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November 14, 2017

When Prayers Hinder More than Help

“For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.” 2 Timothy 1:7 (NIV) 

Have you ever prayed for strength? Strangely enough, sometimes, our prayers may hinder our faith more than help it grow. So, let’s examine our prayer lives for a minute. Are they filled with faith? One of the greatest expressions of faith in prayer is thanksgiving. When I examine my own prayer life, I’ve discovered that I’ve often asked God for things He’s already done or promised. For example, have you ever prayed, “Oh God, be with me today”? Sometimes, I wonder if God doesn’t just shake His head and think, “Well, let Me see, I don’t know, I’m really busy and not sure I can be with you today or not.” The fact is, He has already promised us more than once,

“I am with you always, even to the end of the age!” (Matthew 28:20) 

 “I will never leave you nor forsake you!” (Hebrews 13:5)

So, rather than asking God to be with us, acknowledge His presence. “Thank You, Father, that You are with me!” Do you feel the difference? A prayer like this can bring your soul confidence when you pray with faith, thanking God for what He has promised you! When you face pressures and problems that attempt to derail you from believing God will come through for you, meet them with prayers of faith and claim the promises of God. Today’s verse is a great one to meditate on and pray back to God in faith.

Thank You, Father, that You have not given me a spirit of fear or timidity. Thank You that You are my strength and have given me a spirit of power, love and self-discipline.

Practice praying in faith, and watch your confidence grow!