#3 God will not answer our prayers if we have "disobedience" in our lives.

Behold, the LORD's hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear: But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear. Isa 59:1-2

We can cry out to God asking Him to move in our behalf or for a prayer request for someone else. We need His help! We need Him to move in our behalf! We must have an answer to our prayers! But no answer comes! There is no help on the way! We are facing our problems and sickness by ourselves. We will not be able to help the person we are praying for.

The Heavens are shut up! Why? Because of our "disobedience" - our sin. Though we pray, our prayers are not going anywhere.

We feel like David did when he cried out to the Lord... 

And thy heaven that is over thy head shall be brass, and the earth that is under thee shall be iron. Deuteronomy 28:23

When our prayers are not answered, it is "human nature" to blame someone. But who to blame? Who to point a finger towards? Ahhh... it must be God's fault!

We think God must not hear us, so we take the same request to Him over and over... day after day... week after week... month after month... year after year. And, after praying hundreds of time for the same prayer request... Heaven is silent.

What is the problem? Can't God hear us? If He can hear us, doesn't He care about what we are going through? Why does He choose not to answer?

Could it be possible... that just as Adam and Eve's fellowship with God was broken because of "disobedience," our relationship, our fellowship, has also been broken... because of "disobedience." Just as sin separated man from God back then, so it is today.

If our prayers are not getting answered, we don't need to shake our fist at God... we need to bow before the King of kings and Lord of lords and ask His forgiveness.

Throughout the stories in the Bible... the "disobedience" of the people of God, is repeated over and over.

Israel hath sinned, and they have also transgressed my covenant which I commanded them: for they have even taken of the accursed thing, and have also stolen, and dissembled also, and they have put it even among their own stuff. Therefore the children of Israel could not stand before their enemies, but turned their backs before their enemies, because they were accursed: neither will I be with you any more, except ye destroy the accursed from among you. Joshua 7:11-12

Sin always separates man from God. It has always been that way... it will always be that way.

As "disobedience" creeps into our lives, God removes His presence. He no longer... fights our battles... gives us strength... gives us direction... heals our bodies... meets our needs... answers our prayers.

Often, it looks like we have gotten away with our disobedience. Things seem to be rocking along as usual. We... still have our jobs... our homes... our families... our church, etc. 

But then... when a crisis hits! We cry to God and He does not answer! We seek Him and can not find Him! 

We may have been walking in disobedience for so long, that we do not even realize that we have been living our lives in "disobedience."

What's wrong, we ask? Isn't God still on the throne? Doesn't He hear my cry? Isn't He preparing to move and meet my need or the needs of those I am praying for? Isn't He still in control of my life?

Things have changed. When we allowed disobedience to come into our lives... God turned His back on us... He has withdrawn Himself from us. And we never even realized anything was different.

They shall go with their flocks and with their herds to seek the Lord; but they shall not find him; he hath withdrawn himself from them. Hosea 5:6 

There is far to much at stake! We must not allow sin and disobedience to separate us from God! When we call on Him... we need Him to answer and rise in our defense to meet our desperate needs!

If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me: But verily God hath heard me; he hath attended to the voice of my prayer. Blessed be God, which hath not turned away my prayer, nor his mercy from me. Psalm 66:18-20 

If we have any "disobedience" in our lives... now is the time to deal with it. We must REPENT... CONFESS... FORSAKE. Then and only then... will our "disobedience" be forgiven... and the Heavens open... and God will answer our prayers!


#2 Our prayers will not be answered if we have "unforgiveness" in our lives. 

And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses. But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses. Mark 11:25-26

I believe that "unforgiveness" in our lives is near the top of the list of prayer hindrances. 

We have all had people do us wrong. We have all taken "offense" at their actions. I believe there has been a time when we have all had resentment, bitterness and unforgiveness in our hearts towards someone who hurt us.

At one time or another, we have held a grudge against a sister or a brother or someone who does not profess to be a "Christian."

We have all heard someone say (or said it ourselves), "I will forgive, but I will not forget!" These words expose the unforgiveness that is still in our hearts.

We have all justified the reason as to why we feel like we do as... "we were right - they were wrong." Forgiveness is not an issue of who is right or who is wrong. We may be right. The person may have really wronged us. But being wronged is not an excuse for not forgiving.

We must be willing to forebear one another in love.

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

The word "forbearing"' means simply, putting up with one another. As we do, we forgive one another. 

Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times? Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven. Matthew 18:21-22

We have to be willing to say, "I'm sorry I offended you... will you please forgive me?"

There are times when the only way we can forgive someone, is by asking for forgiveness ourselves. This is where many walk away. They say, "I am not telling anyone I'm sorry. After all, I was right!" The interesting thing about this is, the other person probably feels the same way, he or she is sure they are right and you are wrong.

In order to try to resolve this, someone must humbly go to the other person. And, it will probably not be the other person who is going to come to you.

If you go to the other person, "clothed in humility" with the "right spirit," you will experience forgiveness in your own life. What the other person does, it up to him or her.

That person may not forgive you... may find fault with you... may even laugh at you... but if you go with a right spirit, you will leave with forgiveness, maybe not from that person, but always from God.

This is what Jesus did for us. He willingly took the first step.

But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8

Was there any blame in the Lord? Had He wronged anyone? No, but He willingly humbled Himself so that we might experience redemption.

So, it all comes down to our heart. Do we have unforgiveness in our hearts? Do we have the right attitude concerning someone who has wronged us? Do we have anger in our hearts toward someone? Do we have any bitterness in our heart towards someone?

Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it. Psalm 34:14

Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee; Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift. Matthew 5:23-25

Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God. Matthew 5:9

If we expect God to answer our prayers, then we must first deal with any unforgiveness we have in our lives. If we have a "get even" attitude, we know we still have unforgiveness.

Bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you. Luke 6:28

We have God's promise that if His Word is abiding within us, He will answer our prayers.

If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. John 15:7

Let's ask the Lord to show us if we still have any unforgiveness towards someone. If we do, let's immediately take the necessary steps so our prayers are not hindered. Let's repent, confess and forsake all unforgiveness. As we do this, the Heavens will open and when we pray... our prayers will be "effective." 

Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. 
James 5:16 


In our February 2nd Prayer Update, I listed the first of a number of areas that I have found in God's Word, that can stop us from receiving answers to our prayers. One by one, we are going to look at removing the hindrances that stop us from getting answers to our prayers The first one we looked at is, our "unbelief."  

Have you ever wondered why it seems your prayers are not getting answered? Have you ever thought that "something" could be holding you back from receiving your answer? There is a strong possibility, that there are times when our prayers are hindered and the devil doesn't have anything to do with it.

#2 Our prayers will not be answered if we have any "unconfessed" sin in in our lives. 

God's eyes are on the "righteous," and His ears are open to listen to their prayers. But, the Lord is against those who do evil. 

For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil. 1 Peter 3:12 

At first someone might say, "Well that leaves me out, because there are times that sin comes into my life. After all, I am not perfect."

The secret here is, not harboring or trying to hide our sin, but confessing our sin and forsaking it. 

He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy. Proverbs 28:13 

But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. 1 John 1:7 

Any time sin comes into our lives, God has given us a plan to deal with it. It's two words: "confess" and "forsake." 

When a spot or a wrinkle comes into our spiritual garment, we confess it... the blood of Christ washes it out... and we forsake the sin and continue on in our walk with the Lord.

This is not a "license to sin," but a "divine provision" that God has given to all His children so we can walk in the Spirit and live in the righteousness of God.

When our sin is gone... it's gone!  

Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool. Isaiah 1:18 

As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us. Psalm 103:12 

When all of our sins are confessed... and forsaken, our hearts will not condemn us.

Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God. 1 John 3:21

And, if our heart does not condemn us because there is no sin in our lives, then we are back in right relationship with God, and we can then have confidence that God not only now hears our prayers, but will answer our prayers as well. 

The word confidence in the Greek means: freedom in speaking, unreservedness in speech, openly, frankly, fearless confidence, courage, boldness, and assurance.

When our hearts do not have confidence toward God, our prayers will not be answered. 

Any sin that comes into our lives must be immediately dealt with.

Behold, the Lord's hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear: But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear. Isaiah 59:1-2

The Holy Spirit is faithful to expose sin in our lives. And, that is what we want... so we can confess and forsake our sins. Once we do this, nothing can hinder our prayers from being answered!

With no sin stopping our prayers, we are ready to draw near to God with a true heart... with our petitions... in full assurance of faith... knowing that God is going to hear and answer our prayers.

Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkledfrom an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water. Hebrews 10:22 

When things are right between us and God, our hearts are "true." This word "true" in the Greek means, that which has not only the name and resemblance, but the real nature corresponding to the name, in every respect, real, true, genuine.

The bad news is... sin may come into our lives. The Good News is... no sin can stand before the blood of the Lamb! When we confess our sins... they have to go!

And, after "they" are gone... we are ready to bring our petitions to the Lord in prayer knowing that He hears us and will answer our prayers. 

PRAYER UPDATE 2/7/2017 #46


Let me share a suggestion for praying for the needs of "21." What I call the "Prayer Combo."

I could give you many scriptures and make a lengthy study of this, but instead, I want to keep it simple... with just main points.  

1) Petition (asking prayer)...

And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him. 1 John 5:15

Since I know the Lord hears the petition that I ask for in faith believing... and I have the petition I desired... I am ready to move to the next component of the "Prayer Combo."  

2) Thanksgiving... 

God instructs us in Philippians 4:6 to add thanksgiving to our petitions. 

...in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. Philippians 4:6 

When I add thanksgiving to my request, I magnify the Lord.

...magnify him with thanksgiving. Psalm 69:30 

O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together. Psalm 34:3

When the Holy Ghost came on the Day of Pentecost, as the 120 who were filled with the Holy Ghost began to speak in tongues, they were magnifying the Lord in languages they did not know.

For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God... Acts 10:46 

Our Lord is worthy of many thanksgivings. 

For the administration of this service not only supplieth the want of the saints, but is abundant also by many thanksgivings unto God; 2 Corinthians 9:12 

3) Praise... 

We add "praise" to our prayers, because the Lord has heard us, and He has become our salvation, He has answered our prayers. 

I will praise thee: for thou hast heard me, and art become my salvation. Psalm 118:21 

We praise because of His mighty acts and what the Lord has done in behalf of the one we have been praying for. 

Praise him for his mighty acts... Psalm 150:2 

...they shall praise the Lord that seek him... Psalm 22:26 

Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. Psalm 100:4 

By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name. Hebrews 13:15 

OK, let's see how this "Prayer Combo" can be utilized for a typical "21" prayer request that we receive.

1. Tom
Please pray for my wife and I. She is getting a divorce. Because of this, my finances are in shambles, my children are bitter. They say they are quitting church. If God would allow this to happen it show He doesn't love them. Please pray for us.

1) Petition - our prayer teams here in Texas will "petition" God for every one of the needs of the "21" between 8 - 9 PM (on the air). We will primarily be involved in "petitioning prayer" - asking prayer. (Of course when you receive the Prayer Update, you can petition the Lord again. However, since it has already been done by the prayer team here, you could move directly to the next two stages. It is up to you.)  

2) Thanksgiving - Father God, in Jesus Christ's name, I come to you thanking you for hearing our prayers for Tom. I send thanksgiving to you now that you are moving to bring Tom and his wife back together. I thank you because you are moving in His finances and setting things up to care for all his financial needs. I thank you for touching his children. I thank you for softening their hearts that they may be tender toward you and realize that you are not the one who did this.  

3) Praise - Lord I praise you now for your mighty acts, for your faithfulness towards Tom. I praise you that every need that Tom has is met in your mighty name. I praise you for restoring Tom's marriage. I praise you because you have moved in Tom's behalf. I praise you for ministering to his children, that you have drawn them to you and that you have healed their broken hearts. I praise you for meeting each and every need this family has in the name of Jesus Christ.

If you read both "thanksgiving" and "praise" very carefully, I believe you will see the difference in these two aspects of the Prayer Combo.  

In "thanksgiving," we can thank the Lord for what He is doing... how He is moving. 

In "praise," we praise the Lord because the work is done, our prayer is answered. 

The fact that we have seen nothing in the "natural" to prove this does not matter. We are now moving into the supernatural realm of answered prayer.

This is FAITH...

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1 

We have ASKED... we have sent our Lord THANKSGIVING for moving... we have PRAISED Him... because He has met the need. 

"Thanksgiving" and "praising" the Lord is something that is ongoing concerning a person's need. 

From 1 John 5:15 we know God has heard our petition. Now we are ready to keep sending up "thanksgiving" and "praise" as the Lord brings about the "visible answer" to our prayer.

I will bless the Lord at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth. Psalm 34:1 

By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name. Hebrews 13:15 

Since there are a number of new Believers who have joined with us in prayer, I have endeavored to put this together so a new Believer can understand how to become a Prayer Warrior. I hope this has been helpful.

For those of you who may pray another way, that's fine! The important thing is to pray... in faith believing... to receive! 

PRAYER UPDATE 2/6/2017 #45

We need to give the Lord "prayer, praise and thanksgiving" regardless of how we may feel.  

There are times when we pray, praise and thank the Lord as an act of our will. We do not necessarily do this because we feel like it. 

There are those times when we feel like we are in a "dry and thirsty land - spiritually." 

A Psalm of David, when he was in the wilderness of Judah. O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is; Psalm 63:1 

In this Psalm David was in a "dry and weary land where there was no water," in other words, there was absolutely no refreshing. There would be no "automatic" praising the Lord" in this place.  

As we pray for the needs of "21" each day, we will encounter times when we just do not feel like praying or thanking or praising the Lord. Have you been there yet? Some of you may be there right now...

But, the truth is, it does not matter whether we "feel like it" or not... regardless of our moods or the circumstances we may be facing in our lives... we must not be slack in praying for the needs of our brothers and sisters.

David is saying, "early" will I seek you... "earnestly" will I seek you, my soul longeth for you.

Have you ever thought (or said), "Oh, I don't feel like going to church today... I don't feel like praying... I don't feel like reading the Bible... I don't feel like praying or praising the Lord...I don't feel like praying for the "21" today. I'll do it another day." 

It would have been easy for David to have felt this way in a dry and thirsty land. 

However, David had disciplined himself to offer the Lord a sacrifice of thanksgiving regardless of how he felt or what he was going through. 

I will offer to thee the sacrifice of thanksgiving, and will call upon the name of the Lord. Psalm 116:17

Yes, sometimes it is a sacrifice to pray, send the Lord thanksgiving and praise the Lord. But regardless of how we feel or what our circumstances are, we must get "though the press" and reach out and touch the Lord with our prayers.

Anyone can praise the Lord when things are going well, but the crux of the matter is how do we do when all things seem to be going the wrong direction in our lives?

Psalm 22:3 tells us that the "Lord inhabits the praises of His people."
Psalm 33:1 says, "praise is comely (fitting for the upright.)"
Psalm 50:23 "Whoso offered praise glorifieth me."
Psalm 71:14 "I will yet praise thee more and more."
Psalm 50:14 says to "offer unto God thanksgiving and call upon him in the day of trouble."  

God responds by saying, "I will deliver thee and thou shalt glorify me."

Prayer, thanksgiving and praise... bring strength and refreshing to the weary.

As David added praise to his prayers in this dry and weary land, I believe the presence of the Lord became more real to him.  

David did not allow the troubles that swirled around him to beat him down. Instead, he looked to the Lord and experienced God's hope in his life. 

My soul followeth hard after thee: thy right hand upholdeth me. Psalm 63:8 

The last three verses of this chapter speaks of God bringing deliverance from his enemies. This Psalm ends triumphantly!

Thanks so much for being a part of praying for the "21" each day. Your prayers are making such a difference!

You may be praying... while you yourself are in a "dry, thirsty land." When you pray, do you experience new strength and new hope in your life? When the stresses of life are crowding in on you, as you pray, do you feel God lifting you up?

As we pray for others... our problems are no longer the focal point of our lives. As we pray for others... our problems don't seem as insurmountable. And deliverance and strength will come to us, if we do not weary in well doing.

And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. Galatians 6:9

Friend, hold on... don't give up... don't slow down.... don't feel down... don't be discouraged... for your answer is on the way!

The Lord is not slack concerning his promise... 2 Peter 3:9

Today, let's give thanks to God today for He is moving in our behalf! Let us worship Him through prayer, thanksgiving and praise! Let's tell the Lord how much we love Him, and how much we appreciate everything He has done and is doing for us now!

PRAYER UPDATE 2/5/2017 #44

I believe "praise and thanksgiving." is moving us into new a "spiritual intensity." (Part 3) 

Yesterday we looked at "thanksgiving" in more detail, now let's do the same with "praise."

Did you know that there are Christians who think of "praise" as being something that only happens when they are in a service standing for 30 minutes and singing, "Thank you Jesus" or "Praise the Lord," over and over and over? Praising and thanking the Lord goes far beyond what we do inside the four walls of the sanctuary.

Let me ask you a question. What is "real praise" to you? How would you define it? Someone said, "Praise is simply the response of our faith to God, as we anticipate His deliverance in our lives." 

When we finish "petition praying" for a request... and move to "praise," it shows that we are no longer focused on the "problem," instead... we are focused on the "solution to the problem" - JESUS! 

When we pray, there should come a time... when we have "prayed through" (as the "old timers" use to say)... and the problem needs no more prayer. 

Once we have discussed our problem or someone's need, sufficiently with the Lord, we can move on to the next stage... that of thanking and praising Him for "His divine intervention."

So then what is our next step? It's time to... "make preparation receive our answer."

We have "asked"... we have "believed"... we have "thanked God" for answering our prayer... we have "praised Him,"... now it's time to... prepare ourselves for the answer that is forthcoming!

Have you ever "rehashed" something? Sometimes we do this with our spouse. We talk about something that happened or went wrong or we didn't like, and we talk about it and then another time we talk about it, etc. What are we doing, "rehashing" it. Does our spouse usually like this "rehashing?" I didn't think do...

How do you think God feels about us continually "rehashing" things in prayer that we have already covered with Him?

When we begin to praise the Lord and thank Him for the answer, it is a good indication that we have quit "rehashing" and that the subject is "settled." There comes a time when we need to move from the petitions we have asked for in prayer... to thanksgiving and praise. 

I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; 1 Timothy 2:1

Have you ever seen a bird trying to fly with only one wing? It just can't fly as it needs both of its wings. Prayer is kind of like this too. Prayer needs... thanksgiving and praise.  

By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name. Hebrews 13:15

This means throughout our week, even when we are not asking anything from God, we are praising and thanking the Lord. This is what it means to pray without ceasing. 1 Thessalonians 5:17 

None of us can stand all week in a building praising the Lord as there are other things we have to do in life. But, no part of our daily life should be without praise. The Message Bible says, "The Lord takes pleasure in acts of worship--a different kind of sacrifice--that takes place in the kitchen and workplace and on the streets."

Prayer is like a coin that has two sides... thanksgiving and praise. 

Praise ye the Lord. O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever. Psalm 106:1

How many times should we pray over the same meal asking God to sanctify it? How many times should we pray for forgiveness for a sin we committed last year, before we know we are forgiven? And, when we have a need or we are praying for someone's need, how many times do we have to pray for that need to receive our answer? Just one prayer offered to the Lord in faith... takes care of it.

...I will give thee thanks in the great congregation: I will praise thee among much people. Psalm 35:18

David said, "I will praise and thank you among "many people." Praise was not just something David planned to do in his prayer closet. He was going to make known how God had answered his prayers to many people.

That I may publish with the voice of thanksgiving, and tell of all thy wondrous works. Psalm 26:7

This is exactly what we are now doing through this Prayer Update and over KWAH 95.5 FM radio. We are "publishing" to the nations the mighty acts of our God! We are daily, proclaiming His wondrous works!

O give thanks unto the Lord; call upon his name: make known his deeds among the people. Psalm 105:1

Let's keep asking... believing... thanking... praising... receiving... and make known to the nations the great and mighty things our Lord is doing!!!

PRAYER UPDATE 2/4/2017 #43

Praying for the same need "over and over" again, can be "vain repetition." (Part 2) 

But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking. Matthew 6:7

When we pray, God always hears our every prayer. We don't have to scream at Him... or beat our breast... or strike our back with a cat of 9 tails... or keep asking for the same thing over and over.

God does desire for us to come to Him with all of our needs. He is ready and waiting for our requests, so He can graciously move in our behalf. 

In the book of James we learn that "we have not because we ask not." It's not selfish to ask God for things. It actually honors God and His relationship with us.

When Jesus taught us to pray, "Give us this day our daily bread," He was teaching us to petition Him or ask Him for our daily needs.

However, there is an "ingredient" that we need to add to our petition(s).

Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. Philippians 4:6

God begins this verse by admonishing us that we should not worry... but instead take our needs to the Lord in prayer. We also notice here one additional word that should be "mixed" with our prayers: "thanksgiving." 

When we add "thanksgiving," I believe it is kind of like... "turbocharging" our prayers! It's like, everything is now... "just right," "in order" and "ready" to be processed and answered.

No, the "giving of thanks" when everything seems to be going wrong, is not a natural inclination.

In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. 1 Thessalonians 5:18

Within our flesh, we do not want to "give thanks" when things are going wrong. It is the last thing we want to do. Instead we want to scream and throw a "spiritual fit" and like a "spiritual brat," cry out, "Why have you allowed this to happen to me? What is wrong with you God? I thought you had my back?" 

Children do not have to be taught to ask for things. No, they quickly learn all by themselves. In some families, we hear them screaming for this and hollering for that! Is it possible... that some of us, have been treating God the same way?

There are those among us... who didn't have to be taught how to "holler" at God. We learned it all by ourselves! Others of us, don't say anything "aloud," but if the truth is known, down deep in our hearts, we feel like God is "mistreating" us... by allowing these awful things to happen to us. 

When we are in the midst of our "fiery furnace, " and our life seems to be filled with trials and tribulation... and we are "hurting," we want to scream out, "God where in the world are you? Don't you know what I am going through?" Yes, it is difficult to "thank God" when we're hurting!

Our children usually have to be taught to say, "thanks," when receiving something. This kind of manners is usually not just something our kids come up with on their own.

The "thankful" aspect... is something that has "to be learned." And, the truth is, most of us Christian adults... have probably not learned it yet.

This is it. It's time to "grow up" spiritually. Regardless of what is going wrong, it's time for us to... mix thanksgiving with our prayers. We are going to do this, regardless of the total chaos we are experiencing! Now, we are getting somewhere spiritually! 

So your next question is, "Why does God desire for us to thank Him? Is He on some kind of an ego trip"? No, the truth is, He doesn't even need us (I hope I can come back to this sometime).

When we give Him thanks, who benefits when we have a "grateful heart"... we do!

What happens when we "give thanks," when "all hell is breaking loose" around us? Our FAITH is strengthened... We begin to look towards God... and away from everything that is pulling us down. 

As our faith grows and grows... doubt and fear is struck down! We turn the lights off on our "piety party," and begin to look Godward!

When we do not "mix" thanksgiving with our petitions, our problems, like a big magnet, cause us to "gravitate," towards our problems... our needs...our circumstances... rather than towards our solution - God.

When we look towards Him, we are reminded of His faithfulness. We are reminded of how He has answered our prayers in the past. We are reminded of His Word and how He will never leave or forsake us. As we think on these things, our heart is filled with thanksgiving to God for what He has already done for us.

Here we are... poised on the brink of miracles... ready to add "thanksgiving" to our prayers for the "21" we are praying for each day... as well as, for us personally.

Instead of using vain repetitions... asking and asking and asking, for the same thing over and over and over, we are going to add "thanksgiving" and "praise" to our prayers! 

When we do this, I believe we will experience a new "spiritual turbocharging" that "accelerates" us into a new prayer dimension... that we never thought possible!!! 

PRAYER UPDATE 2/3/2017 #42

Praying for the same need "over and over" again, can be "vain repetition." 


But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking. Matthew 6:7

One of the Greek definitions of "vain repetitions," is, to repeat the same things over and over. 

When we pray for needs, does God teach us to pray for the same need "over and over" again? Is God hard of hearing?  

Behold, the Lord's hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear: Isaiah 59:1

No, His ear is not "heavy." God is not deaf or having any hearing problems in hearing our prayers.

Nowhere in the Bible are we informed that should us that if we will only "nag Him," all the time about a request, He will meet it, after we have "nagged Him" enough about it. Someone might think that the story of the "unjust judge" is pointing us that direction. We will take a look at it soon.

During this message I want to direct your attention towards our need to move up to the "next spiritual level" in our praying. 

When we ask in faith... believing... we shall receive.

Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you. John 15:16

And in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you. John 16:23

The Lord never told us to "beg and beg" in His name... we are instructed to... "ask."

After we pray ONCE for a need... in FAITH, it will not be necessary for us to continually keep nagging the Lord about the need... asking Him "over and over" to please take care of it. When we do this, it is like we are trying to get God's attention and He doesn't want to hear from us or, we are trying to "twist the Lord's arm" behind His back... believing that if we really "pressure" Him long enough through all our "praying," He will finally come through! Or, it means, we did not have any faith when we prayed last time and we are trying again. 

When we pray for the same need again, we are showing the Lord that we did not have any faith in our last prayer producing anything. This means, our continually asking... is revealing the "doubt" this is in our hearts. 

Do you feel that God is "reluctant" to meet your needs? 

After we bring our petition before the Lord, we are ready to move from the "asking phase" into the "praise and thanksgiving" phase.

When King Jehoshaphat and the children of Israel were walking toward the three armies that had come to utterly destroy them, did God appoint singers to sing over and over..."Oh Lord please hear our prayer... Oh Lord please hear our prayer... Oh Lord please hear our prayer." NO! God told them to appoint singers who were to sing and praise Him in "the beauty of His Holiness."

That's FAITH my friend! That's moving from "the petition," on to "the worship" of almighty God"! Did it work? It sure did! God fought their battle for them as they praised Him by faith!

And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God... And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened, and every one's bands were loosed. Acts 16:25-26

Paul and Silas took their prayer to the next level... when they begin to sing praises to the Lord!

Ask, and it shall be given you;... For every one that asketh receiveth... ...what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone? Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent? If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him? Matthew 7:7-11 

Jesus instructs us to ASK. He doesn't say, "ask and ask and ask." It is just a simple, ASK.

He expounded on this by saying, everyone that asks receives. Again, no repetition is encouraged. The Lord said, if you son was hungry and he asked for a fish, would you as a father give him a serpent?  

If your son was barefooted in the snow and ask you for shoes and you had new shoes that just fit him in the closet, how long would he have to stand in the snow barefooted begging you for the shoes... until you finally relented and met his need? That's what I thought. 






Does this make "spiritual sense" to you? 

It came even to pass, as the trumpeters and singers were as one, to make one sound to be heard in praising and thanking the LORD; and when they lifted up their voice with the trumpets and cymbals and instruments of musick, and praised the LORD, saying, For he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever: that then the house was filled with a cloud, even the house of the LORD; So that the priests could not stand to minister by reason of the cloud: for the glory of the Lord had filled the house of God. 2 Chronicles 5:13-14


David proclaimed in Psalm 118:17, I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the Lord.


When we finish praying for the needs of the "21" here in Texas (between 8 and 9 PM), then let us IMMEDIATELY begin to declare His works around the world - every "hour on the hour"!!!  




And when the builders laid the foundation of the temple of the Lord, they set the priests in their apparel with trumpets, and the Levites the sons of Asaph with cymbals, to praise the Lord, after the ordinance of David king of Israel.
And they sang together by course in praising and giving thanks unto the Lord; because he is good, for his mercy endureth for ever toward Israel. And all the people shouted with a great shout, when they praised the Lord, because the foundation of the house of the Lord was laid.
But many of the priests and Levites and chief of the fathers, who were ancient men, that had seen the first house, when the foundation of this house was laid before their eyes, wept with a loud voice; and many shouted aloud for joy:
So that the people could not discern the noise of the shout of joy from the noise of the weeping of the people: for the people shouted with a loud shout, and the noise was heard afar off. Ezra 3:10-13

And blessed be his glorious name for ever: and let the whole earth be filled with his glory; Amen, and Amen. Psalm 72:19

Let us agree together with PRAISE and THANKSGIVING... KNOWING that God has already completed the work and met our needs!!!  


Enter into his gates with thanksgiving , and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. Psalms 110:4

  To be continued tomorrow

PRAYER UPDATE 2/2/2017 #41

From my study of God's Word, there are five "spiritual conditions" that will stop our prayers from being answered. 

1) Our unbelief will stop God from answering our prayers. 

There is "unbelief" from "without" (from others).

What if you are in a service where no one believes miracles are for us today? Can God still work? Yes, the Bible says that Jesus didn't do many might works. 

And he did not many mighty works there because of their unbelief. Matthew 13:58

What do we learn here? That even though Jesus was surrounded and almost overwhelmed with unbelief, He was still able to do a few "mighty works." So when it came to miracles, which is what this is referring to, the doubt and unbelief around Him, was able to stem the flow of the number of miracles He could do.

Then, there is "unbelief" from "within."

When we minister to people's needs, if we even allow the tiniest moment of doubt and unbelief to enter into our hearts, it's all over! Going home at that point and going to sleep would accomplish as much for the Kingdom as we are about to do, with "unbelief" in our hearts.

Remember how the disciples couldn't casting the devil out of this man's son?

Then came the disciples to Jesus apart, and said, Why could not we cast him out?And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.
Matthew 17:19-20

So why couldn't the disciples cast the demon out? Because of what? Unbelief. Do you think that we too have even been guilty of unbelief? That's what I though... 

It's "unbelief" that is keeping our vision small. It's "unbelief that is keeping the sick from being healed when we pray. It's "unbelief" that is keeping us from speaking to the mountains that are in our way and commanding them to move.

If faith the size of a mustard seed will cause a mountain to move... then, doubt the size of a mustard seed... will destroy an entire "mountain of faith"!

Are we ready to get all the doubt and unbelief out of our lives? How do we do it? 

Jesus went on to say in Matthew 17: 21, Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting. 

Prayer and fasting will put the devil on the run! Praying and fasting destroys doubt and unbelief in our lives.

There are situations we will encounter where we will need to be living a life of prayer and fasting to overcome. Jesus said, "This kind will only leave if you are praying and fasting."

If we do not understand this, God will not be able to use us in the way He desires to. 

But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. 7 For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. James 1:6-7

One of the Greek meanings of the word "wavering" is, to hesitate. This is something that was revealed to me before I realized the meaning of wavering in this particular scripture.

If we hesitate, we will lose! If we allow one moment, one hesitation, or one thought of doubt to enter into our mind, it's over! There will be no answer forthcoming to our prayers!

If someone were to come to us and say, "My mother just died, come over and raise her from the dead." And we hesitated, doubt would come in and stop the miracle of her resurrection from the dead.

Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give. Matthew 10:8

What if someone were to come to us and say, "There are 20 people sitting outside your door in wheelchairs. They are waiting for you to come and pray for them so they will get healed. And we hesitate, for just a "split second," we "waved" for just a "split second"... what will happen if we go out and pray for those who are crippled? The answer is very simple. Nothing!

Just as Daniel purposed to not defile himself with the King's meat, so we must purpose not to allow any "unbelief" to "defile" our faith.  

But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king's meat, nor with the wine which he drank: therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself. 
Daniel 1:8

We must be determined, that regardless of the cost, we will not allow "unbelief" to enter into our hearts. We must pray and fast until all hesitation at obeying God and the Scripture is gone! If we do this, God will use us in a great and mighty way, His wonders to perform!

Jesus said in Matthew 21:21, If ye have faith, and doubt not...

So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief. Hebrews 3:19

Just as "doubt" and "unbelief" kept the children of Israel from entering into God's best, into Canaan's Land, so will "doubt" and "unbelief" keep us from being used of God to minister to the desperate needs of people in our generation.

IT can happen now as you believe and read these last lines... "ALOUD"! 

"MY FAITH"... even if it is only the size of a mustard seed... is this moment... DESTROYING... a whole mountain of doubt! I SPEAK to this "mountain of doubt"...and, say, "doubt"... I COMMAND you to GO... ...NOW... in Jesus Christ mighty name!!!

To be continued soon....

PRAYER UPDATE 2/1/2017 #40 

We must have complete trust in God.

Where is our "trust level" concerning how God is taking care of us? Do we trust Him only when everything is going good? Does our trust level go way down, when it seems like everything is going wrong? 

In whom do we trust? Do we have the trust that Job had in God?

Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him... Job 13:15

If anyone ever had a reason for not completely trusting God, it was Job. It looked like Job's trust in God had cost him everything. He lost his children, property, wealth, good name and his health. But even after losing everything, Job's constitution is, "If God takes the next step and kills me, I will still trust Him even as I take my last breath."

How many things have to go wrong in our lives, before we question God? Do our words betray our lack of trust when we ask Him, "Why is this happening to me?" If we had complete trust in Him, we would ever question anything that He allows to happen to us?

Do we feel like God has forsaken us when it appears He is not coming through to meet our needs? When we desire Him to do something and He choses not to at this time, do we feel like He is letting us down? 

Besides our words, what about our actions? How do we act, when we find ourselves in a situation where we have prayed, and prayed, and prayed... and it looks like nothing is happening? Do we "walk away from our trust in God," into "the arms of man," just because it "appears" God is not going to come through for us?

Who do we turn to when we are sick? Is our trust in a doctor? Or, do we trust in God and the doctor? Or will we trust in God? Who are we really looking to... is it man or is it God?

God informs us in His Word that He actually "curses" those who trust in man. 

Thus saith the LORD; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the LORD. Jeremiah 17:5

It is evident that God requires all of our trust to be in Him and in Him alone! Just as God will have no idols before Him, He also will not allow His children to trust in anyone or anything, other than Him. 

Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding... Proverbs 3:5-6

Just as God commands us to "love" Him with "all" our heart, He also commands us to "trust" Him with all our heart. If we trust Him. We are not to "lean" on what we think of feel about it. The word "lean" in the Hebrew means, to rely, to rest on, stay, support ones self.

Someone might say, "But I have complete faith in God." 

There is a big difference between FAITH and TRUST. Trust is something we have AFTER someone proves to us they are TRUSTWORTHY. On the other hand, FAITH is something we have without seeing evidence of anything.

Because God has earned our trust, we have confidence that whatever happens in our lives, God is not only in control, but He also has our best interests at heart.

"Trust" comes from 'walking with God." Trust does not come from being born again for three weeks. "Trust" comes from "experiencing" the "workings of God" in our lives over an extended period of time. 

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. Jeremiah 29:11

On our currency here in the U.S. are four words... "IN GOD WE TRUST." Yes, there was a time in our early history of America that our forefathers did have trust in God. From the "actions" of many of our nation's current leaders, it is evident they, as well as many in our country, do not trust in God.

As we pray for the "21" each day... we pray with our "trust" in God that He is answering our united prayers. We trust in His Word...

And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you. Matthew 17:20

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Thanks for standing with us in prayer for the needs of "21" people each day around the world.  (Feel free to quote or use any of the thoughts in these messages in your ministry or whatever. I am not interested in receiving "credit."  If there is anything here that can be a blessing, may God receive all the Glory!)


We also need some, "blessing, instead of cursing" prayers.

The Apostle Paul was no stranger to persecution. In city after city, he faced serious opposition. His enemies were not just trying to give him "blue Mondays," they were out to kill him. Satan did his best to use people to try to destroy Paul's ministry and even his very life, but thanks to God, the devil never succeeded!

Instead of Paul being angry, upset and vindictive, he says... "Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse" (Romans 12:14).

Let's close out 2016 by examining our lives to make sure there that there is no one who sinned against us during this past year that we have not forgiven. Not only not forgiven, but sent prayers of blessings and mercy their way. 

One of those very "special" persons, may come to mind now as you read these lines. "Someone"... who really hurt you during 2016. You might classify this person as... enemy #1 of this past year. Perhaps, he or she hurt you "over and over." Before the clock strikes midnight... let's really forgive them for all the harmed they caused us... and then, let's really let them have "IT"... as we pray that God will give them great blessings during 2017!

From Paul's writings, it's easy to see that he is not holding a grudge against anyone, no matter how much they may have hurt and wronged him. This takes God's strength.To be able to pray blessings on someone who has brought great grief into our lives, is not "human," it is "divine." 

If we "hold back" our forgiveness... it will cause God to shut up the blessings He had intended for us (Romans 12:17-21, Matthew 6:15). We must forgive others trespasses against us, in order to experience God's forgiving us of our trespasses (and we have many).

As we yield to the Lord's will and forgive others, God will continue to release blessings into our lives. Unforgiveness will hinder or even stop our prayers from being answered (1 Peter 3:7). How we treat others, including our spouse, will either "make or break," us during the coming year. If we desire for God's blessings to "overtake" us every day during 2017, then we must allow the spirit of forgiveness to "overtake" us this last day of 2016.


We also need some, "I know my God can, but if He chooses not to, I will still trust Him" prayers.

Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego are a prime example of someone putting their complete trust in the Lord... regardless of the outcome. 

In so many words they said, "No king, we will not bow down to your image. Our God is able to deliver us from your fiery furnace. But, if he doesn't, we still will not serve your gods or worship your image." (Story in Daniel 3:16-18) 

Realizing this powerful principle helps us continue moving forward in faith. Yes, we know God can answer every one of our prayers. None of us are facing anything that is too difficult for our God! No, nothing in our lives is. "impossible." But, if for some unknown (to us) reason, our God does choose not to answer any of our prayers during this coming year, we will still serve him faithfully! We will bow to Him and Him alone!  

When we understand and declare this, it is a testimony to our complete submission and faith in God. This a prayer of surrender to God's will for our lives... regardless! I believe having an attitude of "faith in God" like this... greatly honors God. 

Here's the truth... when we put this into action in our lives... either way, we win! And most importantly, because of our 100% trust in God, our Lord is always glorified and... He wins!!!

YOUR PRAYER THOUGHT 12/29/2016 #7 

We also need some "AS LONG AS IT TAKES" PRAYERS.

It seems like most of our prayer requests are "ASAP" prayers (As Soon As Possible) prayers. Like... we have to have our need met... "yesterday." 

What we really need are some "LAIT" prayers (As Long As It Takes) prayers) If we don't receive our answer by "sundown," that's alright, we'll just keep pressing on "believing" and "praising" the Lord that our answer is on the way.

It is always great when God moves "quick," but it is also still "great," when God moves in "His timing" and He doesn't order a "quick fix." 

We find David in the Psalms praying frequently for God to move "quickly." We can pray the same way. However, there are other times when we need to understand that, often, while we are praying, God is "at work" IN our lives, "changing us." While prayer is going THROUGH our lives, God is working IN our lives.  

I do believe Daniel prayed fully expecting an answer from God soon. But, because his prayers were "hindered" by Satan, it took three weeks of fasting and continued praying until his answer came. 

When his answer did arrive, the angel from the Lord informed Daniel that his answer was on the way as soon as he prayed, but the powers of darkness "along the way," hindered his answer from arriving. War in the Heavenlies, can also affect when our answer arrives.

We must not be disappointed if our prayers do not "always" or even "ever"... arrive the "next day" at our doorstep (like something we ordered "next day delivery" from Amazon). It's so easy to be discouraged because we think that God is not work on our need... if our prayer becomes "delayed," when the truth is just the opposite. Our answer IS on the way!


Since one of our prayer partners recently asked me a question about prayer, I felt it would be good to share some thoughts with you concerning prayer that I hope will be helpful.


Praying "small prayers," may even require "no faith." Our prayers may be so "tiny" and "ordinary," that God does not need to even intervene in our lives. Besides what we might call our "regular prayers," we need to add some "mountain moving prayers." 

...whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed... and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe, that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. Mark 11:23 

These are the prayers that if God does not show up, absolutely nothing is going to happen! I believe we should pray more "mountain moving prayers," than "bump in the road prayers." Although, there are times when we actually need both.

We do need to understand that "mountain moving prayers" are not always answered instantaneously. In fact, it seems that most of the time, we find ourselves wrestling with the powers of darkness for our "miracle to manifest." Though these kind of prayers may take some time, we need to "hang on tight" and keep "believing God"... until we experience our "miracle breakthrough"!

YOUR PRAYER THOUGHT 12/ 27/2016 #5

Those of us who have been blessed with the opportunity to go on a mission trip or live on a mission field, can testify how fervent the prayers are of the saints in developing nations.  

The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much...James 5:16The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much...

Here are 5 observations of the prayers, of the saints, in these countries: 1) Their prayers are vocal, not silent. 2) They pray fervently. 3) They consistently pray the Word- through proclamation. 4) Their entire focus is vertical, addressing God alone. 5) Their prayers are full of authority with a prophetic anointing.


Praying for "one another" is a COMMAND from our Lord. 

Praying for "one another"... is NOT OPTIONAL. We can "choose" who to pray for, but not praying for anyone places us in direct disobedience to God's Word.

...pray one for another, that ye may be healed... James 5:16

When we think of "praying one for another," in our minds, it is usually "one-sided"... towards the person we are praying for. Praying for someone has far more impact than just for who we are praying for. As we "sow" in prayer for "one another," we also "reap" from our actions. As we saw in the example of Job (Job 42:10), praying for others, releases God's power to move in our own behalf. As you pray for the needs in people's lives below, pray fully expecting God to move in your behalf!


For some reason, it seems most of us have overlooked what could be one of the most prevalent sins of our generation... "our lack of prayer for others."

  Moreover as for me, God forbid that I should sin against the LORD in ceasing to pray for you...
1Samuel 12:23

No, we usually don't think of it being a sin not to pray for others... but, God does. The "Good News" is, now... many of us, are not ceasing to pray each day for the needs of others. We thank God for this prayer tool to help us to pray for the needs of others.

If you continue to faithfully pray for the requests we email you each day during 2017, by the end of the year, you will have prayed for the needs of 7,665 people??? When I think of this, I can't help but "rejoice" in advance for all the "victory reports" was are going to receive during 2017!!! 

Thanks for your "Prayer of Agreement" with us for "miracles" for 21 people... tonight.


This "Prayer Thought" is especially for someone who is now in the midst of a "great struggle." 

You may have prayed and then... prayed some more... and yet, things may be no better.You may have prayed and then... prayed some more... and yet, things may be no better.

Have you considered that it may be time to "change prayers"? Instead of just looking on your own needs, it may be time to look on the needs of others and then... begin to "pray for others."

Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others. Philippians 2:4

This goes very well with what I shared with you last night concerning Job. And the LORD turned the captivity of Job, when he prayed for his friends: also the LORD gave Job twice as much as he had before. Job 42:10

Why not put your own needs on the "back burner" for awhile and then put the needs of others on your "prayer burner"? Not only will you become a "blessing" to others, but you will find that what you have "sown," you "will also reap."  

Thanks for your "Prayer of Agreement" for the needs of 21 people to be met tonight as we take their needs to the Lord in prayer on "A Call to Prayer."


A When Job prayed for the needs of his friends, God intervened with "miracles" in his behalf.

Are you aware that when we pray for the needs of others, God moves in our behalf for our own needs? When Job prayed for the needs of his friends, God intervened with "miracles" in his behalf. When Job prayed for the needs of his friends, God intervened with "miracles" in his behalf.

And the LORD turned the captivity of Job, when he prayed for his friends: also the LORD gave Job twice as much as he had before. Job 42:10

This is not the reason we pray for others. We pray for others needs because we "care" about them. We are "touched" by their needs and truly concerned about what they are going through.  

Thanks for your "Prayer of Agreement" for the needs of 21 people to be met tonight as we take their needs to the Lord in prayer on "A Call to Prayer."


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