Do these questions sound familiar? Why did I waste time learning basic web design? Why did God let me spend time with that fantasy role-playing group? What good was all those college classes? What is God’s Will for my life? Sound familiar? I’ve been there. Would you like some help? Continue reading
The other day, a friend told of a curious dream. My friend is playing checkers and his opponent is not a chimpanzee. Who was he playing? The opponent is God, the Father. My friend was sitting there and waited. After some time passed, my friend asked, “Are you going to move?”
“It’s your move,” came the reply. Continue reading
After writing “Where Is Your Hope“, a good friend asked “Are we not to contend for the healing miracles?” I never said that we should not pray for supernatural healings and expect them. It would be foolish for me, to believe or claim otherwise.
For, Jesus does say things like:
7 If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. [John 15:7]
24 Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. [Mark 11:24]
12 Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. 13 And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it. [John 14:12-14]
We are even told be bold and persistent in our prayers to the Father:
5 yet because this widow bothers me, I will give her legal protection, otherwise by continually coming she will wear me out.’” 6 And the Lord said, “Hear what the unrighteous judge *said; 7 now, will not God bring about justice for His elect who cry to Him day and night, and will He delay long over them? 8 I tell you that He will bring about justice for them quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth? [Luke 18:5-8]
What then? Do I suddenly change my original point and not place my hope in Jesus, but in what he does? I don’t think so. I am still to keep my eyes on who God, the Father is. I am still to focus on who Jesus is.
My hope is in who Jesus is and not in what he can do for me. Did you catch that last part of the sentence? Our relationship with God is to be based on who He is and not what he can do for us. According to Scripture, Jesus has also called us, to be one with Him and the Father:
24 Father, I desire that they also, whom You have given Me, be with Me where I am, so that they may see My glory which You have given Me, for You loved Me before the foundation of the world. [John 17:24]
Suppose you have a friend, who never spends time in getting to know you. The friend seems to only call when he wants something of you. Would this not be considered a shallow friendship? It would make for a hollow friendship. The same principle applies with God.
The more we come to know God, the Father; it is the freer we are to ask. The more we come to know God’s character; the more confidence we have in approaching the “throne of grace”. Here is why:
15 For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin. 16 Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. [Hebrews 4:15-16]
How can I know that Jesus can sympathize with me? It is by taking the time to know Jesus. If I never take time to know Jesus then how can I know what to ask. God, the Father will not answer prayers that are opposed to his characters.
Would they accept me, at the Justice House of Prayer? A couple of years ago, I was considered joining J-HOP, in Washington D.C. I thought it, a great way to combine two passions of mine: politics and prayer.
Yet, I was little apprehensive about joining this wonderful group. Why the anxiety? I consider myself to be “center-left” in some of my politics. Yes, I am a moderate liberal Christian, who firmly believes in the Word of God. I am not a fan of conservative politics.
I was both excited and hesitant; so I went to the Father and talked about my personal fears of praying with these people. As Lou Engle is known for being strongly pro-life; I started there. “How would this work?”, I asked.
I would prefer that we change the culture and the adoption laws, more so than deal with the U.S. Supreme Court. As I pictured myself praying with fellow Christians at J-HOP, I felt God saying, “Your voice matters here.” This got my attention.
When praying, each person has something to contribute. If Jesus is LORD then your voice matters to God. It does not matter, if the Christian is a Republican or a Democrat, a conservative or a liberal, have a big booming voice or a soft quiet voice.
As I consider this, the Spirit showed what appears to be a tapestry of prayers. As I gazed upon the tapestry, one could see how each person’s individual prayer matters. As more people contributed their individual voices, the more complete the picture becomes. There is not a single voice that does not matter to God, the Father.
All of our voices matter!
I was impressed by what God is saying with the prayer tapestry. It also served as a confirmation and reminder of what I told a friend, at an earlier time.
Years ago, there woman who has a fiery passion for prayer. I can still recall seeing this woman joining the fray, on Thursday night. We seldom prayed about national politics; rather we prayed about what is happening in Ocean County. I don’t recall a day that she was not there.
There is just one thing. She has a very quiet voice and I would have a time hearing her. It does not help to have a hearing impairment. It was quite frustrating for me; as I didn’t always hear her. Yet, I would want her by my side, any time! In God’s eyes, she likely had a powerful booming voice that had the enemies trembling.
It is not the volume of our voices or eloquence of speech that’s important to God. It is the position of our hearts toward Him. You have something to contribute when it comes to prayer. Do not be afraid to join in. It does not matter what other people think or say. Your voice matters to God!
When it comes to walking with Jesus, there is one lesson that often needs reminding. If a walk with God could be compared to a car then I’m not supposed to be in the backseat of the car.
Am I suggesting that I should be driving? Hardly! My walk with Jesus would then meet the same fate as my driving in the real world. With my poor vision, it would be a disaster! That is why it would be wise to turn the wheel to one who can see far better than I.
When you are done laughing with me; please consider this thought. Am I not supposed to do the same with my relationship with God, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit? Am I not supposed to surrender my life to the leading of the Holy Spirit? The Father can see far than I, should I not trust his guidance?
Here is another thought. We are not supposed to be in the backseat of the car. What is left? How about the front passenger seat? It is sometimes called the navigator seat or copilot seat.
We’re not supposed to be passive in our walk with God; rather we’re to co-labor with the Father. The Spirit will direct and help us, in what needs to be done. Is it not time to get out of the backseat? Is it not time to get in the front passenger side?
For the past few months, I have been hearing of Harold Camping‘s claims that Judgement Day is coming! It would be on May 21, 2011. Really? Is this so? The answer is “No”. It would be easy to join in those poking fun at Harold Camping’s followers; except it is not my purpose to do so.
On the day after, Camping’s followers will have suffered greatly. Depending on the individual, they will suffered embarrassment, shame and feelings of foolishness. They are going need the sincere love of Christ Jesus. Is it not God‘s kindness that leads to repentance? Continue reading
In December, I had a heated conversation with a friend. During our conversation, I could sense God saying something amidst this unpleasant talk. “He is right, about this” is what came to mind, later. Continue reading