If his son asks for bread: Matthew 7.9

“Is there anyone among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone?”

Matthew 7.9

In the sermon on the mount, Jesus makes an argument from the lesser to the greater. Humans take care of their children. God will certainly take care of his by answering their prayers.

What “good things” have you asked God for? Do you know what is really good and what you should ask for?

#prayer #God #VOTD

What role does prayer play in understanding the Bible?

In April I’ll be teaching an intensive study on “Exegese and Hermeneutics” as a part of a congregation training program in another state. The program focuses on helping the men learn better to preach and teach.

I’d like to do a short segment on prayer. Please respond in the comments, or send me an email, with your thoughts on what role prayer plays in understanding the Bible.

Of course, I don’t expect anyone to tell us that we should pray and then God will give us a revelation. I would like, however, some specific ideas on the topic.

So this is not a gotcha question. I’m looking for some practical perspectives that I can offer these men.

#prayer #Bible-study #exegese #hermeneutics

Roy Davison: What does God require of us?

*What does God require of us? Upgraded lessons by this title have been added to the Old Paths Archive.

http://www.oldpaths.com/Archive/Davison/Roy/Allen/1940/031-require.html

Wat vraagt God van ons?

http://www.oldpaths.com/Archive/Davison/Roy/Allen/1940/031-vereiste.htm

This lesson is from Micah 6:8 – “He has shown you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?” (Micah 6:8).

On our final grade 12 examination in English composition in Saskatchewan the question was asked: “What is your goal in life?” I used this passage as a theme and explained that to obey this passage was my goal in life.

Everyone in Saskatchewan wrote the same official final examinations. I failed composition, which meant that I would also fail the year! Fortunately, one could have papers re-graded by a different person, so such was requested. When the paper was regraded, the grade was 50% higher, and I passed! Continue reading

#goals, #micah, #prayer

We rely on God: 2 Chronicles 14.11

“Asa prayed to the Lord his God: ‘O Lord, there is no one but you who can help the weak when they are vastly outnumbered. Help us, O Lord our God, for we rely on you and have marched on your behalf against this huge army. O Lord our God, don’t let men prevail against you!'”

2 Chronicles 14.11

King Asa of Judah trusted in God, who gave him peace during his reign. Asa believed in God’s help, asked for it, and he received it.

What does your prayer sound like to God?

#prayer #trust #VOTD

Opportunities to do good

Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. (Psalm 139:23-24 KJV)

Испытай меня, Боже, и узнай сердце мое; испытай меня и узнай помышления мои; и зри, не на опасном ли я пути, и направь меня на путь вечный. (Псалтирь 138:23-24 Russian)

O LORD God, my dear heavenly Father ~ thank you for this new day that is sure to bring opportunities to do good and bring honor to Christ the Lord. Increase my faith in your mighty power over all seen and unseen forces throughout the entire universe and beyond. With faith in Jesus who went about doing good, I ask that you help all families who are struggling with various forms of influenza, that their loved ones will be made well – especially the little children. According to your good will, please make it happen today. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

Cedar Key Church of Christ

#david-binkley #prayer #doing-good

January 2018 Issue of Christian Worker (Growing Spiritually in the New Year)

Here’s a link to the latest PDF issue of the Christian Worker.

Here are the topics you will find:

  • Books to Maximize Spiritual Growth (Mike Vestal)
  • Suggestions for Studying the Bible this Year (Cody Westbrook)
  • Six Tools to Improve Your Prayer Life (Andy Baker)
  • How to Excel in Personal Evangelism (Rob Whitacre)
  • Helping Your Children Grow Spiritually (Glen Colley)
  • How to Strengthen Your Marriage This Year (John Moore)

Christian Worker is an edification effort of the Southwest church of Christ in Austin, Texas.

You can subscribe to the email version of the Christian Worker paper by clicking on the publications link on their website and then following the given instructions.

Copyright © 2018 Southwest church of Christ, All rights reserved.

#bible-study, #christian-worker, #marriage, #personal-evangelism, #prayer, #raising-faithful-children, #reading, #specific-suggestions

Come with great power: Psalm 54.1 VOTD

“Come with great power, O God, and rescue me!
Defend me with your might.”

Psalm 54.1 NLT

“Great power” translates God’s name, which represents all God is and does. David needs deliverance from enemies (see subscript and v. 3). He asks God to hear him, v. 2, for he is sure of an answer, vv. 4-5.

Are you confident of God’s answer to your prayers? Does this motivate me to ask God? How often do I pray to God for deliverance, and how often do I trust in my own powers?

#prayer #God #VOTD

Remove the obstacles: Psalm 5.8 VOTD

“Lord, lead me in your righteousness because of those who wait to ambush me, remove the obstacles in the way in which you are guiding me!”

Psalm 5.8

After an opening appeal to be heard, 1-2, David bases his prayer on God’s holy nature, 3-6. He himself will worship and acknowledge God, 7, but the wicked lie and rebel, 9-10. His request and expectation center in joy, 11. He ends with another affirmation of God’s action consistent with his person, 12.

How does this psalm contrast with the attitude of the Pharisee praying in the temple? Lk 18.9-14.

#Psalms #prayer #VOTD

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9-1-2017  Are You Double-Minded?

Prayers from a doubting heart don’t work. “For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways” (James 1:7-8 NKJV). We cannot pray to God and doubt Him at the same time! “Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us” (1 John 5:14 NKJV). According to Acts 9:9, 11, Saul of Tarsus spent three days praying and fasting in blindness, but he had no confidence that he was saved until he was told to “Arise and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on the name of the Lord” (Acts 22:16 NKJV). In Acts 9:18, “he arose and was baptized.” Are you sure you’re saved?
This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#doubt, #prayer

You hear: Psalm 61.5 VOTD

“For you, O God, hear my vows;
you grant me the reward that belongs to your loyal followers.”

Psalm 61.5

Based on his past history with the Lord, King David prayed to be restored to the divine presence.

Knowing who God is and what he desires powers our prayers.

#God #prayer #VOTD

New sister in Christ requests prayers during painful growth process

Our sister in Christ, Karen D., has been a frequent reader and commenter here on TFR for many months. She mentioned to me that she wanted to make a comment asking for prayer, and I offered to post her request as a separate post. It is below. Let’s keep her in prayer as she works ever toward the truth.

I have started to think of TFR as part of my spiritual family, and I want to be honest with you. Don’t know if that’s right or not, but that’s where I am.

TFR has been a vital part of my Christian growth this past year. I have read almost every article, and applied many things to my spiritual life that you have written. But the truth is I really need your prayers right now. I need your wisdom, fellowship, and guidance to help me. I’m feeling insecure and not very spiritually strong. Continue reading

#intercession, #prayer, #spiritual-growth

Withered like grass: Psalm 102.11 VOTD

“My days are coming to an end,
and I am withered like grass.”

Psalm 102.11

This psalm is “the prayer of an oppressed man, as he grows faint and pours out his lament before the Lord” (superscript). He appeals to the Lord who rules forever, v. 12, and whose “years do not come to an end” v. 27.

The rigors and strains of life take their toll, as well as suffering for the faith. How do saints remain encouraged and strong in the Lord?

#prayer #life #VOTD

Top three bed-time prayer items

Each night, my daughter and I say our prayer. The bulk of our prayer contains the traditional, “Now I lay me down to sleep…”, but there’s an additional part we are saying more and more often – specific things for which we’re thankful.

Depending on the number of items we include, the list can vary a little. But regardless of number or order, three items always seem to get mentioned: our family, our home and our food.

Not too bad of a list for a young child. A list worth having for all adults actually.

When it comes to prayer, supplication for others is important, requests are welcome, and remembering who God is a must … but thankfulness is an aspect of prayer that should be instilled into children in order that the mindset becomes a natural one as adults.

Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.” (Proverbs 22:16 NKJV)

#parenting, #prayer, #thankfulness

A public call for prayer that encountered no protests

No public call for prayer in school, at graduation ceremonies, or at the commencement of governmental meetings for fear of protests.

But in a violently shaking plane? No protests there!

But the Lord sent out a great wind on the sea, and there was a mighty tempest on the sea, so that the ship was about to be broken up. Then the mariners were afraid; and every man cried out to his god, and threw the cargo that was in the ship into the sea, to lighten the load. But Jonah had gone down into the lowest parts of the ship, had lain down, and was fast asleep. So the captain came to him, and said to him, “What do you mean, sleeper? Arise, call on your God; perhaps your God will consider us, so that we may not perish.”” (Jonah 1:4-6 NKJV)

#danger, #news, #prayer

Lord, Just Say the Word

Lord, just say the word, and healing
will come—all earthly things obey you—
Your faithful promise, not mere feeling,
drives us to plead—let mercy sway you.


More quatrains can be found here, at my new microblog (think private Twitter), and here, on my website.

#faith, #poetry, #prayer