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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