VIDEO Don’t Stop Praying

 

 

Then [the man from heaven] said to me, “Do not fear, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart to understand, and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard. … But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me twenty-one days.”  Daniel 10:12-13

In recent years there have been a number of books written by people claiming to have had “out of body” or “near death” experiences in which they saw heaven, hell, or eternity. Unfortunately, these “revelations” cannot be deemed as authoritative—but there is one glimpse of heavenly activity that can.

After Daniel prayed for three weeks for understanding of the vision he had seen, a “certain man” (angel) appeared before him with answers. He revealed to Daniel that he had set out from heaven on the first day of Daniel’s prayers, but that he had been obstructed by a demonic angel—the prince of Persia—for 21 days. That is, the entire three weeks that Daniel was praying, there was spiritual warfare between heaven and earth that delayed the answer to his prayers.

Jesus taught his disciples to “pray and not lose heart” (Luke 18:1). Let’s leave the timing of God’s answers to Him as we imitate Daniel—praying and not losing heart.

Days of trouble must be days of prayer. Matthew Henry


Effective Fervent Prayer, Daniel 10:12-14 – Pastor Chuck Smith – Topical Bible Study

Who Will Tell Them?

2 Corinthians 4:1-6

 

“It has now been revealed through the appearing of our Savior, Christ Jesus, who has destroyed death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel. 2 Timothy 1:10

 

World War II had ended. Peace had been declared.But Second Lieutenant Hiroo Onoda of the Japanese Imperial Army, stationed on Lubang Island in the Philippines, didn’t know the war had ended. Attempts were made to track him down and tell him the war was over. But Onoda, whose last order in 1945 was to stay and fight, dismissed these attempts as propaganda from the enemy. He did not surrender until March 1974—nearly thirty years after the war had ended—when his former commanding officer travelled from Japan to the Philippines, rescinded his original order, and officially relieved Onoda of duty. Onoda finally believed the war was over. When it comes to the good news about Jesus Christ, many still don’t believe the truth: that He has “destroyed death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel” (2 Timothy 1:10). When others tell them the glorious news of salvation, they may respond with skepticism, but take heart. Imagine the freedom they’ll find when they finally realize that the battle has been won!

-Poh Fang

 

A prayer for the lost

Lord, thank you for the joy of Salvation that you have bestowed upon me. I pray for those who are yet to receive it, my neighbours, my friends, colleagues and my family members. May they find you during these tumultuous times and may their lives be turned around, in Jesus Name ~Amen

Jesus Is Alive and Active

Hebrews 10:10-14

Have you ever wondered what Jesus is doing, now that He’s in heaven? Today’s passage tells us that He is sitting at God’s right hand. It might make us wonder what He’s doing up there. Is He simply waiting for the time when He comes back to earth? No! He’s actually quite active on our behalf.

First, the Lord Jesus is within every believer, in the person of the Holy Spirit (John 15:26; Rom. 8:9-10). This means that from heaven, Christ is working to shape your character and empower your obedience.

Second, the Lord intercedes for us (Heb. 7:25). He makes requests on our behalf and brings our prayers to the Father.

Third, we see in 1 John 2:1-2 that Jesus is our Advocate when we sin. Positioned between us and the Father, He declares our righteous standing because of His sacrifice and our faith in Him.

Finally, Christ is preparing a place for us in heaven (John 14:1-3) and arranging all events necessary for His return.

Jesus is in heaven carrying out the Father’s will. And we should be doing the same thing here on earth. The Lord can save others through us when we reflect His life in our work, attitudes, words, and behavior. Let us, Christ’s body—His eyes, ears, voice, feet, and hands—point others to Him.

Time to Sleep

“And when Herod would have brought him forth, the same night Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains: and the keepers before the door kept the prison.” (Acts 12:6)

Here is an amazing thing. The apostle Peter is in prison, bound with chains, heavily guarded, probably awaiting execution (his close friend James already had been put to death by Herod), and “prayer was made without ceasing of the church unto God for him” (Acts 12:5).

Yet, here he is, fast asleep! He had been imprisoned at least once before for preaching the gospel, and the Lord had miraculously delivered him then (Acts 5:17-19), so why should he be fearful now? The Lord was still in control, and there was nothing Peter himself could do about the situation, so he simply went to sleep. There are, of course, many situations where a Christian needs to stay alert and watchful. But there are also times when he has done all he can do, and there is nothing to be accomplished by further worrying, so he must leave it in the Lord’s hands.

In Peter’s case, he was sleeping so soundly that when an angel from God came to deliver him from his “impossible” circumstance, the angel had to smite him on the side (v. 7) to awaken him! In fact, he was still so sleepy that he did not really “come to himself” (v. 11) until the angel left him out on the street alone.

Then, of course, Peter rushed back to the house of Mark’s mother, where the church was praying for him (v. 12), to tell them of the amazing answer to their prayers. As with Peter, there are times when we must simply “stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord” (Exodus 14:13), “so that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me” (Hebrews 13:6). HMM

Prayer Changes Men and Women

And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.

—John 14:13-14

 

In all our praying, however, it is important that we keep in mind that God will not alter His eternal purposes at the word of a man. We do not pray in order to persuade God to change His mind. Prayer is not an assault upon the reluctance of God, nor an effort to secure a suspension of His will for us or for those for whom we pray. Prayer is not intended to overcome God and “move His arm.” God will never be other than Himself, no matter how many people pray, nor how long nor how earnestly.

God’s love desires the best for all of us, and He desires to give us the best at any cost. He will open rivers in desert places, still turbulent waves, quiet the wind…. All these things and a thousand others He has done and will do in answer to prayer, but only because it had been His will to do it from the beginning. No one persuades Him.

What the praying man does is to bring his will into line with the will of God so God can do what He has all along been willing to do. Thus prayer changes the man and enables God to change things in answer to man’s prayer.   PON051-052

Somehow You have given me the awesome privilege of communing with You, bringing my requests and waiting upon You to bring my will in line with Yours. Then somehow You work in answer to my prayer! Thank You. Amen.

 

The New Birth—Unexplainable

Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

—2 Corinthians 5:17

 

I insist that the new birth was provided in the love and grace and wisdom of God in order to draw a sharp line between those who acquire Christianity by any other method and those who have experienced regenesis….

[S]ome professing Christians are still trying to find natural and reasonable explanations for that which God has said He would do miraculously by His Spirit.

Let me warn you that if you are a Christian believer and you have found a psychologist who can explain to you exactly what happened to you in the matter of your faith, you have been unfrocked!…The honest psychologist can only stand off respectfully and say, “Behold the works of the Lord.”

He never can explain it! ICH035-036

The humblest Christian is called to live a miracle, a life that is a moral and spiritual life with such intensity and such purity that no human being can do itonly Jesus Christ can do it. TTPI, Book 2/060

[T]he…genuine child of God is someone who cannot be explained by human reasoning. TTPI, Book 3/047

 

Four Ground Rules

2 Timothy 2:5

No new believer ever progressed to any great extent without paying attention to some basic rules. Years ago a young Christian minister called Timothy was reminded of this. More experienced in the faith than his young friend, the Apostle Paul wrote to him a few basics of the Christian life. He likened it to running as a training athlete in a race: “If anyone competes as an athlete, he does not receive the victor’s crown unless he competes according to the rules” (2 Timothy 2:5).

God’s chief way of communicating His will for you is through the Scriptures. A Christian who neglects the Scriptures will soon grow spiritually feeble. The Bible is God’s instrument for speaking truth to you. At the same time, it is a sword in your own hand to use in battle when your soul is besieged by the forces of evil and the world (Ephesians 6:17).

For this reason, carve out time on a regular basis to read it. Read it prayerfully, first asking God to speak to you as you read and to enlighten you by His Holy Spirit. Remember there is a difference between reading the Scriptures for inspiration and studying them for information. Both approaches are valid.

Prayer is exercise for the soul. It keeps you spiritually fit. Neglect it, and you grow flabby and listless. Jesus was a man of prayer. If He needed spiritual exercise through praying, how much more do we! We can approach God at any hour, day or night. The whole tone of a Christian’s life should be a prayerful one.

It is important that you become part of a Christian worshipping community. This gives you a setting for regularly worshipping God, hearing the Scriptures read and explained through the preaching, praying in the company of other believers and drawing strength through good fellowship. It also gives you an opportunity to make a contribution to the life of the church, the body of Christ on earth.

Everyone I have met who has just come into a new knowledge of the Lord has expressed an instinctive desire to do something for Him. Nothing could be more natural. It is a loving and grateful response to the realization of all that Jesus has done for us at Calvary to save us from our sins.

Shaw Clifton, Never the Same Again