Ask Once Or Keep Asking?

Q.  Could you clarify for me the difference between the Roman Centurion who asks Jesus once to heal his servant , and why we are told to pray unceasingly as the widow petitioned the judge ? I believe that I only need to ask God once for something , then I can leave the matter with him . Am I taking the easy way out ?

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Who Should We Pray To? Follow Up

Q.  Re:  Who Should We Pray To? You responded with “We can pray in the Spirit and in His power”. Please explain “pray in the Spirit”. My local church preaches that this is tongues but reading the verses they use in context doesn’t make sense. When I throw out those verses used out of context I am left with Ephesians 6:18 and Jude 20. Both mention “praying in the spirit” but do not instruct on what it is.   I do not understand how they can build a doctrine on this when there is so little instruction.  Surely if tongues is important as it is preached the Holy Spirit would have put instruction on it in the word. I can hardly turn a page without being told how to walk in love, live by faith but not much on “praying in the spirit” Am I missing something here?

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Waiting UponThe Lord. Follow Up

Q.  I appreciate your answer for the person asking what it means to wait on the Lord.  In your answer you said,  ” I believe it means that after praying for direction, we are to wait patiently for the Lord to provide it.”    If so, then how does James 2:17 apply, ” In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead?”    To me, waiting means just that, you wait.  You don’t step forward in any direction.  So, if we pray in faith and then accompany that pray by action, where does the waiting fit in?

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Who Should We Pray To?

Q.  I’ve recently been noticing more people praying to Jesus and/or the Holy Spirit during public prayer times.  This doesn’t make sense to me since Jesus taught His disciples to pray, “Our Father…” No where else in the Bible do I see prayer being directed to anyone else except God the Father.  Just wondering if I am missing something or there is Biblical warrant for what I have essentially assumed for most of my life?

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Catholic And Baptist

Q.  I was brought up with Roman Catholic faith but started going to a Baptist church and became born again. At the same time (of being born again) I met a guy – a Catholic & very much into his faith. We are very much in love and want to get married but have a serious obstacle which is faith & ways of worship.

I don’t know what to do! I’ve been praying about it & doing a lot of research, sharing it with him to show him why I believe what I do, but so far it’s all pointless! I need your prayers (for I know you are a brother in Christ) as well as encouragement or tips on the major issues of difference between the 2 sects. To tell you the truth I feel sick and tired of all the major sects and the way Christ has been divided.

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Anointing The Sick

Q. I’ve been reading your articles on faith and healing of the sick, searching for an answer from the Lord on this very subject.  I rejoiced when I read your articles, finally someone speaks clearly and biblical on this issue. The Lord has answered my question through you. So now what? Well, first I will pray that my faith be increased and second I would like to know exactly how to anoint with oil.  I read through scripture that anointing by oil is done regularly so I’m sure James probably had some custom in mind when he commanded us in James 5:14 to do it. Surely there is some Hebrew custom on the method? Could you tell us how? Continue reading…

Must I Name Every Sin?

Q. Thanks for an awesome site. Question: In the last paragraph of your article on “Psalm 83” you state that any unconfessed sin will hamper our fellowship with God.  How do I know what this unconfessed sin might be? When in prayer, I confess all my sins that I’m aware of and ask God to forgive me for all these sins and also all other sins that I’m not aware of.   Am I still out of fellowship with Him because I did not confess those sins that I’m unaware of by name? Continue reading…