AND PRAY

Matt 17:21

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Prayer puts God’s work in God’s hands. God is in heaven with open hands waiting for us to pray. He is ready to answer if we will just pray. In the Bible, we find three things to do when you pray. We are to:

Fast and Pray – Matt 17:21. Fasting and praying must certainly be one of the most powerful ways to pray. Esther asked all the Jews in Shushan to fast for three days while she and her maidens fasted before she approached Ahasuerus with her request. God miraculously opened the way for her before the king. And God saved the Jews from Haman’s wicked decree.

In Jon 3:5-10 the king of Nineveh proclaimed a fast and the people cried mightily unto God and God repented of the evil that he had said he would do to them. The church in Antioch fast and prayed before sending Paul and Barnabas out, Acts 13:2-3. When they ordained elders in every church, Paul and Barnabas fasted and prayed, Acts 14:23. You should fast and pray.

Watch and Pray – Mk 14:38. When Peter fell asleep in the garden of Gethsemane, Jesus told him to “Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation.” There are so many ways to fall prey to temptation these days. As Jesus said, “The spirit truly is ready, but the flesh is weak.” Indeed. The remedy is to watch and pray. Like Peter said, in 1 Pet 5:8, “be vigilant.”

Watching, as in 2 Cor 11:27, is also praying in the night as Jesus did in Lk 6:12 or Mk 1:35. And though Mk 13:33 is about watching for the second coming of Jesus, we should watch and pray in anticipation of his return for us at the rapture. Christians used to talk more about the coming of the Lord in the 60’s and 70’s than they do today and we are fifty years closer to his return than we were back then.

Thanks and Pray – Col 4:2. “Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving.” Thanksgiving keeps the hands of God open. Be thankful to God in all things and for all things. Paul said in Phil 4:6, “in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.” He gave us the “formula” if you will. As children, we were taught to say please and thank you. If that was a good instruction for our manners toward men, it’s an even better instruction for our manners with God.

Conclusion: Remember these three things to do when you pray: fast and pray, watch and pray, and thanks and pray.

 

Trump Trolls Media: “It’s a Peaceful Protest”

RUSH: For those of you who think that Donald Trump’s lost it, that he’s on the downside, that he’s a little bit depressed, that the wind’s gone out of the sails, I want you to listen to something. This is Friday in Bedminster, New Jersey, at the Trump National Golf Club. He did a press conference at 7 p.m. on a Friday. “A press conference? Why?”

Because Trump knows what the most-watched cable network — the most-watched network — in America is. It’s the Fox News Channel. Everybody says, you know, “Friday night, press conference? No way. No. No. No.” This is just another sign of how things have changed. During the press conference, unidentified reporter tried to trap Trump.

REPORTER: You have dozens of people. They’re not following the guidelines in New Jersey, which say you should not have more than 25 people.

THE PRESIDENT: You’re wrong on that because it’s a political —

CROWD: (booing)

THE PRESIDENT: You’re wrong on that, because it’s a political activity. They have exceptions. Political activity. And it’s also a peaceful protest. So when you have an —

CROWD: (laughter)

THE PRESIDENT: — and as you know —

CROWD: (cheers and applause)

THE PRESIDENT: And to me, they look like they all have — pretty much all have masks on. But, you know, you have an exclusion in the law. It says “peaceful protest” or “political activity,” right? In fact, specifically… Yeah. It says — exactly — “political activity” or “peaceful protests.” And you can call it “political activity,” but I’d call it “peaceful protests,” because they heard you were coming up, and they know the news is fake. They understand it better —

CROWD: (applause)

THE PRESIDENT: — than anybody.

RUSH: S, this is hilarious. This is along the lines of, “Hey, Russia, if you’re listening, maybe you could find Hillary’s missing emails.” Remember they all fell for that, that Trump was asking the Russians to hack Hillary’s email? So here comes the sniveling little reporter, “You’re violating social distancing! You’re having people here!”

No, they were members of Trump’s club. They were members. He invited ’em in, and he told the media, “Hey, it’s a peaceful protest, and you’re the people saying, ‘Peaceful protests? Go ahead and have ’em! No need to social distance, ’cause the virus doesn’t spread during peaceful protests.’” He was ramming it down their throats again.

Red Rocks Worship – You Will Be My Song (Live from Evergreen)

 

Blessed assurance
I can’t seem to find You right now
Here in the heartache
I can’t seem to feel You right now

You can handle all my questions
You can handle all my doubts
You’re not thrown off by my wanting
You are with me now

So I will lift my eyes, I will lift my eyes
This will be my story all of my life long
You will be my song

Ohh, oh-oh-oh
I trust You, Jesus
I know that You are good
I know that You are for me
Mmm

Blessed assurance
Whisper Your peace through the night
Here is my promise, oh
Forever, Jesus is mine

I will worship through my questions
I will worship through my doubts, oh
You’re not shaken by my wanting
You are with me now

So I will lift my eyes, I will lift my eyes
This will be my story all of my life long
You will be my song
So I will lift my eyes, I will lift my eyes
This will be my story all of my life long
You will be my song

In this moment, You are here
In this moment, You are speaking, Jesus
You never left my side, oh

You are closer than I know
You’re the answer for my soul
This I know, You are faithful
My Defender in the fight
You’re the anchor for my life
This I know, You are faithful
You are wild in Your love
You will always be enough
This I know, You are faithful
You took on the cross for me
Rose again and now I’m free
This I know, You are faithful

So I will lift my eyes, I will lift my eyes
This will be my story all of my life long
You will be my song
So I will lift my eyes, I will lift my eyes
This will be my story all of my life long
You will be my song