Who Is God’s Choice for President in 2016?

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There are two candidates, on the republican side, that are clearly America’s choice, because they are so high in the polls: Donald Trump and Ben Carson.  But is either one of these candidates God’s choice?

Will it be Donald Trump?  He seems to be a likeable guy.  I mean people are really drawn to him and he really has good leadership qualities.  But there are a few things that concern me.  In an article entitled, Why Evangelicals Should Be Terrified of Trump, it was pointed out that when asked if he has ever asked God for forgiveness, he said, no, that he doesn’t bring God into that picture, because he doesn’t believe he sins.  He stated, “Why do I have to repent or ask for forgiveness, if I am not making mistakes?”

I hope Mr. Trump wasn’t serious; but there is no indication that he wasn’t serious.  I…

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Prayer Is Much Like Worry But Very Different



In our church service today the sermon was on worry, from Philippians 4:1-9.  One of the points the pastor made is that worry is much like prayer. I was immediately intrigued. He said that in both worry and prayer problems are mulled over.  And then he brought out the difference.

When we worry, he said, we mull over our problems with no or very little thought of God.  Our focus is on our problems and our thoughts seem to pull us in a downward spiral with no solution.  When we pray we also mull over our problems, however, we are doing it with a constant awareness that God is present and is listening to us. The result is that we aren’t pulled down in despair over our problems, rather we are lifted up in hope and peace, because—well, that is just what happens!  We have nothing to do with it.  God does it. Yes, when we mull over our problems before Him, He immediately helps us and gives us peace.  And in this peace, He assures us that soon He will provide a solution to all the problems we have and have taken to Him.


Philippians 4:6-7

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, shall guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

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What is Importune Prayer? 6 Answers



True prayer is prayer with importunity.  The word “importunity” is a King James word used in Luke 11:8.  It is translated now in most other versions as “persistence,” however I think importunity is really a fuller and better word.  Well, here in five points, is what importune prayer means.


1.  Importune prayer is prayer made in faith, which is continual and persistent, with a goal of receiving what we desire. This first definition is proved well in Luke 11:5-10 and in Luke 18:1-8; however, I like the stories in Matthew 15:21-28 and Luke 18:35-42 better, because the aspect of faith is included. In both stories (if you will read them for yourself), the Canaanite woman and the blind man cry out persistently and continually for mercy; and in both cases Jesus commends them for their faith, and He heals the woman’s daughter and the blind man.

Here we see that these characters, by their continual persistence in crying out for mercy, demonstrated their faith in God—faith that He would give them mercy.  And this is the way true prayer always has to be—persistent and with continual asking as is necessary to show our faith.  The Bible says in Hebrews 11:6, “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.”


2.  Importune prayer has a shameless boldness. We see this clearly in the Parable of the Persistent Friend (Lu. 11:5-10). In this parable, when the man came to his friend at midnight and persistently asked him for bread to feed a hungry traveler, his asking was not with reluctance, that is, with any sense of guilt or embarrassment because of the lateness of the hour. He asked boldly and shamelessly, because he was not thinking of himself; he was thinking only of his poor hungry guest who desperately needed nourishment.

This is the nature of true prayer—to cry out to God boldly and selflessly for others.   And if we are praying for our own needs, we would pray shamelessly for the kingdom of God and for the glory of God, and not just to please ourselves.


 3.  Importune prayer is intense and increases in intensity. In the parable mentioned above (Lu. 11:5-10), when the man was persistently asking for bread, I believe his persistence continued to increase in intensity until he received the bread. Jesus makes this clear in verses 9-10 when he summarized the teaching of the parable by saying, “So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 10 For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.”

Therefore, Jesus is saying to us that if we really want to receive what we desire in prayer we must ask with a shameless persistence that increases in intensity.  True prayer then is much like a well fought battle.  In order for there to be victory in the battle there must not be any relenting, any relaxing lest the enemy get a foothold.  Instead, the battle must persist and continue in intensity until the enemy is beat down and the fight is won.


4.  Importune prayer does not give up when times are difficult or when the goal is not in view. The parable in Luke 18:1-8 of the persistent widow I think is the best illustration of this point. The widow never gave up asking for justice until she got it. Moreover, at the beginning of the parable Jesus gives us its theme, “that men always ought to pray and not lose heart.”

I think this theme tells us even more then the story itself, because in the story the woman got what she asked for.  But what if the goal of our asking is not in view? That is, what if there doesn’t seem to be much hope for the answer?  Should we still keep praying?  Yes!  If we are sure that what we are praying for is for God’s will we must never, never, never quit praying for it, even if the answer doesn’t come in our life time.

This kind of importunity, this never-give-up attitude, is the nature of true prayer.  It is the kind of prayer that really demonstrates our faith in these difficult times; and it will be rewarded, if not in this life time, in the next one when Jesus returns (Lu. 18:7-8).


5.  Importune prayer is energized by the Holy Spirit. Jesus said to His disciples on the night He was arrested and brought to trial, “Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak” (Matt. 26:41). When we pray with importunity our prayers are energized by the Holy Spirit. Therefore, we are able to pray persistently through hard trials.  In the flesh we will never be able to keep praying in difficult times.  But in the Spirit, in whatever situation we find ourselves in, we will always be able to continue praying on and on for as long as we need to.


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Will God Use ISIS? A Prayer for the People In Paris France?

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ISIS terror in Paris

Will they call on God?

Will God show them how to pray?

How to repent?

How to seek Him?

Will God’s evil servants

be of any good?

Will their terror

move the people to repent?

Lift up the light of Thy

Countenance upon us, O Lord!

Show us Your goodness and grace!

Let the afflicted people

see Your mercy

and let them see your wrath

against the evil one.

Oh let the people pray.

Let the people repent.

Come to us Lord!

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The Loneliest Prayer Ever — “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?”

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For the last three hours of Jesus’ crucifixion (from noon until 3 PM) God caused darkness to cover all the land (perhaps over the entire world). It was during these dark hours that Jesus experienced the wrath of God.  During the end of those hours, at the ninth hour, He cried out with a loud voice saying, “My God, My God why have You forsaken Me?”


Matthew 27:46 (also Mark 15:34)

And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” that is, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?”


Who can imagine what He was experiencing? He was in a state of horror, completely forsaken by the only one who could save Him from death.  God had abandoned Him, and His full wrath was upon Him—something He had never experienced before.  But it was something He had to do for us.

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Two Purposes for Hell

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The purpose of hell, primarily, is to punish all who sin and rebel against God. Hell was originally made for Satan and his demons who were the first to rebelled against God, but because all unredeemed people are rebellious and unbelieving like Satan and because they are in fact sons and daughters of Satan, hell will be their destination as well (Rev. 20:15).

This punishment is absolutely necessary because of the holiness and justice of God; for His holiness demands that sin must be punished; and the punishment must be rendered to each one according to his misdeeds (Rom. 2:5-6).

A second purpose of hell is to provide an eternal place for those who reject God apart from those how love God. As I see it from scripture, those who are in hell will continue to do wrong forever and those who are in heaven will continue to be…

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Hell, the Lake of Fire — Described In Six Points

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A place called the “lake of fire” is the eternal destination of all unbelievers of all ages. Scripture indicates that, first of all, when unbelievers die, they will go to a place of torments (Lu. 16:19-31), to be held there until the great white throne judgment (Rev. 20:11). At this judgment, they will stand as dead people before the throne.  Then, because their names will not be found written in the “book of life,” and because they will be found guilty according to what is recorded in the “books,” they will be thrown into the lake of fire (Rev. 20:12-15).

Scripture does not give us any explanation of the dead people standing (v. 12), but we can assume that they all have been resurrected; and I also think that they, at the time of this resurrection are given bodies fit for hell, bodies that will be able to endure…

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