I have to believe all Christians desire to know God, serve Him and pray to Him. All of these innocent desires have a need of one important ingredient, and that is the heart. Who can stand in His holy place? He that has clean hands and a pure heart. It takes a life- time of serving and practice. Is it worth it? Yes! Have I arrived? No. I’ve spent more than a few hours with the Lord over the years, and I don’t regret one moment we’ve spent together. I know I repeat myself, but one touch, one word from His lips, is worth it all. The sweetness of His presence, I can’t even describe. All this to say, it’s an issue of the heart. To love, forgive, repent, to have compassion, or to weep with someone is a good starting point to entering the life of prayer with Christ. The secret of the prayer life, is to pray in secret, and God will take care of the outward work. By His signs and wonders, He receives the glory, while we simply walk in His footprints. Be Blessed
Two nights ago I stepped into the shower, and like most people, I do my best singing in the shower. I had just finished singing a little phrase to a song and began to pray for people all over the world. “Lord, give me my people and set them free.”
The pure love of God overwhelmed me and the realization hit me so hard, all I could cry out was, “I really do love all these people.” Sometimes we say we love everyone, but when God’s love hits us head on, that, my friends is when it becomes a life changer. It humbled me so greatly, all I could do was weep over my lack of love for these wonderful brothers and sisters of this world. I told God I was sorry and asked His forgiveness for my lack of love. Since God touched me, there has been a sweet release of God’s love and purpose, and with the help of the Holy Spirit, I believe greater results will come upon you by God’s grace working in and through these prayers. My life won’t be the same and neither will yours, as God works in both our lives. Be blessed and where the Spirit is there is liberty.
When I was a small boy, I remember my daddy coming home and telling us that he gave his heart to Jesus. Every day after that, until the day he died, our home knew prayer every night together. When dad or mom said it was bed time, we would all kneel at the living room couch and pray together. That was my first altar, and thanks be to Jesus, it has not been my last. What- ever place I’m at, or church I’m in, there is an altar. If there isn’t one, I just bow my head and most of all my heart, and there I make it my altar.
The last several years, I see the altars disappearing from the churches, and that puts a deep sorrow in my heart. Even when there is an altar, not many avail themselves of this wooden treasure. Is there dust upon the altar? I hope not, and the tears that were shed at an old fashion altar, are they missing now? Altars and God- given tears must not pass away, for it is one of the life lines of the church.
One reason the altar is so dear to me, is when I had a vision of the altars filled with a great many souls, kneeling and crying out for salvation. I’ve kept that vision in my eyes and heart, for without a vision the people perish. I live and pray to see that day. Will you also take up the cause of Christ and believe for souls and an awakening of the church? Only believe and we can see the rising up of the church again.
I thank God that He made a doorway to heaven that prayers have access to go through. Taking prayer before God is a command, an honor, and a humbling experience. Prayer does not change God, but it changes me. The more I go to God in prayer, the more I desire to be in His presence. Without prayer nothing changes, but with prayer all things are possible. God’s word says, “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 forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”
His word, when obeyed, is the instrument in our mouth. When it is loosed it opens heaven’s power to do what we can’t, the impossible. All this hinges on “can we?” Will we humble ourselves, seek His face, turn from our wicked ways? Only then will God lean down and listen, forgive our sin and heal our land.
How do we pray? Can we hear the crying, see the hungry, touch the sick? This is a good place to start praying. Can we look at our churches that are half empty, and see some closing their doors, and not have a burning fire in our hearts to cry out. Choose to live at Jesus feet. When our tears touch His feet, His heart will answer our need, but it’s by prayer alone.
I will not write about my life before Christ. That is past and a new life has emerged with a full pardon. I received His word from front to the back, accepting His instructions and promises. Christ said everything I’ve done, you can do also, and I say “yes.” He said in Galatians that I can walk in the Spirit day by day, moment by moment, and I say “yes.”
The walk for the last forty-six years, have been the most exciting years up until now. There are greater things to come because the Holy Spirit is my witness, friend and guide. Some say the church is not relevant any more and time has past her by. Forgive them for they have never known Christ. The same said Christ was dead, but on the third day He rose from the grave and after being seen by more then five hundred, He ascended back to His Father.
The church is alive and well and the gates of hell shall not prevail. I was once told I wouldn’t be satisfied anywhere, and I’m not, but I am satisfied walking in the Spirit, in intercession with Him. He is the friend I’ve always wanted and needed. Seek God and be blessed.
The really first time I heard His voice was when I was visiting another church. Sitting toward the back, I heard the “sermon on the mount,” and as the minister was leaving the stage, the Holy Spirit said to me, this may be your last chance. I leaped out of the pew and made my way to the altar, and gave my life to Christ.
Only one time was His voice loud, and that was while I was singing praises to my God, and He said, “You will have another child.” Immediately after work I told my wife what the Lord had said. After two miscarriages, that word was a God-send, and we did have another child. She was our third and last. I have heard His voice many times, but remember my friends, this is over a forty seven year period. I don’t believe He gives us a word every few seconds. I’m saying this because I don’t want people going crazy thinking they can hear voices all the time.
He can speak to each person in the way their hearing understands, because we all listen differently. Just make sure it lines up with the word of God. His voice is like no other to me. It’s quiet and so soft that it’s almost a whisper. He can brush across the heart so lightly, yet it might feel like a jolt. The sound of love is in His voice. It brings calm and yet a confidence that I hear. We know His voice can speak healing to His child, and yet those that war against Him know His wrath. His voice is so wonderful that when you hear it you want to draw even closer to Him to hear it again.
He says try me, test me, know me by my word, and know that I am the living God, and that there is no other. Be Blessed and Remain a Blessing
As we sat down in our car and got ready to leave the church parking lot, I told my wife about a conversation with one of the men in church. This man told me, as a civil servant he had traveled to Pearl Harbor aboard a naval ship. I told my wife that my friend had traveled the world, and I haven’t traveled much further than my home state. My sweet wife said to me,” Honey, you have traveled the world in prayer, and there is not a place you haven’t been.”
It helped more then she will ever know. Having faith in me meant so much. I have traveled to every country and city of the world, and have been to every home, prison and hospital, through prayer.
When I speak the name of Jesus in prayer, in the twinkling of an eye, I’m kneeling humbly before the throne of God. He loves me so much, He’s given me His full attention and I believe the room is stilled in silence so we could talk together. The things I share with Him are for His ears. He allows me to leave, reassuring me the Holy Spirit would be in touch, and answers would be coming also. Many times He has said yes to my prayers, and sometimes, in His wisdom, He has said not now. He has never failed me at any time, and His word is good enough for me. All things are possible if we just believe, and you can take that journey before the throne yourself. Go now! If you are a child of God, just pray the name of Jesus and experience being there in the twinkling of an eye, and meet Him yourself. Will you be the one to plead a person’s case with God? Let God’s compassion rule in your heart, and trust the Holy Spirit. There are things He can do through your faith. Be Blessed