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July 24 - -The Lord’s Prayer

Matthew 6:9 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.

We call this the Lord’s Prayer but this is really the model prayer. The Lord’s Prayer is found in John 17. In John 17 Jesus is praying for the Church. In Matthew 6 Jesus is teaching the Church how to pray. We call the model prayer the Lord’s Prayer and there in nothing wrong with this.

The Lord’s Prayer consists of
An opening
A time of praise
6 requests
A doxology

I suppose along with John 3:16 and the 23rd Psalm this is the most quoted scripture in the bible.

What do you think?

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I love the subject of this message! It's encouraging. "God knows our prayer before we pray it."
I sure am glad God doesn't require me to pray exact or lengthy prayers.

You asked two questions...if God already knows what we need before we pray they why do we need to pray? Your other question is, Why doesn't God just give it to us?"
Another question I just thought of is, why should He just give us whatever we want without our asking? He is God almighty! If He just gave us 'stuff', many of us (me too) probably wouldn't appreciate it Many would take Him for granted. That would be terribly sad

He knows what's best for us.

I appreciate your illustrations! They really do make things easier to understand.

I tend to complicate things so reading this..."It's as simple as asking in prayer", was good for me!

I found this song. I hope you like it.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=GtcBURtm5Aw

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7/23/14 7:33 A

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July 23 - -God knows our prayer before we pray it

Matthew 6:8 Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.

We don’t need to pray a lot of words explaining everything to God. You see God already knows what we want before we pray.

If God already know what we need before we pray they why do we need to pray? Why doesn’t God just give it to us?

Now that is a very good question and I suppose it has been asked many times. Let me give you a little illustration that might make it easier to understand.

You see when I was a young boy I would use Dads’ car on Saturday night. I would always ask him for it. Even though he knew I wanted to use the car, never once did he give me the car unless I asked. In the Book of James it tells us that we have not because we ask not.

Matthew 21:22 And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.

It’s as simple as asking in prayer.

What do you think?

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Thank you for praying for Don! He has some blockage but not enough for a stent to be put in.
I was relieved when I heard this news.

Don has been so weak and exhausted that he was hoping they'd find a problem so it could be fixed. I don't know what the next step will be, but I know the Lord does.

Our pastor and a friend of Dons came up there to be with us while we waited for Don to leave for the test. They waited with me then, until the doctor called me in to tell me what his finds were and show me films of Don's heart.
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I just thought even with seeing films of someones heart, we still can't know what's inside their heart, but God can. Man looks at the outside but God looks at the heart. (not a quote)

What do I think? I think you're an excellent teacher!!! Thank you Herb.



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July 22 - -That they shall be heard for their much speaking

Matthew 6:7 But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.

“Do not use vain repetitions”. Once I listened to a person pray a prayer that lasted over thirty minutes and everything that they prayed could have said in three.

Our beautiful prayers do not impress God. Have you ever said, “I wish I could pray a prayer like Billy Bob, he prays such beautiful prayers. We do not impress God with our beautiful prayers. God looks at the prayer being prayed from the heart not the words coming from the mouth.

When I am in dire need of prayer I would rather have a child pray a broken prayer from the heart then someone praying a beautiful prayer from the flesh.

One of the most powerful prayers I ever heard prayed was prayed in three words. “Jesus help me”.

What do you think?

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I live in Louisville Kentucky the home of KFC. I think this may be why I am on SP now. LOL



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emoticon I will be praying for Don.

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I like glancing at the sky when I'm driving. The sky is awesome!! I don't dare stare too long because I need to look ahead.

I'm glad Jesus didn't mean our clothes closet, cause I have a lot of 'stuff' in mine. It would be very uncomfortable praying in there.

I like that you mentioned the lady who may be having a hard time who was driving an old car and the man who was driving a new car. High car payments go along with that so he needs prayer. I can understand that while your car is standing still would be a good time to pray for those in the cars around you. This could be at a stop light or RR crossing. I could also pray for people who are walking by. You mentioned the lady with her children...to pray for her.
I hope to pray for more people. Someone may have prayed for me.

Thank you again Herb!!

P S Tomorrow morning at ten is Don's angiogram.





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July 21 - -A good place to pray

Matthew 6:6 But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.

Jesus goes on to tell us the proper way to pray. Jesus tells us that we are to enter into our closet when we pray.

Today when we use the word closet we think of the place where we hang our clothes but that is not what Jesus is speaking of here. Jesus is speaking of a closed place. A place away from all the distractions of the world, a place where we could be alone with God

Your closet can be anywhere. I find that when I'm driving my car is a good place to pray, for more than one reason. Driving to work or other places is a good time to be alone with God in prayer. Just be sure you keep your eyes open.

This is especially true when you’re setting in traffic. It gives you time to pray for those around you. The lady in the old car that look as if it is unable to run she looks like she’s having a hard time, pray for her. The man in the new car with those high car payment to make each month, pray for him. The lady with her children, pray for her that she will be a good mother and love and raise her children to love the Lord. I find this a great place to plray.

Where is your prayer closet?

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emoticon Great testimony Darlene

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A couple of minutes ago my computer froze so I turned it off. I am tired so I was tempted to leave it off but I wanted to reply to this.

Several years ago two ladies (that happen to be sisters) and I went out to eat. One of them asked me to pray. I was very nervous about praying in front of these ladies, but I got through it..
The next time we went out to eat the same thing happened. It was a little easier for me to pray (from my heart) that time. It has become easier to pray with them each time. With practice I became less nervous.

I like that you ask "what do you think?" Thanks very much Herb!!


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July 20 - - How not to pray

Matthew 6:5 And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.

In these scriptures leading up to the Lord’s Prayer Jesus first teaches His disciples how not to pray. and then He goes on to tell them why.

Jesus said, that the hypocrites pray in the synagogues and in the streets, so men will see and hear them. Jesus tells them that they have” received their reward.” In other words if they are praying to be heard by men then that is the only one that will hear there prayer

Does that mean we should not pray aloud in church or in our prayer group? No it simply means that we need to direct our prayers to God and not to man

Have you ever sat in a prayer meeting trying to place together a prayer just in case you are called to pray? Yes we all have but is a prayer like that really being directed to God or is it being directed to those who will be hearing us pray?

Just a thought - - what do you think - - See you in Church

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It's interesting Jesus told the disciples how not to pray before telling them how to pray.

Evidently this was more important. "Do not pray as the hypocrites do."

I need to remember that passage in Matthew. I mentioned it to someone recently in my own words. I didn't know chapter or verse...or even the entire passage. I can only imagine the look on the Lord's face when He says that to someone. He died for their sin....yet they did things...even "wonderful works"...but as verse 23 says, And then will I profess unto them, "I never knew you...." I think He might be both sad and upset. Sad because they were going to hell and upset because they talked of their wonderful works, not the final work Jesus did on Calvary.

I feel for this person too because they think they are prophesying in His name and in His name casting out devils and they've done those wonderful works.

I think it's super that you said, I didn't say it, Jesus did. I hope to remember that.

Thanks Herb!


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July 19 - - Do not pray as the hypocrites do.

Matthew 6:5 And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.

In these scriptures leading up to the Lord’s Prayer Jesus first teaches His disciples how not to pray. Jesus told them that they are not to pray as the hypocrites do.

Will if we’re not to pray as the hypocrites do then I think we need to first look at what makes a person a hypocrite.

The Dictionary says
A person who pretends to have virtues, moral or religious beliefs, principles, etc., that he or she does not actually possess, especially a person whose actions belie stated beliefs.

A person who pretends they have faith in God, pretends to have moral or religious beliefs. A person who talks one way and lives another. The bible has a lot to say about this person. In this verse it tells me that his prayers will not be heard but the bible says even more about this kind of person.

Matthew 7:21-24
21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? 23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

I didn’t say it - - Jesus did.

What do you think?

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emoticon Thank you Darlene

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The first thing I noticed just now in Luke 11:1, is Jesus was praying in a certain place. If this didn't mean it was a particular place Jesus prayed, I think it might have said, as He was praying...and left off the words "in a certain place".

I understand we can pray anywhere but I kinds like the idea of having a certain place to pray, especially in the morning..

Oh, David prayed standing at the window! And the Samaritan woman asked Jesus the proper place to pray. I don't mean a "proper place", I just mean a regular place where I pray. When I pass that place during the day, I'd remember my praying there. Yep, this is for me. I don't know where that place will be yet, but I like the idea of having a certain place to pray.

I love The Lord's Prayer and will look forward to learning more about it.

Thank you Herb!
PS Prayer request (again)..My husband had a stress test recently and it showed something is not right with one side of his heart. The doctor thinks there could be a blockage. Don is going be having an aniogram done this coming Tuesday. Please pray for Don (and for me). I tell people, worry doesn't help anything and I tell them a story I heard...'worry is like rocking in a rocking chair. It gives you something to do but it doesn't get you anywhere'.
Guess who was worried a little while ago? You guessed right!






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July 18 - - A study in the Lord’s Prayer

Yes I know that I posted this study in the Lord’s Prayer in February of 13 but I believe that this might be a good time for us to look at it again. We have a lot of new followers of the Word who might find it helpful to them in their pray time.

Luke 11:1 And it came to pass, that, as he was praying in a certain place, when he ceased, one of his disciples said unto him, Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples.

We are always looking for the right way to pray. Looking for the words that will have our prayers answered.

The book of Daniel tells us that Daniel would stand at the window facing Jerusalem when he prayed (Daniel 6:10). In the Book of John the Samaritan woman asked Jesus the proper place to worship and pray. (John 4:19).

We are always looking for the right words. If we could just pray the right words then God would answer my prayers. It is not the words we pray, but what is in our hearts that God hears. “Man looks on the outward appearance but God looks upon the heart”.

“Jesus disciples said unto him, Lord, teach us to pray”. If we were going to ask someone to teach us how to pray I can’t think of any one more capable of teach us than Jesus.

For the next few days I thought we might look at what Jesus had to say about prayer.

What do you think?

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A smart young lady once told me when we want more faith we can ask for it. I want to have faith in the Lord when He returns.

I just remembered, Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God.

So I wonder if a person can simply ask for more faith...?? Reading His Word, hearing it, and asking for more faith are probably ok.

I still have a bit of a problem with expecting God to answer prayer or do any certain thing...after all He is God. It almost seems wrong somehow to expect Him to do something...other than keep His Word. That I know I can expect Him to do.

Thanks again Herb.



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July 17 - - "However, when the Son of Man comes”

Luke 18:8 - - - However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?

Believing in God, believing in prayer and believing God answers prayer is our act of faith. Will Jesus find this kind of faith when he comes?

Jesus told a parable of a widow being persistent and how she won the victory because she didn't give up hope. But what about us do we sometimes become discouraged when our prayers don’t seem to be answered? Do we stop praying, stop hoping, and stop expecting? Do we pull away from God and just give up, or will we be like the widow, and keep asking till God opens heaven with His response. Jesus told this parable that we might be encouraged.

"Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain." (1 Corinthians 15:58, RSV)

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Even though I wonder if a person will get saved that I've been praying for....God knows the answer to my prayers for this person even before I began praying.

He wants all men everywhere to get saved. There's no doubt about that. Jesus did all He could at Calvary. Now His Spirit works in people's lives to bring them to know Him.

I'll keep on praying even though the Lord already knows whether this person will come to know Him. Persistence matters!!

The fact that God almighty works in our lives is awesome!!!

The right answer at the right time! Yes, that is worth saying again!!! Thanks Herb!

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July 16 - - The right answer at the right time

Luke 18:7 "Will he (God) keep putting them off? I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly"

Here we see Jesus applying the truth of this parable. As we look at this parable it would be easy for us to associate God with the unjust judge but we all know that God is not unjust. The point Jesus is make is that if an unjust judge could be moved by the persistence of the widow how much more would a just judge respond.

Often we cry, how long God before you answer our prayer? This is the question that is being asked in verse seven. But it is also being answered. No, God will not keep putting us off. God in his time will answer all our prayers.

It is easy to become discouraged or disappointed when the answer to our prayer does not come when we expect it. But God’s timing is always right, the right answer at the right time.

The right answer at the right time. That’s worth saying again.

Pray for the Church. If revival is going to come it will come through the believer. Pray that believers throughout the church will grow in relationship with Christ as they follow the path of discipleship.


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emoticon Thank you Darlene.

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So this judge KNEW (because he said it within himself) that he didn't fear (or trust) God and he didn't regard (or care about) man....BUT because he was troubled by this widow's pleas, and didn't want her pleas to weary him, he decided he would avenge her.

Yeah for the widow!!! I am glad she received justice, especially since widows were treated so poorly!

She was persistent with her asking! Thanks Herb!!


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I'm listening to this and figured I'd share just in case you haven't heard this.



www.blueletterbible.org/audio_video/
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July 15 - - It says that she “kept coming.”

Luke 18:4-5 4 And he (the unjust judge) would not for a while: but afterward he said within himself, Though I fear not God, nor regard man; 5 Yet because this widow troubleth me, I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me.

This weak little widow is starting to wear down this powerful big judge. The word " troubleth" comes from a Greek word meaning to wear down or to browbeat. It could be that her coming before him repeatedly was hurting the judge’s reputation. He decided to grant her what she was due just to get rid of her.

Of course we understand that this is only a parable being told by Jesus. The parable related to those to whom it was being told. They could relate to the widow and how she was being treated and could rejoice in her receiving justice.

In no way is it saying that God is unjust. It is because of Gods justice that we need to call out for mercy. I tell you, he (God) will see that they get justice, and quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?' " (18:6-8)

Pray for the Church. If revival is going to come it will come through the believer. Pray that our church family will be united in our worship of God, fellowship with one another, and ministry to the community. Ask God to help believers confront and remove issues and problems that threaten this unity.

If this devotional has blessed you, you may want to share it with a friend.


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emoticon I will be praying for Donna.

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I received some sad news today. I've been e-mailing with a lady for about ten years. She sent me a two line e-mail to let me know she lost her husband to a massive heart attack this morning. Her name is Donna. Please pray for her...

I admire the widow. There are times when we shouldn't take no for an answer. She had courage to say this to a judge and not just once, but many times! But she needed justice and who else could she go to or ask but a judge?


There's something I need to be much more consistent with...writing. I've talked about it way too much and when I'm not near a computer (I can use), I think about it. Yet, I am not doing it!! I'm getting upset with myself. I've done this (gotten upset with myself) before and it doesn't help. Maybe I need to pray, and pray, and pray about this.

Thank you Herb!



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July 14 - - It says that she “kept coming.”

Luke 18:3 "And there was a widow in that town who kept coming to him with the plea, 'Grant me justice against my adversary.' "

“It says that she “kept coming.” This indicated a repeated action. She didn’t come just once, but many times. She kept calling out to the judge "Grant me justice.” The woman wasn’t asking for something that was not hers, she was asking only for justice. To be treated fairly under the law.

One thing you can say about her is that she wouldn’t take no for an answer. Every time court was in session, here she was asking, demanding the justice.

This parable is about being persistent in our praying, not calling out for justice as the widow did. For us to call out for justice would only bring condemnation. We call out for mercy that brings forgiveness.

Pray for the Church. If revival is going to come it will come through the believer. Pray that marriages and family relationships throughout the congregation will be strengthened.

If this devotional has blessed you, you may want to share it with a friend.


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The widow sure was persistent. With the lack of rights she had I'm kind of amazed she was as persistent as she was. She just kept on coming to this judge with her plea in spite of him not sympathizing with her.
I wonder who her adversary was. The adversary must have troubled her for her to keep on going to this judge. She called the adversary "my" adversary, so it might have been someone she knew. Well she knew this was her adversary whether she actually knew the person or not. I love that she was as persistent as she was!!!!

What do I think? I know you're right. I need to be more persistent with prayer.

This morning our pastor mentioned something about our not "expecting" God to work in our lives. He mentioned Moses having one reason and then another for not doing what God wanted him to do. Moses didn't expect that God would do what He did.
Of course I thought of your message a couple of days ago...

Thank you for these messages!! They have helped me more than I can say.

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July 13 - - The widow kept coming to the judge

Luke 18:3 "And there was a widow in that town who kept coming to him with the plea, 'Grant me justice against my adversary.' "

A widow had little or no legal rights, When her husband died she had no legal rights to her husband’s estate. The estate would go to the male children and if she had no male children then it would go to her husband’s closes living male relative most often the older brother. Now if she had male children they would take care of her but if she was a widow with small children she might have to depend upon her family or in-laws for support. In some cases, she might manage the estate for her male children as a trustee until they become of age.

We do not know the complaint that the widow is bringing before the judge but we can see that the judge is not in sympathy with her. It appears that she has no legal counsel, as she pleads her own case. There is one thing we know about her -- she was persistent.

When it comes to prayer we need to keep on keeping on. Over and over till the heavens open and God answers our prayers. - - - What do you think?

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Pray for the Church. If revival is going to come it will come through the believer. Pray that strained or broken relationships, among families and friends as well as acquaintances, will be restored.

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That judge must have been an awful 'judge' for Jesus to say what He did about him as a judge.

You made such an excellent point about us not knocking down our government. I am guilty of doing that. I will pray for our government.

Praying for our court system is an excellent idea. We want good judges who both fear God (trust God) and care about man (all people).

Thanks again Herb

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July 12 - -The judge never feared God

Luke 18:2 "He (Jesus) said: 'In a certain town there was a judge who neither feared God nor cared about men.' "

Jesus introduces us to the judge in this parable by telling us something of this judges’ character. He says that the judge “neither feared God nor cared about man”. This does not sound like very good credentials for a judge.

But this judge neither "Feared God" refers to having faith in God. More than likely did not believe that God existed. “Nor cared about men,” this judge had no concern for those that came before his bench. He was concerned only with himself, his own opinions, his own comfort and his own income.

We could go off the deep end and start talking about our Judges and political leaders of today but we won’t. We don’t need to talk our government down because when we do we are talking ourselves down because we are the government. What we need to do is to pray for our judges and government leaders. Pray that they will seek God’s wisdom in the way they judge and carry out the law.

Today let us pray for our court system, locally as well as the state courts and the U. S. Supreme Court. Ask God’s blessing and guidance upon judges, and that they would look to Him for help and direction.


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Thanks much for clearing that up-....it's good to expect an answer to a prayer. I understand about not necessarily receiving what I pray for. I think I do anyway. God knows the end from the beginning. He has infinite understanding.

What you said about not giving kids everything they ask for is absolutely true. You didn't say those words but that's how I took it. I think I took it that way cause we've had a problem in this area in the past.

Another part of a verse that has helped me is, "lean not unto thine own understanding". I need to remember the rest of this verse too...in all thy ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your path. (That might not be the exact words).

I'm going to start bringing my Bible in here in the evening so I can look up the passages you mention.

He will keep to the uttermost those who come unto God by Him.

I'm still sharing these messages with friends and family on Facebook. I get many good comments about them and I often say, these are written by a man I know from an on-line group I'm in.

Thanks Herb!

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July 11 - - Pray till the answer comes

The Widow and the Unjust Judge (Luke 18:1-8) "Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up."

In this verse we see the parable being explained before it’s told. “Jesus says that they should always pray and not give up”. The word used here is the Greek for always, means “at all times”. At all times as in over and over till you receive an answer. That means that when we pray we should expect an answer.

Notice I said expect to receive an answer. I did not say receiving what you prayed for. God always knows what is best for us, and will always answer our prayers with His and our best interest at heart. Just as we do not always give our children everything they ask for this also holds true for God. I don’t know about you but I do know my kids ask for some of the strangest things and I have to often say no. With this in mind I can see were God might have to respond in this same way with some of the things that I ask for. But God always answers our prayers, and often when he says no, in one place he says yes in another giving us something even greater.

Jesus is teaching in this parable about persistent prayer as in praying again and again and again. We are to "pray without ceasing", as we see in 1 Thessalonians 5:17. We are to pray repeatedly, time and again, and over and over till the answer comes.

Oh by the way, the answer will come. Jesus said it would.

What do you think?

Pray for the Church. If revival is going to come it will come through the believer. Pray that marriages and family relationships throughout the congregation will be strengthened.

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Yes, there is unfairness in the world, and at times I'm sure that can really bother people. If one works hard at his job and does excellent work and a relative of the boss who does as little as possible gets the promotion, that would hurt.
When I began reading this I remembered the rain falls on the just and the unjust and if it wasn't for the Lord, none of us would be "just". I need to remember this.
But God makes all things work together for good....so even the lost job, God can work even that out for good!!

I like where you said this parable is about Justice, but that's not what this parable is teaching.
It's teaching us how to pray. (that caught my interest.)

You wrote..." Man should not give up but should pray expecting to receive an answer."

I wasn't sure if it was ok to expect God to answer prayer. I just remembered something a lady told me in 1989. She said, anticipate a blessing. I guess that's a little like expecting a blessing...kinda. lol

I'd like to be more persistent with my prayers.

2nd Chronicles 7:14. I want to remember where this is!

Thanks Herb!!!

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July 10 - - Always Pray and Don't Give Up

The parable of the Widow and the Unjust Judge (Luke 18:1-8) "Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up."

The world is full of injustice. There is the old saying “who said the world was fair”. At work people are promoted because they are the boss’s brother-in-law and the one best suited for the job is making the coffee. The courts are full of people who are seeking justice. Often times they receive justice but there are times when justice just does not come.

That is what this parable is all about, Justice. But that is not what this parable is teaching. It is teaching us how to pray.

Over and over in the Bible, Jesus teaches us that we are to be persistent in our prayers. Prayer is the most important thing a born-again Christian can do. It should head our list of priorities. The world around us desperately needs our prayers. Prayer will open the door for God to do a great work in our lives and in the lives of others.

In Luke’s Gospel the eighteenth chapter we see were Jesus uses a parable to teach the importance of persistent prayer.

This parable teaches on prayer but ends with a glimpse of the second coming of Christ. It is a parable on prayer but also a parable on hope. Man should not give up but should pray expecting to receive an answer.

Just how persistent are we when we pray?

Pray for the Church. If revival is going to come it will come through the believer. 2 Chronicles 714 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

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I love those verses about the Lord not being in the wind, earthquake, or fire. His still small voice. I'm spending more time tomorrow and maybe from now on, listening to His still small voice.
Thanks Herb!!!!!

My back is hurting pretty bad so I need to go to sleep.

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July 9 - - What is Prayer?

Matthew 7:7-8 7 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: 8 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.

Prayer is asking (verse 7) Ask and it shall be given to you. James tells us 'you have not because you ask not'. So we can say that prayer is asking but prayer is also receiving; (verse 8) For every one that asketh receiveth;

Prayer is talking with God, asking and receiving. Notice I said talking with God not talking to God. I have this good friend who calls to talk to me. I said talk to me not talk with me because I never get to say anything. He tells me what is on his mind then says goodbye. This is often the way we pray. We tell God what is on our mind and then say Amen.

We need to learn to lessen to God when we pray. Yes God does speak to us in prayer but we will never hear Him until we learn to lesson.

1 Kings 19:11-13King James Version (KJV)
11 And he said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the LORD. And, behold, the LORD passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the LORD; but the LORD was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the LORD was not in the earthquake: 12 And after the earthquake a fire; but the LORD was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice. 13 And it was so, when Elijah heard it, that he wrapped his face in his mantle, and went out, and stood in the entering in of the cave. And, behold, there came a voice unto him, and said, What doest thou here, Elijah?

“a still small voice” The still small voice of the Lord. Yes God does speak to us in prayer.

For the next few days let us pray for our city, state, and nation. Pray for a supernatural move of God across our nation, bringing a new sense of revival and trust in God.

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I've heard something very similar about the word "justified". Just as if I had never sinned. That is way beyond amazing!! You are right, what a great forgiving and merciful God.

I've had a big day although it was a 24 hr day like they all are, but it was filled with business, waking up early, going to the airport and on. I'm home now and my dog is laying on my lap.

Thanks again Herb!! .

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July 8 - - The prayer of two men

Luke 18:13-14 13 And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner. 14 I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.

Now lets look at the other prayer. The prayer that did reach God. The publican came to God in great humility. The Pharisee told God all the reasons God should answer his prayer the publican told God all the reasons God should not answer his prayer.

The publican told God that he was a sinner and that he had no right to ask God for his need. Then the publican prayed the prayer we all should pray the publican prayed for forgiveness and mercy.

Let me ask the question. Which of these prayers do you believe reached God?
Jesus tells us in verse 14 that " - - - this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted".

I love that word “justified” - - just as if he had never sinned. That the way God forgives sin, just as if you had never sinned.

What a great forgiving and merciful God.

For the next few days let us pray for our city, state, and nation. Pray for God’s protection and provision for our military. Ask that He especially bless and protect those serving in dangerous places and performing dangerous jobs. Ask for His blessing on soldiers and their families as they deal with issues of separation and loneliness.

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The one man seems to be legalistic. He is doing what he thinks are "right" things.
I've found legalism can sorta creep into a church. If I'm understanding this right, Jesus made me (or caused me to be) free from the law of sin and death.

You wrote.."We need to understand that most promises from God come with a condition. You do this and God will do that. If a promise is not keep it is never God’s fault we need to check to see if we keep the condition."

When I read this I thought of the verse that says (something like this), If my people, which are called by My name will humble themselves, pray and seek My face, then I will forgive their sins and heal their land.

Thanks Herb!!!

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July 7 - - The prayer of two men

Luke 18:10 10 Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican. 11 The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican. 12 I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess. 13 And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner.

Both men went to the same place, at the same time, for the same reason and that was to pray.

The Pharisee prayed in his religious pride. Not asking God but telling or demanding God to answer his prayer because of who he was and the way he lived. I know we would never do this. But the Bible is full of prayer promises. There are those that when they pray they hold these promise in front of God demanding God to do what He promised to do. Just be careful what you wave in front of God. Oh by the way God will keep his promises.

We need to understand that most promises from God come with a condition. You do this and God will do that. If a promise is not keep it is never God’s fault we need to check to see if we keep the condition.

God loves to answer your prayers.

For the next few days let us pray for our city, state, and nation. Pray for our court system, locally as well as the state courts and the U. S. Supreme Court. Ask God’s blessing and guidance upon judges, and that they would look to Him for help and direction.

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I noticed in the message before this one, you gave us a verse in Jeremiah and it was a question, something like, is there anything too hard for God?
Later on in Jeremiah 32, verse 17 says, "there is nothing too hard for Thee". This answers that question!!!
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The title you gave this message is "Some prayers are never answered".
I am thankful the Lord didn't answer some of my prayers.
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We're back in Oregon now. I'll be leaving here very early Tuesday morning for home. I come out here two times a year and when I leave it's tough saying goodbye to my daughter. We're getting better at saying goodbye but it's still tough.

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July 6 - - Some prayers are never answered.

There are two kinds of prayers of request. The prayer that we pray and have the assurance that God will answer. But even then prayers are not always the way we would have them answered. Some prayers are answered the way we ask. Then some are answered the way God would have them answered. God's way is always the best way. Then some prayers are answered by God saying no.

Then we have the prayer that does not reach God and are never answered. We see this in the parable of the Pharisee and the publican (Luke 18:10-14).

Luke 18:10 10 Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican. 11 The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican. 12 I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess. 13 And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner.

Of the two prayers prayed which of the two was not answered? I’ll give you a clue. Luke 8:14 I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.

See you in church

For the next few days let us pray for our city, state, and nation. Pray for members of the U. S. Congress and Senate, including our own, asking God to provide for them and help them. Pray as well that they will look to God for direction and guidance as they help to lead the nation.


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July 5 - - God can do all things.

Jeremiah 32:27 Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh: is there anything too hard for me?

Prayer is man's acknowledgment of who God is. Prayer is man’s acknowledgment of God being higher and greater than man. Prayer is man’s acknowledgement of God being able to change the situation. Prayer is man’s acknowledgement that God is able to bring health and healing.

So when it look like there is no salutation to our problem we turn to God this Higher Being in prayer to do the impossible.

Jeremiah 32:27 Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh: is there anything too hard for me?

For the next few days let us pray for our city, state, and nation. Pray for the President and cabinet, that they will look to God for guidance, help, and wisdom.


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July 4 - - Let’s talk about prayer

Prayer is as old as man himself. As long as man has been around man has prayed. We see prayer mentioned in the Bible as early as Genesis. 4:26. That would be on about the third or fourth page of your Bible.

Genesis. 4:26 And to Seth, to him also was born a son; and he called his name Enosh. Then people began to call on the name of Jehovah.

After Cane slue Able, Eve had another son whose name was Seth. It says that people began to call upon the name of Jehovah. Then people began to pray.

There are all kinds of prayers. Prayers of thanksgiving, prayers of praise and worship, prayers of intercession and prayers of request. I would like for us to look at the prayer of request. Now in Genesis 4:6 when it speaks of “the people calling upon Jehovah” I believe they are calling upon God because they have a need.

Most prayer’s that are prayed today are prayed because of man’s need. In many cases this is the only time man prays. Even people who calm that they do not believe in God when they find themselves in a threatening situation will turn to prayer. How does the old saying go “you won’t find an atheist in a fox hole.”

Jesus tells us in the Lord’s Prayer to pray for our daily needs. “Give us this day our daily bread”. (Matthew 6:11).

Praying for our daily needs is a good prayer to pray. I heard a preacher once say that the most powerful pray you can pray is LORD HELP ME.

What do you think?

For the next few days let us pray for our city, state, and nation. Pray that God will provide for those who are hurting and in need, both locally and nationally. Ask that He move on the hearts of believers to help meet needs in as much as they are able to do so.


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Hi Herb, we're planning on going to Washington tomorrow to visit family there, and I won't be at a computer till Sunday.

Thanks again! I hope you have a peaceful 4rh of July!

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This has been a wake up call for me! That's not easy to admit but sometimes the truth is tough.

You've given so many good reasons to pray and I appreciate the verses too! I don't know why or when I got away from praying like I used to. I think it was a slow process. God has been so merciful, so wonderful and so understanding to me, I feel bad for drifting away in my prayer life.

Since Jesus Himself prayed, of course I need to pray.

I do pray but no where like I once did. I want a tender heart.

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July 3 - - Why I should Pray

Because Jesus said, “at all times they ought to pray (Luke 18:1). And he spake a parable unto them to this end,that men ought always to pray, and not to faint;

Because you are commanded to pray (Matthew 26:41) Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.

Because prayer is the way God provides for out needs. (James 4:2). Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not.

Because there is joy in prayer (John 16:24). Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.

Because prayer will save you out of all your troubles (Psalms 34:6). This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him, and saved him out of all of his troubles.

Because prayer can unlock the treasure chest of God's wisdom (James 1:5). If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.


Because prayer is a channel of power (Jeremiah 33:3). Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.

Because it is a sin not to pray (1 Samuel 12:23). Moreover as for me, God forbid that I should sin against the LORD in ceasing to pray for you: but I will teach you the good and the right way:

Because sinners can be saved when they pray in faith (Romans 10:13, 14). For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?


Because Jesus, while here in the flesh, prayed often to the Father. Now, if Jesus, the Son of God, needed to pray, then we should also pray. (1Thessalonians 5-17). Pray without ceasing.

For the next few days let us pray for our city, state, and nation. Pray for the governor, as well as state senate and congressional members and leaders.

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emoticon I love the lesson from your SS book. thanks for shearing it. God speaks in many ways.

My name is Herbert but they call me Herb
I live in Louisville Kentucky the home of KFC. I think this may be why I am on SP now. LOL



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Thank you for sharing what the problem has been. I am sooooo glad you're able to walk again!!

Tell you what I think? I think you are right. Sometimes praying about something troubling is the last thing I do instead of the first. I like what you said about prayer being pouring our hearts out to God.
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My Sunday school book also says, how does God's love perfected in us give us confidence in the Day of Judgement?
When my daughter heard this and the other questions she said, what if your father was a king? How would you feel about yourself? I said I'd probably sit up straighter, but I'd want to remember it is my father who is the king, not me. Then we said more things we'd want to do. For example, we would want our father to be honored.
My daughter said, God is the King of all kings.

Thanks Herb! I am VERY glad you're back!!


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