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About Amanda | Inspiring Passion for Jesus Christ

Prayer & worship leader with a passion to help others grow deeper in Christ in a lifestyle of prayer.

A Read for the Stressed, Overwhelmed or Burnt Out Soul (Book Review)

Relief from overwhelm, freedom from stress, the end of burn out, the elimination of hurry. Does that sound like something you need?

John Mark Comer has written detailing how we need to overcome hurry in our lives and how to start the process. His book, The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry is rightly subtitled, How to Stay Spiritually Alive in the Chaos of the Modern World.

This book contains truth and practices of crucial need in our modern lives. The author begins by sharing his own story of burn out which I found of great encouragement and help. The book then goes on to speak on the dangers of hurry and technology alongside the importance of being emotionally and spiritually healthy.

Technology has helped us and yet also challenged us with constant notifications that make us reachable 24/7. Hurry, busyness and productivity have become near gods in our lives, controlling us in ways that can quickly lead to burn out. One could even say they have begun to control many of us.

I believe this book is a critical message for our general. Hurry is presented as the enemy of our spiritual lives, and rightfully so. Hurry is uncovered as an issue affecting even the depths of our souls. Addiction to technology is shown as the controlling idol it has become.

The question is, will we let this knowledge spur us to action or not?

This book explains how certain spiritual disciplines and life-altering practices can help alleviate the toxicity of hurry in our lives. These practices include silence and solitude, sabbath-keeping and rest, simplicity and slowing down.

By employing these spiritual practices in our lives, we will find hurry and distraction no longer keeping us from living life as we should live it. We can begin to find ourselves truly present in every moment.

A review copy of this book was provided to me by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

Overcoming Fear with the Recipe of Love, Power and Self-Discipline (Book Review)

Overcoming Fear: The Supernatural Strategy to Live in Freedom by Dawna De Silva is a book that brings a different perspective of the struggle many face with fear. The author utilizes a Scripture-based “recipe” for this, 2 Timothy 1:7, which reads,

“For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline” (NLT)

The book details different sources of fear in our lives. These can include wrong mindsets, ungodly beliefs, unhealed hurts or demonic influences. Recognizing these “wrong recipes” can help us learn not to allow fear, stress and anxiety to control us, and instead walk in freedom through the power of God’s Spirit as we come to know truth, love and forgiveness. Continue reading

The History of 24/7 Worship and Prayer

One of my greatest passions is to be part of what God is doing on this side of eternity. I am a worshiper and an intercessor, serving in a prayer room weekly. Our prayer room may have only a few open hours five days each week, but across the world, prayer and worship continue around the clock, 24 hours a day and seven days a week in some locations.

Could you imagine it? It’s happening on the earth even at this moment–no matter when you read this article. And it should be happening. Why? Because our Father, His Son Jesus, and His Spirit are worthy of all our worship and all our hearts.

The heart and mission of houses of prayer, prayer rooms and Burn 24/7 furnaces is not new. Worship and prayer gatherings ranging from occasional gatherings to full 24/7 meeting places are not just a thing of our current time. At various times and seasons, this has been a reality far before our time.

Continue reading to find out about the history of 24/7 worship and prayer, and how it is also happening in the times in which we now live. Continue reading

Debunking the Myths About Hearing God (Book Review)

Many of us have confusing ideas regarding what it means to hear from God. We think of audible voices or outlandish experiences. We think we’ll hear Him as obviously as if fireworks had been set off and doubts will not exist when He speaks.

We all know what really happens though: We doubt, we hear subtle things we aren’t sure are God. Meanwhile, another Christian seems to have those fireworks encounters and we feel like something must be wrong with us. Perhaps we just aren’t as spiritual as the people around us. Continue reading

Effective Prayer: Praying God’s Word by His Spirit

One of my passions is prayer and helping others grow in prayer. I want to share two keys to effective prayer.

There are many resources such as prayer journals to help us pray more. But with these resources in hand, how do we pray effectively? How do we engage in prayer that is also enjoyable? After all, a simple “save Richard” or “help Susie not to doubt” gets repetitive and even boring after awhile. We want to pray specifically and with our hearts all in.

Beyond any other tool, our greatest resources for prayer are God’s Spirit and God’s Word.

We must pray in agreement with God. We want to avoid praying our own opinions, agendas or ideas. Instead, we must follow the leadership of God’s Spirit and seek His Word.

It says in 1 John 5:14-15 that we have confidence in God if we ask according to His will. We can actually know that He hears our prayers and that He will answer them. So how can we learn to pray His will? Continue reading