Wednesday, July 8, 2020
Did you know that God wants to answer your prayers? When Jesus died on the cross, God tore the veil from top to bottom. This opened the way so that through a relationship with Jesus, we can approach the throne of grace and bring our needs and our requests before the Lord.
God wants to answer your prayers. Jesus instructed His disciples repeatedly: ask and keep asking, seek and keep seeking, knock and keep knocking and the door will be opened to you. God will meet your needs.
Scripture also communicates what happens when our prayers are answered. In the book of John, we see Jesus saying (to paraphrase), “Our joy is made full and the Father is glorified in the Son every time a prayer is answered” (John 14:13, 16:24).
Think about that. Because of our relationship with Jesus, because of what He did for us on the cross, we can approach our Heavenly Father through Him. When we pray through Christ, and God answers our prayers, the Father is glorified through the Son.
God shows up through answered prayer, showing that He is Provider, He is Protector, He is Healer, He is our Wonderful Counselor. There is not an issue we are facing in our culture right now that prayer cannot address.
Also, prayer fills us up with joy when God answers those prayers. Every church ought to have people walking in the door every Sunday sharing freshly answered prayers of what God has done in their lives. If that happened, then our faith wouldn’t just be in the wisdom of men. Instead, as the Apostle Paul says, it will be in the power of God.
God wants to answer your prayers … so keep praying.
Tuesday, July 7, 2020
How can we know if we are praying effectively? By getting our lives positioned properly with the Lord.
That begins with a relationship with Jesus. Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth and the life, no one comes to the Father except through Me.” He is the mediator between God and us. He alone can take the holy hand of God and the hand of sinful man and bring us together because He is God in flesh and He died for us on the cross.
So if you want prayer to be answered in your life, then you need to surrender your life to Jesus Christ.
Next, remain in close fellowship with Him. Stay clean and close. Jesus said, “If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask what you will and it will be done for you” (John 15:7).
We need to get right with the Lord—we have our hearts right with the Lord—and we need to get right with one another. Jesus said in Mark 11 “When you pray, forgive if you have anything against anyone” (verse 25).
So we get our hearts right and then we pray in faith trusting that God—as faithful as He has been in the past and as faithful as He is in His Word—is going to be faithful again in the situation that you are dealing with.
So get right with the Lord and then begin to pray in faith and watch God work on your behalf.
Monday, July 6, 2020
Do you ever think of the battle in which you have been chosen to participate? Scripture says, “Put on the full armor of God and then pray always at all times for all the saints.” (Ephesians 6)
To do so, we need to pray in faith. Jesus said in Mark 11, “When you stand praying, forgive if you have anything against anyone” (verse 25). He also said, “When you pray, believe that you will receive what you’re praying for.”
In James 1, we see, “If you don’t pray in faith, don’t expect your prayers to be answered” (verse 7). And Hebrews says, “Without faith it is impossible to please God” (Hebrews 11:6).
So when we are praying, we need to believe that our God is able, He is willing, and He cares—just as He says in His Word. He is likely to answer our prayers when we pray in faith.
So how do we pray in faith? Look at the faithfulness of God in the past and look at the faithfulness of God in His Word. As you are reading God’s Word on a daily basis, it will build faith in you.
Also, before you start asking God for anything, spend time thanking Him. It says in Philippians 4:6-7, “Instead of being worried about anything, instead in prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.”
So if we spend time thanking God for his faithfulness in the past, it helps build in us a strong faith to begin to trust Him and pray in faith for the future.
Sunday, July 5, 2020
Jesus said, “We ought to pray and not to faint” (Luke 18:1). He told us to be persistent in our prayer life.
Think about Elijah, who prayed one time and fire came down from heaven on Mt. Carmel. But it took him praying three times before God resurrected the dead son of the widow. And Elijah prayed seven times before God sent back rain on the earth during that time of drought.
Elijah learned to pray and trust God’s timing … and don’t give up.
In Christian history, we also think about George Muller, who lived a life that was one of the greatest demonstrations of answered prayer. When he died, he had 50,000 documented answers to prayer!
Five thousand of those were answered on the day he prayed them. Of course, that means 90 percent of the time, George Muller just kept waiting and praying. He prayed for 63 years for one man to come to Christ before that man ended up doing so!
Like Elijah, George Muller learned that we can trust the Lord. He said, “Don’t let yesterday’s seemingly unanswered prayers stop you from praying in faith today.”
So I want to encourage you: pray! God knows His perfect timing. He may answer right after you pray. He may wait weeks, months, or even years. He will wait until He is most glorified in your situation … so don’t give up. You can wait on the Lord and trust His timing. Keep on praying.
Saturday, July 4, 2020
On July 4, 1776, Congress officially approved the Declaration of Independence. In response to this momentous declaration of the united colonies’ separation from Great Britain, John Adams wrote these insightful words in a letter to his wife concerning the remembrance of this day, now known as Independence Day:
“I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more.”
This weekend, Americans from sea to shining sea will gather family, friends, and neighbors to celebrate their liberty with cookouts and local festivities on the Fourth of July. The warmth of early summer and the sounds of children will fill the air as patriotic music pulls at our hearts. Fireworks will be painted overhead on a canvas of clear night sky. This favorite day of summer provides the opportunity for people from all backgrounds to celebrate the precious freedoms and opportunities we enjoy in this country.
And while it’s important to be with family and friends on this day, it’s also good to reflect on why we’re celebrating. Our early forebears left England for the unfamiliar shores of America mainly because they were unhappy under the tyranny of religious persecution. Since those dawning years of our country, many others have migrated for the same reason. They gave up everything for the right to freely worship God here.
Among the many freedoms our country guarantees, what we as believers particularly hold dear is the right to worship God and to read His Word, the Bible, freely. In many countries on this earth, this freedom still does not exist. Here at Bibles for America, we are so thankful that we can spread His Word across this nation. This is something we do not take for granted; we thank God for the establishing of this country with such freedoms.
This July 4th, as we watch fireworks and wave flags in celebration, may we also pause to reflect on our nation’s heritage. As the festivities end and the last trails of smoke glide across the summer night sky, take a moment to solemnly thank God for all that our freedom allows.
May God bless all the inhabitants of America with His salvation and the full knowledge of the truth in His Word.
Friday, July 3, 2020
When it comes to having an effective prayer quiet time, you should always begin by reading the Word of God. Then, when you begin to pray, I’d recommend using the ACTS method—an acronym to help keep your prayer time focused. ACTS stands for:
We start our prayer time in Adoration—loving and worshiping God, adoring Him for who He is. We don’t just love Him for what He does, but rather for who He is. Since He is God, He is the One that receives our worship, our adoration.
The C stands for Confession. Scripture talks about being right with God: “Create in me a clean heart …” (Psalm 51:10). If there is something you need to get right with God then confess it, ask Him to forgive you, and to commit to not repeating the same mistakes over and over.
The T stands for Thanksgiving. This is when you take time to reflect on all that God has done for you and you respond by showing your thankfulness. God says that when His people are thankful to Him, this is a form of worship that moves the heart of God.
The S stands for Supplication. This is when you present your requests to the Lord.
That is ACTS: Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving and Supplication. I encourage you to apply this the next time you are in your prayer time. By using this to guide your prayer time, you will take your prayer life deeper. May God bless you as you seek Him.
Thursday, July 2, 2020
Our movie "WAR ROOM" is about the power of prayer and building prayer strategies. Why is a prayer strategy important? Because we have a very real enemy that wants to stay hidden from you but at the same time, he wants to distract, deceive, and divide you from seeking the Lord and from building healthy relationships with your spouse, children, or other people.
We have to learn how to fight in prayer. It’s interesting when you look at Scripture, Joshua would pray first before engaging in a battle. For example, before attempting to conquer Jericho, he sought the Lord first.
Esther, before going into the king, a decision that could have taken her life because she was not invited before the king, asked the people to spend three days fasting and praying first.
Before Jesus chose His disciples, He spent time in prayer first.
What does that tell us? Before you engage in an issue, a battle, or whatever your problems are, spend time in prayer first. Go to your war room—your prayer closet—and seek the Lord.
When you commit to prayer and you seek God first, you are going before the One that knows the solution and can help you through any circumstance.
So how do we fight? We fight in prayer, first seeking in our war room the One who can handle anything. Trust Him, keep your faith in Him, and go to war in prayer.