Character, Prayer, Sin

The Key to Prayer

How important are your prayers? Do you care if your prayers are not just heard, but that they are answered? Any person who desires heard and answered prayers should continue on. Many can agree that the Word of God gives assurance. The Word is also filled with many promises. In fact, the Word promises, “The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results.” (James 5:16 NLT) What does the prayer that gets results looks like? That was my question to God; how can I get results?

His response was not what I was looking for, but was the only way I could see results in what I pray for. What He told me was not that I needed to pray louder, longer, or memorize more scriptures. He told me this through His Word. If I had not confessed the sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened. (Psalm66:18 NLT) I had stuff in my heart. I was holding on to unforgiveness. I was complaining silently because things were not going how I wanted them to go and to Him these things were sins. I needed to be set free from these things before He could hear my prayers and answer them.

Listen to this conversation recorded by David in Psalm 66:16-20: Come and listen, all you who fear God, and I will tell you what he did for me. For I cried out to him for help, praising him as I spoke. If I had not confessed the sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened. But God did listen! He paid attention to my prayer. Praise God, who did not ignore my prayer or withdraw his unfailing love from me. David, the “man after God’s own heart” had stuff in his heart, but once he confessed those things and allowed God to free him, he got answered prayers.

What have you been praying for lately, that has not yet been answered? Is there any unforgiveness, doubt, hatred, self-pity, lovelessness, or revenge lurking in your heart? The only way to know is to allow the Father to search it because He said, “The human heart is the most deceitful of all things, and desperately wicked. Who really knows how bad it is? But I, the LORD, search all hearts and examine secret motives. I give all people their due rewards, according to what their actions deserve.” (Jeremiah 17:9-10 NLT)

Dear Daddy,

I thank You for Your love. Father, I ask that the love that You have for me would cause me respond in repentance. Lord, I don’t have time to waste so I give my heart to You asking that You would search it and free me from every sin that would cause Your ears to be deaf to my prayer. I thank You for grace and hearing my cries. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

I EMPOWER you take some time out today and allow the Lord to search your heart. Just as a home inspector searches a house for a home buyer and finds everything wrong with the house, let the Spirit of God do that for you on today. Yes, it will hurt, but your prayers will begin to be answered according to the Father’s will.

How do you maintain a clean heart or are you in need of a prayer partner to pray with you today for your heart? Please share your thoughts or needs below.

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Mrs. Lisa M. Purnell-Marshall is happily married to the wonderful and inspiring Antoine L. Marshall. She is the proud mother of two gorgeous girls. Her voice is one of the leading and authentic voices for breast-feeding, especially for the African-American community and Generation Y. She currently works inside of her home and plans to become a professional licensed lactation consultant in 2014. She and her family are members at Spirit of Liberty Church located in Markham, IL. Embracing the love that God has for her, Lisa labors to live an acceptable and pure life through the leading and keeping of the Holy Spirit so that her attitude, words, and actions attract the glory of God. In her free time she loves receiving manis and pedis. Her favorite promises that she find comfort and reassurance in are: Psalm34:19: “A righteous man may have many troubles, but the LORD delivers him from them all” and Luke 6:38: “Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”

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Reaping the Harvest

Dear Heavenly Father,

Please bless Nspiregreen and grant us favor in the eyes of all that we come in contact with. Grant us divine connections and enlarge our territory so that we may prosper. In Jesus’ Name, Amen! 

Nervous, no. Anxious, maybe a little. Fearful, that probably describes the feeling best. After reciting the above prayer for nearly a year and a half, why would I feel anything but sheer joy and excitement as I experience my prayer being answered?

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: … a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted (Ecclesiastes 3:1-2 KJV)

Being a small business co-owner is no walk in the park. From business development to administrative tasks to actually doing the work, there is always something to do. As a new startup, we have spent over a year in what I like to call “paperwork hell.” We have experienced countless rejection and financial strain. We have sowed many seeds and wondered if they would ever grow.

The LORD will indeed give what is good, and our land will yield its harvest. (Psalm 85:12 KJV) There is a breakthrough on its way, I can feel it in my spirit. We are getting more calls, meetings, making the right connections, projects that we won months ago are actually starting and cash is beginning to flow. As all of these things begin to happen, my stomach is in knots. Uh oh, what if my skill set isn’t what I thought it was and I can’t deliver on the work? Does this mean we need to hire another person? This means I have to really move to ANOTHER city?! (sidenote: I have been asking God to move to Washington, DC for over 3 years) How can we continue to run the business and do the work?

You do indeed get what you pray for.  God is granting me the desires of my heart but I am allowing myself to be consumed with fear. Doubt is creeping in and feelings of inadequacy are showing up. Maybe I have become comfortable with the word “no.” For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. (II Timothy 1:7 KJV) The spirit of fear and wishy washy mindset that I have experienced is not of God and I have to recognize it and cast it out. In Phillipians 4:13 (KJV) I learned, I can do all things through Christ, which strengtheneth me. With this in mind, I have no reason to be fearful. God wouldn’t give us any work that He won’t give us the wisdom to figure out or the capability to handle. I am going to reap the harvest that God has promised me and walk with faith as our business expands to the billion dollar company that I prayed for and envisioned.

Dear Daddy,

Thank You for answered prayers! As You are answering prayers, continue to let us walk boldly and not retreat now that it is our time to step up to the plate and shine. Cast out any spirit that would cause us to fear the harvest. Grant us knowledge, discipline, wisdom and the resources to exceed expectations in all that You bless us with. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Today I EMPOWER you to check yourself at the door. As God is answering your prayers, remain confident in what you prayed for. Know that He will not give you what you aren’t ready to handle so if you have received it, it must be for you. I EMPOWER you to plant seeds and collect a bountiful harvest because it is true, you do reap what you sow. 

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Ms. Chancee` Lundy currently resides in Atlanta, GA and is a small business co-owner of Nspiregreen, LLC an environmental consulting firm. She is also a dedicated daughter, sister, friend, community servant, and child of God. She is passionate about causes that truly uplift the community. One of her favorite scriptures is Hebrews 11:6: And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.