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RA Torrey on prayer

We need to make a firm commitment to prayer and the ministry of the Word

“The great reservoir of the power that belongs to God is His own Word – the Bible. If we wish to make it ours, we must go to that Book. Yet people abound in the Church who are praying for power and neglecting the Bible. Men are longing to have power for bearing fruit in their own lives and yet forget that Jesus has said: “The seed is the Word of God” (Luke 8:11).”  –R.A. Torrey

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CONTEMPLATIVE PRAYER (aka CENTERING PRAYER)

October 10, 2016 Leave a comment

 

PMI NOTE: Contemplative or Centering prayer is cloaked in New Age mysticism and should be avoided. Endorsements flow freely New Age and Emergent Church leaders to Alice Bailey, Ken Blanchard, Barbara Marx Hubbard, Brian McLaren, Robert Schuller, Rick Warren and many others.  Sadly, Wheaton College and Dallas Seminary have become entangled in this web of wickedness.

In the 1970’s, three mystic Roman Catholic monks, Fr. William Meninger, Fr. Basil Pennington and Abbot Thomas Keating (head monk) labeled Centering Prayer as a “method of prayer, which prepares us to receive the gift of God’s presence, traditionally called contemplative prayer”.  It is “…the opening of mind and heart – our whole being – to God… whom we know by faith is within us….  Contemplative Prayer is a prayer of silence, an experience of God’s presence…”

The Contemplative Outreach Ltd. website featuring Thomas Keating’s teachings, provides further insight into the method of Contemplative Prayer and lists the guidelines to practice it.  It states: “’This method of prayer is a movement beyond conversation with Christ to communion with Him.’ ‘The source of Centering Prayer, as in all methods leading to Contemplative Prayer, is the indwelling Trinity: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.’  ‘It is also inspired by writings of major contributors to the Christian contemplative heritage including John Cassian, the anonymous author of The Cloud of Unknowing, Francis de Sales, Teresa of Avila, John of the Cross, Thérèse of Lisieux, and Thomas Merton.’”  Emphasis Added

Contemplative Prayer Guidelines include (sounds like TM to me):

  1. Choose a sacred word as the symbol of your intention to consent to God’s presence and action within.
  2. Sitting comfortably and with eyes closed, settle briefly and silently introduce the sacred word as the symbol of your consent to God’s presence and action within.
  3. When engaged with your thoughts*, return ever-so gently to the sacred word.
  4. At the end of the prayer period, remain in silence with eyes closed for a couple of minutes.

*Thoughts include body sensations, feelings, images, and reflections.”

Not Prayer But Mystical Meditation

Contemplative Prayer is not Biblical prayer at all, rather it is a type of mystical meditation leading the mind into an altered state of consciousness.  It goes beyond thought, providing an experiential union with so-called God or with nature producing body sensations, feelings, images, and reflections. It is based on “experiences” rather than sound doctrine. “… give attendance… to doctrine.”  1 Timothy 4:13.  Faith is to be based on God’s word rather than experiences.  “So then faith [cometh] by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”  Romans 10:17, “For we walk by faith, not by sight:” 2 Corinthians 5:7.

Contemplative Prayer is also known as centering prayer, listening prayer, breath prayer, and prayer of the heart.  It is just one of many mystical practices taught within a confusing, mixed-up movement called Contemplative Spirituality. Mystical practices are now widely embraced and taught in secular and professed Christian seminaries, colleges, universities, organizations, ministries and seminars, etc. throughout the United States.  Academic promoters have introduced these practices into the fields of medicine, business and law while countless secular and Christian books, magazines, seminars, and retreats are teaching lay people how to incorporate them into their daily lives.  Promoters promise physical, mental and spiritual benefits desiring to bring about positive social change.

One promoter of mystical practices, the “Center for Contemplative Mind in Society”, states: They “can play a part in the positive transformation of governments, businesses, and organizations. We are dedicated to the idea that contemplative awareness, when incorporated into contemporary life, can help produce a more just, compassionate, and reflective society.” The following Contemplative Practices are listed on their website:

– Movement (martial arts, dance, yoga, labyrinth walking, etc.)

– Creation (singing, chanting, art, music, etc.)

– Relational (dialogue, deep listening, storytelling, journaling, etc)

– Ritual/cyclical (shabbat, vision quest, sweatlodge, alter building, ceremonies/rituals etc,)

– Activist (work, pilgrimage, mindfulness, vigals/marches, etc.)

– Generative (prayer, lectio divina, petitionary prayer, etc.)

– Stillness (silence, prayer centering, insight & sitting meditation, quieting & clearing the mind)” Emphasis Added

 

Are They Experiencing God or Seducing Spirits?

Contemplative Prayer is described as “an experience of God’s presence” and “movement beyond conversation with Christ to communion with Him” resulting in “…body sensations, feelings, images, and reflections”.

So whose “presence” are these people really experiencing?  Interestingly, the Universal Gnostic Church provides some insight through their guidelines for “Working With Your Spirit Guides”:

“If you do not already know your spirit guides, we recommend you start speaking to them. The basic way of doing this is through meditation and listening to your intuitive insights.”

Meditation:  Meditation is a process of moving your consciousness into higher planes while remaining in the physical plane. There are several meditative techniques. The Universal Gnostic Church teaches three excellent techniques for those who want to work with their spirit guides. Essene Healing Breath Meditation, Kriya Power Meditation, and Contemplative Meditation.”

“If you already know who your spirit guides are, we recommend you work with them on a regular basis.  You can do that through channeling, visualization and ritual, divination and prayer.”

Channeling:  Channeling is a process of recording or repeating out loud for others what your spirit guides tell you or show you. You can do this by writing it all down or by recording it with an electronic device. You may also do it by repeating what is said in a private session or to a large group. You may allow your spirit guides to bring other disincarnate people to deliver messages to you. When you channel, you’re working with your spirit guides.”

Visualization and Ritual:  Visualization of your spirit guides is a step toward seeing them in the physical dimension. The easiest way to learn how to visualize your spirit guides and guardian angel is through the teachings of the Magickal Order of the Golden Dawn. They teach both the skills of visualization and ritually working with your spirit guides and guardian angel.”

Prayer.  Praying with your spirit guides is an excellent way to develop a closer relationship with them. The Universal Gnostic Church recommends Intentional Prayer and Contemplative Prayer for that purpose.”  Emphasis Added 12

Regardless of what the “presence” is labeled (Spirit Guides, Guardian Angels, Jesus, God, etc.) these people are actually experiencing seducing spirits also known as demons (1 Timothy 4:1,7). And this is all accomplished through various methods of Spiritism, also known as Necromancy.

“Spiritism or Necromancy is an occult activity grounded in the belief that through certain persons acting as mediums or channels (psychics, necromancers, channelers, etc.) the dead or the spirit world can be contacted and hidden information can be acquired from those contacted. Trances and séances are often used by the medium. The power behind this activity is demonic. This activity is forbidden by the Lord. 1 Chronicles 10:13, So Saul died for his transgression which he committed against the LORD, even against the word of the LORD, which he kept not, and also for asking counsel of one that had a familiar spirit, to inquire of it. (1 Sam. 28:7 gives the context).” In the case of Contemplative Prayer, the individual is really acting as the channeler or necromancer communicating with demons.  This is strictly forbidden in the Scriptures.

“When thou art come into the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee, thou shalt not learn to do after the abominations of those nations.  There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch, or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer.  For all that do these things are an abomination unto the LORD: and because of these abominations the LORD thy God doth drive them out from before thee.” Deuteronomy 18:9-12

Thus, those who practice and promote Contemplative Prayer are really an abomination unto the LORD! [1]

[1] Adapted and or copied from Christine A. Narloch- http://earnestlycontend.com/CP.htm

Pray for Israel – Bridges for Peace- 9/12/14

September 12, 2014 1 comment
  1. Netanyahu: Israel Fully Supports Obama Against ISIS —   Less than 24 hours after US President Barack Obama laid out his strategy for the new chapter in the war on terror [September 10], Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that “Israel fully supports Obama’s call for a united action against ISIS.”

    Netanyahu asked the crowd to imagine [what] “would have happened if on 9/11 al-Qaeda had nuclear weapons? You know they would have used them against New York and Washington.”

    Netanyahu warned an audience of diplomats and experts assembled at a counter-terrorism conference in Herzliya that Hamas, al-Qaeda, ISIS, and other terror groups were “all branches of the same poisonous tree.”

    The Likud leader stressed that all terror groups “present a clear and present danger to the peace and security of the world and to our common civilization” and that if “they gain ground somewhere, they gain ground everywhere.”

    Fighting these groups “requires weapons, defensive and offensive, but above all it requires—I believe—clarity and courage. Clarity to understand they’re wrong and we’re right. They’re evil and we’re good. No moral relativism there, at all,” insisted Netanyahu.

    The prime minister continued: “It requires courage and responsibility—because all the other qualities that we can bring to bear in the battle against terrorism are meaningless if you don’t have courage.”

    The Israeli leader said the threat of global terror has also shifted the balance of power in the region and allowed for ”new alliances in the Middle East“ now that previous rivals ”understand that Israel is not their enemy, but their ally, in this battle against a common foe.”

    On a hopeful note, Netanyahu suggested the united front against terror could be an “opportunity for peace.”

    The Israeli leader emphasized that Islamic extremism poses a specific threat to Jews, but also to other ethnic and religious groups. “We have been able to predict in the past that radical ideologies which inflame the minds of millions set their sights on minorities, usually starts with the Jews but it never ends with the Jews.”

    [Editor’s note:  Netanyahu ended his address with these words:  “Clarity and courage, alliances as broad as we can make them with those who understand that we’re in a common battle, and courage to see this through, to roll back an ultimate victory. I’m confident that militant Islam will perish, but we must not allow anyone to perish with it before it goes down. That’s our task.”]

    (Excerpt from an article by Ynetnews, September 11, 2014)
    http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4570128,00.html

    Prayer Focus: Cry out to the Lord for clarity and courage for those who face this common threat of ISIS and extreme militant Islamism. Pray for a strong united front to achieve ultimate victory against this common foe. Pray for peace in the region and world.

    Scripture: “The face of the LORD is against those who do evil, to cut off the remembrance of them from the earth. The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears, and delivers them out of all their troubles.”  Psalm 34:16­­–17

  2.  Disturbing, Special Gaza War Poll –  The most influential of the Palestinian Arab opinion polling organizations, Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research (PSR) from Ramallah, came out with what they called a Special Gaza War Poll Tuesday [September 2].

    As bad as this war (most assuredly) was for the ordinary people of Gaza, there is an incredible appetite by them for more. They believe they won. And if you won, why would you not want more, more, more?

    Mostly in our [ThisOngoingWar.blogspot] words, the main findings: Two thirds (64%) of Palestinian Arabs say the Gaza Strip has the ability “to remain steadfast against Israeli attacks” and they attribute this capability to the intervention of Iran, Turkey and Qatar.

    More than that, overwhelmingly, and despite the evidence of devastated buildings, facilities and neighborhoods, the Palestinian Arab street believes this fighting was won by Hamas. No fewer than 79% of them see it as a victory.

    How much support is there for the Hamas strategy of firing rockets indiscriminately into Israeli? Well, on this there can be little doubt: a phenomenal 86% support it. They know that this is considered terrorism, and they don’t care one bit.

    The poll shows how the Palestinian Arab street ranks its heroes based on how they conducted themselves in this just-ended war. Now a deep breath: Khaled Masha’al, who did not once leave his air-conditioned luxury suite in Qatar—he gets a 78% approval rating. And Hamas: 88% approval.

    Not to be overlooked: non-violent “resistance” gets 62% support, but thoroughly violent warfare—“an armed intifada” in the language of the pollsters—gets a very impressive 60%. The pollsters say “It is worth mentioning that two months ago only 41% indicated support for a return to an armed intifada.”

    Inescapable inference: the average man and woman in the street of Palestinian Arab cities and villages have been persuaded that violence against Israeli civilians works and they are getting behind the strategy. It remains only for us to point out that once you have that in place, all that’s needed to sustain a war of terror is a reliable source of arms. Iran’s Fars News-agency [reports]: “Iranian Armed Forces Describe Arming West Bank as Forefront against Israel,” datelined August 27, 2014.

    To be a little clearer about that last point: a “larger majority” favors the transfer of Hamas’ armed approach to the West Bank. Support for emulating Hamas in the West Bank stands at 70% among West Bankers and 74% among Gazans.” That’s a state-of-mind worth remembering as the already-rising toll of violent and armed attacks on civilian Israelis ratchets upwards. If there’s a bright, peace-compatible side to these data, we’re struggling to find it.

    (Excerpts from an article by Arnold Roth, ThisOngoingWar.blogspot, September 5, 2014)
    http://thisongoingwar.blogspot.co.il/2014/09/5-sep-14-society-steeped-in-ethos-of.html

    Prayer Focus: Seek the Lord for the protection of Israelis who live next to Gaza and in Judea–Samaria as they face increasing hatred and an appetite for violence from their Palestinian neighbors. Pray for the ordinary Palestinians, blindly following the deception of their leaders, that He will open their eyes and give them a desire for leaders who speak truth.

    Scripture: “He who speaks truth declares righteousness, but a false witness, deceit.”  Proverbs 12:17

  3. Hamas Rebuilding Gaza Terror Tunnels – A senior political source warned on Sunday [September 7] that Hamas has renewed its rocket manufacturing and smuggling operations and has begun rebuilding the terror tunnels destroyed by the IDF, despite the ceasefire agreement between Israel and the Gaza group less than two weeks ago.

    During Operation Protective Edge, the IDF destroyed more than 30 tunnels in the Strip. But just as the two opponents were set to begin indirect negotiations in Cairo to reach a long-term accord, Hamas has decided to challenge Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and test whether he will respond to the group’s extensive reinforcement efforts.

    Given the lack of an official truce agreement, it remains unclear how Israel will respond to Hamas rearming, resupplying, and—most importantly—rebuilding the tunnels leading into Israeli territory.

    On Friday, Yedioth Ahronoth’s political analyst Shimon Shiffer said that the Military Intelligence Director is expected to present in the coming days a comprehensive report to the political establishment regarding Hamas’ rehabilitation efforts.

    On Saturday, a senior Hamas official in the West Bank, Mahmoud al-Zahar, said that “if the Palestinian resistance in the West Bank held a quarter of the tools at the disposal of the resistance in Gaza—Israel would be demolished in a day.”

    He said the security coordination in the West Bank [Judea and Samaria] between the Palestinian Authority and Israel was a crime, and that if the largest force in the West Bank changed direction towards resistance, Israel’s days would be numbered. Al-Zahar further claimed that countries which had previously considered Hamas to be a terror organization had changed their opinion during the fighting and have now expressed interest in dialogue with the group. The Hamas official also dismissed Israeli claims that the IDF destroyed all the group’s tunnels. “Who is stopping us right now from building new tunnels?”

    (Excerpts of an article by Attila Somfalvi, Ynetnews, September 7, 2014)
    http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4568482,00.html

    Prayer Focus: Intercede for Israel’s leaders—that they would seek the Lord’s sound wisdom regarding the threat of Hamas’ plans to rebuild the tunnels destroyed by the IDF. Thank the Lord for His presence as a shield, protecting and preserving His people from their enemies.

    Scripture:  “For the LORD gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding; He stores up sound wisdom for the upright; He is a shield to those who walk uprightly; He guards the paths of justice, and preserves the way of His saints.”  Proverbs 2:6–8

  4.  Israel Wants International Oversight in Gaza  – Israel wants European monitors to oversee the reconstruction of the Gaza Strip and ensure that the Islamist Hamas movement does not re-arm. The Israeli foreign ministry is discussing several options including a European-Union [EU] force, a Western-force which would include the US and Canada, a United Nations force, and a NATO battalion.

    According to a proposal which was detailed in the Ha’aretz newspaper today [September 7], the monitoring force would be armed and would be able to confiscate any weapons it finds coming into Gaza. It would monitor the Rafah border crossing between Gaza and Egypt, as well as a small strip of land between Gaza and the Sinai, which is part of Egypt and has become a center for weapons smuggling into Gaza.

    The EU has already announced that it is willing to act as a monitoring force as it did at the Rafah crossing between 2005 and 2007, until Hamas unilaterally took over Gaza.

    An EU source told The Media Line that the EU has discussed the rehabilitation of Gaza, which is expected to cost billions of dollars, with both Israel and the Palestinians. He said the EU is interested in pursuing the idea of a sea lane directly from Gaza to the Cyprus port of Larnaca, for bringing building materials into Gaza. However, the source said, neither Israel nor the Palestinians seemed interested in discussing the sea lane.

    Fatah spokesman Abdullah Abdullah told The Media Line. “What is needed is not what the Israelis want, but what the Palestinians need… not one that positions one part of the Palestinians against the other, which is what Israel intends.”

    Hamas seems even less likely to accept any Israeli-backed proposal for an international force in Gaza which could confiscate weapons. Israel insists that Gaza must be demilitarized, but Hamas says it will not give up its rockets.

    Abdullah H. Erakat contributed reporting

    (Excerpts of an article by Linda Linda Gradstein, The Media Line, September 7, 2014)
    http://www.themedialine.org/news/news_detail.asp?NewsID=40772

    Prayer Focus: Ask the Lord to continue be the strength of Israel’s leaders as they insist on the demilitarization of Hamas in Gaza. Pray for unbiased monitoring of Gaza by a neutral force; that the funds donated for its rebuilding will not be used in any way to aid further terrorist activities.

    Scripture: “The LORD is my strength and song, and He has become my salvation; He is my God, and I will praise Him; my father’s God, and I will exalt Him.”  Exodus 15:2

  5. Nahal Oz Residents Begin to Rebuild  – The beleaguered residents of Kibbutz Nahal Oz returned Thursday [September 4] to their homes, for the first time after leaving in the wake of four-year-old Daniel Tregerman’s death by Gaza mortar fire.

    The families made the trip home to the kibbutz as a semblance of calm settled over the area, after an extended stay in Kibbutz Orim, where their kids had been incorporated into the local school system.

    Kibbutz Nahal Oz came under heavy mortar fire during Operation Protective Edge, [but] is preparing to open its kindergartens on Sunday—though most of the homes that were damaged during the fighting had only been repaired Thursday morning.

    The veteran members of the kibbutz, which had stayed put throughout the latest round of hostilities, went house to house in the morning to help their neighbors clean and prepare for their families’ arrival. The children made the return trip home in the afternoon.

    On Friday [September 5] the kibbutz hosted a festive Shabbat dinner to mark the return of the families who had left—composed mostly of those with young children.

    However, several families have already announced that they will not return home, while others have said they left for a “sabbatical year.”

    As the kibbutz slowly filled up with residents, the veterans expressed a sense of relief, having worried of a rapid exodus following the heavy fighting. “We have a lot of hard work—not only in rebuilding the place, but in rehabilitating the community,” said Esther Toronto.

    “Many families have lost the feeling of safety, there is a lack of faith, there is fear, and we need to fix it. We are a strong community which suffered a severe trauma after Daniel’s death; we are at a low point, but we must look at it in only one way—from here, things can only get better.”

    She emphasized the importance of the kibbutz to its residents. “This is the only way for us to continue to survive here. Nahal Oz is our home, we will rehabilitate it, we will build anew—and going into the future we will continue to build and to absorb new people.”

    But Toronto stressed that “none of this can happen if we do not receive assistance from the government, to improve the kibbutz, to increase our security measures, adequate protection of this community.”

    Yael Lehiani returned early to the kibbutz on Thursday to prepare her home for her children’s return. “It’s sad that some families are leaving, especially when it’s at one time. We have had many miracles over the last 14 years, so it’s hard to understand. But we ran out of miracles and had a massive disaster.”

    She added: “When you have run out of miracles, you lose your sense of security. There is no sense of joy, but at least we still have the feeling of coming home, to a place that we love.”

    (By Matan Tzuri, Ynetnews, September 4, 2014)
    http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4567793,00.html

    Prayer Focus: Cry out on behalf of the families, especially the children, who have returned to their community after the trauma of the past summer’s rocket and mortar attacks. Proclaim the Lord’s promise that He will comfort Zion and that from this comfort, the people of Nahal Oz will regain their hope, sense of security and their joy.

    Scripture:  “For the LORD will comfort Zion, He will comfort all her waste places; He will make her wilderness like Eden, and her desert like the garden of the LORD; joy and gladness will be found in it, thanksgiving and the voice of melody.”  Isaiah 51:3

  6.   Hunger Looms before the Holidays – As the high holidays approach, Israel’s largest charities have reported an increase in the number of those seeking aid by dozens of percentage points in comparison to the same period in 2013.

    Angel Musikant, a 70-year-old resident of Rehovot, is one of those feeling the difficult effects of the current aid crunch. Musikant’s income support amounts to NIS 2,500 [US $690] every month—earnings which leave him in a constant struggle for survival. “Every day is worse and I never know how I’m going to survive it,” said Musikant.

    According to the latest poverty report from the National Insurance Institute, more than 1.7 million Israelis lived below the poverty line in 2012. Experts estimate that the new report to be submitted at the end of 2014 will show an increase in poverty.

    The reasons for increasing demands are varied, but charities are pointing to more requests from those who are employed as well as the recent fighting in Gaza.

    According to Pini Fefer, Relations Director at Leket [a charity], “We hear more and more about the working poor who turn to charity…Some of the people in disadvantaged communities are poor workers who were already living on the edge, their children weren’t in school, and that’s a very large [food] expense. The area cries out.” The recent military operation also led to a decrease in donations according to Fefer.

    The chairman of Pitchon Lev, Nissim Zioni, said that the new requests include, “families in the south with two parents who have full time jobs, but because of Operation Protective Edge their incomes suffered dramatically.”

    [Editor’s Note: Because of the generous donations from Christians around the world, Bridges for Peace maintains active food banks in Jerusalem and in northern Israel. Each month we provide over 60 tons of food, touching and helping to feed thousands of Israelis in communities throughout Israel.

    Help us feed Israelis, blessing them in this holy day season of Rosh HaShanah, Yom Kippur and Sukkot]

    (Excerpts of article by Omri Efraim, Ynetnews, September 11, 2014)
    http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4569584,00.html

    Prayer Focus: Pray for all who are hungry; that they will enjoy the blessing of good food during the holidays and throughout the year. Thank the Lord for those who are able to give, so the hungry can know they have not been forgotten by the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

    Scripture:   “Is this not the fast that I have chosen…Is it not to share your bread with the hungry, and that you bring to your house the poor who are cast out…” Isaiah 58:6a, 7a

  7. Removal of Belfast Monument to Chaim Herzog – Israeli Ambassador to the United Kingdom Daniel Taub has sent an official letter to the Northern Ireland leadership expressing his “very deep concern” over the removal of a plaque in Belfast marking the birthplace of Chaim Herzog, the sixth president of Israel.

    The monument on Cliftonpark Avenue, which was placed there in 1998, was removed in August, at the height of Operation Protective Edge, due to repeated vandalism. Herzog was president of Israel from 1983 to 1993.

    “I am writing to express my very deep concern at the removal of the plaque,” Taub wrote in a letter obtained by Ynet, which was sent Monday [September 8] to First Minister Peter Robinson and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness of the Northern Ireland Assembly.

    In the letter, Taub recalled, “I learned from my own visits to Northern Ireland together with my Palestinian counterpart in the course of the Israeli–Palestinian peace negotiations that it is only through the recognition of the past that we can hope to move forward. This attempt to efface both Belfast’s Jewish past and its historic connection to the State of Israel is troubling because of what it says in relation to Israel and the Jewish community, but no less so because it suggests a lack of resolve or indifference to the consequences of allowing prejudice and hatred to fester.”

    Herzog was “not only champion of security for the State of Israel but also a profound advocate of peace,” Taub concluded. “Now more than ever, the principles for which he stood need to be broadcast, not silenced.”

    A local politician from the Democratic Unionist Party, Brian Kingston, said at the time that he was shocked by move, “This is a shocking indication of the level of tension and anti-Semitism which currently exists in parts of Belfast. It is disgraceful that this item of Belfast history has being repeatedly targeted due to its connection with Israel,” the Irish Times quoted Kingston as saying. “This should serve as a wake-up call for the public to the dangerous level of intolerance and the anti-Israeli mentality which some are encouraging.”

    (Excerpts from an article by Sara Miller, Ynetnews, September 10, 2014)
    http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4569596,00.html

    Prayer Focus:  Thank the Lord for bringing this evidence of underlying anti-Semitism to the surface. Pray for a change in the hearts of those who commit these acts of violence and also in the hearts of those who silently stand by; that they will understand they are harming God’s chosen people.

    Scripture:  “He found him [the Lord’s people] in a desert land and in the wasteland, a howling wilderness; He encircled him, He instructed him, He kept him as the apple of His eye.” Deuteronomy 32:10

  8. ISIS More than a Terrorist Organization –  Much has been written about the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria—ISIS. Most of the commentators have looked at ISIS as another terrorist organization. In fact, ISIS is much more than a terrorist organization; it is a terrorist state with almost all governing elements.

    Over the last three years, the Islamic State [now IS] developed from an extremist fringe and marginal faction to become the strongest, most ferocious, best funded and best armed militia in the religious and ethnic war that is waged today in Syria and Iraq.

    According to the maps published by the Islamic State, the Islamic State will include [Israel, Jordan], Spain, North Africa, West Africa, Central Africa, Ethiopia, Somalia, Saudi Arabia, the Gulf States, Yemen, Azerbaijan, Pakistan and part of China, Iran, Turkey, and parts of Europe, mainly the Balkans.

    Caliph Ibrahim is the sole decision-maker in the Islamic State and his decisions are implemented with no avenue for recourse…he holds absolute power and does not share authority with any of his lieutenants—the Islamic State seems to be partly composed of former military officers who served in the Iraqi Army until Saddam Hussein’s ousting.

    In any case, events on the ground have shown some of the more brutal facets of the management of the Islamic State [IS]. The Islamic State’s first priority was to wage “ethnic cleansing” to eliminate any potential foes and opposition as well as to observe its religious creed.

    Once the area controlled by IS became more or less homogenous, [they] decided to implement Phase Two in its pursuit of power: Islamic education according to the Islamic State philosophy.

    IS has been so successful in creating an atmosphere of hatred against all “heretics” and all that Western civilization represents that it has succeeded to attract thousands of foreign and Arab volunteers to abandon previous allegiances and apply to the ranks of the Islamic State. By one estimate, “perhaps 12,000 foreign fighters” have joined the IS ranks.

    The Islamic State does not seem like a passing phenomenon. Uprooting the IS phenomenon will be a long and arduous road. Without reaching a lasting political solution that will put an end to Sunni-Shiite rivalries, the chances of success will remain negligible.

    (Excerpts from an article by Col. (ret.) Dr. Jacques Neriah, Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, September 8, 2014)
    http://jcpa.org/structure-of-the-islamic-state/

    Prayer Focus:  Pray that the danger to the people in the Middle East, as well as the rest of the world, will become clear as the true strength and deadly motives of this organization is revealed. Ask for protection from the Almighty Father from this evil.

    Scripture:  “The violence of the wicked will destroy them, because they refuse to do justice.” Proverbs 21:7

  9. Palestinians at Work: in Israel and West Bank Jewish Communities – RAMALLAH— Emad Halabi first worked in Israel when he was 16 years old. Now, at the age of 50, he still takes jobs in the Jewish state or in Jewish communities, when he can get them. “When you landed a job working in Israel or the ‘settlements,’ people envied you and considered you lucky because there’s no substitute. That’s still the case today,” he told The Media Line, adding that he was never harassed for being Palestinian.

    Halabi says on average, a Palestinian makes $420 a month working in the West Bank [Judea & Samaria], while in Israel workers earn double this. “When I see my kids can’t eat until I go to the settlement to work, of course I’m going to go so I can not only feed them, but give them a good life,” he said.

    To get [an Israeli work] permit, men need to be married, have at least one child, and be at least 24 years old. Israel believes that men in these categories are less likely to commit terrorist attacks.

    The office of the Coordinator for Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) said the number of working permits for Palestinians to enter Israel has increased because of the “regional stability and security.” According to its 2013 statistics, COGAT issued 42,731 permits to Palestinians working in Israel and 24,812 permits to those working in Jewish communities in the West Bank.

    The Palestinian Labor ministry is trying to encourage Palestinians to work in Palestinian factories and industries, but not finding it easy. According to Abu Baker of the Labor Ministry, “High desirable salaries have kept the Palestinians sneaking in to Israel or working in settlements.”

    In 2010, the PA created a fund to provide alternative employment and grants in an effort to both discourage Palestinians from working in the settlements and boost the West Bank economy. But that did not bear fruit. The instability in the West Bank did not give hope either.

    Economist Nasr Abdelkarim says, “It’s not a political decision. Palestinian laborers are motivated by the economic factors.” He suggests…strengthening ties with the rest of the world. “The government should design a policy to attract investors to the agricultural and manufacturing industries,” he told The Media Line. This would result in job creation, as well as bring money into the Palestinian economy.

    (Excerpts of an article by Abdullah H. Erakat, The Media Line, September 8, 2014)

    Prayer Focus:  Thank the Lord for blessing the nation of Israel with economic stability and the opportunity to pass that on to the Palestinian residents of the country. Pray that those who support economic boycotts of Israel will come to understand that they hurt both Israel and the Palestinians.

    Scripture:  “You water its ridges abundantly, You settle its furrows; You make it soft with showers, You bless its growth.”   Psalm 65:10

10.  Syrian Children Travel by Donkey Seeking Medical Help from Israel  – A 12-year-old Syrian boy was brought to the Ziv Medical Center in Safed for medical treatment over the weekend [September 6] after he was severely wounded near Damascus. The boy told the hospital staff that he had been taken by his brother to the Israeli border, on the back of a donkey.

The young boy apparently sustained the wounds several weeks ago when a mortar shell hit his home in the outskirts of Damascus. He lost sight in both eyes, and was severely wounded in both his arms and one of his legs…his family had initially taken him to a hospital in the Beqaa Valley in east Lebanon where doctors amputated his right hand.

He was discharged after being given superficial treatment for his other injuries. Due to the fighting in Syria, the family could not return the boy to his home in Damascus, at which point his brother decided to try to take him to Israel for treatment…[they] crossed the Syrian side of Mount Hermon on a donkey until they reached an Israeli military post at the border.

Israel Defense Forces [IDF] soldiers transferred the boy to the medical center in Safed. “The boy came in with one of his arms severed below the elbow and the other hand shattered as a result of the blast,” said Dr. Alexander Lerner, head of the orthopedic department at the hospital.

“He also suffers from a fracture and loss of tissue in one of his legs, and he has lost his vision. The boy is conscious, and although he is still agitated, he is communicative and understands what happened. He most likely had to go through a difficult journey to get here.” Dr. Lerner believes that despite the severe injury, the boy will be able to walk again. “We intend to perform a series of operations on the boy’s wounded leg and foot…”

“He is facing a long, difficult treatment period, but the goal is to eventually bring back his ability to walk and function with his damaged hand. According to the few stories we heard, this is a brave boy who has been through a difficult ordeal and survived—therefore I am optimistic and believe that he will be able to walk again,” Lerner added.

(By Ahiya Raved, Ynetnews, September 8, 2014)
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4568498,00.html
Disclaimer: While we are a King James only ministry, we do post articles as they appear without editing Bible versions used.

Categories: Islam, Israel, Prayer, Prophecy

MEN OF PRAYER NEEDED

December 12, 2013 Leave a comment

MEN OF PRAYER NEEDED

EM Bounds

 

“Study universal holiness of life. Your whole usefulness depends on this, for your sermons last but an hour or two; your life preaches all the week. If Satan can only make a covetous minister a lover of praise, of pleasure, of good eating, he has ruined your ministry. Give yourself to prayer, and get your texts, your thoughts, your words from God. Luther spent his best three hours in prayer.” – Robert Murray McCheyne

WE are constantly on a stretch, if not on a strain, to devise new methods, new plans, new organizations to advance the Church and secure enlargement and efficiency for the gospel. This trend of the day has a tendency to lose sight of the man or sink the man in the plan or organization. God’s plan is to make much of the man, far more of him than of anything else. Men are God’s method. The Church is looking for better methods; God is looking for better men. “There was a man sent from God whose name was John.” The dispensation that heralded and prepared the way for Christ was bound up in that man John. “Unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given.” The world’s salvation comes out of that cradled Son. When Paul appeals to the personal character of the men who rooted the gospel in the world, he solves the mystery of their success. The glory and efficiency of the gospel is staked on the men who proclaim it. When God declares that “the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him,” he declares the necessity of men and his dependence on them as a channel through which to exert his power upon the world. This vital, urgent truth is one that this age of machinery is apt to forget. The forgetting of it is as baneful on the work of God as would be the striking of the sun from his sphere. Darkness, confusion, and death would ensue.

What the Church needs to-day is not more machinery or better, not new organizations or more and novel methods, but men whom the Holy Ghost can use — men of prayer, men mighty in prayer. The Holy Ghost does not flow through methods, but through men. He does not come on machinery, but on men. He does not anoint plans, but men — men of prayer.

An eminent historian has said that the accidents of personal character have more to do with the revolutions of nations than either philosophic historians or democratic politicians will allow. This truth has its application in full to the gospel of Christ, the character and conduct of the followers of Christ — Christianize the world, transfigure nations and individuals. Of the preachers of the gospel it is eminently true.

The character as well as the fortunes of the gospel is committed to the preacher. He makes or mars the message from God to man. The preacher is the golden pipe through which the divine oil flows. The pipe must not only be golden, but open and flawless, that the oil may have a full, unhindered, unwasted flow.

The man makes the preacher. God must make the man. The messenger is, if possible, more than the message. The preacher is more than the sermon. The preacher makes the sermon. As the life-giving milk from the mother’s bosom is but the mother’s life, so all the preacher says is tinctured, impregnated by what the preacher is. The treasure is in earthen vessels, and the taste of the vessel impregnates and may discolor. The man, the whole man, lies behind the sermon. Preaching is not the performance of an hour. It is the outflow of a life. It takes twenty years to make a sermon, because it takes twenty years to make the man. The true sermon is a thing of life. The sermon grows because the man grows. The sermon is forceful because the man is forceful. The sermon is holy because the man is holy. The sermon is full of the divine unction because the man is full of the divine unction.

Paul termed it “My gospel;” not that he had degraded it by his personal eccentricities or diverted it by selfish appropriation, but the gospel was put into the heart and lifeblood of the man Paul, as a personal trust to be executed by his Pauline traits, to be set aflame and empowered by the fiery energy of his fiery soul. Paul’s sermons — what were they? Where are they? Skeletons, scattered fragments, afloat on the sea of inspiration! But the man Paul, greater than his sermons, lives forever, in full form, feature and stature, with his molding hand on the Church. The preaching is but a voice. The voice in silence dies, the text is forgotten, the sermon fades from memory; the preacher lives.

The sermon cannot rise in its life-giving forces above the man. Dead men give out dead sermons, and dead sermons kill. Everything depends on the spiritual character of the preacher. Under the Jewish dispensation the high priest had inscribed in jeweled letters on a golden frontlet: “Holiness to the Lord.” So every preacher in Christ’s ministry must be molded into and mastered by this same holy motto. It is a crying shame for the Christian ministry to fall lower in holiness of character and holiness of aim than the Jewish priesthood. Jonathan Edwards said: “I went on with my eager pursuit after more holiness and conformity to Christ. The heaven I desired was a heaven of holiness.” The gospel of Christ does not move by popular waves. It has no self-propagating power. It moves as the men who have charge of it move. The preacher must impersonate the gospel. Its divine, most distinctive features must be embodied in him. The constraining power of love must be in the preacher as a projecting, eccentric, an all-commanding, self-oblivious force. The energy of self-denial must be his being, his heart and blood and bones. He must go forth as a man among men, clothed with humility, abiding in meekness, wise as a serpent, harmless as a dove; the bonds of a servant with the spirit of a king, a king in high, royal, in dependent bearing, with the simplicity and sweetness of a child. The preacher must throw himself, with all the abandon of a perfect, self-emptying faith and a self-consuming zeal, into his work for the salvation of men. Hearty, heroic, compassionate, fearless martyrs must the men be who take hold of and shape a generation for God. If they be timid time servers, place seekers, if they be men pleasers or men fearers, if their faith has a weak hold on God or his Word, if their denial be broken by any phase of self or the world, they cannot take hold of the Church nor the world for God.

The preacher’s sharpest and strongest preaching should be to himself. His most difficult, delicate, laborious, and thorough work must be with himself. The training of the twelve was the great, difficult, and enduring work of Christ. Preachers are not sermon makers, but men makers and saint makers, and he only is well-trained for this business who has made himself a man and a saint. It is not great talents nor great learning nor great preachers that God needs, but men great in holiness, great in faith, great in love, great in fidelity, great for God — men always preaching by holy sermons in the pulpit, by holy lives out of it. These can mold a generation for God.

After this order, the early Christians were formed. Men they were of solid mold, preachers after the heavenly type — heroic, stalwart, soldierly, saintly. Preaching with them meant self-denying, self-crucifying, serious, toilsome, martyr business. They applied themselves to it in a way that told on their generation, and formed in its womb a generation yet unborn for God. The preaching man is to be the praying man. Prayer is the preacher’s mightiest weapon. An almighty force in itself, it gives life and force to all.

The real sermon is made in the closet. The man — God’s man — is made in the closet. His life and his profoundest convictions were born in his secret communion with God. The burdened and tearful agony of his spirit, his weightiest and sweetest messages were got when alone with God. Prayer makes the man; prayer makes the preacher; prayer makes the pastor.

The pulpit of this day is weak in praying. The pride of learning is against the dependent humility of prayer. Prayer is with the pulpit too often only official — a performance for the routine of service. Prayer is not to the modern pulpit the mighty force it was in Paul’s life or Paul’s ministry. Every preacher who does not make prayer a mighty factor in his own life and ministry is weak as a factor in God’s work and is powerless to project God’s cause in this world.

Categories: Prayer

SURVEY OF TONGUES IN FIRST CORINTHIANS

October 10, 2013 Leave a comment

Pastor John Henry

After I was saved in 1977 I spent about two years studying, searching and visiting all kinds of churches. I spent most of my time in Pentecostal churches, until as I was studying the Book of Isaiah (chap. 6:1-8) God called me to the mission field. I was then baptized in a Baptist Church (ABA).

Before that while in an Assembly of God church several members laid hands on me an tried to get me to speak in tongues, but I never did. Then one day while taking a shower I was praying and asked God something to the effect that if it was His will I wanted the gift of tongues, and I uttered some gibberish, and then said to myself, Nah!

Since then I have thoroughly studied and have debated the issue of spiritual gifts with a number of Pentecostals and Charismatics.

To listen to the Pentecostals and Charismatics talk one might think that the Bible is full of references to speaking in ecstatic unknown tongues and prayer languages. But the fact of the matter is that there is no reference to an unknown prayer language or ecstatic self edifying tongues at all, except possibly in I Corinthians 13:1, where such tongues are referred to in a bad light.

Biblical tongues were actual known languages (unknown only to those who had never learned them or did not have the gift of interpretation).

The gift of tongues are referred to in only three New Testament books:

1. The Gospel of Mark makes one reference (16:17).

2. Acts refers to tongues five times in three chapters (2:4, 8, 11, 10:46, 19:6).

READ MORE:  http://heresies.landmarkbiblebaptist.net/tongues.html

How to Pray for an Hour a Day- Dr. Mike Johnston

January 25, 2013 3 comments


Dr. Mike Johnston

 But we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the word (Acts 6:4).

 

I’m preparing this tract for my evangelist, pastor and teacher students to make ourselves an ensample unto you to follow us (2 Thessalonians 3:9). As I write this tract, I’m asking the Lord for a group of His choice faithful men who will not only read it but will sense the prompting of the Holy Spirit to join me as watchmen on the wall every morning. And while my hope is for all to participate, I’m realist enough to admit that most won’t. The devil will tell them this road is too difficult,  too confining, and too time-consuming, and that they can do just fine by praying less and working more. Hear me friend! If that reflects your thinking, I urge you please- with all due respect- to find employment in the secular world. Frankly, after thirty years of ministry I can tell you with every confidence that any ministry operating outside of prayer and the ministry of the Word is headed for shipwreck.

 

PREPARATION

 

I use a praise and prayer list to help me remember

  • There is much to be thankful, praise, and pray for. I don’t want to miss offering them to our Precious Lord
  • Base your life, ministry, and all of your prayers on the Word of God and you’ll operate in the Will of God.
  • Present yourself as a living sacrifice (Rom. 12:1-2, and keep your mind (heart) pure (Phil. 4:8)
  • Remembering the details requires that you adopt a recall “system” that works for you
    • Write your praise notes and requests on a card, or
    • Get a spiral prayer notebook, or do as I have done,
    • Memorize them using a system of recall I’ll discuss momentarily [you will notice that I use a lot of alliteration which helps me remember key areas of intercessory focus]

 

I begin early- 4:00-5:00 am AND I pray for at least an hour every day!

  • I’m always up early- 7 days a week- between 4 and 5 am. Lingering in bed longer squanders my time with Jesus! He also that is slothful in his work is brother to him that is a great waster (Proverbs 18:9)
  • I make coffee while praying, praising my Lord, confessing my sin, and giving God thanks for Who He is and all He has done
  • I get to my office where I walk, talk, listen, praise, confess, listen, talk, listen, sit, talk, praise, confess
  • Prayer is foremost on my mind and even after my hour+ of morning prayer, I am in the attitude of prayer day and night (1 Thess. 5:17)! At mid day the Lord may remind me of something that I stop to pray for. While driving my truck (which now has no radio) I’m praying. If I get up in the middle of the night, I’m praising and praying. In fact, I’m praying as I type this for you!! Pray, pray, pray- always!!

 

The following can be arranged according to the leading and prompting of the Holy Spirit. Be flexible and willing to change as He directs your thinking (Phil. 4:8).

 

PRAISE

 

Include confession, thanksgiving, worship, and praise. Let Him know you love Him!

Confession: And I prayed unto the LORD my God, and made my confession (Dan 9:4). Thank You for dying on the cross and shedding Your precious blood for me and my family Lord. Please be merciful to me a sinner. I love You Lord Jesus!! Please forgive me Lord for . . .

 

Thanksgiving and praise: Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name (Psalms 100:4)

 

I praise and worship You, Lord Jesus. Thank You and bless You for Your love, joy, peace . . .  [I quote Gal. 5:22-23 to Him]. Praise You for Your Providence, protection, provisions, promises and purposes. Praise You Lord that Thou art gracious, kind, loving, merciful, omniscient, omnipotent, omnipresent, eternal, immutable, and transcendent, holy, righteous, perfect, glorious, true, and just. Praise You for Heaven and Hell.

 

I praise and worship You, Lord Jesus. Thank You and bless You for my family, and our faith, faithfulness, favor, forgiveness, finances, and our future in Heaven with You. Thank You Father for selecting me, Thank You Lord Jesus for saving me, and thank You Holy Spirit for sealing me- and my family. Praise You for all that Thou has done and all that Thou art doing- in my life, my family, friends, and around the world. Thank You for loving us, and caring for us, for Your so great salvation and forgiveness Lord. Thank You for our holiness, health, home, our finances, our food, heat, shelter, clothing, our vehicles [detail  your thankfulness].

 

PRAYER

I pray for an hour or more every morning- then continue throughout the day

 

Yet have thou respect unto the prayer of thy servant, and to his supplication, O LORD my God, to hearken unto the cry and to the prayer, which thy servant prayeth before thee to day (1 Kings 8:28).

 

For each of the following [and I name as many as possible] I ask the Lord for their salvation, sanctification, service, safety, and spiritual sensitivity. That Thou might draw, drive, or drag them to Christ. That Thou might give each of these a hunger and thirst for Thy Word, Thy righteousness, and Thyself.

 

IMPORTANT: Be Scriptural! Base your prayers on the Word of God and you’ll be praying in the Will of God! Be sensitive! The Holy Spirit will burden you to pray for specific things not be on your list.

FAMILY: [this is an exact sampling and includes much of the exact language typical in my praying] I pray for my family; our faith, faithfulness, and favor, forgiveness, finances and future.

 

I pray for my wife: Thank You Lord for Ann; for our love for You, each other, and our family. Thank You for the favor Thou hast shown to us and the way Thou has provided for us all these years. I pray that Thou might continue to bless our home, holiness, healing; for traveling mercies . . .

 

[Even if not included in write-up below, whenever I pray for family and friends, I ask God to draw, drive, or drag them to Christ. I include a prayer for their salvation, sanctification, service, safety, and spiritual sensitivity asking the Lord to give them a hunger and thirst for His Word, His Righteousness, and Himself].

 

I pray for our children: I pray for children, grand children, brothers and their wives and children all by name; asking the Lord for their salvation, sanctification, service, safety, and spiritual sensitivity. I pray for their mates, their friends, and their family’s salvation. [We learned long ago that who our children hung around with would influence their decisions- so we have made it a habit to pray for their friends’ salvation, too]

 

I pray for moms, dads, grandparents: ours were saved and are in Heaven now.

 

I pray for uncles, aunts, cousins and any distant or unknown relatives [I pray by first name for those I know and in a generality by last name for those I don’t know. This includes relatives with my last name, my wife’s maiden name, my mother’s maiden name, grandmother’s maiden name- it becomes quite extensive and yet God honors prayer so do it beloved]! Lord Jesus, please compel these souls to come to Thee.

 

FRIENDS: I have a list of friends and their children I pray daily for by name. I pray for a hunger for God and His Word; I name their children and pray for their salvation, sanctification, service, safety, and spiritual sensitivity and for their mates, friends, and their family’s salvation.

 

AMERICA: Pray for America to get back to the Bible, and the faith of our Founders; pray for a revival of righteousness and a hunger for holiness. Pray for the offices of the President, Vice President, Cabinet, Staff, Advisers, Legislators, Supreme Court Justices, and the Judicial System. Pray for local, state, and national leaders. Pray Christ-honoring men and women will be elected to office to enact and enforce Christ-honoring legislation. [IMPORTANT: this is vital to America’s future as a nation and in our role in world affairs. Our Holy God cannot- and will not- bless a nation filled with unrighteous leaders who are passing ordinances of the Amorites; ie abortion and sodomy laws- see Gen. 15:16; Lev. 18; 20] [1]

 

ISRAEL: Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee (Psalms 122:6). I pray Lord for Thy people Israel, for the peace of Jerusalem, Benjamin Netanyahu, the Knesset, and the Jewish People. Pray that Thou might bless Israel to be a blessing. I pray for Jews to make aliyah to Israel (the immigration of Jews to the Land of Israel). I pray for Thy providence, protection, provisions, promises, and purposes for Israel. Please give her protection and favor around the world. I pray for millions of Jews to come to Christ. [I have several ministries to Jews I pray for, asking God to bless and use them in evangelism, equipping, encouraging, and enabling ministries for Christ]. Support Israel and pray for Jews. God will bless you (Gen. 12:1-3).

 

ISLAMISTS: Lord I pray that those who are shackled to and blinded by Islam- especially terrorists and their leaders- that they will sense their emptiness and will repent and come to Christ. I pray for brothers Yosef, Rezza, and Walid [all were associated with terrorist organizations]; that Thou might bless them with Your Providence, protection, provisions, promises and purposes, and that Thou might give them souls for their labors.

 

PMI: I pray for Promise Ministries, the PMI Center for Biblical Studies, and Calvary Christian College and Seminary. Pray for your church, pastor, and the people to hunger for God! I pray for evangelism, equipping, encouraging, and enabling ministries to train evangelists, pastors and teachers for the perfecting of the saints for the work of ministry (Eph. 4:11-12). I ask Lord that I might be a wise and faithful steward over my relationships, resources, and responsibilities Thou hast given me. I ask for Thy Word, wisdom, will and words in all my research, reading, and writing projects. I pray for prisons, prisoners, and pastors, chapels, chaplains, and assistants, guards, wardens, workers, and administrators; for local, state, and national prison boards and parole boards. I pray for all of our letters, tracts, books, booklets, Bibles, and courses- that Thou might quicken the truths and convict the hearts of all who read our letters and literature and that Thou might give all of them a safe and clear passage through the post offices, mail carriers, and mail rooms to get them into the hands and the hearts of the men and women that need them; that Thou might change their lives so they can change their world.

 

I pray for all of our Students: Lord, Your Word says- Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth (2 Timothy 2:15). I pray for past, present, and future students [approx 26,000] that Dad and I have ever influenced or ever will influence for Thee- that Thou might draw, drive, or drag them to Christ and to faithfulness to Thy Word, Thy righteousness, and Thyself and that they might be faithful to their studies, their promised support of PMI, and to the ministry for which Thou hast called them to.  I pray for our all of our free world and fenced world students in our Foundations Studies, Biblical Studies, Ministry, Prophecy, Rel. Ed., Scofield, and Theology Studies. Please give me preachers, teachers, expositors, and scholars of Thy Holy Word.

 

I pray for all of our Supporters: Lord, Your Word says- Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again (Luke 6:38). [since we rely on tithes and offerings committed by students and others, I pray for specific amounts of money to meet our growing needs for Bibles, printing, postage, and much more]. Lord, please bless the gifts and the givers, those we support and those who support us.

 

I pray for all of our Soul Winners: Lord, Your Word says- He that winneth souls is wise . . . And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever (Proverbs 11:30; Daniel 12:3). I pray for souls, soul winners, disciples and disciplers; I ask You Lord to bless our PMI Associate Evangelists Lord with faith and faithfulness, [2] that Thou might give them wisdom to see divine appointments for Sharing Jesus, and that Thou might give them souls for their labors. [I’m asking God for 300 of these trained and licensed men]. I pray for the souls that have come to Christ over the past few years of PMI Associate Evangelist ministry: for the 411 in 2008, 1225 in 2009; 1373 in 2010; and for 2000 in 2011 (1785 thus far); and for a yet undisclosed number for years future.

 

OTHERS: I pray Jeff and Tammy at Good Shepherd’s Printing Service [they provide us with excellent service and support]. [3] Thou might give them good paying jobs, good paying customers, and good faithful employees- to Jesus and bro Jeff. I also pray for the Fannin family. I pray for Oxford providing our Old Scofield Study Bibles, I pray for fundamentalism and fundamentalists around the world that are contending for the faith (Jude 1:3); etc.

 

I pray for other prison ministries: For the International Prison Ministry; the Network of Prison Ministries; for Coalition of Prison Evangelists (COPE). Thou might bless them according to Your will and Your Word.

 

 I pray for our Ministry Associates: I pray for their ministries, mission, message, money, and manpower needed to help them evangelize equip and encourage millions around the world. I pray for Drs. Jack and Rexella Van Impe, Prophecy in the News (Gary Stearman); Southwest Radio Church (Noah Hutchings and Larry Spargimino); e-Sword [Bible study and research program I use];  Sword of the Lord (for Dr. Shelton Smith). I pray the same for creation apologist ministries: Answers in Genesis (Dr. Ken Ham); Creation Science Evangelism (the Hovind’s); and the Institute for Creation Research (the Morris family). Please bless them and give them souls Lord. I pray for my Alma mater (Bible college), the president of the school and every graduate- to be faithful in helping win the world to Christ.

 

I pray for prisoners, pastors, and people around the world that are serving or suffering for Thee Lord. That Thou might give them courage and comfort. [I’m currently praying for an incarcerated pastor to be released from Iranian prison whose only crime is converting to Christ]

 

I pray for End Times oriented ministries that I follow: Lord please bless these men with Issachar insights- Dr. John McTernan and Geoffrey Grider [authors, bloggers, and radio hosts], David Reagan, Donald Perkins, Grant Jeffrey, Hal Lindsey, Joel Rosenberg, Lion and Lamb, Mark Hitchcock, Mike Hoggard, Tim LaHaye, Tommy Ice, and a few more.

 

MISC: I pray for all other people, places, and things that the Holy Spirit lays on my heart.

 

I CONTINUE THROUGHOUT THE DAY: Pray without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:17). I understand my responsibility to pray doesn’t end here. I remain in the spirit and in the attitude of prayer throughout the day, and as the Lord burdens my heart to pray for specific needs as they arise- I obey Him and bring them before Him.

 

MINISTRY OF THE WORD

I read through the Bible every year from cover to cover

 

Bible Study: I can’t tell you how important it is to know the Word of God. This is how you order your life, ministry, and prayers. After an extensive prayer time, I ask the Lord to Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law (Psalms 119:18). Lord, I ask Thee for 300 men totally committed to prayer and the ministry of the Word every morning, reading through the Bible every year.

  • I read the Bible through from cover to cover at least one time every year. I use the PMI Thru the Bible in a Year schedule [you may request one from us].
  • I read through Proverbs every month by reading the chapter corresponding to the date. Example, today is the 17th of the month, so I read Proverbs chapter 17. Tomorrow I’ll read chapter 18, etc.
  • I often study another Book of the Bible, such as Ephesians (chapter per day for 6 days) repeated over a month or two along with my other daily reading. Then I choose another Book. [keep a pen and notepad close at hand for recording sermon seed ideas for tracts and booklets]
  • I also study to teach from my Old Scofield Study Bible notes. My students and I love these studies for their doctrinal soundness. [Getting an Old Scofield is another of the wisest decisions I’ve ever made].[4]
  • SIDE NOTE: I also read several Christian books per year and I subscribe to and read the Sword of the Lord which is filled with sermons, fundamentalist news, and lots of useable material for my writing projects and prayer.

 

WILL YOU MAKE THIS LIFE-CHANGING COMMITMENT to prayer, and to the ministry of the word (Acts 6:4)? If so, send me a note “I’m Committing To Prayer And To The Ministry Of The Word (ACTS 6:4)” as your opening sentence. I will then add your name to my growing list on the PMI website. However, let me be clear: I’m not looking for half-hearted decisions. I’m looking for whole-hearted disciples. More importantly, so is the Lord: When thou shalt vow a vow unto the LORD thy God, thou shalt not slack to pay it: for the LORD thy God will surely require it of thee; and it would be sin in thee (Deuteronomy 23:21).

 


[1] Send for our tract called Amorite America

[2] These are men I have personally trained in evangelism using our Sharing Jesus course. If interested, please let me know. Once they’ve taken the course and have won a soul, we will issue them a License to Preach from PMI.

[3] WePrintForLess.com – 1019 West Main Street – Morehead, KY 40351 – 606.784.2858

[4] We have these Old Scofield Study Bibles in bonded leather, KJV, available for a gift to PMI of $30 to help us minister to you and others. Please remember, when you order from us, you help support us. Stamps are welcome.

Waiting on the Lord- CI Scofield

January 23, 2013 Leave a comment

By C.I. Scofield

“But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength ; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” — Isaiah 40:31

Let us confess at once that these blessings are not usual in the lives of Christ-ians. As a matter of fact we run and are weary, we walk and do faint. The
wings of our soul do not habitually beat the upper air. On the face of it, it is
very simple. There is a condition entirely within the reach of every Christian, whatever may be his age or environment, and then resultant blessings made sure by the “shall” of Almighty God: “They that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles ; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” — Isaiah 40:31

If there is one condition thus performed, the resultant blessings are sure; obviously then the absence of the blessing proves that we do not meet the condition. Perhaps we have never stopped to read it very carefully. We like certain promises of Scripture largely because we feel there is something strong, beautiful and triumphant in them, but we do not really consider what they mean. What does the Scripture mean by “waiting on the Lord?” Everything hinges on that. It is the sole condition. First of all, waiting upon God is not praying.Praying is petitioning God for something. Praying is “supplication with thanksgiving,” — Philippians 4:6

It has its own great and unique place in the Christian life, but it is not waiting upon the Lord. Three Hebrew words are translated “wait” in this connection, and three passages may serve to illustrate their meaning. “Truly my soul waiteth upon God.” — Psalms 62:1. The literal translation of this is “Truly my soul is silent upon God.” That is not prayer, it is not worship. It is the soul, in utter hush and quietness, casting itself upon God.

Take another illustrative passage. “These wait all upon thee; that thou mayest give them their meat in due season.” — Psalms 104:27. Here the word is the same, but it implies both dependence and expectation — a faith that silently reaches out to take hold upon God, and which has its expectation from God.

Then “Blessed is the man that heareth me, watching daily at my gates, waiting
at the posts of my doors.” —Proverbs 8:34. The thought there is of a servant and his master. He has no service just at that moment, but he “waits” at the door, knowing that at any moment the door may swing back and the master may say, “My servant, go; do this or that.” It is the attitude of readiness, of obedience.

Now I think we are ready to gather these passages into a definition of what waiting upon God means. To wait upon God is to be silent that He may speak, expecting all things from Him, and girded for instant, unquestioning obedience
to the slightest movement of His will. That is waiting upon God. All the spiritual senses alive, alert, expectant, separated unto Him, His servant and soldier — waiting. It is not the waiting of an idler, it is not the waiting of a dreamer. It is the quiet waiting of one who is girt and ready, one who looks upon life as a battle-field and a sphere for service, who has one master and but one, to whom he looks for everything, from whom alone he expects anything. This is waiting upon God according to the Scriptures. Now, glorious blessings depend upon this attitude toward God. Are we waiting? Are we silent upon God? Is our expect-ation from Him, or from ourselves, or from the world? If our expectation is
truly from Him, and we are willing to yield Him an immediate obedience, then we are waiting upon God. Then the four blessings of the text must follow, because God says they shall. Let us look at these blessings.

“They that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength.” — Isaiah 40:31. The word “renew” rendered literally is “change” — they shall change their strength. It is a word used to denote a change of garments. They shall lay aside their strength and put on, as a garment, strength from God. This whole fortieth chapter of Isaiah is a series of contrasts between the frailty and feebleness of man and the strength and greatness of God. Yet man is a being who fancies that he has some strength. And so indeed he has in the sphere of the natural, but it
is a strength which utterly breaks down in the sphere of the Christian life. The problem is to rid ourselves of self-strength that God may clothe us with His own strength; and this is the first blessing promised to those who
“wait upon the LORD.” — Isaiah 40:31. How does God effect this? I do not know, but I know that somehow when we are waiting upon Him, our strength, which after all is perfect weakness, is laid aside, and divine hands clothe us with the strength of God. We do change our strength.

We now come logically to that great second blessing promised to the waiters upon the Lord: “They shall mount up with wings as eagles.” — Isaiah 40:31. What does that mean? Why as eagles? Why not with wings as doves? I think it is because the eagle is the only bird that goes so high that he is lost to sight in
the upper heights. Think of some of the peculiarities of the eagle. He is the most solitary of birds. Did you ever see or hear of a flock of eagles? You may some-times see two together, but very rarely. The eagle has to do with great things, mountains and heights and depths. An eagle can also be very still. No creature holds such reserves of quietness; there is no restlessness in him. There is the repose of perfect power. He can be quiet when it is time to be quiet. But when the sun rises and his eye catches the first ray, you may see him stretch his mighty wings, launch out over the abyss and begin that tremendous spiral flight up, up, up, higher and higher, until he is lost to sight; and all day, on balanced wing, he is there in the vast upper realm of light, above all storms, in the great tranquility of the upper spaces. That is mounting up with wings as eagles. To be up there, as we might say, with God. No Christian ever comes into God’s best things who does not, upon the God-ward side of his life, learn to walk alone with God. Lot may dwell in Sodom and vex his righteous soul with the filthy conversation of the wicked, but God will have Abraham up in Hebron upon the heights. It is Abraham whom He visits and to whom He tells His secrets. Moses, learned in all the wisdom of the Egyptians, must go forty years into the desert to be alone with God. Paul, who knew the Greek learning and had also sat at the feet of Gamaliel, must go into Arabia and learn the desert life with God. Before God uses a man greatly, He isolates him. He gives him a separating experience; and when it is over, those about him, who are no less loved than before, are no longer depended upon. He realizes that he is separated unto God, that the wings of his soul have learned to beat the upper air, and that God has shown him unspeakable things. If we mount up with wings as eagles we shall often grieve the judicious, and must count upon some experience of misunderstanding; but we can keep sweet about it. We may avoid this. We may nest low enough to be understood by the carnal, turn sedately the ecclesiastical crank, and be approved; but if we take the upper air, we must, like the eagle, go alone. That is precisely our calling. Christ wants each one of us separated unto Himself.

Hear: “If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above.” — Colossians 3:1

How far above?
“Where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.” — Colossians 3:1.

Stretch the pinions of your soul, remember that you belong up there, and beat the lower air and rise and rise until you are with the enthroned One.

A man had a young eagle which he put in the hen yard with a clog on one of its feet, so that it could not fly, and there it grew up. At last, when the man was going to move away from that part of the country, he decided to liberate his eagle. He took off the clog, but the eagle went hopping about just the same. So very early one morning he took the eagle and set him upon the coping of the wall just as the sun was rising. The eagle opened his eyes and looked for the first time at the rising sun. Then, lifting himself up he stretched his mighty wings, and with one scream launched himself into the upper air. He belonged up there all the while, and had simply been living in the wrong place.

Now another blessing, the third: “They shall run, and not be weary.” — Isaiah 40:31. That seems like an anti-climax, as does the fourth blessing: “They shall walk, and not faint.” — Isaiah 40:31

What! must we come down and run and walk here on this stupid, prosaic earth after these eagle flights? Yes, precisely. The eagle flight is unto that. We go up there that we may serve down here, and we never can serve down here according to God’s thought of service, until we trace the spirals of the upper air and have learned to be alone in the silent spaces with God. It is only the man who comes down from interviews with God who can touch human lives with the power of God. Yes, we must run down here, and walk down here, but only in the degree in which we know the inspiration of the upper air can we either
run without weariness, or walk without fainting. What is the “walk”? It is the everyday of life. It is the getting breakfast, dressing the children, getting them
off to school; it is going down and opening the store; it is going out and feeding the herds; it is going into the study and opening the Word of God. It is whatever our appointed task may be. It is doing this all day, in heat and cold, dull days and bright days — the common life. It is this, the everyday walk, that tests and tries. Far easier is it to gather one’s energies for a swift run sometimes than it is to walk. But we have to walk; we are made to walk. We live a common life, a life of everyday duty, plain, prosaic and unbeautiful. But we may “walk, and
not faint” — Isaiah 40:31 under the wear and petty vexations and frictions of everyday life, only on condition that we have been “waiting upon God.”The man who does that will be a reservoir of sweetness, quietness and power.

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