“But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31
Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “That which we persist in doing becomes easier – not that the nature of the task has changed, but our ability to do it has increased.”
As children, a lot of us used to have toy airplanes or cars that were powered by a rubber band. You would turn the propeller and it would wind that rubber band tighter and tighter. It’s amusing in a toy airplane, but it’s not so amusing in life when we see a human being twisted, tight, and under pressure. Something has to give.
Sometimes an area of our life becomes dry, and we need God’s saturating miracle rain. We need it to come through some way, somehow, and we need something fresh to happen because everything appears so dry and stale. We pray to God for something miraculous to happen.
Something has to release that buildup of pressure and stress inside of us. This pressure is accumulative. It seems to get tighter and tighter day by day. What will release this? A soothing, relaxing prayer will release this, and make us new again – renew our spirit, our strength.
It will make the day a new, joyful experience; you are going to view things from a new level of spiritual consciousness. You are not going to be as affected by the things that come to you because you’re empowered by something within you. The ordinary muck and mire of life is not going to bother you, because you’re connected to something greater.
A minister received a letterfrom a lady. She had prayed for a miracle in her life. She was experiencing days that really got her down, and she was not sure if she could cope any more with her life.
“I feel that my husband and I have both made wonderful progress in the last few weeks,” she said. “My greatest progress dates from the night when I was told that ‘every day is a good day if you pray.’ I began to put into practice the idea of affirming that this would be a good day the minute I woke up in the morning, and I can positively say that I have not had a bad or upsetting day since that time.
“The amazing thing is that my days actually haven’t been any smoother or any more free from petty annoyances than they ever were, but they just don’t seem to have the power to upset me anymore. I have come to realize that the change occurred within me, more than events outside of myself.
“Every night I begin my prayers by listing all the things for which I am grateful, little things that happened during the day which added to the happiness of my day. I know that this habit has geared my mind to pick out the nice things and forget the unpleasant ones. The fact that for six weeks I have not had a single bad day and have refused to get down-hearted with anyone is really marvelous to me.”
This lady had a spiritual prayer experience. I want you to have that too.
There are ten rules for spiritual prayer in your life.
1. Set aside a few moments every day. Do not say anything. Simply think about God.
Before, you were thinking about your problems and all the things that were making you tight, angry, and nervous inside yourself. Now, instead, you are relaxing and thinking about God.
This is the golden key that author Emmett Fox wrote about in the book “The Golden Key”. Think about God instead of the problem. When you think about God, everything begins to change in a miraculous, wondrous way. This will make your mind spiritually receptive.
2. Pray using simple, natural words.
Tell God anything that is on your mind. Do not think that you must use stereotyped pious phrases. Talk to God in your own language because God understands.
In the past decades I have been surprised how many people have come to me
and said, “I don’t know how to pray to God.” I would often ask them, “Do you have a best friend? What makes your best friend your best friend?”
After talking for a moment they usually say, “I can easily talk to my best friend.”
I would tell them, “God is your best friend. You can easily talk to God.” Then they say, “I wouldn’t know what to say!” Then they look to me and say, “You pray for me because I don’t know how to talk to God.”
Then I say, “Just talk. Take a walk with God out in the woods. Take a drive with God in your car. Work with God at your desk and simply talk to God.”
You could say something like, “Dear God, You are my best friend in the world, I’m feeling a little nervous right now and I have a headache. Heal me.” The words don’t matter. God understands. When you know that, you have “a breath of fresh prayer” in your life. God understands.
3. Pray as you go about the business of the day.
Often you will say to yourself, “Well, I just don’t have the time to pray. I wish I did, but I have to do this, and that. If I only had the time, the luxury, to sit down and enjoy God.” You have the time to take one minute. Prayer is the language of Spirit. It bypasses time and space. One minute with God is tremendously healing. Breath prayers are blessings, and you can do a breath prayer at any time.
You can take one minute breaks many times during your day, and you will be surprised at how refreshed you feel and what these one minute prayers do for you in your life. You will be surprised how near you feel to God’s presence.
When I am really wanting to get in touch with God, I time-tithe. Do you know what time tithing is? That is where I give 10% back to God. I take a whole week and dedicate myself to God by giving back six minutes out of every hour. At the end of the week I feel like I have been on vacation, and I have still dealt with everything that has happened during the week.
In Acts 6:4 it says: “While we, for our part, will devote ourselves to prayer and to serving the word.” You are a partner with God, but what is your part of the partnership? It is to take time and consent. When you have the inspiration of God come to you and through you, it is to devote yourself to the word that comes to you. Your whole day is going to receive a refreshing spiritual breeze when you do this.
4. Do not always ask when you pray, but instead affirm positively that God’s blessings are being given, and spend most of the time giving thanks.
Know that you are being showered with God’s good blessings right now where you are. You are immersed in the good of God as much as a fish is immersed in a tank of water. It is in you and around you so that you cannot see it; but you can feel it. You can totally sense it when you consent to it in your mind. When you do, your whole day is transformed.
5. Pray with belief and faith.
So often we get wordy in our prayers, but we really don’t believe that what we are praying for can possibly come to pass. When I pray, I always try to put my life on the line, and I ask you to do so too. I pray for God’s way not my way.
In Mark 11:23-24 Jesus said: “Truly I tell you, if you say to this mountain, “Be taken up and thrown into the sea, and if you do not doubt in your heart, but believe that what you say will come to pass, it will be done for you. So I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”
6. Never use a negative thought in prayer. Only positive thoughts get positive results.
In the past I have heard people pray, “Oh dear Lord, these people did this to me. Get them!” Remember, prayer comes through you and it has a boomerang effect. It comes back to you. Always pray for good in a positive way. It will come through you first and shower down immediately on your life.
7. Always express willingness to accept God’s will.
Ask for what you want, but be willing to take what God gives you. It is always better than what you have asked for.
I want to share something from Walter Anderson’s book “The Greatest Risk of All”. He makes this significant statement: “Be assured, it’s not possible for human beings to be empty vessels. No person who has ever lived has been an unbeliever, despite what they may argue. Everyone believes in something. It might be God or not God, manifest greed for money or power, a career, or a friend, science, a principle – something. Whatever it is we place before our lives, is what we turn toward.”
Today I’m going to ask you to believe in God, and turn toward God. That’s what the meaning of ‘repent’ means-to turn around from the way we are going or thinking in the moment, and think higher God-inspired thoughts.
Pray at the beginning of your week, instead of being so twisted up on Monday morning thinking about the week ahead of you and the worries in our future. Be Pre-prayed! Turn to God and say, “God, I know Your will for me is absolute, wondrous good.” Don’t just say the words, but totally know and believe it without a doubt.
Life is so sweet. It is a huge error for something else, some other opinion of life, to rob you of that spiritual sweetness. Life is a joy. Every minute is a joy beyond belief. Put God first, think about God first in every aspect of your life.
8. Practice the attitude of putting everything in God’s hands.
A minister used to have a sign on his desk that said “PEIGH.” Everyone who came into his office would ask what that sign meant. He said, “It reminds me to Put Everything in God’s Hands.” We don’t do this. We give some to God, but we keep a lot to ourselves. We need to release, unwind, and put it ALL in God’s hands.
9. Pray for the people you do not like.
When we do not like a person, it is as if we have cataracts over our eyes. We can’t see that person as he or she really is. If we really knew that person, we would have compassion, and maybe over time love for that person.
You’re probably think, “Yes, maybe, but you don’t know the person I know. “I know God, and I know that God’s love can come through you. Start praying for that person and you will “fall in like” with that person over time. It may take a while, but do it. Pray for the people you don’t like. Resentment is the #1 blockade to personal spiritual power.
In Mark 11:25 Jesus said: “Whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone; so that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses.”
Also, make a list of people to pray for. You may be surprised, but it does more for you than it does for the people you are praying for. It’s a joy because it comes through you. You are like a pipe that all this good flows, and the good of God saturates the pipe. We do this in our prayer group and it is so powerful
10. Ask God to use you. Say in prayer, “God, use me.”
There is a beautiful Christian hymn called “Spirit of the Living God Fall Fresh on Me.” In the original version of that song the middle line read: Melt me; break me; mold me; fill me. Then someone with spiritual insight saw there was something lacking in the chorus and changed the line to read: Melt me; Mold me; Fill me; Use me.
This person was right. The filling is not an end in itself but only the means of action. We have to take all the good God gives us and then give it away. In this way we always have more. It is never depleted, never stale, always new, fresh and filled with spiritual vitality.
Let us pray: Repeat this as your prayer.
Dear God, I pray this day in spiritual awareness for every area of my life. May an infilling of spiritual awareness be so complete and so lasting and so blissful that it gives me peace of mind and renewed energy and vigor. I pray today that a fresh spiritual breeze begins right now and continues in my life. Nothing can take it away from me because it is mine to use, to hold, and to enjoy. Bless me, daily, Lord, as I renew my strength and mount up with wings as eagles.
In Jesus Christ’s name we believe and pray . . . Amen.