God Answers Prayer {Day 7}

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Good morning, Ladies! So on Monday night I had a rare speaking engagement and it just threw me for a loop because you know – I don’t do it often. And I was nervous. It went well I think, but preparing for it was nerve wracking.

I hope you slept well last night and that you are ready to meet the day with joy today.

From Chaos to Calm: Day Seven

God Answers Prayer

Scripture Memory: “And Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, Oh that thou wouldest bless me indeed, and enlarge my coast, and that thine hand might be with me, and that thou wouldest keep me from evil, that it may not grieve me! And God granted him that which he requested.” 1 Chronicles 4:10

You can download the .pdf version of this devotion here.

     Have you ever felt that when you pray God does not hear you? I think if people understood how powerful prayer is, they would use it as a first defense instead of a last resort.

     There is so much more to prayer than simply taking your pleas before God. Prayer not only offers us a chance to lift up our concerns, ours fears, and our requests to God; it offers us a chance to have a relationship with Him.

     When we pray, we have the opportunity to hear God’s voice more clearly in our hearts. God wants us to spend time with Him each day. When we pray our faith is strengthened, our attitudes are adjusted, and our prayers are laid before the Father. I love the acronym ACTS for praying:

Adoration. When we bow our heads, the first words we utter should praise His holy name. How mighty and glorious HE is!

Confession. After our praise and adoration, we should be thinking about our own sins. How have we messed up this time? We need to repent and wipe the slate clean. We need to ask forgiveness on a daily basis. Ask for help each day so that you will be better prepared for the temptations coming your way.

Thanksgiving. You have been so blessed! Acknowledge the blessings God has bestowed upon you. Thank Him for the riches in your life.

Supplication. And finally we can lift up our petitions before God. Whether we are praying for a family member who is lost, praying for our own attitudes, praying for our children, asking God to help in daily matters and concerns – He wants us to bring our worries to Him.

God Answers Prayer @ AVirtuousWoman.org

This is where our Scripture Memory for today comes in. Re-read the prayer of Jabez again. And think about it for a moment. Notice specifically the final part of the verse which says, “And God granted him that which he requested.”

     Jabez was in need of God’s divine help. We are not told much more about this man. We know his mother bore him in pain (verse 9) and called him Jabez which means sorrow. We also know that he was more honorable than his brothers. His prayer is listed in the midst of a long record of genealogy. Yet, there was something special about this man that stood out causing his prayer to be recorded.

     God answered the prayer of Jabez and He wants to answer your prayers, too! God wants to bless your life. Prayer is so important. Don’t negate the importance of your Morning Manna. You need that time with God, alone and in the quiet.

     If you have not committed large numbers of Scripture to your memory, you need to begin. When you have God’s Word hidden in your heart, it is like carrying around the “Sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God.” We are told to put on the armor of God and His Word will help us in our daily battles.

     His Word will also help us in our prayers. If we use Scripture promises in our prayer time, our prayers will be made that much stronger. So continue to use your prayer journal. Write your verses down in the journal. Read them each morning. Hide them in your hearts. Use them in your prayers. And trust that, like Jabez, your prayers will be heard and God will grant you the desires of your heart. (Psalm 37:4)

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From Chaos to Calm: 15 Weeks to a Happy Home is a daily devotion – Monday through Friday for 15 Weeks by Melissa Ringstaff. The Audio Podcast gives you extra ideas to go along with the email series or e-book.

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How has God answered your prayers? Do you keep a record of answered prayers? Are there prayers you are still waiting to be answered?

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    I am guilty of not praying enough. This is an area of my life which needs a total overhaul.

    I love the ACTS acronym. I am going to print out today’s pdf and put it in my household notebook. :)

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    Hi Melissa I got my prayer journal today :). I wanted to share where I’m at so far – I work most days as a substitute teacher so I’m breaking up my devotion time. I’m up early for prayer and reading my Bible. My evening is study time. I read your posts and I’m also reading an Elizabeth George book. At night I try to think how I’ll use what I’m learning tomorrow. For scripture memory (which is not so easy now that 50 is creeping nearer) I use bright neon index cards. I write out my verse and put the card in my purse, bag, etc. It’s easy to spot and I can read it several times a day. Your words are so wise. Good luck dealing with Spring allergies, I can sympathize.
    Peace & Strength

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      Leigh, I love your idea about the neon cards. That’s smart! I tend to lose things in my purse… maybe neon cards wouldn’t get lost so easy! :) I hope you enjoy your prayer journal!

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    Sometimes I will type Bible verses out/tape them inside my cupboards. That way every time I open the cupboard door (which being a stay at home, homeschool mama I spend most time in the kitchen!) I am reminded…..

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    Paula Dobbs says

    Hey Melissa,
    I am really enjoying your series of from Chaos to clam. Is these a way to print the whole series at one time?

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    Mariana says

    Hi Melissa, I´m doing well with the challenge :). I am reading the daily Scripture Memory in the post and transfering it to my prayer jornal. I need your explanation of what the scripture means and how to apply it in our days. Then I do my prayer thinking about the verse and write down in the jornal any spetial thing that may have happen yesterday or any insight that may arise during the prayer. I´m loving it!!! Thanks, thanks so much.

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    Sabrina Armer says

    Morning, yes God has definitely answered prayers and they came mostly in his way and time but I saw acknowledged and gave praise and thanks for the answered prayers and the blessing for his way it was the right way. He has alot of work still here in my life and my trust and faithfulness is not close to perfect but he knows my heart. Thanks to Melissa and all the ladies I pray that you are blessed now and everyday of your lives. Amen

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    Gloria Jacobsen says

    I prayed 32 years for my cousin to know Jesus. Just before Grandma died she accept Jesus. I forget things due to my TBI, I seem to remember ACTS and was delighted to see it here. Thank you Melissa.

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    Linda says

    Hi Melissa, I feel that my spirit is really being fed with the series.
    Prayer being a “first defense instead of a last resort” really seemed to speak to me.
    Boy, do I need that printed out for me to read throughout my day.

    Thank-you again for putting this study together for us.

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