New Blog Launch

Blog Launch PhotoHi Everyone,

Today, I launched my brand new prayer blog called “This Secret Place“.

As you’ve seen from previous posts, lately I’ve had a renewed passion for prayer. The new blog will have Monday Prayer Prompts, Devotionals, and Resources for a more passionate prayer life. I put a lot of time and effort into making it look more inviting, professional, and user friendly. Also, I have an editorial calendar–so you can expect valuable content on a more consistent basis!

“This Secret Place” will replace this blog and I wouldn’t want to lose you! I want to thank you so much for being a loyal reader. You have faithfully followed Manna and Mustard Seeds for about 2 years and it means the world to me.

I’m excited grow with you and bring you a better blog.

With love, Audra Haney

P.S. In addition to subscribing to the new blog, you can also follow on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest

Prayer For Our Enemies


“Beautiful Lord,

 You tell us that it is easy to love those who love us, but you call us to also love our enemies. (Matt. 5:44)  You ask us to pray for those who persecute us, slander us, curse us, and despitefully use us. (Luke 6:27) Some of our enemies are next door, across the globe, from the past, or in our very close present.

We know that through the power of the Holy Spirit, we can be obedient to you. Help us to pray for our enemies even when we don’t feel like it. Remind us that forgiveness is a choice, not an emotion. But, we also trust that eventually our emotions will follow our obedience. We trust that the things you call us to in obedience are also best for us as your children. Remind us that freedom and joy come when we release others in forgiveness. (Gal. 5:13-14)

Today, we come to you broken and fully aware of how hard this commandment is to obey. There is pain. There are hurtful memories. There is pride. There is confusion. Help us to place all those ugly emotions in your hands and remember the cross. We can forgive because you so lavishly and undeservedly forgave us on the cross and daily extended that forgiveness when we fail. May seventy times seven be our heart and practice. (Matt. 18:22)

 Thank you for YOUR forgiveness Lord. We choose to supernaturally be like Christ today and pray for our enemies.

 In Jesus Name we pray.”

MPP-be a light

Today’s Monday Prayer Prompt is in honor of and inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. I love his following quote: “Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”

Please join me today and let’s pray to be a light in this generation:

“Father, thank you that in Christ we are chosen, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. (1 Peter 2:9) We pray that you would help us to be that light to others today. We pray that we would display your love in all the we do and say and think. Help us to walk as children of the light. (Eph. 5:8)

We pray for both our beloved neighbors and our enemies today. You have said, ‘all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another. (John 13:35) A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let our light shine before others, so that they may see our good works and give glory to you, our Father who is in Heaven.” (Matt. 5:16)

Monday Prayer Prompt

Do you desire a deeper prayer life but can’t seem to connect with God as intimately as you would like? Do you have good intentions but get too distracted? Are you complacent about prayer or doubt it’s importance in your everyday life? Do you shy away from conversations with your Heavenly Father out of guilt or condemnation? Have you asked God to help you pray?

Let’s start the week and our series of prayer prompts by asking God for a DESIRE FOR PRAYER:

“Dear Heavenly Father,

We pray to want to pray! You told us that you are the vine and we are the branches and apart from you we can do nothing, but with your help we can bear much fruit. (John 15:5) Help us! We want to come to you.

We want to have fellowship with you. In our heart of hearts, we know that it is the most important work a child of God can do. In our heart of hearts, we know that this is how we change the world and how we can truly know you. Birth in us a burning desire to talk to you and to listen to you everyday. Teach us how to pray without ceasing. (1 Thess 5:17)

Teach us how to cast all of our burdens on you. (1 Peter 5:7) Teach us how to rely on your strength and power. Teach us to ask you for wisdom. (James 1:5)

Teach us how to be prayer warriors. (Eph. 6:11) We can not do it in our own strength, but through the supernatural power of the Holy Spirit working in us, we know that we can create the spiritual discipline of a powerful prayer life.

This week–help us push back distractions, help us make time for you, remind us that we are redeemed, that nothing can separate us from your love. (Romans 8:39) We can come boldly before you and ask you anything. Help us use this awesome privilege.

We love you and we believe you will answer and help us want to pray!

In Jesus Name we pray.”

Emmanuel- The WHO of Prayer (Part 2)

Could we with ink the ocean fill,
And were the skies of parchment made,
Were every stalk on earth a quill,
And every man a scribe by trade,
To write the love of God above,
Would drain the ocean dry.
Nor could the scroll contain the whole,
Though stretched from sky to sky.
-The Love of God, F.M Lehmen


Today, we move our eyes from the Father to the Son, to Jesus—and my heart is overwhelmed. The lyrics above came to mind as I thought about the task of confining Jesus and the “WHO” of his being in our prayer life to a simple blog post. I am inadequate– but also completely unable to move forward with this series without turning our attention to Him.

Without Jesus, we cannot stand before the Almighty Creator we spoke of in the previous post. Without the manger, there is no hope. Without the cross, we are enemies of God.

“Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him. For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.” (Romans 5:9-10)

Jesus is “Emmanuel”—God WITH us. He doesn’t just have the power to fix our mess, He came down to earth to get in it with us. He doesn’t just see our hurts, he chose to feel them with us. He doesn’t just hear you. When we were full of sins, He was perfect. He died to take away your place and make you a CHILD of God. A powerful God with no compassion is scary. But, a God that would send His own Son to prove His love and heal our world—HE. IS. LOVE. And, this is the Jesus we pray to. (John 3:16)

One of the things that revolutionized my prayer life is a thought from Priscilla Shirer:
Do you really think that God loves you enough to die for you, but doesn’t want to talk to you?

No matter where you are, how bad you’ve been acting, how far you’ve strayed—Jesus says, come.

For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin. Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”(Hebrews 4:15-16)

Are we savoring or squandering the mind-blowing privilege JESUS bought us on the cross—to have full-access to the throne room of a loving, miracle-working, heart-molding, life-changing God?

PRAYER: “Jesus, you are the all in all. To be able to pray in your name is a gift beyond comprehension and yet we walk day in and day out without exercising the authority and the access you have granted us. We pray to want to pray! Prayer is the greatest calling, the greatest way to spend our days. We tend to shy away from communion with you when we sin or go astray. And, when things are going well, don’t turn our faces to you in desperation. Change our hearts to desire to ALWAYS be in your presence in prayer. May we long to be in the secret place with you. May we long to speak to you while we run errands, fold laundry, do our jobs. Thank you that in the mess of this life, you are EMMANUEL.”

Newleycombe Cross In Snow

How to start a relationship with Jesus Christ

Infinite and Intimate- The WHO of Prayer (Part 1)


As we relaunch, reinvigorate, revisit, revive our prayer lives in this season, we can’t start without reflecting on the “WHO” of Prayer. Oswald Chambers is quoted as saying, We have to pray with our eyes on God, not on the difficulties.” I do not need to know the weight or the breadth of the difficulty you are carrying today, because I am certain the “WHO” of our prayers is greater. Let’s stop looking at our brokenness, our discouragement, and our mess. Let’s renounce this relentless, purposeless busyness for a few moments and LOOK AT HIM.

Let’s bask in the beauty of the Trinity, the awe-inspiring God of the Bible—the miracle-working “WHO” of our prayers.

Let’s start today with:


By the word of the Lord were the heavens made, their starry host by the breath of his mouth. (Psalm 33:6)

I think the best thing we can feel while praying is “small.” We have a God that breathes out stars, that has shaped all of time and history, and all of life. He founded this world with His wisdom and the galaxies with His understanding (Jeremiah 10:12) How long has it been since you’ve meditated on the vastness of his all-powerful creative energy?

Not feeling small enough? This article with gorgeous pictures of space is guaranteed to do the trick.

But, even though you are small, you are also IMPORTANT. He is not only THE creator, but OUR creator.


He knit us together in our mother’s womb (Psalm 139:13), He knows the number of hairs on our head (Luke 12:7). The Psalmist wrote of this Universe crafting, star-breathing God:

How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How vast is the sum of them! If I should count them, they would outnumber the sand. Psalm 139:17-18


This God that is thinking enough good thoughts about you to fill up all the beaches in all the world, is extending an arms-open wide invitation to come and talk to Him. You are praying to an infinite yet intimate God!

Tomorrow–we look at JESUS–the REASON for our all access pass…….PLEASE JOIN ME!


Can I be honest with you? I only have a tiny little platform in this loud, loud world. This intimate place to pour out words that probably only a handful of people read consistently. (Most of which are my family members! Ha!)

But, with the new year starting, I feel an urgency to give this little space more of my attention–and heart. Because, even now as I write, I see your faces. The face of the woman that smiles at me when I drop my daughter off at daycare, the face of that Facebook friend who consistently drops me notes of encouragement, the face of my new mom friend who is so tired, but is glowing radiantly in the miracle of new life and motherhood. The faces of my girlfriends who challenge me to love God’s Word more, walk out my faith in Christ more boldly, and give more generously. I love you all so much.

And, I also know when no one is looking, you have your struggles. I do too. This world can be overwhelming, exhausting, and scary.

 “How do I keep this marriage together- much less thriving? How do I raise this child in such a dark and violent world? Will I ever find a mate? I’m drowning in chores and laundry and the demands of my family- how do I keep up? All of my kids are grown- where is my purpose? I hate my body, I can’t beat this addiction, I constantly compare myself to others. Where is my passion and zeal for life and Jesus?”

So, I’ve been thinking. If there is ONE thing I could use this platform to produce, one thing I could offer you, one small gift I could bestow on this blog in 2015–it would be this:


I believe—no matter your problem or prominence, prayer is THE answer. It’s the resurrection to your death. It’s the fire to your burn out. It’s the calm to your storm. It’s the hope to your despair. It’s the strength to your anemia. It’s the ocean to your thirst.

“The prayer power has never been tried to its full capacity. If we want to see mighty wonders of divine power and grace wrought in the place of weakness, failure and disappointment, let us answer God’s standing challenge, “Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things which thou knowest not!'” (J. Hudson Taylor)

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I compel you—not as an expert or even a teacher—but a fellow student who has over the last few years been placed in a remedial class when it comes to this topic. Simply put, God’s been teaching me so much in this area of discipleship, because I’ve failed so miserably in the past. I’m guilty of complacency, neglect, and doubt. This series is more for me than you but I’m simply extending an invitation to JOIN with me in community and accountability as I grow and learn. Whether you are a seminary graduate or still new to a relationship with God, there will be something for you here.

In this blog series you can expect:

  • Biblical lessons on the basics of prayer and practical applications on how to implement more prayer into your daily life.
  • Ideas on how to overcome roadblocks to prayer
  • A Monday prayer prompt (a short prayer idea to spark your conversation with God throughout the week)
  • Resource suggestions (helpful books, blogs, ect. that I find along the way)
  • Giveaways
  • Spotlights on prayer warriors throughout history.
  • And few other surprises!

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Can you imagine how our realities, our hearts, our homes, our cities, our nations could change in 2015 if a committed group of women truly tapped into the endless power of prayer? Let’s turn those beautiful faces towards our wonderful God in POWERFUL PRAYER this year.


I’m looking forward to praying with you and for you!

Love, Audra

“Call to Me and I will answer you, and I will tell you great and mighty things, which you do not know.” Jeremiah 33:3


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