Prayer


January 15, 2016: 10:21 pm: Prayer

John 16: 29-33
31 Jesus asked, “Do you finally believe? 32 But the time is coming-in fact, it is already here-when you will be scattered, each one going his own way, leaving me alone. Yet I am not alone because the Father is with me. 33 I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

The instructions that Jesus gave us reflect how He lived His life while He was here on the earth. He told us not to be alarmed when we have trials and problems. He had them, and so would we. We have all suffered from struggles, problems and trials. Some have suffered more than others, but all of those in Christ will experience them. How we deal with them is another question. How we handle our grief is dependent on how we have built our life in Him. If you are about to set sail to cross the ocean do you want to get on a ship that was just built for smooth sailing or do you want to get on the ship that can handle the storm? Of course we expect smooth sailing, but in the event that something should change, don’t you want to be on the ship that can take the unstable sea? The same goes for our lives. We need to build our life on the principles of the Word of God and live as Jesus lived. If we know Him and know His Word, we will be prepared for anything this world can throw at us. We expect smooth sailing, but we also know that problems will come. Those who build their lives on Christ are prepared for the most difficult illness, financial problem or even death of a loved one. They are prepared before the trail comes because they have built their life on the Rock. When you know Him, you know peace no matter what your circumstance. Because your peace is based on His promise and not on the outcome of your situation, you will weather the storm. Even in your sorrow, you have a sense of well being because you know He is with you and will never leave. So don’t set sail in life without preparing. Be grounded in His Word, know Him and you will know peace.

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December 11, 2015: 8:38 pm: Prayer

Luke 1:28-38
28 Gabriel appeared to her and said, “Greetings, favored woman! The Lord is with you!” 29 Confused and disturbed, Mary tried to think what the angel could mean. 30 “Don’t be frightened, Mary,” the angel told her, “for God has decided to bless you! 31 You will become pregnant and have a son, and you are to name him Jesus. 32 He will be very great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give him the throne of his ancestor David. 33 And he, will reign over Israel forever; his Kingdom will never end!” 34 Mary asked the angel, “But how can I have a baby? I am a virgin.” 35 The angel replied, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the baby born to you will be holy, and he will be called the Son of God. 36 What’s more, your relative Elizabeth has become pregnant in her old age! people used to say she was barren, but she’s already in her sixth month. 37 For nothing is impossible with God.” 38 Mary responded, “I am the Lord’s servant, and I am willing to accept whatever he wants. May everything you have said come true.” And then the angel left.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House publishers, Inc.) 1996.

If we truly want God’s will, then we must be willing to accept the results of it, whether we can fully understand those results or not. When God tries to use us in a way that doesn’t fit into what we’ve learned as acceptable and humanly permissible, we tend to turn Him down. We have been taught by human standards and can only understand with limited understanding, so we may not be open to what God would have for us. We need to completely surrender to anything that God would direct us. This is total and complete dependence on Him and the direction of His Word. God will not ask you to do something that contradicts His Word. Mary didn’t understand what she was about to face and surely she must have been concerned about being an unwed, pregnant woman in a culture that would cast her out for being in such a state. And yet as she listened to Gabriel, her sprit made the choice to accept the will of God regardless of what would happen to her. Mary was as human as you and I and held no special power. She needed the grace of God to forgive her sins, just like anyone else. But she made a choice to go forth with God regardless of the natural human consequences and God blessed her greatly. Are you as willing as Mary was to allow God to work through you in anyway He chooses? Or are you still relying on your own human understanding to move forward? Hear what the Spirit of God is saying to you today and move out in faith to accomplish the work He wants to do through you. Be willing to do that thing you are not so sure of, but are sure that God is in it.

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November 19, 2015: 11:37 pm: Prayer

 

Psalm 34:8-10
8 Taste and see that the Lord is good. Oh, the joys of those who trust in him! 9 Let the Lord’s people show him reverence, for those who honor him will have all they need. 10 Even strong young lions sometimes go hungry, but those who trust in the Lord will never lack any good thing.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Trusting God when nothing seems to be happen is difficult. But is harder to live with the consequences of taking matters into your own hands. Resist the temptation to think that God has forgotten you. Have patience and courage to wait for God to act. It is easier to live in need of an answer than to live in regret of a bad decision. Any decision to move outside of God’s will can lead to consequences that can last a life time. Look what happen to Abraham when he and Sarah decided not to wait for the child God promised and took matters into their own hands. Abraham had a child with Sarah’s hand servant and the world still suffers for the conflict between her children and the children of the promised child Isaac. The Jews and the Moslems will never have peace until Jesus returns. Wait for the good thing that God will do and do not lose faith while wafting for God to move. The answer that God will bring is better than anything you can do on your own.

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October 13, 2015: 12:42 am: Prayer

John 14:6
6 Jesus told him, I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

This verse will become more and more important to the followers of Jesus Christ as the last of days fast come to an end. The world is getting prepared for an inclusive religion that all who are left will be required to serve. Every belief will be accepted except faith in Christ Jesus. This one truth that Jesus Christ is the Way and the only Way to God, will become more and more a focal point for why Christianity is barbaric and out of date! Never mind that all of the other major religions also makes similar claims. The focus will be coming down hard by the world on the claims of Jesus Christ and His followers because it is the truth. There is no power to change lives or power to save people from their sins outside of Christ. This is the truth and as His followers, we cannot waiver on this truth. But this truth will become more and more unwelcome in a world that welcomes every other form of religion. We will even see in our lifetime that speaking the Word of God will be against the law, as it is now in Canada. James Dobson’s simulcast on marriage was banned in Canada because of their law against hate language. Because he spoke of man-woman marriage as being the only way, it was against the law to show in Canada. America is not far away from the same thing. Christians need to be prepared to communicate this one basic truth to the world around them. But it must be communicated with love. Without the love, that was so freely given to us, expressed with the truth, Christ will be rejected. Christians must work to change the world’s view of Jesus Christ and we must continue to work in His name no matter what the world may think, Continue to stay strong in Christ and show them the love that only He can bring no matter what.

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August 14, 2015: 8:20 pm: Prayer

Psalm 93

1 The Lord is king! He is robed in majesty. Indeed, the Lord is robed in majesty and armed with strength.The world is firmly established ;it cannot be shaken.
2  Your throne, O Lord, has been established from time immemorial. You yourself are from the everlasting past.
3  The mighty oceans have roared, O Lord. The mighty oceans roar like thunder; the mighty oceans roar as they pound the shore.
4  But mightier than the violent raging of the seas, mightier than the breakers on the shore–the Lord above is mightier than these!
5  Your royal decrees cannot be changed. The nature of your reign, O Lord, is holiness forever.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

These Psalms are written by David, who is testifying that God’s laws or Word are irrevocable.  They are completely reliable and will not fail. Hebrews also states the same thing in Hebrews 13:8, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” God rules over all of His creation according to His Word. And His Word is His constitution, and contains all of His legal degrees, by which He rules righteously.  Everything in existence is judged by His unchanging Word.  So if we know His Word, we know Him and how He operates in this world He created.  If we know His Word, we know He hears and answers prayer. So we can come bodily before Him and make our requests known to Him by reminding Him of past answers He has already given according to His Word.  So when your need seems impossible or when you are discouraged with sickness, financial problems or family fears–go boldly before the throne of God. Remind God of His Word and His past answers to prayer. Read and study His Word and know that according to His Word He will hear and answer your need. If God has declared it to be true, you can believe and stand on it.  You can rely on Him to hear you and meet your need according to His Word.

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August 11, 2015: 8:05 pm: Prayer

Genesis 16:1-6
But Sarai, Abram’s wife, had no children. So Sarai took her servant, an Egyptian woman named Hagar, 2 and gave her to Abram so she could bear his children. “The Lord has kept me from having any children,” Sarai said to Abram. “Go and sleep with my servant. Perhaps I can have children through her.” And Abram agreed. 3 So Sarai, Abram’s wife, took Hagar the Egyptian servant and gave her to Abram as a wife. (This happened ten years after Abram first arrived in the land of Canaan.) 4 So Abram slept with Hagar, and she became pregnant. When Hagar knew she was pregnant, she began to treat her mistress Sarai with contempt. 5 Then Sarai said to Abram, “It’s all your fault! Now this servant of mine is pregnant, and she despises me, though I myself gave her the privilege of sleeping with you. The Lord will make you pay for doing this to me!” 6 Abram replied, “Since she is your servant, you may deal with her as you see fit.” So Sarai treated her harshly, and Hagar ran away.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

The Word teaches us to pray in line with the will of God.  We are told by the Word that if we pray in line with God’s will, our prayers will be answered.  But have you ever received a promise from the Lord, as Abram did in Genesis, and not seen the results of that promise?  We pray for the promise to come to past, but don’t see it happening. It can be very frustrating to know that what you want is God’s will and yet you do not have it.  It is during these times that it is tempting to take matters into our own hands, to force the issue.  Most of the time when we do this it leads to sin.  When we know God has promised us an answer to our prayers and we know our request is in His will and do not see it happening as quickly as we would like, making it happen in our power and time will lead to sin.  Abram and Sarai found out the hard way that they could not make God move to their time table.  And Sarai ended up in an even more difficult situation than she had been.  Sometimes trusting God means waiting for His timing to work out the situation. He always knows exactly what we need and when it is the best time to give it.  It is the waiting that can cause us to sin and try to make it happen.  Seek to know not only His will, but His timing.  Both are as important and the timing of an answer is just as important as the will of God.  What are you waiting for God to do for you today?  If you have heard from God and know that the answer is His will don’t try to make it happen.  Trust that God will do what He said He would do and do it at the time He has appointed.  Don’t take matters into your hands or you may find yourself in a worse situation and it may cause you to sin.  Wait for God to work His plan in your life and the lives of those you love according to His time and God will answer you prayer.  He will save the one you are praying for, He will heal your disease, He will meet your need, and He will do it at just the right time.

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July 22, 2015: 9:19 pm: Prayer

Luke 6:12-16

12 One day soon afterward Jesus went to a mountain to pray, and he prayed to God all night. 13 At daybreak he called together all of his disciples and chose twelve of them to be apostles. Here are their names:
14 Simon (he also called him Peter),
Andrew (Peter’s brother),
James,
John,
Philip,
Bartholomew,
15 Matthew,
Thomas,
James (son of Alphaeus),
Simon (the Zealot),
16 Judas (son of James),
Judas Iscariot (who later betrayed him).
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Throughout the Gospel writers note that before every important event in Jesus’ life, He took time to go off by Himself and pray.  Jesus was preparing to chose His inner circle of disciples.  He had many disciples (learners), but He choose only 12 to become apostles (messengers).  The apostles were His inner circle to whom He gave special training and whom He sent out to build His Church. Christ needed to know the Father’s will completely in this matter and took time to pray through the night.  He had a direct connection to the Father to know His will in this matter, just as we have a direct connection to the Father because of what Christ did for us.  If He needed to spend a lot of time to know the Father’s will how much more do we?  Do you take the time to know what direction God would have you go?  Do not use prayer for a way to try and control what God does for you; it is a way for you to put yourself under His control.  There is a big difference.  Sometimes we do need to go a certain direction until God directs us differently, but most of the time we need to wait until we hear from Him until we move.  Follow the example Christ gave and take the time to know what the Father would have for you to do.

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July 15, 2015: 8:28 pm: Prayer

1 Samuel 17:31-51

32 “Don’t worry about a thing,” David told Saul. “I’ll go fight this Philistine!” 33 “Don’t be ridiculous!” Saul replied. “There is no way you can go against this Philistine. You are only a boy, and he has been in the army since he was a boy!” 34 But David persisted. “I have been taking care of my father’s sheep,” he said. “When a lion or a bear comes to steal a lamb from the flock, 35 I go after it with a club and take the lamb from its mouth. If the animal turns on me, I catch it by the jaw and club it to death. 36 I have done this to both lions and bears, and I’ll do it to this pagan Philistine, too, for he has defied the armies of the living God! 37 The Lord who saved me from the claws of the lion and the bear will save me from this Philistine!” Saul finally consented. “All right, go ahead,” he said. “And may the Lord be with you!” 38 Then Saul gave David his own armor-a bronze helmet and a coat of mail. 39 David put it on, strapped the sword over it, and took a step or two to see what it was like, for he had never worn such things before. “I can’t go in these,” he protested. “I’m not used to them.” So he took them off again. 40 He picked up five smooth stones from a stream and put them in his shepherd’s bag. Then, armed only with his shepherd’s staff and sling, he started across to fight Goliath. 41 Goliath walked out toward David with his shield bearer ahead of him, 42 sneering in contempt at this ruddy-faced boy. 43 “Am I a dog,” he roared at David, “that you come at me with a stick?” And he cursed David by the names of his gods. 44 “Come over here, and I’ll give your flesh to the birds and wild animals!” Goliath yelled. 45 David shouted in reply, “You come to me with sword, spear, and javelin, but I come to you in the name of the Lord Almighty-the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. 46 Today the Lord will conquer you, and I will kill you and cut off your head. And then I will give the dead bodies of your men to the birds and wild animals, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel! 47 And everyone will know that the Lord does not need weapons to rescue his people. It is his battle, not ours. The Lord will give you to us!” 48 As Goliath moved closer to attack, David quickly ran out to meet him. 49 Reaching into his shepherd’s bag and taking out a stone, he hurled it from his sling and hit the Philistine in the forehead. The stone sank in, and Goliath stumbled and fell face downward to the ground. 50 So David triumphed over the Philistine giant with only a stone and sling. And since he had no sword, 51 he ran over and pulled Goliath’s sword from its sheath. David used it to kill the giant and cut off his head.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Many times our problems seem as big as Goliath did to David.  And sometimes they are, but God is always bigger.  When David faced this giant, he went forward in the name of God and he remembered the other times God had delivered him from other giants.  David remembered the lion and the bear he had killed while protecting his father’s sheep.  Remembering how God had given him past victories gave him strength to face this new one.  David did not go out as others thought he should but went out with what he had.  And God gave him victory.  What makes you think God will not do the same for you?  Has not God given you victory over past problems?  Stop and think about what He has done for you in the past. Whatever you are facing today, God will be with you and He will give you victory.  It may be peace, it may be joy, whatever it is you need God will provide.  Philippians 4:6 tells us, “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.”  When you face a problem, remember what God has done in the past for you.  When you thank Him, you remember and remembering God’s grace gives you strength to face the problem today. Go forward remembering what God has done for you and you will move forward into the victory He has already given.  Don’t let your giants take away the joy of victory that God has already given.  The giants of today are the praise reports of tomorrow.

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June 24, 2015: 3:12 am: Prayer

Daniel 6:16-22
16 So at last the king gave orders for Daniel to be arrested and thrown into the den of lions. The king said to him, “May your God, whom you worship continually, rescue you.” 17 A stone was brought and placed over the mouth of the den. The king sealed the stone with his own royal seal and the seals of his nobles, so that no one could rescue Daniel from the lions. 18 Then the king returned to his palace and spent the night fasting. He refused his usual entertainment and couldn’t sleep at all that night. 19 Very early the next morning, the king hurried out to the lions’ den. 20 When he got there, he called out in anguish, “Daniel, servant of the living God! Was your God, whom you worship continually, able to rescue you from the lions?” 21 Daniel answered, “Long live the king! 22 My God sent his angel to shut the lions’ mouths so that they would not hurt me, for I have been found innocent in his sight. And I have not wronged you, Your Majesty.”
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

If you read the whole story behind Daniel being in the lions’ den, you will see his enemies tried to kill him by preventing him from praying to God.  But Daniel did pray, the Word states in Daniel 6:10 “…He prayed three times a day, just as he had always done, giving thanks to his God.” Daniel was a praying man, but notice that prayer did not keep him from getting thrown into the lions’ den  Christians sometimes think, because I pray, nothing bad should happen to me.  That is not necessarily true.  Because you pray, you are not alone if something bad does happen.  There is a big difference.  God is not interested in your physical or emotional or financial comfort, He is interested in you becoming more like Him.  He is interested in what matters for eternity.  And what matters for eternity is how much you allowed the Spirit of God in you to overcome the evil nature also in you.  Who is ruling in your heart will determine your behaviors and actives.  And God is interested in not what you accumulate, but in who you bring to heaven with you.  These are the things that God will work out in your life for His purpose.  So if you are going through something bad right now, don’t stop praying, don’t stop believing, know that He is with you to bring through the problem to make you more into His image so you are more usable for Him.

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July 10, 2014: 12:58 am: Prayer

Colossians 4:2-6

2 Devote yourselves to prayer with an alert mind and a thankful heart. 3 Don’t forget to pray for us, too, that God will give us many opportunities to preach about his secret plan-that Christ is also for you Gentiles. That is why I am here in chains. 4 Pray that I will proclaim this message as clearly as I should. 5 Live wisely among those who are not Christians, and make the most of every opportunity. 6 Let your conversation be gracious and effective so that you will have the right answer for everyone.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Have you ever grown tired of praying for someone to know the Lord as Savior? Paul says we should devote ourselves to prayer and to be alert in prayer. Our persistence is an expression of our faith that God will answer our prayers. Faith shouldn’t die if the answer comes slowly, for God’s delay may be God’s way of working His will. We can have no way of knowing all of the circumstances surrounding the person we are praying for. Or all of the ways that God is working to draw them to His love. When we pray, we need to trust that God is working the circumstances of their lives to bring them to Himself. God is working in the lives of all people to come to Him. Some turn Him away and some just need more time. The Holy Spirit is doing His job by working beyond their knowledge to bring them to accepting Christ as Savior. So never give up. Never stop praying for those you know who need Him. When you pray, know that God is present, always listening and will always answer your prayer. Maybe not in ways you had hoped, but in ways that He knows are best.

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