Are You Persistent In Prayer?


Author: Cheryl Zelenka

The Bible is full of scriptures encouraging believers to be tireless in prayer. It is God’s will that we seek Him out. We should be devoted, persistent, and steady in our prayer life. Our communication with God should not only be daily but continuous throughout the day.

“Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving.” Colossians 4:2 

“Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 

Although God hears every prayer and enjoys our fellowship during intercession, prayer requests are not always answered within our timeframe. We should not assume God has turned a deaf ear to our petition if pleas are not answered immediately. Our requests might not be aligned with God’s will or sin might be tainting our appeal. Even Habakkuk expressed frustration and impatience over God’s delay in answering a prayer request. Continue reading “Are You Persistent In Prayer?”


Good Reasons To Memorize Bible Verses


When you’re put on the spot, what will you say? Will you say, let me check my smart phone or iPad? Let me find that scripture on my computer?

Knowing God’s word = spiritual power and authority (Ephesians 6:17; Hebrews 4:12)

Renew your mind and changes your way of thinking — permanent change in your life and conduct (Joshua 1:8; Psalm 1:2-3).

Follow the example of Jesus Christ (Matthew 4:1-10).

You are equipped to use Scripture in real life situations (Acts 2:16-21, 25-28; 3:22-23; 13:40-41, 47).

Make God’s Word the foundation of your life (Deuteronomy 6:6-8).

Integrate God’s guidance with your mind (Psalm 119:24, 105).

Allow confidence in witnessing (Isaiah 55:11).

Conquer temptation (Matthew 4:1-10) and to gain victory over sin (Psalm 119:9-11).

Pray the Bible by connecting your prayer with scripture (Acts 4:24-31).
Teach, counsel, encourage, and build others in the Body of Christ (Colossians 3:16)meditate on God’s Word (Psalm 119:15-16, 97).

Keep God’s Word immediately available for comfort (Psalm 119:52).

Keep God’s Word ready to refresh or revive (Psalm 119:93).

Maintain spiritual life stability (Psalm 37:31; 40:8).

In times of need, you are ready to answer others about your hope (Proverbs 22:17-21; 1 Peter 3:15).



Prayer For Putting On The Spiritual Armor of Christ

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Dear Lord,

Dress me in the Spiritual Armor of Christ so that I might fight the good fight. Place the Helmet of Salvation upon my head and make my thoughts Your thoughts. I want to be Christ minded, thinking the best of everyone. Adhere the Breastplate of Righteousness tightly to my chest, for I know it will protect my heart from Satan’s fiery darts. Now for the Belt of Truth! Cinch it tightly around my waist and cause it to expose every lie the enemy sends my way. May the Sandals of Peace direct my steps and lead me in the way You would have me go. I take up my Shield of Faith. It will protect me from every advancement of the enemy. Finally Lord, I ask that you teach me to use my spiritual Sword effectively. I am so thankful for Your Living Word. I pray that with Your truth in my heart I will cut down every evil I face today and forever more. Amen.

You will find this prayer in my devotional FACING ADVERSITY: THOUGHTS OF WISDOM, PRAISE, & PROMISE. Available on Amazon the first week of December.


Soldiers of Christ


Giving someone authority over your well being is not easy. It requires trust and a willingness to yield to their leadership. Every day soldiers are asked to do this in order to fight more effectively and for a common good. The Commander in charge of a fighting unit is responsible for their lives and maintains the capacity to provide for their support and every need. Unfortunately, because man is flawed, mistakes happen and losses do occur. Continue reading “Soldiers of Christ”