Daily Prompt: Three in One! Solitary Recite Trance

Daily Prompt: Three in One! Solitary Recite Trance

Daily Prompt: Solitary Recite Trance

How often do you get to take three consecutive daily prompts and respond with a single post?

Well, for me, Solitary, Recite, and Trance fit perfectly together, describing, of course, Prayer.

praying handsBut whenever you pray, go into your room, close the door, and pray to your Father who is hidden. And your Father who sees from the hidden place will reward you.
Matthew 6:6 ISV

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.
Colossians 3:16 ESV

Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers.
Psalm 1:1-3 ESV

A great story which puts all these elements together is the movie War Room.

War Room


War Room
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Three Parts to the Power of Prayer

Three Parts to the Power of Prayer

praying handsIn Celebrate Recovery, we say that we believe in the power of prayer. Prayer works; we’ve seen it. This doesn’t mean prayer is chanted like some sort of magic spell but the Bible does tell us that we have some influence over the results.

“And all things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.”
– Jesus, Matthew 21:22

We also say, “Don’t quit before your miracle happens,” and, “Whatever you ask, ask in Jesus’ name,” (which is actually a verse straight from scripture). I got to thinking about these declarations this morning, and I believe there are three corresponding things we must “do” to make prayers effective. In other words, there are three parts to the power of prayer.

praying on knees#1. In Jesus’ Name

The phrase, “In Jesus’s name” packs a lot of meaning. To start, I think the better verse that describes asking in prayer is John 15:7:

If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.”

“Pre-requisites” isn’t exactly the right word to use, because this part of the power of prayer is not about anything we physically do, but instead is completely about the belief we hold. There’s a lot that invoking His name signifies. It means we believe:

  • in God, the Creator, and that we have faith and trust in Him and the plans he does have for us
  • in everything He tells us, which we hear by studying His Word and developing a personal relationship with Him
  • that He does indeed have the power to make anything come to pass but that whatever does happen will be what’s best for us
  • we must commit, from the very start, every effort to and for Him

#2. Believe you will receive, but…

serenity prayer coinThis is the caveat to prayer, and it’s really all about accepting the results, whatever they may be, having faith that they will be what’s best. We won’t necessarily get exactly what we want, but what we do receive will be beneficial in the long run, all part of God’s plan and purpose. Maybe this is the biggest difference between prayer and magic, which would provide exactly what we want. This is also where we can feel let down – because what happens might not be what we think we want – until hindsight reveals otherwise.

Believe you will receive – not it (the thing you pray for) but what is best. Seems kind of contradictory, doesn’t it?

#3. Do your best, consistently, and don’t give up

persistenceThis is where we really have some input. I’m reminded of the saying, “If you aim at nothing, you’ll hit it every time.” Magic, if it existed, wouldn’t require any effort on our part. This is not how prayer works. Instead, whatever we do, we do it for the Lord and His glory, not for our own. We commit this work to God from the very beginning. effortWe ask His blessing on our work. And we persevere; we persist until/unless He tells us to stop. Our personal relationship and ongoing time in meditation and study will reveal this. Basically, if the vision remains, continue to work toward it.

Finally, I feel it’s necessary to mention one more thing: about the reasonableness of our requests in prayer. What is “realistic?” Here is where we can limit ourselves, thinking that a particular outcome is impossible. My only advice is to listen to the testimonies of believers. I wholeheartedly believe in miracles. Prayer works, if you believe in it and let God work. Make your plea, do your best, and leave the results to God, accepting whatever comes to pass as meant to be.

…The Truth of You

Heavenly Father, Creator of all things in heaven and on earth, Master Designer with a plan to save us, Your free-will-broken creations. You knew we would need saving, just as we parents know our children will need us while growing up. Whatever we believe, O Lord God, must make sense of everything, and science (that is, “science only”) does not explain the Spiritual, the Divine, the Just-in-Time-Exactly-When-Needed-Most, the miraculous moments we all have seen and experienced (though many choose to deny or be blind to). Father, I have believed in a world without You, but You changed my mind and my heart by letting me see and experience You personally. Not all can even say that. So, daily I will continue to meet You here, renewing my mind with The Truth of You. Amen.