Friday, July 19, 2019

Spiritual Formation,
Growth, and Development
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12 I write unto you, little children, because your sins are forgiven you for his name’s sake. 13 I write unto you, fathers, because ye have known him that is from the beginning. I write unto you, young men, because ye have overcome the wicked one. I write unto you, little children, because ye have known the Father. 14 I have written unto you, fathers, because ye have known him that is from the beginning. I have written unto you, young men, because ye are strong, and the word of God abideth in you, and ye have overcome the wicked one. 1 John 2:12–14 (KJV)

"The words of John (I John 2:12-14) to little children, to young men, and to fathers suggest the thought that there often are in the Christian life three great stages of experience. The first, that of the new-born child, with the assurance and the joy of forgiveness. The second, the transition stage of struggle and growth in knowledge and strength: young men growing strong, God’s word doing its work in them and giving them victory over the Evil One. And then the final stage of maturity and ripeness: the Fathers, who have entered deeply into the knowledge and fellowship of the Eternal One."

Andrew Murray, With Christ in the School of Prayer: Thoughts on our Training for the Ministry of Intercession, (New York: Fleming H. Revell Co., 1895), WORDsearch CROSS e-book, 196.




Thursday, July 18, 2019

In My Name (Continued)

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13 And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. John 14:13 (KJV)

14 If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it. John 14:14

17 And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him. Col 3:17

“We see thus that everything depends on our own relation to the Name: the power it has on my life is the power it will have in my prayers. There is more than one expression in Scripture which can make this clear to us. When it says, ‘Do all in the Name of the Lord Jesus,’ we see how this is the counterpart of the other, ‘Ask all.’ To do all and to ask all in His Name, these go together. When we read, ‘We shall walk in the Name of our God,’ we see how the power of the Name must rule in the whole life; only then will it have power in prayer. It is not to the lips but to the life God looks to see what the Name is to us. When Scripture speaks of ‘men who have given their lives for the Name of the Lord Jesus,’ or of one ‘ready to die for the Name of the Lord Jesus,’ we see what our relation to the Name must be: when it is everything to me, it will obtain everything for me. If I let it have all I have, it will let me have all it has.”

Andrew Murray, With Christ in the School of Prayer: Thoughts on our Training for the Ministry of Intercession, (New York: Fleming H. Revell Co., 1895), WORDsearch CROSS e-book, 190-191.


Tuesday, July 16,2019

In My Name: The All-Prevailing Plea
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13 And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. John 14:13 (KJV)

14 If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it. John 14:14

16 Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you. John 15:16

23 And in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you. 24 Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full. John 16:23–24

26 At that day ye shall ask in my name: and I say not unto you, that I will pray the Father for you: John 16:26
The promises of prayers answered: whatsoever you ask, anything you ask, it shall be done all all based on the all-prevailing please: in Jesus’ name. “In Jesus’ Name” is not a glib polite closure of a prayer. It is the heart and soul of it.


Monday, July 15, 2019

A Tool for Prayer
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9 Pray then like this: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. 10 Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. 11 Give us this day our daily bread, 12 and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. 13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Matt 6:9–13 (ESV)

The Hexagon is not part of Murray’s book,
With Christ in the School of Prayer but has become a useful tool for prayer at GracePoint. It was mentioned again in Adam’s sermon yesterday. It is a diagram of the Lord’s Prayer.

Lord teach us to pray.



Friday, July 12, 2019

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1 I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. 2 Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit. 3 Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you. 4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. 5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. 6 If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned. 7 If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. 8 Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples. 9 As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love. 10 If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love. 11 These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full. 12 This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you. 13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. 14 Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you. 15 Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you. 16 Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you. John 15:1–16 (KJV)

The abiding believer is one who will produce fruit, more fruit, much fruit, and abiding (remaining) fruit.

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, Gal 5:22 (ESV)

Thursday, July 11, 2019

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7 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 (ESV)

“Prayer is not monologue but dialogue; God’s voice in response to mine in its most essential part. Listening to God’s voice is the secret of the assurance that He will listen to mine. ‘Incline thine ear, and hear;’ ‘Give ear to me;’ Hearken to my voice;’ are words which God speaks to man as well as man to God. His hearkening will depend on ours; the entrance His words find with me, will be the measure of the power of my words with Him. What God’s words are to me, is the test of what He Himself is to me, and so of the uprightness of my desire after Him in prayer.”

(Murray)

Pray is a conversation. When a little child talks with her father it is more than monologue or dialogue. It is a conversation of affection shared between the dearest of relationships.

Teach me O Lord to pray. To come before You in humility and affection, and yet boldly to kneel before Thy throne of grace. It is more than
a little talk with Jesus that I seek, that was a lovely song, and I still think of it with affection. But I long for my heart and mind to be in unity with Yours. I long for Your thoughts to be my thoughts and Your ways to be my ways, even as the branch bears fruit from the Vine. Amen.


Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Believing and Doing the Word of God

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7 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 (ESV)

“It is on this hearing the voice, that the power both to obey and believe depends. The chief thing is, not to know what God has said we must do, but that God Himself says it to us. It is not the law, and not the book, not the knowledge of what is right, that works obedience, but the personal influence of God and His living fellowship. And even so it is not the knowledge of what God has promised, but the presence of God Himself as the Promiser, that awakens faith and trust in prayer. It is only in the full presence of God that disobedience and unbelief become impossible.”

Andrew Murray, With Christ in the School of Prayer: Thoughts on our Training for the Ministry of Intercession, (New York: Fleming H. Revell Co., 1895), WORDsearch CROSS e-book, 173.


46 And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say? Luke 6:46 (KJV)

28 But he said, Yea rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it. Luke 11:28

It is the transforming power of God that gives the prayer warrior the ability not only to hear His Word, but to live it. All of salvation is the work of God. Our part is to believe.


Tuesday, July 9, 2019


A Daily Dialogue with Deity

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“It is on this hearing the voice, that the power 7 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 (ESV)

“It is on this hearing the voice, that the power both to obey and believe depends. The chief thing is, not to know
what God has said we must do, but that God Himself says it to us. It is not the law, and not the book, not the knowledge of what is right, that works obedience, but the personal influence of God and His living fellowship. And even so it is not the knowledge of what God has promised, but the presence of God Himself as the Promiser, that awakens faith and trust in prayer. It is only in the full presence of God that disobedience and unbelief become impossible.”

Andrew Murray, With Christ in the School of Prayer: Thoughts on our Training for the Ministry of Intercession, (New York: Fleming H. Revell Co., 1895), WORDsearch CROSS e-book, 173.


This is a healthy reminder not to worship the Bible but it’s Author. To read in it regularly, prayerfully, before Him in the prayer closet is a holy thing. It is not the Bible that speaks to us but God, Himself.

Let O Lord our ears hear, what saith the Lord. Amen.



Monday, July 8, 2019

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7 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 (ESV)

Before prayer, it is God’s word that prepares me for it by revealing what the Father has bid me ask. In prayer, it is God’s word strengthens me by giving my faith its warrant and its plea. And after prayer, it is God’s word that brings me the answer when I have prayed, for in it the Spirit gives me to hear the Father’s voice.”

Those who learn to pray without ceasing have learned to be in daily constant communion with God. Our communion with Him is communal and conversational. It is not a little talk with Jesus that makes things right. It is a constant awareness and appreciation of His abiding presence.

God does literally speak to those who abide in Him. But let us be careful to confirm what He may say to us in prayer with His written word.

Andrew Murray, With Christ in the School of Prayer: Thoughts on our Training for the Ministry of Intercession, (New York: Fleming H. Revell Co., 1895), WORDsearch CROSS e-book, 170.



Friday, July 5, 2019

The Promise and the Condition

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7 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 (ESV)

God’s promises and the conditions associated with them are inseparable. The nature of the Holy is unchanging. Our salvation is one by grace through faith. Christ did all that was necessary for us to have all that is entailed in salvation. Our principle part in the whole matter is to believe. Without faith it is impossible to please God. Salvation is free for those who meet the condition of faith. Our part is to believe.

He has promised that whatsoever we ask in His name will be granted. The principle of our receiving is in our abiding. If we draw close to God, He will draw close to us.

Why are so many prayers prayed but so little received? Does God keep His promises? Of course! Then we must ask ourselves are we living the condition associated with the promise? Do we abide in Christ? Is His life and our life so intertwined as vine and branch? Do we meet the condition for having a powerful prayer life? Then we have every reason to believe when we pray, God hears, and the request will be met.



Thursday, July 4, 2019

July 4, 17176 marks the Declaration of Independence of the united states of America form the rule of England. But for Christians the Cross of Christ makes us:

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Absolutely Free but Totally Dependent

31 So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, 32 and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” 33 They answered him, “We are offspring of Abraham and have never been enslaved to anyone. How is it that you say, ‘You will become free’?” 34 Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who practices sin is a slave to sin. 35 The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son remains forever. 36 So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. John 8:31–36 (KJV)

The Gospel calls us to freedom. We are free from the penalty of sin, the power of sin, and one day completely free from the presence of sin. But the Gospel does not call us to independence.

The Gospel calls us to dependence. All our chains are gone. But we willingly bow our knees and confess with our tongues that Jesus Christ is Lord. He is True Vine, we are the branches, we can do nothing without Him.


Wednesday, July 3, 2019

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12 “Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father. 13 Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it. John 14:12–14

“That the Father may be glorified in the Son: it is to this end that Jesus on His throne in glory will do all we ask in His Name. Every answer to prayer He gives will have this as its object: when there is no prospect of this object being obtained, He will not answer. It follows as a matter of course that this must be with us, as with Jesus, the essential element in our petitions: the glory of the Father must be the aim and end, the very soul and life of our prayer.”

God’s glory “is the aim and the end, the very soul and life of our prayer.” Prayer is not all about me and God. It is all about God. Prayer cannot happen if it’s focus is hallowed be my name, my kingdom come, my will be done. It must stem from the heart that cries out, “hallowed by thy name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done. For thine is the kingdom, and the power and the glory.”

Andrew Murray, With Christ in the School of Prayer: Thoughts on our Training for the Ministry of Intercession, (New York: Fleming H. Revell Co., 1895), WORDsearch CROSS e-book, 152.


Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Greater Works

12 “Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father. 13 Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it. John 14:12–14 (KJV)

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This is the Christ speaking to his disciples in the last days before His crucifixion, resurrection, and ascension. They have been following Him for three years; the time is almost come for them to take over as He returns to glory.

They will do greater works than Jesus! What a remarkable statement! None of them ever walked on water or calmed the sea. How are their works (and ours) greater than His? Look at the statistics for the answer:

There are currently over 2 billion Christians in the world. Add to that the number of local churches, home and international missions, schools, colleges, universities, seminaries, hospitals, counselors, mental health ministries, orphanages, recovery groups, community groups, house churches, tv, radio, internet ministries that bear the name of Jesus!

The promises made to those early 12 are made to all of us who serve the Lord. You and I are a part of the group who “whatsoever you ask in my name.”



Monday, July 1, 2019

20 And Jesus said to them, “Whose likeness and inscription is this?” Matt 22:20 (KJV)

26 Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” Gen 1:26

It is often said that when a couple marry that the longer, they are together the more they begin to look like each other. It is not accurate, and I thank God for I would not Connie to look like me that would be making beauty beastly! But the longer we have been together the more we have come to be like each other in thought and spirit.

Whose likeness and inscription to we bear? The answer to that question decides our eternal future. We were made in the image of God; that was lost in the Fall of man, but it is restored by grace through faith in Christ.

Those who bear the image of God are coming to think and act in accordance with His will and purposes. The prayer life of the Believer is an abiding work Jesus compares with the branch and the vine (John 15). There is a place in their connection that it is hard to tell one from the other. O what unity!



Friday, June 28, 2019

I Know that You Hear Me, Always!
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41 Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead was laid. And Jesus lifted up his eyes, and said, Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me. 42 And I knew that thou hearest me always: but because of the people which stand by I said it, that they may believe that thou hast sent me. John 11:41–42 (KJV)
7 I will declare the decree: The Lord hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; This day have I begotten thee. 8 Ask of me, And I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, And the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession. Psalm 2:7–8
“I know that you always hear me.” What a remarkable statement Jesus made in prayer to Our Father. It is equally remarkable that he said it out loud so those around Him would know this truth. Can it be that prayer affects Heaven and earth too?
18 Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. Matt 18:18

God is not a respecter of persons. If He always hears the prayers of His only begotten Son, will He not always hear the prayers of His children who pray in and through Jesus?

Believing prayer believes that God hears, and that God answers.



Thursday, June 27, 2019

The Difference Between Vain Repetitions
and Persevering Prayer

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1 And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint; 2 Saying, There was in a city a judge, which feared not God, neither regarded man: 3 And there was a widow in that city; and she came unto him, saying, Avenge me of mine adversary. 4 And he would not for a while: but afterward he said within himself, Though I fear not God, nor regard man; 5 Yet because this widow troubleth me, I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me. 6 And the Lord said, Hear what the unjust judge saith. 7 And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them? 8 I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth? Luke 18:1–8 (KJV)

7 But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking. Matt 6:7

The vain repetition by the heathen to their false gods is about them and their false gods. Christians pray not to be heard by others, but to be heard by God. There are places and times in worship where a chant in a song or reading are not inappropriate. Chanting for the sake of seeming religious is the issue in Matt 6:7.

Repetitive (persevering) prayer for a concern is not a vain repetition. If it were, Jesus would not have given the teaching in Luke 18:1-8.



Wednesday, June 26, 2019
The Power of Persevering Prayer

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1 And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint; 2 Saying, There was in a city a judge, which feared not God, neither regarded man: 3 And there was a widow in that city; and she came unto him, saying, Avenge me of mine adversary. 4 And he would not for a while: but afterward he said within himself, Though I fear not God, nor regard man; 5 Yet because this widow troubleth me, I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me. 6 And the Lord said, Hear what the unjust judge saith. 7 And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them? 8 I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth? Luke 18:1–8 (KJV)


“Of all the mysteries of the prayer world, the need of persevering prayer is one of the greatest. That the Lord, who is so loving and longing to bless, should have to be supplicated time after time, sometimes year after year, before the answer comes, we cannot easily understand. It is also one of the greatest practical difficulties in the exercise of believing prayer. When, after persevering supplication, our prayer remains unanswered, it is often easiest for our slothful flesh, and it has all the appearance of pious submission, to think that we must now cease praying, because God may have His secret reason for withholding His answer to our request.

It is by faith alone that the difficulty is overcome. When once faith has taken its stand upon God’s word, and the Name of Jesus, and has yielded itself to the leading of the Spirit to seek God’s will and honour alone in its prayer, it need not be discouraged by delay. It knows from Scripture that the power of believing prayer is simply irresistible; real faith can never be disappointed. It knows how, just as water, to exercise the irresistible power it can have, must be gathered up and accumulated, until the stream can come down in full force, there must often be a heaping up of prayer, until God sees that the measure is full, and the answer comes. It knows how, just as the ploughman has to take his ten thousand steps, and sow his ten thousand seeds, each one a part of the preparation for the final harvest, so there is a need-be for oft-repeated persevering prayer, all working out some desired blessing. It knows for certain that not a single believing prayer can fail of its effect in heaven, but has its influence, and is treasured up to work out an answer in due time to him who persevereth to the end. It knows that it has to do not with human thoughts or possibilities, but with the word of the living God. And so even as Abraham through so many years ‘in hope believed against hope,’ and then ‘through faith and patience inherited the promise,’ it counts that the long-suffering of the Lord is salvation, waiting and hasting unto the coming of its Lord to fulfil His promise.”

Andrew Murray, With Christ in the School of Prayer: Thoughts on our Training for the Ministry of Intercession, (New York: Fleming H. Revell Co., 1895), WORDsearch CROSS e-book, 118-119.



Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Corporate Prayer

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19 Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven. 20 For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them. Matt 18:19–20 (KJV)


Jesus teaches us to pray in the prayer closet, but He does not condemn public (corporate) prayer; in fact, He encourages it too. There is great promise to those who unite in prayer before Our Father.

Four things to note:

  • There needs to be unity among those who have come to pray, Division among believers will hinder prayer.
  • They also need to be united in their desire for the request they are making.
  • There is a promise that such praying will be answered. God always hears and responds to the prayers of His children.
  • Jesus is declared to be with them as they pray. The baptism of the Spirit means He is always with us individually; but it is a blessed thought to know that He has come to us in corporate worship and prayer.

Monday, June 24, 2019
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23 Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee; 24 Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift. Matt 5:23–24 (KJV)

25 And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses. Mark 11:25

2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing. 1 Cor 13:2

Faith and love are molded together. A believing prayer must be expressed through a loving heart. God is love. He loved us while we were yet sinners. We must learn to love others the same way. Love is not a tingling feeling. Love is a commitment. Love is a forgiving spirit.

Christ commands us to love our brothers; by this shall men know that we are his disciples if we have love one for another. And Christ teaches us to even love our enemies.



Friday, June 21, 2019
Prayer and Fasting Part 2
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21 Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting. Matt 17:21 (KJV)

Prayer is not a secondary function of Christian living. But it is more than the primary. It is the continual abiding of the branch in the vine. It is the continual breathing into the soul all that it needs for the circumstances of the day. Prayer is that ever constant life giving, life healing, life directing, life enabling and empowering continual conversational relationship with Almighty God.

Prayer reaches out for the evidence of things hoped for and touches the substance of things not seen. Fasting is a turning away from all that we find in our five senses: feeling, hearing, seeing, tasting, smelling are put on hold for the deepest of senses; it a matter of the spirit.

“And prayer needs fasting for its full growth: this is the second lesson. Prayer is the one hand with which we grasp the invisible; fasting, the other, with which we let loose and cast away the visible. In nothing is man more closely connected with the world of sense than in his need of food, and his enjoyment of it. It was the fruit, good for food, with which man was tempted and fell in Paradise. It was with bread to be made of stones that Jesus, when an hungered, was tempted in the wilderness, and in fasting that He triumphed. The body has been redeemed to be a temple of the Holy Spirit; it is in body as well as spirit, it is very specially, Scripture says, in eating and drinking, we are to glorify God. It is to be feared that there are many Christians to whom this eating to the glory of God has not yet become a spiritual reality. And the first thought suggested by Jesus’ words in regard to fasting and prayer, is, that it is only in a life of moderation and temperance and self-denial that there will be the heart or the strength to pray much.”

Andrew Murray, With Christ in the School of Prayer: Thoughts on our Training for the Ministry of Intercession, (New York: Fleming H. Revell Co., 1895), WORDsearch CROSS e-book, 98.



Thursday, June 20, 2019

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19 Then came the disciples to Jesus apart, and said, Why could not we cast him out? 20 And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you. 21 Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting. Matt 17:19–21 (KJV)

The axiomatic laws of nature and spirit yield to faith. Without faith it is impossible to please God. In and through faith, all things are possible. Why could not the disciples cast out the demon in this case? Jesus clearly and quickly answers, “because of your unbelief.”

But what was the cause of unbelief, the lack of faith needed in this instance since they had experienced other victories in faith? Jesus answered, this kind of deliverance required prayer and fasting. It is a simple child-like faith that is saving faith. It is growing faith that gives us strength in the great trials of life.

17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. Rom 10:17

Real prayer, deep prayer, passionate prayer, fasting prayer, all prayer, is a conversation with God. We must grow to hear God in our prayer life if it is to be a seed-bed of spiritual growth and faith.

Lord, teach us to pray.


Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Pray Believing Part 2

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22 And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God. 23 For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. 24 Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them. Mark 11:21–24 (KJV)


“The promise of answer to prayer which formed our yesterday’s lesson is one of the most wonderful in all Scripture. In how many hearts it has raised the question: How ever can I attain the faith that knows that it receives all it asks?

It is this question our Lord would answer today. Ere He gave that wonderful promise to His disciples, He spoke another word, in which He points out where the faith in the answer to prayer takes its rise, and ever finds its strength. HAVE FAITH IN GOD: this word precedes the other, Have faith in the promise of an answer to prayer. The power to believe
a promise depends entirely, but only, on faith in the promiser. Trust in the person begets trust in his word. It is only where we live and associate with God in personal, loving intercourse, where GOD HIMSELF is all to us, where our whole being is continually opened up and exposed to the mighty influences that are at work where His Holy Presence is revealed, that the capacity will be developed for believing that He gives whatsoever we ask.”

Lord, teach us to pray.

Andrew Murray, With Christ in the School of Prayer: Thoughts on our Training for the Ministry of Intercession, (New York: Fleming H. Revell Co., 1895), WORDsearch CROSS e-book, 86.



Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Pray Believing
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21 And Peter calling to remembrance saith unto him, Master, behold, the fig tree which thou cursedst is withered away. 22 And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God. 23 For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. 24 Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them. Mark 11:21–24 (KJV)

What a promise! Have faith in God, Pray believing and you will receive! A pray of faith will be a prayer in faith; it will be in keeping with the perfect will of God who is the giver of every good and perfect gift.

Do you have any mountains in your life that need to be moved? Pray. Pray without ceasing. Pray believing.

I have some things I pray every morning and have yet to see them come to fruition. But I know God hears, and God has promised to to provide. Sometimes I give thanks to Him for prayers that have yet to be answered for I know God never fails!

Lord teach us to pray.



Monday, June 17, 2019

What Do You Want Me to Do?
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51 And Jesus answered and said unto him, What wilt thou that I should do unto thee? The blind man said unto him, Lord, that I might receive my sight. Mark 10:51 (KJV)
41 Saying, What wilt thou that I shall do unto thee? And he said, Lord, that I may receive my sight. Luke 18:41
When God asks a question, it is not because He has lost His omniscience. The instruction to pray for laborers for the harvest (last Friday’s devotional) and this prayer for the blind man found in both Mark and Luke reminds us that God moves on the prayers of His people.

Is that true? Does prayer really move the hand of God? Yes, but let us not think that God is our puppet or good luck charm who moves at every whim of our fancy. Almighty God is Holy. He moves on our prayers according to submission of our will to His Divine will. “Thy will be done, on Heaven and on earth.”

Prayers submitted to God’s purpose, prayed in faith and based in the name of Jesus are prayers that are mighty indeed. It only takes a little faith to move a mountain. Prayer is the binding of the believer’s heart with the heart of God. Thus, is it that we hear Him decree:

18 Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. Matt 18:18

Lord, teach us to pray.



Friday, June 14, 2019

Prayer Provides Laborers

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“The Lord frequently taught His disciples that they must pray, and how; but seldom what to pray. This he left to their sense of need, and the leading of the Spirit. But here we have one thing He expressly enjoins them to remember: in view of the plenteous harvest, and the need of reapers, they must cry to the Lord of the harvest to send forth laborers.


Strange, is it not, that He should ask His disciples to pray for this? And could He not pray Himself? And would not one prayer of His avail more than a thousand of theirs? And God, the Lord of the harvest, did He not see the need? And would not He, in His own good time, send forth laborers without their prayer? Such questions lead us up to the deepest mysteries of prayer, and its power in the Kingdom of God. The answer to such questions will convince us that prayer is indeed a power, on which the ingathering of the harvest and the coming of the Kingdom do in very truth depend."

Andrew Murray, With Christ in the School of Prayer: Thoughts on our Training for the Ministry of Intercession, (New York: Fleming H. Revell Co., 1895), WORDsearch CROSS e-book, 63.



Thursday, June 13, 2019

Because of His Importunity in Intercession

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5 And he said unto them, Which of you shall have a friend, and shall go unto him at midnight, and say unto him, Friend, lend me three loaves; 6 For a friend of mine in his journey is come to me, and I have nothing to set before him? 7 And he from within shall answer and say, Trouble me not: the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot rise and give thee. 8 I say unto you, Though he will not rise and give him, because he is his friend, yet because of his importunity he will rise and give him as many as he needeth. Luke 11:5–8 (KJV)
This example of prayer is not teaching that we must pray until we have wearied God! Our Father does not tire from our prayers else He would not have told us to pray without ceasing.

One lesson here is that we are to pray earnestly in intercession for others. “a friend … has come to me.” It is a holy thing for us to join in prayer as Christ intercedes for us so we intercede for those He places on our hearts. A second lesson is that intercessory prayer is “part of faith’s training-school. There our friendship with men and with God is tested. There it is seen whether my friendship with the needy is so real, that I will take time and sacrifice my rest, will go even at midnight and not cease until I have obtained for them what I need. There it is seen whether my friendship with God is so clear, that I can depend on Him not to turn me away and therefore pray on until He gives.”

Andrew Murray, With Christ in the School of Prayer: Thoughts on our Training for the Ministry of Intercession, (New York: Fleming H. Revell Co., 1895), WORDsearch CROSS e-book, 59.



Wednesday, June 12, 2019

How Much More? Part 2

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13 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him? Luke 11:13 (KJV)

The Holy Spirit. He is the first gift. All the other good and perfect gifts come through Him. The gifts of the Spirit, the Fruit of the Spirit, and all that God gives are provided in His timing and purpose. He leads us in all things, teaches us all things, fills us with Himself. Thank you Lord for the indwelling of You. Christ in us, the hope of glory!

The goal of a father is to produce his own disposition and character in his children. This is not about making them clones but about making them safe, well, prosperous, successful, and meaningful in their life and times. If we know how to give good gifts to our children, how much more will our Heavenly Father instill Himself in us! What better gift could He give then to imbed His own heart and soul in His children? This is the working of His Holy Spirit, the seal of our salvation, the earnest of our belonging to His Forever Family.

12 That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ. 13 In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, 14 Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory. Eph 1:12–14

30 And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. Eph 4:30

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

How Much More?

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9 Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone? 10 Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent? 11 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him? Matt 7:9–11 (KJV)

I often remember the love of my mom and dad, as they are now gone to the Lord. We laughed and played often. They gave me the best they had in everything. Neither was perfect but neither was I! But this morning I look above them and see Our Father in scripture, in Heaven, and in above all places, my own heart. He is perfect and gives every good and perfect gift. How much more is His love, perfection, generosity, and grace!

Now the question is not whether we agree with scripture in identifying God as our Father. The question is do we identify ourselves as His children. Do we embrace not just the concept of God’s Forever Family, but do we embrace our Father who art in Heaven?

No parent or child on this earth is perfect. But Our Father, Abba Father! He is the Lord God Almighty, holy, who loves consistently, unconditionally, and unreservedly. God is love. He is the One we go to when we pray. Is He your Father?

Lord teach us to pray.



Monday, June 10, 2019

The Certainty of the Answer to Prayer

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7 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: 8 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. Matt 7:7–8 (KJV)

3 Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts. James 4:3

It is a fundamental truth that our Father hears and will answer our prayers. To ask for a gift is to receive a gift unless we ask amiss. To seek, is to seek the Father of every good and perfect gift. To knock is to enter into His presence abiding in Him as He abides in us.

Ask and you
shall receive, seek and you shall find, knock and it shall be opened unto you. Believing prayer believes that when God says, “shall” it is sure, it is not a “definite maybe” it is absolute.

God’s answer to our prayer may be “yes,” “not now-wait,” or “no,” but God will answer our prayers. If He says, “no” we have asked amiss. If He says, “wait” He has a sovereign reason. Trust Him. Our Father knows best.




Friday, June 7, 2019

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6 But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly. Matt 6:6 (KJV)

If God is everywhere all the time, why do we need a prayer closet? It is because we need a quiet time where we are alone with Our Father. We need regular times, daily times when we are shut out from the world and the routines of life that we might partake of the eternal and everlasting.

God will answer all prayers, but He relishes the time spent with Him in the prayer closet. It is an inner sanction.

He rewards openly those who come to him secretly. This is not about our glory; it is about His. The shekinah glory of God shines in the face and the life of those who seek Him in the quiet place. Moses came down from the mountain and the could in his shining face that he had been with Almighty God.

Find your special time and your quiet place. It is a blessed thing to do.

Lord, teach us to pray.



Thursday, June 6, 2019

Worship in Spirit and Truth Part 2


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19 The woman saith unto him, Sir, I perceive that thou art a prophet. 20 Our fathers worshipped in this mountain; and ye say, that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship. 21 Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father. 22 Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews. 23 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. 24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. John 4:19–24 (KJV)


Yesterday we focused on worshipping in Spirit which means we are free to worship anywhere at an anytime. Worship is not so much about a place as it is the ability to enjoy God’s presence all the time everywhere. Thus, we are able to pray without ceasing.

True worship takes place when our spirit is in agreement with God’s Spirit. If we pray in the name of Jesus, we are to pray in agreement with His Lordship. Every prayer is one in which we are agreeing, “not my will but thy will be done.”

When we worship in Spirit and in Truth we worship everywhere, all the time, and agree with God in everything.



Wednesday, June 5, 2019
Worship in Spirit and in Truth19 The woman saith unto him, Sir, I perceive that thou art a prophet. 20 Our fathers worshipped in this mountain; and ye say, that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship. 21 Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father. 22 Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews. 23 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. 24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. John 4:19–24 (KJV)

If prayer is anything, it is an attitude and activity of worship. It must take place in Spirit and in truth. The woman at the well spoke of how the Jews (who knew the truth) went to the Temple in Jerusalem to worship. Another worship place what “this mountain” where she and other Gentiles came to worship.

But Jesus was bringing about a new form of worship. God is a Spirit; He is not limited to time and space. Those who worship Him need a born-again Spirit, so they are not limited to worship in a particular time and space.

Have you been born again? Then you have God’s Spirit within you and your worship is not limited to a specific church building or prayer closet. You have been endowed to pray without ceasing.

Lord teach us to pray.



Tuesday, June 4, 2019
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1 One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.” Luke 11:1 (KJV)

Andrew Murray, With Christ in the School of Prayer: Thoughts on our Training for the Ministry of Intercession, (New York: Fleming H. Revell Co., 1895), WORDsearch CROSS e-book, Under: "First Lesson".

I learned The Lord’s Prayer as a little child. I learned to pray for my list of loved ones at the same time: “God bless Mommy, God bless Daddy…”. Through the years the childhood teachings have become a little more sophisticated and somehow a little less sufficient.
Sin has taught me that my prayers are not answered and that they are hindered on every side.

It seems that prayer has less power than the Bible says it has; it has become something I do out of obligation or need. But there is little joy and love in my daily meetings with Almighty God. This ought not be.

The disciples did not ask Him to teach them to walk on water, or heal, or become magnificent orators and writers of the Gospel. They wanted to learn to pray the way Jesus prayed.

There must be more to prayer than my little efforts to converse with Holy God. So, I invite you to join me in at the feet of Our Master with one simple request:


Lord teach us to pray.


Monday, June 3, 2019

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7 If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. John 15:7 (KJV)
16 Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you. John 15:16

“Of all the promises connected with the command, ‘ABIDE IN ME,’ there is none higher, and none that sooner brings the confession, ‘Not that I have already attained, or am already made perfect,’ than this: ‘If ye abide in me, ask whatsoever ye will, and it shall be done unto you.’ Power with God is the highest attainment of the life of full abiding.

And of all the traits of a life LIKE CHRIST there is none higher and more glorious than conformity to Him in the work that now engages Him without ceasing in the Father’s presence—His all-prevailing intercession. The more we abide in Him, and grow unto His likeness, will His priestly life work in us mightily, and our life become what His is, a life that ever pleads and prevails for men.”

Andrew Murray, With Christ in the School of Prayer: Thoughts on our Training for the Ministry of Intercession, (New York: Fleming H. Revell Co., 1895), WORDsearch CROSS e-book, V.