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In 2 Chronicles 20:15, we read:
“Listen, King Jehoshaphat and all who live in Judah and Jerusalem! This is what the Lord says to you: ‘Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s.”
Allow me to share in words what songstress Yolanda Adams harmonically sings in praise to the lyrics of “The Battle Is Not Yours.”
“There is no pain Jesus can’t feel
No hurt He cannot heal
For all things work according to His perfect will
No matter what you’re going through
Remember God is using You
For the battle is not yours, it’s the Lord’s.”
Indulge me for a moment if you may.
I know that there are days that you feel down and out; pains that feel to heavy to bear; moments that crucify your spirits, but let me lift you up today, because we have a deliverer.
I heard about him years ago, but I didn’t know his true powers.
As I grew in my faith, things changed. My relationship strengthen with the Lord.
I felt the power of the Redeemer, the Prince of Peace, the man who was born to the Virgin Mary, who walked the streets of Nazareth and Galilee, who died so that we could have an everlasting life; the man that they called Jesus Christ.
Right now, please travel with me this Sunday Morning on an excursion to the banks of Lake Washington in my home town of Glen Allan, Mississippi, a quaint little city where the old folks wanted you to have a better life than them. Walk past the shotgun houses down the gravel paved road with the big ditches on Spencer Street.
Sit on the first row in the pews of Strangers Home Missionary Baptist Church.
Listen to the raspy voice of my Mother’s pastor sing in his heyday James Cleveland style with the pianist pumping those ebony and ivory keys.
Be filled with the spirit; be renewed in your faith; be cognizant of the fact that “can’t nobody do you like Jesus.”
It’s prayer time saints whether you live in Cleveland, Tucson, Milwaukee, NYC, Atlanta, Los Angeles, Chicago, Charlotte, Jacksonville, Tampa; Greenville, Yazoo City, Jackson or Glen Allan, Mississippi …. or wherever you rest your head!
It’s time to know in your heart and believe that no weapon formed against you will prosper.
It’s time to know that God will place your enemies at your footstool.
It’s time to throw your burdens upon the Lord & be obedient to his Word.
It’s time to know that God will never leave you or forsake you.
It’s time to know in your soul, feel in your flesh as your heart rapidly beats, and know in the inner corner of your mind – that the battle is not yours, it’s the Lord!
Know that the tasks ahead of you, no matter how difficult are not as great as the power behind you!
Know that God will fight your battles; you just need to sit still.
Believe in him; have mountainous faith; let God show you the way.
His mighty hands will protect you.
Let the church say Amen!
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“Prayer, simply put, is conversation with God. Having said that, shouldn’t we be doing it in a way that pleases Him? We should learn how to talk with Him, and share our concerns, fears, and pleas. We should pray to God freely. The Bible says a lot about prayer, including Jesus’ words on how to pray. His model, The Lord’s Prayer is found in Matthew 6:9-13. It reads:
9 In this manner, therefore, pray:
Our Father in heaven,
Hallowed be thy name,
10 Thy kingdom come.
Thy will be done.
On earth as it is in heaven.
11 Give us this day our daily bread.
12 And forgive us our debts,
As we forgive our debtors.
13 And do not lead us into temptation,
But deliver us from the evil.
For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.”
How powerful are those words!
Let’s further visit when, where, and why we should to pray. Here are some practical pointers.
1. Take the time to pray.
2. Find a good spot to pray.
3. Know your purpose.
4. Understand that prayer does not have to involve crafted, reflective silence.
Additionally, the act of prayer include the following:
1. Get into your prayer position if desired, but you can pray anywhere in any
2. Prepare for prayer.
3. Begin the prayer (speaking out loud, thinking, in silence, singing, etc.).
4. Make the request, ask the questions, or just make your voice heard.
5. End the prayer. Amen is an appropriate closing.
I close by ending with a parable used by Jesus.
The Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector is expressed by Luke, the doctor-turned-disciple. Luke recorded a story Jesus told about two men who both prayed to God, and how they were each received by the Father. Luke 18:10-14 provides this account.
10 “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector.11 The Pharisee stood by himself and prayed: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other people—robbers, evildoers, adulterers—or even like this tax collector. 12 I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.’
13 “But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, ‘God, have mercy on me, a sinner.’
14 “I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”
“We want God to hear sincerity in our prayer, not vanity. As we pray, let’s determine to stay steadfastly humble before the Lord. Fortunately, God extends mercy to everyone who comes to Him in repentance, even those who get stuck in Churchianity, like the Pharisee. Bottom line: God is concerned with the heart of a person. So next time you go to God in prayer, ask yourself, am I humble or proud? Either way, it’s a chance to get right with Him.”
It is important for all of us to stay on bended knee.
We can never pray enough. Never!
Happy Sunday! Blessings!
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Growing up, my Mother would always say, “Turn over your problems to The Lord. If you pray, don’t worry. If you gonna worry, don’t pray!” As I matured spiritually, my faith in God matured with me; my Mother’s words never left me. God hears and answers prayers. He will not leave your side. When you experience God’s love in your soul and heart, you will be able to confidently testify. When your prayers have been answered, you can gracefully and confidently chant the words of Richard Smallwood’s spiritual “I love The Lord.” Smallwood once said God can take a song and give it to someone else and they reach an audience that you can’t as when Whitney Houston sang her version of “I love The Lord” in the movie, “The Preacher’s Wife.” When hearts are touched, it doesn’t matter from whose lips the words came. And the choir sings this second Sunday in March, “I love The Lord, he heard my prayer; And pitied every groans; long as I; I live and trouble rises, I hasten to his throne. O I love The Lord. I sure do, surely do love The Lord!”
Happy Sunday! God bless!
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“I pray for you; you pray for me. And watch God change things!”
Though my blog has been dedicated to a spiritual topic every Sunday, please know that my worship, and I am sure yours, is not limited to Sundays only. The Bible instructs us to pray incessantly. In 1 Thessalonians 5:17, we are told to “pray continually.” Luke 18:1 instructs us “to pray and not give up.” Prayer is one of the purest forms of worship; a direct form of communicating with God. For me, daily prayer is soothing; it’s therapeutic; it’s my private, one on one communicative time with God. I cannot start my day off with thanking God! I take the time to do so! My morning prayer helps to shape my day. During the day, prayer will help to order our conduct, particularly with challenging people and situations. Thank you Father for waking my family and me up this morning! Thank you Lord for all that you do! Happy Sunday and blessings to my reading audience!
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