Contentment Is a Sign of Spiritual Maturity

“It is better to be satisfied with what you have than to be always wanting something else” (Ecclesiastes 6:9b GNT).

Instead of being regretful, we need to be grateful. Instead of complaining, we need to remember that everything is a gift from God.

The Bible says in 1 Corinthians 4:7-8, “Isn’t everything you have and everything you are sheer gifts from God? So what’s the point of all this comparing and competing? You already have all you need” (MSG).

Envy always asks, “Why them?” “Why does he have better health?” “Why does she have a job and a husband, and I have neither?”

Gratitude says, “Why me?” “Why do I get to drink clean water when so much of the world doesn’t?” “Why am I not under persecution? Why am I not thrown into prison for my faith?”

Envy is based on the myth that you must have more in order to be happier. It’s just not true. Happiness is a choice. If you’re not happy now, you’re not going to be happy with more. I could give many testimonies of people who have a lot more than you, and it doesn’t make them happier. You are as happy as you choose to be.

Ecclesiastes 6:9 says, “It is better to be satisfied with what you have than to be always wanting something else” (GNT). This is called contentment. All of us need to learn contentment.

Why? Because by nature you are not a contented person. None of us are! It is not natural to be contented. It is mature to be contented. Babies are discontented. Unless everything is going their way, they’re not satisfied. Maturity is learning to be content when things are not going your way. It’s better to be satisfied with what you have than to always want something more.

Let me clarify: Envy is not desire. Desire is good. Envy is not ambition. Ambition is good. You ought to be ambitious and work for good things in your life. Envy is not a dream. You ought to have a dream in your life. Envy is not setting goals. Dreams, ambitions, goals, and desires are all things that God puts in you.

Envy is resenting other people who have something already and thinking that you can’t be happy until you get it, too. Both of those are lies. Instead, learn to be grateful for who you are and what you have. Everything you have is a gift from God!

Talk it Over

  • What is something you can do today to practice gratitude?
  • When you’re tempted to resent someone because of what that person has or is, how can you turn it into gratitude? What should you say to that person?
  • Why do you think God makes happiness a choice?

Love Celebrates God’s Goodness to Others

“Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep” (Romans 12:15 ESV).

The Bible tells us to “rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep” (Romans 12:15 ESV). Have you noticed that the second part of that sentence is easy, but the first part can be really tough?

When somebody’s having a tough time, it’s easy to be sympathetic. It’s easy to encourage people when they’re down. But sometimes what we can’t stand is when they get a promotion. We’re not very good at handling the success of other people. Rather than rejoicing in it, we resent it. In fact, we wish bad things would happen to people, because somehow we think that if we can blow out somebody else’s candle, ours will shine brighter.

There’s plenty of God’s grace to go around. If God wants to pay other people the same amount, so what? I shouldn’t even worry about what he wants to give other people. I should worry about what I’m doing with what I’ve been given.

Let me explain something about envy to you. Envy happens close to you. It happens in your relationship to your peers. You don’t typically envy people who aren’t your peers. You can have some kind of idol worship that says, “I wish I were like that superstar.” But really it’s not as grating as the people closest to you. Those are the people you have the hardest time seeing success in — your family and friends.

Envy is insidious. It devalues others, it destroys relationships, and it makes you miserable. It’s hidden, but it’s destructive. And it causes you to miss out on so much joy.

You’ve wanted to be married, but you’re not married. Or you were married and it fell apart. Now you hate weddings. When you get a wedding invitation, you start resenting. You don’t like weddings, because you think that when someone else’s candle is shining, it will put yours out. You’re wrong.

You’ll enjoy life a whole lot more if you will learn to be happy over the successes of other people. If you’re only happy when things go well for you, you’re going to be miserable most of your life, because things won’t always go well for you or anybody else. But if you learn to be happy at other people’s successes and enjoy other people’s celebrations, you can be happy all the time.

The Bible says in 1 Corinthians 13:4, “Love does not envy.” Envy is the most unloving thing you can do to somebody else. Love is not envious.

Love celebrates God’s goodness to others.

Talk It Over

  • Who are the people you call when you want to celebrate something good in your life? Are you that kind of friend to other people?
  • How have you seen envy destroy a relationship?
  • In what ways does envy tend to creep into our hearts? What can you do to keep it from getting a grip on your heart?

Four Steps to Fortify Your Faith

Spend your time and energy in the exercise of keeping spiritually fit” (1 Timothy 4:7b TLB).

If you want God to use you, you have to fortify your faith.

The Bible says in 1 Timothy 4:7, “Spend your time and energy in the exercise of keeping spiritually fit” (TLB).

How many of you wake up in the morning thinking, “I get to exercise today!” I certainly don’t. But I do know that we all need both physical and spiritual exercise. And I know this about exercise: I want the most benefit I can get out of every minute I exercise, whether it’s physical or spiritual. Let me help you do that by giving you four spiritual habits that will fortify your faith.

  1. Study the Bible. We need to study the Bible personally, because we can’t depend on somebody else’s study to fortify our faith. We have to do it on our own. The Bible says,“All scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16-17 NLT, second edition). God’s Word is the “Get Ready” manual for life. If you want to get ready to be used by God, you’ve got to study God’s Word.
  2. Read Christian books. Proverbs 19:8 says, “Do yourself a favor and learn all you can” (TEV). You learn a lot more when you read books that help you grow spiritually.
  3. Write out your testimony. The Bible says in 1 Peter 3:15, “Always be ready to answer everyone who asks you to explain about the hope you have” (NCV). Just like nobody else can study for you, nobody else can tell your story. There are four parts to a testimony: what your life was like before you came to Christ, how you realized you needed Christ in your life, how you committed your life to Christ, and what your life is like now.
  4. Join a small group. The Bible says, “Encourage each other and build each other up”(1 Thessalonians 5:11a NLT, second edition). I don’t know of much that will fortify your faith like regular contact with your small group. If you are not in a small group, you need to find the people that you can share your life with and who will support you as you grow in faith.

These four habits will help you stay spiritually fit so that you are ready for God to use you. Which one do you need to work on today?

Talk It Over

  • Why do you think it helps to actually write your testimony down?
  • What are some ways your small group can help you grow in faith and you can help them?
  • Reading Christian books may not seem like a fun task. Think of some ways you can make it more engaging and interesting, like reading the same book with a group of friends and meeting together for coffee and to discuss the book.

Four Ways Envy Damages Your Life

“Where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there is disorder (unrest, rebellion) and every evil thing” (James 3:16a AMP).

The number one thing that holds you back from God’s purpose and mission for your life is a very subtle sin. It’s not lust or pride or anger. It’s not worry or fear or discouragement. In fact, you would probably never even think of it because it is so insidious we don’t realize its damaging effect on our lives.

It’s envy.

When you envy other people, you are so fixated on what you don’t have and what you are not that you totally miss God’s plan for you.

You need to understand the four ways envy damages your life so that you can eliminate it from your life.

  1. Envy denies your uniqueness. Psalm 139:13-16 says, “You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb …. Your workmanship is marvelous …. You watched me as I was … woven together in the dark of the womb. You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed” (NLT, second edition). Envy blinds you to your own giftedness and uniqueness. But God didn’t make you to be like somebody else. God made you to be you.
  2. Envy divides your attention. You cannot follow God’s purpose and focus on other people at the same time. You get a divided allegiance, and then you don’t get anything done in your life. Jesus says in Matthew 6:24, “No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and be enslaved to money.”
  3. Envy wastes your time and energy. Ecclesiastes 4:4-8 says, “I have also learned why people work so hard to succeed: it is because they envy the things their neighbors have. But it is useless. It is like chasing the wind …. Here is someone who lives alone. He has no son, no brother, yet he is always working, never satisfied with the wealth he has. For whom is he working so hard …? This is useless, too — and a miserable way to live” (GNT).
  4. Envy leads to every other sin. Envy can destroy everything and everyone around you. The Bible says, “Where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there is disorder (unrest, rebellion) and every evil thing” (James 3:16a AMP). At the heart of the problem is a problem of the heart. Envy is a heart problem. Any time you envy you have gotten your worship misguided, because envy is a form of worship. It says, “I desire that. I want that. I love that. I want to live for that.” That’s called worship. And any time that item is not God, it becomes an idol. If you’re going to eliminate envy, you have to ask, “What am I worshiping? Am I worshiping God and his grace in my life? Or am I worshiping what I want from other people?”

Talk It Over

  • In what small ways have you let envy creep into your heart? What have been the larger effects?
  • What can you acknowledge about yourself that will help you stop envy from blinding you to your giftedness?
  • How does your view of envy change when you consider that it is a form of idol worship?

To Become Wise, Spend Time with Wise People

“Spend time with the wise and you will become wise, but the friends of fools will suffer” (Proverbs 13:20 NCV).

Have you ever heard the old phrase, “If you want to soar with the eagles, you can’t run with the turkeys”?

If you’re going to be wise, you’ve got to get some wise people in your life.

You don’t need a lot of friends in life. You don’t need to be popular. You just need a few good friends who build you up, not tear you down, who are wise, not fools. If you hang around with fools, that’s what you become.

We always grow in community. You cannot grow to spiritual maturity by yourself. You could become a monk and move to the top of a mountain and spend your life in silence and reading books. You would grow in knowledge, but you wouldn’t grow in wisdom.

Why? Because wisdom is all about love. Wisdom shows up primarily in relationships. That’s why a lot of people have educational degrees, but their marriages are falling apart. They’re educated, but they’re not wise.

The Bible says in Proverbs 13:20, “Spend time with the wise and you will become wise, but the friends of fools will suffer” (NCV).

If I stand on the edge of a stage, and I’m trying to pull you up while you’re trying to pull me down, which is easier to do? It’s always easier for somebody to pull you down than pull you up. People who pull you down are not your friends. Friends pull you up. Friends encourage you in your pursuit of godly wisdom by offering their own.

Do you have anybody in your life who is giving input for good on a regular basis? You need that kind of encouragement in your life if you want to be a wise person.

Talk It Over

  • Who are the people who are closest to you?
  • How are those people encouraging you in spiritual growth and wisdom? Or, how are they distracting you from learning to live wisely?
  • Is it more important to you to have a lot of friends or a few, deep relationships? Why do you think this is so?

You Don’t Have to Be Perfect, Just Pure, to Be Used By God

“If you keep yourself pure, you will be a special utensil for honorable use. Your life will be clean, and you will be ready for the Master to use you for every good work” (2 Timothy 2:21 NLT, second edition).

If you want to be used by God, you need to purify your heart.

You don’t have to be a perfect person, but you do have to have a pure heart. The Bible says in 2 Timothy 2:21, “If you keep yourself pure, you will be a special utensil for honorable use. Your life will be clean, and you will be ready for the Master to use you for every good work” (NLT, second edition).

God uses all kinds of people. He uses shy people. He uses outgoing people. He uses all different races, ages, stages of life, and backgrounds. He uses men and women. God will use plain vessels, and he’ll use ornate vessels. He’ll use big vessels and small vessels. But there is one thing that God will not use: He will not use a dirty vessel. You have to be clean on the inside.

How do you do that? How do you purify yourself? You do it through a simple word: confession. Augustine said, “The confession of bad works is the beginning of good works.” The Bible says in 1 John 1:9, “If we confess our sins to God, he will keep his promise and do what is right: he will forgive us our sins and purify us from all our wrongdoing” (TEV).

The word “confess” in Greek is the word homologeo. Homo means “same,” and logeomeans “to speak.” So homologeo literally means “to speak the same about my sin that God does.” It means you agree with him: “God, you’re right. It wasn’t a faux pas. It wasn’t a mistake. It was a sin. It was wrong.” It doesn’t mean you bargain with God (“I’ll never do it again”). It doesn’t mean you bribe God (“I promise to read my Bible every day if you’ll forgive me”).

You just admit it.

That may seem too simple to you. You may say, “All I’ve got to do is admit it, and God will forgive me?” Yes! It’s called grace!

Here’s what I’d suggest you do if you really want to be used by God: Take time this week to sit down with a pad of paper, and say, “God, what’s wrong in my life? Show me. I’m going to write it down, and I’m going to admit it. I’m going to confess it to you.” Then, when God gives you an idea, you write it down.

The first time I did this, I thought I was going to write a book! And I’ve done this many times since. Make a list, and then write 1 John 1:9 over it and say, “God, I admit these to you. These are wrong. I don’t want them in my life.” Ask God to cleanse your life. God will forgive you!

This is the starting point to being used by God. You must purify your heart.

Talk It Over

  • What will you need to change about your schedule so that you can take time each day this week to write down your confession?
  • You may not be able to write down your confession to God every day of your life, but what healthy patterns will doing this help you establish?
  • What is the difference between a mistake and a sin?

Abolishing Death: The Ultimate Triumph

Turn in the your Bibles to 1 Corinthians chapter 15, as we look at our lesson for this morning from the Word of God. When you have arrived at that point, just hold your thumb in that area or something to mark verse 54, where we shall consider our text in a few moments. There is a preacher of the old school, but he speaks about as boldly as ever today. He’s not very popular, even though the world is his parish, and he travels to every part of the globe, and he speaks in every language. He visits the poor. He visits the rich. He preaches to people of every religion, and he preaches to many of no religion. And the subject of his sermon is always the same. It never changes. He is an eloquent preacher, and he is able to stir emotions in hearts that are not emotional. He is able to bring tears to eyes that seldom weep. His arguments are beyond refutation. There is no heart that remains untouched and unmoved by the force of his appeals. This preacher shatters life. This preacher disturbs the status quo. Most people hate him. Everybody listens to him. His name is death. Every tombstone is his pulpit. Every newspaper prints his text. And one day you will be the subject of his sermon, and he will stand at your graveside and preach to others…

With this in mind, Thomas Gray said, “The boast of heraldry, the pomp of power, and all that beauty, all that wealth ere gave, await alike the inevitable hour, the paths of glory lead but to the grave.” With every living soul that comes into this world, there is a built-in little time fuse, and we all have one. And when we’re born, it’s lit, and it begins to burn. And some burn fast and some burn slow, but all burn. And every birth signals the beginning of a countdown, and every countdown zeroes on an exit. And some countdowns are long and some are short…

And so life is just the process of dying. And yet men shrug off their indifference, and they yawn in God’s face while their fuse burns and their countdown continues. And to many men, life may seem like a dead end street. And at the end of that dead end street is the inevitable pine box, and that’s about all they have to look forward to…The day when the fuse burns out, the day when the hearse arrives and somebody has reached zero hour. And then what? What after that? I mean is there a hope? Is there an escape from doom? Is there something that has power over death, or does death grab us and hold us?

One night, many years ago, and you all remember it very well, in the Atlantic, there was a very serious, grim countdown. The countdown began for some people who were on a ship called the Titanic, and a huge question mark still hangs over the spot where the Titanic sank. Many people met their countdown then. Life zeroes in on an exit…And I’ve often looked at the story of the Titanic and asked myself, “Was that the sinking of the world in metaphor?”…Because many people reached their zero hour that night, reached their dead end voluntarily, refusing with scorn the lifeboats that left the ship half filled, thinking that ship couldn’t sink. Soon their scorn turned to terror…

Is the earth nothing but a larger Titanic with people scorning the way of escape and someday finding their scorn turned into terror? Are men today submitting to a dead end voluntarily? Each of us has a fixed rendezvous with death. It’s lonely. We’re the only one there. And today was borrowed time, and tomorrow is borrowed time, and time is always borrowed…And the countdown goes on, and maybe the countdown to you is almost audible…

Is there an escape? Is there a freedom? Is death the final disaster? Has anyone conquered death? Is there any way to go into death and come out the other side? Is there any possibility of beating it?…Has anyone ever shown power over death? And if they have, have they made it possible for me to have victory?

The answer to that question lies in the resurrection of Jesus Christ…You see, somebody did have power over death. In Revelation 1:18, Jesus Christ said this. Listen and don’t ever forget it. He said, “I am He that was dead and am alive forever more.” Somebody has beaten death. Somebody has gone into the grave and out the other side. And that brings me to my second question. Has He made a way for me to do it? And the answer is yes. Jesus said in John 14:19, “Because I live…what?…ye shall live also.” That answers my question. Somebody beat death, and that somebody made it possible for me to beat it, and to escape into an eternal, glorious life with Him.

Jesus Christ turned death, the ultimate tragedy, into the ultimate triumph. And for anyone who knows and loves Jesus Christ and accepts His death and resurrection, for themselves, that same triumph belongs to them. I fear no death. Death, for me, will be an escape into the presence of Jesus Christ, the greatest possible joy I could imagine in the universe…because Christ made the way. He was the first fruits, and I’m following, and so are all those who love Him…

This is the thought that Paul expands in 1 Corinthians 15:54 to 58. In this passage, Paul changes character. See, Paul is the epitome of logic. Everything comes cranking out of Paul’s brain in just exactly the right fashion. And it all fits together and slots together like a well-oiled machine. He’s very logical, very prosaic, and very defined. And all of a sudden, Paul blows his whole cool right here. And he stops his logical process, and his soul explodes all over this page. And what is normally logic breaks into rhetoric. And what is normally prose breaks into poetry…and all you see here is Paul, the emotional…and he begins to cry out of the victory that he has over death.

Now, for the first 53 verses of this chapter, long chapter, for the first 53 verses, he has been majoring on the resurrection. He has been majoring on the resurrection from the dead from two standpoints. First Christ’s and then ours. Now, notice Christ’s resurrection and what he says in verse 3 of chapter 15. “For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures.” Paul says, “Christ rose.” Now, he’s been talking about the resurrection of Christ in this chapter. You can jump over to verse…20, verse 20, and he’s still talking about Christ’s resurrection. “But now is Christ risen from the dead.” And so he’s been majoring on the resurrection of Christ. All through this chapter, he’s concerned with the resurrection of Christ.

But he is also concerned with the resurrection of those who are Christ’s. Those who know and love Christ. And that comes to fore in verse 23. “But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterwards they that are Christ’s at His coming.” And so he’s been talking about the resurrection of those of us who belong to Christ. And it’s gonna be some resurrection. Look at verse 42. “So also is the resurrection of the dead…watch all the changes that take place…it is sown in corruption; raised in incorruption.” This is the transfer between death and life. “Sown, we die in dishonor; we raise in glory. We die in weakness; we raise in power. We die a natural body; we raise a spiritual body.” An so the resurrection of Christ and the resurrection of the one who is in Christ and belongs to Christ are Paul’s themes in this chapter.

Now, having shown us that Christ’s resurrection secures ours, and death is a final triumph, not a final disaster, having shown us that, we come to verses 54 and through verse 58. At the end of the chapter, he stops his logical process and just lets out with a…with a paean of praise that perhaps has few equals in the Bible. Praising God for this resurrection, both of Christ and of us who are Christ’s. And I want you see four aspects of Paul’s praise. The great transformation, the great triumph, the great thanksgiving, and the great therefore. The great transformation, the great triumph, the great thanksgiving, and the great therefore. Four things, and we’ll understand this passage when we know these four things.

First of all, notice the great transformation that takes place in the life of a human being who knows Christ. Verse 54, “So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption…that’s quite a transformation…when this mortal shall have put on immortality…another fantastic truth of our transformation, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: ‘Death is swallowed up in victory.'” Paul says, “There is coming a transformation.” We’re gonna be changed. Something’s gonna happen to redo us. You see, our earthly state is corrupt, mortal. We’re susceptible to disease. We’re susceptible to injury. We’re susceptible to death. Indeed, it’s inevitable. We are victims of our mortality. In fact, Paul, in another place, calls our bodies…listen to this…bodies of humiliation.

We are victims in this world of the process of decay. We are victims of deterioration. And you know it. And the older you get, the more stark it becomes. You discover all kinds of new deteriorating things…More wrinkles, gray hairs, the inability to do what you used to be able to do, all of this. And we make light of it, and we kid about it, and we say, “Life begins at 40,” and a lot of other lies like that…We are, and get it, we are in the process of dying…You see, we live a dying life. We just keep decaying until, finally, the final decay and we’re gone.

But Paul says, “That’s okay. Doesn’t matter, because there’s gonna be a transformation take place. You’re gonna become incorruptible. That is no more decay, no more dying. You’re gonna become immortal.” And, of course, Revelation 21 says, “When that happens, death shall be no more.” No more sorrow, no more pain, no more sickness, no more death. That’s a great transformation. God’s gonna take this corruptible me, this mortal me, and reverse it and make me something that I never was. Because I belong to Christ, because I am His, incorruption and immortality shall be mine.

I want you to look at two words in this verse. You know, when we study the Bible, we look at the big, long words and the big, significant names, and we think about those things as the important things. This verse is keyed on two little, tiny adverbs. When and then. Two keys to verse 54. Second word, when, and down in the middle, then. When and then give you the interpretation of this verse. You say, “How?” Well, I’m here to help you to see how.

Now, look at when. Now, “So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruptive…incorruption, and when…implied… this mortal shall have put on immortality…then shall be brought to pass the saying, ‘Death is swallowed up in victory.'” Now when? You know what that tells me? That tells me not yet. I’m waiting for something in the future. When I become incorruptible, I’m not yet, needless to say. When I become immortal. I’m not yet. When is very important. That tells me, now watch it, that tells me that my resurrection is a future event. Future event.

Now take Christ’s resurrection. It’s a past event, right? Happened 2,000 years ago. He rose from the dead. He came out of the grave. Did He have a different body when He came out of the grave? He sure did. He had the kind of a body that was very different. Not only did he have hands and legs and arms and all of the things that make up a human body and scars, nail prints in His hand, not only that, not only did He eat, He actually ate with His disciples. But beyond that, He walked through a wall. And if you know anything about science, you know how very simple that is. Because, after all, most things are total space anyway, aren’t they? With just a few molecules running around. All you have to do is rearrange the molecules in your body. Go right through. Nothing to it.

Christ had a different body. It was a body that had characteristics of human body, and yet it was a glorified body that could walk through a wall. And when it got ready to leave, it just left. And He ascended. That’s what a glorified body’s like. And Christ received His when He rose. And I will receive mine, and you will receive yours when…that’s the word, isn’t it? When you rise. See, it sounds good. When do I rise? Look at verse 51. “Behold, I show you a mystery: We shall not all sleep.” That is they’ll…some…there’ll be some peoples who will never die. In other words, those Christians that are alive when Christ returns for the church, they’re not gonna die. “But we shall be changed.” You say, “Someday I’m gonna be changed? What’s gonna happen?” Verse 52, “How long is it gonna take to change me?” “In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye…when?…at the last trumpet. For the trumpet shall sound and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.”

Do you know when I get my glorified body? You know when I have my resurrection? That is if I die, unless I’m still around when Christ comes. At the Rapture of the church, when Christ comes to catch away His church. And all those people that have died, their bodies are gonna be resurrected. Now, remember this, if you’re a believer and you would die today, you’re a Christian. Your spirit would go to be with Christ. Absent from the body, what? Present with the Lord. But your body goes into the grave. When Christ comes, your body comes out of the grave.

You say, “Wait a minute, if He doesn’t come pretty soon, I’m not gonna be any body to come outta that grave.” And you’re right. That’s no problem. You’re gonna get a new body. Not gonna do a thing with the old one. But when Jesus Christ comes for His church, all over this world, there are gonna be glorified bodies coming out of the grave. How are they gonna get out? No problem. Christ’s body went through a wall. Nothing to go through the lid of a coffin and a little dirt. Glorified bodies coming out of those graves to join the spirits that have been with Christ, and then we which are alive and remain should be caught up together with them to meet the Lord in the air. That’s resurrection day. That’s the real Easter for us.

When Jesus Christ comes back, we’re gonna go. You say, “What’s my body gonna be like? Is it gonna be different than the one I’ve got now?” Hopefully…Why, of course, it’s gonna be different. You say, “What will it be like?” I’ll tell you what it’ll be like. Now watch this…”Beloved,” John said, 1 John 3:3, “it doth not yet appear what we shall be…we don’t know yet, but watch this. Well, this is good…”We know that, when He shall appear…when He comes to get us…we shall be…what?… like Him; for we shall see Him as He is.”

You wanna know what your glorified body’s gonna be like? It’s gonna be just like the body of Jesus Christ when he came outta the grave…Fantastic thought. When you die as a believer, your spirit goes to be with Christ, but you await the day when Christ comes for His church and your new, glorified body meets your already redeemed and glorified soul, and you go to be with Christ.

You say, “Well, how does it happen?” Very simply, 1 Thessalonians tells us that the angel shouts and the trump blows. It says right here, “The last trump, and the dead in Christ rise,” and the rest of us get gathered up, if you’re still alive and you haven’t died yet. Your body gets changed on the way up. You say, “Well, uh, when is this gonna happen?” Well, the Bible says there’s…we don’t know the day or the hour, but we believe it’s very soon. If you’ve been coming to this church for any length of time, you know how much we talk about this. Jesus Christ is coming back very soon. Sometimes it almost seems like you can hear His foot…footsteps, ’cause He’s coming. The Bible says that in the end time, just around the time that Christ comes, things are gonna happen in the world, and we keep seeing all these things starting to happen. Israel’s re-gathered, all the lines are forming for the battle of Armageddon, all the things that are going on in the world, the Bible says that Russia will come against Israel in the end time. It’s going on now. Egypt will fight against Israel in the end time. The kings of the east will come with 200 million against Israel, 200 million in an army? The Red Guard now numbers 200 million. The Euphrates River will be dried up. Two years ago, the Russians started a seven-year project to dam up the Euphrates River. The characteristic of the end times will be lawlessness. What more significant word could characterize our day?

All of these things tell us that Jesus is coming. It’s not gonna be long before we’re gonna get those glorified bodies. It may be that we’ll…we might be the ones that will just be changed on the way up. Yeah, Jesus Christ not only conquered death, He made a way for me to conquer it. And so says Paul, “This corruptible is gonna be…become incorruptible. It’s gonna happen when Jesus Christ comes back.” What a transformation. What a change. For love…for those that love Jesus Christ, someday corruption will stop and a new body, eternal, incorruptible will be ours, and no more dying, and no more sickness and no more pain. And then, now watch that second word, then…shall we be able to say death is swallowed up in victory. Not now.

Listen, death still has a sting now, doesn’t it? You had somebody die in your family, it stings…Death still hurts. But someday it won’t. Someday death will die…That will be the hour when death ends. You know, death ended when Jesus rose, didn’t it, for Him. Remember what Paul said in Romans 6? Listen, he said this, “Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead…now watch this…dies no more.” Why? Because death has no more dominion over Him. The Bible says, “The wages of sin is death.” Once, and that’s it. It is appointed onto men how times they die. Once to die. Once to die. That’s all. Once. When you die, it’s death’s tough luck that you rose from the dead…

And that’s what Christ did. Death could not hold Him, and He went into the grave and out the other side. And someday our bodies are gonna die, perhaps. My body may die, but death isn’t gonna hold my body. Because when Jesus comes back, He’s gonna rip the shackles of death off my body and liberate a glorified body, resurrected to be with Him forever…And there will be no more death. “Death is the final enemy to be destroyed,” Paul says right here in 1 Corinthians 15.

So we wait for that day. It already happened for Christ. He’ll never die again. We’re waiting for the time when our physical body dies and we are raised to glorification. Then, and only then, will the full meaning of the statement, “Death is swallowed up in victory,” have significance. You say, “Well, why does Paul say it now?” Well, you can kinda glory in what’s gonna happen in the future, can’t you? I mean isn’t it really true that sometimes the anticipation is just as good as what happens? And Paul knows that death has a sting. But, at the same time, and I’m sure Paul realized some pain when the guy in…in Rome put his head on the block and that ax head came down and cut it off his body…but that was a small thing. Small thing when he lived in anticipation of the resurrection…

Someday the sting and the power of death are gonna be removed, and death is gonna be broken, and all of those who are Christ’s are gonna be liberated from death in glorified bodies. Paul says, “I live in that hope. When and then…but I’m sure enjoying it now.” So we see the great transformation that happens to those who love Christ.

Secondly, look at the great triumph. Verse 55 and 56. Then he…he just kinda…he projects himself into the future here. He says, “O death, where is thy sing? O grave, where is thy victory? Death, you’ve had it. You’re a conquered enemy. Christ beat you and made a way for me to do it. I have to wait a while, but that’s all right. It’s secure. Death, where is your sting?” In glorious anticipation of the when and then, Paul cries out that the sting of death is removed, and the grave is unlocked. What a victory.

Now, lemme give you this thought. Paul is expressing a present attitude about a future event in anticipation of that event. In other words, what is mine in reality in the future is mine now in the promise. Do you see that? What I will someday inherit…in reality, I now enjoy by way of promise…I don’t know how that affects you, but it affects me amazingly. I have all kinds of crazy thoughts like that. The other night, we were playing basketball, and I twisted my ankle. I thought to myself, “Well, that’s no big thing. In my glorified body, I won’t have that problem.” And, you know, to just live in the…in the sense and the awareness that someday all the promise is coming true…really changes your attitude toward living in this present age. That’s what Paul is saying. He says, “When I project myself into the future, death has lost its sting.”…

And then in verse 56, he says, “The sting of death is sin… You see, sin is what brings death…and the strength of sin is the law.” The law is what spells out sin, and sin brings death. Notice those three things, because we have three enemies. Three enemies that…that wanna slay us. Did you know that? The law wants to slay us. Sin wants to slay us. And death wants to slay us. You see, the law says, “You break me, and you die.” Sin says, “You commit me, and you die.” Death says, “You die.” All three of those enemies wanna kill us.

Fortunately, I’ve already taken care of two of ’em. Two of ’em have already slew me and I rose. Two down and one to go. You say, “What are you talking about?” Watch this. My first enemy is the law. The law said, “All right, here are God’s standards right here. Line ’em all up. You break those, and you die, because God is holy, and if you don’t keep God’s holy law, that’s it.” You know what I did? I didn’t keep God’s holy law, so you know what happened to me? I died. Did you know that I’ve already died?…You say, “When did you die?” Nineteen-sixty I died. “You did?” Right. “How?” Well, I invited Jesus Christ to come into my life. “What does that mean?” Listen, Paul said, “When I invite Christ into my life…listen to this…I am crucified…what?…with Christ. I died.”

You see, the law said, “You have to die for sin.” So Christ gathered up all my sin and died in my place. And I literally died in Him. So you wanna know what? The law’s taken care of. It’s the law’s tough luck that I rose from the dead. And that’s why Paul says in Romans 6:14, “The law hath no more dominion over you. You’re not under law…what?…you’re under grace.” I already paid…the law required death. I died in Christ.

The second enemy is sin. Sin says, “I demand death.” I say, “Okay, sin, so I died.” “When did you die?” Paul says in Romans 6:14, “Because you were crucified with Christ, sin has no more dominion over you.” Sin said, “You have to die.” I died in Christ. That took care of sin. So my two enemies are gone. I died to the law when Christ came into my life and bore my death. I died to sin, my sin killed Christ, didn’t it? He bore my sin. That was the death that my sin required. So the law is taken care of. Sin is taken care of. I’ve only got one enemy to go, and that’s death itself…

And you know something? Someday I’m gonna even die to death, because even if I die and death gets a few licks in, if I die physically, I’m coming right back outta that grave…In fact, it’s only by body that’ll be there anyway. So if I die in the next couple of years, don’t make a lot to do about my body. Just have a thanksgiving service, ’cause I’ll be floating around in Heaven loving every second of it. And just waiting till my body gets reconnected with me…

I’ve only got one enemy to put down, and you wanna know? That enemy is a defeated enemy. Christ defeated him at the cross and in the grave. And so death is going to be destroyed. But the law was taken care of first, and sin was taken care of second, and then you have this truth in chapter 15 verse 26, after the law was taken care of and sin was taken care of, “The last enemy that shall be destroyed is…what?…death.” So I’m just waiting for that day to take place.

So Paul says, “The great transformation and the great triumph.” Now notice the great thanksgiving in verse 57. And here, he just gets caught up in what he’s saying in his praise, and he just goes over the top, and he says, “Thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” You see, Paul knew where the source of his victory was. It was God who gave the victory and used Christ to bring it out. God worked through Christ. The source and author of the victory is God, and no power but God’s power could defeat the mighty death, and…and God defeated death. And to do it He used Christ. That’s what he says when he says, “He did it through Christ.”

Now, I want you to see these same three things again as we look at them. The death of Christ satisfies the law’s claim. Now watch this. We have three enemies, remember them? The law, sin, and death. In the case of the law, it was the death of Christ that satisfied the law’s claim, right?Galatians 3:13, I think it’s Galatians 3:13, says, “He has redeemed us from the curse of the law being made a curse for us.” In other words, what I’m trying to point out is that all of this is through Christ at the end of verse 57, “Through our Lord Jesus Christ, God did all this.” He died…we died to law through Christ, right, on His death? We died to sin through Christ. We will also live through Christ in resurrection life.

We have three enemies, law, sin, and death. The law, Christ took care of, because He paid the penalty for the law, right? Sin, Christ took care of, because He paid the penalty of sin in death. And death He took care of, because He went into the grave and out the other side. So in every case, it is true what says…what verse 57 says, look at it again. “God gave us the victory…how?…through Christ.” It was Christ that took care of law. Christ took care of sin. Christ took care of death. All through Christ and, consequently, Paul says, “Thanks be to God.”

You see, death has no more fear. Death has no more hold. We don’t fear death. Why should we fear death? Christ has conquered death. What is death to the Christian? It’s nothing but a going to be with Jesus Christ. Some wonderful people have gone on to view the Lord from our congregation this past year, and at several of their funerals, I told a little story. And I was asked to repeat it several times.

Bishop Bergeroff was once asked, he was from Norway, he was asked, “What is death like for the Christian?” And this is what he said, beautiful story. He said, “Death for the Christian is like this…he said…Once there was a peasant who had a little son, and he took his little son by the hand one day, and he said, “Son, I want you to come with me on a journey to another village. I have some business to take care of.” And his son said, “I’d be happy to go, Dad.” And so they went. They took off, and they came to a stream. It was running very rapidly and it was very deep. And there was a very rickety old bridge, and it didn’t look like it would hold them. And it was rather insecure, and parts of it were broken out. And the little boy became very afraid, and he said, “Dad, we’ll never make it across, because the bridge won’t hold us.” His dad said, “Don’t worry, I’ll hold your hand, and we’ll be careful, and we’ll make it.

“So he took he little fellow’s hand and kinda tagged behind him. And the Bishop made his…the…the peasant made his way across the bridge, and they were safe. And they got to the other side and went to the village and finished their business. On the way home, it became dark, and the little boy began to remember the bridge and the stream. And with tears in his eyes, he looked up to his dad, and he said, “Dad, I know we won’t make it. It’s dark, and we can’t see.” And his dad, without saying a word, reached down and picked him up in his arms and, in a matter of seconds, the little boy was sound asleep in his dad’s arms.

The next thing he knew, the little boy woke up, and he was lying in his own bed in his own room in his own house, and the sunlight was breaking through the window. He was home. And Bishop Bergeroff said, “You see, that’s what death is. What you fear the most, you don’t even experience. One day you fall asleep in the arms of Jesus, wake up, and you’re home.”

For the Christian, that is our hope, and someday to be rejoined by that glorified, resurrected body. What a thrilling hope. No wonder Paul says, “Thanks be to God. Thanks be to God.” This world is not all, is it? This is not the end. This is only the beginning.

Now, notice the great therefore in verse 58. And, you know, it’s interesting that the Bible never stops with just being doctrinal. It’s always practical. You know, the Bible’s not all sweet by and by. It’s a lotta nasty now and now, too. And sooner or later, the Scripture pulls us back down to this earth. And it says, “All right, now there’s the truth. Now, here’s what you do about it.” See, so we don’t all sit around gloating over the future.

“Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye…here comes the…the commands…be ye steadfast, unmovable, always going overboard in the work of the Lord.” Boy, I like people that go overboard in the work of the Lord, as opposed to people, “Could you just…I’m so busy.” Go over, do too much…”For you know…what at the end of the verse… cause you know your labor’s not in vain in the Lord.” You’re serving for a purpose.

All right, here’s the therefore. “Go to it,” he said, “you know Jesus Christ is coming back. You know He’s gonna give you a glorified body. You know everything you do for Him is gonna be rewarded, and your labor is not in vain in the Lord. You’re not just working futilely.” No Christian labors in vain. Christ will reward. So he says, “When you’re really live in the light of the resurrection, when you live in the light of what you’re gonna be in Jesus Christ someday, get busy. It oughta change the way you are.” That’s exactly what John meant when he said in 1 John 3:3, “He that hath this hope in himself purifies himself.” When you start to live in the light of the coming of Jesus Christ, when you start to live in the light of the day that He comes to take you to be with Him, it changes the way you operate.

“Therefore, be steadfast.” What does that mean? That means you don’t lose sight of your purpose. You stay right on cue, right on target as a Christian. Unmovable. You don’t get distracted by the world and pushed around. You’re tirelessly, faithfully working for Christ on the even keel. And you’re always abounding. That means you’re super-abounding, doing way more than you oughta do by all human standards. And you don’t have to worry about your time being wasted. No second did you ever spend serving Jesus Christ is wasted. Never, never wasted.

But I’ll tell you something. Until you get a sense of the coming of Jesus Christ, you may never get a sense of real urgency in service. Many Christians, though they know better, live as if Christ was never gonna come. They live as if there was no urgency at all. And someday, even as a believer, when Christ comes and resurrects you, and you go to be with Him, there’s going to be what the Bible calls the judgment seat of Christ. And at that judgment seat, which is only Christians who have been taken in the Rapture, there gonna be a time when Christ is gonna give gifts and crowns to those who’ve served Him. It’s kinda like a rewards banquet, the married supper of the lamb.

You know, that’s a thing to think about. Someday you’re gonna stand before Jesus Christ. If you’ve really been living in the light of His soon return and the light of your resurrection, you’ve been abounding in the work of the Lord. If you haven’t been abounding in the work of the Lord, maybe you haven’t caught the urgency of it. But you’re gonna stand before the judgment seat of Christ, Christian, to receive the things done in your body, Paul says in 2 Corinthians 5. Whether you’ve done ’em for Christ to be rewarded.

My grandfather had a poem in his Bible, and even when I was a little kid, I memorized it. And it goes like this: “When I stand at the judgment seat of Christ…and I’m talking about a Christian…and He shows me His plan for me, the plan of my life as it might have been. And I see how I blocked Him here and checked Him there and would not yield my will. Will there be grief in my Savior’s eyes? Grief, though He loves me still. You see, He would have me rich, but I stand there poor, stripped of all but His grace while memory runs like a haunted thing down a path I can’t retrace. And then my desolate heart will well nigh break with tears I cannot shed. I will cover my face with my empty hands. I will bow my uncrowned head…O Lord of the years that are left to me, I give them to Thy hand. Take me, break me, mold me to the pattern that Thou has planned.”

Someday you’re gonna stand before Jesus Christ, that blessed Christ who died and rose for you and for me. I’m gonna stand there, too. In my resurrection body, I’m gonna stand there…Am I gonna have anything to show? Paul says, “Is there a therefore in your life?” Steadfast, unmovable, abounding in the work of the Lord…

In conclusion, lemme say this. What about the person who doesn’t know Christ? What about the person who doesn’t love Jesus Christ? Is there a resurrection for him? What about the person who’s never invited Christ into their life, who’s never appropriated His death and resurrection? Is there a resurrection for that person? Wanna know the answer? Yes. You say, “You mean there’s actually a resurrection even for those that don’t love Christ?” Yes…say, “What’s it like?” I don’t know what it’s like, and I don’t wanna know. Because in John chapter 5 verse 29, this is what it’s called. “The resurrection of damnation.” I don’t wanna know what that’s like. But there is a resurrection for those who don’t want Jesus Christ. The resurrection of damnation. You will be resurrected…At which resurrection is your choice…

Our Father, we thank You this morning for Your Word, so clear, so precise. We thank You for the truth that it conveys to our hearts. And, God, this morning, we pray with a diligence and a fervency and a passion in our hearts that no person would leave this place who does not know Jesus Christ as Savior, and who will not be a part of the resurrection unto life. God, allow no one to go from this place who does not know and love Jesus Christ. Lord, for those who are here who might not know Christ, who’ve never invited Christ into their lives, God, may they do that this day to be a part of the resurrection of life and not the resurrection to damnation. God, we know You died and rose again that we might live. May there be no one here so foolish as to scorn that resurrection and someday stand in terror at the edge of disaster for eternity.

So, God, we pray that Your Spirit would sweep over our hearts. Search out that one that does not know and love Christ, and may that one invite Christ to become his Lord and Savior this day. And, Father, for those of us who are Christians, for those of us who love You, God help there to be a therefore in our lives. Help us not to sit around only concerned about our doctrine. But God help us to abound in the work of the Lord. Help us to sacrifice everything that we are and have…for faithfulness to Thee in Thy service. To be involved in loving people and sharing Christ, doing whatever ministries we are capable to do. So, God, we pray that Your Spirit would even search the hearts of those of us who love You. In Christ’s name. Amen.

Every Christian Is a Minister

God … has made us what we are and given us new lives from Christ Jesus; and long ages ago he planned that we should spend these lives in helping others” (Ephesians 2:10 TLB).

God did not put you on Earth just to live for yourself. He wants you to make the world a better place!

Every time I hear somebody say, “I live for the weekends,” I want to say, “Then why should God keep you alive?” If you’re not fulfilling your purpose, you’re missing the whole point of life.

Ephesians 2:10 says, “God … has made us what we are and given us new lives from Christ Jesus; and long ages ago he planned that we should spend these lives in helping others”(TLB).

There’s a word for this: ministry. Every Christian is a minister. Not every Christian is a pastor, but every Christian is to be a minister. That means you use your talents and gifts to make a contribution in life, to be a giver, not a taker.

The Bible says 58 times, “Love one another. Care for one another. Pray for one another. Encourage one another. Help one another. Counsel one another. Support one another” and on and on. It is the mutual ministry of every believer in the family of God to every other believer in the family of God. That’s the way God meant for it to be.

The truth is, serving God by serving others is not always easy. Sometimes you’re going to get discouraged. So what do you do when you start to get discouraged? You remember two things.

First, you remember that you’re going to receive a reward that’s going to go on for eternity. The Bible says that God “will not forget how hard you have worked for him and how you have shown your love to him by caring for other believers” (Hebrews 6:10b NLT, second edition). You’re going to be rewarded in eternity.

The second thing to remember is that God uses every little thing. Nothing is insignificant when you serve God. None of it is in vain. “Keep busy always in your work for the Lord, since you know that nothing you do in the Lord’s service is ever useless” (1 Corinthians 15:58 TEV).

Talk It Over

  • Would you characterize yourself as more of a giver or a taker in the family of God?
  • Why is it often difficult to serve other people?
  • What is a seemingly small or insignificant thing God has asked you to do in ministry toward which you need to change your attitude?

Don’t Just Learn from the Bible. Remember It!

Listen carefully to my words. Don’t lose sight of them. Let them penetrate deep into your heart, for they bring life to those who find them, and healing to their whole body”(Proverbs 4:20b-22 NLT, second edition).

The Bible says this about wisdom in Proverbs 22:17-18: “Listen, and I will teach you what the wise have said. Study their teachings, and you will be glad if you remember them and can quote them” (TEV). Notice the four verbs in that sentence: listen, study, remember, quote. Those are marks of wisdom.

You can’t just learn something and become wiser; you’ve got to remember it. And you can’t just remember it; you’ve got to reinforce it. Because if you don’t remember and reinforce it, you end up having to learn the same lesson over and over.

You have to retain it to remember it so you can review it so you can apply it.

People say, “I can’t remember anything!” Oh, yes you can. You remember what’s important to you. You remember what you love. You remember what matters to you.

For instance a lot of you say, “I can’t memorize the Bible.” But you remember every baseball or football statistic for the last season. Or you say, “I can’t remember the Bible,” but you can quote all kinds of lyrics to popular songs or every step to a favorite recipe or something else you care about. You remember what’s important to you.

If the truth becomes important to you, you will remember it. You will remember and you will rehearse it and you will reinforce it and you will review it in your life. Then, it can change your life.

“Listen carefully to my words. Don’t lose sight of them. Let them penetrate deep into your heart, for they bring life to those who find them, and healing to their whole body” (Proverbs 4:20b-22 NLT, second edition).

Talk It Over

  • Why is it important to memorize Scripture?
  • What is one thing you could do to help you memorize Scripture?

All The Prayers In The Bible

All The Prayers Of The Bible

This is the Table of Contents of Herbert Lockyer’s “All The Prayers Of The Bible”

Prayer in the Old Testament

Genesis
Prayer History Begins…………………………………………………………………………………..Gen. 4:26
Prayer and Spiritual Progress…………………………………………………………………………Gen. 5:21-24
Prayer and the Altar……………………………………………………………………………………..Gen. 12, 13
Prayer for an Heir………………………………………………………………………………………..Gen. 15
Prayer—the Language of a Cry ……………………………………………………………………..Gen. 16
Prayer and Revelation …………………………………………………………………………………..Gen. 17
Prayer for a Wicked City ………………………………………………………………………………Gen. 18, 19
Prayer after a Lapse ……………………………………………………………………………………..Gen. 20
Prayer of Obedience …………………………………………………………………………………….Gen. 22
Prayer for a Bride…………………………………………………………………………………………Gen. 24
Prayer for a Barren Wife……………………………………………………………………………….Gen. 25:19-23
Prayer Changes Things…………………………………………………………………………………Gen. 26
Prayer As a Vow,………………………………………………………………………………………….Gen. 28
Prayer about a Wronged Brother ……………………………………………………………………Gen. 32
Prayer—The Motion of a Hidden Fire ……………………………………………………………Gen. 39-41; 45:5-8; 50:20, 24
Prayer for Blessing upon the Tribes ………………………………………………………………..Gen. 48, 49
Exodus
Prayer Expressed As a Groan…………………………………………………………………………Exod. 1, 2
Prayer As a Dialogue ……………………………………………………………………………………Exod. 3, 4
Prayer As Complaint ……………………………………………………………………………………Exod. 5-7
Prayer in League with Omnipotence ………………………………………………………………Exod. 8-10
Prayer As Praise…………………………………………………………………………………………..Exod. 15
Prayer in Peril ……………………………………………………………………………………………..Exod. 17
Prayer of the Needy ……………………………………………………………………………………..Exod. 22:22-24
Prayer for Delay of Deserved Judgment…………………………………………………………..Exod. 32
First Prayer of Moses for Israel………………………………………………………………………Exod. 32:9-14
Second Prayer of Moses………………………………………………………………………………..Exod. 32:30-34
Third Prayer of Moses………………………………………………………………………………….Exod. 33:12-23
Prayer and Transfiguration…………………………………………………………………………….Exodus 34
Leviticus
None
Numbers
Prayer As Benediction ………………………………………………………………………………….Num. 6:24-27
Prayer for Preservation and Protection…………………………………………………………….Num. 10:35, 36
Prayer for the Removal of Judgment……………………………………………………………….Num. 11:1, 2
Prayer of a Discouraged Heart……………………………………………………………………….Num. 11:10-35
Prayer of a Meek Man ………………………………………………………………………………….Num. 12
Prayer for the Upholding of Divine Honor………………………………………………………Num. 14
Prayer for Divine Action against Rebellion………………………………………………………Num. 16
Prayer for Relief from Death …………………………………………………………………………Num. 21
Prayer and Prophecy …………………………………………………………………………………….Num. 23, 24
Prayer for a New Leader……………………………………………………………………………….Num. 27
Deuteronomy
Prayer for a Privileged Task …………………………………………………………………………..Deut. 3:23-29
Prayer to One Who Is Nigh ………………………………………………………………………….Deut. 4:7
Prayer for the Stay of Judgment……………………………………………………………………..Deut. 9:20, 26-29
Prayer as a Blessing………………………………………………………………………………………Deut. 21:6-9
Prayer as Thanksgiving …………………………………………………………………………………Deut. 26
Prayer as a Song…………………………………………………………………………………………..Deut. 32,33
Joshua
Prayer as a Challenge……………………………………………………………………………………Josh. 5:13-15
Prayer God Does Not Answer……………………………………………………………………….Josh. 7
Prayer Neglected with Dire Results………………………………………………………………..Josh. 9:14
Prayer That Produced a Miracle …………………………………………………………………….Josh. 10
Judges
Prayer for Direction ……………………………………………………………………………………..Judg. 1
Prayer in Time of War………………………………………………………………………………….Judg. 4, 5
Prayer for Signs …………………………………………………………………………………………..Judg. 6
Prayer in Calamity ……………………………………………………………………………………….Judg. 10:10-16
Prayer As a Bargain ……………………………………………………………………………………..Judg. 11:30-40
Prayer for an Unborn Child…………………………………………………………………………..Judg. 13
Prayer in the Face of Death …………………………………………………………………………..Judg. 16:28-31
Prayer Directly Answered ……………………………………………………………………………..Judg. 20:23-28
Prayer for a Lost Tribe………………………………………………………………………………….Judg. 21:2-3
Ruth
Benedictions
I Samuel
Prayer without Words…………………………………………………………………………………..I Sam. 1
Prayer, Prophetic in Outlook …………………………………………………………………………I Sam. 2:1-10
Prayer in the Sanctuary…………………………………………………………………………………I Sam. 3
Prayer for National Trouble …………………………………………………………………………..I Sam. 7
Prayer for a King………………………………………………………………………………………….I Sam. 8
Prayer As Vindication…………………………………………………………………………………..I Sam. 12
Prayer of a Distressed King……………………………………………………………………………I Sam. 14
Prayer of a Grieved Heart……………………………………………………………………………..I Sam. 15:11
Prayer As a Still Small Voice …………………………………………………………………………I Sam. 16:1-12
Prayer As the Secret of Courage …………………………………………………………………….I Sam. 17
Prayer As Enquiry ……………………………………………………………………………………….I Sam. 23
Prayer for Deaf Ears …………………………………………………………………………………….I Sam. 28:7
Prayer for Restoration of War-Spoil ……………………………………………………………….I Sam. 30
II Samuel
Prayer As to Possession…………………………………………………………………………………II Sam. 2:1
Prayer for Victory Signs………………………………………………………………………………..II Sam. 5:19-25
Prayer for Blessing upon House and Kingdom …………………………………………………II Sam. 7:18-29
Prayer for a Sick Child …………………………………………………………………………………II Sam. 12
Prayer As Pretense ……………………………………………………………………………………….II Sam. 5:7-9
Prayer for Understanding of Affliction ……………………………………………………………II Sam. 21:1-12
Prayer As a Psalm ………………………………………………………………………………………..II Sam. 22
Prayer As a Confession of Pride …………………………………………………………………….II Sam. 24:10-17
I Kings
Prayer for a Wise Heart………………………………………………………………………………..I Kings 3
Prayer of Dedication…………………………………………………………………………………….I Kings 8:12-61
Prayer for a Withered Hand ………………………………………………………………………….I Kings 13:6
Prayer for Closed Skies…………………………………………………………………………………I Kings 17
Prayer for Resurrection of Dead Son ………………………………………………………………I Kings 17:20-24
Prayer for Divine Honor……………………………………………………………………………….I Kings 18:16-41
Prayer and Perseverance ………………………………………………………………………………..I Kings 18:45
Prayer for Death ………………………………………………………………………………………….I Kings 19
II Kings
Prayer for a Dead Child………………………………………………………………………………..II Kings 4:32-37
Prayer for Vision………………………………………………………………………………………….II Kings 6:13-17
Prayer for Deliverance from Defiant Foes ……………………………………………………….II Kings 19
Prayer for Longer Life ………………………………………………………………………………….II Kings 20:1-11
I Chronicles
Prayer for Spiritual Prosperity ……………………………………………………………………….I Chron. 4:9, 10
Prayer As Trust……………………………………………………………………………………………I Chron. 5:20
Prayer of Fear………………………………………………………………………………………………I Chron. 13:12
Prayer for Establishment of Covenant…………………………………………………………….I Chron. 17:16-27
Prayer Answered by Fire ……………………………………………………………………………….I Chron. 21
Prayer as a Sentinel………………………………………………………………………………………I Chron. 23:30
Prayer and Giving………………………………………………………………………………………..I Chron. 29:10-19
II Chronicles
Prayer in National Danger…………………………………………………………………………….II Chron. 14:11
Prayer and Reform……………………………………………………………………………………….II Chron. 15
Prayer and Appeal to History ………………………………………………………………………..II Chron. 20:3-13
Prayer of Penitence ………………………………………………………………………………………II Chron. 33:13
Ezra
Prayer of Thanksgiving …………………………………………………………………………………Ezra 7:27, 28
Prayer and Fasting ……………………………………………………………………………………….Ezra 8:21-23
Prayer and Confession ………………………………………………………………………………….Ezra 9:5-10:4
Nehemiah
Prayer Born of Distress…………………………………………………………………………………Neh. 1:4-11
Prayer in a Tight Corner ………………………………………………………………………………Neh. 2:4
Prayer for Deliverance from Reproach…………………………………………………………….Neh. 4:1-6
Prayer Triumphing Over Anger……………………………………………………………………..Neh. 4:7-9
Prayer and Restitution ………………………………………………………………………………….Neh. 5
Prayer against Craft ……………………………………………………………………………………..Neh. 6:9-14
Prayer and the Word…………………………………………………………………………………….Neh. 8:1-13
Prayer and God’s Goodness…………………………………………………………………………..Neh. 9
Prayer for Remembrance……………………………………………………………………………….Neh. 13:14, 22, 29, 31
Esther
The Watchful Care of God
Job
Prayer of Resignation……………………………………………………………………………………Job 1:20-22
Prayer for Pity……………………………………………………………………………………………..Job 6:8, 9; 7:17-21
Prayer for Justification ………………………………………………………………………………….Job 9
Prayer, Job’s Against Injustice ………………………………………………………………………..Job 10
Prayer for Light on Immortality …………………………………………………………………….Job 14:13-22
Prayer and Profit………………………………………………………………………………………….Job 21:14-34
Prayer and Reason ……………………………………………………………………………………….Job 23
Prayer Answered by Whirlwind……………………………………………………………………..Job 38
Prayer As Confession……………………………………………………………………………………Job 40:3-5; 42:1-6
Prayei As Intercession…………………………………………………………………………………..Job 42:7-10
The Psalms
Prayer Born of Rebellion ………………………………………………………………………………Ps. 3
Prayer of Holiness………………………………………………………………………………………..Ps. 4
Prayer As a Morning Watch ………………………………………………………………………….Ps. 5
Prayer for Divine Action……………………………………………………………………………….Ps. 7
Prayer of Praise for Divine Action………………………………………………………………….Ps. 8
Prayer for Preservation Here and Hereafter……………………………………………………..Ps. 16
Prayer of the Cross ………………………………………………………………………………………Ps. 22
Prayer for Shepherd Care………………………………………………………………………………Ps. 23
Prayer for the Manifestation of Divine Glory…………………………………………………..Ps. 24
Prayer as Ascent to God ……………………………………………………………………………….Ps. 25
Prayer of a Believing Heart……………………………………………………………………………Ps. 27
Prayer As a Cameo of Christ…………………………………………………………………………Ps. 31
Prayer of a Tragic Soul………………………………………………………………………………….Ps. 32
Prayer for Protection against Enemies ………………………………………………………………..Ps. 35
Prayer in Praise of Loving-kindness……………………………………………………………………Ps. 36
Prayer of a Pilgrim …………………………………………………………………………………………..Ps. 39
Prayer and Its Accomplishment …………………………………………………………………………Ps. 40
Prayer in Deep Distress…………………………………………………………………………………….Ps. 41
Prayer As a Door of Hope ………………………………………………………………………………..Pss. 42, 43
Prayer for Divine Assistance ……………………………………………………………………………..Ps. 44
Prayer for a Refuge…………………………………………………………………………………………..Ps. 46
Prayer of a Broken Heart ………………………………………………………………………………….Ps. 51
Prayer at All Times ………………………………………………………………………………………….Ps. 55
Prayer of Distress …………………………………………………………………………………………….Ps. 57
Prayer of Trust…………………………………………………………………………………………………Ps. 71
Prayer for God Himself…………………………………………………………………………………….Ps. 73
Prayer of a Pilgrim …………………………………………………………………………………………..Pss. 90, 91
Prayer As Praise for God’s Greatness………………………………………………………………….Ps. 96
Prayer for Escape from Trials…………………………………………………………………………….Pss. 102, 103, 105
Prayer of Remembrance ……………………………………………………………………………………Ps. 106
Prayer for Those in Perils on Sea ……………………………………………………………………….Ps. 107
Prayer and Affinity to Scripture …………………………………………………………………………Pss. 19, 119
Prayer for Searching of Heart ……………………………………………………………………………Ps. 139
Proverbs
Prayers as the Channel of Wisdom
Ecclesiastes
Prayer and Fatalism
Song of Solomon
Prayer’s Secret
Isaiah
Prayer God Does Not Hear ………………………………………………………………………………Isa. 1:15; 16:12
Prayer and Cleansing………………………………………………………………………………………..Isa. 6
Prayer for a Sign………………………………………………………………………………………………Isa. 7:11
Prayer of Exaltation………………………………………………………………………………………….Isa. 12
Prayer of Praise for Triumphs…………………………………………………………………………….Isa. 25
Prayer for Peace……………………………………………………………………………………………….Isa. 26
Prayer and Confidence ……………………………………………………………………………………..Isa. 41
Prayer and Practice…………………………………………………………………………………………..Isa. 55
Prayer Unpopular to Many………………………………………………………………………………..Isa. 59
Prayer — Watcher……………………………………………………………………………………………Isa. 62
Prayer for Display of Divine Power…………………………………………………………………….Isa. 63, 64
Jeremiah
Prayer As Confession of Inability ………………………………………………………………………Jer. 1
Prayer As Mourning for Backsliding ………………………………………………………………….Jer. 2, 3
Prayer As Complaint………………………………………………………………………………………..Jer. 4:10-31
Prayer of Lament over Rebellion………………………………………………………………………..Jer. 5
Prayer from a Prison ………………………………………………………………………………………..Jer. 6
Prayer Forbidden……………………………………………………………………………………………..Jer. 7:16
Prayer for Justice ……………………………………………………………………………………………..Jer. 10:23-25
Prayer of Perplexity ………………………………………………………………………………………….Jer. 12:1-4
Prayer for Relief from Sin and Drought……………………………………………………………..Jer. 14:7-22
Prayer for Divine Vengeance ……………………………………………………………………………..Jer. 15:15-21
Prayer for Confusion of Enemies……………………………………………………………………….Jer. 16:19-21, 17:13-18
Prayer for Overthrow of Evil Counsel ………………………………………………………………..Jer. 18:18-23
Prayer of a Despairing Heart …………………………………………………………………………….Jer. 20:7-13
Prayer of Gratitude for DivineGoodness …………………………………………………………….Jer. 32:16-25
Prayer for a Believing Remnant …………………………………………………………………………Jer. 42
Lamentations
Prayer of Pain………………………………………………………………………………………………….Lam. 1:20-22
Prayer for Pity …………………………………………………………………………………………………Lam. 2:19-22
Prayer As Complaint………………………………………………………………………………………..Lam. 3.147
Prayer for the Oppressed…………………………………………………………………………………..Lam. 5
Eekiel
Prayer As Protest……………………………………………………………………………………………..Ezek. 4:14
Prayer for Preservation of Residue ……………………………………………………………………..Ezek. 9:8-11
Prayer Sanctuary………………………………………………………………………………………………Ezek. 11:13-16
Daniel
Prayer for Interpretation……………………………………………………………………………………Dan. 2:17, 18
Prayer in Defiance of Decree …………………………………………………………………………….Dan. 6:10-15
Prayer of Confession ………………………………………………………………………………………..Dan. 9
Prayer and Its Spiritual Results………………………………………………………………………….Dan. 10
Prayer for Light on One’s End…………………………………………………………………………..Dan. 12:8-13
Hosea
Prayer —Its Many Sidelights
Joel
Prayer in Emergency ………………………………………………………………………………………..Joel 1:19, 20
Prayer and Weeping …………………………………………………………………………………………Joel 2:17
Amos
Prayer for Respite and Forgiveness,…………………………………………………………………….Amos 7:1-9
Obadiah
Prayer Absent in This Brief Book
Jonah
Prayer of Heathen Sailors………………………………………………………………………………….Jonah 1:14-16
Prayer Out of Hell …………………………………………………………………………………………..Jonah 2
Prayer of a Repentant City………………………………………………………………………………..Jonah 3
Prayer of a Displeased Prophet ………………………………………………………………………….Jonah 4
Micah
Prayer Is Looking and Waiting
Nahum
Prayer Finds No Place in This Book of Judgment
Habakkuk
Prayer of Complaint and Vindication …………………………………………………………………Hab. 1:1-4, 12-17
Prayer of Faith…………………………………………………………………………………………………Hab. 3
Zephaniah
Prayers Absent But Implied
Haggai
Prayer Assumed, Not Mentioned
Zechariah
Prayer Aspects
Malachi
Prayer — Protest One ………………………………………………………………………………………Mal. 1:2
Prayer — Protest Two ………………………………………………………………………………………Mal. 1:6
Prayer — Protest Three…………………………………………………………………………………….Mal. 1:7, 13
Prayer — Protest Four………………………………………………………………………………………Mal. 2:17
Prayer — Protest Five……………………………………………………………………………………….Mal. 3:17
Prayer – Protest Six ………………………………………………………………………………………….Mal. 3:8
Prayers and Prayer in the New Testament
Prayer As Practiced by Christ
Prayer at His baptism………………………………………………………………………………………………….. Luke 3: 21-22
Prayer after a crowded day …………………………………………………………………………………………… Luke 4:42; Mark 1:35
Prayer as an escape from popularity ………………………………………………………………………………. Luke 5:15-16
Prayer after a trying day ………………………………………………………………………………………………. Mark 6:30-31
Prayer with His own……………………………………………………………………………………………………. Luke 9:18-31
Prayer on the mount……………………………………………………………………………………………………. Luke 9:29
Prayer ater success ………………………………………………………………………………………………………. Luke 10:21
Prayer as a habit …………………………………………………………………………………………………………. Luke 11:1
Prayer at a grave …………………………………………………………………………………………………………. John 11:41-42
Prayer on a mountain ………………………………………………………………………………………………….. Mark 6:46
Prayer of anguish………………………………………………………………………………………………………… John 12:27-28
Prayer for a backsliding disciple ……………………………………………………………………………………. Luke 22:31-32
Prayer of the Great High Priest……………………………………………………………………………………. John Ch. 17
Prayer in Gethsemane …………………………………………………………………………………………………. Lu 22:39-46; Matt 26:36-46: Jo 18:1
Prayer from the cross…………………………………………………………………………………………………… Luke 23:34-46
Matthew
Prayer and the Necessity of Forgiveness………………………………………………………………Matt. 5:22-26; 6:12, 14, 15
Prayer and Hypocrisy ……………………………………………………………………………………….Matt. 6:5-7; Luke 11:1-4
Prayer As Taught by Christ……………………………………………………………………………….Matt. 6:8-13
Prayer As Specified by Christ ……………………………………………………………………………Matt. 7:7-11
Prayer of a Leper……………………………………………………………………………………………..Matt. 8:1-4
Prayer of the Centurion…………………………………………………………………………………….Matt. 8:5-13
Prayer in Peril………………………………………………………………………………………………….Matt. 8:23-27
Prayer of Maniacs…………………………………………………………………………………………….Matt. 8:28-34
Prayer of Jairus ………………………………………………………………………………………………..Matt. 9:18, 19
Prayer of the Diseased Woman ………………………………………………………………………….Matt. 9:20-22
Prayer of Two Blind Men………………………………………………………………………………….Matt. 9:27-31
Prayer for Laborers…………………………………………………………………………………………..Matt. 9:37-39
Prayer of Christ’s Gratitude to God……………………………………………………………………Matt. 11:25-27
Prayer on a Mountain……………………………………………………………………………………….Matt. 14:23
Prayer of Peter in Distress…………………………………………………………………………………Matt. 14:28-30
Prayer of Syro-Phoenician Woman…………………………………………………………………….Matt. 15:21-28
Prayer for a Lunatic Son …………………………………………………………………………………..Matt. 17:14-21
Prayer in Unity ………………………………………………………………………………………………..Matt. 18:19, 20
Prayer in a Parable……………………………………………………………………………………………Matt. 18:23-35
Prayer for a Privileged Position ………………………………………………………………………….Matt. 20:20-28
Prayer for Healing of Blindness…………………………………………………………………………Matt. 20:29-34
Prayer of Faith…………………………………………………………………………………………………Matt. 21:18-22
Prayer of Pretense…………………………………………………………………………………………….Matt. 23: 14, 25
Prayer of Accountability……………………………………………………………………………………Matt. 25:20, 22, 24
Prayer of a Resigned Will …………………………………………………………………………………Matt. 26:26, 36-46
Prayer at Calvary ……………………………………………………………………………………………..Matt. 27:46, 50
Mark
Prayer of a Demon …………………………………………………………………………………………..Mark 1:23-28, 32-34
Prayer — Habits of Christ………………………………………………………………………………..Mark 1:35; 6:41, 46
Prayer for the Deaf and Dumb ………………………………………………………………………….Mark 7:31-37
Prayer and Fasting……………………………………………………………………………………………Mark 2:18; 9:29
Prayer of the Young Ruler…………………………………………………………………………………Mark 10:17-22
Luke
Prayer of Zacharias…………………………………………………………………………………………..Luke 1:8, 13; 67-80
Prayer As a Magnificat……………………………………………………………………………………..Luke 1:46-55
Prayer As Adoration…………………………………………………………………………………………Luke 2:10-20; 25-38
Prayer at the Portal of Service……………………………………………………………………………Luke 3:21, 22
Prayer As Escape from Popularity ……………………………………………………………………..Luke 5:16
Prayer and the Twelve ………………………………………………………………………………………Luke 6:12, 13, 20, 28
Prayer and Transfiguration ………………………………………………………………………………..Luke 9:28, 29
Prayer in Parable Form……………………………………………………………………………………..Luke 11:5-13
Prayer of the Prodigal……………………………………………………………………………………….Luke 15:11-24, 29, 30
Prayer out of Hell…………………………………………………………………………………………….Luke 16:22-31
Prayer of Ten Lepers………………………………………………………………………………………..Luke 17:12-19
Prayer in Parable Form……………………………………………………………………………………..Luke 18:1-8
Prayer of Pharisee and Publican…………………………………………………………………………Luke 18:9-14
Prayer for Peter’s Preservation……………………………………………………………………………Luke 22:31, 32
Prayer of Agony……………………………………………………………………………………………….Luke 22:39-46
Prayer and the Risen Lord ………………………………………………………………………………..Luke 24:30, 50-53
John
Prayer for the Spirit………………………………………………………………………………………….John 4:9, 15, 19, 28; 7:37-39; 14:16
Prayer of a Nobleman……………………………………………………………………………………….John 4:46-54
Prayer for the Bread of Life ………………………………………………………………………………John 6:34
Prayer for Confirmation……………………………………………………………………………………John 11:40-42
Prayer with a Double Aspect……………………………………………………………………………..John 12:27, 28
Prayer As a Privilege ………………………………………………………………………………………..John 14:13-15; 15:16; 16:23-26
Prayer of All Prayers…………………………………………………………………………………………John 17.226
Acts
Prayer in the Upper Chamber……………………………………………………………………………Acts 1:13, 14
Prayer for a Successor……………………………………………………………………………………….Acts 1:15-26
Prayer and Worship………………………………………………………………………………………….Acts 2:42-47
Prayer As an Observance ………………………………………………………………………………….Acts 3:1
Prayer for Boldness of Witness………………………………………………………………………….Acts 4:23-31
Prayer and the Ministry of the Word………………………………………………………………….Acts 6:4-7
Prayer of the First Martyr …………………………………………………………………………………Acts 7:55-60
Prayer for Samaritans and a Sorcerer ………………………………………………………………….Acts 8:9-25
Prayer of a Convert ………………………………………………………………………………………….Acts 9:5, 6, 11
Prayer for Dorcas,…………………………………………………………………………………………….Acts 9:36-43
Prayer of Cornelius…………………………………………………………………………………………..Acts 10:2-4,9, 31
Prayer for Peter in Prison ………………………………………………………………………………….Acts 12:5, 12-17
Prayer of Ordination ………………………………………………………………………………………..Acts 13:2, 3, 43
Prayer with Fasting…………………………………………………………………………………………..Acts 13:2, 3; 14:15, 23, 26
Prayer at the Riverside………………………………………………………………………………………Acts 16:13, 16
Prayer in a Dungeon ………………………………………………………………………………………..Acts 16:25, 34
Prayer of Committal…………………………………………………………………………………………Acts 20:36
Prayer in a Shipwreck……………………………………………………………………………………….Acts 27:33, 35
Prayer for the Fever-Stricken …………………………………………………………………………….Acts 28:8, 15, 28
Romans
Prayer for a Prosperous Journey …………………………………………………………………………Rom. 1:8-15
Prayer Inspired by the Spirit ……………………………………………………………………………..Rom. 8:15, 23, 26, 27
Prayer for Israel’s Sake………………………………………………………………………………………Rom. 10:1; 11:26
Prayer As a Continuing…………………………………………………………………………………….Ministry; Rom. 12:12
Prayer for Like-Mindedness………………………………………………………………………………Rom. 15:5,6, 30-33
Prayer for Satan’s Conquest……………………………………………………………………………….Rom. 16:20, 24-27
I Corinthians
Several Facets of Prayer Mentioned
II Corinthians
Prayer as a Benediction …………………………………………………………………………………….II Cor. 1:2-4
Prayer for Removal of Thorn,…………………………………………………………………………….II Cor. 12:7-10
Galatians
Prayer-facets, But No Prayers
Ephesians
Prayer and the Believer’s Position……………………………………………………………………….Eph. 1:1-11
Prayer for Perception and Power………………………………………………………………………..Eph. 1:15-20
Prayer As Access to God…………………………………………………………………………………..Eph. 2:18; 3:12
Prayer for Inner Fulness……………………………………………………………………………………Eph. 3:13-21
Prayer and Inner Melody ………………………………………………………………………………….Eph. 5:19, 20
Prayer As a Warrior’s Reserve ……………………………………………………………………………Eph. 6:18, 19
Philippians
Prayer As a Request for Joy……………………………………………………………………………….Phil. 1:2-7
Prayer and Peace of Mind …………………………………………………………………………………Phil. 4:6, 7, 19-23
Colossians
Prayer As Praise for Loyalty………………………………………………………………………………Col. 1:1-8
Prayer for a Seven-fold Blessing…………………………………………………………………………Col. 1:9-14
Prayer Fellowship …………………………………………………………………………………………….Col. 4:2-4, 12, 17
I Thessalonians
Prayer of Remembrance ……………………………………………………………………………………I Thess. 1:1-3
Prayer for a Return Visit …………………………………………………………………………………..I Thess. 3:9-13
Prayer, Praise and Perfection ……………………………………………………………………………..I Thess. 5:17, 18, 23, 24, 28
II Thessalonians
Prayer for Worthiness of Calling………………………………………………………………………..II Thess. 1:3, 11, 12
Prayer for Comfort and Stability………………………………………………………………………..II Thess. 2:13, 16, 17
Prayer for the Word and Protection ……………………………………………………………………II Thess. 3:1-5. .257
I Timothy
A Few Pertinent References to Prayer
II Timothy
Prayer for Timothy’s Ministry, …………………………………………………………………………..II Tim. 1:2-7
Prayer for the House of Onesiphorus………………………………………………………………….II Tim. 1:6-18
Prayer for False Friends…………………………………………………………………………………….II Tim. 4:14-18
Titus
Prayerless, Apart from Salutation at Benediction
Philemon
Glimpses of the Range of Prayer’s Effectiveness
Hebrews
Prayer As Praise for Creation…………………………………………………………………………….Heb. 1:10-12
Prayer for Mercy and Favor……………………………………………………………………………….Heb. 4:16
Prayer and Ministry of Christ……………………………………………………………………………Heb. 5:7, 8; 7:24, 25
Prayer for the Outworking of God’s Will……………………………………………………………Heb. 12:9, 12, 15
Prayer for Perfectness……………………………………………………………………………………….Heb. 13:20, 21
James
Prayer for Wisdom…………………………………………………………………………………………..Jas. 1:5-8, 17
Prayer That Misses the Target……………………………………………………………………………Jas. 4:2, 3
Prayer That Prevails …………………………………………………………………………………………Jas. 5:13-18
I Peter
Prayer of Gratitude for Inheritance…………………………………………………………………….I Pet. 1:3, 4
Prayer in the Married State……………………………………………………………………………….I Pet. 3:7-12
Prayer-Watch…………………………………………………………………………………………………..I Pet. 4:7
Prayer for Christian Stability …………………………………………………………………………….I Pet. 5:10, 11
II Peter
Prayer for Multiplication of Grace and Peace ………………………………………………………II Peter 1:2
I John
Prayer Is Everywhere Implied
II John
Prayer Not Mentioned ……………………………………………………………………………………..Apart from Verse 3
III John

Prayer the Background of Reputation…………………………………………………………………III John 1-4,12
Jude
Prayer in the Spirit…………………………………………………………………………………………..Jude 20
Revelation
Prayer As Praise to the Lamb for Redemption…………………………………………………….Rev. 5:9
Prayer As Golden Incense…………………………………………………………………………………Rev. 5:8, 8:3
Prayer of the Martyred Host……………………………………………………………………………..Rev. 6:10
Prayer of the Gentile Host………………………………………………………………………………..Rev. 7:9-12
Prayer of the Elders………………………………………………………………………………………….Rev. 11:15-19
Prayer of Moses……………………………………………………………………………………………….Rev. 15:3, 4
Prayer of the Glorified Saints…………………………………………………………………………….Rev. 19:1-10
Prayers Ending the Bible…………………………………………………………………………………..Rev. 22:17, 20

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