All about Prayer

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We as feeble sinful being have the privilege of speaking to our CREATOR.  When we pray it is God to whom we are speaking to and so you can be sure that our prayer is heard.  You may ask how can that be?  it’s all to do with faith and believing.  Faith is the opposite of doubt.  Hebrews 11:1,Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”

Matthew 9:27-30 when two blind men came to Jesus and asked Him to heal them Jesus first asked them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?” and their reply was, “Yes, Lord.” “Then He touched their eyes saying, ‘According to your faith let it be to you.’ And their eyes were opened.  They believe before receiving the healing. Now, that’s faith.  

Their desire was to be healed.  They believed; that is, they had FAITH in advance that it would be done.  You too can have that same faith.  God will increase our faith if we fervently ask Him for it and seek to draw closer to Him in prayer and the reading of His Word (the Bible).

We are to pray not to impress God or to inform God.  We pray to invite God into our lives.  This is very crucial.  The devil (the enemy of the soul) is out there like a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour.  In order to discern the crafty working of the enemy, we need to be in the spirit of prayer at all times.

When we come in prayer we experience fellowship with the Lord and all the heavenly host.  Now that’s a privilege.  Just like parents with their children God cannot do everything for us.  If parents did everything for their children even in their old age their children would be pretty handicapped and behind in life.

Just like parents God cannot do everything for us, He will never do for us what he has given us the power to do for ourselves.  He has promised His aid but not without our effort.  Does that make sense?  Remember, the car will only drive off when you turn the engine on and place your feet on the gas.

Talking or having a conversation with God is your direct line and communication to heaven.  You are addressing Him as to a friend.  Asking Him to meet your needs or deliverance from a situation.  

 Maybe asking for victory from a bad lifestyle to stop smoking, drinking alcohol, fornicating (sex outside of marriage) etc.  God is able and capable of delivering you from any situation.  Our Lord who is the creator and sustainer of life is able, He can do anything but fail.

You need to trust Him.  Dear reader, right now you know your life isn’t what you want it to be.  You’ve lost your wife, husband,  job, or even business.  Without Jesus, you can do nothing. John 15:5

Without Jesus, nothing is possible.  With Jesus everything is possible.  If you are unemployed, there’s nothing more important right now than faith and prayer. 

These are serious times that we live in.  Everything that can go wrong seems to be going wrong.  Severe droughts, floods, hurricanes, earthquakes, fires, and tornadoes everywhere. 

It almost seems like there is no escape.  Do you feel like screaming  “STOP THE WORLD I WANT TO GET OFF?” Your only hiding place is in Jesus.  He can give peace in the midst of the storm.  Even the wind and the waves obey His voice.

What can we do when our back is against the wall and we have nowhere to turn or run too.  When you call on Jesus all things are possible.

  E.G.White  My favourite author, puts it this way.  “Ministering angels are waiting about the throne to instantly obey the mandate of Jesus Christ to answer every prayer offered in earnest, living faith”.  That’s HOPE!

God has appointed angels that do His will, to respond to the prayers of all who cry unto Him for help in every situation.  When you rise in the morning give God thanks for His  protection while you slept.  Heavenly angels were at your bedside keeping watch.  They were commissioned by our heavenly Father to watch over you while you slept and kept you safe.

Do not approach God lightly in your prayers.  Be sincere and in the name of Jesus come before the Lord with confidence.  God answer prayers in three ways.  He says YES, NO and WAIT.  Now, that’s the hard one ‘WAIT’ The Lord is not ready for it to happen or for you to have it.  The time is not right.  ‘NO’ it’s not good for you.  It may hurt, harm or even kill.

 Like a child sometimes we get rebellious with wanting to have our own way to the sound of ‘NO’ what do we do? we BREAK DOWN THE DOOR.  When we break down the door we suffer the consequences of our wrong doing.  This is call disobedience.  Our prayers will not always be answered in just the way we want.  This is where we learn to wait on the Lord and trust Him comes what may.  God knows best.

The Lord in His mercies and great love towards us, always forgive when we confess our wrongs by talking to Him in prayer.  No other man on earth can forgive our sins except our heavenly Father God through His son Jesus Christ. 

1 John 1:9,  If we confess our sins, He (Jesus) is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousnessIn Psalms 32:7  Jesus says He will protect us.  Jeremiah 32:27  Jesus ask the question “is anything too hard for me?”  Isaiah 41:10 Jesus says, I will help thee…

Prayer is no evidence of conversion if the life does not change.  To have a new heart is to have a new mind, new purpose, new motives.   Communion with God through prayer imparts to the soul new life and an intimate knowledge of His will.

When our lives are full of selfishness, malice, deceit, envy, jealousy, hate and lies, we need to communicate with God through prayer to cleanse and removed these characteristic from us, in other to received peace in our heart.

When everything seems completely hopeless and falling apart talk to God.  It DOESN’T MATTER where you are.  Talk to him in your heart, your mind, even if you are on the bus, train,  plane, car, or even in the park He will hear.  Just call unto Him tell him what you want and how you feel He understands.  He is ready and waiting to hear your call.    

There is a mighty power in prayer.  Do not be reluctant to pray.  We are told that prayer is the key in the hand of faith to unlock God’s storehouse.  John 15:5 Jesus says He is the vine and without Him, you can do nothing.  In order words, you can depend on Him.  In Jeremiah 33:3  Jesus says call unto Him and when you do He will show you great things you knew nothing about.

Prayer is the key that unlocks all doors

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