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What Do We Pray For?

What Do We Pray For?
Colossians 1:9-12; “For this reason we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; strengthened with all might according to His glorious power, for all patience and longsuffering with joy; giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light.”
Paul the apostle an ambassador of Jesus Christ is writing to a small town where he has never been. Paul a man who is a special messenger of Jesus Christ. Paul a man who Jesus Christ himself delegated to him the authority for him to do certain tasks. Paul who many believe is imprisoned by the Romans for the first time is writing to the men of Colosse from captivity.
Why?
What else is Paul doing for the men of Colosse?
Praying Why?
What is Paul asking of God on behalf of these men?
When is Paul or how often is he and the others praying for the men of Colosse?
Paul had heard of them and he heard they were good people even loving, but Paul prayed for them so they would become even better Christians.
What do we pray for?
Paul is setting the example of what men are to pray for in that day and all the days to come. Paul and the men who are with him are praying always in One Accord, read Colossians 1:3, for the men of Colosse to become better Christians.
When I look at Jesus at his darkest hour in Gethsemane praying I find in Jesus praying more for others than Himself. Of the four gospel accounts John has recorded more words of His prayer than any of the other three gospels and most of his words are not for Himself. Jesus prays for his disciples then for you and me.
John 17:20-23; “I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; that they all may be one, as You Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me. And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be as one just as We are one: I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made prefect in one, and the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me.”
Does the world of lost men see the church of America as, one coming together and loving one another or do they see a bunch of individuals fighting over our differences?
Do we not know that there are lost men dying and going to Hell for we spend way to much time trying to tell one another what is wrong with your diversities?
Diversities of Gifts, Diversities in style of Worship, Diversities in Traditions, Diversities in Race, Diversities in Cultures; We Stiffed necked Stubborn men need to be praying All in One Accord.
God loves diversities, for he has not made one snowflake the same since He has been making snowflakes. But God can blanket a mountain with one snow using many snowflakes.
Is that Why we have Denominations?
Do we have denominations because of our diversities or because of our differences?
There is nothing wrong with the Church having denominations, just as there is nothing wrong with Israel having tribes?
The Bride of Christ is fighting with its self over our differences and not respecting its self for our diversities that is a sin. Think not what about Cain and Able? We are killing ourselves, Why?
Jesus said in John 13: 34-35 “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you love one another.”
How much are we to love one another?
How much does Jesus love you and I ?
It is written that great that droplets of blood and sweat poured from Jesus as he prayed in the garden. Back before even you and I was born Jesus prayed for us to be one before he went to the cross.
How much are we to love one another?
How much did Jesus Love You and I?
I am not saying to unite in an anything goes platform for the sake of unity. But on a Biblical based statement that any Christian can agree to: Like the Deity of Jesus, His Virgin Birth, His sinless life, His Atoning death on the Cross, His Resurrection; There is only One God Revealed in the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit: The Bible is the infallible inspired Word of God; We believe and receive Jesus as our Savior, and we have the Hope of Eternal Life with Him in Heaven.
On grounds like these, is there not room for us to get together in the name of Jesus and Love God and each other in order to move in the Power of Jesus Name in unified prayer?
Was there not only One Church, One Bride Born on the day of Pentecost?
Some men have told me my questions are like those of a prosecuting attorney. I said,” Yes I know, they are the questions I have had to ask myself and give an answer to Jesus.” My passion and prayer is for the men who call themselves by the name of Jesus are to be ONE, and to Pray in One Accord. I pray for them every day that they become more like Christ each day.
To two of my new brothers in Christ Jesus I want to thank-you for your writings, prayers, and say keep on writing, austincoons and truthslinger. If you two do not all ready know it by now I pray for you all the time to become better Christians and do and go Where God leads. I long for the day when we can meet face to face and Pray in One Accord.

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How Do We Pray

How Do We Pray
In Philippians 4:2-7: “I Implore Euodia and I implore Syntyche to be of the same mind in the Lord.
And I urge you also, true companion help these woman who labor with me in the gospel with Clement also, and the rest of my fellow workers, whose names are in the Book of Life.
Rejoice in the Lord always, Again I will say rejoice. Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at Hand. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with Thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard, {shall keep} your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
What Paul is saying and doing here in verses two and three, he is pleading with the Church at Philippi to be united and joyful in prayer. One might state it like this the only really wrong way to be praying together is to not be praying together. You see when men who begin to pray in unity and pray in One Accord and start to seek God’s Face, they will see God’s Hand begin to move. Prayer has away of binding our hearts together and instilling a Jesus style love in us for one another.
Verse four is stating that our prayer is also worship more than just a time we spend asking God to do for us. It is time we spend telling God how great he has been to us, how much we love, and how much we appreciate Him. I like to ask God if He remembers when, and tell him all about how and what a great job He done. Fill free to come up with your own style of worship with God. I will say it one more time this way our prayer is not a form of worship, our prayer is worship.
Be gentle with one another for we do not know how deep the hurt our brother is feeling. We need to be soft and not rough, be tame, be loving, is to be like Jesus I do not know how else to say it. This brothers is one of the areas in my life where I lack big time. For the Lord is at hand. The word hand that is use here is from the Greek word eggus: meaning near, ready, or both. Jesus is near and ready to do what needs to be done according to his perfect will. What else could I add to that?
In verse six Paul is explaining that one should pray expectantly, pray with anticipation, to pray knowing God has already answered your prayer. For the Bible says that before we ask, God has already answered. Do not believe me search the Bible for yourself and find out what I say is true or not. Hint: Look in Isaiah and Matthew. This is why Paul can say be anxious for nothing he and I both know God always answers our prayers. He goes on to say in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving let your request be made known to God. Thanksgiving in the Greek is eucharista; meaning an act of worship to God. Which means we are to thank God and worship Him for our requests as if he has already answered for He has.
Then in verse seven the promise, the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard {shall keep in some translations} your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. The word guard or shall keep is from the Greek word phroureo: which has a meaning of to be a watcher in advance, and figuratively means; to hem in, and protect. I know you guys are not like me, as for me my mind needs to be hemmed in, protected, and watched very closely. Wow if we pray the way Jesus taught us in Matthew 6: 5-15 and as Paul explains, there is a promise God gives to us and God always keeps His promises.

Prayer Is Power

Prayer is Power

Webster’s New World Dictionary defines Power when used as a noun:
1.) ability to do or act
2.) vigor; force; strength
3.)authority; influence; legal authority
4.) physical force or energy
5.) a person or thing having great influence, force or authority
Does prayer when used in God’s will have the ability to do or act?
Is prayer a physical force or energy?
Does prayer have vigor; force; and/or strength?
Is prayer a person or thing having great influence, force or authority?
Is Prayer really Power?
We read in Acts 12;1-25; “ Now about that time Herod the king stretched out his hand to harass some from the church. Then he killed James the brother of John with the sword. And because he saw that it pleased the Jews, he proceeded to seize Peter also. Now it was during the Days of Unleavened Bread. So when he had apprehended him he put him in prison, and delivered him to four squads of soldiers to keep him, intending to bring him before the people after Passover.
Peter was therefore kept in prison, but constant Prayer was offered to God for him by the church. And Herod was about to bring him out, that night Peter was sleeping, bound with two chains between two soldiers; and the guards before the door were keeping the prison. Now behold, an angel of the Lord stood by him, and a light shone in the prison; and he struck Peter on the side and raised him up saying, “Arise quickly!” And his chains fell off his hands. Then the angel said “grid yourself and tie on your sandals.” and so he did. And he said to him, “Put on your garment and follow me.” so he went out and followed him, and did not know that what was done by the angel was real, but thought he was seeing a vision. When they past the first and second guard post, they came to the iron gate that leads to the city, which opened to them of its own accord; and they went out and down the street, and immediately the angel departed from him. And when Peter had come to himself, he said, “Now I know for certain that the Lord has sent His angel, and delivered me from the hand of Herod and from all the expectation of the Jewish people.” So when he had considered this, he come to the house of Mary, the mother of John whose surname was Mark, where many were gathered together praying. And Peter knocked at the door of the gate, a girl named Rhoda came to answer. When she recognized Peter’s voice, because of her gladness she did not open the gate, but ran in and announced that Peter stood before the gate. But they said to her, “You are beside yourself!” Yet she kept insisting that it was so. So they said, “It is his angel.” Now Peter continued knocking; and when they opened the door and saw him, they were astonished. But motioning to them with his hand to keep silent, he declared to them how the Lord had brought him out of prison. And he said, “Go tell these things to James and to the brethren.” And he departed and went to another place. Then, as soon as it was day, there was no small stir among the soldiers about what had become of Peter. But when Herod had searched for him and not found him, he examined the guards and commanded that they should be put to death. And he went down from Judea to Caesarea and stayed there.
Now Herod had been very angry with the people of Tyre and Sidom; but they came to him with one accord, having made Blastus the king’s personal aide their friend, they asked for peace, because their country was supplied with food by the king’s country. So on a set day Herod, arrayed in royal apparel, sat on his throne and gave oration to them. And the people kept shouting, “The voice of a god not of a man!” Then immediately an angel of the Lord struck him, because he did not give glory to God. And he was eaten by worms and died. But the word of God grew and multiplied.
And Barnabas and Saul returned from Jerusalem when they had fulfilled their ministry, and they also took with them John whose surname was Mark.”
When we look at this passage in Acts, one can see some real power plays going on. James the brother of John, one of the twelve, had been put death, Peter is in prison and he is the next one to die by the hand of King Herod. A year ago to the night, we find Peter sleeping in the garden when he should have been praying to keep from falling into temptation. On this night a year later, we find Peter sleeping again knowing he is going to die in the morning, and he was sure of it. For when the angel came to rescue him he did not know if it was real or just a vision. So then how could Peter be so much at peace, chained between two soldiers, to be in a sound state of sleep that the angel had to hit him on the side to awaken him?
We find out in Acts 1:8; “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you;” How did the Holy Spirit come upon Peter and the others?
Acts 2:1; “When the Day of Pentecost had fully come; they were all with One Accord in one place.” What is the Fruit of the Spirit?
Galatians 5:22-23; “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.”
Peter being filled with the Holy Spirit had total peace and could rest knowing his tomorrow was in the hands of Jesus. One might say if I die in the morning I am going to see Jesus again face to face, if not I still have work to do and my only reason to be here is to bring Glory to God. Peter had faith in Jesus and in Jesus we find rest even in the face of death. This is why Peter could sleep and not spend his last night alive in a panic prayer mode.
To the church this was a hopeless time so in One Accord the church twisted together in unity, and prayed for a purpose to see God’s Hand move on the behalf of Peter. We read in the New King James, Acts 12: 5 that “constant prayer was offered to God” for Peter. The word constant, is translated from the Greek word; ekenees or ekenes. The Old King James translates it as, without ceasing, American Standard and the N.I.V. state it as earnestly, the New American Standard updated call it fervently. Our Jesus may have used words like, men ought to pray often and not lose heart, or keep knocking and keep asking. To put it in a more modern terminology, do not give up to soon keep praying God is going to deal it with as His perfect wisdom judges best.
Do you think that the church back then had already forgotten Step One?
What is Step One?
They were all of One Accord in unity twisted together for a purpose in prayer to see their God be glorified. Peter was to be put to death in the morning, all earthly hope was lost, so the church assembled at Mary’s house to pray through the night. The body, bride of Christ, the men of the church did not send a five-hundred dollar seed gift offering of faith to Paul and Mark in Jerusalem for them to pray some generic prayer on national television. The burden of prayer fell upon the men of the local church it was their load to carry and thus full fill the law of Christ. Men read Acts 12; again do you see from the eyes of those men of that church how impossible it was for Peter to live through the next day?
Did you see prayer is power?
Did you see how God delivered?
Acts 12:20; “but they came to him {Herod} in one accord and having made Blastus the king’s personal aid their friend, they asked for peace,”
Luke 18;6-8; “Then the Lord said, “Hear what the unjust judge said. And shall God not avenge His own elect who cry out day and night to Him, though He bears long with them?”
“I tell you that He will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, Will He really find faith on the earth?”
Jesus said in Matthew:9-11; “Or what man is among you who, if his son ask for bread will give him a stone? Or if he ask a for a fish, will give him a serpent? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is heaven give good things to those who ask Him? The word them and those, is in the plural meaning you and I together asking in prayer.
When dangers increase around us and our friends and the world is spinning out of control, maybe the men of God should become more fervent in prayer. Even though there is no human hope for this country, for our leaders their sins are as great as Sodom, earnestly pray. Our courts rule in favor of the criminals and reward the unjust, men must not lose heart pray often. Even though our law makers make laws that steal from the poor and widows, then we men must offer constant prayer to God. The national debt is an unmovable mountain, high prices, no work and the list goes on we have no power to change or deliver, or heal, we are hopeless, we men of God should we not ektenees {without ceasing} Pray in One Accord? For our God still has the power to interpose* His will as He sees it should be done on earth today, just as He did for Peter then, in an answer to a prayer of unity.
Is prayer power?
Does the Prayer of One Accord still get God’s face to turn and His hand to move to aid his children?
Prayer is just one of those Key’s of the Kingdom of Heaven, Prayer of One Accord is the power that turns that key, which unlocks the Power of God in Heaven and allows it to rain down like a river upon the earth.
Why does our God want us to do things this way?
You Know the answer if you think about it.

Prayer is Power

Prayer Is Communication

Prayer Is Communication

We live in a world of super fast worldwide high-tech, high-speed internet, 4G, lighting fast communication systems. We text, we tweet, we blob, we E-mail, we face book, we google and we make cell phone calls all around the world. We rocket our information at a speed of 300×10 to the sixth power meters per second, through the air across the entire face of the planet. However, communication with our Father in Heaven is far faster than any of our man-made gadgets.
For it is written; Isaiah 65:24;
It shall come to pass
That before they call,
I will answer;
And while they are still speaking
I will hear.
Slow down and take some time to pray with your brother in Christ Jesus in One Accord.
What more could I possibly add to that? !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Prayer Is A Discipline

Prayer is a Discipline
II Chronicles 7:14; “If My people who are called by name will humble themselves, and pray and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and heal their land.
Prayer is disciplining yourself to take time to talk to God and giving God time to talk to you.
In Genesis 18:16-33; we read of Abraham taking time in pleading conversation with God for Sodom and of God talking to Abraham. Moses talked to God about his people and God talked to Moses about the law for His people. David talked to God and God talked to David about his sins. Elijah talked to God and God to Elijah about the welfare of His people. Nehemiah talked to God and God talked to Nehemiah about rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem. Isaiah, Samuel, Daniel, Jeremiah, and even Jonah all took time to talk to God and God gave the time to talk to them. Jesus took time to talk to God the Father and God the Father took time to talk to Jesus about many things. I read in the Bible that the Father and Jesus are still talking to each other about you and me.
Does an athlete discipline his days for time to train?
Does the Coach have time to instruct his athlete?
Does the bee have no time for the flower?
Does the flower hide from the bee?
What sound kind of sound would you hear from an orchestra, which has no time for the conductor?
Do you think that the Great Conductor does not hear each individual note from all his musicians that make up the whole symphony?
A church that prays in One Accord will never become a drifting ghost ship manned by dead men.
Prayer is a discipline of your time you give to God and giving God your time for you. Running out of time for prayer is like the body running out of time for blood.
My dear Lord Jesus,
Hear my cry of repentance for the days of time I have wasted. In vain work, in vain play, in vain distractions, and just plain laziness of my time I could have invested with you. I have had an undisciplined expenditure of time not used for Your Glory, time I only wasted in my selfishness. Time You My Lord gave to me but I refused to give back to you. Please forgive me of this sin. For I shall repent of this sin.
Psalm 5:3
My voice you shall hear in the morning.
In the morning I will direct it to You,
And I will look up
Psalm 55:17
Evening and morning and at noon
I will pray and cry aloud
And He shall hear my voice

And I James will be still and know that you are:
The Great I AM, for You are my God,
Thank- you Jesus
Amen.

Prayer Is A Battle

Prayer is a Battle
Prayer is the battlefields upon which we make war with the forces of hell. Satan battles for ruler ship of men’s Christian souls. Satan will do all he can to keep men from Praying in One Accord. In this prayer of unity as in no other way, we encounter the powers of darkness. There is no other way in which men can so greatly influence the physical world in which we live, is by this Prayer of One Accord.
Do you think Satan fears prayer less Bible studies?
Does Satan have any concern for accumulation of Bible knowledge of a prayer less man?
Does prayer less work have any great influence?
Will there be a great rescuing of souls because of prayer less preaching?
How will prayer less religion have any great influence on the physical world except through fear?
What possible danger is prayer less programs to Satan‘s kingdom?
Will searching of ones heart take place in a prayer less life cause panic in Satan?
Have our church buildings become white washed tombs?
Satan laughs at men’s prayer less toil and mocks his human wisdom.
However, Satan dreads and begins to have fits of trembling when two of God’s weakest Saints, men begin to Pray in One Accord.
Let me paraphrase II Chronicles 7:14, according to James; “O men of God if only you could see Satan’s panic, fear, and worry when My men who are called by the name of Jesus, will humble themselves and Pray in Unity of One Accord and seek My face, and turn from their lazy complacent ways, then I will hear from Heaven, and I will forgive their sin and I will heal their land.
Paul explains in Ephesians 6:12 we are in a battle with the powers of darkness and goes on to call all men to militant prayer for we are all dependent on prayer.
Galatians 6:2: “Bear on another’s burdens so fulfill the law of Christ.” Men we are to pray for our brothers in Christ, our prayers should not be so overly self-centered for we are all called to a life of servant hood. Our prayer life is for others. Galatians 6:5: “For each one shall bear his own load.” What is my load? It is my brother’s burdens.
Jesus lived and died this example for us. As Jesus was carrying your sins and mine up to Mount Calvary to die, in the spiritual realm Jesus was so heavily burdened with our sins that the weight of His cross became to heavy for Him to bear. Therefore, in the Physical world a man called Simon bore Jesus’ burden so that you and I might be saved. My brothers this is the Prayer of One Accord, this is fulfilling the Law of Christ.
Prayer is a battle for men’s souls.

PRAYER IS AN INVITATION

PRAYER IS AN INVITATION

Revelation 3:20, “Behold I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door. I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.”
Prayer is an invitation to God to come into the midst of our needs, our broken lives, our weakness, and our unwillingness to obey God. In prayer, we invite God’s will to take control and submit ourselves to come in line with God’s will. In prayer, we give our lives over to the Holy Spirit, {Jesus}. In prayer, we ask Him to employ His power in alleviation of our sickness, our weakness, and all our distresses. Prayer is using the Keys of the Kingdom of Heaven to unlock Heaven’s Power into our lives. Then turning our will into God’s will we ask God to do for us what we cannot do for ourselves. When it becomes a willingness to-do whatever the Holy Spirit asks, in the same way we would obey a doctor we have paid to heal a sickness, the unstoppable power flows out of Heaven and into our lives.
That is what Jairus did in Mark 5:22-23; “And behold one of the rulers of the synagogue came, Jairus by name, and when he saw Him, (Jesus), he fell at His feet and besought Him greatly, saying, “My little daughter lies at the point of death. Come and lay Your hands on her, that she maybe healed and live.”
Prayer is not coaxing God. Prayer is not thrusting our opinions on God. Prayer is not coercing God into our way of doing. Prayer is honest, humble seeking of God’s prefect and just judgments. Prayer is giving our Jesus his Lordship, permission to help as His wisdom, power, and prefect Love directs.
Do real men in prayer take their weakness and limitations to God?
Do real men let God the Father in to give strength for weakness?
Do real men let Jesus give wisdom for folly, guidance in the face of gloom?
Do real men let the Holy Spirit give help in hazards, and prompting for perplexity?
Do real men hear His voice and open the Door?
Prayer is an invitation to God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit, which brings two lovers into one joyful room, our God and our very hungry soul.

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