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?
Q. In our Sunday service we say “the Lord’s Prayer”. The wording has been changed to “forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us”. Is sin the same as trespass? I know that I must forgive others who do me wrong but am I forgiving sin or trespasses? Thank you for your help.
Q. I read about healing and the other gifts, but I’m wondering about authority. Do we have the authority to use Jesus’ name to do such things, including but not limited to: Healing the sick, casting out demons, blessing things, etc. I’m not talking about the gifts, but rather the authority. Do all Christians today have the authority to do so?
Q. I consider myself saved and a firm believer in the sacrifice of Christ, yet I’m still continually nagged by feelings of doubt. I can’t really describe what it is that’s bothering me, but I realize it has something to do with me not fully grasping the centrality of Jesus in God’s plan for salvation.
I pray that I would “get it”, but I wonder if I’m over analyzing things, relying too heavily on myself and dwelling on my doubts. I feel nudged by the Holy Spirit, but I’m not really sure what it is I should be praying for. I desire a stronger faith but I seem to be at a major roadblock.
Q. In the Lord’s Prayer, there is a verse that says, “Lead us not into temptation”. Since James 1:13 says that God doesn’t tempt anyone, what is the correct interpretation of this verse?
Q. My Husband and I were having the discussion on prayer. How do you explain to someone that even when God already knows the outcome of something, he still wants us to pray. Can you please explain this?