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Prayer Tip: When Prayers Go ‘Unanswered’

When prayers go ‘unanswered’, the answer may have been “No.” or simply “Wait.”  (The tree of life in the Garden was good fruit enabling us to live forever but we mercifully must wait for heaven to eat it.)

But is it possible that ‘unanswered’ really means I didn’t get what I wanted when I wanted it?

Or James says it may be, “You don’t get what you ask because your whole aim is wrong – you want only what will give you pleasure. ..If your aim is to enjoy the evil pleasure of the unsaved world, you cannot also be a friend of God.  The Holy Spirit, whom God has placed within us, watches over us with tender jealousy.  But He gives us more and more strength to stand against all such evil longings.    (Jas. 4:3-6 LB)

God is all about transforming the desires and motives of our heart.

Why would God, who is jealous for my undivided love and worship – knowing that’s my created purpose –  give me something which in reality displaces Him or helps me go my own way and feel self-sufficient or mistakenly feel like I’m in control (like God) and can manage perfectly well on my own?  Anything that I look to for ‘real life’ and joy and fulfillment is my god.

Delight yourself in God (alone) and He will give you the desires of your heart.  Ps. 37:4

As I delight in Him my heart is changed and I want only what He wants – which He assures us is good, well pleasing, and perfect.  Rom. 12:2

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2016 Christmas Devotional Resources

As we enter the Christmas season, here are some resources to help guide your family in celebrating the birth of Jesus. Use these tools as a way to spend time together reading scripture and remembering God’s grace to us.


GBC Advent Devotional 2016 – FREE!


The Adventure of Christmas – $15
Also available in the GBC lobby for $15.

 


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Prayer Tip: What Can You Give God Today?

Have you ever stopped and asked God, “What can I give to You today?” 

We’re always in need and God is always generous and gives without reproach, so as His children we are certainly told to ask.  But have you ever just stopped and prayed, “God, what can I give to You?”

Why not stop and ask Him right now?  …Listen….what did He say?

Some of the immediate things I hear are:  worship, gratitude, praise, time – time to relax and just be with Him and enjoy Him.

Sometimes I hear things like:  all my worries, anxiety, bitterness and anger, all my cares and concerns, goals and dreams and plans and schedule.

Maybe one key to consider is ‘What do I have?’  ‘What am I holding on to?’  ‘What do I really treasure?’.

So what do you have in your hand, your mind, your heart?  Give it all to Him.

That’s real freedom!  That’s REAL life!

For more information on the Grace Bible Church Prayer Team, visit begrace.org/prayer.
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Prayer Tip: God Still Waits – Fast and Pray

“Yet even now,” declares the Lord, “return to me with all your heart, and with fasting weeping and mourning; and rend your heart and not your garments.” Now return to the Lord your God, for He is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger, abounding in lovingkindness and relenting of evil.  Joel 2:12-13

God, who determines the times and boundaries of nations, is giving US a little more time to reject the head-long pursuit of our own way and return to acknowledging Him as the source of our freedoms and the many blessing we have enjoyed as a nation.

And what is the key to our nation’s return to acknowledging God as God? We (the church) are.

…if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.      2 Chronicles 7:14

Let’s pray for ‘godly sorrow leading to genuine repentance’ (2 Cor. 7:10) for ourselves, our local church, and the church in America. And for this to happen, we need to experience ‘fear of God’, whatever that is. (see Psalm 36:1-2 NIV)

So I PRAY that the church in America and we as a nation come to know ‘fear of God’.

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Prayer Tip: Discouragement

When I don’t see much happening by way of ‘my ministry’, should I go somewhere else, some place where God is working and the harvest is plentiful?  Possibly.  God could be initiating a restlessness in preparation for a move.  Keep talking to God about it and staying open.

What came to my mind when I voiced this question to God was, “You can go anywhere in the world and at any time through the avenue of prayer….and make an impact.”

The Lord’s instruction upon pointing out that the harvest is plentiful was to, “Pray the Lord of the harvest to thrust out laborers into the harvest.”  Matt. 9:38

“(the) power of prayer can never be overrated. They who cannot serve God by preaching need not regret.  If a man can but pray he can do anything. He who knows how to overcome with God in prayer has Heaven and earth at his disposal.” – Charles Spurgeon

“The greatest thing anyone can do for God and man is pray.  You can do more than pray after you have prayed, but you cannot do more than pray until you have prayed.”  S.D. Gordon

Luke 18:1  Now He was telling them a parable to show that at all times they ought to pray and not to lose heart,..

OK! Now that you have prayed, go talk to somebody about Jesus.

For more information on the Grace Bible Church Prayer Team, visit begrace.org/prayer.
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Prayer Tip: Walking by Faith

Have you experienced a time when you were particularly impressed that you heard a promise from God for a particular need/request…. and then it didn’t happen?

What does faith say then?

I think of Job (13:15) after losing his children, possessions, and health, “Though He slay me, yet will I trust in Him.”

Or the 3 Hebrews faced with the fiery furnace, Dan. 3:17-18 “If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to save us from it, and he will rescue us from your hand, O king. But even if he does not, we want you to know, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.”

Habakkuk 3:17-19 Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will be joyful in God my Savior. The Sovereign LORD is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to go on the heights.

When we don’t understand and it feels like our need goes unmet, our tendency is to ‘give up on God’ and look somewhere else for help or simply despair that there is no help.  Consider the disciples’ response.

John 6:67-69 “You do not want to leave too, do you?” Jesus asked the Twelve. Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. We believe and know that you are the Holy One of God.”

 Remembering that His ways are much higher than ours and His purposes are much bigger and more glorious than ours, KEEP ON BELIEVING.  For the Scripture says, “WHOEVER BELIEVES IN HIM WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED.  Rom. 10:11

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Prayer Tip: Some Things to Pray for Our Nation – Part 3

Psalm 37:7-8 (NASB) Rest in the LORD and wait patiently for Him; Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way, Because of the man who carries out wicked schemes. Cease from anger and forsake wrath; Do not fret; it leads only to evildoing.

God is God. God is the only One who can turn our nation around and preserve the freedoms for which our founding fathers and others fought so hard and paid so dearly. Government and elected officials cannot bring true victory. 

Remember:

Dan. 2:21  He removes kings and establishes kings.

Prov. 21:1 the King’s heart is like channels of water in the hand of the Lord; He turns it wherever He wishes.

So the ‘battle’ will be won by prayer and fasting and believing God for deliverance. Whoever wins the election, God has promised to use to accomplish His purposes.  Consider:

Rom. 13:1b there is no authority except from God, and those which exist are established by God.

Lam. 3:37 Who is there who speaks and it comes to pass, unless the Lord has commanded it?

Isa. 14:24,27 The Lord of hosts has sworn saying, “Surely, just as I have intended so it has happened, and just as I have planned so it will stand,… for the Lord of hosts has planned, and who can frustrate it: And as for His stretched-out hand, who can turn it back?”

(Does anyone really think that is true only for the situation when it was written and that it’s not true today?!!)

The peace promised by God to those who pray (Phil. 4:6-7) comes by believing that God is the answer and that He is totally capable of using Democrats or Republicans or whoever to accomplish His purposes. His purpose? That all nations fear God and that all His people are conformed to the image of Christ.

After you pray, VOTE!  For some Biblical instruction on how to cast your ballet, listen to David Barton at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TuJTWLlsuGU&feature=youtu.be.

For more information on the Grace Bible Church Prayer Team, visit begrace.org/prayer.
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