Thursday, December 13, 2018

Why Pray? - Part 5

Christians ought to be happy, joyful people. Christians should not live defeated, unhappy lives!  God promises that Christians can have fullness of joy all the time by praying. John 16:24  Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full. God desires to give us the things that will truly make us full of joy. When we pray we can be at peace and full of joy knowing God will only give us that which is good for us. Let's be thankful during this Christmas season as we celebrate the birth of our Saviour.  Joy to the World the Lord has come and because He has come we have access through Him to the throne. Prayer is the secret of constant joy, the secret really of having the fullness of joy. A rich, satisfied life for the Christian depends on how much and how we pray. If you pray and get things from God and have the desires that He has given you fulfilled, this is the way to be full of joy. Proverbs 10:22  The blessing of the LORD, it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it.  Day by day you can live the victorious Christian life, full of happiness and joy when you bow the knee in prayer to God. Prayer is the secret of the fullness of joy and yet another reason why we should pray. Psalm 16:11  Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore. Are you spending time at the throne of God in prayer? When you come into His presence through prayer, the great benefit that you leave with is fullness of joy! He has made us glad! We should be the happiest, joyful people in all the world! Amen! Get praying!

Monday, November 19, 2018

Why Pray? - Part 4

If a child of God has a need, he or she is to pray. Prayer is asking. James 4:2  Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not. Why Pray? We pray to get things from God. Let's say your in need of a car. The way for a Christian to get a car is not to rely upon a friend, a co worker or his own efforts. Although none of those avenues are wrong the Christian has other resources. He can pray and get a car from God! The Saviour taught us to pray, "Give us this day our daily bread" (Matt. 6:11). The way to get daily bread is to ask God for it. This is certainly teaching us that we should not depend upon our work but upon God to give us the results in answer to prayer. We must remember that God can use any means He chooses. He may answer our prayers by using human services or He may not. Thank God, a Christian can confidently pray and say, "My Father, You know I need a car. Everything in the world is in Your hands. So I ask You to give me, Your child, a car so I can have daily bread, so I can work and provide for my family, so I can be a blessing to others, and so others may know that God takes care of His children." God may choose to answer that prayer without human means, but the bottom line is praying is God's appointed way for Christians to get things.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Why Pray? - Part 3

Prayer is a without a doubt commanded for every Christian, all the time, and for everyone and everything. In addition to general commands for Christians to pray all the time, for all people and for everything, there are also commands to pray about specific things. We are to pray to avoid temptation. Jesus commanded the apostles to pray lest they fall into temptation. Matthew 26:41  Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.  Not only will prayer keep us from temptation, but not praying is a sin. Not to pray is the sin of disobedience to the plain and often repeated command of God! Lack of prayer is a sin. 1 Samuel 12:23  Moreover as for me, God forbid that I should sin against the LORD in ceasing to pray for you: but I will teach you the good and the right way:  Samuel said it would be a sin against the LORD, for him not to pray for his people, the nation of Israel. As Christians we should pray because it is so strictly commanded in the scriptures. Could it actually be that all of our sins, mistakes and failures are a result of not praying. I believe that to be the case. Throughout the Bible the scriptures give an imperative command: Pray! Are we living a life of obedience in this matter of prayer? It's never to late to begin obeying the Lord. Pray and ask the Lord to forgive for your lack of prayer. We have a prayer hearing God and He wants to hear from you! Amen! Pray today!

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Why Pray? - Part 2

When King Solomon was put on the throne in Israel and was given the opportunity to pray and ask for anything. What did he ask for? What Solomon asked for should be what we all ask for because all of us need the same thing Solomon needed. Wisdom. Understanding. In our lives we need wisdom to live our lives just as Solomon needed wisdom in his life. Why pray? We should pray because there are certain things all of us need and the only way to get those things is throught prayer. It is my practice to daily pray for four things: wisdom, the ability to love the way God loves, God's protection on my life, and I pray for the power of God. Why pray? Pray because that is the only way to get wisdom. Proverbs 4:7 says, Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom. Now the only way to get wisdom is to pray. James 1:5 says, If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. Here is a great promise! God is willing to give wisdom, His wisdom, wisdom that is from above to any one who asks! That's why we pray. We all must have wisdom and the only way to get it, is to pray. Are you a mother, or father? Pray for wisdom. Are you a leader? Pray for wisdom. Are you a child? Pray for wisdom. Are you a witness for Christ? Pray for wisdom. Are you a Christian trying to live right in this evil world? Pray for wisdom. Why pray today? The answer is simply we can't do without pray.

Monday, July 2, 2018

Why Pray? - Part 1

There are some compelling reasons why as Christians we should pray. The first reason that of obedience. God has commanded us to pray! Consider the following verses: Luke 18:1  And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint; 1 Thessalonians 5:17  Pray without ceasing. Philippians 4:6  Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. Jesus taught that praying was a clear duty of man. Not only should we pray, we ought to pray all the time. Prayer is a constant directing of our hearts to God about everything we need and want so that our mind is constantly  in touch with the Lord. A Christian should literally pray about everything. Our hearts should be so in touch with God that during our busy day we have a desire to still kneel before His throne. Not only are we commanded to pray at all times, but for all men. 1 Timothy 2:1  I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; And the Christians in Ephesus were commanded to pray for all saints and for Paul himself.  Ephesians 6:18  Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints; And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel. So it is implied that we also should pray for all ministers particularly, as well as all the saints. Are you praying for your Pastor? Are you praying for your fellow church members?  Are you praying for those in authority? The scriptures are clear it is our duty as a Christian to pray! Why Pray?  The first reason is because it's a command and we must live a life of obedience to receive the blessing. There is no greater blessing then prayer itself!

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Facing the Giants - IX

David was willing to stand for a cause. Are you willing to stand up for the cause of Christ? Why don't we sell out?  First, often it's because of fear. Sometimes it's because of past mistakes or our own weaknesses. One other reason why people don't sell out to God is because they don't realize that God has a great purpose for their lives.  1 Samuel 17:57,58  And as David returned from the slaughter of the Philistine, Abner took him, and brought him before Saul with the head of the Philistine in his hand. And Saul said to him, Whose son art thou, thou young man? And David answered, I am the son of thy servant Jesse the Bethlehemite.  We wrap up our series on Facing the Giants with this thought. David's victory brought honor and glory to his father.  As David returned from slaying a Giant, he was escorted into the presence of Saul.  Saul's question is priceless!  Who is your Father? He asks. David answered by declaring the name of his father.  And David answered, I am the son of thy servant Jesse the Bethlehemite.  As a result of David's victory, his father Jesse was made known.  Friend, the same is true with us! When we overcome the Giants in our lives, we have the privilege of promoting our Heavenly Father. The slaying of our own Giants brings glory and honor to the Father in Heaven! Are you willing to stand for a cause? There is a whole lot at stake. Let God use you today to shine His glory throughout the land. May God strengthen you when you are Facing the Giants!

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Facing the Giants - Part VIII

The Giants in our lives are a great opportunity for us to act on our faith and bring glory to God. Not only did David win a great victory with God's help, but he also was used of God to encourage those around him.  1 Samuel 17:51  Therefore David ran, and stood upon the Philistine, and took his sword, and drew it out of the sheath thereof, and slew him, and cut off his head therewith. And when the Philistines saw their champion was dead, they fled. And the men of Israel and of Judah arose, and shouted, and pursued the Philistines, until thou come to the valley, and to the gates of Ekron. And the wounded of the Philistines fell down by the way to Shaaraim, even unto Gath, and unto Ekron. And the children of Israel returned from chasing after the Philistines, and they spoiled their tents. In our last devotion we talked about David's courage and bravery. Now after his victory we see the impact David's courage had on the men of Israel. David's actions instilled confidence and bravery to the rest of Israel. The men of Israel and Judah who before were fear stricken because of Goliath, now are on the attack. David was a great leader! He led by example and influenced those around him to be moved to action.  Now listen my fellow Christian someone is watching you. You are an example to someone! What those who are looking at you need is a faith filled servant. As you face the Giants in your life you are able to show others that God is sufficient. Your actions of bravery and courage can help your children, your friends, your fellow church members to be encouraged that they too can overcome the Giants in their lives.  We need leaders who will step out in faith and trust God to provide in order that others may strengthened to face the Giants too.