Prayer and Answers
Yes & no, why or why not
Holy Rock and Roller Coaster
Remember the first world perished because eventually almost every one lived their life as they saw fit…“everyone did what was right in their own eyes”.
Israel in the Northern Kingdome after the split was carried away and Y’hudah the Southern Kingdom was carried away twice for their disobedience and inadvertence to the Fathers word.
If we do not listen and obey the Fathers Word how can we expect Him to listen to us when we Pray, even in the “age of Grace the Same rules still apply” please keep reading and I will Show you exactly what I mean. First the good news;
Gen 22:17 That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies;
Gen 22:18 And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice.
Deu 28:1 And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe and to do all his commandments which I command thee this day, that the LORD thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth:
Deu 28:2 And all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God.
Deu 28:12 The LORD shall open unto thee his good treasure, the heaven to give the rain unto thy land in his season, and to bless all the work of thine hand: and thou shalt lend unto many nations, and thou shalt not borrow.
Deu 28:13 And the LORD shall make thee the head, and not the tail; and thou shalt be above only, and thou shalt not be beneath; if that thou hearken unto the commandments of the LORD thy God, which I command thee this day, to observe and to do them:
2Ch_7:14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
Now the Bad News
Deu 28:14 And thou shalt not go aside from any of the words which I command thee this day, to the right hand, or to the left, to go after other gods to serve them.
Deu 28:15 But it shall come to pass, if thou wilt not hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe to do all his commandments and his statutes which I command thee this day; that all these curses shall come upon thee, and overtake thee:
Jer 11:7 For I earnestly protested unto your fathers in the day that I brought them up out of the land of Egypt, even unto this day, rising early and protesting, saying, Obey my voice.
Jer 11:8 Yet they obeyed not, nor inclined their ear, but walked every one in the imagination of their evil heart: therefore I will bring upon them all the words of this covenant, which I commanded them to do; but they did them not.
Jer 11:9 And the LORD said unto me, A conspiracy is found among the men of Judah, and among the inhabitants of Jerusalem.
Jer 11:10 They are turned back to the iniquities of their forefathers, which refused to hear my words; and they went after other gods to serve them: the house of Israel and the house of Judah have broken my covenant which I made with their fathers.
Jer 11:11 Therefore thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will bring evil upon them, which they shall not be able to escape; and though they shall cry unto me, I will not hearken unto them.
Mal 2:2 If ye will not hear, and if ye will not lay it to heart, to give glory unto my name, saith the LORD of hosts, I will even send a curse upon you, and I will curse your blessings: yea, I have cursed them already, because ye do not lay it to heart.
Of course many inspired by Christian doctrine will say that is the “Old Testament” and we are under the “Age of Grace” and delivered from the “Curse of the Law”…
Not so fast… here is the “New Testament” documentation on the Subject…
1 From whence come wars and fightings among you? come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members?
2 Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not.
3 Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.
4 Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with YHVH? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of YAH!
5 Do ye think that the scripture saith [anything] in vain
The (carnal) spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy?
6 But He giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, Yah resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble. (the Grace is for those who humble thenselves)
7 Submit yourselves therefore to Yah. Resist the devil (temptation), and he will flee from you.
8 Draw nigh to Yah, and he will draw nigh to you.
Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.
(Cleanse and purify, that means give up sins and transgressions and obey His Word)
Here we are about to read from the Messiah’s own proclamations’ on prayer
5 And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.
6 But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret;
and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.
7 But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do:
for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.
8 Be not ye therefore like unto them:
for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.
9 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. 10 Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. 11 Give us this day our daily bread. 12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. 13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.
14 For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: 15 But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
It is not how much you want it, how much you say, or how much you pray or cry or plead…
The Father already knows what we wand and need…
Its your attitude, actions and words and deeds toward each other and the Father and Son…
Peter instructs wives and husbands concerning their duty to each other, pay close attention there is a nugget of truth I don’t want anyone to miss….
1 Likewise, ye wives, be in subjection to your own husbands; that, if any obey not the word, they also may without the word be won by the
[conversation and righteous life style] of the wives;
2 While they behold your chaste conversation coupled with RESPECT.
3 Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel;
4 But let it be the virtue of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of YHVH of great price.
5 For after this manner in the old time the holy women also, who trusted in YHVH, adorned themselves, being in subjection unto their own husbands:
6 Even as Sara obeyed Abraham, calling him lord: whose daughters ye are,
as long as ye do well, and are not afraid with any amazement.
7 Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto a [more delicate] vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life;
that your prayers be not hindered.
1 Peter 3:1-7
Showing that our prayers can be hindered by [or be completely unanswered] due to breaking our vows and executing or inciting improper treatment towards each other!
The Messiah told us in Mark 11;25 not to come to the Father bringing our gifts and sacrifices to him for redemption from our transgressions,
if we know that their are unresolved issues involving, family, friends, neighbors, or even with our enemies...
If we do not forgive we will not be forgiven! So when it is quoted in John 20; 23 that any sins you forgive will be forgiven, and any unforgiving will remain the same...
[yet we read in Matt. 6;14&15] that if we refuse to forgive them the Father will refuse to forgive us leaving the sins unforgiven [ours as well as theirs]!
James also proclaims conditions that hinder or eliminate prayers.
The [carnal] spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy?
6 But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, YHVH resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.
7 Submit yourselves therefore to YHVH. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
8 Draw nigh to YHVH, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.
9 Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness.
10 Humble yourselves in the sight of YHVH, and he shall lift you up.
Mat_5:44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;
Mat_6:5 And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.
Mat_6:6 But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.
Mat_6:7 But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.
Mat_6:9 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
Mat_9:38 Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest.
Mat_14:23 And when he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, he was there alone.
Mat_17:21 Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting.
Mat_19:13 Then were there brought unto him little children, that he should put his hands on them, and pray: and the disciples rebuked them.
Mat_21:13 And said unto them, It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves.
Mat_21:22 And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.
Mat_23:14 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye devour widows' houses, and for a pretence make long prayer: therefore ye shall receive the greater damnation.