Hindrances in Prayer

Hindrances in Prayer

We are currently working through R.A. Torrey’s book “How to Pray,” published by Whitaker House Publishing. We have very carefully studied the positive conditions of prevailing prayer. But, there are some hindrances in prayer. God has made these very plain in His Word. This week we will begin this part of the study with selfish prayers. Selfish Prayers: James 4:3 – Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts (or; pleasures). At first glance, we will often blurt out “I don’t ever pray in a selfish manner!” To be perfectly honest, this was my first thought when we read this chapter in our devotions, and even after all of our discussion, I am still struggling with some of the examples that the book gave as selfish prayers, but let me back up and give you what the book has said. Then I will do my best to relay to you what the consensus was when Pastor Brad, Pastor Gavin and myself discussed what we had read. A selfish purpose in prayer robs prayer of power. These prayers may be perfectly proper to ask for, things for which it is the Will of God to give. But the hindrances in prayer boils down to is the motive behind your prayers. Motive is defined by Webster’s as that which incites to action; that which determines the choice, or moves the will. Is it possible to have a selfish motive in asking something that aligns with God’s Will? To answer this, you have to ask yourself this question: Will this just bring me...
Praying with Thanksgiving

Praying with Thanksgiving

We are currently working through R.A. Torrey’s book “How to Pray,” published by Whitaker House Publishing. When we are talking about prayer, praying with thanksgiving must come up at some point, but just how important is thanksgiving to your prayer life? This week Pastor Brad, Pastor Gavin and myself look into God’s Word to see what He says about praying with thanksgiving. Philippians 4:6-7 — Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. It is extremely apparent, that there is a definite need for Christians to be thankful. Just running a few word searches through the King James Bible and you will see that the words thanksgiving, thankful, and thanks are mentioned in 105 verses. Some of my personal favorites are: 1 Chronicles 16:34 — O give thanks unto the LORD; for He is good; for His mercy endureth for ever.  Ezra 3:11 — And they sang together by course in praising and giving thanks unto the LORD; because He is good, for His mercy endureth for ever toward Israel. And all the people shouted with a great shout, when they praised the LORD, because the foundation of the house of the LORD was laid. (I am looking forward to being in the number that is shouting when we see the foundation laid in our new facility!) Psalms 35:18 — I will give thee thanks in the great congregation: I will praise thee among much people. Psalms 100:4...
Christ’s Words in Us

Christ’s Words in Us

We are currently working through R.A. Torrey’s book “How to Pray,” published by Whitaker House Publishing. Let’s be honest, how many times have we prayed and prayed only to go without an answer? What if I could show you a secret in the Word of God that, if followed, guaranteed results? Too good to be true? Last week we discussed abiding in Christ, so this week we are going to dive into how to get Christ’s Word in us. Let’s get started… John 15:7 – If ye abide in Me, and My Words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. The promise of the Word of God here is simple: ask what “you” will and it shall be done for you! The question is how do you get the Word of God to abide (dwell in; be a part of) you? We find the key to doing this in Joshua 1:8 – This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success. Did you catch the key? It is that we meditate on the Word continuously. Meditate in the Hebrew means to murmur; by implication, to ponder: imagine, mutter, roar, speak, study, talk, utter. If you meditate on His Word, then you are doing so much more than just casually reading the Word, you are in fact reading and rereading and speaking it...