April 2021 Praying Christians Newsletter part 2
We Enjoy Praying Because He hears Us
“Dear friends, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence before God and receive from him anything we ask, because we obey his commands, and do what pleases him” 1 John 3: 21-22.
God says “Before they call, I will answer; while they are still speaking, I will hear” Isaiah 65:24.
We should be excited to learn that God is going to hear us if we ask him anything. We should be filled with joy at the knowledge that he has already answered before we finished asking.
We Do Not Enjoy Praying
Compare the attendance figures at your Church Services with those who attend the prayer meetings, or the figures at your bible study meetings with those of your prayer meetings. You will notice that fewer people attend prayer meetings in comparison. Why is that?
Not Our Priority
Some people, including Church leaders do not see praying as a priority for themselves or their congregation. A few short prayers and that is enough attention they can spare talking to God in one day.
Be Like Your Father in Heaven
“But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons (daughters) of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.
Pray for Christians who are persecuted by their families because they gave their lives to Jesus and converted to Christianity from another religion.
As far as they are concerned, they have several things to do. For example, preaching, church activities to attend and organise; go to work; the needs of the family and children are priorities.
It has been mentioned that evangelism is the most important aspect of Christian life and on God’s mind. Without prayer, we can do nothing. We would not win a single soul for Christ without asking God to draw them near to Christ.
“Jesus answered, I am the way and the truth and the life. No man comes to the Father except through me” John 14:6
Inability to Concentration
Praying requires concentration and stillness. It requires we focus on God and him only. That is hard for some people. They do not like quietness. They cannot be still. They are restless and must be doing something. They need to know what is going on around them.
If they are in a prayer meeting, they are watching the time when it would all end. Praying is very boring and daunting to them.
“So, watch yourselves. If your brother or sister sins, rebuke him; and if they repent, forgive them. If they sin against you seven times in a day and seven times come back to you and says, “I repent,” forgive them” Luke 17:3-4.
“For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins” Matthew 6:14-15.
“Surely the arm of the Lord is not too short to save, nor his ear too dull to hear. But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear” Isaiah 59:1-2.
Forgive does not mean you forget unless you have a brain wash. The brain has a way of remembering things, but that does not mean you have not forgiven. Although if you are still counting the offence against the person and continue to refer to it, you might want to examine your heart to see if you truly forgave the person.
“Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows” Galatians 6:7. If you have not forgiven the person, you have the reason why your prayers are not answered.
Settle With One Another
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“Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother or sister has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to them; then come and offer your gift.
“Settle matters quickly with your adversary who is taking you to court. Do it while you are still together on the way, or our adversary may hand you over to the judge, and the judge may hand you over to the officer, and you may be thrown into prison. Truly I tell you, you will not get out until you have paid the last penny” Matthew 5: 23-26.
We assume that it is okay for us to ignore someone who felt hurt by our actions because we do not see it their way. They might have read more meaning into what we did or said, but as along as they are hurt, we should make all attempts to apologise, as our actions were not meant to cause offence.