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Behold, he prayeth

It was the announcement of a fact which was noticed in heaven. Poor Saul had been led to cry for mercy, and the moment he began to pray God began to hear. Do you not notice, in reading the chapter, what attention God paid to Saul. He knew the street where he lived: “Go to the street that is called Straight.” He knew the house where he resided: “Inquire at the house of Judas.” He knew his name; it was Saul. He knew the place where he came from: “Enquire for Saul of Tarsus.” And he knew that he had prayed. “Behold, he prayeth.” Oh! it is a glorious fact that prayers are noticed in heaven. The poor broken-hearted sinner climbing up to his chamber, bends his knee, but can only utter his wailing in the language of sighs and tears. Lo! that groan has made all the harps of heaven thrill with music, that tear has been caught by God and put into the lachrymatory of heaven, to be perpetually preserved. The suppliant, whose fears prevent his words, will be well understood by the Most High. He may only shed one hasty tear; but “prayer is the falling of a tear.” Tears are the diamonds of heaven; sighs are a part of the music of Jehovah’s throne; for though prayers be

The simplest form of speech

That infant lips can try;”

So are they likewise, the

Sublimest strains that reach

The majesty on high.”

Let me dilate on this thought a moment. Prayers are noticed in heaven. Oh! I know what is the case with many of you. You think, “If I turn to God, if I seek him, surely I am so inconsiderable a being, so guilty and vile, that it cannot be imagined he would take any notice of me “My friends, harbour no such heathenish ideas. Our God is no God who sits in one perpetual dream, nor doth he clothe himself in such thick darkness that he cannot see; he is not like Baal, who heareth not. True, he may not regard battles; he cares not for the pomp and pageantry of kings; he listens not to the swell of martial music; he regards not the triumph and pride of man, but wherever there is a heart big with sorrow, wherever there is an eye suffused with tears, wherever there is a lip quivering with agony, wherever there is a deep groan, or a penitential sigh, the ear of Jehovah is wide open; he marks it down in the registry of his memory; he puts our prayers, like rose leaves, between the pages of his book of remembrance, and when the volume is opened at last, there shall be a precious fragrance springing up therefrom. Oh! poor sinner, of the blackest and vilest character, thy prayers are heard, and even now God hath said of thee, “Behold he prayeth.” Where was a barn? Where was it-in the closet? Was it at thy bedside this morning, or in this hall? Art thou now glancing thine eye to heaven? Speak, poor heart. Did I hear thy lips just now mutter out “God have mercy on me, a sinner? “I tell thee, sinner, there is one thing which doth outstrip the telegraph. You know we can now send a message and receive an answer in a few moments; but I read of something in the Bible more swift than the electric fluid. “Before they call I will answer, and while they are speaking I will hear.” So then, poor sinner, thou art noticed: yea, thou art heard by him that sitteth on the throne.

Charles H. Spurgeon- “Paul’s First Prayer,” A Sermon delivered on Sabbath Morning, March 25th, 1855

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This was the announcement of a fact which was noticed in heaven

First, our text was an announcement: “Behold he prayeth.” Secondly, it was an argument: “For, behold, he prayeth.” Then, to conclude, we will try to make an application of our text to your hearts. Though application is the work of God alone, we will trust that he will be pleased to make that application while the word is preached this morning.

I. First, here was AN ANNOUNCEMENT: “Go inquire for Saul of Tarsus: for behold, he prayeth.” Without any preface, let me say that this was the announcement of a fact which was noticed in heaven, which was joyous to the angels, which was astonishing to Ananias, and which was a novelty to Saul himself.

Charles H. Spurgeon- “Paul’s First Prayer,” A Sermon delivered on Sabbath Morning, March 25th, 1855

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God will not suffer his church to be injured by its enemies, or overwhelmed by its foes

For, behold, he prayeth.”-Acts 9:11.

GOD has many methods of quenching persecution. He will not suffer his church to be injured by its enemies, or overwhelmed by its foes; and he is not short of means for turning aside the way of the wicked, or of turning it upside down. In two ways he usually accomplishes his end: sometimes by the confusion of the persecutor, and at others in a more blessed manner, by his conversion. Sometimes he confuses and confounds his enemies; he makes the diviner mad; he lets the man who comes against him be utterly destroyed, suffers him to drive on to his own destruction, and then at last turns round in triumphant derision upon the man who hoped to have said aha! aha! to the church of God. But at other times, as in this case, he converts the persecutor. Thus, he transforms the foe into a friend; he makes the man who was a warrior against the gospel, a soldier for it. Out of darkness he bringeth forth light; out of the eater he getteth honey, yea, out of stony hearts he raiseth up children unto Abraham. Such was the case with Saul. A more furious bigot it is impossible to conceive. He had been bespattered with the blood of Stephen when they stoned him to death: so officious was he in his cruelty, that the men left their clothes in the charge of a young man named Saul. Living at Jerusalem, in the college of Gamaliel, he constantly came in contact with the disciples of the Man of Nazareth; he laughed at them, he reviled them as they passed along the street; he procured enactments against them, and put them to death; and now, as a crowning point, this ware-wolf, having tasted blood, becomes exceeding mad, determines to go to Damascus, that he may glut himself with the gore of men and women; that he may bind the Christians, and bring them to Jerusalem, there to suffer what he considered to be a just punishment for their heresy, and departure from their ancient religion. But oh! how marvelous was the power of God! Jesus stays this man in his mad career: just as with his lance in rest he was dashing against Christ, Christ met him, unhorsed him, threw him on the ground, and questioned him, “Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?” He then graciously removed his rebellious heart-gave him a new heart and a right spirit-turned his aim and object-led him to Damascus-laid him prostrate for three days and nightsspoke to him-made mystic sounds go murmuring through his ears-set his whole soul on fire; and when at last he started up from that three day’s trance, and began to pray, then it was that Jesus from heaven descended, came in a vision to Ananias, and said, “Arise, and go into the street which is called Straight, and inquire in the house of Judas for one called Saul, of Tarsus: for, behold, he prayeth.”

Charles H. Spurgeon- “Paul’s First Prayer,” A Sermon delivered on Sabbath Morning, March 25th, 1855

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The Wednesday Word: Praying in the Name of Jesus

November 13, 2019 Leave a comment

John 16: 23-24 And in that day you shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever you shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you. Hitherto have you asked nothing in my name: ask, and you shall receive, that your joy may be full.

Why must we pray in the name of Jesus?

First, before we answer this, we need to realise that,

When we pray in Jesus´ name, we are not simply adding a little formula to our prayer to make it work.

It’s not as if God is listening and saying, “Nah, I don’t think so. Nope, nope, nope. Oh hang on, they said, ‘In the name of Jesus’. Oh, okay, since you put it that way.”

No! When we pray in Jesus name, we are declaring dependance on Christ alone for access to God. Ephesians 3:12 says, “In whom we have boldness and access with confidence through faith in Him.” There is no access to God but through Christ. In John 14:6 Jesus taught,”No one comes to the Father but by Me.” They that attempt otherwise to come to God without Christ will find the door tightly shut. That´s one of the reasons why we pray in the name of Jesus.

Another reason is that,

When we pray, in the name of Jesus, we are declaring that Christ Jesus is our mediator.

We are confessing that there is no access to God without a Mediator. Consider this, “… your iniquities have separated you from your God; And your sins have hidden His face from you, so that He will not hear” (Isaiah 59:2).

Sin had distanced us from God and bolted the door to heaven. However, Christ opened that door wide.

He has paid for our sins. “If anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous” (1 John 2:1).

When we pray in Jesus name, we are, therefore, admitting the bankruptcy of our own name. Our name cannot move heaven and earth. The Father is not thrilled with our name…but when we are identified, by faith, with Christ we now come to the Father in the name of our mediator, the Lord Jesus. He is our righteousness. His is the lovely name, the name that declares Christ alone is our mediator.

As we pray in Jesus´ name…We identify with the person of Jesus Christ.

Jesus has literally given us His name to use. When we use that name, we are confessing that He is ours and that we are His. It is like going to the bank of heaven, knowing we have nothing deposited. If we go in our name, we will get absolutely nothing. But Jesus Christ has unlimited funds in heaven’s bank and has granted us the privilege of going there with His check book.

Not only so, but,

Praying in the name of Jesus, is declaring to the Father that we are submitted to His will.

Jesus’ authority rested with his submission to the Father, so our authority also rests with our submission to Him. To ask in His name is to ask according to Christ´s nature, and His character is one of submission. This, by the way, is why prayers that ask for things contrary to the Word of God will never be answered.

We cannot ask God to bless adultery in Jesus’ name.

We cannot ask God to bless our sin in Jesus’ name.

We cannot ask God to bless our bitterness in Jesus’ name.

We cannot ask God to bless our plans for robbery in Jesus name.

Praying in the name of Jesus is a bold declaration that we are submitted to His will.

What a beautiful name Jesus has. It’s a simple name, a strong name, a saving name, the supreme name and it’s the asking name.

And that’s the Gospel Truth!

Miles Mckee

www.milesmckee.com   

An Appendix To A Confession Of Faith- Appendix Point 14

14. Though they which are once really engrafted into Christ, shall certainly be kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation; I Pet. 1:5; yet ought they to beware, lest being led away with the error of the wicked, they fall from their own steadfastness; 2 Pet. 3:17. They ought therefore to seek continual support from God. Yea they ought to seek at God’s hand (in prayer, and in the right use and study of His Word, and in the right use of His Ordinances) not only continuance, but also growth in grace; 2 Pet. 3:18; First, because this is God’s Command. Secondly, because God Who will establish them, will do it in this way; viz: giving them grace to be obedient to this His Command, and blessing them in this obedience.

Benjamin Cox- An Appendix To A Confession Of Faith

Blogging from the Bush Pt 2

January 16, 2017 6 comments

In a recent article, I wrote to all those who follow this blog, to let you all know that my hours had been cut at work and due to my hours being cut, I had to go down on my data plan. Because I live in a rural area, of the southern part of the United States, I have to pay for data plans and as most of you know, this means that I am limited in how much data I have every month or as you prefer, I have a data cap on my plan. Therefore, going down on my data plan limits me even that much more, on my internet use. I asked everyone to pray that God allow me to either: get my hours back, to be able to somehow get my data back, and to follow God’s will in whether or not I should be blogging.

I want to thank everyone who remembered me in their prayers as God has most certainly answered them above and beyond anything I could have hoped or asked for.

Towards the end of summer, my wife bought me a new HP Laptop computer. I have used the same laptop, to blog and keep current my website, since 2009. However, about the time I had it ready to use, my data plan had already been cut. So I decided to use my new laptop, the day after Thanksgiving (Black Friday), in order to do some blogging. If any of my readers are familiar with Windows 10, then they will know that Windows 10 is a data hungry system. I did not know this at the time. I turned my laptop on and connected to my wifi feeling confident that I could do plenty on my blog because I only had one week left on my data plan and had not even used half of my allotted amount. After posting some quotes to my blog and reading a couple of emails, I checked to see how much data I had used and discovered that my new laptop had consumed over 5 gigs. This put me near my data limit and caused me to panic.

When my data carrier opened, I called them and explained what happened. All I wanted to do was go up 2 more gigs on my plan. I figured I could scrape together ten dollars extra every month and I also wanted to make sure I did not exceed November’s limit on my plan. To my surprise my carrier proclaimed that all the plans had changed and that now I could get double the data of my current plan, for only $4.76 more a month. This would give me more data than I had before my hours got cut. The customer service representative surprised me one more time by telling me that now all unused data rolls over. This company has never offered roll over data in its entire history. So when I went into December I had November’s unused data and December’s data. So I am now ready to get back to posting some great articles and keeping everyone informed on upcoming conferences.

I praise God for this and want to thank everyone of you again for praying for my blog and my data plan. God has been so gracious to me in this matter. I wanted to keep my blog going for God’s glory.

Soli deo Gloria

Hershel Lee Harvell Jr.

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Of the Lord’s Day, Sermons, and Weekdays

OF THE LORD’S DAY, SERMONS, AND WEEKDAYS

HAVE a special care to sanctify the Lord’s day; for as thou keepest it, so will it be with thee all the week long.

Make the Lord’s day the market for thy soul, let the whole day be spent in prayer, repetitions, or meditations; lay aside the affairs the other parts of the week: let the sermon thou hast heard be converted into prayer. Shall God allow thee six days, and wilt not thou afford him one?

In the church be careful to serve God: for thou art in his eyes, and not in man’s.

Thou mayest hear sermons often, and do well in practicing what thou hearest; but thou must not expect to be told thee in a pulpit all that thou oughtest to do, but be studious in searching the Scriptures, and reading good books. What thou hearest may be forgotten; but what thou readest may be better retained. Forsake not the public worship of God, lest God forsake thee, not only in public but in private.

In the week-days when thou rises, in the morning, consider,

1. Thou must die.

2. Thou mayest die that minute.

3. What will become of thy soul. Pray often.

At night consider,

1. What sins thou hast committed.

2. How often thou hast prayed.

3. What hath thy mind been bent upon

4. What hath been thy dealing.

5. What thy conversation.

6. If thou callest to mind the errors of the day, sleep not without a confession to God, and a hope of pardon. Thus, every morning and evening, make up thy accounts with Almighty God, and thy reckoning will be the less at last.

Mr. John Bunyan’s Dying Sayings