Q. I recently read a book by an author who used to be a Satanist, where he said a Christian once came to him for help. Apparently, the Christian guy had been praying for relief from a situation, but nothing happened. So he decided to ask the devil for help instead. It got me wondering, what does God think of that? This man was praying for help and God didn’t help him, so I guess he caved because he couldn’t take the pressure anymore. Can you give me some answers on this topic?
A Bible Study by Jack Kelley
Then the voice that I had heard from heaven spoke to me once more: “Go, take the scroll that lies open in the hand of the angel who is standing on the sea and on the land.”
So I went to the angel and asked him to give me the little scroll. He said to me, “Take it and eat it. It will turn your stomach sour, but in your mouth it will be as sweet as honey.” I took the little scroll from the angel’s hand and ate it. It tasted as sweet as honey in my mouth, but when I had eaten it, my stomach turned sour. (Rev. 10:9-10)
Q. I have been reading about predestination. God knows our whole life, before conception. It is all planned out. He knows if we will choose him (salvation) or not. He knows when people will die. Why pray for your loved ones, when God knows It is his will . All through the Bible, it talks about praying for people, but our lives are already planned out, according to God’s will.
My Mother died of cancer several years ago. I’m wondering … Why did I pray so fervently, if I knew it was God’s choice to bring her home. Why do churches have “prayer requests” ? We cannot change God’s mind. My mind is “reeling” about these thoughts. Hope you can help!
Q. I confess my sins as quickly as I realize that I’ve sinned. There are times however where I don’t confess anything because I can’t remember sinning at all. I spend my time either working, studying God’s Word and being on sites such as yours, and spending time with my wife, not necessarily in that order, and do nothing that goes against His commandments (as far as I know.) Should I confess on a daily basis anyway?
Q. My question deals with some thoughts I can’t make sense of. Jesus died so his blood covers our sins from God’s sight. Still, He knows our needs and we’re to pray to the Father. If the Father can’t see our sins now, will they be exposed after the rapture if we don’t ask for forgiveness? Also, do we pray for healing to make the Father aware of our need or just our desire? I’m having a hard time reconciling what the blood covers with how we pray.
Q. How can a Christian support the Jewish people as the Bible says; Genesis 12:3 , Romans 15:27 as well as other Bible references. I have had conversations with other Christians and there is many varying answers and opinions that are not clarifying the question. I know what Gods word says but I really don’t know how to apply my actions to His Word.
Q. Can we pray directly to the Holy Spirit? I know that He intercedes for us, as he will “groan” on our behalf for the Lord’s will in our life, but can we pray to Him? Also, when we pray to God the Father, we are to pray “In the name of Jesus”. Correct?
Commentary by Jack Kelley
Don’t let anyone deceive you in any way, for (that day will not come) until the rebellion occurs and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the man doomed to destruction (2 Thes. 2:3).
Q. Revelation 13:10 says, “If anyone is to go into captivity, into captivity he will go. If anyone is to be killed with the sword, with the sword he will be killed. This calls for patient endurance and faithfulness on the part of the saints.” My question is, I know that thousands upon thousands of Tribulation Saints will be killed during this time. Does it mean that the Saints will indeed have to have “patience endurance and faithfulness,” and leave revenge to the Lord? Thank you once again for sharing your wisdom of the scripture.
Q. First thank you for your website and your wisdom, which is why I write. I have been mulling over some personal issues in my life and I’ve been praying for guidance and wisdom but I don’t seem to find the answers I’m looking for. Is there any advice you can give me as to how I can listen for God’s counsel in these matters? I’m trying to avoid my own meddling and instead allow HIS grace to guide me, but I worry I’m unsuccessful. I appreciate your advice on this matter and look forward to your response.