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Sunday, July 03, 2011

Prayer the Life of the Soul

Prayer is to God the soul’s sure way;
So flows the grace he waits to give;
Long as they live should Christians pray;
They learn to pray when first they live.

If pain afflict, or wrongs oppress,
If cares distract, or fears dismay,
If guilt deject, if sin distress,
In every need, still watch and pray.

’Tis prayer supports the soul that’s weak,
Though poor and broken be its word;
Pray if thou canst, or canst not, speak;
The breathings of the soul are heard.

Depend on Him; thou shalt prevail;
Make all thy wants and wishes known;
Fear not, His mercy will not fail;
Ask but in faith, it shall be done.

Sunday, March 06, 2011

Your SECRET Location For PRAYER

But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place. (Matthew 6:6)

When it comes to PRAYER there needs to be deliberateness, your secret location, your inner room, a set time, the closed entrance from interruptions as well as intruders.

In this secret location your Father is actually waiting for you and me. He is absolutely there just as He is certainly in Heaven, always be reverent, as Moses when he removed his sandals from his feet! Be trustful, since you are experiencing a meeting with One that is infinite sympathy as well as absolutely love! Feel encouraged, as there is no trouble He can't solve, absolutely no knot He can't untie!

God is aware of a lot better than you do just what you need and really should ask for. He's reviewed each and every item of your life, every single trial, each and every temptation--the unknown as well as unpredicted, the flashes of sun light over the journey, as well as the clouds of crying. He listens to your prediction as well as requests, plus rejoices whenever they line-up together with His infinite foreknowledge; or perhaps He might give you something much better and much more suitable to your circumstance.

"He will recompense you." If He doesn't eliminate the troubles, He'll provide an angel to strengthen you; if your thorn stays unremoved, He'll supply even more grace. You may well be certain that, by some means or another, your own Heavenly Father will satisfy your specific need.

It truly is as specific as if you actually heard Him tell you: "Go your way, your prayer is heard: Let me handle it, have faith in Me, entrust everything to My hand!" Once you have absolutely placed an issue into God's control, let it rest there. Don't repeat your commitment, for this shows that you haven't made it. Your mindset from here forward should be to look at God's face, don't ask Him to just remember, however , for you to state: "Father, You know, understand, and care! I know whom I have trusted, and am persuaded that You will not fail me."

There's a prayer we should pray that is with out ceasing; then again certainly that isn't the actual repeated petition to get exactly the same thing, but typically the blessed exchange of joyful fellowship. Don't use vain repetitions, just as the sinners, who assume that they'll be heard for a lot of talking, however depend on Him faithful who promised! This kind of calculation regarding faith is just about the highest characteristic of prayer, because faith certainly is the silent guarantee of things not yet seen!

Lift all of us directly into the light and love as well as purity and blessedness, and allow us all now our own part along with all those who have trusted in You, and searched for the little things such as in great, in issues that are temporary as well as things eternal, to accomplish Your Holy Will. In Jesus' name AMEN.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

The Dangerous Prayer

"You took a risk trusting Me, and now you're healed and whole. Live well, live blessed!" (Luke 8:48 The Message)

As a young man within the first few steps into my life long experience along with Jesus, a preacher taught me a prayer of which I have in no way forgotten about. It really is a prayer every single individual can pray - indeed, a prayer each and every person ought to pray.

However, I ought to advise you....it's a hazardous prayer. It's easy, however serious; special, and yet complete. It contains both a humble plea, also as a bold faith. This prayer isn't very likely to be prayed by men and women that are unclear about gratifying God, and it certainly would never ever find voice within those who are constantly anxious about pleasing humanity.

Nevertheless, it really is a prayer that needs to be prayed.

But, it's harmful. Hazardous because it is irreversible; it will most undoubtedly be answered by God, still though at occasions you will wish you had by no means prayed it. The moment He hears this specific prayer rise from your heart, the inevitable answer is without a doubt set in motion - plus every future cries to the contrary will certainly fall as duds to the floor.

Alright. I have supplied you honest forewarning. You now continue at your own risk. I need to caution you, nevertheless, that simply looking at this unique prayer may be misconstrued by God as you actually praying it. Therefore in case there exists any measure of cowardice in you quit right at this point! You should not move forward!!

But with regard to people who are trustworthy and also brave, and who hunger for God to use your own life to produce a significant difference in this world - here's this harmful prayer:

Lord Jesus, do in me anything you need to do, so that you can do through me everything you want to do. Amen.

Those that take this risk and trust Jesus with their lives, will find healing and wholeness over this path of their great journey; they'll live good, and be blessed in every single course of action. And that, my good friend, is worth taking the risk.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Wouldn't That Be Great?

"The LORD hear thee in the day of trouble." (Psalm 20:1).

Let's say you're in trouble, great or maybe small, but trouble enough that this forced you to cry out to someone...to someone for help. Wouldn't it be great to know that the Lord Himself heard you, and also to watch Him respond with an open and unmistakable solution?

Let's say you're totally exposed and vulnerable to people that wished to harm you terribly, even though you were unaware of their objectives. Wouldn't it be great if your God kept you secure from all damage ? even the damage you did not know had been there?

What if you were by yourself as well as friendless, surrounded by unfaithful men and women, living in a place of raising ungodliness. Wouldn't it be great if the Master noticed you and did something unique to change factors around on your behalf in a very great and also beneficial way?

Let's suppose you are kind and also giving to many people over an extended period of time, but were feeling that nobody noticed or really valued the things you had achieved. Wouldn't it be great if instantly you were conscious of the Lord hadn't only realized and also appreciated every single kindness you had shown, but that He actually had a record of them all as well as was getting ready to hand back to you much more than you had given ? though that was not the reason why you made it happen.

Let's suppose you had awesome dreams but absolutely no means of making them happen. Wouldn't it be great if the Lord supplied you with all the resource as well as relationships needed to fully realize your noblest ideas and achieve your very best of projects.

What if you had been confronted with some sort of titanic problem, a David before Goliath, even though unsure regarding the way it would end up, you stood your ground and fought using faith and courage.... therefore you won. Wouldn't it be great if suddenly all of your friends and family were told the news of your victory and jumped to their feet cheering in honor of God.

Imagine if every time you prayed in earnest, thoughtful, humble faith ? God answered your prayer. Wouldn't that be great.

Incidentally, these aren't the wistful longings of an loopy dreamer, neither are they the vain imaginations of a spent cynic. No, certainly not. With regard to everything I have just touched on is all covered in a single prayer found in the Bible; a single excellent blessing uttered ages ago that stands in rich supply for all, even unto this very day. Here, read it yourself....

"In times of trouble, may the LORD respond to your cry. May the God of Israel keep you safe from all harm. May he send you help from his sanctuary and strengthen you from Jerusalem. May he remember all your gifts and look favorably on your burnt offerings. May he grant your heart's desire and fulfill all your plans. May we shout for joy when we hear of your victory, flying banners to honor our God. May the LORD answer all your prayers." Psalm 20:1-5 (New Living Translation)

May I suggest this specific prayer as being a wonderful way to start out your day? Pray this for yourself, to be sure; but, to truly see its fullest blessing discovered in ever-expanding steps - pray it specifically, deliberately, and also continuously for other people as well!

Say, now wouldn't that be great?

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Thy Kingdom Come

Tip! Prayer, as taught by Jesus in its principal expression, enters into all the relations of life. It purifies fellowship.

"Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven" (Matthew 6:10).

This is the first thing Jesus told us to pray for in the Model Prayer. We open the prayer with deep love and great respect, "Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name."

Then, almost in the same breath, Jesus tells us what is of utmost priority in our prayers "Thy Kingdom come."

Notice that there is a period, which means a complete sentence has been spoken. What follows next is, therefore, very interesting, for it serves as a fuller explanation of what Jesus means by the phrase, "Thy Kingdom come."

He says, "Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven." In other words, the Kingdom comes into any life or circumstance at the moment God's will is done on earth in perfect harmony with what He has already done in heaven above.

So what does this mean for us today?

Simply this whatever God says that He has already done, even if the situation on earth contradicts it in every way, we may be sure that His power will work on our behalf to make every change necessary in order for things to line up with His will.

Furthermore, in light of the fact that we are ambassadors for Christ entrusted with the message and ministry of reconciliation, we may go about our day with the full assurance that we are backed up by the power of God especially in those moments when we are faced with the powers of darkness, which ever work to contradict God's will.

"Thy Kingdom come!" will be our declaration and we will see God's will done on earth, just as it in heaven.

Sunday, December 05, 2010

The Power of Prayer

"The weapons we use in our fight are not the world's weapons but God's powerful weapons, which we use to destroy strongholds." (2 Corinthians 10:4, Good New Bible).

We have an arsenal not made by human hands, but is stocked full with the powerful weapons fashioned by God Himself. They aren't for marketing or manipulation of any sort, but are specifically designed to demolish demonic strongholds — putting down every false argument raised against Truth. These weapons have the power of God to destroy the enemy's efforts against our Faith.

Prayer is one of these weapons, and when it is coupled with the Word of God it possesses a power that is invincible. That's why the early disciples said, "We will devote ourselves to prayer, and to the ministry of the Word." When we follow their example, we will experience the same results that happened for them.

Let's look at a remarkable example found in the Scriptures.

When Joshua was battling the armies of the Amalekites in the valley of Rephidim, the Bible tells us that Moses was on the mountain lifting up the Rod which God had given him. As long as the Rod was held up, Joshua advanced in battle. When Moses' arms grew weary and he lowered the Rod, the enemy began to make advances against Joshua.
Aaron and Hur, two of Moses' friends, stood beside him and held his arms up — the result was a overwhelming victory for Joshua. (see Exodus 17:8-13).

The eyes of the LORD search the whole earth in order to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to Him. Jesus said that when we pray in secret, God will reward us openly. An example of this happened in Jerusalem when the disciples gathered in prayer and "the place where they were assembled was shaken." They were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and preached the Word of God with boldness — even in the face of death threats.

This brief scan of the biblical record proves the age old adage — "The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much!" (James 5:16). Prayer makes tremendous power available, the kind of power that is dynamic in its working and effective in its results; great power that produces wonderful results.

Why not pray today and look for what happens as a result. You just might find yourself praying every day!

Saturday, December 04, 2010

The Purpose of Prayer is to Train You to Reign with Jesus

"To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne." (Revelation 3:21).

Three things happen as we pray. First, we have fellowship with God. Second, we cooperate in bringing God's will to Earth. And, third, we are being prepared for Eternity.

One thing is certain about Heaven — we will not sit around on fluffy clouds strumming harps and eating yogurt, preening our wings and polishing our halos. No; nothing like that at all. Instead, we will reign with Christ, for that's what the Bible tells us.

"To him that overcomes," Jesus said, "will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne." (Revelation 3:21). John gave us a glimpse into this exalted place, and we hear a mighty host of ransomed men and women from all nations singing, "You are worthy O Lord, for You have made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth." (Rev 5:10).

And the standing promise of the Ages, which fills our hearts with unshakable faith — the kind that overcomes the world — says it in perfect clarity: "They shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads. And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God gives them light: and they shall reign forever and ever." (Rev 22:4-5).

Our struggles here on earth, which intensify our resolve in prayer, become the very means whereby God is readying us for that place where we shall reign with Jesus. One old preacher called prayer, "reigning training." Its the process whereby God deepens our faith, broadens our vision, sharpens our discernment, awakens our passion, and unleashes His power.

The purpose of prayer is to train you to reign with Jesus. So when you bow your head to pray, remember — every king kneels in order to be crowned.