Faith-filled prayer!

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Nov 302017
 

You’re facing some issues that just can’t seem to be resolved-
– some problems that are defying solution,
– some mountains that just aren’t moving,
– that just aren’t getting answered,
– maybe there’s an overload that is absolutely overwhelming you.

It could be in your family, or at church, or at work, or in your personal life –
– there just doesn’t seem to be anything powerful enough to meet the need, to handle these demands.

May be the transformer’s down.
It could be that the power’s been out where you live!
– I mean, in your life.

For those of us who belong to Jesus Christ-
– there is something called prayer that brings all the power of God Himself down to where we can use it to change our everyday lives.

Prayer is your spiritual transformer.
And it’s possible that it’s gotten lost in the storm that you’ve been going through.

Mark 5:24 says, “A large crowd followed and pressed around [Jesus]. And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years. She had suffered a great deal under the care of many doctors and had spent all she had, yet instead of getting better, she grew worse.”

This woman has tried all the earth-solutions she can think of, but the need was just much too great for anyone on earth to meet.

She had thrown money at the problem.
– nothing happened.
She went to all the human experts.
– nothing happened.

The Bible continues to say, “when she heard about Jesus, she came up behind Him in the crowd and touched the cloak, because she thought, ‘If I just touch His clothes, I’ll be healed.’ Immediately her bleeding stopped and she felt in her body that she was freed from her suffering.”

Only one thing brought a solution:
Desperately lunging for Jesus-
– believing that His authority and power were greater than her massive need.

That’s going to be the only place you’ll find a solution, too.
By getting back to the one weapon that can prevail in your battle,
-coming in desperate faith to your all-powerful Lord,
-waging war with prayer.

Maybe you’ve been scurrying around,
-trying everything to find a solution
-except fervent, frequent, faith-filled praying!

You don’t need a planning meeting.
You need a prayer meeting.

You don’t need a program.
You need to pray.

You need to pray as you’ve never prayed before-
– believing God for something so big, only He could do it!

You’ve been so overwhelmed with your situation, maybe, that you’ve neglected the only power source that can possibly change things-
– releasing the power of Almighty God through intense and intensive prayer.

The storm isn’t the reason you don’t have the power you need.
It’s the transformer of prayer that brings God’s power to where you live.

Get your “transformer” back on line.
And you’ll have all the power you need!

(PA)

Nov 222017
 

“And Elisha prayed, “Open his eyes, Lord, so that he may see.” Then the Lord opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.” 2 Kings 6:15-17.

If someone asks if you’re aware of God, what will you say?

Maybe you’d reply, “I go to church, read my Bible, and pray all the time. I’m definitely aware of God.”

But the real question is this:
Are you aware of God’s presence and activity in your daily life?

This second question makes it a bit more personal, doesn’t it?
It refers to God being in our daily lives all the time.

We’d like to have that constant awareness of God’s presence, but it’s difficult.

When hardships and trials come from nowhere, we sometimes feel confused.
We may feel like God has left us so alone.

During difficult times, we might pray even harder and longer.
We plead for help, but see little result.

The problem is that our prayers usually revolve around our desires.
Even when communicating with God, we may be aware only of ourselves, leaving the Lord out of the matter entirely.

At that point, we may find we’re not really talking to the Father at all; we’re talking to ourselves.

Perhaps we’re focusing on the problem and actually wishing for the ability to handle it on our own.
We can, in effect, become completely blind to how God may be working.

Second Kings 6:15-17 gives us a clear picture of what happens when we remove our self-centered blinders and truly see God’s hand at work. 

Open your eyes!
You may be shocked to discover the help God has already sent your way.

(PA)

But…

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Nov 032017
 

It’s not wrong to ask God to intervene when we face an illness or other difficulty.
He loves us, and nothing is beyond His ability to change.

As the Bible says, “Nothing is impossible with God” (Luke 1:37).
The Bible also tells us to “Pray without ceasing” (1 Thessalonians 5:17).
But-
God doesn’t always answer our prayers the way we wish He would.

This is a mystery we’ll never fully understand this side of heaven.
When it happens we may be tempted to wonder if He has abandoned us.

But-
This isn’t true.
His love for us never changes.
Sometimes we discover the depths of His love most fully in the midst of life’s hard times.
Naturally you want God to change your circumstances by taking away, say, a disease.
But what if He doesn’t?

Then your prayer should be that He will change you – that He will give you the patience and peace you’ll need to adjust to your disability, and even endure it with joy.
Is this possible?
Yes – with God’s help.

Take the first step by asking Jesus Christ to come into your life.
Then ask Him to begin changing you from within by His Spirit.

Life isn’t always the way we wish it were!

But-
When we know Christ we know He is with us – and ahead of us is the joy of heaven.

(PA)

Oct 192017
 

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“And He gave them their request, but sent leanness into their soul” (Psalm 106:15).

I sometimes hear people say, “I have been wrestling with God in prayer!”
My first thought always is, “I hope you lost.”

If you have been trying to bend God your way-
– then that is a problem.

Prayer is not trying to move God your way.
It is moving yourself His way.

In fact, I’m glad that God hasn’t said yes to every prayer I have ever prayed.

When I look back on some things I’ve prayed for-
I realize that if the Lord would have allowed them, they could have destroyed me.

They were not the right things or the right situations.
So, God graciously and lovingly said no.

In John 15:7, Jesus gave an incredible promise regarding answered prayer.
He said, “If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.”

From the original language, this verse could be translated-
“If you maintain a living communion with Me, and My word is at home with you, I command you to ask at once for yourself whatever your heart desires, and it will be yours.”

When I read a promise like that-
I gravitate immediately toward the part that says I can ask whatever my heart desires and it will be mine.

But before that, Jesus said:
“If you maintain a living communion with Me, and My word is at home with you…”

If this is happening in your life-
– then you are going to want what God wants.

If you are maintaining a living communion with God and His words are at home in your heart-
– then your outlook, desires—and in time, your prayers will change.

(PA)

Oct 172017
 

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 May Samuel’s words to the people of his day guide us well:

“As for me, far be it from me that I should sin against the Lord by failing to pray for you” (1 Samuel 12:23).  

It’s easy to get disillusioned over the complex problems our nation faces-

– not just in politics but in almost every part of our society.  

More than ever, we seem to have lost our way.

And millions of young people are growing up without ever learning the difference between right and wrong.  

We’re in danger of becoming like the ancient Israelites during the days of the judges-

– when chaos ruled because “every man did that which was right in his own eyes” (Judges 21:25). 

Where will we turn for answers?

We need to turn to God! 

Only He can change our hearts-

– and turn us away from that which is evil toward that which is good.  

It has happened before.

And it can happen again.  

Don’t despair!

But pray and trust God to work in our midst.  

The Bible tells us to pray for “all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness” (1 Timothy 2:2).  

Pray daily for our nation, that God will turn us back to Himself.  

But may it begin in your life-

– as you turn to Christ in repentance and faith,

– and commit your life to Him.  

(PA)