|Praise waiteth for thee, O God, in Sion: and unto
thee shall the vow be performed. O thou that hearest
prayer, unto thee shall all flesh come. (Psalm 65:1-2).
For since the beginning of the
world men have not heard, nor perceived by the ear,
neither hath the eye seen, O God, beside thee, what he
hath prepared for him that waiteth for him [ The
Septuagint version says, "thy works which thou will
perform to them that wait for mercy." ]. (Isaiah
But without faith it is
impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must
believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them
that diligently seek him. (Hebrews 11:6).
general terms, there is a great lack of real praying
today; I say that because we fail to see the fruits (the
results) of it in individual lives, and then
collectively as the church. References to prayer are
found in the Word of God hundreds of times, and I
believe God has something to say about prayer. It is
instilled throughout the Word of God, from one end of
the Book to the other.
Prayer is certainly a great necessity; it
is our greatest weapon, and the enemy does not want us
to use it. The older brethren used to say, "Satan
trembles when he sees the weakest Christian on his
knees." and it is still true. We can put forth great
efforts (and certainly the enemy is working a work by
moving on the minds of God's people to promote greater
programs), but if we fail to pray, it all amounts to
Nowhere in the Bible did Jesus ever teach
anybody to preach, but He did teach us to pray. Without
real prayer, there cannot be any real preaching, and
through real prayer, somebody who cannot preach, can
preach when God deems it that way.
trusting that as we study God's Word, the Holy Spirit
will stir us. One of the ways of getting our spirit
stirred, is through the teaching of God's Word. If we
look into it honestly, really seeking, our spirit will
be stirred, and it will do something for us.
verses of Scripture that we read in the book of Psalms
and also in Paul's writings to the Hebrews let us know
that God hears and answers prayer.
believe there are greater things in store than our eyes
have ever beheld. I believe that with just a little
greater waiting before God in prayer, we can see God
work the works that need to be worked, and greater
works. Jesus promised before He went away that when the
Holy Spirit came into our lives, we would work greater
works than He worked.
Scriptures plainly teach us that the greater works are
the spiritual works that He could not do. He preached
and gained one hundred twenty disciples; but when the
Holy Spirit came and fell on all flesh, a greater work
was done, and has been done, than Jesus Himself could do
when He walked here on the earth. Friend, I am not
talking about fantasies *S*, I am talking about
said that God is a rewarder of them that diligently seek
Him. The enemy is working as never before through the
very power of unbelief. If he can get us to doubt one
part of God's Word as being true, he has done a terrible
work on us. It is a fact that God is a rewarder of
everyone that diligently seeks Him. Nevertheless, we
have to go to God, who sees in secret, and pray in
secret, and He will reward you openly.
there is anything we need as the church, it is some more
open rewards. Thank God for everything that has happened
and is happening, and for every bit of reward; God has
rewarded us in a great way, but there can be greater
open rewards. When God openly rewards you, you will
begin to lift Him up, and the world will begin to see
that God is blessing you as an individual; then the
church will be lifted to the place of being a city set
on a hill which cannot be hid.
truth that shines forth in Hebrews 11:6 is that reward
comes to diligent seekers. That Scripture is very plain,
but sad to say, the unbelieveing world believes it more
than most Christians do. Look at the very scheme of the
universe: diligent seeking is the thing that has caused
us to make such progress in scientific field and other
lines in the last fifty years.
Scientist believe that if they search,
they will be rewarded; so there are scientists who are
searching round the clock, and they are being rewarded
every day. If we could get the Church seeking on
spiritual lines as diligent as scientists do in nature,
we could be much further up the road as the church.
While science has taken us way ahead the last fifty
years, the church has gone in reverse the last fifty
are we not getting more from God? Why is there not
greater reward? There is not enough diligent seeking.
What if every scientist would quit studying and
researching, and would just sit around and take the
attitude that many Christians take, such as, "If God
wants us to have it, He will send it." That is not the
law: you only get rewarded if you diligently seek. The
scientists have learned that, and even men who do not
believe in God put this principle into practice. They
dig into what they term "the laws of nature." Many of
them do not want to acknowledge that it is God; but they
can call it whatever they want, it is still God.
how scientists search and search, and the first thing
you know, they find something. How did they find it?
They were rewarded for diligently seeking. Brother,
there is a God who is a just God that rules this whole
world. It makes no difference whether you are delving
into natural or spiritual things, if you are diligent in
your seeking, you will be rewarded.
Is True to His Word
God's desire that you and I dig. When Israel was in bad
shape and the prophet did not know what was going on.
God took him in a vision to the house and a hole in the
wall. Then God said, "Son of man, dig;" when he dug, a
door opened up and he opened the door and went in. It
was a vision of God opening up to him and showing him
what was going on in the hearts of His people; but the
prophet had to dig.
are too many lazy preachers today who are not willing to
dig into the Word of God and seek dilignetly. Also, it
come right down to the laity who are not diligent enough
seeking God in prayer. God can show us things that eyes
have never seen and ears have never heard. We are
dealing with a limitless God. He is unlimited; He can do
anything, and He will do anything to awaken a lost would
before the end, but His instruments through which He
works are you and me.
in science are in daily pursuit of abstract knowledge
through constant seeking. They find something every
little bit, and you read about it: they were rewarded
for their diligent efforts.
as God rewards the diligent seeker in one are of life,
He rewards us in the other. How much more can we find in
the realms of prayer if God will reward men who do not
even have respect for Him and who do not eve believe He
exists, yet He is true to His Word! When they diligently
seek, He rewards them. He will reward us much more when
we believe that God is real, and if we pray and really
seek Him in a diligent manner.
the day and time in which we live, prayer has become an
unreasonable thing in too many cases, but I want you to
see that it is very reasonable to pray. We are in a day
when so many people are struggling with the thought of
finding time to pray and really praying.
Throughout the Bible and through all
ages, prayer has recommended itself to the human mind.
As an illustration, when an individual's car rolls ove
and ignites, he may never have gone to church in his
life, but he will start praying then.
Word of God, as well as history, bears this to be true
even in religion wuch as Buddhism. The Buddhists deny
the existence of a true God distinct from nature; but
even though they do not believe there is a true God
distinct from nature, in the last few years, prayer has
forced itself into Buddhism and Buddhists pray. They do
not pray to a living God, but they pray. I want you to
see that it is a human instinct right within man that he
Scripture text says, "Praise waiteth for thee, O God, in
Sion..." (Psalm 65:1). Sion is the church, and if we
rightly divide this Word of truth, in reading the other
Psalms surrounding this on, we find that God has been
telling them how He was going to deliver Jerusalem once
and for all. He was going to send a deliverer, Jesus
Christ, and He would deliver them from sin.
essence, the Psalmist was saying, "Praise is waiting on
you. We believe that you are going to do it, and we are
waiting to praise you for it." This is real faith; those
words were spoken hundreds of years before it happened.
God prophesied that He was going to deliver His people
from their sins, and the Psalmist said, "Praise waiteth
for thee." Then he said, "...unto thee shall the vow be
performed. O thou that hearest prayer, unto thee shall
all flesh come" (verses 1-2).
Partakers of God's Divine Nature
a situation really gets troubled enough, it is a natural
instinct for men to pray. However, beyond the natural
instinct, there is a supernatural instince put in every
born again person which causes a deep-burning desire to
pray. It is a work of the Holy Spirit within. A child of
God prays because he wants to pray.
things have passed away, and one of the old thing that
passed away was the prayerlessness and unconcern for God
that you used to have. Brother, when you are born again,
you are a new creature and you get a great concern for
God. You did not use to be a praying individual, but now
you become a praying man or woman. You can become
careless in your prayer life, but if the word comes that
your child, father, mother, or husband or wife has
cancer, you will begin to vow your prayer more than you
us read Romans 8:15, to see how this supernatural
instinct comes into us. Paul said, "For ye have not
received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but yehave
received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba,
Father." Abba is the Chaldee for Father, So when you
receive the Spirit of adoption, you just begin crying,
the benefit of those who may not understand this
Scripture, I will clarify it. Paul said that you receive
the Spirit of adoption. When you adopt somebody else's
child, you go through legal procedures and officially
file the proper papers, and then the child legally
belongs to you; but no matter how much he belongs to you
legally, he will still have the attributes, actions, and
looks of his natural parents.
contrast, when God takes us into His family, thank God,
He does not make out papers and bring us in legally and
ceremonially, but He actually give us the Spirit of
adoption. When we receive the Spirit of adoption, we
look like our Gathe, and we become partakers of God's
divine nature. We act like our Father, and we know who
He is. As soon as we become filled with His Spirit, we
begin crying, "Abba, Father."
Verses 16-17 read, "The Spirit [the Holy
Spirit] itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we
are the children of God: And if children, then heirs;
heirs of God, and joint heirs with Christ..." When we
are made to realize that we are truly sons of God and
joint heirs withChrist, the very Spirit of God will bear
witness with our spirit.
Perhaps Paul made that plainer in
Galatians 4:6, when he said, "And because ye are sons,
God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your
hears [and that Spirit is], crying, Abba, Father." Here,
my friend, we are changed idividuals, and God has sent
the Spirit of His Son. What does the Spirit of His Son
do? It will cause us to pray just like Jesus prayed.
has given us exceedingly great and precious promises.
NOne of those promises were ours. We were all Gentiles
without promise and withou hoe, but thank God, through
the Spirit of adoption we have been made children of
God. As a result, all these precious promises, and
everything God has (and who knows how much God has), are
ours. We are heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ.
said to Abraham, "Is anything too hard for the Lord?"
When God wanted the world, He just made one; when God
wanted a man, He just made one; when God wanted a fruit
tree, He just made one! God is glorified in blessing His
children. He wants us to be as rich as He is. All
Heaven's riches are our, and every storehouse God has,
He has given to you and me. What it the combination that
will ipen up God's storhouses to us? -- crying , "Abba,
us read Mark 14:34-36, where it speaks of Jesus in
Gethsemane: "And saith unto them, My soul is exceeding
sorrowful unto death: tarry ye here, and watch. And he
went forward a little, and fell on the ground, and
prayed that, if it were possible, the hour might pass
from him. And he said, Abba, Father, all things are
possible unto thee; take away this cup from
me:nevertheless not what I will, but what thou wilt."
friend, crying, "Abba, Father definitely has to do with
prayer. We are brought into an experience where a
supernatural work is working within us and the Holy
Spirit bears witness with our spitit that we are the
children of God. When we are children of God, how doew
the Holy Spirit bear witness with our spirit? When you
are born again, your spirit will cry, "Abba, Father;"
that is that adopted Spirit.
said that God sent the Spirit of His Son (the Holy
Spirit) into your heart, and the Holy Spirit crys,"Abba,
Father;" both of them bear witness, opening up the great
inheritance tha God has ordained you and me to enjoy.
The devil would like to make you fill, "God has stores
running over, but you just try to get anything."
still has a storehous that is branded "divine healing,"
and every kind of healing imaginable is there for us.
Jesus paid the price, whereby every one of us could have
that precious privilege; in spite of that fact, the
enemy is working through unbelief. There are people who
do not even pray about things. They do not know if God
would answer or not because they do not pray. The devil
has them sold on the idea that i will not do any good,
so they do not try.
are preachers of every kind trying to prove that the
anointing with oil meant giving people every bit of
medicine that could be given, and then pray. This is
just the enemy working through various avenues to sew
thoughts within your mind that will kell the
effectiveness of God's Word that He has given us to
Someone may say, "I didn't know that
crying, "Abba, Father" has to do with prayer." Even
before conversion, when the the Holy Spirit moves on a
heart, it is just a natural thing for someone to go to
an altar of prayer and get down and start praying. When
a person seeks God with his whole heart, which is a
diligent way, God rewards him.
has not been one person who has sought God in a diligent
manner that did not get rewarded. I am in no way saying
that God will reward you the very moment you seek Him.
Paul did not say that in that verse of Scripture, but he
did say that you will be rewarded. If you hold right in
that promise and seek God in a diligent manner, you will
Sprit of Grace and Supplications
Zechariah, the twelfth chapter, the prophet was speaking
about Jerusalem being delivered and how God was going to
send a deliver. He begins to talk about physical,
natural things down through the chapter, then in the
tenth verse, he switched over to spiritual things. He
said, "And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon
the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of
supplicatrions..." In other words, God is able to bring
you to a place of praying.
Chapter 13, verse 1, he said, "In that day there shall
be a fountain opened..." That fountain was opened when
Christ's side was pierced. God was furnisheing real
deliverance for Jerusalem, a deliverance they never had
before. They had physical deliverance of all kinds ever
since they had left Egypt, but He was talking about a
deliverance that would deliver them from sin.
said that at that time, He would pour out the spirit of
grace and supplications. Then going back to Chapter 12,
verse 10, he said, "...and they shall look upon me whom
they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one
mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness
for him, as one that is in bitterness for hi firstborn."
essence, the prophet was merely saying that God would
pour out the spirit of grace and supplications to the
place that you would get down and mourn over your
condition and pray and seek God as never before. All you
have to do is read the New Testament and you will know
that very thing occurred. I want you to look at eht
Apostle Paul's conversion, and you can see just exactly
how this happened.
Acts, the ninth chapter, Paul was breathing out
threatenings against the church; he was persecuting and
wasting the Church of God. As He was gong down the road
to Damascus with papers in his pocket to put the saints
in jail, a great light shined down upon him and he fell
to the earth. Jesus, the resurrected Jesus who had gone
back to Heaven, appeared to him and talked to him. He
said, "Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?" (verse 4).
in verses 8-11 we read: "And Saul arose from the earth;
and when his eyes were opened, he saw no man: but they
led him by the hand, and brought him into Damascus. And
he was three days without sight, and neither did ear nor
drink. And there was a certain disciple at Damascus,
named Ananias; and to him said the Lord in a vision,
Ananias.. And he said, Behold, I am here, Lord. And the
Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the street which
is called Straight, and enquire in the house of Judas
for one called Saul, of Tarsus: for, behold, he
Exalts Real Prayer
Somebody may say, "Saul was a Pharisee.
He prayed three times a day and he prayed long prayers."
He was not truly praying. You see, Jesus know when you
are really praying. Let us get the point here: ther are
a lot of people just like the Pharisees; they go through
the form. HOwever, it is an outstanding thing when a man
really prays. Jesus said, "Behold, he prayeth." It is a
beholding thing when a man really prays. Jesus already
knew what Ananias would say, so Jesus just said, "he
do not have to worry about a man hurting you when he is
praying. There are a lot of troubles that people are
fussing over, fussing back and forth, but if the parties
involved would pray, the problems would be dissolved.
had won a great battle: Saul was willing and submissive.
He said, "Lord, what will thou have me to do?" So the
Lord told him to go into the city to a street called
Straight and wait there. For three days, Paul did not
ear, but he prayed, and it was not a Pharisaical prayer.
He was speaking with a new tongue.
16:17 says, "...they shall speak with new tongues." The
word new there is a different Greek word altogether from
the word used in Acts, the second chapter, where they
spake in another tongue. The word new in Mark 16:17
means "a refreshed tongue." When you become a Christian,
the very tongue that used to cuss, lie, and swear will
start saying, "Abba, Father. Praise God!" It has nothing
to do with another language. Paul had a new tongue.
was talking to one disciple about another disciple. In
other words, Jesus was saying, "Ananias, you are my
disciple, and you are not going over to see Saul of
Tarsus because Saul is praying." Ananias lost all his
fear and went his way and when he went through the door,
he said, "Brother Saul," Do not tell me that prayer will
not do away with a lot of differences when prople really
is so much more to praying than what people are
seemingly getting hold of today. When someone is truly
praying, it is a sight that the resurrected, glorified
Christ notices above everything else. You may be able to
sing like a bird or preach like an orator, but you will
not excite Jesus. When somebody gets down in real
prayer, it is a sight worthy to be observed.
many, this sight would be very ordinary. This attitude
toward prayer shows the difference in value that earth
puts on things and Heaven puts on things. God exalts
praying. He would rather see you and me on our knees
really praying, and I am not talking about merely saying
State Toward God
excelled beyond any of his equals: he outprayed them and
outworked them. He was the strictest of the Pharisees.
When they believed that they had to pray three hours, he
did not pray two hours and forty-five minutes. Even so,
all the praying that he had done through that form of
religion, never excited God one bit. However, when he
got down to business diligently seeking God, Got took
was praying, "Lord, I can see the very Christ that I had
been against and the very church that I had persecuted.
I see it is the church. I know you are the Messiah," and
Jesus said, "Behold, he prayeth." Jesus points to the
sight of a man on his knees as something worthy to
behold. Why is this such a sight to behold? First of
all, it is the first sign that a great change is coming.
Mark it down, my friend, when you get down and
diligently pray, it portend that there is much to come
and something is going to happen.
Nobody can diligently seek God without
moving God on His throne. Paul was wasting his life, but
brother, when he preally prayed, God heard his prayer
and lifted him to the place that he was one of the most
outstanding Apostles; he wrote the rest of the Bible.
Where did it start? He prayed! I cannot put too much
emphasis on this.
man who prays has come into a new state toward God. You
cannot really pray without changing your state toward
Him. Oh, you can get down and say a few words before you
go to bed, say a few when you get up tomarrow, and say a
few over you food, but I am talking about getting into a
place where Jesus looks down and says, "He is really
prayer changed Paul's state toward God. Brother , after
he was filled with the Holy Ghost and was baptized, he
went out on the street and preached the doctrines of the
church, and the people said, "Isn't that the man who
used to persecute the church? Wasn't he against it? What
happened to him?" Peter said, "He prayed!"
prayer will change the church's state toward God, and
when our state toward God is changed, our state toward
one another will be changed. The man who prays desires
to come into a very new attitude toward God. He has
discovered a need, a need with real depth.
Awakened to Your Need
not know how many of those three days it took Saul to
come to the realization that he had a deep need. He
thought he was on the mountaintop, but when he got
straightened out, he saw that in terms of real salvation
he had nothing. We will never get to the place of really
praying until we are somehow awakened to the depth of
our need of praying and calling on God.
reason you do not pray is because you do not think you
need to pray; the flesh has raised up. You rest on the
length of time that you have been saved, but it does not
amount to anything if you have not prayed through today.
You are not in a bit better shape just because you have
been saved for years. The devil will try to switch you
over to the externals and you will fall into Pharisaism.
is looking down to see if we are really praying. His eye
is on His children and His ear is open to their cry.
This is sad to say, but it is true: some people cannot
get diligent until catastrophe comes; it should not be
that way, but it is in too many cases. You cannot really
pray until you become diligent.
Jesus looks down upon us as individuals, I wonder if He
is saying "Behold, he prayeth," or is He saying, "Behold
he does not pray." In either case, it is amazing to
Christ. It is an amazing thing to Christ when people
have been so blessed and then do not pray. Friend, when
we get down to business praying, it is a state in which
we have discovered a great need with great depth.
we really pray, pride is gone. Second Chronicles 7:14
says, "If my people, which are called by my name, shall
humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn
from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven,
and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land."
You cannot pray until pride is gone.
Paul's pride was gone. He no doubt
dressed well and was well respected; he was a man who
got things done. Other Pharisees just sat and said,
"That church is terrible. They are turning the world
upside down and putting the doctrine of Christ in every
town; yet they never did anything about it. Paul was a
doer. He got the papers and went to work. He was prod
that he was wasting the church; he was doing it
ignorantly, but he was proud of what he was doing. He
caused many saints to recant and back off by causing
them to fear.
Paul got down to business praying, all pride was gone.
He who had been the strictest of the Pharisees then
called himself the chief of sinners. Now that is getting
down to the bottom. Instead of being proud, he was
saying, "No one is as bad as I am, Lord." See, when you
are a Pharisee, you are glad that you are not like other
men; but when you get down to business praying, you are
chief of sinners, and ugliest and the worst.
you know one reason that your prayers have not been
going through? You hold yourself in too much of an
elevated position. You have not gotten down to business
telling God who you are as He sees you. I an trying to
help you diligently pray. There is too much praying
without reward. I still believe that Jesus gets excited
when a man or woman really prays.
Greater Work to Be Done
Jesus said, "Behold, he prayeth" (speaking of Saul), He
was getting the attention of not only Ananias, but the
angels and the Father. Jesus said, in so many words, "If
he will just pray, I will do the rest," and brother, He
did do the rest.
what a man Paul turned out to be. Aren't you anxious to
talk with him someday? The historian, Josephus, tells us
that he was just a short man and baldheaded, but what a
great man of God he was. He prayed, and Jesus did the
rest. He started revival fires everywhere his feet trod,
and he plainly told people, "It is not me; it is Christ
that liveth in me."
gave the same testimony everywhere he went. When they
brought him before the captain and let him speak, in so
many words, he said, "Well, I was going down the road to
Damascus, I had papers to persecute the Christians, but
a light brighter than the noonday sun shone down, and
Jesus said, 'Saul, why persecutest thou me?' and I fell
under the light. He told me to go into the city, and
there I prayed three days. Ananias came and laid hands
on me, and I received my sight and was filled with the
was brought before Agrippa, and he said, "I was going
down the road to Damascus..." He stuck right with it.
Men trembled when he told them about it. A man of great
authority was almost persuaded to be a Christian when he
heard him tell how he prayed that day and how God moved
on his heart and life.
is no respecter of persons. We are not going to do the
work that Paul did because the Bible is already written;
but, brothers and sisters, God has a greater wirk for
every one of us to do than that which is being done. The
starting place is right where Paul started: He really
prayed until he moved Jesus. The name Saul(his name
before he was converted) means "destroyer;" the name
Paul means "worker." He went around building up the very
thing he had been tearing down.
men truly pray, self-satisfaction and trust in the
world's resources are gone. Although there is every
reason and encouragement to pray, many fail to pray. Men
seeking salvation are praying men. Jesus told us to ask
for ou daily bread. How are you going live tomorrow
without praying? The Bible tells us that without Him we
can do nothing.
gives us the law of prayer to govern our everyday
living. Matthew 7:7-8 says: seek, and ya shall find;
knock, and it shall be opened unto you; For every one
that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and
to him that knocketh it shall be opened."
Seeking is more diligent than asking; too
many just ask. The Greek translation for the word ask
there actually means "keep asking." It does not mean to
just ask one time and go your way nonchalantly like
people are today, I hear people say, "If the Lord wants
me to have it, He will give it to me." Not if you do not
ask, seek and knock. There is not a place in the Bible
where He told you to just mention it to God, and go on
your way and He will give it to you if you are supposed
to have it. He has ordained that we pray.
said, "I will therefore that men pray everywhere,
lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting" (1
Timothy 2:8). Prayer is a great privilege. I thank God
for the privilege of prayer.
Jesus moved when a man prays? He watched Stephen get
stoned until they stoned the very life out of him, and
he prayed. Did he pray, "My God, I can't hardly wait
until you put vengeance on this bunch?" No; there is too
much of that kind of praying today. Here is Stephen"s
prayer: "Lord, lay not this sin to their charge." Jesus
no doubt stood up and looked over the banister of Heaven
as Stephen prayed, saying, "Come home, son, you have
finished your work."
reason some people do not get salvation when they dawn
an altar of prayer is because they do not come seeking
sholeheartedly. The word supplication means "to ask
humbly and earnestly." In other words, one really gets
down to business in prayer, with his whole being,
diligently praying. Our praying has to be much more
diligent to move God to the place that He answers
Son of Solomon 2:14, Jesus said to the church, "O my
dove, that art in the clefts of the rock, in the secret
places of the stairs, let me see they countenance, let
me hear thy voice..,." That is Jesus' attitude toward
Hosea, Chapter 5, it talks about the priests who wer
leading God's people astray, and the people were not
paying much attention to God. In the fifteenth verse it
says, "I will go and return to my place, till they
acknowledge their offence, and seek my face: in their
affliction they will seek me early."
verse of Scripture lets us know that God will even send
affliction to cause you to turn and cry unto Him. God
said that He would go His way and leave them alone until
they got to the place that they would acknowledge their
offence and seek His face, and He said that when
affliction comes they would seek Him early. Then James
said, "Is any among you afflicted? let him pray" (James
lets things happen because He wants you to pray. I have
seen cases of serious diseases of every kind where the
doctors finally had to say that as far as they were
concerned the case was hopeless, and God was standing
right there waiting for somebody to turn to Him and
are living in an age where we are blessed, but where the
blessings can become a curse and a hindrance to us. I am
thankful for every bit of help that medical science can
give, but it has worked wrong when it has hindered you
in your praying. Whenever thse things hinder real
praying, then they have not been a blessing to us.
all honesty, has God shown you that you have not really
been diligent in your prayer life, and because of it you
have not reaped the rewards? If the devil can keep you
praying without getting any reward or answer, all it
will take is time until you quit praying. As I mentioned
earlier, nowhere in the Bible does it say that you will
get an answer the second you ask; but God is a rewarder
of everyone who asks. Whether you get it now or later,
you will receive if you ask in faith without doubting.
Friend, if you do not pray diligently and
do not get anything, the devil will just keep pecking at
you, saying, "What are you praying for?" God does not
answer prayer," and you will become weary in well doing.
Then you will do just what many other people are doing
now: they are trying to plot their own course, and when
sickness comes, their firat thought is never prayer. I
ask you again, in closing, how is your prayer