Let’s Pray!

We’ve recently seen God move in our nation in a supernatural way.  What seemed to be impossible was made possible!  Why?  Because the Body of Christ PRAYED and VOTED. If you’re like me, though, you wondered if your one, lone prayer would make a difference.  If you had that thought, know it was just the devil trying to keep you from praying at all – because he knows it does work!  If every Christian believed that their prayer wouldn’t accomplish anything, then nothing would be accomplished in the Kingdom of God! Obviously, if God commands us to pray, it’s because He knows the power in it!

I am so thankful for my brothers and sisters in Christ who prayed and will continue to pray for the USA.  Though we may have rallied during the most important election of our nation, we still need God desperately.  The battle isn’t over, but as we pray, much will be accomplished! (James 5:16)

Please see below a powerful gathering of believers in Israel as they prayed for our election. We are blessed to have other countries rallying in prayer to help us! Below is a list of prayer Scriptures to build your faith.  Don’t stop praying!

Prayer Scriptures

Matthew 7:7-15 “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone?10 Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent? 11 If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!

John 16:24 24 Until now you have asked nothing in My name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.

John 14:13 13 And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.

James 5:15-16 15 And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. 16 Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.

1 John 5:14-15 14 Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. 15 And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.

Ephesians 6:17-18 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; 18 praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints—

Jeremiah 29:12 12 Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you.

Mark 11:23-24 23 For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. 24 Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.

Luke 18:1-20 18 Then He spoke a parable to them, that men always ought to pray and not lose heart. . .

Philippians 4:6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. . .

Colossians 4:2-3Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving;

1 Thessalonians 5:17 Pray without ceasing. . .

1 Timothy 2:8 I desire therefore that the men pray everywhere, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting;

 

When Peace Snoozes, Part 1

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The world clearly doesn’t know peace.  Wars and threats of wars are consistently hitting the headlines.  Violence and law-breaking are keeping lawmen and women in constant alert.  Thousands of people are visiting their local psychologist in attempt to solve their mental stress.   Families and marriages are tearing apart due to unrest and strife.  Even Christians are suffering from anxiety because of their problems.

According to Webster’s dictionary, peace is defined as “a state of quiet or tranquility; freedom from disturbance or agitation; applicable to society, to individuals, or to the temper of the mind.” In the Greek and Hebrew, it indicates rest, safety, and prosperity.

These definitions wouldn’t describe much of what we see around us.  However, it was never God’s intention for peace to be absent in the world.  Beginning with Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, nothing evil existed.  But when Adam and Eve sinned, Satan was allowed to bring all evil into the world.  Apart from God, a severe lack of peace reigned.  The opposite of peace’s definition was seen due to his influence.

God, on the other hand, is the author of peace.  He is the God of peace.

Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. (I Thessalonians 5:23)

The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you. (Philippians 4:9)

As His children, we have the ability to live like Him.  God’s will, unlike the devil’s, is that we walk in peace, just like He does.  Thankfully, He didn’t leave us floundering to walk in that peace on our own.  He first gave us His nature, a born-again spirit, to live by (2 Corinthians 5:17). He’s also gave us the Fruit of the Spirit, which includes peace (Galatians 5:22-23).  He has given us His Word, a constant, written reminder of His nature and promises.  With these tools, peace should always be our lifestyle!

 “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” (John 14:27)

These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)

How Peace Comes

With resources from our Heavenly Father, why do we still live peace-less?  The answer is found in Philippians 4:6-7:

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

 Like faith, peace is not present if it isn’t first in the heart.  It doesn’t come from the outside in; it comes from the inside out.  It is true peace when it’s not determined by the situation and atmosphere around us.  If the “peace” can be shattered by an evil report or a frustrating person, it is fake peace – a counterfeit posing as the real thing.  Counterfeit peace will smile and act like everything is fine on the outside, when it’s really filled with anxiety on the inside. When it’s genuine peace, however, storms can blow and the peace will stay, unmoved.

Notice that Philippians 4:6 first addresses anxiety.  Anxiety is a form of fear – fear that something will happen or go unresolved.  God expects us to, by faith, make our requests for assistance known to Him through our prayers.  Once we’ve made our requests known, we can have faith, or confidence, that He will take care of us just like He promised.  At that point, the peace of God will fill our hearts.  Once that peace is in our hearts, it can impact our minds effectively.

What if we refused to pray in faith concerning our situation?  What if we didn’t have enough confidence in God to take care of us that we remained silent, festering in our anxiety?  In that case, no peace would flood our hearts and our minds.  We’d be left with the same fear and anxiety that plagued us.  It’s a lack of peace that comes from a troubled heart filled with fear.

To be continued…

Trying Faith?

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True faith isn’t TRYING to believe and act on God’s Word.  TRYING includes doubt that something will work.  We TRY on clothes at a clothing store because we’re uncertain that they will fit.  We TRY a new hairdresser to give them chance to prove themselves.  We TRY a new recipe, unsure that it will taste good.  FAITH, however, is CONFIDENT that what God says He will do!  No doubt or uncertainty is involved because we know the nature of God is faithful, and all His promises are a resounding “yes and amen”!