Text: In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. (Genesis 1:1)
Tweet: God, who has no beginning, was not just in the beginning, but was the beginning. He was before it and gave birth to it, by calling into existence out of nothing everything in heaven and earth.
Text: And he cometh to Bethsaida; and they bring a blind man unto him, and besought him to touch him. And he took the blind man by the hand, and led him out of the town; and when he had spit on his eyes, and put his hands upon him, he asked him if he saw ought. And he looked up, and said, I see men as trees, walking. After that he put his hands again upon his eyes, and made him look up: and he was restored, and saw every man clearly. (Mark 8:22-25)
Tweet: Those satisfied with the initial touch of the Savior and unwilling to receive successive ones may have spiritually blurred vision. For instance, they may be incapable of clearly seeing people for the trees.
Text: But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing. (James 1:4)
Tweet: The man who can wait on God has spiritually arrived. It is a sure sign of spiritual maturity to patiently leave things in God’s hands rather than impetuously taking them into your own hands.
Text: Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead was laid. And Jesus lifted up his eyes, and said, Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me. And I knew that thou hearest me always: but because of the people which stand by I said it, that they may believe that thou hast sent me. (John 11:41-42)
Tweet: Prayers prayed “in Jesus name”—in His stead and by His authorized surrogates—as Christ Himself promised, can’t miss, since the Father always attends to the prayers of His Son, even those prayed through His emissaries.
Text: 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)
Tweet: To petition someone in another’s name means to do so under the authorization and in the stead of the one whose name we are using. Therefore, to petition the Father in the name of the Son means to pray at Christ’s behest, for His bidding, and as His ambassador!
Text: Behold, the nations are as a drop of a bucket, and are counted as the small dust of the balance: behold, he taketh up the isles as a very little thing. (Isaiah 40:15)
Tweet: In spite of the pomp and pageantry of a State of the Union Address, nations like ours are no more in God’s eyes than a drop in the bucket or a speck of dust on the grand scale of things.
Text: 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)
Tweet: Earnestness is essential to prayer and fervency a fundamental. As Adam Clark taught, “Prayer requires more of the heart than the tongue.” Words without heart to Heaven never go.
Text: If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it. (John 14:14)
Tweet: It’s actually possible to pray “in Jesus name” without even saying these words in the wrapping up of your prayer, just as it’s equally possible to wrap up heavenly unheeded prayers while shouting them.
Text: And it came to pass, that, as he was praying in a certain place, when he ceased, one of his disciples said unto him, Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples. (Luke 11:1)
Tweet: Prayer is an art that must be learned. “It is not,” as Ruth Paxson says, “a string of words, but a divine piece of work.”
Text: And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear. (Isaiah 65:24)
Tweet: Prayers are heard by God before they are spoken and answered by Him before they are prayed.