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Praying prayers that God can answer

Praying prayers that God can answer

Posted by Norman Wreford on Nov 1, 2019

TEXT: ‘We are sure of this that he will listen to us whenever we ask him for anything in line with his will.  And if we really know he is listening when we talk to him and make our requests, then we can be sure that he will answer us’ – 1 John 5:14-15 TLB THOUGHT: Answered prayer is one of the most thrilling experiences for a Christian. That the God of the universe takes time to intervene on earth is truly amazing. Not just concentrating on nations and their leaders, but ordinary people. Isaiah 40:15 describes the nations as a drop in the bucket, so how much smaller and insignificant a human being, yet Jesus said, ‘The very hairs on your head are all numbered’ – Luke 12:7. The Bible encourages us to pray to the God who is listening. What can help us to pray prayers that God can answer? WHAT TO AVOID WHEN PRAYING Asking God to do what He has told US to do Many Christians ask God to send in the lost, but we are commanded to go out to reach them. Also churches pray for God to send in the money, while Christians are sitting there unwilling to give their tithes and offerings. We sing, “Shine, Jesus shine!” but Jesus said, ‘You are the light of the world. Let YOUR light shine’ – Matthew 5:14-16. Holding unforgiveness – ‘When you are praying, first forgive anyone you are holding a grudge against, so that your Father in heaven will forgive your sins, too’ – Mark 11:25 NLT. How many churches are divided by unforgiveness? When...

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Crowd’s Reactions!

Crowd’s Reactions!

Posted by Norman Wreford on Oct 26, 2019

TEXT: ‘Many godly Jews were in Jerusalem that day for the religious celebrations, having arrived from many nations’ – Acts 2:5 TLB THOUGHT: Acts Chapter 2 records the historic Day of Pentecost when God filled the disciples with the Holy Spirit and they ran out into the streets of Jerusalem speaking in other languages the praises of God. The crowd that quickly gathered were amazed at what happened. The Bible heading for these verses is, “The Crowd’s Response”. Today’s Teaching highlights four responses and reactions that happened on that day which are still being repeated throughout the world. They were confused – ‘And when this sound occurred, the multitude came together, and were confused, because everyone heard them speak in his own language’ – Acts 2:6 True Christianity does confuse people. It does not concentrate on rules and religious practices but a Person, the Lord Jesus Christ. Nor does it promote doing the best one can in order to please God, for it labels everyone a sinner but teaches that everyone can be saved. No more uncertainty of faith because Christians know their sins are forgiven and they have eternal life! For religious people like the Jews, the fact that works are not enough is confusing as is God loving the whole world and wanting everyone to be saved. Intellectuals like the Greek philosophers, are confused too, for they cannot work out faith with their natural minds. ‘The man who isn’t a Christian can’t understand and can’t accept these thoughts from God, which the Holy Spirit teaches us. They sound foolish to him because only those who have the...

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Forgotten Prayers Answered!

Forgotten Prayers Answered!

Posted by Norman Wreford on Oct 14, 2019

TEXT: ‘But the angel said, “Don’t be afraid, Zechariah! God has heard your prayer. Your wife, Elizabeth, will give you a son, and you are to name him John’ – Numbers 11:23 NLT. THOUGHT: Why? One of the most common questions Christians ask. Why has God not healed me? Why has He not answered my prayer? I know the Bible promises it, so why have I not received it? Zacharias and Elizabeth would have asked similar questions concerning her barrenness. They knew the scriptures and promises of God but no answer came concerning their prayer for a child. Yet all that changed when one ordinary day became extra-ordinary. An angel appeared to Zacharias while he was doing his priestly duties announcing that God had heard their prayer. Elizabeth was going to have a baby who would be the forerunner of the Messiah. Let’s look into the background of this amazing encounter. 1. Delay had not initially dampened their faith They had history on their side, for their nation had started from those who found it impossible to bear children. Abraham had a twenty-five year battle over Sarah’s barrenness before she conceived. Isaac had to intercede for Rebekah and Jacob did the same for Rachel. The founding fathers all prayed and received and this spurred Zacharias and Elizabeth on but prayer, fasting and positive confession did not make the slightest difference. The heavens seemed like brass and no answer to their prayer was forthcoming. 2. Delay did not change their lifestyle – ‘Zechariah and Elizabeth were righteous in God’s eyes, careful to obey all of the Lord’s commandments and regulations’...

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