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Knock Knock ...

July 12

" And they said unto her, thou art mad ... Then said they, It is his angel ... and when they had opened the door, and saw him, they were astonished."   Acts 12:15-16

"These however, must be approached a little like Gideon's quest of the Midians ..."

 

This scene is so typical of the fickle nature we hold toward GOD and prayer.  Do you really expect the LORD to answer your petitions?  In piety, we affirm it so without hesitation; but within our hearts is a frequent, nagging unbelief and doubt.  How much more insightful, and revealing, could this prayer meeting be?  In the span of just a few moments, these Christians go from: antagonists, to the angelic, to astonishment ... and never blush!  Had it not been for the insistent faith of Rhoda, this gathering of intercessors might still hold the Guinness record for wasted time.

"... knock, and it shall be opened unto you:"  There are many hindrances to prayer and the commensurate expansion of faith GOD desires in us; but let me suggest what I refer to as the 'Big Three'.  Any one, or a combination of these, holds the potential to leave us standing at the altar.

  1. Unanswered prayer, due to being unsaved: "Then certain of the vagabond Jews, exorcists, took upon them to call over them which had evil spirits the name of the LORD JESUS, saying, we adjure you by JESUS whom Paul preacheth ... And the evil spirit answered and said, JESUS I know, and Paul I know; but who are ye?"

  2. Unanswered prayer, due to harboring unforgiveness: "And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your FATHER also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.  But if ye do not forgive, neither will your FATHER which is in heaven forgive your trespasses."

  3. Unanswered prayer, due to a heart of unbelief: "And JESUS answering saith unto them, Have faith in GOD.  For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.  Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them."

"Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him ..."  Some of the sweetest times on earth have been had at all night prayer meetings, where the saints kneel to sing, fellowship, and pray in the dawn.  These however, must be approached a little like Gideon's quest of the Midians; where the infidels are culled prior to engaging the enemy.  'I hear you knocking ... but you can't come in'; might just serve as the most accurate epigram on many a contemporary church prayer bulletin. 

"But Peter continued knocking ..."


For Love of Country
William Howard Taft  (1857-1930)
(27th President of the United States)
"I invoke the considerate sympathy and support of my fellow citizens and the aid of the ALMIGHTY GOD in the discharge of my responsible duties."


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