Removing the Clogging of Our Prayer

Husbands, likewise, dwell with them with understanding, giving honor to the wife, as to the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life, that your prayers may not be hindered.

1 Peter 3:7

Today’s theme is one that confronts every man, including myself. And it is that 1 Peter 3:7 says this, Husbands, likewise, dwell with them with understanding, giving honor to the wife, as to the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life, that your prayers may not be hindered. There will be those who fill their mouths saying that they have always taken to the letter everything that says 1 Peter 3:7. To be honest, I cannot make this statement but, on the contrary, admit that I have failed many times.

As I said at the beginning, this message confronts us all men. And, instead of seeking to justify our behavior, it is time to take our responsibility, admit our mistakes and amend the way. If today, all over the world, laws are introduced that establish strong obligations to men while undermining their rights, it is because we ourselves have not known how to exercise our manly functions or have abused by generations of our position. The result is the radical distortion of God’s plan for humanity.

Let us do what we have first. It is true that there is no guarantee that they will respond to us in the same way; but our priority must be to obey what God sets and He will take care of the rest. Living wisely with the woman and treating her as a more fragile vessel means not being a grumpy bear. The following is written in Colossians 3:19, Husbands, love your wives and do not be bitter toward them. And if we lack the wisdom to deal with the situation, let us pray to God in prayer and He will respond favorably.

Surely God will direct us to His Word and tell us something similar to what is written in Ephesians 5:25-28, Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her, 26 that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word, 27 that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish. 28 So husbands ought to love their own wives as their own bodies; he who loves his wife loves himself.

Certainly the Word of God also gives the command to women what to do and how to behave with their husbands. And it would be a foolish thing to say that most of them do their part. But that does not stop you, man, to fulfill yours. Remember that the commandment has been given by God, not your wife. So before whom you will respond for violating it is before God. Whether or not she fulfills what she has, it does not entitle you to do the same. Be responsible for what is your part and leave the rest to God.

Look closely at the comparison Paul makes in Ephesians 5:25-28, compare you, man, with Christ and your wife compares it to the church. Look carefully that Jesus Christ did not wait for all of us to repent of our sins to die on the cross. He took the first step, He gave Himself up before the first person showed repentance. That is our example, boys, the first step is ours. After that, let’s bend knees and, without a doubt, our prayers will be without hindrance and will be answered favorably. God bless you.

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The Prayer of Faith

And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. Confess your trespasses[a] to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.

James 5:15-16

The reason why many prayers do not receive the expected response is that they are not made with faith. James 5:15-16 tells us, And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. Confess your trespasses[a] to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. A prayer of faith is an effective prayer and is also a prayer of power. The power of the prayer of faith heals the sick and forgives the sins. But there is an important ingredient in this prayer, it is the recognition of our offenses.

Today many Christians think that the prayer of faith is one in which they shout, decree, declare positive words, and command with authority the demons to go out. I would not dare call that kind of prayer as of faith. The first is that it does not go according to what James 5:15-16 says. The second is that I find nowhere in the Bible that type of prayer, neither between the patriarchs and prophets of the Old Testament nor between the apostles or Jesus in the New Testament.

James mentions the word sin within what he defines the prayer of faith. And according to what is written, the prayer of faith not only saves the patient from his physical evil but from his spiritual evil, since it forgives his sins. No doubt many of our diseases have a spiritual origin; but not necessarily the kind of spiritual influence that many tend to believe. Although the enemy can certainly be behind our diseases, other times, the origin comes from our flesh and from our own sins.

We can never forget what Romans 3:23 says, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God; which means that no one can fill his mouth saying that he is free from sin. And while we all know that the context of Romans 3:23 was directed toward unbelievers, it is equally true that believers will continue to receive temptations and are exposed to sin. And just as we confess our sins to salvation, if we fail now, we must become aware of God as well.

It is impossible to pretend to deceive God. We may be leading a double life before others; but God knows very well what we do behind the scenes. Being a child of God makes us a friend of what our Father loves and an enemy of what He hates. Sin is incompatible with God, therefore, it is impossible to remain faithful to God as we commune with the things of the world. For our prayer to be considered of faith and efficacious, we must irrevocably renounce sin and embrace holiness, without which no one will see the Lord.

The result of this change in our lives and in our way of praying will be remarkable. James says it this way: The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. The power of this prayer has no limits. The sick will be healed, the blind will see, the dead will rise. That is the power of prayer that our Lord Jesus Christ has bestowed upon us. Let us learn to pray in the right way and the prodigies, miracles and signs of those who believe will follow us. God bless you.

Patience and Prayer

Therefore be patient, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, waiting patiently for it until it receives the early and latter rain. You also be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand.

James 5:7-8

Those of us who are waiting for the glorious coming of our Lord are aware that we do not have a date. It is written that only the Father knows the day and the hour, so no one can say when it will be. The same could be today in a few days, months or years. In that sense, we should not be anxious, but clothed with patience and watching over in prayer. Let’s be ready for that great day as if it were to happen tonight; but without despair. It is clear that time only runs in one direction, and that moment is getting closer and closer.

How should our patience be? James puts it this way: See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, waiting patiently for it until it receives the early and latter rain. It is likely that for those of us who have always lived in cities we find it difficult to understand the patience of farmers until they can harvest the fruit of the land. The agricultural process occurs for a period of time that can take from several months to several years, depending on the type of plant that has been planted.

In any case, even before depositing the seed in the soil, the farmer must prepare the land in order to condition it for sowing. Not all seeds are fertile, hence it is necessary to select them. Then a whole series of stages of caring for the plant is planted, which includes applying fertilizers, pesticides and adequate water, pruning the leaves so that the plant grows in the right direction and produces the desired fruit. As the farmer waits for the fruit, his financial resources are likely to be scarce.

At the end, when the abundant harvest arrives, the farmer will receive the joy of having in his hands the fruit of his patience. Likewise, believers who await the glorious coming of our Savior and Lord Jesus Christ, when we see Him descend from the clouds with His holy angels, we can say that it was worth having the patience to see such a great moment. And just as the farmer spent time to watch over the well-being of his field, believers should spend time watching in prayer until Christ comes.

In the natural, the farmer does not always reach what he expected. It happens sometimes that, even though he puts all his effort to obtain the fruit of his work, events that are beyond his control could prevent him. Nature can act against the farmer, either by a drought, excessive rain or pests that destroy his plantation. Even the fruit may not be of adequate size or its quality is poor, which causes its price in the market to decrease and this man stop winning and even lose what he invested.

However, in the spiritual, our waiting for the coming of Christ will not bring losses. No matter what happens in the natural world or the spiritual hosts of evil oppose. The Lord will come without a doubt, at the right time, which we do not know; but of which there is no doubt. Let us wait for Him with patience and watching in prayer, for He will come as a thief in the night and the great moment draws nearer and nearer. God bless you.

Asking According to His Will

Now 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, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.

1 John 5:14-15

God’s plans for each of His children are perfect. The will of God, according to Scripture, is good, pleasing and perfect. Many times we complain that we do not receive what we have asked for in prayer. Before we complain to God that we are not pleased, it is better to ask the following question: are our requests aligned with God’s will? If the answer is no, then it is no surprise that it has not been answered favorably. If the answer is yes, as John says: we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.

The first thing to keep in mind is that God loves us. Titus 3:4-7 says, But when the kindness and the love of God our Savior toward man appeared, not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior, that having been justified by His grace we should become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.

The love of God has manifested in the world through Jesus Christ, who took the place of every man and woman that has existed on earth to pay with His precious blood the price of our redemption. There is no better gift than this from God, which shows that every request for salvation is a prayer that conforms to the will of God and will be answered in the right time. I know of someone who was praying for my conversion for 30 years; but God answered that prayer and today my greatest passion is to serve Jesus Christ.

If you do not know the will of God, ask Him to show you, just as David did. Psalm 143:10 says, Teach me to do Your will, For You are my God; Your Spirit is good. Lead me in the land of uprightness. This request will be answered by God since His desire is that we know His will. And the will of God will always be for our good. It is impossible for a Father as loving as He is not willing to give the best that exists to each of His children.

In addition to praying to teach us His will, we already have in us who can help us to ask God’s will. Romans 8:26 says, Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us[a] with groanings which cannot be uttered. Prayer in the Spirit will always be answered because it is a prayer aligned to the will of God. Those unspeakable moans that come out of your mouth when you pray in the Spirit go directly to the heart of God.

We can be praying to God without getting an answer and we can even get angry with Him for not giving us what we ask for. If the doctors say that you have to do a complex surgery for your son whose cost is $50,000, God may not supply you with that amount of money, not because he does not want his healing, but to glorify himself by doing the miracle of healing. Let us keep in mind what James 4:3 says, You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures. Therefore, let us align our petitions according to the will of God and we will be sure that He will always answer our prayer. God bless you.

Believing to Receive

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

Matthew 21:22

Everyone, including unbelievers, recognizes the power of prayer. So, in times of difficulty, they approach their friends or family who are believers asking to pray for them and their needs. What many overlook is the necessary requirement for prayer is answered favorably: you must believe to receive. Most prayers are not answered by the lack of faith. It is not that God has any interest in attending our prayer. Rather it is that we doubt His ability to work on our behalf.

A man of God I know once fell into a coma and doctors said he was clinically dead. The doctors informed his wife that the best thing was to disconnect survival machines for completion of the process of his death. She flatly refused to disconnect him and asked to be alone with her husband in the hospital room. She knelt and prayed to God to make the miracle to restore life and health to her husband. In no time she doubted that God would answer her prayer.

Several weeks passed and the man showed no signs of recovery. Doctors still asking the wife permission to disconnect him; but she insisted on not accepting as she continued steadfast in prayer. After almost a month in a coma, the man woke up. Doctors were surprised by what happened. But most amazing of all was that this American man whose language is English, woke up speaking perfect Spanish, the language of his wife, while not able to understand or speak his own language.

This prayer warrior woman believed in her heart that what she was asking God would receive and it did. I experienced this case very closely because I know them both and I verified the story by myself. As this case there are many more. What we need to receive what we pray is to believe that we will receive it and not doubt for a single moment that it will. God can respond immediately or can afford to wait a bit; but He will be faithful to what His Word says.

Every human being has needs. Many times we think we are going through the worst situation in the world; but if we look carefully around us, we can find people going through worse than we do. In our cry to God, often we do not reach an answer and we imagine that our Heavenly Father is too busy on other matters or probably He is not interested in us. Sometimes, we probably think that we rank last among the children of God.

The truth is that God sees each of His children as the most special. As a loving Father, He is willing to give us the best. I am very sure that God answered the prayer of David in Psalm 17:8: Keep me as the apple of Your eye; hide me under the shadow of Your wings. And in the same way He will keep you as the apple of His eye because you are His beloved son or his beloved daughter. What is waiting for God to answer that prayer long have you been doing? What He hopes is that you believe that He will grant what you’re asking. For Him nothing is impossible, then, Do you doubt that He is able to give you what you need? Put your faith in action and believe that whatever you ask in prayer you will receive. God bless you.

Advantage Agreeing

“Again I say to you that if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them.”

Matthew 18:19-20

Agree on something has a great advantage. When two people or groups of people agree, there is no conflict and both sides will work towards a common goal. Agreeing is easier to achieve the objective. In the spiritual world, agree also has the same advantages. As says Matthew 18:19-20, when two or more pray for the same cause, God will respond favorably. But most important of all is that as we gather in the name of Jesus, He has promised to be in our midst.

I’ve always said to agree is like two people rowing a boat in the same direction, while the disagreement occurs when each of those people rowing the boat toward opposite directions. He rowed in the same direction will result in the boat will reach the other shore. However, when both paddle to opposite directions, the boat is not going anywhere but stays in the same place. It’s like not being able to get out of a vicious circle.

In history there are many examples of what it means to agree, the same applies to cases where the agreement was not reached. European empires established numerous colonies in the Americas, which remained for several centuries. Spanish and British came to have the greatest number of them. In North America, the British had 13 colonies, which were not homogeneous; but when these colonies rebelled against the metropolis, to achieve independence, they reached an agreement to stay together and formed the great nation we know today as the United States of America.

Instead, the Spanish colonies did not reach the same agreement and eventually all efforts to create a Spanish-speaking nation in America were frustrated. The dream of Simon Bolivar with the Great Colombia ended in separation from it. The same thing happened in Central America, while the Antillean Confederation not even tried, leaving only the dream of some idealistic Cubans, Dominicans and Puerto Ricans. The final result of the Spanish-American disagreement was poorer than its northern counterpart and eternal conflicts between nations themselves.

The things of the natural world learn lessons that are very useful in the spiritual world. Agreeing to the natural has advantages and we have seen in the example of the American continent. Agree to pray it is what the Lord says that works: if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven. He says that whatever we ask agreeing will be made by the Father.

Heavenly Father wants to give us the best things. He is waiting for us to come with faith and unity to His throne and ask Him in prayer. As the best of parents, He responds on behalf of His children. Let us support each other in prayer, let us agree when we pray and we will open the windows of heaven into blessings. God bless you.

Soul’s Moisturizer

He shall pray to God, and He will delight in him, he shall see His face with joy, for He restores to man His righteousness.

Job 33:26

When cleaning our face, we are not only removing makeup residue or acquired environmental dirt, but also dragged the natural moisture of the face and let it dry as a desert. So we need to apply a second product, a moisturizer. Similarly, our soul cleared for forgiveness needs to be hydrated with prayer. If you do not hydrate the skin of your face, it will wither. So, if you do not pray, your soul is dry; but as you trust in God, the eagerness and anxiety disappear because you learn to relax and wait on the Lord.

The natural moisture of the skin is due to the combination of amino acids that are components of proteins, degraded by urea produced by the liver in conjunction with the electrolyte from your body. The effect of this process is the sufficient production of lipids that nourish the cells and generate healthy skin and lush appearance. The skin loses moisture, texture and sensitivity due to weather conditions; and even during sweating due to environmental pollution.

To keep skin hydrated facial moisturizers are part of the daily cleaning routine that dermatologists recommend. They are substances that contain the necessary quantity of emollients and moisturizing oils which create a thin layer to protect and to fill with lipid the spaces between cells. Moisturizers prevent water loss, cover cracks, protect and calm the skin, provide nutrients the body is not producing and replenish water loss and ingredients that retain as glycerin.

As the skin, soul loses moisture of trust and patience texture as a result of daily trails. To keep hydrated soul, prayer is that moisturizer that creates a thin layer of divine presence and filled with oil of the Holy Spirit voids that cause the frustrations of a life submitted to the uncertainty of waiting. Prayer replenishes the loss of hope and renewed confidence in the promises of our loving Heavenly Father.

Prayer is our direct communication with our Creator, who always has His ear ready to listen. When phoned a family member or friend, sometimes we do not receive answers and we leave messages in the voicemail. Other times, we write emails whose answers take weeks to reach us. Also our text messages seem to reach out to our contact, even though we see online.

However, none of this happens with God as soon bend our knees to pray, He dedicated us all His attention and responses we will arrive in a timely manner. The “phone” of God never sounds busy, our prayers do not reach His “spam” mailbox or He is no longer online. Its availability is 24 hours, 7 days a week. Pray and our message will reach Him. God bless you.