Recently I have gone under two spinal cord surgeries. One in the lumbar region and one up in the neck. Four disks were herniated causing the nerves to be crushed. I could hardly move my left arm or my left leg. So, what to do about all of this pain and non-movement? I prayed. The Lord sent me to an outfit other than where I was going starting out. I had MRIs. I had x-rays. I had surgeons that cared unlike “the other folks” that thought that I had one of those sneaky behind the scenes strokes when the neurologist said that there is no sign of a stroke. Prayer changed things and I am now on the two to six year recovery pattern instead of being in excruciating pain for the last thirteen years…and the future.
Yes, prayer does work and yes, someone is listening and that someone is Jesus Christ. Period.
Only the Words of God can help us.
Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father. And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it. If ye love me, keep my commandments. And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.
Does the above contradict the below?
Come and hear, all ye that fear God, and I will declare what he hath done for my soul. I cried unto him with my mouth, and he was extolled with my tongue. If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me: But verily God hath heard me; he hath attended to the voice of my prayer. Blessed be God, which hath not turned away my prayer, nor his mercy from me.
How long, ye simple ones, will ye love simplicity? and the scorners delight in their scorning, and fools hate knowledge? Turn you at my reproof: behold, I will pour out my spirit unto you, I will make known my words unto you. Because I have called, and ye refused; I have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded; But ye have set at nought all my counsel, and would none of my reproof: I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh; When your fear cometh as desolation, and your destruction cometh as a whirlwind; when distress and anguish cometh upon you. Then shall they call upon me, but I will not answer; they shall seek me early, but they shall not find me: For that they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the Lord: They would none of my counsel: they despised all my reproof. Therefore shall they eat of the fruit of their own way, and be filled with their own devices. For the turning away of the simple shall slay them, and the prosperity of fools shall destroy them. But whoso hearkeneth unto me shall dwell safely, and shall be quiet from fear of evil.
There are many verses of Scripture on prayer and praying and many of them are in fact quite “bizarre” when one thinks of themselves and our impossibilities. When we are “in tune” with the Spirit of God, all things eventually will become clear.
The verses above reveal a contradiction when people are “out of the will of God”. When one trusts the Father God Almighty, God hears our prayers. When we are not “in tune” or “in touch” with God and we pray because something bad has happened, God LAUGHS at our calamities…because we choose not to acknowledge God in our lives.
Some people don’t know how to receive God in their lives and it is in fact a simple thing to do. It is called “talking to God”. We must first acknowledge that there is a God and God wants to help us and He cannot help us if we don’t have God in our lives. So, in order for prayers to be heard, we must remove the sins of our past and our sins of our present and this can only be done when we receive Jesus Christ (Holy Spirit, the Father) into our souls. Even atheists and agnostics can do this because it is so simple.
Some Christians have become so immersed in the “foolish things” and have contracted themselves away from God and God cannot and will not hear your prayers, even if you do pray.
Many books have been written about prayer and some I like and some I don’t. I was thinking about writing one but I decided that if the Lord wants me to I will…until then, I won’t. I will estimate that there are thousands of Scripture verses to consider about praying but the foremost item is to get your past and present sins out of your life and the only way for that to happen is a Godly thing…and we will never “get it” but that’s the way it is.
Did you know that once Jesus is in your soul that all your sins are forgiven? I consider that a blessing and thank God that Jesus guides me in all things…yes, I make mistakes but He forgives me anyway.
Sic vis pacem para bellum
Igitur qui desiderat pacem, praeparet bellum
(If you want peace, prepare for war.)
Sic Semper Tyrannis!
Death to Tyrants
“Be still and know that I am God: …” Psalm 46:10