Help

Help

In the last couple of months I’ve had to make quite a few phone calls. Lots of time has been spent listening to prompts to press a series of numbers to get to the right department. It’s quite a complicated effort to ever get to a living breathing voice. Even quite a few local offices now have these answering services. And frankly I just want to talk to a real person. Oh beloved life and phone systems can sure get complicated. One thing you can know – talking to the Lord requires no wait. You’ve been frustrated by things that …

Why pray: God already knows our needs?

Why pray: God already knows our needs?

Before answering that question, let us define prayer.  My definition may appear a simple one to some, but to me prayer is the expression of a believer’s sincere desires and emotions made to God privately or publicly.  And prayer should be dialogue: because the petitioner should listen and not do all the talking.  It is required of believers that they pray: at the beginning of Jesus’ words in Matthew 6: 5 and Luke 11: 2, He did not say if you pray but when you pray.  And He set such a good example in His prayer life that once when …

Does God Always Answer our Prayers?

Does God Always Answer our Prayers?

It has been said that God always answers prayers, but the answer may be yes, no, or wait awhile. And we should know there are some hindrances to answered prayer. First, we need to know that the only prayer of the unsaved God answers is God be merciful to me a sinner. Remember one of the malefactors on a cross being executed with Jesus confessed his sin and asked for Jesus’ mercy. Jesus promised him that day he would be with Him in paradise. Luke 23: 39-43. Next, faith is essential for answered prayer. Many references could be given, however …

Does Prayer Change God’s Mind?

Does Prayer Change God’s Mind?

I remember once while my husband was fighting a losing battle with lung cancer and was in the hospital, my younger son asked me that question when I reminded him that night to pray for his dad. He often backed me into a corner and I was not surprised when he decided to become lawyer.  I searched my mind that night and said God does sometimes change His mind and used Hezekiah as an example.  However, Hezekiah’s extra fifteen years were not very happy ones. If you’d like more about this read:  2 Kings 20:1- 21. So when praying, we …

Private versus Public Prayer

Private versus Public Prayer

Based on God’s word, I believe both private and public prayers are acceptable to God.  And based on Romans 8: 26-27, I believe the Father knows the unexpressed desires of each child’s heart and honors that desire.  During intense grief,  have you ever been unable to put into words the deep need of your heart?  The Holy Spirit knows what we should pray for at such times and makes intercession for us.  Though public prayer has its place in worship, I find it far more difficult to express the desires of my heart in public. Perhaps that is true with …

Jesus Gives the Model Prayer

Jesus Gives the Model Prayer

Jesus was not One only to say, ‘Do as I say”, He could have said, “Do as I do!”  All that is necessary to verify that truth is to read the four gospels.  Truly Jesus was a Man of Prayer. As the disciples walked daily with Jesus, they were keenly aware of His busy schedule: also they were aware that frequently He took time to be alone with His Father and talk with Him. Once after Jesus had been praying in an undesignated place, one of His disciples asked Jesus to teach them to pray as John taught his disciples …

Why Pray in Jesus’ Name?

Why Pray in Jesus’ Name?

First, as a habit we should not add In Jesus’ Name at the close of our prayers.  I have been guilty of that and perhaps you have, also.  Most of us are creatures of habit and may develop some habits without knowing why.  We heard others add in Jesus’ Name at the end of prayers, and after becoming a believer developed the same habit when we prayed. Jesus said whatever we ask in His Name, He will do it that the Father may be glorified in the Son.  Then Jesus added if we ask anything in His Name, He will …

Somebody Prayed

Somebody Prayed

As a little girl I was not exposed to church much. My parents didn’t attend.  But one of my earliest recollections of church was with a baby sitter.  I spent the night with her and her children and she went to church.  So the next morning being Sunday I went with them. I don’t remember much about the service except the altar.  When this sweet dear Christian lady went down to the altar to pray I went too.  When she knelt I knelt. It just seemed natural to follow her lead.  I feel the Lord saying to me that she …

Discovering a New Prayer Strategy

Discovering a New Prayer Strategy

“Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.” (Phil. 4: 6–7 The Message) With my personal life on hold due to my mother’s disease, I didn’t know how to help her. I couldn’t even take care of my own family responsibilities four hundred miles away. Plus, I struggled to manage my other …

Ask Me Anything

Ask Me Anything

Whatever you ask in My name, I will do it so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask Me anything in My name, I will do it” (John 14: 13-14). Maybe it’s my conservative Baptist roots, but I’ve always been uncomfortable with verses like these. I’ve seen people misuse these “name it, claim it” verses as if God is their own personal genie who only wants to make us happy. So most of the time I skip right over these words instead of looking more closely at them.  If Jesus said it, he meant it.  …

Pursue Forgiveness

Pursue Forgiveness

  “And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.” (Mark [11:25] NIV) Yesterday, the love of my life pierced my heart with a caustic remark that left me wincing. Have you ever been there? First, I retreated into the comfort of a pity party. Then the tears came. After the box of tissues ran out, I sank to thoughts of how my value was diminished. I rehearsed my own bitter retorts. Seeking sympathy, I drew others in to hear my tale of woe. After …

Be Thankful in All Things

Be Thankful in All Things

  “Thank you for this day, for my food, for my family… “ Isn’t this the standard “thank you, God” list?  This is the easy list. The things we are grateful for because we understand why we have them and we like that we do. “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” (I Thessalonians [5:16]-18 NIV) When was the last time you prayed a thank you prayer for your broken leg, your car wreck, your husband’s job loss, or the political chaos? Now this is the ridiculously hard …