Faith, God's Will, Prayer, Uncategorized

The Marriage of Grace and Faith Births Answers to Prayers Based on the Expressed Will of God in His Word

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“For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast,” (Ephesians 2:8-9)

Jesus thank You for making a way for grace, for saving us from eternal punishment, and making a way for us to put our faith in You to receive eternal life by faith alone, not by anything we do or don’t do, lest anyone should boast, but by what You did, so we can boast in You alone, giving You ALL the credit and glory You deserve.

And through this same grace, we are able to boldly stand on Your Word and promises and receive them by faith, based on Your finished work of the cross and perfection alone.

Only believe – Jesus, Luke 8:50.

You purchased life and life more abundantly for us (John 10:10). The ability to use Your name and authority. And glory to You, Lord, to be indwelt by Your VERY Holy Spirit.

“Until now you have asked nothing in My name. Ask, and you will receive, that your JOY may be full,” (John 16:24).

Hallelujah! We bless Your name, O God. You are worthy to receive all blessing and glory and honor and power forever.

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Tenacity and Prayer

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tenacity – noun – The quality or fact of being able to grip something firmly; grip; very determined; the quality or fact of continuing to exist; persistence.

I have been seeing the word – TENACITY – over and over regarding prayer. Even in a book published in 1925. And remembering Elijah and the cloud as small as a man’s hand as the example of tenacity in prayer is so helpful.

It’s not what we see, it’s what God says and already sees because it’s His Word, we just keep praying (gripping and taking the Word, that IS Jesus, for ourselves) until WE see it too.

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Elijah Prophesied and Prayed UNTIL God’s Will Came to Pass – 1 Kings 18

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1 Kings 18 is a great example of persisting in prayer based on knowing the Word and will of God – which we can today because we have 100% of His Word to know His will in many things.

So He tells us His will (His Word), and we pray and don’t give up until we see.

God tells Elijah: It’s going to rain. = God’s Word and expressed will was given to Elijah.

Elijah could either take God for His Word and will OR reject it for himself, not pray His will into the earth for it to rain.

What did Elijah do?

He took God for His Word, prophesied it, kept His eyes on God alone despite what he saw in the natural (longtime drought) and prayed until it came to pass. This is a beautiful picture of prayer, instructing us to do the same.

God’s will: .E.g. By Jesus’ stripes, we WERE healed, 1 Pet 2:24.

1 Kings 18 word

So we can prophesy the same over ourselves or loved ones AND pray until we SEE it come to pass in the natural, gripping what is in the spirit realm (God’s will), and pulling it into the natural realm through “praying and not giving up” prayer, based on the Word and will of the Father.

1 Kings 18:1; 41-46

18 And it came to pass after many days that the word of the Lord came to Elijah, in the third year, saying, “Go, present yourself to Ahab, and I will send rain on the earth.”

1 Kings 18:41-46

41 Then Elijah said to Ahab, “Go up, eat and drink; for there is the sound of abundance of rain.” 42 So Ahab went up to eat and drink. And Elijah went up to the top of Carmel; then he bowed down on the ground, and put his face between his knees, 43 and said to his servant, “Go up now, look toward the sea.”

So he went up and looked, and said, “There is nothing.” And seven times he said, “Go again.”

44 Then it came to pass the seventh time, that he said, “There is a cloud, as small as a man’s hand, rising out of the sea!” So he said, “Go up, say to Ahab, ‘Prepare your chariot, and go down before the rain stops you.’ ”

45 Now it happened in the meantime that the sky became black with clouds and wind, and there was a heavy rain. So Ahab rode away and went to Jezreel. 46 Then the hand of the Lord came upon Elijah; and he girded up his loins and ran ahead of Ahab to the entrance of Jezreel.

Praise God! His Word is given for our instruction out of His great love for us.

Our good Father does NOT leave us unequipped in the land of the living. We have His Word (will), His Holy Spirit and spiritual gifts, and the power of prayer to carry us through to victory in all things.

Psalm 34:19 – Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all.

Hallelujah! Glory to the Lamb who was slain. Who took our place!

God's Will

Laboring Fervently in Prayer to Stand Firm in ALL the Will of God (Because His Will Doesn’t Always Happen)

The Lord often teaches me by keeping me on certain themes for periods of time (of varying lengths). Lately, it’s about doing His will, being able to do His will, how the devil (the thief) steals from us through sickness, etc. to keep us from God’s will.

What does all this mean?

It means God has His will for each of us but that the VERY will of God doesn’t always happen. So, let’s look to what God has to say about this.

“The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance,” (2 Peter 3:9). 

It’s NOT God’s will that any should perish (in hell for eternity), but because we have free will people will choose to reject His will for themselves through unbelief by rejecting His Son, Jesus. Thus also rejecting eternal life with Him in heaven. Again, not God’s will. Because He loves us, He didn’t create us like robots and lets us choose Jesus and eternity with Him or not.

God’s will: That all confess Christ and none perish for eternity.

God’s will not happening: People reject Jesus as their Lord and Savior for themselves and choose hell instead.

“But the Pharisees and lawyers rejected the will of God for themselves, not having been baptized by him,” (Luke 7:30). 

God’s will: Receive the baptism by John the baptist (God’s will before Jesus got His ministry going).

God’s will not happening: They outright rejected what God told them to do using John the baptist to speak to them regarding His command at that time.

“They certainly shall not see the land of which I swore to their fathers, nor shall any of those who rejected Me see it. But My servant Caleb, because he has a different spirit in him and has followed Me fully, I will bring into the land where he went, and his descendants shall inherit it,” (Numbers 14:23-24). 

God’s will: For all the children of Israel to believe Him and His will for them when He said the land was theirs despite the giants there. We see Caleb accepted God’s word, promise, and will for Himself as truth and did enter the land because he didn’t fear the giants there based on God telling him the land was theirs. By faith, he knew that also meant that God would also help them defeat the giants.

God’s will not happening: Most rejected His will for themselves – that the land was theirs – and therefore did not receive or get to enter the land and partake of His promise to them.

“Epaphras, who is one of you, a bondservant of Christ, greets you, always laboring fervently for you in prayers, that you may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God,” (Colossians 4:12).

This is so powerful to me right now! Thank You, Father, for using it to minister to me in such a mighty way by Your Holy Spirit.

See how Colossians 4:12 magnifies the importance of prayer and the massive consequences of prayerlessness? 

Epaphras was led by the Spirit in this. In order for them to stand firm in God’s will, He knew by God that it required “laboring fervently in prayers,” for them.

Wow, my Lord! Thank You so much for this incredible revelation. Colossians 4:12 in the NIV says it like this, “Epaphras, who is one of you and a servant of Christ Jesus, sends greetings. He is always wrestling in prayer for you, that you may stand firm in all the will of God, mature and fully assured.”

We are in such a spiritual battle that it requires a pray without ceasing, wrestling in prayer, in order to stay in God’s will.

This brings to mind, Matthew 6:10, “Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” This is why prayer is not an option but a must for anyone who desires to stand firm in God’s will. I have often cried, “Lord, keep me! I cannot keep myself.”

Why is this important?

Before I get to that, I must warn, because love warns, that there are a great many in the church who have been taught and have not checked the Word and sought the Lord for themselves to make sure what they were being taught was His truth, and therefore, spread lies about the will of God in ignorance. Many believe that God’s will always happens and happen automatically. This is far from what the Word teaches. And He’s our go to on the truth, of course. That belief is inspired by satan and has made its way into the church like a snake, vice gripping it into passivity as believing God’s will just happens makes for prayerless, apathetic, inactive children of God. We don’t have to be this way though. With God’s help, we can make that change right now and choose His truth and a life of prayer to be able to stand firm in all His will for us.

It’s important because it highlights prayer as a need if we desire to stand firm in God’s will for our lives and that His will clearly doesn’t always happen (because of prayerlessness and free will).

Praise

Father, thank You for being the best Teacher ever. Apart from You, we can do nothing. Not even understand Your Word. All glory and honor and praise to You for the revelations found in this word (post)! I bless Your name forever. Hallelujah!