Today’s Bible Reading: Psalm 49, Ruth 2, 2 Timothy 2

Today's Bible reading: Psalm 49, Ruth 2, 2 Timothy 2

Psalm 49 The Voice (VOICE)

Psalm 49

For the worship leader. A song of the sons of Korah.

Some songs are described as “wisdom psalms.” Similar in theme to the short sayings of Proverbs or the reflective essays of Ecclesiastes, these songs offer practical advice to the worshiper of the one True God. In Psalm 49 we find a meditation on wealth and wisdom, but others describe daily activities (127–128133), encouragement when evil succeeds (3773), and the results of following God or wickedness (112). The purpose of these songs is to edify those who sing and those who hear, reminding them, and us, how to live life as God intends.

1 Listen up, everyone!
    All you who reside in this world, give an ear!
Everyone—rich and poor,
    young and old, wise and foolish, humble and mighty—
3 My mouth will overflow with wisdom;
    the reflections of my heart will guide you to understand the nature of life.
4 I will tune my ear to the words of a proverb;
    to the sounds of a harp, I will reveal my riddle.

5 Why should I be afraid when dark evils swirl about me,
    when I am walking among the sin of evildoers—
6 Those who depend on their own fortunes,
    who boast about their earthly riches?
7 One person can’t grant salvation to another
    or make a payment to the True God for another.
8 Redeeming a life is costly;
    no premium is enough, ever enough,
9 That one’s body might live on forever
    and never fear the grave’s decay.

10 Everyone knows that even the wisest ones die,
    perishing together with the foolish and the stupid.
For all diebeggars and kings, fools and wise men.
    Their wealth remains behind for others.
11 Although they wish to dwell in fine houses forever,
    their graves are their real resting places.
    Their homes are for all future generations,
    yet for a while they have named lands after themselves.
12 [No one, regardless of how rich or important, can live forever;
    he is][a] just like the animals that perish and decay.

13 This is the destiny of those foolish souls who have faith only in themselves;
    this will be the end of those happy to follow in their ways.

[pause][b]

14 The fate of fools is the grave, and just like sheep,
    death will feast on them.
The righteous will rule over them at dawn,
    their bodies, their outward forms, rotting in the grave
    far away from their great mansions.
15 But God will reach into the grave and save my life from its power.
    He will fetch me and take me into His eternal house.

[pause]

16 Do not be afraid of the rich and powerful
    as their prestige and honor grow,
17 For they cannot take anything with them when they die.
    Their fame and glory will not follow them into the grave.
18 During their lives, they seek every blessing and advantage
    because others praise you when you’ve done well.
19 But they will soon join their ancestors, for all of time,
    among the tombs of the faithless—a place of no light.
20 Anyone who is rich or important without understanding
    is just like the animals that perish and decay.

Footnotes:

  1. 49:12 Greek manuscripts read, “Anyone who is rich without understanding.”
  2. 49:13 Literally, selah, likely a musical direction from a Hebrew root meaning “to lift up”

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Ruth 2The Voice (VOICE)

2 Now Naomi’s deceased husband, Elimelech, had a relative in Bethlehem, an honorable, wealthy man named Boaz. 2 One day Ruth (the foreign woman who returned with Naomi from Moab) approached Naomi with a request.

Ruth: Let me go out into the field and pick up whatever grain is left behind the harvesters. Maybe someone will be merciful to me.

Naomi: Go ahead, my daughter.

3 Ruth left and went into the fields to pick up the gleanings, the grain that had been left behind by the harvesters. And so it was that the portion of the field she was working in belonged to Boaz, who was a part of Elimelech’s family.

As she was working in his field, Boaz happened to arrive from Bethlehem, and he greeted the harvesters.

Boaz: The Eternal One be with you.

Harvesters: May the Eternal bless you!

5 Then seeing Ruth, Boaz spoke to the young man in charge of the harvesters.

Boaz: Whom does this young woman belong to?

Overseer: 6 She is the Moabite woman who came back with Naomi from Moab. 7 She came and asked my permission to pick up the grain our harvesters leave behind and gather it all into sheaves for herself. Except for one small break she has been here all day, working in the field from the morning until now.

When God gives His law to the Israelites, He establishes a culture of generosity. Knowing there will be people such as widows, orphans, and resident aliens who will be too poor to farm for themselves, He set limits on how much each farmer should harvest from his own land. In Leviticus 19:9–10, farmers are told not to harvest the corners of their property or return to already-harvested rows to pick up any grain that may have been left. The remaining grain in the field is called gleanings, and those are left for the poor. In a similar law, Deuteronomy 24:19–22 explains that God does this to remind His people that once they were all poor and resident aliens themselves in Egypt. The gleaners face hard labor every day, so Ruth isn’t expecting the kindness Boaz shows her.

Boaz (to Ruth): 8 Listen to me, my daughter. Do not go and glean in any other field. In fact, do not go outside my property at all but stay with the young women who work for me following the harvesters and bundling the grain into sheaves. 9 Watch the harvesters, and see which field they are working in. Follow along behind these servants of mine. I have warned the young men not to touch you. If you are thirsty, go and get a drink from the water jars my young men have filled for the harvesters.

10 Overwhelmed, Ruth bowed down before Boaz, putting her face to the ground in front of him.

Ruth: I am just a foreigner. Why have you noticed me and treated me as if I’m one of your favorites?

Boaz: 11 I have heard your story. I know about everything you have done for your mother-in-law since your own husband died. I know you left your own mother and father, your home and your country, and you have come to live in a culture that must seem strange to you. 12 May the Eternal repay you for your sacrifices and reward you richly for what you have done. It is under the wings of Israel’s God, the Eternal One, that you have sought shelter.

Ruth: 13 I pray you will continue to look upon me with such favor, my lord. I am comforted by your kind words, even though I am not as worthy of them as even one of your servant girls.

14 Later during the meal, Boaz spoke to Ruth again.

Boaz: Come over here and have some of my food. Dip your piece of bread in the vinegar wine.

So Ruth sat down among the harvesters. Boaz also offered her some roasted grain. She ate as much as she wanted and even had some left over. 15 When her meal was finished, she got back up and returned to work. Then Boaz pulled some of the young harvesters aside and gave them instructions about her.

Boaz: Let her pick up grain from among the sheaves. Do not reprimand or humiliate her for gleaning where it is usually forbidden. 16 Instead, periodically pick out a stalk or two from the sheaves that have already been bound, and leave them for her to gather for herself. Make sure that no one gives her a hard time.

17 So Ruth worked in the field all day until the sun had nearly set. When she finished picking up the leftover ears, she beat her gathered barleygrains from the stalks with a stickAll that work resulted in over 20 quarts of grain. 18 Then she carried it back to the city where her mother-in-law saw how much she had gleaned. Ruth took out the leftover food from what she could not eat of her midday meal and gave it to Naomi.

Naomi (to Ruth): 19 Where did you go to work today? Where did you glean all this fromMay God bless the person who gave you this kind of attention.

So Ruth told Naomi the story of all that had happened to her that day and on whose land she had worked.

Ruth: The man I worked with today is named Boaz.

Naomi: 20 May the Eternal bless this man. He has not given up showing His covenant love toward the living and the dead.

This man is closely related to us—he is a kinsman-redeemer of our family.

The kinsman-redeemer is the closest relative and has the responsibility to save his family members from any evil or hardship.

Ruth[a]: 21 That is not all he did. Boaz also instructed me to stay with his young workers for the remainder of his grain harvesting season.

Naomi: 22 It is best that you do as he says. Stay with his young women who bind the sheavesThey will keep you safe from the hostility and danger of working in another’s field.

23 So that is what Ruth did. She kept close to Boaz’s young female servants and picked up everything they dropped. She worked hardthroughout the seven weeks of the wheat and barley seasons until the harvest was complete in early summer. And this whole time she lived at her mother-in-law’s home.

Footnotes:

  1. 2:21 Hebrew manuscripts add, “the Moabite woman.”

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2 Timothy 2The Voice (VOICE)

2 But as for you, my child, be empowered by the grace that is in Jesus, the Anointed One. 2 Whatever you heard me teach before an audience of witnesses, I want you to pass along to trustworthy people who have the ability to teach others too. 3 As a good soldier of Jesus the Anointed, be ready to suffer with me. 4 Remember that soldiers on active duty don’t get wrapped up in civilian matters because they want to satisfy those who recruited them. 5 Look at it another way: if someone competes as an athlete, he won’t win the race and be crowned with the wreath if he breaks the rules. 6 And the farmer who exhausts himself in the fieldshould be the first to taste his harvest. 7 Think about what I am telling you, and let the Lord give you clarity on all of it.

Paul has mentored no one more privately and successfully than Timothy. Now he charges Timothy to pass the faith along to the next generation. Training leaders is priority one.

8 Remember Jesus the Anointed, raised from the dead, descended from David’s royal line. This is the crux of my good news! 9 This is why I suffer and why I am bound and chained like a lawbreaker. But God’s word is not in chains! 10 That’s why I endure everything for the sake of God’s chosen: so that they might experience salvation with lasting, eternal glory through Jesus the Anointed, our Liberating King. 11 Here’s a statement you can trust:

If we died with Him,
    we will live with Him.
12 If we remain with Him,
    we will reign alongside Him.
If we deny Him,
    we will be denied by Him.
13 If we are unfaithful,
    He remains faithful,
For He is not able to deny Himself.

14 Remind others about these things that I’m telling you. Warn them before God to stop their useless bickering over words. After all, splitting hairs does no good; it only ruins those forced to listen to their meritless arguments. 15 Timothy, do everything you can to present yourself to God as a man who is fully genuine, a worker unashamed of your mission, a guide capable of leading others along the correct path defined by the word of truth. 16 Stay away from ungodly babbling because it will only lead deeper into a godless lifestyle. 17 Once these empty voices start to speak, Timothy, they infect and spread; and soon the body is consumed with its cancer.[a] Hymenaeus and Philetus fell victim to it, 18 and they walked away from the truth by claiming that the day of resurrection has already arrived. They are clearly disrupting the faith of some who are not well grounded. 19 Regardless of what they do or say, God’s foundation is strong and firmly in place, etched with this seal: “The Lord knows the ones who belong to Him,”[b] and, “Everyone who invokes the name of the Lord ought to stop doing what they know to be wrong.”

20 Look, in the mansions of the rich and powerful you will find everything from silver and gold serving bowls to wooden containers and clay jars; some are used for special occasions—where honor is important—others are used for more mundane tasks. 21 So tell them, if they will clean up their lives and purify themselves from dishonorable teachings that lead people astray, then they can become honorable vessels, consecrated and useful to the Master, made ready for every good work He has in store.

22 Timothy, run away from youthful desires. Instead, direct your passion to chasing after righteousness, faithfulness, love, and peace, along with those who call upon the Lord with pure hearts. 23 Excuse yourself from any conversations that turn into foolish and uninformed debates because you know they only provoke fights. 24 As the Lord’s slave, you shouldn’t exhaust yourself in bickering; instead, be gentle—no matter who you are dealing with—ready and able to teach, tolerant without resentment, 25 gently instructing those who stand up against you. Besides, the time may come when God grants them a change of heart[c] so that they can arrive at the full knowledge of truth. 26 And if they come to their senses, they can escape the devil’s snare and walk freed from his captivity and evil bidding.

Footnotes:

  1. 2:17 Literally, gangrene
  2. 2:19 Numbers 16:5
  3. 2:25 Literally, repentance

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Hebrews 9:22 New Living Translation (NLT)

22 In fact, according to the law of Moses, nearly everything was purified with blood. For without the shedding of blood, there is no forgiveness.

 

 

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1 John 4:4

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Psalm 51:10 The Voice (VOICE)

10 Create in me a clean heart, O God;
restore within me a sense of being brand new.

 

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Psalm 51:10 King James Version (KJV)

10 Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.

 

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Psalm 51

For the worship leader. A song of David after Nathan the prophet accused him of infidelity with Bathsheba.

 

One of the most difficult episodes in King David's life was his affair with Bathsheba and all that resulted from it. Psalm 51 reflects the emotions he felt after Nathan confronted him with stealing Bathsheba and murdering her husband, Uriah (2 Samuel 11-12).

At one time or another, all people experience the painful consequences of sin. Psalm 51 has been a comfort and a help to millions who have prayed these words as their own. It invites all who are broken to come before God and lean upon His compassion. It teaches that we need not only to be forgiven for the wrong we have done, but we also need to be cleansed of its effects on us. Ultimately, it helps us recognize that if we are to be healed, it is the work of God to create in us a heart that is clean and a spirit that is strong.

1 Look on me with a heart of mercy, O God,
according to Your generous love.
According to Your great compassion,
wipe out every consequence of my shameful crimes.

2 Thoroughly wash me, inside and out, of all my crooked deeds.
Cleanse me from my sins.

3 For I am fully aware of all I have done wrong,
and my guilt is there, staring me in the face.

4 It was against You, only You, that I sinned,
for I have done what You say is wrong, right before Your eyes.
So when You speak, You are in the right.
When You judge, Your judgments are pure and true.[a]

5 For I was guilty from the day I was born,
a sinner from the time my mother became pregnant with me.

6 But still, You long to enthrone truth throughout my being;
in unseen places deep within me, You show me wisdom.

7 Cleanse me of my wickedness with hyssop, and I will be clean.
If You wash me, I will be whiter than snow.

8 Help me hear joy and happiness as my accompaniment,
so my bones, which You have broken, will dance in delight instead.

9 Cover Your face so You will not see my sins,
and erase my guilt from the record.

10 Create in me a clean heart, O God;
restore within me a sense of being brand new.

11 Do not throw me far away from Your presence,
and do not remove Your Holy Spirit from me.

12 Give back to me the deep delight of being saved by You;
let Your willing Spirit sustain me.

13 If You do, I promise to teach rebels Your ways
and help sinners find their way back to You.

14 Free me from the guilt of murder, of shedding a man's blood,
O God who saves me.
Now my tongue, which was used to destroy, will be used to sing with deep delight of how right and just You are.

15 O Lord, pry open my lips
that this mouth will sing joyfully of Your greatness.

16 I would surrender my dearest possessions or destroy all that I prize to prove my regret,
but You don't take pleasure in sacrifices or burnt offerings.

17 What sacrifice I can offer You is my broken spirit
because a broken spirit, O God,
a heart that honestly regrets the past,
You won't detest.

18 Be good to Zion; grant her Your favor.
Make Jerusalem's walls steady and strong.

19 Then there will be sacrifices made,
burnt offerings and whole burnt offerings,
With right motives that will delight You.
And costly young bulls will be offered up to Your altar, only the best.

Footnotes:
[a] 51:4 Romans 3:4

 

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Breaking Free – Chapter 5 – To Find Satisfaction in God ==>>

John 8:32 New International Version (NIV) 32 Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free."

Psalm 51:6 Amplified Bible (AMP) 6 Behold, You desire truth in the innermost being, And in the hidden part [of my heart] You will make me know wisdom.

Isaiah 55:1-2 King James Version (KJV) 
55 Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. 
2 Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread? and your labour for that which satisfieth not? hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness.

Jeremiah 31:23-25 Amplified Bible (AMP) 
23 Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, "Once more they will speak these words in the land of Judah (the Southern Kingdom) and in her cities when I restore their fortunes and release them from exile, 
'The Lord bless you, O habitation of justice and righteousness, O holy mountain!' 
24 And [the people of] Judah and all its cities will live there together – the farmer and they who wander about with flocks. 25 For I [fully] satisfy the weary soul, and I replenish every languishing and sorrowful person."

Psalm 63:1-5 King James Version (KJV) 
63 O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is; 
2 To see thy power and thy glory, so as I have seen thee in the sanctuary. 
3 Because thy lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise thee. 
4 Thus will I bless thee while I live: I will lift up my hands in thy name. 
5 My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness; and my mouth shall praise thee with joyful lips:

Psalm 71:8 King James Version (KJV) 8 Let my mouth be filled with thy praise and with thy honour all the day.

Psalm 119:172 King James Version (KJV) 172 My tongue shall speak of thy word: for all thy commandments are righteousness.

Isaiah 50:4 Amplified Bible (AMP) 
4 The Lord God has given Me [His [a]Servant] the tongue of disciples [as One who is taught],
That I may know how to sustain the weary with a word.
He awakens Me morning by morning,
He awakens My ear to listen as a disciple [as One who is taught].

Footnotes: [a] Isaiah 50:4 I.e. the Messiah.

 

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Create in Me a Clean Heart, O God

Psalm 51 Tree of Life Version (TLV)

Create in Me a Clean Heart

Psalm 51

1 For the music director: a psalm of David, 2 when Nathan the prophet came to him, after he went to Bathsheba.
3 Be gracious to me, O God,
according to Your mercy.
According to Your great compassion
blot out my transgressions.
4 Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity
and cleanse me from my sin.
5 For I know my transgressions
and my sin is ever before me.
6 Against You, You only, have I sinned,
and done what is evil in Your sight,
so that You are just when You speak,
and blameless when You judge.
7 Behold, I was born in iniquity and in sin
when my mother conceived me.
8 Surely You desire truth in the inner being.
Make me know wisdom inwardly.
9 Cleanse me with hyssop and I will be clean.
Wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.
10 Let me hear joy and gladness,
so the bones You crushed may rejoice.
11 Hide Your face from my sins,
and blot out all my iniquities.

12 Create in me a clean heart, O God,
and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
13 Do not cast me from Your presence—
take not Your Ruach ha-Kodesh from me.
14 Restore to me the joy of Your salvation
and sustain me with a willing spirit.
15 Then will I teach transgressors Your ways
and sinners will return to You.
16 Deliver me from bloodguilt, O God—
    God of my salvation.
Then my tongue will sing for joy of Your righteousness.
17 O Lord, open my lips,
and my mouth will declare Your praise.
18 For You would not delight in sacrifice, or I would give it,
nor be pleased by burnt offerings.
19 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit.
A broken and a contrite heart, O God,
    You will not despise.

20 In Your favor do good to Zion.
Build up the walls of Jerusalem.
21 Then You will delight in righteous sacrifices and whole burnt offerings.
Then bulls will be offered on Your altar.

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The Lord's Prayer ==>>

Matthew 6:7-13 King James Version (KJV)

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.

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Good night Kiss from Heaven:

I hear His Whisper… "I will restore you."

In My presence I have kept you from being broken down by the weight upon your shoulders. My grace has strengthened you when there no one there to help. It was in My presence that your heart was healed and made whole. So listen, My child, I will restore you yet again.

I have desired to give you days full of heaven on earth. I have longed to bring you joy and peace that cannot be taken from you. But you must come closer to Me in the stillness. Seek Me above all else. Never forget to spend time with Me, and I will restore your soul and bring into your heart and into your family all that you have asked Me for. My delight is in you.

My power is at work in your life. From days to decades I will bring you into the sacred place of communion with Me. My invisible hand has already taken you from dark valleys into bright meadows of light where hope has been restored. The plans I have put in place for your life will all come to pass in My perfect timing and you will glorify Me. What you have called days of difficulty, I have called days of devotion to Me. I have weaned you from "self-confidence" and brought you into the paths of trust and hope in Me. So many times I have brought the light of hope into your night of despair. I promise you, beloved child, even as I have healed you in the past, I will restore your soul, yet again! You will overflow with My grace and make the place where you reside, holy."

Song of Songs 1:8 The Passion Translation
Listen, my radiant one.
If you ever lose sight of me,
Just follow in my footsteps
Where I lead my lovers.
Come with your burdens and cares.
Come to the place near
The sanctuary of my shepherds—
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Addictions Bible Help ==>> 1 Corinthians 8:9 King James Version (KJV) 

But take heed lest by any means this liberty of yours become a stumbling block to them that are weak.

 

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How Many Times Should I Ask God For Something?

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Lord, thank You for Your Word that brings me comfort, protection, and all I could ever need. “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.” (Psalm 119:105 KJV) In Jesus, Amen

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How Many Times Should I Ask God For Something? ==>>

The answer to this question is that you should ask until you get the answer.

When you believe you have the answer, it would be silly to ask again.

But how should you determine when you get the answer? What evidence will you require to believe you have the answer?

What will God have to do before you will believe He has granted your request? Will God need to send an angel to tell you your request is granted? Will you have to wait until all the circumstances change and everyone sees the answer show up in your life?

Or, will you simply accept God’s Word as sufficient evidence to believe God has granted your request?

Jesus said in Mark 11:24 that we are to believe we receive the answer when we pray. The key to receiving from God is not long praying, but faith. What we believe is what makes the difference.

God gave us the Bible to change what we believe, so we could know His will, pray in agreement with His will, and therefore have confidence that our requests are granted.

MATTHEW 6:7 NKJ

7 “And when you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the heathen do. For they think that they will be heard for their many words.

In Matthew 6:7 Jesus warned against using “vain repetition” in prayer, but this probably means more than just making the same request more than once. It cannot always be wrong to repeat a prayer, because Jesus prayed the same words three times in Matthew 26:44. It depends on what kind of prayer it is.

It is appropriate to repeat some prayers, like those found in Ephesians asking for believers to be filled with the knowledge of God’s will with all understanding. That is not a prayer you can just pray once and believe you receive the full answer immediately.

But when we ask God for some material thing, we should not need to ask more than once. We should believe God granted our request when we prayed. So it is not appropriate to ask God again, but only to thank Him.

What is vain repetition? Something that is useless and makes no difference.

MATTHEW 6:7 ERV

7 “And when you pray, don’t be like the people who don’t know God. They say the same things again and again. They think that if they say it enough, their god will hear them.

Successfully praying to receive things is not a matter of wearing God down with repeated requests until He finally gives in and grants your request.

Jesus taught that what we receive through prayer is a matter of what we believe. Mark 11:24 tells us that when we pray we are to believe we receive our answer when we pray.

If we believe we receive the answer to our prayer, there is no need to continue asking for that request. There is no need to keep asking for something we already have.

We don’t have to believe we are in possession of what we requested, but simply that God has granted our request and the answer is on its way to us.

How many times would you ask a friend to do something for you? Unless you are forgetful or crazy, you would only ask them until they said yes. Once they said they will do something for you, if you trust them, you know they will do it. Continuing to ask them to do something after they already agreed to do it would be rude and disrespectful.

MATTHEW 21:22 NKJ

22 “And whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.”

The key factor is what you believe. If you don’t believe God heard and answered your prayer, then you need to pray again. But you need to recognize that the fault is not with God, but with you.

Jesus taught that to receive from God we must ask in faith. If we are not prepared to believe we receive the answer when we pray, then we are not ready to pray for that request.

We have no business praying for something we do not believe is God’s will. But if we pray in agreement with God’s will, then we should know we have the answer.

1 JOHN 5:14-15 NKJ

14 Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.

15 And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.

“What then am I to pray about? What do I say tomorrow during my prayer time?”

If you believe you received the answer “yes” from God today in regard to your request, then tomorrow when you talk to God about it, you should say “Thank You!” “Thank You that You are working and the answer is coming. Thank You for answering my prayer. Thank You that things are working out good.”

“But,” you say, “nothing has changed yet!”

If you think that, it shows you are basing your beliefs entirely on the information coming from your circumstances. You are not accepting God’s Word as worthy evidence. You have not believed that God granted your request and the answer is on its way. With this approach, you cannot expect very good results in prayer.

SAY THIS: There is no need to ask for something after it has been granted to you.
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The Woman at the Well

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John 4:1-45 The Voice (VOICE)

4 The picture was becoming clear to the Pharisees that Jesus had gained a following much larger than that of John the Baptist, the wandering prophet. Now He could see that the Pharisees were beginning to plot against Him. 2 This was because His disciples were busy ritually cleansing many new disciples through baptism,[a] 3 He chose to leave Judea where most Pharisees lived and return to a safer location in Galilee. 4This was a trip that would take them through Samaria.

For Jews in Israel, Samaria is a place to be avoided. Before Solomon's death 1,000 years earlier, the regions of Samaria and Judea were part of a united Israel. After the rebellion that divided the kingdom, Samaria became a hotbed of idol worship. The northern kings made alliances that corrupted the people by introducing foreign customs and strange gods. They even had the nerve to build a temple to the True God on Mt. Gerizim to rival the one in Jerusalem. By the time the twelve are traveling with Jesus, it has long been evident that the Samaritans have lost their way. By marrying outsiders, they have polluted the land. Israel's Jews consider them to be half-breeds – mongrels – and the Jews know to watch out for them or else be bitten by temptation.

5-8 In a small Samaritan town known as Sychar, Jesus and His entourage stopped to rest at the historic well that Jacob gave his son Joseph. It was about noon when Jesus found a spot to sit close to the well while the disciples ventured off to find provisions. From His vantage, He watched as a Samaritan woman approached to draw some water. Unexpectedly He spoke to her. 
Jesus: Would you draw water, and give Me a drink?

Woman: 9 I cannot believe that You, a Jew, would associate with me, a Samaritan woman; much less ask me to give You a drink.

Jews, you see, have no dealings with Samaritans. 
Also, a man never approaches a woman like this in public. Jesus is breaking accepted social barriers with this confrontation.

Jesus: 10 You don't know the gift of God or who is asking you for a drink of this water from Jacob's well. Because if you did, you would have asked Him for something greater; and He would have given you the living water.

Woman: 11 Sir, You sit by this deep well a thirsty man without a bucket in sight. Where does this living water come from? 12 Are You claiming superiority to our father Jacob who labored long and hard to dig and maintain this well so that he could share clean water with his sons, grandchildren, and cattle?

Jesus: 13 Drink this water, and your thirst is quenched only for a moment. You must return to this well again and again. 14I offer water that will become a wellspring within you that gives life throughout eternity. You will never be thirsty again.

Woman: 15 Please, Sir, give me some of this water, so I'll never be thirsty and never again have to make the trip to this well.

Jesus: 16 Then bring your husband to Me.

Woman: 17-18 I do not have a husband. 
Jesus: Technically you are telling the truth. But you have had five husbands and are currently living with a man you are not married to.

Woman: 19 Sir, it is obvious to me that You are a prophet. 20Our fathers worshiped here on this mountain, but Your people say that Jerusalem is the only place for all to worship. Which is it?

Jesus: 21-24 Woman, I tell you that neither is so. Believe this: a new day is coming – in fact, it's already here – when the importance will not be placed on the time and place of worship but on the truthful hearts of worshipers. You worship what you don't know while we worship what we do know, for God's salvation is coming through the Jews. The Father is spirit, and He is seeking followers whose worship is sourced in truth and deeply spiritual as well. Regardless of whether you are in Jerusalem or on this mountain, if you do not seek the Father, then you do not worship.

Woman: 25 These mysteries will be made clear by He who is promised, the Anointed One.

Jesus: 26 The Anointed is speaking to you. I am the One you have been looking for.

27 The disciples returned to Him and gathered around Him in amazement that He would openly break their customs by speaking to this woman, but none of them would ask Him what He was looking for or why He was speaking with her. 28The woman went back to the town, leaving her water pot behind. She stopped men and women on the streets and told them about what had happened.

Woman: 29 I met a stranger who knew everything about me. Come and see for yourselves; can He be the Anointed One?

30 A crowd came out of the city and approached Jesus. 31During all of this, the disciples were urging Jesus to eat the food they gathered.

Jesus: 32 I have food to eat that you know nothing about.

Disciples (to one another): 33 Is it possible someone else has brought Him food while we were away?

Jesus: 34 I receive My nourishment by serving the will of the Father who sent Me and completing His work. 35 You have heard others say, "Be patient; we have four more months to wait until the crops are ready for the harvest." I say, take a closer look and you will see that the fields are ripe and ready for the harvest. 36 The harvester is collecting his pay, harvesting fruit ripe for eternal life. So even now, he and the sower are celebrating their fortune. 37 The saying may be old, but it is true: "One person sows, and another reaps." 38 I sent you to harvest where you have not labored; someone else took the time to plant and cultivate, and you feast on the fruit of their labor.

39 Meanwhile, because one woman shared with her neighbors how Jesus exposed her past and present, the village of Sychar was transformed – many Samaritans heard and believed. 40The Samaritans approached Jesus and repeatedly invited Him to stay with them, so He lingered there for two days on their account. 41 With the words that came from His mouth, there were many more believing Samaritans. 42 They began their faith journey because of the testimony of the woman beside the well; but when they heard for themselves, they were convinced the One they were hearing was and is God's Anointed, the Liberating King, sent to rescue the entire world.

43-45 After two days of teaching and conversation, Jesus proceeded to Galilee where His countrymen received Him with familiar smiles. After all, they witnessed His miracle at the feast in Jerusalem; but Jesus understood and often quoted the maxim: "No one honors a hometown prophet."

Footnotes:
[4:2]Literally, immersing, to show repentance

 

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