January 5, 1998-----------
Grace and peace to you from God our Father!
"Be careful [anxious] for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God" (Philippians 4:6).
I believe that prayer mixed with faith is the answer to everything. Paul said, "...in every thing..." or "Pray about everything-and give thanks that your requests will be heard and answered." We are told to pray as our first option, not after we have tried everything else in vain. "Seek first the kingdom of God...."
We see so many Christians today being plundered by Satan: homes in turmoil, fear, guilt, troubles on all sides-and the problems we read about are overwhelming. But to be truthful, so few who are in difficulty and crises turn to the Lord in fervent prayer. So few today have a consistent, daily, quality time alone with God in prayer. Too often, despair sets in because Christians do not go into the secret place to unburden their souls and cry out their sorrows to Him. They will tell all of their problems to friends, pastors, or counselors-and neglect the Lord, who waits to have them all alone. We pray as a last resort.
Could God be grieved with this generation as He was with Israel? "...my people have forgotten me days without number" (Jeremiah 2:32). Beloved, God is pleased when we run to Him first, when we make special time to be alone with Him, pour out our innermost feelings, love Him and lay before Him all our petitions. Honestly, we have no right to say we love Him if we are not spending time with Him on a regular basis. He will hear your prayers and He will answer-but He needs you alone so He can speak to you in a quiet moment.
As I go into God's holy presence each day, my most consistent petition is that the Holy Spirit will open the Word to me so that I can be a true oracle of God. In 1998. I trust that my messages to the body of Christ will edify, convict and provoke to righteousness.
We deeply appreciate every gift that is sent to this ministry. Giving is one area we pray much about, with faith and thanksgiving. Every day, alone with my blessed Lord, I ask Him to send the Holy Spirit into the homes of our readers-challenging, convicting and edifying you. And, finally, I ask Him to move on the hearts of those who are able to help us reach the lost and needy in this great metropolitan area of New York City.
God be with you all.
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