"ASKING FOR FORGIVENESS"

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"ASKING FOR FORGIVENESS"

DON'T SAY, "I WILL GET EVEN FOR THIS WRONG." WAIT FOR THE LORD TO HANDLE THE MATTER." PROV.20:22 "BUT WHEN YOU ARE PRAYING, FIRST FORGIVE ANYONE YOU ARE HOLDING A GRUDGE AGAINST, SO THAT YOUR FATHER IN HEAVEN WILL FORGIVE YOUR SINS,TOO MRK 11:25

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FORGIVENESS:

DON'T SAY, "I WILL GET EVEN FOR THIS WRONG." WAIT FOR THE LORD TO HANDLE THE MATTER." PROVERBS 20:22

BUT WHEN YOU ARE PRAYING, FIRST FORGIVE ANYONE YOU ARE HOLDING A GRUDGE AGAINST, SO THAT YOUR FATHER IN HEAVEN WILL FORGIVE YOUR SINS, TOO. JESUS, MARK 11:25

STOP JUDGING OTHERS, AND YOU WILL NOT BE JUDGED. STOP CRITICISZING OTHERS, OR IT WILL ALL COME BACK ON YOU. IT YOU FORGIVE OTHERS, YOU WILL BE FORGIVEN. JESUS, LUKE 6:37

BE KIND TO EACH OTHER, TENDERHEARTED, FORGIVING ONE ANOTHER, JUST AS GOD THROUGH CHRIST HAS FORGIVEN YOU. EPHESIANS 4:32

QUOTES:

IT IS FAR BETTER TO FORGIVE AND FORGET THAN TO HATE AND REMEMBER.

ALWAYS FORGIVE YOUR ENEMIES; NOTHING ANNOYS THEM QUITE SO MUCH.

"I CAN FORGIVE, BUT I CANNOT FORGET," IS ONLY ANOTHER WAY OF SAYING, "I WILL NOT FORGIVE."

~HENRY WARD BEECHER

WHEN A FRIEND MAKES A MISTAKE, DON'T RUB IT IN. RUB IT OUT.

HE WHO CANNOT FORGIVE BREAKS THE BRIDGE OVER WHICH HE HIMSELF MUST PASS.
~GEORGE HERBERT

IF HIS CONDITIONS ARE MET, GOD IS BOUND BY HIS WORD TO FORGIVE ANY MAN OR ANY WOMAN OF ANY SIN BECAUSE OF CHRIST.
~BILLY GRAHAM


ARTICLE:

Does God Answer Our Prayers?

What does it take for God to answer our prayer?


How to Pray: Prayers That Get Answered

Have you ever known someone who really trusts God? When I was an atheist, I had a good friend who prayed often. She would tell me every week about something she was trusting God to take care of. And every week I would see God do something unusual to answer her prayer. Do you know how difficult it is for an atheist to observe this week after week? After a while, "coincidence" begins to sound like a very weak argument.

So why would God answer my friend's prayers?

The biggest reason is that she had a relationship with God. She wanted to follow God. And she actually listened to what he said. In her mind, God had the right to direct her in life, and she welcomed him doing just that! When she prayed for things, it was a natural part of her relationship with God. She felt very comfortable coming to God with her needs, her concerns, and whatever issues were current in her life. Furthermore, she was convinced, from what she read in the Bible, that God wanted her to rely on him like that.

She pretty much exhibited what this statement from the Bible says, "This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us."1 "For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their prayer..."2

So, Why Doesn't God Answer Everyone's Prayers?
It may be because they don't have a relationship with God. They may know that God exists, and they might even worship God from time to time. But those who never seem to have their prayers answered probably don't have a relationship with him. Further, they have never received from God complete forgiveness for their sin. What does that have to do with it you ask? Here is an explanation. "Surely the arm of the Lord is not too short to save, nor his ear too dull to hear. But your iniquities have separated you from your God. Your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear."3

It's pretty natural to feel that separation from God. When people begin to ask God for something, what usually takes place? They begin with, "God, I really need your help with this problem..." And then there's a pause, followed by a restart... "I realize that I'm not a perfect person, that I actually have no right to ask you for this..." There's an awareness of personal sin and failure. And the person knows that it's not just them; that God is aware of it too. There's a feeling of, "Who am I kidding?" What they may not know is how they can receive God's forgiveness for all their sin. They might not know that they can come into a relationship with God so that God will hear them. This is the foundation for God answering your prayer.

How to Pray: The Foundation
You must first begin a relationship with God. Imagine some guy named Mike decides to ask the president of Princeton University (whom Mike doesn't even know) to co-sign a car loan for him. Mike would have zero chance of that happening. (We're assuming that the president of Princeton is not an idiot.) However, if that same president's daughter asked her dad to co-sign a car loan for her, it would be no problem. Relationship matters.

With God, when the person is actually a child of God, when the person belongs to God, he knows them and hears their prayers. Jesus said, "I am the good shepherd. I know my sheep and my sheep know me...my sheep listen to my voice. I know them and they follow me. I give them eternal life and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand."4

When it comes to God then, do you really know him and does he know you? Do you have a relationship with him that warrants God answering your prayers? Or is God pretty distant, pretty much just a concept in your life? If God is distant, or you're not sure that you know God, here is how you can begin a relationship with him right now: Getting Connected.

Will God Definitely Answer Your Prayer?
For those who do know him and rely on him, Jesus seems to be wildly generous in his offer: "If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you."5 To "remain" in him and have his words remain in them means they conduct their lives aware of him, relying on him, listening to what he says. Then they're able to ask him whatever they want. Here is another qualifier: "This is the confidence we have in approaching God: 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 what we asked of him."6 God answers our prayers according to his will (and according to his wisdom, his love for us, his holiness, etc.).

Where we trip up is assuming we know God's will, because a certain thing makes sense to us! We assume that there is only one right "answer" to a specific prayer, assuming certainly THAT would be God's will. And this is where it gets tough. We live within the limits of time and limits of knowledge. We have only limited information about a situation and the implications of future action on that situation. God's understanding is unlimited. How an event plays out in the course of life or history is only something he knows. And he may have purposes far beyond what we could even imagine. So, God is not going to do something simply because we determine that it must be his will.

What Does It Take? What is God Inclined to Do?
Pages and pages could be filled about God's intentions toward us. The entire Bible is a description of the kind of relationship God wants us to experience with him and the kind of life he wants to give us. Here are just a few examples:

"...the Lord longs to be gracious to you. He rises to show you compassion. For the Lord is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for [trust] him!"7 Did you catch that? Like someone rising out of his chair to come to your help, "He rises to show you compassion." "As for God, his way is perfect...He is a shield for all who take refuge in him."8 "The Lord delights in those who fear [reverence] him, who put their hope in his unfailing love."9

However, God's greatest display of his love and commitment to you is this: Jesus said, "Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends,"10 which is what Jesus did for us. And so, "If God is for us, who can ever be against us? Since God did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won't God, who gave us Christ, also give us everything else?"11

What about "Unanswered" Prayer?
Certainly people get sick, even die; financial problems are real, and all sorts of very difficult situations can come up. What then?

God tells us to give our concerns to him. Even as the situation remains dismal, "Cast all your anxiety on him, because he cares for you."12 The circumstances may look out of control, but they aren't. When the whole world seems to be falling apart, God can keep us together. This is when a person can be very grateful that they know God. "The Lord is near. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."13 God may provide solutions, resolutions to the problem WAY beyond what you imagined possible. Probably any Christian could list examples like this in their own lives. But if the circumstances do not improve, God can still give us his peace in the midst of it. Jesus said, "Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful."14

It is at this point (when circumstances are still tough) that God asks us to continue to trust him -- to "walk by faith, not by sight" the Bible says. But it's not blind faith. It is based on the very character of God. A car traveling on the Golden Gate Bridge is fully supported by the integrity of the bridge. It doesn't matter what the driver may be feeling, or thinking about, or discussing with someone in the passenger seat. What gets the car safely to the other side is the integrity of the bridge, which the driver was willing to trust.

In the same way, God asks us to trust his integrity, his character...his compassion, love, wisdom, righteousness on our behalf. He says, "I have loved you with an everlasting love, therefore I have continued my faithfulness to you."15 "Trust in him at all times, O people. Pour out your heart before him. God is a refuge for us."16

In Summary...How to Pray
God has offered to answer the prayers of his children (those who have received him into their lives and seek to follow him). He asks us to take any concerns to him in prayer and he will act upon it according to his will. As we deal with difficulties we are to cast our cares on him and receive from him a peace that defies the circumstances. The basis for our hope and faith is the character of God himself. The better we know him, the more apt we are to trust him.

For more on the character of God, please see "Who is God?" or other articles on this site. The reason for our prayers is God's character. The first prayer God answers is your prayer to begin a relationship with God.

(Article by Marilyn Adamson)
more articles found at: http://www.everystudent.com/wires/prayers.html?gclid=COXAva2C1J8CFYyV7Qodog9MdA

IN OUR WORDS...

LETS TAKE THIS TIME TO LEAVE OUR PETITIONS TO OUR FATHER! KEEP INTO ACCOUNT THAT FORGIVENESS IS A GIFT IN ITSELF, FOR THE BELIEVER IT MEANS PARDON!!!
COME LETS ASK FOR FORGIVENESS...IT DOESNT MATTER WHAT THE SITUATION!!....GOD WANTS TO HELP YOU!

GOD BLESS,

LOVIN, INC OUTREACH MINISTRIES 2010


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Comment by Ladyjd721 on December 1, 2013 at 5:33am

Forgive me my sins, O Lord; forgive me the sins of my youth and the sins of mine age, the sins of my soul and the sins of my body, my secret and my whispering sins, the sins I have done to please myself and the sins I have done to please others. Forgive those sins which I know, and the sins which I know not; forgive them, O Lord, forgive them all of Thy great goodness. Amen

Comment by Sister Sonya on July 26, 2012 at 3:20pm

Lord, I Stand in Awe of You!!! Great Is Your Loving Kindness Towards Us!!! Great Is Your Mercy I Forever See!!! Great Is Your Mighty Works I See Day after Day!!! Lord You Are More Precious than Diamonds!! Lord, You Are More Costly than Gold!!! Lord, Nothing That I Desire Compares to You!! Lord You Are My Rock, My Redeemer, King of Kings, Ruler over Everything...Lord You Are Holy, Lord You Are Mighty, Lord We Love You, We Adore You, We Lift Yo up in the Tabernacle, the Streets, Our Jobs, the Church, Lord Wherever We Go Lord Your Name Will Be Praised!! Lord We Put Our Faith and Trust Only in You. Lord its You That We Seek to Serve and Offer Our Lives Too...Let All the Saints of the Lord Worship the Lord in the Beauty of Holiness and Serve the Lord with Gladness!!! We Love You Lord from the Depths of Our Hearts, We Shall Glorify Your Name and Tell of Your Goodness Always!!!

Comment by Ladyjd721 on April 30, 2012 at 8:48pm

The Psalms
25

A Prayer for Guidance, Pardon and Protection
A Psalm of David.

1 Unto thee, O LORD, do I lift up my soul.
2 O my God, I trust in thee:

let me not be ashamed,
let not mine enemies triumph over me.
3 Yea, let none that wait on thee be ashamed:

let them be ashamed which transgress without cause.
4 Show me thy ways, O LORD;

teach me thy paths.
5 Lead me in thy truth, and teach me:

for thou art the God of my salvation;
on thee do I wait all the day.
6 Remember, O LORD, thy tender mercies and thy loving-kindnesses;

for they have been ever of old.
7 Remember not the sins of my youth, nor my transgressions:

according to thy mercy remember thou me
for thy goodness' sake, O LORD.
8 Good and upright is the LORD:

therefore will he teach sinners in the way.
9 The meek will he guide in judgment:

and the meek will he teach his way.
10 All the paths of the LORD are mercy and truth

unto such as keep his covenant and his testimonies.
11 For thy name's sake, O LORD,

pardon mine iniquity; for it is great.
12 What man is he that feareth the LORD?

Him shall he teach in the way that he shall choose.
13 His soul shall dwell at ease;

and his seed shall inherit the earth.
14 The secret of the LORD is with them that fear him;

and he will show them his covenant.
15 Mine eyes are ever toward the LORD;

for he shall pluck my feet out of the net.
16 Turn thee unto me, and have mercy upon me;

for I am desolate and afflicted.
17 The troubles of my heart are enlarged:

O bring thou me out of my distresses.
18 Look upon mine affliction and my pain;

and forgive all my sins.
19 Consider mine enemies; for they are many;

and they hate me with cruel hatred.
20 O keep my soul, and deliver me:

let me not be ashamed; for I put my trust in thee.
21 Let integrity and uprightness preserve me;

for I wait on thee.
22 Redeem Israel, O God,

out of all his troubles.

Comment by Sister Sonya on February 22, 2012 at 8:32am

My Lord, My God, she needs you...
Her spirit is weak and scarred..
Her strength is depleted...
Her tears are continuous...
Her mind is bewildered...
Her thoughts are silent...
Her heart beats to drum of exhaustion...
My God, MY praise and prayers to you is HERS too.
She wants to give up on her life....
The devil has shown her a mansion filled with death and torment....
My God, I stand for her, because her will is infirm. Her soul is fragile right now.....
Oh my God, I ask you to SAVE HER, DELIVER HER from the grips of death... Speak your grace, mercy and love into her lungs, into her spirit, into her soul....
Give her will your will....
Give her your breath, so she can live again...... SAVE HER, MY GOD, SAVE HER....... Thank you my lord and savior... Thank you!!!!!!. Be Encouraged.....

Comment by Sister Scott on February 18, 2012 at 2:07pm
Learn not to complain about anything because complaining does not make the situation better, it only makes you feel worst. Pray about it, then.. Forget about it!! Amen. ~Peace and Blessings~
Comment by Sister Sonya on February 15, 2012 at 9:03am

I'm feeling a heavy weight and intense sorrow for lost souls this morning. I'm asking you to pray. Pray for souls to saved, pray for those who are in a backslidden state, pray for people to be filled with the Holy Spirit, pray for those who are struggling, pray for those who need deliverance, pray for those who are broken and wounded, pray for those who are in bondage to drugs, pray for those in homosexual lifestyles, pray for those whom have offended you, pray for those who are sick, pray for those who are at the threshold of death right now, pray for regeneration, pray for realignment, pray for restoration, pray for an awakening to happen in this land, pray for your city, pray for your state, pray for this nation, pray for this world, pray for the righteousness of God to be revealed, pray for true repentance to happen in the hearts of man, pray, pray pray! I know some of you need, want prayer, but today join with me in reaching past "us" and praying for the needs of someone else. Lives are at stake for eternal damnation! Please....please...pray!

Pray for those who are homeless, pray for those hungry, pray for those who are alone and scared. I'm praying right now. I pray this message reaches the hearts of those who need it most. Thank You Jesus for Your loving grace and mercy. Thank You for dying on the cross for my sins. I ask that you use me to reach those who are lost. I ask these things in the name of My Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.

Comment by Sister Sonya on February 14, 2012 at 9:39am

<------ knows there is no testimony without a test... no victory without a battle... and no resurrection without a crucifixion.

Do not let your present day circumstances or hardships which are overwhelming let you ever forget that God has a purpose and plan for your life.

A new day has dawned! Time to put yesterday behind us and go forward with our lives! Don't look back and dwell on past mistakes but look forward to the future!

God, Today I pray You will revive, restore, replenish, revive, replenish, refill, reposition, realign, reconstruct, redirect, redeem,
rebuild, refresh, reconcile, relieve, renew, return, reveal, reawaken, restrain, reward, return, regenerate, rebuke regard us as we repent, rejoice and seek refuge in You! We are ever so grateful God, that you remember us. In Jesus name, Amen!

Comment by Sister Sonya on January 20, 2012 at 9:13am

Have a wonderful blessed day everybody! Declare LIFE! Decree God's promises concerning you! Activate your faith! Believe God! Trust Him! Speak into your atmosphere! Stand steadfast! Expect the unexpected! Walk in your authority! Move in compassion! Release your anointing! Preach the good news to the afflicted, bind up broken hearts, proclaim liberty to captives and set prisoners free! For the Spirit of the Lord is upon you and has anointed you to do so! In Jesus name, Amen!!! Amen!!! Amen!!!

Comment by Sister Sonya on December 22, 2011 at 9:41am
As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us. ~ Psalm 103:12

 

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