Casting Burdens

Casting Burdens

How Does the Burden End Up Cast on Him

1 Peter 5:7a “Casting all your burdens on Him. . .”

All of them?

I’d be Content with just one cast on Him!

If you haven’t listened to our short 2 minute video, showing us WHY we can cast our burdens onto Him, you need to:

Think about it. When you pray for someone, lifting their burden to the Lord, and you see that sigh of relief come onto their face, or you hear it in their voice, or as you’ll see below, you read it thru their fingertips. . .

I want to know, how did it happen? When did it happen? And, who actually “cast the burden onto the Lord,” anyway?

Is it you, the pray-er or the person you are praying for? Is it somehow the Holy Spirit? Do you know?

I’ll be honest with you, I have no clue!

But I think verse 6 gives us a hint. It talks about “humbling yourself before God.”

I remember an older friend of mine praying one day, “Lord, sometimes my burdens are too heavy for me to lift by myself.”

Enter the “Burden-Bearer.” And that’s you! All you’re doing is praying for them. And as you pray, what happens? Yes, somehow the burden is no longer a weight on their shoulders. Somehow, it is “cast upon Him, who careth for them.”

I told you I don’t know how it happens. But, does it happen? Absolutely!

Go back to verse 6 for a moment.

1 Peter 5:6a “Humble yourself before the mighty hand of God. . .”

You humble yourself when you say, “I trust You, Lord. I submit to You.”

Those words don’t come easily when you are burdened.

But look at the rest of verse 6.

1 Peter 5:6b “. . .And He will lift you up in due time.”

May I adapt the wording a bit?

He will lift your burden, in due time

What’s the “Due-time” you ask?

You know what I think. I think the act of letting someone else pray for you is an act of humility before God, which He honors, usually immediately, by giving you peace, even though the burden is still there.

For those few moments, the burden is gone. Now the burden may be hoisted back onto our shoulders immediately after the prayer, but for a time, peace came (which we’ll address next week)

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This week: . . .I sent him a text praying Romans 15:13 for him.
I lifted him to the God of hope, to fill him with joy and peace.
What do you think he did when he got the text which said I was praying?
You could almost hear the sigh of relief in his fingertips.
Is the burden he’s carrying gone? No! But it is, for the time being, on the Lord’s shoulders. . .
Step 1 — Ask!
Step 2 — Pray!

 

Troubles, How Will They End

Blessings,

 

MARK S MIRZA

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Prayer Quotes

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PRAYER QUOTES

Joseph Alleine (1634 – 1668)

Beware that none of you be a prayerless person; for that is a most certain discovery that you are a Christless and graceless person; or one that is a very stranger to the fear of God. (Psalm 5:7)

Suffer not your Bibles to gather dust, see that you converse daily with the Word. (John 5:39)

Let meditation and self-examination be your daily exercise.

Let every family with you be a Christian church, (1 Corinthians 6:19), and every house a house of prayer.

Let them [your family] have your prayers as duly as their meals. Is there any of your families but have time for their taking food, wretched man, canst thou not as well find time to pray in?

Put every one in your families upon private prayer. Observe whether they do perform it – Get them the help of a form, if they need it, till they are able to pray without it. Direct them how to pray, by reminding them of their sins, wants, and mercies, the material of prayer. This was the practice of John and Jesus. (Luke 11:1ff)

Robert Anderson (1943 –         )

The most important aspect of prayer is listening.

We need to deal with the hindrances, or we’ll never get to the praying.

The sovereignty of our God covers the circumstances around us.

Brother Andrew (1928 –         )

If we leave who will pray.

E. M. Bounds (1835 – 1913)

Short, powerful public prayers are the outcome of long secret intercession.

David Brainerd (1718-1747)

One hour with God infinitely exceeds all the pleasures and delights of this lower world.

Charles H Brent (1862 – 1929)

It is productive of much mischief to try to make people believe that the life of prayer is easy.

There is one universal society, the Church . . . one universal book, the Bible . . . one universal art, prayer, in which all may become well skilled and to the acquirement of which all must bend their energies.

Active or dormant, the instinct of prayer abides, a faithful tenant, in every soul.

The instinct to pray may be undeveloped, or paralyzed by violence, or it may lie bed-ridden in the soul through long neglect; but even so, no benumbed faculty is more readily roused to life and nerved to action than that of prayer.

Simplicity and courage are two virtues indispensable for those who covet to pray well.

. . . though the art of prayer is a universal art it is the most difficult of all.

We can learn to converse with men only by conversing; we can learn to pray to God only by praying.

The world just now is sadly in need of better [church] services, but before this can be rendered there must be better prayer. . . .

Those alone labour effectively among men who impetuously fling themselves upwards towards God.

When we go to pray, God has already come to the meeting-place. We are never there first.

God, being Who He is, is more ready to hear than we to pray, more eager to give than we to receive, more active to find us than we to find Him.

One may say that the real end of prayer is not so much to get this or that single desire granted, so much as to put human life in full and joyful conformity with the will of God.

The night prayers determine the quality of the morrow’s prayers.

. . . the common enemy of the praying world known as wandering thoughts.

George A Buttrick (1892 – 1980)

Those who pray are the real light-bearers in any age.

Sam Cathey (1934 – 2016)

We will never have revival until we get serious about sin.

[Being in disunity with another] Oh glory, it’s not a personality conflict, it’s sin.

If you’re not right with one another you’re not right with God

Michael Catt (19?? –         )

[Talking about the pray-ers of Acts 12] They did not believe that prayer was the last resort.

God always gets the last word. That’s why prayer is important.

We can serve up more coffee than we can serve up prayer.

People talk to the commentators on their TV’s more than to God.

[From Luke 10:38-42] Martha was glad Jesus was present, Mary wanted to be in His presence.

Samuel Chadwick (1860 – 1932)

[In a biogrsaphy prologue, written by Norman G. Dunning] Mr. Chadwick led us to the Throne of God…He prayed as one who lived in intimate fellowship with the Eternal. For twenty-five minutes he lifted up his voice in supplication.

I have worked at the Bible, prayed over the Bible…and I tell you there is no book like the Bible.

He was essentially a man of prayer. Every morning he would be astir shortly after six o’clock…for his quiet hour before breakfast. He was mighty in public prayer because he was constant in his private devotions…When he prayed, he expected God to do something.

I wish I had prayed more. . .even if I had worked less; and from the bottom of my heart, I wish I had prayed better.

He wore clogs, but his soul had wings.

There was a small band of praying people. The success of Mr. Chadwick’s ministry was assured from the first night.

There was no elaborate organization, no sensational advertisement, just prayer and preaching and work. God did the rest.

Mr. Chadwick used to tell the Lord of his needs, and the Lord had a way of telling the people.

Sunday was a strenuous day…The activities of the Sabbath opened with a Prayer Meeting…Sunday afternoon tea, which was provided for workers and people, was followed by an hour of prayer.

As the workers stood in a ring at prayer in one of the streets. . .

The one thing that encourages us above all else is that we enter into a precious inheritance of fellowship and prayer.

All the crises in the life of our Lord were linked with special seasons of prayer.

The basis of prayer is sonship. Prayer is possible and reasonable because it is filial. It is natural for a child to ask of its father, and it is reasonable for the father to listen to the request of his child.

There are many problems about prayer, but they lie outside the fact and experience of prayer, and apart from praying there is no solution of them.

There is one incident which tells us what God thinks of prayer. His mind concerning prayer is seen in every command to pray, in every law of prayer, in every promise concerning prayer, and in every example of answered prayer. Every part is part of the whole, but every subject of Scripture has its final and complete expression, and in the conversion of Saul of Tarsus there is a unique revelation of the mind of God concerning prayer. There are three persons in that incident of prayer. There are the man who prayed, the God who heard, and the man through whom the answer came. God is central. It is to Him prayer is made, through Him prayer is interpreted, and by Him prayer is answered.

God speaks of prayer in terms of wonder: “Behold, he prayeth.” … Can it be that there are things that to God are wonderful? That is how God speaks, and to Him there is nothing more gloriously wonderful than prayer. It would seem as if the biggest thing in God’s universe is a man who prays. There is only one thing more amazing, and that is, that man, knowing this, should not pray.

I often say my prayers, But do I ever pray?

Prayer is the privilege of sons, and the test of sonship.

There is joy in the heart of God the Father when His lost children begin to pray. He answers like the God He is.

The answering hand of God waits for the lifted hand of man, and the heart that answers always transcends the heart that cries.

God’s servants are partners with Him in the ministry of prayer. That is the mystery of spiritual co-operation.

Muller prayed and answers came, and that is why all men believed him to be a man of God.

When I was a very small boy, not more than six or seven years of age, I was sent on an errand to the house of a neighbor named Davenport; it was about nine o’clock in the morning. I knocked, lifted the latch, and stepped inside. On the hearth, kneeling at a chair on which was an open Bible, was Mrs. Davenport, praying… from then till now I have known that Mrs. Davenport was a saint of God, because she prayed.

The secret of Elijah’s power in prayer was that he prayed earnestly and fervently.

There is much praying that avails nothing, so far as we can judge.

There is no way to learn to pray but by praying.

They were known as men of God, because they were men of prayer.

Our [fore]-fathers were mighty in prayer. They saved England by prayer. They shook the gates of hell by prayer. They opened the windows of heaven by prayer. How did they learn to pray? They learned to pray by being much in prayer. They did not talk about prayer; they prayed. They did not argue about prayer; they prayed.

Prayer touches infinite extremes. It is so simple that a little child can pray, and it is so profound that none but a child-heart can pray.

To pray as God would have us pray is the greatest achievement on earth.

Prayer costs. It takes time. Hurried prayers and muttered litanies can never produce souls mighty in prayer.

If prayer is the greatest achievement on earth, we may be sure it will call for a discipline that corresponds to its power.

The reason so many people do not pray is because of its cost.

[Prayer] is the acid test of devotion. Nothing in the life of faith is so difficult to maintain.

There are those who resent the association of discipline and intensity with prayer.

One of the first things he commands is that there shall be a place of prayer. . .it was His habit to withdraw into a solitary place to pray. He needed the fenced spaces of silence.

The first quality God requires in prayer is reality. Hypocrites never pray in secret. Prayers that are a pretense require an audience.

Hearts must be pure and hands clean that dare shut the door and be alone with God.

It would revolutionize the lives of most men if they were shut in with God in some secret place for half an hour a day.

There is a vital difference between private and corporate prayer. Each kind of prayer brings blessing after its kind, but there is a difference. Corporate prayer is less exacting. . .In private prayer the soul stands naked and alone in the presence of God.
Our Lord laid emphasis upon the forgiving spirit. The one thing above all others that bolts and bars the way into the presence chamber of prayer is unwillingness to forgive from the heart.

The great souls who became mighty in prayer, and rejoiced to spend three and four hours a day alone with God, were once beginners.

When I asked if father was up, she looked radiantly and reverently into my eyes and said, “Oh, my daddy always talks with God in the drawing room before breakfast.”

God wills that men should pray everywhere, but the place of His glory is in the solitudes, where He hides us in the cleft of the rock, and talks with man face to face as a man talketh with his friend.

Our Lord gave His disciples a form and order of prayer, and it does not begin with either song or supplication, but with the contemplation of God: Our Father, Which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.

I never take any book but the Bible into the secret place. It is my prayer book.

I feed upon it [the Bible], by searching its truth, appropriating its affirmations, and turning its psalms and prayers into personal thanksgiving and supplication. Questions of criticism, textual or otherwise, do not enter into my mind in the secret place.

The Word is more to me than my necessary food. It thrills and moves me with tremendous power.

I find it good to rehearse and review my daily life in the Holy Presence. It is there I make my plans.

It is not necessary to tell anyone else the things you tell to God. The Father is in secret, He sees in secret, He hears in secret; leave it to Him to make it known.

The Word of God quickens the soul and instructs it in prayer.

Saint Paul links together the Word of God and prayer. “And take.. . . the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit.

We take the Bible into the inner sanctuary. . .that we may hear what the Lord our God will say unto us.

Saint Paul said, “I will pray with the understanding also.” The Word of God gives understanding to prayer. The Bible is not an easy book to the uninitiated, and that is why so many fall back upon ordered and simple books of devotion, but it is the Book of Common Prayer to be understood of the common people.

When I began I was called at five o’clock in the morning, and had to be at work at six, so I read my morning portion the night before. I read through the appointed portion in a prayer spirit again and again, then went over it clause by clause on my knees, turning its statements into prayer and thanksgiving. Then I wrote out the verse or phrase that spoke to me, read it over next morning as I dressed, committed the day briefly to God, and put the text in my waistcoat pocket.

[Talking about the presence of God at our time of prayer] The soul is never less alone than when it is alone with God.

It is best to have no book but the Bible, that scripture may be interpreted by scripture. I find it well to take the sayings of psalmist and prophet and turn them into prayers.

I wonder how often I have prayed through Psalm one hundred and sixteen. It was one of God’s earliest gifts to me.

I advise that it [the Bible] be studied in short portions, lest prayer become secondary in the place consecrated to prayer.
The most incredible things are promised to prayer.

Some of the passages are overwhelming in their challenge to prayer. Here is one: “Thus saith the Lord, the Holy One of Israel, and his Maker, Ask me of things to come concerning my sons, and concerning the work of my hands command ye me” (Isaiah 45:11). Prayer passes from entreaty to command.

There is one saying of Jesus that is even more startling than that of Isaiah. “Therefore,” says he, “I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them” (Mark 11:24)

The promise to prayer reaches its climax in the Upper Room on that memorable night of revelation and tragedy. He declared Himself to be the basis of prayer. They were to pray in a new way. They were to pray in His name.

Prayer reaches its highest level when offered in the Name which is above every name.

Our Lord never explained what was meant by praying in His name. The meaning was plain enough to every Israelite. God was in His name.

[He brilliantly explains] “In His Name” with: Our Lord speaks in terms of Deity. To pray in Christ’s name means something more than adding “for Christ’s sake” to our petitions The name expresses personality, character, and being. The person is in the name. Prayer in Christ’s name is prayer according to the character of His mind, and according to the purpose of His will. To pray in the name of Christ is to pray as one who is at one with Christ, whose desires is the mind of Christ, whose desires are the desires of Christ, and whose purpose is one with that of Christ.

He indorses our petitions and makes our prayers His own, and “the Father hears Him pray.” We are not heard for our much loud shouting Neither are we heard for our fine phrasing, nor our much weeping. Neither are we heard for our good works, nor for our self-denials. Prayer in His name is heard for His name’s sake.

I began to pray for power, for service, and God led me to the answer by way of equipment for prayer. It was a great surprise to me, for I thought I knew how to pray, and had prayed much over the work to which he had sent me. When I began to seek power, my ears were opened before my eyes began to see. I heard testimonies to which I had been deaf.

The work of the Holy Spirit is always in co-operation…We pray in the Spirit, and the Spirit maketh intercession for us.

Those who pray in the Spirit must be in the Spirit, and if the Spirit of God is to make intercession for us, He must dwell in us.

The Holy Spirit creates the conditions of prayer. We may ask amiss, not only in what we ask, but also in the reason for asking.

He sanctifies desire and directs it into the will of God, so that we desire what God wills to give. That is how it comes to pass that if we delight ourselves in the Lord, we can be sure that He will give us the desires of our heart. We want what He wills
Proper definition of praying in the Spirit: This is the inner meaning of prayer. It is more than asking, it is communion, fellowship, co-operation, identification with God the Father and the Son by the Holy Spirit. Prayer is more than words, for it is mightiest when wordless. It is more than asking, for it reaches its highest glory when it adores and asks nothing. When a child entered his father’s study and walked up to him at his desk, the father turned and asked, “What do you want, sonnie?” The little chap answered, “Nothing, daddy, I just came to be with you.”

Our Lord bases prayer on personal relationship. He taught us to call God our Father, and the implication of sonship changes the whole aspect of prayer.

The revelation that God is Father establishes the possibility and reasonableness of prayer.

A season of silence is the best preparation for speech with God.

Love is the bond of fellowship in prayer.

He [Jesus] lived in the sovereign will of the holy and righteous Father. He did not pray to subdue the Father’s will to his desire; but that the will of the Father might be done.

Our Lord Himself prayed with intensity and importunity. He rose early to pray. He spent all nights in prayer.

It is quite clear that prayer is not the easy thing that seems to be implied in the simplicity of asking our Heavenly Father for what we want and getting it. There is travail in it. There is work in it. There is entreaty in it. There is importunity in it.
Prayer is full of apparent contradictions. It is so simple that a child can pray, and it is so profound that the wisest cannot explain its mystery. It is so easy that those who have no strength can pray, and it is so strenuous that it taxes every resource of energy, intelligence, and power. It is so natural that it need not be taught, and it is so far beyond nature that it cannot be learned in the school of this world’s wisdom.

The modern mind resents prayer that is an agony and entreaty, a pleading and striving, a wrestling and persistence. That is not the way parents would like to see their children come to them, and so they reason it is not the way for them to pray.

Prayer is just cashing checks! Is it as simple as that? Is God at the counter waiting to hand over whatever we ask? Experience soon disillusions those who think that is the whole of prayer. If that were all, why should there be a secret place and a closed door?

God is found of those who seek Him with all their heart. Wrestling prayer prevails. The fervent effectual prayer of the righteous is of great force.

Leave all directors and prompters to the place of corporate and liturgical prayer. When alone with God, be alone with Him.
If the Spirit groans in intercession do not be afraid of the agony of prayer.

A minister told of his Sunday-school teacher who despaired of his class and asked to be released. The superintendent persuaded him to try again, and to promise that every day for three months he would pray in secret, for every boy. Every boy in the class was saved, and four of them became ministers of great usefulness and power.

Apart altogether from specific blessings, the sheer influence of a daily habit of private prayer is incalculable.

Many serve and suffer for Him who never enter the Holy Place where the Most High dwells between the Cherubim. It is there He reveals Himself as nowhere else. He manifests Himself to those who pray in secret as He cannot to those who have no inner sanctuary of the soul.

It was the weaponless hand of prayer that ruled the battle. “And it came to pass, when Moses held up his’ hand, that Israel prevailed.

Prevailing prayer makes men invincible.

They who prevail in the secret place of the Most High cannot be beaten anywhere.

All things are possible to secret prayer.

Moses was admitted to the friendship of God. He did not come simply to plead petitions and receive orders. He was there for communion on a common basis of fellowship. The inner chamber. . .is a place for listening as well as for speech.

The most important part of prayer is not what we say to God, but what God says to us. It is no place for hurry. The soul must be still and wait before the Lord.

Daniel prayed habitually and continually; and his life was a romance of prayer.

The New Testament explanation of the man and his work is that he was a man of prayer. On the face of the Old Testament story, prayer was an outstanding feature of this man, but according to the New Testament, prayer was the entire explanation of the man and his marvelous doings.

The praying of Elijah is a demonstration of the supernatural power of prayer. His prayers were miracles of power. That is what the New Testament says of them. There has always been difficulty with the translation of James 5: 16. The Authorized version reads, “The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” The Revised Version — “The supplication of a righteous man availeth much in its working.” Dr. Rendel Harris translates it, “The energized prayer of a righteous man is of great force.”

He prayed for fire from heaven, and it fell as he prayed. He did not argue about prayer. He prayed.

Praying solves problems of prayer.

Dr. A. T. Pierson was my friend, and he was the friend and biographer of Muller. It was from him I got the first half of the story. He told me of an occasion when he was the guest of Muller at the Orphanage. One night when all the house hold had retired he asked Pierson to join him in prayer. He told him that there was absolutely nothing in the house for next morning’s breakfast. My friend tried to remonstrate with him and to remind him that all the stores were closed. Muller knew all that. He had prayed as he always prayed, and he never told anyone of his needs but God. They prayed. At least Muller did, and Pierson tried to. They went to bed and slept, and breakfast for two thousand children was there in abundance at the usual breakfast hour. Neither Muller nor Pierson ever knew how the answer came. The story was told next morning to Simon Short of Bristol, under pledge of secrecy till the benefactor died. The details of it are thrilling, but all that need to be told here is that the Lord called him out of bed in the middle of the night to send breakfast to Muller’s Orphanage, and knowing nothing of the need, or of the two men at prayer, he sent provisions that would feed them for a month.

It is not every kind of praying that works such wonders. It takes a man of prayer to pray as Elijah and George Muller prayed. It is the energized prayer of the righteous man that is of great force.

I can quite understand why critical minds have misgivings as to [prayer’s] evidential value. The man who has not travailed through the supplication is always free to look for other explanations,

A man told me of a great anxiety in his business life. Like Jehoshaphat, he had no resources to meet the need, and he knew not what to do, but he continued earnestly in prayer and supplication to God until one day there came a great peace into his soul and he knew that he was heard. The conditions were unchanged, but he had an assurance of peace, and in a most unexpected way, and by a comparatively unknown person, deliverance came.

[re: Praying Hyde,] The secret of his prayer life is that it was a life of prayer.

[re: a 1911 mission service that Praying Hyde attended.] The preachers were Wilbur Chapman and Charlie Alexander, Doctor Chapman asked Mr. Hyde to pray for him, and this is his account of what happened: “He came to my room, turned the key in the door, dropped on his knees, waited five minutes without a single syllable Coming from his lips. I could hear my own heart thumping and his beating. I felt the hot tears running down my face. I knew I was with God. Then with upturned face, down which the tears were streaming, he said: ‘Oh, God!’ Then for five minutes at least he was still again, and then, when he knew he was talking with God, his arm went around my shoulder and there came up from the depth of his heart such petitions for men as I had never heard before. I rose from my knees to know what real prayer was.

When Elijah prayed, things happened. Nehemiah prayed, and nothing happened! Oh, yes, there did! Something happened in Nehemiah, and a miracle in personality is greater than a miracle in nature. Emotion turned to prayer, and prayer turned to conviction; then conviction generated purpose, and purpose directed energy; then energy vitalized activity, until the two sayings come together:
“So I Prayed” and
“So We Built.”

The praying of Nehemiah wrought no startling and dramatic manifestation of supernatural power, but it built the wall and restored the city, and in the will of God that was his work. Nehemiah prayed about his work… Most people pray when they get there. Some pray under the stress of an emotional mood. Nehemiah prayed all the time, all the way through, and about everything. It was so entirely his habit to pray that he became a man of prayer.

The habit of prayer implies a certain attitude toward life. It predicates God, and recognizes His sovereignty over all. It submits all things to His will, rehearses all things in His presence, judges all things by His standard of values, and lives by faith in Him.

Prayer is the essence and test, of the godly life.

Faith is necessary to prayer. Without some such faith it is difficult to imagine how any man could pray. Man could not pray without faith. . .Atheists do not pray.

Without faith it is impossible to please God. Without faith it is impossible to pray to God. Without faith it is impossible to have fellowship with God. Without faith man can do nothing with God, and God can do nothing with man.

He looks at the heart. There are some people to whom He will not give audience. Sin shuts men out.

Faith is no substitute for right living. It does not cover sin; only blood can do that. It saves from sin, gives victory over sin, and makes men righteous with the righteousness of God.

The one thing that is said to have surprised God is that the voice of intercession had ceased. “And he saw that there was no man, and wondered that there was no intercessor” (Isaiah 59:16).

If we do not know how to pray for ourselves as we ought, how can we know how to pray for other people?

Prayer is central in heaven.Intercession through the Spirit implies a Spirit-filled temple. He cannot intercede in the heart of an unyielded will.

It is many years since I first wrote on unanswered prayer. The problem became acute when the man for whom we were praying so earnestly and confidently died while we prayed. The shock of it was overwhelming. It had never occurred to us that he might die. We had claimed the promise. We were absolutely sure of the Word. I do not think my faith was ever so sorely tried.

Prayers that lack sincerity and faith cannot be heard.

The apostle’s thorn in the flesh. . .was a physical affliction, and because he regarded it as a hindrance he prayed for its removal. It was not removed, though he besought the Lord thrice. He had to learn that affliction may be God’s messenger, as well as the messenger of sataN.

The Lord knows the future as well as the past.

So in Glory shall we find our prayers have been interpreted according to the infinite wisdom and eternal love of God our Father who bids us pray.

Adam Clarke (1762 – 1832)

[on Acts 10:4] Prayers and alms. . .recorded in heaven that answers might be given in their due season.

Mistie Coble (19?? –         )

[Talking about weekly prayer conference calls] These prayer calls are a lifeline for our souls.

Pellumb Collaku (1976 –         )

The unsung hero of the church of Jesus Christ is the kneeling saint.

Barbara Curnutt (19?? –         )

Though they didn’t have an hour to spare. They prayed for an entire day.

When you cannot see God’s hand today you need to remember His hand from yesterday.

Jocco Doornbos (19?? –         )

I pray when I’m searching for the cast to see who God is preparing.

Elisabeth Elliot (1926 – 2015)

Intercession is the hardest work in the world – the giving on one’s self, time, strength, energy and attention to the needs of others in a way that no one but God sees, no one but God will do anything about, and no one but God will ever reward you for.

Charles G. Finney (1792 – 1875)

There can be no revival when Mr. Amen and Mr. Wet-Eyes are not found in the audience.

David Franklin (1961 –         )

God would You re-dig the wells in Georgia that were prayer wells in the past.

Steve Gaines (1957 –         )

Our lack of spiritual power in Christianity today…is due to our lack of prayer.

After a few minutes in prayer, they run out of things to say, get frustrated and give up.

Jesus also emphasized the power of prayer when He warned His disciples, “Keep watching and praying that you may not enter into temptation.”

How did Jesus accomplish so much in His short 3 1/2 year ministry? He rose every morning and communed with God in prayer.

The early church was literally birthed in a prayer meeting.

Just like a singer must learn to breath properly before he can sing, a Christian must learn to pray before he can proclaim the gospel with power.

Like the early believers, we have no business trying to talk for God in preaching and witnessing until we have first talked with God in prayer. Passionate prayer precedes persuasive preaching…Prayerless preaching and prayerless witnessing bear little fruit (if any).

God used prayer to tear down the wall of prejudice and racism in Peter’s life.

Pray the price

The “front door” that a Christian enters to engage in prayer is the door of praise.

If you are too busy to pray, then you are too busy.

For almost two decades I have used prayer cards in my quit time.

Billy Graham (1918 – 2018)

If we spent half as much time praying for each other as we do criticizing each other, there would be more revival in this city.

Michael Guido (1915 – 2009)

Prayer is the key to all the treasures of Heaven but faith is the hand that moves the key.

William Gurnall (1616 – 1679)

Never was a faithful prayer lost. Some prayers have a longer voyage than others, but then they return with their richer lading at last, so that the praying soul is a gainer by waiting for an answer.

Pray often rather than very long at a time. It is hard to be very long in prayer, and not slacken in our affections.

sataN cannot deny but that great wonders have been wrought by prayer. As the spirit of prayer goes up, so his kingdom goes down.

sataN’s strategems against prayer are three. First, if he can, he will keep thee from prayer. If that be not feasible, secondly, he will strive to interrupt thee in prayer. And, thirdly, if that plot takes not, he will labor to hinder the success of thy prayer.

It is not only our duty to pray for others, but also to desire the prayers of others for ourselves.

The mightier any is in the Word, the more mighty he will be in prayer.”

Job’s friends chose the right time to visit him, but took not the right course of improving their visit; had they spent the time in praying for him which they did in hot disputes with him, they would have profited him, and pleased God more.

Cease to pray and thou will begin to sin. Prayer is not only a means to prevail for mercy but also to prevent sin.

Prayer is nothing but the promise reversed, or God’s Word formed into an argument, and retorted by faith upon God again.

Praying is the same to the new creature as crying is to the natural. The child is not learned by art or example to cry, but instructed by nature; it comes into the world crying. Praying is not a lesson got by forms and rules of art, but flowing from principles of new life itself.

…is he able to pray himself strong? No…David received it in [prayer] but had it not from his [prayer], but from God. He did not pray himself strong, but God strengthened him in his prayer.

No key is like prayer to open God’s heart.

God rules the world by the lusts of his enemies, and the prayers of his Saints.

Fredrick Hammarsten (1846 – 1922)

Be on our knees and just meditate on Him, not even having an agenda, and often, not even talking, speaking, praying, just being in His presence. There is a communication that occurs within the Spirit, within my heart. It involves me listening to the still small voice of the Holy Spirit and putting aside the distractions of my mind. It is in no way emptying my brain. It is more of a, well, Romans 8:6, focusing on the things of the Spirit, rather than the flesh.

Begin to thank Him and you will soon sing.

Lord Jesus, teach me not to fix mine eyes upon my faith, but rather in faith to fix mine eyes upon Thee.

A single sinful desire, cherished in spite of the warning of the Spirit, separates the soul from God. . .If we give them too much attention they will deprive us of our peace with God.

If you have any prayers yet unanswered, be assured it is because the Lord would make you still more earnest and unceasing in prayer.

In quietness and prayer we drink from the fountain of living water.

[From John 13:1, he prays] Lord Jesus, help me to abide in Thy love, as a branch in the vine, that I may bear fruit for Thy kingdom. Amen

Dying to sin and to self, in watchfulness and prayer, is in reality a taking upon ourselves our Gethsemane with its sufferings.

Prayer had permeated the whole life of Jesus. In prayer He also bids farewell to life. . .If He in the hour of death, commended His Spirit into the hands of His Father, then our spirit, through faith, will take the same course.

[Reflecting on the moment Jesus died] The more deeply we experience the conviction of sin the greater will be the fullness of our joy.

Hearing without doing is characteristic of the hypocrite; doing without hearing is the ear-mark of the self-righteous.

If you see a brother who is falling behind [as we walk thru this life], love and pray him out of his spiritual sloth.

[re: Ephesians 6:10-13] Between us and our dear heavenly home great and formidable forces are encamped to obstruct our way…The battle must be fought out in your own heart…But behold! Through the enemies camp there runs a narrow path which sataN in vain attempts to close. This path Jesus has cleared and consecrated with His own blood, and upon this path the soldiers of Jesus Christ , one after another, have pressed forward victoriously. Give your heart to the Lord and He will give you an armor in which you may feel perfectly secure. The armor is really Christ Himself, and the path also is Christ, who said, I am the way.

[re: Ephesians 6:16-18] The prayer of faith is victory already gained.

[re: 1 Corinthians 10:13] He has carefully balanced your weakness against his strength, measured the span of your patience and timed His aid accordingly.

Hank Hanegraaf (1950 –         )

Ultimately, our prayers are only as inspired as our intake of Scripture

Jay Harris (1952 –         )

It’s not just having prayer in your life, it’s having a life of prayer!

One can be driven to prayer by fear, pain, question or by a desire to know Him deeper. Whatever the reason, He is there and He hears!

In prayer, ask that God conform your heart to His!

Intercessory prayer touches the people in your life in a way you could have never imagined!

Prayer: the key to your relationship with God.

Without prayer, it is impossible to grow in my personal relationship with God!

In prayer, hungering for God always results in more hungering for God!

There is richness is in the journey of prayer!

Even though God knows all the details, He wants to hear it from you!

Prayer should not be so much talking to God as talking with God!

Reached the end? Look to God in prayer! God’s provision is miraculous!

Don’t just say prayers, converse with the Father!

Don Hattaway (1964 –         )

Renewal will come, and when it comes it will be like the tide that lifts all the boats in the harbor, not just Southern Baptists.

Pray, with an open Bible.

We don’t need to have revival to save our country we need to have revival because it honors God.

Difficulties, that sataN means for evil, God is using for great good.

There is sin in the camp and God has to deal with sin. We need a spiritual renewal among God’s people or we will never have revival.

We are lacking the power of God in our lives, because we have grieved the Holy Spirit of God.

Vance Havner (1901 – 1986)

The same church members who yell like Comanche Indians at a ball game on Saturday sit like wooden Indians in church on Sunday.

Daniel Henderson (19?? –         )

In our day and age, we view the Holy Spirit as an “app” to download along the way to enhance our plans and programs. In reality, the Holy Spirit is the operating system of all that we do.

Matthew Henry (1662 – 1714)

Whenever God is preparing to send a revival, He always begins by putting His people on their knees.

When we pray in the Holy Ghost, under his guidance and influence, according to the rule of his word, with faith, fervency, and earnestness; this is praying in the Holy Ghost.

George Horne (1730 – 1792)

[On Psalm 121:5-6] Be Thou with us, Thy servants, oh Lord, in the world, as Thou wast with Israel in the wilderness. Suffer not our virtue to dissolve before the sultry gleams of prosperity. Permit it not to be frozen by the chilling blasts of adversity.

H. A. Ironside (1876 – 1951)

[After talking about neglecting prayer, and athletes neglecting air and sunlight] The soul flourishes in an atmosphere of prayer.

We are to abide in a sense of His presence and of our dependance upon [Him].

Jim Jarman (19?? –         )

Why not fast from technology one day a week and spend the day seeking the heart of God.

David Jeremiah (1941 –         )

Have you ever noticed that the more you pray the more coincidences occur in your life?

E. Stanley Jones (1884 – 1973)

You must not base your faith on a particular answer. . .Your faith must rest on confidence in the character of God.

Thank God for your sorrow, even though you cannot understand it now.

The Christian Church in America has apostatized, and instead of being a voice it has become an echo.

Dr. Kagawa (19?? – 19??)

When asked, “What is prayer?”Doctor Kagawa responded, “Prayer is self-surrender.”

Timothy Keller (1950 –         )

God will answer prayer the way you would have asked it if you knew everything that God knows.

Peter Kendrick (19?? –         )

Prayer is not the ceremony of closing the eyes but the devotion of the heart.

Leo the Great (400 – 461)

[re: sataN] Wherever he sees a man most engrossed, there he seeks his opportunity to do him harm.

[Talking about sataN’s attack of the church] If he finds open persecution ineffective he tries hidden methods. Those whom he cannot break with harsh treatment he attempts to soften and subvert by material pleasures.

[Talking about sataN’s schemes] his sole aim is to induce those who refuse to worship him on bended knee at least to pay him the homage of sinful lives.

Mere fasting from food is worthless unless we also abstain from sin.

God allows some of His children to be hungry and poor, homeless and sick, for two reasons: So that He can reward The Wretched for their patience, and the merciful for their compassion.

[Talking about Jesus in the desert being tempted] By the Lord’s wisdom the devil’s cleverness was turned to folly.

The death of Jesus is the true Passover. Instead of saving a single people from subjection to Pharaoh, His sacrifice delivers a whole world from bondage to the devil.

[Talking about sataN tempting us with false teaching] If he cannot corrupt a man’s morals he will poison his mind.

[Talking about the two men on the road to Emmaus] How wonderful must have been that moment of recognition, in contrast to the shame our first parents felt on the day their eyes were opened to realize their sin!

C. S. Lewis (1898 – 1963)

What most often interrupts my own prayers is not great distractions but tiny ones.

Martin Luther (1483 – 1546)

We have not yet resisted unto blood in prayer; nay, we do not even get a sweat on our souls.

To be a Christian without prayer is no more possible than to be alive without breathing.

Larry Martin (19?? –         )

Which does the most damage, a tornado, or water and sun over time? We have been looking for revivals, and expecting them to look like tornadoes, but what God is doing is “water and sun over time” revivals, meaning slowly, behind the scenes, etc.

David Meacham (1945 –         )

God doesn’t send revival to prop up a dying denomination, He does it to glorify His Son.

Robert Murray McCheyne (1813 – 1843)

Self-righteousness is the largest idol of the human heart – the idol which man loves most and God hates most.

Live near to God, and so all things will appear to you little in comparison with eternal realities.

O believing brethren! What an instrument is this which God hath put into your hands! Prayer moves Him that moves the universe.

Affliction brings out graces that cannot be seen in a time of health. . .Use afflictions while you have them.

God will either give you what you ask or something far better.

When God gives a promise, He always tries our faith. Just as the roots of trees take firmer hold when they are contending with the wind, so faith takes a firmer hold when it struggles with adverse appearances.

I ought to pray before seeing any one. Often when I sleep long, or meet with others early, it is eleven or twelve o’clock before I begin secret prayer. I feel it is far better to begin with God-to see His face first, to get my soul near Him before it is near another.

Give yourselves to prayer and the ministry of the Word. If you do not pray, God will probably lay you aside from your ministry, as He did me, to teach you to pray.

When you are reading a book in a dark room, and come to a difficult part, you take it to a window to get more light. So take your Bibles to Christ [when you pray].

Christ frequently gives us the desires of our heart, though not at the peculiar time we desired, but a better time.

A believer longs after God: to come into His presence, to feel His love, to feel near to Him in secret, to feel in the crowd that he is nearer than all the creatures. Ah! Dear brethren, have you ever tasted this blessedness? There is greater rest and solace to be found in the presence of God for one hour, than in an eternity of the presence of man.

The nearer you take anything to the light, the darker its spots will appear; and the nearer you live to God, the more you will see your own utter vileness.

Learn that urgency in prayer does not so much consist in vehement pleading, as in vehement believing. He that believes most the love and power of Jesus will obtain the most in prayer.

If I could hear Christ praying for me in the next room, I would not fear a million enemies. Yet distance makes no difference. He is praying for me.

When Christ delays to help His saints now, you think this is a great mystery, you cannot explain it; but Jesus sees the end from the beginning. Be still, and know that Christ is God.

Are we not all immortal till our work is done?

Affliction shows the power of Christ’s blood, when it gives peace in an hour of trouble, when it can make happy in sickness, poverty, persecution and death. Do not be surprised if you suffer, but glorify God.

It is not great talents God blesses so much as great likeness to Jesus.

Self-righteousness is the largest idol of the human heart – the idol which man loves most and God hates most.

S. I. McMillan (19?? – 19??)

The Prayer of the Meek by S. I. McMillan MD.

Lord, keep me from becoming talkative and possessed with the idea that I must express myself on every subject.
Release Me From the craving to straighten out everyone’s affairs.
Teach me the Glorious lesson that occasionally I may be wrong.
Make me helpful but not bossy.
With my vast wisdom and experience, it does seem a pity not to use it all–,
But thou knowest, Lord, that I want a few friends at the End. Amen.

Surrendering one’s will to the Divine will may seem to be a negative procedure, but it gives positive dividends.

Phil Miglioratti (1948 –         )

The church has not so much become irrelevant as we have been exposed as irreverent, unable to practice what we preach.

 

Blessings My Friends,

 

MARK S MIRZA

Bearing Burdens

Bearing Burdens

Entering the Throne Room

 

“Father, I do come before you, lifting up my friend and her family. They are dealing with much. . .”
“Thank You Lord for the opportunity to lift up. . .”

If you haven’t listened to our short 3 minute video, using Galatians 6:2 to bear other’s burdens, you need to:

YouTube video on Galatians 6:2

However you enter the throne room of the Lord, He inclines His ear to your prayer. (Psalm 17:6)

What an awesome thought, “He inclines His ear.”

But what else is exciting is that He does this while He has thousands and thousands of angels worshipping Him. (Revelation 5:11)

Here’s another awesome thought, what is Jesus doing right now? Do you know? He is interceding for us (Hebrews 7:25) which means, what you are doing on someone’s behalf is what Jesus too is doing on everyone’s behalf.

When I pray for someone, bearing their burden, I always pray something from Scripture. It has an incredible way of comforting the person you are praying for. Sometimes you may not be moved to pray for their burden to be lifted, but rather, for them to have peace, or victory, IN THE problem.

I love to pray Romans 15:13; “Father, I lift my friend to You, the God of Hope. I trust You to already be in the process of filling them with great joy and peace, simply because they are believers. Cause them to overflow with hope, because of the power of the Holy Spirit living inside of them. And Father, because this is Your word, I don’t ask if You can do it, nor do I pray that You will do it. I trust You are already in the process of doing this for them, Father.”

Just a couple short points of order.

  • Begin by praising the Lord for who He is. BEFORE you bear their burden. It’ll help your focus be on the Lord. R. A. Torrey in 1901 said, “If your focus is not on Him, your prayers are not unto Him” and I find I often need to get my focus on the Lord, before I enter into serious intercession for my friend/s.
  • Lift the burden/s through the grid of Scripture, which will cause you to pray with confidence (1 John 5:14-15), not doubting. (James 1:6-7)

CONNECT THE DOTS (step 1 of 3):
Out of the blue I asked a friend how I could pray for him (1st Step, ask how you can pray for them).
This guy texts me a verse, EVERY DAY from scripture. Frankly it get’s irritating. But he’s a friend so I’ve never asked him to stop.
I had to ask him twice, but eventually he said, “Mark, my wife’s health is slipping, one child is in jail, another up and ran away and his ministry is suffering.”
I’m glad I stayed onto him till he told me how I could pray for him.
I HAD NO IDEA!
Step 1 — Ask!

NOTE: Remember, you cannot do spiritual warfare for your friend. They have to do that themselves, but you can point them to the scriptural truths they can camp securely upon.

Perhaps the following posts will be helpful to you:

Confident Praying

The Mathematics Behind Prayer

 

Praying And Doubting

Doubting God WHILE Praying

 

Confident Praying
https://markmirza.com/mathematics-behind-prayer/

 

Doubt
https://markmirza.com/doubting-god-while-praying/

 

 

Blessings,

 

MARK S MIRZA

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Memorization

Memorization

YUK! Right?

Seriously! What else can you say about #Memorization?

  • It takes a lot of work
  • It takes maintenance
  • It’s not fun
  • It takes a GREAT deal of time.

I could keep going and I’m sure you could too

But if you haven’t watched this 4 minute video, you’ll want to.

  • I will show you a really easy way to memor. . .

That sounds too much like a salesman. How about this?

If you pray for your spouse, kids, others, I’ve got an idea which already fits into your time.

But More IMPORTANTLY

I’ll give you a good reason to memorizae

My focus might surprise you.

Enjoy the video:

YouTube Video, Memorization of Scripture

How Do I Start?

Simple, just keep your eyes open, as you read scripture and you will see a verse you can pray for. . .whomever.

And that’s where you start.

It ain’t rocket-science. 

 Blessings,

 

MARK S MIRZA
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sataN Wants Your Focus

sataN Wants Your Focus

The Devil is Not Thwarted By Our Political Praying

Don’t think I’m a heretic

My point is, he merely changes his tactic.

Stop, and consider this for a moment.

Where are you on the photo above?

When you consider politics, are you:

  • SAD
  • MAD
  • HAPPY

Where are you?

Maybe a better question is, “Why Are You?”

I expect the world to act like the world, and so should you. But the church is what concerns me?

Our Focus in the Church is. . .

Diabolitical (Sorry, Freudian slip)

It’s diabolical.

But, do you see it?

Regardless of the side of the aisle we prefer, we are all plagued with THE SAME DECEPTION, namely, our political goals and their impact on our life.

Our Life? STOP!!!

We think that if we get more people who think like us in positions of power then we will live peaceful and quiet lives (1 Timothy 2:2m).

Have you ever considered that the promise of that verse is NOT THAT GOD gives us peace and tranquility by giving us the right leaders, but He gives you the peace and tranquility BECAUSE YOU’VE PRAYED, regardless of whether or not your circumstances change!

That’s the real issue here!

Getting Back To The Deception

The deception in our politics is our focus.

I have a few friends who work in various positions in Washington D.C. One of them recently shared with me, “The only thing that will fix Washington D.C., is Jesus.”

Before you say, “Yah, yah, Mark, of course.” Consider this, what GRIPS your heart more tightly:

  • The political news you see on T.V., or
  • The politician’s salvation?

Depending on your answer, you  might want to stop for just a moment and ask the Lord for forgiveness.

You see, that’s the problem isn’t it? We’re more wrapped up in what we want, than what God wants.

Then What Should We Do

Simple: Follow Scripture.

Instead of telling God what you want, let His Word tell you what He wants.

Abide in His Son and in His Word, that’s the trick, right? WRONG!

STOP! That’s not what John 15:7 says!

It really says, “If you abide in Me (Jesus) and [YOU LET] MY WORDS ABIDE IN YOU,  then you will ask whatever you will and it will be given unto you.”

Do you see the focus? The focus is His Word/s abiding in you. The reason you will get what you pray for is because you will be asking for Christ’s will, Christ’s words, because YOUR words will change to match His words.

I’m Asking Folks to Pray for their Politicians

But not the way you might think.

If Romans 13:1 is true, let its implications guide your praying and then ask youself a very important question. “Are you blasphemeing God by the way you pray for some people in politics?”

What does Romans 13:1 say?

“. . .there is no authority except from God, and those that exist are instituted by God.” (Romans 13:1b HCSB) Which means that God puts into office those whom He wants to.

I want you to pray. But I want you to seek God for direction on how He wants you to pray.

Remember one of my #Markism’s: God doesn’t need your advice.

I hope you will pray for all who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity (1 Timothy 2:2), regardless of political results.

 

Blessings,

 

MARK S MIRZA

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