ENCOURAGEMENT TO PRAY WITH FAITH
Critics abound who disparage Christians from praying:
• “God doesn’t exist so you are just talking into the
air when you pray.”
• “Even if there is a God you’re not going to change
His mind by praying.”
Instead of listening to the
critics let us listen to God.
Invites Us To Pray
•God declared His Temple to be a house of prayer.
“…For My house shall be called a house of prayer for
all nations.” Isaiah 56:7.
•Jesus confirmed that God’s house
is a house of prayer.
“He said to them, ‘It is written, ‘My house shall be
called a house of prayer…’”
Matthew 21:13; Mark 11:17; Luke 19:46.
•Jesus gave us a model prayer
that embraces the essential areas of a true believers life.
“Our Father in heaven…” Matthew 6:9-13; Luke
•Jesus encouraged His disciples
to believe God to answer their prayers.
“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you
will find; knock, and it will be
opened to you. . .” Matthew 7:7.
On the night before His
crucifixion Jesus gave His disciples these promises. . .
“And whatever you ask in My name, that I will
do, that the Father may be glorified
in the Son. If you ask anything in My name, I will do
it.” John 14:13, 14.
you abide in Me, and My words abide in You, you will ask what you
and it shall be done for you.” John 15:7.
These are tremendous promises to
those who understand them and meet
the requirements. It is likely that every true Christian has
asked something from God
and tacked on the words, “in Jesus name.” Time passed and their
not answered. The prerequisites stated by Jesus are
“If you abide in Me, and
My words abide in you. . .”.
This surely means that to get our
prayers answered we must be in unhindered fellowship with Jesus
and pray according to His will as revealed in the teaching of His
May I share that I have often
checked up on myself by asking this question, “What would Jesus
pray if He were in my situation at this point in time?” Those
times when I experienced total peace that the request I wanted to
make was in harmony with the will of God were the times my prayer
was most often answered.
•Jesus taught that FAITH
is the essential Ingredient of answered prayer.
“So Jesus answered and said to them ‘Have faith in God. For
assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be
removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his
heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he
will have whatever he says. Therefore I say to you, whatever
things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them ,and
you will have them”. Mark 11:22-24.
BIBLICAL ANSWERS TO PRAYER
prayed that Sodom would not be destroyed (because his nephew, Lot
and his family lived there). Sodom was destroyed but Lot was
spared. (Genesis 18).
wrestled in prayer with the Angel of the Lord because his brother
Esau was coming after him with 400 warriors. His prayer was, “I
will not let You go unless You bless me.” (Genesis 32:26).
Jacob’s name, which means “supplanter”, was nullified and changed
to “Israel” which means “a prince with God” and Esau spared him
and his family.
God instructed Moses to
pray to Him by lifting his rod. Moses lifted that rod ten times
in confrontation with Pharaoh and a plague fell on Egypt..
Pharaoh agreed to let
Israel leave the land.
Moses lifted that rod at the
Red Sea and God opened a path
across on dry land. When Israel crossed Moses lifted his rod
again and the Red Sea
closed over the pursuing Egyptian army. Every time Moses lifted
that rod in Israel’s
journey a miracle took place.
needed more time to
defeat the Amorites in battle. He “spoke to the LORD in the
day when the LORD delivered up the Amorites before the children of
Israel, and he said
in the sight of Israel: “Sun, stand still over Gibeon; And Moon,
in the Valley of Aijalon.’ So the sun stood still, and the moon
stopped, Till the people had revenge upon their enemies.’”
was unable to conceive a child. “She was in bitterness of soul
and prayed to the LORD and wept in anguish.” She made a vow
to the LORD that if He would give her a male child that she would
give him to the LORD all the days of his life. God gave her a son
whom she named Samuel who became the greatest judge in the days of
Israel’s judges. 1st Samuel 1:1: 10, 11, 20.
Hezekiah prayed that
God would deliver Jerusalem from destruction by the mighty
Assyrian army. God sent one angel that night who killed 185,000
Assyrian soldiers. I Kings 18 and 19; Isaiah 37.
Space does not allow me to
describe how many prayed to Jesus for healing and deliverance from
demons and had their prayers answered or other miraculous answers
to prayer in the New Testament.
Let us learn to follow these
words from James,
“If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to
all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.
But let him ask in faith with no doubting, for he who doubts is
like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not
that man suppose that he will receive anything from the LORD.”
WITNESS FOR CHRIST (Part Two)
The main reason
every disciple should become a witness of Christ is because this
is The Great Commission of Jesus to His disciples. The gospels
record these statements from Jesus in the days following His
“Go therefore and make disciples
of all nations…” (Matthew
28:19; Mark 16:15).
“…Repentance and remission of
sins should be preached in His name to all nations…And you are
witnesses of these things.” Luke 24:47, 48.
“As the Father has sent Me, I
also send you.” John 20:21.
The book of Acts records the last
words of Jesus before His ascension back to Heaven:
“But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon
you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in
Jerusalem, and in all Judea and
Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
personal reason for
every disciple to become a witness for Christ is that this is the
means by which we receive the crown of rejoicing when all true
believers are assembled in glory. The apostle Paul wrote his
converts at Thessalonica,
“For what is our hope, or joy,
or crown of rejoicing? Is it not even you in the presence of our
Lord Jesus Christ at His coming? For you are our glory and joy.”
1st Thessalonians 2:19, 20.
TO BECOME A WITNESS FOR CHRIST
We Must Acquire A Compassion for
we do not have a compassion for lost souls we will not become an
effective witness. A disciple of Jesus should meditate on the
•Every lost person is
spiritually blinded by Satan to prevent them from coming to a
saving faith in Christ. (See 2nd Corinthians 4:3, 4.
•Lost souls are described as
“having no hope” and being “without God” in Ephesians 2:12.
•Those who depart this life
without coming into a saving relationship with Jesus Christ will
be separated from God forever in torment. (See Luke 16:22-26).
We should meditate on these
truths until a compassion for lost souls arises within us.
Must Seek Training To Effectively Bear Witness of Christ
can receive very good training by going with a well trained
soulwinner and experience “on the job training”.
We can study many of the fine
books on how to be an effective witness.
We can attend soulwinning and
witnessing classes when they are available.
Need to Learn to be Tactful to Make Contact
“Tact” is defined as “a quick, or intuitive appreciation of what
is proper; the mental ability of saying and doing the right thing
at the right time so as not to unjustly offend.” (See 1st
C.S. Lovett suggested the word
as an acrostic in presenting the gospel:
– family interests (shows personal care for them)
– occupation (appreciation of
their vocation and their knowledge of it).
– religious background (tactfully introduces the subject of
spiritual matters and reveals
some of the
religious influences of their life).
– message (If they are
believers you encourage them and perhaps invite them to
church. If they have not received Christ as Savior you tactfully
All are sinners –
Romans 3:10-12, 23.
God has given His Son to receive the punishment for
our sins in our place.
To be saved we must receive Jesus Christ by faith to
be our Savior.
John 14:6; Romans 6:23.
Jesus has promised to save all who ask Him in sincere
faith to save them.
Offer to lead them in a prayer to ask Jesus to
forgive them of their sins,
save them, and make them a child of God.
Follow up by encouraging them to
make a public confession of their faith in Jesus; follow Jesus in
believer’s baptism and unite with a local Biblical church.
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