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Foxhole Prayers

We have all probably heard the term “foxhole prayers.” These are the kind of prayers that are offered up like “hail Mary” passes in football hoping for some glorious result. They are not founded in a relationship or even a belief in God. They are just last minute efforts to try to get what you want from some higher being. We must see that prayer is more of putting our attention and dependence on God than it is getting God’s attention to focus on us. Prayer should never be looked upon as the Christian’s good luck charm. God wants His children to be faithful in good times, as well as in the bad times. If we turn a deaf ear to God in the good times do not be surprised if He turns a deaf ear to us in the bad times. Proverbs 1:28-29 – “Then shall they call upon me, but I will not answer; they shall seek me early, but they shall not find me: For that they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the LORD:” Power in prayer is grounded in a 24/7 obedience to the Lord. Don’t only get ser…

I Didn’t see that Coming

Throughout life there will be times things take us by surprise. Things we never thought would happen. Things that are good and things that are bad. Let’s just face it. We will all be surprised from time to time and it is very simply because we cannot see the future, nor can we be absolutely sure of the consequences of every action we take. In such a life where the only sure thing is death and taxes, it is very comforting to know we serve a God who will never be taken by surprise. He has already prepared a way of dealing with whatever “surprise” comes our way. As it has been said, “Has it ever occurred to you that nothing has ever occurred to God?” God knew before He created the world what you would need and how you would react to His commands. I believe this is clearly seen in the book of Jonah. Jonah decided he was not going to obey God and he ran in the opposite direction of where the Lord told him to go. Did this surprise the Lord and did the Lord have to come up with a last minute…

Prayer Needs to be More Specific

Mark 10:46-52 – “And they came to Jericho: and as he went out of Jericho with his disciples and a great number of people, blind Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus, sat by the highway side begging. And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out, and say, Jesus, thou Son of David, have mercy on me. And many charged him that he should hold his peace: but he cried the more a great deal, Thou Son of David, have mercy on me. And Jesus stood still, and commanded him to be called. And they call the blind man, saying unto him, Be of good comfort, rise; he calleth thee. And he, casting away his garment, rose, and came to Jesus. 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. And Jesus said unto him, Go thy way; thy faith hath made thee whole. And immediately he received his sight, and followed Jesus in the way.” In this account we very plainly see a blind man request of Jesus that…

Praying for Others

I think a missing ingredient in many of our prayer lives is an active prayer effort toward other people. I believe when our prayers become less selfish it makes the power of the prayer more effective. For example, I think of Job when it comes to this. There is an interesting verse at the end of Job that speaks volumes on how our prayer life should look. Job 42:10 – “And the LORD turned the captivity of Job, when he prayed for his friends: also the LORD gave Job twice as much as he had before.” That is amazing when you think of what these “friends” had done to Job. Job had lost everything and was battling major physical aliments. These “friends” came along to tell Job it was because he was a thief who robbed widows and was unrighteous before God (as well as quite a few other things). They got so harsh that God Himself came down and told Job’s “friends” to be quiet, or as God put it, “Who is this that darkeneth counsel by words without knowledge?” – Job 38:2. Yet Job’s captivity turned on…