Episode 233

Prayer 2021 - August 23 - What John Had to Say About Prayer pt 1

Scripture For Today:

Acts 9:11

“The Lord told him, ‘Go to the house of Judas on Straight Street and ask for a man from Tarsus named Saul, for he is praying…”

What John Had to Say About Prayer pt 1

We have been studying what the Apostles had to say about prayer. We covered what Paul and Peter had to say. Today, we shift over to see what John had to say about prayer. We start by looking at First John 5:14-16:

“And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, he hears us; and if we know that he hears us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him. If any man sees his brother sin a sin that is not unto death, he shall ask, and he shall give him life for them that sin not unto death. There is a sin unto death; I do not say that he shall pray for it…”

John is giving us some important principles here. Many times we dwell only on the things Jesus said about prayer or the things Paul said about prayer. But we have missed some other good nuggets of truth in the Bible from other writers that can help us in our praying.

But notice, in these verses, the word “pray” is not used at all. Instead, the words “ask” and “petitions” are used. In verse 14, it says, “And this is the confidence that we have in him…”

What is this “confidence” that John is talking about?  He goes on to explain, “…that, if we ASK anything according to his will, he hears us!”

Remember this, if whatever you ask is according to God’s Word, it IS according to God’s Will. Amen!  Some people think that the verse says, “Well, you pray for it and if it is God’s will, he’ll give it to you. If it’s not, He won’t.”  But that is NOT what John said!

John said, “…if we ASK any thing ACCORDING TO HIS WILL, He hears us; and if we know He hears us, whatsoever we ASK, we know that we HAVE the petitions that we desired of Him.”

Amen!  Always remember that God’s Word IS His Will. Praise God!

If you have a situation, if you can find an example in the Bible where God answered a prayer that met a need similar to what you need – PRAY THAT SCRIPTURE!  Lay it out in a prayer of petition (I taught on that before – I’ll probably do so again. But Google it or look it up to see how to format your prayer of petition. IT IS NOT a quick “wham bam thank you God” type of prayer)!

Then, when you pray, use your petition and use that scripture just like a lawyer would present prior court rulings for his client. Similar to, “As you did for this person, I’m asking you to do the same for me. For you are not a respecter of persons, what you did for one, I know you will do for another. I’m asking you for (healing, finance, whatever)….”

Do your research on this and you find out that Brother Bob is spot on here. I’ve used this “Prayer of Petition” as outlined by John in his letter, First John 5:14-16, for the last 25 or 26 years. It works!

Let’s Pray!

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Bob Thibodeau

Pastor Robert Thibodeau has been in online ministry since starting his own podcast in mid-2009. Within about six months, he was offered a slot on nationwide Christian AM radio. His broadcast was heard in four major markets for one year.

He then started what today is called, "Evangelism Radio" and went live 24/7 beginning on October 4, 2010 and continues to this day. Now with over 50 broadcasters submitting programming on a weekly basis, Evangelism Radio has listeners in over 160 nations and all 50 states. It was also ranked by Shoutcast.com as #1 in the world in the Christian Talk genre on many occasions.

In late 2017, Pastor Bob began an interview style podcast called "The Kingdom Cross Roads Podcast." On this podcast, Pastor Bob interviews Christians from various walks of life on how they use their Faith to achieve success. Authors, recording artists, business CEO's, non-profit leaders and pastors and ministers frequent the show and provide amazing insight to build your faith. In only 3 years time, The KCR Podcast has published almost 900 episodes and Pastor Bob conducted over 700 interviews!

In early 2018, in response to the lack of any Christian themed podcast hosting platform in the market place, Pastor Bob coordinated with the iconic Mark Asquith and his team, with the result being "FaithCasters.net." A "Christian podcast hosting and marketing company created by Christians for Christians."

Due to the immense success Pastor Bob has achieved in the online ministry world, he is often asked by others "How to start a podcast." Not wanting to refer Christian brothers and sisters back into the world for help in establishing a Christian themed podcast, he started to develop the "Podcast-Training" platform offered through our ministry. He conducts training on a weekly basis to assist others in the development of their own personal podcast as well as ministry related podcasts that can air on Evangelism Radio.

Now, he has placed all of this information under one website location, "Podcasters for Christ." This makes it easier for other Christians to find the services they need in one spot rather than having to visit several different websites.

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