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The primary purpose of prayer!!!!

September 22, 2010 2 comments

So what is the primary purpose of prayer?

It is repentance, is it interceding, is it getting our needs met. Of course, all of these are important and have a place in prayer, but it is definitely not the primary purpose of prayer, the primary purpose of prayer is worship fulfilled in the confinements of intimate close and personal relationship with our heavenly Father in heaven.

Therefore, the main purpose of prayer is just worshiping and fellowship with the LORD in an intimate close and personal relationship with Christ.

 John 4:23 “But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.

John 4:24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.”

 When God created Man, He created us for His pleasure. We were created and are still created for His good pleasure.

Revelation 4:11 “Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.”

He created Man for fellowship and relationship, which was lost and Christ came to establish.

I have asked this question many times on Facebook, what is the main reason that Christ died on the cross of Calvary, and I receive various answers. The most common answer is “to save us from hell”, but if hell was not there, then would Christ still have died?

 The answer is in John 3:16, 36 and John 17:3, let us take a look at these scriptures.

John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

John 3:36 “He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.”

John 17:3 “And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.”

 Christ calls us all into eternal life, but what is eternal life? Knowing God, the only true God and Son Jesus Christ through the Holy Spirit, is eternal life. However, there is something in our way that stops us from knowing God. What is it? It is Sin.

 Isaiah 59:1 “Behold, the LORD’S hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear:”

Isaiah 59:2 “But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.”

 Christ did not die to just save us from hell, because if there was no hell, Christ would have still died. Christ Died primarily to remove sin from our lives so we can enter into a close personal relationship with Christ Jesus. Sin was a barrier to that close personal relationship even existing, so Christ had to cleanse us from all our sins and forgive us, to establish a new relationship found in Christ.

Therefore, prayer is just communication with the LORD, communing in His presence, having fellowship with our Heavenly Father. So then, it is mutual relationship and conversation; one speaks, then the other listens and vice versa.

Seeking God in our prayer life is the principle thing; to worship His Holy Name should be the reason and purpose to pray. Notwithstanding, other reason to pray: asking for things, interceding for others and asking for forgiveness of sins etc…

(Matthew 6:33) “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”

 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.”

James 4:3 “Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.”

Many Christians unfortunately pray to God as if he is a slot machine they just pray for when they are in need, they use Him for their own personal goals. God cannot be mocked. Nevertheless, when everything is fine and dandy there is no communication with their Father. God is not impressed. We should pray in all seasons, whether good or bad, pray without ceasing. God wants constant communication with His children. 1Thesalonians 5:17 “Pray without ceasing.”

 Galatians 6:7 “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.”

God is a person and He demands relationship with His children that believe in His salvation. We need to talk to Him as a person, not a thing. The true importance of prayer is to be intimate with your heavenly Father.

Ephesians 1:6 “To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.”

When you put God first in your prayer, life and you spend time worshiping Him. All other things that you crave for and need, will be satisfied according to His will. Many when wanting a thing badger God with their petitions. Prayer is not just asking, but thanksgiving, appreciation, praise, worship and faithfulness is all part of prayer. When you have asked God for a thing, you then thank God for answering it and so forth that is when you enter the realm of faith.

Many now will ask how come I prayed for that and I did not receive it, well if we take look back at James 4:2-3; many of us ask amiss, we do not ask with the right heart, or a pure motive and we do not pray according to His will. His will is His Word. If it is not His will, then you will not receive it.

1John 5:14 “And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:”

1John 5:15 “And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.”

The verse is self-explanatory, if you ask anything according to His will; you have confidence and faith that He has already answered your prayer by grace, you just have to receive what you prayed for by Faith.

When you put the focus on God in prayer, He puts the Focus on you, he answers all your needs and requests, all things that you desire will be added unto you.

Let us make the main thing the main thing.

Amen.

Stay blessed.

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Is your guard up is your amour on?

August 4, 2010 Leave a comment

Ephesians 6:18 “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;” 

Mark 13:33 “Be on guard! Be alert! You do not know when that time will come.” 

Colossians 4:2 “Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.” 

If your guard is not up, then Christ is not your strong hold and you are not putting on the full armour OF GOD. You have left yourself defenceless and vulnerable to attack. Definition of guard is protection, defence, being in watch over anything threatening to keep in safety. If we fail to withstand the devils attack then we are not operating in the full armour OF GOD. We have to guard ourselves from spiritual attack, and when they do come, you have to be prepared to do spiritual battle. God has given you all this armour to win and be victorious. If Christ can defeat Satan in His weakest moments (Matthew 4), we can defeat the enemy in our weak and strongest moments.

 Ephesians 6:10 “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.”

We have to stand strong in Gods strength and not our own. We can do all things through Christ who strengthens us (Philippians 4:13), it is not by power nor by might but by the Spirit says the Lord of Hosts (Zechariah 4:6), we do nothing in our own power or by might but by the Spirit of our Lord God.

 Ephesians 6:11“Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.”

To stand in the evil day we have to be clothed in the amour of God. We are in the evil day, so we have to continue to stand clad in the whole armour OF GOD. Seven pieces of armour are mentioned. Five are defensive and two are offensive, with one being preparatory. The armour is mentioned as being: a belt, a breastplate, shoes, a shield, a helmet, a sword, and prayer. 

Ephesians 6:12 “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”

Are war is not carnal, but spiritual, we have to be spiritually ready to resist the devil and flee, by focusing on Christ and submitting to Him (James 4:8). Likewise, we may sincerely desire to never deny our Lord, but it takes more than desire; it takes preparation. We have all been taught how to rely on ourselves, but we have to learn anew how to be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might (Ephesians 6:10). Just as in the physical realm, muscles have to be exercised to become strong, so we have to exercise ourselves unto godliness (1Timothy 4:7).

 Eph 6:13 “Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.”

You have to put on the whole armour OF GOD, not just part of it, some people are running around with just the helmet of salvation and have no sword of the Spirit to attack the enemy. We are exhorted three times to put on the full armour OF GOD not some of it. Do not be left defenceless and vulnerable. 

Ephesians 6:14 “Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;”

Christ is the truth, the only truth (John 14:6). When we have received Christ, we have received the Truth. We have to surround ourselves with the truth of Christ and to continue to be sanctified by the truth. When you act upon the truth, it will set you free (John 8:32). When you know the truth, you will not be entangled in our own web of deceit. The belt of truth holds things in place, holds up the whole armour. The truth keeps us secure in Christ and makes effective all the other pieces of armour. Truth is the sincerity of the heart. Sincerity leads us to be open before God. To have the belt of truth is to look to Jesus as the only truth. If Satan can remove/disarm of us of our belt, he will defeat us. 

Righteousness is received at salvation; it is the source of God Himself, a very gift from God, which only comes through faith. It gives us total acceptance before God through Christ. Righteousness allows us to stand before God, men and demons. Without the breastplate of righteousness, our faith would be like any mere religion – a form of godliness but no power to act. The Holy Spirit within us now gives us the life and power to live above sin. He imparts in you godly living. This is the breastplate of righteousness. Righteousness is God’s double-sided protection for the Christian. It defends our conscience from all the wounds inflicted by past sin and failures and also keeps us from the constant array of temptations and lust that desire to inflict more harm on us.

Ephesians 6:15 “And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace.”

The shoes of the gospel of peace makes a messenger prepared to share the glad tidings of peace. This piece of armour is to aid our movement and defence and not our appearance. The shoes that keep us going over hard ground and the shoes that equip us with something to offer to the needy souls along the way. 

Ephesians 6:16 “Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.”

We walk by faith not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7); it protects us from the attacks of the enemy.  It is the most important armour to put on, without this all the other parts of the armour our exposed. It quenches the fiery arrows of the evil one, not some of them but ALL of them. We can have total victory in Christ Jesus as He is the author and finisher of our faith (Hebrews 12:2). Faith is the confidence and assurance we have in the crucified and risen Christ. Faith is lifting our eyes up to God and relying on the greater One in us to see us through. 

Ephesians 6:17 “And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:”

There is a battlefield going on in the mind, the helmet of salvation protects our head from the wrong kind of thinking. We have to take captive every thought that exalts himself above the knowledge of Christ, being transformed by the renewing of our mind by the word of God. We need to keep focused on Christ the hope of our salvation. Hope is of the mind, it covers the head, and it is our helmet (1 Thessalonians 5:8).  A man can survive several days without food or water but take away hope and he will commit suicide immediately. An understanding of what God has promised us brings us hope. God does not lie. Our hope is based on Him. A Christian with the helmet of the hope of salvation will not get confused with the fleeing pleasures of sin. Nor will they trade their birthright (salvation) for the temporary lusts of the world.

The sword of the Spirit is our offensive weapon; we use it to strike down the enemy. The Word of God is hidden in our heart, activated by the power of the Holy Spirit and spoken in an appropriate situation. The Word of God is sharper than a two-edged sword (Hebrews 12:4). 

Ephesians 6:18 “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints.”

The last part of the Christian armour, which is prayer. pray with all diligence. The phrase “all prayer,” means various kind of prayer in the in the Spirit. Prayer is more than just asking, there is a prayer of thanksgiving, of praise, of rejoicing of worship, prayer of intercession, a prayer of agreement and a prayer of dedication. It is inappropriate to ask for something more than once, but we can and should continue to pray with these other forms of prayer until we see our answer manifest in the flesh. Prayer is another form of absolute dependence and reliance upon God for His divine intervention. In the “Spirit” means prayer directed by God’s Spirit and in accordance with God’s will (1John 5:14-15). Paul used this terminology when referring to praying in tongues (1Corinthians 14:2, 15; Jude 20; 1Corinthians 14:15). Therefore, this includes praying in tongues.  

A great amount of information was used from Andrew Wommack’s ministries and Word library. To God be the glory for their ministries.

 Be armed and ready, keep you guard up. 

Stay blessed

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Sinking Sand

July 26, 2010 Leave a comment

God promises that he will save us. He promises to stretch out His mighty arms and rescue us out of the sinking sand of drunkenness, homosexuality, hatred, unforgiveness, bitterness, lies, depression and anxiety. These are obviously not the will of God for our life, so then why do we still experience them? We experience all theses because our total focus on Christ has been shaken.

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.”

If our focus is on Christ and we are constantly resting in His presence, then we would have joy, and not anxiety or depression. You cannot contain joy, depression, bitterness, anxiety, hatred and unforgivness in your heart at the same time, so you have one or the other. So if you abiding in God’s presence and experiencing His joy, then you would not experience, Unforgiveness, bitterness, lies, depression, anxiety and so forth.

 Matthew 6:33 “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”

If we sought God with all our heart, we would not be anxious. The root of all anxiety is worrying, worrying of what you are going to eat, wear, do and so forth.

Matthew 6:25 “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious (worry) about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?”

 Mat 6:26” Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?

Mat 6:27 And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?

Mat 6:28 And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin,

Mat 6:29 yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.

Mat 6:30  But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?

Mat 6:31 Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’

Mat 6:32 For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all.” 

If we put our trust in Christ, rest and focus on him, we would not worry about these things, and be less anxious.

Philippians 4:6 “do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.”

Again, a way to combat anxiety is to give thanks and praise God in all circumstances, which will produce joy in your life in the mists of the storm. 

Mat 7:24 “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock.

Mat 7:25 And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock.

Mat 7:26 And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand.

Mat 7:27 And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.”

The reason why we sink in the mist of our problems is that Christ is not our firm foundation. If Christ is our firm foundation then we will be secure and the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard our hearts from worry and doubt. If you build, upon a weak foundation, (anything that is not Christ), you will fall, if you build upon a solid foundation (Christ) then you will be secure and withstand the storm. You build upon the sure foundation of Christ by spending time with Him, seeking Him, praying, worshiping Him and reading His word by establishing an ongoing personal relationship with our Father and to be a doer of the word not just a hearer only.

Philippians 4:7 “And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

 

Moreover, the joy of the Lord will enable you to float calmly in mist of your storms.

Galatians 5:22 “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,

Galatians 5:23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.”  

If we are operating in the fruit of the Spirit, then we would not be holding unto bitterness, unforgiveness, hatred and so on. They both cannot be in your heart; it is one or the other.

SO CHOOSE!

Galatians 5:24 “And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.

Galatians 5:25 If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit.”

Let us be led by the Spirit, feed the spirit and starve the flesh by spending time in God’s presence by reading, meditating in His word, praying and praising Him for His goodness and reverencing Him and worshiping Him. Do not be controlled and dominated by your emotions, submit your emotions to God’s will but be dominated by the Word of the Lord.

 Psalm 116:2 “Because he inclined his ear to me, therefore I will call on him as long as I live.

Psalm 91:15 “When he calls to me, I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will rescue him and honour him.” 

When you are sinking cry out to God, “Abba, Father”, and He will surely answer you. 

Mar 6:45 “Immediately he made his disciples get into the boat and go before him to the other side, to Bethsaida, while he dismissed the crowd.

Mar 6:46 And after he had taken leave of them, he went up on the mountain to pray.

Mar 6:47 And when evening came, the boat was out on the sea, and he was alone on the land.

Mar 6:48 And he saw that they were making headway painfully, for the wind was against them. And about the fourth watch of the night he came to them, walking on the sea. He meant to pass by them,

Mar 6:49 but when they saw him walking on the sea they thought it was a ghost, and cried out,

Mar 6:50 for they all saw him and were terrified. But immediately he spoke to them and said, “Take heart; it is I. Do not be afraid.”

Mar 6:51 And he got into the boat with them, and the wind ceased. Moreover, they were utterly astounded,”

There is no doubt that Jesus was coming out there to help His disciples, yet He made as though He would have passed by them. This illustrates how the Lord comes to us. He is always there in the midst of our problems, but He does not just take control. Regardless of how desperate our situations are, He waits for us to call out to Him for help. He does not force His help on us. Moreover, He is always on top of the very thing that is about to drown us. It is no problem for Him. We have to be looking for the Lord or He will pass on by.—Andrew Wommack’s Living Commentary.

So when you are sinking in sand, cry out to God and he will pull you out of the sinking sand with His outstretch arms.

Isaiah 52:10 “The LORD has bared his holy arm before the eyes of all the nations, and all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God.”

Yes, God stretches His mighty arm out to those who are drowning in their sin and despair and pulls them out of their circumstances, and places their feet upon the Rock, which is Christ. His Promises our sure and He will rescue you. Trust the Lord, seek Him believe His Word. God may not be early but He is never late. He will never let you down! His arms are everlasting.

Deuteronomy 33:27 “The eternal God is your dwelling place, and underneath are the everlasting arms. And he thrust out the enemy before you and said, Destroy.” 

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