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James Banks
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Date Show Title
Feb
20
2021
Aren't the best relationships the ones where you can just be quiet with someone, without having to express what you’re thinking all of the time? Today, James and guest host Rachel Torres discuss how we can pursue a relationship with God like that - one where we can just stay quiet before Him, and keep our minds and hearts still.  
Feb
13
2021
James & Robby discuss imprecatory prayers - praying for calamity to befall one's enemies - and how we can pray for our enemies in the way Jesus instructed us to.
Feb
6
2021
We need to see ourselves as little children when we come to Jesus, when we talk to the father... and James & Robby are showing us how!
Jan
30
2021
James & Robby are putting on the full armor of God, so that they can take their stand against the devil’s schemes... and they're showing you how to, as well! This week, they look at prayer as the forgotten piece of the armor of God.
Jan
23
2021
James & Robby discuss one of the most challenging things - but also one of the best things - about our prayer life... Getting open and honest with God!
Jan
16
2021
Have you ever prayed about something, and maybe right in the middle of your prayer, you realize, “I don’t really believe this can happen?” If we’re honest, we’ve all been there at times... James & Robby help us figure out how to move past this feeling and pray with real faith.  
Jan
9
2021
Prayer is more than a duty - it's a calling! James & Robby talk about why this is and how we can better enjoy our time spent in prayer.
Jan
2
2021
On the FIRST Encouraging Prayer of 2021, James & Robby talk about one particular New Year's resolution: to pray more. How do we do this AND be consistent with it? James and Robby challenge you to change how you view prayer.
Dec
26
2020
Christmas may be over officially, but James & Robby talk about keeping the wonder of Christmas as we go about our everyday lives!
Dec
19
2020
On the last Encouraging Prayer before Christmas, James & Robby talk about three special Christmas prayers from the Bible that can be a huge help for each of us - two from Mary and one from her older cousin Elizabeth.
Dec
12
2020
When you think of prayer, what do you think of? Do you ever feel like you’d like to pray more, but there’s only so far you can go with it—and that makes you feel guilty? Prayer—real prayer—can seem like such a challenging thing, but God never intended it to be that way. James & Robby talk about it!
Dec
5
2020
As this Advent season begins, James & Robby explore the very specific request Jesus taught us to pray in the Lord’s Prayer: “Your kingdom come.”
Nov
28
2020
Woah, Robby and Dr. Banks are prepared to duke it out.  Not really, but a set up for a kind of prayer that gets your attention.  No worries, no animals OR humans were hurt in the recording of this podcast. :)
Nov
21
2020
Are you thankful this Thanksgiving? James & Robby talk about how we can and should give thanks to God, even after the year 2020 has been!
Nov
14
2020
James & Robby are talking about peace and love - not a 60’s thing - but a Jesus thing. There is a peace that only Jesus can give when you have His love growing in your heart, so these two discuss how to stay close to Him and live with Him moment by moment.
Nov
7
2020
2020 has been a highly charged year where the emotions of many are running rampant, and some, sadly, have given in to hating others who differ with them - and that is not what Jesus would have us do. James & Robby talk about how to pray when facing hate. 
Oct
31
2020
James & Robby talk about how to pray in the chaotic time leading up to the election, as a good number of people are feeling like if their candidate loses, the earth could give way.
Oct
24
2020
Andrew Brunson, the missionary who was imprisoned in Turkey for two years, came to speak at a prayer meeting at Peace with his wife Norine, and theirs is an incredible story. Listen as James and Robby share some of that story and talk prayer during the dark hour of the soul.
Oct
16
2020
Have you ever told God you're sorry you did something, and right after you told him, maybe even moments, you went back and did the very same thing? That isn’t an easy place to be, and if we’re honest, we’ve all been there. And today on Encouraging Prayer we’re going to talk about how to move beyond that with God’s help.
Oct
10
2020
James Banks and Robby discuss something that happens to us all during our prayer life.  Praying, praying and praying without a clear definitive answer. 
Oct
3
2020
It's EASY to pray for our families and friends - but what about our prayers for those or are in AUTHORITY over us? 
Sep
26
2020
Dr. James Banks and Robby discuss despair and doubt the focus of the wonderful read of the Pilgrims Progress.  Insightful and encouraging.
Sep
20
2020
Robby and James chat about the times when God leads us to move on from a certain thing on our hearts in prayer.   Scripture backs it all up.  Be encouraged today.  Listen.
Sep
12
2020
Few things show us more directly God’s involvement in our lives than when we ask for something and receive a direct answer. But of course the challenge is that it doesn’t always happen that way, and that can cause us to doubt and to question and to ask less. But we shouldn’t, we should keep asking, as Jesus told us. Not because we have a “Gimme” kind of faith, but simply because God wants us to.
Sep
5
2020
If you look at the world around us one thing is clear, people need Jesus. It’s an election year, and many are placing their hopes in one candidate or another. But only God can save us and help us to love.
Aug
29
2020
Today James suggests an approach to prayer that can help you do it more often, and also pray in strategic and practical ways. It just takes a little preparation, like putting together a playlist. But once you start to learn it you’ll find out how powerful it is.
Aug
22
2020
In Psalm 13 David prays, “How long, Lord? Will you forget me forever?” It’s a great prayer to talk about because the fact that you see it in Scripture shows us something really important, that we CAN pray like this.  God never corrects or disciplines anyone for praying like this, not at all. Prayers like this are included in His Word to show us that we can talk about anything with Him, even our disappointments.
Aug
15
2020
There’s a phrase that you see in both Ezra and Nehemiah, and it’s hard to miss because it’s in several places. Ezra 7:6, 7:9, 7:28, 8:18, 8:31 Nehemiah 2:8, I’m sure there are probably more references, but that’s just a quick reading, and all talk about “the gracious hand of God being on someone,” and as you read it, you can’t help feeling, “I want that in my life!”
Aug
8
2020
James and Robby talk about learning how to pray well with other people like friends and family.
Aug
1
2020
We've got some "fresh bread" for you today, a new course at Our Daily Bread University! For about a year James has been working on a 10 lesson video series there, and it’s now available there online, for free!
Jul
25
2020
Today we have something for you that is so helpful and can make such a difference in the way you pray, but you’re going to have to listen very carefully because it’s so simple you can miss it, but so powerful that you won’t want to.
Jul
18
2020
Today we’re talking about something that can really help you pray. We’re going to look at what it means to talk something out with God.
Jul
11
2020
How do you end the day with God? Is there a special prayer that you say, or something unique that you do? Or do you just lie down and rest in Him and go to sleep?
Jul
4
2020
Dr. James and Robby revel in the joy the Jesus has given us the REAL independance with prayer.
Jun
27
2020
So today we’re talking about starting the day with God in prayer, and why we really want to do this. There’s a lot more to this than we sometimes think. Sometimes I think we can dismiss it too quickly because sometimes talking about this can sound, legalistic. Like a bunch of rule we have follow if we’re going to be right with God. But that’s not where we’re going today. Today, it’s like we’re going fishing.
Jun
20
2020
Today on Encouraging Prayer we’re going to talk about keeping, or guarding our hearts. This is such a vital topic—it effects everything we do. Proverbs 4:23 says, “Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.”
Jun
13
2020
Today on Encouraging prayer we’re going to talk about something that, if you really think about it, will keep you going back to God again and again.
Jun
6
2020
Today on Encouraging Prayer we’re going to be talking about such a vital topic, especially in the current climate of unrest in our country. We’re going to talk about the unity of prayer.
May
30
2020
A prayer style is nothing more and nothing less than our preferred way to pray. We all have certain approaches, and we’ll talk about that today. But the most important thing to realize as we start out is that one approach is not better than another. Each has their own advantages, and I hesitate to say weaknesses because the important thing is that we just pray. And this matters because if you haven’t found the prayer style that works best for you, than you may find prayer to be harder than it should be. So you might even think of these as onramps to prayer, ways to really help you go places as you pray.
May
23
2020
God’s Word reminds us in Hebrews 11:6 that God rewards those who diligently seek Him, and that’s a big part of what prayer is. Remember that Jesus said, “Apart from me, you can do nothing.” So this is part of what it means to “abide” in Him, cling to Him, “hang out” with Him even, if you will.
May
16
2020
This week James and Robby dive into some quotes and writings from Charles Spurgeon on the topic of prayer.
May
9
2020
So often we can feel guilty when it comes to praying because we measure ourselves against verses like 1 Thess. 5:17–“Pray continually”—and we can think, “I’ll never get there.” But it’s so important to understand that we can’t build our prayer lives on legalism, do’s or don’ts, or methods either. It’s got to come from the heart. And the beautiful thing about that is when we go to God and say “Help me do this, help me be real in this” He will help us every time.
May
2
2020
One of the greatest struggles many face when it comes to prayer is feeling like they just don't have the time. James Banks and Robby Dilmore tackle that issue in today's episode of Encouraging Prayer.
Apr
25
2020
Today's show starts with a riddle,“What is the spiritual gift that isn’t?”
Apr
18
2020
If you have a prodigal in your life you know how difficult it can be. Of course we usually think about a prodigal son or daughter, but it could be a parent, or a spouse, or a friend. A prodigal is someone who is running from God and needs to come home to Him.
Apr
11
2020
James and Robby pray about what Easter really means to us, and how we can find that meaning in Psalm 62
Apr
4
2020
James and Robby talk about a question many may have on their minds during this time of crisis.
Mar
28
2020
Bob joins Robby in the Truth Booth.  Guess what Bob is wearing?  PLUS, Christian Car Guy Theater makes a special return!
Mar
28
2020
James and Robby read and pray their way through Psalm 91.
Mar
21
2020
James and Robby take this week's episode to simply pray together, and pray with our listeners.
Mar
14
2020
Today is the Keep Calm and Carry On edition of Encouraging Prayer. Right now we’re facing the worldwide corona virus pandemic. The silver lining in this cloud is that it can cause us to examine ourselves about eternity, and that’s a good thing, because it can lead us back to God.
Mar
7
2020
Sometimes when we think about prayer it can seem like just “one more thing you have to do.” We know we need to pray, but we struggle with actually doing it. So today on Encouraging Prayer James and Robby talk about staying motivated to pray.
Feb
29
2020
This week James and Robby talk about the power behind praying the name of our lord.
Feb
22
2020
It seems like the struggle we often face is, “I just don’t have time to pray or to spend time in God’s Word.” Our minds get so full of “the things that we have to do today” that we either rush through our devotions or we don’t do them at all. That’s life for many believers in our fast-paced world; there are so many distractions and things competing for our attention and it’s easy to slip up. So today James and Robby are going to talk about it today from a slightly different angle.
Feb
15
2020
Today on Encouraging Prayer we’re going to be talking about “Sweet Surrender.” Surrendering ourselves to God when we pray, and what that looks like and feels like.
Feb
11
2020
Praying without words is something you don’t hear about too often, but learning about it can help us so much when we pray.  
Feb
11
2020
If you were to rate the frequency with which you praise God on a scale of 1 to 10, where would you come out? Would you be a 6 or a 8 or 1? This is more than just a “my cup of life is half empty or half full thing.” Our lives either have a pattern of praise or they don’t—and it matters. It matters deeply.
Feb
11
2020
I did my doctoral work in the area of united prayer and it’s role in revival, and we’re in one of those periods where praying together has fallen out of practice in many churches and homes. And I really believe that we’ve seen a decline in the influence of Christianity in our culture because of that.
Feb
11
2020
I thought it would be helpful if we talked about what Scripture calls “the meditations of our hearts.” So it’s personal—and also extremely necessary
Feb
11
2020
When you’re the parent of a prodigal it can seem like hope is in short supply, but that’s never the case with God. And when we pray together and gather around His Word we find strength that we never knew was there.
Feb
11
2020
Let’s make it practical. Let’s say you’re going to be at that family gathering where a person has been intentionally hurtful in the past. When you walk into that situation with a prayerful heart you know you are never alone. Praying helps us remind us that we are loved and valued no matter what others may think or say or do, so you can enter into difficult situations with strength.
Feb
11
2020
Don’t get mad, get even! In an entirely spiritual sense, of course (laughing). Just pick something every day as a reminder that Jesus is with you and will never leave you and is the greatest gift of all. So, what’s it going to be?
Feb
11
2020
You know, all the emphasis on gifts at this time of year has made me think about something my friend Daniel Henderson taught me about prayer. He said that when we pray we need to be careful not to just seek God’s hand, but to seek His face as well.
Feb
11
2020
The transformation of Scrooge in that story is incredible. I love the part where he says, “I will know Christmas’s in my heart and keep it all year.” The only way you can know Christmas like that is if the true founder of the feast is in your heart, Jesus himself. But what really jumped out at me is this whole concept of how things are heading in one very definite direction, but they can be changed by your actions.
Feb
11
2020
“When I have trouble talking with the Lord, I remember that He is right here with me, in this very room. Because He is “Immanuel, God with us.” And what I like to do is put an empty chair in front of me, like the one I’m sitting in here by your bed, and imagine that the Lord is sitting in it, and just talk to Him that way.
Feb
11
2020
The beautiful thing about worship is that we can do it anywhere. This isn’t about simply going to a worship service, although according to God’s Word that needs to be the start of our worship every week. This is about going to God in our hearts wherever we may be.
Feb
11
2020
Well, it seems that whenever you have an in depth conversation with someone about this story about Mary and Martha from the 10th chapter of Luke you invariably hear the same thing. Someone will say, “Well, I’m not a Mary, I’m a Martha, and the church and the world need Marthas too. Because it’s the Marthas who get things done.”
Feb
11
2020
This idea from Charles Spurgeon. I was reading one of his sermons called “Prayer Certain of Success” where he points out that points out that each of these commands—ask, seek, knock—refer to an ascending scale of intensity. I had never seen that before, but I think it’s right. Jesus always made his words count—he isn’t just using different words to say the same thing. And this matters because often we simply stop at asking when we need to go further, because if we don’t, it can cause us to wonder if our prayers make any difference at all.
Feb
11
2020
That term “throne of grace” appears in Hebrews 4:16:   16 Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. Hebrews 4:16 | NIV This is one of the most beautiful pictures of prayer in all of the Bible, because it shows us God’s heart when we pray. He not only encourages us to pray with this verse, He tells us what will happen when we do, and it’s all good.
Feb
11
2020
Today’s encouraging prayer is about celebrating our Savior. And here’s the thing—this is something we can do every day. As we go through life He wants us to grow closer to Him, to grow in love with Him. And He will help us do that as we look to Him more and more. Think of all that we have because of Jesus—all we have to be thankful for. Sins forgiven, a relationship with our Heavenly Father, His presence promised to us every day, a new identity with God, a new beginning....
Feb
11
2020
You imagine that scene where the boxer is down, and the ref starts what’s call the long count, counting to ten, and the trainer is there on the side. Like Burgess Meredith from the Rocky movies, or the trainer from Cinderella Man, one of my favorite movies. And he starts shouting something like, “Get up. You’re gonna let that knock you down? Get up and give it right back.” So for this talk you can think of me as that hard nosed boxing trainer encouraging you to get back into it with your prayers.
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