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Faith filled Prayer

Posted: January 3, 2017 in Faith, Prayer, The Bible
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“The Faith which creates powerful praying is the faith which centers itself on a powerful person. Faith in Christ’s ability to do and to do greatly, is the faith which prays greatly.” – E.M. Bounds
“And when he was come into the house, the blind men came to him: and Jesus saith unto them, Believe ye that I am able to do this? They said unto him, Yea, Lord. Then touched he their eyes, saying, According to your faith be it unto you.” – Matthew 9:28-29
We need to have a lively faith in the almighty grace of Christ. We also need to have a fervent and incessant cry and prayer for the demonstration of His grace into our life. because of his importunity he will rise and give him as many as he needeth. And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.” – Luke 11:8b-10
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Are you preparing your heart to seek the Lord? We have a responsibility, as the people of God, to seek out the Lord, to seek to serve Him; to be continually preparing our heart to seek the Lord. Notice in the verse below: what was the evil that was done?

II Chronicles 12:14 “And he did evil, because he prepared not his heart to seek the LORD.”

How did he do evil? – “because he prepared not his heart to seek the LORD.”

How about you? Are you daily preparing your heart to seek the Lord that day? What are some ways we could do this preparing on a daily basis? Psalm 5:3 helps us with the answer “My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O LORD; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up.”  – We need to start off everyday with prayer and Bible reading. This is a key way in which we prepare to seek the Lord out each day.

Ezra 7:10 is the antidote to II Chronicles 12:14. We need to take Ezra 7:10 as a  verse we seek to live out every day. Don’t let II Chronicles 12:14 be able to be spoken about your life; instead seek to be an Ezra 7:10 Christian every day!

Ezra 7:10 “For Ezra had prepared his heart to seek the law of the LORD, and to do it,…” – Every morning of every day prepare your heart for that day to seek the Lord out and His will. Be a prepared Christian everyday. Be prepared because your  enemy is always prepared to bring you down and ruin your testimony. Prepare your heart every morning to seek the Lord every day.

 

“In Everything Give Thanks”!

Interesting illustration to this post. On our way to church this morning my wife was stopping to pick up donuts for our class and she slipped and fell; injuring her foot pretty bad. So much so I had to take her back home. As I was driving her home I turned to her and said, maybe not the smartest thing to do, but I turned to her and said “you need to give thanks for hurting your foot this morning“. Thankfully my loving patient wife chuckled in her pain after I said it. Then when I got back to the church she became the illustration to the lesson.

I Thessalonians 5:16-18 “Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”

For this reason is that all things work together for good to them that love God; therefore, every situation may be a subject of gratitude and thankfulness.  While you live for God, prosperity and adversity will be equally helpful to you. For this is the will of God, that you should be always happy; that you should ever be in the spirit of prayer; and that you should profit by every occurrence in life, and be continually grateful and obedient; for gratitude and obedience are inseparably connected. (Romans 8:28 – And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.)

It is God’s will that we rejoice always and that we are to pray without ceasing. It is also God’s will that in everything we are to give thanks. In every circumstance, in every situation, in every problem, in every trial, in every hurt foot, we are to give thanks. Not only are we to be thankful in everything, but also we are to be thankful for everything. (Ephesians 5:20 – Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;)

Matthew Poole speaking of this thought said “God still by fresh mercies gives fresh occasion for thanksgiving, and we must accordingly continue our thanksgiving through the whole course of our lives without weariness.”

THE NEED TO GIVE THANKS

Ingratitude displeases God. It is included among the sins that would be prevalent in “perilous times”. (II Timothy 3:1-5 – his know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.) The wrath of God will be revealed against those who are unthankful. (Romans 1:18-21 – For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.)

We are to have the attitude of gratitude.We are to be thankful for what the Father has done for us. (Colossians 1:12-14 – Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:) We are to be abounding in thanksgiving. (Colossians 2:7 – Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.) Thankfulness ought to be part of the garment we put on. (Colossians 3:12-15 – Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.)Thankfulness should be a complement to our prayers. (Colossians 4:2 – Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving; & I Timothy 2:1 – I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;)

Thankfulness is the key… To overcoming anxiety. (Philippians 4:6-7 – Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.) Thankfulness is the key to obtaining peace that surpasses all understanding. (Philippians 4:6-7) Thankfulness is the key to praying without ceasing and being able to always rejoice. (I Thessalonians 5:16-18 – Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you) – When we give thanks in everything we will start praying without ceasing. When you pray without ceasing you will begin to rejoice always. Thankfulness is the key! If we desire to have a peace which passes all understanding and joy that is inexpressible (I Peter 1:8) then we need to develop the attitude of gratitude and be thankful in everything.

Commenting on thankfulness and peace Albert Barnes said “The peace which God gives. The peace here particularly referred to is that which is felt when we have no anxious care about the supply of our wants, and when we go confidently and commit everything into the hands of God.”

HOW TO BE THANKFUL IN EVERYTHING

Remember all things work for good… If we love God and have responded to His call. (Romans 8:28 – And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.) Loving God presumes obedience to His will. (I John 5:3 – For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.) Responding to His call presumes obeying the gospel. (II Thessalonians 2:13-14 – But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth: Whereunto he called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.)

We can therefore glory in problems, trials and tribulations. (Romans 5:3-5 – And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope: And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.) Knowing that it produces character. Knowing that character in turn produces hope.

We can therefore rejoice in persecution. (Matthew 5:10-12 – Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.) Knowing that the kingdom of heaven is ours. Knowing that our reward in heaven will be great.

We can therefore rejoice in trials. (James 1:2-3 – My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.) Knowing that trials produce patience. Knowing that patience produces perfection and completeness or maturity. We need to express thanks in every prayer. We are to include thanksgiving with our prayer requests. (Philippians 4:6 – Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.) Every time you pray for something, first thank God for something.

“Count your many blessings, name them one by one, And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done.” – Johnson Oatman, Jr., 1856-1922

We are to express thanks in prayer even when we are facing hard times. Daniel is a great example of this. (Daniel 6:7-11 – All the presidents of the kingdom, the governors, and the princes, the counsellors, and the captains, have consulted together to establish a royal statute, and to make a firm decree, that whosoever shall ask a petition of any God or man for thirty days, save of thee, O king, he shall be cast into the den of lions. Now, O king, establish the decree, and sign the writing, that it be not changed, according to the law of the Medes and Persians, which altereth not. Wherefore king Darius signed the writing and the decree. Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went into his house; and his windows being open in his chamber toward Jerusalem, he kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and prayed, and gave thanks before his God, as he did aforetime. Then these men assembled, and found Daniel praying and making supplication before his God.) – Daniel made giving thanks a part of his daily prayers even when facing a life-threatening crisis, Daniel still gave thanks as always.

William Hendriksen has beautifully expressed the importance of giving thanks “When a person prays without giving thanks, he has clipped the wings of prayer, so that it cannot rise.” Ask yourself, do you want the full benefit of prayer in your life? Do you want the ability to rejoice always, in every circumstance? Then take the time to thank God in everything, and for everything (Ephesians 5:20) knowing all the while God can use it for your good (Romans 8:28). Do this and you will not only do what is God’s will for you, but you will become “more than conquerors” through the love of Christ and the love of God. (Romans 8:35-39 – Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.)

II Chronicles 7:14 “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”

The first phrase in this verse “If my people, which are called by my name” in the Hebrew literally means if a group of people that God considers to be His are called, by either implication, association with or by honor, by His name. So this verse can very will be applied to Christians today and have application and implication to the Christians of our nation or any nation.

No evil or judgment comes upon individuals or nations without the permission and control of God; and He is able and ready, when they are truly humbled and repentant, to remove it and demonstrate towards them new indications of His favor. If national sins, which lead to national judgment is involved then a national response by God’s people is needed. A national humbleness, a national prayerful spirit, a national seeking out of God and a national repentance by God’s people is required by God; then He says that He will hear from Heaven, He then will forgive their sins and He then will heal their land.

Solomon in this passage is instructed, that the only way, by which God can be reconciled to a sinful people, is, by their own recognition of their particular sins and humbling themselves to actual repentance and changing of their lives. That it is the proper demonstration of true of repentance, to forsake our sins and become better for the future, more devout towards God, more sober and chaste with regard to ourselves, more just and charitable, meek and humble towards all men. Without this, humbling of ourselves and prayerful spirit toward God, our actions otherwise will signify nothing; sorrow and tears will have no avail to save our own souls, or to preserve our nation from destruction. For this promise of healing of the land to occur it requires of God’s people to have a true turning away from our particular sins and a turning to God to bring healing to the land. If a healing of a nation is to occur in other words it needs to start with God’s own people.

Psalm 5:3 “My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O LORD; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up.”

“The Morning Prayer”

Wherever I go today, Lord,

Wherever my path may roam;

Be with me all the way, Lord,

And bring me safely home.

Whatever I may do today, Lord,

From day-break to setting sun,

May I do it all, I pray, Lord,

As Thou wouldst have it done.

Whenever  I speak today, Lord,

May each word I choose be clean;

May none of the things I say, Lord

Be hateful, harmful, mean.

And to those I meet today, Lord,

May I do as Christ would do;

That thus I may teach His way, Lord,

And they may know Him too.

So may I journey each day, Lord,

That all the world may see

By the things I do and say, Lord,

Christ reflected in me.

                                               — Written by L. J. Ekvall.

Let God be the first thing in your thoughts every morning. The Psalmist has the correct priorities in putting God first in his day and in his life. The Psalmist also is going in the right direction in his life and in his spirit, he says “I direct my prayer unto thee“, he is not looking at self, he is not trying to live even a single day without God’s guidance, without God’s fellowship and without God’s blessing on his life. It can be very hard sometimes to put our full trust in the Lord. Trying times will come; faith will be tested greatly, but we need to always as quickly as possible find our way back to our God, our Lord, our Redeemer and in times of trial and despair most importantly our Comforter.

 

 

 

 

Philippians 3:10 “That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;”

Knowing Him is believing Him, it is trusting in Him, it is fellowshiping with Him, it is doing all we can to live for Him. Knowing Him is having an experimental knowledge of Him, of His attributes, of His love, His compassion, His power over our problems and difficulties. Knowing Him is anticipating His strength to help you, it is leaning on Him in the storm, it is acknowledging your helpless and sinful state and trusting Him with your eternal soul. Knowing Him is intimate, it is reassuring, it is comforting. Knowing Him enables us to do things we never thought possible. Knowing Him is letting Him have full control over your life, your desires, your ambitions and your plans. Knowing Him is such a sweet and peaceful place to dwell. Why don’t you make the decision today to get to know our Savior better, that would be one decision you would never look back on with regret. Know Him!

Seven Days of Prayer for your Pastor
“Remember them which have the rule over you, who have spoken unto you the word of God: whose faith follow, considering the end of their conversation.” Hebrews 13:7

SUNDAY
Pray for him as a Preacher/Teacher.
“And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel,” Ephesians 6:19
Pray that Christ may be lifted up through him.
♦ Pray that he may experience the anointing of the Spirit in his preaching.
♦ Pray that needs may be met, hearts blessed, and lives changed through the preaching of the Word.
MONDAY
Pray for him as a Servant Leader/Administrator
“Give therefore thy servant an understanding heart to judge thy people, that I may discern between good and bad: for who is able to judge this thy so great a people?” I Kings 3:9
♦Pray that he may lead his staff with the direction and sensitivity that only the Holy Spirit can offer.
♦ Pray that he may offer guidance to the deacons and lay leadership that may bring unity and shared vision.
TUESDAY
Pray for him as a Person
“Because thou hast made the LORD, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation; There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling. For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.” Psalm 91:9-11
♦Pray for his “personal time” and rest in the Lord.
♦Pray for him as part of his family – husband, father, son – that those cherished times in his home and with his family will be a blessing to his soul and to the souls of his loved ones.
♦Pray that God will protect him against the things of this world – that they will not overtake his spirit with preoccupation or misplaced priorities.
WEDNESDAY
Pray for him as a Pastor
“And I will give you pastors according to mine heart, which shall feed you with knowledge and understanding.” Jeremiah 3:15
♦ Pray that the Holy Spirit may be the Comforter of souls through His servant as he counsels the troubled, visits the sick in homes and hospitals, and exhibits the love of Christ in his daily acts of ministry.
♦Pray that, as a Pastor to his staff, he may emulate the strength and compassion of the Good Shepherd.
THURSDAY
Pray for him as a Prophet
“I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.” II Timothy 4:1-2
♦Pray that as he prepares his sermons, only the Word of the Lord may be revealed.
♦ Pray that the emerging vision God has for His people may be revealed and clearly interpreted through His servant.
FRIDAY
Pray for him as Evangelist
“How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!” Romans 10:14-15
♦Pray for him as he wins souls to Christ and as he teaches others to win souls to Christ.
♦Pray that doors of opportunity to witness may be continually opening to him.
SATURDAY
Pray for him as a Disciple of Jesus
“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” Ephesians 6:10-12
♦ Pray that he may continue to discover new depths of understanding as a student of the Word.
♦ Pray that he may ever find a consistent balance between the Word and the deed as he follows Jesus.
♦ Pray that a wall of protection of the Holy Spirit may keep him safe from the devices of Satan.

The preceding is not original to us. This was posted on our refrigerator for years. No idea where we got it from. Thought it would be good to share.