About a year ago, I had the pleasure of hearing Mark Maccarone from Victory Ministries make a presentation about the process he goes through each day for his morning prayer. It was clear this man loved his Saviour with all his heart, and had the kind of walk with Jesus for which I long to have. I implemented his routine, plus added a bit of my own, and would like to share it with you. Hopefully you will clip this column and use it as a guide to get you started toward living a victorious life through the power of prayer.
On Thursday, October 1, 2015, I caught only the last ten minutes or so of a presentation by Susan Moskalets at Bible Explorations Feast of Tabernacles Camp in Terra Bella, CA. It was a powerful teaching on prayer, with a written prayer journal.
In a recent column, I introduced you to the process of starting each morning with a victory prayer. This time I want to bring your attention to another type of prayer – one to use when under temptation from satan. This process is taken from the book Keys to Living Like You’ve Been Saved by Mark and Shauna Manfredine of Lighted Way Ministries. The book can be downloaded free at www.lightedway.org. Along with a few of my own thoughts, I have summarized from their book with their permission.
Recently, upon sharing with a dear friend that I longed for a deeper prayer life, she highly recommended a series of books that she felt has helped transform her prayer life and her view of how prayer operates, and she believed that it made a huge difference in her life. Based on knowing how the prayers of her heart had recently been answered beyond her wildest imaginations, I decided I would read the books as well. After reading the introduction, I was a bit concerned, as it seemed like it was trying to blend new age with religion. Having come out of the new age deception prior to my baptism in 1996, I prayed diligently to the best of my ability, and as I prepared for bed that evening, I asked God to give me a dream, to show me what path I should be taking to develop a deeper and more meaningful prayer life with Him.
Those of us who have well worn Bibles know that there are many lovely prayers in them. We all know the Lord’s Prayer from Matthew 6:6-13, and Jesus’ prayer for us in John 17. The book of Psalms is full of prayers, one of my favorites being Psalm 51, David’s prayer of repentance after his sin with Bathsheba. I often quote verses 10-12 of this Psalm in my daily prayers. But something I didn’t realize when I first started reading Scripture was that nearly every verse can be a prayer.
It almost sounds like the beginning of a joke of some type: what does a white Israeli Jew have in common with a black American Christian pastor? But luckily for those of us who appreciate the richness of Scripture from the original Hebrew perspective, the answer is not a joke, but rather a wonderful journey into the Lord’s Prayer, called Avinu (Our Father) in Hebrew.