PLEASE pray for the flood affected people in TamilNadu and their rehabilitation.
( At Least 280 Reported Dead as Relief Operations Continue in Tamil Nadu Capital )
People often get discouraged when praying for the salvation of loved ones and begin to wonder if their prayers ever really help. Well, guess what? Yes! Your prayers can be a powerful force in the lives of your unsaved relatives and friends if you know how to pray for them according to the wisdom and Word of God.
Once you realize it’s the devil (not your loved one) who’s the real problem, your first prayer step becomes clear. You must get the devil out of your loved one’s way.
As Jesus said, “How can one enter into a strong man’s house, and spoil his goods, except he first bind the strong man?” (Matthew 12:29). You can’t! So bind him.
Say, “You spirit operating in the life of my loved one, blinding ________ to the gospel to keep ________ out of the kingdom of God, I bind you now. I belong to the Lord Jesus Christ. I carry His authority and righteousness, and in His Name I command you to desist in your maneuvers. I spoil your house according to the Word of God and I enter into it to deliver my loved one from your hands.”
Now, you may not be able to cast that devil entirely out of the situation, because your loved one may invite him back in faster than you can cast him out. But you can bind that spirit and keep it bound. It may keep you busy for a while, but you can do it.
It’s the Word of God that brings faith for salvation: “Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” (Romans 10:17). So you need to see to it that the Word gets into your loved one’s heart.
“How?” you say, “My loved one won’t listen to me!”
Probably not, but God knows who your loved one will listen to, and He’ll send that person halfway around the world to talk to your loved one if necessary.
So pray to the Lord of the harvest: “Father, I’m asking You to send laborers across ________’s path, laborers who are equipped with the Word of God about salvation, the Baptism in the Holy Spirit, healing and deliverance. Send laborers who can communicate effectively with ________ so Your Word can reach his/her heart.”
It’s happened many times. And it can happen that way for you and your loved one. So don’t give up. Get smart! Start praying according to the Word and praying by faith…and you will see the salvation of the Lord!
Be ready to lead someone to the Lord!
Be ready to share Jesus with someone who is interested. You may be the laborer someone is praying for God to send out! Tell the person that God’s requirements are that everyone repent and believe in His Son’s sacrifice for them. You must repent not from a few of your sins, while holding on to others, but you must repent of all your sins. Then you turn to God for help by: 1) believing in your heart that Jesus is God, and 2) saying with your mouth that Jesus died and rose again for you!
Romans 10:9-10 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus (that Jesus is the Lord, Son of God), and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
And He said to them, “You are those who justify yourselves before men, but God knows your hearts. For what is highly esteemed among men is an abomination in the sight of God.-Luke 16:15
“For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” – 1 Sam 16:7
We can act before man to please him.. But we can not act before God to please Him. Because God knows our Heart…
As Jesus Followers, We should please our Heavenly Father.. Pleasing Man is not supposed be our goal. Our goal and desire should be pleasing God.
Jesus also said, “For what is highly esteemed among men is an abomination in the sight of God.”
And He also said in John 5:44,”How can you believe, who receive honor from one another, and do not seek the honor that comes from the only God?”
1 Chronicles 5:20b, ——-for they cried out to God in the battle. He heeded their prayer, because they put their trust in Him.
2 Chronicles 14:11, And Asa cried out to the LORD his God, and said, “LORD, it is nothing for You to help, whether with many or with those who have no power; help us, O LORD our God, for we rest on You, and in Your name we go against this multitude. O LORD, You are our God; do not let man prevail against You!”
Psalms 22:5, They cried to You, and were delivered; They trusted in You, and were not ashamed.
Proverbs 18:10, The name of the LORD is a strong tower; The righteous run to it and are safe.
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The type of praying that moves mountains is the prayer of faith.
He says, “This is the confidence that we have in Him, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us and if we know that He hears us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desire of Him” (1 John 5:14-15).
Hebrews 11:6 says, “Those who come to God must believe that God is.” God is what? God is able to do anything and everything! God is willing to release His supernatural divine power in human circumstances if He can find somebody who is willing to believe Him and expect Him to do it.
“This is the confidence which we have before Him,” John says, “that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us” (1 John 5:14). Mountain-moving faith is unselfish, undoubting, and unqualified confidence in God. It is believing in God’s truth and God’s power while seeking to do God’s will. The measure of such faith is the sincere and single desire that, as Jesus said, “the Father may be glorified in the Son.”
True faith is trusting in the revelation of God. When a believer seeks something that is consistent with God’s Word and trusts in God’s power to provide it, Jesus assures him that his request will be honored, because it honors Him and His Father. When God’s commands are obeyed He will honor that obedience, and when any request is asked in faith according to His will He will provide what is sought. To do what God says is to do what God wants and to receive what God promises.
When the disciples asked Jesus why they were unable to cast out the demon from a young boy, “He said to them, ‘Because of the littleness of your faith; for truly I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you shall say to this mountain, “Move from here to there,” and it shall move; and nothing shall be impossible to you’ ” (Matt. 17:20).
Mountain-moving faith is activated by sincere petition to God. “All things you ask in prayer, believing, you shall receive,” Jesus explained. The parables of the friend who asked his neighbor for a favor at midnight and of the widow who petitioned the unrighteous judge (Luke 11:5–8; 18:1–8) both teach the importance of persistent prayer. Persistent prayer is the prayer that moves mountains, because it is truly believing prayer.
~~~~The believer who wants what God wants can ask from God and receive it.~~~~
Hear my prayer, O Lord, And let my cry come to You.
Do not hide Your face from me in the day of my trouble;
Incline Your ear to me; In the day that I call, answer me speedily. -psalm 102
Hear my prayer, O Lord, Give ear to my supplications!
In Your faithfulness answer me, And in Your righteousness….
I remember the days of old; I meditate on all Your works;
I muse on the work of Your hands.
I spread out my hands to You;
My soul longs for You like a thirsty land…
Answer me speedily, O Lord; My spirit fails!
Cause me to hear Your lovingkindness in the morning,
For in You do I trust;
Cause me to know the way in which I should walk,
For I lift up my soul to You. -Psalm 143
Hear my prayer, O Lord, And give ear to my cry;
Do not be silent at my tears;
“And now, Lord, what do I wait for? My hope is in You.” -psalm 39