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Incense Rising Online Study

Now that you are equipped as a mighty prayer warrior, be careful not to miss the simple stuff. I cannot count the books I have read about organization and taking control of my schedule. How did they work? Not well because I failed to take time to discipline myself and put them into practice. The same is true for prayer.

This study did not reveal some hidden truth about prayer. It only organized the Bible’s teachings and continually reminded you of them.

To study prayer is useless unless you use it. Think about that. The time you invested in Incense Rising was useless unless you live what you learned. That is what you must do. Live what you learned.

The next simple step is to pray for people. Go beyond praying for them. Pray with them. Tell them you will continue to approach the throne of grace on their behalf. Remember, we have that enemy lurking around waiting to cast a slippery slope under our feet and simply cause us to forget. Praying with someone gives you a mental note, plus you will encourage the person whose faith may be waining.

Another simple step is sharing what you have learned. Share with friends. Share with family. You have a wealth of wisdom. Share a few nuggets that work well for you.

Finally, let’s do it again! Repeat this study next year. You will find it refreshing. You will discover what works for you: a review every six months, annually, or bi-annually.

How do I close a study about prayer? What would be the best final word on such a wide topic?

Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen. Eph. 3:20-21 NKJV

The impossible becomes possible in prayer. Our heavenly Daddy is able to do all things. His plans and abilities exceed anything we could ever ask. Anything we could ever think. We can depend on God to give us an abundance of blessing.

Maybe you are in a place right now where you don’t feel blessed. Friend, look at the good things of God. When He brings you out of this storm, look back at what He has done. Is it not exceedingly abundantly above anything you ever asked or thought?

Where is the power? Look at the verse. It abides within us, and prayer unleashes it. Doesn’t that make prayer exciting and full of energy?

As always, it is all for the glory of God. Your healing? For God’s glory. Your financial breakthrough? For God’s glory. Your burdens lifted? For God’s glory. Your prayers? For God’s glory. Your life? For God’s glory.

Pray, praise, worship, give thanks, and boldly, fervently, ask in faith, seeking His will. For His glory!

Before you do one more thing, pray! That’s right, pray now.

Father, we are in awe that You desire to talk with us. Thank You for countless blessings. Thank You for the privilege to be Your child and to come to You in prayer. For Your glory, forever, amen.

 

Incense Rising Online Study 22

Whether we praise in prayer, or pray with praise, we are reminded of who God really is. Praise is a form of prayer. He is our rock, our strength, and our God of all grace.

But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you. 1 Pet. 5:10 NKJV

When we go through trials, we often become discouraged. Meditate on our God of all grace. Grace to save and grace to deliver.

Let’s unpack this verse. God called us. You are His adopted child and heir. That makes you special. You are in the family of God because He wants you there. Never feel like you are an intruder. None are worthy, but He loves us anyway.

Next, we are called to His eternal glory. Unlike our time on earth, our time in heaven will be forever and ever. God will be glorified, but so will we. We will receive our glorified bodies to replace these bodies that age and become sick and corrupt. We will no longer sin. We will give all, and we will possess all.

But first, on earth, we must suffer a while. Just a while, not for eternity. Our clocks and calendars are earthly. God has His own concept of time. We desire the agonizing trial to be over, but it drags on. In God’s eyes, it spans only a minimal part of our lives.

There are reasons for our sufferings. Comprehending the results of trials may help us endure them, so let’s look closely at the four things God accomplishes through us in stormy times.

First, God perfects us, not that we will reach perfection on earth. As we mature and struggle, we grow more Christ-like. Reflect on years gone by. Do you see how you have changed?

Next, He establishes us. Look carefully at this word, and you will see two words within it: stable and able. As we journey through tribulations, we have more stability. We are no longer floundering around, slipping and sliding our way through trials. We must stand firm to resist the devil. As we pray through rough times, God grants us the ability to persevere.

Third, God strengthens us. We must first see our own weakness before we admit we need His strength. We know His strength is reliable when the next test occurs.

Finally, we are settled by our suffering. It develops a firm foundation.

These are the reasons testing is necessary. Understanding their purpose will enable us to pray with a better realization of what is taking place.

Tests are inevitable. Do you remember taking tests in school? Every class had them, and each semester, we had exams, the big tests. The Christian life is no different.

Will we like the suffering? Never, but perhaps a knowledge of the purpose will enable us to pass through them swiftly.

Heavenly Father, we realize Your purpose. We ask that it be accomplished through our tests. Shower us with gracious mercy as we persevere. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Whether we praise in prayer, or pray with praise, we are reminded of who God really is. Praise is a form of prayer. He is our rock, our strength, and our God of all grace.

But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you. 1 Pet. 5:10 NKJV

When we go through trials, we often become discouraged. Meditate on our God of all grace. Grace to save and grace to deliver.

Let’s unpack this verse. God called us. You are His adopted child and heir. That makes you special. You are in the family of God because He wants you there. Never feel like you are an intruder. None are worthy, but He loves us anyway.

Next, we are called to His eternal glory. Unlike our time on earth, our time in heaven will be forever and ever. God will be glorified, but so will we. We will receive our glorified bodies to replace these bodies that age and become sick and corrupt. We will no longer sin. We will give all, and we will possess all.

But first, on earth, we must suffer a while. Just a while, not for eternity. Our clocks and calendars are earthly. God has His own concept of time. We desire the agonizing trial to be over, but it drags on. In God’s eyes, it spans only a minimal part of our lives.

There are reasons for our sufferings. Comprehending the results of trials may help us endure them, so let’s look closely at the four things God accomplishes through us in stormy times.

First, God perfects us, not that we will reach perfection on earth. As we mature and struggle, we grow more Christ-like. Reflect on years gone by. Do you see how you have changed?

Next, He establishes us. Look carefully at this word, and you will see two words within it: stable and able. As we journey through tribulations, we have more stability. We are no longer floundering around, slipping and sliding our way through trials. We must stand firm to resist the devil. As we pray through rough times, God grants us the ability to persevere.

Third, God strengthens us. We must first see our own weakness before we admit we need His strength. We know His strength is reliable when the next test occurs.

Finally, we are settled by our suffering. It develops a firm foundation.

These are the reasons testing is necessary. Understanding their purpose will enable us to pray with a better realization of what is taking place.

Tests are inevitable. Do you remember taking tests in school? Every class had them, and each semester, we had exams, the big tests. The Christian life is no different.

Will we like the suffering? Never, but perhaps a knowledge of the purpose will enable us to pass through them swiftly.

Heavenly Father, we realize Your purpose. We ask that it be accomplished through our tests. Shower us with gracious mercy as we persevere. In Jesus’ name, amen.