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 I found a huge change in the number of prayers answered in my life when I started praying the way the Bible teaches us to pray. Many more prayers were answered, and they were answered much more quickly.

When I was a missionary to China, I saw so many miracles it made me wonder why we didn’t have more in Wichita. Later I found that when people pray the way the Bible teaches us to pray, miracles happen, but precious few people pray that way.

Acts 3:6 “Peter said….In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.” 7 Taking him by the right hand, he helped him up, and instantly the man’s feet and ankles became strong.

Notice the way Peter prayed, it was the same as the OT prophets after God taught Moses to pray. He said “In the name of Jesus, get up and walk!” It almost seems more like a command than a prayer. You don’t hear many people pray that way today, but I noticed those that do pray that way have very powerful prayers.There are dozens of things you can do to strengthen your prayer faith. Here are just a few. http://wp.me/p2rHBL-ca

God set a precedent for prayer way back in the time of Moses. He taught how to have powerful prayer at that time and all the people of faith prayed that way throughout the OT and the New Testament.. They saw amazing miracles. Unfortunately, very few people pray that way today.

Moses had let the Jews out of Egypt and were being chased by one of the most powerful armies of the world in that day. They were trapped by the Red Sea. Moses stood praying to God. But God told him to quit praying a do something.

Exodus 14:15 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Why are you crying out to me? Tell the Israelites to move on.16 Raise your staff and stretch out your hand over the sea to divide the water so that the Israelites can go through the sea on dry ground.

Moses did not have the Holy Spirit living inside him the way we do today after Pentecost, so he didn’t have as much prayer power as we do, but he did have a staff, and when he used it the way God told him to, amazing things happened.

Jesus said that if you have even a little faith you can speak to a mountain and tell it to move and it will. Matt 17:20. He didn’t say to stand there praying, He said to speak to the mountain! If you are a Christian, the Holy Spirit is one with you, living inside you (John 17). That is an enormous amount of power! But few Christians use the power God gives us because we don’t pray with faith.

Over 40 times, Jesus said the key to answered prayer is faith. A few times, Jesus hints that one key to answered prayer is whether or not it is Gods will. Why does he stress faith even more than Gods will? Leave a message and let me know, please! My guess is that he knows that humans will never know Gods will in every circumstance. When praying for a sick person, does God want to heal them completely through death (and paradise if they are saved) or does God heal them partially and let them go on trudging through this cesspool we call planet Earth?

James 5 15 And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up.

We have proved over and over again that this verse is not true, right? And since it is not true we find other verses to back up our belief. No, I believe the verse is true, it is just that we have not been taught how to have powerful prayer faith. If you took a Christian and sent him/her back in time to walk with Jesus for 3 years he would come back with powerful prayer faith. The key would be to get him away from the negative thinking that fills the churches today and let him see the thousands of miracles Jesus did. At one point, an apostle says that if we recorded all the miracles Jesus did, even a library of books would not be big enough to record them. That is a lot of miracles.

John 14:12 Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.

It seems this verse is not true, because we don’t see people performing miracles very often today. Notice the Bible says the followers of Jesus performed miracles (it doesn’t say God performed miracles through them) Acts 2:43;  Acts 4:16; Acts 5:12; Acts 6:8 Acts 7:36

So how should we pray for a sick person or a person with a birth defect? “In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, be healed!” Every person who asked for healing with faith, got healed. It is hard to admit we don’t have mountain moving faith. To tell you the truth, I don’t have that kind of faith yet. But after memorizing verses on faith and repeating them every day and doing some other things, my prayer faith is much, much stronger now than it was two years ago.

One problem is that a person puts these ideas into practice, and pray but they don’t see any result. So they give up. I found it has taken me two years of repeating Bible verses and doing other things to build my prayer faith. It has made a huge difference in my prayer life, but unfortunately it has taken me a lot of time and effort. I am still growing in this area, I wish I could say I was there, but I’m not.

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This post was entirely rewritten from an earlier blog entry.


Four people were in an airplane which was going to crash so they all had to parachute out. The problem was that there were only three parachutes so they began discussing who would get the chutes. The first man said that he ran an orphanage and that dozens of children depended on him for survival, so he took a chute and jumped out.

The second man said “I have a PhD in Nuclear Physics, Biology and Law and since I am one of the smartest men in the world, the world needs me,” so he jumped out.

An old retired farmer and a school girl were the two left. The old man said “You take the chute. I have lived a long and full life and I am looking forward to going to heaven.”

The school girl replied, “No need, there are still two parachutes left. The smartest man in the world just jumped out with my book bag.”

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Have you ever stopped to think that the more you enjoy something the better you will do at it? For example Michael Jordan loves basketball. He would have to love the game to be willing to put in the incredible number of practice hours that he did. And Einstein loved physics. He would have to really enjoy it to work as a patent clerk in the daytime and work on his Theory of Relativity in the evening and during his free hours at work.

A husband who really enjoys his wife and children will be a better husband and father. He will not only be more loved by them, but he will love them more and be happier with the results of their lives.

We can take a look at two hypothetical employees, Bill and Tom. Bill has learned to love his job and continues to learn to love his wife more and more. Tom hates his job and does not get along well with his wife. His boss would tell you he has a bad attitude and doesn’t get along well with others.

Bill comes in to work about fifteen or twenty minutes early almost every day. He has plenty of time to go to the coffee machine and buy a steaming cup of black coffee, just the way he likes it. He goes to his desk and organizes his day so that he can control events instead of events controlling him. He is relaxed and ready for a brand new day.

Tom often comes in ten minutes late. He is in a rush every day and it stresses him out. When he arrives at his desk a coworker is already waiting for him with a question about a project he is working on. Tom doesn’t have time to relax with a cup of coffee and his day is already set – stress and frustration.

Bill likes his job. He is grateful for it. That does not mean he never faces problems or difficulties. But he has a good attitude and that helps him cope with anything that goes wrong.

A couple of years ago I did some studying on what American companies are looking for when they hire employees. I found that attitude is considered very important by most companies. In fact many large companies say they prefer a person with a good attitude over a person with more experience and skill.

The Apostle Paul told us to be overflowing with thankfulness. A person who is really thankful for what he has will enjoy life more and be more excellent in his relationships and his job. When Bill drives home from work he begins to look forward to seeing his wife and children. He enjoys them. He takes time every now and then to think about the benefits of being married to his wife and the joy of each of his children.

When Tom is driving home from work he is thinking critical thoughts about his wife and children. Probably the dinner will be late and he is very hungry. The kids will be naughty and noisy and he won’t be able to rest. He will probably lose his temper with either his wife or one of his children and then everyone in the family will be unhappy for awhile. They will sit down and eat together, but it will be very quiet and rather tense.

If dinner is late for Bill he eats a snack or lies down for awhile until he is rested and refreshed enough to face this new challenge. He enjoys the noise the children make because he knows they are having fun, and he enjoys seeing (or hearing) them have fun. If the dinner is late, it doesn’t matter, he knows his wife has been busy with many different tasks around the house all day and she won’t finish work until all the kids are in bed.

Psychologists and business experts tell us that positive reinforcement is more effective than negative. That means if we want to change other people’s behavior it is better to tell them what they are doing right instead of what they are doing wrong. Getting angry and shouting at people may change them for awhile, but it usually brings about more harm than good in the long run.

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B-29 Superfortress heavy bomber of the United ...

B-29 Superfortress heavy bomber of the United States Air Force (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Henry Ford accomplished things that most people said were impossible. Before the United States entered World War 2, the US government knew they must start preparing for war. They gave Henry Ford the task of designing a plant to build airplanes– heavy bombers. Many people looked around the world and said that at most they could build one bomber a day because each bomber was made of about one and a quarter million parts. Henry Ford designed a plant that could build one bomber every 55 minutes! Hitler didn’t think it was possible. This prodigious output of airplanes helped the US dramatically.

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1.    The NT was originally written in Greek. Whenever I compare KJV to NIV, the Greek always agrees with NIV better than KJV.

2.    King James was insane and had some strange theology. The translators had to please him or be punished.

3.    The Pilgrims left England (1620) due to religious persecution against protestants (Presbyterians) about the same time the KJV was translated (1611). The people who translated the KJV hated protestants, they were Church of England (Catholic with King James as the pope)

4.    KJV calls Holy Spirit “it.” Not true at all.

5.    Many historians believe King James was gay. The word homosexual is never found in the KJV and is soft on homosexuality in most places.

6.    They did not have copy machines, therefore did not have access to many ancient texts in the UK in 1611. The original texts were in different locations around the world. We can make copies today and scholars can study all of them together to ensure accuracy, they could not then. As a result, some verses were added in to the KJV which should not have been.

7.    Many of the words from 1611 have completely different meaning today than they did then which causes people to misunderstand certain verses.

8.    The KJV is too difficult for most to understand unless they grew up with it

9.    Some manuscripts have been found after the KJV was translated, so they didn’t have them when the KJV was translated. This means the KJV had less material to use.