I’ll Probably Be Praying for You, but Most Likely Not for Your Unspoken Request

The phrase “I’ll be praying for you” is used quite commonly among Christians today. This is a really, really, good thing to say – IF you mean it. I have a problem with people who use this phrase and make me feel, for a moment, that they really care. But, they either do not even come to check up on how everything is going, or when I share with them that the Lord has answered in a certain way, they’d say something along the lines of, “Oh, yeah. I remembered that you told me about that! Forgot about that.” I then do the eye-roll (in my brain) and politely excuse myself, all the while questioning whether they really meant what they said. It is quite apparent that they used the “I’ll be praying…” loosely.

If the person is not going to do as he or she says, then they shouldn’t use the word, now, should they? That is why, I am very careful when I use that phrase. So, here’s a challenge. The next time you use the sentence, be sure to carry out your promise. Write it down on the spot if you have too. It would probably even show the other person that you really are sincere about doing what you said. Don’t just let the phrase become another cliche that we can pull out and use and don’t even give it a second thought.

And while we are on the subject of prayer, here is a problem with the subject known as “unspoken request.” This is not something that I will pray for, unless I know that the person will share with the church, at a later date, how God has answered that certain unspoken request. Here’s why I don’t think that this is a good idea:

In Philippians 4:6, “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.” According to the Interlinear Greek-English New Testament by George Ricker Berry, the original Greek used for “your request” comes from the word αíτημα, which denotes the meaning of a “specific petition for a particular thing.” The verse here says BE SPECIFIC. An unspoken is unspecific as unspecific can be.

For all you know, that unspoken could be a request that the person will be able to win lottery, not get pregnant after some adulterous affair or sex outside of marriage, and so on… The reason why the church gathers and have prayer meetings is so that each individual can share with the church, as a whole, certain items that need prayer. If the person is not comfortable with going “public” he and she can just share it with the pastor or a few close friends. One of my friends once shared with me that at their youth group, unspoken requests are allowed – ON THE CONDITION that the youth shares, at a later date, how the Lord had answered whatever the unspoken request was. That would also be a good idea.

All this aside now, shouldn’t we be thankful that with salvation comes the privilege that God hears our each and every prayer? When Jesus died for our sins on Calvary, the veil that separated the holy of holies from the rest of the temple where the men dwelt. Like the hymn says, “Nothing between my soul and the Savior…”

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In the Twinkling

Since it is Easter, I thought of these wonderful verses that reminds us saved believers that when we die, we have a glorious home to look forward to! I also hope these verses would cause others to think, “Do I have a part in this everlasting promise?”

1 Corinthians 15:52-55:
52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.
54 So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.
55 O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?

Haha…I just had to underline, italicize, and bold the last verse. Every time I read this aloud, I have the urge to shout it at the top of my lungs! 🙂

Clean Outside, Dirty Inside

While going through Pilgrim’s Progress, there is a very interesting sentence that Faithful says, “I have heard many cry out against sin in the pulpit, who can yet abide it well enough in the heart, house, and conversation.”

How true is that? How many preachers have committed adultery, theft, and things that should never be associated with a Christian? And, let’s make it personal now, what about YOU? Do you walk the walk and talk the talk, but there is a totally different story in your heart and house? Think about that for awhile.

I have been guilty of that, and still am! It is a constant struggle to always make sure we are doing the right thing. However, we must also remember that we do not do it by our own strength, but through Jesus. And He has promised to uphold us.

 Isaiah 41:10 “Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.” 

Isaiah 43:2 “When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.”

This is just a short sharing. It is intended to make you stop and think. How are you living up to what you are saying? Do you preach or say one thing, but your heart is in total contradiction? Are you – am I – a hypocrite? This actually reminds me of a poem I wrote awhile ago:

At the snap of a finger,
Like a wisp,
Gone the flame –
Never to be seen again.

Like the grass, are the days of man,
Here right now,
Gone the next –
Never to be seen again.

You don’t know when you’d breathe your last.
Could be now,
Could be later –
Never to be seen again.

Will you be ready when your time comes?
Will you be ashamed
Because you’ve not done your best
To live up to His name?

Romans 8:31, 35-39

Sharing another few verses from Romans 8:31, 35-39. Such wonderful verses that remind Christians about the love of God. 🙂

Romans 8:
31 What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?
35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
36 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.
37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.
38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,
39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

The Israelites and I

When I was a kid, I remember being taught the story of the exodus of the nation of Israel from Egypt. I also remember always thinking that the Israelites were the most ungrateful bunch of folks. After all God did for them – freeing them from the Egyptians, dividing the Red Sea, feeding them manna and quails, etc… – they showed their thankfulness by disobeying God’s commandments.
Even God said this of them, ” And the LORD said unto Moses, I have seen this people, and, behold, it is a stiffnecked people:” (Ex 32:9)
Now that I have matured, somewhat ;), I look at the characteristics of the Israelites, and it struck me – I AM JUST LIKE THEM. How often do I, we, get pulled down by the world’s temptations? How often do we get dragged into sin and turn our face from God? We cannot blame Satan as Eve did and say that the temptation was too strong and there was no way we could have resisted.
Because, God did say in 1 Corinthians 10:13 “…but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.”
Yet, when the Holy Spirit convicts us, and we repent our sins, God is faithful and just to forgive us. Ps 86:15 “But thou, O Lord, art a God full of compassion, and gracious, longsuffering, and plenteous in mercy and truth.” We, as did the Israelites, almost follow a cycle: Obedience to God – Blessings in return – Fall into sin – Reap bad consequences – Ask for help and forgiveness from God – Right with God.
When they disobeyed, God allowed them to be taken captives and suffer the harsh consequences; but when Israel obeyed God, they were blessed and were able to defeat their enemies.
Certainly, we are blessed to serve a God who will not just cut us off, even when we repeatedly sin against Him.
I guess I am writing this to myself more than to you, the reader. However, I challenge you. Make a full-out effort to obey God, to seek His will, to stay away from temptations and sins. Nothing can beat the feeling when a saved one is at peace with God!

What Dr. Adrian Rogers Said…

“There are things you will never understand apart from faith. Faith is the dynamic of spiritual wisdom. In the Bible, God is not explained. God is not argued. God is simply presented. And that is how He must be accepted – simply by faith: ‘…for he that comes to God must believe that He is…'(Hebrews 11:6)

“The skeptic will challenge you to prove there is a God. Don’t ever try to do that. The finite cannot prove the infinite. Just say, “Well, I can’t do it.’ And as he smirks smugly, you can say, ‘Now prove there is no God.’ Of course, he can’t do it. The skeptic accepts by faith there is no God. All people are believers. There are those who believe in God and those who believe there is no God, but all are believers.

“Science is the study of phenomena now existing. Back in the oldest book of the Bible, God asked Job, “Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? Tell Me, if you have understanding'(Job 38:4). No scientists were there. There’s no way they can explain it. How do we understand it? By faith. Some say, ‘Well, that takes a lot of belief.’ Really? Seems a lot more belief is required to assert that nothing times nobody equals everything. That’s what they choose to believe. No wonder the Bible says, ‘The fool has said in his heart, There is no God…'(Psalm 53:1). God is the supreme fact, and the man who denies the supreme fact is the supreme fool.

“Remember, faith is not contrary to reason; it’s simply beyond reason. To go into the laboratory to try to prove God would be like tearing apart a piano to try to find a tune. It’s impossible…just as it is impossible to have spiritual wisdom without faith.”

On the Bible

The Bible, not only one of the oldest books in the world, but also the bestselling book of all time. Truly, this book is marvelous! Think about it – it has stood the test of time and survived from nearly 1500 years ago and is still available today. After all, we have God’s promise in:
Isaiah 40:8 “The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever.”

Matthew 5:18 “For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.”

After all, the author is God!
2 Peter 1:20-21 “Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.
21 For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.”

2 Timothy 3:16 “All scripture is given by inspiration of God…”

And since God is the author, I can definitely trust every single word that is written therein. I can also know for sure that the salvation message written in it is reliable.
It doesn’t matter if you are not that uneducated, or if you have countless number of Ph.D’s or what-have-you framed up in your house. After all, the apostles were made up of lowly fishermen and scholarly professionals. 

It doesn’t matter if you have committed so many wrong things in your life so far, or if you are the most honest and respected denizen on earth. After all, Jesus was crucified between two convicts, and he readily forgave one of them when the convict expressed his repentence.

John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that WHOSOEVER believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”