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Effective Prayer

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When & Why do people pray?

Simply answered… we usually pray when we’re out of gas! It’s the moment that we realize we are powerless over the number of our days given to us on this earth. It comes at the end of the road, when frustration, despair and anger take over. It’s at a time of helplessness. It often is at the bedside of the death of a loved one – when we realize there’s nothing else to do but pray. It may also come with a diagnosis of what may appear to be hopeless. Mostly, it’s a time when we fully understand that we are not God and need Him.

I don’t know if you’ve ever noticed, but even atheists will plead with God in moments of trial… need… frustration… and desparation.

Most aren’t even aware of shouting out God’s Name in a time of need. When push comes to shove, God is always called to the scene – even by those who don’t believe. But, why? It’s because we are created with a vacuum that wants to breathe in God. We either identify this or we don’t. When we realize Jesus is the breath we need to inhale, life just takes effect. It’s a war out there for your soul, so pray that you make the right decision about the God you serve.

How do we pray effectively?

Effective prayer is praying with the assurance that God hears and answers. On effective prayer, Jesus said, Be it done according to your faith. The answer comes when you pray according to His will – not yours. Don’t be fooled by the enemy, Satan.

We must remember that God is not an on demand personal genie; Scripture tells us the following: But without faith it is impossible to please Him. For he that cometh to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. (Hebrews 11:6) We are also commanded to walk this walk on His terms, not our own. We must obey God rather than men. (Acts 5:29) While we are no longer under the Law, we must still abide in it. This fact is often not taught properly. What the Holy Spirit is saying here is that your Salvation doesn’t depend on the Law or the sacrifices of animals. You are under His Grace; however, since He doesn’t change, He still wants us to obey His Commandments. Don’t let anyone deceive you. God is not mocked and God doesn’t change… not ever! Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever. So, here’s the Glory of obeying Him and receiving Jesus: Then the LORD your God will prosper you abundantly in all the work of your hand, in the offspring of your body and in the offspring of your cattle and in the produce of your ground, for the LORD will again rejoice over you for good, just as He rejoiced over your fathers; if you obey the LORD your God to keep His commandments and His statutes which are written in this book of the law, if you turn to the LORD your God with all your heart and soul. (Deuteronomy 30:9-10)

Make it a practice to live the Jesus lifestyle. Don’t be caught up in people or the Sunday Jesus fan club. If you want your prayers answered, simply walk in His ways… just as He describes in the Bible. He is still a God of extraordinay miracles… just as He was when He walked this earth. Embrace Him with all that is in you. Eternity is forever and you want to make it. Don’t get caught being a goat (Matthew 25). Always keep your Oil in your Lamp (Matthew 25). It just might be the right time to read Matthew 25… right now. It’s also the right time to recommit your life to Jesus or receive Him for the very first time. You don’t control the number of your days, no matter how much you think you can! Yielding to God is the only way to safely arrive home. May the Lord bless and keep you.


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You were born into a fallen world that has separated itself from our Living God. Make no mistake about it, there’s only One True God. The other ‘gods’ are fake. The Bible calls our fallen condition, ‘sin’. It’s not a bad word. Sin is simply our fallen state. We all need a Savior… a Redeemer. Jesus is, from the very beginning, the Son of God, who came as a little baby, grew up to preach the Gospel when He was 30 to 33 years of age, and then at 33, He was tortured to death, by crucifixion, for claiming exactly who He was. HOWEVER, HE AROSE FROM THE DEAD – 3 days later, thus making a way for us to get home…despite our sins and human frailty. He took all the weight of all of our sins with Him on that cross. He gave His life willingly so that we would go home to heaven and live in eternity. He made a way for us to return to our Heavenly Father, Abba, once we leave this life. Jesus has prepared a place for you and me. It’s a place of exquisite beauty, peace, health and unconditional love; it’s eternal and perfect. We will always be in health, always be filled with joy. Death will be no more. You will be the eternal person you were designed to be… in the image of God. Do you know that you were created by God to be His child forever and ever without end?

When you feel that chilling emptiness, deep, deep inside your innermost being, that’s God calling you. He wants you back. No one and nothing else can fill that void you feel. It was meant to be filled only by Yahweh God. You may be looking to other things or people to fill that void because no one has told you it’s your heavenly Father calling to you. Maybe you’ve dabbled in astrology, yoga, witchcraft, different religions, and other gods. You may keep switching to different lifestyles, religions, groups, drugs, alcohol, meditation, the occult, etc, to find that which will fill that void but nothing ever does. You always think, if this doesn’t work, I’ll just try something else. Let me tell you, there is nothing else. It’s only Jesus that can fill that emptiness …that craving for peace within. He’s as close as a simple prayer. Although it’s important to fellowship, you don’t need to run to a church building to find Him; most of the ‘buildings’ are empty of His Spirit anyway, these days. He’s right by your side right now… knocking at the door to your heart. All you have to do is ask Jesus to forgive you for your sins and He immediately will. Ask Him to take over your life and to to live His life within you. Tell Him you want to receive His Salvation and begin to live your life His way. Ask Him to fill you with His Holy Spirit from this moment forward. Tell Him you will learn of Him through the Bible and the Bible alone – all 66 Books (man created the division of the Old and New – God never did). Commit all that you have into His Mighty Hands – even your hurts. You are now 100% “born again”, according to the Scripture. Happy Re-Birth! The Bible strongly announces that “Today is the day of Salvation”. Only God, and Him alone, holds our next breath. Please don’t wait. Life is fragile and no one knows if they have tomorrow. Reach for Him now and secure your eternity. If you want someone to pray this prayer with you, just call us at 741.2141 and we will be honored to lead you to Jesus. His nail scarred hands are ready to hold you; and, when the number of your days are done, He will gently take you HOME – for all eternity.

 Jesus the shroud copy“The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith that we proclaim); because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. For the Scripture says, “Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame.” For there is no distinction between Jew and Gentile; for the same Lord is Lord of all, bestowing His riches on all who call on Him. For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”  (Romans 10:8-13)