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									PRAYING WITH FAITH
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.
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 11:1-4.
•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.
“If you abide in Me, and My words abide in
   You, you will ask what you desire 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 prayer
  was 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 words.
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.
SOME BIBLICAL ANSWERS TO PRAYER
Abraham 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).
Jacob 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.
Joshua 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.‟” Joshua 10:12-13.
Hannah 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.
King 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 pray 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.” James 5-7.
    BECOME A WITNESS FOR
          CHRIST
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
 resurrection:
“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.” Acts 1:8.
A 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.
GUIDELINES TO BECOME A WITNESS
   FOR CHRIST
We Must Acquire A Compassion for Lost
   Souls.
If we do not have a compassion for lost
   souls we will not become an effective
   witness.
A disciple of Jesus should meditate on the
   following truths:
•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.
We Must Seek Training To Effectively
 Bear Witness of Christ
We 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.
We 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 Corinthians 9:19-23).
 C.S. Lovett suggested the word FORM as an
      acrostic in presenting the gospel:

F – family interests (shows personal care for them)
O – occupation (appreciation of their vocation and their
     knowledge of it).
R – religious background (tactfully introduces the subject
     of spiritual matters and reveals some of the religious
     influences of their life).
M – message (If they are believers you encourage them and
     perhaps invite them to visit your church. If they have not
     received Christ as Savior you tactfully present the gospel.
All are sinners – Romans 3:10-12, 23.
God has given His Son to receive the punishment for
              our sins in our place. Romans 5:6-8
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. Romans 10:9-13.
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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