The Conditions of Prevailing Prayer

By George Mueller

1. Entire dependence upon the merits and mediation of the Lord Jesus Christ as the only ground of any claim of blessing. “Whatsoever ye shall ask in My name, that will I do” (John 14:13,14).

2. Separation from all known sin. “If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me” (Psalm 66:18).

3. Faith in God’s Word of promise as confirmed by His oath. “He that cometh to God must believe that He is…a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him” (Hebrews 11:6).

4. Asking in accordance with His will. Our motives must be godly. “Ye ask and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts” (James 4:3).

5. Importunity in supplication. There must be waiting on God and waiting for God, as the husbandman has long patience God and waiting for God, as the husbandman has long patience to wait for the harvest. “Shall not God avenge His own elect, which cry day and night unto Him?” (Luke 18:7).

90 Days Later…

I wrote this blog post back in 2009 and never published it.

A little over 90 days ago the door to the Church that I was created to Pastor finally opened. It should have opened much sooner (try years ago) but I got a little off track…so thanks be to God for His mercy and grace.

The first service I think we had about 8 people show up and frankly I was surprised that that many came. To tell you the truth It was more than a little surreal to be standing up there behind the holy desk, when just a few weeks ago I had been working on the sound board at the former Church I was serving at.

I went from sound man to Pastor with seemingly little fanfare, I mean it just happened.

So here 90 days later and its hard to put into words all that the Lord has done for us in this short time. The ministry gifts that He has sent to the Church to bless us. The revelation that He has deposited in my spirit and pull out of me on Sunday morning.

I can’t tell you how many time I’m just standing up there preaching and it will be like where in the world is this going? Scriptures are coming up in my heart that I didn’t even study for in the preparation the message are just coming out of my mouth, I’m off of my notes and I’m saying to myself, ok Holy Ghost how are you going to tie all this stuff together?

I’ve had to learn how to minister in a entirely different way. I pray, study, write out my little notes, but when I stand up I don’t know what is going to happen, I just open my mouth and He fills it.

Church For People Who Don’t Like God…

A bunch of atheist in the UK have opened a new Church for the “real” unchurched…

The Sunday Assembly may be godless, but a churchgoer who stumbled through the wrong door would find much they recognised.

The service opens with a song, led by Evans and an enthusiastic band at the front; instead of a hymn, however, it is “Don’t Stop Me Now” by Queen (“We’ve chosen something that allows hamming it up to the max”). The service features a reading, a moment of reflective silence, even a collection to pay for the rental of the church, during which people are invited to turn in the pews and greet those sitting beside and behind them. The plan in future is to engage members in community-based good works.

There is also a sermon, of sorts, on the day’s theme of “wonder”, which sees Dr Harry Cliff, a particle physicist from Cambridge, talking about Dirac’s equation predicting antimatter (“the most amazing theory in history”) and the enormous statistical odds against the universe existing in the first place. The congregation then stands to sing Superstition by Stevie Wonder.

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Crowd Seekers…

Mark 2:1-2 New King James Version (NKJV)

1 And again He entered Capernaum after some days, and it was heard that He was in the house. 2 Immediately many gathered together, so that there was no longer room to receive them, not even near the door. And He preached the word to them.

Mark 2:13 New King James Version (NKJV)

13 Then He went out again by the sea; and all the multitude came to Him, and He taught them.

Jesus didn’t follow after crowds crowds followed after him, I wonder why?

Divide And Conquer

In order for Satan to defeat you He has to separate from intimate fellowship with God and separate you from other parts of the body of Christ.

The four-year-old who says, “I can do it by myself” has a lot in common with the typical pastor.

Pastors are notorious for their lone ranger approach to ministry. It’s what I call the number one failure of 90 percent of pastors. They prefer to go it alone.

Even Jesus needed a buddy. “He came to the disciples and found them sleeping, and said to Peter, ‘So, you men could not keep watch with me for one hour?’” (Matthew 26:40)

Sometimes it helps to have someone nearby, praying, loving, caring, even hurting with you.

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What A Pastor Needs…

Yup…

Every senior pastor needs a staff that…

• Is committed to the same vision he is. If you’re not committed, then find somewhere else where you will be. There’s no shame in finding a place where you’ll be effective in ministry.

• Will overlook his bad days. David had the chance to stab Saul in the back when he caught him with his pants down, but he chose not to. Remember, everyone has a bad day!

• Will pick up the trash when he needs you to. Simply put, don’t be afraid to do something that seems beneath you.

• When you say you’re praying for him, then actually do it. Being a senior pastor is a tough job that most people won’t ever understand.

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