Month: August 2012

Prayer (James 5:16)

 

Cold Prayers

Too often our petitions fit the description of prayer given by Thomas Brooks, who said, “Cold prayers are as arrows without heads, as swords without edges, as birds without wings; they pierce not, they cut not, they fly not up to heaven. Cold prayers always freeze before they reach heaven.” To become more effective in our praying, we should heed these words of Bishop Hall: “It is not the arithmetic of our prayers, how many they are; nor the rhetoric of our prayers, how eloquent they be; nor the geometry of our prayers, how long they be; nor themusic of our prayers, how sweet our voice may be; nor the method of our prayers, how orderly they may be; nor even the theology of our prayers, how good the doctrine may be—which God cares for. Fervency of spirit is that which availeth much.”

James reminds us that Elijah “prayed earnestly.” And what answers he received—the very forces of nature were changed! By contrast, indefinite praying by indifferent people brings little results. Fervent prayer, if it be for God’s glory and presented in the name of His Son, will accomplish great things for time and eternity. – PR.V.

Our Daily Bread, September 14

Resource

  • “Evangelical Preaching,” Charles Simeon, p. 185

Finally! Glad to see someone isn’t just taking everything a pastor says for ‘gospel’!!!

Being Part of the New Covenant

I encourage you to take everything I am saying and test it out with the Word of God.  Do not swallow anything I am saying or any one else hook, line, sinker, fisherman and even his boots!  Be discerning when you hear something that does not sit well in your spirit, take that feeling and then take it to the Word and see what the Word has to say.  If the Word is in-line with what you are hearing fine, but if not then do not listen to the advice that is not in-line with the new covenant of God’s grace.

Every time you hear advice simply ask yourself, “Is this in line with the new covenant of God’s grace?  Are there new covenant scriptures to back up this teaching?”

When you align everything with the cross you will know that God is on your side, for you and wants…

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