Prayer – Totally Necessary for these Times
By Dennis Huebshman
There was a movie some years back that had a theme song that started out, “Who Ya Gonna Call?” Of course, the answer was “Ghost Busters!”; however, that is hardly accurate for the times we’re in today. Personally, I want to be able to TALK to the one that created the Heavens and the Earth and even Me! It makes perfect sense that He would know and understand all my needs, fears and concerns better than anyone else on earth today.
He knew of a need we had even before He created everything, but especially after the initial fall in the Garden of Eden. In Genesis 3:15, God Said, “And I will put hostility between you and the woman (speaking to the serpent – devil) and between your offspring (demons) and her offspring (the future Messiah); her offspring will attack your head and you will attack her offspring’s heel.” (crucifixion – note all emphasis is mine.) Being omniscient or all-knowing, He realized that for His creation (us) to have a path to Him, He would have to create that pathway using Himself as the only acceptable sacrifice that could qualify.
God is made up of three persons that form a “Trinity” or Godhead. It’s first mention is Genesis 1:26 where He refers to “Us” and “Our”. One part of that Trinity came to earth at the perfect appointed time and became human. He was planted in a Virgin (Mary) by the Holy Spirit, and after making His appearance as a real human baby, He grew to manhood and at age 30 started a ministry that lasted approximately 3 years. Satan tried his best to have the child destroyed, however the Father made sure He was protected. Even though Jesus took the form of being fully human, He never lost His divine self as He remained fully God. However, He allowed His divine self to be subdued and became just lower than the angels until the sacrifice could be completed. (Hebrews 2: 7 & 9) Going on to Hebrews 2:14, “Therefore since the children share in flesh and blood, He likewise shared in their humanity so that through death, He could destroy the one who hold’s the power of death – that is the devil.” Verse 18, “For since He Himself suffered when He was tempted, He is able to help those who are tempted. (Matthew 4: 1-11; Mark 1: 13; Luke 4: 1-13)
Jesus was fully human and being tempted by Satan understands our temptations as mentioned above. The difference is He was able to resist and remain sinless, so He could satisfy the required pure blood sacrifice for the Father. In this way, after the death, burial and resurrection, He gained absolute Full Authority to grant forgiveness to ALL who will accept Him, and the Father will honor this. For those who reject Jesus, the Father will reject them. There is no 3rd. Option.
Jesus was able to gain strength during His time on earth by constantly going to the Father in prayer. For believers, we have that same privilege and go to the Father in the Name of Jesus with our petitions. As long as our prayers are not for evil purposes or for greed, the Father will listen and provide as needed. James 4: 2-3, “You do not have because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive because you ask with the wrong motives, so that you may spend it on your pleasures.” God loves us and lives answering our prayers as long as they aren’t for evil purposes. By the way, the 1st. mention in the Bible of prayer is Genesis 4:26, “…then men began to call on the name of the Lord.”
To be comfortable with going to Him in prayer, the more often one talks to Him, the easier it becomes. Talk to Him daily, if at first only to thank Him for giving you another day. How do we pray? Jesus said in Matthew 6: 5-7, “When you pray you are not to be like the hypocrites, for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and on the street corners, so they may be seen by men. Truly, I say to you they have their reward in full. But when you pray, go into your inner room, close the door and pray to your Father who is in secret and what is done in secret, He will reward you. Do not use meaningless repetitions like the gentiles do for they suppose they will be heard for their many words.”
Your “inner room” can even be in your mind. Concentrate on what you would like to talk to Him about, and think in terms as if you were speaking with a loved one who is in front of you – because He actually is. Just be in a place where you can talk to Him without being interrupted. If you are more comfortable speaking out loud, just find a quiet place and speak what’s on your mind. No formal speeches are necessary because that’s not the way you would talk to a friend
Don’t be concerned with getting the words exactly right. He knows your needs, but would like for you to ask anyway. One thing to always ask for is wisdom to be able to make it day by day. Do not make any promises you will not keep.
Always let the Father know you have sinned and ask for His forgiveness. He already knows what you’ve done and that we are not perfect, so don’t insult Him by trying to hide anything. Therefore, if we confess, He will forgive as promised in 1 John 1: 8-10.
We are definitely entering into some troubling times and major changes are about to start happening. Birthing pains have started for this earth as the Savior warned and without help from the Father, no one will be able to cope. He’s standing by and ready to offer HOPE and comfort if we will but ask.
Remember, He wants us to accept His Son whom He dearly loves and will love ALL who call on Him. (Acts 2:21 and Romans 10:13). For those who choose the world, God will not force Himself on them, but will allow them to make the worst decision they ever could. To the lost, our faith is folly but on the day of the White Throne Judgment, it will be very evident their decision was wrong. No one can ever lose by accepting the only Way to the Father – His Son Jesus the Christ. (John 14:6)
It wouldn’t be too early to call on Him today!
Maranatha! (Come Lord Jesus)