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ANSWERED PRAYER


I Kings 18:37; Psalm 91:15; Luke 11:9

Prayer should be an important element in our life. I do believe that those that pray regularly see their prayers answered. When all others around us are discouraged and turning their back on God, prayer warriors are sorely needed.

Elijah was a prayer warrior. God strengthened him for what God needed him to do. His prayer was not loud and boisterous nor self-centered. It was simply sent through heavens gates to touch the ear of God almighty. It was a simple request for the demonstration of God’s great and mighty power in consuming a water drenched sacrifice offered to God. Such a simple prayer. “Hear me, O LORD, hear me, that this people may know that thou art the LORD God, and that thou hast turned their heart back again.”

Would it not be wonderful to hear this prayer offered of an evening to God that this day, may the hearts of the people be turned back to God? Notice how he phrased his prayer to God. He got God’s attention – “Hear me, O LORD, hear me.” I may be downstairs in my study and my wife upstairs and she wants my attention and she calls, “HEY”.

Notice the plea or request that Elijah has for the LORD. “that this people may know that thou art the LORD God”. This very first request was for the honor and glory of God. We must get this idea in our mind, our reason for being here, our purpose in life is to honor and glorify God.

The second request is “that thou hast turned their heart back again.” That is our quest today. We need to pray that God will use us to reach out to those that have strayed from God and turn their hearts back to Him. Here is the sequence that I see here. Hold God up to unbelievers. Serve God by drawing those that stray back to the fold.

God has made a promise to us.Psalm 91:15 “He shall call upon me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him.”

When we make the Lord our habitation, our dwelling place and continually turn to Him, we find that he knows us. We become familiar because He is our heavenly father and desires to cover us with His wings according to Psalm 91:4 Psalm. 91:11 speaks of His angels he has charged to keep us in our ways. We see He answers our call to Him. He is concerned for us. His promise is to be with us in trouble. He has promised to deliver us and honor us

Through our simple prayers, not only can we communicate with God, but we can plead with Him to change the hearts of people that have turned away from Him.

Luke 11:9 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.

We need the faith to ask, seek and knock. Notice the three steps given to us here. We need the faith to ask. First consider the glory of God. Ask that He might be lifted up and all glory will be God’s. Ask God that we might be diligent in serving God in all areas in our life. Then we ask for our needs.

We are then to seek. Search out what the Lord would have us to do. God has a purpose for us. He has something for us to do. Let us seek that purpose and find God’s desire in our life. He wants us to seek the salvation of the lost.

We need to see the return of some that have strayed. The desire of our heavenly father is that His people will turn to Him. His desire is that the lost be saved by trusting in His Son, Jesus Christ. May we raise a chorus of prayers to heaven that the Holy Spirit will touch hearts today, convict the lost of their need for a savior, and that those that have grown cold will yield and turn to serve.

We are called to knock so that doors shut to us will be opened. Sometimes it seems that entrance is denied and doors are shut. Knock. Allow the door to be opened. We understand that in a physical manner, we should do the same in a spiritual way. There are times that we need to knock to gain entrance. Let us be persistent and knock to gain entrance. May prayer become a habit for us in this day and age.

What is your prayer today?

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Satan Can’t


Satan can’t keep God

from answering

our prayers,

but he will keep us

from asking.

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Pray About Everything


 

Philippians 4:6, 7

 

“Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God,” Philippians 4:6.

 

“Pray without ceasing. In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you” ( 1 Thess. 5:17, 18).

 

 

 

God created mankind in His image that they might communicate and fellow-ship with Him. Many references in the Scriptures imply that we are to live prayerfully in daily life, mentally communicating with God as a lifestyle. There was a man who finally attended church with his wife and heard the preacher promise that, if we pray to God, He hears us. The next week he angrily confronted the preacher because he had left his headlights on at a football game and his car would not start. He had prayed and prayed for God to start the car with no result. The preacher asked him if he prayed to God at least once a day. He said, “No.” “Once a week?” “No.” “Once a month?” “No.” “That’s your problem. God heard your prayer; He just didn’t recognize your voice.”

 

How many Christians, going about their lives, keep God in the closet? Then, when something traumatic occurs, and they run out of resources, as a last resort, they consult God and even blame Him for picking on them. “What have I done to deserve this”? When a Christian stays in constant fellowship with his Creator, his life is aimed in the right direction. Then the believer makes decisions that are anointed by the Holy Spirit because he is seeking God’s will in his daily life.

 

 

JUST SAYING

 

Time spent worrying is time wasted.

 

Robert Brock

 

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Prayer for Old Age


Psalm 71:1-19

“Now also when I am old and greyheaded, O God, forsake me not; until I have shewed thy strength unto this generation, and thy power to every one that is to come,” Psalm 71:18.

Ah, retirement: one thinks of sunny skies, warm weather, golf courses, cruises, life in the smooth lane. You have prepared and saved for it so why not enjoy the remaining years traveling, relaxing and enjoying life? Why? It is because there remains much work to do for the Lord.
Retirement can be a time of great accomplishment for the Lord’s work by using your job or hobby skills for Him. After retirement one is not bound by the workweek schedule and the time clock. This freedom can be used in many different ways for the Lord. Traveling to a mission field and being a substitute grandparent for a missionary family can be a wonderful blessing. Using your skills to do home or automotive repairs can help a tight mission budget.
If travel is not in your plans, but you have teaching skills that you can use, why not use them as a ministry in your church? Organizing and teaching cooking/baking, sewing, budgeting or other life skills to interested youth or adults in fellowship/family life hall can demonstrate the love of Christ. Do not be shy, speak with your pastor and church and get going using your talents for the Lord. Share what you know and be a blessing.

REFLECTION
Retirement does not have to be a lonely time filled with doctor’s visits and concern over our latest ailment; it can be fulfilling and a blessing to share yourself with others.

Beverly Barnett

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Christ’s Prayer for Us


John 17:13-21
“I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil,” John 17:15.

Early one bright and clear morning, the freckled-faced boy looked down at his poor, helpless, old dog. The dog had been his faithful companion for as long as he could remember, and, now, he had come to the end of his life. “Davy,” he said as he stroked the old dog’s whitened face, “I’m going to tell you the story my Sunday School teacher told us yesterday. It made me feel good and I hope it does the same for you.” Quietly, the aged dog lay still, for there was love and comfort in his boy’s voice.
In the innocent voice of the young boy, he began, “Jesus was about to go away and leave the good friends He had made on earth. He was sad to leave them but happy He had done what His Father had asked Him to do. One cool, quiet evening in the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus prayed for His friends. He asked God to keep them from evil. Davy, I know you love me because you kept me from stepping on that rattler two years ago, and you always walk me down the drive to catch the bus and wait for me to get home. Jesus loves His friends even more than that, Davy. He loved them so much that He prayed for them before He died to save them.” With that old Davy died.
Tears streamed down the boy’s face as he bowed his head and thanked the Lord for making dogs like Davy and for praying for boys like himself.

REFLECTION
Yes, my friend, Jesus loves you so much He prayed for you even before you were born.
Beverly Barnett

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Watch and Pray


 

Ephesians 6:18

 

Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints,” Ephesians 6:18.

 

One of the most important jobs in aviation happens in the control tower. Although all parties, from the ground crew to the pilot work together to have a successful flight, no one is more important than the person watching out for the aircraft.

 

Have we ever considered Christian warriors as similar to aircraft controllers? We have to be on guard twenty-four hours a day against Satan and his advocates. We must be hypersensitive to the activities of Satan and his sly wolves in sheep clothing tactics. In fact, we must always seek God’s guidance by the Holy Spirit through prayer. Certainly, we can never pray too much or too often for His guidance.

 

Likewise, everything we attempt to do should be saturated in prayer before hand, whether it pertains to personal, family, church, school or governmental matters. And shamefully, we often neglect this great and easily accessed benefit of being God’s children.

 

Additionally, we must pray for others in an effort to intercede in prayer on their behalf—praying for healing, spiritual strength and God’s guidance in their lives. It is our duty and our pleasure to pray for others.

 

We must always watch and pray!

 

 

Reflection

 

Restraining prayer, we cease to fight. Prayer makes the Christian armor bright. And Satan trembles when he sees, the meanest saint upon his knees—Author unknown.

 

Beverly Barnett

 

 

 

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Joy In Christ


There is great joy in knowing the love of Christ. How often we allow our days to be hum-drum and boring when Christ has made available a tremendous overflowing river of joy to us. Our eyes are covered with scales that blind us to the wonderful things around us. We see, only meanness and evil around us because that is where we cast our eyes. We never see the opportunities.

My prayers have changed recently because I became knowledgable to my blindness. My prayers now include this phrase – “Lord, put opportunity in front of me so that I can do nothing but stumble over it and thereby recognize that joy full occasion to witness of you and to witness the great things you do.

Lord, may I stumble more each and every day.

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Rules For Happy Living


6. Pray everyday. Reserve a time in your day to thank God for His many blessings and ask for His guidance.(Luke 18:1)

7. Do at least one Good Deed each day. Plant the seed of “goodness” and it will produce after its kind. (Acts 10:38)

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