Sid Roth - Prayer: How To Get Powerful Results
Sid Roth: Hello. Sid Roth here. Welcome to my world where it's naturally supernatural. What would you do if you heard from God, you're a doctor, a dermatologist, highly successful. You've been doing it for a number of years. You have a good practice. You love what you're doing. Your husband in the meantime is a career man, but he can't get a job in his career, so he's working for minimum wage. You have children. What would you do if God spoke to you and said, quit your job, walk away from your practice and be a stay-at-home mom. Wait a second now. My husband is not making enough money. I can't do this. Would you say yes to God? It's easy to have what someone else would say. But would say yes to God? This woman said yes, and God took her to a new school, a school in which he taught her how to pray, and get supernatural answers, and she wants to now impart this to you. Sid Roth here with Dr. Jane Glenchur. Jane, you're provoking me to jealousy again. I'm going to tell you why. As I understand it, Michael is supposed to be the angel for the Jewish people, according to Daniel. And unfortunately, he moves on your prayers. Tell me about that friend that called you and the angel Michael.
Dr. Jane Glenchur: Yes. A friend of mine called me one afternoon. She had a desperate situation. She needed an answer within 15 minutes, but she wouldn't tell me any of the specifics. So we prayed. I did not know how to pray for her. So I said, Lord, how do I pray for her? And I heard an inner quiet voice say, "Ask me to send Michael", meaning the archangel. Well I dismissed it at first because I thought that wasn't appropriate to pray that way. But I heard that voice again, the Lord said, "Ask me to send Michael". I knew this friend well enough to say, "I'm about to pray something I have never prayed before. It's unusual, but I really feel like God is telling me to say this". So I said, "Lord, would you send Michael and his angels to her house to resolve this situation for her". Then I saw a picture in my mind of Michael and a host of angels behind him marching down her street to her house. So we thanked the Lord, we ended the prayer. But 20 minutes later, she calls me back absolutely amazed because God had resolved her situation within that 15 minutes.
Sid Roth: Do you know that what you're telling me now and the other things I know about you would have never happened, never Jane, unless you said yes to God. You see, God asked her something very, very tough, tough, because she's a dermatologist. She's very successful. I don't know about you personally, but I know in my little town that I spent a number of years in, that was the top profession financially. In addition to being successful as a dermatologist, her husband is out of his career. He's only taking a minimum wage job. He can't find a job and God says to her, "I want you to quit being a dermatologist". In addition to that, she has a lawsuit having to do with her dermatology going on. What did you do with all this chaos and God says, quit her job?
Dr. Jane Glenchur: Yes. When God put that burden on my heart, it made absolutely no sense. Because I had said to my husband before I got married, I will never stay home to raise a family. And we had two children. My mother lived with us and cared for them in our home. We were also planning to build our dream house. As you said, my husband was not employed in his profession. So if I quit, I would have lost, we would have lost 90 percent of our income and all of our health benefits. And on top of that with a malpractice suit, I thought this is crazy. It's the worst possible time for God to ask me to quit.
Sid Roth: So what did you do?
Dr. Jane Glenchur: Well I wrestled with God for three months, got a lot of prayer and wise counsel, and I finally quit. And so God used that malpractice suit to compel me to spend more time with him and to spend more time reading the scriptures. And the scriptures are full of wisdom, but they don't tell you specifically which health insurance to buy, which college your child should attend or where to find shoes for your child's narrow feet. And I wanted to make the best decisions. I started to realize that my wisdom is so limited as a human being and God's wisdom is unlimited. So I thought, I need his wisdom, not my wisdom. And he began to show me how to access his wisdom.
Sid Roth: Well actually, she had a medical degree, but she was about ready to get a brand new degree, an AOP. And of course, Jane, you know what an AOP is. No you don't know. I know you don't because I just made it up. An AOP is apprentice of prayer. She became an apprentice of prayer. What does that mean?
Dr. Jane Glenchur: Well after I quit my job, the next 16 years as a stay-at-home mom was what I call my prayer apprenticeship with God. So God was drawing me closer to him and I used what I learned during that time to learn how to access his unlimited wisdom, and it totally changed the way I prayed.
Sid Roth: Well I'll tell you one thing I know that changed the way she prayed. She had to get a stain remover. Tell me about that.
Dr. Jane Glenchur: Yes. I found an orange stain on my green carpet and I was upset about it, didn't know how to take it out. It had been there for days. So I went to the store and I said, "Lord, would you show me which stain remover would be the best", because they all sounded great. And then on the bottom shelf of the store, so I knelt down and I put my hand on the first can. I said, "God, is this the best stain remover"? And nothing happens. I didn't know what I expected, but nothing happened. I did the same thing the second one and the third one. When I got to the fourth can, I hear an outer audible voice say to me, "That is the best stain remover". And I felt like I was on God's candid camera because I was shocked and I thought, is that an angel? It couldn't be God because it was a female voice. Then I heard it again, "That is the best stain remover". So I turned in the direction of the voice and I saw these two elderly white-haired women walking down the aisle. They never spoke to me directly, but when they walked behind me, the same person said again, "That is the best stain remover". So I bought it and the stain came out easily, and that totally revolutionized my prayer life. That was really the start of my apprenticeship.
Sid Roth: And it taught you really power prayer. What is power prayer?
Dr. Jane Glenchur: Well let me tell you first what it's not. It's not a formula. It's not saying special words to get God's favor, because I don't want to treat God like a genie in a bottle. It's based on a deep intimate relationship with God. Before I learned these principles, I would just rattle off my laundry list of requests, ask God for wisdom and then get up and solve all of my problems using my human logic and reasoning. God was never directly in the middle of my decision-making. If we don't learn how he speaks, we might miss that he's speaking to us. So he can talk to us through scripture, which is the most common way. But he can also talk to us by giving us an image in our mind or an impression, or a dream.
Sid Roth: I tell you what. Hold that thought. Here's what concerns me. Two-thirds of college-age Christians leave the faith. Why? Because they're dealing with head knowledge rather than experiential knowledge. When we come back I want you to teach, Jane, on how the children can do exactly what you're teaching the adults. Be right back.
Sid Roth: You know, I'm reminded of the scripture, "This is eternal life that you might have experiential knowledge with him". That's in the Wuest translation. Jane, how can we stop what's going on with these young kids that either go to college or they're that age. They're raised as Christians, but they never, they were much like you. They just had the head knowledge. They believe because their parents told them to believe. The minute they get to college or they get among peers who make fun of them, they drop their faith. How can we make a difference as we raise them?
Dr. Jane Glenchur: Well I did have that same experience because all of my knowledge about the Lord was head knowledge. And I walked away from my faith in college and recommitted my life to Christ right as I was applying to medical school. And I have such a passion to teach children and young adults to experience God's presence, to experience these personalized answers to prayer. Because once you experience hearing God or see supernatural answers to your prayer, you can't deny that God exists and you start to see how much he loves you, because he shows you how he cares about the smallest details in your life, and then your faith builds.
Sid Roth: My favorite story about your daughter is a birthday party and she got an unusual gift, a sock. But it wasn't just a sock. It was a sock that had been used with a hole in it. Tell me about that.
Dr. Jane Glenchur: Yes. My daughter received a gift. It was a special pair of multi-colored socks and she was so excited. It was from her best friend. When she opened the gift and she tried them on at home, there was a hole in the sock. So she came to me absolutely upset and very angry because she felt like the friend had played a trick on her, was doing something mean. Well I said to her, you know, let's ask God what his truth is about this. So we sat and listened and God was showing me that the child couldn't afford to give her a gift, but wanted to. And so this was the only thing she could do was to give her a pair of her own socks. But I didn't want to tell my daughter that. I wanted her to hear that from God herself, and God showed her that. And all of a sudden, her countenance changed and her anger disappears, and she starts to have compassion. She said, "Mom, God just showed me that she really wanted to give me a present, but she couldn't afford it". And then she felt sorry that she had gotten mad, and she had compassion for this little girl.
Sid Roth: What a life lesson. But what about adults that never had that good a training. They didn't have an apprentice of prayer, mother. How do we hear God?
Dr. Jane Glenchur: Well I teach people that you need to be in a quiet place because you don't want to be thinking about distractions, your cell phone, your to-do list, what you're going to have for supper. You also need to learn how to quiet your mind. Now many people are talking in their head while they're praying, and what they're usually doing is analyzing the problem and coming up with solutions, not listening to God.
Sid Roth: So they're doing a God bypass and they don't even realize it.
Dr. Jane Glenchur: That's right.
Sid Roth: And they don't even realize it.
Dr. Jane Glenchur: That's right. They don't. And I used to do this myself because in high school I was the queen of pros and cons list, and I have a very linear, logical way of thinking.
Sid Roth: I see that.
Dr. Jane Glenchur: Right. So.
Sid Roth: You know why I see it?
Dr. Jane Glenchur: Why?
Sid Roth: So do I.
Dr. Jane Glenchur: Which is great for medicine.
Sid Roth: Right.
Dr. Jane Glenchur: But it doesn't work for prayer because, again, you're relying on your human logic and reasoning, and that will filter out God's best solution for you. So I had to learn to get rid of the pros and cons list, because Romans 8:6 says that, "The mind of the flesh is sense and reason without the Holy Spirit". And that convicted me that I was using my sense and reason to solve my problems. I really wasn't listening for God's answer. And so then I began to quiet my mind. I began to relax and focus on hearing and expecting to hear an answer from him.
Sid Roth: Now that's key, not just hearing, but there's a faith dimension. Did you catch it? Expecting, expectancy. I am going to hear from God. When we come back, Jane was mentored by the Holy Spirit on power prayer, and I want her to share one of the supernatural secrets.
Sid Roth: So God put Jane in a situation where she became an apprentice of prayer. She literally sat at his feet to learn how to pray. Tell me one of the secrets of power of prayer that God showed you.
Dr. Jane Glenchur: Yes. One of my favorites is called tapping into God's heart. Because when you ask God what is on his heart first before presenting your concerns, you're really giving him free reign to speak about anything in your life or the life of the person you're praying for.
Sid Roth: If I'm understanding you right, when you start every morning praying, is that the prayer you pray? Say it again.
Dr. Jane Glenchur: Yes. I start...
Sid Roth: Tell me how you pray it.
Dr. Jane Glenchur: I simply, after I've thanked God and praised him, I'll say, "God, what is on your heart today"?
Sid Roth: That is so different. It's normally a laundry list.
Dr. Jane Glenchur: Yes. And I've heard amazing things by doing that. So for instance, one time a friend asked me over to her house to pray about a problem, and I said, "I would like to honor God first and ask him what's on his heart". When we did that, I was surprised by what God said to me. He said to me very clearly, "Your mother will not die this year".
Sid Roth: Had she been sick?
Dr. Jane Glenchur: No. She was in her 80's, but she was very healthy.
Sid Roth: So that was a pizza dream.
Dr. Jane Glenchur: No. I heard it again twice, very, very clearly. So I wrote it in my journal, not realizing that several months later this would be extremely important because three months later, my mother is stepping from her house into her garage at 9 p.m. at night. She falls. She sustains life-threatening injuries. No one hears her cry for help. So she lays on the garage floor for seven hours before someone, a neighbor, calls the police. So I get a phone call and immediately I'm reminded, God told me she's not going to die this year, so I can stay calm. So I went to the hospital emergency room where the emergency room doctor says to me, "Her injuries are so severe, you would best call in your family members because she may not make it". And he pulled up the x-rays, and I looked at those black and white facts, but they were no match for God's truth. And I said to him, "She'll be fine".
Sid Roth: Wait a second, you're a doctor. Is this guy a little upset?
Dr. Jane Glenchur: He probably thought I was crazy.
Sid Roth: Meshugah. We like that word.
Dr. Jane Glenchur: Right.
Sid Roth: It's Hebrew for crazy.
Dr. Jane Glenchur: Not only that. But he says, "Her injuries are so bad we have to ship her off to a level 1 trauma center". So we go to the next hospital.
Sid Roth: But you're convinced she's not going to die.
Dr. Jane Glenchur: Oh absolutely because God told me she was not going to die.
Sid Roth: God is so fabulous. Before she's even sick, before she's even injured you get the answer. I love it. Is that part of power prayer?
Dr. Jane Glenchur: Oh absolutely. Absolutely. And because I knew what was on God's heart that day it made the difference in making medical decisions for my mom. Because she ran into multiple complications as she recovered, and every time she did, I would just declare Psalm 118:17, my mother will not die, she will live to declare the Glory of God. And so all my decisions were based on the fact that I knew she would recover.
Sid Roth: You shared a little earlier about the way you used to pray and the way you pray now. Give me a real life example of the way you pray now.
Dr. Jane Glenchur: Okay. One time I needed a Christmas gift for a friend and I had no idea what to get her. Now before I would have probably not even prayed about it, but if I had, I would have gotten, I would have said, "God give me wisdom please about what to buy her for a gift". But then I would have gone from store to store, to store looking for items, buying one or two, bringing them home and then fretting about whether she would like them or whether I spent too much money or not enough money.
Sid Roth: You sound typical. Are you relating to her? I think you are.
Dr. Jane Glenchur: But in reality, what I did was I sat down and I prayed. I said, "Lord, I have no idea what to get my friend. But I know you know. So would you show me what would bless her". And instantly I get this impression, buy her a fleeced jacket. Well this was back when fleece first came out and it only came in sleeveless vests. So I corrected God and I said, "I'm sorry, but fleece doesn't come in jackets. It only comes in vests. So what would she like"? And I hear again, a fleece jacket. So I thought well maybe this is a deception from the enemy. So using Matthew 18:18, "I bound the enemy from speaking to me". And I asked a third time, "God, what would my friend like"? And of course, I hear fleece jacket. So I thought, well how can I confirm that this is God? My next question was, God, if this is you, would you show me where I can find it. And I get a picture in my mind of a store that's in an area of town that I normally don't shop in. So I felt let's test this out. And I drive there, look at all the racks, and I said, "God, where is the fleece jacket"? I get to the clearance rack and there is one periwinkle fleece jacket in exactly my friend's size at a great price. And so the beauty of power praying is one trip to the right store to buy the right item, and it saves time and money. My friend loved the present. It fit her perfectly.
Sid Roth: I happen to love that power principle that she pointed out rather than my laundry list to God. God, every morning pray, God, what is on your heart? I want to be a God pleaser. And I have to tell you that you are on his heart. He want you not to know about him. He wants you to have experiential knowledge of him. If you will tell God you're sorry for your mistakes, believe the blood of Jesus washes them away as if they never happened, ask him for help to turn from doing these wrong things and then say, Jesus, come inside of me, become my Lord, become real to me, I want experiential knowledge with you. You are on his heart.