Praying

They’re praying together… that’s what counts… right?

The corruption is getting worse… so they pray with the… Muslims… Catholics… Mormons… Jehovah’s Witnesses… New Agers… Eastern Religions—the world’s religions… and, there’s still no revival.

Then, they turn their focus to… prayer schools… “the 7-step prayer method”… prayer buildings… prayer rooms… prayer walks… prayer circles… prayer brigades… national, or world, days of prayer—even if some practices employ prayer techniques of the mystics like… contemplative prayer (repeat a prayer like a mantra… or, quiet and empty the mind, and if it whispers to you… it must be God speaking—the spirit is not tested)…

Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world (1 John 4:1)*.

And, the revival is still “a dead horse”.

Why?

Maybe, they’ve forgotten what makes prayer effective… valid…

He heareth the prayer of the righteous (Proverbs 15:29)…

the prayer of the upright is his delight (Proverbs 15:8)…

The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much (James 5:16)…

if any man be a worshipper of God, and doeth his will, him he heareth (John 9:31).

Focus on the discipleship of the New Creation—the Christian…

All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness (2 Timothy 3:16)…

Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness… Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless… But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen (2 Peter 3:11,14,18)…

Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it (Psalm 34:14)…

and, “God’s ears seem to open up”…

The eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous, and his ears are open unto their cry. (Psalm 34:15).

If we don’t… prayers seem to be like the rhetoric of politicians—empty noise that falls on deaf ears—no matter how many prayer methods are used…

If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me (Psalm 66:18)…

Now we know that God heareth not sinners (John 9:31)…

The face of the Lord is against them that do evil, to cut off the remembrance of them from the earth (Psalm 34:16)…

yet ye have not, because ye ask not. Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts… whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God (James 4:2,3,4).

Prayer to… worthless gods—idols—doesn’t work!

This is just how I see it… it doesn’t mean I’m right… checkout the scriptures in context for yourself.


*All text reference scripture quoted or discussed is King James Version unless otherwise noted.  Bold, colored lettering, brackets [my understanding of things] and underline—mine.

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