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Passover Perspectives Exodus 12: Eating on the Run

#340  Passover Perspectives  Exodus 12:  Eating on the Run

Eat it with unleavened bread and bitter herbs   Exodus 12:8  “And they shall eat the flesh that same night, roasted with fire, and they shall eat it with unleavened bread and bitter herbs…”

Exodus 12:39  “The dough was without yeast because they had been driven out of Egypt and did not have time to prepare food for themselves.”

Eat ready for a journey   Exodus 12:11  “Now you shall eat it in this manner:  with your loins girded, your sandals on your feet, and your staff in your hand; and you shall eat it in haste—it is the LORD’s Passover.”

They were to eat it ready for travel at any moment.

As one Sister shared with me, “We have no time for sin.”

There is an urgency and “haste” in our lives as we absorb the offering of Christ in our hearts.  We partake with loins girded, shoes on our feet, and staff in our hand ready and motivated for a journey by the memory of the bitter oppression of sin and the contrast of his amazing deliverance.  We partake as pilgrims and strangers on this earth, “those who use the things of this world, as if not engrossed in them.  For this world in its present form is passing away.”  1 Corinthians 7:31  There was urgency in the quickly consuming trials of Christ.  There is urgency as we partake of the unleavened bread—the lifestyle of innocence and purity—we have no time for the leavening process of sin.

We wear the garb of travelers ready to leave because we do not identify ourselves with this world or with it’s Pharaoh.  “Beloved, I urge you as aliens and strangers to abstain from fleshly lusts, which wage war against the soul.  Keep your behavior excellent among the Gentiles, so that in the thing in which they slander you as evildoers, they may on account of your good deeds, as they observe them, glorify God in the day of visitation.”  1 Peter 2:11-12  We have left Egypt, and we are be ready to leave any remnants of sin habits from the old life.  When the LORD reveals the next step of our journey we are to be ready to respond.

No leftovers   Exodus 12:10  “Do not leave any of it until morning; if some is left till morning, you must burn it.”  Our ingestion of the life and offering of Christ is to be complete.  We are to eat fully so that all hunger of heart is satisfied.  The privilege of being part of the Kingdom of heaven is limited to this Gospel Age; it is an unrepeatable privilege to be part of the Church of the Firstborn with the heavenly reward of blessing all the families in the second passing over through the Red Sea.   Exodus 15:10, 16, 17; 2 Corinthians 6:2,3; 1 Corinthians 6:2

Our lives are surrounded by unrepeatable opportunities.  Our opportunity to encourage a brother or sister in Christ amid the tyranny of sin and death is limited to this Permission of Evil period.  Our opportunity to share the Hope for Kingdom blessing to the weary world when they see no hope, is limited to the present age, soon to be swallowed up by the reality of that Hope when all will know Him from the least to the greatest.  Jeremiah 31:33-34

May we absorb this sacrifice with the urgency and mission of being pilgrims and strangers.

The Physical Death of Jesus

Since this is the season of remembering Jesus crucifixion  and the value of his sacrifice on behalf of the whole mankind, we would refer you to the following site to realize at least in part how awful this way of death was and what it entailed: http://www.frugalsites.net/jesus/crucifixion.htm

Isaiah 53:4

3 He was despised and forsaken of men, A man of sorrows and acquainted with grief; And like one from whom men hide their face He was despised, and we did not esteem Him.

4 Surely our griefs He Himself bore, And our sorrows He carried; Yet we ourselves esteemed Him stricken, Smitten of God, and afflicted.

5 But He was pierced through for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; The chastening for our well-being fell upon Him, And by His scourging we are healed.…

The Book of Micah on Human Condition

Micah 7:1-7

“Woe is me! for I am as when they have gathered the summer fruits, as the grapegleanings of the vintage: there is no cluster to eat: my soul desired the firstripe fruit.

The good  man is perished out of the earth: and there is none upright among men: they all lie in wait for blood; they hunt every man his brother with a net.

3 That they may do evil with both hands earnestly, the prince asketh, and the judge asketh for a reward; and the great man, he uttereth his mischievous desire: so they wrap it up.

4 The best of them is as a brier: the most upright is sharper than a thorn hedge: the day of thy watchmen and thy visitation cometh; now shall be their perplexity.

5 Trust ye not in a friend, put ye not confidence in a guide: keep the doors of thy mouth from her that lieth in thy bosom.

6 For the son dishonoureth the father, the daughter riseth up against her mother, the daughter in law against her mother in law; a man’s enemies are the men of his own house.

7 Therefore I will look unto the Lord; I will wait for the God of my salvation: my God will hear me.”

Passover Perspectives Exodus 12: The Fires that Proved Him Faithful

#339  Passover Perspectives  Exodus 12:  The Fires that Proved Him Faithful

The lamb roast with fire   Exodus 12:8-9  “That same night they are to eat the meat roasted over the fire…Do not eat the meat raw or cooked in water, but roast it over the fire—head, legs and inner parts.”

Christ’s life was in direct contact with trial, and his offering was consumed quickly in three and a half years.  May we fully appreciate the intensity of testing the our Savior endured.

“Therefore, If you would escape becoming weary and faint-hearted, compare your own sufferings with those of Him who endured such hostility directed against Him by sinners.”  Hebrews 12:3  Weymouth

Please accept any dramatic renditions as attempts to make the last experiences of Jesus more of a reality


The High Priest Caiaphas looked at Jesus with narrow eyes of contempt, his finger wagging in his face.  “Are you the Christ, the Son of the Blessed One?  I charge you under oath by the living God,” his voice was loud and demanding.  “Tell us if you are the Messiah, the Son of God.”

“Yes, I am.  It is as you say,” Jesus replied, looking straight into the High Priest’s eyes.  “But I say to all of you:  In the future you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven.”

Caiaphas tore his clothes in a show of dramatic frenzy. “He has spoken blasphemy!” the High Priest raved.  “We don’t need any more witnesses.  You have heard the blasphemy yourselves.  What do you think?”

Angry voices cried out, “He is guilty!”  “He deserves to die!”  “Let him die!”  Jesus stood in fearless silence.   Matthew 26:63-66

The temple guards spit in his face.  They pushed him around.  They struck him.  They blindfolded him.  “Prophesy!” they demanded, “Who hit you?”  They insulted him.  They mocked him.  They jeered.  Matthew 26:67-68, Mark 14:65, Luke 22:63

“The Sovereign Lord has opened my ears, and I have not been rebellious; I have not drawn back.  I offered my back to those who beat me, my cheeks to those who pulled out my beard; I did not hide my face from mocking and spitting.  Because the Sovereign LORD helps me I will not be disgraced. Isaiah 50:5-7

 hey struck him repeatedly with their fists and he doubled over from the blows.  He sensed another kind of blow, a blow to his heart that hurt him far deeper than the physical blows which sent him reeling to the floor.  He sensed that Peter, in a second wave of temptation, was even at that moment denying with cursing that he ever knew Jesus.


One man had been watching Peter with suspicion.   He saw that Peter had denied his association with this man from Galilee a number of times.  The man was sure of his accusation.  “This man must have been with him, for he is Galilean,” he exclaimed   Luke 22:59

“Man, I don’t know what you are talking about.”  Peter felt his throat tighten and a nervous sweat beaded his forehead.  He cursed and swore.  “I don’t know the man.”  A rooster began to crow.

At that moment from across the Courtyard Jesus turned and looked upon Peter.  There was great sorrow and great love in the Master’s eyes.  Peter’s eyes met his Master’s gaze for a brief moment and then he looked away.  Peter felt the pain of a thousand knives sink into his heart.  He had failed his Master when he most needed a friend.  All was lost.  He flung his outer coat over his head, rushed out into the night and wept bitterly.  Luke 22:59-60, 61-62; John 18: 27, Matthew 26:67-75, Mark 14:71-72

Those who guarded Jesus continued their cruel sport for the remainder of the cold night hours.  They beat him.  They blindfolded Jesus again, while others struck him repeatedly with their fists and with rods.  They continued their taunts.  “Prophesy to us, Messiah.   Who is the one who hit you?”Jesus sensed the lonely pain of the calloused men who beat him.  He sensed the shame and anguish of those who had been victims at the hands of men such as these.  “For this cause was I born, and I came into the world,” he prayed, “to set such men free….”  Luke 22:63-65, 66

Because the Sovereign LORD helps me I will not be disgraced.  Therefore have I set my face like flint, and I know I will not be put to shame.  He who vindicates me is near.  Who then brings charges against me?  Let us face each other!  Who is he that will condemn me?  They will all wear out like a garment; the moths will eat them up.  (Their victory is only temporary.)”  Isaiah 50:7-9

Passover Perspectives Exodus 12: The Power of his Sacrifice

#338  Passover Perspectives  Exodus 12:  The Power of his Sacrifice

 Blood on the door frame  Exodus 12:7   “Then they are to take some of the blood and put in on the sides and tops of the doorframes of the houses where they eat the lambs.”

In a collective sense and in an individual sense the power of deliverance in the blood of Christ is applied to the doorway—the heart affections and conscience which allows or denies entrance to thoughts and influences.

The blood of Christ is here pictured as effecting our choices, our decisions of what to let in and what to let out of our lives.

“And if you address as Father the One who impartially judges according to each man’s work, conduct yourselves in fear during the time of your stay upon earth; knowing that you were not redeemed with perishable things like silver or gold from your futile way of life inherited from your forefathers, but with precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ.”  1 Peter 1:17-19

It is the power of his ransom sacrifice gives us a standing of freedom from sin, and that that leads to the power to free us from futile and empty sin habits inherited from Adam so that we can make sanctified choices.

May the sign of his sacrifice be evident to all who observe the influence of our lives.


While they were eating, Jesus took bread, the remaining half of the unleavened cake that had been set aside, and with a deliberateness that separated this part of the service from tradition, he gave thanks, and passed it to each of his disciples, saying,

“Take and eat.  This is my body given for you.  Do this in remembrance of me.”

And in the same way He took the cup after they had eaten, saying,

“This cup which is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood.”  Luke 22:20

Passover Perspectives Exodus 12: The Keeping of the Lamb

With prayers that the LORD will specially bless your Memorial meditations, inspired by the depths of love of the Father and the Son that we can barely fathom,

Sister Joy

#337 Passover Perspectives  Exodus 12:  The Keeping of the Lamb

Keeping the lamb  Exodus 12:6  “and ye shall keep it (from the tenth day of this month–verse 3) until the fourteenth day of the same month; and the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill it at dusk.”

The Lamb of God was “kept” safe (#4931 to watch or guard as in the act of custody, safe) within the nation of Israel until the ordained time for his death. The Priests could not arrest Jesus in public because they feared the reaction of the people.  Mark 12:12  They cried “Hosanna” on the tenth day.  But they cried “crucify him” on the fourteenth day, incited by the Priests.  John 19:6, Luke 23:13, 18, 23

What a blessing to realize that the timing and provision in our Savior’s life belongs to us also.

We see this same power of protection in the anonymity of the Upper Room location.


The disciples came to Jesus with a sense of urgency and excitement.  Peter spoke for the collective group’s question.  Luke 22:7-8;  Mt 26.17; Mk 14.12

“Where do you want us to go to make preparations for you to eat the Passover?”

Judas inched his way closer into the circle of men who stood before Jesus and listened carefully to his response.  Jesus paused and looked at the two disciples closest to him, securing their undivided attention.  “Peter and John—you will go and make preparations for us to eat the Passover.”  Luke 22.8

“As you enter the city, you will meet a man carrying a jar of water.  Follow him to the house that he enters.”  Jesus instructed the two how to address the man they would meet, and how to request the use of the room they would be led to as the place to prepare.

Judas sighed, disappointed that the place of Passover remained a mystery as yet unusable to his nefarious scheme.  Jesus had purposely kept the place of his last Passover a sacred secret, and thus had protected his last evening hours with his beloved disciples from the crude and premature intrusion of the powers of darkness.

 


 

Jesus knows how to protect his fellowship with his followers.  The events and words of that Passover night including John 13-17 are the accounts that we have because of his efforts.

Do we protect our fellowship with him?  Mark 6:41;

In his foresight, he has provided an upper room, furnished and ready, in order that we may commune with him and receive the strength and encouragement we need to face the dark days ahead.

Are we ready to give him our upper room, our best room, furnished and prepared for his use? 2 Tim 2:21

He knows our heart and he is ready to use our best for his service.

Passover Perspectives Exodus 12: A Collective Celebration

#336  Passover Perspectives  Exodus 12:  A collective celebration

 Joy Thompson

A lamb for his family  Exodus 12:3  “…on the tenth day of this month each man is to take a lamb for his family, one for each household.”   We are celebrating the sacrifice of Christ individually in our personal heart appreciation as well as collectively as part of the body and family of Christ.  Each class is a household.  Just as families make up the strength of a nation, so our classes make up the strength of our collective worldwide influence.  Even if our celebration is literally alone, we celebrate with the collective body of Christ in our hearts.

The Memorial of the death of Christ is not to be celebrated alone.  The fullest blessing comes when we partake in heart-fellowship and in sympathy with the needs of our spiritual family.  1 Corinthians 1:29, 33-34  We share the life and death need for our Savior.

Collective praise and thanksgiving is a wonderful way to make the power and deliverance of God the most real to us.  “O magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt His name together.”  Psalm 34:3   Collective efforts and appreciation also cause an overflow of worship and praise for God and Christ.  “For your giving does not end in meeting the wants of your fellow-Christians.  It also results in an over-flowing tide of thanksgiving to God.”  2 Corinthians 9:13

If the household be too little for a lamb   Exodus 12:4  “If any household is too small for a whole lamb, they must share one with their nearest neighbors, having taken into account the number of people there are.  You are to determine the amount of lamb needed in accordance with what each person will eat.”  The literal definition of family was to be overridden by the larger definition of neighbor for the sake of the most respectful and fullest use of the lamb.  In some cases neighbor became part of family.

Out of respect for our Savior and his sacrifice we need to go beyond the “family,” or those we know best, and include others we may not feel close to as “family.”  Even in our own Bible class or church, personality, doctrinal difference and difference of opinion can draw lines that leave out those not closest to our view and approach.

“Now may the God who gives perseverance and encouragement grant you to be of the same mind with one another according to Christ Jesus:  that with one accord you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.  Wherefore, accept one another, just as Christ also accepted us to the glory of God.”  Romans 15:5-7

Please accept any dramatic renditions as attempts to make the last experiences of Jesus more of a reality

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They reclined in their places by the table.  The aroma of roasted lamb and the thought of bread and bitter herbs restored the irritable mood of the disciples who had just finished a scramble to be the greatest.  They anticipated partaking of sustenance that would satisfy their hunger and energize their minds with the remembrance of the mighty delivering power of their God.

Jesus spoke as the ‘Head of a Company’ because there were over ten people present, and therefore he was considered the one who offered of the Paschal Lamb, and had the responsibility of being the server for the evening.  (Edersheim 813)  He shared with them his own great need to both strengthen and be strengthened through the observance of this feast.  He longed deeply to share this feast with them, his true family, with those who sought to do the will of His Father.  Matthew 12:46-50

He knew he was the Lamb of God chosen to take away the sin of the world.  He knew well the harsh reality of what being that Lamb meant, especially in the hours that lay before him.  The finished picture of deliverance illustrated in this Passover brought him strength and vision to go forward.  Part of the joy that was set before him was the truth of the complete deliverance of the church of the firstborn and finally the deliverance of all the families of the earth.  Partaking of this feast with this small band of followers gave him joy and foreshadowed his complete joy.

“With desire I desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer.  For I say to you, that I will not eat of it until it be fulfilled in the kingdom of God.”  Luke 22:15-16

The Beginning of Months – A New Beginning

Passover Perspectives  Exodus 12:  A New Beginning

Joy Thomson

The Beginning of months   Exodus 12:2  “This month shall be unto you the beginning of months; it shall be the first month of the year to you.”

“Israel is now given a new Calendar thus making the break with Egypt complete.”  (Soncino)  The fulfillment of the Passover marks the time when our true life begins and when the hope of deliverance for all the world is born.

Reset your calendar.

Reset your perspective.

Realize this new beginning!

Do not think of time of life in the same way as the world.

Bondage is a memory.

Put the past in the past.

The hour of freedom and deliverance is the greater reality.

Freedom and redemption becomes our beginning and our priority.

 

“For the love of Christ controls us,

having concluded this, that one died for all, therefore all died;

And he died for all, that they who live should no longer live for themselves,

but for him who died and rose again on their behalf.

Therefore from now on we recognize no man according to the flesh;

even though we have known Christ according to the flesh,

yet now we know him thus no longer.

Therefore if any man is in Christ, he is a new creature;

the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.”

2 Corinthians 5:14-17

Inspirational Poems

With God

With every struggle,

 There comes Peace.

With every triumph,

 There comes Victory.

With every tear,

 There comes Comfort.

With every prayer,

 There comes an Answer,

 With God,

All things are possible.

Fellowship of the Brethren


Oh what sweet fellowship,

When words of kindness are spoken,

From ones heart to another,

A heart whose life belongs to God,

A people in whom he shares a life,

A life hidden in the love of God.


Oh what beautiful fellowship,

When notes of praise are sung,

Forming a melody for the Lord above,

A melody which comes from the heart,

A heart whose love is for God,

A love that is hidden deep in God,

A love song sung only for God.

Oh what pure fellowship,

When God’s children meet together,

Faithfully they praise Him,

Loving they speak of Him,

Oh what sweet fellowship,

The fellowship of the brethren.
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Walk With Me


Walk with Me,
My child,
When you are weak,
For I am your strength,
Walk with Me,
My child,
When you are alone,
For I am your Father,
Walk with me,
My child,
When you know not where to go,
For I am the Way,
Walk with me,
My child,
When you need confidence,
For I am Your confidence,
Walk with Me,
My child,
When you are unsure,
For you can trust me,
Walk with Me,
My child,
When you are uncertain,
For I know your future,
Walk with me,
My child,
For I love you more than all.


His Faithfulness


His faithfulness is everlasting,

It reaches higher than the heavens,

His faithfulness is never ending,

It abides through all circumstances,

His faithfulness is all knowing,

It’s knowledge reaches far beyond time,

His faithfulness is all loving,

It’s new every morning,

Great is Thy Faithfulness!—

 


He Will Never Leave Us


We may not understand God’s reasoning for letting bad things happen,
but one thing we can always be positively sure of is that He will
never leave us! He is our comfort through the storm. No matter how bad
things get He is always there to protect us and give us His PERFECT
PEACE, so that through the storm we may feel His presence with us and
know he will never leave us!

“Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee:
because he trusteth in thee.” – Isaiah 26:3
His Beloved Bridegroom
Precious children of God,

Beautiful are their hearts,

For they are one with the Most High,

Not in flesh,

But in heart,

In love are they one,

For they are His chosen ones.

Hidden from the world are they,

God’s promises to keep,

Kept for a kingdom,

God’s mercy seat.

God will fulfil His plan for them,

Each and every one,

Selected from the world are they,

He calls them one by one.

Each and every faithful one,

Sees the face of God,

Press on,

To your mark,

Dear soldiers of the cross.

Running the race,

They don’t lose heart,

For the Father’s love is sure,

Called by name,

He calls them to His side,

For eternity’s end,

Adorned are they,

His beloved bridegroom.


Eagle’s Wings


Youths tire,

 Weary legs play,

Young men stumble,

Works long day.



Fear of flight,

Brings no end,

But hope in love,

Brings His children in.



In His love,

They abide,

Under His care,

They take refuge,

In His arms,

Comfort they find,

On eagles wings,

He renews their strength.

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 Burden Bearer



Father help us trust,

For many a weary foe,

Let us abide,

In Your loving arms,

So fine,

Bearden bearer draw nigh.



Father teach us love,

For many a struggle,

By the waters side,

Let us abide,

 Come nigh,

Bearden bearer be mine.



Father hear our cry,

For many burdens we bear,

Take our tears,

Let us see,

Burden bearer of our dreams.



Father help us know,

Your faithfulness is true,

Let us feel,

Joy to bestow,

Our burden bearer so true.


 

Essay on “I Tell You, Whatever You Ask in Prayer…”

Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” – Mark 11:24
 Hannah Kerber
      Sometimes when we pray we don’t always feel like the Lord hears us and sometimes we are left hanging for a long time without any known answers from God.  I know from personal experience that it is hard to believe that the Lord hears our cries to Him when we don’t see any answers.  In fact I think it is very easy to lose trust in God and to believe that He is actually there for us when we don’t see Him in our lives!  I hope that this report will help you to see more clearly that the Lord does answer our prayers even when we don’t feel like He is listening!
     Prayer is our way of communicating with our Lord! When we pray to God we are usually either thanking Him for something or asking Him for something!  Asking God for something isn’t wrong, in fact God wants us to ask Him for things! Philippians 4:6 says, “Don’t worry about anything; instead, and pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all He has done.” So you see God wants us to pray to Him!  When we ask Him for something He will give it to us! Matthew 7:7 says, “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.”   Now you may be thinking that this sounds great and all but what about the all those times when you pray over and over again for the same thing and nothing happens?  That is where having to have patience and the waiting process comes into play!  Don’t stop reading now… this is not a dead end, in fact this is just the beginning!!!!
    How long do I have to wait for the Lord to answer my prayer? The truth of the matter is that there aren’t any special set times of when your prayers will be answered.  It could take several days, months, or even years for a prayer to be answered!  The time is only known to God. I know what you must be thinking; there is no hope for me right? Wrong!  There is always hope for you!  Just because the time is unknown to us doesn’t mean that we don’t have hope for our prayers to be answered. God will answer your prayer when it is right for you!  God never answers our prayers without considering how it might affect our lives.  God is never late and He is never early!  If God hasn’t answered your prayers yet that most likely means it not the best time for you to get an answer.  You see, God knows what is best for us and He knows when the best times to act are.   If God doesn’t think that this is a good time for you to get an answer from Him then He won’t give it to you. Sometimes what we pray for and think we need isn’t always what we need at the time.  We really have to wait on God and believe in His timing!  Proverbs 3:5-6 says, “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths.” Proverbs is telling us here to trust in God with all our heats and to not lean on our own understanding but the His alone and that He will lead us in the right direction!  God created us and He knows what we need more than we do ourselves.  We must believe that God will answer our prayers when it is the right time and be content with what we have at the moment!  Matthew 21:22 says, “And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.”
      Let me summarize all I have said in the last paragraph.  We must wait and trust that the Lord will answer our prayers when the time is right!  We have no clue when our prayers will be answered. God is the only one who knows!  And we should believe that God knows what is best for us and wait on His timing for answers!!!!! Are you still with me on this? Good, I hope that you have had some time to think about what I have just said and I hope you have decided to trust in the Lords timing and to wait on Him! If you have than that’s great, you are on the right track but if you have haven’t yet than just hang in there, there is still a lot more to this than I have stated!
   You’re prayer has been answered and you feel very content!  You are glad that you waited on the Lord and that you had to wait for the Lord’s answer because you know now that the timing was perfect!!!!!  Is this you? If so than you have learned how waiting for the Lord to answer your prayers is always the best bet!  You are so happy that the Lord didn’t answer you right away and you are glad it took a while! That is what it feels like to have your prayers answered on God’s time! God’s time is not like people time! When we are on people time life gets so complicated because we are always changing our minds and changing how we feel about things! God’s time is different!  God knows how we are really feeling and He knows just what we need and when! We never need to second guess God’s timing like we do our own! How lucky are we to have a God who cares and knows so much about us that we would gladly trust Him to handle all our troubles and our desires! You see when we wait for God and have patience we can never go wrong there! Isaiah 40:31 says, “But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.” When I was little I wanted a friend so badly and I prayed to God about it.  We had moved to new house and I felt very lonely!  After waiting a while the Lord answered my prayer and a girl my age moved into the house right next to us!  She and I soon became best friends and we were for about 5 years!!!!!! The Lord answered my prayer for a friend when I was only 5 years old! Not only did he give me a friend my age but he gave me a best friend!  The Lord was good to me and I am very thankful that I had her for my childhood best friend!!!!  That was not the only time the Lord answered my prayers for a friend.  The Lord has given me a lot of different kinds of friends and I am thankful for all of them!
      Here are some true stories about people, from the Bible and from misc. sources on the internet, who have had their prayers answered by God! This is a short story I read on the internet about a foster mom who had her prayer answered in a store!  The foster mom prayed that her funds would be raised and her prayer was answered when a man, who was mysterious, went up to her in a store, after she prayed, and handed her a lot of money. The money would help her with her funds!  Here is another story I found on the internet about a couple who were trying to sell their house. The other homes that were in their neighborhood had been on the market for 6 months or more. They really needed to sell their house and they prayed to God about it.  They asked the Lord if He could send them a buyer for their home in a timely fashion!  They also asked the Lord to not allow their home to be occupied by people who were ungodly! Within three months their prayers were answered and they had two offers for their home.  The people who ended up buying their home were Christians!  Here is a small passage from the Bible where it shows the Lord answering the people’s prayers on behalf of Peter the apostle, “The night before Herod was to bring him to trial, Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains, and sentries stood guard at the entrance.  Suddenly an angel of the Lord appeared and a light shone in the cell. He struck Peter on the side and woke him up. “Quick, get up!” he said, and the chains fell off Peter’s wrists. Then the angel said to him, “Put on your clothes and sandals.” And Peter did so. “Wrap your cloak around you and follow me,” the angel told him. Peter followed him out of the prison, but he had no idea that what the angel was doing was really happening; he thought he was seeing a vision.  They passed the first and second guards and came to the iron gate leading to the city. It opened for them by itself, and they went through it. When they had walked the length of one street, suddenly the angel left him. Then Peter came to himself and said, “Now I know without a doubt that the Lord has sent his angel and rescued me from Herod’s clutches and from everything the Jewish people were hoping would happen.” When this had dawned on him, he went to the house of Mary the mother of John, also called Mark, where many people had gathered and were praying. Peter knocked at the outer entrance, and a servant named Rhoda came to answer the door.  When she recognized Peter’s voice, she was so overjoyed she ran back without opening it and exclaimed, “Peter is at the door!” “You’re out of your mind,” they told her. When she kept insisting that it was so, they said, “It must be his angel.” But Peter kept on knocking, and when they opened the door and saw him, they were astonished.  Peter motioned with his hand for them to be quiet and described how the Lord had brought him out of prison. “Tell James and the other brothers and sisters about this,” he said, and then he left for another place.”  Another example from the Bible is Elijah’s prayer to God when the people are worshiping Bail instead of God. It is in 1 Kings 18:37-39 and it says, “Answer me, Lord, answer me, so these people will know that you, Lord, are God, and that you are turning their hearts back again.” Then the fire of the Lord fell and burned up the sacrifice, the wood, the stones and the soil, and also licked up the water in the trench. When all the people saw this, they fell prostrate and cried, “The Lord—He is God! The Lord—He is God!”
       I have mentioned a lot in the last few paragraphs about the greatness of receiving an answer to our prayers from God and I hope that it has helped you to see how God always works things out in the end! Okay that’s sounds great but what about me, you may be wondering,  I have been waiting and praying about the same thing for a long time now and there still isn’t an answer, this is ridiculous, how much longer do I have to wait to receive a simple answer?  I hear you reader, loud and clear, it’s like I said before it can take months or even years for us to have a prayer answered! I know what you are going through, I am still in the waiting process myself for some unanswered prayers, God doesn’t always answer our prayers when we would expect Him too!  Keep on reading and I will try to explain in more detail!
     Let’s go back to the waiting process for a little while and let’s talk more in depth about the three key points to waiting for the Lord!  What are the three key points?  They are trust, patience, and faith!  Without these three points it is too hard for us to believe that the Lord will answer us!
   The first key point is trust!  We must trust that the Lord has heard our prayers and that He will answer us when the time is right! Having trust isn’t easy, let me tell you that much, we must realize that when we pray to God we are trusting Him for our own desires and longings! Without trust in the Lord our prayers don’t mean much. When we pray we are trusting that the Lord knows what is best and that He will answer us!  As we wait on the Lord we must keep our trust in Him!  Trusting not only in the Lord but also in His timing is the key factor here! His timing is very important and we must not forget it!  God has perfect timing and He knows when to answer our prayers! Eccl. 3:1 says, “To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven.”
     The second key point is patience!  We need patience when waiting on the Lord! Luke 8:15 says, “… As for that in the good soil, they are those who, hearing the word, hold it fast in an honest and good heart, and bear fruit with patience.” We must try to remember that God constantly shows us patience when dealing with our issues so we must remember to have patience and wait on Him!
     The third key point is faith! We must always have faith in the Lord and in His timing!  We must also remember to have faith that the Lord will answer our prayers!   Having faith is key! I think faith is the most important thing to have when it comes to prayer!  Faith is our foundation on which we base our prayer!  It takes real faith in the Lord for us to go to Him in prayer and it takes real faith for us to trust Him to give us an answer that is based on His knowledge alone! I am going to talk a lot about faith from now on because it is really important!
    Just how important is it really to have faith that the Lord will answer our prayers?  I for one fail miserably when it comes to having faith that God will answer me! If you are wondering about this and are failing in this category, you are not alone!!!! I fail when it comes to faith all of the time!  It is so hard to have faith when the Lord isn’t answering my prayers! I think we all fail in this area from time to time! And that is understandable, after all none of us are perfect, but we should always try the best we can to keep the faith!  If you are failing, with keeping your faith, then pray to God about it and ask Him to forgive and help you! If you have the right attitude and heart intensions the Lord will forgive you for your lack of faith and He will help you!
     Always remember to go to God, He is always there for you, and ask Him for His forgiveness for something you did or ask Him for His help with something! Don’t ever be afraid to go to God in prayer! If you did something wrong ask His forgiveness and He will forgive you! If you need help with something ask the Lord for help!  Don’t ever be afraid to ask the Lord for His help!  The Lord wants to help us!  He doesn’t want us to go through life alone! He wants us to include Him in our lives! Isaiah 41:10 says, “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” That verse in Isaiah is telling us that God will help us and that He will uphold us!  Do not fear, do not stress, and always have faith to go to God in prayer and know that He will answer you!!  
      Have you ever rejected the Lord’s answer to your prayer because it wasn’t what you wanted?  If this has happened to you than you are not alone! We all struggle with this!  It takes a huge amount of faith to accept an answer that God gives you to that you don’t want! How bought getting a blank answer from God? First of all what is a “blank answer?” A” blank answer”, as I like to call it, is when you receive an answer to your prayer without realizing it! Now it’s not really “blank” but it is because it is an answer that is blank to you!  You don’t see the answer when it comes to you!  It’s almost like an answer in disguise.  You don’t really know about it until after it has happened! You can think about it as like a realization!  Like you didn’t realize it was the answer to your prayer until after it happened! Now you may be wondering how this applies to faith!  Let me ask you this, why did you pray to God in the first place? Why did you go to Him? Why? Faith!!  You went to God based on your faith in Him! You had faith enough in Him to go to Him in prayer!  You had faith that He would give you an answer! It’s like I said before, to pray to God it takes faith! You see, it all comes back to faith! Faith is our foundation! Faith is the only way we can go to God in prayer! If we didn’t have faith in the Lord than why would we even bother to pray to Him? We wouldn’t because we would not really have faith that He is real! It is  because of faith we go to Him in prayer!