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“Has The Lord Ever Given You A Stone Instead Of Bread?”

Today’s Daily Devotional from Pastor Andrew Bills

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Has The Lord Ever Given You A Stone Instead Of Bread?”

Have you ever earnestly prayed for something and later greatly regretted that you got it?  There are both biblical and modern day examples in which God eventually granted the persistent yet stubborn and imprudent prayers of his people of which they later lamented or mourned over, repented from or were very sorry about.

If hindsight has taught you anything, you should be anxious for nothing and be careful what you’re repeatedly asking from The Lord to give you.  Sometimes God grants to people what they foolishly, selfishly, lustfully and sinfully consistently want and cry out to Him for.

Such was the case of Israel as they began to repeatedly cry out to God for a king. Then in 1 Samuel 8:9 NASB, God gave The Prophet Samuel the following information and instructions, “Now then, listen to their voice; however, you shall solemnly warn them and tell them of the procedure of the king who will reign over them.”

Israel wanted to be like the other nations and relentlessly pressed in on The Prophet Samuel to make God give them a king.  They wanted the pomp &  circumstance, the splendor of the marching army with proud colors and the parades that the other nations exhibited. 

Their pursuit demonstrated their ingratitude towards The Lord that had brought them to where they were and now they believed they were more capable of directing their own affairs from there.

So a tall, humble, handsome, intelligent looking and strong young man named Saul was chosen to be their new king.  But as the years passed and history records, he became evil, hateful, jealous, deceitful, enraged, greedy and deranged as he constantly disobeyed and turned his back on God.  God gave them exactly the type of king they requested but later they totally regretted that decision.

Have You Ever Prayed For Bread And Received A Stone Instead?   I’ve personally counseled women who’s hearts have been crushed from marrying men they requested from God.  Believing that they could change them into a more perfect husband, time only revealed that these women experienced bigger demons. 

There have been some men who believed that a certain business venture or career change was God’s best for them only to encounter a satanic entrapment, financial ruin and years of painful stress as they’ve later attempted to rebuild their lives.

Many couples have invested their financial savings into the hands of an investor only to later discover that he was unscrupulous, a wolf in sheep’s clothing and robbed them of their hard earned savings.

If you’ve made any mistakes in any of these areas, then learn that while experience has become a teacher, you don’t have to let it become your undertaker.  Ask The Lord for forgiveness and allow His Word to renew you and His Holy Spirit to heal, restore, rebuild and lead you onward.

We may not know what is actually the best for us, so be careful what you repeatedly ask of God.  Don’t become over anxious or too quick to jump into anything.  Make sure you’re listening to and following the leading of The Holy Spirit of God.  It’s no harm to seek some godly advice from a spirit filled pastor or even ask other Christians to pray with you before making certain decisions or choices.  

It’s no harm at all to even ask God for a “spiritual confirmation” before making some life changing major decisions.   Another good piece of information is to step back away from it for a brief period and get before The Lord in fasting and prayer, then take another look and see what God is saying to your heart.

Make sure it’s in His best interest because He really is concerned about you. Your welfare means so much to The Lord that He gave His life upon the cross because He always has your best interest in His Eternal Plan.

“Are you aware that prayer doesn’t make things easy, but it always makes things change?”

Today’s Daily Devotional from Pastor Andrew Bills

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 Are you aware that prayer doesn’t make things easy, but it always makes things change?”

Have You Really Asked The Lord To Help You?  There are many different Scriptures throughout the Bible that encourage believers that are experiencing a variety of stressful circumstances and painful situations to PRAY.

While prayer is one of the most talked about subjects in Christian circles, it’s the least performed or often conducted with the wrong motives.  God declares in  James 4: 2-3 NIV that “You desire but do not have, so you kill. You covet but you cannot get what you want, so you quarrel and fight. You do not have because you do not ask God. When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.”

But, with correct motivation, Jesus gave us one of the greatest promises for obtaining whatever we need as He was concluding His Sermon On The Mount.  In Matthew 7:7 Jesus said, “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.”

Here, our Lord not only encourages us to pray but promises that God will respond to our petitions.  While prayer is the process through which we are to obtain things from God, this verse has special significance because believers are given the three different methods of how we are to obtain things that we need from God, which are through “Asking, Seeking and Knocking.”

Ask implies a simple request or petition, in humility but with confidence, where believers ask for things that are consistent with His promise to give, that which will be best for you and that which will bring Him glory and praise.

Seek denotes application.  It means to earnestly pursue after and to be diligent in your search.  This does not mean that “every now and then” you haphazardly look for when you are seeking.  No, it denotes a “passionate and on-going” quest at all costs.  If you want to see the hand of God moving in your life then seek His face, for those that diligently seek Him shall find Him.  (Read Hebrews 11:6)

Knock shows endurance, persistence or perseverance despite any hindrances, obstacles, opposition or barriers of any kind.

While this verse indeed is a wonderful promise from our Lord, it is not to be considered as a “blank check” type of doctrine regarding prayer.  The point here in this passage of scripture is not that God will randomly give us anything that we foolishly, lustfully, selfishly or sinfully want but that we are to be diligent to ask in faith without doubting and to make full use of the means by which He grants blessings.

Therefore, we are encouraged to always ask God for His help through prayer and not faint.   Remember that prayer doesn’t make things easy, but it always makes things change.

THEREFORE, HAVE FAITH IN GOD!

“How Bad Do You Really Want It?”

Daily Devotional from Pastor Andrew Bills

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How Bad Do You Really Want It?”

How Great Is Your Desire To See God Move In Your Life? 

The miraculous works of God are always the result of a deep, inner and insatiable desire for a change.  God isn’t moved to orchestrate in our hearts or affairs because a person quickly mumbles some “off the cuff” prayer without any thought behind it. 

No, God is always moved to intervene from those who diligently, passionately, intimately and faithfully seek Him.  And this kind of prayer usually involves both sacrificial time and hard work as one seeks to pierce through their darkness, prevail through their pains and persevere right into the throne room of God’s grace.

We are given an excellent example of this in 1st Samuel 1: 9-18 in the brief story of Hannah.  Hannah was childless and couldn’t take being barren anymore, so she pleaded and poured out her soul before God.

Here In verse 11, Hannah’s prayers being mingled with tears cries out, “LORD Almighty, if you will only look on your servant’s misery and remember me, and not forget your servant but give her a son, then I will give him to the LORD for all the days of his life, and no razor will ever be used on his head.”

Her vow here implies that he would be consecrated to the Lord from his infancy to his death, to serve him, and minister unto him in the sanctuary, fully dedicating him to the tabernacle service;  and that he should not only act as a Levite, but as a Nazarite, on whose head no razor should ever pass.

Being unwilling to let the Lord go until she received some sort of promise or satisfaction, she continued praying in her heart.  There, her distorted appearance with uplifted eyes and hands were observed by the priest, who not hearing any words but seeing her lips move, initially though she was intoxicated from wine.

Then in verses 15-16 it says,Not so, my lord,” Hannah replied, “I am a woman who is deeply troubled. I have not been drinking wine or beer; I was pouring out my soul to the LORD.  Do not take your servant for a wicked woman; I have been praying here out of my great anguish and grief.”

Out of the abundance of her heart, Hannah began to vent and make known her desires to The Lord.  And the Lord remembered Hannah and gave her the power to conceive and she brought forth a son and called his name Samuel.

Let us be reminded of the promise given in Matthew 6:6 by Jesus himself,But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.”

Is there some place where you can go and have your secret devotions?  A place where you may be alone with God?  If you really need to speak with God then you will create the place and the time needed to really get before the Lord like Hannah.

There’s a reward, power and anointing that comes out of prevailing and persistent prayer that cannot be derived from anywhere else.

Remember the words from James 4:3 which declare that “You have not because you ask not or ask amiss.” When you ask, don’t ask with the wrong motives of self-indulgence or carnal gratification, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.  On some occasions you even if you do pray, you do it only that you may live in splendor to pamper your lusts.   No, always come before His presence with the right intentions and purpose of heart. 

Remember, whatever’s ahead of you is never as great as the power that’s with you.  And according to His gracious promises, He will move in your life and affairs, through the mighty name of Jesus Christ.

THEREFORE, HAVE FAITH IN GOD!

 

“Facing Your Problems On Your Knees Will Enable You To Stand On Your Feet”

A Special New Year’s Devotional From Pastor Andrew Bills

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Facing Your Problems On Your Knees Will Enable You To Stand On Your  Feet

As we enter this brand new year, many are searching for answers,  settings new goals, making new year’s resolutions or establishing new plans to take them through this year.

 

It’s important to remember that whatever’s ahead of you is never as great as the power that’s within you.  Never be willing to accept conditions the way they are because through consistent, prevailing and effective prayer, God always moves in dynamic and glorious ways.

 

In the book of 2nd Kings, chapter 19, the nation of Judah had been invaded.  Jerusalem was totally surrounded by a vicious, threatening, and blasphemous enemy.  King Hezekiah didn’t have the military strength to stand up against their opposition or might.

 

The enemy attempted to scare them into submission and tried to persuade them into surrendering by intensifying their opposition, tightening their grip around the city, bringing doubt, confusion, and unbelief to their minds, trying to paralyze them with great fear.

 

Their evil general shouted over the walls of the city, “Your god is deceiving you, look at all the other surrounding nations, see how they have fallen!  Their gods couldn’t save them and neither will yours!”  SURRENDER!!!  Then they dispatched a special letter to King Hezekiah, re-stating their threats and plans.

 

2nd Kings 19:14 says, “And Hezekiah received the letter by the hand of the messengers, and read it; and Hezekiah went up into the house of the Lord, and spread it before the Lord.” 

 

Now, may I ask you a personal question: “What do you do when you’re facing a difficult situation?”

 

Well, here’s a number of possibilities:

 

1.Try to figure out your own plan of action (creating plans B, C, D or more)

2.   Worry over it

3.    Ask friends, relatives, or different groups for their advice

4.    Attempt to work out a bargain with the opposition

5.   Ignore it and act like the problem will correct itself or just go away

6.    Try to get sympathy from those around you

7.   Plan revenge

8.    Run away from it all

9.     Have an emotional breakdown, cry, just give up, and die.

10.Stay in bed, pull the covers up over your head, and never leave the house

11.   Get high so you don’t have to think about it.

 

Perhaps you’ve already tried some of these negative things before and have discovered their ineffectiveness. 

 

Or you can do like Hezekiah did and Spread It Before The Lord

 

Might I strongly encourage you by saying that the absence of prayer will mean the absence of fruitful, rightful, positive, and Godly results in your situation and in your life.

 

Hezekiah spread it before the Lord, not that God needed to read it.  For God knew what was in it before Hezekiah did.  God was very much aware of the profane words that were being spoken outside the city’s gates and even in the council chambers of the evil king with his generals.

 

In spreading it before The Lord, Hezekiah was acknowledging God.  Proverbs 3:5-6 says, “Trust in The Lord with all your heart, and lean not unto your own understanding.  In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct your paths.”

 

Now, please take careful notice of the 4 things Hezekiah did when he spread it before The Lord:

 

1.    He first adored, worshipped, and glorified God, whom the enemy had blasphemed. I always suggest that you begin by giving worship and thanksgiving.  True worship is your method of “attacking back.”  It has been rightfully said that “when praises go up, blessings come down.”

 

2.    Secondly, his prayer appealed to God concerning the profane and evil letter.  He literally was saying to God, “Here it is in black and white!” We are to take our burdens to The Lord and upon presenting them to Him, leave them there.

 

3.     Next while acknowledging the enemy’s victories over the other nation’s and their heathen gods (which were the works of men’s hands), he clearly distinguished between them and the one true living God.  Now, just reflect for a moment, what has He done for you in the past?  Can you name a few things?  How many blessings can you count or remember?  Might I personally just share a moment in my life, when facing one extreme crisis, The Holy Spirit spoke to my heart and mind these words, “Can you ever name a time that I didn’t answer your prayer?”  Once said, the atmosphere immediately went from being stressed to being blessed and thankful.

 

4.   Finally, Hezekiah asked for God’s salvation, deliverance, intervention and power that His Name may be further glorified throughout all the world.  And God’s grace, mercy, love, divine intervention, spiritual guidance, and supernatural power are all still alive and very much at work today….   EVEN FOR YOU!

 

God always has HIS method of encouraging our hearts.  After praying, God immediately assured Hezekiah by sending the Prophet Isaiah with the special words of encouragement.

 

Please read 2nd Kings chapter 19, verses 20-34 to get the fullness of the impacting prophesy.

 

But, God was taking it Personal, as if saying, “When you attack mine – then you’re attacking me!  And He proclaimed that “not one arrow would be shot there!” (see verse 32) 

 

That night, The Lord supernaturally intervened by sending a destroying angel in the midst of the enemy’s camp, killing 185,000 soldiers  which was the majority of their troops. (read verses 35-37)

 

The rest that survived, fled in shame, never forgetting what happened to them.  Their pride was reduced to confusion and fear.  In flight, the evil king’s own 2 sons murdered him. (see verse 37)

 

 Yes, Hezekiah didn’t have the military force to attack or withstand them.  But, God is always ABLE to make a way, when there seems to be no way, for those that worship, serve, and love Him.

 

Psalms 20:6-7 says, “The Lord saves his anointed with the saving strength of his right hand.  Some trust in and boast of chariots and some of horses; but we will trust in and boast of the name of The Lord our God.” (The Amplified Bible)

 

In conclusion, may I just remind you that during the hard times or difficult situations, we serve the same True and Living God.  The very one that created everything out of absolutely nothing, opened the Red Sea, brought water from a rock, kept Daniel alive in the lion’s den, and raised Jesus Christ from the cold dark tomb for our salvation.

 

Our God IS Still Very Much Alive and just like the three Hebrew boys, He can bring you up from the ashes, without any evidence that you’ve been in the smoke, the flames, and in the fire.

 

Remember, fight all your battles on your knees and you’ll be able to stand on your feet.

 

“Why Is It That Believers Often Fail To Pray?”

Today’s Daily Devotional From Pastor Andrew Bills

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Why Is It That Believers Often Fail To Pray?”

Have you missed your time with Him?  Perhaps you’ve neglected time with God because of doubt, too busy of a schedule, or your lack of understanding of the effects and power of prayer, both in the spiritual realm and in the physical realm of your life. God wants you to establish a LOVE RELATIONSHIP WITH HIM, which involves communication. He wants you to realize that when you pray, HE WILL MOVE IN YOUR LIFE AND CIRCUMSTANCES. But if you don’t pray, you ‘re limiting the power of God in your life.

As we look at Biblical and secular history, there should be no doubt that prayer has brought salvation to the lost, healing to the sick, strength to the weak, food to the hungry,  life to the dead, deliverance to the oppressed and victory to those facing defeat.   God has a lengthy, faithful and proven history of impacting the lives of those who chose to pray.

While prayer is one of the most talked about subjects in our churches, ministry broadcasts, and Christian circles today, WHY HASN’T PRAYER BECOME THE  PRIORITY IN THE LIVES OF EVERY BELIEVER?

Christians will talk about prayer, say that they believe in prayer, and can even explain the importance of prayer, BUT WHY IS PRAYER SO OFTEN NEGLECTED?

Do you know that Satan doesn’t want you inspired, encouraged, strengthened, growing in faith, delivered, joyful and blessed?  He knows that if he can keep you miserable, fearful, doubtful, discouraged, stressed, mad and weak, then you’ll  remain helpless, hopeless, frustrated, PRAYER-LESS, wandering aimlessly through life and even mad at God.  For the devil knows that it’s in prayer that a believer encounters and experiences God.

The devil has even convinced some of you that all the promises of God are for someone else, but not you.  But, that’s a lie from the very pit of hell.

The power of effective prayer can be seen in the lives of many throughout the pages of scripture.  Through prayer, Hannah, who was childless, prayed and Samuel was born. (Read 1st Samuel, Chapter 1-2)

Through prayer, Elijah changed the weather conditions and it didn’t rain for 3 ½ years in Israel. (Read 1st Kings, Chapter 17)

Through prayer, Hezekiah was healed and 15 more years were added to his life. (Read 2nd Kings, Chapter 20).

The Lord Jesus Christ himself gave us many wonderful promises regarding prayer and how He would move in our lives and affairs if you would seek God’s face and stand on His Word.  (Read John 15:7)

In Luke 18:1 The Lord Jesus himself said that “Men should always pray and not faint.”  We clearly need to understand that in itself, prayer is not the answer.  GOD IS!”  But, He has instructed us and still encourages believers to involve Him in every aspect of their lives by having an intimate communion with Christ through prayer.

Did you know that when you pray, God releases angels to stand right by your side?  Yes, these ministering spirits are dispatched from the very throne-room of God to stand guard and protect as you’re trusting Christ.

There’s nothing too hard for The Lord to do, but without prevailing or effective prayer, you’ll only get what life throws at you.  So, why should you settle for anything less than walking in God’s Spirit and experiencing His mighty hand and wonderful grace at work in your life?

 Learn to put prayer first!  There’s nothing better than to arise early and start your day off with prayer.  Learn to schedule your entire day around your communication and time of intimacy with your Heavenly Father.   He guarantees that your life will never be the same.

How Bad Do You Really Want It?

Today’s Daily Devotional from Pastor Andrew Bills

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How Bad Do You Really Want It?”

How Great Is Your Desire To See God Move In Your Life?  The miraculous works of God are always the result of a deep, inner and insatiable desire for a change.  God isn’t moved to orchestrate in our hearts or affairs because a person quickly mumbles some “off the cuff” prayer without any thought behind it. 

No, God is always moved to intervene from those who diligently, passionately, intimately and faithfully seek Him.  And this kind of prayer usually involves both sacrificial time and hard work as one seeks to pierce through their darkness, prevail through their pains and persevere right into the throne room of God’s grace.

We are given an excellent example of this in 1st Samuel 1: 9-18 in the brief story of Hannah.  Hannah was childless and couldn’t take being barren anymore, so she pleaded and poured out her soul before God.

Here In verse 11, Hannah’s prayers being mingled with tears cries out, “LORD Almighty, if you will only look on your servant’s misery and remember me, and not forget your servant but give her a son, then I will give him to the LORD for all the days of his life, and no razor will ever be used on his head.”

Her vow here implies that he would be consecrated to the Lord from his infancy to his death, to serve him, and minister unto him in the sanctuary, fully dedicating him to the tabernacle service;  and that he should not only act as a Levite, but as a Nazarite, on whose head no razor should ever pass.

Being unwilling to let the Lord go until she received some sort of promise or satisfaction, she continued praying in her heart.  There, her distorted appearance with uplifted eyes and hands were observed by the priest, who not hearing any words but seeing her lips move, initially though she was intoxicated from wine.

Then in verses 15-16 it says,Not so, my lord,” Hannah replied, “I am a woman who is deeply troubled. I have not been drinking wine or beer; I was pouring out my soul to the LORD.  Do not take your servant for a wicked woman; I have been praying here out of my great anguish and grief.”

Out of the abundance of her heart, Hannah began to vent and make known her desires to The Lord.  And the Lord remembered Hannah and gave her the power to conceive and she brought forth a son and called his name Samuel.

Let us be reminded of the promise given in Matthew 6:6 by Jesus himself,But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.”

Is there some place where you can go and have your secret devotions?  A place where you may be alone with God?  If you really need to speak with God then you will create the place and the time needed to really get before the Lord like Hannah.

There’s a reward, power and anointing that comes out of prevailing and persistent prayer that cannot be derived from anywhere else.

Remember the words from James 4:3 which declare that “You have not because you ask not or ask amiss.” When you ask, don’t ask with the wrong motives of self-indulgence or carnal gratification, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.  On some occasions you even if you do pray, you do it only that you may live in splendor to pamper your lusts.   No, always come before His presence with the right intentions and purpose of heart. 

Remember, whatever’s ahead of you is never as great as the power that’s with you.  And according to His gracious promises, He will move in your life and affairs, through the mighty name of Jesus Christ.

THEREFORE, HAVE FAITH IN GOD!

 

Daily Devotional – “Have You Really Asked The Lord To Help You?”

Today’s Daily Devotional from Pastor Andrew Bills

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Have You Really Asked The Lord To Help You?”

Are you aware that prayer doesn’t make things easy, but it always makes things change?

There are many different Scriptures throughout the Bible that encourage believers that are experiencing a variety of stressful circumstances and painful situations to PRAY.

While prayer is one of the most talked about subjects in Christian circles, it’s the least performed or often conducted with the wrong motives.  God declares in  James 4: 2-3 NIV that “You desire but do not have, so you kill. You covet but you cannot get what you want, so you quarrel and fight. You do not have because you do not ask God. When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.”

But, with correct motivation, Jesus gave us one of the greatest promises for obtaining whatever we need as He was concluding His Sermon On The Mount.  In Matthew 7:7 Jesus said, “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.”

Here, our Lord not only encourages us to pray but promises that God will respond to our petitions.  While prayer is the process through which we are to obtain things from God, this verse has special significance because believers are given the three different methods of how we are to obtain things that we need from God, which are through “Asking, Seeking and Knocking.”

Ask implies a simple request or petition, in humility but with confidence, where believers ask for things that are consistent with His promise to give, that which will be best for you and that which will bring Him glory and praise.

Seek denotes application.  It means to earnestly pursue after and to be diligent in your search.  This does not mean that “every now and then” you haphazardly look for when you are seeking.  No, it denotes a “passionate and on-going” quest at all costs.  If you want to see the hand of God moving in your life then seek His face, for those that diligently seek Him shall find Him.  (Read Hebrews 11:6)

Knock shows endurance, persistence or perseverance despite any hindrances, obstacles, opposition or barriers of any kind.

While this verse indeed is a wonderful promise from our Lord, it is not to be considered as a “blank check” type of doctrine regarding prayer.  The point here in this passage of scripture is not that God will randomly give us anything that we foolishly, lustfully, selfishly or sinfully want but that we are to be diligent to ask in faith without doubting and to make full use of the means by which He grants blessings.

Therefore, we are encouraged to always ask God for His help through prayer and not faint.   Remember that prayer doesn’t make things easy, but it always makes things change.

THEREFORE, HAVE FAITH IN GOD!

Daily Devotional – “How Great Is Your Desire To See God Move In Your Life?”

Daily Devotional from Pastor Andrew Bills

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How Great Is Your Desire To See God Move In Your Life?”

The miraculous works of God are always the result of a deep, inner and insatiable desire for a change.  God isn’t moved or compelled to orchestrate in our hearts or affairs because a person quickly mumbles some “off the cuff” prayer without any thought behind it. 

No, God is always moved to intervene for those who diligently, passionately, intimately and faithfully seek Him.  And this kind of prayer usually involves both sacrificial time and hard work, as one seeks to pierce through their darkness, prevail through their pains, and persevere right into the throne room of God’s grace.

We are given an excellent example of this in 1st Samuel 1: 9-18 in the brief story of Hannah.  Hannah was childless and grieved; she couldn’t tolerate being barren any longer, so she pleaded and poured out her soul before God.

Here In verse 11, Hannah’s prayers were cried out as they were mingled with her tears, “LORD Almighty, if you will only look on your servant’s misery and remember me, and not forget your servant, but give her a son. Then I will give him to the LORD for all the days of his life, and no razor will ever be used on his head.”

Her vow here implies that he would be consecrated to the Lord from his infancy to his death, to serve him, and minister unto him in the sanctuary, fully dedicating him to the tabernacle service;  and that he should not only act as a Levite, but as a Nazarite, on whose head no razor should ever pass.

Being unwilling to let the Lord go until she received some sort of promise or satisfaction, she continued praying in her heart.  In the temple as she prayed, her distorted appearance and uplifted eyes and hands were observed by the priest, who not hearing any words but seeing her lips move, initially though she was intoxicated from wine.

Then in verses 15-16 Hannah answers,Not so, my lord,” Hannah replied, “I am a woman who is deeply troubled. I have not been drinking wine or beer; I was pouring out my soul to the LORD.  Do not take your servant for a wicked woman; I have been praying here out of my great anguish and grief.”

Out of the abundance of her heart, Hannah began to vent and make known her desires to The Lord.  And the Lord remembered Hannah and gave her the power to conceive and she brought forth a son and called his name Samuel.

Let us be reminded of the promise given in Matthew 6:6 by Jesus himself,But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.”

Is there some place where you can go and have your secret devotions?  Is there a place where you may be alone with God to pour out your heart?  If you really want answers and need God to hear your petitions, you will create the place and the time needed to really get before the Lord, like Hannah, to pour out your heart and listen for his response in your spirit. You will give the Lord your time and make him a priority.

There’s a reward, power and anointing that comes out of prevailing and persistent prayer that cannot be derived from anywhere else.

Remember the words from James 4:3 which declare that “You have not because you ask not or ask amiss.” When you ask, don’t ask with the wrong motives of self-indulgence or carnal gratification, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.  On some occasions even if you do pray, you do it only that you may live in splendor to pamper your lusts.   No, always come before His presence with the right intentions and purpose of heart. 

Remember, whatever is ahead of you is never as great as the power that’s with you.  And according to His gracious promises, He will move in your life and affairs, through the mighty name of Jesus Christ.

THEREFORE, HAVE FAITH IN GOD!

Daily Devotional – “Will My Plans Fail If I Don’t Spend Time In Prayer?”

Today’s Daily Devotional from Pastor Andrew Bills

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Will My Plans Fail If I Don’t Spend Time In Prayer?

  

Do you realize that failure to pray simply reveals that you are willing or content to except all conditions and things the way they currently are?  It also declares that you believe you are fully capable to handle everything you’re facing or dealing with on your own. 

 

Now, I know that you wouldn’t consciously make a decision like that but that’s exactly what’s happening when you don’t spend quality time in God’s presence and express your heart before Him.  And perhaps that’s why you’re at the place where you are right now.

 

While prayer is a definite indicator of one’s intimate relationship with and dependence on our Lord, God is not dependent on your prayers to do some things here on Earth.  But if you really want to experience God’s influence, power and effectiveness, prayer is just too important to neglect because it’s been established by God for your welfare and benefit.

 

There are too many opportunities, blessings and victories that God doesn’t want you to miss out on, so it’s through prayer and obedience to His Word that He desires for you to enter into His presence, do His Will and experience His Love, Mercy and Awesome Grace.  No wonder the devil tries so hard to keep you from spending time with God and then make you see things as difficult, impossible or just not for you.

 

In James 4:2 God says, “…you have not because you ask not.”   Then Jesus declared in John 15:7, “If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, you shall ask what you will, and it shall be done unto you.”

 

These scripture indicate that there are certain things that we cannot obtain or accomplish until we seek His face, pray for, and then believe Him to do. Because He is our Loving Heavenly Father, not only does He hear our requests, but according to The Apostle Paul in Ephesians 3:20 God is “more than able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us.”

 

Throughout the Bible, there are many different examples or types of prayers where individuals sought the face of God for His divine intervention and blessings that were written for our encouragement today.  There are prayers for deliverance in times of great crisis, prayers for physical healing, prayers for wisdom and divine guidance, prayers for miraculous doors to open, prayers for God’s favor and grace, prayers for boldness, prayers for provision and resources or needs to be met, and prayers of intercession for love ones.

 

Just like in these Biblical examples, your prayers will also make the difference and will have a tremendous impact in your faith, life, and in your surrounding affairs. What an awesome privilege it is to be in constant intimate contact and fellowship with our Creator, Redeemer and Almighty Lord.

 

Daily Devotional – “Before You Give Up And Let The Devil Win, Go Back And Pray Once Again!”

Today’s Daily Devotional from Pastor Andrew Bills

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“Before You Give Up And Let The Devil Win, Go Back And Pray Once Again!

One of the most important principles that we must always remember as we journey through life is, whenever there appears to be no hope, THERE’S ALWAYS GOD’S GRACE

1st Kings 17: 20-22 says, “Then he cried out to the LORD, “LORD my God, have you brought tragedy even on this widow I am staying with, by causing her son to die?” Then he stretched himself out on the boy three times and cried out to the LORD, “LORD my God, let this boy’s life return to him!” The LORD heard Elijah’s cry, and the boy’s life returned to him, and he lived.”

In this amazing story, we not only see the power of prevailing prayer, but the power of Him who always hears our prayers.

Elijah had been showed great kindness from a woman that was a widow.  During her extreme poverty, God through the prophet had blessed her for feeding and sustaining Elijah.  Then one day, without any prior warning, her son suddenly died.  In her tremendous grief and broken emotional state, she began to blame God and the prophet.  So, Elijah took the lifeless body of her son into his bedroom and began to cry out to The Lord.

Elijah knew he had no power to bring this boy to life, but he knew God had the power. So, he gave himself in prayer to God.  He prayed 3 times and spread himself over the lifeless body of the widow’s son and God heard and answered his prayer. 

Whether you’re laboring in prayer to win souls to Christ, because the condition of every one who is living without faith and confidence in God is compared in the Scriptures to spiritual death and the conversion of a soul is spoken of as bringing the dead to life.  Or if you’re laboring in prayer for the supplying of a need or to obtain a breakthrough in a certain pressing area, the truth still remains that “the effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much” – James 5:16

“So, Before You Give Up And Let The Devil Win, Go Back And Pray Once Again!

In Hebrews 4:16 NIV we are instructed and encouraged by this word from The Apostle, “Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”

Jesus Christ is our Great High Priest and His Grace and Power is there to save, deliver, strengthen, provide for, and help guide us through every adverse circumstance, negative situation, painful condition and satanic entrapment that you’re experiencing.

Seek His Face and You’ll See His Mighty Hand Move Amazingly In Your Life and Situation…..

THEREFORE, HAVE FAITH IN GOD!

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