What is Prayer?


Prayer Focus week 30 (Sunday-Shabbat)
What actually is prayer? Is it a list of requests, thanks, and confessions? It is relationship with the Creator of All.
Think about your relationship with your spouse or best friend. What if every time you were together, you had a list of please-do’s, sorrys, and updates on what was accomplished. Is that a relationship – or a business meeting? Relationship is not an agenda – it is communicating, communicating the deeper things of your heart. Just as we long to hear how our children, spouse, best friend love us, so our Heavenly Father longs for that intimacy with us.
Let us put aside our own agendas and focus on the Lover of our souls.
Verse to memorize:  How is your memorizing going? If you are behind, commit to catching up! Psalm 91 is powerful!
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; (Psalm 91:3-4, NIV)
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, NIV)
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, NIV)
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, NIV)
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!
“Loving, precious Father. Thank You for Your unending love. Thank You that You are more than a best friend, You are the Almighty! You are the One who knit us together in our mother’s wombs; it is You who gave us breath; it You who counts our days. Help us to live each day with our love of You reigning supreme in our minds. We love You, LORD! Bless each of our brothers and sisters. Heal the physically and emotionally hurting. Protect our soldiers – we continue to pray that You will bring them home spiritually, mentally, emotionally, and physically whole and stronger than when they left – be with their families. In Your Holy Name, we pray.”
o    Yvonne: most cold symptoms gone by Wed! AND heart murmur was related to cold and heart burn. (“Thanx for the prayer support!”)
o    Deb: fine!
o    Bonnie is getting stronger each day!
o    Lori has resumed her workout schedule and will be returning to her job!
o    Les’a’s foot is continuing to heal and swelling is lessening a tad.
o    Don’s and Les’a’s time with family is precious.
o    Family relationships are strengthening.
o    Natan now has a tiny possibility of getting an R&R.
o    Kyle’s combat tour is finishing soon!
o    Testimonies continue about the strengthening of family relationships.
o    God is protecting our soldiers in Afghanistan who are on intense missions.
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!
o    Jeanne (Bonnie’s friend): stage 4 ovarian cancer. salvation and healing with the understanding it was God Who healed her.
o    Bonnie and Les’a: they will heal completely and totally.
o    Lori: the transition to work will be easy and there will be no physical strain on her body.
o    Hurting hearts & bodies would be healed.
o    Yvonne: all lingering cold symptoms to be gone
o    Maxine: head and neck congestion
o    Keith (Dawn): 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    Granddaughter (Deb): newborn, healthy & mom’s desire for her mother
o    Financial needs.
o    God to continue strengthening and building family relationships!
o    Jeannette: healing from eye surgery and continued complications.
o    God will protectour 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 Americanswill turn to God!
o    John: continued health and financial challenges.
o    Norman: job interview this week – with possibility of working at home!
o    Marita: where she is to live.
o    Families(all of our families): to be whole and walk in the ways of the Lord!
o    Kyle: serving in Afghanistan. Pray that he will be protected, and fully yield his heart to 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 which will impact 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    Dawn: continued prayer for total healing of her knee.
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    Request healing of marriage/family breach.
o    Health & wholeness of new grandbaby.
o    Grandson: favor, protection & a heart like King David.
o    Granddaughter: newborn, healthy & mom’s desire for her mother
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 Savior 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; 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.