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Praying The Word

Praying The Word
By Dennis Huebshman

AS my relationship with the Lord grows deeper, I have found that we can take much of His Word (Bible), and turn it into a prayer to Him. For example, Romans 3:23 says, “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” The Lord put this on Paul’s heart to pass on to us, and I know it definitely pertains to me. (emphasis mine)

First, I acknowledge God’s word as being absolute truth, and then I ask for His help. After reading the above verse, my response would be; “Father, I know there has been sin in my life, and even today there are times when I know I fall short and fail you. Thank you for providing the means that I can be forgiven. I look forward to receiving my new forever body, and new mindset, that will never be subject to sin again. In the meantime, I pray that the Holy Spirit will make my conscience even stronger daily to eliminate any habitual sin that I may have, and to give me protection from the evil one. I am so blessed to know you are always there to answer my call, and lift me up when I fall.”

Some may find it difficult or uncomfortable to take passages from the Bible, and generate a prayer from them. It’s not an automatic thing, and in my case, it took several years after I first read through the Bible for myself, before I came to be at ease with this. It has become more natural as time passes, but each person needs to initiate the process for themselves, if they wish to do so.

One thing to remember is that God Loves us more than we can ever begin to realize. Just read John 3:16-18 and Romans 5:8 as two examples of His endless love for us. Jesus spoke of how much the Father loved Him, and He brought that love into our lives. God even loves those who do not accept His Son, but He is fair and just, and will allow them to choose to be separated from Him forever. He does not use force to make us love Him, as that would not be a true loving relationship. He gives us chance after chance to repent and to call on Jesus to be our Savior. (2 Peter 3:9) Eventually, He will turn unbelievers over to the evil “prince of this world”. (2 Thessalonians 2:9-12)

Unlike humans, God would never lie (Titus 1:2), which is to our absolute benefit. When the Father makes a covenant, it’s forever and always. His covenant with Abraham is still in effect today, (Genesis 12:2-3) and His chosen have not been replaced by the Covenant of the Cross. There are evangelical groups today that will tell you the Jews are no longer in God’s favor. We have to remember that one of the reasons He will allow the 7-year tribulation is to discipline His chosen, as He has done many times in the past. At the end of that period of wrath, all surviving Israelites will believe in Jesus as their Messiah. Today, only about 1% to 2% of the total Jewish worldwide population are Messianic. Paul covered this in Romans 1:16, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for Salvation to everyone who believes; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”

All through history, God has brought discipline to the Israelites when they turned away from Him. However, He never abandoned them. They are the only people ever, that were taken away from their land and scattered all over the earth. Then, after more than 2000 years, they were brought back and declared themselves to be a sovereign nation on May 14, 1948. This is totally in keeping with Bible prophecy that places Israel in their land with Jerusalem as their capital before the Tribulation can take place. Our President’s recognition that Jerusalem is the true capital of Israel brings the end of this age even closer.

All events taking place in the Middle East, and even in the rest of the world are following the Bible as if it were being written today. The coalition that will go against Israel to try and take all the wealth that is there, has been formed exactly as Ezekiel 38 said it would be. That was written over 2500 years ago, and the members of that coalition had never banned together before until just within the last decade. God is setting the “hook” as told in Ezekiel 38:4. Each nation involved is on the brink of bankruptcy, and the massive oil and natural gas deposits recently discovered in Israel are too much to ignore.

For the unbelievers, the times are filled with hate and anxiety over everything that is taking place. For true believers, our faith is strengthened by knowing God’s plan is in place, and as Jesus said, “Look up, for your redemption draws nigh.” (Luke 21:28)

Several years ago, after reading Ephesians 6, I was inspired to write a prayer from it that can be applied every day. There have been some trying times, but the words of this prayer are asking the Father to strengthen and comfort us with His total grace and mercy:

“Most Merciful Heavenly Father: As I prepare to face another day in this sin-filled world, I call upon You in the name of my Savior, Jesus the Christ, to provide me with the full armor of protection against the evil one.

If it be Thy will, gird my waist with Your truth; give me the breastplate of righteousness, and shod my feet with the preparation of the Gospel of Peace. In order to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one, strengthen me to take up the shield of faith, and put upon me the helmet of salvation. Finally, provide me the sword of the Spirt, which is Your loving word. Only then will I be prepared to enter another day in this world as one of Your ambassadors.

When my final day arrives, guide me away from this sin-filled world, either by Rapture or across the River of Death, which my Savior has already conquered, to live eternally with You and all the Saints that have preceded me.

This I ask in the name of my precious Lord and Savior, Jesus the Christ. Amen.”

There are so many other prayers we can form by reading God’s word, and by this we are letting Him know we are calling out our praise and worship to Him. Not with catchy phrases that really are unbiblical, but with our hearts we are telling Him we Love Him. Were it not for the grace of our Jesus through His perfect sacrifice; the mercy shown by the Father to those who accept that gift, and ask forgiveness; and the power of the Holy Spirit to help keep the evil one from indwelling any of us, we would be helplessly lost.

Satan will do everything in his power to pull us away from the Savior. There are many people of this earth that will willingly accept the evil one’s enticements, and occasionally a true believer will slip and fall. That’s when we need to go to 1 John 1:8-10 for our resolution. “If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. (9) If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us of all unrighteousness. (10) If we say we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.”

Without God’s word as our guide, we would literally not have a prayer. All who have called upon Jesus to be their Savior will have the attention of the Father when we talk (pray) to Him. Consider two verses, John 16:27 and 33; “For the Father Himself loves you because you have loved Me, and have believed that I came from God. (33) I have said things to you that in Me you may have peace. In the world, you will have tribulation; but take heart, I have overcome the world.”

Our days here are getting shorter and prophecy is being played out continuously. Soon, there will be a shout and trumpet blast, and in the “twinkling of an eye”, all believers will rise up to meet our Savior in the air. (1 Corinthians 15:51-53 and 1 Thessalonians 4:13-17)

Those left behind will face a very miserable 7-year period of time as this earth has never seen before. Make your preparation today by accepting the only “Way and Truth and Life” which is the only way to the Father. (John 14:6)

Join all believers in saying Maranatha – Come Lord Jesus!

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