Someone sits in a restaurant, consuming a large meal, filled with fatty food that they wash down with a soft drink. They then finish off with a large bowl of chocolate ice cream covered in hot fudge. That night, before going to bed (and having a little snack before then, too), they get on their knees to pray. Part of their prayer is, “O Lord, please help me lose weight.”1
What’s wrong with this picture?
The fact is, we can expect God [...]
“Prayer is the breath of the soul. It is the secret of spiritual power. No other means of grace can be substituted, and the health of the soul be preserved. Prayer brings the heart into immediate contact with the Well spring of life, and strengthens the sinew and muscle of the religious experience.”—Ellen G. White, Gospel Workers, pp. 254, 255.
“When we do not receive the very things we asked for, at the time we ask, we are still to believe that the [...]
by Bobby Wagh
Raju heard the singing coming from the neighbor’s house and turned his music up as loud as possible. Sometimes he could still hear the singing, and he shouted abuses at the little group of Adventist believers who worshipped next door.[1. Love Thy Neighbor Pacific Press from GoodSalt.com]
Other neighbors avoided confronting Raju about his actions. They left the troublesome neighbor to the Adventists to handle. The believers visited Raju and offered to pray for him and his family. But their [...]
“God is my best Friend,” Judy said quietly to her friend Stacy as the adult Sabbath school was tranforming into the worship hour.1
“Mine, too,” Stacy replied. “The best Friend I’ve ever had. I talk to Him a lot.”
A set of shoulders in front of them paused and turned in their direction. It was Bob, one of the teachers for another adult class. “Be careful, ladies,” he said. “You talk like that too much and [...]
Key Thought : Prayer is the most important way of communing with God and should be engaged in as much as possible. Christ showed that prayer attitudes such as humility, persistence, and acceptance of God’s will greatly helps us.
[Teaching Plan for "The Promise of Prayer" March 7, 2012]
1. Have a volunteer read Matthew 26:39-41.
A. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea of this text is.
B. Why was Jesus asking not to do [...]
Do you know what a “user interface” is? If you do, please forgive me while I sound like I know what I’m talking about for a bit.
The “user interface” is how the user (human) interacts with an electronic device. For example, on some computers, the user interface is the keyboard and mouse; tablet computers and some phones have a touch screen interface. Sometimes, it could be a microphone. 1
Well, I’m thinking that prayer is our user interface [...]
One of the questions that those who pray often ask is, “Can my prayers really move God to do something that, otherwise, He might not do?” That’s a logical question. To answer it, all we can do is go to the Word of God and see what it says.1
Read James 4:2; Luke 11:9, 10; James 5:16–18. What do these texts say about our prayers and the actions of God?
However much prayer changes us, and impacts our relationship with God and others, the Bible [...]
And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear. Isaiah 65:24
More exciting than getting what you ask for from God is just knowing He listens to you!
In the summer of 1991 I was enjoying my first full year of Literature Evangelism, as I was selling books all over Oklahoma and even the surrounding states. So far I was leading my conference in sales and hours worked. However, [...]
“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” (Heb. 11:6). What important principles does this text teach us in regard to what is required for prayer and what it means to us? 1
In a sense, prayer is a way of coming to God, of opening oneself up to Him. We don’t pray so that God will know the things that [...]
What do the following texts teach us about Jesus and prayer? What is the context of these verses?1
Luke 3:21, 22
Luke 9:28, 29
Luke 6:12, 13
Luke 22:31, 32
Jesus, the spotless Son of God, the one who was without sin, without fault, the one who lived in perfect harmony with the will of the Father, obviously had a powerful prayer life. (The above verses don’t even include Jesus’ prayer in John 17.) If Jesus needed to pray in order to deal with [...]
One day, a young man received a letter from a former co-worker, someone who had retired a number of years earlier. The two workers, to put it mildly, hadn’t gotten along; the one who had left, from the start, had treated the other one badly. Anyway, the worker still there opened the letter and started to read. Among the words were the following: “You know, I don’t understand how prayer works, never did, at least intellectually. I do know, however, [...]
[Editor's Note: When we think of prophecy, our minds often turn to the message of Rev 14:6-10 and Rev 18:4, and we are reminded that it is our responsibility to call God's people out of Babylon. But do we understand the sin of Babylon so we can be sure that we do not participate in the same sin? Stan Hudson explores this topic.]
Some time ago I visited a dear, little old lady who had a great spiritual concern: “Pastor, do [...]