We may wonder how, what or when to pray.
What is prayer? I am aware that we all have varying definitions. One major “No-No” is vain repitition!
We have discussed “faith”, knowing your prayers are answered! We have touched on just what needs to be done… So much springs forth:
Matthew 6:7: “But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.” Now, vain repetition there cannot mean just repeating. It’s VAIN repeating. Vain repetition.
In all things give thanks!
1 Thessalonians 5:18 King James Version (KJV)
18 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
God provides a way out, always:
No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to Mankind. And God is faithful; He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.
1 Corinthians 10:13
So for a few minutes, think with me as we look into God’s Word. (Read verses 2-4) The Lord would first of all have us know that there is a path we take in times of trial/need! You either run away, or face it!
God Works Through Trials – James 1:1-13
As I have reflected over the events of the past few days and months I was drawn to the first chapter of James. In the first 13 verses we are given some understanding of the purpose of trials that come our way. What are these if any!
• The good that has come from trials. We have got to sit down and contemplate this. Why did I go through that? Did deserve it? No one says that you asked for it, earned it, caused it. A lesson was taught! What to do or not do! To put it simply…
• The comfort we can have in trials.
So this passage speaks to us to help us in our time of trial when we need understanding and comfort. And yet in a real way I have also thought that the life of our friend and loved one actually was a living example of this passage:
• As individuals known to me demonstrated the reality of this portion of God’s Word.
I shall never be able to read these verses without thinking of examples shown by those in my life; ALL things work together for good in the lives of those who are called to God’s purpose, Amen
ALL things! Why this, why that… We have an answer, guidance! Simply pray and trust.
Enter your inner room/closet and seek His face! God is ALWAYS there! Even at our most difficult times! It is way easier to run in the opposite direction, than to hold on!
“If you’ll hold on to me for dear life,” saysGod,
“I’ll get you out of any trouble.
I will give you the best of care
if you’ll only get to know and trust Me.
Call Me and I shall/will answer, and be at your side in bad times and good, Amen;
I will rescue you, and give you a cause to rejoice. My creation is awesomely Loved and cared for, you have learned to trust Me.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him,
and he will make your paths straight.”
Proverbs 3:5-6 (NIV)
The LORD will give you a long life,
give you a long drink of salvation!”
In my life, all is for a reason!
So for a few minutes, think with me as we look into God’s Word. (Read verses 2-4) The Lord would first of all have us know that there is purpose in trials.
1. When difficult times come into our lives and we find ourselves unable to comprehend/to understand; the enemy is quick to throw doubts/questions into our minds.
2. We find ourselves questioning God’s goodness/God’s wisdom in allowing these things to happen.
3. We may even be bitter and angry with God for allowing this to happen to us and wonder if He really understands. https://www.backtothebible.org/why-does-god-allow-suffering
4. But God’s Word confidently reminds us that God does understand.
We read/learn that this is a world of repetition, there is nothing that is that has never happened before! Ecclesiastes 1:9-1
Things do not just happen haphazardly to the Christian.
With no meaning/no purpose.
God made everything with a place and purpose; even the wicked are included – but for judgment.
God can’t stomach arrogance or pretense; believe me, he’ll put those upstarts in their place.
Guilt is banished through love and truth; Fear-of-God deflects evil.
When God approves of your life, even your enemies will end up shaking your hand.
Far better to be right and poor than to be wrong and rich.
We plan the way we want to live, but only God makes us able to live it. It Pays to Take Life Seriously!
A good leader motivates, doesn’t mislead, doesn’t exploit.
God cares about honesty in the workplace; your business is his business.
Good leaders abhor wrongdoing of all kinds; sound leadership has a moral foundation.
Good leaders cultivate honest speech; they love advisors who tell them the truth.
An intemperate leader wreaks havoc in lives; you’re smart to stay clear of someone like that.
Amazing how it is all addressed in The Word, no?
5. God is in control and as Paul reminds us no one or nothing can separate us from God’s Love. Rom. 8– even the most difficult of circumstances.
6. James reminds us that God wants us to trust Him in the trials of life.
For as we trust Him in the trials God can use the difficult trial to mold us:
To mature us. So that we will be more like Jesus Christ our Savior.
7. Isaiah the prophet said in trying to comprehend God’s ways: “For my thoughts are not Your thoughts. Neither are Your ways my ways, saith Jehovah. For as the Heavens are higher than the Earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:8-9
8. God would have us trust Him in the difficult trials:
For even though we cannot understand – He Loves us and He is in control.
He will use this trial to help us grow spiritually and to help us mature and become more like Jesus Christ.
9. Trust Him! Keep your eyes on Him! And God will use even this trial to His glory, Amen.
10. But James goes on to tell us that not only does God have purpose in trials–but also that God gives wisdom in trials.
And we pray:
Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me. Against Thee, Thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in Thy sight: that Thou mightest be justified when Thou speakest, and be clear when Thou judgest.
Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.
Behold, Thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part Thou shalt make me to know wisdom. Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
Make me to hear joy and gladness; that the bones which Thou hast broken may rejoice. Hide Thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities.
Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.
Cast me not away from Thy presence; and take not Thy Holy Spirit from me.
Restore unto me the joy of Thy salvation; and uphold me with Thy free Spirit.
Then will I teach transgressors Thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto Thee.
Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, Thou God of my salvation, and my tongue shall sing aloud of Thy righteousness.
O Lord, open Thou my lips; and my mouth shall shew forth Thy praise – in testimony will I share and live I pray in Jesus’ name, Amen.
For Thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give it: Thou delightest not in burnt offering. The sacrifices of to You LORD are a broken spirit:
a broken and a contrite heart, O God, Thou wilt not despise.
Do good in Thy good pleasure unto Your people, Amen;
build Thou Thy walls around me, as The fence around Job, Amen.
Then shalt Thou be pleased with the sacrifices of righteousness.