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Prayers of the Bible


PRAYERS  OF  THE  BIBLE
These prayers can be done as a study in your quiet time or at a Cell group Bible study.
(Questions to help you in the studies, follow directly after the prayers. I am compiling them on a weekly basis.)
It is important to always read what comes before and after each prayer.
It brought me intimacy with God/Jesus/Holy Spirit as I read, meditated, listened and talked to God through a long period of going through each prayer.
I had put an example of how I had done it at the end of these prayers. It is my private time with God so it is very personal. I have changed names of people I prayed for by changing the names to XXX. 
May God richly bless you as you get to know him more through the way He worked through the prayers of these people.
 
  1. Abijah’s army – for victory …  2 Chronicles 13:14
  2. Abraham – for a son………..Genesis 15:1-6
  3. Abraham – for Ishmael …….Genesis 17:18-21
  4. Abraham – forSodom…          Gen. 18:20-32
  5. Abraham –  for Abimelech        Gen. 20:17
  6. Abraham’s servant – for guidance…Gen. 24:12-52
  7. Asa – for victory …………2 Chronicles 14:11
  8. Cain – for mercy ……..Genesis 4:13-15
  9. Centurion – for his servant ….. Matthew 8:5-13)
  10. Christians – for Peter ……Acts 12:5-12
  11. Christians – for kings in authority ……1 Timothy 2:1,2
  12. Corinthians – for Paul…….2 Corinthians 1:9-11
  13. Cornelius – for enlightenment …..Acts 10:1-33
  14. Criminal – for salvation …..Luke 23: 42,43
  15. Daniel – for the Jews …. Daniel 9:3-19
  16. Daniel – for knowledge ….Daniel 2:17-23
  17. David – for blessing …. 2 Samuel 7:18-29
  18. David – for help….. 1 Sam. 23:10-13
  19. David – for guidance …………2 Samuel 2:1
  20. David – for grace ….Psalm 25:16
  21. David – for justice ………………Psalm 9:17-20
  22. Disciples – for boldness …..Acts 4:24-31
  23. Elijah – for drought and rain….James 5:17,18
  24. Elijah – for the raising to life of the widow’s son.. 1 Kings 17:20-23
  25. Elijah – for triumph over Baal……. 1 Kings 18:36-38
  26. Elijah – for death…..1 Kings 19:4
  27. Elisha – for blindness and sight ……2 Kings 6:17-23
  28. Ezekiel – or undefilement …..Ezekiel 4:12-15
  29. Ezra – for the sins of the people ……Ezra 9:6-15
  30. Gideon – for proof of his call ….. Judges 6: 36-40
  31. Habakkuk – for deliverance ….. Habakkuk 3:1-19
  32. Habakkuk – for justice …..Hab. 1:1-4
  33. Hagar – for consolation ….. Genesis 21:14-20
  34. Hannah – for a son ….. 1 Samuel 1:10-17
  35. Hezekiah – for deliverance ….. 2 Kings 19:15-19
  36. Hezekiah – for health …….2 Kings 20:1-11
  37. Holy Spirit – for Christians ………………Romans 8:26.27
  38. Isaac – for children …….Genesis 25:21, 24-26
  39. Israelites – for deliverance ….Exodus 2: 23-25 and Ex 3:7-10
  40. Jabez – for prosperity ……..1 Chr. 4:10
  41. Jacob – all night ……..Gen. 32:24-30
  42. Jacob – for deliverance from Esau ….Gen.32: 9-12
  43. Jehoahaz – for victory ……….2 Kings 13:1-5
  44. Jehoshaphat – for protection …..2 Chr. 20:5-12,27
  45. Jehoshaphat – for victory …… 2 Chr. 18: 31
  46. Jeremiah – forJudah…………Jeremiah 42: 1-6
  47. Jeremiah – for mercy …….Jer. 14:7-10
  48. Jesus – Lord’s prayer ………………………Matthew 6: 9-13
  49. Jesus – praise for revelation to babes ………Matt. 11:25-26
  50. Jesus – at Lazarus’ tomb ………….John 11:41,42
  51. Jesus – for the Father’s glory ….John 12:28
  52. Jesus – for the church …….John 17:1-26
  53. Jesus – for deliverance ….Matthew 26:39, 42, 44 and Matt 27:46
  54. Jesus – for forgiveness for others …..Luke 23:34
  55. Jesus – in submission …..Luke 23:46
  56. Jews – for save journey ………………Ezra 8:21,23
  57. Jonah – for deliverance from the fish …..Jonah 2:1-10
  58. Joshua – for help and mercy …….Joshua 7:6-9
  59. Leper – for healing ….. Matthew 8:2,3
  60. Manasseh – for deliverance ……2 Chr. 33:12,13
  61. Manoah – for guidance …… Judges 13:8-15
  62. Moses – for Pharaoh ………Ex. 8:9-13
  63. Moses – for water …..Ex 15:24,25
  64. Moses – forIsrael…..Ex. 32:31-35
  65. Moses – for Miriam …..Numbers 12:11-14
  66. Moses – that he might see the Promised Land … Deuteronomy 3:23-25 Deut.34:1-4
  67. Moses – for a successor …….. Numbers 27:15-17
  68. Nehemiah – for the Jews ……Nehemiah 1:4-11
  69. Paul – for the healing of  Publius’ father …………Acts 28:8
  70. Paul – for the Ephesians ……….Ephesians 3: 14-21
  71. Paul – for grace ……….2 Corinthians 12:8,9
  72. People ofJudah– for a covenant ….2 Chronicles 15:12-15
  73. Peter for the raising of Dorcas …. Acts 9:40
  74. Priests – for blessing …………2 Chronicles 30;27
  75. Rebekah – for understanding ……Genesis 25: 22,23
  76. Reubenites – for victory ……….1 Chronicles 5:18-20
  77. Samson – for water …….Judges 15:18,19
  78. Samson – for strength ….Judges 16:29,30
  79. Samuel – forIsrael………………………….1 Samuel 7:5-12
  80. Solomon – for wisdom ………….1 Kings 3:6-14
  81. Tax-gatherer – for mercy …….Luke 18:13
  82. Zechariah – for a son …..Luke 1:13

QUESTIONS TO HELP YOU MEDITATE ON THE PRAYERS

Working on the questions for our weekly Bible study. More to follow.

(Please bear with me; my writing won’t always be literally and grammatically correct, but it always is from my heart and in the love of Jesus.)

1. PRAYER OF Abija’s army – For Victory – 2 Chronicles 13:14
When Judah realized that they were being attacked from the front and the rear they cried out to the Lord for help. Then the priest blew the trumpet, and the men of Judah began to shout. At the sound of the battle cry, God defeated Jeroboam…18 So Judah defeated Israel on When Judah realized that they were being attacked from the front and the rear they cried out to the Lord for help. Then the priest blew the trumpet, and the men of Judah began to shout. At the sound of the battle cry, God defeated Jeroboam…18 So Judah that occasion because they trusted in the Lord, the God of their ancestors.
QUESTIONS
1.       Why do you think Judah could have panicked?
How bad was the attack? (Read 2 Corinthians 7:5)
2.       What did they do when they saw the circumstances? (What was the first thing they did?) What action did they take; what did the priest do? What did the men of Judah do? What would be the action today’s army would have taken? How does it compare to what we read here. (Also read 2 Chronicles 20: 12 and verse 21.)
3.       Who defeated Jeroboam?
4.       Write down a prayer in which you cry out to the LORD for the problem in your life that is most important to you now.
5.       Cry out to the Lord for someone you love who needs it badly. Address the problem with God.
6.       Cry out to God for your church. For the Bible study. For those on the prayer list.
Read Ephesians 6:12
 
 
2. ABRAHAM  – for a son.  Genesis 15: 1-6
The Lords Covenant Promise to Abram
The next 5 prayers are Abrahams. I notice they are total natural conversations. We tend to make prayer so unnatural. Look at Abraham and Father God. And Abraham never makes God his ‘china’ or ‘buddy’ or ‘brew’.
Genesis 15:1 Some time later, the Lord spoke to Abram in a vision and said to him, “Do not be afraid Abram, for I will protect you, and your reward will be great.  
But Abram replied, “O Sovereign LORD, what good are all your blessings when I don’t even have a son?
Since you’ve given me no children. Eliezer of Damascus, a servant in my household will inherit all my wealth. You have given me no descendants of my own, so one of my servants will be my heir.
Then the Lord said to him, “No, your servant will not be your heir, for you will have a son of your own who will be your heir.” Then the Lord took Abram outside and sad to him, “Look up into the sky and count the stars if you can. That’s how many descendants you will have!
And Abraham believed the LORD, and the LORD counted him as righteous because of his faith.
 
QUESTIONS
1.       What do you understand under the word vision? Have you ever had a vision of what God is saying to you? 
2.       Name one clear occasion where you knew what God wanted you to do and how did you “hear” His voice?
3.       Put your name in the blank: “Do not be afraid _____________, for I will protect you, and your reward will be great.” Ask God to protect you from…
4.       Think of a verse in the Bible where Jesus talked about protection. (Look for it in John 17.) Can you mention any other type of protections from God in the Bible?
5.       What is the greatest reward we can ask for? Think and make a note of any rewards you know of which Jesus promised.
6.       God blesses Abraham. What is Abrahams reply to these words of blessing? Does this sound like a man of faith to you?
7.       Make a list of some of your blessings.
8.       Now tell God honestly about that one prayer that you have been praying over and over and you have given up and don’t ask for any more. Could you say to God; “O Sovereign LORD, what good are all your blessings when I don’t even have…”  What do you hear God say to you? Be quiet and listen. (This can be between you and God only).
9.       Please write down Matthew 16: 26 (Also read Mark 8:36 and Luke 9:25).
10.   Look at this sentence: “Since You have given me no children, Eliezer of Damascus, a servant in my household will inherit all my wealth. You have given me no descendants of my own, so one of my servants will be my heir.”  (a)Is Abraham accusing God? (compare this prayer to later, when Abraham obeys and puts his only son on the altar in obedience to God.)  (b) Does God mind that Abraham talks to Him like this?  (c) Would you mind if your grandchild or child talked to you like this? What would have happened if Abraham had kept quiet and just went ahead with his own plans?  (d) How can you be sure that God directs your steps?
11.   Is this a two- way conversation? How do you know?  How does God answer Abraham and what does He do to make it clear to Abraham.
12.   Are you one of Abraham’s descendants?  Why.
13.   (a)Think of a blessing that came to someone and then blessed you because of it.  (b)Think of when you were blessed and it continued to have an effect on others.  (c) Ask God to bless you now in a way that will bless others and bring glory to His name.   (d)Praise God for one minute.
14.   Which words  tell you that Abraham’s attitude has changed because of his encounter with God?
15.   Has any of his circumstances changed at this stage?
16.   Why is he counted as righteous?
17.   What would make us righteous before God?
 

3  ABRAHAM – FOR  ISHMAEL

Genesis 17:17-21

: 17 Abraham bowed down to the ground, but he laughed to himself in disbelief. “How could I become a father at the age of 100? He thought. “And how can Sarah have a baby when she is ninety years old?” 18 So Abraham said to God, “May Ishmael live under your special blessing!”

19 But God replied, “No- Sarah, your wife, will give birth to a son for you. You will name him Isaac, and I will confirm my covenant with him and his descendants as an everlasting covenant. 20  As for Ismael, I will bless him also, just as you have asked. I will make him extremely fruitful and multiply his descendants. He will become the father of twelve princes, and I will make him a great nation. 21 But my covenant will be confirmed with Isaac, who will be born to you and Sarah about this time next year.” (NLT)

QUESTIONS:

  1. (a) Judging from outward appearance; how do you know that Abraham honors and fears God?

(b) Looking at yourself; what outward appearances show that you honor and fear God?

        2.    (a) Inward: What are Abrahams thoughts as he bows down? Is this in conflict with his outward appearance?

               (b) Where in your inner thoughts do you need to get in line with Jesus’ teaching?

        3.   Is there anything we can hide from God?  (Read and write down Hebrews 4:13)

        4.  God has just promised Abraham in verse 16 that he will have a son from Sarah, his wife, and blessed her because of this son. What is Abrahams reply to God’s promise of blessing his wife Sarah with a son?   (Also read and write down the last sentence in Luke6:45)

        5      How does Abrahams reply contradict what God had just said in verse 16?

        6.      Did God answer this prayer for Ismael?

        7.      (a) What is Isaacs blessing?  (b) What is Ismael’s blessing?

                 (c) Which blessing has an everlasting effect and reaches all the way to us?

        8.     The blessing for Abraham was coming from a direction he did not count on. That which he   had written off as impossible, is what will open up and produce God’s blessing.

Has a door of opportunity ever been closed in your face?

Looking back, can you reflect on the blessing that came out of this disappointment?  (A job, a relationship, a broken promise, a loss…)

       9.         “You will name him Isaac.

What is your name?    What do you think; how long before you were born did God know your name?

 Now read the following verses and then try to explain it to yourself in your own words.  Read it again and replace the word ‘us’ with ‘me’.

  “Even before He made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in His eyes. God decided in advance to adopt us into His own family by bringing us to Himself through Jesus Christ. This is what He wanted to do, and it gave Him great pleasure.” Ephesians 1:4-5 NLT

Read Psalm 139:13-16  

10  THE COVENANT:

Look at this verse: Gen. 17:19 … and I will confirm my covenant with him and his descendants as an everlasting covenant.

Describe how this covenant, in this conversation, from the Old Testament, affects you today? (See if you can answer this before looking at the Bible verses and questions below.)

           Read the following verses and then answer the questions that follow. See how this covenant in this conversation from the Old Testament affects you today!

Matthew 1:1 The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the Son of David, the Son of Abraham:

Question  10 (a): How is Jesus Christ connected to Abraham?

Matthew 26:28 “For this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.

Galatians  3:26 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave not free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. 29 And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.

Question 10 (b): How are you now connected to Abraham?

Hebrews 13:20 “Now may the God of peace who brought up our Lord Jesus  from the dead, that great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, make you complete in every good work to do His will, …”

John 3:16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

Question 10(c): For whom did Jesus die?

1 Timothy 2:6 “For there is only one God and one Mediator who can reconcile God and people… Christ Jesus.

Question 10(d): How does all this make you right with God?

        11. Read John 4:10-13.  What similarity can you see between this conversation ( Jesus and the Samaritan woman) and God and Abraham.
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 4. Abraham Intercedes for Sodom  Genesis 18: 19-32

(The reading comes from the New Living Translation, but I always have my New King James Version open beside it and read from both. It is important to compare the new translations to the more original one.)

19 “ I have singled him out so that he will direct his sons and their families to keep the way of the Lord by doing what is right and just. Then I will do for Abraham all that I have promised.”

20 So the LORD told Abraham, “I have heard a great outcry from Sodom and Gomorrah, because their sin is so flagrant. 21 I am going down to see if their actions are as wicked as I have heard. If not, I want to know.”

22 The other men turned and headed toward Sodom, but the LORD remained with Abraham. 23 Abraham approached Him and said, “Will you sweep away both the righteous and the wicked?

24 Suppose you find fifty righteous people living there in the city- will You still sweep it away and not spare it for their sakes?25 Surely You wouldn’t do such a thing, destroying the righteous along with the wicked. Why, You would be treating the righteous and the wicked exactly the same! Surely you wouldn’t do that! Should not the Judge of all the earth do what is right?

26 And the LORD replied, “If I find fifty righteous people in Sodom, I will spare the entire city for their sake.”

27 Then Abraham spoke again. “Since I have begun, let me speak further to my Lord, even though I am but dust and ashes. 28 Suppose there are only forty-five righteous people rather than fifty? Will you destroy the whole city for lack of five?”

And the LORD said, “I will not destroy it if I find forty-five righteous people there.”

29 Then Abraham pressed his request further. “Suppose there are only forty?”

And the LORD replied, “I will not destroy it for the sake of the forty.”

30 “Please don’t be angry, my Lord, “Abraham pleaded. “Let me speak-suppose only thirty righteous people are found?”

And the LORD replied, “I will not destroy it if I find thirty.”

31 Then Abraham said, “Since I have dared to speak to the Lord, let me continue – suppose there are only twenty?”

And the LORD replied, “Then I will not destroy it for the sake of the twenty.”

32 Finally, Abraham said, “Lord, please don’t be angry with me if I speak one more time. Suppose only ten are found there?”

And the Lord replied, “Then I will not destroy it for the sake of the ten.”

 

4. Abraham Intercedes for Sodom  Genesis 18: 19-32

QUESTIONS

19 “I have singled him out so that he will direct his sons and their families to keep the way of the Lord by doing what is right and just. Then I will do for Abraham all that I have promised.”

  1. 1.       What are God’s thoughts towards Abraham?  Read and write down 1 John3:1 and see what God’s thoughts are towards you!
  2. 2.       What are the Lords instructions to Abraham in the above verse? What are the Lords instructions to you? (The same as the above and Mark 16:15)

20 So the LORD told Abraham, “I have heard a great outcry from Sodom and Gomorrah, because their sin is so flagrant. 21 I am going down to see if their actions are as wicked as I have heard. If not, I want to know.”

  1.  Why do you think the LORD is telling Abraham this?

See Ezekiel 22: 30 “I looked for someone who might rebuild the wall of righteousness that guards the land. I searched for someone to stand in the gap in the wall so I wouldn’t have to destroy the land, but I found no one.”

“The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” James 5:16

Say to them: ‘As I live,’ says the Lord GOD, ‘I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from his way and live.’ Ezekiel 33:11

  1. We know that God knows everything; why do you think  God would say  “I am going down to see…I want to know”?

The eyes of the LORD are in every place, keeping watch on the evil and the good.” Proverbs 15:3

“I am a merciful God.” Deuteronomy 4:31

“God is a righteous judge.” Psalm 7:11

(Is it to expose their sins? To give them an opportunity to repent? To know God cares? To get someone to pray and intercede for them?

  1. What is the ultimate sin?

Jesus said in John 16:9 “The worlds sin is that it refuses to believe in Me.”

 

  1. Think of the world; can you name sins that could be crying out to the Lord? Sins that are going against the word of God. Sin’s that are denying God?  After reading this conversation between God and Abraham; what do you think you, as an individual (and collectively as a cell group), can do about all the wrong? 
  2. Think of someone in your family from whom the Lord might be hearing a great outcry. Intercede and pray for him/her or them.

Think of your neighborhood, your country, the world. Can you hear an outcry for any place in particular? Approach the Lord, in Jesus name, and pray and intercede.

Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” (Hebrews 4:16)

See Ezekiel 33 …but his blood I will require at your hand.

22 The other men turned and headed toward Sodom, but the LORD remained with Abraham. 23 Abraham approached Him and said, “Will you sweep away both the righteous and the wicked?

  1. 8.       Who were ‘the other men’ headed toward Sodom? (See Genesis 19:1)

 

  1. Why do you think, the angels  were going to Sodom and Gomorrah?  (“The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear Him, and rescues them” (Psalm 34:7; Psalm 91:11)

 

  1. In Isaiah 64:6 God says that our righteous deeds are like filthy rags to Him. So then, who are the righteous?  Remember Abraham in Gen. 15:6 and read Romans 3:22. Also (“He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteous of God in Him.” 2 Cor. 5:21)

 

  1. Why did God save Lot?  Give the answer from Genesis 19:29

 

  1. Why do you think Abraham did not start off with asking God to save the city if there were only 10 righteous people?

“Will you sweep away both the righteous and the wicked?”

  1.  How would you explain God’s ultimate protection, when in a disaster, the wicked (unsaved) and the righteous (saved) are both ‘swept away’ in to death? (See how you would answer this question before looking at the following Bible verses.)

                “For me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” (1 Phil. 1:21)

                “And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Matthew 10:28

                “And I give them eternal life, …never perish.” John 10:28

                “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die.” (John 11: 25,26)

                “Finally there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness which the Lord, the righteous judge, will give to me on that day.” (2 Timothy 4:8)

Seeing this intense intercession of Abraham for Sodom and Gomorrah, I could not help but think of the intercessors of the Bible and the outcome of destruction or salvation:

(a)Noah and the flood. 1 Who died?  (Gen. 7:23)  2 Who was saved? (Gen. 7:23)

(b)Abraham and Sodom and Gomorrah.  1 Who died?  Who was saved?

(c) Jonah and Nineveh 1. Why was no one destroyed by God in Nineveh? (Jonah 3: 5 and verse 10)

(d) Jesus and hell.  1. Who is thrown in to the lake of fire?  (Revelations 20:15)   2. Who can escape from hell? (John 3:16)  (2 Peter 3:9)

 

“He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent.” 2 Peter 3: 9 NLT

“For God loved the world so much that He gave His one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16 NLT

“Rather rejoice because your names are written in heaven.” Luke 10:20

 

 

 

 
 
PRAYERS  OF  THE  BIBLE   (Entwined with my personal diary) The blue print is my own personal thoughts and prayers on the matter.
 
Always read what comes before and after the prayers!
 
Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere. (Eph. 6:18).
 
 
1. Abija’s army – For Victory  –  2 Chronicles 13:14
 
(Judah400,000 warriors. Jeroboam 800,000)
 
2 Chronicles 13:14 When Judah realized that they were being attacked from the front and the rear they cried out to the Lord for help. (A cry for help is a prayer.)
Then they went in to action: Then the priest (The priest, not the army big shot) blew the trumpet, (not pull the trigger or designate the bomb) and the men ofJudahbegan to shout. At the sound of the battle cry, God defeated Jeroboam…..
:18 SoJudahdefeatedIsraelon that occasion because they trusted in the Lord, the God of their ancestors.
 
Good morning Father God, good morning Jesus, good morning Holy Spirit. Father, be here with me.
Jesus, I think of Ephesians 6:12 For we are not fighting against flesh and blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.
My Lord, God, in Jesus name, I cry out to You for help. Even before I know or see what the enemy plans; I trust in You, Lord, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. And in Jesus Christ Your Son who’s blood was shed for me. I claim the victory even before the attack begins. You fight for me, Lord, and I wont have to lift a finger. And in the power and authority and name of Jesus, I cry out to You, God, for others for whom I pray: For XXXXX in this war! The victory is Yours, Father God; Yours Jesus, Yours Holy Spirit. For all  battling with substance abuse, with addiction, I cry out. The victory is Yours. I thank You and I praise Your holy name.
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2. ABRAHAM  – for a son.  Genesis 15: 1-6
The Lords Covenant Promise to Abram
 
The next 5 prayers are Abrahams. I notice they are total natural conversations. We tend to make prayer so unnatural. Look at Abraham and Father God. And Abraham never makes God his ‘china’ or ‘buddy’ or ‘brew’.
 
 
Genesis 15:1 Some time later, the Lord spoke to Abram in a vision and said to him, Is a vision like a dream, Lord? “Do not be afraid Abram, for I will protect you, and your reward will be great. What a nice thing to say to a human. Strange how, when I want a blessing I want it for XXXXXX or now also for whoever has a need  – for everyone! 
But Abram replied, “O Sovereign LORD, what good are all your blessings when I don’t even have a son?
Abraham does not even ask for a son. He recons it is too late for that so he basically just cries on God’s shoulder. Lord, we all have things we want more than anything. You know that. You know how I desire for XXXXXX to be happy.
Since you’ve given me no children. Eliezer of Damascus, a servant in my household will inherit all my wealth. You have given me no descendants of my own, so one of my servants will be my heir.
Then the Lord said to him, (See; two way conversation.) “No, your servant will not be your heir, for you will have a son of your own who will be your heir.” Then the Lord took Abram outside and sad to him, “Look up into the sky and count the stars if you can. That’s how many descendants you will have!
Am I one of them Lord? Adopted through Jesus. Yes I am! Part of Abraham’s continues blessings. Any blessing on a person has an overflow effect.
And Abraham believed the LORD, and the LORD counted him as righteous because of his faith.
I remember 3 clear visions or dreams in which You spoke to me. One was to read a verse in Acts which said I was to teach and preach the word. The other was a bright cloud in which You said “I am the Lord your God.” The other night You told me, “I come holy.” I see how holy in Habakkuk’s prayer.
 
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3. Abraham – for Ishmael     Genesis 17: 18-21
 
So Abraham said to God, “May Ishmael live under your special blessing!
Abraham got it wrong here. Lord, but you hear right.
But God replied
You reply Lord with so much better than we think. You reply. God replies to feeble man.
“No – Sarah, your wife will give birth to a son for you. You will name him Isaac, and I will confirm my covenant with him and his descendants as an everlasting covenant.
He is not even born yet and You know his name, and the name and life of all his descendants. My name is there too; through Jesus!
As for Ishmael, I will bless him also, just as you have asked. I will make him extremely fruitful and multiply his descendants. He will become the father of twelve princes, and I will make him a great nation.
(I read that the Quran says that Ishmael’s line is the holy line and Mohammed is a descendant of Ishmael. It also says that Abraham had to offer Ishmael and not Isaac. In Genesis 22 it is clear that it was Isaac.)
But my covenant will be confirmed with Isaac, who will be born to you and Sarah about this time next year.
Father, your covenant is with Isaac. Jesus is from Isaac. Your word says so!
You promised so much. This here is more a prayer’s answer than it is a prayer.
Lord, XXX and XXXX want a son. Please answer their request.
 
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4. Abraham – for Sodom    Gen. 18: 20-32
 
So the LORD told Abraham, “I have heard a great outcry fromSodom and Gomorrah, because their sin is so flagrant. (Proverbs 15:3 …keeping His eye on both the evil and the good.”) I am going down to see if their actions are as wicked as I have heard. If not I want to know.”
Lord, you know everything but You will be showing Your presence on our level; giving us every opportunity to come clean.
I notice You speak to Abraham in visions, dreams and ‘deep sleep’ or putting him in to a coma. And as angels disguised as men. So interesting.
The other men turned and headed towardSodom, but the LORD remained with Abraham.
You were in the shape/form of a man, father? Abraham knew he was talking to God, or someone who presented You?
Please remain with me always.
Lord, I need motivation. I am so tired. Inspire me.
I see XXXXX is looking for work. Lord how I want You for her and Marko and Liam and…. I feel so helpless. Move Your hand and touch and heal them. Maybe my prayers are not fervent enough?
XXXXX is in rehab: Release Your permanent power. Let XXXXX see Your face and experience Your mercy now and forever more.XXXXX has no job. Jesus, show Your mercy and power. O Lord, give him work. Bless Eliza and her husband.
Kim has no work, Lord. Hear my prayer. Give Kimmie a work where Your joy is experienced. The needs are so urgent.
I serve an all powerful God.
Abraham approached Him and said, “Will You sweep away both the righteous and the wicked?
SupposeYou find fifty righteous people living there in the city- will You still sweep it away and not spare it for their sakes? Surely You wouldn’t do such a thing; destroying the righteous along with the wicked. Why You would be treating the righteous and the wicked exactly the same! Surely You wouldn’t do that! Abraham is cheeky. We can come boldly to the throne of God. Should not the judge of all the earth do what is right? And the LORD replied, “If I find fifty righteous people inSodom, I will spare the entire city for their sake.
I wonder how much patience You have shown to people, cities, countries, spouses, children, parents because of Christians connected to them? Only You know Lord.
Then Abraham spoke again.
Abraham speaks. God speaks. Abraham, God, Abraham, God. You are a loving , patient, slow to get angry God. We are Your children.
Since I have begun, let me speak further to my Lord, even though I am but dust and ashes (and sin badly with #### {or whatever your weakness}; still I will plead for Kevin and Eliza and all the needs of those You love! My dear husband who needs a rest.)
:28 Suppose there are only forty-five righteous people rather than fifty? Will You destroy the whole city for lack of five?
And the LORD said, “I will not destroy it if I find forty-five righteous people there.”
Ezek. 33:11 “I TAKE NO PLASURE IN THE DEATH OF WICKED PEOPLE. I ONLY WANT THEM TO TURN FROM THEIR WICKED WAYS.”
29 Then Abraham pressed his request further.
We can go boldly to the throne of grace. I come boldly Lord and pray: Heal XXXXX! Fill XXXXX with Jesus! Jesus, make XXXXX truly free. Rebuke the devil. Restore the land the locust had eaten.
And the LORD replied, “I will not destroy it for the sake of the forty.”
Jesus, here is Abraham all by himself, praying for a whole city , and God is listening and prepared to give his request. I am praying for XXXXX. How many more Christians are praying for him? Show us a miracle. It will be a miracle. I can’t resist food, how must XXXXX resist heroin and whatever monster has his claws in him. In Jesus Christs name, demons, I demand you leave XXXXX now! In Jesus name you go straight to the pit where you are tied down and never ever can possess XXXXX or any other person ever again. Your time is up. XXXXX is free. XXXXX lives in Jesus. Jesus lives in XXXXX. XXXXX grows from glory to glory. Jesus is changing XXXXX.  Set MXXXX free too. Set XX free. Set every person in my family free too.
30 Please don’t be angry, my Lord,” Abraham pleaded. I plead. “Let me speak – suppose only thirty righteous people are found?
I don’t think Abraham thought You would go so low. Why do You care so much for us, God? Why?
And the LORD replied. “I will not destroy it.”
:31 Then Abraham said, “Since I have dared to speak to the LORD, let me continue  –
We are so lucky that You are a merciful God. You are so patient. You really care what we have to say.
Suppose there are only twenty?
And the Lord replied, “Then I will not destroy it for the sake of the twenty.
32 Finally, Abraham said, (pushing his luck?) “Lord, please don’t be angry with me (How often I ask this too.) if I speak one more time. Suppose only ten are found there.
Abraham could have started with ten, but he was growing in God. It is he who later trusts You, Lord, when he puts his only child on the altar. He had a long walk to walk with You.
And the LORD replied, “Then I will not destroy it for the sake of the ten.” How heart breaking, there was not even 10!
33 When the LORD had finished His conversation with Abraham, He went on His way, and Abraham returned to his tent. (So matter of factly. Just like that.)
Abraham, you sure did all you could. Lord, You were more merciful than I could ask for. How dare the people ever say You are loveless to destroy a city. OnlyLot, his wife and two daughters were righteous and they were saved. Maybe only Lot was righteous but God saved those Lot loved. The merciful, loving God.
 
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5. Abraham –  for Abimelech    Genesis 20: 17
 
This story about Abimelech is so strange to me. Firstly –Abraham was doing something wrong. Secondly: God actually appears to Abimelech, the godless king. So God talked to the enemy and made sure His daughter Sarah is not touched. Then God leaves it in Abrahams hands to pray for Abimelech and his kingdom to be blessed. I notice people have seen God’s awesomeness.
:17 Then Abraham prayed to God and God healed Abimelech, his wife, and his female servants, so they could have children.
Lord, heal XXX and XXXX. Hear their prayer for a little godly boy. A perfect healthy child to XXX and XXXX. Father, please forgive me for still hurting when I see how XXX struggles to accept me.
18 For the LORD had caused all the woman to be infertile because of what happened to Abraham’s wife, Sarah.
I wonder for how long she had been in the palace: Abraham who had so much faith did not have faith to believe God would protect them if he had said it was his wife. Us humans are all so fellable, Lord. You intervened and turned the whole happening in to a blessing.
 
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6. ABRAHAMS’  SERVANT–For guidance.  Genesis 24: 12-52
 
The servant must have witnessed Abraham’s testimony with God and had his own testimony with God. How wonderful to have true Christians working for you or working for true Christians.
*Personal
I miss Kimmie – she is with her dad. (13 July 2011)
Genesis 24:3 So important to marry the right partner. My brothers, Dirk and Dale, married  good woman, Gerta and their children are free from the ‘bad blood’ and so is Dale and Sonja. This morning I thought of that. So important who you marry.
Genesis 24:13 See I am standing here beside this spring, and the young woman of the town are coming out to draw water.
  • Gerta and Gideon were here for coffee. I do love them.  I said we must pray for Nida for direction and work.
  • This is my request. I will ask one of them ‘Please give me a drink from your jug. If she says, ‘Yes, have a drink, and I will water your camels too!’ let her be the one you have selected as Isaacs wife. This is how I will know that you have shown unfailing love to my master.
Show me unfailing love.
*Later: Been taking stock Lord. 1. You gave me a burden for souls 2. Give me power to speak salvation. 3. Show me what You want from me? I have no strength without you. I have no money, I have no ability without you. I live here by the beautiful sea and belong to a wonderful church and I feel as if I do nothing.
Tomorrow I go to a once a month spiritual group. We talk about our daily happening.
*Oh, Lord, here I am day in and day out reading the Bible and turning more and more in to a ‘freak’ to the world. Talking to You and dying for others to know You . But I feel like a woman who has no mouth and no arms. It breaks my heart to think of souls that are lost. It breaks my heart. Have I passed my sell by expiry date?  But I have to breathe as long as You keep me here. You have not finished with me. Here I am Lord, use me.
Gen. 24: 15 Before he had finished praying, he watched and prayed! He saw a young woman named Rebekah coming out with her water jug on her shoulder. She was the daughter of Bethuel, who was the son of Abraham’s brother Nahor and his wife, Milcah. 16 Rebekah was very beautiful and old enough to be married, but she was still a virgin. She went down to the spring, filled her jug, and came up again.
Such a beautiful picture! Youth is so beautiful if it is in godliness. But real beauty is knowing and loving God/Jesus/Holy Spirit!
Running over to her, the servant said, “Please give me a little drink of water from your jug.”
Sometimes things seem to work like that for me. When Kim went to live with Yolande and when she met Sarah-Jane the first day at uni. Sometimes I forget how You answer my prayer. Please don’t get cross with me Lord. I sometimes get so down and say silly things just like Elijah did after his victory.
18 “Yes my lord,” she answered, “have a drink.”
So much anticipation from the servant.  We know who his God is.
And she quickly lowered her jug from her shoulder and gave him a drink.
God had such amazing plans for her. She did not even know she was speaking out her ‘destiny’. She was sowing kindness.
When she had given him a drink, she said, “I’ll draw water for your camels too, until they have had enough to drink.” 20 So she quickly emptied her jug into the watering trough and ran back to the well to draw water for all his camels.
Is this the same woman who years later deceives her husband by dressing Jacob her son up as Esau and so robbing her own son of his birth rights? This lovely kind woman and this most romantic pure love story in the Bible. We humans are such a bad lot. O God, thank You for Jesus. Without Jesus we could never make it to heaven. Thank You for Holy Spirit.
21 The servant watched her in silence, wondering whether or not the LORD had given him success in his mission.
Lord, give me success in my mission.
Peter has the TV on so loud I can’t concentrate.
Then at last when the camels had finished drinking, he took out a gold ring for her nose and two gold bracelets for her wrists.
Lord, a nose ring? How strange. Today the kids wear nose rings too but they are normally – so we think – the more rebellious kids. Somewhere there is a verse (I think in Leviticus?) that says not to pierce your body. We make such a fuss of outward appearances. You look at the heart!
23 “Who’s daughter are you?” The big question. He asked “And please tell me, would your father have any room to put us up for the night?”
Lord, please give Kim work.
 
*(Private)  15 July. Nelleke’s  birthday. Dear Jesus, This  is Maja’s daughter. Hermies grandchild. Be a mother and a father to Nelleke. Put Your hand inside the raw longing and heal her. Take out what must out and put Jesus in because Jesus must always in. Lord, save Nelleke.
Going to spiritual meeting today.
Why? Oh the 2 minute silence in which Esme, Evelyn, Eliza and Sally pray just for me. How I need people to pray for me. Dearest Father God,pour out Your Holy Spirit over us. Hear our prayers. 
 
Abraham’s servants prayer.  Genesis 24:24
“ am the daughter of Bethuel,” she replied. “My grandparents are Nahor and Milcah.
I am the daughter of the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Through the blood of Jesus Christ my lord, who died for my sins and by His righteousness I am adopted in to this family and are heir with all God’s children and with Christ, the Son of God; who died and rose again and ascended in to heaven where He sits on the right hand side with God, interceding for me.
25 Yes we do have plenty of straw and feed for the camels, and we have room for guests.
The plan has succeeded.Missionaccomplished. Like Kim has passed. Like Kim has a job.
26 The man bowed low and worshiped the Lord. 27 “Praise the LORD, the God of my master, Abraham,” HE SAID. “The LORD has shown unfailing love and faithfulness to my master, for He has led me straight to my masters relatives.
Wow. He did not have to travel 40 years in the desert first. Lord, please give Kimmie a wonderful Godly work. Do wonderful miracles through her.
28 The young woman ran home to tell her family everything that had happened.
I bet she ran so fast. In her humdrum life this must have been an amazing happening. And the gold jewelry! Wait till she hears the rest. Like a fairytale.
29 Now Rebekah had a brother named Laban
Enter Laban. Rebekah’s son Jacob is to come back here to marry Labans 2 daughters. This is like a soapie.
who ran out to meet the man at the spring. 30 He had seen the nose ring and the bracelets on his sisters wrists, and had heard rebekah tell what the man had said.
Laban smelt money! Oh the human nature. Nothing has ever changed.
So he rushed out to the spring where the man w still standing beside his camels. 31 Laban said to hom “Come and stay with us, you who are blessed by the LORD.
I wonder if Laban was also a ‘Sunday’ pew warmer. As we also see later that his deeds did not show his faith.
Why are you standing here outside the town when I have a room all ready for you and a place prepared for the camels?
And if the man was poor and had no camels? Would you take him in? Just wondered.
32 So the man went home with Laban, and Laban unloaded the camels, gave him straw for their bedding , fed them, and provided water for the man and the camel drivers to wash their feet.
Such hospitality. Thinking of Gerta. Jesus she gets very bad head ache. Heal her, my Lord. Let her know that You healed her. And …… Jesus; put it right. I pray to the healer. I ask You directly because You are sitting here with me! Thank You, Jesus.
33 Then food was served. But Abraham’s servant said, “I don’t want to eat until I have told you why I have come.”
This man is so focused on his goal. So unbelievably faithful to his course. So unselfish. Father God, this is how I want to serve You. Oh give me this gift!! No side tracts. The family must have been so intrigued. This would be like if Jesus came to eat with us. Oh Jesus, how I wish that You had come to visit us when we were at the table. My dad and mom and 6 little children around the table. You would have made such a change and we would all have been so different if we loved You all our lives. No immorality in our house. A living Jesus soaking us in His love. Father hear my prayer for all families with little ones. Bind them together with You. Marco, Tasha and Liam. My neigbors next door with their 5 kids. Thank You that they know You. Reveal Your truth even more in every heart there.
“All right,” Laban said, “tell us.”
34 “I am Abraham’s servant” he explained.  35 “And the LORD has greatly blessed my master; he has become a wealthy man.
He starts off with that which will grab them.
The LORD has given him flocks of sheep and goats, herds of cattle, a fortune in silver and gold, and many male and female servants and camels and donkeys.
But Abraham served God, not this. He served God when he left his people and trusted God. He served God when that which he loved the most –his only son, had to be sacrificed (he thought). Riches was beside the point for Abraham.
Remember his prayer in Genesis 15:2 “Oh sovereign Lord, what good are all Your blessings when I don’t even have a son.” How great is this! It is relations that matter. Things are not what it is about. Oh Lord, put this in my heart. OH Lord, fill me with love for You and others. Give me Your peace and give me joy in Jesus. I trust in You. You are my provider. I have all I need and all to give away.
36 When Sarah, my masters wife, was very old, she gave birth to my masters son, (Long wait. Gods time) and my master has given him everything he owns.
So Abraham had nothing! He came in to the world with nothing and is leaving with nothing because he knows that where he is going he has everything. And it is nothing but the love for God that goes with Abraham.  Amen. Oh Lord, let me love You. Oh Lord love me. Give me that. The only gift that matters. I want to love You now and continue to love You as I walk over to You, leaving this body and world. Father, fill me continuously (present continuous tense); so I can give away this love. Make it a clinging love that takes no nonsense and enters whoever is in its way. Like a ‘living (not deadly) disease. Like an in-sease, not di-sease. You know what I mean Lord. It must spread like a plague but it kills the old self and it kills evil in people’s lives and it spreads Jesus. Mega much. No turning back. From glory to glory. Amen!
37 Oh happy day. And my master made me take an oath. He said, “Do not allow my son to marry one of these local Canaanite women.  DO NOT MARRY ANYONE WHO DOES NOT LOVE JESUS! Of vital importance who your marry. It is Gods way or no way.
38 Go instead to my father’s house, to my relatives and find a wife there for my son.
Oh, Kimmie, stay with God’s children. Be busy with God/Jesus/Holy Spirit.
39 “But I said to my master, ‘What if I can’t find a young woman who is willing to go back with me.
See, he is weighing up all possibilities. Don’t say ‘he is negative and this can make God angry and not bless him.’
40 He responded, “The LORD, in whose presence I have lived, will send His angel with you and will make your mission successful.
Thank You Lord, for the truth that will prevail. O Jesus, intercede for me when my faith wavers.
Yes, you must find a wife for my son from among my relatives. No compromise. From my fathers family.
(So strange, the Muslims still do this. They have taken so much of the old Testament and follow it to the T, in parts and without Jesus.)
41 Then you will have fulfilled your obligation.
Tell about Jesus!
But if you go to my relations and they refuse to let her go with you,
They have a choice.
You will be free from my oath.
No blood of guilt on my hands.
42 So today when I came to the spring, I prayed this prayer:
I pray Father/Jesus. I pray. Save my family. Bless my family. Bless my child. As Abraham said; what good is all the blessing if You do not bless my husband, his children, my child, my loved ones and those You love through me.
O Lord, God of my master, Abraham, please give me success on this mission. 43 See I am standing here beside this spring. This is my request
Oh Lord, You know my heart. Have mercy. Let Your divine will be done. Let me love Your will. In Jesus name. Amen.
When a young woman comes to draw water, I will say to her, “Please give me a little drink of water from your jug.” 44 If she says, “Yes have a drink, and I will draw water for your camels too, “let her be the one you have selected to be the wife of my masters son.
The fleece he put out, like Gideon. Our requests are ever changing. But one request is ever the same: for salvation for the lost.
Mine over the last few years: A job for Kim. Accommodation for Kim. To be accepted at uni. To have godly friends. To pass. (All answered, thank you my Lord) And now again: A job for Kimmie.
 
*Got my visa forEnglandtoday 15 July 2011
Genesis 24:45 Before I had finished praying in my heart, I saw Rebekah (You answer before we ask.) coming out with her water jug on her shulder. She went down to the spring and drew water. So I said to her, ‘Please give me a drink’
Such simple words – all in Gods plan.
46 She quickly lowered her jug from her shoulder and said, ‘Yes, have a drink, and I will water your camels, too.
* Keep thinking what Peter said just now. We must go toEngland. It is getting too expensive here. I must say, Lord, I would want to be where Kimmie is. But could we not rent out the house? Lord, please bring a plan in to existence. God, let Your will be done.
So I drank, and then she watered the camels.
47 Then I asked, ‘Whose daughter are you? The whole story is repeated again. She replied, “I am the daughter of Bethuel, and my grandparents are Nahor and Milcah. So I put the ring on her nose, and the bracelets on her wrists.
The ‘Prayers of the Bible’ study says to read all of the Genesis 24; even though only a section is the only direct prayer. We are shown where the prayer is conceived and where it is born.
  • Thank you Lord for Suzi. Thank you Father for photos of Jethro on facebook.
48 Then I bowed low and worshiped the LORD. I praised the LORD, the God of my master Abraham, because he had led me straight to my masters niece to be his sons wife.
So tell me – will you or wont you show unfailing love and faithfulness to my master? Please tell me Yes or no, and then I will know what to do next.
Jesus, this is what you ask – will you or wont you show unfailing love and faithfulness to Jesus as your master. Say yes or no. I do, Lord. Now lead me.
  • 15 July Friday Samoosa day, Visa day, passport day. Peter got his renewal British passport. Me, I cling to my heaven passport.
50 Then Laban and Bethuel replied, “The LORD has obviously brought you here, so there is nothing we can say.
LORD, let it be obvious that I am in Your will.
51 Here is Rebekah; take her and go.
What an unbelievable big decision. To go with Jesus is also a life changing decision.
Yes, let her be the wife of your master’s son, as the Lord has directed.
AS  THE  LORD  HAS  DIRECTED!
52 When Abraham’s servant heard their answer he bowed down to the ground and worshiped the LORD.
He bowed down to the ground and worshiped the LORD.
Lord, I feel I want to crawl under Your skin and stay safely there – so close to You. The world scares me.
 
From Rainhard Bonnke: “Faith is the passport and visa into the Kingdom of God and all its resources. It is not by the rules of any organization. If church members begin to bow to a leaders personal orders, it is a creeping death – cultism. Twice Jesus said, “One is your Master, even Christ” (Matthew 23:8). Cultism is elitist, exclusive, while Jesus and the Gospel are all embracing.”

12. CORINTHIANS – For Paul   2 Corinthians 1:9-11
 
In fact, we expected to die. But as a result, we stopped relying on ourselves (Our biggest problem.) and learned to rely only on God (I guess we have too many backups.) who raised the dead 10 and He did rescue us from mortal danger, and  He will rescue us again. We have placed our confidence in Him, and He will continue to rescue us.
Do this for me and my loved ones, Lord. Let us trust You and see Your power.
11 And you are helping us by praying for us. Then many people will give thanks because God has graciously answered so many prayers for our safety.(God’s glory!)
I am helping XXXXX by praying for him. Lord, give him victory in Jesus. Smash the cravings. Take it, Lord. Give XXXXX Your Holy Spirit. PLEASE!
Val, Lord, she is in pain. Take it away. Give her a painless, peaceful time.
Lord, I pray for my ‘little girl’ there by he dad. Fill her with Your Holy Spirit. Protect her from the evil one.
13. CORNELIUS – For Enlightment    Acts 10: 1-33
 
Enlightment – Turn on the light, let me see.
Good morning Jesus. Good morning Holy Spirit. Good morning Father Yahweh. I come boldly in to Your presence, in to the holy of holy’s. I throw myself on to You. Father. I have the righteousness of Jesus. I will stay here with You and if I cant stay here then I will take this here with me to down there.
I know why I seek You all the time. I know and see how everything here comes to pass and soon I will be there in eternity. So already I am learning the customs, the language, wearing the clothes and sending treasures ahead to my ultimate destination. I have my boarding pass! I also have all these other boarding passes for others to put their names on it. First I must hand these out before I get my own date of departure.
Acts 10 Cornelius Calls for Peter
This is not so much a direct prayer as it is of living a prayerful life and so hearing Gods answer to prayers you did not even pray!
1 InCaesareathere lived a Roman army officer named Cornelius, who was a captain of the Italian Regiment.
Sounds like an important rich man.
2. He was a devout, God-fearing man, as was everyone in his household.
This is so wonderful, Lord. All in his household believed in You. Give this to me and Kim – and Peter. All our kids and….Eliza and her family too.
He gave generously to the poor.
This is why you give people money. We get so that we can give and not accumulate.
And prayed regularly to God.
This is so important. I never stop talking to You, Lord. I talk mostly about Your word and the effect it has on my life here.
3. One afternoon, about three o’clock, (was he praying?) he had a vision in which he saw an angel of God coming toward him. “Cornelius!” The angel said.
My fathers name is also Cornelius and so is his son and grandson. Father give them Jesus. In Jesus we have everything we need.
4. Cornelius stared at him in terror. “What is it, sir?” he asked the angel.
Without Jesus, anything from heaven is too above us to bare.
And the angel replied, “Your prayers and gifts to the poor have been received by God as an offering.
What a privilege. Gifts that were given with a humble heart.
5. Now send some men to Joppa, and summon a man named Simon Peter. 6. He is staying with Simon, a tanner who lives near the seashore.”
Lord, let my instructions be just as clear. Control every aspect of my life – to Your glory.
7. As soon as the angel was gone, Cornelius called two of his household servants and a devout soldier, one of his personal attendants.
Lord, can I also have a personal attendant to help me be organized so I can devout all to You.
Cornelius is so obedient, faithful and certain about You.
He told them what had happened and sent them off to Joppa.
How great to share with someone. Cornelius went in to action. Sometimes our action is to wait patiently – like me with the book. Waiting is hardest, Lord.
Peter Visits Cornelius (See how Jesus goes ahead and prepares the way.)
9 The next day as Cornelius’ messengers were nearing the town, Peter went up on the flat roof to pray.
He was seeking communication with God. That is where God meets us.
It was about noon, 10 and he was hungry. But while a meal was being prepared, he fell into a trance. 11 He saw the sky open, and something like a large sheet was let down by its four corners.
You, God, use the ordinary – that which we understand, to explain things to us. Like a parable.
12 In the sheet were all sorts of animals, reptiles and birds. 13 Then a voice said to him, “Get up, Peter, kill and eat them.”
Totally against tradition and religion! You Jesus, came to do away with religion and to bring us in to a relationship of love – where God is always glorified and honored.
14 “No, Lord,” Peter declared. “I have never eaten anything that our Jewish laws have declared impure and unclean.
The new covenant puts love in your heart and not ‘Jewish” laws. Scorpions and poison and snakes cannot harm you if God so decides.
15 But the voice spoke again. “Do not call something unclean if God has made it clean.”
You made me clean!!! Thank You!!!!!
16 The same vision was repeated three times.
Must be so hard for Peter. Must be so hard for a Muslim or a Jew to become a Christian. And Africans who have to stop (full stop.) worshiping their ancestors.
Then the sheet was suddenly pulled up to heaven.
17 Peter was perplexed.
I bet he was! I was perplexed when that mail from Laubcher asked me to forgive him when I thought only I was the culprit.
Things we don’t understand, don’t make sense to our way of knowing.
What could the vision mean? Just then the men sent by Cornelius found Simon’s house.
Reminds me of the lady who committed suicide. God had sent me to her house. I just found it. Did not know where it was.
18 Standing outside the gate, they asked if a man named Simon Peter was staying there.
I stood outside that ladies gate. She only let me in because she recognized me as Glenda Kemp from a TV program that had just been shown recently.
Meanwhile, as Peter was puzzling over the vision, the Holy Spirit said to him.
The Holy Spirit had said to me – while I was having my quiet time –to get up immediately and go to this woman’s house. I had met her once at church. I got up. I knew she lived near the police station. My car would not start. It rained! I walked. I walked all that way and straight to her house. Me and my dog, we walked. She invited me in. I told her God had sent me to tell her He loves her.
I think a few days later (or the next day?) I heard she had committed suicide. Hung herself in the garage. I was devastated. Thought I failed. God showed me my hands had no blood on them. I was obedient. God wants obediencethat is our success. Our loving God spoke to this lady, not through an angel but through a human being. Oh, Jesus, speak and Holy Spirit You move me into action. Don’t give me a choice.
“Three men have come looking for you (Holy Spirit is speaking.) 20 Get up, go downstairs, and go with them without hesitation. Don’t worry, for I have sent them!
You , God, my beloved Lord, you do it.
21 So Peter went down and said, “I’m the man you are looking for. Why have you come?” (Peter makes it clear; ‘here I am, use me.’)
22 They said, “We were send by Cornelius, a Roman officer. He is a devout and God-fearing man, well respected by all Jews. A holy angel instructed him to summon you to his house so the he can hear your message.”
How well I understand this. How well I know that these things have never ceased happening. God of the universe, Jesus Son of God, Holy Spirit; speak I am listening.
23 So Peter invited the men to stay for the night. The next day he went with them, accompanied by some of the brothers from Joppa.
Always in fellowship with others. But always must have our own private, intimate prayers with God alone.
24 They arrived inCaesareathe following day. Cornelius was waiting for them and had called together his relatives and close friends.
He knew God was about to do a great thing and when God gives, we want it firstly for those we love and are closes to us. So that we can –as a fellowship group – pour It out to the rest of the world. Oh my Lord, I cry out to You to engulf my husband with Your anointed Jesus blessing. And his children. And my child, Father. Renew Your anointing in a mighty way over her, that she will pour Jesus out over the world. And her dad. Give her father a Jesus heart. Renew us to fly high like the eagle. And my sisters; make old to gold. To be refined for Jesus. Hear me Lord. My relatives and close friends. Let them be sold out for Jesus. My church, Lord. Explode with anointing over it. Be glorified mightily.
25 As Peter entered his home, Cornelius fell at his feet and worshipped him.
Cornelius did not have the Holy Spirit yet, but he must have recognized Jesus in Peter.
26 But Peter pulled him up and said, “Stand up! I’m a human being just like you!”
Stop us from ever worshiping each other, Lord. You alone are God.
27 So they talked together
So important to talk with fellow believers. They talked alone before joining the others.
And went inside, many others were assembled.
28 Peter told them, “You know it is against our laws for a Jewish man to enter a Gentile home like this or to associate with you.
Jesus, you have a big job getting us to abandon unloving stupid rules like this. Pride, Lord, the thing You hate so much!
But God had shown me that I should no longer think of anyone as impure or unclean. So I come without objections as soon as I was sent for. (How you change us, Lord.)
Peter obeyed without knowing why. God said ‘go’ and he went. Lord, I also want to be obedient to You. Don’t allow me to disobey.
30 Cornelius replied, “Four day ago I was praying in my house about this same time, three o’ clock in the afternoon. Suddenly, a man in dazzling clothes was standing in front of me.
* personal.
How is it possible, God, that XXXXXX’s church – a lifetime of Bible study and service: and she does not know that you have to be reborn! Born again! She believes that everyone goes to heaven when they die. What is wrong with you, churches? Are you aware Mr. Minister or Pastor, what your flock believe? What they are taught in their Bible studies?
31 He told me, “Cornelius, your prayer has been heard and your gifts to the poor have been noticed by God! God sees our hearts. Now send massagers to Joppa, and summon a man named Simon Peter. He is staying in the home of Simon a tanner who lives near the seashore.
I love the seashore.
33 So I sent for you at once, and it was good of you to come. Now we are all waiting before God to hear the message the Lord has given you.
Waiting before God. We must hear when God uses another human who loves Him.
 
In verse 44 we read that The Holy Spirit fell upon all who were listening to the message.
Awesome.
 
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14. CRIMINAL – for Salvation.    Luke 23: 42, 43
 
A one sentence prayer to salvation. How intense our prayers when we are ‘hanging on a cross’; facing death. Your last chance! Accept Jesus now. Don’t wait for that last minute. Your heart might then be bitter and cold in you, and the time for repentance will be gone.
Wonder what previous experiences the two crucified criminals had had with Jesus?
When did they hear about Jesus for the first time? What did they hear and see in those last moments from where they were hanging next to Jesus on a cross?
Luke 23: 42 Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into Your Kingdom!
Jesus, remember me.
And Jesus replied, “I assure you, today you will be with me in paradise.”
Blessed assurance!
We always think it has to be the sinners prayer. It just has to be a prayer from the heart to Jesus.
They went up to the hill toGolgothatogether with Jesus. I think they carried their own crosses. Jesus, You were too weak to carry Your own cross. Sometimes I am too weak too and I need someone else to carry it for me. Now You, Jesus, carry it, or help, or make arrangements for me. Like the two rows of footprints. Are You carrying Hermie’s cross?
 
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About GlendaKempHarper

My name is Glenda Harper. I was Glenda Kemp, the "Snake dancer". When I was in my 20’s, I exposed my body. Now I am in my 60’s, I expose my spirit. visit http://readandpraywithglenda.wordpress.com/about/ for more

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