HINDANCES TO ANSWERED PRAYER (2)

DECEMBER 2

Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence.

HEBREWS 4:16 NIV

The second hindrance to answered prayer is-lack of confidence! When we understand that as God’s redeemed children we have the right to approach Him at any time, we are able to overcome the enemy’s attempts to make us feel condemned. As a result we become confident in approaching Him.

We no longer say to ourselves, “I know God can do it, but I find it hard to believe He will do it for me.” We think such thoughts because we don’t think we’re worthy. Jesus has made us worthy! When we come to God, we can count on Him to be merciful to us. “Let us then approach the throne of grace with

confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help llS in our time of need.” Grace means God will give us what we don’t deserve-if we’re confident enough to ask for it. We ask in Jesus’ name, not in our own name. We’re presenting to the Father all that Jesus is, not all that we are. We’re nothing without Jesus! God is willing to do more than we could ask or think (See Eph 3:20). So we need to exercise faith, and avail ourselves of all He can do by asking confidently.

Helen Poole writes: “My four-year-old daughter would always pray before she went to sleep. One night she prayed and prayed-her voice getting softer, until only her lips were moving. Then she said, ‘Amen.’ I said, ‘Honey, I didn’t hear a word you said.’ She replied, ‘Momma, I wasn’t talking to you:” when you understand that you have the right to talk to God, and that He listens to every word, you pray with confidence.

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Unanswered questions in everyday living . . .

Why do drugstores make the sick walk all the way to the back of the store to get their prescriptions while healthy people can buy cigarettes at the front.

 

Only in America . . .

Do people order double cheeseburgers, large fries, and a diet coke.

 

Only in the United States . . .

Do banks leave vault doors open and then chain the pens to the counters.

 

Only in our neighborhoods . . .

Do we leave cars worth thousands of dollars in the driveway and put our useless junk in the garage.

 

Only in our cities and towns . . .

Do we buy hot dogs in packages of ten and buns in packages of eight.

 

Only in country . . .

Do they have drive-up ATM machines with Braille lettering.



HINDRANCES TO ANSWERED PRAYER (1)

HINDRANCES TO ANSWERED PRAYER (1)

DECEMBER 1

He shall call upon Me, and I will answer. PSALM 91:15 NKJV

When a nightclub opened on Main Street, a church which was only a few blocks away organized a twenty-four-hour prayer vigil. They asked God to burn the club down. Within a week lightning struck and it burned to the ground. The owner sued the church, which denied responsibility. After hearing

arguments from both sides the judge said, “It seems that wherever the guilt may lie, the nightclub owner believes in prayer, while the church doesn’t.”

The first hindrance to answered prayer is-+prayerlessness. Sounds simple, but our prayers are not answered when we don’t pray. Saying we believe in prayer is not the same as praying. James writes: “You do not have because you do not ask” (Jas 4:3 NKJV). We must take the time to ask God for what we

want and need. Sometimes we process situations in our minds, or talk about them with our friends, or wish, or hope, but we don’t pray. Thinking, wishing, hoping, and talking with others is not prayer; only prayer is prayer! When we have a need or a situation that concerns us, we’re only praying when we talk to God about it.

God is waiting for us to make requests of Him in prayer. He never gets tired of us coming to Him! He is able, willing, and ready to act on our behalf, but only if we pray. Jesus said: “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will he opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened” (Mt 7:7-8 NKJV)

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Unanswered questions in everyday living . . .

Why do drugstores make the sick walk all the way to the back of the store to get their prescriptions while healthy people can buy cigarettes at the front.

Only in America . . .

Do people order double cheeseburgers, large fries, and a diet coke.

Only in the United States . . .

Do banks leave vault doors open and then chain the pens to the counters.



ARE YOU TEACHABLE?

NOVEMBER 30

A wise man listens to advice. PROVERBS 12:15 NIV

Every thing we know we learned from someone else, including the stuff we claim credit for! It may be new to us, but it’s not new.

The Governor of North Carolina once complimented Thomas Edison on his creative genius. “I am not a great inventor,” countered Edison. “But you have over a thousand patents to your credit,” the Governor stated. “Yes, but about the only invention I can claim is absolutely original, is the phonograph,” Edison replied. “I’m afraid I don’t understand,” the Governor remarked. “Well,” explained Edison, “I’m an awfully good sponge. I absorb ideas wherever I can and put them to practical use. Then I improve them until they become of some value. My ideas are mostly the ideas of other people who didn’t develop them themselves.” Edison was a lifelong learner. He stayed open, hungry for knowledge, and teachable. And to succeed, you must too. To know whether you’re teachable, ask yourself:

(1) Am I open to other people’s thoughts and ideas? (2) Do I listen more than I talk? (3) Am I willing to change my opinion based on new information? (4) Do I readily admit when I am wrong? (5) Do I think and observe before acting on a situation? (6) Do I ask questions? (7) Am I willing to ask a question that

will expose my ignorance? (8) Am I open to doing things in a way I haven’t done them before? (9) Am I willing to ask for directions? (10) Do I act defensively when criticized, or do I listen openly for the truth? The Bible says: “The way of n fool seems right to him, but a wise man listens to advice.”

Taken from THE BEST OF THE WORD FOR YOU TODAY.

 

John is out with his friends and stops by his grandmother’s house for a visit. There’s a bowl of peanuts on the coffee table, and John and his friends start snacking on them.

When they’re ready to leave, his friends say, “Nice to meet you, ma’am, and thank you for the peanuts”

​Grandma says, “You’re welcome. Ever since I lost my dentures, all I can do is suck the chocolate off of them.”



BE GRATEFUL FOR YOUR BLESSINGS

I went away full, but the Lord has brought me bad! empty. RUTH 1 :21 NIV

When it comes to valuable life-lessons, the book of Ruth tops the best-seller list. (Have you read it yet?) For the next few days let’s look at some of them.

When famine came to Bethlehem, Naomi, her husband and two sons moved to Moab where the economy was thriving. What they hoped would be a short stay turned into ten years. Their sons married two local girls, Ruth and Orpah. Then the unthinkable happened. Naomi’s husband and sons died. As a

result of her loss she became bitter, When she heard that times were good in Bethlehem she decided to go back home. After she arrived she said, “I went out full, and the Lord has brought me horne again empty” (NKJV). What did she mean? She was saying that despite the famine at h0111e in Bethlehem, at least there she had her husband and sons, whereas in Moab, “the land of plenty,” she’d lost them.

You never miss the water till the well runs dry! The truth is, you can be blessed and not know it. Only as you look back do you realize that what you have, is much more important than all the things you don’t have. When Naomi lost what she loved most, even a famine seemed insignificant by comparison.

Have you been saying, “I’ll be happy when … “? No, happiness doesn’t come from getting what you want, it comes from appreciating what God’s given you. Instead of whining and complaining about your lot in life, stop and ask yourself, “What would I take in exchange for what I have?” If you don’t know the answer; begin counting your blessings and thanking God for them,

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Thanksgiving Parrot

A man always wanted a parrot since he was a boy, his family knowing this decided to surprise him on thanksgiving day. Now the parrot wasn’t raised in a Christian environment and it was mocking, insulting, and threatening the man. That thanksgiving day he got the man, so angry that he put the parrot in the freezer. After 3 minutes he let the parrot out. the parrot says “I take it by your attitude and behavior I somehow offended you.” The man says “You did.!” Then the parrot say “Can i asks you one more question?” The man says “Sure. what is it?” The parrot asked “What did the turkey do?”



CULTIVATE A GRATEFUL HEART

NOVEMBER 26

I will bless the Lord at all times. PSALM 34:1

David said: “I will bless the Lord at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth.” A thankful heart should be a way of life for us. But did you know that it can save your life? When Jonah disobeyed God and ended up inside the whale, he told the Lord, “I will sacrifice to You with … thanksgiving”

(John 2:9 NKJV). When he did, God made the fish spit him up on dry land. When you’re in the pits and all hell is breaking loose around you, that’s when you need to raise your voice in praise. Nothing demonstrates trust, like thanking God when you’re in the throes of crisis. A thankful heart does two things:

(a) It builds your faith. The reason “we [can] walk by faith land] not by sight” (2eo 5:7 NAS), is because we know that regardless of the circumstances, God’s working on our behalf (See Ro 8:28). David said, “Magnify the Lord withme”(Ps 34:3). To magnify something is to enlarge it. When you focus on God

instead of the problem, God becomes bigger and the problem becomes smaller. Plus, “Faith cometh by hearing … the word of God” (Ro 10:17). Hearing God’s promises coming from your own lips, causes faith to rise in your heart. So start talking!

(b) It restores life. Before raising Lazarus from the dead, Jesus looked up to heaven and said, “Father … thank You that You have heard Me. And I know that You always hear Me” (J n 11 :41-42 NKJV). Something wonderful happens when you start thanking God for saving, protecting and providing for

you. Yom faith soars. You gain the confidence to command those things in your life that you thought were dead, to live again. So, cultivate a thankful heart!

Taken from THE BEST OF THE WORD FOR YOU TODAY.

 

At this time of Thanksgiving we pause to count our blessings. The freedom of this great country in which we live. It’s opportunity for achievement. The friendship and confidence you have shown in us. For all of these things we are deeply thankful. Our best wishes for a Happy Thanksgiving.

Psalm 9:1  I will praise You, O LORD, with my whole heart; I will tell of all Your marvelous works.

Psalm 107:1  Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever.

Psalm 100:4  Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, And into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.



BE GRATEFUL FOR YOUR JOB

NOVEMBER 25

In every thing give thanks. 1 THESSALONIANS 5;18

It’s too easy to complain about your present position, whether it be as a nightshift cashier in a supermarket or the CEO of a Fortune 500 company, without appreciating how you got there. Where would we be without mothers taking in laundry so that their children could take piano lessons, or fathers working second jobs so that their children could attend college? Before you go any further, stop and give thanks for the contributions others have made in your life.

You say, “But things are not going too well for me right now.” Perhaps, but when Joseph was sold into slavery by his brothers he couldn’t possibly conceive that God would turn their evil intentions inside out and establish him as a leader to save the nation. The Bible records story after story where adversity leads to advancement and loss leads to gain. There’s a master plan unfolding in your life. Be wise, take the lessons you’ve learned into the future God has in mind for you. When evil comes, be comforted in knowing that God is in control. The Devil may be stoking the fire you’re in, but rest assured that God has His hand on the thermostat!

The story of Job teaches us that the Devil has to be given permission to attack us. So if God is allowing the attack, surely He’s planning our victory. He wouldn’t allow us to be in a battle we couldn’t win! God looks for hand-picked people He can send into difficult environments, that He might be glorified. He makes all things “work together for good” (Ro 8:28) so don’t be intimidated . .I ust keep your eyes open and see what God is up to!

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Why do turkeys always go, “gobble, gobble”? Because they never learned good table manners!

What sound does a space turkey make? Hubble, Hubble, Hubble!

When does your brother bring his new girlfriend to dinner? Skanksgiving.

What key has legs and can’t open doors? A Turkey.

Why did the turkey cross the road? It was the chicken’s day off!



YOUR FAITH GETS GOD’S ATTENTION

NOVEMBER 24

Your faith has healed you. LUKE 8:48 NIV

Bible says: “A woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years, but no one could heal her. She came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak, and imediately her bleeding stopped. ‘Who touched me?’ Jesus asked. When they all denied it, Peter said, ‘Master, the people

are crowding and pressing against you.’ But Jesus said, ‘Someone touched me; I know that power has gone out from me.’ Then the woman, seeing that she could not go unnoticed, came trembling and … told why she had touched him and how she had been instantly healed. Then he said to her, ‘Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace'” (Lk 8:43-48 NIV).

Notice three important things in this story: (1) She did something she’d never done before. She decided to try Jesus. Wise move! Faith means stepping into the unknown and the untried, finding God’s grace at work in unexpected ways. (2) She recognized her moment. She knew that Jesus was visiting her town, and might not be back. There are “God-moments” in life when you’ve got to overcome your fear and

move out in faith. If you don’t, you’ll miss them. (3) She opened the door for others. Up until this time, no one in Scripture had been healed by touching Jesus’ garment. So her act of faith opened the door for others. “People brought all their sick to him and begged him to let the sick just touch the edge of his

cloak, and all who touched him were healed” (Mt 14:35-36 NIV). God’s looking for people who are willing to break with tradition. When He finds them, He uses them to open doors and new dimensions of His power, so that others might be blessed and made whole.

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What’s the key to a great Thanksgiving dinner? The turKEY

What did the turkey say before it was roasted? Boy! I’m stuffed!

What happened to the Pilgrim who was shot at by an Indian? He had an arrow escape

What does a English turkey say to another English turkey on Thanksgiving morning? To be or not to be roasted, that is the question.



DOUBLE UP, BRING UP REINFORCEMENTS

November 23

If two of you … agree about anything. MATTHEW 18:19 NIV

Sometimes you need somebody to agree with you in prayer- somebody who knows how to stand on God’s Word and intercede with Him for your finances, your children, your marriage, etc.

James had just been executed and Herod was planning to kill Peter in the morning. Now, you’d think Peter would have been up all night praying, but he wasn’t. The Bible says he was sleeping (See Ac 12:6). Where did he get that kind of faith? The Bible says: “The church was earnestly praying to God for him”

(Ac 12:5 NIV). Any time you can sleep in the face of danger and experience grace in the midst of chaos, it’s one of two things: (1) You know God well, you’re standing on His promises and you’ve handed the situation over to Him. (2) Somebody is praying for you, somebody with “clout” in the heavenly realm.

Notice, the church didn’t say, “If Peter was in God’s will, he wouldn’t be in this mess right now,” or “Since Peter’s in jail, who’s going to preach for us next Sunday?” No, while they were praying in faith for a breakthrough, God was at work on the other side of the city dispatching an angel to set Peter free. That’s how prayer works. John Wesley said, “We can do great things when we pray; but we can do nothing great until we pray!” Do you feel like your prayers aren’t getting the job done? Double up. Bring in reinforcements! Find somebody who’ll agree with you, for Jesus said, “If two of you … agree about any- thing .. .it will be done for you.”

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If a man wants to eat a turkey on Thanksgiving, what does a turkey want? It simply wants to run away. What did the turkeys sing on Thanksgiving Day? God save the kin.

Which side of the turkey has the most feathers? The outside

What do you call an evil turkey? Poultry-Geist

Why did the police arrest the turkey? They suspected it of fowl play



CONSULT GOD !

November 20

We make plans … but the Lord decides. PROVERBS 16:9 CEV

George dreamed of joining the Navy, but his mother, who was a widow raising her children alone, didn’t like the idea. Nevertheless she put on a brave face and agreed to let him go. The day he was due to sail he hugged her good-bye. In an uncharacteristic show of emotion she started to cry. After enduring so much heartbreak she refused to endure any more. George must not board that ship; instead he must stay and be strong for the rest of the family. The boy in the midshipman’s uniform wanted a Navy career, but not if it meant adding to his mother’s grief. So reluctantly he returned his uniform and

ordered his belongings ashore. Of all the young men who might have left home in search of adventure and didn’t, he was just one more. Yet his decision had profound influence on the Revolutionary War. A mother’s eleventh-hour anxiety prevented her fifteen-year-old from ascending the ranks of the British Navy and embarking on an adventure very different from the one for which he eventually became famous. That’s because the boy’s name was George Washington, first president of the United States of America.

 “We make … plans, but the Lord decides where we will go.” “The … steps we take COl11.e from God; otherwise how would we know where we’re going?” (Pr 20:24 TM). Henry Blackaby writes: “We can be deceived into believing we are on the right path, yet be heading the opposite direction from God’s will. Apart from the guidance of the Holy Spirit, we’ll do what makes sense based on our own wisdom. So seek [God’s] direction, He knows the full ramifications of your choices.”

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Two patients limp into two different medical clinics with the same complaint. 

Both have trouble walking and appear to require a hip replacement.

The FIRST patient is examined within the hour, is X-rayed the same day and has a time booked for surgery the following week.

The SECOND patient sees his family doctor after waiting 3 weeks for an appointment, then waits 8 weeks to see a specialist, then gets an X-ray, which isn’t reviewed for another week, and finally has his surgery scheduled for 6 months from then.

Why the different treatment for the two patients?     

The FIRST is a Golden Retriever. 

​The SECOND is a Senior Citizen.



TRY GOD’S WAY!

November 19

Trust in the Lord … lean not on your own understanding. PROVERBS 3:5 NIV

Ever watch someone learning to get around on crutches? What a struggle! Sometimes you find them trying to balance on one leg, or resting a hundred feet down the street, their hands raw and sore. Leaning on crutches can be exhausting. So can leaning on your own understanding.

If you want things to go badly for you-exclude God. Try working things out using only your own best judgment. When you hit a brick wall, try something else. When that gets you nowhere, resort to logic, then panic. The truth is, some of us act like we’re addicted to anxiety. We’ve been living this way so

long, we’re not capable of seeing it or acknowledging it. When one worry is gone we put another one in its place. We have a line of them at our door, because the sign reads” All welcome!” It’s like we enjoy entertaining them. But Jesus said they’re a waste of life and energy. They keep you so focused on what you need, or what you’re afraid of losing, that you don’t have time to enjoy what you have (See Mt 6:25). That’s no way to live! Instead of worrying, begin living by this Scripture: (a) “Do not worry about anything.” (b) “Pray and ask God for everything you need.” (c) “Always giving thanks.” (d) “God’s peace

… will keep your hearts and minds” (Php 4:6-7 NCV). Go ahead-try God’s way!

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Humor, The Bird story for Mother’s Day

This story has been around a long time. It is told that a very successful entrepreneur loved to purchase exotic birds. One year he decided to purchase a bird that could talk, sing and dance for his mother for Mother’s Day.

Because it was for his mother, he wanted her to have the best. So, he bought two of them and shipped them to his mother in another state.

On Mother’s Day, he waited for her to call him and tell him how much she loved the birds. But no call came. Anxiety got the best of him. So, he finally called his mother that evening and asked what she thought about those birds.

She responded by saying, “Mmm, they were good.”

He said, “What do you mean, they were good? I hope you didn’t eat those birds, Mother!”

He was so stunned and shocked he was beside himself. He said, “Those birds cost five thousand dollars apiece. They could dance, sing and talk! How could you do such a thing?”

“Well,” she calmly replied, “Then they should have said something.”

 




 

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