Bethel Baptist Church

"For from Him and to Him and through Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever! Amen." Romans 11:36

Joe Teisan: April 2017

SHOULD WE KEEP ON PRAYING FOR THE SAME NEEDS? WHY MUST WE PRAY WITHOUT CEASING? ARE YOU CASTING ALL YOUR CARES UPON GOD?

Only the Bible tells us how to pray so that God will hear and answer. Scripture is God talking to us, and prayer is our talking to God. Prayer is needed for good health. It is an anti-depression safety valve. Are you stressed out with high blood pressure from sin, worry, hatred, anger and fear? “…casting all your cares [all your anxieties, all your worries, and all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares about you [with deepest affection, and watches over you very carefully] (1 Peter 5:7, Amplified Bible). “The earnest [heartfelt, continued] prayer of a righteous man makes tremendous power available [dynamic in its workings]” (James 5:16, Amp.).

“More things are wrought by prayer than this world dreams of” (Tennyson). “My words fly up, my thoughts remain below, words without thoughts never to heaven go” (Shakespeare). God’s “praise shall continually be on my lips” (Ps. 34:1).

Jesus encourages us to be persistent in prayer. In Matthew 7:7-8, “ask, seek and knock”, have continued or repeated action in the original Greek. “Keep on asking and it will be given you; keep on seeking and you will find; keep on knocking [reverently] and the door will be opened to you” (Amp.). Also see Luke 11:5-10. Keep on, keep on, keep on asking and thanking God for answering our many prayers. Prayer is not only the joyful heavenly stress and worry remover, but the path to God’s throne of unlimited blessings. It does not change God, but prayer changes us from seeking our own will to seeking God’s will.

What are the 11 nevers of prayer? Never pray, except in the name of Christ and for His sake (Jn. 17:23). Never pray outside of God’s will (Mt. 6:10. Never pray for the dead (Heb. 9:27). Never pray to the dead, including saints, the great mother goddess, and angels (Ex. 20:3-6). Never pray without faith in Christ, the only “mediator between God and men” (Jn. 17:23, 1 Tim. 2:5). Never pray doubting (James 1:5-8). Never pay money for free prayer (Heb. 4:16). Never pray to human beings, false gods, or idols (Ex. 20:3-6). Never pray to any, except the 3 persons of the Trinity (Mt. 28:19). Never pray to feed lusts or anything evil (James 4:3). Never brag or show off (Mt. 6:5).

As sublimely pictured by the Temple’s Golden Altar of Incense, our prayers rise continually before God’s throne (Ex. 30:1-10, Rev. 5:8). As you are praying, see clouds of sweet perfume rising to heaven. Unlock the day with morning prayer. Secure the night with thanking God for another day of hearing our prayers. Never try to accomplish anything without the help of Jesus. “You have not, because you ask not” (James 4:2). “Seek the Lord and His strength, seek His face continually … He hears the prayers of the righteous … The eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous, and His ears are open to their cry … Offer to God thanksgiving … and never ceasing praise” (1 Ch. 16:11, Pr. 15:8,29, Ps. 34:15, 50:14). “Call upon Him in truth … forget not all His benefits … My house shall be called a house of prayer for all people” (Ps. 145:18, Is. 56:7).

“Delight … in the Lord; and He shall give you the desires of your heart … Praise the Lord, O my soul and all that is within me, praise His Holy name” (Ps. 37:4-5, 103:1-2). “Whatever you shall ask the Father in My name, He will give it to you” (John 16:23). “Be unceasing in prayer”

(1 Thess. 5:17, Amplified Bible).

Joseph A. Teisan