Praying without ceasing

Whatever your religion,
There are many things
You must dispel completely
From your life;
Those things that stand
On your way to God.
If you cannot think of any,
I do think of many;
Topping the list is doubt;
When doubt takes hold,
Your faith must suffer;
You must get rid of doubt
And believe.
God is real and almighty.
This, I believe, wholly.
And prayer is the engine
Of my life.
I will pray without ceasing.

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Praying for you

What am I doing
For you?
I am praying for you;
If you hate me,
Know that I am
Praying for you;
It doesn’t matter
How deeply
You hate me;
Know that I am
Praying for you;
If you are trying
To stand on my way,
Know that I am
Praying for you;
If you are rejoicing
Over my misfortune,
Know that I am
Praying for you.
That is what I always do;
And what
I will always do.
I pray for you;
I will always pray
For you;
May I always pray for you,
Regardless of who you are,
And what you do.

Covenant of Faith

God set forth an impossible undertaking when He challenged my capabilities to be the best at something I never imagined possible. But then it occurred to me – how many others seem to be on a quest for Jesus? They do not realize the disillusionment of the deserts.

I often wonder how some people got started in life. What made them so great in their lifetime? For example, Nicodemus in the Book of John became a legend in the Jewish community as a ruler and teacher of Israel. Then there was an Indian lawyer called Ghandi, and a lady named Mother Teresa. Closer to home was a little boy called Billy, who took his Bible to school every day. He was such an avid reader, and he never gave up his desire to serve the Lord.

But many others are true to their heart, and they never waver from God’s ministry. In my personal life, it’s a profound feeling of a great success to serve the Almighty. It comes with abounding rewards and grace. Now I should ask, where is the Holy Spirit in your life?

It could be too easy to stop my ministry of writing. I’d load the kayaks in the back of my pickup truck and head to the lake. Not a bad idea, but God puts His trust in me to bring others to His kingdom. My reward for faithfulness? I am so blessed in every waking moment. I’m sure my words may confuse you, but my closest friends and family know my priority is to serve the Father.

Too many believers “toe the line” in their commitment to serve our Lord. They pray for answers but give up when there’s no immediate response. Sometimes we look for answers within this world only to discover God is already working on our healing.

If you want to see faith at work, then don’t look at a three-piece suit parading up on a stage, shaking a Bible at our Almighty. That’s blasphemy – no! Let’s examine the heartbreaking scenes of the Bahamas. A mother stood in a bathroom with her three children praying to God for help in the disastrous times of Dorian. Do you think God didn’t hear her heart? (See the video below) Prayer is the only ammunition to combat evil.

https://youtu.be/SOHeYhT0LPw

With the mighty force of just one young mother, who guarded her three children in a bathroom, she brought together the strength of nations, ready to oblige her mission. What a world we could live in if we understood the destitution of our mental thoughts! Hopefully, many received the message for it was a great example of God working through His people.

God challenges us to be successful in His glory if we stay in prayer and never give up hope. Do not render your patience. As we kayak in God’s calm waters, do not evade the fact the calm waters are His too. He wants everyone to be successful and filled with hope. We shall armor ourselves in the covenant of faith for God ordained it to be ours.

God bless you, my friends, and all the survivors of Hurricane Dorian.


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Prayer for my need

Almighty God,
You are a God of miracles;
You can do everything
Including the impossible;
Here I am, O Father, desperate;
On my knees before you;
You know my problem;
You know my need;
You know what I am going through right now;
Please, Father,
Do something for me;
Solve this problem for me;
Put a smile on my face;
Give me the best solution;
I know you can do it now;
You never fail those who
Put their trust in you;
My hope is in you;
Do something for me now;
Thank you!

Our Father Prayer

Are you familiar with the Pater Noster prayer? In a Christian denomination other than Catholic, you could be as it’s better known as The Lord’s Prayer. Jesus ascribed the 1,968-year-old words to His disciples when they asked Him how to pray on a hillside overlooking the Sea of Galilee. The original prayer, dated 80 AD, is found in Luke 11:2-4 and the completion of it, in 85 AD, is in Matthew 6:9-13. Matthew’s version is the most popular in churches today.

Though translated from many different languages, this manual of Christian instruction remains the foundation of the Christian church and is most sacred to believers. The Apostle Paul taught this prayer to the Gentiles as a guideline to their faith in God.

Prayer makes our relationship with the Lord stronger. The history of the eight steps in the Lord’s Prayer is truly all we need in life to follow the resurrection of Christ. Jesus nailed it on the head in its description below:

STEP 1

Jesus told us to direct this prayer to God, the Father only – not the Holy Spirit, angels, or dead saints. Since we are God’s children, as is Jesus, we are to start the prayer with Our Father.

It clearly sets the rules God is in heaven and man on earth, and each has their own role in creation.

STEP 2

The word hallowed describes God’s nature. It means “holy”, “whole”, “wholesome”, and “heal”. We recite this word because He is altogether good; therefore, He cannot send sickness, trouble, accidents, or death.

STEP 3

The kingdom referred to in step three is God’s kingdom in heaven. Jesus is referring to the End Times; a constant and powerful reminder every person will eventually kneel before the Lord. These words are great to remember when we face adversity in life.

STEP 4

It is God’s promise He will return to earth to eradicate evil, sin, and Satan. Therefore, surrender your life to Him by following His commandments and upholding His control of your life. The great Lord is the only person we are to follow in our journey on earth and in heaven. Our submissive duty is to help establish the Kingdom of God on earth. Try to discover the thing God intends you to do and do it… you will find that all doors will open to you.

STEP 5

God is our Great Provider, not only spiritually but with the physical supplies, we need to accomplish His Will in this world. This includes money, food, shelter, and people who support His higher purpose. However, God cannot magically offer food so we can and should help one another in overcoming specific difficulties.

STEP 6

What a powerful reminder we must always forgive others if we want God to forgive our sins! Sin, the major fall of man, separates us from God and is rooted in selfishness as we try to live without Him. This passage also includes forgiving ourselves to alleviate guilt and experience the ultimate joy of life. Set yourself free!

STEP 7

Because man is born into sin and can make bad choices in life, wickedness resides amongst us on earth. Spiritual warfare is very real, and it’s as viral as a plague. God will deliver us in times of distress if we pray for His help to deliver us from the evil.

STEP 8

The word Yours is referring to Jesus’ Father in heaven. Another revelation, it expresses we are not to be disturbed or overwhelmed by the nations and governments which rule this world. Jesus will defeat all evil tyranny on earth, so stay focused on what is coming! His powerful Kingdom will reign forever.

There aren’t mightier words than the Lord’s Prayer. I look about as corruption and hatred exist at every intersection of life. It is just as Jesus described it would be in the End Times. Devout Christians are the chosen recipients to follow Jesus’ footsteps. Evangelization can help correct the world’s wrong, so let’s start by teaching someone Our Father Prayer.

Lord, I pray, we will not be lead into temptation for the world is full of Satan’s sins. The Bible is clear… in the end days, we will fight for our own preservation. There will be no million-dollar churches or smooth-talking ministers to save us; only the words of Jesus. The Lord’s Prayer will sustain a whole lifetime of prayer.

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Faith for Two

It’s common to hide in the shadows of doubt. We often exhibit some kind of fear – either instilled at a young age or because of a subliminal act which caused us to become negative. Living in faith or placing trust in something you cannot directly touch sometimes seems almost impossible.

On the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus taught of the futility of worrying about things you cannot control. He used the example of food and clothing, but His message was unmistakable–seek the kingdom of God, trust in your Father, and He will provide for you!

Matthew 6:25-27

25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?

One of my favorite sayings is “where there is fear there is no FAITH.” You can’t have both fear and faith! But, sometimes in life, those weakened by illness need a little support from those whose faith is a bit stronger. I find myself in a position, more times than not, administering to those who need help. God often speaks in scriptures of our duty, as Christians, to bear another’s burdens and give encouragement to others. It shines the example of His precious love. Having faith for two is so essential.

Jesus cured the lame and sick in the name of God. He never questioned this gift to heal the sick nor the strength of His conviction, which came from His Father. We have the same capabilities, believe or not, if we overcome our fears; for example, can you imagine how Moses, an ex-murderer, felt when God asked him to lead all the Israelites out of Egypt and across the Red Sea? He must have been scared out of his wits, but he had enough faith for all forty thousand people to succeed.

What about Noah? He was mystified by God’s request to build an ark because God was going to flood the earth of all sin. Could he hold the faith for two? The townspeople laughed and mocked him as he built the boat which would carry the future generations of life. Through the worries he faced, his mission was successful anyway because we are here today to relay the bible story.

On a personal level, my wife held the faith for two as she sought to find me after a thirty-two-year hiatus in our friendship. She finally found me in 2016, and God supported our dream of publishing my book and having a beautiful marriage. Our story of incredible odds leads me to believe it was only God involved in our success story. As many of you know, my wife had a scarf with a severe health issue. I know there were times her faith wavered amid a grim diagnosis; but I carried her, in my faith for two, and God took care of the rest.

We should examine ourselves and understand we have the strength to carry our loved ones through difficult times. Staying in prayer, uplifting each other’s spirit, and asking for God’s guidance will supply you with everything you need. It is empowering to know God will transform our body and soul when we carry the faith for two.

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The Hardest Thing To Do Is… Listen

We found our way around the yachts parked in their cradles. An empty spot was right next to the dock. We quietly got ready to embark, and the cloudless skies made us wonder how far off heaven was from the pier. The snoozing seagulls perched on the post tops. As we set sail, the gentle breeze bellowed the fabric, and God became our propulsion. The shores of the water looked so endless. It was a beautiful Saturday morning, and no place would I’d rather be than with my love and God at the helm. He created this perfect world of pristine water, and all we had to do was sit and watch Him work.

Sometimes it is difficult to accept God is with us day in and day out. Just as sailing into the open blue, we do not realize we are always at His mercy. Many times our sails luff and we pray as though we ran aground. As hard as life is, even doctors can do little to relieve discomfort. In the distress of my wife’s health, I’m left standing in a vacuum for everywhere I look, I see the remnants of the doctor’s aura.

So, I turn to God and ask Him if He has a minute. The hardest thing to do is… listen and wait for His messages. Our faith is only part of the process. Listening for His answers and reacting accordingly is the trick, so we must have a seeking heart. We should talk to Him as though he is a brother and reveal our frustrations, fears, and doubts. God will teach us how to recognize the difference between His voice and just our thoughts.

Find a location to be with Christ and His great mercy. The Lord always has a place open to sit with me, especially on this endless journey my wife and I have encountered today. I wish I could run away and take her sailing to the place called heaven, but it’s not time yet. God gave us responsibilities we must partake and fulfill. Instead,  I will sit with God and try to understand what advice I need to listen to and praise His great gifts. He united the two of us for some much-needed healing in our difficult road of life. So, I will carry her in every way I can possible. In His strength, we will travel as far as the Lord’s work will need us to go for He isn’t done with either of us yet.

The hardest thing to do is listen for God’s words, but if you acknowledge His involvement in your life, you will always recognize His heaven sent voice. Praise God! It’s our intimate relationship with Him that counts.

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If God does not answer your prayer


There are people who believe that God does not answer prayer.  What about you? This makes them not to pray because, to them it is a waste of time. They are certain God will not respond no matter how fervently they pray.

One can understand why people would think this way. They have prayed and prayed but God has given a deaf ear to them or so it seems. We have seen how very prayerful people have had terrible misfortunes even though they prayed hard to avert them. Not long ago, there was a plane crash in Ethiopia in which almost two hundred people died. We saw many of them engrossed in prayer. They prayed so hard as never before for God’s intervention to save their lives. Yet, God did not respond or so it seemed since all of them perished in that accident. Hence, is it any use praying? Is prayer not a waste of time?

 Prayer is not a waste of time. God answers prayers.

“The Lord is near to all who call upon him,

To all who call upon him in truth.” (Psalm 145:18.)

Billions of people pray every day and God answers their prayers. In a different post we shall give you spellbinding stories of prayers that were dramatically answered. This is how it should be. We are told,

“Ask and it will be given to you;

seek and you will find;

knock and the door will be opened to you.” Matt. 7:7.

These words are an invitation to prayer. Jesus Christ assures us, ”If you ask anything in my name, I will do it.” (John 14:14)

Still in the Gospel of John, he tells us, “Truly, truly, I say to you, if you ask the Father for anything in my name, He will give it to you” (John 16:23).

There should be no doubt that God answers prayers. However, God does not answer all prayers. He does not answer prayers that don’t qualify to be answered. Qualified to be answered? Yes! Prayer must qualify to be answered before it is answered. Let us take a look at what will make prayer not to be answered.

  1. Prayer that is not according to his will. Some of the things we ask in prayer are not things we should ask God. If you pray for an evil plan to succeed. Do you expect God to grant that prayer. Of course, your evil plane could succeed and you think God has answered your prayer. He has not. The devil came in to deceive you. In due time you will pay heavily.
  2. God cannot answer prayers that go against his plan. A good example is praying that someone whose time has come to leave the world should not die. Death is inevitable in life. It is in God’s plan for all humans. There comes a time when we must die. When that time comes, no matter how we pray to stay alive, we cannot stop death from coming.
  3. Praying in sin or disobedience. If we pray when we have sinned but failed to confess our sin, God cannot hear our prayer. Disobedience of God is sin and if we disobey we do not merit his listening ear.
  4. We carry hate in our heart and refuse to forgive others. If we harden our hearts on others, how can we expect God to listen to us and grant our plea?
  5. Not the right time. The time has not come for that prayer to be answered.
  6. ‘Yes’ is not good for us. People often say God has not answered their prayer because they were expecting only a ‘yes’. Unfortunately, God will see that ‘yes’ is not good for us and so will not answer.

We need to have it clear that God answers prayers but not prayers that go against his will. We must meet his conditions for him to answer our prayer.

God answers prayers in many ways. You need to know how God answers prayers. This will enable you to know when he has answered your prayer. There are many people whose prayers are answered but they do not know it because they do not master how God answers prayers. Make sure that God does not answer your prayer and you continue to pray for the same intention merely because you are not aware that he has answered it.

 It is also important to know that although God answers prayers, it does not suffice to pray just anyhow and sit back and expect God to answer your prayer. You must learn how to pray well.  If you don’t pray well, your prayer will not reach God.

A prayer is like the key of a door. God is like the lock on the door. If you have the key, which is the prayer, and you do not fit it well into the keyhole and turn rightly, the door will not open.  You must pray well for your prayer to reach God’s ears, get his attention and get his response.

How does God answer prayers?

God answers prayers in many ways

God does not answer prayers only in one way. He answers prayers in many ways. Some of the ways are easy to see. Others are not.

  1. He can give you what you ask for.

God can answer your prayer by giving you exactly what you ask for. For instance, if you pray for a job, He may give you a job. If you do not have a child and ask for a child, He may decide to you a child; which is exactly what you prayed for. If you are in need of money and pray for it, God may decide to give you exactly the amount you have asked for. God has answered many prayers this way. Thus, it is not far-fetched when we say God answers prayers.

However, do not expect God to send things to come flying to you. If he decides to give you what you want,

  1. He may send somebody to give it to you. If you need 100.000 francs and pray for it, God could send someone with a hundred thousand francs to give you. It has happened.
  2. He may lead you to someone who can give you the money.
  3. He may put an idea in your mind about how to get 100.000 francs.  If, for instance, you pray that he should make you rich, he may give you a business idea that can make you rich. If you pick it up and work on it in ways that he prescribes, you will get the riches you desire. He could give you an idea like to write a book which will make you rich. If you are having problems in your marriage and pray about it, He could decide to drop the idea of attending a marriage enrichment course into your mind. When you do the course and follow what you are taught, you will find your marriage enriched.
  4. He may send you to where you will find what you want. For instance, you may pray for a partner and God will send you to a Church group where you will find the spouse who best suits you.
  • Refusal to give what you ask for

God can answer your prayer by refusal. This means he may refuse to give you what you have asked for. The reason, in this case will be that what you want is not good for you even though the desire for it may be burning in your heart. There are times you have a burning desire for something and feel you cannot do without it. You will pray ardently that God should give it to you. Yet, God who knows everything will know that it is not good for you; and that by the way, you can do without it. Hence, he will refuse to give it to you. When he does this, the tendency will be to see it negatively.  It should not be seen negatively. It is for your good. Rather than abandon you through this refusal, God has protected your interest.

  • By placing an obstacle on your path

There are different ways God can refuse to give you what you ask for. One way is to place and obstacle on your path to prevent you from pursuing the course you want to pursue. He will do this if the course you want to pursue is not good for you. Probably, if you insist, you may land in trouble.

  • God can delay the answer

There are times when God wants to give you exactly what you have asked for, but decides to delay it. If he finds that the time is not ripe, he will wait until it is ripe. Some people may take this delay to be refusal on God’s part to answer their prayer. It is not refusal. We usually say God’s delays are not God’s denials.

Be vigilant when you pray

You have to be vigilant when you pray not to miss God’s answers to your prayers.  He never fails to pay attention to those obedient servants who, in faith, turn to him in prayer. “The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.” (9 James. 5:16)

“If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.” (John 15:7)

But know also that he may or may not give exactly what you ask for. He may even refuse to give it if that is for your good. He may delay it to a better time. He may give an alternative which is better than what you prayed for. The most important thing is that you have faith in him and in prayers; and pray believing he will answer your prayer if what you ask for is good for you.

“And all things you ask in prayer believing, you will receive.” ( Matt. 21:22)