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coverprayeramazoncopyright (1)Maybe you get every one of your prayers answered and you don’t need to learn any Biblical principles to improve your prayer power. If that is true for you, quit reading now.  If you would like to learn how to have more prayer power, keep reading.

Of course we know that the main reason to pray is to get close to God. But the Bible tells us to ask God for things. See 1 Timothy 2:1.

There are several keys to powerful prayer in Matthew. Jesus’ followers asked him why they couldn’t accomplish a task. Matthew 17:20.  He replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”

Notice Jesus said “nothing will be impossible for you.” Do you believe it? Henry Ford and many others said basically the same thing. Ford said “Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, either way you are right.”

A mountain might mean a stronghold. In the Old Testament it sometimes meant a difficulty, as we use the word today “Don’t make a mountain out of a molehill.”

What strongholds do you deal with in your life? Maybe you want to have better relationships, lose weight, get out of debt, excel at your career, quit an addiction or any number of things. Any of these strongholds can be overcome through prayer, relying on God and determination.

Dozens of times Jesus said that the key to answered prayer is faith. But it seems that very few people know how to increase their faith. This will tell you how to increase your faith so that you will have powerful prayers. If you do this, the Bible promises you that you will see amazing answers to prayers.

The disciples were with Jesus 24/7 for almost 3 years, so they saw hundreds of miracles. In fact one gospel writer said that Jesus performed so many miracles John 21:25 “If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written.” That is not to be taken literally, of course. But it does mean that Jesus’ followers probably saw many miracles every day. That in itself would strengthen their faith tremendously.

To increase your faith do this: FAITH

F = Find a Bible verse, a promise to stand on.

A = Ask in faith.

I = Imagine that God has already given you what you asked for. See it in your mind.

T = Thank God for it. This is very important. Gratitude builds your faith.

H = Hold on, be Happy. You may not get the answer right away. You may have to hold on for awhile, but be happy while you wait. It makes your prayers stronger and it is God’s will for you. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 “…give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”

In my book Keys To Powerful Prayer ( the ebook version is called The Amazing Power of Prayer) I show many ways to have stronger faith and other Biblical methods to get your prayers answered.

The joy of friendship

Brad Stanton —  March 21, 2014 — 3 Comments

48119_161367167348863_1879130993_nMany people love the book My Utmost For His Highest by Oswald Chambers. It is a classic and still sells well today even though it was written decades ago. Here is a short excerpt from it taken from the devotion for March 20.

The Delights of His Friendship.

Genesis 18 brings out the delight of true friendship with God, as compared with simply feeling His presence occasionally in prayer. This friendship means being so intimately in touch with God that you never even need to ask Him to show you His will. It is evidence of a level of intimacy which confirms that you are nearing the final stage of your discipline in the life of faith.

When you have a right-standing relationship with God, you have a life of freedom, liberty, and delight; you are God’s will. And all of your commonsense decisions are actually His will for you, unless you sense a feeling of restraint brought on by a check in your spirit. You are free to make decisions in the light of a perfect and delightful friendship with God, knowing that if your decisions are wrong He will lovingly produce that sense of restraint. Once he does, you must stop immediately.

The Difficulties of His Friendship.

Why did Abraham stop praying when he did? He stopped because he still was lacking the level of intimacy in his relationship with God, which would enable him boldly to continue on with the Lord in prayer until his desire was granted. Whenever we stop short of our true desire in prayer and say, “Well, I don’t know, maybe this is not God’s will,” then we still have another level to go. It shows that we are not as intimately acquainted with God as Jesus was, and as Jesus would have us to be— “I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one just as We are one – I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity.” John 17:22,23

Think of the last thing you prayed about-were you devoted to your desire or to God? Was your determination to get some gift of the Spirit for yourself or to get to God? “For your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him” (Matthew 6:8). The reason for asking is so you may get to know God better. “Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart” (Psalm 37:4). We should keep praying to get a perfect understanding of God Himself.

hygdfsThere have been several movies about faith that have been shown to thousands of people around the world. One of them is The Jesus Film. Another is a movie called The Secret. This is a quote from the book The Secret:

“As the film swept the world, stories of miracles began to flood in: people wrote about healing from chronic pain, depression, and disease; walking for the first time after an accident; even recovering from a deathbed. We have received thousands of accounts of the Secret being used to bring about large sums of money and unexpected checks in the mail. People have used The Secret to manifest their perfect homes, life partners, cars, jobs and promotions, with many accounts of businesses being transformed within days of applying The Secret. There have been heart-warming stories of stressed relationships involving children being restored to harmony.”

So my question to you, dear reader is, do you believe in miracles? I certainly do because I have seen so many in my lifetime. When I was a missionary to China I began to spend a lot of time praying and I saw many amazing answers to prayer. Actually many of the miracles I saw and heard about happened in the USA.

Another question, do you believe that a movie or book like The Secret, which expands on Jesus’ teaching of faith, can really inspire miracles? This movie is free to watch on Please leave a comment. Let’s get a discussion going here.

Many people pray and don’t get answers, so they feel Jesus was not accurate when he taught about prayer, or that they are misunderstanding what Jesus said about prayer. But what if the problem is that they have not been trained to have strong faith? Over two dozen times Jesus said the key to answered prayer is faith.

John 14:14 You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.

John 15:7 If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.

John 16:23 Very truly I tell you, my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name.

Remember, it took three years of full time study with Jesus for the apostles to learn faith well enough to perform miracles. Don’t expect to suddenly have mountain moving faith. It takes time. But never give up. Keep building your faith.

I wrote a book about prayer. In it I include a number of things you can do to strengthen your faith, including memorizing Bible verses about faith. Another is an acrostic FAITH
F  Find a Bible verse that addresses what you are praying for. This is easier to do than it seems. For example, you can do a word search in to find a verse.
A  Ask God in faith
I   Imagine you already have the thing you asked for. This is amazing, it really strengthens faith
T  Thank God for it as if you already have it. Don’t beg, that shows a lack of faith. Once you place your order in a restaurant you don’t keep asking for it do you?
H  Hold on and be happy while you wait for the answer to your prayer.

Every penny I make from my book “Keys To Powerful Prayer” goes to spread faith, hope and love to people around the world through this blog and charity. Doing the research for this book really changed my life for the better. CreateSpace is an Amazon company. You can read sample pages of the same book as an ebook on Amazon entitled “Amazing Power of Prayer.” The ebook is the same, it just has a different title.

Strange Magic

Brad Stanton —  February 27, 2014 — 2 Comments

Snapshot_20120128_5This is an ancient story with a powerful moral for a better life:

The wife of a dead man cried out to a powerful man, “My husband is dead, he owed money to people. Now they are coming to take my two boys as slaves to pay off the debt.”

The powerful man replied to her, “How can I help you? Tell me, what do you have in your house?”

“Your servant has nothing there at all,” she said, “except a small jar of olive oil.”

He said, “Go around and ask all your neighbors for empty jars. Don’t ask for just a few. Then go inside and shut the door behind you and your sons. Pour oil into all the jars, and as each is filled, put it to one side.”

She left him and shut the door behind her and her sons. They brought the jars to her and she kept pouring. When all the jars were full, she said to her son, “Bring me another one.”

But he replied, “There is not a jar left.” Then the oil stopped flowing.

She went and told the man, and he said, “Go, sell the oil and pay your debts. You and your sons can live on what is left.”

I heard this story when I was young and said to myself, wow, what would I have done if I was in that situation? If I had a lot of faith in what the powerful man said, I would get dozens of empty jars. The more jars I got, the more oil I would get, and therefore more money.

What would you do if a powerful man told you to go get empty jars and fill them from one small jar that you had in your house?

Some would not believe magic would happen, they might get mad at the powerful man and say “Hey, I asked you for money and all you do is tell me to pour out my oil into other jars? What a waste!”

Other people would go to the store and spend every penny they had on jars, and ask every friend for their jars too. Other people would be somewhere in the middle, getting half a dozen jars or so.

What would you do?

Jesus said that if you have faith the size of a mustard seed nothing will be impossible for you. Seems hard to believe, doesn’t it? Very few people believe it. Very few Christians believe it.

I have had the privilege of seeing countless miracles around the world. Seeing all those miracles made me realize there is enormous supernatural power in the world. Some call it magic.

So if you want to be honest about the answer to my question, what would you do if you were that woman, you would look at how you respond to what Jesus said in Mark 9:23 “Everything is possible for one who believes.”  Or John 14:14 You may ask me for anything in my name and I will do it. If you believe these words, you probably would have gotten lots of jars. But if you believe these words, you can still get lots of “jars.” If you have faith, opportunities to do great things for God will present themselves to you. You can not only serve God and help others, but you will be rewarded here on earth and in eternity (forever). If you have a choice between blessings that last forever or last for a short time, pick forever. You are probably thinking, “Duh Brad.”

John 15:7 If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you

John 16:23  I tell you the truth, my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete.

The problem is we have prayed dozens of times, maybe hundreds of times and didn’t see answers to our prayers so we assume the words of Jesus are either untrue or we are misunderstanding them. But stop and think about it. The apostles spent 3 years with Jesus, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It took them that long to develop faith that enabled them to perform miracles. If you think you can spend just 30 minutes with God each day and get that kind of faith in just a few years, you are pretty arrogant. Sorry to say it that way. Faith takes years to develop. But it is worth every single minute of the time it takes to develop faith because Jesus really did mean what he said in John 14:12 I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.

I have seen enough miracles that I can promise you these words are true. When I pray, I see more and more miracles every year.

Every penny I make from my book “Keys To Powerful Prayer” goes to spread faith, hope and love to people around the world through this blog and charity. Doing the research for this book really changed my life for the better. CreateSpace is an Amazon company. Or read sample pages of the same book as an ebook on Amazon entitled “Amazing Power of Prayer.”

amazing-planThe command prayer.

Prayer is sometimes more than just talking to God. Jesus told us to speak to the problem, to make a command.

You have to pray the way Jesus and all the people of God prayed in the Bible if you want results. Don’t do things the way you were taught by people, do what the Bible says. Faith is very important, as I have written about in many previous posts on this blog.

Jesus is our example. He was 100% man and 100% God. Since he was completely man he was our example. Our goal is to be like him. He prayed quite a bit differently than most Christians today pray. The disciples prayed like he did, they spoke out a command and people were healed. The prophets in the Old Testament also prayed like this, they spoke commands. He taught all his followers to pray this way, including you and me.

Matthew 17:20 Jesus said: “Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” My note—it may take months to develop this kind of faith. Memorizing Bible verses on faith and repeating them daily helps a lot. I have written other blog posts on this topic. Click on the “Prayer” link at the right hand side under “Posts by category” for more information or click here

Notice that Jesus said you must make a command and say “Move from here to there.”

Jesus healed a leper by saying “Be clean.” Luke 5:13. Jesus commanded the illness to leave. He spoke out a command.

Luke 4:39 Jesus spoke to the fever “So he bent over her and rebuked the fever, and it left her. She got up at once and began to wait on them.” Jesus was not talking to God, he was talking to the fever.

Luke 7:14 Jesus said “Young man get up!” and a man was healed. Notice Jesus spoke out a command, he was showing us how to pray for people. His followers did the same thing in the book of Acts.

In Luke 8:53 Jesus spoke a command to cause a child to come back to life. “They laughed at him, knowing that she was dead. 54 But he took her by the hand and said, “My child, get up!”

Some prayers are just talking to God, but the kinds of prayers the followers of Jesus prayed for healing were not just talking to God. They gave a command that sickness leave the body of the person they were talking to. Acts 3:6 “In the name of Jesus, get up and walk!” Acts 14:10, Paul told a lame man “Stand up on your feet!”

Notice Peter spoke out a command in Acts 9:40 “Peter sent them all out of the room; then he got down on his knees and prayed. Turning toward the dead woman, he said, “Tabitha, get up.” She opened her eyes, and seeing Peter she sat up.”

The disciples spoke out a command and a man was struck blind to help him understand the power of God. Acts 13:11 “Now the hand of the Lord is against you. You are going to be blind for a time, not even able to see the light of the sun.”

Matthew 21:19 Seeing a fig tree by the road, he went up to it but found nothing on it except leaves. Then he said to it, “May you never bear fruit again!” Immediately the tree withered.

Jesus commanded a storm to subside. Luke 8:24 He got up and rebuked the wind and the raging waters; the storm subsided, and all was calm. 25 “Where is your faith?” he asked his disciples.

mosesStatistics show that 90% of Americans believe in the power of prayer. While I was in China, an atheist told me that she always prayed before an important test, as did all her atheist classmates.

Moses was trapped between the Egyptian army and the Red Sea, crying out to God for help. God told him to quit praying and take action. Exodus 14:15 “Then the Lord said to Moses, Why are you crying out to me? Tell the Israelites to move on. 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.”

God told him to stop praying and do something, because God had already given him the power he needed. Jesus told you and me basically the same thing. He said you must make a command and speak to your problem, or mountain. Matthew 17:20 “…Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can SAY to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” I believe “mountain” in Jesus’ day could mean “problem,” just as we use it today in the idiom “Don’t make a mountain out of a mole hill.” At least one time in the Old Testament, mountain meant problem, so it seems reasonable Jesus would use the word in that way because he was so familiar with the Old Testament.

Practically every person of God spoke out commands throughout the Old and New Testaments.

Notice that Jesus said you should speak out a command “Move from here to there” in the Bible verse above. If you are a Christian and you have the Holy Spirit in you, your spirit has been made one with the Holy Spirit. 1 Corinthians 6:17 “But whoever is united with the Lord is one with him in spirit.” That gives you a lot of power! Don’t claim false humility and say “I’m just a weak sinner” because you are also calling the Holy Spirit that, since your spirit is one with the Holy Spirit.

I know a lot of my readers will find this this is very strange and will disagree that we should speak out a command. They might say that praying is just talking to God. I agree that some prayers are just talking to God, but the kinds of prayers the followers of Jesus prayed for healing were not just talking to God. They gave a command that sickness leave the body of the person they were talking to. Acts 3:6 “In the name of Jesus, get up and walk!” Acts 14:10, Paul told a lame man “Stand up on your feet!”  Jesus said these kinds of prayers in addition to just talking to God. As you read through the Gospels, notice that Jesus speaks commands. Jesus also commanded demons to leave people and he sure wasn’t talking to God. “In Jesus name be healed!” –when the apostles said this they were not talking to God, God didn’t need healing.

I have seen many miracles and heard of many more and I find that most of the time people get miracles, they pray like the followers of Jesus in the Bible. They don’t say “Lord, if you are willing, will you heal this person?” If you are content with the answers to your prayers and don’t want more, no need to change the way you pray, but if you find many of your prayers are not answered, try doing it the way Jesus taught all his followers to pray. I did, and it changed my prayer life drastically. Now I see miracles every month, sometimes every week. It only took a year or two of memorizing Bible verses on faith, speaking them out, and doing what I write about in this blog.

You can’t accomplish all God wants you to do in life if you don’t pray the way he told us to pray. Please leave a comment and tell me if you disagree, I might debate you, but I certainly will appreciate your honesty.

w clement stoneNot many people can bench press 500 lbs. Today there is a man that can bench press slightly over 1000 pounds. One hundred years ago the best bench press in the world was about 360 lbs. If you told a person in the year 1900 that somebody would be able to bench press a thousand pounds a hundred years later they probably would not believe you. It’s the same way with prayer. Not many people believe that God really does answer prayer in miraculous ways, but on the other hand, over 90% of Americans believe in the power of prayer. Some people have seen miraculous answers to prayer. I’ve heard of many miraculous answers to prayer. A friend of mine told me that not once but twice his back was immediately healed through prayer.

A missionary lady that I worked with told me that one time she was sitting in church and the pastor suddenly felt God was telling him to pray for people. He asked anyone who needed prayer to come forward. She went forward and he prayed for her and her health problem was healed.

For a long time most people did not believe that anyone could run the mile in less than four minutes. But somebody believed that he could do it. His belief was so strong that he was willing to run almost every day to prepare to break the four minute mile. He did not just get up one day after not running for years and say “Hey I think I’ll try to break the four minute mile.” It was faith, belief that he could do it that gave him the strength to run every day. He probably saw small results week by week but he knew that after enough weeks the small results would add up to something big. He believed he could do it and so he took action and finally he was able to do it. Now many people can run a mile in less than four minutes. They know they have to run often and work hard in order to do it, but because they have seen examples of other people run a mile in less than four minutes, they know it’s possible and they do it.

Many things are like this. For many years no one thought it was possible to climb to the top of Mount Everest. Then someone did it and now many people do it every year because they have faith that it can be done. They have faith they can do it because they have seen other people do it. Without that faith, they wouldn’t even try it.

Dr. Karl Menninger said, “Attitudes are more important than facts.” That is worth repeating until its truth grips you.


Sometimes the biggest results come from the smallest beginnings.

Have you ever stopped to think about how tiny an atom is?  But strangely enough the most enormous power ever seen from a bomb is released from tiny atoms of uranium or plutonium. These atoms are split, releasing enormous energy. But these atoms are much larger than some of the smaller atoms. The hydrogen atom is the very smallest of all atoms and yet the hydrogen bomb is much more powerful than the atom bomb.  It gets its enormous power from fusing hydrogen atoms together.  Isn’t that amazing?  The most powerful force known to man at this time comes from the smallest atom.

Prayer is the same way.  We may think that our prayers are small and insignificant, but God knows that they are not.  I heard a preacher say that he began praying for the country of Libya during a certain year.  Seven and a half years later he talked to a man at a conference who told him that he had a high government job in Libya.  He personally killed over 90 people as part of his job.  That was in the days that Libya was heavily involved in terrorism.  But one day he suddenly had a burden to become a Christian.  He became a Christian and some of the other officers found out about it. He was brought before the leader who told him he would have to renounce his Christianity or be killed.  He said he could not renounce.  Later he was taken away to be tortured but he escaped from the prison by a guard who helped him.  He went to another country and began preaching on the street corners.  But he learned through the grapevine that a team was sent from Libya to kill him.  So he moved to another country.

Later he ended up at the conference talking to the preacher that prayed for Libya.  The preacher was absolutely amazed that he had become a Christian the very month that he started praying for Christians in Libya.

Do you feel your prayers don’t matter? Don’t feel that way. Your prayers are much more powerful than you realize.

1524848_10151925510973460_1359905029_nI can’t list all the reasons prayers are not answered here in this short blog post, but I will list a few.

God has the following answers to your prayers:

  1. Yes
  2. Wait
  3. No – which means God has something better for you than what you prayed for.

Here are some common reasons prayers are not answered.

Weak prayers

Most of us pray weak prayers, not the kind of prayers Jesus taught us to pray. Jesus taught all his followers to say the prayer in a commanding way, such as the apostles prayed in Acts 3:6 “In the name of Jesus, get up and walk!” Acts 14:10, Paul told a lame man “Stand up on your feet!” At that, the man jumped up and began to walk. This is a very important point. Jesus often prayed this way. He was modeling for us the correct way to pray.

In the Old and New Testament, everyone who got answers to prayer spoke the prayer out loud. In Matthew 17:20 Jesus said “If you have faith…you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible to you.”

Notice Jesus said “you will say.” You will speak it out loud.

The prayer is not prayed in faith.

When Jesus healed a woman, he told the woman who had been bleeding “Your faith has healed you.” Matthew 9:22. Why did he say it was her faith that healed her? It is because he was emphasizing the power of faith. Over two dozen times Jesus says that the key to answered prayer is faith. See Matthew 9:22, 9:29, 17:20, 7:8, 21:22; Mark 9:23, 11:24, Luke 8:50, 18:1 and John 14:14, 15:7, 16:23. See verses See also James 1: 6 But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. 7 That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord.

Wrong motives

James 4:2 You do not have because you do not ask God. 3 When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.

Someone might ask for a gun to kill their enemy, but that is the wrong motive and God almost certainly will not answer it.

How to strengthen your faith

Memorize Bible verses on faith and say them out loud twice a day or more. Saying them out loud is more powerful than thinking them silently.

Be grateful to God. Your gratitude makes your faith stronger. That is not just my idea, many experts on faith say this is true. Also, secular psychologists say that gratitude is a powerful attitude that brings good things into your life.

Imagine the prayer is answered. See it answered in your mind. This is another thing that psychologists say is important for achieving goals. Olympic athletes do this. They visualize going through their routine perfectly and then standing on the gold medal platform to receive their gold medal.

Think about how happy you will feel when you receive the answer to your prayer. Your emotions are good indicators of your faith. Any negative emotion shows a lack of faith and any positive emotion shows strong faith. For example, if you pray for finances and you still worry about how you will pay your bills, that is not faith. Feeling peaceful about the money coming in to pay the bills as you believe for abundance, is strong faith. The fruits of the spirit (Galatians 5:22) are love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. These all strengthen your faith and indicate strong faith.

Pray once and then thank God for the answer, don’t beg by repeating the same request over and over. That shows lack of faith. Asking God, “Why aren’t you answering my prayer?!” shows lack of faith. Thanking God that the answer is coming, that it is already answered but the result is not seen yet show strong faith. Example: “Thank you God that you have given me the money to pay my bills.” Unfortunately, it sometimes takes time for the answer to come to us.

More about faith

My book, The Amazing Power of Prayer explains more of this. since the book is not edited well, I am selling it for a low price. Once it is edited, the price will go up. 100% of the profits from my book go to the Street Kids Project. Buy it here The paperback with proper editing will be available soon.

The little guy is Jericho who was left at the orphanage about a month ago.

The little guy is Jericho who was left at the orphanage about a month ago.

Miracle after miracle happened to me on my trip to the Philippines for the Street Kids Project.

I believe without a shadow of a doubt that God has amazing plans for your life, fantastic plans. He wants to empower you to do great things that will glorify Him and thrill you. Don’t get stuck in a rut in life! Realize that God is lining up all the people and things you need to be successful in your relationships, serving Him, and other parts of your life.

The first answer to prayer came while I was sitting in the car with my girlfriend, stuck in traffic. We had gone to the beach and were returning to her family’s house. The trip should have taken 2 or 3 hours, but was taking much longer. We were in a traffic jam and were stopped more than moving. When we did move, we only went about ten or twenty miles an hour.

I began praying silently that God would break up the traffic jam so that we could start moving again. Nothing happened. I prayed a few more times over the next half hour, still nothing happened. I sat there thinking to myself that in the Old and New Testament, everyone who got answers to prayer spoke the prayer out loud. Jesus taught all his followers to say the prayer in a commanding way, such as the apostles prayed in Acts 3:6 “In the name of Jesus, get up and walk!” Acts 14:10, Paul told a lame man “Stand up on your feet!” At that, the man jumped up and began to walk.

So I sat there in the traffic jam and stretched out my hand and said out loud, “In Jesus’ name, this traffic jam is relieved.” Within a couple of minutes the clogged street opened up and we began moving quickly again. I realize that some would say this is a coincidence. But after about an hour, we got in another traffic jam. I spoke out the same prayer and within a couple of minutes we were moving again.

A few days later, in a traffic jam, I said the same prayer. Within a couple of minutes the traffic jam cleared and we began moving.

One day, in the Philippines, I realized I was short of money. I couldn’t get cash from the ATM like I thought I could, so I prayed for a little more money, enough to make it without borrowing. I had counted the American dollars in my billfold twice and found two twenty dollar bills and a ten. Later, after praying, we found an extra twenty dollar bill, just what I needed to squeak by.

The next morning I began thinking about it and decided that I had probably miscounted the money. I got out of bed and began reading a book written by a preacher there who started an orphanage. I randomly opened to a chapter in the middle of the book and began reading. In the first page I read, the preacher had been asked for money, gave away all he thought he had in his bank account, and then found there was more left. The same day, he gave away almost all the money in his wallet, and then found more money. I felt God was telling me that I had not miscounted the money after all.

At the family’s house where I stayed,  the bathroom door got locked with no one inside to open it. I felt bad because I was concerned the family would be inconvenienced by this. So I spoke out a prayer, “In Jesus name we will get this door unlocked.” Within a minute or two someone found the key and the problem was solved.

Before I went to the Philippines, I had decided I wanted to help street kids there. After I arrived, my friend gave me a book written by the preacher I mentioned above. He started an orphanage and used his magazine to raise the money he needed to build the orphanage. In the book he wrote about how he started it. It was just exactly what I needed to know, and was glad that this blog you are reading now can be used in the same way his magazine was used. I felt that God was giving me just the right information I needed to help the street children.

Not only did I learn the things I needed to know about starting an orphanage, I also was introduced to the kind of people I would need to work with in the future.  Some of them were lawyers with connections in the right places in local government and other areas that would make the work much easier.

Also, I have been praying to lose weight. On the trip I lost almost 15 pounds in two weeks! What a joy that was.

After a few days in the Philippines, I got diarrhea. I spoke out a prayer and the next day I was fine. However, a couple of days later it was back. I prayed again. This time it didn’t go away completely. I wondered why God didn’t answer my prayer fully. Now I realize that the diarrhea was helping me to lose weight. It was very mild and didn’t cause any problems anyway, so I guess God decided it was best for me at the time.

You can have powerful prayers. I have been spending about an hour a day for the past 3 years learning about faith, which Jesus said is the key to answered prayer. I am amazed how so many more of my prayers are answered now than in the past. I do faith exercises, like recite Bible verses about faith such as Matthew 9:22, 9:29, 17:20, 7:8, 21:22; Mark 9:23, 11:24, Luke 8:50, 18:1 and John 14:14, 15:7, 16:23. I work on gratitude, because being grateful strengthens faith. I imagine answers to prayers because that is a technique that not only strengthens faith, but it also programs the subconscious mind which is much more powerful than the conscience mind. By the way, visualizing is used for athletes and many other high achievers. I often say affirmations.

My book, The Amazing Power of Prayer explains more of this. since the book is not edited well, I am selling it for a low price. Once it is edited, the price will go up. 100% of the profits from my book go to the Street Kids Project. Buy it here

That is me in the blue shirt below.

With Grace on the trip. I'm down to only 250 pounds, still need to lose more.

With Grace on the trip.

At the orphanage in Manila.
At the orphanage in Manila.

This little guy was left at the orpahnage about a month ago. His name is Jericho.
This little guy was left at the orpahnage about a month ago. His name is Jericho.

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Some summer sounds certainly seem sweet. What was the best sound you ever heard? For me it was more than one sound, it was like an orchestra being played every summer evening during that unforgettable time in my life when I had just recently lost half a dozen of the best friends I had ever had. Crickets chirped, cars occasionally whizzed by, dogs barked in the distance, a train honked a horn. They sounded more beautiful than at any other time because I had spent the whole month praying after work, a new thing for me. I spent time talking to God, not really asking for anything, just talking to Him.

I was in my mid-twenties, single and living in a little one bedroom apartment not far from a train track. The horn of that train always brought back happy memories for me and was very comforting. But about my friends….

It just so happened that during those years I had made friends with half a dozen of the most fun and interesting people I had ever met. We were very close, sort of like the TV show Friends, or Cheers, the little bar where everybody knows your name.

They were the kind of people who could drop by any time and we would have a wonderful time, with plenty of laughter, bantering and fun stories. But during a three or four month period, some of them got married and disappeared from our little gang, the others moved out of town. Suddenly I had no close friends at all.

I had to find something to do with my time, so I took walks at the nearby park. I began to pray and meditate on the good things in life that I still had, even though it was tough to lose my friends. At first it was hard to think of things to feel grateful for. But the more I thought and felt grateful for a few things, the more things came to mind that I could be grateful for.

I started out praying for 30 minutes because I had nothing to do, due to the fact that my friends were gone. Then as the days went on, the prayer stretched into an hour, then two hours. There were some days that I prayed for three hours at a time in the evening. That brought me close to God, and brought me a lot of joy. I wasn’t praying to seek anything from God, just to be close to Him.

Sometimes after an evening of prayer, the sounds of the night seemed like a beautiful orchestra being played for anyone who was willing to take the time to stop and enjoy the sounds.

Even nowadays when I hear the crickets chirping, the comforting sound of a fan or my neighbor’s air conditioner humming, these sounds bring back the feelings of that Kansas summer that I learned to be thankful no matter what, and that I really could be happy even in the toughest of times. But most of all, I learned the joy of the Holy Spirit, the incredible wonder of being close to God.

This is from my book The Amazing Power of Prayer

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“Deep within man dwell these slumbering powers; powers that would astonish him… forces that would revolutionize his life if aroused and put into action.” ~Orison Swett Marden

It is amazing the power within a person. In 1977, in Tallahassee, Florida, a 63 year old grandmother picked up the back end of a Buick to save her grandson because the car was on his arm. Before that, she had never lifted anything heavier than a 50 pound bag of pet food.

She said, “If I was able to do this when I didn’t think I could, what does that say about the rest of my life? Have I wasted it?”

With that in mind, at 63 she went back to college and earned a degree in geology and later taught at a junior college.

It is amazing what you can do if you have the right attitude, if you have faith. This is a story about lifting a heavy car, but I have read countless stories about people who did all kinds of amazing things that they previously didn’t think they could do. What can you do that you don’t yet have the faith to do?

It amazes me how few people set a goal to become a vice president or higher in their company. Our company of 10,000 people has at least two dozen vice presidents and probably several times that many high level directors. But very few people have the dream to do rise that high. They just assume they will work slowly up the ranks and maybe at best be a manager when they retire.

The vast majority of people don’t think they will ever get out of debt and become financially secure enough to retire early. Some people dream of it and make it happen. Some make so much money that they can help thousands of people in many different ways.

Jesus said that nothing will be impossible for a person who has strong faith. Matthew 17:20 In fact Jesus said the same thing over two dozen times in various places throughout the four Gospels. Many people read those words, but few believe them. Most of us are like the people that Moses led out of Egypt, they didn’t have the faith to fight for the land and wealth God promised them.

But how does a person cultivate this kind of faith? How long does it take? Well, the 12 apostles were with Jesus for almost three years. They didn’t seem to believe that they could do the amazing things Jesus could do for at least the first two years. At some point Jesus sent them, along with many others, out to do what he had been doing. They were amazed at the power they had from God.

Here are some ways to strengthen your faith.


F  Find a Bible verse to repeat out loud a few times a day. It will be an affirmation.
A Ask God for it (or ask other people)
I Imagine the answer, imagine you have already recieved what you prayed for
T Thank God for it
H Hold on to your faith and be Happy while you wait

1. Faith. Have faith when you pray and Find a Bible verse to stand on. There is probably a verse in the Bible for anything and everything you want to pray for. If you can’t find one, ask me for help finding it. Or go to and do a word search for the word or promise for which you need. For example, if you want to get out of debt, type in “prosper” and find some promises. You might be very surprised what you find! For example:

Joshua 1:8 Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.

1 Kings 2:3 …and observe what the Lord your God requires: Walk in obedience to him, and keep his decrees and commands, his laws and regulations, as written in the Law of Moses. Do this so that you may prosper in all you do and wherever you go.

Psalm 1:3 That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither— whatever they do prospers.

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Faith is important

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It never ceases to amaze me that God considers faith so important. Faith is critically important to answered prayer. Not only that, it is the vehicle that saves us and brings us to heaven. Ephesians 2:8,9 says we are saved by grace through faith.

If we believe that God is good and that he will reward us, we go to heaven. If we don’t believe it, we don’t go to heaven. If we believe there is no heaven, for us it becomes true. To a certain extent, what we believe brings about our reality. If we believe it, it happens. Seems hard to believe, doesn’t it? Jesus said “Everything is possible for one who believes.” Mark 9:23

Many people use a different name for faith. They call it “positive thinking,” or “positive mental attitude.” Dr. Norman Vincent Peale wrote a book called “The Power of Faith.” No one would publish it with that title, so he changed it to “The Power of Positive Thinking.”

In South Korea, Dr. Cho prayed for church growth when his church was very small. What did his faith look like? It looked like happy optimism that what he prayed for would happen. He prayed that a large number of people would join the church.  Then he actually got a tape measure and began measuring how much space he would need for all those people. He was so sure that it would happen that he took action.-.And he and many others in his church were rewarded when God answered his prayers.  Dr. Cho now pastors the largest church in the world.

The Holy Spirit living in you (if you are a Christian) is much more powerful than you can imagine. He provides power to dramatically change your life from a life of losing to a life of winning. He gives you the power to demolish strongholds in your life such as additions, bad habits, worry, sadness, or any other negative emotions. 2 Corinthians 10:4 “The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.”

The power of the Holy Spirit within you is waiting to give you the peace and victory most people would not even believe is possible. Belief is the key. You have to believe and have faith that your dream will come true through prayer. If your goal is to improve a relationship, you have to believe that your relationship will improve. You have to believe that you will achieve your God-given dreams and goals in life. A great man of God once said “Work like everything depends on you and pray like everything depends on God.” It is true.

Jesus said, in Luke 17: 21, “The kingdom of God is within you…”  Did you know that you have a very powerful kingdom living in you? Stop and think about that. There is so much power to achieve your dreams that you will never stop finding the end to that unlimited power.

You have probably heard about the man who strung a wire cable across Niagara Falls. A large crowd gathered as he walked across the wire. He got a wheelbarrow and asked the crowd if they believed he could push a wheel barrow across the wire. Most clapped and expressed their faith that he could do it. But then he said “Okay, who will ride in the wheelbarrow?” No one volunteered. They apparently didn’t have enough faith to ride in the wheelbarrow high above the waterfall. This is the difference between weak faith and strong faith—action.

From the book Amazing Power of Prayer

The most incredible joy

Brad Stanton —  September 2, 2013 — 5 Comments

Cathedral of Holy Spirit, Minsk, Belarus.

Cathedral of Holy Spirit, Minsk, Belarus. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Practice the Presence of God is a book written by a man who interviewed Brother Lawrence to find out how he was able to have such incredible joy in every situation of life. I once met an old man in China who had been jailed for more than 20 years for his faith. I expected him to say that it was great suffering, but instead he said that those years with Jesus were very sweet, like a honeymoon. He had plenty of time to practice the presence of the Spirit of God, and received incredible joy from it, similar to Brother Lawrence.

I have rewritten the first chapter of Practice the Presence of God in my own words because it was written hundreds of years ago in French and the only English translation I could find is difficult to read.

Practice the Presence of God

I met Brother Lawrence on August 3rd, 1666. He told me that God had done him an incredible favor by converting him into a relationship with God at the age of 18. It happened one winter, when he saw a tree that had lost all its leaves during winter. But he realized than in a relatively short time, new leaves would begin to bud and then flowers and fruit would appear. This gave him a very high view of the loving guidance and power of God which he remembers very clearly to this day. It is etched in his memory, his soul. This epiphany, this revelation had set him loose from the world and kindled such a love for God that it had not become less at all in forty years.

He had been a footman to Mr. Fieubert, the treasurer, and that he was a very large, awkward fellow who broke everything.

He wanted to work in a monastery, thinking that it would be a punishment for his faults and sins, and in that way be a sacrifice to God. He wanted to give up the pleasures of life, but he found nothing but satisfaction at the monastery and felt rather disappointed that he did not suffer for God the way Jesus suffered for us.

He said we should establish within ourselves a sense of God’s presence by continually talking with Him in prayer and that it was shameful to stop praying and to spend time thinking of  worldly things that were of no lasting importance.

He said we should feed and nourish our souls with high thoughts and meditation of God which will yield us great joy in being devoted to Him.

That we ought to enliven and build our faith. That is was unfortunate that we had so little faith and that instead of taking faith for the rule of their conduct; people amused themselves with trivial devotions which changed daily. That it was faith that is the true spirit of the way of Christ, and that it would bring us a high degree of perfection.

He said that we should totally and completely give our lives to God, not only the worldly life but also the spiritual. He said that we should seek happiness only one way—to fulfill His will and therefore the more we fulfill His will, the happier we become. And it doesn’t matter that He sometimes leads us through suffering and sometimes through easy times, all are the same to a soul who is totally devoted to God. [Since the fabric of the Holy Spirit is woven together with the fabric of our spirit, anything we do to serve God, or even sacrifice to God, we are doing partly for ourselves anyway. It is impossible to serve God without helping yourself.]

He said that sometimes a prayer time of an hour might seem dry and boring, but if we continue to pray we eventually achieve a breakthrough and find that every minute is a precious blessing. [I remember a summer when I was going through very difficult times and began to pray an hour each evening, then two hours, then sometimes even three, and those times became one of the very best times of my life. The suffering turned to joy, and it was the best joy I ever experienced. Once you experience the incredible feeling of being in unity with the Holy Spirit, you realize it is the best thing that ever happened to you. It is a taste of heaven here on earth. More about that summer here

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Scientists, religious leaders and most people who have achieved great success in life agree that positive thinking, or faith, is very important.

Dodie Osteen healed of cancer

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A woman named Dodie Osteen was battling cancer but she wanted to keep faith in the ability to get well and she wanted to keep a good attitude, so she used what some people call “props.” Props are anything that you can see, feel, touch, taste, etc. that helps you build your faith. She found pictures of herself before she was sick and posted them where she could see them often.  After getting sick she turned a yellow color and lost a lot of weight. If she spent time looking at herself in the mirror, it didn’t help her faith or attitude. Seeing the pictures of herself healthy helped her believe that she could overcome cancer.

She put up a photo of herself riding a horse and having fun doing other things. People prayed for her. Slowly she beat cancer and is healthy now and has been for many years. She did it without medicine, because at the time she had cancer there was no medicine available for her type of cancer.

Cathy Goodman healed of cancer

Cathy Goodman had breast cancer. She kept her faith strong by being thankful for her healing that she believed had occurred. Every morning and afternoon she constantly said “thank you for my healing.” In the evening she watched funny movies with her husband because laughter has a healing effect. She was healed of cancer without any chemotherapy or radiation treatment.

Cathy’s husband, Morris was in a plane crash and was told by many doctors that he would never breath without a machine, eat, walk or talk again. But he had incredible faith that he could do the impossible. He told himself over and over again to breathe, and as time went on he was able to breathe without a machine. He kept working hard and dreaming of success, and finally he walked out of the hospital on his own.

I am not suggesting that you avoid medicine; I take medicine when I am sick. But certainly there are people who take medicine and continue to get worse. Others combine prayer and faith with their medicine and heal quickly.

You have heard of placebos. They give a sugar pill to certain people and the real medicine to others in a group. Some people get healed by the placebo. Why do some get healed by placebos? It’s because they have strong faith. I used to think they were suckers. Not anymore. Now I feel they are champions.

Many medical doctors believe that a positive mental attitude overcomes many illnesses. The opposite is also true. My grandmother told me that when she was in the hospital she began to feel depressed. She told the doctor about her feelings and how she wanted to get out of the hospital and go home. He let her go home because he knew the depression was not conducive to healing.

Sam Walton, the man who founded Walmart said “If people believe in themselves, it is amazing what they can accomplish.”

W. Clement Stone, who was very poor but became extremely rich by selling life insurance said “Anything the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve.”

Jesus said “If you have faith the size of a mustard seed (very little) you can tell a mountain to move and it will do it. Nothing will be impossible for you.” Matthew 17:20 Note: mountain probably meant difficulty, just as in our modern idiom, “don’t make a mountain out of a molehill.”

Bringing about strong, unwavering faith in your life takes a lot of time. One way to bring about faith is to repeat promises (some people call them affirmations). For example, repeat any of the quotes above. Say it out loud ten times every day and it will strengthen your faith. There are many other things you can do to increase your faith. I wrote a book about that very subject, there is way too much information to write in today’s blog, but I plan to add ideas about this to my blog often.

Here is a link so some of the scriptures Dodie Osteen made about healing.

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When one door closes, God will open another one for you!

Faith House, Tufton Street, Westminster

Faith House, Tufton Street, Westminster (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The key to finding open doors in life is thankfulness. You may be facing difficulties in life right now, or you may be living the best time of your life. I know at times being thankful may be the most difficult thing to do. When people like you and me face difficulties, when it seems that problems outweigh opportunities it is easy to get disillusioned. But it is important to remember that we reap what we sow. If we reap thankfulness, it plants ideas in our subconscious mind that enable us to find open doors that we would not have seen otherwise.

I read a story about a man and his wife who went through the darkest time of their life. She had to undergo emergency surgery. She came through it ok, but was told that she could not work for at least six months. She had no insurance to cover her hospital bills. After she was discharged from the hospital her husband lost his job.

It was winter and snow was covering the ground. They both wondered how they would pay their bills, because they had not saved money and had only $5 left to their name. it would have been easy to give in to discouragement, but they remembered hearing a man talk about faith and the importance of giving. Jesus said “give and it will be given to you in abundance.” It would have been easy to say, “let’s not give away our last five dollars, what will we do for food?” But they had faith that God was a good God and that he would take care of them.

So they decided to give away their last five dollars to the Lord. After doing it, they felt excited and happy about their future, which to me means they had faith. If you wonder if you have faith, check your emotions, sometimes they will let you know. They expected a miracle. Within a few days it happened. He got the best job he had ever had. Not long after that, the hospital bill was paid in an unexpected way.

No matter how insignificant you feel, or how big your problems are, how severe your shortages are in your life, God can take what you have and make it so much better. God can give you success from your failures.

We have all done things we regret doing, even things that we are ashamed of. But no matter what we have done in the past, God will forgive us and love us completely with an unconditional love. That means that no matter what we have done or will do in the future, God will love us more than we love ourselves.

Do you believe some force or God created the universe?

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Do you believe in God?

Do you believe God loves you?

Do you believe that God cares about every problem you face?

Do you believe God is powerful enough to solve your problems?

Do you believe God wants to solve your problems?

If you answered yes to all six questions it means you have strong faith and have the potential to see amazing miracles through prayer.

Can you imagine, for a moment, that the reason you have needs is so that God can meet your needs and solve your problems? Does that seem difficult to believe?

If you have strong faith and really believe that God will help you, he will. Jesus said about two dozen times that the key to answered prayer is faith.

Have you noticed when something bad happens some people blame God? Some people call a hurricane an Act of God. But Jesus said he came so that people could have life, and have it to the full. John 10:10.

Jesus said he came not to destroy men’s lives, but to save them. Luke 9:56

Every good gift comes from God. James 1:17. “Beloved, I wish above all things that you may prosper and be in health, even as your soul prospers.” 3 John 2

“My God shall supply all your needs according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19

Some people don’t believe in God because it seems too good to be true that the most powerful being in the universe loves them very much. Others feel that God is a mean, vengeful tyrant who is always judging them, and they don’t want to believe in God because he ruins their fun. But God is real, and he does love you very much. He wants you to be happy even more than you do.

You have probably heard that affirmations make your life better. Here is one that will rock your world if you let it. Say this out loud ten times every day for a week:

“My God shall supply all your needs according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19

That will change your life for the better, you will have a better attitude and feel happier, no doubt about it.

Have you ever experienced answers to prayer? With faith, you will begin to see answers to prayer.

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If you are asking God for more things, remember what Jesus said in 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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This means that if you want to get things, you must first give. Don’t become disappointed if you don’t get what you pray for right away. Don’t get mad at God -  that is a distinct lack of faith – just wait, and enjoy the waiting. Jesus often tested people’s faith in various ways. One of the ways our faith is tested is that we have to wait for the answer to appear. Don’t complain, because that also demonstrates a lack of faith. The Apostle Paul reminded us that Jesus told him it is more blessed to give than to receive. That concept takes a long time to wrap your mind around and really understand and believe it. Meditate on it and you will receive joy from the Holy Spirit.

Think of a vending machine. If you keep putting a dollar bill in but it keeps spitting it out, then there is something wrong with the bill. It’s the same thing with prayer:   if you keep praying and don’t get results, don’t assume prayer doesn’t work.  Find out what you are doing wrong.

What is faith? Faith is not just intellectual knowledge.  For example, James tells us that Satan believes in God, but the devil does not have saving faith. After studying faith for a long time, I really believe that you can boil it down to one simple equation: belief plus love equals faith.  First Corinthians 13 is often called the love chapter.  Verse 13 reads: “And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” Faith is a very powerful thing.  Hope, faith, and love are very closely related.  Jesus told us that the most important command was to love God with all of our heart, strength, mind, and soul, and the second greatest commandment was to love others as much as we love ourselves.  If you had to sum up the entire Bible in two words, it would probably be love and faith. From the book Amazing Power of Prayer

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A man and his wife found a lamp and began rubbing it, joking that maybe a genie would appear. To their amazement, a genie really did appear and asked them what their wishes were.

The wife thought for a minute and then said “I wish that I could travel the world.”

Poof! When the smoke cleared she was holding tickets to many different wonderful cities in the world.

The middle aged husband thought for a moment and said “I wish I were married to a woman 30 years younger than me.”

Poof! When the smoke cleared there he was, 80 years old.

But seriously…

Thomas Edison was one of many people who rose from poverty and very humble beginnings, even severe failure, to change the world for the better and become rich and famous. As a student, Edison’s mind often wandered and was a very poor student, he obtained only three months of formal schooling. His mother taught him at home and he was fascinated with books.

There are several stories as to why Edison was hearing impaired. The actual cause is probably scarlet fever, although Edison attributed it to being struck on the ears when one of his many scientific experiments went wrong, causing a fire on the train and was thrown off a train, and later saying a conductor had pulled him up on a train by the ears.

When he was young he sold candy and newspapers on trains and also vegetables to travelers. He sold newspapers on the road and started his own newspaper. He eventually started 14 companies, including General Electric which is still one of the largest publicly traded companiesin the world and certainly one of the most influential companies in the US.

Edison failed many times. When he was 19 years old, he was fired from his job at Western Union because his experiment with batteries spilled acid on the floor and it went between the floorboards to his boss’ desk below. He was one of many people who were fired from a job and moved on to incredible success.

Most people with difficulty hearing and limited education would decide to work at some simple job, but not Edison. His passion for inventing and his curiosity pushed him forward. He decided failures were not bad things, but actually good things. He tried 10,000 different ways to invent the light bulb and said that all those attempts were not failures but were stepping stones on the path to finding the right way. Most people would have given up after a few tries, even more after a few thousand, but Edison kept trying. He had incredible persistence and faith in his abilities.

Sometimes when I think about quitting, I remember people like Edison and I am motivated to keep on trying even after I have failed many times. Nobody who accomplished great things gave up easily.

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03.365 (02.08.2009) Faith

Part 1

Our journey toward a powerful prayer life begins with faith. In Matthew, we read, “If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.” (Matthew 21:22). But you might ask, how do I have faith, how can I really believe God will give me what I ask for? Or perhaps you’re asking, why don’t we get everything we ask for immediately? Those questions will be specifically answered in the chapters that follow; but as we begin, let’s take a look at the faith that is required for powerful prayer.

Faith is more than just belief. It involves hope and love. The apostle Paul said “these three things remain: faith, hope and love and the greatest of these is love.” Love is incredibly important and it is what God wants from us. We will never have a powerful prayer life if we do not truly love God. Our faith in God must be firmly rooted in our love for Him.

If you get a Bible concordance and look up any word, it will show you many places in the Bible where that word is used. Try looking up the word “prayer” in a concordance and read each passage. Look up the word “faith,” “belief,” and other words that are involved with powerful prayers. It is amazing to see how these ideas are explained in the New Testament Gospels and throughout the entire Bible. When you see all the verses on “belief,” it gives you a new perspective of the concept of belief. I did this with many of the words associated with prayer. I was amazed at the new perspective it gave me and the power of the thread of ideas that were woven through the first four gospels.  The big challenge is to not get mad at God if he doesn’t answer your prayer as soon as you think he should. read more

Matthew 21:21 Jesus replied, “Truly I tell you, if you have faith and do not doubt, not only can you do what was done to the fig tree, but also you can say to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and it will be done. 22 If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.”

Mark 2:5 When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven.”

Mark 4:40 He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?”

Mark 5:34 He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.”

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Group of Christians praying in the cave at Yeoju Pyungkang Jeil Conference Center near Yeoju, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From Chapter one of “The Amazing Power of Prayer.”
I’m not going to tell you that you will get everything you want through prayer. No, I’m going to tell you about something even better.. You will get everything God wants for you through prayer because God wants the best for you. He wants even better things for you than you do. God loves you much more than you love yourself and wants you to have joy and peace even more than you do. You will get everything you want through prayer if it is God’s will and you have faith.

Yes, it’s true: You will experience powerful answers to prayer if you use the guidelines for prayer found in the Bible. We’ll explore these guidelines as we travel this prayer journey together. It is said we use less than 10% of our brainpower; but I think it’s very safe to say that most Christians use less than 10% of their prayer power. I have been in many churches across the United States and I find that most people don’t understand the power of prayer.

Why is it that some churches see remarkable answers to prayer and others do not? Perhaps you know some Christians who have very powerful prayer lives. Yet others, who seem to be “good Christians”, do not. Those believers with powerful prayer lives have learned and practice what the Bible says about how to have a powerful prayer life.

God doesn’t want powerful prayer to be a secret. He wants your prayers to be powerful and He wants you to experience good things as a result of those prayers. I believe with all my heart that God put us here on earth for a reason. The reason is to glorify God and to love him. Hebrews 11:6 tells us: “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.” We glorify God and please Him when we seek Him through prayer. But to really glorify Him, we need powerful prayer. read more about the book Amazing Power of Prayer.

Faith can take months or even years to develop, but it is worth the time it takes to get it. One great way is to memorize Bible verses on faith. Memorize one or more and say it often throughout the day. The big challenge is to not get mad at God if he doesn’t answer your prayer as soon as you think he should.

Many people don’t get what they pray for right away and conclude that it just wasn’t God’s will. Not necessarily. God puts a lot of the responsibility on us, we have to have faith.

Matthew 7:7 Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.

Matthew 8:13 Then Jesus said to the centurion, “Go! Let it be done just as you believed it would.” And his servant was healed at that moment.

Matthew 9:22 Jesus turned and saw her. “Take heart, daughter,” he said, “your faith has healed you.” And the woman was healed at that moment.

Matthew 9:29 Then he touched their eyes and said, “According to your faith let it be done to you”; 30 and their sight was restored.

Matthew 15:28 Then Jesus said to her, “Woman, you have great faith! Your request is granted.” And her daughter was healed at that moment.

Matthew 17:20 Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” more verses on faith

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Matthew 17:20

He replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”
It really is true, if you have faith, nothing is impossible for you, you can do anything! If you don’t believe this, then it is not for you. Only those who believe it have faith.
There are many things you can do to build stronger failth.
1. repeat affirmations (verses) on faith
2. thank God for what you pray for, don’t beg for it, thank for it
3. imagine your prayer answered, this builds strong faith
4. hold on, it sometimes takes a long time
5. enjoy your life while you are waiting.
6. it took the apostles three years studyiing with Jesus full time, don’t expect powerful faith in just a month or two.


A woman walked out to her front yard every day and said out loud “Thank you God for the new day.” Her next door neighbor didn’t believe in God and told her so often. He teased her for praying to an imaginary God.

One day she was very low on money so she went out and prayed “God, please send me food to eat.”

Her next door neighbor heard her say this, so he decided to play a trick on her. He went to the store and bought two bags of groceries and put them on her front porch before she came out to pray. When she came out she saw the groceries and shouted “Thank you God, for the food.”

Her neighbor said, “Ha, I was the one that put the groceries on your porch, God had nothing to do with it!”

She turned her face to the sky and shouted “Thanks for the food, God and thanks that you made the devil pay for it!”


Well, that is a joke, but I have heard of people praying for food and getting it a number of times.

Once in Asia a woman was working on a new concept for water purification system. She perfected it for more than a year and patented it. She wanted to market it but she didn’t have the money.

She went to banks and asked for a loan. The economy was down, so the banks turned her down. She kept trying, and went to more banks. Finally she went to a bank and made her pitch to the banker. He really liked the idea but he was hesitant to loan her the money because of the bad economy. Finally, after she tried to persuade him, he said jokingly “OK, if the stock market goes up tomorrow I will give you the loan.”

The stock market had been down for over a year. But she went home and prayed that the stock market would go up.

The next day the stock market went up a lot. So the banker gave her the loan. She marketed the concept very well, and now she is one of the richest women in Asia. She gives large sums of money to help people and various ministries.

Was it a coincidence that the stock market went up the day after she prayed? I don’t know, but I do know that prayer makes amazing coincidences happen.

The problem is that most people don’t pray the way Jesus taught his disciples to pray, the way all the powerful prophets of the Old Testament. When the disciples saw a lame man they said “In Jesus name, get up and walk!” They did not say, “Oh God, if it is your will would you heal this man?”

Most people don’t get their prayers answered because they pray wimpy prayers. see more at a previous post