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PRAYER-teachUS

 

 

Prayer is one of the most important of the spiritual disciplines, but one of the most difficult to implement in our lives. We make time to communicate with loved ones and friends, so why is it so hard to make the time to communicate with the one who loves us the most?  I know of people who can sit for hours at a time in prayer and meditation. I don’t believe that we are all called to this type of prayer life. We are, however, called to pray without ceasing. I can tell you from personal experience that God does answer prayer. I love to talk to God during the day. I love to share my life with my heavenly Father through constant prayer. I encourage you to go to the Father in prayer and see what happens.

1 John 5:14-15

14 This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. 15 And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him.

James 4:3

3 When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.

Philippians 4:6-7

6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

16 Rejoice always, 17 pray continually, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

Matthew 6:5-13

5 “And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full.6 But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. 7 And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. 8 Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.

9 “This, then, is how you should pray:

“‘Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
10 your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
11 Give us today our daily bread.
12 And forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13 And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from the evil one.’

James 5:13-15

13 Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise.14 Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. 15 And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven.

Mark 9:25-29

25 When Jesus saw that a crowd was running to the scene, he rebuked the impure spirit. “You deaf and mute spirit,” he said, “I command you, come out of him and never enter him again.”

26 The spirit shrieked, convulsed him violently and came out. The boy looked so much like a corpse that many said, “He’s dead.” 27 But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him to his feet, and he stood up.

28 After Jesus had gone indoors, his disciples asked him privately, “Why couldn’t  we drive it out?”

29 He replied, “This kind can come out only by prayer.”

Acts 9:40

40 Peter sent them all out of the room; then he got down on his knees and prayed. Turning toward the dead woman, he said, “Tabitha, get up.” She opened her eyes, and seeing Peter she sat up.

Ephesians 6:18

18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.

Psalm 145:18

18 The Lord is near to all who call on him,
to all who call on him in truth.

 

 

 

 

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Jesus on the Cross John 3-16

John 3:16

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

We all remember memorizing this verse in Sunday school class as a child,  but have any of us really meditated on this verse and let the meaning of it sink into our spirits and our hearts. I have always known what the verse meant, but it wasn’t until recently, that I really started to meditate on it and really let the Holy Spirit use this verse to impact my life.

For God

Who is God? In order for this scripture to have an impact on our hearts, we need to know who God is:

El-Olam: The Everlasting God; Isaiah 40: 28-31

El-Shaddai: God Almighty; Genesis 17:1 Psalm 91:1

El-Roi: The One Who Sees; Genesis 16:13

El-Elyon: The Most High God; Genesis 14:17-20 Isaiah 14:13-14

Adonai: Lord; Malachi 1:6

I AM: Exodus 3:14 John 8:58

There are so many more! To many to list here. I encourage you to visit http://www.smilegodlovesyou.org for a full list of ALL the names of God and discover for yourself how Beyond Description God really is!

So Loved

We need to understand that God loves us! When God loves, he loves with every fiber of his being. He holds nothing back.

Adored

Cared For

Delighted In

Was Passionately Attached To

Had Affection For

Longed For

The World

God loves everyone in the entire world! Every person, of every nation, of every ethnic group, of every tongue, of every neighborhood, of every family. Not one person escapes the love of God! That is so AWESOME!

Earth

Nations

Continents

Countries

Ethnic Groups

Individuals

ALL PEOPLE

That He Gave

God gives us things because He loves us. He delights in us and and wants us to be full of joy.

Put Into The Hands Of

Relinquished

Transferred

Presented

Gave As A Gift

His One and Only Son

Could you give up, sacrifice your child if you knew it would save the life of another person? Honestly, I don’t know if I could. God did! He sacrificed his only child to save my life, to save your life. I don’t deserve that gift. Why would He allow His Son to go through so much pain for us, sinners who don’t deserve the gift of life? He loves us that much! Let it sink in…God loves you so much that He sent His Son to die a horrific death on a cross for you and me. God loves YOU!

God relinquished His only child into the hands of men to be tortured. His only child. His only son. For you and for me.

That Whoever Believes

All we have to do is BELIEVE that Jesus, the only son of God, died to forgive and forget our sins and we will have eternal life. Our good deeds will NOT save us! Our righteous lifestyle will NOT save us! We have to BELIEVE that Jesus died to save us from the pits of Hell!

Has Faith In

Accepts

Has Hope In

Is Certain Of

Has Confidence In

In Him

JESUS

Shall Not Perish

Be thrown into the lake of fire for eternity

But Have Eternal Life

We will live FOREVER in heaven with God, our ABBA Father and Jesus, his son. In heaven, where there is no pain, no sorrow, no tears, only JOY!

Remember always, that God loves you more than anything in this world. He does not wish us to suffer an eternity in the lake of fire. His deepest desire is for us to join him in heaven and he made a way for that to happen through Jesus. If you have never accepted Jesus into your heart, consider doing so now. You have to ask him into your heart. He will not force you to accept him. Jesus is a gift given to us by God, but it is up to us to receive that gift. God loves you and he is waiting for you.

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