- Father Lord, reveal to me the entire secret behind the challenges in my life in Jesus’ name.
- Father Lord, give me a divine revelation that will transform my life for good in the name of Jesus.
- I command every captivity holding my right from the womb of my mother to break from this moment in Jesus’ name.
- Let every power assigned to hinder my success be destroyed by the fire of God in Jesus’ name.
- O Lord, rewrite the history of my birth and bless the day I was born in Jesus’ name.
- Let the demonic spell that relegates a firstborn to the ground be destroyed in my life in Jesus’ name.
- You evil wind blowing confusion into my life, I command you to disappear in the name of Jesus. Amen.
Confessions – My Tongue Has The Power Of Life and Death (Proverbs 18:21)
- Satan, I rebuke you in Jesus’ Name as I close every door, which my ancestors or my parents might have opened to you and your demons.
- I renounce every satanic and demonic alliances and I declare them to be my enemies and I want them out of my life completely in the name of Jesus Christ.
- I now claim deliverance from any and all evil spirits, which may be in me.
- Once and for all, I close the door of my life to all demonic practices and command all connected and related familiar spirits to leave me now in Jesus’ name. Amen.
The only thing the disciples asked Jesus to teach them was how to pray.
“Once Jesus was in a certain place praying. As he finished, one of his disciples came to him and said, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.” (Luke 11:1 NLT)
And this is how Jesus replied:
“This is how you should pray: “Father, may your name be kept holy. May your Kingdom come soon. Give us each day the food we need, and forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us. And don’t let us yield to temptation.” (Luke 11:1-4 NLT)
There’s much to learn from the passage above referred to as “The Lord’s Prayer” as well from what Jesus Himself demonstrated.
12 STEPS TO PRAYING LIKE JESUS
1. Begin prayer with Praise and worship
“Father, may your name be kept holy.” (Luke 11:2)
In considering why we should praise and worship, we begin to list His attributes and wonderful works: He is great (Psalm 145:3), full of glory (Psalm 138:5), wise and powerful (Daniel 2:20), good (Psalm 107:8), merciful and faithful (Psalm 89:1), One who saves us (Psalm 18:46), keeps His promises (1 Kings 8:56), pardons our sins (Psalm 103:1-3), and so much more!
2. Pray for God’s will
“May your kingdom come soon.” (Luke 11:2)
Jesus prayed for God’s will: “Father, if you are willing, please take this cup of suffering away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine.”
3. Pray our Petitions (requests)
“Give us each day the food we need.” (Luke 1:3)
God is a loving Father that wants to answer the prayers of His children. Unlike our earthly parents, God knows everything, is good and only does good (Psalm 119:68).
4. Pray confessions asking for forgiveness
“…and forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us.” (Luke 11:4)
“But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.” (1John 1:9 NLT)
Sin is what stands between us and the Father blocking our prayers. But through Jesus we may come boldly to the throne of God (Hebrews 4:16).
5. Pray protection from ourselves and from the devil (Spiritual Warfare)
“And don’t let us yield to temptation.” (Luke 11:4 NLT)
We will be tempted by our own sinful desires and the devil.
“If you think you are standing strong, be careful not to fall. The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.” (1 Corinthians 10:12-13 NLT)
6. Pray for others and with others
Jesus prayed for others: “One day some parents brought their children to Jesus so he could lay his hands on them and pray for them. But the disciples scolded the parents for bothering him.” (Matthew 19:13 NLT)
Jesus prayed with others: “About eight days later Jesus took Peter, John, and James up on a mountain to pray.” (Luke 9:28 NLT)
7. Pray Alone
Jesus prayed alone: “But Jesus often withdrew to the wilderness for prayer.” (Luke 5:16 NLT)
8. Pray Regularly
Jesus prayed often: The passage above from Luke states that Jesus often withdrew to the wilderness for prayer.
It’s important to establish a daily time of uninterrupted prayer.
9. Pray Fervently (heartfelt)
Jesus’ prayers were heartfelt: This is demonstrated clearly in John 17 where Jesus prays for Himself, His disciples, and all believers (at that time and to come).
10. Pray with Persistence
“One day Jesus told his disciples a story to show that they should always pray and never give up.” (Luke 18:1 NLT)
11. Pray with thanksgiving
Jesus prayed with thanksgiving: “And he took a cup of wine and gave thanks to God for it. He gave it to them and said, “Each of you drink from it…” (Matthew 26:27 NLT)
It’s important to thank the Lord for who He is and what He does for us.
12. Pray scripture back to God
Jesus prayed scripture: When Jesus was tempted by Satan in the wilderness (as stated in Matthew 4:4), He said, “No! The scriptures say,…”
We can pray scripture back to God as well.
Here’s how: Take a particular passage and put it in first person. For example, Psalm 23:1 reads like this:
“The Lord is my shepherd; I have all that I need.”
You would pray: Thank you, Lord for being my shepherd and taking care of my needs.
WE MUST ACCEPT OUR NEED TO PRAY: Consider how much Jesus depended on prayer. Jesus prayed not only to set an example, but also to teach us that even the Son of God needed to be connected to His Father through prayer.
WE MUST ADMIT OUR NEED TO LEARN: The disciples asked Jesus to teach them to pray. Prayer is not a formula or secret code, but one heart talking to another. The best way to learn is to just do it!
Credit: Beckie Lindsey
Marriage is honorable. Everyone desires a peaceful and love-filled relationship or marriage. Many ladies have a lot of misconceptions about attracting the right man into their lives. Some think it’s by dressing half-naked or by easily getting laid that attracts men to them. This way, however, you will certainly earn some attention, but the question is: who are they? Are they men you would like to spend the rest of your life with?
Today, we want to look at how a Christian lady can attract a Godly man for marriage. As mentioned earlier, worldly people employ all-kinds of unwholesome style but Christians MUST stand-out in the following ways:
There is a saying that the way you dress is the way you’re addressed. Christian ladies must make sure that they dress and present themselves well. Let me tell you: men are visual and no man, including Christian men, who will not recognize when he sees a lady he likes. And how do you as a Christian lady attract his attention? By dressing decently viz: covering every part of your body appropriately with outfits that complement your figure; nice shoes; good hair-do and well-manicured/pedicured nails. You may not wear make-up or perfume but if you must wear make-up, it must be moderate, not shouting, so as not to create an impression of who you are not.
Confidence is very attractive. As a Christian lady, are you always confident in yourself? Do you know your worth and value? Do you love yourself for who you are, and the way you look? Don’t forget: these things show in your personality and carriage. Men get easily attracted to women of confidence. That you’re a Christian is not an excuse but you must be careful not to misconstrue confidence as pride or arrogance.
- Friendly Disposition.
They say: to be a friend, you need to be a friend. Relationships are founded on friendships. So, you have to learn to be friendly. You need to be approachable. Make it possible for people to get along with you easily; always show love, caring and kindness. Learn to wear smiles on your face. This way you would be attracting Godly attention to yourself.
- Respect for People.
Respect for others is yet another key for attracting Godly men. The truth is: beauty is not the ultimate in marriage but character and personality are. Beauty can attract a man to you but it’s your character that determines whether he stays or not. People normally, especially in the church, observe your character from afar. They want to see if you’re that kind of a christian lady who respects and honors other people. If you are, I would not be surprised to see a Godly man making moves towards getting to know you.
- Love God.
When you love God with all your heart, mind and soul, HE will make HIS abode in you, and through the power of the Holy Spirit, HE will continually direct your affairs including that of attracting a Godly husband. This love of God will show in everything you do and in the way you relate with people. God says: you are the light of the world. It will become true in your life. People will quickly discern that you would not find it difficult to respect and submit to your husband.
- Kingdom Service.
There is always an opportunity for you to serve in the church. By genuinely working in God’s vineyard, HE will work in your own vineyard. That is HIS promise! By serving in the choir; being a church warden; or being a member of any other pious society in the church, you showcase yourself for the congregation to evaluate your character and personality. But don’t you ever enter into Kingdom Service because you want to attract a man. Let it be instead, because you love God and you love to serve HIM. That way HE will meet you at the points of your needs.
- Mistreatment of Men.
As a Christian lady who wants to contract a Godly marriage, how do you handle men who approach you? It’s like customer service! Most customers when they are mishandled, they tell as many prospective customers as come their way, how they were mistreated. And this impacts on the company’s sales margin. It is the same when a lady turns down a man rudely. He will spread the ‘gospel’ amongst other faithful’s in the church. You will be portrayed as unapproachable and that will scare other men that were eyeing you and were just waiting for an opportunity to let you know about it. If you’re to turn down a guy you don’t quite like, you’ve got to do it politely with love. God bless you!
The love and fear of God should be the salient guiding principles for Christian ladies seeking to attract Godly men for marriage. If everything is done beginning with God, it will surely end with God taking Centre-stage of the relationship and eventual marriage.