My name is Luna Cardoza. I am the owner of ishallachieve.com website. I began my walk with the Lord 35 years ago. I believe that Jesus died for all and no matter what your situation is, you can find a solution if you pray about it and allow Jesus to be in control of your life. To be sure God will point you in the right direction.
I support this ministry because I believe Christopher Scott was chosen by God to do just what he is doing. He is dedicated and the right person for this website.
What is Prayer
Prayer is communicating with God. It is not so much the speaking of words as it is the outpouring of the heart. When we pray, our prayers must be sincere and we should ask that God's will be done. 1John 5:14 says “And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask anything according to his will, he heareth us”
God answers prayers that line up with His will. Psalm 107:13. “Then they cried unto the Lord in their trouble, and he saved them out of their distresses”
When we pray sincerely, and according to God's will, He hears us and responds in a positive way.
God listens and answers prayers although sometimes the answer is not what we anticipated, if we prayed expecting His will to be done, we will be aware that He does just that.
Prayer is a powerful tool that we can use to tap into the blessings that God has for us. God wants to have a personal relationship with us, We have a direct line to God through prayer and the privilege of pouring out our hearts to Him.
A frequently asked question is! How do I pray to God? This question is not new because many believers continuously said they do not know how to pray. Jesus' disciples asked him to teach them to pray.
In Matt. 6:2 Jesus warned about praying in public just to be heard. This tells me that He loves the private communication where we have a one to one conversation.
“But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly” Matt 6:6,
The Prayer in Matt 6:9-13 was given by Jesus to His disciples. This prayer is a typical example of how God wants us to pray. God knows what we need, before we ask, so we do not have to repeat ourselves several times begging and pleading, we just need to connect with Him and be sincere.
Prayer of Praise and Thanksgiving.
Acts 16;16-40 Paul and Silas were put in prison because they did what was right and uphold the name of Jesus. This was not an ordinary punishment. They were flogged, chained and put in an inner cell.
Paul and Silas used what they had, they prayed, sang songs and gave praises to God. As a result, God intervened.
“And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened, and every one's bands were loosed”. Acts 16:26
When we pray and give thanks, God will act on our behalf.
Psalm 150:6 Let everything that hath breath praise the Lord. Praise ye the Lord.
Have you ever done a kind deed for someone who took your kind deed for granted?
Maybe he pretends that he has a right to any favors he receives from you. It is sad to say, but many times we forgot to say thanks to God for His many blessings. We are blessed daily because His blessings are new every morning. Psalm 68 :19
WE have a God who supplies all our needs we should always praise Him and remember to say thanks. ” Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God ” Phil 4:6
God is worthy of our praises and He expects us to say thanks for His blessings. When Jesus healed the 10 lepers in Luke 17: 11-19, 9 of them went their merry way without saying thanks. One leper returned to say thanks. Jesus asked! Were there not ten cleansed? but where are the nine?
He blessed the one who returned and sent him on his way. This goes to show that God appreciates our Praises and Thanksgivings. Giving thanks does not have to be a ritual and repetition of words, we just need to tell God how we feel about His kindness to us. ‘O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever' Ps. 136:1
1 Thessalonians 5: 16-18
16 Rejoice evermore.
17 Pray without ceasing.
18 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
Prayer Of Agreement
There is much power when more than one individuals with Christ- centered minds, having the same intention join their hearts together in prayer.
19 Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching anything that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven.
20 For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.
When I am having problems and need spiritual support, I ask a prayer warrior to join and agree with me in prayer.
One reason why The Prayer of Agreement works is because both minds become one in the Lord, We both set our minds on what we are asking God to do for us.
When we pray with a partner, he is a constant reminder to us that we did what was required, God hears and the answer is on the way. Prayer of agreement can be in different forms. It can be with one individual or with a group. There are prayer groups all over the internet and on conference calls using the telephone.
Most if not all of the prayer groups genuinely join together in prayer. They take your request and offer prayer to God on your behalf. When Christians unite they can storm the force of darkness. A united church that prays in agreement, having the same aspirations will get their prayers answered. We should allow The Lord's Prayer to be our guide when we pray, telling God to let His will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Prayer of Repentance and Confession
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness 1 John 1:9
Although God knows what goes on in our lives He wants us to admit that we have done the wrong thing and we are sorry. When we do things against the will of God, we should remember that God is willing to forgive us of our sins,
For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Romans 3:23
What is Repentance?
Repentance is to be genuinely sorry for something you did and a decision not to do it anymore. Being sorry alone does not complete the process. One has to accept that he has sinned and decide to change his ways and walk according to the will of God. True repentance brings a change in behavior.
What is Confession?
Confession is to agree with God that we have done something wrong. After accepting that we have stepped out of line, we must be sorry for the wrong deed. This is why confession goes along with repentance.
Change can only take place after we admit our faults, say we are sorry and decide to do the right thing.
1 John 1:7-9 7
But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.
8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
We have all sinned at one time or the other and found grace when we prayed to God for forgiveness.
Repentance and Confession are essential to the Christian walk. Christians must be aware of the things they have done wrong and ask for forgiveness. God is faithful and is willing to forgive us but we have to Repent and Confess.
The Prayer of Faith
And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he has committed sins, they shall be forgiven him. James 5:15
The Prayer of Faith although only mentioned once in the Bible is a dynamic prayer. One has to believe that when he prays God hears and will answer. According to the scripture, the Prayer of Faith brings healing and forgiveness of sins.
And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive. Matt 21:22
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Heb 11:1
But without faith, it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him. Heb 11:6
Intercessory Prayer is a prayer that is offered to God on behalf of yourself and others. It is praying according to the will of God and holding on to His promises until there is a positive response. Intercessors fight a spiritual warfare.
Eph 6: 11-12 1
Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
As children of God, we should not pray selfish prayers. I always keep a prayer list on which I write the names of people I am praying for. When you keep a list you will not forget to pray for those you intended to pray for. When I am spending time in the presence of God I do not want to forget the important issues I wanted to talk to Him about so I keep a list.
You may be thinking that I only pray at certain times maybe once a day. This is not so I communicate with God continuously but the prayer that I pray for others is done during my daily devotions in the mornings, that is when I pray for everyone on my Prayer List.
All Christians should practice intercessory prayer because someone out there is praying for you. It is only fair that you pray for someone in return. I know that prayer works because I have experienced the favor of God on several occasions and I know this only happened because of prayer. I know I have people praying for me. I may not be praying for the same people but I pray for others.
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