How we pray, matters: theunfetteredpreacher

GOD ANSWERS PRAYER!!

Do we realize the effect our prayers can have on others? In 1 Kings 3:3-10, we find Solomons most famous prayer.

‘Solomon loved the Lord and walked in His ways, as did his Father, David.’ At the time there was no house of the Lord so he sacrificed, in the high places.

The Lord appeared to him in a dream, and God said, what shall I give thee?

My thoughts start here. Do I love the Lord, as much as David and Solomon? (I would like to believe so, but I don’t, really.) How can I tell? My prayers.

There was another King of the Jews, Hezekiah, His prayer had a very different starting point. (Isaiah 38:1-2)

Hezekiah Was sick unto death, Isaiah the prophet came to him, told him to put his house in order, for he was going to die. ‘Then Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and prayed.’

How often do I turn my face to the wall and pray? When trouble surrounds me, and I see no way out. Oh, there are plenty of times I pray, when things are well, but what do I pray?

Solomon loved the Lord and Loved the Lord’s people. His prayers were to know how to righteously rule and judge them. The Lord simply told him to continue to walk in His ways.

Saints, that is what Jesus told us. ‘This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.‘ (John 15:12) We also hear this from Paul, Peter, and John the beloved. (Romans 13:8, 1 Peter 1:22, 1 John 3:11)

I am concerned that our prayers are not how to rightly walk and serve the Lord, but are closer to Hezekiah’s prayer.

‘And said, Remember now, O LORD, I beseech thee, how I have walked before thee in truth and with a perfect heart, and have done that which is good in thy sight. And Hezekiah wept sore.’ (Isaiah 38:3)

Please do not misunderstand, we often must remind the Lord of his promises. (Exodus 32:9-14) Yet we should not have to remind Him of what we have done. That Isaiah had to come to him, instead of the Lord, should speak volumes.

Yes, he was a good King, he prayed an ‘Effectual fervent prayer,’ (James 5:15) His problem as is mine, ‘Me, Myself and I.’

Solomon and Paul showed us how to pray for others, not for their Temporal needs, but their Spiritual Reality. What else is our purpose here on earth? The Lord clothes the flowers and feeds the birds. How much more does He love and care for us?

Both Solomon and Hezekiah’s, prayers were answered, The people did well even after Solomon fell into sin. But Israel had a King from the lineage of David till they fell away.

The people did well till Hezekiah died. Hezekiah was ‘pleased there would be peace until his death.’ He never considered their future in Slavery. (Isaiah 39:5-8)

How well do our prayers stand against theirs?

Mine are so often about Me and what I could be doing for the Lord if He would just understand my magnificence. (LOL)

He obviously does know me and limits the damage I can cause. Is that what constrains you?

It hinders my prayers because they are inward, about me, we must concentrate on the needs of others, and the Majesty of God.

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They limited the Holy One: theunfetteredpreacher.com

Psalm 78: 41.

“Yes, they turned back and tempted God, and limited the Holy One of Israel.”

When Jesus visited His hometown, (Mark 6), the people were astonished by His power, the Wisdom of His speech, His healings, comfort, grace, and love that are the constant of His presence.

Jesus, Himself, marveled, that He could do no mighty works, He was only able to heal a few sick.

Why? Simply because of unbelief.

Like the Hebrews during and after the Exodus. They had heard of and witnessed, the mighty miracles that delivered them from captivity, yet they questioned His will, ways and Power.

They were fed Angel food from heaven but wanted meat. The Lord honored their request, but some died and He sent leanness to the souls of others.

Psalm 78:38-41

“But he, being full of compassion, forgave their iniquity, and destroyed them not: yes, many a time he turned his anger away and did not stir up all his wrath. For he remembered that they were but flesh; a wind that passeth away, and cometh not again. How oft did they provoke him in the wilderness, and grieve him in the desert! Yes, they turned back and tempted God, and limited the Holy One of Israel.”

I believe that we suffer the same unbelief in our churches today. We have heard of His mighty work but cannot seem to believe they are for us, today.

I believe we provoke the Lord today. He refuses our church worship as being all lip service and little heart. All formality and rituals, prayers and empty praise.

When He recognized this in His people in the desert, He rejected the Tabernacle of Shiloh, Joseph and Ephraim.

Psalm 78: 68.

“But chose the tribe of Judah, the mount Zion which he loved.”

The Lord chose the tribe of Judah, to lead them in Worship. And Praise. Judah means Praise. Do our churches honestly know how to Praise?

Many old hymns are full of meaning and tell of the old Saints struggles and victories. They are wonderful testimony, we love to sing them, but they are not, Praise.

We need to turn our Worship to the Promises of God, the Promises in the Psalms, and other books of the Bible. Sing His Words and Promises back to Him.

When the Lord was ready to destroy the people and start again with Moses, Moses reminded the Lord of His Word, of His Promises.

It will help us to believe and receive as we sing, memorize and meditate on His Word. It is His Word He watches over to perform, not ours.

Stop turning back to our old ways, we limit the Holy One. Learn to sing and pray His Word. Then we will begin to believe, like Abram, the impossible, and become the Righteousness of God in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 1:11)

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An Injustice Has Occured: theunfetteredpreacher.com

An injustice has occurred. I thanked a man for helping me with my Lawn Art and neglected to thank a man who did so much more.

My Brother in law, Roger, has been helping me on many projects since he arrived here from Minnesota. From helping me cut and attach the piano half on the left, to coming with me on Tunings, Bible Studies, and Men’s meetings.

He has been a very present, and pleasant help, in times of need. He and Corrine are both, blessings in our lives. My sweet Bette has wonderful sisters and brothers in law.

Blessings:

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See that thou do all those wonders: theunfetteredpreacher

Psalm 145:4-6

One generation shall praise thy works to another, and shall declare thy mighty acts. I will speak of the glorious honour of thy majesty, and of thy wondrous works. And men shall speak of the might of thy terrible acts: and I will declare thy greatness.”

In both the Old and New Testament, we find God, doing things beyond our human abilities, to Prove that He is God. After showing Moses the wonders of His power, (the staff turned to a snake and back, and also the leprous hand).

The Lord, tells Moses to, “See that thou do all those wonders before Pharaoh, which I have put in thine hand: but I will harden his heart, that he shall not let the people go.” (Exodus 4:21)

In the New Testament, we find; “How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.” (Acts 10:38)

At one point in the Temple, the Word tells us ‘the Power of God was present to heal.’ (Luke 5:17)

So why are we not seeing the Power of God in our Churches today? Why do so many of our prayers, seem to hit the ceiling and return unanswered?

Are we praying Gods Word and are we willing, to do Gods will? What is the measure of our Faith? Jesus said many times: ‘Only Believe’ (Mark 5:36; Luke 8:20; John 3:16-18; Phillippians 1:29) Jesus also asked; ‘Where is your Faith?’ (Luke 8:25)

Several Scriptures link the Holy Spirit and Power. (Luke 1:35; Acts 1:8,10:38; Romans 15:13; 1 Thessalonians 1:5)

So once again why are we not experiencing Gods Miracles, Signs and Wonders, in our Churches and daily life?

The Lord is no respecter of people, (Acts 10:34-35; Romans 2:1-12; Colossians 3:24-25; James 2:1 respect one over another, by dress, finances, etcetera).

This just points out, that it is up to us to draw close to God, to Trust and Walk with Him, in obedience and love. James sums it up this way: (2:17-26)

Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works. Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.

But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead? Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar?

Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect? And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God.

Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only. Likewise also was not Rahab the harlot justified by works, when she had received the messengers, and had sent them out another way? For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.

James 4:1-10

From whence come wars and fightings among you? come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members?

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. Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts. Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.

Do ye think that the scripture saith in vain, The spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy? But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble. Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded. Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness.

Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.’

Do we really believe? Should we ask move than once? Is that Faith? Are we asking for something within His will? Do we do the Work of Faith? Do we humble ourselves?

I know in my life, Pride often lifts it’s ugly head. I often tell myself, I could do that better, faster, harder, etcetera. Why, Oh why won’t God do things my way?

I thank the Lord that In His Time, He will have formed me into His image, and I will do that which will please Him. How about you? Can you think of anything that would hinder the Lord granting your request?

Is there unrepented sin, in your life? Have you grown in your Faith? Do you Trust He has your best interests at heart?

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More Family Blessings: theunfetteredpreacher

Once again family has arrived to comfort, pray, and encourage us in the Lord.

Bette’s sister Corinne and Roger her husband.

It is wonderful that my sweethearts sisters are all saved, and a joy to have around.

We could not have made it through this time of trial, without them.

May God Bless and keep them, may He cause His face to shine apon them. And give them peace.

We all have the relationship we want with the Lord. Please. I long for more.

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That ye shall know: theunfetteredpreacher.com

That we should know; What? The Lord our God wants us to realize; … That He Is God.

In Isaiah, we learn that God planted trees, and caused water to flow in the midst of the desert so that His people ‘may see, and know, and consider, and understand together, that the hand of the LORD hath done this, and the Holy One of Israel hath created it.’ (Isaiah 41:20)

Israel was a desert, it became a garden for the Hebrews. Then became a garden again in 1948.

We are precious to Him. We are His People. When trouble comes, He will be with us, He will be our Savior. He has created us, for His Glory and Pleasure. He has called us to be Witnesses.

‘Ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me, there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me.’ (Isaiah 43:10)

We see the Lord performing Miracles throughout the Bible, for one reason only. THAT WE WOULD KNOW, THAT HE IS GOD.

The Lord brought the Hebrew people out of slavery in Egypt, using Miracles, Signs, and Wonders so that, ‘ye shall know that I am the LORD your God, which bringeth you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians.’ (Exodus 6:4) ‘That thou mayest know that there is none like unto the LORD our God.’ (Exodus 8:10)

During the journey to the Promised Land, He gave them food, and drink, their clothes and sandals had not worn out yet they complained;

‘And Moses spake unto Aaron, Say unto all the congregation of the children of Israel, Come near before the LORD: for he hath heard your murmurings.

And it came to pass, as Aaron spake unto the whole congregation of the children of Israel, that they looked toward the wilderness, and, behold, the glory of the LORD appeared in the cloud.

And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,

I have heard the murmurings of the children of Israel: speak unto them, saying, At even ye shall eat flesh, and in the morning ye shall be filled with bread, and ye shall know that I am the LORD your God.’ (Exodus 16:9-12)

God gives miracles to man, so we would see, know, understand and believe, HE IS GOOD.

Joshua, leading the people into the promised land, came to the river Jorden. So Joshua spoke to the people. ‘Come hither, and hear the words of the LORD your God.

And Joshua said, Hereby ye shall know that the living God is among you and that he will without fail drive out from before you the Canaanites, and the Hittites, and the Hivites, and the Perizzites, and the Girgashites, and the Amorites, and the Jebusites.

Behold, the ark of the covenant of the Lord of all the earth passeth over before you into Jordan.’ (Joshua 3:9-11)

There are more examples, here are their addresses.

In 1 Kings 18: 36-38, We find Elijah calling down the fire from heaven to burn up his offering to, ‘let it be known this day that thou art God in Israel.’

Isaiah 45:3. ‘And I will give thee the treasures of darkness, and hidden riches of secret places, that thou mayest know that I, the LORD, which call thee by thy name, am the God of Israel.’

Joel 2: 27 And ye shall know that I am in the midst of Israel ad that I am the LORD your God, and none else: and my people shall never be ashamed.’

Zechariah 4:9thou shalt know that the LORD of hosts hath sent me unto you.’

It continued into the life of Jesus, miracles in the New Testament.

Matthew 9:6 ‘But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (then saith he to the sick of the palsy,) Arise, take up thy bed, and go unto thine house.’

John 10: 37. ‘If I do not the works of my Father, believe me not. 38. But if I do, though ye believe not me, believe the works: that ye may know, and believe, that the Father is in me, and I in him.’

John 14:31 ‘But that the world may know that I love the Father; and as the Father gave me commandment, even so I do. Arise, let us go hence.’

John 14: 28-29 ‘Ye have heard how I said unto you, I go away, and come again unto you. If ye loved me, ye would rejoice, because I said, I go unto the Father: for my Father is greater than I. And now I have told you before it comes to pass, that, when it is come to pass, ye might believe.’

John 17:21-23 That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: ‘that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one: that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.’

We are expected to work in signs, wonders and miracles. We should be seeking God for His anointing to see souls saved and the sick healed. (John 14:12-14)

The Holy Spirit should be evident in our lives by His Power displayed. We should be working in at least one of the Gifts of the Spirit, the Hebrews needed straw to make strong bricks, the Gifts are the straw we need to build a strong church.

That we do not see them, is not because the Lord isn’t working them any longer, but we are not walking as close to Him as we should. Pray and expect His word to be true.

Take His yoke upon you, walk with Him, discover the Power of the Living God. (Mathew 11:29)

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