by Pastor Fred Rochester | December 29, 2014
Have faith in God.
Yet, this is exactly what the Lord Jesus said in Mark 11:22.
In the margin of the Cambridge Bible, there is a note that says, "Have the God kind of faith."
When we are faced with difficult circumstances, we can have the confidence of God that "if we ask anything according to His will He hears us" (1 John 5:14-15).
If you are experiencing certain difficulties, we can pray and seek the face of God for relief.
In Mark 11:23-24, Jesus said, "If you say unto this mountain be removed and be cast into the sea and do not doubt in your heart, but believe that those things which you say shall come to pass, you shall have whatever you say. Therefore, when you pray believe that you receive them and you shall have them."
In looking at the many prayer requests on our prayer wall, we see that the needs are many. We also see that there are many stories that come with the prayer requests. There is nothing wrong with giving us some background because it gives us some additional information to help us pray correctly for each situation.
There are many sides to certain stories. Some of these side issues that are not known to us is none of our business. However, we can see that sometimes, these issues that are not known to us may or may not be holding up the answer that you so desperately need.
This is where your faith in God comes into play. That which the Holy Spirit hasn't revealed to us is what you should be praying about in faith.
Now let me point something out.
James 5 tells us that "the prayers of a righteous man avails much."
The qualifying word is "righteous."
This is not to say that those that write for prayer requests aren't righteous. We do not know everyone's heart. Only God and you know your heart. But for the best results, your heart must be righteous.
Psalm 66:18 tells us that "If I regard inquity (sin) in my heart, the Lord will not hear me."
1 John 3:19-21 says "And by this we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before Him. For if our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and knows all things. Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence toward God. And whatever we ask we receive from Him, because we keep His commandments and do those things that are pleasing in His sight."
If our heart doesn't convict us. Meaning that if we know that we haven't said, done, or thought anything that would prevent God from answering our prayer, then "...whatever we ask we receive from Him, because we keep His commandments and do those things that are pleasing in His sight."
When we fail to please Him by walking in righteousness, the Lord withholds the answer until "...we keep His commandments and do those things that are pleasing in His sight."
Psalm 84:11-12 says, "For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord will give grace and glory; No good thing will He withhold from those who walk uprightly. O Lord of hosts, blessed is the man who trusts in You."
Desperate situations require that we make sure that we qualify for the miracle working power of God to work on our behalf. We have to make sure that we agree with the conditions stipulated in the Bible in order for God to move on our behalf.
Finally, 2 Chronicles 16:9 says, "For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him."
What does it mean to have a heart that is loyal to God?
It means that you will not live a life that is opposite or opposed to the will of God.
Loyal means that you are 100% devoted to God, through the Lord Jesus Christ.
It takes faith to please the Lord but it takes a fully devoted, righteous life to ensure that you are pleasing Him.
Otherwise the situation that you are seeking divine relief is delayed until you line up with the Word.
Now when you do line up with the Word in living a righteous life, you qualify for the answer. Therefore, as Paul said in Ephesians 6, "Having done all to stand, stand therefore...."
There is nothing left to do but to make your stand with the Holy Spirit and the Word of God against the forces of doubt and unbelief that comes from spiritual and physical adversaries until the answer manifests in the natural.
Righteousness, Faith, Persistence, and Patience.
by Pastor Valeria Rochester | January 24, 2014
Acts 5.12-16 (MSG)
Let's pray together. The early church did. And not between local bodies. They met together as stated in this verse. They prayed together. This was the reason for their unity. It was the reason for the great moves of God in the Church's midst. It was the reason for thousands of souls being born again. It was the cause of revival.
Now, although the Body of Christ is not centralized in one place as the early church was, but now all over the world, we can still meet together. We can pray together. We can do this by praying the same thing everyday. As we do this we become united. Can you see what would happen if we prayed together, praying the same thing, speaking the same thing? The world would see such unity and love within our midst, so much so, that they will be drawn to such love. They would know that we are truly Jesus' disciple and would be attracted to be a part of such a loving unified body. Do you know who else would be attracted to such unity? God would be attracted. He'd manifest more in our midst.
Each week join us here for prayers to pray together each day. This way we will be unified, agreeing together, praying the same things, and watching God answer our prayers together. Let's get united. Let's pray together. Tell others! Invite your believing family members, co-workers, friends and neighbors.
If you have any prayers that you can add for the body of Christ, local churches around the world, your communities, nation and the unsaved, then email us at email@example.com. Your prayer may be added during the course of the year. Prayer is also God speaking to us. If you have a Word from God, email us and it may be added here, online, also. So, let's get united! Let's pray together!
This week's prayer (and you can pray it different ways each day):
Lord, we pray together for those that we heard of faith in the Lord Jesus and who have love for all the saints. We do not cease to give thanks for each other, making mention of everyone in our prayers: that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to us all the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of all of our understanding being enlightened; that we all may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead. And Lord You are seated by The Father at His right hand, in the heavenly places, far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come. And He put all things under Your feet Lord, and gave You to be head over all things to the church, which is Your body, the fullness of You who fills all in all. In Jesus' Name. Amen!
Valeria Rochester serves along with her husband as pastors of Prevailing Word Bible Church in Brooklyn, NY, where the word of the Lord is prevailing mightily. She is also the author of Holy Spirit and You and has curriculums published which teaches children the word of God easily and effectively. She has a unique calling in developing strong leaders and ministers and working with children and getting them closer to God. She has a Bachelors degree from Kings College in Christian Education and a Master's degree in Biblical Studies. She resides in Pennsylvania with her husband, Fred, and daughter Sherylynne.