Every Person Knows How to Pray – Luke 18:1

Luke 18:

[1] And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint; (KJV)

th-1It should be pointed out that God has made it possible that every person knows how to pray. No matter what our religion or background, whether we are Christian or an atheist, or somewhere in between, God has placed inside each of us the knowledge of prayer. But…, He has also given us free will and so we have the choice to pray or not to pray.

Luke 18:1 tells us that we should always pray and not to faint. He is urging us to pray without ceasing and not to give up.

“Always to pray” (pray without ceasing) does not mean being in prayer continuously. It means always being ready to pray at a given moment. Throughout the day, we should be watching out for where the enemy tries to take over and control the situation. If we are at ready with prayer, then the enemy loses.

When we know of or see a situation that requires prayer or when we a have need, prayer should be our “go to”; our first instinct. Many of us turn to loved ones or friends and ask for help. We must learn to call out to our Heavenly Father first.

Always to pray – While making breakfast we could be thanking God for the groceries in our refrigerator and for the money that bought the food and for the job which gave us the money. If we happen to be in a position of little or no food in our home, then we can pray for the harvest that God will bring to us that day.

Apart from our own needs, we can pray for others. For example, when we see or hear an ambulance or fire truck siren, our first instinct should be to pray for that situation, even though we don’t know details of the situation. We can pray for friends, our military, our leaders, our country. Israel always needs our prayers!

The idea Luke is trying to make is that there is always something to pray over. If we are in “constant” communication with our Father then the enemy’s strength is over-shadowed.

“Not to faint”. We should not give up; on or in prayer. The enemy hates prayer! It’s the one thing he can not win over. If he can convince us to quit praying then he is in a better position to control the situation.

Let’s say our intention is to spend some time with the Lord today. What happens? Something else comes up or the phone rings. There will always be something to lead us away from spending time with God. That’s the enemy’s plan.

This is where Luke says “not to faint” (quit). This is the time to dig in our heals and stay strong and follow through. By praying and keeping the faith that our God is in control, we will grow spiritually. As we grow in the Lord, the enemy’s strength in our lives is depleted.

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I ask that you would help me to pray every morning before I get into my wordly chores and events of the day. May I pray continuously all day and then again at bedtime.

By doing that Father I will be drawn closer to you and the choices I make throughout the day will be better ones.

Also Lord, praying continuously, will keep the enemy at bay, because he will soon see that he is wasting his time with me. Hallelujah!

Thank you Father for prayer. Remind me that prayer is only half of the circle, I must always take the time to listen to you speaking to me.

I ask you now, in the name of Jesus that you would help me to pray always and have me listen to you so that we may have a true friendship.

Thank you Father. For you, all the Glory!

In the name of Jesus, I pray.

Amen

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Draw Near to God – James 4: 6-10

James 4:6-10

[6] But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.
[7] Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
[8] Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.
[9] Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness.
[10] Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.

God gives grace – If we are willing to submit to God and allow him to take the lead, we are blessed with grace and in that grace we are able to give ourselves over to God. However, He will not move in the people who believe it’s all about them (the proud).

Resist the devil – As soon as the natural person truly gives their self over to God, they become his child. One of the wonderful gifts we receive from him is the authority to resist the devil. As strong as Satan is, he cannot overcome a Christian’s given authority and will flee at the name of Jesus.

Draw nigh to God – James is telling the people they must stay close to God. The closer they are to him, the closer he will be to them. The same principles apply for us today. We must make a conscious effort to stay close to God, following his lead. The flip side is that when the enemy is in control, we are not living the life God intended for us.

Cleanse your hands – Because of Adam’s downfall in the Garden of Eden, we live in a world of sin. Therefore, it is very important for us to go before God; in the name of Jesus, confess and wash our hands of sin, and then receive God’s grace, his mercy and forgiveness.

Purify – We need our hearts to be purified. So many times we will only clean what we or others see. However it is very important to ask for God to search us, inside and out, to find whatever sins we may be hiding – possibly even from ourselves. Then we can take them before God, confess the sins and be purified through Jesus.

Double-minded – God has given us the right to make our own choices in the way that we live. However, it’s important for us to remember that we cannot serve two masters; it’s either the enemy’s we serve or God, our heavenly Father.

Be afflicted – Yes; a person living without the Lord may be enjoying life to the fullest, but there are eternal consequences. Without God’s presence, the worldly things that bring us joy, laughter and happiness are short lived and useless. James is telling us that it’s very important to let go of the worldly way of living and turn to God.

James is warning us that as we get closer to God, our sins will become more evident and we will feel convicted. This is a good thing! The need to lament, mourn, and weep will come upon us and we will feel the heaviness of the sin and will be crying out to God, to be rid of it.

Humble yourselves – As we go before God humbly, asking and receiving forgiveness, our Loving Father will wipe away our sins and then he will lift us up, giving us genuine love and happiness for eternity.

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Yahweh Roi (Pronunciation:  yah-WEH row-EE)

The Lord is my Shepherd who watches over me night and day and leading me along the path of righteousness.

Thank you Lord, that when you called to me, I accepted your invitation and drew close to you. I then confessed my sins and made you the Lord and Ruler of my life. I have never looked back! The life I enjoy today with you by my side is more than I ever imagined. In you I have found peace, love, and joy.

Thank you Father for this message from James. As I studied it this week, it was a reminder for me to always stay close to you.

Search my heart Lord for those sins that could be deeply hidden inside me. Bring them to my mind so that I can confess with my mouth and have my heart purified.

The enemy is always standing right beside me, urging me to fall away from you, tempting me with all sorts of gifts and lies. Help me Lord to stay strong in Jesus, and resist the enemy.

If I am not living my life with you as my central authority, then I have no chance at resisting the devil. Please stay close to me and have the Holy Spirit convict me the moment I may drift towards the enemy’s territory.

I know Lord that as a Christian, my life will still be full of ups and downs. I understand that I am not immune to bad things happening in my life. However, I do know that as your child, you will always be at my side; leading, helping and comforting me. Regardless of what is going on around me, help me to stand strong in you, covered by the Armour of God.

Thank you Father for your love, you grace, your mercy, and for all the wonderful gifts that I receive from you. Thank you for sending your son Jesus and the Holy Spirit to earth to help us be the best we can be.

May I always consciously and purposely choose you to lead my life.

For the glory to God and in the holy name of Christ, I pray.

Amen

God’s Blessing for You – Numbers 6: 23-26

Numbers 6: 23-26 (KJV)product_41_copyright

At Gods request, Moses, Aaron and other spiritual priests spoke this blessing over their people at the end of every service, The priests had to memorize this blessing as it was to be given word for word, as dictated by God.

In these few verses we see one word repeated six times – the word “Thee” (you)! God wants Christians to remember just how blessed we are and that even today, as this benediction is prayed over us, as a congregation, it is meant for each of us individually.

BLESS THEE – Contrary to what some believe; being a child of God, does not exempt us from going through rough times. It helps when we remember that God is always present and continually blessing us, even when we think otherwise.

KEEP THEE – As God watches over us, we are drawn closer to him, where we will be safe and able to withstand everything that we have to deal with. Knowing that God keeps us close to him, we don’t ever have to be worried or anxious.

FACE SHINE UPON THEE – As our Father, he smiles at us lovingly, while showering us with forgiveness, favour and acceptance.

BE GRACIOUS UNTO THEE – Grace is not something we can ask for. It can only be received when God gives it. God doesn’t have to give us grace, but when he does, it shows how much he loves and wants to bless us.

LIFT HIS COUNTENANCE UNTO THEE – Countenance means support. Each day we receive the kind of support that only God can give.

GIVE YOU PEACE – God’s peace is right there for us, no matter what is going on, what problems we have, or what situation we are in. God blesses us with peace, which is ours for the taking. As we accept, his peace encompasses our entire being and situation.

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Loving Father in Heaven,

Thank you Lord for placing the desire in my Pastor’s heart to declare this blessing over your (and his) sheep/congregation every Sunday.

Because I am your child, this scripture reminds me that you are blessing me, loving me and always watching over me, in spite of what my eyes are seeing or what I’m feeling.

You know what my needs are and I can relax knowing that you are right there with me, being my strength and my support. Thank you that I can call for peace, at any time over people, situations and for myself.

Thank you for your unconditional love that showers me with your blessings.

In the name of Jesus of Nazareth, I pray.

Amen

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Do You Anger Quickly? – Proverbs 19: 11

Proverbs 19:11

11 The discretion of a man deferreth his anger; and it is his glory to pass over a transgression.

We have the choice; to act on our anger immediately or to consciously postpone it or even let it go for good.

There may be many other reasons, beyond what is happening in that particular moment, causing anger to rear its ugly head. By deferring, we stop the anger in its tracks and let it go before it blows up, out of proportion. Setting it aside gives us the chance to cool off enough to objectively consider, not only our side of what is happening, but whether the opposing arguments hold merit.

How can we defer it or just let it go?

  1. As soon as the anger starts rising, and before it becomes a situation out of control, we must consciously make a decision to stop immediately.
  2. Pray for peace over all people involved.
  3. For our part, we must truly let God take over, regardless of what is happening. (Sometimes others can’t or won’t let it go).
  4. Ask for the Father’s help for everyone involved to see, with a clear mind, what’s really happening.
  5. Call on Jesus and with his strength in us, the anger will dissipate. (I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me).
  6. Then ask the Holy Spirit to guide us out of the situation, with love, kindness and forgiveness for everyone involved.

With the help of God (the Father, Jesus the Son and the Holy Spirit) we CAN put a stop to whatever is happening in the moment and choose to defer it, to another time when we can peacefully and rationally talk about it (if needed). This is wonderful news!

My Father in Heaven,

It is for your glory that I live. I thank you that I am created in your image and that you are willing to teach me how to be more like you.

Father, I know that on a regular basis, I am offended by someone or something, and sometimes I bury the offence and hurt so deep that they affect my soul. The bigger problem is that in many of those times, I keep it all brewing until one day it just explodes.

I need to change and with your strength, I can. Please search me and draw out everything hidden inside me that is not of you and cleanse me, in Jesus’s name. Thank you Father.

From now on, please help me to be on the lookout for situations that would cause me to fail. If any anger, bitterness or anything not of you begins to take hold of me, please allow me to immediately to be aware and turn to you, knowing in faith, that you will come to my rescue.

Allow me, with the strength and power of Christ, to rise above whatever brings me to the point of anger and rebellion. The more I stand in Jesus, the quicker these types of incidents will dissipate.

I know that it pleases you when I walk in peace and in forgiveness. This scripture tells me that when I overcome my transgressions, it brings glory (honour) to my name. Thank you Lord for allowing me the opportunity to live my life in you.

It is my goal to please and honour you. All the glory to you God for all you are and all you do.

In Jesus’ name.

Amen

Note: There is such thing as righteous anger however in this post I am not talking about that kind of anger.