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He hears us . . .

Renee Ann Smith —  March 28, 2012 — 4 Comments

“This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of Him.” ~I John 5:14&15~

How often do you pray? When Jesus was on earth, He taught His disciples to pray for everything from forgiveness to their daily bread. But if God knows what we need already, why pray? Today’s under-a-minute vlog answers the question, “Does prayer influence God?” (Under-a-minute because your time is valuable!) This is #4 in my series Top 5 Reasons to Pray. Check it out here . . .

~Jesus’ words from Matthew 6~“And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him. This, then, is how you should pray . .

“‘Our Father in heaven,
Hallowed be your name,
Your kingdom come,
Your will be done,
On earth as it is in heaven.

Give us today our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts,
As we also have forgiven our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation
But deliver us from the evil one.”

Do you have a favorite verse on prayer? I’d love for you to share!

This week I’m linking with Soli Deo Gloria, The Better Mom, God Bumps, Teach Me Tuesdays, Gratituesday, Living Well Wednesday, Hearts 4 Home, Thought-provoking Thursday, Beholding Glory, Your Thriving Family.

My Top 5 Reasons to Pray. When Jesus was on earth, He taught his disciples to ask for everything from forgiveness to their daily bread. But if God knows what we need already, why should we pray? I’ve been answering this question vlog style. And today we’ve reached Reason to Pray, #3: Asking Has Power. Watch my video and find out what prayer and a nursing baby have in common . . .

Luke 11: 5-9 Then Jesus said to them, “Suppose you have a friend, and you go to him at midnight and say, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves of bread; a friend of mine on a journey has come to me, and I have no food to offer him. And suppose the one inside answers, ‘Don’t bother me. The door is already locked, and my children and I are in bed. I can’t get up and give you anything.’ I tell you, even though he will not get up and give you the bread because of friendship, yet because of your shameless audacity he will surely get up and give you as much as you need.

So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.”

Interested in more? See My Top 5 Reasons to Pray, #1 at this link. And you can hear about a time when Jesus didn’t get what He asked for here, with My Top 5 Reasons to Pray, #2.

This week I’m linking up with Hear It on Sunday, Use It on Monday, The Better MomCall Me Blessed, Deep Roots at Home, Living Well Wednesdays, and Hearts 4 Home Thursdays.

My Top 5 Reasons to Pray. When Jesus was on earth, He taught his disciples to ask for everything from forgiveness to their daily bread. But if God knows what we need already, why should we pray? See my #1 reason to pray at this link. In today’s vlog, I share a time when Jesus didn’t get what He asked for as an illustration of my #2 reason to pray. Check it out . . .

“Jesus went out as usual to the Mount of Olives, and his disciples followed him. On reaching the place, he said to them, ‘Pray that you will not fall into temptation.’ He withdrew about a stone’s throw beyond them, knelt down and prayed, ‘Abba, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.’ An angel from heaven appeared to him and strengthened him. And being in anguish, he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground.

When He rose from prayer and went back to the disciples, he found them asleep, exhausted from sorrow.  ‘Why are you sleeping?’ He asked them. ‘Get up and pray so that you will not fall into temptation.'” ~Luke 22~

Stop back in next week for My Top 5 Reasons to Pray, #3.

This week I’m linking up with Soli Deo Gloria, Hear It on Sunday, Use It on Monday, On Your Heart Tuesdays, Women Living Well, Good Morning Girls, Thought-provoking Thursday, and Weekend Linkup.

My Top 5 Reasons to Pray: When Jesus was on earth, He taught his disciples to ask for everything from forgiveness to their daily bread. But if God knows what we need already, why do we have to ask? I’d like to answer that in the first part of a little series I’m calling my top 5 reasons to pray.

“Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!” ~Matthew 7:9-11~

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This week I’m linking up with Hear It on Sunday, Use It on Monday, Soli Deo Gloria, Women Living Well, Good Morning Girls, Thought-provoking Thursday, and Your Thriving Family.