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Challenged? How to pray through it!

For Joyett King-Wright, the “first lady” of Greater Lakeview Missionary Baptist Church at 191 E Holmes Rd., where her husband, the Rev. Isaac Wright Jr., is senior pastor, speaking engagements are part of her ministry.

When doing so, Wright shapes her message to meet the occasion. Such was the case when she was asked to participate in the “Coming Out Strong 2022” program hosted by Vision Temple Ecumenical Church and Outreach Ministries, where Dr. Pearl L. Lurry is the pastor.

Relative to the program’s theme, Wright’s focus was on how to supply push force. Her topic was “How to pray through it!”

Here are excerpts from her text:

What is the definition of prayer? 

Prayer is a sincere request for help or expression of thanks addressed to God. Prayer is an earnest hope. Prayer is an act of faith. Prayer is made possible by God. Pray is a privilege and a duty of the righteous. …

Prayer is our direct communication to God! It does not have to be perfect, proficient, professional, long or qualified by any man. …. “It simply” just has to be real. …

Sometimes, the way God answers our prayers takes us by surprise. His goodness can overtake us. …

You have no idea where God will place you if you are willing to identify yourself as a praying believer who expects God to do anything. …

How do we pray through it?

We pray through it by simply telling God about our situation. We pray without ceasing. The soul delights in prayer. It is how it breathes. The spirit is energized through prayer. It is how it gets recharged.

Our prayers must be P.R.A.Y.: P-persistent, R-radical, A-authentic, Y-yielding. …

Persistent means continuing firmly/enduring. 

Colossians 4:2 (Good News Translation) – “Be persistent in prayer, and keep alert as you pray, giving thanks to God.”

Persistent prayer helps us develop a relationship with God.

The more we pray the more we trust God!

Persistent prayer helps us gain an understanding of who HE really is. …

Persistent prayers provide strength to overcome tests and trials. …

How are we’re going to pray through it?

We must pray “R”adical prayers:

“Radical” means major, serious, bold.

Radical prayers give us a glimpse of the transformative and explosive power of praying in God’s will, a power that takes place internally and manifests externally. …

Matthew 7:7 (MSG) – “Don’t bargain with God. Be direct. Ask for what you need.” He specializes in the impossible! …

Radical prayer enables God to change the world – the community – your circle – your work atmosphere – through you. …

Radical prayer calls us to speak out against spiritual disobedience of the world as it is now. We must pray out against a world of injustice, oppression and violence. Radical prayer refuses to accept the status quo. Radical prayer refuses to believe that things have to be the way they appear. …

We must pray “A”uthentic prayers:

“Authentic” means genuine/real.

Authentic prayers reach the heart of God. 

God listens to prayers uttered in honesty, humility, sincerity, and truth. … God is not moved by the words of our prayers or how powerful we pray against all forces of darkness. God is more interested in the attitude, mindset, and motives of the heart when we pray. …

Matthew 6:5-6 (NLT) “When you pray, don’t be like the hypocrites who love to pray publicly on street corners and in the synagogues where everyone can see them. …”

Authentic prayers are mountain-moving prayers. …

Lastly, we must totally “Y”ield in our prayers.

Yield means to surrender/give away, relinquish, offer up, hand it over.

We must release it all to God in prayer!

I Peter 5:7 (NKJV) “Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for us.”

Matthew 6:33 (NLT) Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and He will give you everything you need.”

Yielding is giving God all the power to direct things in our lives. …

I challenge you to surrender to His will for direction, wisdom, peace, forgiveness, confidence, and strength. Make time for God! Take this information and apply it! Then watch God change every aspect of your life for His glory! …

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