Yielding in Prayer: Yielding to Waiting on God or To Impatience?

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In the Christian life there are two things we can yield ourselves to: to God and to righteousness, or to sin and unrighteousness.

Romans 6:12-13, 16
Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in its lusts. 13 And do not present [yield] your members as instruments of unrighteousness to sin, but present [yield] yourselves to God as being alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God…
16 Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one’s slaves whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness?

 I want to suggest that when it comes to prayer, we can either yield ourselves to waiting on God and on His timing, or to impatience and not waiting on Him.  These are the two option I want to consider.

  Option #1 – We yield ourselves to waiting on God’s timing.  Catherine Marshall has said, “There is a God-given sequence and rate of growth for everything in His creation.” Just as God has set a timetable for a seed of corn to grow—“…first the blade, then the ear, after that the full corn in the ear” (Mk. 4:28)—He has created a timetable for everything.  Says Marshall,

 God does have His ‘fullness of time’ for the answer to each prayer.  It follows then that He alone knows the magnitude of the changes that have to be wrought in us before we can receive our hearts desire.  He alone knows the changes and interplay of external events that must take place before our prayer can be answered.

 If this is true, it follows that if we want to follow in His will and see answers to prayer, we must yield ourselves to waiting on His timing.

 Option #2 – We yield to impatience.  Satan knows about God’s timetable; he knows that in His time He will do His work and answer your prayers.  So that’s why Satan feverishly does everything he can to make you yield to impatience and disobedience.  He tries to make you feel that you deserve to have it all now.  He tries to make you look at the world—at all the people who have gotten rich over night; and he tries to make you envy them.  He wants you to be frustrated and to suffer mental anguish.  And he does all this because he is an enemy of God, and your enemy.  Thus He wants to lead you down the path of sin and rebellion against God.  Ultimately he wants to destroy you.

 

 

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Praying the Pilgrim Songs: Psalm 122:6-9

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 Psalm 122:6-9

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem:
“May they prosper who love you.
7 “May peace be within your walls,
And prosperity within your palaces.”
8 For the sake of my brothers and my friends,
I will now say, “May peace be within you.”
9 For the sake of the house of the Lord our God
I will seek your good.
 
 
Lord, You have promised blessings
for those who love Israel.
Please Lord, show us how to love Your
People; and show us that You will indeed
bless us for it.
 
Now, do bless your people
and bring them Your peace.
And bless their land and their houses.
And give them prosperity and contentment.
 
Lord, bring them through all of their troubles.
Lord, be gracious to them,
for they are Your special people.
Show them Your love and save them.
Show them and show the world
that You will indeed  make
a new covenant with them:
an everlasting covenant of peace.

 

Also, read this post: 12 Reason We Should Pray for the Peace of Israel

 

 

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ROCKET WAR UPDATE, DAY #4. Also, Why won’t Abbas order his security forces to stop the rocket fire, or even publicly condemn the attacks on Israel?

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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

(Washington, D.C.) – I’m sorry to report there is no evidence the rocket war is letting up. To the contrary, the rockets are still flying, and Israel is clearly preparing to invade Gaza. So please keep praying for things to calm down, and praying for the Lord to comfort and protect Israelis and Palestinians.

Here are the latest developments:

  • On Friday, 140 rockets were fired at Israel, 27 of which were intercepted by the Iron Dome.
  • Since the beginning of “Operation Protective Edge,” at least 680 rockets and missiles have been fired from Gaza at Israel.
  • 520 have hit Israel
  • 140 were intercepted by the Iron Dome system.
  • The IDF has struck approximately 1,002 terrorist targets in Gaza

Early Friday morning, Israel was also hit by three rockets fired from Lebanon. To its credit, the Lebanese Army later captured a terroristwho was preparing to launch two more rockets at…

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The Millennial Kingdom Of God: Christ Comes To Set Up His Kingdom

Originally posted on Studying Bible Prophecy:

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What is the millennial kingdom?  What is its purpose?  This phase of the kingdom lies just before the entrance to eternity—to eternal bliss, to everlasting peace and joy and love.  So it is a very important transitional period. It is a period of 1000 years, where Jesus Christ will make things happen in us and in the world in order to prepare us (all people, mortal and immortal) for the rest of eternity: He will restore harmony to His creation; He will show us a perfect government; He will fulfill His covenants with Israel; He will display for us His own glory and perfect character; and He will provide for us a final test.

With such great purposes for this future kingdom (which we will discuss in later posts) we can expect a great and dramatic entrance into it; for as the people on…

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Hezekiah’s Praise-Filled Prayer Brings Deliverance —from 2 Kings 18-19

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After Hezekiah had faithfully brought all the people of Judah back to the Lord, God allowed Sennacherib, King of Assyria, to come and invade Judah, to besiege their fortified cities, and to make war on Jerusalem.  Eventually, Sennacherib sent his servants to Jerusalem to entice Judah to surrender.And so, they stood before the wall of Jerusalem and shouted up to the people on the wall that if they would surrender to Sennacherib they would live in peace and not die; and they also spoke against Hezekiah and against God.

But in all that they said, the people on the wall did not answer them.  Meanwhile, when Hezekiah heard of their threats he tore his clothes and covered himself in sackcloth; and he sent a message to the prophet Isaiah, asking him to pray.

When Isaiah got the message, he did indeed pray; and he sent back to Hezekiah a very positive response from the Lord.  Thus, the Lord said, “Do not be afraid…I will send a spirit upon him [Sennacherib] and he shall hear a rumor and return to his own land; and I will cause him to fall by the sword in his own land” (Is. 37:7).

And so it happened that Sennacherib heard that King Tirhakah of Cush (in Upper Egypt) had come out against him; and feeling trapped, like a lion in a cage, he roared out against Hezekiah, his supposed victim, by sending him a threatening letter.  When Hezekiah got the letter, he read it, and then took it before the Lord in the House of the Lord; and he spread it before the Lord and prayed.

 

2 Kings 19:15-19 (also 2 Chronicles 32:20 and Isaiah 37:15-20)

Then Hezekiah prayed before the Lord, and said: “O Lord God of Israel, the One who dwells between the cherubim, You are God, You alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth. You have made heaven and earth. 16 Incline Your ear, O Lord, and hear; open Your eyes, O Lord, and see; and hear the words of Sennacherib, which he has sent to reproach the living God. 17 Truly, Lord, the kings of Assyria have laid waste the nations and their lands, 18 and have cast their gods into the fire; for they were not gods, but the work of men’s hands — wood and stone. Therefore they destroyed them. 19 Now therefore, O Lord our God, I pray, save us from his hand, that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that You are the Lord God, You alone.”

This prayer is a wonderful prayer, filled with praise to God.  But the reason I think the prayer was most pleasing to God was because, when he prayed for deliverance, it was not merely for their own safety, but rather so that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that their God was truly the only God (v. 19), a God who was able to deliver them.

And, as it happened that night, the angel of the Lord struck dead all the soldiers in the Assyrian camp (185,000); and later King Sennacherib himself was killed by his own sons (v. 37).

 

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12 Reasons We Should Pray For the Peace of Israel

Originally posted on Studying Bible Prophecy:

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There are plenty of reasons, reasons found in the Bible, why we should pray for the peace of Israel and for God’s chosen people the Jews—reasons that we as Christians can’t ignore; some reasons that have a prophetical significance.  Here are 12 reason I found in my study.

 1. God commands us to do so. In Psalm 122:6, God through David says to us, “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem.”  Jerusalem is in Israel.

2. To follow the example of others who have prayed.  Psalm 25:22 says, “Redeem Israel, O God, out of all his trouble.” (Read also 51:18-19; 137:6-7; Rom. 10:1.)

3. So its people will be at peace and prosperous. Psalm 122:8: “For the sake of my brothers and my friends I will now say, ‘May peace be within you.’”

4. For their salvation. “Brethren, my heart’s desire and my prayer to God for them is…

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The Kingdom of God during the Tribulation: 2 Purposes for the Tribulation

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There are two great purposes for the tribulation—purposes that affect the kingdom.  One purpose is for judgment on all unbelievers because of their godlessness.  It is a judgment of death and can be viewed as a cleansing of the earth from sin in preparation for Christ’s reign.  The second great purpose is to bring salvation to many who will populate the earth during Christ’s reign.

The focus of the tribulation of course will be on Israel. God has especially prepared this time of tribulation for them—a time which has been termed “the time of Jacob’s trouble” (Jer. 30:7).  This time has not been designed necessarily to punish them, but to bring them to repentance and salvation.  And indeed, at the very end, the entire nation of Jews (all that have survived the tribulation) will be saved (that is, all that have not already been saved will be saved at…

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