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Prayer n the will of God

Will God answer my prayers when im not in his will?

First when we ask we must ask in faith.
Jam 1:6-7
6 But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. 7 For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.
Heb 11:6
6 But without faith [it is] impossible to please [him]:for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and [that] he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

Further God expressly says if we hold sin in regard in our heart he will not listen to our prayers.
Psa 66:18
18 If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear [me]:

In order for God to hear our prayers we must confess our sin.
1Jo 1:9
9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us [our] sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Then we also must pray according to his will.
1Jo 5:14-15
14 And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:15 And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.

Prayer that comes from an humble spirit asked according to his will reaches to heaven n gains a hearing in his presence.

Next we must ask our petitions, requests in his name.

Jn 14:14-15
14 If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do [it]. 15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.

Jam 4:2-3
2 Ye lust, and have not:ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain:ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not. 3 Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume [it] upon your lusts.

When we confess, access we can possess the answers to prayer he desires us to have.
Mat 7:7-8
7 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:8 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.
Heb 11:1
1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

However tho he gives these promises prayer is not a lever on a holy slot machine.
Prayers r answered according to his will. Prayer is not so much getting wat we want but it moves us to the center of his will. Being found in the center of his will we r then in the best position to recieve wat we need which is his best for us.
So in answer…we cannot find answers to prayer w/o believibg God will n does answer prayer. We must conform humbly to his will n not ours. And we must ask according to his will. If we r not in his will we will not recieve the answers we desire.

Next we will look at some of the things which r his will for us.

An investment that keeps on giving

Rev 14:13
13 And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them.

U can add to the memory of those already gone by living a life that respects n keeps alive their memory. In fact the works of their invested life can still draw heavenly interest n add to their rewards in heaven. This happens whem the investment they made in ur life is expamded n augmented thru ur life. Its the investment that keeps on giving after they r gone. Jesus hinted at this whem he spoke of mary’s spikenard offering. Her story is preached againn and again n every blessing thru that is interest on her selfless act. The hebrew writer alludes to it as he states even Abel tho dead still speaks thru the messages about him. Thus dont only keep ur loved ones memory alive let those truths they taught u aby Christ grow thru u as a greater investment on their selfless acts done during their lives.

Perfection’s perfect work

Jam 1:2-5
2 My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; 3 Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. 4 But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing. 5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.

The journey
Too often we dont make the full journey because we resist. We get stumped at joy in trial. However if we r to reap the benefits of patience’s perfect work we must travel thru to journey’s end.. Sometimes God will take us around trial. That’s great when that is his will but when he determines we travel thru we must yield. We gain nothing spinning our prayer wheels trying to obtain a heavenely “get out of ‘trial’ free card”. We must praise n be thankful in n for all things as Paul decrees. We admire those specially gifted like the 19th century songtress Fanny Crosby who tho blind wrote some of our favorite hymns. Yet so many do not desire the trial’s press of blindness that perfected her gift.
This God desires of us…that we yield not only the ownership of our vessell to him but that we yield both rudder n sail to the whims of his divine gale. Only when we yield completely will we experience the joy of refinement n completeness that comes after the storm.

Trust 4 the Longhaul

Pro 3:5-6
5 Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. 6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

To trust in the Lord with all your heart means to abandon yourself to the will of God. That is to trudt him for source, supply n production of His promise n plans made fpr u. You may try things while living ur life that may not lead u directly to God’s end result. Abram experirnced this battle. He n Sarai tried Gods work done man’ s way. They did not know the blesding found in this proverb ujtil they could not work n had to live by faith’s absolution.The bible declares that Abraham n Sarah collaborated w Hagar to birth an heir for Abraham. Not that i am saying this was a move by them w/o consequence. But I do say inspite of struggling w their faith n decisions made in moments they trusted God for the overall leadership n results.
Rom 4:19-22
19 And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sara’s womb: 20 He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; 21 And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform. 22 And therefore it was imputed to him for righteousness.
It was not until they both could not have children that they experienced God’s best.
You may find yourself struggling in the moment by moment walk w God yet never doubt that the means, supply n ends r in the hands of God. U must do ur part b4 u reap God’s promise. U must trust completely n lean not on human reasoning alone n acknowledge him in all first. Dont be anxious abt the problems or fears u face. Dont lean upon the crutches of ur human reasoning. Watch carefully your heart cuz it can lead u astray. Note if u do the first half of these verses alone u cannot expect to claim His leadership as Abraham. U must follow thru. Ultimately acknowledge Him in everything, test ur decisions by prayer n the word. Listen n watch for His directive hand to lead u.

How the mighty are fallen

Deu 8:17-20
17 And thou say in thine heart, My power and the might of mine hand hath gotten me this wealth. 18 But thou shalt remember the Lord thy God: for it is he that giveth thee power to get wealth, that he may establish his covenant which he sware unto thy fathers, as it is this day. 19 And it shall be, if thou do at all forget the Lord thy God, and walk after other gods, and serve them, and worship them, I testify against you this day that ye shall surely perish. 20 As the nations which the Lord destroyeth before your face, so shall ye perish; because ye would not be obedient unto the voice of the Lord your God.

How the mighty r fallen
Do we remember how our forefathers came to this land fleeing religious persecution? Do we remember that every charter from the Magna Carta to the constitution, n every city charter espoused faith in God n a belief in His providence in settling America? Do we remember created n endowed by our Creator rights including freedom of speech n freedom of religion? Do we remember every school established in early america served as church n school. The early reading material was the bible n mcguffy reader. Do we recall the promise in the word of God that He will bless a nation that adheres to His laws n curse that nation that forgets His law? Do we remember His mandate to bless Abraham n israel his descendants n if we dont He will curse our nation. Do we believe God established us or do we believe what revisionist history teachers have taught? Hundreds, thousands n more document the religious heritage of our country. U have the right to believe the evidence or not just as u have the right to believe in God or not. Our government n schools should not dictate our beliefs. Neither should government dictate where I spend my money nor seek to control what people believe. No government should dictate what a business offers as insurance or not. We used to be free to make our own minds up. Now we have some one telling us what n how to live. U cannot legislate morality is a common mantra. Both librral n conservatives have used n abused this mantra when convienient. God has established man in His image. Such image placed in all of us a moral compass called our conscience. We all know killing children, the helpless, n weak r wrong. Even in prison there is a strange commonality in justice. They cannot allow molestors in regular prision population. Thry will be killed. So how have we failed? The church began failing in the 1950s when she gave the love of her neighbor n the keeping of her brother to incorporations n the government. She began to fail
when she cloistered away from the world n equated recieving sinners living in this world with sin. This in turn resulted in the world think that we r bettrr than them. sadly some do think such foolishbess. We r no better than the world. remeber but by the grace of God there go I. Without Christ there is no hope. Paul reminds us that sinners will go to hell n such wrte we before salvation. if there is any gpod in me its from n because of the Lord. we r either sinners or sinners upon whom grace has been bestowed.  None is good save God. Our best is less than His standard of perfection. None of us can attain s good eternity w/o His profound mercy.Being in the world is not the same as being corrupted by the world. Loving the sinner n not the sin is mandatory. Likewise, recieving sinners, keeping our brother n helping our fellowman are as well. Until we return to God n emmulate Christ there is no hope. His wrath stands against us. Choose life always, surrender to God n serve him in a local biblical Church. When we return n do the first works He established we can begin to turn the tide. What are u willing to give to regain ur individual freedoms? They pledged their lives. We can do no less. Give me liberty or give me death still rings true. What u believe n how u respond determines the future for u n ur posteriety.

Revival? Really? Can we claim success? I think not!

The great Revivals of the past shook nations. They were not just meetings to stir up the faithful, to energize the “choir”, or to record notches on an evangelist’s gun, but shakings of the very foundations that Church and society rested upon! They began with the preaching of the Law and the impossibility of us to reach acceptance by God without a radical transformation of enablement by the Holy Spirit.

The Great Awakening of 1735, the first great Revival on American soil, laid the Christian foundation of this nation. The great preaching of Jonathan Edwards, William Tennet, George Whitfield and others, helped shape the course of America for a hundred years. It has been said that the Wesleyan Revival, taking place in England during this same period, saved the British Empire from the same type of bloody revolution which befell France.

During the Revivals in the years from 1799 to 1803, epitomized by the Cain Ridge Revival, it is estimated that the Methodists gained 2000 members per year and that the Baptist added 10,000 members. The Western Conference of the Methodist Church had a membership of 2700 before the Revivals and over 12,000 after. All this in what was then the frontier of America; Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee (although Revivals shook the New England area as well).

Can we compare the so-called Revivals of our day to those of the Second Great Awakening? Have we preachers comparable to Lyman Beecher or Charles Finney? When was the last time all the bars in a city were put out of business because the town was converted? Which of our modern Revivals put a dent in TV ratings, or caused attendance at sporting events to drop because the conviction of sin was so great upon the un-churched that they sought out the preacher to get saved?

How many of the converts from these present day “revivals” persevere? When great evangelistic crusades are held in our cities today, not only is the general population unaffected, but our Churches barely notice the difference! The Revivals which occurred around Rochester, NY, in the early 1830s resulted in between 50,000 to 100,000 conversions in a little over one year! From 1830 to 1835 reports stated that 200,000 souls were saved in this area. Of those people converted under the ministry of Charles Finney, it is said that above 80% were stable Church members 10 years later.

As a result of preaching the Law and our understanding of our hopelessness there resulted a godly sorrow and repentance. When is the last time you blushed over your sin and the sin of others? Dear God Send us Revival lest we die.

Ezr 7:10  For Ezra had prepared his heart to seek the law of the LORD, and to do it, and to teach in Israel statutes and judgments

Ezr 9:6  And said, O my God, I am ashamed and blush to lift up my face to thee, my God: for our iniquities are increased over our head, and our trespass is grown up unto the heavens.

2Co 7:10  For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death.

some of this is copied and some my own….

Listen to my mentor on revival

http://CABCLongview.sermon.net/da/37785/play

Fill my cup n shut my mouth

Fill my cup Lord
Jn 4:10-11
10 Jesus answered, “If you knew the gift of God, and who is saying to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would ask Him, and He would give you living water.”
11 “Sir,” said the woman, “You don’t even have a bucket, and the well is deep. So where do You get this ‘living water’?….
Jn 4:13-14
13 Jesus said, “Everyone who drinks from this water will get thirsty again. 14 But whoever drinks from the water that I will give him will never get thirsty again — ever! In fact, the water I will give him will become a well of water springing up within him for eternal life.”

We have not reached our world? Our lack of obedience to the gospel mandate surely rises as a cause of this dilema. However it has as its catylyst the lack of Spirit empowerment. We have not waited as empty vessels for the Spirit’s empowerment. Instead our lives r filled too much w the world, things n sin. Until we empty ourselves we cannot be filled. Until we wait on the Spirit our witness weakly falls on the ears of the blind of this world whom the prince of Darkness has blinded. Where the Spirit is there is no freedom for sin. Where there is wanton sin by believers there is no filling of the Spirit. W/o the Spirit our witness does not lighten the darkness nor salt their lives. No wonder they do not see our hope. No wonder they fill their thirsty w everything except Christ because they do not see him in our lives. Jesus offered the woman at the well living water instead of water of this world that only satisfies temporarily. Too many believers r drinking at the wrong spring. What springs up in our soul n flows into the world is temporary satisfaction. We offer quick microwave religion, trite postulates n genrric logic. We have no teeth because we r wearong the false teeth of fast food religion n circumstantial truth. We have no abiding absolutes. We r too concerned w loving this.present world than longong for more of Him. Our appetote driven bible studies have.led us to want miracles instead of longterm fellowship. I am not against miracles however they should not be our end. Tho lazarus experienced ressurection he had to die again. Tho Jesus healed many they got sick again one day. We dont need a temporary miracle but a life n death fellowship w Christ. Lazaris needed not just ressurection but Jesus to go w him thru out his life n to cross the great divide w him in death to the otherside. After he was ressurected He became dangerous to the opposition because he lived as a constajt reminder of who Jesus really is, the Son of God n God the son. Lazarus became a living wotnesd only after he does n experienced ressurection power of the Holy Spirit. Y r we ineffective? Because the world sees us indulging our hungers w the things.of the world.instead.Him alone. Too many of us r weak, whimpering, complaing, spiritual three year olds upset cuz our Father does not give us everything we want. Y do u think Jesus had no vessel to draw water at the well of Jacob? He desired to recreate the woman to become a living vessel for the living water of life. He wanted the Spirit to well uo in her as a spring of living water to be shared w her community. Only when she was empty of her sins n saved n being filled w the Spirit could she witness to her community n effect change as salt n light. Likewise only when we r living well springs overflowing His spirit into our communities will true life come. We r like stopped up waterhoses. We need to be cleaned out. We r like dirty lamps we need to be cleaned up. We r like vessels filled w dirt. We cannot carry water to the thirsty till we r clean n empty. Only then we can be filled n have something to offer a thirsty world.

Eph 5:15-21
Consistency in the Christian Life

15 Pay careful attention, then, to how you walk — not as unwise people but as wise — 16 making the most of the time, because the days are evil. 17 So don’t be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. 18 And don’t get drunk with wine, which leads to reckless actions, but be filled by the Spirit:

19 speaking to one another
in psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs,
singing and making music
from your heart to the Lord,
20 giving thanks always for everything
to God the Father
in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,
21 submitting to one another
in the fear of Christ.