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ASKING IN PRAYER WITH GREAT ASSURANCE Matthew 7:7-11

Within the unparalleled teaching of Christ in the Sermon on the Mount, our Lord now reveals the great privilege of praying. For many believers, this is a much-neglected privilege. If Abraham, Moses, Elijah or Daniel were here today; if they were to have the great and precious promises which we have, their power and impact would have been indescribable. We have great victories and great possibilities before us and they are ours for the asking. Every area of our lives can have a divine impartation; our spiritual and moral lives can be transformed and renewed; all our needs can be supernaturally supplied; all our situations and circumstances can be changed for the better; we can be holier, healthier and happier; we can be free from oppression and be victorious over all temptations; we can receive and experience abundant grace and strength to be all that the Lord has purposed for our lives – if only we would ask in prayer. The Lord has already assured us that “your Father knoweth what things ye have need of before ye ask Him” (Matthew 6:8). Let us learn to ask Him; let us reverse the Persian decree and make a decree within ourselves not to ask a petition of men but of God, making our requests known unto God (Daniel 6:6-10; Philippians 4:6). Practise asking God for your needs and expecting an answer until praying in faith becomes a habit.

1. UNLIMITED PROMISES FOR ALL BELIEVERS

Matthew 7:7,8; 21:21,22; John 14:12-14; 15:7,16; 16:23,24; James 1:5-8;

1 John 3:19-22; 5:11-15.

All believers have been given “exceeding great and precious promises.” “All things that pertain unto life and godliness” have been given unto us (2 Peter 1:3,4; Romans 8:32). All we need to do is “ask” in prayer. The Lord has put great emphasis on asking. The word “ask” appears in every verse of Matthew 7:7-11. “Ask, and it shall be given you” (verse 7). “For every one that asketh receiveth” (verse 8). “If his son ask bread” (verse 9). “Or if he ask a fish” (verse 10). “How much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask Him?” (verse 11). Moreover, the first letters of the words, Ask, Seek, Knock form the word ASK. Many of us lack physically and spiritually because we do not ask God in prayer as we ought to. “Ye have not because ye ask not” (James 4:2).

Here, our Lord teaches on prayer as a privilege as well as a precept. It will be strange for a son to always ask strangers to supply his needs and never ask the Father. It is dishonouring to God if His children are always asking people to meet their needs and never asking God Himself. The Lord commands us, ask. Ask God first, ask Him always, ask Him trusting, ask Him expectantly, ask Him as an obedient son asks a faithful Father and He will answer unfailingly. “Ask, and it shall be given you.”

2. UNANSWERED PRAYERS AND THE BARRIERS

Matthew 7:7,8; 20:20-23; 1 Samuel 12:19; 8:7,19,20; Hosea 13:9-11; James 4:3;Psalms 78:17,18; 106:14,15; Proverbs 1:24-30; 28:9; Zechariah 7:12,13;Isaiah 1:15-20.

No believer should have any of his prayers unanswered. Our redemptive right, family right, kingdom right guarantee answers to prayer as we walk with God, seek only His will and let the mind be in us which was also in Christ. Praying “according to His will” (1 John 5:14), helped by the Holy Spirit who knows the mind of God (Romans 8:26,27; 1 Corinthians 2:16) and desiring only what God desires, we can always expect answers to our prayers and we shall not be disappointed.

Are there hindrances and barriers? Why do we sometimes experience failure in having our prayers answered? Any failure we experience is always our fault (Deuteronomy 3:23-26; Joshua 7:11,12; 2 Samuel 12:15-23; Psalm 66:18; Ezekiel 14:1-6; Matthew 6:5-8; Luke 18:10-14). God is a faithful God. Remove the barriers and God will answer your prayer.

3. UNCLAIMED PROVISION OF BLESSINGS AND BENEFITS

Matthew 7:11; John 4:10; 2 Peter 1:3,4; 1 Kings 3:5-14; 2 Kings 2:9-15; Psalm 2:8;Jeremiah 33:3; Ezekiel 37:1-10; Zechariah 10:1; Luke 11:13; Matthew 18:18,19; Ephesians 3:20,21.

Parents delight in providing the necessities of life for their children. They readily provide food, daily needs and even good gifts for all their children without partiality or unhealthy preference. They are even willing to give toys to their infants but they become concerned if their adult sons always and only ask for toys. As we grow up, our needs and desires change to correspond to our growth and maturity. We discover that we need more than bread and fish and our parents notice our mental, social, physical, emotional, spiritual growth by the things we ask for. Our prayers often reveal whether we are baby christians, growing christians or mature christians.

There are great, uncommon promises and provision which we have not claimed. Many precious promises of grace for godliness and success in ministry and fruitfulness are ours. Let our prayers grow with our growth in knowledge and growth in Christ.

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Will you be known as a thankful person?

First Baptist Church of Rantoul, Illinois

Today’s Word
November 28, 2014
Bits of Information & Inspiration

Today in History
1739
– English revivalist George Whitefield wrote in a letter: “Follow after, but do not run before the blessed Spirit; if you do, although you may benefit others, and God may overrule everything for your own good, yet you will certainly destroy the peace of your own soul.”

Inspirational Words
Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe as you hold out the word of life—in order that I may boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor for nothing.
Philippians 2:14-16 (NIV)

Today’s Word
Give thanks to the Lord, call on his name; make known among the nations what he has done.
1 Chronicles 16:8…

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Rapture ready – tried and true

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Living a life in the Spirit of God is a blessing no religion on earth can offer. Life in the Spirit is the essence of Christianity. Christ takes you through every trial in life. Walking in the Spirit and not in the flesh is the sacred theme of the Holy Bible. This kind of life proves the heart is cleansed from sin by a living Christ and ready for the Rapture of the Church. Staying true to God is a life that gets better day by day and develops strength in the inner man. It builds confidence and faith that Christ takes care of every need in life no matter the situation. The tried and true life teaches believers in Christ  the reality of being a Christian. Recognition and consciousness of Christ on a daily level builds parenthood, son-ship, domestic relationships, happiness, joy, and confidence in life no religion can offer. Recognition and consciousness of…

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Bring Forth the Kingdom

Bill Tonnis Ministries

Luke 21:29-31
Jesus told his disciples a parable. “Consider the fig tree and all the other trees. When their buds burst open, you see for yourselves and know that summer is now near; in the same way, when you see these things happening, know that the kingdom of God is near.

Jesus consistently spoke about the “kingdom of God” not as some distant destination…but as being near. Everything that Jesus did was aimed at bringing this “kingdom of God” alive in the present. In the prayer that He taught His followers He instructed them to pray, “Your kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as in heaven” (Matthew 6:10). Please note the words, “on earth”! Jesus wants our cooperation in this endeavor by following Him in all His ways. Reach out to those on the fringes. Feed the hungry, clothe the naked, comfort the sick, and…

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A Week of Thanksgiving (Creation)

Faith and Footsteps

imageIt’s no surprise that I have a great affinity for the outdoors. I find a solemn strength in the creations of God. I am especially thankful for the evidence that nature provides for the existence of Him. The goodness of God is evident in all that is around me and my faith is rejuvenated every time I am at peace within nature. A calm beauty resides within even the smallest creatures and the vast abundance of them reminds me of God’s creativity and love. It’s amazing to know all of this was created simply for our pleasure and sustenance. It makes me that much more in awe of the Creator. At the end of creating our world God perceived that it was good and I would have to wholeheartedly agree!

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6 Reasons Why You Need A Strong Mentor In Your 20s

Thought Catalog

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Some of the most meaningful relationships we develop in our 20s are with those who push us to reach our full potential. No matter how insurmountable our goals may seem, a strong leader provides us with a clear example of what we are capable of. Here are a few reasons why we could all use such a mentor in our 20s.

1. We need to receive honest feedback.


There are two unproductive types of feedback that we regularly receive in our 20s: negative feedback from those who are there only to discourage us, and insincere feedback, from those who are more concerned with our emotional state than the truth. The role of a mentor is to strike the sweet spot in between — by highlighting our strengths convincingly enough to encourage us, but also pointing out where we have room to grow. We need those constructive nudges to push…

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THE HOUR KNOWETH NO MAN!

On a sunny afternoon, she stood up from her study chair, and went straight to the window. As she looked through, the popular third mainland bridge caught her attention! She gazed at the various cars on both lanes, going in different directions on top speed! Then she paused as a thought flashed through her mind: “Not all that leaves home, gets back home; not all that sees the breaking of a day, stays to experience the night”. Weird thought you say, but it is the fact! Then she said: What if all man can be pre-informed about his/her ‘last minute’ on earth or given the privilege to know the ‘last hour’ before rapture; probably, many will be prepared and make things right! But she arrived at the conclusion that: “The Hour: Knoweth no man!”

Everyone set out for different missions at different times, on each day; but not everyone reach their destinations! We’ve heard stories like:
-The woman went out to make her hair in preparation for the week; but had an accident on her way back…
-The man said he was going to the supermarket, but slumped and died…
-The young man only complained of slight headache, and now he’s no more…
-The young lady just got back from church, slept, and that was the end…
But my question is: WERE THEY PREPARED FOR DEATH; probably NO! Whether we like it or not, either by death or rapture; ONE DAY, we’ll all leave this world! Irrespective of our position, wealth, fame, title; ONE thing is inevitable if Jesus tarry; and that is DEATH!

My dear brothers/sisters, do you have an idea of that ‘last hour’? Matthew 24:36: “But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only”. Beloved, won’t it be wise to yield your life totally to God, put on the robe of righteousness, and live each day with eternity in view? Scared of being called names; isn’t it better to be ridiculed here just for the sake of Christ and be celebrated in Heaven by Christ? Is anything too big to sacrifice for the great glory above? When a man crosses to the ‘other side’, he/she can NEVER return here to make whatever amendments; whoever is gone, is gone forever to receive either CONDEMNATION or COMMENDATION based on his/her work/actions here on earth! I put this question to us all: “Where will you spend eternity? When death comes knocking, what state will it find you? When rapture takes place, will you be prepared?” Remember, only the pure in heart shall see God(Matthew 5:8). Still playing with sin? Jesus is crying out to you now to COME; won’t you heed His call? Would you rather wait till the word ‘COME’ changes to ‘DEPART’ on that judgement day? Return to Jesus now, for tomorrow may be too late!

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REPENT or PERISH!!!

One of the hardest things for men and women to do is to repent of their sins. Repentance is a direct challenge to man’s will power. It demands that he humble himself before God, and give up everything that is contrary to his will. The holy demands of repentance have kept many of the highminded out of the kingdom of God. Repentance is a duty imposed upon all mankind. It is a plain command of God, and no man can refuse to repent without bearing the responsibility that must come upon him. When Jesus gave the world-wide commission, He said, “That repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations . . . (Luke 24:47). Paul said that, “God now commandeth all men every where to repent” (Acts 17:30). Can anyone read these scriptures and conclude that he can be saved without repentance? Surely not! Let us clear away some of the misunderstanding about repentance by learning what it is NOT. In the first place, repentance is not simply being afraid. Paul convicted Felix of his sins, Felix trembled with fear but he did not repent and turn (Acts 24:25). There are many people today who are afraid when they think of their sinfulness, but they, like Felix, refuse to repent, and die without hope. In the second place, repentance is not simply being sorry that one has sinned. The murderers of Jesus sorrowed on Pentecost at Peter’s preaching. They were pierced in their hearts by godly sorrow. Yet they were told to repent (Acts 2:38). Their sorrow was godly because it was produced by their faith in gospel preaching; but it was not repentance. In the third place, repentance is not simply and solely a reformation of life, A man may quit sin and yet not repent toward God. He may quit because that particular sin renders him unpopular in his business or among his associates. Thus, he may reform his life for selfish reasons, but such reformation is not repentance. Simply stated, repentance is a change of mind, or will, based upon godly sorrow (II Corinthians 7:10), and resulting in a manner of life directed by Christ (Acts 26:20). Our Lord gave us an example of repentance which we can all understand, He said, “A certain man had two sons; and he came to the first, and said, Son, go work today in my vineyard, He answered and said, I will not: but afterward he repented, and went” (Matthew 21-28-29). This boy began to reflect on what he had done, and he realized that he had disobeyed his father, He became conscious of the fact that he sinned against his father, who was responsible for his very existence, and when he came to himself, he acknowledge that wrong, and then corrected it. He changed HIS MIND (repented) and did that which he said he would not do. Jesus said that was repentance. Christ said to the Pharisees that, “The men of Nineveh shall rise in judgement with this generation, and shall condemn it; because they repented at the preaching of Jonas; and, behold, a greater than Jonas is here” (Matthew 12:41). Jesus here says that the men of Nineveh repented at the preaching of Jonas. The Bible says: “God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way (Jonah 3:10). The preaching of the prophet of God changed the mind of the Ninevites, and this change led them to turn from their evil way. This change of mind was repentance. The Lord has given men two motives as the means of bringing them to repentance. The first motive is fear. The Bible writers say, “We must all appear before the judgement seat of Christ; that everyone may receive the things done in his body, according to that he has done, whether it be good or bad. Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men” (II Corinthians 5:10-11). This statement, and all the warnings in the Bible are intended to move us to repent of our sins. The second motive God uses to bring about repentance is love. The Bible says, “. . . not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance” (Romans 2:4). The goodness of God is revealed in the life and death of His only Son, Jesus Christ. As we study the life of our Lord, and see the beauty of holiness manifested through His earthly pilgrimage, then follow Him to Calvary and watch Him suffer there, dying for our sins, making it possible for poor sinners to be saved, and to become children of God, we ask why all this flow of love, why all this display of goodness? What wondrous love, 0 my soul! And the answer comes back in the Bible, “The goodness of God leadeth these to repentance.”

HIGHER GROUND

We should learn never to settle for little but ASPIRE for MORE. Nothing can keep us from our dreams if we really dare to set our faces, focus our strength on attaining our higher ground… Reminds me of the song ‘Higher Ground’

I’m pressing on the upward way,
New heights I’m gaining every day;
Still praying as I’m onward bound,
“Lord, plant my feet on higher ground.”
Refrain:
Lord, lift me up and let me stand,
By faith, on Heaven’s tableland,
A higher plane than I have found;
Lord, plant my feet on higher ground.
My heart has no desire to stay
Where doubts arise and fears dismay;
Though some may dwell where those
abound,
My prayer, my aim, is higher ground.
I want to live above the world,
Though Satan’s darts at me are hurled;
For faith has caught the joyful sound,
The song of saints on higher ground.
I want to scale the utmost height
And catch a gleam of glory bright;
But still I’ll pray till heav’n I’ve found,
“Lord, plant my feet on higher ground.”

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