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31 Prayer Quotes — Be Inspired and Encouraged!

Christian’s Prayer To Quit Smoking

God promises us in His Word that He hears every word that we pray to Him. a good parent, He is waiting, ready, and willing to listen to our worries, concerns, and needs. Whether we are seeking forgiveness, strength, or healing, prayer provides the channel to communicate with God and receive supernatural strength and power! 

The following prayer quotes will help inspire and encourage your prayer life as you seek a stronger faith. Share these verses with others who need to experience the power of prayer in their life!

Our Favorite Prayer Quotes:

«Our prayers may be awkward. Our attempts may be feeble. But since the power of prayer is in the one who hears it and not in the one who says it, our prayers do make a difference.» — Max Lucado

«She (my mother) became a warrior far superior to any epic hero. She became a giant on her knees. With a sword in one hand she battled the enemies of death and disease, and with her other hand stretched toward heaven she kept beseeching God’s help and His mercy.» — Bishop T.D. Jakes 

«There are parts of our calling, works of the Holy Spirit, and defeats of the darkness that will come no other way than through furious, fervent, faith-filled, unceasing prayer.» — Beth Moore

«The reality is, my prayers don't change God.  But, I am convinced prayer changes me.  Praying boldly boots me that stale place of religious habit into authentic connection with God Himself.» — Lysa TerKeurst

«Is prayer your steering wheel or your spare tire?» — Corrie ten Boom

«To be a Christian without prayer is no more possible than to be alive without breathing.» — Martin Luther

«The Christian life is not a constant high. I have my moments of deep discouragement. I have to go to God in prayer with tears in my eyes, and say, 'O God, forgive me,' or 'Help me.'» — Billy Graham

«True prayer is neither a mere mental exercise nor a vocal performance. It is far deeper than that — it is spiritual transaction with the Creator of Heaven and Earth.» — Charles Spurgeon

«If you believe in prayer at all, expect God to hear you. If you do not expect, you will not have. God will not hear you unless you believe He will hear you; but if you believe He will, He will be as good as your faith.» — Charles Spurgeon

«Let no one profess to trust in God, and yet lay up for future wants, otherwise the Lord will first send him to the hoard he has amassed, before He can answer the prayer for more.»  — George Muller

«I know that the Lord is always on the side of the right; but it is my constant anxiety and prayer that I and this nation may be on the Lord's side.» — Abraham Lincoln

«Prayer is simply talking to God a friend and should be the easiest thing we do each day.» — Joyce Meyer

«Prayer does not change God, but it changes him who prays.» — Soren Kierkegaard

«God is looking for people to use, and if you can get usable, he will wear you out. The most dangerous prayer you can pray is this: 'Use me.'» — Rick Warren

«Rather than set aside daily time for prayer, I pray constantly and spontaneously about everything I encounter on a daily basis. When someone shares something with me, I'll often simply say, 'let's pray about this right now.'» — Thomas Kinkade

«Any concern too small to be turned into a prayer is too small to be made into a burden.» — Corrie Ten Boom

«Prayer is not asking. Prayer is putting oneself in the hands of God, at His disposition, and listening to His voice in the depth of our hearts.» — Mother Teresa

«I have been driven many times upon my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had no where else to go. My own wisdom and that of all about me seemed insufficient for that day.» — Abraham Lincoln

«The prayer offered to God in the morning during your quiet time is the key that unlocks the door of the day. Any athlete knows that it is the start that ensures a good finish.» — Adrian Rogers

«God shapes the world by prayer. The more praying there is in the world the better the world will be, the mightier the forces against evil.» — Mother Teresa

«God speaks in the silence of the heart. Listening is the beginning of prayer.» — Mother Teresa

«To get nations back on their feet, we must first get down on our knees.» — Billy Graham

«It is not well for a man to pray cream and live skim milk.» — Henry Ward Beecher

«Prayer makes a godly man, and puts within him the mind of Christ, the mind of humility, of self-surrender, of service, of pity, and of prayer. If we really pray, we will become more God, or else we will quit praying.» — E.M. Bounds

«Prayer should not be regarded as a duty which must be performed, but rather as a privilege to be enjoyed, a rare delight that is always revealing some new beauty.» — E.M. Bounds

Max Lucado video on Prayer: Pastor Max Lucado, author of Before Amen: The Power of a Simple Prayer, may surprise you with his explanation of the most important aspect of any prayer. «Of all the words of a prayer,» Max teaches, «the most important one is the first one…»

Crosswalk.com: What is the most important aspect of prayer? — Max Lucado from crosswalkquestions on GodTube.

Bible Quotes on Prayer

This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. — 1 John 5:14

And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him. — 1 John 5:15

Hear the supplications of your servant and of your people Israel when they pray toward this place. Hear from heaven, your dwelling place; and when you hear, forgive. — 2 Chronicles 6:21

My prayer is not that you take them the world but that you protect them from the evil one. — John 17:15

Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. — Mark 11:24

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. — Philippians 4:6-7

More Bible praying quotes at the BibleStudyTools.com Prayer Bible Verses page. 

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«Father, Order Me to Quit Smoking!» Why We Want Strictness and Punishment

Christian’s Prayer To Quit Smoking

“Can we actually force ourselves to love Christ? Of course, not. We can love Him only voluntarily.” Archimandrite Andrew (Konanos) speaks on how Christ “suppresses” us, what a monk has instead of TV, and what happens when we do what we love.

You want to feel love, warmth, tenderness, confidence, trust, inner strength, honour, and power – all of that is very good, and to some extent it is even connected with church life, as it exists in the Church. “For them that honour me I will honour”, the Lord says (1 Samuel 2:30). It is precisely about honour.

God wants us to desire honour, but what kind of honour?  What is true joy? When you say,  “I want to be happy, and feel happiness living the way I live now”, do these words come from the bottom of your heart and soul, or are you guided by your passions, weak willpower, illness, and addiction, just that alcoholic?

Do you understand what I mean here? I agree, God does not want to force us, but you yourself should reach a certain level, so to say, to move from the unnatural state to the supernatural one, as we said before. The unnatural state is when you hate your brother, for example.

It is not natural, it is unnatural –  you cannot hate your brother. It is from here that we should start our movement to the natural, to something that is common even to animals –  love those who love you.

And only then to continue moving to the supernatural state, when you can forgive and love your brother’s murderer, as it was with Saint Dionysius of Zakynthos. 

This is truly supernatural, and it will take a long, very long way to reach such a state. You will have to work a little bit on yourself, otherwise it will not happen. But only voluntarily. This is extremely important. Not because your parents or someone authoritative, dictating you how to live your life said so.

Why Do You Want Punishment?

One day a man came to me and said,

“I smoke and I want you to find a way to make me stop smoking. Order me!”

“But how can I order you? The only “order” I can give to you is to love Christ! Love Him deeply, with all your heart.”

“No, no, I smoke, and I want you to make me quit smoking! Say something to me, order me to obey.”

“So, you mean you want punishment? Do you being treated this? No, I am against such a way of correction, and such a spiritual life.”

Do you know what you should do? Next time when you start smoking, try to feel the Lord next to you. Talk to Him in prayer, grow to love Him. At that moment when you are smoking, try to love Christ.

If while smoking you can love Christ, if you feel in your soul tenderness of love for Him, then continue smoking.

However, I would you to gradually give up this habit, because the feeling of the presence of God is a deed of philotimo (love of honour), and bad habits go away themselves for the love to Christ, the wish to please Him, and bring Him joy. Without any orders, which will only cause reluctance on your part.

“So will you order me anything?”

“No, I will not. There is just one order for you –  love the Lord. And you will quit smoking, little by little, step by step – love for Christ.”

Photo: V. Khodakov/ Expo.Pravoslavie.Ru

The Church is a Place Where There is No Pressure

And you know, this man began to struggle with his passion, forced himself, but in a different way.

However, both you – a graduate – and I, didn’t we suffer from entrance exams, when we dreamed about entering the chosen faculty? Such a suffering cannot actually be regarded as a real one, because a successful passing of the exams brings you pleasure. Take, for example, a programmer.

This person sits for hours in front of the computer, goes from one site to another, downloads programs, does not sleep for hours, he is tired, and sweaty from tension – isn’t that tension? Indeed, it is. What is the difference between him and me, who does not know anything about computers?

When I work with a text in electronic form, I suffer terribly, I get confused in actions, I have to write everything down not to make a mistake… I do not understand anything.

The difference between the programmer and me is that for the former working with a computer is a pleasure, enjoyment, and fun.

One can sit in front of it and enjoy it, but for me even a half-hour search for some information is just a suffering that gives me a headache.

Do you understand what I mean here? The Church is a place where there is no pressure. And I don’t want people to feel suppressed in the Church.

When a person wants to become a monk, he is asked, “Have you decided that yourself? Has nobody forced you? Has nobody brainwashed you?” Because otherwise you will be disappointed in the chosen path, because it is so narrow, difficult, harsh and full of hardship! You have become a monk, and from that point no TV, money, expensive phones, delicious dishes, luxury cars … A real monk is deprived of all of this. That is why the Church asks the person who wants to become a monk,

“Did you come here voluntarily?”“Yes.”“Really?”“Really!”“Think carefully.”“I am thinking.”“Do you still want to become a monk?”

“Yes. God helping me, Reverend Father!”

And here we have a real monk, full of joy, though he has nothing. Try asking such a monk,  “Is everything all right, my son? Does nobody force you?”

Photo: Alexander Osokin/ pravoslavie.ru

Instead of Watching TV, I Look at Christ

Once we went on a tour with guys from one school and stopped at a monastery on our way. There a monkaccompanied us everywhere, and one of the guys asked him,

“You don’t have a TV here, do you?”

“No, we don’t”, replied the monk.

It turned out very funny: at that moment when we were in the main cathedral of the monastery, the monk was telling us about the church, about the monastery, peace reigned around, and then suddenly such a question came up. Only a child, with his or her simplicity, sincerity and innocence, could ask a question at such a moment, “You don’t have a TV here, do you? Do you never watch TV?”

“Don’t you ever want to?”,  the boy continued asking, “How can you not get bored without it?”

“Why should we get bored?”

The monk answered the question with a question, bearing in mind the following – “I do what I love doing. I want to live this, and I live because I know what it is for. Instead of watching TV, I look at Christ, addressing Him in my prayer. And my eyes, instead of being seduced by what I see on TV, are filled with tears, and it is beautiful.

Tears in prayer are the sweetest. Do you know their taste? No? We monks cannot understand a worldly life. “How can you live this?”, we wondered, puzzled, “It is so difficult – constant tension, stress …” “In monasticism, no one ever puts pressure on anyone.

We have chosen such a life, and since our choice is voluntary, all of this is for our joy and pleasure.”

Another boy asked the monk such a question,

“Do you never eat meat? Don’t you cook it even for Pascha?”“No!”“What do you eat on Pascha?”“On big holidays we have fish, it is very tasty. But we do not eat meat.”

“Wow!”,  said bewildered children, “What a hard, difficult life you have…”

When you do something without love, when you do not understand why and for what purpose you do that, when you are concerned only about the outer side of the matter, and you have no idea about the Person who is behind everything; when your deed has no personal orientation, and resembles a yoga class, where the most important thing is to reach a certain level, defeat sleep, hunger and other carnal desires, natural needs, etc. – all of this is not a Christian deed. The purpose of our deed is to reach Christ.

Translated by pravmir.com

Источник: http://www.pravmir.com/father-order-me-to-quit-smoking-or-why-we-want-strictness-and-punishment/

Faith and Addiction: Can Religion Help You Quit Smoking?

Christian’s Prayer To Quit Smoking

Corinthians 6:12 reads, “Everything is permissible for me—but not everything is beneficial. Everything is permissible for me—but I will not be mastered by anything.

” This declaration that “I will not be mastered by anything” is cited as evidence that addictions such as smoking are sinful from a Christian perspective.

Add in the harm you do to your body (which doesn’t exactly “honor God”) and it’s clear that Christians (as well as believers in most other religions) shouldn’t smoke. But quitting is hard. The question is: can faith help you overcome your addiction?

Faith and Smoking Status: Do Religious People Smoke?

Despite the fact that smoking is a sin in the Christian faith, the evidence does show that some Christians smoke.

A 2013 Gallup poll looked at just this issue, and found that smoking is less common in people who attend church more regularly.

People who attend church at least once per week had a smoking rate of 12 %, compared to 30 % for people who never attend church. In fact, the smoking rate decreased as church attendance got progressively more common.

People ascribing to specific religions smoke at different rates, though. The lowest smoking rate is found among Mormons, of whom only 8 % smoke (and just 3% of Mormons who go to church at least once a week), followed by Jews (10 %), Catholics (18 %), Protestants or other Christians (20 %), Muslims (23 %) and non-religious people (26 %).

This shows interesting variation according to belief, with non-believers smoking the most, and the Mormon faith seems to have the lowest smoking rates. This is attributed to the explicit prohibition on smoking in the Church of Jesus Christ and the Latter-Day Saints: when your religion outlaws smoking you’re much less ly to do it.

Faith and Smoking Cessation: The 12 Step Model

The 12 Step program for addiction treatment is an explicitly faith-based method for treating addiction to alcohol, drugs and tobacco, through Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous and Nicotine Anonymous, respectively. The 12 steps which the programs takes their names from allude specifically to a “higher power,” and although this doesn’t have to be the Christian God (or any deity), the program is heavily faith-based.

The benefit of this is that it helps to counteract the feelings of powerlessness which often accompany addiction. While you may feel powerless, there is a higher power than yourself which can help you overcome the challenges you face.

Your faith in this power becomes a source of strength, and as well as other tasks making a list of all persons you’ve harmed and making amends to them all (where possible), it helps you gain a sense of agency and control in your life, and over your addiction.

Faith and addiction are linked in that your belief can help you make a positive change in your life.

At the heart of 12 step programs is a sense of community fostered by group counseling sessions.

Not only do you get to hear the stories of people in a similar situation to yourself, you also get to share your own experiences with people who understand and empathize with what you’re going through.

The sessions give you countless useful tips to overcome craving, provide a sense of togetherness and give you a group of people to be accountable to.

Should Religious People Use Other Aids to Quit Smoking?

Although the 12 step program of Nicotine Anonymous is abstinence-based, other religious groups and organizations take a more liberal approach to quitting smoking.

The Bible questions site Got Questions? discusses quitting smoking as a Christian, for instance, and points out that there is no Biblical reason you shouldn’t use treatments such as patches, gums or medications if you want to quit smoking.

While it recommends consulting your doctor and praying first, it does suggest that Christians shouldn’t feel discouraged from using additional support.

Do I Need Faith to Quit Smoking?

While faith can be an invaluable ally when you’re quitting smoking, it’s worth stressing that non-religious people can and do quit smoking successfully.

With the use of medications, alternative nicotine products (from patches and gums through to things e-cigarettes) and secular counseling (for example, cognitive behavioral therapy or other forms of behavioral counseling), smokers who don’t believe in God can successfully quit smoking.

Regardless of your situation (and your faith), quitting smoking is a challenge, but with perseverance and determination, you can do it.

If you have faith, it can be a source of strength through the challenging process of quitting smoking, but if you don’t have faith, you can still accomplish the same thing, provided you make use of the support available to you.

Источник: https://tobaccofreelife.org/resources/religion-smoking-addiction/

Can a Christian Smoke Cigarettes?

Christian’s Prayer To Quit Smoking

 Cigarette smoking results in nicotine reaching the brain within just 10 seconds of inhalation. [Source: Psychology Today]

I read this as a recovering addict and I get why Christians smoke.

When you are stressed, light up and your calm again.

It’s on que. No waiting. Always available.

Prayer and the Word of God, though powerful and cutting, often don’t deliver fleshly satisfaction in this easy-peasy way.

God’s not our genie in a bottle. God doesn’t always answer the way we want. He doesn’t always make our cravings magically go away just because we sit down with our Bible. Sometimes he makes us struggle through it, sacrifice our fleshly desires and carry this cross.

When he hung on the cross, Jesus’ pain wasn’t less because God loved him. He had to stumble and fall under His cross. He had to cry out in agony.

We often try to sell the lie as Christians just because we have Jesus; life is easy.

Don’t get me wrong, sometimes God DOES heal immediately, but he doesn’t follow any known protocol that I know of.

People are still in wheelchairs, Christians still die of cancer, and sin still wreaks havoc on the Christians everywhere; cigarettes, chewing tobacco and e-cigs not excluded.

When I became a Christian, I stopped using heroine, cocaine, LSD, and marijuana immediately, but my addiction to cigarettes lingered.

While there were many things that helped me quit, it was a lot of seeking God, self-control and prayer.

Many wonder can a Christian smoke cigarettes, chew tobacco, or vape?

Here are some question to ask if you are wondering this.

Who is Your Master?

I recently listened to a podcast on Christians and Smoking and he made some great points on why he gave up smoking.

His decision was the verse that many Christians often use to argue FOR smoking.

All things are lawful for me, but all things are not helpful. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any. 1 Corinthians 6:13

Yes, in Christ, we have freedom. But this podcaster argues that he was not a master over smoking, but quite the opposite because he:

  • had to have a cigarette after eating.
  • desired a cigarette upon waking.
  • craved cigarettes if he ran out.
  • would only hang out with other Christians that were smokers.

If you, at any point, cannot deny yourself a cigarette, I would argue that its your master and not the other way around.

Who are You Comparing Yourself to?

It doesn’t help that great theologians were smokers, Charles Spurgeon and CS Lewis.

But another Christian smoking, doesn’t justify smoking. We can’t compare ourselves to each other, but only to Christ.

Un the occasional glass of wine, there is no where in the Bible that suggests Christ or any of His disciples smoked.

Becoming holy, God is holy, is what we should aspire to.

What Kind of Faith Do You Want?

One of the most convicting questions I ask myself is, “Does this thing lead to living a life of fullness in Christ?”

Does smoking cause you to experience Christ more deeply?

Do you feel your actions are aligned with Scriptures?

Depending on the type of faith you want will help you answer whether or not you want to smoke.

Personally, I want a faith that includes everything the Bible talks about and excludes everything that opposes Spirit-filled living.

Does Smoking Increase Your Christian Witness?

Does smoking enhance your witness?

Some people might answer ‘yes’ to these questions saying that smoking leads them to talk about faith because they are exposed to people they wouldn’t otherwise be in contact with, but I would question what “Christ” are you preaching?

The Christ we are supposed to be preaching is one who frees us from addiction, sin and brokenness, not condones it in the name of Christian freedom. The gospel we preach is one of repentance and sacrifice, not indulgence of fleshly living.

If you are using your addictions to preach the gospel, you are preaching a watered-down gospel that will create lukewarm disciples that God will spit His mouth at the end of time.

In reality, the type of person who wants to become a Christian because they can continue to live whatever lifestyle they please has failed to fully grasp the concept of dying to self — which is at the core of Christian living.

You Can Justify Anything

If you are dead set on smoking, of course, you can justify anything.

And many do.

Many people use one or two scriptures to justify smoking, but I would contend justification is the weaker argument and more scriptures point in the opposite direction.

So, compare to how many scriptures call us to holy living, the body being a temple of the Holy Spirit and giving up our rights for the sake of the weak Christian versus how many speak about freedom to live in the flesh.

Does Smoking Keep a Christian Heaven?

Many people will say that smoking isn’t such a great sin that will keep you heaven.

But if you cannot give up smoking for Jesus, why is this not the same as worshipping a false god? Anything can become an idol, even cigarettes.

This verse in the Bible is what Jesus says about sin.

Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, 1 Co. 6:9

I know many Christians out there are struggling and desire to quit, but haven’t quite gotten there, whereas others have no intention of quitting.

I’m not saying it will keep you Heaven, but I am also refusing to say it won’t.

How to Quit Smoking

I’m not going to say quitting is easy.

It’s not.

But here are some things that helped me when I was quitting smoking:

  • Deep breathing
  • Prayer
  • Confession
  • Accountability
  • Filling my time with other activities
  • Staying away from people who smoked
  • Speaking in tongues

Other Links & Resources

Got Questions – What is the Christian View of Smoking?

What Christians Want to Know – Is Smoking a Sin?

Christian Broadcast Network – Does the Bible Say I Should Smoke?

John Piper – Is it a Sin to Smoke and Eat Junk Food?

The Trumpet – Is Smoking a Sin?

Testimonies of Former Smokers

Christian Testimony Book(About How Speaking in Tongues Helps Overcome Addiction)

Head covering Christian woman who loves good wine, coffee, stinky cheese and missionary books. My favorite dessert is Peanut Butter Chocolate Cheesecake. I am a Christian author, blogger, and speaker. I fell in love with my husband because he had rain drops on his glasses (true story). In my spare time I homeschool my six children (5 girls, 2 boys).

Being a pastor in Silicon Valley comes with its unique challenges. Recently our church leadership decided to look into what it would take to broadcast a live church service in order to start live streaming on social media.

We thought it would be a great way to get our message out to our community and let people know about the church. What we didn’t realize is there were more benefits to broadcasting a live church service than we ever realized.

Here are 3 of the top reasons a church should consider broadcasting a live church service.

Today’s Millennial Generation Views Live Church Services Before Visiting A Church

When young families ages 24-34 consider visiting a church, on average they will watch 6 videos of your church before deciding to come visit. (Source)  Many people wrestle with the concept of actually showing your live church services. They have a concept that is actually a secular concept that places a taboo on public spirituality. “Our relationship with God is a private matter.”

However, Jesus said….

Matthew 5:16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven. (NKJV)

What can be more light shining or a better work than worshiping God and then opening up your church services for the world to see? The idea that our relationship with God is private is one that keeps Christian spirituality in a box and away from the public arena. It limits our effectiveness to change our world.

Does this mean that we have a flood of young families coming to our church? No. But the ones that do come, have enjoyed our church and were not surprised by what we do or what we teach.

Live Church Services Provides Ministry To The Elderly And Sick

One of the things we never thought about when we first started talking about live streaming our church services is the ministry it would become to the sick and elderly in our church and even other churches. Most of the small local churches in our area do not have a video ministry set up. The large ones do but not the small ones.

We have had more than one person tell us that they watched our service while they were sick. We have had others tell us that they appreciated us live streaming our services because they could not attend their local church anymore.

In fact, we have more people that watch our live stream on than we have attend our church. It is a real service to our community. It is more than just a marketing ploy. It is serving a need.

Jesus said….

Matthew 25:36 I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.’ (NKJV)

Providing a live church service for people to watch is one way, (Not the only way) that we can fulfil our calling to meet people’s needs when they are unable to come to church.

Some people may be concerned about this causing people not to attend the Sunday service. Personally we found that people appreciate our church more for providing this service and it has caused a little increase in faithfulness rather than a decrease. They are able to stay connected when they are unable to attend.

To Enable Extended Family Members To Watch Special Events

How many of us would love to watch our grandchildren in their Christmas play? All of us right? What if we live across the country from them?

Or how many of us would to watch our child give their first sermon or communion talk? Whatever the special event, many people who are extended family members would love the opportunity to see these events.

We become servants to our church family when we become servants to their extended family.

Jesus said…..

Mark 9:35 And He sat down, called the twelve, and said to them, “If anyone desires to be first, he shall be last of all and servant of all.” (NKJV)

What greater testimony to our communities and our churches can we have than the reputation that those people are willing to serve our families?

More than once our church has received a thank you letter from somebody who has been touched because of the online presence of our church even though they have never met us personally.

Our church video ministry has been a blessing to others. Isn’t that what being “the church” is about?

Final Thoughts

I am sure some are wondering if I am even going to mention ministering the gospel. Our church ministers the gospel every day in one shape or another. Gospel means good news. We minister the good news of Jesus to young families. We minister it to the sick and elderly, and we minister it to extended family members.

To me, that is enough reasons to broadcast our live church service online.

If you are interested in learning more about how to start a ministry live streaming your church services you might be interested in my adventure in setting up a church live stream in my ultimate guide to church live streaming.

Blessings,

Pastor Duke

http://easychurchtech.com

I have been a pastor since 1988 when we were flipping transparencies on overhead projectors. Church technology has changed a lot since then.

They didn’t teach this stuff in Bible College and Seminary when I went and they still don’t in many schools.

I hope that Easy Church Tech will become a resource for all the pastors and leaders in small to medium sized churches to find easy to understand guides and recommendations for their church technology needs.

Источник: https://radicalchristianwoman.com/can-a-christian-smoke-cigarettes/

Quit smoking prayer

Christian’s Prayer To Quit Smoking

Smoking is a bad habit. Moreover, it is a dangerous one and not so many people take this into consideration when they start smoking. A Prayer to quit smoking is something that every smoker needs.

 Some people consider that smoking is something fancy.

Some people are addicted to that gesture they make when they pick the cigarette from the pack, they click the lighter, inhale the first smoke and then feel a peaceful state of mind.

What is the prayer to quit smoking?

Maybe you’re asking why I started this article. Why am I talking about something this? Do I have any experience with this habit? Yes. I had. And now my life is more beautiful than it was when I was a smoker. Only the prayer to quit smoking helped me.

Maybe you will want to read a specific prayer, then I am sorry because I don’t have something dedicated to smoking. I have real stories and tips to teach you how to ask God for help using a prayer to quit smoking cigarettes, this bad and dangerous habit.

So indeed, there is no formula for this prayer for quitting smoking. You only need a strong will and courage, wisdom and a strong relationship with yourself.

I won’t tell you that in this article you will find the secret prayer to stop smoking, but you will see how to pray, how to live with the absence of this habit and how to manage the hard times that come after you stop smoking.

Why do you need a prayer to stop smoking cigarettes?

1 – Your heart will be strengthened, your breathing capacity will increase;

2 – Your immune response to colds will increase;

3 – You will be more productive in every task you have, whether we speak about housework or your job;

4 – You will be a good example to your children;

5 – Morning cough will disappear;

6 – Your blood pressure will be lowered;

7 – You will have more energy.

7 Bible verses about quitting smoking

1 – Hebrews 12:1 “Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.”

2 – Ephesians 4:22 “You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires.”

3 – Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through him who strengthens me.”

4 – John 15:5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.”

5 – 1 Corinthians 6:12 “All things are lawful for me, but not all things are helpful. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be dominated by anything.”

6 – 1 Corinthians 10:23 “I have the right to do anything, you say–but not everything is beneficial. I have the right to do anything–but not everything is constructive.”

7 – Matthew 19:26 “But Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

Each Bible verse about quitting smoking speaks, in fact, about the strong will you must have to quit this bad habit. Each bible verse about quitting smoking means prayers to overcome addiction.

When there is addiction in your life, it means that you are not a free human being. You need to be free, you need to see the light of freedom, and you have to start with your way of thinking.

Think positive! The most powerful prayer against addiction comes from your strong will to stop smoking cigarettes.

There are so many prayers to overcome addiction, and in fact you do not need to look for a specific one. But you can use the Serenity Prayer as help because its powers are beneficial for those who want to be clean again, with no addiction and no bad habits.

God grant me the serenity

To accept the things I cannot change;

Courage to change the things I can;

And wisdom to know the difference.

This is the short version of the Serenity Prayer. Pray every day and be strong because a prayer to quit smoking is your salvation.

Take your time. Every day. You need time to understand that with wisdom and courage you can overcome the addiction.

What happens when I say a quit smoking prayer?

When you start to pray to quit smoking, you call your Guardian Angel to help you. Your Guardian Angel will listen to you and will give you the wisdom to become a non-smoker again. But this can’t happen overnight, so you must be patient and you must believe in yourself.

Which quit smoking prayer should we use?

First of all, you must know that changing a bad habit comprises three steps:

1 – The phase where you become conscious about how much damage it can cause. If we talk about smoking we should think about: heart attack, lung cancer, infertility, and so on.

2 – The phase where you really regret what your bad habit caused you until that moment.

3 – The phase where you embrace a good habit and see its benefits.

How to pray to stop smoking cigarettes?

I have heard this question many times, so let’s see how to do this.

First of all, you need to enter into a state of calmness and relaxation. Sit down, or kneel, do whatever makes you feel comfortable. Then, quietly, start a prayer to quit smoking.

You can use the serenity prayer full version or bible verses about quitting smoking.

You can simply choose the words that describe your state of mind and your strong will to overcome the addiction and that could be all the prayer.

The most important thing is to be sincere in your prayer. Your Guardian Angel is there for you, close to you, listening to you.

Secondly, you must use your imagination to see how dangerous this smoking habit is. Do you what you see? I bet that “no” is your answer. This is good because you can see the many reasons why you need to quit smoking and how a quit smoking prayer can help you.

Third, you must use your imagination again, but this time you have to see how sad and miserable your life will be if you don’t quit smoking. Multiply what you saw in the second phase, and you will see how your life will be if you continue to smoke.

Have faith and make a good change in your life.

Discover some more prayers from Padre:

  • PRAYER TO DISCOVER FORTUNE
  • SERENITY PRAYER – FULL VERSION, 7 BENEFITS AND ITS HISTORY

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Does prayer help to quit smoking?

Prayer, and generally, religion is sometimes an important part of psychotherapy.

“Does prayer help to quit smoking?” – so I asked at the last meeting of the group quitting smoking. The group took place in an ultra-Orthodox village in the mountains of Shomron (Samaria).

– “No, it does not help”

– “It helps, – I уже не курю two weeks”

– “Helps, but I did not help all those years that I smoked”

– “My daughter prays for me – I asked her: pray for your dad to quit smoking! And she has been praying for two years. Now she will be surprised now that everything turned out! “

I: “You really excuse me, guys, but it seems to me that praying is not easy, it’s worth it to learn! Even though the Jews seem to be able to pray, there is such a prayer that is accepted and there is one that is not accepted. “

– “And what’s here, I just say to Him:” Father, help me “! – that’s all”.

I: “That, of course, is correct, but Rambam, for example, would not stop there.”

Job

I’m trying to explain how it works, so it works out. I begin by commenting on the book of Job: “You know, Job was a righteous man, and he prayed to God and offered sacrifices of gratitude, and with all this he received a” personal Holakost. ” Everything and everything in his family died, in addition, he fell ill with leprosy.

And so, three friends came to him, and they began to “calm him,” in general: “Do not worry, it’s all true, as if you did something very bad, so you were punished.” There is a long argument in which Job disagrees with this statement.

Ultimately, the conclusion of the book is that the only good thing in this world is a connection with God, it’s prayer / prophecy, not its material result. “

What is real prayer?

True prayer – without words, it is called “Standing” – when a person simply stands before God. It is in “full self-awareness.” It is the realization of one’s place in the world among other people and the mission, as well as everything else: His strengths and weaknesses, his memories, his pain and hope.

Such a metaphor: in real prayer, a person as it were rises up on a plate everything that he is, including his fate and his requests. Requests are not a utilitarian method of obtaining the desired, but a part of awareness of oneself, of realizing one’s “Disadvantage.” There is a wordless conversation between Man and God – about Man.

The one who wants to quit smokingIt can do so through the present awareness of the Soul. The soul does not need anything except her most: the silent space music, the listener which is man and his God. Smoking and drugs in general – this is what gives a person false “support” from the outside. This is unreliable support. It is the victory of matter over the Spirit, and it is joyless.

Spiritual freedom – when a person does not need anything from outside, all the most important comes for him from the silent depths of his heart.

AA and Prayer

-“AT twelve steps is there something a prayer? “

I: “Yes, this is called a prayer of tranquility. God, give me the strength to change what I can change, accept what I can accept and the mind to distinguish between them. This is prayer in words, but these words mean that man is not God. Man does not control everything. Dependence is a dream of total control over oneself and life.

You see, in this prayer the person focuses on the different sides of himself. Many words are more than one word. Silence describes everything most fully. “Silence about yourself” does not miss anything. It is the acceptance of something that is difficult to express in words.

In man, there is a black mark from the beginning – that he “can not change” and must accept, for example, his impotence before a drug if he tries “smoke a little”Or to drink” just a glass “. Most people have dependence on something: from other people, from food, from work, from what it is difficult for them to part with.

This is a property of the material world, a universal property of our thinking.

To get rid of dependencies is to get rid of the fascination with the material world. This is a rejection of light decisions, from super-control, from immediate satisfaction. It is very difficult. Nevertheless, this is inherent in our human nature, because there are not a few people who are freed from addictions. Among them, many are far from the Spirit, who lives in their souls “incognito”.

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When I first returned to Christ in 2000, I was homeless for the second time. Had my baby girl with me and my 2 sons had to remain with their dad. I was bouncing around from place to place but kept visiting the church.

This Pastor was different from some of the other Christians i had known as young girl. The Pastor did not preach hell to me because I was smoking cigarettes and wearing pants. He was kind and led by the Holy Spirit. He prayed for me and tried to help me.

As time went by I watched how he laid hands on people and they would drop. So, I wondered why I never fell and wanted to experience it. I had been a smoker for 17 years at that time and desperately wanted to quit, I think. Sometimes could not breathe most of the time. Also, I was constantly rushed to the E.R. with asthma also.I was a mess physically, but spiritually I knew that I had to quit smoking. Because I wanted the spiritual gifts God had for me. I smoked about two packs a day but slowly began to cut down. In addition, I would keep track by writing the number of cigarettes I smoked on the box.  Gradually, I began to smoke 2-3 times the same cigarette.

I constantly cried to the Lord to help me quit smoking.  At times, I would get angry and throw them out then minutes later nose dive into the trash for them. The Pastor prayed and encouraged me while allowing the Holy Spirit to do its work. However, I tried for three years to quit smoking then one day it happened.

The Moment I finally Quit Smoking

As I sat in church and listened to the preacher while thinking about a smoke, he called me up. I went up thinking it’s just another prayer when he said “there is something binding you and not letting you receive your blessing”.

He was a preacher from another country and did not know me but God did.  The Pastor told me to lift my hands and asked everyone to stand. He told them to yell Out! on the count of three. 1..2..3.. Out! and I dropped. They yelled again and the Holy Spirit took over and shook me. I was on the ground for about 15 minutes.

I felt nauseous when I got up. When the service was over I walked out and threw my cigarettes out. Liberated for thirteen years now. I have my apartment and my kids which are now men and my 2 daughters.  Thanks to God, I am blessed to have walked into a church where the Holy Spirit is the guide. Praise The Lord!
Philippians 4:13 ” I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”.

It says ALL not some Hallelujah! God bless you all

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