Posted by: robert0199 | December 17, 2017

Now Therefore

(Job 42:8 ESV)
Now therefore take seven bulls and seven rams and go to my servant Job and offer up a burnt offering for yourselves. And my servant Job shall pray for you, for I will accept his prayer not to deal with you according to your folly. For you have not spoken of me what is right, as my servant Job has.”

Each of the men that tried to comfort Job had not gotten it right, and the Lord told them what to do to return to righteousness in His eyes. They were to offer a burnt sacrifice for themselves after which Job would pray for them and the Lord would accept his prayer.

Has someone spoken to you in a manner which was not right? Did that person later realize his error and come back to you asking your forgiveness for his error, and that you would pray to the Lord for him? If so did you forgive the error and pray to the Lord that he would be forgiven and returned to grace? That is what is describe in the above verse. Who spoke wrongly about Job were given certain requirements to be returned to the Lord’s favor, and to ask Job to pray for them. They did as the Lord asked and were restored.

Heavenly Father, There are times in our lives when someone may speak wrongly about us. When they do may Your Spirit nudge them to return and ask for forgiveness and prayer for their restoration to Your favor. May we when approached graciously accept their request and pray that You would restore them to Your good graces. I ask this in Jesus name, amen.

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Posted by: robert0199 | December 16, 2017

You Will Make

(Job 22:27 ESV)
You will make your prayer to him, and he will hear you, and you will pay your vows.

This verse is in the midst of the good things that will happen for you if you return to the Lord. Prosperity, health, and a family will be restored. Most of all when you pray the Lord will hear you when you pray to Him. Have you turned away from the Lord and chosen to follow a life of wickedness according to what the culture tell is good and the right thing to do? Having chosen this life have you found happiness, peace and prosperity; or has your life been full of strife and hardship? This verse reminds us that when we follow the Lord and set aside the wickedness the culture promotes our prayers will be heard and we will have more than enough to pay our vows.

Heavenly Father, In this passage You remind us that when we follow You our prayers will be heard and at the proper time you will answer. May we turn away from the wickedness that our current culture promotes and turn to You that we are assured that You will hear and answer our prayers and that we will be able to pay our vows. I ask this in Jesus name, amen.

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Posted by: robert0199 | December 15, 2017

My Face Is Red

(Job 16:16-17 ESV)
16 My face is red with weeping,
and on my eyelids is deep darkness,
17 although there is no violence in my hands,
and my prayer is pure.

In chapter 16 Job is lamenting the comfort of his friends who while trying t0 give him comfort instead try to convict him of wickedness. They do not understand that Job has remained righteous before God through all of the calamity that has happened in his life. He is stating that he had done no violence and that his prayer is pure. Has there been a time in your life when you have maintained your righteousness but your friends do not see it and suggest that a calamity has come upon you because the think you have sin in your life? Were you able to counter their accusation like Job to say that you are righteous and have not sinned, or did you go on living your life with the Lord and say nothing to your accusers? It is the Lord who is our judge not men so when you are accused of a sin by others refer them to the Lord as your judge and to Jesus as your advocate before the Lord.

Heavenly Father, Their may be times in our lives when a great calamity may befall us. It could be the loss of employment or a devastating illness. When this occurred may our friends stand with us in prayer and support us during that time that we might come to You in all humility to act on our behalf. I ask this in Jesus name, amen.

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Posted by: robert0199 | December 14, 2017

O Lord

(Nehemiah 1:11 ESV )
O Lord, let your ear be attentive to the prayer of your servant, and to the prayer of your servants who delight to fear your name, and give success to your servant today, and grant him mercy in the sight of this man.”Now I was cupbearer to the king.

This prayer was prayed while Nehemiah was the cupbearer to king Artaxerxes. He was distressed because Jerusalem had been destroyed and his hearts desire was to go and see to the restoration and rebuilding of the city. Nehemiah is pleading with the Lord as a man who fears the Lord and is asking for success in obtaining permission to go to Jerusalem to affect its restoration. Artaxerxes sees Nehemiah’s distress and asks him about it. When he has heard what he wants to do permission to go is granted and letters are written to allow his passage to Jerusalem.

Has there been a time in your life when in great distress you prayed to the Lord to hear and answer your prayer and provide for your need, and was that prayer answered? The Lord loves to hear the prayer of His people and He will provide for them what they need if only they would ask him in prayer. He many time will provide without being asked out of His love for His children, but He does want them to come to Him and ask in prayer for their needs. He does this to increase their faith that He will provide for them when they ask.

Heavenly Father, Too often in life we do not come to You and ask for things that we need, and are causing us great distress. May we remember that You are our loving Father who has said in the scripture that when we come to You in prayer and ask for those things that we need You will provide for it is Your good pleasure to provide for Your children. I ask this in Jesus name.

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Posted by: robert0199 | December 13, 2017

Let Your Ear

(Nehemiah 1:6 ESV)
let your ear be attentive and your eyes open, to hear the prayer of your servant that I now pray before you day and night for the people of Israel your servants, confessing the sins of the people of Israel, which we have sinned against you. Even I and my father’s house have sinned.

We are much more apt to offer prayers of praise to the Lord, or prayers of intercession for ourselves or others than it is to offer prayers of repentance for the nation or ourselves. Here Nehemiah asks the Lord to hear and to see the prayer of confession that he makes for the people including himself and his father’s house. It is not easy to confess to the Lord that our nation or ourselves are sinners. We tend to neglect confessing to Him because we do not want to examine our wickedness and our unrighteous behavior to bring it into the light that we may be cleansed and forgiven. Like Adam and Eve we want to hide our sin and not have to bring it out into the open. This keeps us from fully following the Lord and weakens our prayer life because our wickedness comes between us and the Lord who would fully love us if only we would come to Him and repent.

Heavenly Father, You sent Your Son Jesus into the world to provide forgiveness and cleansing of us from all of our wicked and unrighteous behavior. May we take the time to examine our lives to find those things we have yet to repent of, that we may be cleansed of all of our unrighteous activity that we may be recognized as righteous through the sacrifice that Your Son Jesus endured. I ask this in Jesus name, amen.

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Posted by: robert0199 | December 12, 2017

Yet Have Regard

(2 Chronicles 6:19 ESV)
Yet have regard to the prayer of your servant and to his plea, O LORD my God, listening to the cry and to the prayer that your servant prays before you,

Often when we pray, especially when the prayer is about something that is important, we implore God to listen to our plea; and the prayer we pray. We want to be sure that God is attending to our need. We know from our reading of the scriptures and seeing all of the prayers said and the responses received that God does attend to our prayer and does listen to and respond to our plea. Yet, we still feel at times when it is important that we must do more than simply pray to the Lord but we also feel the need to ask Him to listen.

Heavenly Father, From our reading of the scriptures we have the assurance that You listen to and respond to our prayers as is appropriate for us and at the right time that will be most beneficial to us. May we be so certain that Your are attending to our prayer that we have no need to add a plea for You to listen to the prayer we set before You. I ask this in Jesus name, amen.

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Posted by: robert0199 | December 10, 2017

Turn Back

(2 Kings 20:5 ESV)
“Turn back, and say to Hezekiah the leader of my people, Thus says the LORD, the God of David your father: I have heard your prayer; I have seen your tears. Behold, I will heal you. On the third day you shall go up to the house of the LORD,

Hezekiah had been told by Isaiah that he was to set his house in order because he would die. Hezekiah then prayed to the Lord that he would live. The above verse is the Lord’s response to Hezekiah’s prayer. Isaiah is to go back and tell him that the Lord had heard him. He would be healed and in three days would go to the Lord’s house. Fifteen years would be added to Hezekiah’s life. This is another time when the Lord immediately responded to a prayer giving an answer to the person who prayed. In our culture it is much more difficult to hear the Lord’s response because of the societal distractions that are present and the lack of men who listen to the Lord. We in this age are taking in faith that the Lord responds to our prayers even when it does not appear that He has.

Heavenly Father, Our reading of the scripture tells us that You respond to our prayers. In this age we often take that on faith rather than seeing direct intervention in our lives. May we be certain that you hear and respond to our prayers even when we do not perceive that you have acted. I ask this in Jesus name, amen.

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Posted by: robert0199 | December 9, 2017

Then Isaiah

(2 Kings 19:20 ESV)
Then Isaiah the son of Amoz sent to Hezekiah, saying, “Thus says the LORD, the God of Israel: Your prayer to me about Sennacherib king of Assyria I have heard.

It would make life a lot easier, if when we have an important decision or when something has gone totally wrong, if after we have prayed a prophet would come to us to tell us that the Lord has heard our prayer. This was true for Hezekiah when after he had Prayed about Sennacherib Isaiah came to him and declared that the Lord had heard his prayer. It would have been a relief to Hezekiah to know that the Lord had heard his prayer. It would be a relief to us to know that the Lord has heard us. Too often though we have to rely on what is written in the Scriptures about the faithfulness of the Lord and that He hears and answers our prayer.

Heavenly Father, As people who pray to You we have faith that You hear our prayer. In this passage You made it clear to Hezekiah that You heard his prayer. May we take what is written in this verse that you hear our prayers. I ask this in Jesus name, amen.

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Posted by: robert0199 | December 8, 2017

It May Be

(2 Kings 19:4 ESV)
It may be that the LORD your God heard all the words of the Rabshakeh, whom his master the king of Assyria has sent to mock the living God, and will rebuke the words that the LORD your God has heard; therefore lift up your prayer for the remnant that is left.”

Rabshakeh had said that no city he had attacked was able to stand before him and that Jerusalem would not be saved by their God and the people in the city should give themselves over to him. Hezekiah was told to lift up his prayer to the Lord that the Lord would rebuke the words Rabshakeh had spoken and he would not be able to take the city.

Heavenly Father, When we are in a very difficult situation we sometimes need to be encouraged to pray and bring to you what is happening that you can intervene in the situation and help us to resolve it relieving our anxiety. May we when things look grim come to You in prayer for help and guidance in our lives that we will be able to move beyond the problem to its resolution bringing honor to Your name. I ask this in Jesus name, amen.

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Posted by: robert0199 | December 7, 2017

And When the Syrians

(2 Kings 6:18 ESV)
And when the Syrians came down against him, Elisha prayed to the LORD and said, “Please strike this people with blindness.” So he struck them with blindness in accordance with the prayer of Elisha.

When Elisha prayed and asked the Lord to strike the Syrians with blindness he fully expected the Lord to do what he asked. The Lord having heard Elisha’s prayer did so and the Syrians were struch blind so that they could not find Elisha. When you pray such a specific prayer do you expect the Lord to act, and have you witnessed His response to your prayer? This is how the Lord builds your trust in Him and that he will respond. He allows you to see what He does for you that your faith and trust in Him are enhanced.

Heavenly Father, In our culture it is difficult to have faith and trust that you will answer prayer. There are so many ways to resolve a problem presented by various people who do not encourage you to pray. Have a disease go to the physician and do what he tells you to bring about healing, but he will usually not mention that prayer will enhance the process. Have too little finances look to respected financial advisors who will suggest ways to enhance your income and retain what you have, but they will not tell you to good to the Lord in prayer and seek His wisdom. It is up to you to go to the Lord in prayer with your requests and to listen for the guidance He will provide to affect your healing or enhance your finances. May you go to the Lord in prayer before you seek your healing or advice about your finances as His wisdom and guidance are far above that which the world provides. I ask this in Jesus name, amen.

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