The Wonder of Prayer

The wonder of prayer – James 5 verse 13 – 18

Prayer invites us again to embrace what God has said about Himself to believe it is actually true and to seek His help. There is no more radical act in the Christian faith than prayer.  To take your life, to take your struggle, to take your most precious things, to take your most difficult things, and to place them in the hands of someone you can’t see, and you can’t hear, you can’t touch, you can’t feel – is an act so radical it can hardly be described. – Dr. Paul Tripp

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Not only is prayer recognizing the sovereignty of God, it recognizes the grace and love of God, His presence, and power, you recognize His mercy. Prayer is power in action.

God is near, He is powerful. He hears. Why would we try in our own strength and limited power to fix a problem we are facing, to change circumstances? Why would we not run to God to do it for us, the One who controls life, the One who created everything, the One who knows us better than we know ourselves…why? Pride? Unbelief? Or perhaps our relationship with God is such that we do not fully trust Him with all of our situations.

Reach out today in prayer and He will receive you, His grace is too big, His mercy is too lofty, His compassion to great toward us, to leave us the way we are!

Stay blessed as you pray believing you will receive the answer …

 

Pr. Paddick Van Zyl   – LDMI

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Why do we pray?

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“17 Then one of the crowd answered and said, “Teacher, I brought You my son, who has a mute spirit. 18 And wherever it seizes him, it throws him down; he foams at the mouth, gnashes his teeth, and becomes rigid. So I spoke to Your disciples, that they should cast it out, but they could not.”

19 He answered him and said, “O faithless generation, how long shall I be with you? How long shall I bear with you? Bring him to Me.” 20 Then they brought him to Him. And when he saw Him, immediately the spirit convulsed him, and he fell on the ground and wallowed, foaming at the mouth.

21 So He asked his father, “How long has this been happening to him?”

And he said, “From childhood. 22 And often he has thrown him both into the fire and into the water to destroy him. But if You can do anything, have compassion on us and help us.”

23 Jesus said to him, “If you can believe,[a] all things are possible to him who believes.”

24 Immediately the father of the child cried out and said with tears, “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!”

25 When Jesus saw that the people came running together, He rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it: “Deaf and dumb spirit, I command you, come out of him and enter him no more!” 26 Then the spirit cried out, convulsed him greatly, and came out of him. And he became as one dead, so that many said, “He is dead.” 27 But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him up, and he arose.

28 And when He had come into the house, His disciples asked Him privately, “Why could we not cast it out?”

29 So He said to them, “This kind can come out by nothing but prayer and fasting.”[b]”

Mark 9 17-29 NKJV

When asked by the disciples, why they could not cast the demonic spirit out of the boy Jesus’ answer was simple: they did not pray. They relied on their power. Their ability.

Prayer calls me to abandon my reliance on me, abandon my hope in me, abandon my delusions and strength and wisdom of myself. If I am sufficient, if I am strong, if I am able, then prayer doesn’t make any sense. Prayer by its very nature is an abandonment of self and a rest in the power of God. We pray because we are desperately aware that our only hope is the One who welcomes and receives and answers those prayers.

Stay humble and blessed in prayer…

Pr. Paddick

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Delayed Gratification

Delayed gratification – a fancy word for waiting until it happens. Why is it that we are so impatient? Why are we so hurried? What exactly does waiting accomplish in us?

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It confronts us. It reminds us on a very deep level that we are actually not in charge of anything! That God is in charge of everything. As soon as people or circumstances require us to wait, to stop, to pause, we are faced with the very real spiritual reality that we are not in the centre of the universe. It says loud and clear: “You are not the author of your life.” To wait for something brings about endurance: of patience, of faith, of character.

The 2nd chapter of Romans (verses 6 to 7), has a very clear message of why and how we ought to wait and the reward for those who wait:

 who “will render to each one according to his deeds”:[a] eternal life to those who by patient continuance in doing good seek for glory, honor, and immortality;” NKJV

“But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with perseverance.” Romans 8:25  NKJV

“For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ,” Philippians 3:20 NKJV

“so Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many. To those who eagerly wait for Him He will appear a second time, apart from sin, for salvation.” Hebrews 9:28 NKJV

“Therefore be patient, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, waiting patiently for it until it receives the early and latter rain.” James 5:7  NKJV

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I like what Dr. Paul Tripp notes about waiting: “Waiting, by biblical definition is active. It is not just sitting around waiting for good things to come. His plan is as perfect as it could be. I am actively doing His kingdom work. Because I have to wait does not indict the goodness of God, it does not mean the kingdom does not exist. It is the plan.”*

Learn the precious value of slowing down and waiting.

Stay blessed,

 

Pr. Paddick

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  • Dr Paul Tripp – Sermon Audio (Eavesdropping on eternity), 09-03-2011 Sermon Audio

Worship

 

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Worship is first your identity before it is  your activity. You have been hard wired for worship. You are by your very nature a worshiper.  It is only worship of God that does not carry danger with it. All other forms of worship have bound into them danger – the danger of death.  Only God had the right and the power to promise you life…                    Dr. Paul Tripp  – Eavesdropping on Eternity

 

 

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AP – Analytical Paralysis

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Too much analysis (anxiety, fear, worry) only leads to  (spiritual and mental) paralysis…

When your life seems out of control and chaos reigns; God is still in control, He is still sovereign. We were created to depend upon God, that is the correct way the universe was designed by God to operate.

Trying in our own, limited, strength and ability to fix things usually end in disaster. Let God fix it. He is an expert at fixing things…

Pr. Paddick  LDMI

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Our Identity

“Human beings are always assigning to themselves some kind of identity. There are only two places to look. Either you will be getting your identity vertically, from who you are in Christ, or you will be shopping for it horizontally in the situations, experiences, and relationships of your daily life.”
― Paul David TrippDangerous Calling: Confronting the Unique Challenges of Pastoral Ministry

Relationship

“Our purpose (in relationship) is to get what we want but God’s purpose is to give us what we really need. We think things are going well only if we are getting along with others. But God says that it is also when we are not getting along with others that he is accomplishing his purpose.

God has designed our relationship to function as both a diagnosis and a cure.”
― Paul David Tripp