Wednesday, 28 January 2015
"And when you pray, you shall not be like the hypocrites. (pretenders) For they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the corners of the streets, that they may be seen by men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward." Matthew 6:5
The disciples asked Jesus how to pray, they didn't ask Him how to cast out demons, or heal the sick, or even how to raise the dead, they wanted to know how to effectively communicate with God! Their desire to be able to be like their Master came about because of the things He did in their sight, and they knew His personal relationship with the Father gave Him the power He displayed before them.
Jesus told the disciples to go into a place of privacy and to speak to their heavenly Father in secret and He would reward them, in other words go to God just like you would your earthly father and share your heart with Him, and He will answer you! Jesus also told them not to pray using vain repetition thinking they would be heard for their many words. Then He told them to pray in this manner giving them the Lord's prayer and the prayer itself, over time, turned into a vain repetition.
In order to hit the target one must develop an intimate relationship with God through prayer, fasting and meditation of His word. When you were a child you pretty well knew if you would get an answer from your father or mother because you knew them intimately and how they thought, and many times you would even know what they were going to say before they said it, so it is with God, as you begin to spend quality time with Him, you begin to know Him and His will for you, instead of praying in your car for five minutes in a panic!
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call to Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart. And I will be found by you, says the Lord. Jeremiah 29:11-14
PRAYING WITH A PURE HEART
"For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. "But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses." Matthew 6:14,15
In order for one to have a pure heart before God his conscience must be clear of unforgiveness and bitterness against others as well as any other sin that would hinder his prayers including arguments with your spouse. The line of communication must be clear for you to reach the Father in prayer and to confess your sins and trespasses to Him before you make request of Him is a good way to begin.
It is possible to walk in the Spirit with a pure heart before God praying and communicating with Him as you would with any other family member knowing that if there is an argument or a quarrel, the line of communication stops until their is reconciliation. Most men have experienced this with their wives that when there is a fight the women will sulk until the man asks for forgiveness and then she will begin to speak to him again. So it is with God, we being His bride and He being our Husband, we must remain in a constant peaceful relationship with one another.
There was once a monk named Brother Lawrence born in the 1600's who became a common cook in the monastery who learned to live in constant communication with God, even while he worked. He called this method "Practicing the Presence of God" in which he would pray and worship Him throughout every hour of the day and he said that this is what he will be doing throughout all eternity. We would do well to learn this practice in order to build a constant and consistent relationship with our heavenly Father and to enjoy His company continually as we seek to know Him better.
"If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. John 15:7
PRAYING IN FAITH BELIEVING
But let him ask in faith, without doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, being unstable in all his ways. James 1:6-8
We all have been given a measure of faith, but unless we exercise that faith it will not grow, but remain in a dormant state like seed that is not planted and it will bear no fruit. Most of the people I have observed over the years who claim to be followers of Jesus never exhibit any faith but continue to rely on the world and the natural realm of things instead of taking God at His word and stepping out in faith, trusting Him with all of their heart.
Jesus warned His disciples to beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and the leaven of Herod meaning that the Pharisees represented a worldly religious mindset like we have today, and Herod represented a political world view in which we also have, where the church refuses to trust God, but rallies for their country and practices a hypocritical religious ritual to be seen by men. This is the reason we see very few miracles today, because God's people are polluted with a politically correct religious leaven of unbelief that has become a stagnant pool, unable to flow with God's Spirit.
In order to see the glorious miracles, signs and wonders of the Lord Jesus Christ you will have to step out of your boat of unbelief and trust Him as Peter did when he walked on water. We, the body of Christ are called to be like Him in the earth and to pray in faith, believing Him for the miraculous in order for the world to see Him and be transformed by His glorious power. If you have been suffocating in a religious box of unbelief that promotes submission to men and the world, come out and stretch out your wings of faith and begin to exercise that which God has given you to fulfill His purpose in you.
The effective; fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain; and it did not rain for three years six months. And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth produced its fruit. James 5:16-18
Your servant in Christ, Tim Laughlin
Monday, 19 January 2015
Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty (inaccessible) things, which you do not know. Jeremiah 33:3
Prayer is our line of communication with God, but many who pray don't receive an answer quickly so they give up. In order for one to hit the target he must first take aim, and to aim in prayer is to be specific in our requests and not just generalize our prayer such as, God save the world, a noble request indeed, but like firing your gun in the air it will not hit the target. Why you ask, doesn't God want to save the world, yes He does, but He wants us to do it on a one on one basis, unless of course He chooses to bring about a revival of souls.
Take for instance the time Jesus was called to the grave of Lazarus His friend who had died and was entombed some four days. Jesus said, "Lazarus, come forth!" If He had just said, "Come forth!" the whole graveyard would have been raised from the dead, but Jesus was specific in His prayer and His friend was raised. God told Jeremiah to call to Him, and He would answer, a simple statement but a promise for us to stand upon when asking for a specific answer. In order to begin we must select a target and then we send our request to God in faith, believing, He will answer and then we resist the powers of darkness who come to deflect our prayer through fear, doubt and unbelief.
But is our prayer in God's will, the answer is: His will is His word and in His word you will find His will because He has given us some eight thousand promises to remind Him of that which He has promised us. This is where a lot of people get hung up on the question of God's will, is it, or isn't it? The Holy Spirit is our scope on our rifle of prayer and in most cases He will reveal to you whether or not something you are requesting is in the perfect will of God.
Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart. Jeremiah 29:12,13
PRAYING IN THE SPIRIT
For he who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God, for no one understands him; however, in the spirit he speaks mysteries. I Corinthians 14:2
Speaking in tongues is in itself a mystery gift from the Lord in that it is in most cases misunderstood, but vital in our quest to be able to see our requests in prayer answered. An unknown language that only the Lord understands, unless of course someone receives an interpretation. In order to receive this gift one must first be baptized in the Holy Spirit and then the Spirit will give the divine utterance.
The gift of tongues was used on the day of Pentecost where one hundred twenty disciples of Jesus spoke to 3000 people in their own language, and as a result of being able to hear the gospel, they were saved. There are a variety of tongues and their manifestation is led by the Holy Spirit's direction for us to use in certain circumstances which we otherwise would not know what to do. This gift is not connected to our brain as some would tend to think, but comes out of our innermost being like the saying says: rivers of living water!
When we are praying for a certain request to be answered we can use our "Prayer language" or in other words, our own personal gift of tongues to obtain in the Spirit, that which we are desiring from the Lord. This gift empowers us to be lifted up into the realm of the Spirit, outside of the natural human understanding and enables us to communicate directly to the throne of our heavenly Father.
Therefore let him who speaks in a tongue pray that he may interpret. For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my understanding is unfruitful. What is the conclusion then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will also pray with the understanding. I will sing with the spirit, and I will also sing with the understanding. I Corinthians 14:13-15
God who gives life to the dead and calls those things which do not exist as though they did. Roman 4:17
Creative power is the ability to call things into existence that don't otherwise exist. This miraculous power is given to us by the Holy Spirit and is available to us to perform extraordinary miracles, signs and wonders in order to receive the answer to our request. Jesus employed this gift to raise the dead, open blind eyes and to walk on water, something totally impossible in the natural realm of nature.
Ezekiel was shown a graveyard of dry and dusty bones and was asked the question, "Can these bones live?" Ezekiel answered and said, "O Lord you know." Then God told him to prophesy to the breath to come from the four winds and breathe on these slain that they might live. To prophesy is to say what God says, and to prophesy to the breath is to ask for the Holy Spirit's power to call into existence that which does not exist. When we use this supernatural creative power in faith, believing God for a miraculous outcome, His Spirit begins to do that which God has spoken through the mouth of His servants.
Several years ago we had a young man overdose on heroin in our home in which he had come to be delivered and he had his dealer drop off several hundred dollars of heroin and cocaine in our mailbox in which he later retrieved and shot up that night while we were asleep. When I found him the next morning he was dead and cold with dried blood on his shirt having aspirated on a lethal dose of heroin and cocaine. Without hesitation we called 911 and began to pray in desperation and in forty five minutes he began to breathe and God was beginning to work on his behalf. Later at the hospital they were going to un-hook him from life support when the Spirit had me go by his room and blow upon him the breath of life and when they took out his life support his eyes opened and he got out of the hospital free from brain damage, and today is married with a son, set free and raised from the dead!
So I prophesied as He commanded me, and breath came into them, and they lived, and stood on their feet, an exceedingly great army. Ezekiel 37:10
Your servant in Christ, Tim Laughlin
Monday, 12 January 2015
Pharaoh commanded all his people, saying, "Every son who is born to the Hebrews you shall cast into the river, and every daughter you shall save alive."Exodus 1:22
The people of God went into Egypt for food to be given out by one of their own home grown sons, Joseph, whom his brothers had sold into slavery. At the time of their arrival the reigning Pharaoh was cordial but as time went on a new Pharaoh came into power with malice in his heart for the people of Israel, and they were put into slavery and divided up under cruel taskmasters. The story of Israel's bondage is a type and shadow of things to come for the body of Christ, and as a deliverer would be sent to Israel to set them free, there is also a Deliverer coming for us, the Lord Jesus Christ.
As Israel labored in the mud pits of Egypt for four hundred plus years, there began to be rumors of a deliverer as they cried out to God for freedom from their bondage. Moses was about to be born when Pharaoh got wind of the prophetic vision of a deliverer coming to set God's people free! About the time of his birth Pharaoh gave a decree to kill the new born sons of Israel so Moses's mother put him in a basket and set him afloat down the river where Pharaoh's daughter found him and raised him up in the kingdom of Egypt to one day become a prince.
Moses was eventually exiled and sent into the wilderness where he became a shepherd and met God in the burning bush and was told to deliver His people. He was eighty years old when he confronted Pharaoh and told him to let God's people go. I believe this story is a prophetic warning for us to be aware of the signs of the times and to expect our Deliverer yet to come. Three times in history there has been a great slaughter of the innocent children before the deliverer comes and today is no different, because fifty million babies have been slaughtered through abortion, another sign of His return!
For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope. Romans 15:4
A VOICE WAS HEARD IN RAMAH
Then Herod, when he saw that he was deceived by the wise men, was exceedingly angry; and he sent forth and put to death all the male children who were in Bethlehem and in all its districts, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had determined from the wise men. Matthew 2:16
A Messiah was prophesied to come and set Israel free from her bondage and to be Ruler over His people, but the reigning king was furious and put out a decree to kill the male children. This is the second slaughter of the innocents in the history of the Jewish people in order to wipe out this deliverer and to continue the evil kingdom of Herod, but God intervened and sent Mary and Joseph into the desert to protect the newly born King, Jesus.
From the time of Moses's birth until he became the deliverer of Israel was eighty years, from the time of Jesus's birth until He became the Lamb of God to become the sacrifice for our sins was approximately thirty years. This slaughter of the innocents seems to be Satan's feeble attempt although diabolical in nature to destroy any chance of a deliverer to free God's people. From the very beginning of time the devil has tried to wipe out anything that God had created, starting with Adam and throughout biblical history there has been a spiritual war raging against the kingdom of God!
We would do well to recognize these signs given in scripture as a warning for us all to see the coming glory of the Lord Jesus Christ as He returns to rule and reign in righteousness and peace, defeating the powers of darkness and establishing an eternal kingdom on earth, as it is in Heaven!
"A voice was heard in Ramah, lamentation, weeping, and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children, refusing to be comforted, because they are no more." Matthew 2:18
A SIGN APPEARED IN HEAVEN
And another sign appeared in Heaven: behold, a great, fiery red dragon having seven heads and ten horns, and seven diadems on his heads. His tail drew a third of the stars of Heaven and threw them to the earth. And the dragon stood before the woman who was ready to give birth, to devour her Child as soon as it was born. Revelation 12:3,4
From the time of Satan's expulsion from Heaven and his influence to seduce one third of the angels to follow him there has been war raging against God's kingdom. Throughout history the devil has tried his dead level best to defeat the people of God, whether Israel of old, or today, the body of Christ.
As the end of all things approaches and we await our Savior's return, Satan is once again slaughtering the innocents in order to destroy any possibility of Christ's return in the flesh, in other words I believe he is covering all his bases. In 1973 abortion was made legal in America and according to the Guttmacher Institute, from that time fifty million innocent children have been slaughtered in the name of "Choice!" This makes Adolf Hitler look like Ned in the first reader, only killing six million Jews. Wake up and smell the death that hangs in the air over this country like a dark cloud, the land of the free and home of the brave has become a killing field!
This abomination is like no other in the history of the world where a seemingly Christian nation has allowed the murder of their unborn to be a legal form of birth control and a way to end an unwanted pregnancy. It seems like the war on this issue has been silenced with politicians afraid to confront a small band of liberal women and just sweep it under the carpet, but God has not forgotten! Imagine the Father grieving as He sees His beloved children butchered, brains sucked out, burned, poisoned and left to die in waste baskets, squirming in their blood in some darkened kill floor, as we point our self-righteous fingers at every other country for their atrocities as we continue to slaughter the innocents of this land! May God have mercy!
For He who said, "Do not commit adultery," also said, "Do not murder." Now if you do not commit adultery, but you do murder, you have become a transgressor of the law. So speak and so do as those who will be judged by the law of liberty. For judgment is without mercy to the one who has shown no mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment. James 2:11-13
Your servant in Christ, Tim Laughlin