Prayers of the Bible

 

The Tax Collector’s Prayer

– Luke 18:13

The Prayer of Ezra

– Ezra 9:5-15

David – for repentance (Psalm 51:10-13)

Holy Spirit – for us when we don’t know how to pray (Romans 8:26)

Jesus – for deliverance from the cross (Matthew 26:39) And He went a little beyond the, and fell on His face and prayed, saying, “My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; yet not as I will, but as Thou wilt.”

Jesus – forgiveness for his killers (Luke 23:34) But Jesus was saying, “Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.”

Paul – for the Ephesians (Ephesians 3:14-21) For this reason, I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name, that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man; so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God. Now to Him who is able to do exceeding abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen.

Solomon – for wisdom (1 Kings 3:6-9)

  1. There are about 650 different prayers in the Bible
  2. Prayer defined in the Bible is:
  3. A lifting up our soul to God: Ps 25:1; 143:8
  4. A pouring out our heart to God: Ps 62:8
  5. A crying out to God: Ps 86:3
  6. Spiritual incense to God: Rev 5:8
  7. Coming before the throne of grace: Ps 84:1-2; Heb 4:16
  8. Prayer is a spiritual sacrifice & the fruit of our lips: Heb 13:15
  9. Drawing close to God in friendship, fellowship and trust: Jas 4:8

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Personalized Lord’s Prayer

Father in heaven, I pray for my brother (my sister), praising Your name for them, asking You to fill their heart with worship for You today.  May their primary desire always be to advance Your kingdom, wherever they happen to be, whatever they happen to be doing.  May they align themselves on the earth with Your will, just as surely as Your will is followed and accomplished in heaven.  Provide them, I pray, with their daily bread—with everything You know is required for them to thrive and be cared for.  And grant them repentance, forgiving them of their sins – even as You forgive me of mine – while also keeping their relationships free from bitterness and difficulty as they forgive those who’ve sinned against them.  Please, Lord, protect them from temptation, from allowing them to be overloaded with adversity.  And deliver them from all evil – from every scheme and attack of the enemy, from every weapon intended to defeat and discourage them.  For Yours, Lord, is the kingdom, the power, the glory, forever.  You reign and rule and have already given them victory through the finished work of Christ.  So I pray for them today, and I pray in His name, amen.

 


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The Power of Prayer

Is anyone among you afflicted (ill-treated, suffering evil)? He should pray. Is anyone glad at heart? He should sing praise [to God].

Is anyone among you sick? He should call in the church elders (the spiritual guides). And they should pray over him, anointing him with oil in the Lord’s name.  And the prayer [that is] of faith will save him who is sick, and the Lord will restore him; and if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.

Confess to one another therefore your faults (your slips, your false steps, your offenses, your sins) and pray [also] for one another, that you may be healed and restored [to a spiritual tone of mind and heart]. The earnest (heartfelt, continued) prayer of a righteous man makes tremendous power available [dynamic in its working].

Elijah was a human being with a nature such as we have [with feelings, affections, and a constitution like ours]; and he prayed earnestly for it not to rain, and no rain fell on the earth for three years and six months. [I Kings 17:1.]

And [then] he prayed again and the heavens supplied rain and the land produced its crops [as usual]. [I Kings 18:42-45.]

[My] brethren, if anyone among you strays from the Truth and falls into error and another [person] brings him back [to God],

Let the [latter] one be sure that whoever turns a sinner from his evil course will save [that one’s] soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins [procure the pardon of the many sins committed by the convert].     James 5:13-20 (Amplified Bible)

 

            Have you ever prayed for God to change a situation?

            Have you ever prayed for to change someone?

            Has God answered your prayers?

            Were they dangerous prayers?  By “dangerous prayers” I mean, did you pray wanting God to change the situation or person only to realize that God was only interested in changing you to meet the situation or to change the way you perceived and reacted to the person you asked Him to change?

            God has a great sense of humor.  I believe He enjoys hearing our prayers but also relishes the way in which He will answer them.  He knows He will grant our heart’s desire but I believe He enjoys watching us discover that our heart’s desire was not what we thought it was and that therefore our prayers are answered differently than we expected them to be answered.

            Why do I believe that?  Because of what God did when I prayed for the racing community.

            When I married Gary Bingham, he came accessorized with a host of trophies.  He had raced since he was 4 years old.  He raced bicycles, go-carts, motorcycles, crewed for a dirt track stock car. Something about this should have tipped me off that he loved to race, not just that he loved racing.

            By the second year of our marriage, he was fully engaged in racing again.  This time it was drag racing.  Heeding my mother’s advice: “Get involved with what your husband enjoys and you will always be together,”  I got involved in the drag racing.  I worked in the control tower writing time slips, working the score clocks, announcing, managing the event, whatever needed to be done.

            I eventually worked for 3 different tracks each weekend, one Friday, one Saturday, one Sunday.  Then in 1990 IHRA asked if I would consider working for them.  Gary & I both prayed about it and believed that God wanted us to do this.  God had gifted Gary with the ability to be a good racer.  He had won track champion at 4 different tracks multiple times.  In 1988 he won his first IHRA world championship.  We didn’t know what God had in store but we knew that we knew that this was where God was leading us.

            After a few events in IHRA, we discovered that there were chapel services at the events.  Gary & I began to attend with the other 30 or so people.  Then we offered to help.  Then we began to pray for the racers and the chapel services.  Over the next 7 years we watched as God grew that little group of people to over 400 in attendance at chapel services.  It was awesome!

            The chaplain then was a good evangelist but he did not disciple the congregation.  Every service was about winning souls.  People needed more than just how to get saved.  Gary & I began to pray for God to send someone to disciple these believers and to help them grow in their faith. 

            Then in 2000, God had us start a discipleship class.  Sometimes we had 16 people and at others it was only our family.  I taught every Sunday we were racing.  And I continued to pray for the racers. Many times, on Thursdays, I would walk the track or surrounding area praying for God to send someone to shepherd and care for the spiritual needs of these racers, their families and crews.  “God, please send someone to feed them Your Word,” I prayed over and over.  I prayed that prayer from 1997 to 2004, for 7 long years wondering if God was ever going to answer.

            In 2004 Gary & I were at the first event of the year in San Antonio TX and the chaplain wasn’t there.  In fact, during the previous year, he had other people filling in for him instead of being at the events.  The racers didn’t know these substitutes and didn’t turn to them for guidance and help.  Gary & I both began to pray even more earnestly for God to raise up a new shepherd for this flock of racers.  We were also asking for answers for ourselves because we felt as though we would be of more benefit to God at home than at the race.

            On Saturday morning I was at work in the control tower.  The President of IHRA and the substitute chaplain were in the control tower talking.  I heard the President Bill say, “Renee!”  I knew from the tone of his voice that he had something in mind for me to do.  So, I turned to him and said, “What?”

            “You!” he said pointing his finger in my face.  “You!  Perfect idea,” he continued looking heavenward.

            “What Bill?”  I asked.

            “I’ll tell you tomorrow,” he replied.

            “Come on Bill, you can’t leave me in suspense until tomorrow,” I pleaded.

            “Tomorrow,” he closed the conversation.

            I returned to my work, pondering what he wanted me to do but had no idea what else he could give me to do in race work.

            Late that night as I sat in the motorhome eating my dinner and talking to Gary, I told him, “The strangest thing happened today in the tower.”  Then I began to tell him about what Bill did.  Gary began to tremble and the color drained from his face.

            “What time was that?”  he asked.

            “Around 10:30 this morning.  Why?”  wondering what was wrong with him.

            “The answer is yes.  Whatever Bill asks you, the answer is yes.  I was on my knees in the motorhome at that time crying for God to send someone to IHRA.  Tell Bill yes.”

            On Sunday morning, Bill asked is Gary & I would put together a ministry for IHRA.  Of course the answer was yes but Bill would only accept it after we agreed to discuss it and pray about it.

            And that was only the beginning.  I had no idea just how powerful and how dangerous such prayer would be.  If I had had any idea of the journey this prayer would take me on, I probably would have turned and run the other way as fast as I could go.  But gratefully God didn’t throw it all on us at one time.  He has never deserted us as we have walked in unknown territory.  Honestly, I would not have missed this for anything is this world.

            IHRA wanted to meet with us on the Thursday of the next IHRA event to get our answer.  Bill had said we would have 1 year to put the ministry together when we talked in San Antonio. But during the meeting on Thursday we were asked to have everything ready in 3 weeks because the previous ministry could not be reached.  We had nothing:  no name, no clue, nothing.  On Friday, we got the name.  On Sunday we got the domain name for the internet.  On Monday we drew up the non-profit corporation papers and established a board of directors.  We began to put together a team of chaplains to serve the divisions.  By Thursday, in one week, we had a logo and all the other things I have mentioned.  The ministry was birthed.

            But it almost died on Friday when we received word that the prior ministry was back.  In the darkness of that moment, I had to look back on what God had done and where He had brought us in miraculous time.  I had a choice to make:  follow God and what He was doing or believe the letter I received.  I chose to hold on to God.  It wasn’t easy to continue building and planning a ministry when you had no earthly place to go.  But I had seen what God had done and I believed that He knew more than I did. J

            Since that time, I have had many more moments when death and destruction have tried our faith and tested our belief and reliance upon the word of God.  Like Elijah I have stood against the rain when it threatened to cancel God ordained plans.  I have seen God part the clouds and create a hole around the race tracks as I have watched on live radar.  Not only have I witnessed this, but other chaplains have been threatened with rain during their services in the grandstands only to see God stop the rain until the service was over.  Many IHRA officials and racers have witnessed the miracles God has performed in weather situations.

            I have seen God give life back to 3 individuals who had absolutely no hope.  The doctors told the Choates that there was nothing more they could do after dozens of surgeries and 5 weeks in intensive care.  Cameron would be dead later that day.  But God heard the prayers of the multitudes praying for her and she is alive and well.

            Sean Clevenger was a dead man when he arrived at the hospital.  They put him on life support until his parents could arrive.  It was medically impossible for him to survive.  Did they want to donate his organs?  Again, God heard the prayers of those racers raised up in answer to our 7 year long prayer and Sean is alive and praising God and the doctors are testifying of the miracle.

            Donnie Crowder was given less than 6 weeks to live because of an inoperable tumor in January of 05.  By May he was cancer free and back at the race track.

            God not only answers the prayer for physical healing but He has answered the prayers for spiritual healings.  In 2005, it was my privilege as God birthed over 20 new souls into His kingdom, 7 new believers in one service.  Each year God continues to add new believers to His kingdom through the work being done at the drag races.

            In March of 2005 we asked IHRA if we can do children’s ministry. “No, you have your 30 minutes on Sunday morning and nothing else.”  We did not argue with them or complain.  We simply took our case to a higher Power, we took it to God in prayer.  By July we not only were allowed to do children’s ministry but were also allowed to add a second Sunday service at the request of the racers.  By 2007 we had added a Saturday service in response to the racer’s requests.  God has opened many doors that seemed impossible to open because we have prayed and believed that God loves to answer our prayers.

            We have put Bibles into the hands of thousands of people. One grandmother who had picked up one of the “books” we had laying on the table came back to pay Gary for it.  She told him, “I’ve been reading the book I got from your table and I really like it.  I want to pay you for it.”  She didn’t even know what a Bible was; only that she liked what she was reading in it.  What a privilege to share God and His Word with people who have never set foot inside a church.

            It has been our privilege to build a community of faith within the drag racing community and watch as they are growing in their knowledge and passion for God.  There are now over 60 volunteers under the God Speed Ministry umbrella who serve as chaplains, worship leaders, children’s chaplains, youth leaders, greeters, graphic designers and other areas all across the US.  God has brought a diverse group of people together whose common bond is racing and a heart for God.

            There is yet much to be done but we know that God is preparing the way.  He gives us new prayers to pray and He sends us new testimonies to remind us that He is listening.  Such as Greg Slack’s story.

            On Wednesday, Sept. 17
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Greg Slack was diagnosed with Mantle Cell Lymphoma, a very rare form of cancer.  His doctor explained it this way.  “Greg, if someone told you that you were going to have lymphoma – no way around it – but you get to choose which one, this would not be the one you would choose.  It’s mean, it’s ugly and it’s aggressive.”

            Later that evening, Gina, Greg’s wife, called God Speed Ministry, asking us to contact the prayer warriors on Greg’s behalf.  They needed all the prayer they could get as they began this journey into the unknown. The request went out across the US and Canada late that night.

            Thursday morning, Greg and Gina’s cell phones began ringing.  People called to pray with Greg and promise him to continue to pray for him.  Someone in Kentucky whom Greg had only met once called to pray and pray powerfully.  And so it continued. So many people called on Thursday and Friday that Greg had to charge his phone twice during the day.  People stopped by Greg’s business to show their support by their presence, and some by their tears. 

            As Gina said, “The best thing about this week is all the love and support we have received from so many people.  It is unbelievable.  We know a lot of people but we had no idea so many knew us and would care enough to call.  It is truly remarkable.”

            On Saturday morning, Greg was taking his customary walk across his yard to his parent’s home for their standing breakfast date.  He felt exceptionally good, even better than his best days before being diagnosed with cancer.  As he was walking, he sensed God’s presence with him very strongly. 

In his spirit, he heard God’s voice: “Greg, do you have any idea how many prayers I have heard on your behalf since Wednesday night?”

Read that again.

“Greg, do you have any idea how many prayers I have heard on your behalf since Wednesday night?”

Let it sink deep into your spirit.  God hears every prayer prayed on your behalf, even from people you don’t know. 

Don’t ever doubt that God hears your prayers.  Don’t doubt His answers or timing. 

The prayer of a righteous man availeth much!

 

 

 


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