In the Name of Christ

In the Name of Christ

We are currently working through R.A. Torrey’s book “How to Pray,” published by Whitaker House Publishing. We all grew up hearing people pray. The most common ending of a prayer that I have heard is “In the Name of Jesus, Amen”, or at least something similar. Is that what Jesus really had in mind? Just to tag our prayers with “In the Blessed Name of Jesus”? Should it be more than just a catch phrase? Join Pastor Brad and I as we learn what the Word of God is telling us today about praying In the Name of Christ. John 14:13-14 – 13) And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14) If ye shall ask anything in My name, I will do it. The author of  our book uses the words Christ and Jesus, seemingly interchangeably, but truly, Christ was never part of Jesus’ name. Christ is the Greek word khris-tos’ which means anointed. In essence, if you are born again then you are a part of the khris-tos’, a part of the anointed. Christ is used in the Bible as an epithet. (or; An adjective expressing some real quality of the thing to which it is applied, or an attributive expressing some quality ascribed to it). Any prayer in the Name of Jesus has power and favor with God. The Father always hears and always answers His Son’s petitions. God will also hear and answer any prayer in His Son’s Name, but what is it to pray in the Name of Jesus? In understanding...
Knowing and Doing God’s Will

Knowing and Doing God’s Will

We are currently working through R.A. Torrey’s book “How to Pray,” published by Whitaker House Publishing. Knowing and Doing God’s Will is more than just a statement. Do you want to pray with power? The Bible is explicit in this: Study to find out what the Will of God is in your situation and then just do what the Word says and you will find that there is great power in your prayers! Too simplistic? Then join us this week as we look into the Word of God on “Knowing and Doing God’s Will.” 1 John3:22 – And whatsoever we ask, we receive of Him, because we keep His commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in His sight. This verse goes beyond just simply keeping His commandments, John tells us that we are to do those things that are pleasing in His sight. I remember my childhood growing up, I didn’t have to ask dad if I could do certain things, I knew him, I knew what would please Him. It is in this light that we, the body of Christ, have seemingly gotten away from. Too often the body of Christ is looking for ways to be accepted b y the world and give opportunity to the flesh. God specifically told His body to “…come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean…” – 2 Corinthians 6:17 KJV. Today’s Contemporary New Testament says, “Therefore Come out from among the nations, and separate yourselves from them, says the Lord, and touch nothing impure; And I will welcome you;” and the Bible in...
Obeying and Praying

Obeying and Praying

At this time we are working through R.A. Torrey’s book “How to Pray,” published by Whitaker House Publishing. In this weeks message, Pastor Brad and I attempt to shed light upon a touchy topic in the church world…Does God give you everything that you ask of Him? If you had posed this question to me about 6-7 years ago, the answer would have been an emphatic NO! I would have based that answer on several things, but for sure these two: I have known born again people who have prayed diligently for healing and their healing never came, I have known people who have prayed for financial breakthroughs to only continue to live in lack. Because of these issues I would have told you with all sincerity that God doesn’t give you everything that you ask of Him, only the things that He wants you to have. But is this really in line with scripture or is it just in line with man’s tradition? Before you make up your mind on this topic, go along with us as we open the Word of God and see what It has to say. 1 John 3:18-24 – 18) My Little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.  19) And hereby we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before Him. 20) For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things. 21) Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God. 22) And whatsoever we ask, we...
Unity, Prayer and Fasting

Unity, Prayer and Fasting

At this time we are working through R.A. Torrey’s book “How to Pray,” published by Whitaker House Publishing. How do you pray? Statistics show that most born again believers only pray minutes a week. How do you get earnest (or really intent, serious) prayer when the average Christian only spends minutes a week praying? Is being earnest in prayer something that you can work yourself up into? Apostle Paul didn’t think so when he was writing to the Romans. Romans 8:26 – Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but  the Spirit itself (or; Himself) maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. In Webster’s 1828 Dictionary, earnest is defined as – Serious; important; that is, really intent or engaged; whence the phrase, in earnest. To be in earnest, is to be really urging or stretching towards an object; intent on a pursuit. How does the Apostle explain what we get in earnest prayer? – He says it is not us in the first place, it is the Spirit that helps our infirmities (or; feebleness of mind of body). The word translated helpeth, is the Greek word: soon-an-tee-lam-ban’-om-ahee , which means to take hold of opposite together. It comes from an-tee-lam-ban’-om-ahee, which means to take hold of in turn, succor; to participate: partakers, support. Paul says that it isn’t us that can pray in earnest to begin with, but through the power of the Spirit of God Himself who comes down and takes a hold along side us and prays through us. It is the...