Those Who Pray

…to read or hear the story today of Give Him 15, refer to:

http://www.dutchsheets.org (video)

http://www.givehim15.com (written)

“…the effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much. Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain, and it did not rain on the earth for three years and six months. And he prayed again, and the sky poured rain and the earth produced its fruit.” (from James 5:13-18)

Shut away where no one sees,
Those who pray are down on their knees.
It’s a very high call, but only I know
Of what they do since there’s nothing to show
Until a later event or final outcome
Shows “something” was done–that’s where it came from.
With confidence to the throne of grace they draw near,
To receive mercy and help–they know I’ll hear.
At times it may seem like a lonely place,
But they’ve learned to love to seek My face.
My eyes are toward them, My ears hear their cry.
They know My promises–it’s impossible for Me to lie.
According to 1 John 5, verses fourteen and fifteen,
They pray and then know–there’s no in between.

P. A. Oltrogge

“And this is the confidence which we have before Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests which we have asked from Him.” 1 John 5:14, 15

“Let us therefore draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and may find grace to help in time of need.” Hebrews 4:16

“The eyes of the Lord are toward the righteous, and His ears are open to their cry.” Psalm 34:15

“God is not a man, that He should lie, nor a son of man, that He should repent. Has He said, and will He not do it? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?” Numbers 23:19

“…it is impossible for God to lie…” (from Hebrews 6:18)

“…in the hope of eternal life, which God, who cannot lie, promised long ages ago.”
Titus 1:2

“Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.” Hebrews 10:23

“Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

“But you, when you pray, go into your inner room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees in secret, will repay you.” Matthew 6:6

Border Prayer

A prayer for all, and for those in authority, for wisdom…

We’re been hearing that thousands are flooding across the U.S. southern border….a situation that’s dangerous for all and is in urgent need of law and order.

We pray for protection FROM those who, thereby, are contributing to criminal acts…and for protection for border agents and others who are dealing daily with the facts.

And for those crossing… Recently, we saw a video of a young boy abandoned and alone…found by agents in the desert, crying–such things no leader should ever condone.

A reversal of policies that were helping was done by the new administration.
Father in heaven, we pray for your intervention in this important matter for our nation.

P. A. Oltrogge

postscript: While thousands are welcomed legally in America each year, the following is an additional prayer:

And we pray for every country, that the good news of the gospel will prevail,
so that people will be blessed in their own homelands, knowing Jesus will never fail!

“Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and ]reverence. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior.” 1 Timothy 2:1-3


Jesus Christ is the Same Yesterday, Today, and Forever

Since today’s post told of Jesus healing an ear, restoring hearing; and since He opened deaf ears in other accounts, such as in Mark 7:31-37 and spoke of it Himself, I would like to focus on the truth that “Jesus Christ is the same, yesterday, today, and forever.” Hebrews 13:8

“Jesus answered and said to them, ‘Go and tell John the things you have seen and heard: that the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, the poor have the gospel preached to them. And blessed is he who is not offended because of Me.'” Luke 7:22-23

There is an encouraging testimony entitled “Hearing Restored” in a recent post at http://www.josephprince.org under “Blog” and then “Praise Reports,” which is among numerous wonderful praise reports. I recall an amazing healing of hearing at an Eagle Mountain International Church televised meeting with Billy Burke, http://www.billyburke.org. Other ministries, previously mentioned on this blog, are also featuring testimonies of the Lord’s healing in their lives, in many ways, as well.

Psalm 103 speaks of the Lord forgiving all our sins and healing all our diseases.

“I would have lost heart, unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord In the land of the living.” Psalm 27:13

For more on healing: http://www.rhema.org has the book, “Bodily Healing and the Atonement,” by Dr. T. J. McCrossan, reedited and reprinted by Rev. Kenneth E. Hagin and Dr. Roy Hicks

For your encouragement

Greetings to you, dear reader… Today I feel it would greatly bless you to refer you to http://www.josephprince.org where you can be built up by the messages but, in particular, going to the blog, listed towards the bottom of the site, where you will find numerous testimonies of praise to God that will encourage you for any situation you may be facing.

“…that their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, and attaining to all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the knowledge of the mystery of God, both of the Father and of Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” …from Colossians 2

Hymn Histories

Today’s account about the hymn, “All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name,” can be found in the book, Then Sings My Soul, by Robert J. Morgan, which gives details on the histories behind numerous Christian hymns. If you would be interested in reading more such stories, you can refer to www.christianbook.com to obtain the book(s); there are actually three volumes.

Partaking of the Holy Communion

“For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you: that the Lord Jesus on the same night in which He was betrayed took bread; and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, ‘Take, eat; this is My body which is broken for you; do this in remembrance of Me.’ In the same manner He also took the cup after supper, saying, ‘This cup is the new covenant in My blood. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.’ For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death till He comes.” 1 Corinthians 11:23-26 NKJV

The following is a testimony from the ministry of Joseph Prince:

I have been partaking of the Holy Communion every morning for a year and a half, and my health has started to improve in many areas.  

One day, I started experiencing extreme pain in the heels of my feet.  After much agony and many attempts to find relief, I prayed and visualized my condition nailed to the cross in my daily partaking of the Communion.  Not long after, my heels were completely healed!  Hallelujah!

Jesus also progressively strengthened my immune system.  Even though I am sixty-eight years old, I am not worried about aging.  I look to Him every day and marvel at His gift whenever I partake of the Communion every morning.  Praise Him!

God bless you, Pastor Prince, for staying close to God and allowing Him to express Himself through you.  

…by a viewer of their programming from Texas, United States

further testimonies at http://www.josephprince.org

If One is Suffering, We all Suffer

Many of  you are aware that the Bible speaks of believers in Jesus as being “one body–Christ’s body.”  Here is a segment on the topic:

“But now there are many members, but one body.  And the eye cannot say to the hand, ‘I have no need of you’; or again the head to the feet, ‘I have no need of you.’  On the contrary, it is much truer that the members of the body which seem to be weaker are necessary, and those members of the body, which we deem less honorable, on these we bestow more abundant honor, and our unseemly members come to have more abundant seemliness, whereas our seemly members have no need of it.  But God has so composed the body, giving more abundant honor to that member which lacked, that there should be no division in the body, but that the members should have the same care for one another.  And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it.  Now you are Christ’s body, and individually members of it.”  1 Corinthians 12:20-27

If One is Suffering, We All Suffer….
a prayer
 

There are some in the body of Christ right now who are suffering very much;
we ask, Lord, that You visit them with Your protective and healing touch.

We agree with Your Word that says You give Your mighty angels charge
over Your people in all situations–from what seems small to what is large.

Since we realize we are all one body in the Lord’s church around the world,
we pray for those who are suffering from evil darts the devil has hurled.

We pray for those who are persecuting them for their faith in Christ, the King,
that, just like Saul, they would encounter Jesus, who is Lord over everything!

P. A. Oltrogge

“Then Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest and asked letters from him to the synagogues of Damascus, so that if he found any who were of the Way, whether men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem.

“As he journeyed he came near Damascus, and suddenly a light shone around him from heaven. Then he fell to the ground, and heard a voice saying to him, ‘Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?’

“And he said, ‘Who are You, Lord?’

“Then the Lord said, ‘I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting.'” Acts 9:1-6

“Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God; and every one who loves is born of God and knows God.  The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love.  By this the love of God was manifested in us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world so that we might live through Him.  In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.”  1 John 4:7-10

Thank you for praying for the persecuted, whether that is by those governing or by various groups, in countries such as China, India, Iran, Nigeria, North Korea, Pakistan, and others. (refer to http://www.opendoorsusa.org ) And prayers are also certainly needed regarding discrimination towards those in any country where the rights of God’s people to practice their faith fully and freely are being challenged in various ways.

Additionally, we pray for those in the body of Christ who are in need of physical healing or provision, and for those affected by the many difficult situations we hear of in the daily news reports.

One Nation, Under God

“I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

Psalm 33

Rejoice in the Lord, O you righteous!
For praise from the upright is beautiful.
Praise the Lord with the harp;
Make melody to Him with an instrument of ten strings.
Sing to Him a new song;
Play skillfully with a shout of joy.

For the word of the Lord is right,
And all His work is done in truth.
He loves righteousness and justice;
The earth is full of the goodness of the Lord.

By the word of the Lord the heavens were made,
And all the host of them by the breath of His mouth.
He gathers the waters of the sea together as a heap;
He lays up the deep in storehouses.

Let all the earth fear the Lord;
Let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of Him.
For He spoke, and it was done;
He commanded, and it stood fast.

10 The Lord brings the counsel of the nations to nothing;
He makes the plans of the peoples of no effect.
11 The counsel of the Lord stands forever,
The plans of His heart to all generations.
12 Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord,
The people He has chosen as His own inheritance.

13 The Lord looks from heaven;
He sees all the sons of men.
14 From the place of His dwelling He looks
On all the inhabitants of the earth;
15 He fashions their hearts individually;
He considers all their works.

16 No king is saved by the multitude of an army;
A mighty man is not delivered by great strength.
17 A horse is a vain hope for safety;
Neither shall it deliver any by its great strength.

18 Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear Him,
On those who hope in His mercy,
19 To deliver their soul from death,
And to keep them alive in famine.

20 Our soul waits for the Lord;
He is our help and our shield.
21 For our heart shall rejoice in Him,
Because we have trusted in His holy name.
22 Let Your mercy, O Lord, be upon us,
Just as we hope in You.

(Scripture: New King James Version)

A Prayer

…if you feel you can agree in praying this….

Father in heaven,

I come to you as you are our Father and also the righteous judge over this world. First of all, I do pray for all men, for kings and for all who are in authority, which is our present President Trump, who has had to do his work despite the years of attacks upon him and his desire to be a blessing to the United States. I do pray for President-elect Joe Biden also, at this time, for your direction.

I ask you to sort out the situations that have come against our nation, judging correctly the wrongs which have taken place. I thank you for defending the large number of citizens who were simply in Washington D.C. to make a statement regarding their desire to see justice prevail regarding evidences in the 2020 election they felt needed to be examined and heard, rather than being dismissed, and had no intention of entering the capitol building. I thank you that you know that the overwhelming majority were peaceful, doing and intending nothing wrong.

I ask that those who forcibly entered with bad and disruptive intentions would be the ones to have to pay for their actions. I ask for truth in the entire matter to prevail of how and why things took place.

Of course, we ask and thank you for your help for the people and families whose lives were harmed, to receive of your healing and to be comforted in tragic and senseless loss. I know that your Word explains clearly that we don’t wrestle against flesh and blood (people) but against wicked principalities and powers, against which we must stand.

Thank you, Father, for your healing, justice, mercy and righteousness to prevail for the country; and I ask this in Jesus, your Son’s name.

Amen

“Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence.  For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior,  who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time,  for which I was appointed a preacher and an apostle—I am speaking the truth in Christ and not lying—a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth.” 1 Timothy 2:1-7 NKJV

Entering 2021 with God’s Son

You’re cared for by My Father’s angels, who daily surround;

and as you seek for Me daily, you know I’m easily found.

I appreciate what you do to help and encourage others, 

thereby building up the faith of your sisters and brothers.

And your prayers are so important to all people of the earth;

they bear fruit in helping many to find the “new birth.”

I’ve given you the Holy Spirit to comfort and to guide you,

Who is wonderfully evident, living right inside of you.

I’m your shelter and shield…there’s nothing to fear…

Emmanuel, God is with you…My love is steadfast and near.

A blessed new year…P. A. Oltrogge

Matthew 1:23; John 14:16-17 and 23

Cleopas and another on the road to Emmaus with Jesus…