Saturday, September 13, 2014

The 5 Least Prayed Prayers

I’ve been in the ministry for nearly thirty years and have heard hundreds, if not thousands, of people’s prayers. Here are five prayers that I’ve rarely heard anyone pray.

#5 Praying for God to send laborers into His harvest (Luke 10:2). This isn’t a prayer to send missionaries to another country but for the Holy Spirit to move on every believer to witness to others wherever they may be.

#4 Praying for those in authority over us (1 Tim. 2:1-2). This means praying every day for governmental authorities, our employers, and pastors. We pray that their hearts will be right with God and they will make correct decisions “that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life.” If we will do this, God says it will bring peace into our lives.

#3 Praying for God to give supernatural wisdom (James 1:5). “If anyone lacks wisdom let him ask of God” (v.5). Is there anyone who does NOT lack wisdom? Notice that God wants us to first realize that we don’t have it. The beginning of wisdom is to ask for it. (Prov. 4:7). This is not just a prayer for whenever we are in trouble but something we should pray for every day.

#2 Praying for those who mistreat us (Luke 6:28). Jesus specifically told us to pray for our enemies who treat us wrongfully. We don’t want to do it because they have hurt us, but if we would obey His instructions we might see their hearts change along with their behavior. If we don’t pray for the Holy Spirit to convict their hearts they will likely continue in their mistreatment.

And the #1 Least Prayed Prayer—thanking God for our health when we aren’t sick (Luke 17:12-18). Ten lepers asked Jesus to heal them. After Jesus healed all ten, only one returned to thank Him. Notice the two different prayers—a request for healing by 10 and thankfulness for health by 1. Jesus was grieved that the other nine didn’t thank Him for their health. I’ve heard multitudes of people ask God for healing but hardly anyone thanks God for their health every day. Every Christian should pray one of two prayers every day—either healing for sickness or thankfulness for health. Maybe if we would sincerely thank God every day for when we are healthy we would be sick a lot less.

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Saturday, September 6, 2014

Keep Pounding Away at Your Problem

Do you feel like giving up? I urge you to keep moving forward even if you don’t feel like it. Scientists have proven the power of persistence through an experiment. A one-ton ball was suspended from the ceiling next to a suspended cork.  An electrical mechanism kept the cork swinging back and forth, gently bouncing against the iron weight.

After many days of pounding by the cork, the researchers noticed the iron ball moving ever so slightly. The cork continued to knock against it until the heavy ball eventually swung widely back and forth. No one would have believed that a cork could move an iron ball, but it did! And the only reason was the little cork kept pounding away and wouldn't stop.

It’s so easy to quit when we we’re facing a difficult situation. Most people quit before the answer comes and the miracle occurs. The Bible clearly teaches the power of being persistent. The Canaanite woman received her miracle because she continued to pursue Jesus when circumstances told her to stop (Matt. 15:22-28). Jesus specifically told us to not quit praying even when nothing seems to be happening (Luke 18:1-8). The apostle Paul told us to not quit doing good because we will reap if we don’t give up (Gal. 6:9).

Are you the little cork facing the iron ball? Don't give up!  Keep pounding away. If you will keep knocking you will soon see your situation change. Persistence is the most overlooked way to receive God’s blessings.

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Sunday, August 31, 2014

Is God's Face Shining on You?

Many churches will conclude their worship service with the minister saying, “The Lord bless you and keep you, the Lord make His face shine on you and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up His countenance on you and give you peace” (Numbers 6:24-26). This was the priests’ blessing in the Old Testament for God’s people that was passed down for centuries. In 1979, archaeologists excavating a tomb near Jerusalem discovered two small silver scrolls that recorded this priestly blessing from Numbers 6. The scrolls were dated to the 7th century B.C., making them oldest written Scriptures we have found.

The fact that God would have Aaron and the priests to repeat this blessing for centuries must mean it is very important. It’s not just meant to be a ritualistic chant to let the congregation know the worship service is over. This blessing is an appeal to God to look favorably upon His people and to grant His presence, blessing, guidance, and grace.

“The Lord keep you” is a blessing of God’s protection. Jesus said, “See that you do not despise one of these little ones for I say to you that their angels in heaven continually behold the face of My Father in heaven” (Matt. 18:10). Jesus revealed this interesting fact—as the angels watch over the children on earth, they are at the same time looking at God’s shining face in heaven. Sometimes we forget heaven is that close.

The Lord CAUSE His face to shine on you” implies that God does not shine on everyone. He causes His face to shine on those who seek His face and want to be a blessing to Him. A number of verses asks that God not hide His face from them (Job 13:24, Psalm 27:9, 44:24, 69:17, 88:14, 102:2, 143:7). The Scriptural blessing goes on to say, “the Lord lift His countenance on you” which is a picture of a father smiling and taking pleasure in his child. If Israel were to ever turn away in rebellion, God says, “But I will surely hide My face in that day because of all the evil they will do” (Deut. 31:18).

When the Lord lifts His countenance upon us, it shows that He is looking on us for our good. God wants to bless us. He wants to protect us. He wants to make His face to shine upon us and be gracious to us, and give us peace. 

Are you seeking God's face? Is the Lord’s face shining on you?

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Sunday, August 24, 2014

Five Reasons to Pray, Part 2

(See below for Reasons #1 & 2)
Reason #3 Prayer shows God how desperately we want something.
“The effectual fervent (desperate) prayer of a righteous person avails much” (James 5:16). When we pray out of desperation we touch God’s heart and catch His ear. Our prayers show Him how badly we want something

As Jesus passed through Jericho, two blind men sitting by the road cried out, “Lord, have mercy on us!” (Matt. 20:30). Even though a huge crowd surrounded Him, Jesus stopped when He heard their cries for help and healed them. On another occasion, a woman who had a hemorrhage for 12 years touched the hem of His garment. While a large crowd was touching Him, Jesus felt power leave Him and she was healed (Mark 5:24-34). What was different about her touch? She was desperate for a miracle.

Reason #4  Prayer is the way we release our burdens to God.
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, shall guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Phil. 4:6-7).

Sheep are not designed to carry burdens. You’ve heard of “pack mules” but you’ve never hear of “pack sheep.” When we pray correctly, we transfer our problems into the Father’s hands. If you are still burdened down after you have prayed, you never let go of your problems!

Reason #5  When we pray, God intervenes in other people’s lives and changes them.
Have you ever wondered why Jesus told us to “pray for those who mistreat you” (Luke 6:28)? Let’s think about that. He told us to pray for our enemies because our prayer releases the Holy Spirit to convict them of their sins and bring them to repentance. Remember, some things will not happen unless we pray. We don’t typically like to pray for those who mistreat us, but if we will pray for the Holy Spirit to convict them we might see some surprising results. www.kentcrockett.blogspot.com   www.makinglifecount.net
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Saturday, August 16, 2014

Five Reasons to Pray, Part 1

Imagine a huge building filled with thousands of rooms. Inside those rooms are all the good possibilities for your future—job opportunities, provision of every kind, guidance, and wisdom to make right decisions. The problem is all the doors are locked and you can’t get in. But suppose someone puts a supernatural key in your hand that will open every door. If you don’t use the key, the doors won’t open for you.

That’s a picture of how prayer works. God won’t automatically do everything for us. Instead, He has given us a key to use, which is prayer. Prayer is a privilege God gives us where He lets us participate in His will being accomplished on earth (Matt. 6:10). However, if you don’t use the “prayer key” the door will remained closed for some of God’s blessings. Here are two beneficial reasons to pray.

Reason #1  Prayer is how we develop a relationship with God.
What if prayer didn’t exist? Suppose God didn’t provide any way to contact Him when we’re in trouble. The Lord says, “There’s no such thing as prayer. You cannot talk to Me and I won’t talk to you. I will not intervene in your affairs. If you want help…sorry, you’re on your own!” You would “not have a prayer.” The good news is God does want us to pray so we can get to know Him in a better way. (How often do you pray when you're not in church?)

Prayer is connecting our heart to God’s heart. Prayer isn’t measured by how many words we say because you can talk non-stop but never really communicate with someone. Prayer is having a heart-to-talk with God, letting Him know what’s on your heart. Psalm 62:8 says, “Pour out your heart before Him.”

Reason #2  Some things will not happen unless we pray.
Why should we pray if it makes no difference? James 4:2 tell us “you do not have because you do not ask.” If we don’t use the key the door won’t open. God can change our circumstances if we will call out to Him for help.

Sennacherib, the king of Assyria, was threatening to conquer Jerusalem. King Hezekiah knew he would be defeated unless God stopped Sennacherib. Hezekiah prayed that God would deliver Jerusalem from the Assyrian army. God answered him, “Because you have prayed to Me about Sennacherib king of Assyria, I have heard you” (2 Kings 19:20 NASB). God came to his rescue because he prayed. If the king hadn’t prayed Jerusalem would have been destroyed. Prayer brought something to pass on earth that would not have happened if he hadn’t prayed.

Prayer can make a difference in what happens in your life. Are you asking Him for help and guidance? Don’t give up. Keep praying and don’t lose heart. God has placed in your hand the key, but it’s up to you to put it in the doorknob.   To be continued (3 more reasons) next week…
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Sunday, August 10, 2014

Did the Bible Predict Television?

God knows everything that will happen in the future and has chosen to reveal some things in His Word. Many prophecies are clearly described while others are in cryptic language or insinuate what will happen. Several Scriptures indicate that the whole world will instantly view certain events taking place in Israel.

During the future 7-year Tribulation Period, two prophets will be killed in Jerusalem and their dead bodies will lie in the streets for 3½ days. The Bible indicates that people from all over the world will watch this event, which would only be possible through TV and the Internet:

Revelation 11:8-10 Their bodies will lie in the public square of the great city—which is figuratively called Sodom and Egypt—where also their Lord was crucified. For three and a half days some from every people, tribe, language and nation will gaze on their bodies and refuse them burial. The inhabitants of the earth will gloat over them and will celebrate by sending each other gifts, because these two prophets had tormented those who live on the earth.

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Sunday, August 3, 2014

Why Evolution is Impossible

We’ve been told that evolution is a fact, but it’s actually only a theory that’s based on numerous assumptions. Scientists have tried for years to create life in a laboratory and have never been successful. It’s a fact that evolution is statistically impossible. Mathematicians agree that any requisite number beyond one chance in 1050 has a statistically zero chance of occurring.

Amino acids have to be formed in an exact sequence (like the letters in a sentence) to form a protein. The probability of a protein of 50 amino acids forming by chance is 1065 or 100,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 to one, which is impossible (without divine intervention).

All life contains DNA and for evolution to be true, the DNA molecules must be arranged in a certain order. R. L. Wysong in The Creation Evolution Controversy says, "This means that 1089190 DNA molecules, on average, must form to provide the one chance of forming the specific DNA sequence necessary to code 124 proteins.” It’s not logical to believe that this happens by chance.

Nor has it ever been proven in a laboratory that life can arise from non-life. It’s more logical to conclude that life came into existence through an Intelligent Designer. God has revealed Himself to everyone through the complexity of His creation. If you look at your watch, you can conclude an intelligent person designed all the parts and put it together so that it functions accurately—even though you have never seen that person. When you examine the amazing complex human body, you know there had to be an intelligent designer to make all body parts function together. 

The Apostle Paul writes, “That which is known about God is evident within them, for God has made it evident to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse” (Romans 1:19-20). www.kentcrockett.blogspot.com  www.makinglifecount.net

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