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Hello, we're Peyton and Joy. We're two friends who love Jesus and have a passion for prayer. We've both experienced times in our lives when we've struggled to pray, and times when we've felt such strength in prayer. We've seen God's grace touch our lives, and we want to share that grace here.
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7 Powerful Quotes on Prayer

I love to find quotes about various topics. Whether about the sunshine or about the Word of God, I love quotes! I have found over the years several quotes on prayer that I want to share with you.

I hope that you will enjoy these prayer quotes:

“Our prayers may be awkward. Our attempts may be feeble. But since the power of prayer is in the one who hears it and not in the one who says it, our prayers do make a difference.” – Max Lucado

“Is prayer your steering wheel or your spare tire?” – Corrie ten Boom

“To be a Christian without prayer is no more possible than to be alive without breathing.” – Martin Luther

“Prayer makes a godly man, and puts within him the mind of Christ, the mind of humility, of self-surrender, of service, of pity, and of prayer. If we really pray, we will become more like God, or else we will quit praying.” – E.M. Bounds

“Any concern too small to be turned into a prayer is too small to be made into a burden.” – Corrie ten Boom

“In prayer it is better to have a heart without words than words without a heart.” – John Bunyan

“It is possible to move men, through God, by prayer alone.” – Hudson Taylor

What are your favorite prayer quotes?

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Prayer Prompts & Guides

Praying For the Ones No One Prays For

Some of us are blessed to have been born into families with a strong heritage of faith.

Some of us have been wrapped in prayer even before we were ever wrapped in our mother’s arms. Grandparents, parents, siblings, aunts, uncles, and cousins have prayed for us throughout our life.

Some of us have several friends to turn to when we are in need of prayer.

And some of us don’t.

Some don’t have many people–if anyone–praying for them.

Some have never heard the these words spoken: Can I pray with you?

This might be the reality of someone walking past you in the store, someone sitting next to you on the bus, someone standing next to you in line.

But we can change that reality; we can pray for the ones no one is praying for.

Today’s Prayer Prompt:

Let’s a take a moment to think of people we know who may not have anyone else praying for them, and let’s lift them up in heartfelt prayer.

 

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A Prayer for Open Doors in Your Life

How many times have you been unsure about what to do with your life?

After finishing up high school, I didn’t know what to do. It was a time of testing for me. Was I willing to trust Yahweh with my future? Could I find a balance between making a decision and trusting in Him? I agonized over what I would do. I prayed, I researched, and I asked wise counselors.

Praying through unknown times and trusting Yahweh is not easy, but He has things in store that we could never imagine.

We can pray that Yahweh will open doors for us to use our passions for his glory.

A Prayer for Open Doors in Your Life

“Yahweh, may you guide my next step in life. May I fully trust in you for my future. Open doors that you see fit and shut doors that are not for me. Send me wise counselors who will help me to make wise decisions. May I trust you with my future and with the doors that you will open for me. Thank you for being my God and my King! May I glorify and honor you in all that I do. Amen!”

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Thanking God for Our Freedom

Every year on Independence Day we celebrate the freedom we’ve been given in our country.

Amidst the parties, the fireworks, and the laughter of friends and family, it’s a wonderful time to be thankful not only for the freedom we have in this country, but also for the freedom we have in God.

Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. (2 Corinthians 3:17)

He sets us free from our past. Free from condemnation. Free from our fears. He breaks the chains of addiction. He gives us strength to follow Him, grace to pursue Him more every day. He gives us His love for one another.

We are free.

But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the fruit you get leads to sanctification and its end, eternal life. (Romans 6:22)

Not only on Independence Day, but every day, let’s celebrate the freedom He has given us.

Thanking God for Our Freedom

Yahweh, thank you for the freedom you have given me. Thank you for setting me free from this world. Thank you that no one in this life can steal my joy, my peace, my faith, because it’s grounded on you. Thank you that I am free from the clutches of the enemy, and free to follow after you with a whole heart. Thank you for the freedoms that I so often forget, the things that I take for granted, that you’ve so graciously given. Thank you for this freedom to talk to you. Thank you for sending your Son and setting me free today and forever, amen!

What are some freedoms in your life that you are thankful for today?

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How Storms Can Strengthen You

Back in 2014 a huge tornado swept through my community.

I remember it was very windy, and soon later after checking the news, I realized that my community would never be the same. Driving through parts of town brought tears to my eyes. This was a beautiful shaded drive, I thought more than once. Houses and businesses were gone. Praise the Lord that no one was seriously injured, just buildings and houses.

I was thinking the other day about the tornado and how my community bonded and worshiped the Lord through the storm.

It was a terrible situation, but Yahweh brought good from it.

Sometimes in our own lives we have storms.

Storms send us running into hiding. We want to hide from them and never experience them, but storms are what give us faith. Storms open our eyes to how Yahweh can work in our lives.

What storm is raging in your life?

Have you prayed to God about it? Let’s take some time, despite how hard the rain is pouring or how hard the wind is howling, to focus on the only One who can deliver.

With Him you can rest in the storm.

And I’ll praise You in this storm
And I will lift my hands
For You are who You are
No matter where I am
And every tear I’ve cried
You hold in Your hand
You never left my side
And though my heart is torn
I will praise You in this storm

~Praise You In This Storm by Casting Crowns

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The Prayer the Devil Doesn’t Want You to Pray

One of my favorites songs by one of my favorite singers is the song “Whatever It Takes” by Matt Papa.

It’s a hard song.

It’s about surrending all.

Whatever we prize more than Him is an idol, and my flesh doesn’t want to sing this song, because I want to cling to my idols.

And as much as it hurts my comfort, the truth is, true comfort is in Him and He’s worth so much more than anything I let go of.

Prayer is where we wage war with our idols.

Are we willing to say “Your will be done?”

What if that means letting go of a big part of our hearts, because we’re wrapped up in an obsession?

What if that means moving somewhere else?

What if that means taking a giant leap of faith?

This is uncomfortable faith.

That’s the faith that Jesus (Yeshua) lived. The crown of thorns on his head wasn’t comfortable. The road to Calvary wasn’t easy. But for the joy set before Him He endured the cross (Hebrews 12:2).

He wants to fill us with that king of joy.

He wants us to step out of our comfort zone, and trust Him more.

He wants us to pray…

Do whatever it takes me to make me more like Jesus
This is hard, and I might break

But I mean it when I say
Lord, do whatever, whatever it takes

~ Whatever It Takes by Matt Papa

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Guest Post: Praying for an Enduring Friendship

This post is shared with us by our friend Sarah. I can speak for both of us how blessed we are to call Sarah our friend. The testimony she shares truly points to our God who hears our prayers and blesses His children with sweet friendships.

Sarah shares…

Before high school, I attended “regular school”. That means I was always in contact with lots of people with close ages. But there, I would never find a true friend. Their thoughts were not pure, they were not Christ followers, and their friendship was not enduring. So as the Bible says:

“…In every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God” (Philippians 4:6)

I prayed for months. I prayed for years.

My brother never attended “regular” school because he was homeschooled. So one day I thought of homeschooling too. I started to search on the internet for homeschooling things that could help me and then I opened an image with the title “homeschool jokes”.

I rarely do this, but this time I clicked the link beside the image and entered a blog called “Blog of Joy.” This click changed my life… FOREVER…

I read some of the posts and watched a funny video by Blimey Cow called “You might be a homeschooler if…”. But I still had my doubts. I wasn’t sure yet…Should I get out of school and start homeschooling?

I was tired of what I had to hear every day: bad words, nonsense, ideologies. I was tired of having to get out of the classroom when they would watch movies a Christian shouldn’t watch, and all of these things were leading me into depression.

One day I had a dream.

I dreamed I was in a bus that was taking people to high school. Then the bus stopped, and my classmates started to get off. A girl asked me: “Aren’t you going to get off the bus too?”  I answered her I wouldn’t, because I needed to take care of a sick girl.

I woke up the next morning with that dream still fresh in my head, but…

“WHO WAS THAT SICK GIRL I NEEDED TO TAKE CARE OF?”

I told my mom the dream I had had, and she just smiled and asked me: “Is there any sick girl  needing to be taken cared of?”

It was me.

I was sick. My soul was sick. And I would not go to school because I needed to take care of my heart.

After this, I started homeschooling. I created my blog called agulhanopalheirosarah.wordpress.com, and I searched for Joy’s blog again. I made a comment on one of her posts. She answered me, and we started to get in  touch by email, and chatting by Skype. We became friends. We became close friends. We became true and close friends.

Some time later, Joy talked to me about Peyton. And Peyton and I started talking on Skype too. We also became true and close friends.

This is the story of an enduring friendship.

I have not had yet the opportunity of giving Joy and Peyton a BIG HUG, but I love them with all of my heart. They are very special! They are a blessing, a gift from God, and an answer to a prayer. A prayer of years, a prayer from my heart.

~ About Sarah ~

Sarah Fernandes Wawginiaks is a  highschool homeschooler who worships the all-mighty God, loves her family, and despite the myths about socializing, has great friends. She loves reading good books, like the ones written by Janette Oke.

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6 Tips to Pray More Consistently

I remember being a child and trying to move a bucket of moss and dirt from one end of the yard to the other. The bucket was heavy and I would drag it a few feet and then set it down. For a child, moving that bucket was hard work! I had one goal in mind, and that was to get the bucket from one end of the yard to the other. It took awhile, but I eventually hit my goal!

Praying for our loved ones and for those around us that are suffering is a heavy load. We shouldn’t lift them up just once. We should pursue prayer with one goal–to consistently lift them up to Yahweh. Maybe there is someone in your life that is not following Christ. Do you have the goal of praying for them everyday, throughout the day?

Here are some fun ideas to pray more consistently:

1) Look for Scripture passages that are encouraging or prayerful and write them on 3 x 5 cards. Keep the cards in your pocket, and throughout the day pull them out to read over and pray through.

2) Don’t waste the little times. Each time you have a few moments throughout the day, use that time to pray.

3) Ask your friends around you to send you an email or text reminder to pray.

4) Ask others to join you in prayer. Having a prayer support group is helpful in praying for a person or situation. You don’t have to be specific, but just send out a group text to others and say that you need some prayer. I don’t think any Christian would let you down in the prayer world.

5) Find something around the house that reminds you of the person you should be praying for or the situation you should be praying for. Right now in my life, I am praying about a situation that has to do with my family and grandmother. Every time I see something that is my grandmother’s around the house, I try to remember to pray for her.

6) Get on your knees and pour out your heart before Yahweh. Praying on your knees brings about a spirit of humility and is a physical reminder that we are coming before a mighty King.

Let’s pray with one goal in mind–to reach the throne room in heaven multiple times a day for our loved ones and those suffering.

In pursuing this goal, we will begin to have a new perspective on prayer.

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How To Make it Through the Day

Music has touched my life in so many ways.

I truly don’t know where I’d be today without the effect that beautiful songs of truth have played upon my heart. It’s amazing how a song can resonate with exactly what my soul needs to pray. One of those songs that has touched my life is “Lord, I Need You” by Chris Tomlin.  When I need to feel the peace of God, often it will come to mind:

Lord I come, I confess
Bowing here I find my rest
Without You I fall apart
You’re the one that guides my heart

Lord, I need You, oh I need You
Every hour I need You
My one defense, my righteousness
Oh God, how I need You

–“Lord, I Need You” by Chris Tomlin

In our times of need, we can be propelled to despair or propelled to prayer.

A prayer here or there is not enough to get us through the challenges of life. Even when we are in an easy season of life, if we’re not connecting in a continual way with our Maker, we’ll find success or happiness going to our head in an unhealthy, prideful way.

The more we come to face our human limitations and faults, the more we experience our desperate need for Him.

It’s okay to be in need. it’s okay to feel drained. This is where we learn to casts our cares on Him, to pray without ceasing, to cherish our dependence on Him.

To keep on the straight and narrow path He has for our lives, prayer must be a part of our lifestyle.

How we make it through the day matters because days become months, months become years, and years become a lifetime.

Let’s keep turning to the One who created the galaxies, music, words, personalities, and our very hearts.

Don’t be afraid to admit you need Him every hour.

Let others see Your daily dependence on Him. He longs for you to be a living example of the truth that His power is perfected in our weakness (2 Corinthians 12:9-10). Admit that prayer changes your life, that you’d be lost without Jesus, and that you need Him every hour.

Your dependence is a testimony.

 

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Standing in the Need of Prayer

There is an old song that I remember from childhood that goes like this:

It’s me, it’s me, oh Lord
Standing in the need of prayer;
Not my mother, not my father
But it’s me, oh Lord
Standing in the need of prayer.

It’s me, it’s me, oh Lord
Standing in the need of prayer.
Not my brother, not my sister
But it’s me, oh Lord
Standing in the need of prayer.

It’s me, it’s me, oh Lord
Standing in the need of prayer.
Not the preacher, not the sinner
But it’s me, oh Lord
Standing in the need of prayer.

This song reminded me that sometimes it’s us that need prayer and not those around us.

In my own life, I get caught up in praying for others and forget that I need prayer myself. Of course, there is nothing wrong about praying for others, but we as followers of Christ need prayer for our own lives as well.

Today, as you stand in the need of prayer, remember that Yahweh loves you!

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