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Category Archives: Prayer Myths

Intercession: Exposing the Lies

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Like tithing, intercession is one of those topics in the Church which a majority of teachers are teaching you wrong about. It’s a big problem when your shepherds lie to you, because lies end up creating problems in your personal relationship with God. Bad teaching about tithing inspires Christians to disrespect God and/or fear that His acceptance of them is not something they can count on. Bad teaching about intercession does major damage as well. Read more of this post

The Power of a Righteous Man’s Prayer

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The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. (Jam. 5:16)

What makes this verse such a favorite among Christians? The wording. Notice the reference to power: that always perks the ears of our little egos. And then notice who is wielding that power: a human being, not God. And here is where we should be slamming on the brakes and saying, “Wait a minute—something’s wrong. Humans don’t have power.” But this is not what we say, is it?

Humans don’t have power. Humans aren’t potent little sorcerers who can go around zapping God into action with their universe altering utterances. So whenever someone starts trying to pump you up about YOUR power, you need to look to the Holy Spirit for help. Whether that person is a dead apostle like James or a living leader in the Church today, anyone who tries to make you view YOURSELF as a powerful entity is leading you astray. GOD has power, and He doesn’t take orders from you. Read more of this post

Does prayer give us the strength to stand against Satan?

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With so much bad teaching about spiritual warfare in the Church, we need to be careful about the terms we use. You should never be talking about your strength against demons because you don’t have any. The phrases “spiritual armor,” “spiritual warrior,” and “standing against Satan” all encourage mental images of you and demons duking it out. This is very problematic, for if you were to ever try and take on demons by yourself, you’d be instantly torn apart. You are simply no match for them. When it comes to defensive posture in spiritual warfare, you need to picture yourself hiding behind the Holy Spirit’s back or locked in His protective embrace. The Holy Spirit is the One who protects you from demons. Without Him, you have no hope at all. But here’s the thing about the Holy Spirit: He doesn’t take orders from you. Read more of this post

Can your prayers become hindered by the way you treat your wife? (Guidance for Christian Men)

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Husbands, in the same way be considerate as you live with your wives, and treat them with respect as the weaker partner and as heirs with you of the gracious gift of life, so that nothing will hinder your prayers. (1 Peter 3:7)

Because this verse is poorly worded, it has opened the door to all kinds of guilt and anxiety for Christian men who really care about being in a right relationship with God. If that’s the kind of man you are, then this post is speaking to you. Read more of this post

Demons Cannot Control Your Prayers

Demons Cannot Control Your Prayers

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Can demons control how your soul prays to God?  Can they block your prayers from getting through to Him? Absolutely not. But they will try to make you think they can by scrambling your thoughts. And if you don’t understand the difference between your thoughts and your prayers, you will end up quite distressed. So this is where we need to do some explaining about how prayer actually works. Read more of this post

Do you need other Christians to pray for you?

Do you need other Christians to pray for you?

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Many Christians cling to a strong belief that simply being indwelt by God Almighty isn’t enough to get you through the day. If you’re going to taste sweet victory over your enemies in the supernatural realm and live a victorious life in Christ, then you need the prayers of other Christians to prop you up on a continuous basis. Apparently we are supposed to view the Holy Spirit like a pump in a gas station. We pull up our car for a refill, but nothing happens until some prayerful Christian comes along and squeezes some of that Divine empowerment into our tank for us. Apparently it’s not enough that we talk to God ourselves—we need another brother to present our requests to Him as well. The obvious conclusion is that if we don’t have any friends at church who we can call upon to pray for us, then God isn’t going to give us the VIP treatment that He reserves for the popular people. And since Christians don’t really put their heart into praying for people who annoy them, we’d better make sure we stay on their good side. Let the flattering begin. Read more of this post

Understanding Prayer: Can Other Christians Turn God Against You?

Understanding Prayer: Can Other Christians Turn God Against You?

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Sometimes your devotion to the Lord starts threatening your brothers down at the old church house. When their usual strategies fail to force you off the course of obedience, then they accuse you of being a servant of Satan. If you’re really ticking them off, then they get out the big guns: they decide to take you down with prayer. And they let you know, of course, because they want to intimidate you as quickly as possible. Naturally they assume God is going to side with them against you. What a crock. Read more of this post