God wills us to pray in order to develop an incredible fellowship with Him. In fact, we are all wired for this. Why pray? As St. Augustine once said, “You have made us for Yourself; and our hearts are restless until they find their rest in you.“
The vast company of faithful in other world religions testify that prayer makes a tremendous difference in one’s life. Most of us cannot function either well or long without prayer.
Contemporary man has rediscovered the sacred, even if he does not always know how to identify it. Is man truly capable of knowing something beyond what he seeswith his eyes or hears with his ears?
Man recognizes himself as an ethical being, capable of acting according to criteria of good and evil, and not only those of profit and pleasure. He also recognizes himself as a spiritual being, capable of putting himself in contact with God.
Prayer is the first verification of such a reality. That is how a conversation begins with your Creator.
Of course, there are those who say “I believe in Jesus Christ”, but they don’t affect the way they live. The answer is not that we now have to add hard work to our faith; rather, we haven’t truly understood or believed in Jesus at all.
Try readingPsalm 23 for three weeks. It begins with, “The Lord is my Shepherd… ” and ends with, “I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” You will notice the difference.This is a prayer of affirmation — not a prayer of petition, asking for favors. It will move you so much, that you will want to make it part of your daily spiritual life from now on.Continue reading Why Pray? 2→
Jesus Himself did not emphasize the miraculous; He saw physical healing as an ordinary aspect of what He called “works“, rather than miracles: a form of Good News in action. Healing of the spirit, emotion and body was all part of the message of salvation. So the apostles preached by healing and this continues today.
Most people don’t know that God want to heal them:
“Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well. ” 3 John 1:2
“They were anointed by the Holy Spirit with power; because God was within them, they cured all who had fallen into the power of the devil. “So the kingdom of God is not just words: it is power.1 Corinthians 4:19,20It is power to transform lives. It is Good News
Too many Christians are broken. They are so broken that they cannot carry out the commandment to love God and their neighbor. Their inner turmoil prevents them from following God’s will.
Paradoxically, they may believe that this illness or brokenness is part of God’s will.So they don’t pray for a release for what God wants of them.
There is a mistaken belief, that you should carry your cross, as Jesus did. Jesus does say to bear your cross, yet whenever He meets people who are sick, He cures them. This inconsistency can be explained by describing this cross as a cross of persecution, which comesoutsideof man.
The words healing and peace are synonymouswith each other. You cannot have one without the other. The measure of healing is measured by the degree of peace we are feeling.
Physical sickness in our bodies is caused by disease or accident. Sickness may simply be a message to you to keep your life in balance. Fear, anger, and stress are all barriers to healing. These states often create illness. The word “dis-ease” means without ease. This means that mind, heart and spirit are meant to be in balance.
We must use the natural means of preserving health. Physicians are instruments that are ordinarily used to bring about healing for trauma. Psychology helps to bring problems to the light for what they are. One can administer to the body the necessary supplements and the body will heal itself to an extent. Surgeons can physically repair the body.But the miracle of healing is still by Jesus’ stripes (whippings).
Just as we are dressed in clothes, so our inward person “wears” an outward person: the inner spirit“wears” the psyche. And similarly, the inner spirit and psyche “wear” the body.
It is quite evident that men are generally more conscious of the outer or outermost person, and they hardly recognize or understand their inner spiritat all.
Watchman Nee, the author of The Release of the Spirit has correctly identified the Bible reference of man’sinner spiritor the inner man (person); he calls man’s soul (psyche) the outer man(person) and for the body he uses the term, the outermost man:
“I pray that out of His glorious riches He may strengthen you with power through His Spirit in your inner being.” Ephesians 3: 16
We may be able to mouth the word, “Not my will but Thine be done,” but how often do we really allow the Lord to take over when things happy.” The person who loves his life will lose it, while the person who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. “John 12:25
” …you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.” Acts 1: 5
Paul’s main argument is this: isn’t it true that you experienced the work of the Spiritamong you. “… does God give you His Spirit and work miracles among you by the works of the law, or by your believing what you heard?” Galatians :1-5
“I will send you what my Father has promised, but you must stay in Jerusalem until you have received that power from heaven.”Luke 24: 49
“And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Counselor to be with you forever. He is the Spirit of truth. The world is unable to receive Him because it doesn’t see Him or know Him. But you do know Him, because He remains with you and will be in you.” John 14:16-17
“We know that we live in Him and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit.”1 John 4:13
Christians begin to experience something different in their God prefers to give the gift of prophecy to a body through an individual, not to an individual for his own use. So that each spiritual gift is a working of the Spirit which is given to build up the Church. “For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body… and we were all given the one Spirit to drink.” 1 Corinthians12:13
“And John came and laid hands on them ‘and they received the Holy Spirit“Acts 8:17 Some experienced a deep peace or joy. Some even laughed. Some experienced one’s whole life begins to change completely different.
” 4Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit...
8For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit;
9To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit;
10To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues: 11 But all these worketh that one and the self same Spirit.” 1 Corinthians 12:4,8-11
Paul emphasizes the need to seek spiritual gifts. A community of Christians need special gifts from God to know the Bible in order to preach it. They need to have their preaching accompanied by signs so that others will believe.
“And he preached, saying, One cometh after me, that latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to stoop down and loose. 8. I indeed have baptized you with water: but He shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost.”Mark 1:7-8In other words, Jesus is the baptizer with the Holy Spirit.
“You are born again by the Spirit of God. ” John 3: 3-6
“The instant that I was born again, I felt wonderful. It was just like a two-ton weight had rolled off my chest. I was rejoicing and I felt happy spiritually.” I BELIEVE IN VISIONS by Kenneth Hagin
There’s Got to be More to Christianity!
“’Consider carefully what you hear,’ He continued. ‘With the measure you use, it will be measured to you—and even more.‘” Mark 4:24
God gives us the oil of holiness. We become like new wine skins , not by your own strength. This means there is no self-effort. But it also means there is no more agenda. Once you give God everything that you have, you die to yourself. The old wine skin has to go.
There may be a period when your faith is trained and tested. God only wants to get your attention.
We must keep going and seek Him. God said that you should seek and you will find. This is an authoritative statement with only one proviso: it must be done on God’s timing. He didn’t say seek him until you find Him. With holiness, you will see Him.
“Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvestof your righteousness.” 2 Corinthians 9: 10
So if you believe a little, you will get a little, but if you believe a lot, you will get a lot. Once you soak yourself in the spirit of holiness, you will receive perfect love, which was given at Pentecost.
When you receive Jesus as our personal Saviour by faith, His life enters your spirit. You are now what Scripture callsborn again. John 3:1-9. You have Christ’s brand new life inside you. His purity, love, peace, truth, and blessings are now inside your spirit. You are beautiful and perfect within.
As a child of your Heavenly Father, you are invited to communicate with Him through prayer. Prayer is easy — you simply share your heart with Him. He loves to answer our desires. Prayer is very fulfilling and powerful.
You will also want to meet some other Christians who understand the love of God. Fellowship can be great fun. Visit some of the churches in your areas. Christ’s Holy Spirit dwells within you, and He will direct you to a good fellowship if you ask Him to.
Just like a newborn baby needs nourishment and care, so do new babies in the Lord. The Bible is full of truth that is like fresh milk and food for you . As you read it each day, it will nourish you and reveal wonderful things about God’s love and His ways. Here are the gift, which you will discover by reading the Word of God, which:
All of God’s goodness belongs to you when you are in Christ; so enjoy!
Who are You in Christ?
The Lord loves you with an everlasting love and has promised to give you a future and a hope. With loving kindness, He has drawn you to Himself. It is through this love that He has called you to be His dear child.
God’s love toward you is patient and kind. His love will never fail. His love for you is so rich that He gave His only begotten Son. You now have an unbreakable, eternal covenant with Him:
You are a recipient of every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ. Ephesians 1:3
You are a new creation in Christ; old things have passed away and all things have become new. Corinthians 5: 17
The Lord is the strength of your life.
Nothing can separate you from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus, your Lord. You are not under any guilt or condemnation. Romans 8:1 Refuse discouragement because it is not of God. God is a God of encouragement. You flee from temptation in Christ. James 4:7 But if you do sin, you have an advocate with the Father, 1 John 2:2who is Jesus Christ. Confess your sins and forsake them. God is just toforgiveand cleanse you.
Because Christ has set you free, you are free indeed. Romans 8:2You have been delivered out of the domain of darkness and you now abide in the Kingdom of God. God has not given you a spirit of fear but of love, of power, and of a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7
He will make your path straight.
Because Christ dwells within you, you know wisdom and instruction. When you lack wisdom, ask in faith and it is given to you generously. James 1:5Jesus will make His words of wisdom known to you. Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all of your ways, acknowledge Him, and He will make your path straight. Proverbs 3: 5,6
God knows what you need even before you ask.
“Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all the things that you need will be added onto you”Matthew 6:33 for God knows what you need even before you ask. The Lord will give you grace and glory. No good thing will He withhold from you as you walk uprightly.Psalm 84:11 Jesus came so that you would have life in its abundance. John 10:10Grace and peace are multiplied in you through the knowledge of God. 2 Peter 1-2
You are very blessed and favored of God Genesis 12:2and you have been called to be a blessing to others. You now have a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience, you are God’s workmanship, created for good deeds, which God prepared beforehand that you should walk in them. Ephesians 2:10
In Christ, you can do all things, because He strengthens you. You put on the full armor of God. The Lord protects you from all evil; He guard your going out and coming in from this time forth. You are blessed because you trust in Him.
The Lord brings you health and healing.
Praise the Lord with all that is within you and do not forget all of His benefits. Psalm 103:2Your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. When I cry out, the Lord hears you; He delivers you from all your troubles. The Lord is close to you when you are broken-hearted and save you when you are crushed in spirit.
Because you make the Most High your dwelling — even the Lord, who is your refuge — then no harm will befall you, no disaster will come near your tent. He will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; they will lift you up in their hands so that you will not strike your foot against the stone.Psalm 91:9-12
Because you love the Lord, He will rescue and protect you from all accident, harm, sickness, and disease. He is with you in trouble and delivers you. With long life, He satisfies you and shows you His salvation.Psalm 91:14-16
Because you believe in Him, you will live for all eternity.
Okay Dummies, here is a little quiz:
God was asked, “What does a million years seem to You?” Answer: A second!
God was then asked, “What does a million dollars seem to You?” Answer: A penny!
“Well Lord, I would like to pray for one of Your pennies.” Answer: Just a second!
There is a relationship between healing and the need for deliverance.Many are never healed because they have never received deliverance from the spirits that made them sick.
WHAT IS DELIVERANCE?
Deliverance is defined as a rescue from bondage or danger. We are told to “Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith.” 1 Peter 5:8,9
All aspects of deliverance are available only through the person and work of Jesus Christ:” When the seventy-two disciples returned, they joyfully reported to him, ‘Lord, even the demons obey us when we use your name!’” Luke 10:17
DO YOU NEED DELIVERANCE?
To determine if you are in need of deliverance, ask yourself the following questions:
Are you continually argumentative or contrary–usually on the verge of anger?
Are you violating, neglecting or causing pain in a relationship?
Are you practicing sin and can’t seem to stop?
Do you see a pattern of issues in your family, whether disease, poverty, anger, divorce, sexual perversion or other issues?
You are sick all the time and the doctors find nothing wrong. You could be dealing with a spirit of infirmity?
Are you having “spiritual” encounters, including recurring dreams or nightmares that you leave you fearful?
Do you sometimes sense that the problem isn’t you, but rather something in you?
Are you attracted to the occult., e.g. Ouija Boards, Seance, Fortune Telling, Horoscopes, Hypnosis etc, or Witchcraft?
Have you experienced traumatic eventsthat have impacted your life negatively?
Do you keep hitting the same wall or the same problems.
Is it imaginable that a man, who had been with Jesus as His disciple, should betray Him to the high priest and have Him arrested and tortured and killed. This disciple was Judas Iscariot.
He arranged everything to have Jesus arrested. He should have known that as God, Jesus knew everything that he was doing. This is why at the Last Supper, before Jesus consecrated the bread and wine, He announced that there was one present who would betray Him. None of the other Apostles knew about this but of course Judas knew because he had already started planning all this.
Judas is an example of a person who ispossessed by the devil who leads him to betrayhis Saviour and Lord. In fact he had been a betrayer from the beginning because he used to steal moneyfrom the moneybag.
How many of the following characteristics describe your life?
Insecurity? Yet God has not given you a spirit of fear, but of power, love and a sound mind? Timothy 1:7
Inadequacy?Why should I fell like a failure when I am a conqueror in all things through Christ? Romans 8:37
Guilt? Why should I feel condemned when I am in Christ? Romans 8:1
Worry? Yet why should I worry and fret when I can cast all my anxiety on Christ who cares for me? 1 Peter 5:7
Doubt?Why should I be confused when God is the author of peace and He gives me knowledge through His indwelling Spirit? 1 Corinthians 14:33; 2:12
Inferiority? Why should I feel worthless when Christ became sin on my behalf, so that I might become the righteousness of God in Him? 2 Corinthians 5:21
Perhaps the greatest service performed by trials and tribulations in our lives is to reveal wrong goals:“ Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. 4 Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.“James 1:2-4God’s goal for you is to mature in Christ.
When you align your goals and desires with God’s desires, you will rid your life from a lot of anger, anxiety and depression.
Anxiety signals an uncertain goal, which you have chosen. Depression signals an impossible goal. Anger signals a blocked goal. We sometimes try to control others, believing that our own self-worth is dependent on other people. In contrast, a godly goal reflects God’s purpose for your life, which does not depend on any people or circumstance.
Emotions can be like a red lighton the dashboard of your car indicating engine problems. To fix the problem, one should not bottle up your feelings too long, because it disrupts the harmony between you and God.
It is equally unwise to lash out and “honestly tell someone off” at the sacrifice of love. Jesus turned over the tables, not the money-changers. The wisest approach is to confide with at least one person with whom you can be emotionally honest.
In reality, we have very little control over our emotions, but we do have control over our thoughts. That is why it is so important to fill our minds with the Word of God, the Bible.
We need to see God’s perspective and respond accordingly. Add to this prayer: it is not a formula; it’s the language of your relationship with God: simply say “Lord, I love You; I believe in You; I trust You”.