When Your Prayers Hit a Brass Ceiling

by Dr. MaryAnn Diorio

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Hello and Happy Day! This is Dr. MaryAnn Diorio, your Virtual Life Coach, welcoming you to another episode of Winning with the Word. Today is Monday, February 24, 2020. Today’s Podcast is Episode #8 in Series 2020 and is titled “When Your Prayers Hit a Brass Ceiling.”

Recently, I’ve had a couple of people tell me that they feel as though God does not hear them when they pray. Perhaps this describes you as well. If so, let me encourage you with some tips on how to break through that brass ceiling when you pray.

Here are a few things that may be keeping you from getting a response from God:

1. Know that God is listening, but you may not have connected to His wave length. Have you ever tried to tune in to a radio station while driving your car? Sometimes you have to keep turning the knob until the connection is made. The station is always transmitting, but you are not always connecting because you haven’t hit the station’s wave length.

2. Faith is the spiritual device that connects you to God (Hebrews 11: 1). Another way of putting it is to say that faith is the currency of Heaven, the medium of exchange. God has a storehouse of blessings for you in Heaven. To download them from Heaven to Earth, we need faith. Faith is the downloading device. The Bible says that without faith, it’s impossible to please God (Hebrews 11: 6).

3. Our prayers must align with God’s Word (1 John 5: 14-15). For instance, a single woman who prays that a certain married man will become her husband is not praying according to God’s Word. Instead, she is being deceived by Satan. God will never answer such a prayer–nor any prayer that violates His Word. 

4. We must ask with the right motives (James 4: 2-3). Right motives are not selfish motives. Right motives characterize a heart willing to accept God’s will, no matter what it is.

5. Gratitude must lace our prayers. God responds to a grateful heart because a grateful heart is a humble heart. Scripture tells us in James 4: 6 that “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” 

6. Finally, we must wait for God’s timing. “There is a time for everything,” Solomon writes in the Book of Ecclesiastes. Although it may seem as though God has not heard our prayer, he sometimes delays His response for reasons of His own. Perhaps we need to learn to be patient. Perhaps He has to orchestrate other situations connected with our own situation. Whatever the case may, God is always on time in answering our prayers.

All of the above tips are meaningless unless one has a personal relationship with Jesus Christ–in other words, unless one has been born again. Scripture says this: “God does not listen to sinners, but if anyone is a worshiper of God and does his will, God listens to him.” The only prayer God hears from those who do not know Him is the prayer for salvation. In John 6: 37b, God says, “Whoever comes to me I will never drive out.” 

If you have not yet accepted Jesus Christ as your personal Savior and Lord, I urge you to do so now.

Pray this simple prayer with me:

Father God, I want and need a personal relationship with You. I recognize that I cannot save myself. For this reason, You sent Jesus to save me and to restore me to fellowship with You. I invite You into my life to be my Savior and my Lord. I choose to follow You, Jesus. I turn my back on the world and its wicked ways, and I choose to follow You and Your holy ways. Thank You for accepting me as Your own. In Your Name I pray, believe, and receive. Amen.

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“IS FEAR QUENCHING YOUR FAITH?”

by Dr. MaryAnn Diorio

“Guard your heart above all else, for it determines 
the course of your life.” ~ Proverbs 4:23

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FEAR and FAITH. The two don’t mix. Either fear will prevail and drive out faith, or faith will prevail and drive out fear. Which scenario transpires is entirely up to you.

What is fear and why should you expel it?

Fear is faith in the devil. It is trusting his lies more than trusting God’s truth. Fear is evil and dangerous and will get us nothing from the Kingdom of God. 

Fear attracts to itself what it fears. Take a look at what Job said: “What I always feared has happened to me. What I dreaded has come true” (Job 3: 25 NLT). 

What are you fearing today? Whatever it is, if it is anything other than the healthful fear or reverence of God, it is a lie from the enemy. By believing that lie, you will bring it to pass. So stop believing Satan’s lie and start believing God’s truth.

What is faith and why do you need it?
Believing God’s truth is called faith. 
The Bible tells us in Hebrews 11: 1 that faith is “the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” What does this mean? 

The New Century translation (NCV) says it like this: “Faith means being sure of the things we hope for and knowing that something is real even if we do not see it.”  

The Kingdom of God is real even if we do not see it. The blessings God has provided for us in His Kingdom are real even if we do not see them. Faith is what brings the blessings of God from the spiritual realm into the earthly realm where we live.

So, in summary:

___Fear attracts to itself what it fears.

___Faith attracts to itself what it believes. 

Faith is what brings the blessings of God from the spiritual realm
into the earthly realm where we live.

Faith is the currency of God’s Kingdom. In other words, it is the medium of exchange whereby we bring what we need from God’s Kingdom into our everyday lives. Without faith, not only can we not receive what Jesus died to give us, but, worst of all, we cannot please God (Hebrews 11: 6).

Do you need something from God today? Then believe His Word and receive what He has already provided for you through the Cross. How do you receive? By believing! 

You might be thinking, Great! I’m having a hard time believing. So, what am I to do? 

May I suggest that you don’t have a faith problem; you have a trust problem. For whatever reason, you don’t trust God’s character because you don’t know Him well enough. 

So, what can you do?

Simple. Get to know God better through His Word. The more you get to know Him–the more you will learn that He is perfectly trustworthy. The more you discover that He is perfectly trustworthy, the more your faith in what He has spoken will grow.

Scripture says this in Romans 10: 17 NLT:  “So faith comes from hearing, that is, hearing the Good News about Christ.” The more you hear the Good News about Christ–aka God’s Word–the more your faith in it will increase. So, listen to God’s Word continually. Read it. Study it. Memorize it. Speak it aloud into the challenging situations you face. God’s Word will NEVER fail.

One great way to hear God’s Word is to fall asleep listening to it. This is what I do. I fall asleep at night listening to CDs of the Bible. As I sleep, the Word gets into my spirit and builds my faith.

Remember this: Faith is the result of knowing God and knowing that He is perfectly trustworthy. The more you get to know God, the more you will trust Him. 

My Prayer for You Today: Lord Jesus, as we build our faith by listening to Your Word, we ask that You would reveal Yourself to us in deeper ways so that we can drive out fear in Your Name and trust You more and more. Amen.

Now, it’s YOUR turn: Do you struggle with fear? If so, how have you dealt with it?

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Believing Is NOT Receiving

by Dr. MaryAnn Diorio

“Guard your heart above all else, for it determines 
the course of your life.” ~ Proverbs 4:23

“Matters of the Heart” is a weekly blog that deals with the deepest issues of the human heart, the issues we all face but sometimes don’t want to talk about. The heart is the programming center of our lives. What is programmed into our heart will affect every area of our lives. Learn how to examine your heart and how to program your heart for success.

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Have you been praying for something for a long time but have not received an answer to your prayers? Perhaps you’re even beginning to doubt that you will ever get an answer.  For instance, you may have been praying for healing, but you are still sick. Or you may have been praying for a job, but you are still unemployed. Or you may have been praying for the return of a wayward son or daughter, but your child is still estranged from you.

You may have begun to wonder if God even cares.

Well, before you venture farther into the dangerous Land of Unbelief, let me encourage you.  First of all, God still cares about you. Very deeply, in fact. So deeply that He brought you to this blog post.

 

Second, God cannot lie. So, whatever He has promised you in His Word is true and is yours as a Christ-Follower. Healing is yours (Matthew 7: 27). Financial sufficiency is yours (Philippians 4: 19). Good relationships are yours (Malachi 4: 6).

So, what is the problem?

The problem is not on God’s end. It’s on ours. You see, most of us have confused belief with faith, and the two simply are not the same.  

So, what is the difference between belief and faith?

Belief is a function of the mind. Faith is a function of the heart (or spirit). We can believe God with our mind but not have faith in our heart to receive what we are believing for.  

Perhaps this simple illustration will help clarify the difference between belief and faith. I can look at a chair and believe it is a chair. I can believe that it will hold me up if I sit in it.  But it is only at the point in which I actually sit in the chair that I am expressing faith in the chair. In other words, it is only when I take action and sit in the chair that I am trusting the chair to hold me up. When I sit down, I am expressing faith. If I only believe the chair is a chair but I do not sit down in it, I am expressing only belief in the chair, not faith in the chair.  Acknowledging that the chair is a chair is an act of mental assent–an act of my mind.  Actually sitting in the chair is an act of my heart. It is placing my total trust in the chair’s ability to hold me up safely. 

Now, in order to receive God’s promises, I must not only believe that those promises are mine, but I also must receive them into my life. I must surrender to those promises, trusting totally in their ability to produce what they say they will. In other words, I must “sit in the promises,” trusting that they will hold me up safely.

So, how does this distinction apply to healing, for instance? Well, I can believe that I was healed by the stripes of Jesus (1 Peter 2:24), but if I don’t “sit” in that promise–i.e., if I don’t rest in that promise–I will not see it manifested in my body.  If I don’t “sit in the chair of healing,” then I miss the opportunity of allowing the “chair of healing” to hold me up with healing.

So, belief is mentally agreeing with what God said but not acting on it. Faith, on the other hand, is not only agreeing with what God said, but also acting on it. Faith is leaning our entire being on what God said and trusting Him to bring it to pass in our lives.

Faith starts with belief. I first have to believe that what God says is true. But then, I have to build on that belief and act as though what God said is true. This “action” part is called faith.

Faith is total reliance on God to perform what He said He would. It is staking my life on His Word. It is living in complete trust that what He has spoken is true. So, faith is not only believing what God said; faith is surrendering my life to what God said and trusting Him to carry me.

Faith is “sitting in the chair”–resting in it. Faith is RESTING in God’s promise. 

The Bible says that even the devils believe in one God (James 2: 19). But their belief is not enough to save them. Salvation and all that comes with it (healing, provision, peace, etc.) comes not only by believing in God but also by surrendering our lives to Him. The devils have done the opposite and have been damned.

Believing with the mind will get us nothing from God. Believing with the heart will get us everything we need from God.

Now, it’s YOUR turn: Do you simply believe God’s promises or do you have faith in them? If you only believe but do not have faith, ask God to give you His faith.

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FAITH: THE CURRENCY OF HEAVEN

by Dr. MaryAnn Diorio

“Guard your heart above all else, for it determines
the course of your life.” ~ Proverbs 4:23

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Currency is defined as a medium of exchange for goods and services. In some places throughout history, people paid for goods and services with their own goods and services. This was called “bartering.” Mostly, however, currency in the form of coins or paper money has been used throughout history as payment for goods and services.
 
As a medium of exchange, currency means that in exchange for something I want (a product), I give you something you want (money). Significantly, this principle of exchange applies to the Kingdom of God as well. The currency of the Kingdom of God is called “faith.” In order to receive from God, we need to use the currency of faith.
 

 

Lest there be any misunderstanding, however, let me make clear upfront that we cannot “purchase” anything from God. All that He gives us is a free gift that flows from His heart of love and mercy. Indeed, He Himself as Christ purchased every blessing for us by sacrificing His very life for us. Christ did all the “purchasing” that was necessary for us to experience salvation and all the blessings that come with it.
 
At the same time, experiencing those blessings requires faith.

Here is how it works: I go to God in need of a particular blessing, be it financial, health-related, job-related, or whatever. I see in His Word that God has provided that blessing for me.

God then says to me, “Do You believe what I say in My Word about the blessing you need? Do you believe 1 Peter 2: 24 where I tell you that you were healed by the stripes of Jesus? Do you believe Philippians 4: 19 where I tell you that I will supply all of Your need? Do you believe James 1: 5 where I promise you that I will give you all the wisdom you need to make wise decisions.”

God then tosses the ball to my court. If I believe what God says in His Word, I will have what God says in His Word. If I don’t believe what God says in His Word, I won’t have what God says in His Word. It’s as simple as that.

 
All that God requires of us is that we believe Him! Nothing more, nothing less. Amazing, no?
 
Actually, what is amazing is that we don’t believe Him!  But why don’t we believe Him? Because we don’t know Him. We don’t understand His character. We don’t comprehend His love. That, in my opinion, is the real reason we do not believe God. 
 
Ask yourself this question: How would you feel if your spouse, your children, or your boss did not trust you? Not very good, right? Well, God is grieved when we do not trust Him.  Faith is simply trusting that God says what He means and means what He says and that He will do what He says He will do.
 
Faith is the key to receiving from God. Without faith, it is impossible to please Him (Hebrews 11: 6). 
 
But what if you don’t have faith? Or not enough faith?
 
Actually, God has given each person “the measure of faith” (Romans 12: 3).  The Bible tells us He shows no partiality (Acts 10: 34). Just as all of us have been given the same number of muscles, so have all of us been given the same amount of faith. But just as muscles grow stronger only through exercise, so does faith grow stronger only through exercise. This is the reason for the many trials we face.  Trials exercise our faith and make it stronger.
 
Scripture also teaches that “faith comes by hearing” (Romans 10: 17). Whatever we hear often enough and long enough, we will end up believing. For this reason, it is critically important that we continually hear truth. And truth is found in the Word of God!
 
Decide today that you will be a person of faith–not because of what you will get out of it, but because of the joy you will give to your Heavenly Father simply by believing what He says.
 
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PRAY, THEN GO PLAY!

by Dr. MaryAnn Diorio

Guard your heart above all else,
for it determines the course of your life.” ~ Proverbs 4: 23
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Whenever my grandchildren scratch a knee or a finger, they run to their Mama for comfort. She kisses the boo-boo, prays for healing, and then bids them go play!

As I recently watched one of these scenarios transpire in my kitchen, Holy Spirit spoke to me. “When you come to me with a problem, do you pray and then go play? Or do you pray and then go fret?”

The Lord’s words brought me under conviction. Too often, I pray and then go fret. Too often, I continue to carry the burden I thought I’d laid at the Lord’s feet.

Too often, I worry.

Worry is a sin. When I worry, I am not trusting God. When I worry, I am not acting in faith. When I worry, I am moving in fear.

What about you? Do you pray and then go fret? Or do you pray and then go play?

Play symbolizes freedom from worry. Play symbolizes peace and rest.

Play symbolizes faith.

Not long ago, Holy Spirit awakened me with this Scripture verse: “The servant of the Lord must not strive” (2 Timothy 2: 24). To strive is another way of saying to worry, to take matters into my own hands, to try to fix things on my own. Truth be told, I can’t fix a thing without God’s help, especially the big problems of life. In every case, I need His wisdom, His discernment, and His guidance.

In every case, I need to pray, and then go play.

Since observing the “kiss-the-boo-boo” scenario in my kitchen, I’ve chosen to switch gears. From now on, when I run to God with a problem, I will leave it there, trusting Him to take care of it. He is bigger than I am, and He can certainly handle the worst of problems. 

And then, I will do what He says. “Pray, then go play!”

Now it’s your turn!  What will you choose to do with your burdens?  Will you choose to pray and then go play? Please post your comment in the box below. Thanks!

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