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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Key (02/14/13)

TITLE: Using 8 Rs For Prayer
By Patricia Mulder


As with most Christians who have been in relationship with the Lord for a very long time, things start feeling too familiar,too comfortable and a bit stale. You know there has to be a deeper fellowship with Christ. You stumble at times trying to find the words to pray to get closer.

With that in my heart, over several months this past summer, the Lord gave me a list of eight “Rs” that have become my prayer.

1) Renew my mind with Your Word Lord. Get rid of the way “I” think and put your wisdom, knowledge and thoughts in my mind. Romans 12:2 (NIV) Ephesians 4:23 Colossians 3:10; Ephesians 5:26-27 (NKJV)

2) Revive my spirit that seems to be downcast. Fill me with your Holy Spirit every day so I will be refreshed. Psalm 119:40, 88 (NKJV) Acts 13:52; Romans 15:13; Colossians 1:9 (NIV)

3) Reinvent what I do and how I do things. Change my old habits that are not profitable for your goals in my life. 2 Corinthians 3:18 (NIV) Philippians 3:21 (KJV)

4) Reveal those things in me that are not Christ like. Show me the deep things that I have not acknowledged. Psalm 139:1; Psalm 139:23 (NIV) Proverbs 20:27 (NKJV)

5) Remove those things that are not Christ like. After you have revealed those things to me, help me to get rid of them. To be changed by the power of Your Holy Spirit. I know I can’t do it myself. Psalm 30:11; Psalm 103:12; NIV) Ecclesiastes 11:10 (NKJV)

6) Restore what is broken in my life. Restore the joy. Heal the broken heart and broken promises or unfulfilled dreams or broken relationships. Forgive me for the things I have done to break others’ hearts. Psalm 23:3 (NKJV) Psalm 41:3; Psalm 51:12; Psalm 71:20; Psalm 80:3, 7, 19; 1 Peter 5:10 (NIV)

7) Regenerate those things in me that have lost their strength and power. Physically, mentally, emotionally give me the stamina to fulfill your will in my life. Psalm 27:14;Psalm 31:24; Philippians 4:13 (NKJV) Psalm 119:28; Colossians 1:11; 2:7; 1 Thessalonians 3:13; 2 Thessalonians 2:17; 3:3 (NIV)

8) Resolve. Give me the discipline to do what my part is in regeneration. I know it starts with searching Your Word for the answer to everyone of the “R” issues. Your Word brings life and accomplishes far more than we ask or think. Psalm 17:3 (NKJV) Proverbs 19:21; 20:5 (NIV) Proverbs 20:18; 2 Corinthians 1:17 (KJV) Daniel 1:8; Acts 11:23; 2 Corinthians 9:7 (NKJV)

Many months after I started praying these prayers, the Lord showed me that He was answering them. I have just started seeing the evidence since I began praying last summe. I hadn’t connected what I saw happening, with these prayers. "Faith" is believing God hears our prayers and waiting on Him to manifest the answer. It is not an overnight process. But, He is so faithful. Because of God’s great love for us, He wants to answer our prayers. He is a good God.

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Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 02/21/13
This is a lovely devotion. I think you did a great job of coming up with the 8 R's. They are important to remember and a vital part of our relationship with Christ. The only thing I might suggest would be in the beginning, instead of using the universal you, make it more personal and tell it from the first person. When you did your list of things to pray for, I found it more powerful and touching when you use the word I instead of you. I was able to relate to the author and really feel a sense of a connection. This is a powerful read and I believe it will touch many hearts.
C D Swanson 02/22/13
Beautiful job with this entry and the topic. Nicely done with wonderful messages throughout. God bless~
Richard Hicks02/23/13
Wow you have a true gift in bringing out the word in your writing, Keep up the good work!
Phyllis Inniss02/26/13
A powerful article that is so well thought out. I am sure God would not ignore such a prayer and to recognize that it is being answered is a testament to your faith. We can all learn from this inspiring message.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 02/28/13
Congratulations for ranking 11th in level one!