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The Prayer of Importunity

 

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THE PRAYER OF IMPORTUNITY

I have written on ‘The Blessing’, and I have much more to share on that subject.  I am going to briefly interrupt that particular series because, honestly, I need to get this down in my spirit and writing helps me do that.  

I have seen so much confusion about this following passage of scripture, and when I found this writing by Ken Hagin, Sr., I had to study it out and really get it in my spirit and mind!  God does not want us confused,  or in disagreement!  There are people who are both confused and in disagreement over this particular passage, and they equate it to personal experiences and do not measure  it with the full Word of God.  You will always be confused, and most of the time wrong, when you do this!

I have heard the phrases, ‘praying through’, and  ’pray until you touch God’, for a great deal of my life.  What is praying through?  Praying through should mean you pray until you become convinced God is willing to do for you what you have asked according to His word, not until you have convinced Him to stand by it.  Too often the ‘old timers’ mean the last part of that sentence when they say this!  

Remember faith is believing not only God can, but God will!  God doesn’t need convincing!  He said He valued His Word above His name!  In other words, He stands by His promises readily and cannot break them.  God isn’t even tempted to break His Word to you!  He isn’t a liar or a con artist.  

What does it mean when people say to pray until you touch God?  They mean basically the same thing as ‘praying through’.  It means you pray until God is touched  and moved to compassion by your tears, sorrow, and pleading.  This is so unbiblical I cannot believe anybody ever bought into it!  

What touches God, according to the Bible, is faith!  I don’t see anywhere, where the amount of tears you cry, how loud you scream,  how much you beg, or the amount of times you ask Him for something ‘touches’ God.  Again, you may need to pray until you are convinced, but God was convinced of His word and His willingness to give you the promises He made in the word the instant He said them!

I am taking the following from Ken Hagin’s “Prayer Workbook”.  It explains this subject so well and so thoroughly.  May our old ideologies that do not hold with the Bible be put to rest once and for all time!

THE PRAYER OF IMPORTUNITY

Luke recorded something about faith and prayer that neither Mark nor Matthew said.  Luke talked about the prayer of importunity, that is, being persistent in your faith and in your praying.  Again, so many people miss it when they hear that.  They believe what Jesus is saying is this:  ”You just keep on asking, and eventually you will get it.”  Let’s look at this passage of scripture to see what  it is actually saying.

Luke 11:5-8

A Friend Comes at Midnight

5 And he said unto them, Which of you shall have a friend, and shall go unto him at midnight, and say unto him, Friend, lend me three loaves;

6 For a friend of mine in his journey is come to me, and I have nothing to set before him?

7 And he from within shall answer and say, Trouble me not: the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot rise and give thee.

8 I say unto you, Though he will not rise and give him, because he is his friend, yet because of his importunity he will rise and give him as many as he needeth.

 

Here was a man who had a friend who came to his house in the nighttime to visit.  The man didn’t have any bread to set before his friend, so he went to another friend’s house and said, “A friend has come to visit and I have no food.  Please, lend me three loaves of bread.”

The second friend said, “But, I’m already in bed and my children are in bed, too.”  And the Bible  says, “…Though he will not rise and give him because he is his friend, yet because of IMPORTUNITY he will rise and give him as many as he needeth.” (Luke 11:8).

If you take this passage literally, then God would be likened to the friend who is in bed.  However, we know that God never sleeps nor slumbers (Psalm 121:3-4).  Therefore, we know this verse is showing us an analogy or a similarity to scriptural prayer because Jesus was teaching on prayer when He gave this illustration.  He was proving a point.

Jesus was simply saying that even in the natural you could get results from a friend like the man did in Luke 11, not necessarily because a person was your friend, but because of your urgent request.  In other words, a person might not grant the favor because he is your friend, but he would grant you the favor because of your importunity;  that is, you wouldn’t take no for an answer.

Then Jesus said, “And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you;  seek and ye shall find;  knock, and it shall be opened unto you” (Luke 11:9).  You see, it is the importunity of faith, not the importunity of unbelief that gets the job done.  However, you could just keep on begging God and be importunate all you want to, and you would never get an answer even if you lived to be a hundred years old!  Why not?  Because your importune praying must be in faith, not unbelief.

It is the importunity of faith that works.  So believe God’s Word that when you ask, it shall be given you.  When you seek, you shall find.  When you knock, it shall be opened unto you!

I like something Andrew Murray said that will help you to see what I am talking about.  As I said, so many people have the idea that if they keep on asking the same thing over and over again, eventually they will get their request.  They seem to think that is what Jesus is talking about in the passages of Scripture we’ve covered in Matthew 7 and Luke 11.  But as Andrew Murray said, it is not good taste to ask the Lord for the same thing over and over again.  It is just not good taste; actually, it is doubt and unbelief.

Murray said that if you pray to God about something you’ve already prayed for and it hasn’t materialized, do not ask again the same way you did the first time.  To do that would be a confession that you didn’t believe God the first time you asked Him!  You could get into doubt and unbelief by asking for the same thing over and over again.

But just remind God of what you asked for if it hasn’t materialized yet.  Remind Him of what He promised and put Him in remembrance of His Word (Isaiah 43:26).  Remind Him that you are expecting the answer.  That way you are staying in faith, and you are being persistent in your faith.  That is what it means to be importunate in your faith, and this kind of praying will bring results.

You can see then that Jesus is saying in this passage the very opposite of what most people think He is saying.  So don’t stay on the negative side of importunity in prayer–just asking and begging and crying and pleading in doubt and unbelief hoping that God has heard you.  That kind of praying in unbelief  will never bring any results.

Instead, ask God in faith according to His Word, and believe that you receive when you pray.  Then be importunate in faith, continually thanking God for the answer to your prayers.  That is the prayer of importunity that will always bring results!

God moves in this earth as His children pray in faith according to the principles in His Word.  So pray for those who despitefully use you, and see God move in their lives for good.  Pray for laborers to be sent into the harvest, and see your prayers answered as souls come into the Kingdom of God.

Never give up in prayer;  never faint in your faith!  As you continue diligently to pray in faith, more and more you will see God’s will fulfilled both in your life and in the lives of others!

 

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Are You Alone or Set Apart?

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Romans 1:1-32 ESV

Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God, which he promised beforehand through his prophets in the holy Scriptures, concerning his Son, who was descended from David according to the flesh and was declared to be the Son of God in power according to the Spirit of holiness by his resurrection from the dead, Jesus Christ our Lord, through whom we have received grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith for the sake of his name among all the nations… 

Jeremiah 1:5 

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”

Leviticus 20:24 

But I said to you, “You will possess their land; I will give it to you as an inheritance, a land flowing with milk and honey.” I am the LORD your God, who has set you apart from the nations.

Psalm 4:3 

Know that the LORD has set apart the godly for himself; the LORD will hear when I call to him.

Do  you ever feel lonely, isolated, alone?  Do you ever wonder “where have all the people gone”?  I think these are natural thoughts from time to time, but we need to think about the root of  why we are thinking them, not trying to find the answer to the questions and the feelings they can bring.

When you are a Christian,  finding the root of what you are thinking about and who the source of the thought is, is critical.  Satan comes as an angel of light, and if we don’t put a hedge up around our minds and our thinking, he can easily come in appearing to be an innocent sheep, when he is a wolf in sheep’s clothing!  

I had a pastor’s wife years ago who had struggled with her thought life.  She was and is one of the wisest ladies I know.  I have never seen anyone in my life hear from God as she does!  How did she go from fighting tormenting thoughts to being a loving, praying powerhouse for God?  She began to ask a simple question when thoughts began to flood her mind.  That question was and still is, “Who’s talking?”  When she began to take every single thought “captive”  that didn’t bring her joy or honor and praise to God, she knew who the source of that thought was.  Soon, she and the Holy Spirit were in control of her thinking and she hasn’t stopped propelling into the things of the spirit since.

Satan loves to come and tell you how useless you are, how nobody ever calls, how you are all by yourself, but have you ever stopped to wonder why you are really alone?  Or could you be ‘set apart‘?  I have found when I am having extended periods of ‘alone time’ it is because God wants me to be alone with Him.  If I will go into prayer and praise during these times, I find there are mighty plans, purposes, and direction God is wanting to talk to me about.  He is in the still small voice when we are “set apart” from the crowds, not in the noisy restaurants, shopping malls, or the movies where it is loud and we are concentrated on anything and everything but Him.  When we realize we haven’t been left alone by friends and family, but we are being set apart from the crowds for prayer, our whole perspective changes on being by ourselves! We are never alone because God is with us, and that is when He is ready to have time with you!  

Take advantage of these ‘set apart’ times, precious reader.  This is where you get the ‘mind of Christ‘ and where the Holy Spirit will pray out vital things to your present and to you and your family’s future!  You will actually become excited the phone DIDN’T ring, because you  know now what that means.   A blessing and the instruction you need to have it fully is coming your way!

God  bless you, dear reader!!  I will see you soon!  Simply, Juliana

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Christmas Every Day

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Luke 17:21

King James Version (KJV)

21 … for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.

 Last night, hubby and I were talking about what our day would consist of today.  Our house is on the market, and we had a showing at 10 a.m..  We decided to eat breakfast and have some hubby/wife time.  As I sat and thought about it, the Lord spoke to me and said, “Take tomorrow and pray together on purpose”.  Now we have our prayer time, but I had never heard the Lord put it this way.

When we got back home from breakfast, we went straight into united prayer.  We first talked about things we wanted to agree on, things that had been on both of our hearts and then hubby sat in his chair and I sat on the couch and our prayer time began.  I soon began to walk.  I would pray in the Spirit for a time and then in English for a time.

Many times after praying in the Spirit I don’t remember all of the interpretations, I only remember bits and pieces.  Today, what I remember was confirmed in my routine of the day.  I remember the Lord said this year every day would be like Christmas for me.  I didn’t understand what God meant at the time.  I didn’t know He would fully explain it later.  He also told me to speak peace to my family and to my home.  I did what He said.  He began to tell me how Jesus is the “Prince of Peace” and He expounded on that for a bit.

My husband and I finished the prayer time and went on with the day.  I had to go to the grocery store and pick up an item for supper.  I live in a small town.  We only have two grocery stores and one is fairly small.  Compared with the other store, it is very small.  The reason I say this is because I found a treasure there, in the most unlikely place.  Our steps are truly ordered of the Lord, even in small ways as going to a market.

My daughter loves the commercial that has the camel that says, “It’s huuuuuump dayyyyy”.  After I had picked up my one item, I was going to pay for it and I saw a t-shirt with this phrase and the picture of a camel on it.  I decided to buy it for her.  They only had one left, and it was the wrong size.  Had it not been for that shirt, I would never have looked at this section of the grocery store.  As I started toward the registers again, I saw a rack of books.  What caught my eye was the title of one particular book.  The title of this book is “Living Christmas Every Day”.

I could not believe my eyes!  “Christmas Every Day” jumped out at me!  It was exactly one of the things the Lord had spoken to me during our prayer time!  I picked the book up, and when I opened it there was the next thing God had spoken to me!  The subtitle was “The Prince of Peace“!  That was the second thing God had told me during our prayer time.  Yes, God fully had my attention at this point!  Needless to say, I purchased the book!

When I got home, I could not wait to see what this book had to say about Christmas and peace!  It is a daily devotional, that compares every day with Christmas.  As I read, the author began to explain certain special things that take place at Christmas time.  Families come together and enjoy one another, people visit the sick and elderly and give gifts they would not have had otherwise, and organizations buy toys and food items and give them to charities.  But what if we did these things year round, not just one short time a year?  Then every day would be like Christmas!

The author wrote, “The homeless would never feel alone and alienated by their unfortunate circumstances.  The elderly would cease to feel that they no longer have a purpose in this world.  Disputes between neighbors would be offset by kind deeds and words of appreciation.  Families would come together more often to express their love and devotion to one another.  Dear friend, isn’t that what life should be like?”  I now knew, God had not meant that I would have an unexpected gift or blessing every day for the next year, but I would be the giver every day for 2014!  A year of ‘paying it forward‘.

I saw a saying today that said, “A small token given is more valuable than all the good intentions without action in the world”.  God isn’t looking for extravagance, He is looking for the willingness to listen and obey as He leads us into acts of love and kindness.  A year of Christmas…a year of ‘paying it forward’…more than a lifetime of planting and harvesting the love of God in others, and goodwill to be the marker of all our intentions!  That is not only what Christmas was meant to be, that is what the world is meant to be.

God bless you, dear reader!  I will see you next time.  Simply, Juliana

 

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Because You Asked….

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2 Chronicles 1

Amplified Bible (AMP)

10 Give me now wisdom and knowledge to go out and come in before this people, for who can rule this Your people who are so great?

11 God replied to Solomon, Because this was in your heart and you have not asked for riches, possessions, honor, and glory, or the life of your foes, or even for long life, but have asked wisdom and knowledge for yourself, that you may rule and judge My people over whom I have made you king,

12 Wisdom and knowledge are granted you. And I will give you riches, possessions, honor, and glory, such as none of the kings had before you, and none after you shall have their equal.

I heard someone preach one time we should be driving expensive cars, wearing designer clothes, and living in large homes because that would make God look good to others.  God looks good no matter what I look like, drive, or live in.  God is God and He looks good all by Himself!  God looks good when a person lost in sin is saved.  God looks good when someone who has been left to die is healed and defies the odds.  God looks good when a marriage that was irretrievably damaged is saved and restored and becomes an example to others of  just what astounding things God can and will do.  God just looks good because that is what He is!  God has called us to tell of His saving love and mercy, not to announce what car I am currently driving or what my address is.

Today, as I went into my prayer time the Spirit of God fell on me and my prayer in the spirit was urgent and deep.  Many of the “old timers” call it a ‘prayer burden’.  I prayed in the spirit and did not relent until I began to feel peace come into my heart.  As I was praying,  the Lord led me to reach for my Bible.  As I opened it, my eyes fell on the passage above.  It was a time when God was speaking to Solomon and had asked him what he wanted from the Lord.  If you are familiar with this passage, you know Solomon could have asked God for anything and God would have given it to him!  Solomon could have asked for glory, honor, fame, riches, justice concerning his enemies, long life, and possessions, but Solomon asked for something you don’t hear often.  Solomon asked for God’s wisdom.

Solomon knew he was not able to govern the people without God’s help.  He knew how difficult this job was and it had little to do with fame, glory, or riches for himself.  He knew if he was to do right toward God’s people, if he was to make decisions that were best for the people, if he was to judge rightly and justly,  he would need God’s mind and wisdom.  He thought not of himself, but of those God had given him charge over.  The love of God and the great responsibility God had entrusted to him, framed and formed in his mind the request he would make.

He didn’t ask anything for himself.  He asked for the people.  He didn’t ask for riches, wealth, prestige, for his enemies to “get theirs”, or for long life yet, God said because of what was in Solomon’s heart, he would be granted wisdom and all these things besides!

God has always been solely concerned with one thing and we find it throughout the Bible…what is in our hearts.  Do we love people?  Do we seek justice or mercy and grace?  Do we seek truth for the sake of being right or because it brings what is right?  Where are our hearts and what is in the hidden recesses of them?

What a regrettable thing to stand before the Lord, whether now or on the day of reckoning, to hear from God, “You could have had it all no matter what, but because you sought “things” instead of Me and My ways,  you missed all of it.  It would all have been within your possession if only your heart had come into union with Mine.”

God’s heart has always been people.  He sent Jesus to die for ALL, not just a certain sect.  His love was so deep He gave the best He had and what He valued most!  When you love God, you love others.  When you love others, you seek their good, not your own.  When you look to the things that are at the heart of God, God blesses you.  What is so ironic about this is, when our hearts truly meld with God’s, when our interests reflect His, when our hearts beat in unity with God’s heartbeat, nothing else matters!  It no longer is a priority what we drive, what we live in, or what we are wearing…all of that is just “fluff and stuff”.  What matters is staying in rhythm with God’s heartbeat so that we are in the rhythm with  His grace, love, and mercy.

What is in my heart today?  If someone asked me what was most important, my answer would reflect it.  Let us be brave and courageous enough to be honest with our answer.  Then may God bring our heartbeat into union with His own.  No greater thing could we have!

 

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Prayer for Healing

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Recently, I have had two friends diagnosed with cancer…both are younger than fifty-five.   I just had blood work done that came back with some results I am not pleased with.   I want to see an excellent report on my follow up blood work by the time I see my doctor again.  I ask you to agree with me in prayer for my dear friends and for me, precious reader!  God‘s will is healing, health and wholeness! 

PRAYER FOR HEALING/GLORIA COPELAND

This is what Jesus said about prayer, “Have faith in God.  For verily I say unto you, that whosoever shall say unto this mountain,’Be thou removed, be thou cast into the sea, 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.’  Therefore, I say unto you,” this is Jesus speaking “Therefore, I say unto you, what things so ever you desire when you pray, believe that you receive them and you shall have them.”  That’s in your Bible, Mark 11:22, 23 and 24.  Jesus said to believe that you receive when you pray, and you will have it.  Now I am going to pray for you.  Now faith take takes the answer when it prays.  As I pray, you take your answer, and you begin to do what you couldn’t do before.  If you couldn’t lift your arm up, throw it up there!  If you couldn’t get up, get up!  Act on the Word of God.  Why?  Because you’ve received your healing.  Father, I pray for every person.  I pray the healing anointing to come upon them right now in the name of Jesus.  In Jesus’ name, you be healed from the top of your head to the soles of your feet.  You just right now say, “I take my healing.  I take it, Lord.  I take it.”  And, then do something you couldn’t do before.  If you couldn’t throw up your hand, throw it up there.  If you couldn’t move a leg, begin to move in Jesus’ name.  What are you doing?  You are taking your healing.  You take it.  Faith takes!  Glory to God!  And, this is one of the key places when Jesus teaches us about how to receive anything from the Lord.  If you need help in your finances.  Take prosperity.  Believe you receive it, and act on it.  If you need a job, take a job right now as we pray.  Glory to God.  We’re here for you.  We’ve have all kinds of information, teachings on the website, articles, prayers, devotionals, things to help you grow in the Lord. Ken and I are intensely interested in you.  And, we know that Jesus is intensely interested in you and wants you healed and prosperous and well.  This is Gloria Copeland reminding you that Jesus is Lord!  –Gloria Copeland

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