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"Are You Praying God's Way?"

By Bill Yount




I released this word a few years ago, but I believe it is so needed now. With all the praying are we praying God's way?


Return to Sender!


In the Spirit I saw many prayers ascending upward toward the throne. I sensed that many of these prayers were being prayed according to the Father's perfect will. Many were prayers for gifts, callings, and destinies to be manifested. A majority were bundles of prayers for the lost, especially for family members. Many of these prayer requests were made up of strong cries day and night, and with fasting, that had become heavy burdens on hearts over the years.


As these prayers began to ascend, they seemed to go only so far and then would drop back down to Earth as though they were bouncing off the ceiling from where they were being prayed. I saw in Heaven something like a huge "heavenly post office," where prayer requests are received and where answers to prayers are sent out. At the entrance of this "heavenly post office" there was a front door on which was written, in gigantic letters, the Scripture found in Philippians 4:6, "Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with 'thanksgiving' let your request be made known unto God!" (emphasis added).


As huge bundles of prayer requests came through the front door on the way to the throne room, I was appalled by how many requests were being stopped and never made it to the throne for answers. I heard a voice that shook me. An angelic postmaster general proclaimed, "These prayer requests have no 'postage' on them. Return to sender!"


In the Spirit I saw these huge bundles of prayer requests like letters that had no postage stamps on them. These could go no farther! The ones I did see going on into the throne room to be answered had postage stamps of "thanksgiving" on them. These ones became "priority" mail inside the throne room, and immediate confirmation of peace was sent to the sender with the following verse: "And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus" (Philippians 4:7).


Before the answer of these prayers were manifested on Earth, the people that sent their requests with thanksgiving were receiving the assurance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not yet seen. Because of the peace of God, they were receiving through the giving of thanks.


There Can't Be Thanksgiving Until There's Believing


Many prayers for lost loved ones never really reached their "heavenly" destination, not because people weren't praying, but because they simply were not believing that they would receive what they were asking for. Therefore, to be thankful was very difficult for them.


The Lord seemed to say, "Tell My people that many have already prayed and prayed and filled Heaven with their prayers for the lost and their loved ones. They actually need to stop praying and simply believe ME to save them."


"...Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house!" (Acts 16:31 emphasis added)


I sensed the Father saying, "Many are carrying a false responsibility, feeling that they are responsible to get their family members saved. May I remind you that you could not save your own self, and therefore, you cannot save anybody else. And since I saved you, I can save anyone!


Many who were faithfully praying for family members for many years were actually praying themselves into a state of depression. I sense the Spirit saying, "This kind of praying is not Scriptural! Begin to believe and start thanking Me that I am going to save them now. Thank Me that I am going to bring in the lost. Just send up some stamps of 'thanksgiving,' and I will stamp your prayer requests to forward them to the throne. Start living as though your prayers are already answered!


"As you are thanking Me, go ahead and start treating your lost loved ones as though they are already saved. When you do, your life will become so full of thanksgiving and praise and worship, that you will begin to see My heavenly 'UPS' and 'FED EX' arrive, bringing speedy delivery from Heaven to impossible requests upon the earth. Praise and worship moves Me to do outrageous acts of blessings upon the earth!"


You Will Never See It if You Don't Believe It


I remembered when Peter was put in prison and the church was praying for his deliverance. There was also a prayer meeting going on for Peter in a woman's house. Her name was Mary. As the angel came and delivered Peter, he made a straight run to Mary's house. I believe he felt the power of their prayers.


As Peter knocked on Mary's front door, a handmaiden, Rhoda, answered the door and got so excited, she forgot to let Peter in. Rhoda ran inside that prayer meeting shouting, "Peter is at the front door!" (Acts 12:14). For some reason they didn't seem to hear her. Perhaps someone was giving a strong prophetic utterance about Peter's "soon" release. Again, I can hear Rhoda shouting something like, "Our answered prayer is at the front door. We can stop praying!"


Finally, Rhoda gets the prayer group's attention, and here is the spiritual temperature inside that prayer room – here is what they say to Rhoda: "It is his angel." In other words, "We don't believe it!" (Acts 12:15).


You can pray for a hundred years, but unless you believe that you are going to receive what you are asking for, you will never see it. "Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours" (Mark 11:24 NIV).


I personally believe there are some prayer meetings that need to be broken up. Many churches have prayer meetings, but few have "prayer-believing" meetings. It was easier for Peter to get out of prison than it was for him to get inside that prayer meeting.


Our Thanksgiving Proves Our Faith


Next time you pray, try putting a postage stamp of "thanksgiving" on your request. I promise you, you will enjoy prayer time much more, and you'll probably live much longer!


As a father, when my children thank me for something in advance, it's hard for me to get out of giving it to them! Prayer with thanksgiving proves to God that we believe we are going to receive what we are asking for.




Bill Yount

Blowing the Shofar Ministry





Elijah List Publications

528 Ellsworth St. SW

Albany, OR 97321


Phone 1-541-926-3250




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By Ron McGatlin




You may be one of God’s people that have mostly ignored or carefully avoided personal connection with the previous Pentecostal and Charismatic moves of the Spirit of God in past decades. In light of the kingdom of God age emerging on earth, you may be wondering at some point if there may be more to the gifts and workings of the Holy Spirit than you were taught by your church system.


God has good news for you! It is not too late for you to step into a greater living way of life in the Spirit of God.


“Oh,” you say, “I don’t think that I want or need that crazy stuff that I have heard about. Besides we don’t believe like that in my church.”


Well, what you may have heard is probably not the whole reality of the greatest life-changing empowering of the all-consuming flood of the pure holy LOVE of God pouring His life into you.


Many Christians focus on the power, supernatural gifts, and manifestations of the Holy Spirit. They usually either greatly despise them or seek after them heartily. However, the truly greatest thing about the baptism and fullness of the Holy Spirit is the reality of submersion and saturation in a spiritual ocean of LOVE. (Matthew 13, 3:11, 22:37-40) (Romans 5:5).


“Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. 8 He who does not love does not know God, for God is love. 9 In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. 10 In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 12 No one has seen God at any time. If we love one another, God abides in us, and His love has been perfected in us. 13 By this we know that we abide in Him, and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit.” 1 John 4:7-13.


The love of God overtakes us and changes everything about us. Our motives and desires become His motives and desires. Our thoughts, speech and actions become that of Christ Jesus and align perfectly with our Father in heaven. Our once prideful, self-focused, religious or secular hearts are broken in His pure love. Life is no longer about us but about the One who pours His love into us. Our hearts ache with love for Him and for those that He loves.




Before us appears the grandeur of His glorious kingdom reality. All the false world around us can no longer contain us but is thrown off from around us. Our spiritual eyes are opened to the magnificence of the King and His kingdom. Our spiritual ears are opened to hear His loving guiding voice always with us in all situations of life in this world.


“However, we speak wisdom among those who are mature, yet not the wisdom of this age, nor of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing. 7 But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which God [c]ordained before the ages for our glory, 8 which none of the rulers of this age knew; for had they known, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.


9 But as it is written:


“Eye has not seen, nor ear heard,

Nor have entered into the heart of man

The things which God has prepared for those who love Him.”


10 But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God. 11 For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God. 12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God.” 1Corinthians 2:6-12.


Our Bible becomes the living word as Spirit God opens our understanding to deeper mysteries that we could not see there before. Hidden mysteries of fathomless Spirit wisdom and understanding from the ageless God are uncovered and revealed to us by the Spirit.


Power to interact and alter creation is entrusted to us as we faithfully follow God’s lead in all that we do. Our words will reflect His thoughts and desires so that we only say and do what He is doing and saying. All things are possible to us who believe.


Yes, miracles and powerful works may quietly happen around us. Yes, there may be supernatural manifestations of healing, deliverances, provision and anything God wants to do through us, with us, and for us.




And for certain there will be persecutions and violence against us from the powers of the enemy in this world. But only until our work of establishing the kingdom of God in us and the earth around is completed. Yet persecution will not take us out or cut us down. Actually it will not come near the inner reality of our lives where we dwell with God. (Mathew 510) (Psalm 91:7-10).


To endure this season we need the fullness of the Spirit.


The world that has been filled with evil mixture will not continue to exist. The evil world and the reality of God and His invading kingdom reality will not continue to exist together on earth. The light of the kingdom of God will obliterate evil darkness.


To survive and prosper as children of God, in the age we are now entering, we MUST become fully baptized and saturated in the Spirit of God by the Spirit of Christ in us by the Holy Spirit.


Fully led by the Spirit we will seek the kingdom of God FIRST above all else and become His empowered agents bringing forth the kingdom of God on earth as it is in heaven.




Consider stopping or removing whatever is in the way to your investing yourself into seeking the fullness of Spirit God and His kingdom first, before all else on earth.


God and His kingdom is not to be a part of your life.

Your life is to be a part of the kingdom of God on earth.


The greatest joy and most fulfilling life on earth is a life fully connected in intimate love relationship with God through Christ Jesus by the Holy Spirit.


“But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” Matthew 6:33.


By Ron McGatlin




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13.05 | 08:03

Don't forget to go to the Widow's Blog which is designed to spend time with the Lord each day! You will find you're not so lonely! The Father will never leave

10.05 | 06:12

God is obviously not finished with us, so we must draw close to the Lord and ask. Give Him all your burdens beloved. Give Him your loneliness & draw close.

10.05 | 06:05

Yes, I will pray for you beloved. I know exactly how you feel. In fact most of us if not all of us fight loneliness. Jesus said, He will never leave us!

09.05 | 13:30

Hello, I,have been a widow for 15 year's and I still struggle with Loneliness . Please Pray 4 me.I am just waiting for my own death,I turned 69 yrs old in Feb.

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