GOD ANSWERS PRAYER
The Apostle Paul wrote to the Church at Thessalonica, saying,
“Pray without ceasing” 1 Thessalonians 5:17.
Is that possible, to pray without ceasing?
Let’s just put it this way, how much time do we spend thinking about things that can only be described as idle thoughts?
I fight against idle thoughts every day, thoughts that don’t amount to a hill of beans, which also leads to unnecessary worry. I am breaking ground and making great progress, because I have determined that I will shut down every idle thought and praise the Lord and pray instead. The more I rebuke idle thoughts and spend my “thinking time” in prayer and praising God, the better I feel, the more peace I have and the more prayers I see answered!
This is the will of God for us, that we pray as often as we can; and if you believe that isn’t possible, just consider how much time you spend on wasteful thinking. Turn all of that idle thinking, which leads to worry, or vanity, into praise and prayer and see what happens!
“Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In everything give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18.
“I say unto you, every idle word that men speak, they shall give an account of on the Day of Judgment” Matthew 12:36.
If Paul admonishes us to “pray without ceasing,” and the Lord said that we will give an account of “every idle word” on the Day of Judgment, don’t you suppose He is concerned about how much time we spend thinking nonsensical things: the past, bitterness, unforgiveness, how so and so is cruel, so and so was thoughtless, how I would like to do this, how I would like to buy that, I would like to go here, I would like to build that, I wish I had done it differently…the list is neverending, isn’t it?
Do you suppose that if you make a deliberate attempt to substitute all of those idle thoughts with praise and prayer for souls, the poor, orphans, widows, those who are persecuted for Christ’s sake…, the Lord will be pleased?
I can tell you most certainly, by experience, that the more time I spend in prayer, the more God answers my prayers, and the more I have visions and spiritual dreams.
If anyone believes they can allow unrepentant sin to remain in their lives, and still get their prayers answered, please reconsider. Prayer can be answered, for God’s mercy, but it is not likely to happen for those living in sin, disobedience and rebellion, who know better.
The Word of God tells us,
“You are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar people, that you should show forth praises of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light” 1 Peter 2:9.
You don’t have to be a spiritual giant to fill the description above. Peter, in the above passage of scripture, was speaking to “newborn babes” in Christ (1 Peter 2:2).
My great-grandmother was a praying saint of God and I keep a diary of the miracles God performed through her prayers: babies healed, her children healed, financial needs met, God even brought a pastor to her door to ask her if she would like to start a church in her home, a man she had never met. She had been praying, asking God to send the holiness church to that town where she lived. A Church of God pastor was driving through town, asking God where he should start a church there. God told him to stop at my great-grandmother’s house, as he was driving by. He pulled over and went to her house. He introduced himself and the church, and asked her if she would like to start a Church of God mission in her home. She told the pastor she had been praying that God would send the church to her town!
Now listen, folks, God laid it on my heart to write a message today about prayer. He is calling His people to prayer and He wants to be your prayer-answering God, right now, today!
We are living in the last of the last days, in perilous times (2 Timothy 3:1), but God’s people have no need to fear.
If you hold to the name of Christ, but you are allowing sin in your life, then you have something to be concerned about. Even so, if you are serious with God, He is our Deliverer and He will deliver you, if you ask Him in faith!
The Word of God tells us,
“Therefore, seeing we are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses (the saints who have gone to heaven and are also looking down), let us lay aside every weight and the sin which so easily besets us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us” Hebrews 12:1. (Hebrews 11 is the “Faith Chapter” and a great encouragement to the saints.)
Jesus said to His disciples,
“Until now you have asked nothing in My name. Ask and you will receive, that your joy may be full” John 16:24.
If you have cares, if you are under some bondage of sin, pray and lay it down before God, He will answer and He will deliver you.
Jesus also said,
“Again, I say to you that if two of you agree on earth concerning anything they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven” Matthew 18:19.
I laid my hands on this message today, after I wrote it, and I asked God to meet your needs, to deliver you, if you need deliverance, so I am agreeing with you in prayer, and as Jesus instructed, believe that it will be done for you. Ask in Jesus’s name, in sincerity, and watch it come to pass.
It is important to pray for legitimate needs, not excess, or praying amiss; but if you have a sincere need, I have already prayed with you and I am believing God with all of those who read this message and pray in agreement with me.
Receive those needs, in Jesus’s name!
Be delivered, in Jesus’s name!
Thank Him in advance, praise Him and believe it, in Jesus’s name!
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“God has chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty” 1 Corinthians 1:27.
A Prayer of Habakkuk – Pastor Tommy Bates
Hundreds of Bible prophecies have been fulfilled and those remaining shall surely come to pass. Are you prepared to stand before God and give an account of the life you have lived on this earth (Revelation 20:12-15)? If not, salvation is only a prayer away. Please visit the How Can I Be Saved page – your eternal destiny depends on it. God bless you.