DON’T LET THE PASSION IN YOUR PRAYER BECOME DISRESPECT…

I once heard a preacher erroneously teach Hebrews Chapter 4 verse 16…

Hebrews 4:16 (NKJV) 

16 Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

He said in essence that we are to approach God ‘boldly’, even saying, “Do it right now Lord!”

Uhhh…No!

As you already know, it simply means we have direct access to God (Yah), through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (Yeshua).


It does NOT give us permission to tell God what to do.


Even though we don’t have to always be on our knees when we pray YOU’RE ALWAYS IN POSITION TO PRAY/ 9 PROPER POSTURES (REBOOT)…, We do always have approach God with a humble spirit.

Look at how Jesus Himself fell on His face in the garden…

Matthew 26:39 (NKJV)

39 He went a little farther and fell on His face, and prayed, saying, “O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will.

So, please be careful! It’s easy to allow the passion of our desires, our confidence in Him, the urgency of our need, and especially during worship to allow ‘the intensity of the moment and worship experience or the charisma of the ‘leader’ to turn our prayer into a bold demand on God to meet our expectations when and how we’re ready.

Even in the lamenting Psalms such as Numbers 3,4,5,7,12 13, 14, 17, 22, 25, 44, 126, or 129 ( there are many others, I suggest you do a study of them if you haven’t already) God is teaching us through how to lament, and express our ‘disappointment’ in and ‘impatience’ with God in reverence and respect.

Prayer is a beautiful privilege of being a child of God, but we must remember that that’s just what it is…a privilege.

Let us not give those with authority over us in our lives more respect than we give God.

BE BLESSTIFIED!

HEY! WHERE’D THAT PEACE COME FROM?

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God always answers prayer…and usually it comes suddenly.

There have been times I was greatly troubled to the point that found it difficult to enjoy anything else.

Even in a happy moment, I might laugh… and then rushing to the front of my mind comes the thought..

“REMEMBER ME!!!” I’m your trouble and I haven’t gone ANYWHERE!!!

In the midst of this trouble I pray to God for peace, which doesn’t always come immediately. As I continue in prayer,

I consider my troubling situations.

I think of how good God is to me, EVEN with the trouble I’m experiencing.

I think of all of the things that COULD go wrong…that haven’t.

I think of ALL of the things God has ALREADY brought me through.

That’s when I stop and thank Him for just for being God…for His unfailing love, even when mine fails…for His faithfulness even when I’m unfaithful to Him. And, I realize, what does God get out of being faithful to me? Thank you Lord!

Then it happens…suddenly. Like the SON breaking through the cloud of my troubles!Yes, I’m sitting here thinking about my trouble…and I notice it. I find myself saying…


“Hey! Where did that peace come from?!”


God has poured His peace into my heart, and even though my trouble is still there. Even though I’m thinking about it…I feel at peace.

Peace is one of God’s awesome promises. He will give it to us.

If we PRAY…just ask Him.

If we’re PERSISTENT…continue to ask Him.

If we’re PATIENT…They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength (another promise) Isaiah 40:31.

If we PRAISE…Continue to thank God and praise Him while you wait.

Then suddenly, out of  nowhere. When you least expect it, but most need it…He will give you His PEACE.

Philippians 4:7 (NKJV)

 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

So, to answer my own question…”Hey! Where’d that peace come from?!”

It came from PRAYER, PERSISTENCE, PATIENCE & PRAISE…

BE BLESSTIFIED!

IF YOU FEEL THAT GOD HAS FORGOTTEN YOU…

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Have you ever made Him feel you’ve forgotten Him?

How many times have you started your day without saying, “Good Morning”?

How many meals or snacks have you eaten without saying, “Thank you”?

Have you gone a day without ‘calling’?


Have often do you check what He’s ‘posted’ in His ‘HOLY MEDIA’?


How many times has He tried to get your attention and you responded, “Not Now!”

How many times have you asked Him to leave ‘your house’ and invited the devil in?

Even when you’re diligently seeking Him, He sometimes may seem far away… because no matter how close you may THINK you are to Him, you can still be closer.

No matter how much faith you THINK you have…we all still have some unbelief.


Remember this…

Every person used by God in the bible at some time felt forsaken…including His Son.


Matthew 27:46 (NKJV)

46 And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” that is, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?”

If you feel God has forsaken or forgotten you, read Psalm 13. Notice how it begins in sorrow, but ends in an affirmation of trust and praise…That’s why He seems far away sometimes. So we can follow even closer behind Him.

Psalm 13 (NKJV)

13 How long, O Lord? Will You forget me forever?

How long will You hide Your face from me?
How long shall I take counsel in my soul,
Having sorrow in my heart daily?
How long will my enemy be exalted over me?

Consider and hear me, O Lord my God;
Enlighten my eyes,
Lest I sleep the sleep of death;
Lest my enemy say,
“I have prevailed against him”;
Lest those who trouble me rejoice when I am moved.

But I have trusted in Your mercy;
My heart shall rejoice in Your salvation.
I will sing to the Lord,
Because He has dealt bountifully with me.

BE BLESSTIFIED!

 

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