Whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life.
And he showed me a river of the water of life, clear as crystal, coming from the throne of God and of the Lamb
For His Glory!
Is Prayerlessness Sin?
1Sam 12:23"Moreover, as for me, far be it from me that I should sin against the LORD by ceasing to pray for you… (NAS unless indicated - highlighting by MEM)
If you cannot increase your own height by worrying, then you cannot do the same for someone else by worrying about them. Do not interfere with the liberty God has given them; just as you would not have anyone else control you. Worry is not ministry, but prayer is. When concerns over someone else come to your mind, let it be a reminder to intercede for them, and appropriate the resources of heaven for their benefit. By Dale Cresap - edited
If we are told to pray for our enemies how should we do it? If we see sin in others are we not to pray for them? Is it a lack of faith? A lack of prayer? Is it a relationship issue? What are we to do? Our Savior came to save us from sin - individually and corporately; seek His deliverance.
First Realize Sin’s Toll-
Job 10:14If I sin, then Thou wouldst take note of me, And wouldst not acquit me of my guilt.
Ps 66:18If I regard wickedness in my heart, The Lord will not hear;
Ps 38:3… There is no health in my bones because of my sin.
Matt 6:14"For if you forgive men for their transgressions, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 But if you do not forgive men, then your Father will not forgive your transgressions.
Our Need - Our Part
Ps 51:2Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, And cleanse me from my sin.
Ps 119:11Thy word I have treasured in my heart, That I may not sin against Thee.
If Prayerlessness is Sin - How much Prayer is necessary?
1Thess 5:17pray without ceasing;
Phil 4:6Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.
Col 4:2Devote yourselves to prayer…
George Muller recorded 50,000 answers to his prayers - we might do well to heed to his advice.
From "Release the power of Prayer" - By George Muller
The Lack of Prayer
Without hesitation, let us confess our sin of neglect and confront it in the name of our Mighty Redeemer. The same light that shows us our sin and condemns us for it will show us the way out of it, into a life of liberty that pleases God. Let our lack of prayer convict us of the coolness in our Christian life that lies at the root of it. God will use the discovery to bring us not only the power to pray that we long for but also the joy of a new and healthy life of which prayer is the spontaneous expression.
From "Intercessory Prayer" by Andrew Murray:
If we are to deal effectively with the lack of prayer in our lives, we must first ask ourselves, "Is prayerlessness sin?" If it is, then how can it be dealt with…?
The true sense of the awfulness of sin and distain of it- to have a holy jealousy that desires to sin against God in nothing.
Jesus is our Savior from sin. - To see that our prayerlessness is sin is the first step toward a true and divine deliverance.
The story of Achan has one of the strongest proofs in Scripture that sin robs God’s people of His blessing and that God will not tolerate it. … The words "I will not be with you anymore unless you destroy whatever among you is devoted to destruction" take us into the very heart of the story. They suggest a series of priceless lessons around the truth they express, that the presence of sin makes the presence of God impossible.
The Achan Incident:
Joshua 7:1But the sons of Israel acted unfaithfully in regard to the things under the ban, for Achan, the son of Carmi… took some of the things under the ban, therefore the anger of the LORD burned against the sons of Israel.
Josh 7: 4So about three thousand men from the people went up there, but they fled from the men of Ai. 5 And the men of Ai struck down about thirty-six of their men, …so the hearts of the people melted and became as water.
Josh 7:6Then Joshua tore his clothes and fell to the earth on his face before the ark of the LORD until the evening, …
Josh 7:10So the LORD said to Joshua, "Rise up! Why is it that you have fallen on your face? 11 Israel has sinned, and they have also transgressed My covenant which I commanded them… 12 Therefore the sons of Israel cannot stand before their enemies… I will not be with you anymore unless you destroy the things under the ban from your midst. …'"
Josh 7: 18And he brought his household near man by man; and Achan, son of Carmi…was taken.
Josh 7:24Then Joshua and all Israel with him, took Achan the son of Zerah, the silver, the mantle, the bar of gold, his sons, his daughters, his oxen, his donkeys, his sheep, his tent and all that belonged to him; and they brought them up to the valley of Achor. 25 And Joshua said, "Why have you troubled us? The LORD will trouble you this day." And all Israel stoned them with stones; and they burned them with fire after they had stoned them with stones. 26 And they raised over him a great heap of stones that stands to this day, and the LORD turned from the fierceness of His anger. Therefore the name of that place has been called the valley of Achor to this day.
Lessons from this incident:
1. The presence of God is the great privilege of God’s people and their only power against the Enemy.
2. Defeat and failure are always due to the loss of God’s presence.
3. The loss of God’s presence is always due to some hidden sin. He never withdraws himself unless they compel Him to do so by sinning. [Why] The church has so little power …
4. God himself will reveal our hidden sin. … the excuse for our not finding time to seek and secure His presence and power, proves we have no proper sense of our absolute dependence upon God. Ceasing from prayer is sin against God.1Sam 12:23 "Moreover, as for me, far be it from me that I should sin against the LORD by ceasing to pray for you…
5. When God discloses sin, it must be confessed and forsaken. God dealt with Israel as a nation, as one body, and the sin of one member was visited on all. Israel as a whole was ignorant of the sin but still suffered for it.
6. When sin is cast out, God’s presence is restored.
Answered Prayer from - Christian History by E. Michael and Sharon Rusten
"On June 16. 1775, a significant prayer meeting took place in Boston. The day before, the patriots had learned of the English general Gage’s plan to occupy the southern projection of Bunker Hill on the Charleston peninsula across the Charles River from Boston. In the twilight of June 16. twelve hundred patriot troops gathered on the Cambridge Common. There Samuel Langdon, the gray-haired president of Harvard College, led them in prayer concerning the awesome task before them. He prayed, "O may our camp be free from every accursedthing! May our land be purged from all its sins! May we truly be a holy people and all our towns cities of righteousness!"
After the prayer, the patriot commander William Prescott led the patriot troops to a rise near Bunker Hill overlooking the British army that occupied Boston. All through the night they worked to prepare fortifications to withstand the British soldiers the next day.
General Gage committed twenty-two hundred British soldiers, a third of all his troops, to the operation. At two in the afternoon the cannon fire from British ships in Boston Harbor intensified against the patriot position as the British troops crossed the Charles River in small boats and then formed themselves into long lines. As the church bells tolled three O’clock, Gage’s field commander, General William Howe, began leading his troops up the long hill peninsula advancing up the open slope toward the patriot position.
It puzzled the British troops that the patriots did not fire a single shot at them as they advanced, even though they were well in range. Prescott, the patriot commander, had commanded his men with the now famous words "Don’t fire until you see the whites of their eyes." The young soldiers bravely did as thy were told and were victorious. Seeing the piles of red-coated British soldiers all around them, thy knew that they had not just won a battle but that God had given them the victory.
Amos Farnsworth, a corporal in the Massachusetts militia, wrote in his diary that night, "O the goodness of God in preserving my life, although they fell on my right hand and on my left! O may this act of deliverance of thine, O God, lead me never to distrust thee; but may I ever trust in thee and put confidence in no arm of the flesh!" Another soldier, Peter Jennings, wrote to his mother, "God, in His mercy to us, fought our battle for us, and although we were but few ... we were preserved in a most wonderful way, far beyond expectation."
God answered the prayers of the previous night’s prayer meeting.
Faith is from God Chapter one page 40 - From Release the power of Prayer
So that people would know that his faith was not a unique faith available only to him, (George) Muller wrote in 1842:
I desire that all children of God who read these details may thereby be led to increase more simple confidence in God for everything they may need under any circumstances. I trust that these many answers to prayer may encourage them to pray, particularly for the conversion of their friends and relatives, their own progress in grace and knowledge, the state of the saints whom they may know personally, the state of the church of God at large, and the success of the preaching of the Gospel. Especially I affectionately warn them against being led away by the tricks of Satan (Peter 3:17) to think that these things are unique to me, and that they cannot be enjoyed by all the children of God.
Although, as has been stated before, every believer is not called upon to establish orphanages or charities and trust in the Lord for the support of these institutions, yet all believers are called upon, in the simple confidence of faith, to cast all their burdens upon Him (Ps. 55:22). They are to trust in Him for everything (Ps. 37:5; Prov. 3:5), and not only to make everything a subject of prayer, but to expect answers to their petitions that they have asked according to His will and in the name of the Lord Jesus (Matt. 21:22; John 11:22).
It is true that the faith that I am enabled to exercise is altogether God’s own gift.
But it is the selfsame faith that is found in every believer, that growth of which I am most sensitive to within myself, for, little by little, it has been ever increasing throughout my Christian walk.
From my inmost soul, I ascribe the glory to God alone that He has enabled me to trust in Him, and that He has not allowed my confidence in Him to fail.
Finally … When I lose something, such as a key, I ask the Lord to direct me to it, and I look for an answer to my prayer. When a person with whom I have made an appointment does not arrive according to the time agreed upon, and I begin to be inconvenienced by his lateness, I ask the Lord to be pleased to hasten him to me, and I look for an answer. When I do not understand a passage of the Word of God, I lift up my heart to the Lord and pray that He would be pleased, by His Holy Spirit, to instruct me, and I expect to be taught, though I do not set the time and the manner in which His answer will come. …I believe that He, for His dear Son’s sake, will help me. And thus in all of my temporal and spiritual concerns, I pray to the Lord and expect an answer to my request.
Conclusion - make everything a subject of prayer
Thy Kingdom come… Amen
(* editing is done to shorten length - you are encouraged to read the full commentary where applicable)
Message to the "Lo-Fo"(See MEM issue 125)
Proverbs 1:24"Because I called, and you refused; I stretched out my hand, and no one paid attention; 25 And you neglected all my counsel, And did not want my reproof; 26 I will even laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your dread comes, 27 When your dread comes like a storm, And your calamity comes on like a whirlwind, When distress and anguish come on you.
Proverbs 1:28"Then they will call on me, but I will not answer; They will seek me diligently, but they shall not find me, 29 Because they hated knowledge, And did not choose the fear of the LORD. 30 They would not accept my counsel, They spurned all my reproof. 31 So they shall eat of the fruit of their own way, And be satiated with their own devices. 32 For the waywardness of the naive shall kill them, And the complacency of fools shall destroy them.
Proverbs 1:23"Turn to my reproof, Behold, I will pour out my spirit on you; I will make my words known to you.
Proverbs 1:33…he who listens to me shall live securely, And shall be at ease from the dread of evil."
Merciful YHVH, forgive our waywardness-pour out Your Spirit-make Your ways known to us.
"We have not been men of prayer. The spirit of prayer has slumbered among us. The closet has been too little frequented and delighted in. We have allowed business, study or active labor to interfere with our closet-hours. And the feverish atmosphere in which both the church and the nation are enveloped has found its way into our prayer closets…" - Andrew Bonar
Perhaps we have been duped, by the Devil, to believe all is well-take the time to look at the world around us; let us examine ourselves to see if we are part of the prayerlessness problem.
Hosea 5:15I will go away and return to My place Until they acknowledge their guilt and seek My face; In their affliction they will earnestly seek Me.
Ps 139:23Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me and know my anxious thoughts; 24 And see if there be any hurtful way in me, And lead me in the everlasting way.
Almighty One - surely our prayerlessness is sin-let us not be lead astray.
In our pursuit of humility:
(Lessons from humility and faith.)
"Let humility be our one desire and our fervent prayer. Let us gladly accept whatever humbles us before God or men-this alone is the path to the glory of God." Andrew Murray
Humility is recognizing our need for total dependence on YHVH, our Creator. If we are to truly understand this we would be crying out (fervently praying) for a daily supply of the spirit of the Lamb of God to empower us to humbly walk as He walked.
With the Right Attitude YHVH will Hear:
2Chr 7:14and If My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray, and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
Isa 66:2"…But to this one I will look, To him who is humble and contrite of spirit, and who trembles at My word.
Zeph 2:3Seek the LORD, All you humble of the earth Who have carried out His ordinances; Seek righteousness, seek humility. Perhaps you will be hidden In the day of the LORD's anger.
Yeshua, may we humbly seek and pray for Your will in our lives.
Understanding the precepts of prayer.
Gracious and Compassionate
A careful reading of these passages will reveal Israel’s repentant heart, their actions, the assisting of the Levites for those not yet purified; the intercessory prayer of Hezekiah; the priests blessing the people; how their prayer was heard, resulting in the great compassion of YHVH.
2Chr 30:13Now many people were gathered at Jerusalem to celebrate the Feast of Unleavened Bread in the second month, a very large assembly. 14 And they arose and removed the (pagan) altars which were in Jerusalem; they also removed all the incense altars and cast them into the brook Kidron.
2Chr 30:15Then they slaughtered the Passover lambs on the fourteenth of the second month. And the priests and Levites were ashamed of themselves and consecrated themselves, and brought burnt offerings to the house of the LORD. 16 And they stood at their stations after their custom, according to the law of Moses the man of God; the priests sprinkled the blood which they received from the hand of the Levites. 17 For there were many in the assembly who had not consecrated themselves; therefore, the Levites were over the slaughter of the Passover lambs for everyone who was unclean, in order to consecrate them to the LORD.
2Chr 30:18For a multitude of the people… had not purified themselves, yet they ate the Passover otherwise than prescribed. For Hezekiah prayed for them, saying, "May the good LORD pardon 19 everyone who prepares his heart to seek God, the LORD God of his fathers, though not according to the purification rules of the sanctuary."
2Chr 30:20So the LORD heard Hezekiah and healed the people.
2Chr 30:21And the sons of Israel present in Jerusalem celebrated the Feast of Unleavened Bread for seven days with great joy, and the Levites and the priests praised the LORD day after day with loud instruments to the LORD. 22 Then Hezekiah spoke encouragingly to all the Levites who showed good insight in the things of the LORD…
2Chr 30:27Then the Levitical priests arose and blessed the people; and their voice was heard and their prayer came to His holy dwelling place, to heaven.
Great YHVH You hear when a prayer of the heart is offered, with a desire to seek You.
How does God feel about issues we face today?
Purpose of Prayer
What is prayer and what is its purpose? Many might say prayer is communication with God and its purpose is to ask things of Him. A definition of communication is exchanging of information. When we pray, do we take time to listen? Who do you think has the more important things to say? When we pray, is it just bringing a "laundry list" of requests to God and then we have done our duty? We should look at prayer as developing a relationship. God says that he will provide for our needs. Prayer should be more about knowing Him and being conformed to His will and purpose for our lives, than for getting what we want.
Matt 6:33But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
Material in this section is based on various prayer diaries.
[MEM has not verified if all of these sayings are true.]
The next time you are washing your hands and complain because the water temperature isn't just how you like it, think about how things used to be. Here are some facts about the 1500s:
Most people got married in June because they took their yearly bath in May and still smelled pretty good by June. However, they were starting to smell, so brides carried a bouquet of flowers to hide the body odor. Hence the custom today of carrying a bouquet when getting married.
Baths consisted of a big tub filled with hot water. The man of the house had the privilege of the nice clean water, then all the other sons and men, then the women and finally the children. Last of all the babies. By then the water was so dirty you could actually lose someone in it. Hence the saying, Don't throw the baby out with the Bath water…
Houses had thatched roofs-thick straw-piled high, with no wood underneath. It was the only place for animals to get warm, so all the cats and other small animals (mice, bugs) lived in the roof When it rained it became slippery and sometimes the animals would slip and fall off the roof. Hence the saying It's raining cats and dogs.
There was nothing to stop things from falling into the house… This posed a real problem in the bedroom where bugs and other droppings could mess up your nice clean bed. Hence, a bed with big posts and a sheet hung over the top afforded some protection. That's how canopy beds came into existence.
The floor was dirt. Only the wealthy had something other than dirt. Hence the saying, Dirt poor. The wealthy had slate floors that would get slippery in the winter when wet, so they spread thresh (straw) on floor to help keep their footing. As the winter wore on, they added more thresh until, when you opened the door, it would all start slipping outside. A piece of wood was placed in the entrance way. Hence the saying a thresh hold.
In those old days, they cooked in the kitchen with a big kettle that always hung over the fire. Every day they lit the fire and added things to the pot. They ate mostly vegetables and did not get much meat. They would eat the stew for dinner, leaving leftovers in the pot to get cold overnight and then start over the next day. Sometimes stew had food in it that had been there for quite a while. Hence the rhyme, Peas porridge hot, peas porridge cold, peas porridge in the pot nine days old…
Sometimes they could obtain pork, which made them feel quite special. When visitors came over, they would hang up their bacon to show off. It was a sign of wealth that a man could, bring home the bacon. They would cut off a little to share with guests and would all sit around and chew the fat…
Those with money had plates made of pewter. Food with high acid content caused some of the lead to leach onto the food, causing lead poisoning death. This happened most often with tomatoes, so for the next 400 years or so, tomatoes were considered poisonous.
Bread was divided according to status. Workers got the burnt bottom of the loaf, the family got the middle, and the lord of the manor got the top, or the upper crust.
Lead cups were used to drink ale or whiskey. The combination would sometimes knock the imbibers out for a couple of days. Someone walking along the road would take them for dead and prepare them for burial. They were laid out on the kitchen table for a couple of days and the family would gather around and eat and drink and wait and see if they would wake up. Hence the custom of holding a wake.
England is old and small and the local folks started running out of places to bury people. So they would dig up coffins and would take the bones to a bone-house, and reuse the grave. When reopening these coffins, 1 out of 25 coffins were found to have scratch marks on the inside and they realized they had been burying people alive. So they would tie a string on the wrist of the corpse, lead it through the coffin and up through the ground and tie it to a bell. Someone would have to sit out in the graveyard all night (the graveyard shift.) to listen for the bell; thus, someone could be saved by the bell or was considered a dead ringer.
"THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME."
To the engineer, the glass is twice as big as it needs to be.
The tool of man’s choosing
Used to open and slice through the contents of cardboard cartons delivered to your front door; works particularly well on contents such as seats, vinyl records, liquids in plastic bottles, collector magazines, refund checks, and rubber or plastic parts. Especially useful for slicing work clothes, but only while in use.
Have a good day!
(By Michael Boldea Jr.)
Continue to Stand
"All we can do is watch and pray, taking comfort in the knowledge that our God is with us, and His true servants continue to persevere. Haggard, worn, bruised and bloodied as I might be I will not give up because home is closer now than ever before. There is finality to every journey, there is a point of arrival, and our destination, our point of arrival is within view."
Hebrews 10:37 "For yet a little while, and He who is coming will come and will not tarry."
Michael Boldea Jr.
A life without love is like a rose without scent.
Smile when you pick up the phone; the caller will hear it in your voice.
The more you count the blessings you have, the less you crave the luxuries you haven’t.
Seek to find the best in the worst, to discover the great in the small, to see beauty in the plain
and to detect the elegant in the simple.
Anyone who thinks there’s plenty of room at the top has a lot to learn about pyramids.
A perfectionist is one who takes great pains - and gives them to other people.
A bargain is something you can’t use at a price you can’t resist.
See now that I, even I, am he, and there is no god beside me; I kill and I make alive; I wound and I heal; and there is none that can deliver out of my hand.(Deuteronomy 32:39; ESV)
By Alan Gilman
*(This document was edited for length)
The LORD redeems the soul of His servants;
And none of those who take refuge in Him will be condemned.
Now here is a promise that should energize us to trust and praise YHVH.
Blessed be YHVH(Genesis 14:20 And blessed be God Most High…)
1Thess 5:17pray without ceasing;
1. Enter through the narrow gate Matthew 7:13
2. Ecclesiastes Ecclesiastes 1:2
3. Philippi Acts 16:12, 24-25
4. An elder 1 Timothy 3:2
5. Long life 1 Kings 3:14
6. Seth Genesis 4:25
7. Simon Peter Luke 5:5
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