Sunday, January 18, 2015

Push Pray Until Something Happens

PUSH
PRAY UNTIL SOMETHING HAPPENS


     For today's bible study, we will see that when people PUSH or pray until something happens, Jesus as God honors their faith and grants their requests. Pictured above we see a man asking his friend for three loaves of bread at midnight persistently. At first, the friend told the man at Luke 11:7 Trouble me not, the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot rise and give thee. But this man got the friend to give him three loaves of bread because of his importunity or persistent requests after his friend's initial denial. The word importunity appears only one time in the bible at Luke 11:8. Jesus tells us at Luke 11:8 Though he will not rise and give him, because he is his friend, yet because of his importunity (constant persistent requests even after denials) he will rise and give him as many as he needeth.

      Everyone reading this anywhere, let's all be like the man pictured above and have importunity by constantly asking our friend Jesus to bless us daily. Jesus will see our importunity and persistent requests as faith and give us our requests. Remember, Jesus considers importunity or constant persistent requests as faith that He blesses. The more we ask Jesus for any Godly thing, the more our faith will increase as we praise Jesus. Hebrews 11:6 tells us But without faith it is impossible to please Him (Jesus); for he that cometh to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him (notice that Jesus rewards people that diligently and persistently seek Him over and over again).

    Now some people say if you pray something more than once you have no faith. This is wrong and does not agree with the bible because Jesus Himself prayed the same words of a prayer three times over and over again in the garden of Gethsemane. Matthew 26:44 says And He (Jesus) left them, and went away again, and prayed the third time, saying the same words. Now, if the Lord Jesus prayed the same words of a prayer three times, don't stop praying for your blessings, and Jesus will bless your faith and grant your requests. Right now be like Jacob and say Genesis 32:26 Jesus I will not let thee go, except thou bless me.Keep saying daily Galatians 2:20 I am crucified with Christ and all my troubles, fears, and worries have been crucified and destroyed by Jesus at the cross and the blood of Jesus that covers me devil has overcome you.


     Pictured above we see a woman with an issue of blood and a man named Zacchaeus who were both determined to reach Jesus by going through and around a crowd. The woman with an issue of blood went through a crowd to touch Jesus' garment and was healed by faith. Zacchaeus went around instead of through a crowd by climbing a sycomore tree to see Jesus by faith, and was blessed to have Jesus visit his home. Friends, let's be like this woman and Zacchaeus and go through and around any troubles in this world to reach Jesus and receive our blessings by faith. Luke 1:53 says He hath filled the hungry with good things, and the rich He hath sent empty away. Matthew 5:6 promises Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness, for they shall be filled.
   
     Mark 5:25 tells us about the woman with the issue of blood and says And a certain woman which had an issue of blood twelve years, and had suffered many things of many physicians, and had spent all that she had and was nothing bettered, but rather grew worse. When she heard of Jesus, came in the press behind and touched His garment. for she said, If I may touch but His clothes, I shall be whole. And straightway the fountain of her blood was dried up; and she felt in her body that she was healed of that plague.

     Notice that this woman was focused on Jesus as the object of her faith and not any church building, preacher, or doctor. She knew that only Jesus could heal her infirmity. She was determined to get to Jesus through any crowd no matter how tired she was. This woman would not quit. Remember, God blesses people who do not quit like this woman. As a result, this woman was healed of her twelve year sickness. Let's all be like this woman who got healed as she believed Jesus' promise at Matthew 11:28 Come unto me all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn of me, for I am meek and lowly in heart, and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.

     Now as you look at the train above, notice that before someone feels a blessing, they must first have faith to believe a fact that Jesus is the blessing. First the woman with the issue of blood believed by faith the fact at 1 Peter 2:24 that by Jesus' stripes she would be healed. Next, as she touched Jesus' garment by faith, then she felt in her body that she was healed. Faith in Jesus occurred first before feeling. I pray in Jesus name, Lord Jesus let all my friends everywhere like this woman first have faith to touch the hem of Jesus' garment and then they will feel that they are healed and blessed.

     Now also notice that Jesus knew that this one woman among a multitude touched the hem of His garment by faith. Jesus' disciples said at Mark 5:31 Thou seest the multitude thronging thee, and sayest thou, Who touched me? There were a lot of elbows touching Jesus in the crowd thronging Him, but Jesus knew that this one blessed little woman touched Him by faith. Like this woman, Jesus will know when we touch Him by faith and let us feel blessed and healed.

     Many people have it backwards and say they need to feel and see their blessings and healings before they believe Jesus by faith to get saved. But like the woman with the issue of blood, we all must first touch Jesus by faith, and then Jesus will bless us to know and feel that we are saved and healed. Ephesians 2:8 says For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God.


     For my final two examples today of people who prayed until something happened, we see pictured above Elisha who received a double portion of Elijah's spirit, and Elijah's servant who saw a little cloud the size of a man's hand. In the first picture, Elisha received Elijah's mantle and a double portion of Elijah's spirit because he kept following Elijah to Gilgal, Bethel, Jericho, and Jordan. Elisha would not quit and was determined to follow Elijah and receive a double portion blessing.

     Every time Elijah told Elisha to tarry or remain in a city, Elisha said at 2 Kings 2:6 As the Lord liveth, and as thy soul liveth, I will not leave thee. As a result, Elisha saw Elijah get caught up to heaven in a chariot of fire and received a double portion blessing to do twice as many miracles as Elijah did. Let's all be like Elisha and keep following Jesus daily to be blessed with peace that passeth understanding. Jesus promised at John 14:27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give unto you, not as the world giveth, give I unto you; Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

     Finally, Elijah kept praying seven times until something happened and God created a little cloud the size of a man's hand to bring rain after a drought of three and a half years. Elijah kept praying for rain even when his servant said for six times there is no rain. And even when Elijah's servant said there is only a little cloud like a man's hand, Elijah kept believing that this little cloud could bring rain. God honored Elijah's faith and caused the heaven to be black with clouds and wind, and there was a great rain.

     As always it is a blessing to write these bible studies that I pray in Jesus name will bless my friends everywhere with great peace. Feel free to email Brother Bob anytime at rz8tlm@yahoo.com or write to Brother Bob Malkin, 2233 Pinetree Lane, Apt. N., Reynoldsburg, Ohio 43068. (614) 604-7133. Till we all meet again soon to lift up our Lord Jesus, everyone have a blessed day in Jesus name.

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