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Does God Turn a Deaf Ear?

“If I regard wickedness in my heart, The Lord will not hear but certainly God has heard; He has given heed to the voice of my prayer. Blessed be God, who has not turned away my prayer nor His lovingkindness from me.” Psalm 66:18-20 NASB

 

As the Psalmist clearly records, God will not hear us if we regard wickedness in our heart. If we have regard toward something in our lives we have feelings for it; feelings that cause us too long for and desire what it is that we regard. If we regard wickedness we have a desire for it.

The heart is often also referred to as the sole, or the mind. It is the emotional and spiritual state of an individual. If our heart, the spiritual core of our being, regards wickedness, God will not hear our prayers.

God’s standard for His children is clear, He told us to “be holy, for I am holy.” (I Peter 1:16). If we choose to disregard God’s standard, we grieve the Holy Spirit hindering every area of our spiritual lives. A heart with regard to sin stands in contempt to a holy God and cannot be used of God.

Holiness is a choice. But, it is also an act of God. We have no ability to live in accordance to God’s standard of holiness apart from God’s work of redemption within our lives. However, if we make the choice to repent of our sin and ask God to forgive us and cleanse us, He will. (I John 1:9).

With God’s redemptive work in mind Hebrews 4:16 says, “Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” Yes, I have committed many sins in my life, yet, I have repented. Because I have repented and trusted in God’s redemptive work I know I am also forgiven. “Blessed be God, who has not turned away my prayer nor His lovingkindness from me.”

 
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Posted by on January 14, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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Praying God’s Will

“Your kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” Matthew 6:10 NASB

 

All too often as Christians we get frustrated with the ways of the world. We stand at a loss as to what we should do to counteract the rampantly increasing immorality in this world and the blatant disrespect of God. Everywhere we look we discover this world is slipping further away from our Lord’s glorious grace. In the same way we become frustrated with many of our church folk who seem to care less about the spiritual condition of the world and are often caught up in the world themselves.

In frustration we ask ourselves, “Where do we draw the line?” The answer to that question is simple. We draw the line on the altar of grace and put or knees on it, seeking God in prayer. He alone has the power to change the heart of the wicked and bring revival to the stagnant. Therefore, it is to Him that we call upon in prayer for the repentance of the sinner and revival of the saints.

            In Matthew 6:9-13, Jesus gives us an example prayer. Not a prayer we should meaninglessly quote or chant, but an example of how we should pray and things we should pray for. In this prayer Jesus tells us to pray for God’s will to be done, on earth as it is in heaven. What is His will? His will is for God’s kingdom to come.

            Many people misinterpret, “Your kingdom come,” as the second coming of Christ. Although the second coming of Christ is something all Christians should long for, that is not what Jesus was talking about.

            When John the Baptist came as the forerunner of the Christ, announcing one was coming who was greater than he, John proclaimed, “Repent for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” (Matthew 3:3). He was referring to Jesus. Jesus, who came to usher in the kingdom of heaven upon this earth. Jesus ushered it in through His death, burial, and resurrection, and those who have accepted His salvation are living within that spiritual kingdom.

            We should pray daily that God’s kingdom would come, and that His will is done, on earth as it is in heaven, right now, today, at this very moment. As Christians we should pray daily for the kingdom of heaven to consume this dry and parched land. We should pray daily for the lost, calling them out by name that God would get a hold of their lives transforming them and make them citizens of His kingdom. Pray for your city, town, community, neighborhood, county, and state that God would stir revival in their midst. Although I have never been to Detroit, I pray that God would stir a major revival there and restore that city for His glory. Just think of what an amazing testimony it would be of the power and grace of God. Remember, there is NOTHING impossible for God!

            We should also pray daily for our churches and our pastors. Whether they’re healthy or not they need our prayer. You might say, “My church is a dead,” or “My pastor is no good.” Isn’t that all the more reason to pray for them? Criticism won’t produce revival; however, committed Christians praying will. Paul requested prayer for himself as he proclaimed God’s Word. (Ephesians 6:19). Just think how mighty our missions, ministry, outreach, evangelism, worship, and preaching might be if we prayed-Your kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. 

 
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Posted by on January 8, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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A House of Prayer

Many times throughout the Gospels we see Jesus going into the temple. One of those times Jesus drove people out for making His Father’s house something God had not intended for it to be. Often, we too are guilty of making God’s house into something other than what He intended. Jesus said in Matthew 21:13, “It is written My house shall be a house of prayer, but you are making it a robbers den.” We emphasize missions and so we should; but that’s not what Jesus said. He said His house would be a house of prayer. We focus on preaching and teaching, and so we should; but that’s not what Jesus said. He said His house would be a house of prayer. Music gets much of the attention in ministry as well, and again it should. But that’s not what Jesus said, He said His house would be the house of prayer. Jesus said, “My house shall be a house of PRAYER. Missions, evangelism, teaching, preaching, music, and many other things are very important; however, they are empowered by prayer. Have we made God’s house a house of prayer? Or are we making it into something God never intended?

            If we are going to see revival, true revival, in our churches, in our communities, or in our nation, we must pray. A prayer-less church is a powerless church. Likewise, a prayer-less Christian is a powerless one. We fuss about how far our nation is slipping away from God, but, are we praying? We gripe that prayer has been removed from schools, but, are we praying? We complain about the rampant immorality in the world, but, are we praying? We sneer at those who reject Jesus, but, have we prayed for them?

            When we as God’s people begin to pray, truly pray, in fervent, passionate, prevailing prayer, we invite the powerful presence of God to invade and overcome our seemingly hopeless situation. It is way past time for Christians to stop playing church, and start being the church; the church that Jesus called us to be-a house of prayer. Church, I give you this charge-stand firm as God’s people uniting your hearts in prayer and seek the face of God for revival.   

I, however, am only accountable for my actions as you are only accountable for yours. I choose to pray. What about you? As history clearly records, every great awakening was birthed in prayer. Will you join me?  

 
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Posted by on January 6, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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