Apologetics

Why Pray? (Seven Biblical Answers)

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Prayer is something that is sometimes hard to understand. Why do we pray? The Bible answers that question.

It connects us to our Creator.

The Lord has heard my supplication, the Lord receives my prayer.”  (Psalm 6:9)

It’s a way to love one another.

“But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,” (Matthew 5:44)

First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men,  for kings and all who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity. This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.” (1 Timothy 2:1-4)

It gives us courage and faith.

“Now He was telling them a parable to show that at all times they ought to pray and not to lose heart,” (Luke 18:1)

It keeps our souls from harm.

“Keep watching and praying that you may not enter into temptation; the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” (Matthew 26:41)

It works in ways we cannot see.

“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.”  (Ephesians 6:12)

It makes miracles happen.

“This is the confidence which we have before Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.”  (1 John 5:14)

Yeshua (Jesus) showed us how to pray.

“But Jesus Himself would often slip away to the wilderness and pray.” (Luke 5:16)

“Pray, then, in this way: ‘Our Father who is in heaven, hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.’ ” (Matthew 6:9-13)

I hope these verses encourage you to today.

Whatever you’re holding inside your heart, pour it out before Him. He’s waiting to hear your voice, to bring you peace when you surrender, and to refresh your thirsty soul with His Spirit.

Click for printable PDF: Why Pray (Seven Biblical Answers) by Sisters on Our Knees

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Testimonies

Testimony Tuesdays: Friendships and Prayer

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Some of the dearest friendships in my life are connected with prayer.

When my family moved to Alabama nine years ago, I struggled deeply with loneliness. Two year later, on a summer afternoon, I surrendered my longing for friendship, declaring that Yahweh was the best friend I could ever have, and that I’d rather be lonely than have friends that would pull me away from Him. It was only a few weeks later that my family met another like-minded family in our community. Over the following year I was able to spend many hours playing board games with them, particularity with their oldest daughter, who later became my sister-in-law.

In 2014, I went on a camping trip with my brother’s family and their friends for the Feast of Tabernacles. By the end of the week, I connected with a girl who soon became a sister by heart. Later we discovered that leading up to this trip, my mom had been praying for me to find a new friend. The girl had been praying for a friend as well. It was the perfect timing and stage of our lives for us to meet and encourage each other.

After graduating from high school in 2015, I wanted to know what Yahweh desired for me to pursue. I felt there was something missing in my life. My mom and I prayed that I would have direction by the time I came back from our family trip to Israel that fall. Two days after I arrived home from Israel, I was contacted with the opportunity to babysit a 9-month-old baby girl. Fast forward a year and a half, and that precious little girl has blessed my life more than words can say.

Last spring I had the opportunity to volunteer for two weeks at a Christian kibbutz in Israel. I worked alongside a prayer warrior from Colorado. Our times of prayer together nurtured my passion for prayer and deepened our friendship. When I came back to the USA, she and I continued to pray over the phone. Those times inspired me to have prayer times with others, including weekly prayer times on the phone with Peyton, which led to launching this blog.

My heavenly Father has blessed me with each of these friendships as a result of prayer.

He’s the best at connecting friends.

Do you have a friendship testimony?

P.S. Revelation 12:11 shares that one of the ways to overcome is by the word of our testimony. Sharing our testimonies of answered prayer is a powerful reminder to us and to others of how our God is faithful. Do you have a prayer testimony you feel led to share in a blog post? Please contact us at: sistersonourknees@gmail.com

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Devotional, Prayer Prompts & Guides

Prayers for the Lonely Seasons of Our Lives

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Do you struggle with loneliness in your life?

It might sound odd, but you’re truly not alone in your feelings. So many young ladies struggle just like you.

Throughout Scripture we read about how the righteous were often called into loneliness–Noah’s family (1 Peter 3:20), Abraham (Isaiah 51:2), Paul in Arabia (Galatians 1:16-19), and John on the Isle of Patmos (the book of Revelation). Yet they all had the greatest gift–Yahweh.

I was blessed to grow up in an amazing family, but I still struggled with loneliness.

I had a few friends, but never a friend that I could relate to. I was always the odd one who didn’t do things like other people. I remember as a child sitting on the end of our playground slide crying because I didn’t have a friend. It hurts to be lonely, but Yahweh used my loneliness to bring me closer to him. As soon as I let Yahweh gain control of my life, it was amazing how He worked. He placed people in my life that made a positive impact.

I still struggle with loneliness.

Just recently I walked into a room with about forty young people around my age and felt ever so lonely. No one understood what path I had chosen in life. I went to the back of the room and sat in the corner feeling alone. Finally I resolved within myself to talk to the girl next to me. She wasn’t kind, and she ignored me. I felt even more alone. It was there in that moment that I had to make a decision–to consider this the worse day of my life or a day to remember. I chose the latter. Although the loneliness remained, I made the best of the situation and smiled.

In our loneliness we can come closer to our Creator than ever, and prayer is one of those places where we can talk to Him like a friend.

It’s important to remember that Jesus is the best friend we could ever have. We can come to Him in prayer and pour out our hearts, knowing that He not only listens, but has the exact answer that we seek. Recently a friend of mine reminded me of this verse in Jeremiah: “And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.” (29:13). Yahweh loves each of His children and has a plan for them. Remember to call upon Him and He will answer and show you great and mighty things that you do not understand now (Jeremiah 33:3).

Here are some prayer prompts for drawing closer to our Best Friend during these lonely seasons.

Click for printable PDF: Prayers for the Lonely Seasons of Our Lives

Do you struggle with loneliness? What are some ways that Yahweh has brought you comfort?

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Poems

Guest Post: Call Me (a prayer poem)

Call Me

Call Me

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Prayer Prompts & Guides

Prayers for Our Police Officers

Prayer for Our Police Officers
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With a police officer in my family, praying for these public servants is something dear to my heart.

With all the conflict between police officers and citizens that has been raging through our nation, the point of this post and these prayer prompts is not to take sides, but to fall on our knees in prayer for this nation and our police officers.

Yahweh cares about every soul in this country, no matter their race, gender, age, or religion (Acts 10:34-35). His desire is that all people (police officers and citizens), come to know Him and walk in His ways (1 Timothy 2:1-4).

May we see a spiritual revival sweeping this nation, calling it back to the Word of God, and placing our hope in Him again.

Please join me in prayer for the physical and spiritual protection of our police officers.

1 Timothy 2:1-4

 

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Color–Prayers for Our Police Officers
Grayscale–Prayers for Our Police Officers

Prayer for our Police Offericers
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Devotional, Prayer Prompts & Guides

Proverbs 31 Prayers (and printables)

Proverbs 31:10-31

Let’s be honest–none of us are perfect.

Each of us fail to measure up to the idealistic Proverbs 31 woman.

But there are two ways to deal with this reality:

1) shrug it off, and keep living our lives the same way we always have;

2) seek the Father on our knees, asking Him to show us how we should live.

Striving to live like a Proverbs 31 woman will look different for each one of us (as we all have different personalities, talents, families, cultures, etc.). And yet there is unity in the fact that a woman who fears Yahweh is the one who is giving of her time, effort, finances, and emotions to see the Kingdom of God draw nearer to this broken earth.

Let’s be women who fear Yahweh.

Let’s get on our knees in prayer.

And then let’s rise up in action.

This printable can easily be used as a two week prayer guide.

As you pray each point, allow the heavenly Father to speak to your heart, showing you how to become the woman that He has called you to be to make a difference in this world for His glory.

Proverbs 31 Prayer Prompts

Click for printable PDF: Proverbs 31 Prayer Prompts

Proverbs 31 Prayer

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Color–The Proverbs 31 Prayer
Grayscale–The Proverbs 31 Prayer

How can you serve in His kingdom today?

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Praying Through the Inborn Problem of Sin

Photo courtesy of Alexia Sommers
Photo courtesy of Alexia Sommers

Living like our Savior in a world that is tarnished by sin is not easy.

Ever since the day that we were born, we have been sinners, and we will never cease to sin until the day that we die. Sin is something that it is hard for some people to recognize and admit. And we all have secret sins  that we would prefer no one knew about. Sometimes our sin may not be a bad deed, but it may be neglecting something that we know we should do (James 4:17). But in order to become more like Christ and to grow in our relationship with Him, we have to address the problem of sin. We have to pray about sin on a daily (sometimes hourly) basis. It’s important to remember that Jesus knows our hearts, and that we can come to Him in prayer even about our deepest, darkest secrets.

Here are some prayer prompts that I have put together to encourage us as we confess and forsake our sins and find mercy (Proverbs 28:13):

Prayer Prompts for Overcoming Sin

 

Click for printable PDF: Prayer Prompts for Overcoming Sin

As you pray through the points, remember to humble yourself and to come before the throne of the King of Kings in a broken spirit. Be ready to give yourself to the Lord again. Pray and feel the power of forgiveness as you “cast your cares upon the LORD” (Psalm 55:22).

What are some Bible verses that encourage you to avoid sin?

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Journaling

Keeping a Prayer Journal

Keeping a prayer journal is a wonderful way to remember prayer requests and to build a prayer strategy.

As far as choosing a notebook, I’ve found that a three-ring binder is a great option. I’ve used a regular notebook for a prayer journal if it’s only focused on one subject, but when it comes to a book with multiple prayer requests, a three-ring binder is excellent for organization.

Benefits of using a three-ring binder:

  1. You can rearrange the pages as desired. (If you fill a sheet of paper with prayers for a certain person, you can move a blank page to the next spot and keep writing.)
  2. You can add prayer guides that you’ve printed online. Simply hole-punch them.
  3. You can store pictures of people to pray for in the pockets on the inside of the binder.

Writing down prayers definitely has it’s benefits. It can help you remember what you’ve prayed and when you’ve prayed (if you write down the date). And as you mark the prayers that the Father has answered in His mighty way, it turns into a wonderful testimony of His faithfulness.

Here is a fictional sample that I’ve written as an example to get your creativity flowing:

Keeping a Prayer Journal

Have you ever kept a prayer journal? What are some tips you’d like to share?

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