“Unanswered Prayers”

Thought for Today: Unanswered Prayers

You are in a season of your life where you are waiting for God to answer your prayers. You have grabbed the Word of God, and you have prayed according to the Word of God, and there is still no answer to your prayers. The question of “Why won’t God answer my prayers?” begins to flood your mind.

The world, your flesh, and the devil begin to flood your mind with reasons why your prayers have not been answered. “You did this, and you did that. You said this, and you said that. You went here, and you went there.” 

There are many reasons why some prayers are not answered, too many to name them all. But I hear the spirit of the Lord saying that many of His children’s prayers are not answered because they are not being real with Him.   

Even though there is only one verse in the Word of God where the disciples asked Jesus to teach them how to pray, in Luke 11:1, all throughout the Word of God there are many lessons on prayer. 

Remember, prayer is simply communicating with God. When you accepted Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior, you were given direct access to God the Father. You do not need to talk to the saints that have gone home to glory and have them talk to God on your behalf. You do not need to get the pastor to talk to God for you because you think that he/she has a direct connection with God that you don’t have. 

You can talk to God for yourself. Did you hear me? I will say it again: You can talk to God FOR YOURSELF. “I don’t know about that, Pastor Erick. I am not close to God like you, or I don’t know the scriptures well enough to pray.” You have believed the lie of the devil, which told you that you have to know the scriptures to pray. Yes, it would help to know the scriptures to pray the will of God for your life, but it does not prevent you from praying if you don’t know the scriptures. The only requirement that is needed to pray (communicate with the Father) is that you must accept the fact that Jesus paid the wages of sin, which is death, and you accept that He was buried in a tomb and rose on the third day, and now sits at the right hand of God the Father. That, my brothers and sisters, is the only requirement needed to talk to God for yourself. Don’t take my word for it, here, take a look at what the Word of God says about you (yes you) having the ability to talk to God, yourself. 

Ephesians 2:18 says, “Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace. And that he (Jesus the Christ) might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby; And came and preached peace to you which were afar off and to them that were nigh. FOR THROUGH HIM (Jesus the Christ) WE BOTH (this means you) HAVE ACCESS BY ONE SPIRIT UNTO THE FATHER.” 

This Word is saying that it does not matter if you are close to God or far from God, when Jesus is your Lord and Savior you have direct access to God the Father for yourself. 

Out of all the prayers in the scriptures that teach us how to pray, there is one prayer that Jesus taught us to pray. In this prayer, the one thing Jesus taught us to have our prayers answered was this: BE HONEST WITH GOD.  When you talk to God, don’t just tell Him what you think He wants to hear. When you talk to God, don’t just tell God the things that are right. When you talk to God, be honest with Him.

The reason why so many prayers go unanswered is because we are not honest with God. If you are scared, tell God you are scared. If you are mad, tell God you are mad. If you are confused, tell God you are confused. If you are hurt, tell God you are hurt. If you are frustrated, tell God you are frustrated. 

Don’t just tell God what you think He wants to hear and expect your prayers to be answered. The one thing Jesus taught us when He prayed to the Father was this, in His humanity He was not afraid to be honest with Father. He did not try to hide His true feelings.

For it is written, “Then cometh Jesus with them unto a place called Gethsemane, and saith unto the disciples, sit ye here while I go pray yonder. And he took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee and begin to be sorrowful and very heavy. Then saith he unto them. My soul is exceeding sorrowful even unto death; tarry here and watch with me. And he went a little farther and fell on his face and prayed saying O MY FATHER, IF IT BE POSSIBLE, LET THIS CUP PASS FROM ME (I don’t feel like going through this): nevertheless (but I know I can’t live this life by my feelings) not as I will, but as thou will be done” (Matthew 26:36-39)

If you truly want God to answer your prayers, be honest with Him. When you are honest with God, it gives Him permission to come in and answer your prayers how He sees fit. For God will never force His way of answering prayers on anyone. Be honest with God and watch more of your prayers get answered.

Be Blessed
 
By
 
Erick Young
 
 

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“Parts of the Kingdom of God”

Thought for Today: Parts of the Kingdom of God

On many occasions, Jesus often spoke about the kingdom of God. Whenever you hear the kingdom of God, it means God’s way of doing things. For the longest time, this world has only seen parts of the kingdom of God (God’s way of doing things) through the church (those who believe in the Lord Jesus Christ). 

You show them this part of the kingdom of God by letting them see you go to church. That’s God’s way of doing things, for the Word of God says “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as a manner of some is; but exhorting one another; and so much more as ye see the day approaching” (Hebrews 10:25).

You allow them to see this part of the kingdom of God (God’s way of doing things) by letting them see you praying, for the Word of God says, “That men ought to always pray and not to faint” (Luke 18:1).

You have allowed them to see this part of the kingdom of God by reading and speaking His Word, for the Word of God says, “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path” (Psalm 119: 105).

You have also allowed them to see this part of the kingdom of God by worshipping and praising God, for the Word of God says, “I will bless the Lord at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul shall make her boast in the Lord; the humble shall hear thereof and be glad” (Psalms 34: 1-2).

And the Spirit of the Lord says to you, “it is good that you have shown those around you those parts of My kingdom. But I say unto you, there are other parts of my kingdom that you have yet to show. And I say unto you, my child, as I have spoken in Mark 1:15, ‘the time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent ye and believe the gospel.’ In these last days, I will begin to show this world my whole kingdom, and not just parts of my kingdom, says the Lord.”

You may be asking “what other parts of the kingdom of God are you talking about, Pastor Erick?” One part of the kingdom that is rarely seen outside of the church is found in Matthew 22:37-39, “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.”

You have shown them part of the kingdom of God by showing them that you love God. But, you have failed to show all of those around you the same love that God has shown you. 

You have shown those around you the part of God’s kingdom where He has forgiven you of your sins, but you have yet to allow them to see the same forgiveness that He has shown you. Ephesians 4:32 says, “And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake forgave you.” 

You have shown and told those around you that God has had mercy on you, but you have yet to allow some of those around you to see this same mercy. For the Word of God says, “For he saith to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion. So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy” (Romans 9:15-16).

 

Jesus said, “The kingdom of God cometh not with observation. Neither shall they say, lo here! Lo there! FOR THE KINGDOM OF GOD IS WITHIN YOU” (Luke 17:20-21). It is time for the church (the body of believers) to stop showing only the parts of the kingdom of God that you want them to see. In these last days, God does not want to just show this world PARTS OF HIS KINGDOM; He wants to show ALL OF HIS KINGDOM, not only to you, but to the world around you. 

For the fruit of the spirit (the evidence of God’s way of doing things) is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance, against such there is no law (Galatians 5:22-23). Will you show the world around you that part of the kingdom of God, or will they just see you go to church, pray, read and speak the Word of God, and worship? 

For it is written, “Woe unto you scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you pay tithe of mint and anise and cumin and have omitted the weightier matters of the law judgment, mercy, faith these ought ye have done and not to leave the other undone” (Matthew 23:23).

Don’t just let those around you see the parts of the Kingdom of God you want them to see. God wants them to see His whole kingdom (All of His ways of doing things) through the life you live.

Be Blessed
 
By 
Erick Young
 
 

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“Actions Speak Louder than Words”

Thought for Today: Actions Speak Louder than Words

Nowadays, there are many who claim to be believers in the Lord Jesus. You ask the question “what church do you go to?” and they respond, “oh, I don’t go to church that often, but I still believe.” You mention praying, and they say “I pray when I need to.” You speak the Word, and they say “I really don’t read the bible. I have one, I just don’t read it that often, but I still know God.” 

Then, you have those who say “I love Jesus,” but you hear them cursing up a storm. You hear them say “Jesus is my Lord and Savior,” and yet you watch them lie, cheat, steal, and kill others with their words. You tell them that they have to forgive that person for what they have done to them, and they will tell you “I just can’t forgive them, you don’t know what they have done to me.” 

In these last days, the church that Jesus said He will build “and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it” in Matthew 16:18 will begin to rise above the man-made church. This world is in need of light, life, and truth. Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life; no man cometh unto the Father but by me” (John 14:6).

When you say “I AM a child of God,” what you are saying is “God has made me Christ-like.” Romans 8:29 says, “For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.” And if God is doing a work in you, your actions (your life) should speak louder than your words.

If you are a child of God, that means God is changing the way you think. The Word of God says “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus who being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God. But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant and was made in the likeness of men” (Philippians 2:5-7). You are not going to think like the world thinks

If you are a child of God, if God is truly working in your life, He is working on the words that come out of your mouth. The Word of God says, “Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers” (Ephesians 4:29).

If you are a child of God, which means God is making you Christ-like, you would forgive that person that did you wrong. For the Word of God says, “Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any’ even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye” (Colossians 3:13).

If you are a child of God, you would treat your enemies just like you would treat a brother or sister. Jesus said “But I say unto you, love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you” (Matthew 5:44).

I know the world, your flesh, and the devil will point out that you are not Jesus. They will say, “He is the Son of God, you can’t do what He did, you can’t live like He lived,” but the devil is a liar. You may not be THE Son of God, but you are A CHILD OF GOD. When you accepted Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior, God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit now dwells on the throne of your heart.

And the Word of God says, “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons (daughters) of God, even to them that believe on his name” (John 1:12). What this Word is saying is that, God gave you the power (the ability to live) the life that Jesus lived. 

The Holy Spirit will help you live the life that Jesus lived while He was here on this earth, and not just talk the talk; He will empower you to do the will of God in your life, forgive others, love thy neighbor as thyself, walk by faith and not by sight, not only know the will of God the Father but stay and do the will of God in every situation in your life. For, as a child of God, your actions will speak much louder than your words. 

For it is written, “But what think ye? A certain man had two sons; and he came to the first and said, Son go work today in my vineyard. He answered and said I will not; but afterward he repented and went. And he came to the second and said likewise. And he answered and said, I go sir; and went not. Whether of them twain (which one of them) did the will of his father? They said unto him the first. Jesus saith unto them Verily I say unto you, that the publicans and the harlots go into the kingdom of God before you” (Matthew 21: 28-31).

In these last days, it is not enough to just say that you are a child of God. Your life (the way you live according to the Word, will, and way of God) should speak so much louder than your words. It’s good to let them hear you are a child of God, but it’s more effective when they see that you are a child of God. Let your actions speak louder than your words today.

Be Blessed
 
By 

Erick Young
 
 

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“Speak for Yourself”

Thought for Today: Speak for Yourself

The one thing that sets apart believers in the Lord Jesus Christ from any other faith is this; it’s personal. Most religions will tell you what you should think and feel about God; everybody has to think, talk, and act the same. It’s as if God took a cookie cutter and just stamped out everybody to be the same.

When you encounter Jesus for yourself, when you hear the voice of the Holy Spirit of God for yourself, when you feel Him wrap His arms around you and let you know that everything is going to be okay, nobody will be able to speak for you when it comes down to your personal relationship with the Lord. 

The pastor or the preacher is not preaching to you to know Jesus like they know Jesus. They are preaching Jesus to point you into the right direction of getting to know Jesus for yourself. Some say He is a way maker; some say He is a miracle worker; some say He is their provider; some say He is their protector, some say He is Alpha; some say He is Omega. Jesus is many things to many people. 

Out of all that He is to everybody else, I want to bring up the question that Jesus asked the disciples in Matthew 16:15. “He saith unto them, BUT WHOM SAY YE THAT I AM?” You may not think it’s a big thing, but you cannot let anyone speak for you when it comes to your relationship with God the Father, through God the Son, by God the Holy Spirit.

The Word of God says in John 20:19, “Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews.” 

But then, when we look at Acts 5:27-29, the Word of God says, “And when they had brought them (the same disciples who were once hiding out of fear because of their relationship with Jesus) before the council (the very same people they knew who wanted to kill them because of their personal relationship with Jesus) and the high priest asked them saying, did not we straitly command you that ye should not teach in this name (tell them about Jesus) and, behold, ye have filled Jerusalem with  your doctrine and intend to bring this man’s blood upon us. (Look at this) Then Peter and the other apostles (the same men who were hiding because of their personal relationship with Jesus) answered (for themselves) and said, WE OUGHT TO OBEY GOD RATHER THAN MEN.” 

What made these men, who were scared at one point, all of a sudden speak with such passion and boldness for Christ’s sake? The answer is found in the last part of John 20:19 which says, “…came Jesus and stood in the midst and saith unto them, peace be unto you.” After they experienced the resurrected Savior for themselves, that experience changed their lives forever. They did not allow anyone to speak for them, they spoke for themselves about the power of being one with the Lord God almighty, through the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

You may think nothing of it, but you cannot allow anybody to speak on your behalf about your relationship with God. Even though some may mean well when they talk about your personal relationship with God, they can only speak in part. 

They were not there when Jesus picked you up, nor were they there when He reached into the darkness of your life and pulled you into the light. And they were not there when He made a way out of no way for you. The enemy of your soul would rather somebody else speak about your relationship with God, simply because when you speak from your personal experience, the power of experience will lead others to want that same experience with God for themselves. 

It is written, “And after six days Jesus taketh Peter, James, John his brother and bringeth them up into an high mountain apart. And was transfigured before them; and his face did shine as the sun and his raiment was white as the light. And behold there appeared unto them Moses and Elias talking with him. Then answered Peter and said unto Jesus Lord it is good for US (speaking for the other two disciples) if thou wilt let US (again speaking for the other two disciples) make here three tabernacles one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias. While he yet spake behold a bright overshadowed them and behold a voice out of the cloud which said, this is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased hear ye him” (Matthew 17:1-5).

Peter stood up and spoke for James and John, wanting to put Moses and Elias on the same level of who Jesus was, but the Father cut him off. Nobody can speak for you about who Jesus is in your life better than you can.  Let your life with Jesus SPEAK FOR ITSELF and watch the power of your experience with Jesus change, not only your life, but it will change the lives of those around you, as well.

Be Blessed
 
By
 
Erick Young
 
 

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