“There is nothing there (1 Kings 18:43).” Nothingness doesn’t matter if God has promised to send something.
Here was Prophet Elijah on Mount Carmel overlooking the sea. His prayer had just brought down fire from heaven. False prophets had been killed. And he already told King Ahab that there is a sound of heavy rain (v. 41). It was after telling him so, that Elijah climbed to the top of … Read the rest
If at all you would like to end up in prison; for what crime might that be? Shocked? We now look at a man who landed in a den of lions for the sole crime of praying to God. That too at the age of eighty plus. His name is Daniel.
When a law was passed in the land that anyone who prayed to any god or man in the … Read the rest
Luke says that Jesus spoke a parable to teach us to always pray and not give up (Luke 18:1). Plainly stated. But easily forgotten.
Why do we give up praying? It mostly happens because most of our prayers are wishes only. Such prayers cannot be sustained.
Then there is the problem of no visible change in situation. Only when you know the mind of God and his will regarding that … Read the rest
You might not get another chance. So grab this opportunity. Forget about what others say. Cry out, because Jesus of Nazareth is passing by (Luke 18:37).
Others who are not so desperate as you; others who are already walking along with him might tell you to shut up. Oh, don’t commit that mistake, for Jesus of Nazareth is passing by!
Because of the loud cry of the blind beggar Jesus … Read the rest
It is amazing how one act of obedience can go a long way in fulfilling God’s purposes. Look at the case of Ananias. He was asked by God to “Go!” The reason was that a man named Saul was praying. And Saul was blind for a period of three days.
Ananias was the answer to Saul’s prayer.
But Ananias had no clue as to the change that was happening … Read the rest
Jesus said, “Ask and it will be given to you” (Matthew 7:7).
At first look, this looks quite simple; isn’t it? But is it really that simple? If God gave you a chance to ask him something what would you ask? Are you prepared for such a chance?
King Solomon got such a chance. God appeared to him and said, “Ask for whatever you want me to give you” (2 … Read the rest
From inside the fish Jonah prayed to the Lord his God (Jonah 2:1 NIV).
Disobedience to God is costly. It not only puts you under His wrath but also causes others to suffer because of you. This is shown by the way the sailors of the ship in which Jonah sailed suffered. But then God has not finished dealing with you yet. He will cause the wind and the waves … Read the rest
For he has not despised or disdained the suffering of the afflicted one; he has not hidden his face from him but has listened to his cry for help (Psalm 22:24 NIV).
The feeling of being despised can affect believers too. It need not be taken as a sign of lack of faith. But it can be understood as a natural human reaction and emotion. David went through this. He … Read the rest