I’m at She Speaks in NC right now and was inspired to repost these two posts (part one and two) of 52 prayers from Praying Life and Jennifer Kennedy Dean. (All 52 prayer starters are by Jennifer Kennedy Dean and are attributed as such.)
5. Prayer will work as God intends for it to work when it becomes what God intends for it to be. Prayer is not an activity, but a relationship. Prayer is not a formula, but a life. Only when we have learned to live prayer, breathe prayer, be prayer—only then will the power promised in Scripture consistently be your experience. (Jennifer Kennedy Dean)
“And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests” (Eph. 6:18).
20. Power flows from purity. Seek purity and you will find power. (Jennifer Kennedy Dean)
“Who may ascend the hill of the LORD? Who may stand in his holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart” (Ps. 24:3-4).
27. The promise of prayer is a transformed heart. Through the ongoing flow of prayer we are brought into contact with the Father’s heart. As we behold His glory, we are changed into His image. Our lives begin to reflect Him. Our desires begin to reflect His desires. The promise of prayer is a heart that matches His. (Jennifer Kennedy Dean)
“And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit” (2 Cor. 3:18).
42. Praise is a powerful spiritual antioxidant, keeping your spiritual immune system strong. It destroys spiritual toxins before they have a chance to do damage. Praise changes your focus, fixing your eyes on the Supply rather than the need. Just try to remain discouraged or hurt in the midst of genuine praise. You can’t do it. (Jennifer Kennedy Dean)
“My mouth is filled with your praise, declaring your splendor all day long” (Ps. 71:8).