Prayer is the Answer
By Steve Durkac
Prayer is the Answer is a 106 page pocket book that shares the powerful principles of biblical prayer as the answer to coping and breaking through the problems and circumstances of life.
Prayer is the Answer provides encouragement and equipping in the principles of biblical prayer as taught by Christ Jesus as the answer to every problem of life.
Prayer is the Answer offers the reader four principles and practices that make personal and corporate prayer a true meaningful and effective joy for the follower of Jesus.
Prayer is the Answer is a simple read that offers a mingling of inspiration, instruction, and pastoral insights that help raise your prayer life to a higher level of communion with your Lord Jesus Christ.
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Back in 1994 I had assumed the pastorate of a church where I had the unusual opportunity to sit down with the outgoing pastor to discuss various issues of that congregation.
As I was sitting with him in his office talking, he handed me his keys and said, “Oh, I almost forgot, each Wednesday at 11:00 AM you have a counseling session, here in this office, with Mrs. Redford.” Not her real name, but I did ask, “What kind of problem does Mrs. Redford have?”
He gave me a verbal laundry list of problems that ranged from family skeletons to relationship issues to financial troubles to spiritual guilt to worries about inherited illnesses to fear of her family’s tomorrow, even mentioning her stress about a leaky kitchen faucet!
After hearing this, I asked, “How long have you been meeting with her?” The pastor said, “For the past seven years” which was as long as he had been there.
We then prayed together and I warmly wished my friend goodbye as he drove-off to his new pastorate in a neighboring state. As I waved goodbye, my mind was still trying to process this weekly counseling appointment that I seemingly just inherited.
Now, let me say something about pastors and counseling. We love doing counseling, because it makes us feel like we are doing something other than sitting in committees. It’s true that counseling parishioners is helping and influencing lives, however, seminary gives us just enough training to be dangerous!
We learn just enough to identify problems, but not enough to help others psychologically work through those issues. We are not trained in psychotherapies. We are trained in Bible therapy! We can easily get our schedules and energies drained by these good intentions, but how better it is to introduce others to the Great Counselor.
I decided to honor the counseling appointment and at least evaluate the need before I announce or attempt any change. At my first session with Mrs. Redford, I listened. At my second session with Mrs. Redford, I asked questions and listened some more. At my third session with Mrs. Redford, I introduced her to what I told her was “prayer therapy.”
What was this “prayer therapy” that I introduced her too? I opened the Bible to the Lord’s Prayer in Matthew 6:9-13 and asked her to pray about her problems using the four principles of prayer taught by our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
As we read through Matthew 6:9-13 I pointed out that Jesus teaches us four specific principles about prayer that if she began to use could change her problems. The four principles we looked at were start with praise, state your petition, stand on His promises, and share in His power.
The same four principles that I shared that day are also detailed in my book Prayer is the Answer.
We read Matthew 6:9-10, “Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.” I told her that when she prays about her problems, to start with praising God and recognizing His character.
Then we read Matthew 6:11-12, “Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors” and I said after you have praised God for who He is then lay out your petition before Him.
Next we read the first half of Matthew 6:13, “And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil” and I explained this was a promise, so after stating your petition stand on God’s promises through prayer.
Finally, we read the second half of Matthew 6:13, “For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.” I told her to end her prayer in full faith that God heard and will answer according to His will so believe in His power to resolve your problems.
At our fourth session, Mrs. Redford said, “Pastor, I hope you don’t feel bad, but this “prayer therapy” approach is such a blessing to me, that I would almost rather spend this time in prayer than here talking with you.” To which I thought, “Praise God!”
So what kind of problems do you have? Have you been carrying the same problems around for the last seven years, simply talking about them week after week with no real change?
Back in the early 1960’s, a magazine editor by the name of R.A. Renfro placed the following words into a Christian publication:
“Prayer is the answer to every problem in life. It puts us in tune with divine wisdom, which knows how to adjust everything perfectly. So often, we do not pray in certain situations because from our standpoint the outlook is hopeless. But nothing is impossible with God. Nothing is so entangled that it cannot be remedied. No human relation is too strained for God to bring about reconciliation and understanding. No habit is so deeply rooted that it cannot be overcome. No one is so weak that he cannot be made strong. Whatever we need or desire, if we trust God, He will supply it. If anything is causing worry and anxiety, let us stop rehearsing the difficulty and trust God for healing, love, and power.”