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Are We Expectant Pray-ers ??????

04 Sep

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Everyone who reads my blog regularly knows how much I love C.H. Spurgeon. This year I am posting his Faith’s Checkbook everyday. If you read it everyday on December 31st you will have read them all. Today’s post by Spurgeon is very similar to the thought I have been thinking on for the past 24 hours.

I am going to use the text that Spurgeon used for this mornings devotion, but I could find many throughout the Bible in both Testaments equally well.

“But I will have mercy upon the house of Judah, and will save them by the Lord their God, and will not save them by bow, nor by sword, nor by battle, by horses, nor by horsemen”. (Hosea 1:7)

The world that we live in is saturated with evil. Many are affected by the events of a few. Christians today are in a very fierce warfare with darkness much like Judah was in in the passage above. Ultimately we know how it’s going to play out, but in the here and now there are many victories to be ours through our mighty Jehovah. And what is our greatest way to victory? It is through PRAYER!!!

I’m not speaking of only a general prayer that God will bless us, and our household, and those we love. I am speaking of a dedicated, bold prayer that God will deliver, or heal, or revive that huge issue we are praying for. The writer to the Hebrews instructs us “to come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need”. (Hebrews 4:16)

Today, we are in need! It is God’s help that we are in need of in so many areas. I think many huge events occurring in our world today will not be solved by diplomacy, or warfare, or by throwing money at it. The only hope that we have is in Jehovah-Sabaoth, The Lord of Host, the omnipotent God of Heaven. There will be no other way.

So how should we pray? We must pray fervently and specifically with expectation that God will answer our prayers. We don’t want to be like the church in Acts 12 praying for Peter’s release from prison. God had answered their prayer and when Peter knocked at Mary’s door where they were praying and it was reported to them by Rhoda they told her she was mad. Peter continues to knock at the door and then they believed it must be Peter’s angel. How much did they really believe what they were praying for was going to occur. Not much I would say.

Are we any different? I would say NO!!!  I want to dedicate myself to this type of prayer, and I want to challenge each one of you to dedicate yourselves to praying like this. And don’t be surprised to see some big things happen.

 

Shalom, until tomorrow, Lord willing,

 

Levi

 

 
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Posted by on September 4, 2014 in Christianity, Faith, Religion

 

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34 responses to “Are We Expectant Pray-ers ??????

  1. wisediscerner

    September 4, 2014 at 4:34 am

    Awesome words this morning…as always! This is so true and so important if we want to see change happening. May God bless you today!

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    • Levi Thetford

      September 4, 2014 at 5:29 am

      Good morning!! I think it’s true and that we mainly talk about praying instead of really praying. May we be prayer warriors. Have a wonderful day. Hope your heat is letting up. Lord bless you!!!

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      • wisediscerner

        September 4, 2014 at 6:07 am

        Amen Levi! Yes, prayer warriors we MUST be. Yes, the heat is letting up a little, but still not enough for me yet!! We’re supposed to go to a Ham Fest in Mena, Ark. this weekend to a nice 67°…I can’t! lol

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        • Levi Thetford

          September 4, 2014 at 6:10 am

          Great. Have fun and enjoy!!!

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        • wisediscerner

          September 4, 2014 at 6:11 am

          Oops! That was supposed to say… I can’t wait!!

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  2. mzpresser

    September 4, 2014 at 5:09 am

    Here we go!!!

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  3. paulfg

    September 4, 2014 at 5:43 am

    “mainly talk about praying instead of really praying” – what a lovely distinction. And words close to my heart. Are we hoping or praying, throwing pennies in a wishing well or whispering in His ear?

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    • Levi Thetford

      September 4, 2014 at 5:45 am

      Exactly, Paul. I like your words much better. You understand what I was trying to say!!!😀

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  4. Karyl

    September 4, 2014 at 6:51 am

    Thanks! Needed that push!

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  5. Cynthia Reyes

    September 4, 2014 at 7:17 am

    A really strengthening post, Levi. Thanks.

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  6. james1948

    September 4, 2014 at 7:21 am

    Reblogged this on James1948's Blog.

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  7. james1948

    September 4, 2014 at 7:25 am

    My very concern with the condition of our Nation and Isreal. Great revivals have swept our nation in the past because people have prayed with expectation and repentance. Thank you. My prayer is for conviction and repentance of what used to be a great nation and the repentance of God’s chosen nation.

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    • Levi Thetford

      September 4, 2014 at 7:46 am

      I agree that these are also at the top of my list. Thanks!

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  8. atimetoshare

    September 4, 2014 at 7:35 am

    I know all things are possible with God. We must pray diligently for our nation and for this seemingly endless fight against the devil. God will triumph. I expect it!

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    • Levi Thetford

      September 4, 2014 at 7:48 am

      Great!! We have many huge problems all around us. Thanks, Kathy!!!

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  9. DJ Mynatt

    September 4, 2014 at 7:55 am

    you hit the nail on the head… many of the disciples refused to believe until they were shown proof. too many are the same today…

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    • Levi Thetford

      September 4, 2014 at 8:12 am

      Yes we are! We must pray expecting God to work! Have a great day!

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  10. Family to the 5 Power!

    September 4, 2014 at 8:09 am

    This was a much-needed encouragement this morning! Thank you, Levi. Happy Thursday to you :).

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    • Levi Thetford

      September 4, 2014 at 8:13 am

      Thank you my friend! Have a wonderful day!!!😀

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  11. Karen Pickering

    September 4, 2014 at 8:26 am

    Good reminder, Levi. The struggle is when someone faces a difficulty for years. To be able to pray believing becomes more difficult. In our instant society we want instant results. My prayer is that I would be able to persevere in the midst.

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    • Levi Thetford

      September 4, 2014 at 2:01 pm

      Hello Karen. The point you made is so real in our prayer lives and must be guarded against. I feel the greatest issue in most Christians is only praying when they need something personally. I always appreciate you and your comments!!!

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  12. Heather

    September 4, 2014 at 9:12 am

    “How much did they really believe what they were praying for was going to occur?” Game changer for me today Levi. Thanks for the encouragement and the push to pray not only constantly but with conviction and belief! I’m so busy in my own mind trying to sort out car issues and kid issues and scheduling and I really just need to lay it all down and PRAY for God’s hand to move.

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    • Levi Thetford

      September 4, 2014 at 10:10 am

      Good morning, Heather!!! It is a good reminder and a great weakness. I have a mission to keep it in the forefront. Do it, girl!!! Lol. Have a great day!!!😀

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      • Heather

        September 4, 2014 at 10:12 am

        Amen!!! You are a true warrior of God on a mission! you do the same Levi! : )

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  13. Faith Unlocked

    September 4, 2014 at 3:19 pm

    ‘The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective’ – let’s gather around his Word and pray in faithful expectation!! Thanks for challenging and encouraging us all Levi.

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  14. mydelightandmycounsellors

    September 4, 2014 at 3:42 pm

    Reblogged this on My Delight and My Counsellors.

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  15. a gentle iconoclast

    September 4, 2014 at 9:14 pm

    Great advice, Levi! Thank you! Let’s take it!

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