Three Prayer Requests for the Casual Christian

 As true, growing believers we should regard evangelism as our duty and responsibility. Moreover, as Christians, we should grow to have a deep concern for the lost, and a joyful excitement about sharing our faith. If we lack these three qualities, that is, if you think you might be too casual and carefree in this area, you can always pray about it and expect God to change your heart.  Here are three prayer requests for the casual Christian:

 To see our duty and responsibility to witness.  We must never think that God’s call to us is optional—He commands us to go and be witnesses (Matt. 28:19).    This means that witnessing is our duty and responsibility.  Yes, He has put a heavy weight on us.  He has committed to us the ministry of reconciliation, by which we as His ambassadors are to reconcile the world to Himself (2 Cor. 5:18-19).

Pray that you will see your duty and responsibility to witness.  But also, be encouraged that with your responsibility He will lighten your load and give you rest.  For He says to us, “Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For My yoke is easy and My burden is light” (Matt. 11:29-30).

To be concerned for the lost.  If you want to have a bold witness to the lost, you must be lovingly concerned for them.  Therefore, in your prayers for others, always seek the highest good for them as Jesus did—this, of course, is that people would find salvation so that they won’t perish (Jn. 3:16).  And we must also pray that God would help us to lead them.

But in our prayers for them, let us never forget to pray for their felt needs, and that God would help us to meet those needs.  This is so important for their sakes, so that they will sense that we care and that God cares.  Accordingly, our intention and prayer is that these acts of kindness will serve as links to their salvation.

Let us, therefore, by faith put on the loving compassion of Christ.  I like what Morris Chalfant has said in an article that he wrote entitled, Evangelism with a Passion.  He said,

To put on Christ (Gal. 3:27) means to put on the sensitivity of Christ.  It means concern, compassion, and a passion for the lost.  It is good for us to compare our compassion and concern for others with that of Jesus.  How long has it been since you wept over the community in which you live?   How long since you wept over the spiritual needs of the church?  It was Jesus’ deep, yearning, compassionate love for men, which drew them to Him.  And to the extent this love and compassion motivates us, we will make our testimony felt.  Every man understands the language of love on fire.2

 

So let us immediately pray for these things—that we would be concerned for the lost as Jesus was.  Let us pray that we will seek the highest good for others; and in doing so, that we will seek to meet their felt needs.  Thus let us pray for faith to put on Christ, so that He will give us His own compassion, along with a loving and holy boldness.

 To be excited about witnessing.  There is nothing more thrilling, more exhilarating than the experience of the power of the Holy Spirit in us when we witness.  But, though witnessing is sometimes a struggle and can be quite difficult (e. g. warning people about hell), because it is a message of good news, the most exciting part, I think, is the joy of seeing a lost soul saved—delivered out of the power of darkness and conveyed into the Kingdom of the Son of God’s love (Col. 1:13).

How exciting is that? It’s wonderful!  Witnessing I think is the most joyful, exciting assignment we have on this earth.  So why are most Christians afraid of doing it, and shy away from it?  What makes it so hard and unexciting?

Well, the answer is that we have been duped; Satan has told us a lie. He has convinced society, and society has told us that we ought not to get excited about religion.  Even some of our church leaders say it to us.  They say it by their lack of witness; and they say it by their own attitude regarding witnessing.

So what can we do?  How can we get excited about witnessing?  The answer is to pray for the Holy Spirit to excite us and to give us the desire for it.  Pray also that He would give us the faith to just do it—regardless of the lack of desire we may have.  If these are your prayer requests, you can be sure that God will answer you, for witnessing is always on His heart.

 

2 Morris Chalfant, “Evangelism with a Passion,” Herold of His Coming, July, 2000, p. 3.

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Three Prayer Requests to Develop a Bold Witness

 

How can we be bold in our Christian witness? Here are three ideas that have to do with our awareness and our perception of the condition of the world around us. And since in the flesh it is very hard to have this perceptions, we bring these ideas to you in terms of prayer requests. Thus we pray…

 1. To be aware of the harvest. In Matthew 9:37-38 Jesus said to His disciples, “The harvest truly is plentiful but the laborers are few.  Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.”  The harvest Jesus is talking about here is souls ready to he saved.  The laborers are evangelists—those who will share the gospel with them and lead them to Christ.  In this setting, Jesus is looking over a multitude and is moved with compassion for them.  He knew that there were many of them who were ready to receive Him, but few that were prepared and willing to lead them in the way of salvation.  I believe that that is still the way it is today.  Many are ready to be saved, but few are ready and willing to lead them.

Are you ready and willing to lead people to Christ?  If you are, first, you should be aware that the harvest is plentiful.  And the way you will come to realize it is through prayer.  You can pray simply that you will be aware of the harvest—that you will see people all around you that are ready for salvation.  But perhaps a better prayer is to pray that God, the Lord of the harvest, would send out workers (that includes you) into His harvest field.  For that is the way Jesus has told us to pray; and so, that is the way I believe we will see results.  Jerry Wiles, in his book,  How to Win Others to Christ, writes, “I firmly believe that the more you pray for the Lord to send harvesters into His field, the more you will be aware of the harvest, the more you will see the need for laborers, and the more you will be willing to become one!”

2. To see the certainty of eternity and the horrors of hell. The Bible is clear on this subject.  In Daniel 12:2 we read, “Multitudes who sleep in the dust of the earth will awake; some to everlasting life, others to shame and everlasting contempt” (NIV).   This tells us plainly that everyone will be resurrected and lives forever, either to experience eternal life with God, or eternal contempt without Him.  These words, “eternal contempt” are probably a good description of hell.  Those that end up there will be eternally despised or dishonored.  They will feel intensely disliked and rejected by all, even God.

In 2 Thessalonians 1:9, hell is described as a place of everlasting punishment, a place shut out from the presence of God. No one knows exactly how severe the punishment for each one will be, but we have an indication from Revelation 14:9-11 that it will be a terrible, painful torment that will last forever.  I can’t imagine it.  I can’t bear to think about it.  But we must force ourselves to think about it from time to time and to read the verses about it—because it is real, and that’s where people that refuse to believe in God are really going.  For that reason, we must pray constantly that we will realize the certainty and the horrors of hell, in an effort to make our witness more urgent, more convincing, and more compassionate.

 3. To see the urgency of our witness.   I have heard it said that what we do with our time now will determine our eternity. If this is true than we ought to make every effort to do His will, whatever it is.

Also, if we are living in the last days—and I believe we are—than there should be some urgency in what we do, because He is coming soon.   So what are we to do with the time that is left, the time that God has allotted to us?

Oh fellow believer, God is telling us that now is the time to awake out of sleep.  Let us cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light (Rom. 13:11-12).  He also says to us, “…Go and make disciples” (Matt. 28:19).  This is God’s urgent call to us as His workers.  So let us pray to that end—that we would feel His call and be compelled with urgency to witness with boldness before it is too late.

 

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A Disruption of the New World Order

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In the last two years, since Donald Trump became the U.S. President, we have seen in America, and also throughout the World, a disruption in the New World Order. Why? Because President Trump has declared that he is not the President of the world, but the President of America. Hence, all of his policies are for American interests only. His theme says it all—Make America Great Again (MAGA).

But the most exciting development happening in the world—for those who are interested in Bible Prophecy and  are excited for the return of Jesus Christ—is that Donald Trump and his nationalistic agenda is definitely accelerating Bible prophecy. We see this mainly because of the recent alignment of Russia, Turkey and Iran. I think we will also be seeing this alignment accelerated more as Trump seems to be more and more interested in pulling our troops out of Syria and Afghanistan. We will…

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Prayer to Be Better Witnesses – 10 Prayer Requests

 

The Bible tells us that God is not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance and to the knowledge of the truth (2 Pet. 3:9, 1 Tim. 2:4).  For this reason, He wants us to pray for the lost—for all the lost.  It is how God has designed for people to be saved (Rom. 10:1).

But we should also pray for ourselves—because we are the instruments that God has chosen to pray for them and to bring them to Christ.  Of course, in our own ability we will fail, because we naturally lack the desire, the skill, and the courage to witness.  But with prayer, God will work the power of His own Spirit in us, so that many may be delivered out of the power of darkness and into His marvelous light.

Now the most vital thing we need as witnesses is to be empowered with boldness to proclaim the gospel. This, I think, should be the focal point or the climax of all our requests concerning our witness, for it is what we often can’t seem to find in ourselves.  When we pray, of course we should pray over all the difficulties and problems, and over all the areas that will help us to be bold, but we should especially pray that we would be empowered by the Holy Spirit.  For without His power and leading, all our witnessing will be in vain and ineffective.

I have formulated a list of ten requests. In this post I will just list the points. In the next few post I will talk about them.

 

Ten Prayer Requests to Be Better Witnesses

  1. To be aware of the harvest

  2. To see the certainty of eternity and the horrors of hell 

  3. To see the urgency of our witness    

  4. To see our duty and responsibility to witness 

  5. To be concerned for the lost 

  6. To be excited about witnessing 

  7. For boldness in witnessing

  8. For guidance in witnessing 

  9. For faith in witnessing

  10. To have a close relationship with God 

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3 Levels of Earnestness in Prayer – from Matthew 7:7

 

Matthew 7:7 says, “Ask and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.”  This verse suggests three levels of intensity in prayer: asking, seeking, and knocking.

The first level, asking, is where prayer begins.  Anyone can ask—even a small child.  In fact, children tend to ask for things in prayer more than adults.  But God wants us all to ask, and often.  Jesus told His disciples to ask for things in prayer so that their joy would be full—that is, so that they would receive joy in seeing God answer their prayers (Jn. 16:24).  Likewise, the book of James (Ja. 4:2-3) suggests that we ask for things whenever we desire them, as long as our requests are according to His will.

A second level of earnestness is seeking.  According to Wesley Duewel, “[This level] searches to find possible reasons why the answers to prayer may have been hindered… [It] involves heart searching.”5  Seeking in prayer is also, no doubt, an intense yearning for God—seeking to find His will, seeking to feel His heart.

The third level of earnestness is knocking. Knocking is being persistent with God.  It is praying as Jesus did, with loud crying and tears (Heb. 5:7). Says Duewel, “[Knocking is] storming the gates of heaven,”6

Jesus implored us to use all three of these levels of prayer.  For He says to us, “Everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened” (Matt. 7:8).

 

 

5 Wesley L. Duewel, Mighty Prevailing Prayer. P. 173.

6 Ibid., p. 178.

 

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8 Ways to Develop Earnest Prayer for 2019

 

On this Christmas day, and soon to begin the New Year, I think it would be a great idea to start developing a more earnest prayer life. Here are some ideas I have put together. Merry Christmas!

  

  1. Ask God for it. If you prayed that your prayers would be more earnest, do you think God would grant your request? Think about it… Of course He would! Because that kind of prayer will always be according to His will. It’s a prayer that won’t be refused.

 

  1. Have a regular prayer time. Be faithful to God in your prayer times.  And most importantly, have one regular prayer time and stick with it.  The loyalty you show the Lord in your showing up at appointed times for prayer will surely pay off.  He will reward you for your loyalty by stirring up in your mind desires that burn for righteousness and for the conversion of lost souls.  He will give you His own earnest heart.

 

  1. Keep a listening ear for any prayer assignments God is giving you. If you feel a burden to pray for someone, make that your responsibility.  Cling to it and cherish it.  Pray every chance you get over that burden.  You will find that as you pray more frequently for a need, your love for God and for others will grow, and so will your earnestness.

 

  1. Commit yourself to evangelism and discipleship. If you pour out your heart to serve the ones you are teaching, don’t be surprised when God gives you a deep, heart-felt affection for them—so much so, that your prayers for them will burn with fervency.

 

  1. Position yourself for earnest prayer. If you really want to pray with earnestness, get on your knees in readiness before the Lord. Wait on Him there, and believe that He will send fire from heaven to burn in your heart the desires of His heart.  Even if you don’t feel a burden to pray for anything in particular, or even if you don’t feel like praying at all, it is a faithful and loyal act for you to remain on your knees before the Lord—and He will surely reward your prayer efforts.

 

  1. Fast. Fasting is a sure way to develop your earnestness.   By letting go of your natural desire for food, God will tune your spirit to His Spirit, and fill your soul with deep, earnest prayer.

 

  1. Don’t neglect fellowship. Be involved with others in groups, and individually, always endeavoring to build friendships.  As you develop a love for others you will pray more earnestly for them.

 

  1. Abide in the Word. As you treasure His words in your heart and seek to obey Him, you will grow to love Him, and He will show His love to you.  He will give you His own heart of earnestness.

 

 

 

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How Syria Pullout May Be Prophetical

Pray for the President that he will be led of the Lord for the good of good people.

Studying Bible Prophecy

With the Syria pullout, are we seeing biblical prophecy unfold before our very eyes?

Recently President Trump announced that he is returning all of our troops from Syria home. I’m not sure how I feel about this move. I do think that in this day of evil, war is always necessary and that we need to be always fighting against evil on all sides in order to preserve peace.

However, according Washington, Jefferson and Eisenhower, we need to stay away from entangling alliances.

It is our true policy to steer clear of permanent alliances with any portion of the foreign world.” Washington’s farewell address

Peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations, entangling alliances with none. Thomas Jefferson, https://video.foxnews.com/v/5982750061001/

We must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military industrial complex. Eisenhower, https://video.foxnews.com/v/5982750061001/

These words from our wise founders seem to be quite contrary…

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