Prayers of Faith

by Steve Countryman 

How important is prayer? Do you have faith? How does prayer work without faith? Is there any power in faithless prayer? Isn’t faith part of prayer? Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God. So to put this together, for prayer to work you have to have faith. For you to have faith you have to HEAR the Word of God. To hear: to learn by the ear or by being told; be informed of, to listen to; give or pay attention to.

Pay attention to the Word of God. You can’t pay attention to the Word of God if you don’t believe the Word of God. Isn’t the God of the bible the same yesterday, today and forever? So you have to read and study the Word of God. You then have to believe the Word of God. Once you believe His Word then your faith will grow. Faith puts prayer into action. It activates your prayers. Seeing your prayers answered increases your faith!

Faith only works when it is used. Leaving it on a shelf for a rainy day will not help it grow. You have to exercise your faith, stretch it, push it and test it over and over again. Just as athletes have to exercise and practice to improve their ability so you must exercise and practice your faith for it to improve!

When you pray for someone you do so believing in God’s Word to be fulfilled. You declare His Word over the person and their needs. Does this give them a sense of false hope? If you believe in God’s Word and you believe in your God’s ability to do what He says He will then how can that be false hope? Do you believe in a false god or the real One? Is your hope and faith in a false god or the real One? So then how can you be giving someone false hope when you’re not giving them a false god?

“What if you pray for someone and tell them that they are healed when it hasn’t happened yet or at all?” Let me ask you thisif you are the one who needs prayer and someone says that they want to pray for you, how would you feel of that person said, “Well if it is God’s will then you will be healed” or “I think that God might heal you” then the favorite “Well you just have to leave it in God’s hands and see what happens.” All of those statements lack one very important ingredient.FAITH! What’s more none of them are true and none of them are biblical!

When you pray for someone you are not only offering to pray for them but you are offering your powerful heavenly Father’s ability to step in according to His will and touch their life! You represent God the Father, Jesus His Son and the Holy Spirit here on earth everywhere you go. You are not praying on your own behalf but as God’s representative you’re offering prayers to the One who has ALL the answers!

I’ll throw something else at youwhen is it a bad time to pray? Now there are times when your prayers my need to be a low under-thebreath type or quite ones. But there are NO bad times to pray. The bible says that we are to continually pray! 1 Thessalonians 5:15-18 16Rejoice always, 17 pray continually, 18give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

The ONLY time that faith and prayer struggle to work is when there is unbelief. Declare God’s Word in Jesus’ name as you tell the “mountain” to move! For your God is GREATER than ANY sickness, disease, financial troubles or problems that you will EVER face!

My name is Steve and I was born and raised in a good Christian home in Phoenix Arizona. In 2004 God spoke to me to let me know that He would start sharing things with me that I would share with others. Little did I know how powerful and meaningful those things would be! Thank you Lord!!

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In God Alone

– Pam Ford Davis

“Rest in God alone, my soul, for my hope comes from Him. He alone is my rock and my salvation, my stronghold; I will not be shaken. My salvation and glory depend on God; my strong rock, my refuge, is in God. Trust in Him at all times, you people; Pour out your hearts before Him. God is our refuge (Psalm 62:5-8 HCSB).”

The Psalmist had a way with words. He knew the way to find perfect rest. In times of trouble, he placed his trust in God alone. I don’t want to skim over the surface of this relevant scripture passage. Our world is being shaken. Terrorism has invaded our lands. Opinions on right and wrong behaviors are in flux. We need a resting place.

In God alone… He gives us hope. We can trust him. He is the rock of refuge and salvation. In God alone! Hear and heed the Psalmist’s plea.

“Trust in Him at all times, you people; Pour out your hearts before Him. God is our refuge (Psalm 62:8 HCSB).”

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Jehovah Shammah

By Steve Countryman

Jehovah Shammah means God is there. You could say that He is the omnipresent One. Omnipresent: “present in all places at all times”. You have to stop and just let that sink in. To be everywhere at ALL times!?! Jehovah God is omnipresent, He is not bound by time for He created time. God can move in and out of time as He sees fit. He can watch it go by from the end to the beginning or anywhere He desires. God knows every scenario and outcome for every situation and for everyone who has ever lived.

People struggle with understanding this. I have heard Christians say that when it comes to praying they don’t want to bother God with the small trivial things of life. “God has more important things to take care of than to answer my silly prayers.” That is bringing God down to your level of thinking. It’s easier to do that than to expect God to hear and answer your prayers.

God is the God of love and He cares and loves us so much that He sent His Son Jesus to die upon a cross for our sins. It is the center belief of ALL true Christians. For God to go to that extreme for His creation; why then is it so hard to believe that the same God would like to be involved in EVERY part of your daily life?

So the question should be how trivial should my prayers be? Yes, God can help you find a parking spot in a packed lot. Yes, He can help you remember someone’s name. Yes, God can help you figure out a puzzling problem. Yes, He can help you understand your homework assignment. Yes, God can find the right person for you. Yes, He can help you find the right house to buy and help you finance it. Yes, God can help youYES HE CAN!!!

Sometimes His help will show up totally unexpected. I remember talking to a customer on the phone about a technical networking problem that they were having with their computers. What they described was beyond anything that I had ever encountered. As I started to tell them what it may be I suddenly heard myself say things coming out of my mouth that made absolute perfect sense. It was the exact answer to the problem that they were having. After I hung up the phone I just stood their amazed at what had just happened. Yes, it was me speaking the words but what I heard was from beyond me!

It takes faith, understanding and trust to know that God’s will IS already completed, it’s a finished work! That means in God’s time His will has reached it’s conclusion as He desired it. We are part of the time line as it reaches its completion. Does that mean that no matter what you do it’s God’s will? No, for mankind has been given “freewill”, to choose for ourselves. We control our destiny based on our decisions and choices that WE make. Ultimately God in control as His will is fulfilled. God has ALL the time in the world for YOU because you are His prized possession! Will you make some time for Him every day?

Jeremiah 1:12 The LORD said to me, “You have seen correctly, for I am watching to see that my word is fulfilled.” God did not create robots but He created man in His image! It means that God’s will WILL be done regardless if you decide to be part of it or not! You get to choose if you will be playing an active role, witnessing the greatest movement and outpouring of His Holy Spirit ever displayed on earth or just be a bystander.

Are you in the game as a key player or a bench warmer? God has a plan and design for YOU if you are willing and obedient. It’s up to you! If you decide not to get involved God will find someone else who will and they will be blessed for it instead of YOU!

My name is Steve and I was born and raised in a good Christian home in Phoenix Arizona. In 2004 God spoke to me to let me know that He would start sharing things with me that I would share with others. Little did I know how powerful and meaningful those things would be! Thank you Lord!!

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The Stirring

By Steve Countryman

Haggai 2-6 2This is what the LORD Almighty says: “These people say, ‘The time has not yet come to rebuild the LORD’s house.'” 3 Then the word of the LORD came through the prophet Haggai: 4 “Is it a time for you yourselves to be living in your paneled houses, while this house remains a ruin?”

5Now this is what the LORD Almighty says: “Give careful thought to your ways. 6 You have planted much, but harvested little. You eat, but never have enough. You drink, but never have your fill. You put on clothes, but are not warm. You earn wages, only to put them in a purse with holes in it.”

Haggai 1:13-14 13Then Haggai, the LORD’s messenger, gave this message of the LORD to the people: “I am with you,” declares the LORD. 14 So the LORD STIRRED up the spirit of Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and the spirit of Joshua son of Jozadak, the high priest, and the spirit of the WHOLE remnant of the people.

It is time to rebuild the House of the Lord, His church! The Lord is STIRRING UP His people to unite and rebuild His house. It has been too long since the church has had any Godly influence in America. It is time for the SILENT MAJORITY to wake up, get stirred up and be silent NO MORE!

The church is all of us God’s children, Christians. The church of America has become a social club instead of God’s house of prayer. The church needs a good stirring up. Think about what happens when you stir something. When something has been sitting a long time the liquid ingredients start to separate and settle. It no longer resembles what it used to be. Isn’t that what the church has done over the years, settled?

The church has SETTLED for political correctness instead of speaking up for what is Godly and righteous. It has settled for worldly thinking and man’s wisdom instead of God’s Word. The church has compromised away God’s righteousness by accepting the sin with the sinner and calling evil good. It has removed reading aloud and studying the Bible in church so as not to offend anyone. The church has condoned in silence ALL the wickedness the world has thrown at it.

This “settling” has caused the righteousness of God’s Word to become stagnant and dormant in the church while Christians become useless! The STIRRING will cause the church to embrace God’s Word and righteousness again.

Haggai 2:6-9 6“This is what the LORD Almighty says: ‘In a little while I will once more shake the heavens and the earth, the sea and the dry land. 7 I will shake all nations, and what is desired by all nations will come, and I will fill this house with glory,’ says the LORD Almighty. 8 ‘The silver is mine and the gold is mine,’ declares the LORD Almighty. 9 ‘The glory of this present house will be greater than the glory of the former house,’ says the LORD Almighty. ‘And in this place I will grant peace,’ declares the LORD Almighty.”

There is a mighty move of God’s Holy Spirit coming that the world has never seen and it will start in His house, His church! A mighty stirring is about to hit God’s church in a powerful way! It is time for all of us to stop the pettiness, the back-biting and the rumor mills so God can have His way in our churches! It is time to stop PLAYING church and BE the church!

It is time for the church to speak up and not be afraid to do so. It is time for the church to wake up and refuse to be pushed around any longer. It is time for the righteous to take a stand and say that we have the right to read the Bible and say the name of Jesus aloud in any public place we want. It is time for Christians to realize that over 70% of the population claims to be Christian then we ARE A CHRISTIAN NATION!

It is time that we Christians stop ALLOWING foreign gods and their laws and ways to be dictated and mandated OVER God and His Word. It is time for us Christians to demand that our elected officials respect our beliefs and our God or be VOTED OUT! It is time for the church to take back God’s America! It is time for God’s church to bear GOOD fruit!

It is time for all of us to get on our knees and pray for a mighty stirring to hit our pastors, preachers, teachers, elders, congregations and churches. This pertains to all who call themselves Christian. If you go to church or not we need EVERYONE to pray for the churches and Christians of America. Pray for courage in the pulpits of America.

Please pray this prayer and declare it out loud Dear Heavenly Father, Forgive us our apathy and silence as the wicked have exploited us and your country. Forgive us for our unwillingness to speak up and take a stand against those who seek to destroy all mention of you and replace you with foreign gods. Forgive us for our lack of Christian love towards one another and to fellow churches. Forgive us Lord our complacency and poor attitudes at the sinfulness around us and those set before our eyes.

Father we ask for your forgiveness at our complaining and murmuring over what the government is and isn’t doing while we do nothing about it! Forgive our fence-riding and indecision regarding serving you. O Lord we ask that your Holy Spirit STIR our hearts, minds and spirits. That you would fill us afresh and saturate us with your powerful Holy Spirit. Please Father overflow us with your passion, courage, boldness, zeal and compassion. Fill us that we can no longer sit still or be silent. Let your powerful Holy Spirit have His way in us, to us, with us, for us and through us!

Lord we submit our churches, pastors and our congregations to you. Make us the church you desire us to be. Take this amber of a prayer and fan it to flame with your powerful Holy Spirit. Let it become a raging fire of passion for you and your righteousness. Let us be your lamp stands to shine you BRIGHTLY everywhere we go and to the world! For America is so desperate for you O Lord and we your church are desperate for your Holy Spirit! Father do not pass us by for we want to be part of your mighty movement and to be your witnesses. Stir us Father God, stir us in Jesus wonderful nameAMEN!!

I have a request of you please print this and share it with others. Share it with your pastor and your church. Forward it to your e-mail friends and family. Please share it on your FaceBook page. PRAYING and DECLARING are two of the most powerful things that we Christians can do! This prayer needs to be repeated daily until God’s stirring occurs.

I pray that this prayer will gain support every time it is read and everywhere it goes. I pray that it will travel ALL over America. It is time to rebuild God’s church. It is time for the STIRRING! Haggai 2:19 “From this day on I will bless you.”

My name is Steve and I was born and raised in a good Christian home in Phoenix Arizona. In 2004 God spoke to me to let me know that He would start sharing things with me that I would share with others. Little did I know how powerful and meaningful those things would be! Thank you Lord!!

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Just You

By: Steve Countryman

How long will you wait? How long will you continue to be deceived? How long will you allow the lies of this world to cloud your judgment? How long will you continue to blame others for your problems and troubles? How long are you going to allow the compromising of your beliefs and faith to weaken you? How long will you be silent while sin abounds?

You have to be honest with yourself and with your God. You cannot mix the things of this world with God’s Word and expect God to bless you! It is a problem that man has struggled with through out time. You cannot get into heaven by ALL of the “good deeds” that you do. You cannot earn your way into heaven. If you could then you wouldn’t need God. But His FREE gift of salvation cannot be blended with anything else and still remain His free gift.

John 3:16-17 16For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.

It is FREE! You don’t have to be perfect to receive it. You cannot buy it for it is not for sale. You cannot suffer for it or be punished to receive it. You cannot be self-righteous enough to earn it. You cannot trade anything for it. You cannot give away everything to obtain it. It’s not a birth-right. It’s not based on which church you go to. You don’t receive it based on how many times you read the bible. You cannot receive it based on how much volunteer work you do. It is FREE to anyone who would believe and receive it!

As a Christian business owner I have had the privilege to be able to bless others who came into my shop for help. I didn’t charge them but when asked “How much do I owe you?” I would tell them “That’s a God bless you!” Amazing how many people couldn’t receive that help for free. They wouldn’t have it to the point of throwing money at me for my effort. I don’t argue with them but tell them “okay”.

It may be because they thought it was charity or thought that it was a hand out. I can’t tell you why but they missed out on what was meant ONLY as a blessing. There are some people who have a problem with God’s FREE gift of salvation too. There are religions out there that will accommodate that belief system. They take God’s FREE gift and add all kinds of requirements to it. They make the free gift cost you something. They make it a work of the flesh as something to be earned. Those are forms of compromising.

All I need is JUST YOU Jesus! I don’t have to add, blend or mix anything with you to have you in my life. There is nothing in this world that can possibly enhance or improve that which is perfect, YOU Jesus! Apart from you Lord I can do nothing for I am nothing without you! But I can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens me. I WILL do ALL things through Christ who strengthens me. I DO ALL THINGS through Christ who strengthens me! ALL I need is JUST YOU Jesus!

My name is Steve and I was born and raised in a good Christian home in Phoenix Arizona. In 2004 God spoke to me to let me know that He would start sharing things with me that I would share with others. Little did I know how powerful and meaningful those things would be! Thank you Lord!!

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The Narrow Road

– Karen Pourbabaee

“But the Gateway to Life is small, and the road is narrow…” Mathew 7:14 LB

The narrow road will lead us to our final destination—a heavenly home. We don’t get to pick the day we arrive, or don’t. But we do get to choose our roadin life. To enter that road, we must pass through the Gateway to Life, none other than Jesus Christ. In John 10:9, Jesus proclaims: “I am the gate. If anyone enters through Me, he shall be saved.”

The highways of this earth are congested with elements of evil…distractions, despair, chaos, anxiety, doubt, danger, fear, to name a few. Travelers on this roadway succumb to faithless wanderings and mindless meanderings to an unknown destination. Along this road, can anyone find true meaning and purpose? Certainly, heaven will not await those navigating the highways of this world. Would you like to find an exit? An eternal exit?

Exit onto the narrow road. Along the route, you’ll find:

Serenity:Peace is a blessing on this path because Jesus walks with us. Luke shares with us that the Lord will ” …guide our feet into the way of peace.” (1:79).

Safety: From the great protection psalm, Psalm 91, we learn that we can abide under the shadow of the Almighty and, in addition, His angels guard us in all our ways.

Salvation: Upon entering “The Gate”, Jesus, we receive salvation or Sozo (Greek), meaning to save, heal, preserve, make whole. God brings us to wholeness of body, soul, and spirit as we follow Him along the narrow road.

Therefore, cease from your faithless wanderings and mindless meanderings. Choose the narrow road. Choose Jesus, and begin your journey that leads to life!

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Worthy of a Bouquet

 – Karen White

“But now indeed there are many members, yet one body.” 1 Corinthians 20 NIV

When I gaze at the blooms of a hydrangea bush I am transported back to my childhood. To me the blooms that are made up of numerous smaller flowers remind me of a bridal bouquet. As a young girl I would pick the plumpest and prettiest bloom then pretend I was a bride and the hydrangea was my bridal bouquet.

Recently, I have come to realize hydrangeas can teach spiritual lessons as well. As Christians we are but one person, each of whom have been given a spiritual gift. Everyone’s gifts is different, however, all are necessary in order to further the Kingdom.

The world would say that the Pastor and other members of a church’s staff are the key essentials to a church. I am not denying that they are vital, but rather, I am saying that the little old lady who sits on the second pew and prays daily for the pastor, staff, those who are sick and those lost is just as important. Because according to God’s word each is a member, like the tiny flower in a hydrangea bloom, but together we are one body and are expected to perform as such. For it is when each member uses his or her gift according to His purpose that a beautiful bloom is formed, one worthy of a bridal bouquet.

Dear Lord, thank You for the beautiful blooms You allow to grow for our pleasure, but Father I thank You even more for allowing me to be a member of Your kingdom. I pray that I always bloom for You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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