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Book of the Year Finalist (2006)
(Christianity Today Magazine)

"Your writing and speaking are both so refreshing because of your honesty and straightforwardness. I have already received much positive feedback."

Pastor Wayne "Coach" Gordon
Lawndale Community Church,

"You have helped spark the creative energy of these students!"
Sarah Huges,
Colorado Youth News Project

"What an impact you had on our audience!"
June Hamersma, Director
The January Series
Grand Rapids, MI

"Our members have been talking about you and your book all week. It was marvelous and meaningful."
Pastor Daphne Hamborg
Christ the King Lutheran Church

"Your seminar was great and was the subject of our 10:30 meeting yesterday. People, including myself, were inspired by your words. Thanks for taking the seminar so seriously and for sharing all that wisdom."
Greg Moore, Editor
The Denver Post

Your message was so inspiriring!"
Denise Joyce, President
American Association of Sunday and Feature Editors

"Personally, it was the high point of the conference for me. You are indeed a gifted speaker and writer because you share the 'truth." Thank you for your ministry of truth and for coming to Texas."
Terry Hargrave
Texas Association for Marriage and Family Therapy

"It was moving and thought-provoking. I told friends about it for days afterwards."
Gwen Thornton, Program Manager,
Division of Continuing Education,
University of Colorado at Boulder

"How can I put into words what is wordless! Your gift to our women was like a moment in which God came directly through the Spirit into the hearts of his people to greatly offer them truth. Thank you!"
Elisa Morgan, President, MOPS Inc.

"I continue to receive positive feedback from those who were in attendance and even those that were unable to attend but heard about your presentation."
Barbara Kenton-Mohrlang
Community Living Alternatives Inc.

"You freely shared yourself -- your vulnerability -- with us. I say 'thank you." But your courage deserves more than just those two words."
Ron Crawford
Texas Association for Marriage and Family Therapy

"All of us felt that you believed in our desire as well as our capacity of following through, and that genuine and mutual respect strengthened our time together."
Jacqueline Taylor, Provost
Davenport University -- Western Region

"The heart of what is in My First White Friend came through in your presentation. Thank you for being so open."
Jerry Stromberg, Executive Director
Christian Community Health Fellowship

"It was my joy to be part of the MOPS closing on Sunday morning and experience how God so powerfully used you with that group of young women."
Alene Betts
Castleheart Creations Inc.

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A Prayer Word

"Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path."
Psalm 119:105 NLT

Book of the Year Finalist, 2006

(Christianity Today Magazine)

A broken marriage, a dying husband, a wife determined to pray.

  • “Powerful. Inspiring. Masterful.”-- Good Girl Reviews

  • "Powerful and personal." -- Publishers Weekly

  • “A real gem. Fluid and substantial.” -- FaithfulReader.Com

  • “Lush prose...eminently readable.”-- Christianity Today Magazine

  • "Wonderfully written." -- Forbes Book Club

  • "Daring, raw and real." -- Philip Yancey

  • “Highly recommended."-- Midwest Book Review

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    1) Be still.
    Stop spinning in circles about problems. Be still with the Lord, breathing in his rest and enjoying his presence. "They who dwell in the secret place of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty." (Psalm 91:1) Jesus did this daily. The result? Renewal, refreshment, vision, power.

    2) Be bold.
    Dare to seek God. Then expect an answer. Why? He rewards those who seek him. (Hebrews 11:6)

    3) Be changed.
    Prayer experts all agree: We pray not to get, but to get changed. In seeking God, that is, He changes us--while also handling our needs--as we turn our concerns to his. "Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well." (Matthew 6:33)

    4) Get up!
    Put some feet on your faith. Or as Jesus said to his disciples in the Garden of Gethsemane: "Why are you still sleeping? Get up and pray! Then you will not fall into temptation." (Luke 22:46)

    5) Believe God.
    He wants to hear our prayers. He is listening for them. And he answers. The Scriptures confirm it. "Call to me and I will answer you..." (Jeremiah 33:3) "The righteous cry out and the Lord hears them." (Psalm 34:17) "Father, I thank you that you have heard me." (John 11:41)

    6) Obey God.
    "And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight." I John 3:22 (KJV)

    7) Turn from evil.
    Effective prayer warriors know that God is our Father, but also the Most High Holy God. As Jesus said: "hallowed be Thy Name." So seek to live righteous lives—godly and morally upstanding. "The LORD is far from the wicked but he hears the prayer of the righteous." (Proverbs 15:29)

    8) Confess.
    "The Lord's arm is not too weak to save you, nor is his ear too deaf to hear you call," says Isaiah 59:1 (NLT). "It's your sins that have cut you off from God. Because of your sins, he has turned away and will not listen anymore." (vs. 2) So confess and renew your relationship with our Heavenly Father. "But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness." (1 John 1:9 NLT)

    9) Forgive.
    Another key way to unlock prayer answers? Forgive. "And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins." (Mark 11:25)

    10) Pray with precision.
    Consider Blind Bartimaeus and Jesus: "What do you want me to do for you?" I want to see! In that same way, ask for perspective on your situation—allowing the Holy Spirit to show you exactly what to pray for and receive.

    11) Let God work.
    Give God time. Take your burdens to the Lord and leave them there. Andrew Murray calls this "spiritual husbandry." Like farmers, we reap in due season. Don't harvest half-ripe fruit.

    12) Stop babbling!
    Our Heavenly Father already knows what we need. (Matthew 6:5-8) So pray. Then listen. Then take notes! The Most High God will speak to your spirit. Thus, "pray with an alert mind" and a grateful heart. (Colossians 4:2), believing the Holy Spirit will speak -- both to you and through others.

    13) Say thank you.
    If you say nothing else in prayer, don't forget to thank God for his amazing blessings, big and small, one by one. An attitude of gratitude changes our perspective on everything else.

    14) Glorify God.
    Live so you glorify God. Pray for things that glorify God. Give up things that don't glorify God. Andrew Murray: "It's the essential element in a believer's prayer.” If not, "He will not answer."

    15) Abide in Christ.
    His promise: "If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish and it will be given you." (John 15:7-8) As we abide, we learn to love others—glorifying the Father.

    16) Pray with others.
    Work with others. Help others. Love others. As Richard Foster says: We are "saved in community." So live deep, love true, greet strangers, read lots, laugh, sing, travel, play, get in hot water, figure a way out, help, give thanks, pray. When we do, our prayer life becomes our life—without ceasing.

    17) Follow Jesus.
    Pray in his name. Walk in his way. Model his character. "And we will receive whatever we ask of him because we obey his commandments and do the things that are pleasing in his sight." (I John 3:22)

    18) Serve others.
    Wait on the Lord's answers by sharing with others, in the meantime. (Matthew 20:26)

    19) Pray for others.
    Remember that somebody is dying for your prayer. Re-member that person through intercession.

    20) Expect the answer!
    Imagine it. See it. Look for it. Trust God to be God. Jesus said it best: "Therefore, I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours." (Mark 11:24)

    -- (2012 Copyright by Patricia Raybon)

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