Articles for April 2016

40 FAST FACTS ABOUT PRAYER – DAY 13

PRAYER ESTABLISHES BELIEVERS

Colossians 1:9-11
For this reason we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, for all patience and long suffering with joy;

40 FAST FACTS ABOUT PRAYER – DAY 9

PRAYER BRINGS JOY

John 16:24
Until now you have asked nothing in My name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.

John 16:24
Up to this time you have not asked a [single] thing in My Name [as presenting all that I AM]; but now ask and keep on asking and you will receive, so that your joy (gladness, delight) may be full and complete.

Isaiah 56:6-7
And foreigners who bind themselves to the Lord
to minister to him,
to love the name of the Lord,
and to be his servants,
all who keep the Sabbath without desecrating it
and who hold fast to my covenant—
these I will bring to my holy mountain
AND GIVE THEM JOY IN MY HOUSE OF PRAYER.
Their burnt offerings and sacrifices
will be accepted on my altar;
for my house will be called
a house of prayer for all nations.”


40 FAST FACTS ABOUT PRAYER – DAY 8

8.    PRAYER ATTRACTS GOD’S PRESENCE AND HEALING INTO SITUATIONS.

 

2 Chronicles 7:12-15
Then the Lord appeared to Solomon by night, and said to him: “I have heard your  PRAYER,  and have chosen this place for Myself as a house of sacrifice. When I shut up heaven and there is no rain, or command the locusts to devour the land, or send pestilence among My people, if My people who are called by My name will  HUMBLE THEMSELVES, AND PRAY AND SEEK MY FACE,  and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and  HEAL THEIR LAND.  Now My eyes will be open and My ears  ATTENTIVE TO PRAYER  made in this place.

40 FAST FACTS ABOUT PRAYER – DAY 7

7.   PRAYER SANCTIFIES THE FOOD WE EAT.

 

1 Timothy 4:4-5
For every creature of God is good, and nothing is to be refused if it is received with thanksgiving; for it is sanctified by the word of God and PRAYER.

 

Exodus 23:25-26
Worship the Lord your God, and his blessing will be on your food and water. I will take away sickness from among you, and none will miscarry or be barren in your land. I will give you a full life span.

40 FAST FACTS ABOUT PRAYER – DAY 5

40 FACTS ABOUT PRAYER
DAY  5 

 

FACT 5   PRAYER IS THE PRIMARY PURPOSE FOR CHURCH GATHERINGS

 

Mark 11:17
Then He taught, saying to them, “Is it not written, “My house shall be called a house of prayer for all nations’? But you have made it a ‘den of thieves.’ ”

 

FELLOWSHIP with mankind is the second big idea GOD had in mind when HE created Adam.   An intelligent, free moral agent who could make choices. First Adam would till the land and make it fruitful thereby extending forcefully the borders of the garden to swallow up everything else that was contrary to the order in the garden.
Dominion, ruler-ship multiplication, that was the assignment,  but daily, there would be a visit from heaven and I’m sure those were the sweetest moments of all.
It’s good to go out and win in life, in business, in studies and whatever other challenges one may face.  But the sweetest moments in are those spent in HIS PRESENCE!

 

Adam fell, the garden was lost, the visits were withdrawn – the saddest thing about being outside of the garden, even beyond the hard work, sweat, thorns, thistles, animosity from snakes, scorpions and wild animals I’m pretty sure ……  was the loss of daily close fellowship with GOD.   And note that GOD did not withdraw his Glory out of anger, but it was an act of kindness so that Adam and Eve would not be destroyed in their sin.   Nothing unholy is able to stand in HIS PRESENCE.

 

BUT all this did not erase in GOD the desire for fellowship with HIS treasured creation – Mankind!     The idea of having a place and time where people could gather and just give attention to HIM and allow HIM to move among them and enjoy HIS Goodness was key to the coming of a Savior.

 

Even as Israel went out of Egypt GOD was still musing on the idea of having them all to be HIS TREASURED POSSESSION.

 

Exodus 19:5
Now if you obey me fully and keep my covenant, then out of all nations you will be   MY TREASURED POSSESSION.   Although the whole earth is mine,

 

GOD was dreaming of a house. HIS HOUSE.   It would be more than just brick and mortar.

 

5.1.   IT WOULD BE A GATHERING OF NATIONS THAT THEY MIGHT EXPERIENCE HIS GLORY.

 

Isaiah 66:18
For I know their works and their thoughts. And the time is coming when I will gather all nations and tongues, and they will come and see My glory.

 

5.2.   IT WOULD BE A GATHERING PLACE EVEN FOR THOSE PREVIOUSLY BARRED FROM THE COVENANTS OF PROMISE.

 

Isaiah 56:7a
Even them I will bring to My holy mountain,

 

5.3.   IT WOULD BE A PLACE WHERE THEY WOULD MEET WITH TRUE JOY.

 

Isaiah 56:7b
Even them I will bring to My holy mountain,
And make them joyful in My house of prayer.

 

5.4.   IT WOULD BE A PLACE OF ACCEPOWIPING CENTURIES OF REJECTION AND BEING OUTCASTS.  

 

Isaiah 56:7c
Their burnt offerings and their sacrifices
Will be accepted on My altar;
For My house shall be called a house of prayer for all nations.”

 

5.5.    IT WOULD BE. PLACE WHERE THEIR SADNESS WOULD BE LIFTED.  

 

Isaiah 56:7b
and give them joy in my house

 

40 FAST FACTS ABOUT PRAYER – DAY 4

40 FACTS ABOUT PRAYERDAY 4

FACT 4. 

PRAYER ALWAYS WORKS  WHERE THERE’S DESIRE

Psalms 10:17
LORD, YOU HAVE HEARD THE DESIRE OF THE HUMBLE; 
You will prepare their heart;
YOU WILL CAUSE YOUR EAR TO HEAR, 

Psalms 37:4
Delight yourself also in the Lord, and HE WILL GIVE YOU THE DESIRES and SECRET PETITIONS of your heart. 

Desires drive pursuit.   Desires determine focus. Desires are the canvass on which dream projects are drawn. Desires tend to plot the order of priorities GOD goes beyond the superficial.  HE goes deep within.  GOD created the heart.   GOD wants to be in the heart.   GOD wants to be GOD in that space!   Your heart’s desires are important to HIM.   A desire will drive a woman to a fast when all others have come to a feast – that’s how the protracted and bitter battle with barrenness was broken,  Hannah emerged victorious, Samuel was conceived.  Not only was Samuel an all time consolation to Israel but five more children were born to his mother.   When Hannah desired a baby GOD had also been desiring a Prophet.
Oh that your yearnings may connect and link with GOD’S dream for your generation.

Mark 11:24
Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.