds ONE time!! Thank you so much!
o Pamela: shoulder surgery went well and she is healing nicely!
o John: feeling better.
o Bob (husband of Les’a’s co-worker): colon cancer surgery, no chemo necessary!
o Marita: is returning to Israel!!!– pls pray for her last weeks in US to be smooth and for everything to be accomplished
o Lynn (Paul’s wife): nodule on thyroid – not malignant!!
o Natan’s unit was successful; they detained #1 Taliban in all Afghanistan (who happened to be a Pakistani).
o Genevieve Rose (Deb’s granddaughter) and mother: both are doing well. She was born at 7#, 14oz.
Requests: (please email updates on these situations)… we blessed to be allowed to intercede for these!Some answers to prayer come within a few days, others may take weeks or months. Regardless of what we see with our natural eyes, HE is working. We need to continue to be faithful in our intercession!Reminder: Don’t forget to email answers – even baby steps are answers!
o Unspoken various family matters – that God will bring families into a tight bond in Him.
o Brother (Phyllis): doctor did determine he has colon cancer – prayer for miraculous healing.
o Crystal (Paul & Lynn’s friend): 21st surgical cancerous procedure, removing her adrenal gland & a kidney.
o Bev: traveling mercies for weekend retreat to Colorado.
o Tina & Jon (Phyllis’ son): turn hearts and lives to the LORD.
o Joan (Joan’s friend): collapsed lung.
o Sister (Norma G): recovery from fire.
o Phyllis: getting stronger everyday plus prayers for brother (colon cancer) & son (in jail).
o Pamela: all arm issues will be totally healed with no more pain.
o Maxine,Marita, & others: bouts of infection. “Satan, we say, enough, in Jesus’ Name!”
o Tracy & others: healing from intense migraines.
o Don & others: total healing from shingles, no pain, and no lingering effects.
o Jeannette: healing from eye surgery and continued complications.
o Diane (Jeannette’s friend): shingles on face and in eyes – very painful!!!
o Natan: granted R&R – please pray decisionwill be made quickly – also, please pray he can enter green-to-gold program.
o Paul: upcoming total knee replacement.surgery and pre-surgery complications.
o Les’a: swelling in foot to continue lessening and flexibility in toe to continue increasing.
o Hurting hearts & bodies would be healed.
o Carol (Maxine’s friend): lump in rib.
o 2012: wisdom and self-control that we can all achieve financial freedom.
o Jeanne (Bonnie’s friend): stage 4 ovarian cancer. Salvation and healing with the understanding it was God Who healed her.
o Phyllis & Dawn: continued prayer for total healing of their knees.
o John: continued health and financial challenges.
o Jobs (Betty, Rhonda, Deb, and all those who not listed): those who need work. That God will give them fulfilling and rewarding employment where they will have great favor!
o Keith (Dawn’s grandson): come to the God of his parents and grandmother.
o Debbie and family (Maxine’s daughter and grandkids): prayer for their healing as they transition to life without Matt. Also, prayer for Frank and family during their transition without Judy. And for Karen and kids with their loss of Fred.
o Rudy (Les’a’s friend): cracked skull resulting in major mental complications.
o Financial needs.
o God to continue strengthening and building family relationships!
o God will protect our soldiers – that He will give them wisdom.
o Kyle (Yvonne’s son), Natan and family (Les’a and Don’s son and his family): Pray for wisdom, accuracy, and knowledge. God will bring them home whole: spiritually, mentally, physically, and emotionally. And God will be with their families.
o The hearts of Americans: turn to God!
o Marita: plans to return to Israel.
o Families(all of our families): to be whole and walk in the ways of the Lord!
o Grandson: pray that his mom and her boyfriend treat him with love.
o Marriages to be healed.
o Jon: That God intervenes and places him where he will be encouraged to make good decisions, impacting his family for good.
o God’s protection over Israel
o David: return to the God of his youth — that his family will be encouraged.
o Healing of family relationships.
o Intercessors for The Call To Prayer: wisdom and tenacity to continue on to see victory!
o God’spower, anointing, and favor on pastors.
o Sheri: migraines would permanently leave.
o Peace of Jerusalem!
o Debt-free in 2012!
o Pima County Sheriff's department.
o Those who need jobs will get jobs — God-chosen jobs.
o Deb: migraines and onslaught of the enemy.
o Need total & complete healing for hearts of my family that are wounded; forgiveness for offenses; & new found understanding & commitment to family, restoration & unity
o Need for increased income with wisdom & self-control, in order to pay off credit card/legal fees.
o Josiah D.: favor, protection & a heart like King David.
o Favor & wisdomin the work force: We would be excellent in the work place – even as Joseph, Daniel, etc. were – blessings to the companies because we are there!
o Bob: special prayer for physical healing.
o God will healour land
o Three sisters to meet godly men.
o Children will stop runningand will turn to God.
o Corbin (Jim’s acquaintance): God will open his eyes to accept Jesus as his Lord and that he will accept the word of God.
o God will supplythe needs of those in ministry.
o A’s daughter in law: her heart, drawn to her husband; she will receive info from her father-in-law,that the Lord would place believers in her path.
o A’s relationship with his daughter: healing and mending of hearts.
o A’s Medicare situation to be straightened out – to his financial benefit. And for doctors to find the right solution to his health issues.
o T (Les’a & Don’s friend & a man of God): the Lord would bring him the perfect helpmate – to share his life and to be a partner in ministry.