These words spoke Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said,
Father, the hour is come; glorify your Son, that your Son also may glorify you:
As you have given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as you have given him.
And this is life eternal, that they might know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.
I have glorified you on the earth: I have finished the work which you gave me to do.
And now, O Father, glorify you me with your own self with the glory which I had with you before the world was. John 17: 1-5
The Prayer God Answers
Most of the questions we ask concerning life will not be clearly defined in God's Word. For example, there is not a Scripture advising one to marry a certain person on a certain date. However, there are guidelines about marriage and other life events that are perfectly outlined in God's Word. It is up to us to take the time to pray and ask God to reveal them to us.
The Quest For Answers
Prayer not only helps us discover the will of God for our lives, it also deepens our relationship with the Savior. Through prayer, we discover the depths of God's mercy and love for us. It is also where we confess our sin and receive His forgiveness.
Prayer is an opportunity for us to communicate with the Lord of heaven and earth. In prayer, we ask God to do what only He can do. Jesus gave us a pattern to follow in prayer when He prayed what we now know as the Lord's Prayer-recorded in Matthew 6.
Our Father which are in heaven, Hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, Your will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.
Some who read these words have never thought about the fact that God has a plan and a purpose for their lives and that plan is one of hope and future opportunity Jeremiah 29:11. Prayer provides the right opportunity for God's promises to be embedded in our hearts and minds. And if we trust the Lord for our future, He will provide the strength we need to face life's challenges victoriously.
Joseph spent years confined to an Egyptian dungeon. While he had done nothing to deserve imprisonment, God knew that Joseph's faith needed to be tested. The fulfillment of God's promises would come, but first he had to walk hand-in-hand with the Lord through faith and prayer. Joseph did not avoid personal surrender. He knew that if he did, he would risk missing God's will and purpose for his life.
Learn To Submit Your Will To God
If God has allowed you to settle in a difficult place - pray. But don't just pray for a way of escape. Instead, pray for the Lord to work His good pleasure into your life. If there is a need for discipline, be willing to receive it so that you will experience the blessings of God.
Trying to manipulate the Lord's will through prayer never works. Instead of solving the problem, this can lead to frustration. Therefore, we need to be willing to trust God and wait for His answer.
He Has A Greater Plan
There will be times when we think we cannot face another trial or another minute of persecution. Jesus understands our weaknesses. The night of His arrest He prayed, "My Father, if it is not possible for this cup to be taken away unless I drink it, may your will be done" Matthew 26:42. Earlier, He had taught His disciples to pray, "Thy will be done," so they would know how to submit their wills to God just as He had submitted His.
God knows the hurts, the disappointments, and the frustrations you are facing, but He longs to hear you pray what Christ prayed in the garden the night of His arrest, "Not my will, Father, but yours." Is this the prayer of your heart?
Can you pray "Lord, it seems that my entire life is turning out differently than what I thought it would? I am frustrated and angry. However, I want to surrender my life to You. Please change the focus of my heart so that it is set on You and not on my selfish desires. Heal the brokenness within my heart and make my deepest prayer to be, 'Not my will, but Your will be done in my life.'"
If you truly want to know the will of God, begin with prayer. If you want to experience a sense of peace and joy that goes beyond anything this world has to offer, take time to pray. Through prayer, you will not only gain wisdom to make the right choice, you will deepen your relationship with the Savior-the greatest gift of all. The Prayer God Answers by Dr. Michael Yousef Leading the Way.org
"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believes on him is not condemned: but he that believes not is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God." John 3:16-18
This is your choice my friend: to be saved eternally; or to be condemned ...
Which will it be?
No decision ... means that one is condemned already.
All of those following other beliefs, religions, and philosophies are lost eternally as well.
Those claiming to be good people, and doing good deeds are lost also.
As Jesus said; "but he that believes not is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God." John 3:18
I am reading about the philanthropic plans of Microsoft founder Bill Gates, and all of the millions of people that he will help through his incredible humanitarian efforts. This is a most wonderful vision that he has been given; but it all will have no effect eternally, for Mr. Gates, or for anyone else ... without the atoning forgiveness and reconciliation with God, through the shed blood of Jesus Christ, all are lost!
Those who are condemned, includes the many religions calling themselves Christian but who choose to follow the teachings of men ... rather than these clear Words of Jesus Christ.
Those religions that are teaching followers to do good deeds without teaching the saving grace of Jesus Christ, and Jesus Christ alone ... are actually leading their followers away from eternal life in heaven with Christ.
Am I being judgmental? No, no, no! THIS IS THE JUDGMENT OF GOD ... AND these are the Words of Jesus Christ, the Creator God.
His words are either the Truth eternally; or they are a lie ... but they can never be both.
Which will it be for you?
Choose to follow Jesus Christ Now.
"As you have given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as you have given him. And this is life eternal, that they might know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent." John 17:2
These are the Words we all need to read and understand. And then we must pray the prayer below to receive His free gift of eternal life. Jesus paid the price for your sins. Jesus wants all of us to spend eternity with Him in heaven. But you must receive His free gift and follow Him.
You must be Born Again.
Jesus answered and said to him, Truly, truly, I say to you, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. John 3:3
There is one prayer that God always answers. Pray this prayer now and you can be forgiven and have life in heaven with Jesus ... for eternity.
The Sinner's Prayer
"Lord Jesus, I believe and put my trust in you and your Word. I believe you are the Creator who came to earth as a man. I believe you were born of the virgin Mary. And that you died on the cross as the atonement for my sins. I believe in your resurrection after three days, and your victory over death. Please allow me to share this eternal victory with you. Thank you for dying on the cross for my sins. Please forgive my sins and give me your free gift of eternal life. I pray for you to come into my heart and life, and to be my Lord and Savior. I want to serve you always. Thank you and Praise you Lord Jesus, Amen."
This is the prayer God always answers. When a person prays this prayer he or she is Born Again.
Jesus promises that when we trust our life to Him that he will send us the Holy Spirit to lead us and guide us and teach us His Truth.
"But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send to you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceeds from the Father, he shall testify of me: And you also shall bear witness, because you have been with me from the beginning." John 15:26-27
You have now been justified by the blood that was shed, by Him for you; on the cross at Calvary.
You can never lose what Jesus has freely given you.
He loves you so much that He died for you ...
NEVER forget this TRUTH. Never betray what He did for you.
Live for Christ, moment by moment, day by day.
"But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that you should show forth the praises of him who has called you out of darkness into his marvelous light; Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy." 1 Peter 2:9-10
"Out of the darkness into His marvelous light"
When you pray this prayer, this is the most exciting day of your life. Celebrate, you are now a member of the royal family of the Creator of the universe. But with that comes a responsibility, Follow Jesus and His Word, not your old ways.
The next step is to tell other Christians about your decision, and to follow Him daily by the power and leading of the Holy Spirit and His Holy Word.
I have written this post specifically for those who have friends or relatives who do not know Jesus Christ as their Lord or Savior ... and for those who have accepted Christ but have chose to live their life for themselves on a daily basis.
Pass this post on so that it will reach those who do not know Christ; and those who need to follow Him ... moment by moment, day by day.
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often contradict the wisdom of the world. Since we have been programmed by the world ... we have come to accept these worldly ideas as truth ... but when we consider God’s perspective ... we come to understand ... "the Lord's ways are not our ways"
Don't just read these writings ... meditate and pray over God's Word ... Listen to the Holy Spirit ... and be transformed by renewing your mind. He who died on our behalf wants you to ... allow the love of Christ to control you ... so that you might become ... the righteousness of God in Him.
Be an Ambassador of Christ ... with a ministry of reconciliation. Share God's eternal Truth and Love ... with everyone He brings into your path.