Persistence in prayer
Prayer is simply talking to God – it is a dialogue between you and your heavenly Father. It is not a monologue, where you do all the talking. But it is back and forth; listening, speaking, resting, receiving and waiting on Him. There are several types of prayer; casting your care, consecrating, united prayer, prayer of praise, worship and thanksgiving, prayer of faith, agreement, supplication, intercession , ‘being the watchman” waiting on God… learning how to be led by His Spirit is essential, but that happens when I spend time in His Word and in His presence. My faith in Him is built the more time I spend in His word, because faith comes by hearing and hearing the word of God. But without faith it is impossible to please God – I must believe that HE IS and the HE is will reward those who diligently seek Him out.
- The quality of persisting; tenacity/tenacious
- The act of persisting; continued effort or existence
- continuingor permanent
- Lasting, enduring or permanent
Steady persistence in a course of action, a purpose, a state, etc. especially in spite of difficulties, obstacles, or discouragement
We can be persistent in our perseverance in our prayer life.
- When Abraham stood in the Gap for Lot, his family, Sodom and Gomorrah – He was persistent in getting the Lord to change his mind, had he kept going for 1 righteous person the Lord might not have rained fire and brimstone purely because Abraham had asked.
- Keep asking, keep seeking and knocking
- The church was persistent in prayer
- Because of their persistent prayers an Angel of the Lord came to supernaturally deliver him
- When Peter arrived those praying did not believe it was truly Peter. They were persistent in their prayers according to the amplified bible. God’s power availed much and His power was made manifest. But when the miracle happened, they did not believe it.
SO my question… do you truly believe that what you are praying is going to come to pass?
Often we are surprised to see that we see the answer to our prayers, or we are blown away that the person we prayed for was instantly healed, or the financial breakthrough happen and we have said “I cannot believe it happened…”
If we really believe that what we are praying for is going to happen, because we are convinced His word is true it will not take us by surprise. We should expect His word to prevail in our life and over our circumstances.
According to Hebrews 11:1 “Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things now yet seen.
Hebrews 11:6 “But without faith it is impossible to please and be satisfactory to Him. For whoever would come near to God must necessarily believe that God exists and that He is the rewarder of those who earnestly and diligently seek Him out.”
For me to be confident in my prayers I need to believe that He hears me when I pray. I can know without a doubt that He hears me when I pray when I come according to His Word and will in the name of Jesus. Through knowing His word, I have something to base my faith on, therefore I will be pleasing to Him. I also can know that when I pray according to His will, He is working on my behalf because His Word will go forth and accomplish that which it is sent to do!
I want to believe that what I am praying will come to pass and not be surprised when I see the testimony of the Lord made sure in my life. I want to expect to see Him moving in my life and know that because He has done it before, He will do it again!
Hello amazing family and friends!
Can you believe it is already the end of October? Truly this year is just flying by. It has been a couple months since I have sent out a newsletter and I have a lot to update you on regarding both personal and ministerial changes!
– New direction through the end of the year and into 2017
– Opening up my own 501C3 non profit ministry
– Basing myself stateside, but traveling internationally
– Itinerating while in the states
– Evangelism training
– Which side of the world I will be focusing on
– My new book “This is my Suitcase”
More details regarding all of this are inside the attached newsletter. I would love to hear from you if you have any questions that the newsletter did not answer. Thank you so much for all your prayers, love, support, encouragement and walking with me through this season of rest and in launching back out in 2017.
Love and blessings,
Hello amazing family and friends!
I am sending you this months Enewsletter from my home in Namulanda, Uganda!
Good afternoon amazing family and friends!
Good morning amazing family and friends!
I trust you all are having a prosperous, productive and successful month so far! I wanted to send this months newsletter a bit early, as a month from March 16th I will be landing in Uganda, Africa and will be spending 20 days there and also in Kenya before my return home to the Amazon! In this months attached newsletter there are more details about the trip, how you can partner with me to bless and sponsor 15 children, the leadership there and also reach the lost! I have also attached a short video explaining the purpose of this trip! If you would like to specifically sponsor a child and buy everything personally and get it to me directly, that would be incredible, or if you would like to give a financial donation you can do that online at http://www.rhema.org/alumni/jrogers
Please let me know if there is anything I can be praying for you about!
Love and blessings from you missionary to the Amazon,
Hello amazing family and friends!
I just returned from a three week trip into the Colombian and Peruvian Amazon leading a team of three other ladies who have not done this type of missions work before. We connected with my established contacts of Rhema Colombia in Leticia, Colombia Amazonas with a purpose set out to take the Gospel of peace to the lost and forgotten in the small villages of this region. Last year, pioneer work and discipleship had begun, but there is still so much more to plow.
This months attached newsletter has an incredible testimony, answered prayers and updates! I am returning to the states February 13th for a couple months! I am believing God for more churches to minister in, to not only share about the work in the Amazon, but to stir up the body of Christ for reaching the lost, doing the works of Christ and fulfilling the call!
If you have not, I encourage you to read this article that was written by Rhema’s Word of Faith Magazine about what is happening in the Amazon. A huge testimony happened during this past trip from a previous connection that this article talks about!
Love & blessings and see many of you at WBS in Broken Arrow next month!
“I will come in the strength and with the mighty acts of the Lord God: I will mention and praise your righteousness, even Yours alone. O God you have taught me from my youth, and hitherto I have declared Your wondrous works. Yes, even when I am old and grey headed, O God forsake me not, but keep me alive until I have declared Your mighty strength to this generation, and Your might and power for all to come.” Psalm 71:16-18
I just returned from a three week trip into the Colombian and Peruvian Amazon leading a team of three other ladies who have not done this type of missions work before. We connected with my established contacts in Leticia, Colombia with a purpose set out to take the Gospel of peace to the lost and forgotten in the small villages of this region. Last year, pioneer work and discipleship had begun, but there is still so much more to plow.
We went in the strength and the mighty acts of the Lord – we mentioned and praised His righteousness – we did declare His wondrous works – and we will live on to continue to declare His mighty acts to this generation and to all who are to come.
To be able to live in the fullness of what the Lord has for our lives we need to step out of our comfort zone and get uncomfortable, do things that cause us to be stretched, exhausted, test our love walk to really see the limit, and then to see that we can overcome the limit because of the strength of the Lord, if He is for us than who can be against us.
Through heavy rainstorms traveling by boat to heavy rainstorms traveling by foot into the jungle, sleeping in hammocks, cooking over an open fire, bathing in the river, covered in mosquito bites – we pushed through because it is the love of God on the inside of us that compels us to take this Gospel to every tribe, tongue and nation. We saw the love of the Lord poured out where ever we went. People heard about Jesus, the sacrifice He paid to redeem us and because of His great love eternities we changed, miracles happened, because we as believer’s laid our hands on the sick in the authority that Jesus gave us and the sick were healed.
When we are available and simply say yes to the Lord, He will take us places we never even thought we could go! Let the love, compassion, joy and freedom of the Lord compel you to reach the lost, to reach the forgotten – because although they may be forgotten in the eyes of man, they are never forgotten in the eyes of the Lord.
Scripture: Daniel 2:20-23
” Daniel answered, blessed be the name of the God of Heaven! For wisdom and might are His. He changes the times and the seasons; He removes kings and sets up kings. He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding. He reveals the deep and secret things; He knows what is in the darkness and the light dwells with Him. I thank You and praise You O God of my fathers, who has given me wisdom and might and has made known to me what we desired of You, for You have made known to us the solution to the kings problem.”
This story of Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego is so wild. These four men along with countless of Israelites marched to Nebuchadnezzar’ kingdom to basically become slaves for the king. For three years they were to eat special food, drink special wine and maintain a physical form that is “worthy” to be in the presence of the King. Truly this reveals that man looks at the outer appearance, but God looks at the heart. Anyways… They did not want to defile themselves by eating and drinking what the king had given them, so they found favor with the guard and just by eating vegetables and water and staying faithful to their God, they became the most physically fit and in the presence of the king they were found to be ten times more wise than all the other men whom the King met with. Not only were they given a place of authority and influence, but God used Daniel to interrupt the King’s dream that no other magician, enchanter, soothsayer, sorcerer, or diviner could. The King was ready to wipe all of them out, but Daniel asked the King to give him time and he would reveal to him the dream that had been distressing the king and the interruption of that dream. Daniel knew the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. He knew His God was a God who delivered and in the natural when it was impossible before man, God would supernaturally bring the deliverance that was needed. So Daniel asked the Lord to show him the same dream and the interruption that he needed to deliver to the king to save the lives of many people. This specific prayer in these verses are the words of gratitude that Daniel was speaking to the Lord after the Lord had given Him exactly what he was in need of. These men were not moved by what the saw, heard or felt but rested in the presence of the Lord to receive exactly what they needed in their time of need. They were men of character, men of principal men not easily moved by circumstance or by peer pressure. They were solid, unmovable. Unshakeable. And they would not allow the pressure of man to change their actions in the present moment. These same men were challenged later in chapter 3 because they were not bowing town to an idol. Because of their relationship with the Lord and being true to their character they were thrown into a fiery furnace that should have killed them in a minute, but instead the Son of the Living God walked around with them in the fire and they came out without smelling like smoke or even being burned.
Out of our relationship with our heavenly Father flows every other part of our lives. These men were challenged in every area of their lives even to the point of death. They would not be moved, because they knew who they belonged to and they knew that their God is a God who delivers the righteous out of the hand of the enemy. I absolutely believe in this phrase ” Your calling will get you there, but your character will keep you there.” These four men were men of strong character and full of confident trust that the Lord was and will always be their help in time of need. It was because they had spent time in the presence of the Lord and asked specifically for what they were in need of that the Lord heard their prayer and gave them exactly what they were in need of. They not only asked, but they gave thanks unto Him and waited for the Lord to speak and then they were courageous and faithful to fulfill the task ahead. And all of that brought promotion and a new place of influence for the highest authority in the land. let us be true to our character, not moved by peer pressure, or by what we see, hear and feel… but allow the faithfulness of the Lord in our lives draw all men unto Him.
Father how amazing but also truly challenging to look at the lives of these young men who stood unmoved in the face of the impossible. Father, open the eyes of our hearts give us revelation light of the hope to which you have called us. We have been engrafted into the vine… we are no longer, slaves to sin but slaves to righteousness, we are no longer walking around in darkness not knowing our identity, but we are now children of the light because you have given us authority to be, it is Your truth that abides richly in us and it is Your love that sustains us, encourages us and strengthens us to be men and woman of character. You have incredible plans ahead, and we need to walk in the light as you are in the light to allow our character to be molded more and more into who were are in You. Thank you Father for examples of ordinary men who knew their God and who did amazing exploits to help point people to Your Son, Jesus.
In Jesus’ mighty name…amen!