In my last blog, I shared one of my husband’s sermons. This is the last and BEST part of it (to me at least). This was where I had new insight to a very long history with Prayer.
If I had cherished iniquity in my heart,
the Lord would not have listened. ~ Psalm 66:18
- We must remain in right-standing with God. We must not have unconfessed sin in our lives. We must confess our sins routinely, keeping short accounts, then going to the Father seeking forgiveness, grace and mercy.
“For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.” ~Matthew 6:14-15
- Be pure in heart. We cannot have have unforgiveness in our heart toward anyone. No resentment or longheld bitterness. If so, ask the LORD to create a clean heart in you to reveal anything you may have overlooked or have buried deep within you.
- Pray with love and ferventcy out of a pure heart with all sincerity.
Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.
- Speak of things as though they are not as they are. In 2 Corinthians 4:18 we are told as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal And in Romans 4:17 we are told as it is written, “I have made you the father of many nations”—in the presence of the God in whom he believed, who gives life to the dead and calls into existence the things that do not exist. God did, Jesus did, Abraham did, and WE MUST!
My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge;
because you have rejected knowledge,
I reject you from being a priest to me.
And since you have forgotten the law of your God,
I also will forget your children. ~Hosea 4:6
- Pray in knowledge of God’s word. Look up and know the scriptures pertaining to certain requests. Know God’s promises. We must know how to stand on God’s word.
- Never doubt. God hears and will answer on HIS time. And it may not be a yes. If it goes unanswered it wasn’t HIS will. At least not yet! Sometimes unanswered prayer is a blessing.
- Pray in Jesus’ name and authority always
And the Lord restored the fortunes of Job, when he had prayed for his friends. And the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before. ~Job 42:10
- Pray for others regularly. God will bless you for it and readily answer more of your prayers. Everything Job lost in his terrible ordeal was restored to him DOUBLE when he entered into prayer for his three friends who had accused him so vigorously of sin.
TO BETTER UNDERSTAND HOW TO PRAY FOR YOUR FRIENDS READ AND MAKE NOTES ON PAUL’S PRAYERS FOR HIS FRIENDS
Paul prayed that his friends:
- Ephesians 1:18-19 Might have wisdom and power
- Ephesians 3:16-19 Strength in the inner man
- Philippians 1:9-11 For discernment
- Colossians 1:9 That they would know God’s will
- 1 Thessalonians 3:10-13 That they have a growing love for one another
- 2 Thessalonians 1:11-12 That they be worth of their calling
- 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17 That they be comforted and established
- 2 Thessalonians 3:5 That they be steadfast in their love for God
- 1 Timothy 2:12 They they live quiet and peaceful lives
- Philemon 6 That they recognize all they have IN CHRIST!
- Hewbrews 13:20-21 That God would work in them that which is pleasing to Him.
Begin to pray this way and you will become a real prayer warrior and the devil will flee from you.
And there it is. This is my favorite sermon from my husband. Knowing him and living with him makes these sermons even more personal because I know the blood, sweat and tears that went into writing these sermons. I know the backstories to each one of these sermons and makes it mean that much more to me. I am very proud of the changes he has made in his life and the man he is today. Putting on the new man has never in my life looked so good as it does on him.
I am blessed to live with my favorite pastor. I am blessed that he shares his faith with me. I am blessed he prays with me and for me everyday. I am a blessed woman.
A Blessed Woman in TX