The Secret of Answered Prayers

Job 22:28 (KJV) "Thou shalt also decree a thing, and it shall be established unto thee: and the light shall shine upon thy ways." http://biblehub.com/lexicon/job/22-28.htm


Thou shalt also decree a thing - Whatsoever thou purposest in his strength, thou shalt be enabled to accomplish.

To those who asked, "What must I do to be saved?" "What must I do to be justified before God?" these words were sent:

"Present your case before God pleading the merits of the blood shed for you upon Calvary's cross. This is your only plea." ST July 4, 1892, par. 3.

"As the believer bows in supplication before God, and in humility and contrition offers his petition from unfeigned lips, keeping his eyes fixed steadily on the Mediator of the new covenant, he loses all thought of self. His mind is filled with the thought of what he must have in order to build up a Christlike character. He prays, “Lord, if I am to be a channel through which thy love is to flow day by day and hour by hour, I claim by faith the grace and power that thou hast promised." He fastens his hold firmly on the promise, “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering.” The Review and Herald January 27, 1903, Art. A paragraph 7 (Ellen G. White).


"Pentecost brought them the heavenly illumination. The truths they could not understand while Christ was with them were now unfolded. With a faith and assurance that they had never before known, they accepted the teachings of the Sacred Word. No longer was it a matter of faith with them that Christ was the Son of God. They knew that, although clothed with humanity, He was indeed the Messiah, and they told their experience to the world with a confidence which carried with it the conviction that God was with them." The Acts of the Apostles, p. 45.3

"We are accepted through Christ's merits alone; and the acts of mercy, the deeds of love, which we perform, are the fruits of faith; and they become a blessing to us; for men are to be rewarded according to their works. It is the fragrance of the merits of Christ that makes our good works acceptable to God, and it is grace that enables us to do the works for which He rewards usOur works in and of themselves have no merit. When we have done all that is possible for us to do, we are to count ourselves as unprofitable servants. We deserve no thanks from God. We have only done what it was our duty to do, and our works could not have been performed in the strength of our own sinful natures." E.G. White, Bible Commentary, Vol.5, p.1122

"In the small meetings of our people there is danger of killing the interest by imprudence. Let there be no long prayers. Have your long prayers for the closet. Let not your prayers be all over the world. Pray right to the point, for the blessing of God upon yourselves and upon those assembled then and there.  When you pray alone in your closet, then lay before God all the burden of your heart; but in the assembly, such prayers are all out of place; they kill the interest, and make the meetings tedious. Look at the example of prayer given by Christ to His disciples. How brief, how comprehensive that prayer. When approaching God, pray briefly and in simplicity. Do not dishonour God by your oratorical prayers, or by preaching the Lord a sermon in your prayers; but I prayed that we might be baptized into Christ's sufferings, that we might not shrink at trials, but bear them with patience and joy, knowing what Jesus had suffered that we through His poverty and sufferings might be made rich. Said the angel, "Deny self; ye must step fast" Early Writings, p. 67.2 (Ellen G. White).

"Pray that the mighty energies of the Holy Spirit, with all their quickening, recuperative, and transforming power, may fall like an electric shock on the palsy-stricken soul, causing every nerve to thrill with new life, restoring the whole man from his dead, earthly, sensual state to spiritual soundness. You will thus become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust; and in your souls will be reflected the image of Him by whose stripes you are healed." Testimonies for the Church Volume 5, p. 267.2

"Let the latter rain come into my vessel. Let the light of the glorious angel which unites with the third angel shine upon me; give me a part in the work; let me sound the proclamation; let me be a colabourer with Jesus Christ." Thus seeking God, let me tell you, He is fitting you up all the time, giving you His grace.--UL 283 (1891).

“You know I cannot do this work in my own strength. You must work in me, and by me and through me, sanctifying my tongue, sanctifying my spirit, sanctifying my words, and bringing me into a position where my spirit shall be susceptible to the movings of the Holy Spirit of God upon my mind and character.” (Manuscript Release, Vol.7, pgs. 267, 268 (Ms 95, 1906, pp. 8-12, 14-17; "Lesson from Romans 15," October 20, 1906.)

When the meeting is carried on in the absence of the minister, let one take the lead, but not devote long time to sermonising. Speak in the Spirit and in the love of Jesus, thus setting an example for others that no one shall talk for the sake of talking, which kills the interest of the meeting. Let all bear a part in diligently presenting the experiences of their soul. Let them state their own individual experience, their soul struggles, the victories obtained, and above everything, let them offer to God a tribute of praise from a thankful heart, that Jesus has died for them. Here is subject matter that each may dwell upon with profit. It is the duty of all to feel that they must contribute a part to the life and soul of the meeting. Do this, and the blessing of God will come into your midst in large measure." Ellen G. White. MissWorker May 21, 1902, par. 2

“I was conducted to a few rooms from which came the voice of prayer. How welcome was the sound! A bright light shone upon the face of my guide as his hand traced every word of the petition.”—Counsels on Health, page 412. It will be of interest and value to read the complete description on pages 412, 413.

were given during periods when Ellen White was praying or writing. At such times she seemed cut off from her immediate surroundings, but the other indications that she was in vision were not present. Such presentations were brief, and frequently had to do with current situations and problems for which immediate guidance was needed. A typical incident was described by W. C. White as it took place at the Minnesota camp meeting in 1870:

“‘Father and mother were carrying a heavy burden in behalf of the ministry who had been working in that state. On Sunday morning they undertook to conduct a revival service. Father spoke for a few minutes, but with little freedom. Then after mother had spoken briefly, they asked the congregation to kneel in prayer. Father offered a labored, sorrowful prayer, then mother began to implore for light and freedom. After she had prayed for about two minutes she stopped. There was silence long enough to count to forty or fifty, about half a minute.

“‘I was kneeling with the congregation, and I turned to see what was the occasion for the silence. Just then she burst forth in prayer. Her voice was melodious, and triumphant, and the remainder of her prayer greatly moved the people present.

“‘During the period of silence, a revelation was given her regarding conditions in the Minnesota Conference, also conditions regarding the work in Battle Creek, also regarding other matters of general interest in the cause. Following the camp meeting, father and mother found retirement at the home of one of our brethren. Mother wrote diligently for about two weeks, in recording what had been shown to her during the half-minute of pause in her prayer.’”—A. L. White, Ellen G. White, Messenger to the Remnant, page 8. Found interesting snippets on this page: 
http://www.whiteestate.org/books/pay/PAYc15.html


"So long as Satan reigns, we shall have self to subdue, besetting sins to overcome, there will be no stopping place" AA 560

"I will be your representative in heaven. The Father beholds not your faulty character but He sees you as clothed in MY perfection" DA 357

"There is salvation for you but only through the merits of Jesus Christ." Testimonies to Ministers, p.97.

"The sinner is justified through the merits of Christ."Signs of the Times, July 4, 1892.

"We are to be transformed through the merits of Christ." Our Father Cares, p.204.

"The merits of Christ blot out transgressions and clothe us with the robe of righteousness woven in the loom of Heaven." Evangelism, p.186.

It is court week with us. Our cases are pending. We are to present our cases before God pleading the merits of a crucified and risen Saviour saying, "Lord, I have no merit or goodness within whereby I may claim salvation, but I present before you the all-sufficient merits of the spotless Lamb of God. This is my only plea." Signs of the Times, July 4, 1892.

Then "Christ places His own merit upon man and thus elevates him in the scales of moral value with God." E.G. White, Our Father Cares, p.121. "This is the highest position to which man can attain." Acts of the Apostles, p.210.

Thus "It is the privilege of every believer in Christ to possess Christ's nature (character=thoughts and feelings), a nature far above that which Adam and Eve forfeited by transgression." E.G. White, The Upward Look, p.18.

Therefore, I will extol nothing save the merits of Jesus Christ of Nazareth! 

"We have been at work on the law until we become as dry as the hills of Gilboah, without dew or rain. Let the law take care of itselfLet us trust in the merits of Jesus Christ of Nazareth. May God help us that our eyes may be anointed with eyesalve that we may see." E.G. White, 1888 Materials, Vol.2, p.557. 

"They need the heavenly eyesalve that they may discern with astonishment the utter worthlessness of creature merit to earn the wages of eternal life." Manuscript 36, 1890. 

John Calvin, in His prayer to God, said: "You have touched my heart in order that I may hold in abomination all other merits save those of Jesus." The Great Controversy, p.221. 

Proverbs 18:21 (KJV) "Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof."


“This is life eternal,” said Jesus, “that they might know Thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom Thou hast sent.” John 17:3.

“Thus saith the Lord,
Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom,
Neither let the mighty man glory in his might,
Let not the rich man glory in his riches:
But let him that glorieth glory in this,
That he understandeth and knoweth Me,
That I am the Lord which exercise loving-kindness,
Judgment, and righteousness, in the earth:
For in these things I delight, saith the Lord.”
Jeremiah 9:23, 24.
We need to study the revelations of Himself that God has given.
Acquaint now thyself with Him,
And be at peace:
Thereby good shall come unto thee.
Receive, I pray thee, the law from His mouth,
And lay up His words in thy heart....
And the Almighty will be thy treasure....
“Then shalt thou delight thyself in the Almighty,
And shalt lift up thy face unto God.
Thou shalt make thy prayer unto Him,
And He will hear thee;
And thou shalt pay thy vows.
Thou shalt also decree a thing,
And it shall be established unto thee;
And light shall shine upon thy ways.
When they cast thee down, thou shalt say,
There is lifting up;
And the humble person He will save.”
Job 22:21-29, A.R.V.
“The invisible things of Him since the creation of the world are clearly seen, being perceived through the things that are made, even His everlasting power and divinity.” Romans 1:20, A.R.V. The Ministry of Healing, p. 410.5

Psalm 37:4 "Delight yourself also in the LORD; and he shall give you the desires of your heart."


Psalm 145:19 "He fulfills the desires of those who fear him; he hears their cry and saves them."


Psalm 81:10 "I am the LORD thy God, which brought thee out of the land of Egypt: open thy mouth wide, and I will fill it."

Psalm 97:11 "Light is sown for the righteous, and gladness for the upright in heart."

Job 22:26 "For then shalt thou have thy delight in the Almighty, and shalt lift up thy face unto God."

Job 22:25 "Yea, the Almighty shall be thy defence, and thou shalt have plenty of silver." 

A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver. (Proverbs 25:11)

Some are seen to come forth from their daily communion with God clothed with the meekness of Christ. Their words ... come forth sweetly from their lips. They scatter seeds of love and kindness all along their path, ... because Christ lives in their heart.

The tongue needs to be educated and disciplined and trained to speak of the glories of heaven, to talk of the matchless love of Jesus.

There are souls who err, and who feel their shame and their folly. They are hungry for words of encouragement. They look upon their mistakes and errors until they are almost driven to desperation. Instead of ... reproving and condemning and taking away the last ray of hope that the Sun of Righteousness sheds into their hearts, let your words fall as healing balm upon the bruised soul. Be not like desolating hail that beats down and destroys the tender hope springing up in the hearts. Leave not the hungry, starving soul in his helplessness to perish because you fail to speak words of tenderness and encouragement.

The most persuasive eloquence is the word that is spoken in love and sympathy. Such words will bring light to confused minds and hope to the discouraged, brightening the prospect before them. The time in which we live calls for vital, sanctified energy; for earnestness, zeal, and the tenderest sympathy and love; for words that will not increase misery, but will inspire faith and hope. We are homeward bound, seeking a better country, even an heavenly. Instead of speaking words which will rankle in the breasts of those that hear, shall we not speak of the love wherewith God hath loved us? Shall we not try to lighten the hearts of those around us by words of Christlike sympathy?

Those who love Jesus Christ will contemplate His character, meditate upon His words, practice His precepts, and become living missionaries. The words they speak will be like apples of gold in pictures of silver.

By Ellen G. White RH February 16, 1897, par. 13, Our High Calling, p. 295.5


Psalm 20:2 May he send you help from the sanctuary and grant you support from Zion.

Psalm 20:1 May the LORD answer you when you are in distress; may the name of the God of Jacob protect you.

Psalm 20:5 May we shout for joy over your victory and lift up our banners in the name of our God. May the LORD grant all your requests.

Psalm 21:2 You have granted him his heart's desire and have not withheld the request of his lips.

Psalm 81:10 I am the LORD your God, who brought you up out of Egypt. Open wide your mouth and I will fill it.

Psalm 94:19 When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought me joy.


Psalm 20:4 Grant you according to your own heart, and fulfill all your counsel.


Psalm 20:3-5: May He remember all your meal offerings And find your burnt offering acceptable! Selah. 4May He grant you your heart's desire And fulfill all your counsel! 5We will sing for joy over your victory, And in the name of our God we will set up our banners. May the LORD fulfill all your petitions.…

Do Not Boast about Tomorrow
James 4:14-16: Yet you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away.15Instead, you ought to say, "If the Lord wills, we will live and also do this or that." 16But as it is, you boast in your arrogance; all such boasting is evil.…


Christian Service, pp. 41-42

A revival of true godliness among us is the greatest and most urgent of all our needs. To seek this should be our first work.

The time has come for a thorough reformation to take place. When this reformation begins, the spirit of prayer will actuate every believer, and will banish from the church (God's individual remnant people who come out of all churches  and who collectively make up His church - those who obey all ten commandments and have the faith of Jesus and have the Spirit of Prophecy)the spirit of discord and strife.

A revival and a reformation must take place under the ministration of the Holy Spirit. Revival and reformation are two different things. Revival signifies a renewal of spiritual life, a quickening of the powers of mind and heart, a resurrection from the spiritual death. Reformation signifies a reorganization, a change in ideas and theories, habits and practices. Reformation will not bring forth the good fruit of righteousness unless it is connected with the revival of the Spirit. Revival and reformation are to do their appointed work, and in doing this work they must blend.

 

The Great Controversy (1888), p. 609


“That the Blessing of Abraham might come on the gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the Promise of the Spirit through faith . . . !” Galatians 3:14

We do not value the power and efficacy of prayer as we should. Prayer and faith will do what no power on earth can accomplish. Pr 83.

Train the whole mind and soul to act in faith. It is praising Satan when you talk so continuously of your doubts and darkness. You are glorifying the prince of darkness when you give up your thoughts and words to follow in the shadow he casts on your pathway. Let your first morning thought be, “How good is the LORD! He is full of goodness and tender mercy.” “For Thy Word is a Lamp unto my feet, and a Light unto my path !”   Psalm 119:105 ST March 18, 1889, par. 3

Praise Him ! Say, “LORD, Thou knowest that I love Thee.” When the darkness of the enemy begins to sweep over you, say, “I do love the Lord (Adoni). I know that I love Him, and I know that the Lord loves me, even me!ST March 18, 1889, par. 3


“You know I cannot do this work in my own strength. You must work in me, and by me and through me, sanctifying my tongue, sanctifying my spirit, sanctifying my words, and bringing me into a position where my spirit shall be susceptible to the movings of the Holy Spirit (character = thoughts and feelings of Christ sent to Him from God) of God upon my mind and character.” (Manuscript Release, Vol.7, pgs. 267, 268 (Ms 95, 1906, pp. 8-12, 14-17; "Lesson from Romans 15," October 20, 1906.)

"What is Christ doing in heaven? He is interceding for us. By His work the threshold of heaven is flushed with the glory of God which will shine upon every soul who will open the windows of the soul heavenward. As the prayers of the sincere and contrite ones ascend to heaven Christ says to the Father, "I will take their sins. Let them stand before you innocent." As He takes their sins from them, He fills their hearts with the glorious light of truth and love." (MS 28, 1901).


The Secret to Answered Prayer !
     Christ was continually receiving from the Father that He might communicate to us. "The Word which ye hear," He said, "is not Mine, but the Father's which sent Me." John 14:24. "The Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister." Matthew 20:28. Not for Himself, but for others, He lived and thought and prayed. 

     From hours spent with God He came forth morning by morning, to bring the Light of heaven to men. Daily He receiveda fresh baptism of the Holy Spirit !

     In the early hours of the new day the LORD awakened Him (Jesus) from His slumbers, and His soul and His lips wereanointed with grace, that He might impart to others. His Words were given Him fresh from the heavenly courts, Words that He might speak in season to the weary and oppressed. 

     "The LORD God (Yehuwah Elohim) hath given Me," He said, "the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a Word in season to him that is weary: He wakeneth morning by morning, He wakeneth Mine ear to hear as the learned." Isaiah 50:4.

     Christ's disciples were much impressed by His prayers and by His habit of communion with God. One day after a short absence from their Lord, they found Him absorbed in supplication. Seeming unconscious of their presence, He continued praying aloud. The hearts of the disciples were deeply moved. As He ceased praying, they exclaimed, "Lord, teach us to pray."
 
     In answer, Christ repeated the Lord's prayer, as He had given it in the sermon on the mount. Then in a parable He illustrated the lesson He desired to teach them.

     "Which of you," He said, "shall have a friend, and shall go unto him at midnight, and say unto him, Friend, lend me three loaves; for a friend of mine in his journey is come to me, and I have nothing to set before him? 

     And he from within shall answer and say, Trouble me not; the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed: I cannot rise and give thee. I say unto you, Though he will not rise and give him because he is his friend, yet because of his importunity (persistence) he will rise and give him as many as he needeth."   Luke 11:5-13

     Here Christ represents the petitioner as asking (in order) that he may give again. He must obtain the bread, else he cannot supply the necessities of a weary, belated wayfarer. Though his neighbor is unwilling to be troubled, he will not desist his pleading; his friend must be relieved; and at last his importunity is rewarded, his wants are supplied.
     In like manner the disciples were to seek Blessings from God. In the feeding of the multitude and in the sermon on the Bread from heaven, Christ had opened to them their work as His representatives. They were to give the Bread of Life to the people. He Who had appointed their work, saw how often their faith would be tried. Often they would be thrown into unexpected positions, and would realize their human insufficiency.
 
     Souls that were hungering for the Bread of Life would come to them, and they would feel themselves to be destitute and helpless. They must receive Spiritual food, or they would have nothing to impart ! 
 
     But they were not to turn one soul away unfed. Christ directs them to the Source of supply. The man whose friend came to him for entertainment, even at the unseasonable hour of midnight, did not turn him away !
 
     He had nothing to set before him, but he went to one who had food and pressed his request until the neighbor supplied his need. And would not God, Who had sent His servants to feed the hungry, supply their need for His own work?
 

     But the selfish neighbor in the parable does not represent the character of God. The lesson is drawn, not by comparison, but by contrast. A selfish man will grant an urgent request, in order to rid himself of one who disturbs his restBut God delights to give. He is full of compassion, and He longs to grant the requests of those who come to Him in faith. He gives to us that we may minister to others and thus become like Himself.

     Christ declares, "Ask, and it shall be given youSeekand ye shall find;Knock, and it shall be opened unto you. For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened unto come unto Him."

Note:   The Greek tense of these verbs (ask, seek, knock) reflect a persistence, and refusal to be turned away !  ref: Luke 18:1-8 & Matthew 15:21-28

 
     The Saviour continues: "If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stoneor if he ask a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent? or if he shall ask an egg, will he offer him a scorpion? If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much moreshall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask Him?"

     "And the Words that I speak unto you (these exceeding great and precious Promises), they are Spirit and they are Life. . . !"   John 6:63
 
     In order to strengthen our confidence in God, Christ teaches us to address Him by a new name, a name entwined with the dearest associations of the human heart. He gives us the privilege of calling the infinite God our Father. This name, spoken to Him and of Him, is a sign of our love and trust toward Him, and a pledge of His regard and relationship to us ! 

     Spoken when asking His favor or blessing, it is as music in His ears. That we might not think it presumption to call Him by this name, He has repeated it again and again. He desires us to become familiar with the appellation.
 
     God regards us as His children. He has redeemed us out of the careless world and has chosen us to become members of the Royal family, sons and daughters of the heavenly King. He invites us to trust in Him with a trust deeper and stronger than that of a child in his earthly father. Parents love their children,but the love of God is larger, broader, deeper, than human love can possibly be. It is immeasurable !

     Then if earthly parents know how to give good gifts to their children, how much more shall our Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him?
Christ's lessons in regard to prayer should be carefully consideredThere is a Divine science in prayer, and His illustration brings to view principles that all need to understand !

     He shows what is the true spirit of prayer, He teaches the necessity of perseverance in presenting our requests to God, and assures us of His willingness to hear and answer prayer . . . !"

Christ's Object Lessons p.139-149 

Answered Prayer ?

     "For as the body without the spirit (breath) is death, so faith without works (fruits) is dead also !"   James 2:14-26


     "Our prayers are not to be a selfish asking, merely for our own benefit.We are to ask that we may giveThe principle of Christ's Life must be the principle of our lives. "For their sakes," He said, speaking of His disciples, "I sanctify Myself, that they also might be sanctified." John 17:19

The same devotion, the same self-sacrifice, the same subjection to the claims of 
the Word of God, 
that were manifest in Christ, must be seen in His servants. Our mission to the world is not to serve or please ourselves; we are to glorify God by co-operating with Him to save sinners. 

     We are to ask blessings from God that we may communicate to others. The capacity for receiving is preserved only by imparting. We cannot continue to receive heavenly treasure without communicating to those around us.
 
     In the parable the petitioner was again and again repulsed, but he did not relinquish his purpose. So our prayers do not always seem to receive an immediate answer; but Christ teaches that we should not cease to pray. Prayer is not to work any change in Godit is to bring us into harmony with God. When we make request of Him, He may see that it is necessary for us to search our hearts and repent of sin. Therefore He takes us through test and trial, He brings us throughhumiliation, that we may see what hinders the working of His Holy Spirit through us.
 
     There are conditions to the fulfillment of God's Promises, and prayer can never take the place of duty. "If ye love Me," Christ says, "Keep My commandments." 

"He that hath My Commandments, and keepeth themhe it is that loveth Me; and he that loveth Me shall be loved of My Father, and I will love him, and will manifest Myself to him." John 14:15, 21. Those who bring their petitions to God, claiming His Promise while they do not comply with the conditions, insult Jehovah. They bring the name of Christ as their authority for the fulfillment of the Promise, but they do not those things that would show faith in Christ and love for Him.
 
     Many are forfeiting the condition of acceptance with the Father. We need to examine closely the deed of trust wherewith we approach God. If we are disobedient, we bring to the Lord a note to be cashed when we have not fulfilled the conditions that would make it payable to us. We present to God His Promises, and ask Him to fulfill them, when by so doing He would dishonor His own name.
     The Promise is "If ye abide in Me (The Living Word of God), and My Words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you !" John 15:7. And John declares: "Hereby we do know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments. He that saith, I know Him, and keepeth not His commandments, is a liar, and the Truth is not in him. But whoso keepeth His Word, in him verily is the love of God perfected." 1 John 2:3-5.
 
     One of Christ's last commands to His disciples was "Love one another as I have loved you." John 13:34

Do we obey this command, or are we indulging sharp, unchrist-like traits of character?   If we have in any way grieved or wounded others, it is our duty to confess our fault and seek for reconciliation. This is an essential preparation that we may come before God in faith, to ask His Blessing !
 
     There is another matter too often neglected by those who seek the Lord in prayer. Have you been honest with God?

By the prophet Malachi the Lord declares, "Even from the days of your fathers ye are gone away from Mine ordinances, and have not kept them.Return unto Me, and I will return unto you, saith the LORD of hosts. But ye said, Wherein shall we return? Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed Me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed Thee? In tithes and offerings." Malachi 3:7-8
     As the Giver of every Blessing, God claims a certain portion of all we possess. This is His provision to sustain the preaching of the gospel. And by making this return to God, we are to show our appreciation of His gifts.But if we withhold from Him that which is His own, how can we claim His Blessing? If we are unfaithful stewards of earthly things, how can we expect Him to entrust us with the things of heaven? It may be that here is the secret of unanswered prayer.
 
     But the LORD in His great mercy is ready to forgive, and He says, "Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in Mine house, and prove Me now herewith, . . . if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a Blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it. And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field. . . . And all nations shall call you Blessed; for ye shall be a delightsome land, saith the LORD of hosts." Malachi 3:10-12.
 
     So it is with every other one of God's requirements. All His gifts are Promised on condition of obedience. God has a heaven full of blessings for those who will co-operate with Him. All who obey Him may with confidence claim the fulfillment of His Promises !

     But we must show a firm, undeviating trust in God. Often He delays to answer us in order to try our faith or test the genuineness of our desire. Having asked according to His Word, we should believe His Promise and press our petitions with a determination that will not be denied !

     God does not say, Ask once, and you shall receive. He bids us ask.Unwearyingly persist in prayer. The persistent asking brings the petitioner into a more earnest attitude, and gives him an increased desire to receive the things for which he asks. Christ said to Martha at the grave of Lazarus, "If thou wouldest believe, thou shouldest see the glory of God." John 11:40.
 
     But many have not a living faith. This is why they do not see more of the power of God. Their weakness is the result of their unbelief. They have more faith in their own working than in the working of God for them. They take themselves into their own keeping. They plan and devise, but pray little, and have little real trust in God. They think they have faith, but it is only the impulse of the moment.
 

     Failing to realize their own need, or God's willingness to give, they do not persevere in keeping their requests before the Lord !   Our prayers are to be as earnest and persistent as was the petition of the needy friend who asked for the loaves at midnightThe more earnestly and steadfastly we ask, the closer will be our spiritual union with Christ. We shall receive increased Blessings because we have increased faith !

     Our part is to pray and believe. Watch unto prayer. Watch, and co-operate with the prayer-hearing God. Bear in mind that "we are labourers together with God." 1 Corinthians 3:9. Speak and act in harmony with your prayers. It will make an infinite difference with you whether trial shall prove your faith to be genuine, or show that your prayers are only a form !
 
     When perplexities arise, and difficulties confront you, look not for help to humanity. Trust all with God. The practice of telling our difficulties to others only makes us weak, and brings no strength to them. It lays upon them the burden of our spiritual infirmities, which they cannot relieve. We seek the strength of erring, finite man, when we might have the Strength of the unerring, infinite God !
     You need not go to the ends of the earth for wisdom, for God is near. It is not the capabilities you now possess or ever will have that will give you success. It is that which the LORD can do for you. We need to have far less confidence in what man can do and far more confidence inwhat God can do for every believing soulHe longs to have you reach after Him by faith.
 

     He longs to have you expect great things from Him ! He longs to give you understanding in temporal as well as in spiritual matters. He can sharpen the intellect. He can give tact and skill. Put your talents into the work, ask God for wisdom, and it will be given you !    James 1:5-8

     Take the Word of Christ as your assurance. Has He not invited you to come unto Him? Never allow yourself to talk in a hopeless, discouraged way. If you do you will lose much. By looking at appearances and complaining when difficulties and pressure come, you give evidence of a sickly, enfeebled faith. Talk and act as if your faith was invincibleThe LORD is rich in resources; He owns the world. Look heavenward in faith. Look to Him Who has Light and power and efficiency.
 

There is in genuine faith a buoyancy, a steadfastness of principle, and a fixedness of purpose that neither time nor toil can weaken. "Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: but they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint." Isaiah 40:30-31.
     There are many who long to help others, but they feel that they have no spiritual strength or light to impart. Let them present their petitions at the throne of grace. Plead for the Holy Spirit. God stands back of every Promise He has made !

With your Bible in your hands say, I have done as Thou hast said. I present Thy Promise, "Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you."
 
     We must not only pray in Christ's name, but by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. This explains what is meant when it is said that the Spirit "maketh intercession for us, with groanings which cannot be uttered." Romans 8:26Such prayer God delights to answer. When with earnestness and intensity we breathe a prayer in the name of Christ, there is in that very intensity a pledge from God that He is about to answer our prayer "exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think." Ephesians 3:20.
 
     Christ has said, "What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them."  Mark 11:24
"Whatsoever ye shall ask in My name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son." John 14:13

And the beloved John, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, speakswith great plainness and assurance: "If we ask anything according to His will, He heareth us: and if we know that He hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of Him." 1 John 5:14, 15. Then press your petition to the Father in the name of Jesus. God will honor that name.
     The rainbow round about the throne is an assurance that God is True, that in Him is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. We have sinned against Him, and are undeserving of His favor; yet He Himself has put into our lips that most wonderful of pleas, "Do not abhor us, for Thy name's sake; do not disgrace the throne of Thy glory; remember, break not Thy Covenant with us." Jeremiah 14:21

     When we come to him confessing our unworthiness and sin, He has pledged Himself to give heed to our cry. The honor of His throne is staked for the fulfillment of His Word unto us. Like Aaron, who symbolized Christ, our Saviour bears the names of all His people on His heart in the most holy place. Our great High Priest remembers all the Words by which He has encouraged us to trust. He is ever mindful of His Covenant (Oath of Promise).
 
     All who seek of Him shall find. All who knock will have the door opened to them. The excuse will not be made, Trouble Me not; the door is closed; I do not wish to open it. Never will one be told, I cannot help you. Those who beg at midnight for loaves to feed the hungry souls will be successful !
 
     In the parable, he who asks bread for the stranger, receives "as many as he needeth." And in what measure will God impart to us that 
we may impart to others?   "According to the measure of the gift of Christ." Ephesians 4:7. 

     Angels are watching with intense interest to see how man is dealing with his fellow men. When they see one manifest Christlike sympathy for the erring, they press to his side and bring to his remembrance Words to speak that will be as the Bread of Life to the soul. So "God shall supplyall your need according to His riches (abundance) in glory by Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:19

     Your testimony in its genuineness and reality He will make powerful in the power of the life to come. The Word of the Lord will be in your mouth as Truth (Verity) and righteousness !
     Personal effort for others should be preceded by much secret prayer; for it requires great wisdom to understand the science of saving souls.Before communicating with mencommune with Christ. At the throne of heavenly grace obtain a preparation (holy unction, anointing) for ministering to the people.


     Let your heart break for the longing it has for God, for the Living God. The Life of Christ has shown what humanity can do by being partaker of the Divine nature. All that Christ received from God we too may haveThen ask and receive. With the persevering faith of Jacob, with the unyielding persistence of Elijah, claim for yourself all that God has Promised !
     Let the glorious conceptions of God possess your mind. Let your life be knit by hidden links to the Life of Jesus. He Who commanded the light to shine out of darkness is willing to shine in your heart, to give the Light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit will take the things of God and show them unto you, conveying them as a living power into the obedient heart. Christ will lead you to the threshold of the Infinite. You may behold the glory beyond the veil, and reveal to men the sufficiency of Him Who ever liveth to make intercession for us !"  

- Christ's Object Lessons 139-149

The Science of Faith and Prayer ?

The science of Redemption* (to ransom in full, Salvation, deliverance, separation, reversal, to loosen, atonement), is the science of all sciences; the science that is the study of the angels and of all the intelligences of the unfallen worlds; the science that engages the attention of our Lord and Saviour; the science that enters into the purpose brooded in the mind of the Infinite --“kept in silence through times eternal” Romans 16:25

     The science that will be the study of God's redeemed throughout endless ages. This is the highest study in which it is possible for man to engage. As no other study can, it will quicken the mind and uplift the soul.

“The excellency of knowledge is this, that Wisdom giveth Life to them that have it . . .” and, “The Words that I speak unto you,” said Jesus, “they are Spirit, and they are Life !” For “this is Life Eternal, that they might know Thee, the Only True God, and Jesus Christ Whom Thou hast sent !” Ecclesiastes7:12; John 6:63; 17:3

- Education p.126

Through faith in Christ, every deficiency of character may be supplied, every defilement cleansed, every fault corrected, every excellence developed. For “Ye are complete in Him !” Colossians 2:10.

Prayer and faith are closely allied, and they need to be studied together. In the prayer of faith there is a Divine science; it is a science that everyone who would make his lifework a success must understand. Christ says, “What things soever ye desire,when ye praybelieve that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.” Mark 11:24. He makes it plain that our asking must be according to God's will; we must ask for the things that He has Promised, and whatever we receive must be used in doing His will. The conditions met, the Promise is unequivocal !

For the pardon of sinfor the Holy Spirit, for a Christlike temper, for wisdom and strength to do His work, for any gift He has Promised, we may ask; then we are to believe that we receive, and return thanks to God that we have received !

We need look for no outward evidence of the Blessing. The gift is in the Promise, and we may go about our work assured thatwhat God has Promised He is able to perform, and that the gift, which we already possess, will be realized when we need it most. To live thus by the Word of God means the surrender to Him of the whole life. There will be felt a continual sense of need and dependence, a drawing out of the heart after God. Prayer is a necessity; for it is the life of the soul . . . !” - Education p.258

The mind should be educated to exercise faith rather than to cherish doubt and suspicion and jealousy. We are too prone to look at obstacles as impossibilities.

To have faith in the Promises of God, to walk forward by faith, pressing on without being governed by circumstances, is a lesson hard to learn. Yet it is a positive necessity that every child of God learn this lesson. The Grace* of God through Christ is to be ever cherished; for it is given to us as the only way of approaching God.

For without faith it is impossible to please Him: for he that cometh to God must believe that He Is, and that He Is (I Am) a Rewarder of all those that diligently seek Him . . . !” Hebrews 11:6

Faith in the Words of God, spoken by Christ enshrouded in the pillar of cloud, would have enabled the child-ren of Israel to leave a record of a very different character. Their lack of faith in God gave them a very checkered history.” - MS 43, 1898. {2MCP 533.4}

“This lesson we also have to learn. Not because we see or feel that God hears us are we to believe. We are to trust in His Promises. When we come to Him in faith, every petition enters the heart of God. When we have as-ked for His Blessingwe should believe that we receive it, and thank Him that we have received it. Then we are to go about our duties, assured that the Blessing will be realized when we need it most.

When we have learned to do this, we shall know that our prayers are answered. God will do for us “exceeding abundantly,” “according to the riches of His glory,” and “the working of His mighty power.” Ephesians 3:20, 16; 1:19. - Desire of Ages p.200

 

“How to exercise faith should be made very plain. To every Promise of God there are conditions. If we are willing to do His willall His strength is ours. Whatever gift He promises, is in the Promise itself.   “The Seed is the Word of God !” Luke8:11.


Thus it will be with those who live in the last days. As dangers surround them, and despair seizes upon the soul, they must depend solely upon the merits (worthiness) of the atonement. . . . None will ever perish while they do this. . . . Jacob prevailed because he was persevering and determined. . . . It is now that we are to learn this lesson of prevailing prayer, of unyielding faith.

The greatest victories to the church of Christ or to the individual Christian are not those that are gained by talent or education, by wealth or the favor of men. They are those victories that are gained in the audience chamber with God, when earnest, agonizing faith lays hold upon the mighty Arm of power." Conflict & Courage p.68-69

    “In Whom (Christ Jesus) we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of Him . . . that He would grant  you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might (G1411, dunamis -force, miraculous power, ability, abundance, strength, mighty power) by His Spirit in the inner man; and that Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith . . . !” Ephesians 3:12-17

WHY is there a delay in God answering our prayers sometimes?

"This testimony in regard to the establishment of the Christian church is given us, not only as an important portion of sacred history, but also as a lesson. All who profess the name of Christ should be waiting, watching, and praying with one heartAll differences should be put away, and unity and tender love one for another pervade the whole. Then our prayers may go up together to our Heavenly Father with strong, earnest faith. Then we may wait with patience and hope the fulfillment of the promise.  {7Red 9.1}  
     The answer may come with sudden velocity and overpowering might; or it may be delayed for days and weeks, and our faith receive a trial. But God knows how and when to answer our prayer. It is our part of the work to put ourselves in connection with the divine channel. God is responsible for his part of the work. He is faithful who hath promised. The great and important matter with us is to be of one heart and mind, putting aside all envy and malice, and, as humble supplicants, to watch and wait. Jesus, our Representative and Head, is ready to do for us what he did for the praying, watching ones on the day of Pentecost.  {7Red 9.2}  

He Who blessed the nobleman at Capernaum is just as desirous of Blessing us. But like the afflicted father, we are often led to seek Jesus by the desire for some earthly good; and upon the granting of our request we rest our confidence in His love. The Saviour longs to give us a greater Blessing than we ask; and He delays the answer to our request that He may show us the evil of our own hearts, and our deep need of His grace. He desires us to renounce the selfishness that leads us to seek Him. Confessing our helplessness and bitter need, we are to trust ourselves wholly to His love.

The nobleman wanted to see the fulfillment of his prayer before he should believe; but he had to accept the Word of Jesus that his request was heard and the blessing granted. This lesson we also have to learn. Not because we see or feel that God hears us are we to believe. We are to trust in His Promises !

When we come to Him in faith (trust in God=positive anticipation), every petition enters the heart of God. When we have asked for His blessing, we should believe that we receive itand thank Him that we have received it. Then we are to go about our duties, assured that the Blessing will be realized when we need it most.

When we have learned to do this, we shall know that our prayers are answered. God will do for us “exceeding abundantly,” “according to the riches of His glory,” and “the working of His mighty power.” “above all that we can ask or think . . . !” Ephesians 3:20, 16; 1:19. - Desire of Ages p.198-200

Except ye see Signs and Wonders ?

The Galileans who returned from the Passover brought back the report of the wonderful works of Jesus. The judgment passed upon His acts by the dignitaries at Jerusalem opened His way in Galilee. Many of the people lamented the abuse of the temple and the greed and arrogance of the priests. They hopedthat this Man, Who had put the rulers to flight, might be the looked-for Deliverer. Now tidings had come that seemed to confirm their brightest anticipations. It was reported that the prophet had declared Himself to be the Messiah.

But the people of Nazareth did not believe on Him. For this reason, Jesus did not visit Nazareth on His way to Cana. The Saviour declared to His disciples that a prophet has no honor in his own country. Men estimate character by that which they themselves are capable of appreciating. The narrow and worldly-minded judged of Christ by His humble birth, His lowly garb, and daily toil. They could not appreciate the purity of that Spirit upon which was no stain of sin.

The news of Christ's return to Cana soon spread throughout Galilee, bringing hope to the suffering and dis-tressed. In Capernaum the tidings attracted the attention of a Jewish nobleman who was an officer in the king's service. A son of the officer was suffering from what seemed to be an incurable disease. Physicians had given him up to die; but when the father heard of Jesus, he determined to seek help from Him. The child was very low, and, it was feared, might not live till his return; yet the nobleman felt that he must present the case in person. He hoped that a father's prayers might awaken the sympathy of the Great Physician.

On reaching Cana he found a throng surrounding Jesus. With an anxious heart he pressed through to the Saviour's Presence. His faith faltered when he saw only a plainly dressed Man, dusty and worn with travel. He doubted that this Person could do what he had come to ask of Him; yet he secured an interview with Jesus, told his errand, and besought the Saviour to accompany him to his home. But already his sorrow was known to Jesus. Before the officer had left his home, the Saviour had beheld his affliction.

But He knew also that the father had, in his own mind, made conditions concerning his belief in Jesus. Unless his petition should be granted, he would not receive Him as the Messiah. While the officer waited in an agony of suspense, Jesus said, “Except ye see signs and wonders, ye will not believe !”

Notwithstanding all the evidence that Jesus was the Christ, the petitioner had determined to make his belief in Him conditional on the granting of his own request. The Saviour contrasted this questioning unbelief with the simple faith of the Samaritans, who asked for no miracle or sign. His Word, the ever-present evidence of His Divinity, had a convincing power that reached their hearts. Christ was pained that His own people, to whom the Sacred Oracles had been committed, should fail to hear the Voice of God speaking to them in His Son.

Yet the nobleman had a degree of faith; for he had come to ask what seemed to him the most precious of all blessings. Jesus had a greater gift to bestow. He desired, not only to heal the child, but to make the officer and his household sharers in the Blessings of Salvation, and to kindle a Light in Capernaum, which was so soon to be the field of His Own labors. But the nobleman must realize his needbefore he would desire the grace of Christ. This courtier represented many of his nation. They were interested in Jesus from selfish motives. They hoped to receive some special benefit through His power,and they staked their faith on the granting of this temporal favor; but they were ignorant as to their spiritual disease, and saw not their need of Divine grace.

Like a flash of light, the Saviour's Words to the nobleman laid bare his heart. He saw that his motives in seeking Jesus were selfish. His vacillating faith appeared to him in its true character. In deep distress he realized that his doubt might cost the life of his son. He knew that he was in the Presence of One Who could read the thoughts, and to whom all things were possible !

In an agony of supplication he cried, “Sir, come down ere my child die.” His faith took hold upon Christ as did Jacob, when, wrestling with the Angel, he cried, “I will not let Thee go, except Thou bless me.”

Genesis 32:26

Like Jacob he prevailed. The Saviour cannot withdraw from the soul that clings to Him, pleading its great need. “Go thy way,” He said; “thy son liveth !” The nobleman left the Saviour's Presence with a peace and joy he had never known before. Not only did he believe that his son would be restored, but with strong confidence he trusted in Christ as the Redeemer.

At the same hour the watchers beside the dying child in the home at Capernaum beheld a sudden and mysterious change. The shadow of death was lifted from the sufferer's face. The flush of fever gave place to the soft glow of returning health. The dim eyes brightened with intelligence, and strength returned to the feeble, emaciated frame. No signs of his malady lingered about the child. His burning flesh had become soft and moist, and he sank into a quiet sleep. The fever had left him in the very heat of the day. The family were amazed, and great was the rejoicing.

Cana was not so far from Capernaum but that the officer might have reached his home on the evening after his interview with Jesus; but he did not hasten on the homeward journey. It was not until the next morning that he reached Capernaum. What a homecoming was that! When he went to find Jesus, his heart was heavy with sorrow. The sunshine seemed cruel to him, the songs of the birds a mockery. How different his feelings now! All nature wears a new aspect. He sees with new eyes.

As he journeys in the quiet of the early morning, all nature seems to be praising God with him. While he is still some distance from his own dwelling, servants come out to meet him, anxious to relieve the suspense they are sure he must feel. He shows no surprise at the news they bring, but with a depth of interest they cannot know he asks at what hour the child began to mend. They answer, “Yesterday at the seventh hour (1:00 pm) the fever left him.” At the very moment when the father's faith grasped the assurance, “Thy son liveth,” Divine love touched the dying child.

The father hurries on to greet his son. He clasps him to his heart as one restored from the dead, and thanks God again and again for this wonderful restoration. The nobleman longed to know more of Christ. As he afterward heard His teaching, he and all his household became disciples. Their affliction was sanctified to the conversion of the entire family. Tidings of the miracle spread; and in Capernaum, where so many of His mighty works were performed, the way was prepared for Christ's personal ministry.

He Who blessed the nobleman at Capernaum is just as desirous of Blessing us. But like the afflicted father, we are often led to seek Jesus by the desire for some earthly good; and upon the granting of our request we rest our confidence in His love. The Saviour longs to give us a greater Blessing than we ask; and He delays the answer to our request that He may show us the evil of our own hearts, and our deep need of His grace. He desires us to renounce the selfishness that leads us to seek Him. Confessing our helplessness and bitter need, we are to trust ourselves wholly to His love.

The nobleman wanted to see the fulfillment of his prayer before he should believe; but he had to accept the Word of Jesus that his request was heard and the blessing granted. This lesson we also have to learn. Not because we see or feel that God hears us are we to believe. We are to trust in His Promises !

When we come to Him in faith, every petition enters the heart of God. When we have asked for His blessing, we should believe that we receive itand thank Him that we have received it. Then we are to go about our duties, assured that the Blessing will be realized when we need it most.

When we have learned to do this, we shall know that our prayers are answered. God will do for us “exceeding abundantly,” “according to the riches of His glory,” and “the working of His mighty power.” “above all that we can ask or think . . . !” Ephesians 3:20, 16; 1:19.

- Desire of Ages p.198-200

"We have great victories to gain, and a heaven to lose if we do not gain them. The carnal heart must be crucified; for its tendency is to moral corruption, and the end thereof is death. Nothing but the life-giving influences of the gospel can help the soul. Pray that the mighty energies of the Holy Spirit, with all their quickening, recuperative, and transforming power, may fall like an electric shock on the palsy-stricken soul, causing every nerve to thrill with new life, restoring the whole man from his dead, earthly, sensual state to spiritual soundness. You will thus become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust; and in your souls will be reflected the image of Him by whose stripes you are healed." Testimonies for the Church Volume 5, p. 267.2
It is now that we are to learn this lesson of prevailing prayer, of unyielding faith.

Daily morning prayer consecrating ourselves to God through His Son:
 
"Lord, take my heart; for I cannot give it. It is Thy property. Keep it pure, for I cannot keep it for Thee. Save me in spite of myself, my weak, unchristlike self. Mold me, fashion me, raise me into a pure and holy atmosphere, where the rich current of Thy love can flow through my soul. Lord Jesus, I claim by YOUR FAITH, your blood sacrifice, your victory over every besetting sin, your risen life and YOUR FAITH as my own today. Praise the Lord; for his mercy endureth for ever! Lord Jesus, What wilt thou have me to do today? Take me Oh Lord, as wholly thine, I lay all my plans at thy feet. Use me today in thy service. Abide with me and let all my work be wrought in thee. Oh that thou wouldest bless me indeed, and enlarge my territory, and that thine hand would be with me, and that you would keep me from evil! We ask that our flight be not on the Sabbath Day. We Pray that the mighty energies of the Holy Spirit, with all their quickening, recuperative, and transforming power, may fall like an electric shock on the palsy-stricken soul, causing every nerve to thrill with new life, restoring my whole man from my dead, earthly, sensual state to spiritual soundness. I pray for all people and those in authority asking that "we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty." I give thanks to the Lord, for His mercy and loving-kindness endures forever! I present my petition to Thee. I put my trust in Thee, and I ask for the Blessing that Thou seest will be for my present and future usefulness and my eternal good. I pray most earnestly that we may be prepared for the struggles of the great day of God’s preparation. Lord, I do not want to be surprised at the end. If there is anything that needs to be changed in my life, please show me what it is. I want to be revived and reformed.Help me to make the changes in my life that you would have me to make quickly. Let the latter rain come into my vessel. Let the light of the glorious angel which unites with the third angel shine upon me. Give me a part in the work. Let me sound the proclamation. Let me be a co-laborer with Jesus Christ. Please I pray to you for these blessings for myself, my house and all those who are yours. Please forgive me of all my sins and especially help my unbelief. I claim the faith of Jesus as my own today. Please give me clear understanding of your will for my life today. We ask for wisdom - as much is needed to make it to Heaven, and we ask for a love of the truth like no other person has ever been given. Please save our family, and help us to walk in your paths of righteousness. Forgive our trespasses and input your Spirit to us. Give us the strength and power to make it to Heaven. In the name of Jesus Christ your only begotten Son we ask these things for today and each day henceforth."


The Lord is not glorified by the tame supplications which show that nothing is expected. He desires every one who believes, to approach the Throne of Grace with earnestness and assurance. Do we realize the magnitude of the work in which we are engaged? If we did, there would be more fervency in our prayers. Our entreaties would rise before God with convincing earnestness. We would plead for power as a hungry child pleads for bread. If we realized the greatness of the Gift, if we desired the attainment of the Blessing, our petit-ions would ascend with earnestness, importunity, urgency. It would be as if we were at the gate of heaven, soliciting entrance.

Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice!

I do not understand the tameness in the requests offered to God. We are to urge our way into the very Presence of God, into the Holy Place of the Most High. We are to plead for that which we most need, -- the Bread of Life, the leaf from the Tree of LifeAs Jacob wrestled with the angel, saying, “I will not let Thee go, except thou Bless me,” so we are to wrestle in prayer until we prevail. We are to ask with an urgency that will not be turned away, that expects God to bestow His blessings with a liberality that is an assurance to all fear.

Thus saith the LORD, the Holy One of Israel, and His Maker, Ask Me of things to come concerning My sons, and concerning the work of My hands command ye Me. I have made the earth, and created man upon it. I, even My hands, have stretched out the heavens, and all their host have I commanded.” Isaiah 45:11. This is the Word of the LORD, which is Yea and Amen !

Then let your prayers be more fervent, more heavily weighted with faith and hope. Let the intensity of your desire be proportionate to the value of the object you wish to obtain. The greatness of the Gift and our need of It should fill us with a hungering desire for it . . . !"  - Special Testimonies, August 7, 1901 par. 13


You will thus become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust; and in your souls will be reflected the image of Him by whose stripes you are healed.

It is growth in knowledge of the character of Christ that sanctifies the soul. To discern and appreciate the wonderful work of the atonement, transforms him who contemplates the plan of salvation. By beholding Christ, he becomes changed into the same image, from glory to glory, as by the Spirit of the Lord. The beholding of Jesus becomes an ennobling, refining process to the actual Christian. He sees the Pattern, and grows into its likeness, and then how easily are dissensions, emulations, and strife adjusted. The perfection of Christ’s character is the Christian’s inspiration. When we see him as he is, desire awakes to be like him, and this elevates the whole man; for “every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.”


Does God Answer Every Prayer?

 
(Jer 33:3 KJV) Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.
 
One of the statements that I continually hear from Christians, both in the media, in person, or on line that “God didn’t answer my prayers.” Millions of Christians pray every single day and if what they pray for does not come to fruition, they claim that God did not answer certain of their prayers.
 
First of all let me start off by stating that if you are an unbeliever, whether one who opposes becoming a follower of Christ denying self moment by moment, then God will not hear your prayers because prayers are heard through the ministry of the Holy Spirit (the divine influence of God and His Son. Christ is the Son of GOD, that by some Divine Act Christ was brought forth from the Father before creation. And the Spirit proceeds from the Father, through the Son, making them both every-where present.

Why Christ spews the lukewarm Laodicean out of His mouth


“Today we hesitate to claim we’re the remnant; but as for Laodicea, that’s us! Us alone!...No other Christian group vies with us for the dubious privilege of being identified with it....claiming exclusive rights to Laodicea is not politically incorrect. So, unchallenged, we've become anchored in the view that Seventh-day Adventists are the sole group envisioned in the apocalyptic concept of that term.” Adventist Review, August 28, 2008, p 5.

"To those who are indifferent at this time Christ's warning is: 'Because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spew thee out of My mouth.' Revelation 3:16. The figure of spewing out of His mouth means that He cannot offer up your prayers or your expressions of love to God. he cannot endorse your teaching of His word or your spiritual work in anywise. He cannot present your religious exercises with the request that grace be given you." 6 Testimonies, p. 408

I guess that is why, “I saw them look up to the throne, and pray, "Father, give us Thy Spirit." Satan would then breathe upon them an unholy influence; in it there was light and much power, but no sweet love, joy, and peace. Satan's object was to keep them deceived and to draw back and deceive God's children.” {Early Writings, p. 56.1}

Satan takes those prayers, and all the while the lukewarm, foolish virgin Laodiceans—all “poor, miserable, blind, and naked.”  think they are praying to God.

We must stay close to Jesus, to ensure we don’t end up in this condition. To get out of this condition, we must obey Acts 2:38! "Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost."

"To those that ASK HimJesus imparts (To grant a share of; bestow) the Holy Spirit ("he shall send Jesus." Acts 3:19-20)." Selected Messages Book 1, p. 394.3

"Pray that the mighty energies of the Holy Spirit, with all their quickening, recuperative, and transforming power, may fall like an electric shock on the palsy-stricken soul, causing every nerve to thrill with new life, restoring the whole man from his dead, earthly, sensual state to spiritual soundness. You will thus become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust; and in your souls will be reflected the image of Him by whose stripes you are healed." Testimonies for the Church Volume 5, p. 267.2

Christ says, “I am the way, the truth, and the life;” and it is the privilege of every soul to make Christ his personal Saviour. You need not wait to grow good; you need not think that any effort of yours will make your prayers acceptable, and bring you salvation. Let each man and woman pray to God, not to man. Let each one come to Christ in humility, speak to him with your own lips. The request, “Will you pray for me?” has become simply a form of speech; you should pray to God for yourself, believing that he listens to every word you utter. Lay bare your heart for his inspection, confess your sins, asking him to forgive you, pleading the merits of the atonement, and then by faith contemplate the great scheme of redemption, and the Comforter will bring all things to your remembrance.

The more you study the character of Christ, the more attractive will he appear to you. He will become as one near you, in close companionship with you; your affections will go out after him. If the mind is molded by the objects with which it has most to do, then to think of Jesus, to talk of him, will enable you to become like him in Spirit and character. You will reflect his image in that which is great and pure and spiritual. You will have the mind of Christ, and he will send you forth to the world as his spiritual representative. He will be your only glory. You cannot affiliate with the world without becoming a partaker of its spirit, without becoming guilty of treason against the Lord who has bought you.

It is the privilege of every earnest seeker for truth and righteousness, to rely upon the sure promises of God. The Lord Jesus makes manifest the fact that the treasures of divine grace are placed entirely at our disposal, in order that we may become channels of light. We cannot receive the riches of the grace of Christ without desiring to impart them to others. When we have the love of Christ in our hearts, we shall feel that it is our duty and privilege to communicate it. The sun shining in the heavens, pours its bright beams into all the highways and by-ways of life. It has sufficient light for thousands of worlds like ours. And so it is with the Sun of Righteousness; his bright beams of healing and gladness are amply sufficient to save our little world, and are efficacious in establishing security in every world that has been created. Christ declares that Our Heavenly Father is more willing to give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him, than earthly parents are to give good gifts to their children. The day of Pentecost furnished a wonderful occasion. In the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, what a testimony was given to the abundance of the grace of Christ! Why is it that those who claim to believe advanced truth, live so far beneath their privileges? Why do they mingle self with all they do? If they will cast out self, Jesus will pour into the thirsty soul a constant supply from the river of life. How can our ministers become the representatives of Christ, when they feel self-sufficient—when by spirit and attitude they say, “I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing”? We must not be in a self-satisfied condition, or we shall be described as those who are poor, and wretched, and miserable, and blind, and naked.

Since the time of the Minneapolis meeting, I have seen the state of the Laodicean Church as never before. I have heard the rebuke of God spoken to those who feel so well satisfied, who know not their spiritual destitution. Jesus speaks to these as he did to the woman of Samaria: “If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldst have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water.”

Like the Jews, many have closed their eyes lest they should see; but there is as great peril now, in closing the eyes to light, and in walking apart from Christ, feeling need of nothing, as there was when he was upon earth. I have been shown many things which I have presented before our people in solemnity and earnestness, but those whose hearts have been hardened through criticism, jealousy, and evil surmisings, knew not that they were poor, and miserable, and blind, and naked. Those who resist the messages of God through his humble servant, think they are at variance with sister White, because her ideas are not in harmony with theirs; but this variance is not with sister White, but with the Lord, who had given her her work to do.

Those who realize their need of repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ, will have contrition of soul, will repent for their resistance of the Spirit of the Lord. They will confess their sin in refusing the light that Heaven has so graciously sent them, and they will forsake the sin that grieved and insulted the Spirit of the Lord. They will humble self, and accept the power and grace of Christ, acknowledging the messages of warning, reproof, and encouragement. Then their faith in the work of God will be made manifest, and they will rely upon the atoning sacrifice. They will make a personal appropriation of Christ’s abundant grace and righteousness, and he will become to them a present Saviour; for they will realize their need of him, and with complete trust will rest in him. They will drink of the water of life from the divine, inexhaustible fountain. In a new and blessed experience, they will cast themselves upon Christ, and become partakers of the divine nature. The human and the divine will co-operate every day, and the heart will well up in thanksgiving and praise to Christ. Heavenly inspiration will have a part in the Christian experience, and we shall grow to the full stature of men and women in Christ Jesus.

It is growth in knowledge of the character of Christ that sanctifies the soul. To discern and appreciate the wonderful work of the atonement, transforms him who contemplates the plan of salvation. By beholding Christ, he becomes changed into the same image, from glory to glory, as by the Spirit of the Lord. The beholding of Jesus becomes an ennobling, refining process to the actual Christian. He sees the Pattern, and grows into its likeness, and then how easily are dissensions, emulations, and strife adjusted. The perfection of Christ’s character is the Christian’s inspiration. When we see him as he is, desire awakes to be like him, and this elevates the whole man; for “every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.”

I feel sad when I think how for long years there has been a gradual lowering of the standard. I have been shown that very few realize the constant presence of the divine Watcher who declares, “I know thy works.” Through the indulgence of sin, many have forfeited the favor of God, misrepresented Jesus, forgotten his presence, forgotten that they are living in his sight, and so have added evil to evil. All such are foolish virgins. They have no abiding consolation. The power of Christ is to be the comfort, the hope, the crown of rejoicing, of every one that follows Jesus in his conflict, in his struggles in life. He who truly follows the Lamb of God which taketh away the sin of the world, can shout as he advances, “This is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.”

What kind of faith is it that overcomes the world?—It is that faith which makes Christ your own personal Saviour,—that faith which, recognizing your helplessness, your utter inability to save yourself, takes hold of the Helper who is mighty to save, as your only hope. It is faith that will not be discouraged, that hears the voice of Christ saying, “Be of good cheer, I have overcome the world, and my divine strength is yours.” It is the faith that hears him say, “Lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world.”

The reason why the churches are weak and sickly and ready to die, is that the enemy has brought influences of a discouraging nature to bear upon trembling souls. He has sought to shut Jesus from their view as the Comforter, as one who reproves, who warns, who admonishes them, saying, “This is the way, walk ye in it.” Christ has all power in heaven and in earth, and he can strengthen the wavering, and set right the erring. He can inspire with confidence, with hope in God; and confidence in God always results in creating confidence in one another.

Every soul must have a realization that Christ is his personal Saviour; then love and zeal and steadfastness will be manifest in the Christian life. However clear and convincing the truth is, it will fail to sanctify the soul, fail to strengthen and fortify it in its conflicts, unless it is brought in constant contact with life. Satan has achieved his greatest success through interposing himself between the soul and the Saviour.

Christ should never be out of the mind. The angels said concerning him, “Thou shalt call his name Jesus: for he shall save his people from their sins.” Jesus, precious Saviour! assurance, helpfulness, security, and peace are all in him. He is the dispeller of all our doubts, the earnest of all our hopes. How precious is the thought that we may indeed become partakers of the divine nature, whereby we may overcome as Christ overcame! Jesus is the fullness of our expectation. He is the melody of our songs, the shadow of a great rock in a weary land. He is living water to the thirsty soul. He is our refuge in the storm. He is our righteousness, our sanctification, our redemption. When Christ is our personal Saviour, we shall show forth the praises of Him who hath called us out of darkness into his marvelous light.

This great spiritual destitution is not caused by any failure on the part of Christ doing all that is possible for the Church. Our Heavenly Father bestowed all Heaven in one gift,—that of his dear Son. The work of the Holy Spirit is not to daub with untempered mortar, but it is to convince the world of sin, of righteousness, of judgment to come. Jesus says, “And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.” The revelation of the Son of God upon the cross, dying for the sins of men, draws the hearts of men by the power of infinite love, and convinces the sinner of sin. Christ died because the law was transgressed, that guilty man might be saved from the penalty of his enormous guilt. But history has proved that it is easier to destroy the world than to reform it; for men crucified the Lord of glory, who came to unite earth with heaven, and man with God. RH August 26, 1890, par. 1
Boldly Press your Case -
 
“Let us therefore come boldly to the Throne of Grace (favor), that we my obtain mercy (tender mercies,
compassion), and find grace (the Divine Influence) to help in time of need . . . !” Hebrews 4:16

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Let us then fearlessly and confidently and boldly draw near to the throne of grace (the throne of God’s unmerited (
unworthy) favor (kindness & support) to us sinners), that we may receive mercy [for our failures] and find grace (Jesus Spirit of Divine Influence) to help in good time for every need [appropriate help and well-timed help, coming just when we need it]." Amplified Bible (AMP) Hebrews 4:16

When Irritated, Refuse to Speak.--Let those who are easily irritated refuse to retaliate when words that vex them are spoken. Let them seek the Lord in prayer, asking Him to show them how to work for souls perishing in sin. He who keeps busy in this work will be so thoroughly imbued with the Spirit of God that his manners, his voice, his whole life, will be a revelation of Christ.Try it, brethren, try it. Crucify self, in the place of seeking to crucify your brethren. "If any man will come after Me," Christ said, "let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me" (Matthew 16:24).--Lt 11, 1905.  {2MCP 522.2}

"Those who know how to pray, who know what are the invitations of the gospel of Christ, show dishonor to God when they lay their burdens upon finite men. It is always right to counsel together; it is right to converse together; it is right to make the difficulties that present themselves in any enterprise plain before your brethren and your ministers. But do not depend upon man for wisdom. Seek God for the wisdom that comes from above. Ask your fellow laborers to pray with you; and the Lord will fulfill His Word, “Where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst.”—The Youth’s Instructor, February 15, 1900.

The Lord will go before us and fight our battles when we began to sing and praise him! "Say, Praise the Lord; for his mercy endureth for ever!" 2 Chron 20:21.

"The Spirit works upon our hearts, drawing out prayers and penitence, praise and thanksgiving. The gratitude which flows from our lips is the result of the Spirit’s striking the cords of the soul in holy memories, awakening the music of the heart." Selected Messages Book 1, p. 

"When you arise from your knees, believe! When the enemy comes with his darkness, sing faith and talk faith, and you will find that you have sung and talked yourself into the Light. “Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice !” (Philippians 4:4). Those who do this have a joyous lifeNo unpleasantness comes from their lips or from the atmosphere surrounding the soulfor they do not feel that they are better than others." Lift Him Up, p. 185.2

1 Corinthians 14:15
  • Amplified Bible
    Then what am I to do? I will pray with my spirit [by the Holy Spirit that is within me], but I will also pray [intelligently] with my mind and understanding; I will sing with my spirit [by the Holy Spirit that is within me], but I will sing [intelligently] with my mind and understanding also.
    1 Corinthians 14:14-16 (in Context) 1 Corinthians 14 (Whole Chapter)

The Unmerited Favor of God

defines grace as: "Grace is not a license to sin but an empowerment of God to enable us to be what we should".

James Ryle defines it as, "Grace is the empowering Presence of God enabling you to be who He created you to be, and to do what He has called you to do."

In shortest possible form, Grace is "God's presence" or God's power", for victorious, abundant, Christ-like, God glorifying living. Wherever that is the presence of God, there is power. God's power comes from His presence in us.

If we take grace as God's power, then it fits well in the above 3 verses cited. James 4:6, proud people don't see they need God's power. The humble people know the truth of their weakness and ask God for power. In Gal 5:4, if we rely on our own ability (our flesh) to be righteous, we do not need God's power and has indeed fallen, or depart from God's power (Grace). In John 1:14, Jesus is full of God's power and presence.

The Weak/Carnal Paul to Victorious Paul
What is the difference between the weak Paul, the Christian, of Rom 7:14-24 and the victorious Paul of 2 Cor 12:9-10 and Phi 4:13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. The answer is the Grace of God as defined as God's presence and power. 

Salvation for all is God's mercy of unmerited favor. Christian growth (becoming like Christ) is depending on us to be full of grace (God's presence and power) through crucifying our flesh (self-will, self-confidence, self-capability, self-pride) and follow after the Spirit. It is about abiding in Christ, living from the Vine of God's presence and power and then be fruitful.

The Verses Coming Alive
Heb 4:16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace (God's presence), that we may obtain mercy (unmerited favor), and find grace (God's power) to help in time of need.  

2 Pe 3:18 But grow in grace (God's presence & power), and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Let's compare, which definition gives better emphasis

  • Rom 11:6 And if by grace[unmerited favor of God], then is it no more of works: otherwise grace[favor] is no more grace[favor]. But if it be of works, then is it no more [God’s favor]: otherwise work is no more work.
  • Rom 11:6 And if by grace [Power of God], then is it no more of [men’s] works: otherwise grace[God’s Power] is no more [of God]. But if it be of [men’s] works, then is it no more [God’s power]: otherwise work is no more work. 
  • Eph 2:8 For by grace [unmerited favor] are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
  • Eph 2:8 For by grace[God's power] are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:


The question for every confessing believer is; do you understand the true Grace of Jesus Christ, and is it God's unmerited favor? Unmerited Favor: Depending on Jesus for every success in your life. It is God’s desire for you to succeed in every area of your life, and with His presence in your life, you can! His grace or unmerited favor can swing open doors of opportunities and place you at the right place at the right time for His blessings. Even if you lack the necessary qualifications, skills and experience, His unmerited favor can propel you forward.

Power is Guaranteed
 
     “As a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed !”    Genesis 32:28.  

“I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.” 1 Timothy 2:1-2 KJV

We should FIRST, pray for all people and those in authority asking that "we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty."

Giving of thanks causes God to go before us and fight our battles and is the Holy Spirit strumming the strings of our soul to make music unto the LORD.

  1. 2 Chronicles 20:21 see verses 20-22  "Believe in the Lord your God, so shall ye be established; believe his prophets, so shall ye prosper." 22 And when they began to sing and to praise, the Lord set ambushments against the children of Ammon, Moab, and mount Seir, which were come against Judah; and they were smitten.


The Lord will go before us and fight our battles when we began to sing and praise him! "say, Praise the Lord; for his mercy endureth for ever." 2 Chron 20:21.

"The Spirit works upon our hearts, drawing out prayers and penitence, praise and thanksgiving. The gratitude which flows from our lips is the result of the Spirit’s striking the cords of the soul in holy memories, awakening the music of the heart." Selected Messages Book 1, p.

King James Version (KJV)

21 And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed singers unto the Lord, and that should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army, and to say, Praise the Lord; for his mercy endureth for ever.

2 Chronicles 20:21

Amplified Bible (AMP)

21 When he had consulted with the people, he appointed singers to sing to the Lord and praise Him in their holy [priestly] garments as they went out before the army, saying, Give thanks to the Lord, for His mercy and loving-kindness endure forever!


"Christ, our Mediator, and the Holy Spirit are constantly interceding in man’s behalf, but the Spirit pleads not for us as does Christ, who presents His blood, shed from the foundation of the world; the Spirit works upon our hearts, drawing out prayers and penitence, praise and thanksgiving. The gratitude which flows from our lips is the result of the Spirit’s striking the cords of the soul in holy memories, awakening the music of the heart."Selected Messages Book 1, p. 344.1

Individually all need a heart work. A good work cannot be done by the human agent alone. For the full development and efficiency of the intellectual as well as the spiritual powers, there is, there must be, a vital connection with God, a communion with the highest source of activity. Then with the soul all aglow with zeal for the Master, we can be a blessing to others. Jesus said, “Whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.” John 4:14. Those who become partakers of the grace of Christ will guide others to the living stream.

Is it not a privilege to be thus copartners with Jesus? Is it not an honor to be connected with the grand work of saving souls, acting the part assigned us by our Saviour? And none can impart a blessing to others without receiving benefit himself. “He that watereth shall be watered also himself.” Proverbs 11:25.

"No outward observances can take the place of simple faith and entire renunciation of self. But no man can empty himself of self. We can only consent for Christ to accomplish the work. Then the language of the soul will be, Lord, take my heart; for I cannot give it. It is Thy property. Keep it pure, for I cannot keep it for Thee. Save me in spite of myself, my weak, unchristlike self. Mold me, fashion me, raise me into a pure and holy atmosphere, where the rich current of Thy love can flow through my soul." Christ’s Object Lessons, p. 159.3 

"Let your prayer be, "Take me, O Lord, as wholly Thine. I lay all my plans at Thy feet. Use me today in Thy service. Abide with me, and let all my work be wrought in Thee." This is a daily matter."  Steps to Christ, p. 70.1Reflecting Christ, p. 259.4, The Faith I Live By, p. 125.4, Our Father Cares, p. 72.4Prayer, p. 23.1, My Life Today, p. 6.5

Let us all have confidence in God. Press your way through the shadow which Satan throws across your pathway and take hold of the arm of Jesus, the Mighty One. Let your case rest in His hands. Let your prayer be, “Lord (Adoni - Sovereign King), I present my petition to Thee. I put my trust in Thee, and I ask for the Blessing that Thou seest will be for my present and future usefulness and my eternal good.” The Great Controversy 1888, p.622

"We should now pray most earnestly that we may be prepared for the struggles of the great day of God’s preparation." Our Father Cares, p. 325.2

Lord, I do not want to be surprised at the end. If there is anything that needs to be changed in my life, please show me what it is. I want to be revived and reformed.

Quote: “The Lord is not glorified by the tame supplications which show that nothing is expected. He desires every one who believes, to approach the Throne of Grace with earnestness and assurance. Do we realize the magnitude of the work in which we are engaged? If we did, there would be more fervency in our prayers. Our entreaties would rise before God with convincing earnestness. We would plead for power as a hungry child pleads for bread. If we realized the greatness of the Gift, if we desired the attainment of the Blessing, our petit-ions would ascend with earnestness, importunity, urgency. It would be as if we were at the gate of heaven, soliciting entrance.

I do not understand the tameness in the requests offered to God. We are to urge our way into the very Presence of God, into the Holy Place of the Most High. We are to plead for that which we most need, -- the Bread of Life, the leaf from the Tree of LifeAs Jacob wrestled with the angel, saying, “I will not let Thee go, except thou Bless me,” so we are to wrestle in prayer until we prevail. We are to ask with an urgency that will not be turned away, that expects God to bestow His blessings with a liberality that is an assurance to all fear.

Thus saith the LORD, the Holy One of Israel, and His Maker, Ask Me of things to come concerning My sons, and concerning the work of My hands command ye Me. I have made the earth, and created man upon it. I, even My hands, have stretched out the heavens, and all their host have I commanded.” Isaiah 45:11. This is the Word of the LORD, which is Yea and Amen !

Then let your prayers be more fervent, more heavily weighted with faith and hope. Let the intensity of your desire be proportionate to the value of the object you wish to obtain. The greatness of the Gift and our need of It should fill us with a hungering desire for it . . . !"  - Special Testimonies, August 7, 1901 par. 13


Have you begged and pleaded with God for the latter rain? Have you pleaded for the perfecting testing messages? Have you pleaded for the strength and power to obey God without delay? 

beg - implore - entreat - beseech

Pray, beg and plead (Make an emotional appeal. To appeal or entreat earnestly - argue your case or cause) with God, Let the latter rain come into my vessel. Let the light of the glorious angel which unites with the third angel shine upon me. Give me a part in the work. Let me sound the proclamation. Let me be a co-laborer with Jesus Christ.” --{Last Day Events, p. 194.1

Let Christians put away all dissension and give themselves to God for the saving of the lost. Let them ask in faith for the promised blessing, and it will come.

The Early Rain Produces Conversion; The Latter Rain Develops a Christlike Character

At no point in our experience can we dispense with the assistance of that which enables us to make the first start. The blessings received under the former rain are needful to us to the end. . . . As we seek God for the Holy Spirit, it will work in us meekness, humbleness of mind, a conscious dependence upon God for the perfecting latter rain.--TM 507, 509 (1897).

The language of the soul must be, “He is mine; I will never let go his arm. He will bless me; the cleansing blood will be applied to my soul.”

The language of the soul is, “Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God.” He has a foundation for his faith. It is Christ, the Rock of Ages. He dares to love him, for the light reflected from the cross of Calvary reveals his Saviour to his soul, as “the chiefest among ten thousand,” and the one “altogether lovely.”

"The language of the soul will be, “O how love I thy law! it is my meditation all the day.” [Psalm 119:97.]" 

Let the language of the soul be:

“Other refuge have I none, 

Hangs my helpless soul on Thee; 
Leave, O, leave me not alone! 
Still support and comfort me.

“Hide me, O my Saviour, hide! 
Till the storm of life is past; 
Safe into the haven guide, 
O receive my soul at last!”

"To all, old and young, the word of the Lord is: Let the truth of God be inwrought in mind and soul. Let your prayer be, “O Lord, preserve my soul, that I shall not dishonor thee.” Let your prayers ascend to God, that he may sanctify the soul in thought, in word, in spirit, in every transaction. Plead with God that not one thread of selfishness shall be woven into the fabric of your character. Let the prayer be offered: “Sanctify my heart through the truth. Let thy angels keep my soul in strict integrity. Let my mind be impressed with the simple, searching maxims in thy Word, given to guide me in this life as a preparation for the future, eternal life.”

It is through the power and prevalence of truth that we must be sanctified, and elevated to the true dignity of the standard set forth in the Word. The way of the Lord can be learned only through most careful obedience to his Word. Study the Word." YI August 14, 1906, par. 10

For Our Sake Also !
 
Note: Scripture references have been added to the original article in italics
 
     The fourth chapter of Romans is one of the richest in the Bible in the hope and courage which it contains for the Christian. In Abraham we have an example of Righteousness by faith and we have set before us the wonderful inheritance Promised to those who have the faith of Abraham. And this Promise is not limited !

     The Blessing of Abraham comes on the Gentiles as well as on the Jews; there is none so poor that he may not share it, for "it is of (by) faiththat it might be by Grace; to the end (for the purpose that) the Promise might be sure to all the seed !" Romans 4:16
 
     The last clause of the seventeenth verse is worthy of special attention. It contains the secret of the possibility of our success in the Christian life. It says that Abraham believed "God, Who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they already were."
 
     This marks God's power; it involves Creative power. God can call a thing which is not as though it existed. If a man should do that, what would you call it? A lie. If a man should say that a thing is, when it is not, it would be a lie. But God cannot lie. (ref: Hebrews 6:18 & Titus 1:2). Therefore when God calls those things that be notas though they were, it is evident that that (His Word) makes them be !
 
Note:   It is His calling them, that makes them be. It is His speaking them into existence !

     "So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of GOD that sheweth mercy . . . Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy (grace) He saved (delivered, set free, rescued, healed, made us whole) usby the washing (baptism) of regenerationand renewing of the Holy Spirit !"     Romans 9:16 & Titus 3:5
 

     That is, they spring into existence at His Word. We have all heard, as an illustration of confidence, the little girl's statement that "if ma says so, it's so if it isn't so." That is exactly the case with God. Before that time spoken of as "in the beginning," there was a dreary waste of absolute nothingness; God spoke, and instantly worlds sprang into being. "By the Word of the LORD (Jehovah, Yehuwah) were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the Breath (Spirit) of His mouth. . . . for He spake, and it was; He commanded, and it stood fast !" Ps. 33:6-9. 

     This is the power which is brought to view in Rom. 4:17. Now let us read on, that we may see the force of this language in this connection. Still speaking of Abraham, the apostle says: Who against hope believed in hope (expectation, anticipate, confidence), that he might become the father of many nationsaccording to 
that which was spoken
, So shall thy seed be !

Abram = the mighty father
Abraham = the father of a great multitude  (the father of the many nations of the saved) they all make up one nation that enter into the gates of the eternal city. All those that believe on Jesus are heirs of Abraham's seed. That is why we are called Christians, is because we believe on Christ.

     And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about a hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sarah's womb; he staggered not (stumbled not) at the Promise (Word) of God through unbeliefbut was strong in faithgiving glory to God; and being fully persuaded that, what He (Jehovah, Yehuwah) had Promised, He was able also to perform ! And therefore it was imputed to him for righteousness." Rom. 4:18-22

   
  Here we learn that Abraham's faith in God, as One Who could bring things into existence by His Word, was exercised with respect to His being able to create righteousness in a person destitute of it. Those who look at the trial of Abraham's faith as relating simply to the birth of Isaac and ending there, lose all the point and beauty of the sacred record

     Isaac was only the one in whom his Seed was to be called, and that Seed was Christ (Anointed). See Gal. 3:16. When God told Abraham that in his Seed all nations of the earth should be Blessed, He was preaching the Gospel to him (Gal. 3:8); therefore Abraham's faith in the Promise of God was direct faith in Christ as the Saviour of sinners. This was the faith which was counted to him for righteousness !
 
     Now note the strength of that faith. His own body was already virtually dead from age and Sarah was in a like condition. The birth of Isaac from such a pair was nothing less than the bringing of life from the dead. It was a symbol of God's power to quicken to spiritual life those who are dead in trespasses and sins. Abraham hoped against hope. There was no human possibility of the fulfillment of the Promise; everything was against it, but his faith grasped and rested upon the unchanging Word of God,
and His power to create and to make alive. "And therefore it was imputed unto him for righteousness."
 
Now for the point of it all: "Now it was not written for his sake alone, that it was imputed to him; but for us also, to whom it shall be imputedif we believe on Him that raised up Jesus our Lord (Adoni - Sovereign King) from the dead; Who was delivered (surrendered, yielded up unto death) for our offenses and was raised again for our justification (acquittal, show or render innocent, righteous). Rom. 4:23-25
 

     So Abraham's faith was the same that ours must be, and in the same object. The fact that it is by faith in the death and resurrection of Christ that we have the same righteousness imputed to us that was imputed to Abraham, shows that Abraham's faith was likewise in the death and resurrection of Christ. "That if thou shalt confess (profess) with thy mouth the Lord Jesus (that Jesus is the Sovereign King), and shalt believe in thine heart that GOD hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved(delivered, set free, rescued, healed, made whole) ! . . . For with the heart man beliveth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto Salvation !"   Romans 10:9-10
 
     All the Promises of God to Abraham were for us as well as for him. Indeed, we are told in one place that they were specially for our benefit. "When God made Promise to Abraham, because He could swear by no greater, He sware by Himself." "Wherein God, willing more abundantly to show unto the heirs of Promise the immutability of His counsel, confirmed it by an Oath (ref: Zechariah 6:13): that by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the Hope set before us." Heb. 6:13, 17, 18.

NoteWhen we see Christ Jesus, Who made to be sin for us, Who took upon Himself the sins of the whole world; and even in this state where it 'pleased the LORD to bruise Him,' yet here also, we are shown the great mercy and love of Our Father, in that He raised Him again from the dead !

     "For we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves, but in GOD which raiseth the dead . . .!"   II Corinthians 1:9-10

     "And what is the exceeding greatness of His power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of His mighty power. Which He wrought in Christ,
when He raised Him from the dead, and set Him at His Own right hand in the heavens
  . . . !"   Ephesians 1:19-20

     Our hopethereforerests upon God's Promise and Oath to Abraham, for that Promise to Abraham, confirmed by that Oath, contains all the Blessings which God can possibly give to man ! But let us make this matter a little more personal before leaving it. 

     O Trembling soul, say not that your sins are so many and that you are so weak that there is no hope for you. Christ came to save the lost, and He is able to save to the uttermost those that come to God by Him (Hebrews 7:25). You are weak, but He says, "My strength is made perfect in weakness." 2 Cor. 12:9. And the inspired record tells us of those who"out of weakness were made strong." Heb. 11:34. 

     That means that God took their very weakness and turned it into strength. In so doing He demonstrates His power. It is His way of working. For "God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty, and base things of the world, and things which are despised hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to naught things that are; that no flesh should glory in his presence." 1 Cor. 1:27-29.

     "For it is not by might, nor by power; but by My Spirit saith the LORD of hosts !"   Zechariah 4:6
 
Have the simple faith of Abraham. How did he attain to righteousness? By not considering the deadness and powerlessness of his own body, but by being willing to grant all the glory to God, strong in faith that He could bring all things out of that which was not. You, therefore, in like manner, consider not the weakness of your own body, but the power and grace of our Lord,
 
Being assured that the same Word which can create a universe and raise the dead can also create in you a clean heart and make you alive unto God. And so you shall be a child of Abraham, even a child of God by faith in Christ Jesus.
- E. J. Waggoner Lessons on Faith p.36-39

Does God Answer Every Prayer?

 
(Jer 33:3 KJV) Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.
 
One of the statements that I continually hear from Christians, both in the media, in person, or on line that “God didn’t answer my prayers.” Millions of Christians pray every single day and if what they pray for does not come to fruition, they claim that God did not answer certain of their prayers.
 
First of all let me start off by stating that if you are an unbeliever, whether one who opposes becoming a follower of Christ denying self moment by moment, then God will not hear your prayers because prayers are heard through the ministry of the Holy Spirit (the divine influence of God and His Son. Christ is the Son of GOD, that by some Divine Act Christ was brought forth from the Father before creation. And the Spirit proceeds from the Father, through the Son, making them both every-where present.
 
(Rom 8:26-27 KJV) Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. {27} And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.
 
According to Romans 8:26-27, the Holy Spirit intercedes on behalf of the saints. Those who are unsaved do not have the Holy Spirit.
 
(Rom 8:9 KJV) But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.
 
The unbeliever is spiritually dead and because of that lives only in the flesh void of the Holy Spirit. The spiritually dead have no ability to pray proper prayers and have them interpreted by the Holy Spirit since they do not have the Spirit. Many people go to church but are unconverted and that places them in the same category as any other unbeliever. If they become saved, then they are made alive unto God and will have a living relationship with God with the ability to have their prayers heard.
 
(Isa 59:1-2 KJV) Behold, the LORD'S hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear: {2} But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.
 
(Psa 66:18 KJV) If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me:
 
Both of these sets of verses teach a major principle. While Isaiah was aimed at the nation of Israel at a time they were embracing idolatry and other ungodly practices and Psalm 66:18 is aimed at both the saved and the unsaved, they carry the same principle and that is, anytime one has sin in their life, it will affect their prayer life. That principle goes for both believers and unbelievers. Can Christians pray to God for something with a pack of cigarettes in their pocket? Can a person in a cult pray to a generic god? What I mean by generic god is that many cults and false religions teach that God is the God of all religions and there are many pathways to God. This is absolutely untrue because the Scriptures outright reject that.
 
(John 14:6 KJV) Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

Jesus is the only way to the Father and the promise of the Father is the giving of the Holy Spirit.
 
(Acts 1:4-5 KJV) And, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me. {5} For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence.
 
Now this article is not about believers and unbelievers and answered prayer but is specifically aimed at the Christian who expects God to answer all their prayers. It is a total misunderstanding to believe that God does not answer all prayers and we will see why. We are going to look at four ways in which God answers all prayers. In our beginning verse, Jeremiah 33:3, God states that we are to call unto Him and that “He will answer.” He did not say that He may answer but that He will, and I am sure that you and I can easily take God at His Word.
 
Direct
The first way that God answers prayers is directly. We may pray for something and if it is in the will of God then God will grant the petition. (1 John 5:14-15 KJV) And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: {15} And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.
 
Delayed
The second way God answers our prayers is when He says yes, but He brings the answer in His timing which may be different than ours. Probably one of the best examples in Scripture for the delayed answer is that of Zacharias, the father of John the Baptist. (Luke 1:13 KJV) But the angel said unto him, Fear not, Zacharias: for thy prayer is heard; and thy wife Elisabeth shall bear thee a son, and thou shalt call his name John. Zacharias must have been praying for a son and finally he is told that his prayer has been heard and he will have a son. He was not told when this would happen, but that it would.
 
Disguised
Probably one of the best disguised answers to prayer in the Bible is found in 1 Samuel 17. This where the army of Israel was facing the army of the Philistines. (1 Sam 17:16 KJV) And the Philistine drew near morning and evening, and presented himself forty days. Goliath had taunted the Israelite army for forty days and there was no one who would challenge Goliath. David was the youngest son of Jesse and he dispatched David to the valley of Shochoh where the battle was taking place. (1 Sam 17:17-18 KJV) And Jesse said unto David his son, Take now for thy brethren an ephah of this parched corn, and these ten loaves, and run to the camp to thy brethren; {18} And carry these ten cheeses unto the captain of their thousand, and look how thy brethren fare, and take their pledge. Jesse was just dispatching David to send food to his brethren and some cheese to the commander. It never crossed Jesse’s, David’s, Saul‘s, Eliab’s or any of their minds that little David would be the answer to their prayers to deliver them from the taunting giant of Gath. Yet, it would be David, through the power of God, who came as the answer to their prayers to have victory over the Philistine. Could you imagine the consequences they would have faced if they sent David home right away and would not allow him the opportunity to face Goliath? The answer to their prayers were in a teenage boy and not the mighty seasoned warriors of Israel.
 
Denied
Here is the reason why Christians claim that God does not answer their prayers. The reality is that “no” is an answer. When we were younger and we asked our parents for something and they said no, that was an answer. It is not the answer we want to hear but it is an answer and we better realize that “no” is a part of the Christian life. When God says “no” it does not necessarily mean that you are asking wrongly or in selfishness but your request is not God’s will for you and therefore you need to accept the reality that God has denied your prayer. It does not mean He is angry with you, but he is just protecting you because he sees the future and you don’t.
 
Summary
We have looked at four ways that God deals with prayer and in every instance, God gave an answer. God answers every prayer we pray but we do not like to take “no” as one of the main answers. Once we accept the fact that “no” is an answer, we will begin to realize that God takes our prayer life more serious than we do. We can always count on Him to answer our prayers, even if He said “no,” because it is an answer!

Boldly Press your Case -
 
“Let us therefore come boldly to the Throne of Grace, that we my obtain mercy (tender mercies,
compassion), and find grace (the Divine Influence) to help in time of need . . . !”
                                                                                                                                        Hebrews 4:16
Power is Guaranteed
 
     “As a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed !”    Genesis 32:28.  
 
     Had not Jacob previously repented of his sin in obtaining the birthright by fraud, God could not have heard his prayer and mercifully preserved his life. So in the time of trouble, if the people of God had unconfessed sins to appear before them while tortured with fear and anguish, they would be overwhelmed; despair would cut off their faith, and they could not have confidence to plead with God for deliverance. But while they have a deep sense of their unworthiness, they will have no concealed wrongs to reveal. Their sins will have been blotted out by the atoning blood of Christ, and they cannot bring them to remembrance. . . .
 
     “Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out . . . and ye shall receive the Gift of the Holy Spirit . . . when the times of refreshing shall come from the Presence of the LORD . . .For the Promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the LORD our God shall call !”
                                                                                                                                                 Acts 3:19 & 2:38
 
     All who endeavor to excuse or conceal their sins, and permit them to remain upon the books of heaven, un-confessed and unforgiven (ref: I John 1:9), will be overcome by Satan. The more exalted their profession, and the more honorable the position which they hold, the more grievous is their course in the sight of God, and the more certain the triumph of the great adversary.
     Yet Jacob's history is an assurance that God will not cast off those who have been betrayed into sin, but who have returned unto Him with true repentance. It was by self-surrender and confiding faith that Jacob gained what he had failed to gain by conflict in his own strength. God thus taught His servant that Divine power and Grace alone could give him the Blessing he craved.
 
     “That the Blessing of Abraham might come on* the gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the Promise of the Spirit through faith . . . !”                                                                     Galatians 3:14
 
     Thus it will be with those who live in the last days. As dangers surround them, and despair seizes upon the soul, they must depend solely upon the merits (worthiness) of the atonement. . . . None will ever perish while they do this. . . . Jacob prevailed because he was persevering and determined. . . . It is now that we are to learn this lesson of prevailing prayer, of unyielding faith.
 
     The greatest victories to the church of Christ or to the individual Christian are not those that are gained by talent or education, by wealth or the favor of men. They are those victories that are gained in the audience chamber with God, when earnest, agonizing faith lays hold upon the mighty Arm of power.  
                                                                                                                       Conflict & Courage p.68-69
 

    “In Whom (Christ Jesus) we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of Him . . . that He would grant  you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might (G1411, dunamis -force, miraculous power, ability, abundance, strength, mighty power) by His Spirit in the inner man; and that Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith . . . !”                                                                                    Ephesians 3:12-17

 
     “The Blessing of the LORD, it maketh rich, and He addeth no sorrow with it . . . !”          
                                                                                                                                                  Proverbs 10:22
     When in his distress, Jacob laid hold of the Angel, and made supplication with tears, the heavenly Messenger, in order to try his faith, also reminded him of his sin, and endeavored to escape from him. But Jacob would not be turned away. He had learned that God is merciful, and he cast himself upon His mercy.
 
     He pointed back to his repentance for his sin, and pleaded for deliverance. As he reviewed his life, he was driven almost to despair; but he held fast the Angel, and with earnest, agonizing cries urged his petition until he prevailed.
     
     Such will be the experience of God's people in their final struggle with the powers of evil. God will test their faith, their perseverance, their confidence in His power to deliver them. Satan will endeavor to terrify them with the thought that their cases are hopeless. . . . They will have a deep sense of their shortcomings, and as they review their lives, their hopes will sink.
 
     But remembering the greatness of God's mercy, and their own sincere repentance, they will plead His Promises made through Christ to helpless, repenting sinners. Their faith will not fail because their prayers are not immediately answered. They will lay hold of the Strength of God, as Jacob laid hold of the Angel, and the language of their souls will be, “I will not let Thee go, except thou Bless me !” Genesis 32:26.
                                                                                                                   God’s Amazing Grace p.279
 
     “We do not appreciate the love of God as we should. When God gave His Son to die for the sins of men, He gave all Heaven in that one Gift. There was nothing that God could withhold from humanity after giving up His Beloved Son; for Christ Himself had assumed humanity. He was made a child that He might understand the temptations of childhood, and know its weaknesses and be able to help the children to be overcomers. He passed from youth to manhood, and carried our griefs and bore our sorrows. He was tempted in all points like as we are, yet without sin.
 
     When we come to Him in sincerity pleading for pardonHe forgives ! We need not wait to make ourselves acceptable; for we can never! We cannot do works that will commend us to God when we have sinned. We must come to the cross, and lay our burden of sin upon Jesus Christ, and believe that we are pardoned for Christ's sake Who died for us.
 
     When we acknowledge our sinand seek pardon through Christ, the law is exalted. It is the moral standard of God, and tells us what sin is. Says John, “Sin is the transgression of the law.” Those who have sinned must hang their helpless souls on Christ. You should place your will on the side of God's will. You cannot be overcome of the enemy unless you press positive resistance against God's will.
 
     We can be more than Conquerors through faith in Him Who has loved us and given Himself for us. When you come to God, you must come with confidence. When Satan presses upon your soul his temptations to doubt that God will have mercy in your case, you should press back his suggestions with the Promises of God. Our heavenly Father has expressed His love for us individually in the cross of Calvary. The Father loves us, He is full of compassion and tender mercy !                          
                                                                                                      - Special Testimonies, September 30, 1889
 
     Jacob's history is also an assurance that God will not cast off those who have been deceived, and tempted, and betrayed into sin, but who have returned unto Him with true repentance. While Satan seeks to destroy this class, God will send His angels to comfort and protect them in the time of peril. For “are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of Salvation ?”                   Hebrews 1:14
 
     The assaults of Satan are fierce and determined, his delusions are terrible; but the Lord's eye is upon His people, and His ear listens to their cries. Their affliction is great, the flames of the furnace seem about to consume them; but the Refiner will bring them forth as gold tried in the fire (ref: Malachi 3:1-3 and I Peter 1:6-7, 4:12-13). God's love for His children during the period of their severest trial is as strong and tender as in the days of their sunniest prosperity; but it is needful for them to be placed in the furnace fire; their earthliness (worldliness) must be consumed that the image of Christ may be perfectly reflected.
 
     The season of distress and anguish before us will require a faith that can endure weariness, delay, and hunger, —a faith that will not faint, though severely tried.
 
   “For without faith it is impossible to please Him: for he that cometh to GOD must believe that He Is (I Am), and that He Is a Rewarder of them that diligently seek Him . . . For what saith the Scripture? Abraham believed GOD, and it was counted (reckoned) unto him for righteousness . . . So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of GOD !”                                                   Hebrews 11:6, Romans 4:3 & 10:17
 
 
     The period of probation is granted to all to prepare for that time. Jacob prevailed because he was persevering and determined. His victory is an evidence of the power of importunate prayer (urging, pressing and persistent).All who will lay hold of God's Promises, as he did, and be as earnest and persevering as he was, will succeed as he succeeded !
 
     Those who are unwilling to deny self, to agonize before God, to pray long and earnestly for His Blessing, will not obtain it. Wrestling with God -- how few know what it is! How few have ever had their souls drawn out after God with intensity of desire until every power is on the stretch. When waves of despair which no language can express sweep over the suppliant, how few cling with unyielding faith to the Promises of God.
 
     Those who exercise but little faith now, are in the greatest danger of falling under the power of Satanic delusions and the decree to compel the conscience. And even if they endure the test, they will be plunged into deeper distress and anguish in the time of trouble, because they have never made it a habit to trust in God. The lessons of faith which they have neglected, they will be forced to learn under a terrible pressure of discouragement.
 
     We should now acquaint ourselves with God by proving His Promises. Angels record every prayer that is earnest and sincere. We should rather dispense with selfish gratifications than neglect communion with God. The deepest poverty, the greatest self-denial, with His approval, is better than riches, honors, ease, and friendship without it. We must take time to pray. If we allow our minds to be absorbed by worldly interests, the Lord may give us time by removing from us our idols of gold, of houses, or of fertile lands.
 
     The young would not be seduced into sin if they would refuse to enter any path, save that upon which they could ask God's Blessing. If the messengers who bear the last solemn warning to the world (Revelation 14, The Righteousness of Christ appropriated by faith) would pray for the Blessing of God, not in a cold, listless, lazy manner, but fervently and in faith, as did Jacob, they would find many places where they could say, “I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved.” [Genesis 32:30.] They would be accounted of Heaven as princes, having power to prevail with God and with men.
 

     “And being assembled together with them, Jesus commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the Promise of The Father, which ye have heard of Me (The Word) . . . For ye shall receive power after that the Holy Spirit is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto Me both in Jerusalem, and Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth . . . !”       Acts 1:4-8


Let us all have confidence in God. Press your way through the shadow which Satan throws across your pathway and take hold of the arm of Jesus, the Mighty One. Let your case rest in His hands. Let your prayer be, “Lord (Adoni - Sovereign King), I present my petition to Thee. I put my trust in Thee, and I ask for the Blessing that Thou seest will be for my present and future usefulness and my eternal good.”
                                                                                                                 The Great Controversy 1888, p.622
 
     When you arise from your knees, believe! When the enemy comes with his darkness, sing faith and talk faith, and you will find that you have sung and talked yourself into the Light. “Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice !” (Philippians 4:4). Those who do this have a joyous lifeNo unpleasantness comes from their lips or from the atmosphere surrounding the soulfor they do not feel that they are better than others.
 
     Hide in Jesus Christ; then all the time the Truth of God . . . Thy Word is Truth (Verily So!) . . . will be fitting you up for the future, immortal life. When you have confidence in the Mighty One, your experience is not borrowed; it is your own. As through Jesus we enter into Rest, heaven begins here. We respond to His invitation, Come, learn of Me, and in thus coming we begin the Life Eternal. Heaven is a ceaseless approaching to God through Christ.                                                                                                   - 2MCP 650-651
 
     “Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus (Yehushua), By a new (recently slain) and Living Way . . . I Am the Way, the Truth and the Life . . . which He hath consecrated for us through the veil, that is to say His flesh . . .
 
     Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience . . . for if our heart condemn us, GOD is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things . . . and our bodies washed with pure Water (Ephesians 5:26). And let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; for He is faithful that Promised . . . !”                       Hebrews 10:19-23, John 14:6 & I John 3:20
 
     “For with the heart man believeth unto Righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto Salvation (deliverance, freedom, rescue, healing restoration). For the Scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on Him (The Word) shall not be ashamed (put to shame) . . . !”                                                Romans 10:8-11
 
     “For faith worketh by love . . . not that we loved Him, but that He first loved us . . . And
we have known and believed the love that GOD hath toward us . . . and herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as He is, so are we in this world . . . !”
                                                                                                                            Galatians 5:6, I John 4:16-19

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