Golden QuillFebruary 2014 Newsletter

I have finished my work at Prayer Canada; February 14 was my last day. The head office is now moved to Ontario. Arne is manning a Prayer Post in his home, which is upstairs from where he rented offices. It sounds like he has been getting plenty of people to help him with his computer activities, as I have spoken to several over the phone to tell them how to get into his email. I put his name on a waiting list to learn how to use computers, and I hope that a spot opens for him.

My work at Prayer Canada may be finished, but prayer goes on. I am not an expert on it. I struggle with disciplining myself to do it, with overcoming doubt and unbelief, and my biggest obstacle of all – believing that God answers other people's prayers, but maybe not mine, because I fail Him in various ways.

Have I hit a nerve? Do you wonder about this, too? I've been a Christian for nearly 43 years, but feel like I am still a novice in matters of faith.

Does prayer work? Of course it does! The world is mess, but it would be complete Hell, if God did not answer prayer. God chooses to work through prayer. If nobody was praying and believing, in the Bible way, nobody on this Earth would have quiet and peaceable lives. Some people do. Yes, there are many people who suffer terribly, but there are some who live comfortably, marry happily, have fairly healthy children, and nothing too weird happens to them before they die peacefully. This would never occur, if God did not make it so.

There was a man who lived many years ago, who was asked what he thought of the evil in the world. He said that he was surprised that there wasn't more, considering the malice that men are capable of. Yes, if it were not for God holding back evil, it would run rampant in everyone's lives. The world would have been finished with long ago.

People question if there is a God, because of how innocent people suffer, and ask how can a loving God permit such things. Rather, we need to ask ourselves, how can WE permit such things? God has given us the tool of prayer to limit and abolish evil deeds.

Does God hear when we pray for justice and mercy for others, regardless of our failures? Why would He not answer such prayers? He has been anxiously waiting for people to pray such prayers. He wants for there to be justice and mercy. He is certainly able to turn back the works of satan. He is more than able; He is exponentially more powerful than satan. We may not see the particular instance of how He has answered our prayers, but we must believe that somewhere in the world something good happened as a result of our prayers.

Actually, I find it more of a challenge to believe that God will answer my prayers for things that I ask for myself, than what I ask for others. I struggle with condemnation because I don't do everything perfectly. But who does? Nobody was ever capable of such a thing except Yehoshua Himself. And yet, God has healed people of various diseases, imperfect people, just because they asked and believed, or someone else asked for them and believed. God has greatly blessed some imperfect people with abundant provision, just because they asked and believed, or someone else asked for them and believed.

The Bible is very clear in Romans 8:1, "There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit." Can anyone escape the rebuke in the latter part of that verse? No matter how carefully a person walks in accordance with the Spirit, not one of us does it perfectly. Oh, we might think we're doing an outstanding job of walking close to God, but sin is much more wicked than most of us are aware. What many perceive of as minor sins would be seen as very depraved, if they could see them from God's perspective.

I thank God for John 3:19–21, which says, "And hereby we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before him. For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knows all things. Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God."

But hasn't this brought us right back to Square One? It looks like it, but for resolution of this problem, I am going to copy and paste what Andrew Wommack has to say about our conscience and how it condemns us:

Go to ANDREW WOMMACK'S WEBSITE for more encouraging articles about faith and righteousness.

Out of gratitude to God, we should live holy lives, but in falling short of that goal, we need to remind ourselves that it is because of Jesus' righteousness that God answers our prayers, both on the behalf of others and for ourselves. We really have been forgiven of all our sins; our debts have been reduced to zero, but additionally, all of Jesus' righteousness has been credited to our account.

2 Corinthians 5:17–21 says, "Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a NEW CREATURE: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. And all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself by Jesus Christ, and has given to us the ministry of reconciliation; to wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto Himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and has committed unto us the word of reconciliation. Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ's stead, be reconciled to God. For He has made Him, who knew no sin, to be sin for us; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him."

When did we become the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus? When we repented of our sins and received Him as our Saviour, thus becoming a new creature. If we are the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus, and the Bible says we are, then there is nothing to stop our prayers from being answered except the things that we ALLOW to get in the way, such as unbelief, doubt, condemnation of ourselves, and unforgiveness towards others.

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