Thursday, August 22, 2013

Listening prayer

I have been using a form of prayer called 'Listening Prayer' this past week. It's quite interesting. When I had lunch with Stephen L. from the Missionary Church he gave me this little book 'God Guides' (available at prayamerica.org for like $4) which is all about it. The book is basically 60 pages of stories based on people who have used it. In the front is this sample listening prayer:

Father, I come to you in the name of Jesus Christ, Your Son, and according to James 1:5 I am seeking wisdom for ______________________.

In the name of Jesus, according to Matthew 28:18 and Luke 10:19-20 I take authority over satan and his fallen angels and command that they be rendered deaf, dumb and blind to my prayers and removed from my presence. I place my own voice under subjection to the shed blood of Jesus and command that my own thoughts be taken captive to the obedience of Christ, according to II Corinthians 10:5. I ask, Father, that only Your Holy Spirit will speak to me as I wait on your for wisdom, insight, and direction for _____________________ and what You show me and direct me to do I will quickly obey.

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*James 1:5 - "If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him."

*Matthew 28:18 - "Then Jesus came to them and said, 'All authority in Heaven and on earth has been given to Me.'"

*Luke 10:19-20 - "I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you. However, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in Heaven."

II Corinthians 10:5 - "We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ..."