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Why Did God Answer Hannah’s Prayer?

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“Hannah was a faithful woman of God, but she had cried out to God for a son for many years without success.

She presumed that she had failed to change God’s mind, but she did not understand what God was doing.

She lived during a critical time for Israel, so God needed a prophet to warn the nation.   He did not have permission to act, because there were no prophets and the priests were corrupt.

After several years, Hannah changed her prayers and cried out for a son who would be a man of God.   This was what God wanted, so her prayers were answered immediately.

Samuel was born a year later and went on to be a great prophet during a pivotal time in Israel’s history.   This pattern is repeated throughout the scriptures.

Before God acts in a powerful way, faithful people will be praying and giving him permission to act.” – Ron Mckenzie
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I remember vividly when I prayed for Dick years ago— I begged God to save him so he wouldn’t embarrass the family any longer, that he would be a better husband and father but God seemed silent. Why wasn’t he answering my prayer?

Then like Hannah I changed my prayers and ask God to save him for His honor and glory and use him for His purposes and within a couple of weeks Dick surrendered his life to Christ. That’s what God was waiting for all along.

What’s your motive for praying— maybe you need to change your prayers.

“We do not need hundreds of people praying to persuade God.   We just need two or three people who agree with what God wants to do.”

 

 

 

 

 


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Pt. 3 A REVIVAL OF PRAYER NEEDED by Jessie Penn-Lewis

Pt. 3 A REVIVAL OF PRAYER NEEDED by Jessie Penn-Lewis

 “The prayers of the saints . . fire . . cast into the earth”(Rev.8v3-5)

“Ye have not, because ye ask not . .”( James 4 v2)

THE LIFTED HANDS OF MOSES

But in the same chapter we have another aspect of prayer altogether. Amalek came against Israel in an attack. Moses did not “cry” to the Lord then, for he knew what to do.

Taking the rod of God he would stand on the top of the hill, and lift up his hands (v 9-I5), whilst Joshua went to the valley to fight the foe. When Moses’ hands went down, Amalek prevailed, and when he kept them up Israel prevailed. What was Moses doing? Surely lifting his hands against the unseen foe at the back of Amalek attacking the people of God.

To understand this you must remember that the Bible says clearly that God dealt with all these nations in such judgment, because He had a war with the gods they worshiped.

All through the Scriptures we are shown that idolatry is demon worship (see especially I Cor. 10 v 19-20) . At the back of the gods of the Canaanites lay the satanic forces, as to-day in every land where idols are worshipped.

When the idolatrous heathen attacked Israel, Moses did not “cry” unto the Lord, but stood on the hillside, and lifted the rod representing the power of God against the supernatural powers behind Amalek (see Eph. 6 v 10).

Here then are two aspects of prayer illustrated in these incidents – the aspect of supplication, in Moses going to God, and pleading for the people, “Lord, give them water!” and the other of standing with God against the foe, when he took the attitude of uplifted hands.

In the former God shows him what to do to get water, but there is a change of attitude altogether when conflict comes. Then he sought the hillside, and lifted his hands.

We might say: “Moses, why don’t you go and fight in the valley?” But he would reply: “I am fighting – Joshua is dealing with flesh and blood down there, but I am dealing with something else up here.

I have the rod of God in my hand. And in that position of unbroken resistance, Moses had to remain until victory was complete. It was not such easy work as his work of supplications for it meant prolonged suffering until the victory was gained.

At the end of the chapter the key to Moses’ action is given in the words, “The Lord is my banner!” In lifting his hands with the rod of God, Moses was lifting a banner against the unseen foes.

It is a striking picture of the two aspects of the work of prayer.

In Elijah you see the binding and loosing power of his prayer for a whole land, and in Moses you see the “binding” of the enemy’s power, and the loosing of water for the needs of the Lord’s people.

Pt. 1 A REVIVAL OF PRAYER NEEDED

Pt. 2 A REVIVAL OF PRAYER NEEDED (Binding and Loosing)


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Pt. 2 A REVIVAL OF PRAYER NEEDED by Jessie Penn-Lewis

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Pt. 2 A REVIVAL OF PRAYER NEEDED by Jessie Penn-Lewis

BINDING AND LOOSING PRAYER

There are two aspects of prayer mentioned by James in connection with Elijah, to which Christ made reference when He was on earth, i.e. the binding and loosing of things on earth by prayer (Matt. 18 vI8).

Elijah closed the heavens, and he opened the heavens. Speaking of this power of prayer, the Lord Jesus said, “Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven”. The context clearly shows this to be the binding and loosing of prayer, for the Lord went on to say, “If two of you agree . . . it shall be done”.

We have come to the point now in service, where as workers for God we must get to a place of knowing God, and knowing this kind of prayer. We have not yet reached the prayer-point that will meet today’s need.

“He prayed that the heavens should not give rain, and it rained not for three years.” Then, simply it is said, “And he prayed again, and THE HEAVENS GAVE RAIN. This is all that James says about such a tremendous thing. He does not say, “What a wonderful Elijah!”

There is no excess of language in the Bible, but sober statements, with no exaggeration, but a calm, majestic omnipotence. When God does vast things, He does them quietly, just as He did in answer to the one who “prayed, and the heavens were opened, and gave forth rain”.

From this brief glimpse of Elijah, let us look at another picture of this work of prayer, or rather, the prayer that “works”. Let us glance at Moses, and his “binding and loosing” work in Exodus 16.

Israel was in desperate need of water, and in that need they began to reproach Moses, saying, “Moses brought us out of Egypt, now let him give us water”. Moses just went to God. “He cried to the Lord” for the needs of the people, and then the Lord told him what to do.

He was to go to a certain rock, and then “I will stand before thee there. . . thou shalt smite the rock and there shall come water out of it” (v 6). Moses did it, and there was water. In this aspect of prayer to meet the people’s need, note especially Moses’ cry, and God’s response.

Pt. 1 A REVIVAL OF PRAYER NEEDED by Jessie Penn-Lewis


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God Most High

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Would you call the doctor to come fix your washing machine? You laugh— well approaching God is no different.

Let me explain. It’s so important when we prepare ourselves to come to God in prayer to acknowledge who it is we are coming to.

In the Old Testament the people of God came to know Him by His different names. The first name that describes God’s character is El Elyon.

This name for God (El Elyon)— was first revealed to Abram.

“Melchizedek is priest of “God Most High,” of El Elyon, and meets Abram so that Abram might acknowledge that the strength with which he defeated this army was God’s, not his own.

Melchizedek calls him “Abram of God Most High” so that he would know it was God, the God above all other gods and King above all other kings, who won the victory for him that day”.

There is no god greater than our God,

no higher power,

principality or

authority!

 

  • How have you been tempted to take credit for God’s blessings?
  • What can you do to acknowledge God’s greatness? 

 

Remember when you pray, you are making your requests known to the highest of authorities…you cannot go any higher.

Join me in praying:
“El Elyon, you are God above all gods, there is no one who is higher than you, the One who rules over the rulers of the earth. May every knee bow to you and every tongue confess that you are Lord forever. Amen”

 



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Shattering The Shackle Of Shame by Patricia Lee Hulsey

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Shame will effect your prayer life— find out how to Shatter the Shackle of Shame so  that now when you pray, great things happen The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective”.


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Want To Know The Cycle Of Prayer

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The Cycle Of Prayer

“Be earnest and unwearied in prayer, being on the alert in it, and in your giving of thanks…” Col. 4: 2 (Weymouth).

“THE GREAT THING THAT MAKES the difference is not the service, not the life, but God’s touch upon them.

God always needs human agency. He must have someone to use always. The greatest thing anybody can do is to pray, but it is not the only thing, but it is the first thing, and the chief thing.

If God can do things without prayer in the church, why does He not carry them out in His own time instead of delays and hindrances?…And why does God lay a complaint against the church that she does not pray?

…Why did Christ say, “Pray ye the Lord of the Harvest to send forth labourers?” Why did He not send them apart from prayer? There is value in the expression of prayer. What is the meaning of “Ye have not because ye ask not”?

Is it God’s unwillingness—i.e., you shall not “get” if you do not ask? Or is it that God sees the need, and He cannot meet the need, until the prayer is made?

The cycle of prayer moves in this wise:

(1) God wants a thing done;

(2) He moves the believer to pray that that thing might be done;

(3) God does it in answer to that prayer….

There is a thought abroad in the church: “Oh! God works so slowly.” He does not.

HE WORKS ACCORDING TO THE PRAYERS OF THE CHURCH, and according as there is co-operation with Him.

Did God work very slowly in Egypt in delivering the bound nation?

He did not.

He worked for a prolonged season in getting the instrument ready in the wilderness—forty years….God’s work is rapidly done when the instruments see to it that the divine conditions are fulfilled.

There must be conformity to the laws of God before God can work; and according to the absolute conformity to God’s will and laws there is a fulness of operation.

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Watchman Nee (1903-1972) – Started a movement of churches in China in the early 1900’s. Wrote many profound books that still are cherished in our modern day church.


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Habakkuk 1:1 – Wondering What God Will Answer

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“I will watch and see what He says to me.” Hab.1:1

When Habakkuk said these words— the Holy Spirit saw to it that these words were included in the Scriptures. What this phrase shows us, is Spirit led prayer is where we are attuned to hear His voice.

Habakkuk wanted to hear God’s voice so he went to his watchtower— to block out all other voices. He knew what others were saying but he wanted to hear what God had to say about the situation he found himself in.

To be Spirit led in our prayers we must want  to hear his voice.

As the Holy Spirit leads us in our praying— may we find ourselves saying, I wonder how He’s going to answer our prayers. How is God’s glory going to be seen in this perplexity?

The VOICE translation says it this way,

Proverbs 3:5, Place your trust in the Eternal; rely on Him completely;
never depend upon your own ideas and inventions.

6 Give Him the credit for everything you accomplish,
and He will smooth out and straighten the road that lies ahead.

Father, may the perplexities we face in 2015 drive us to our watchtower to hear what you will say to us.
—Cindy Warner