Monday, June 20, 2016

The Things Not Seen

The following is from my new book If God Knows What I Need, Why Should I Pray?

There’s more to reality than what you can see with your eyes. God created everything in heaven and on earth, “visible and invisible” (Col. 1:16). Imagine a horizontal line that divides the things we can see from the things we can’t see. Everything “below the line” is visible and exists in the earthly realm. Everything “above the line” is invisible and exists in the spiritual realm.

Second Corinthians 4:18 describes the two realms: “While we look not at the things which are seen [below the line], but at the things which are not seen [above the line]; for the things which are seen are temporal [below the line], but the things which are not seen are eternal [above the line].

The invisible things in the spiritual realm seem like foolishness to those who only believe in what they see in the earthly realm. Paul writes, “But a natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually appraised” (1 Cor. 2:14). (Hendrickson Publishers 2016, p.46-47).

When we pray, we reach into the spiritual realm and ask God in heaven to intervene in our situations here on earth. Jesus said, “The things that are impossible with people [natural realm] are possible with God [spiritual realm].” (Luke 18:27) Since we can’t see what’s going on in the spiritual realm when we pray, we must trust God’s promises in His Word that what He says will come to pass. Faith is the conviction of the things not seen (Heb. 11:1). So the next time you pray, keep in mind the reality of the spiritual realm, which is an important part of receiving the answer.  www.kentcrockett.blogspot.com
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If God Knows What I Need, Why Should I Pray? explains that some things in your life will not happen unless you pray. CLICK HERE to read chapter one.

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Monday, June 13, 2016

Trusting God When You Don't Understand

The following is from my new book If God Knows What I Need, Why Should I Pray?
In the TV show 24, Jack Bauer is a special agent with the Counter Terrorism Unit. He’s always involved in a highly secretive plan that requires him to call the President of the United States to ask permission for a highly classified assignment. The President asks Bauer, “Jack, what exactly are you planning to do?”

Bauer answers, “Mr. President, you don’t need to know and I don’t have time to explain. Please, I just ask you to trust me. I promise I’ll do my very best to resolve this problem.” The President always gave him permission because his trust in Bauer was greater than his need to know.

Whenever we’re going through a trial and don’t understand, we’d like for God to explain why it’s happening. Instead of giving us clarification He says, “You don’t need to know. I just ask you to trust Me.” When you're devastated, your trust in God must become greater than your need to know.

Prayer’s fourth purpose is to let go of your problems and hand them over to God. You aren’t praying to get something, but to get through something. “Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray” (James 5:13 NKJV). You’re going through a divorce, a loved one passed away, you’ve lost your job, or you’re under extreme stress. Prayer is how you release your burdens to the Lord so you can find peace of mind.

Philippians 4:6-7 says, “Let your requests be made known to God, and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Paul does not say that getting the answer to your request will give you peace, but just turning your request over to God is enough to calm your soul. (Hendrickson Publishers 2016, p.193-194). www.kentcrockett.blogspot.com
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READ SERMON:  Jonah 1—“Unwelcome Assignments” (Jonah didn’t want to do what God asked)
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Sunday, June 12, 2016

Watch Kent's Interview about new Prayer book


The book interview begins at the 5:00 mark.
Discusses the four purposes of prayer and answers several questions about prayer.
If God Knows What I Need, Why Should I Pray? is available at your local Christian bookstore and online stores. www.makinglifecount.net

Monday, June 6, 2016

The Throne of Grace, not The Throne of Terror

The following is from my new book If God Knows What I Need, Why Should I Pray? 
When I was a young, one particular scene in the movie The Wizard of Oz scared the wits out of me. Dorothy, the scarecrow, the tin man, and the cowardly lion are permitted to enter into the Wizard’s throne room. Fire and smoke surround the throne. The cowardly lion is absolutely terrified. A huge image of the Wizard’s head floats up before them and says in a booming voice, “I am Oz, the great and powerful! Who are you?”

The fearful four tremble in the Wizard’s presence. Dorothy says to the big face of the Wizard, “I’m Dorothy. We’ve come to ask you…” The Wizard interrupts her with a thundering, “Silence! The great and powerful Oz knows why you have come.” He then belittles the tin man, “You dare to come to me for a heart, do you? You clinking, clanking, clattering collection of junk!” (Hendrickson Publishers 2016, p.91,95)

Some people view God's throne like Oz's throne when they pray. But God calls His throne “The Throne of Grace” and not “The Throne of Terror.” Hebrews 4:6 tells us, “Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in the time of need.” This verse tells us 5 things about how to pray (explained in detail in the book).
   1. WHO can go—“Let us therefore come”
   2. WHERE to go—“to the throne of grace”
   3. HOW to go—“come boldly”
   4. WHY to go—“that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help”
   5. WHEN to go—“in time of need”
Once you understand these 5 things, you’ll become more confident in your praying.
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Sunday, June 5, 2016

Preview Kent's New Book on Prayer

"I used to hate praying because I didn't understand how it worked. This book will change your understanding of prayer and how to do it correctly." --Kent Crockett
 
                       CONTENTS
        PART 1: HOW PRAYER WORKS
Ch. 1  What If We’ve Been Doing It All Wrong?
Ch. 2  The Four Purposes of Prayer
Ch. 3  Your Concept of God Determines Your Faith
Ch. 4  Able + Willing = Answer
Ch. 5  Not “How” But “Who”
Ch. 6  The Natural Realm vs. the Spiritual Realm
Ch. 7  The Object of Your Faith
Ch. 8  Unclogging the Pipeline
Ch. 9  When Will the Answer Come?
Ch. 10 Knock, Knock
Ch. 11 How Heaven Sees Prayers
Ch. 12 “In Jesus’ Name” Doesn’t Mean “Sincerely Yours”
Ch. 13 God Wants to Speak to You
Ch. 14 Why Prayers Aren’t Answered Like You Asked

                   PART 2: ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS
Ch. 15 If I Pray for Wisdom How Do I Know When I Get It?
Ch. 16 Why Does God Want Me to Pray for My Enemies?
Ch. 17 If More People Pray Is It More Likely to Be Answered?
Ch. 18 If I Pray Without Ceasing When Do I Sleep?
Ch. 19 How Are We to Pray in Restaurants?

                  PART 3: PRAYING SPECIFIC REQUESTS
Ch. 20 Praying to be Saved
Ch. 21 Praying for God’s Provision
Ch. 22 Praying for Protection
Ch. 23 Praying to Get Through Devastation
Ch. 24 Praying for Healing
Ch. 25 Praying for Others
  
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Monday, May 30, 2016

Willing & Able

The following excerpt is from my new book If God Knows What I Need, Why Should I Pray? (Kent Crockett, Hendrickson Publishers 2016, p.29).

A farmer owned two mules named Willing and Able. Willing was eager to work but struggled to pull the plow. Able was a powerful mule but stubborn. Whenever the farmer tried to get Able to pull the plow, he refused to move. Willing was willing, but not able. Able was able, but not willing. And that’s why the farmer never got any work done.

Answered prayer requires two things—the ability of God and the will of God. It takes both God’s hand and His heart to bring His answer to our prayers. We must believe that He is able to answer our prayers, and that He is willing to do it.  We just can't believe one or the other. We must believe both.

A father brought his demon-possessed son to Jesus and said, “If you can do anything, take pity on us and help us’” (Mark 9:22). He believed He was willing but not sure if He was able. Willing – Able = Unbelief

Satan took Jesus to the pinnacle of the temple and tempted Him to jump off, trying to get Jesus to trust in the ability of God but to ignore the will of God (Matt. 4:6-7). Jesus didn’t take the bait.  Able – Willing = Presumption   

King Nebuchadnezzar threw Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego into a fiery furnace. They had told him, "Our God who we serve is able to deliver us from the furnace of blazing fire; and He will deliver us out of your hand, O king." (Dan. 3:17). And God did deliver them. 
Able + Willing = Answer

What are you praying for? Do you believe that He’s able to do it? Do you believe that He’s willing? www.kentcrockett.blogspot.com  
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Sunday, May 22, 2016

The Astronaut's Space Suit

How was it possible for men to visit the moon? Temperatures on the moon measure between 253 degrees F and minus 243 degrees—and the moon doesn’t have oxygen. Scientists pooled their knowledge and designed a space suit that made it possible for astronauts to briefly live on the moon. When the astronauts finished their mission and returned to earth, they no longer needed to wear their space suits.

Your body is like a space suit that the astronauts wore when they walked on the moon. God designed your body to enable you to breathe air and eat food to keep you alive for a brief time on earth. But the real you is your eternal spirit living inside your body. One day you’ll die and your mission on earth will end (James 2:26). At death, your spirit will leave your “space suit” and you’ll go to your eternal destination—either heaven or hell. The good news is that you can decide right now where you will go.

It amazes me how so many people never think about the afterlife. They’ll live for 80 years on earth and never truly examine the evidence that the Bible is true and put their trust in Jesus Christ. God’s plan of salvation is so simple that a child can understand it. Jesus died for your sins and rose from the dead, and wants you to believe in Him.

As I grow older, I realize that most of my natural life is behind me and it won’t be that long before I leave my “space suit” behind. Death for anyone can happen at any time. But if you place your complete trust in Jesus to save you, you should be looking forward to your eternal home in heaven. The apostle Paul, who had seen heaven (2 Cor. 12:2-4), said the next life is “very much better” than life on earth (Phil. 1:23). Make your reservation now for your home in heaven. www.kentcrockett.blogspot.com  
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