Q. My husband and I are Christians and try to seek God’s will for our lives. We’ve been married a few years now and have recently began talking (and praying) about starting a family. If all these terrible events are right around the corner, are we unwise to bring innocent children into this world?
Q. I’d appreciate your insight into which of two approaches to take when praying for God’s help in an area of need such as a job, spouse, healing, or housing. Luke 18: 1-8 seems to recommend repeatedly requesting something, just as the widow’s pestering of the judge caused him to relent and grant her request. And yet God already knows what we need. So in that case does it show more faith to ask God once for something and then leave it in His hands, trusting that if it’s His will He’ll grant our request? We know that without faith it’s impossible to please God. Which approach pleases our heavenly Father more, repeatedly praying for the same thing, or praying once and trusting He’ll answer?
Q. There is so much evil and corruption in this world in every place you look; business, school, police, government. We try to stand our spiritual ground but it’s becoming harder and harder to do, in the face of all the evil. Is it alright for Christians to pray for Jesus to Rapture His Church? I admit I have really been praying hard for it recently. I pray He comes for us soon.
“This is what you are to offer on the altar regularly each day: two lambs a year old. Offer one in the morning and the other at twilight. (Exodus 29:38-39)
“If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.” If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:8-9)
Q. Do you think that the first prayer the Lord listens to is the prayer of salvation? The Bible says if we have iniquity in our heart, the Lord will not hear us. So then would that mean the Lord does not hear the unbelievers prayers? Does that mean He does not hear the prayers of the Jewish people at the wailing wall? I guess He hears them, but does He answer them?
Q. In Mark 9: 14-27 a man brought a boy with a dumb spirit to JESUS. In vs. 19 he asked the father how long ago did this happen? Why did JESUS ask him that? Wouldn’t JESUS have known that? Then in vs: 22 the father said if you can do anything help us, and in vs 23 JESUS said if you can believe all things are possible to him that believes. In vs: 24 the father said i believe.. help my unbelief. What does all that mean? Did he believe or not?
Q. Today I see that the U.S. and Europe are entering into a nuclear arms agreement with Iran. It looks to me as though the U.S. is becoming a great deal less sovereign and influential not to mention moving away from it’s alliance to Israel. I find this shocking although I know I should not be surprised. With Israel becoming more isolated with the exception of it’s unusual new alliance with Saudi Arabia, do you think that God is allowing this to happen because He is now going to begin to deal with Israel in the very near future? If so, how do we as believers pray for Israel? Also, how do we pray for our own government leaders in a situation like this?
Q. First, thank you for sharing your God given talent of ministry – your site is a daily stop for me.
On the subject of prayer, you have written that we can’t petition the Lord while we’re out of fellowship, except to ask for forgiveness and receive restoration. I was wondering if you could expand on that further.
Q. I’m writing to you because you are the only person that can give me an advice. I’m out of work, and I haven’t been able to get a job because, at my age, nobody wants to hire me. I’m waiting for my retirement funds, which are supposed to be due after my birthday, on May 14. But, in the meantime, we have to live and, right now, my wife and I are going through a terrible economic crisis. So, out of desperation, I’m using all my prayers to ask the Lord for lottery money. As a born-again believer, sometimes I have the feeling I shouldn’t ask the Lord for money I didn’t work hard to get, but other times I think He is testing my faith. What should I do?
Q. Thanks again for sharing your insight and teaching us. I was wondering what does it mean when someone asks God to establish the work of their hands?