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When it was his turn to pray, he prayed in his characteristic manner: "Lord, we know that the cattle on a thousand hills are Thine. Please sell some of them and send us the money."
While they were praying, a tall Texan with boots on and an open collar stepped up to the business office and said, "I just sold two carloads of cattle in Ft. Worth. I've been trying to make a business deal but it fell through, and I feel compelled to give the money to the seminary. I don't know if you need it or not, but here's the check!"
A little secretary took the check and, knowing how critical things were financially,
went to the door of the prayer meeting and timidly tapped. When she finally got a
response, Dr. Chafer took the check out of her hand. It was exactly the amount of
the debt! When he looked at the name, he recognized the cattleman in Ft. Worth, and
turning to Dr. Ironside said, "Harry, God sold the cattle!" -
Something That’s Tax-
I don't know of a single foreign product that enters this country untaxed except
the answer to prayer. -
The Secret Ways of Answering Prayer
It is remarkable to think that God has given us a partnership with him in directing
the course of human events. It is extraordinary to realize that our prayer can change
events and circumstances in the world around us. But what is just as remarkable is
that when we pray, we change. More often than not we become the answer to our own
prayers as we open up ourselves to God in prayer. -
He Cheated – He Prayed
"How did that happen?" I asked.
"Well," he explained, "the teacher put all our names together, and then picked one
out. I cheated, though," he said, looking guilty. "I prayed!" -
1 in 1,000
I cannot tell you why a prayer that has been prayed for ten years is answered on
the 1,000th request when God has met the first 999 with silence. -
Wait! Read the Plate
God Prays, Too
Some time ago I worked with a family going through a divorce. After the settlement
was made, the mother called to tell me her 8-
So I began to take her daughter on little outings. Once we were sitting in the swings at the playground, swinging back and forth, and talking. I said, "Honey, why are you so angry?"
She said, "I don't know."
“Who are you mad at?"
She didn't answer. For a long time we just sat there. Finally she said, "You know, Marlin, I prayed to God every day about my mom and dad. I asked him to keep them together. I didn't want them to get a divorce. I asked God to keep them together, and God didn't answer my prayer."
After a bit I said, "You know, darling, God prays too. Did you know that?"
She said, "God prays?"
"God prays, too. God prayed to your mommy and daddy that they would fight this thing
out and stay with their vows. But your mommy and daddy chose not to answer God's
prayer. You know what God did about that? God forgave your parents. He loves them,
and he knew how hard it was for them to stay together. Can you forgive your mom and
dad? Can you forgive God?" -
Caution! Prayers Are Answered
Pray for peace in Jerusalem. May all who love this city prosper. – Psalm 122:6 (NLT)
Take heed! Prayers are answered. Don’t be careless in any part of your life. Prayers that reach the heart of God are answered.
Psalm 122:6 is a solicitation of goodwill for Israel. It’s also a prayer offered on behalf of all who believe on the Lord Jesus Christ. The petitioner asks God to bring prosperity to those who seek peace for his people and their land.
The prayer has been sent heavenward for thousands of years. God does not grow weary of it, and he will answer it in his time in granting the requests.
If those who support God’s cause are to prosper, what does this portend for those who oppose his people and cause?
Thus, we’re admonished: Pray for the peace and success of Christ’s Church. May you, who do so, prosper, as God gives sees fit. The petition has been answered. It is being answered. And it will be answered. God will have no part of defeat, nor allow his people to be defeated.
Someone long ago prayed for peace
For God’s people and Holy Place;
So, grant me, Lord, the full release
To proclaim to everyone your grace!
They also are a reminder of what I do to your kingdom, Lord. Why must it be like
this, the constant messing-
Still, I track in evidence of where I have been, what I am and have been doing. I've gotten pretty good at hiding it from others, sometimes even myself. But, you see it, don't you, Lord? The filth of our world, the pollutants of the soul are betrayed through the stark contrast to your holiness.
A lady once asked me, God, if I were sanctified. Her understanding of "sanctified" ruled out sanctification for me. She meant was I so surrendered to you, Lord, that I don't sin? I don't want to sin, I try not to sin, but, you know I do sin. You see it where I walk. You hear it in the way I sometimes talk. You know it by the way I think.
I am so glad the word "sanctified" means to be set aside for your use. I am thankful you accept me because you love me. How miserable and afraid I would be did I not know you forgive me. I don’t deserve forgiveness nor am I entitled to it because of my own worth. I am forgiven because Jesus loves me so completely that he gave life, his blood to satisfy the debt of sin I have accumulated. Thank you, Lord!
I understand, too, what Paul meant when he confessed to the Romans that he did the
very thing he hated, not the righteous thing he wanted to do. (Romans 7:14-
Hot Dog and Scooter, the primary paw-
How wonderful, how comforting are Paul’s words in Romans 7:24-
I am eternally grateful, too, Lord, that your word says , "If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9 (NASB77)
Holy Spirit, surround me with your wisdom and show me how to avoid taking this promise for granted or abuse it.. O, keep me from manipulating and wrong understanding of truth. Convict me should I see excuse for continuing the same sins, thinking you will forgive over and over again. That's a lie, a scam by the devil to lead me away from you, Lord, a ruse to steer me to Satan's hell.
Your love leaps out for my seeing day after day, moment by moment: Paw prints on the floor, your Holy Word, a poem written by Janet nearly 20 years ago:
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If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. –1 John 1: 9
Thou hast bathed me, Lord;
My cleansing is complete.
But as I journey through this life,
I sometimes soil my feet.
Wash, Thou, my feet dear Lord,
Then, again, I’ll be wholly clean;
Cleanse me from all sin, Lord,
That may be there, unseen.
I trust in Your Grace, Dear Lord;
I know my salvation is sure;
But through neglect or willful sin,
My heart may not be fully pure.
Forgive me each day, Dear Lord,
For sins which I allow
To cling to me and soil my feet;
Please wash my feet just now.
Fellowship with Thee, Dear Lord,
Restored again will be.
For Thou wilt make me fully clean
And bring me close to Thee.
Janet Fenton Meadows