When To Pray

When To Pray

We are currently working through R.A. Torrey’s book “How to Pray,” published by Whitaker House Publishing. We have seen that there are numerous hindrances to prayer, but is there a certain time to pray? What does the Word of God say about “When to Pray”? Prayer in the Morning: Mark 1:35 – And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed. Many of the mightiest men of God have followed the Lord’s example in this. In the morning hour the mind is fresh and at its very best. It is free from the distraction that the day brings. When the early hours are spent in prayer, the whole day is sanctified. Power is then obtained for overcoming life’s temptations and for performing it’s duties. Praying in the early hours of your day can be likened to a kind of first fruit offering, in that you give the first of your day to God in prayer. It is in this time of Prayer that we gain our victories in the battles that the day may bring! So then is it settled? When to Pray: In the early hours of morning! Right? Well not exactly, let’s investigate a little more. Prayer in the Night Luke 6:12 – And it came to pass in those days, that He (Jesus)  went out into a mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God. Jesus prayed both in the early hours of morning and through out the night. There must be reasons behind His actions. He never did...
Hindrances to Prayer pt 2

Hindrances to Prayer pt 2

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 to prayer. God has made these very plain in His Word. This week we are continuing our study with the next six hindrances to prayer. Sin: Isaiah 59:1-2 – Behold, the LORD’S hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither His ear heavy, that it cannot hear: 2) But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid His face form you, that He will not hear. Be honest, what comes across your mind first when your prayers seemingly go unanswered? I believe that we all have been there at one time or another when we begin to listen to the enemy’s voice and start to believe that God doesn’t always answer our prayers. 2 Corinthians 1:20 – For all the promises of God in Him are yea, and in Him Amen, unto the glory of God by us. I do understand how we were raised but I can’t find scripture where God said no. Anyone who finds his prayers unanswered should not think that what he asks of God is not according to His will. Instead, he should go alone to God with the Psalmist’s prayer, Psalms 139:23-24 – Search me, O God, and know my heart try me, and know my thoughts: 24) And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. Wait before Him until He puts His finger upon...
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...
Abiding In Christ

Abiding In Christ

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? Let’s find out… 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! Really, the question is not with the latter part of this verse as much as it is with just one word: abide. The Greek word for abide is men’-o. Which means to stay (in a given place, state, relation or expectancy): abide, continue, dwell, endure, be present, remain, stand, tarry (for). Webster’s 1828 Dictionary defines abide like this: 1. to rest, or dwell (Genesis 29:19) 2. To tarry or stay for a time (Genesis 24:55) 3. To continue permanently or in the same state; to be firm and immovable (Psalms 119:90) 4. To remain, to continue (Acts 27:31; Ecclesiastes 8:15). In context, Jesus is comparing Himself to a vine and His disciples as the branches of that vine (John 15:1-7). To fully understand this passage, we will have to look at the natural side of a vine and it’s branches. Some branches continued in the vine –in living union — so that the sap or life of the vine constantly flowed into...

Always Praying and Not Fainting

We are currently working through R.A. Torrey’s book “How to Pray,” published by Whitaker House Publishing. Over and over again, we have seen our dependence on the Holy Spirit in prayer. Ephesians 6:18 – Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit…  and in Jude 20 – …Praying in the Holy Ghost. Luke 11:5-8 – And He said unto them, Which of you shall have a friend, and shall go unto him at midnight, and say unto him, Friend, lend me three loaves; 6) For a friend of mine in his journey is come to me, and I have nothing to set before him? 7) And he from within shall answer and say, Trouble me not: the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot rise and give thee. 8) I say unto you, Though he will not rise and give him, because he is his friend, yet because of his importunity he will rise and give him as many as he needeth.  Luke 18:1-8 – And He spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint; 2) Saying, There was in a city a judge, which feared not God neither regarded man. 3) And there was a widow in that city; and she came unto him, saying, Avenge me of mine adversary. 4) Ad he would not for a while but afterward he said within himself, Though I fear not God nor regard man; 5) Yet because this widow troubleth me, I will avenge her, lestby her continual coming she weary me. 6) And the Lord said, Hear what the unjust judge saith. 7) And shall not God avenge His own...
Knowing God’s Will by His Spirit

Knowing God’s Will by His Spirit

We are currently working through R.A. Torrey’s book “How to Pray,” published by Whitaker House Publishing. We have been discussing for the past few weeks about knowing God’s Will when we pray. Although the enemy would have us to believe that it is not possible for us to know the Will of God, the Word of God is specific: The Will of God is the Word of God. 1 John 5:14 – And this is the confidence that we have in Him, that, if we ask anything according to His Will, He heareth us: Well, Pastors, I have searched the Word of God for my specific situation and I cannot find any certain promise that covers my issue, what now? Romans 8:26-27 – 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. 27) And He that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because He maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God. Why is it that the body of Christ struggles with the idea of knowing the Will of God in any situation? Is it because of traditions that we have been raised up in? Could it be that we are more sin conscience than God conscience? What does Emanuel mean to you? The name actually means God with us, or God “in” us. So the question really becomes does God ever have troubles knowing His own mind? Of course not! If you are born again,...
Lord, if it be Thy Will

Lord, if it be Thy Will

We are currently working through R.A. Torrey’s book “How to Pray,” published by Whitaker House Publishing. How many times have we been praying for something only to find ourselves adding “Lord, if it be Thy Will” to the end. Why do we do that? Are we asking for something outside of His will? Are we confused as to what His Will is in any matter? Can we even know God’s will? If you have ever wondered about knowing the Will of God then join Pastor Brad, Pastor Gavin and myself as we look into God’s Word in search of His Will. 1 John 5:14-15 – And this is the confidence that we have in Him, that, if we ask any thing according to His will, He heareth us: 15) And if we know that He hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of Him. The question is can we know the will of God? 1 Corinthians 2:14 – But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. It is apparent that we cannot with the flesh understand the things of God. (or; the Will of God) Proverbs 3:5 – Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. Romans 8:7 – Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. In our carnality it is hopeless! Thank God He didn’t leave us...
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...