Praying as the Lord Commands!

The gospel of Grace is our hope!  Our Father gladly hears our prayers, we just have to understand and apply the Word of God to our Prayer life!

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“Prayer isn’t just blessings at meals… redundant words…”

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What I want is what I want…

And it will cost us our prayer life. People who pray selfishly tend to have one thing in common: they are not in the fellowship of the church and they are not in the word of God; except selfishly… (another podcast another day…)

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God won’t answer me anyway…

It’s easy to do, but in this type of attitude, the Scriptures suggest that we should not expect anything from the Lord. So, let’s pay attention to this type of unbelief.

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Love Your Brother?

It’s easy to get flustered, become hateful, and breed bitterness. There are many areas of relationships that can hinder our prayers. Do you have them?

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Prayer is vital

And it can be hindered. We are going to discuss that issue this week and reveal what scripture shows us on how to have a healthy and non-hindered prayer life.

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Please pray for me!!!

That request is often replied with, ‘What’s happening? Tell me what’s going on! Now, good intentions could be at the root of this response, but if we are not careful, we can give way to gossip, hurt and hindrance to our prayers.

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“Ask for prayer, just don’t hinder the one praying.”

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Prayer is Tough!

And it’s one of those battles we fight every single day. The truth is that we can pray because we are AT ONE with God because of Jesus Christ. Gladly, even when we find ourselves unable to pray we can trust that God the Spirit will pray for us, prompt us to pray and endeavor the journey for us. 

Rest well and as always, we’re here to discuss with you the truth of the Gospel.

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“Solus Cristos!”

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I have met few Christians who say they have never prayed. People pray for God’s wisdom, guidance, assistance, will, knowledge, grace, mercy and provision. Prayer for the sick and the lost and lost relationships conjoin with prayers for God to give us joy and peace and endurance as we traverse this life amongst darkness. Sadly, many times people offer up prayers, requests, petitions, supplications and thanksgiving and as it has often been said, ‘they don’t make it past the ceiling.’  So what causes a lack of hearing on God’s part concerning our prayers? What would cause Him to stop listening and stop answering us?  Here are a few thoughts to consider if you find yourself in this position.

  1. Praying against scripture. This is seen when we pray for something that is not promised in scripture such as vast riches or eternal health but more so it is evident when we fail to submit to scripture in the first place and offer lip-service through prayer thinking God will work according to our circumstances and thus provide an answer to our needs that scripture doesn’t prescribe.
  2. Praying apart from Scripture. No matter how often or passionately we pray, if we are not in the word of God we reveal a darker reality of our hearts. This shadow seems to offer a reality that we may want God to work for us but we are not interested in an intimate and powerful relationship with Him. The source of Grace and Hope is found only in scripture so to be out of God’s word and to pray is much like a fool’s errand; after all, it is through scripture that we find how we ought to pray.
  3. Self Centered Lives – While this seems to explain itself, let me give you a few examples of how this type of life will never allow God to hear our prayers.
    1. When our relationships with others are tainted with selfishness that is evidenced by strife, unforgiveness, hatred, etc. God will not hear our prayers. His grace is our hope in Christ Jesus and we are forgiven, so our relationships with others are of utmost importance in this vein. Praying while in discord with friends, neighbors, family or enemies is worthless.
    2. Desiring our fleshly hopes. This is not just in general but also in our payer lives. When we LIVE for ourselves and the gratification of our flesh we are not in unity with God’s will for our sanctification and purity and also, when we pray for selfish things or with self interest God will never answer those prayers. (see James 4)  This can also be seen in demanding our liberties that are often culturally frowned upon. Don’t expect God to hear our prayers when we are OK with offended our weaker siblings for whom Christ shed His blood. We give up our rights for the sake of others, that is love.
    3. Continued Sin and Idolatry. I am not saying that “if” we sin we don’t have an advocate in Jesus, but scripture is clear that continued rebellion against the glory of God’s great holiness allows no room for answered prayer. For instance, we cannot seek out escape from trials with our flesh and the world and then on top ask God to provide peace. Either we are trusting in Him or we trust in our flesh, we cannot do both.  Praying while engaging in continued unrepentant sin is foolish except that prayer be labored for God to do what it is He does in His children, which is empower us to put to death the flesh.  We cannot run to the world and her answers while running to the infinite Father of power and grace. Man can NEVER serve two masters.

      “If I had cherished iniquity in my heart, the Lord would not have listened” (Psalm 66:18)

So beloved, pray, but also know that your strength to pray, to live, to love and to believe comes from God through His word. Know that your life is secure in Christ and His promises. Pray and the Father will hear. Pray for the Lord to help you pray and to live as one who desires God to hear and answer prayers.

Although there is much that will be said and speculated.  The call of the church is for her to petition the Lord of all things for His sovereign grace in these matters with Pastor Mahaney as well as with all of us.

Mahaney’s board has stated:

“The charges against C.J. are serious, but his response has been one of self-examination and, when possible, specific confession to those sinned against.  However, given the numerous events, people, and perspectives involved, the work of an independent panel will be vital to fully examining these charges and arriving at an objective conclusion, especially on those charges with which the board does not agree.”

Mahaney issued his own lengthy statement here.

“These charges are not related to any immorality or financial impropriety, but this doesn’t minimize their serious nature, which include various expressions of pride, unentreatability, deceit, sinful judgment, and hypocrisy.”

“I believe God is kindly disciplining me through this. I believe I have by the grace of God perceived a degree of my sin, and I have been grieved by my sin and its effects on others.  I have had the opportunity to confess my sin to some of those affected in various ways by my sin.”

In light of this, let us pray for our brother, his ministry and greatly for the glory of God to be revealed through His grace.  Let us also reflect continually on our own hearts, our own pride, our own wickedness and sin and resolve to tremble before the mighty hand of God who gives grace by His own desire, not of human decision or merit.

1 Peter 2:18-25 (ESV)
18 Servants, be subject to your masters with all respect, not only to the good and gentle but also to the unjust.
19 For this is a gracious thing, when, mindful of God, one endures sorrows while suffering unjustly.
20 For what credit is it if, when you sin and are beaten for it, you endure? But if when you do good and suffer for it you endure, this is a gracious thing in the sight of God.
21 For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in his steps.
22 He committed no sin, neither was deceit found in his mouth.
23 When he was reviled, he did not revile in return; when he suffered, he did not threaten, but continued entrusting himself to him who judges justly.
24 He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed.
25 For you were straying like sheep, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.

An article detailing this can be read here: http://blogs.courier-journal.com/faith/2011/07/08/serious-charges-vs-popular-pastor-author-mahaney/

Tonight I have found myself in a superb discussion on prayer with several people in two places. As we have dialoged, I have searched for succinct thoughts by reputable teachers of the Word and found Dr. DA Carson talking on the matter. Hope you enjoy.