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Still Studying Prayer
Wednesday, September 2, 2009 • Posted September 1, 2009

By Mrs. Lawrence Coffee

Mark 9:23-23 “What do you mean, ‘If I can’?” Jesus asked. “Anything is possible if a person believes.”

1 John 3:20-22 20For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things.

21Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God.

22And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.

Back in the Old Testament there were countless times that enemies were defeated as a direct result of prayer, and it is our only way to speak to our Lord (unless you just want to let your idle thoughts be your prayers!) Remember, He knows our thoughts.

Romans 8:27 – “And He Who searches the hearts of men knows what is in the mind of the [Holy] Spirit [what His intent is], because the Spirit intercedes and pleads [before God] in behalf of the saints according to and in harmony with God's will.” [see also Psalm 139:1-2 ]

The following scriptures may be the reason some people do not receive answers to their prayers. They refused to believe, and were offended. Are you offended because others believe?

Matthew 13:53-58 -“ 53 When Jesus had finished telling these stories and illustrations, he left that part of the country. 54 He returned to Nazareth, his hometown. When he taught there in the synagogue, everyone was amazed and said, “Where does he get this wisdom and the power to do miracles?” 55 Then they scoffed, “He’s just the carpenter’s son, and we know Mary, his mother, and his brothers—James, Joseph, Simon, and Judas. 56 All his sisters live right here among us. Where did he learn all these things?” 57 And they were deeply offended and refused to believe in him.

Then Jesus told them, “A prophet is honored everywhere except in his own hometown and among his own family.” 58 And so he did only a few miracles there because of their unbelief.”

Unbelief. Verse 58 says it all. How can we expect to receive eternal salvation? We have to believe that, too!

Wouldn’t it be a shame if a person believed in Jesus but didn’t fully believe that he or she will go to heaven. It would be a shame if that person didn’t get to go to heaven due to unbelief.

In James 2:19 James said “19Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.”

In Matthew 7:21-23 Jesus said “20Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.

21Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.

22Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?

23And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.”

So that proves that just believing in Jesus isn’t enough.

So, what do you believe? God wants to answer prayers for all of us, but we have to believe, trust, and obey.

Do you think God will honor our prayers for others? You bet He will!

1 John 5:13-15 “13These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.

14And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:

15And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.”

Jesus showed us by example, how to pray in Mark chapter 14, verses 32-41.

“32And they came to a place which was named Gethsemane: and he saith to his disciples, Sit ye here, while I shall pray.

33And he taketh with him Peter and James and John, and began to be sore amazed, and to be very heavy;

34And saith unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful unto death: tarry ye here, and watch.

35And he went forward a little, and fell on the ground, and prayed that, if it were possible, the hour might pass from him.

36And he said, Abba, Father, all things are possible unto thee; take away this cup from me: nevertheless not what I will, but what thou wilt.

37And he cometh, and findeth them sleeping, and saith unto Peter, Simon, sleepest thou? couldest not thou watch one hour?

38Watch ye and pray, lest ye enter into temptation. The spirit truly is ready, but the flesh is weak.

39And again he went away, and prayed, and spake the same words.

40And when he returned, he found them asleep again, (for their eyes were heavy,) neither wist they what to answer him.

41And he cometh the third time, and saith unto them, Sleep on now, and take your rest: it is enough, the hour is come; behold, the Son of man is betrayed into the hands of sinners.” Mark 14:32-41

As you can see, He ASKED, first of all, and He asked by calling out to God the Father, and He prayed the same prayer 3 times, on the ground, either kneeling or laying down before God, and ended His prayer by saying not my will, but your will be done.

It’s also interesting to note some similarities in the way He taught us to pray in Matthew 6:5-15.

Both examples of prayer given by Jesus do not have the tone of “demand or claim”, and if anyone had the right to claim or demand anything, it was Him! Thank you Jesus, for what you did for us!

“The Almighty is beyond our reach and exalted in power; in his justice and great righteousness, he does not oppress. Therefore men, revere him, for does he not have regard for all the wise in heart?” Job 37:23-24

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