Promises of Freedom Can Be Ours

Listen to the words of God written by the prophet Jeremiah: “For I know the thoughts that I think towards you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me, and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you, and you will see Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart. I will be found by you, says the Lord, and I will bring you back from your captivity. I will gather you from all the nations and from all the places where I have driven you, says the Lord, and I will bring you back to the place from which I caused you to be carried away captive.”

The promise of God to Israel through the prophet can also be ours today. We must remember that God is good and His mercy endures forever. Too many of God’s people have found themselves captivated and weakened in our time, yet God’s mercy still calls us to His throne in our time of need. If we will pray, the power and freedom in Christ will be ours again.

It’s time to pray!

Prayer in NYC

Every Tuesday evening from 7—8:30PM Eastern Time, we are experiencing an incredible presence of God here at Times Square Church in New York City. About 1,800 people here in the sanctuary gather from New York—fasting, praying, believing God, and joining with others online from about 128 countries worldwide in a time of prayer.

I don’t know if this is the most unique prayer meeting that ever has been, but to us it sure seems so! We’re praying with people from countries everywhere real-time. We’re learning also that as we fast and pray for others, the Lord Jesus Christ pours back into us. For He Himself told us, “In the measure you give out, it shall be returned to you again.”

Actually, in Luke, chapter 6 verse 38, He says, “It will be given back to you in good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over into your bosom. In the same measure you give, it will be given back to you again.”

Oh, beloved, it is time to pray.

There is Nothing Without Prayer

The gospel of Matthew, chapter 13, verses 44 onward: Jesus said, “Again the kingdom is like treasure hidden in the field which a man found and hid. And for joy over it, he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field. Again the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking beautiful pearls who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had and bought it.”

In Jeremiah, chapter 29, verse 13, the Lord said, “You will search for Me, and you will find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.” When you and I pray like this man, we are able to see incredible treasure that others have simply walked over or by and have been unaware could have been theirs.

I have known marvelous victories over my life. It has been an incredible journey, but I’ll tell you honestly— none of it would have happened without prayer. It is time to pray!

Faith of a Child

It’s so easy in this generation to get overwhelmed when we look and see the magnitude of the need that surrounds us. How will we ever meet the need of this hour? Jesus once asked this question in John, chapter 6, to his own disciples. He said, “Where will we buy bread that all the people here may eat?”

He did this to test His own disciples because he knew what He was about to do. Everyone started looking to their own means and to their own resources, and nobody could come up with an answer. But there was a young boy in the crowd who had five barley loaves and two small fish, and I can see him coming to Jesus with the faith of a child, saying, “Yes, I believe Jesus and I can do this!”

No wonder in Mark, chapter 10, Jesus said, “Unless you have the faith of a little child, you will not see the kingdom of God.” We need eyes of faith one more time like we never had before. God is willing to make provision through us.

It’s time to pray.

Open Our Eyes to Victory

In 2 Kings, chapter 6, the Scripture tells us that the people of that time experienced a day very much like our own. A servant of the man of God arose early and went out and saw an army surrounding the city with horses and chariots. The servant said to his master, “Alas, my master, what shall we do?”

And so he answered, “Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” And Elisha prayed and said, “Lord, I pray, open his eyes that he may see.” Then the Lord opened the eyes of the young man and he saw, and behold the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.

Oh, Lord Jesus Christ, would You open up our eyes again to the reality of God and the realm of God? Would you deliver us from seeing only as fallen men see? Give us the eyes of victory that Christ won for us on the cross. Help us, help us, oh God, to pray.

Can God Use My Life

I have absolutely no doubt that most everybody listening to the sound of my voice today not only would like to pray but believes that we should. But when you try to pray, a thought arises in your heart: “How can God possibly use the smallness that is in my life?”

In reality, we find it hard to believe the words that Paul spoke to the Corinthians in first Corinthians, chapter one, verse 26 and onwards. He said “You see your calling, brethren, that not many wise men according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble are called, but God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise. And God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame things which are mighty. And base things of the world and things that are despised, God has chosen, and things which are not, to bring to naught things that are.”

Take time to pray. You will be astonished when He opens your eyes to how He has chosen to glorify His Name through you. It’s time to pray!