The Joy of Believing in Prayer: Deepen Your Friendship with God

The Joy of Believing in Prayer: Deepen Your Friendship with God

by Joyce Meyer

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ISBN-13: 9780446549103
Publisher: FaithWords
Publication date: 11/16/2008
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The Joy of Believing Prayer

Deepen Your Friendship with God
By Joyce Meyer

Harrison House

Copyright © 2001 Joyce Meyer
All right reserved.

ISBN: 1577944461

Chapter One

God's Word For You

And when you pray, do not heap up phrases (multiply words, repeating the same ones over and over) as the Gentiles do, for they think they will be heard for their much speaking. [I Kings 18:25-29.]

Matthew 6:7


For many years I was dissatisfied with my prayer life. I was committed to praying every morning, but I always felt something was missing. I finally asked God what was wrong, and He responded in my heart by, saying, "Joyce, you don't feel that your prayers are good enough." I was not enjoying prayer because I had no confidence that my prayers were acceptable.

Too often we yet caught up in our own works concerning prayer. Sometimes we try to pray so long, loud, or fancy that we lose sight of the tact that prayer is simply conversation with God. The length or loudness or eloquence of our prayer is not the issue. It is the sincerity of our heart and the confidence that God hears and will answer us that is important.

We must develop the confidence that even if we simply say, "God help me," He hears and will answer. We can depend on God to he faithful to do what we have asked Him to do as long as our request is in accordance with His will. We should know that He wants to help us because He is our Helper (Hebrews 13:6).

Simple, believing prayer comes straight out of the heart and goes straight to the heart of God.

God's Word For You

Two men went up into the temple [enclosure] to pray, the one a Pharisee and the. other a tax collector.

The Pharisee took his stand ostentatiously and began to pray thus before and with himself: God, I thank You that I am not like the rest of men-extortioners (robbers), swindlers [unrighteous in heart and life], adulterers-or even like this tax collector here.

I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I gain.

But the tax collector, [merely] standing at a distance, would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but kept striking his breast, saying, O God, be favorable (be gracious, be merciful) to me, the especially wicked sinner that I am!

I tell you, this man went down to his home justified (forgiven and made upright and in right standing with God), rather than the other man; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but he who humbles himself will be exalted.

Luke 18:10-14

Humble Prayer

For prayer to be sincere, it must come from a humble heart. In this lesson on prayer taught by Jesus Himself, we see that the Pharisee prayed "ostentatiously," meaning that he prayed pretentiouslv, making an extravagant outward show. There was nothing secret or even sincere about his prayer. It even says that he prayed "before and with himself." In other words, his prayers never got two inches away from himself; he was all caught up in what he was doing.

The second man in the story, a despised tax collector and a "wicked sinner" in most people's eyes, humbled himself, bowed his head, and quietly, with humility, asked God to help him. In response to his sincere, humble prayer, a lifetime of sin was wiped away in a moment. This is the power of simple, believing prayer.

Build your faith on the fact that humble, believing prayer is powerful. Believe that you can pray anywhere, anytime, about anything. Believe that your prayers don't have to be perfect or eloquent or long. Keep them simple and full of faith.

We receive the grace of God by humbling ourselves before Him, casting all our cares upon Him, and trusting Him to take care of them as He has promised in His Word.


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Table of Contents

Part 1Simple, Believing Prayer9
Humble Prayer11
Authority Through Prayer13
The Habit of Prayer15
Pray Without Ceasing17
Prayer Produces Peace19
Prayer Produces Rest21
Prayer Produces Patience and Hope23
United or Corporate Prayer25
God Changes People Through Prayer27
We Are the Place of Prayer29
Part 2How to Pray Effectively33
Fervent Prayer35
The Prayers of a Righteous Man37
Short and Simple39
How Many Times Should I Pray?41
Believe God Hears You!43
Know God as Your Father45
Become a Friend of God47
Be Bold!49
Pray in the Spirit51
Pray and Fear Not53
Part 3The Types of Prayer57
The Prayer of Agreement59
The Prayer of Petition61
The Prayer of Praise and Worship63
The Prayer of Thanksgiving65
The Prayer of Intercession67
The Prayer of Commitment69
The Prayer of Consecration71
The Prayer of Silence73
The Prayer of Confession75
The Prayer of Rejoicing77
Part 4Why Prayer Isn't Answered81
People Don't Pray Boldly83
Iniquity in My Heart85
People Don't Pray in the Will of God87
Wrong Purpose and Motives89
Doubt and Unbelief91
Prayers Not Based on the Word95
Negative Confession97
Part 5Prayer in Jesus' Name105
His Name Takes His Place107
Jesus' Name Is Not Magic109
The Name of Jesus Is Power111
In Times of Crisis113
Obedience and the Name of Jesus115
To Use the Name, You Must Be "Married"!117
Exercising Authority in the Name119
Do Not Be Selfish With the Name121
Exceedingly, Abundantly Above and Beyond123
The Name of God Is I AM125

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