Q. what is the significance of praying? does something begin to happen in the spiritual realm when we pray that we don’t see? If God knows our needs before we even ask, why pray? I understand the need to show our dependence upon God, but what is going on when we pray?
I go to a church that does fasting different than I’ve ever heard. I believe that you give up food in some way or totally for as long as you feel God would expect of you as an individual. I have heard that a person can fast things like giving up T.V or some kind of pleasure. I do not believe in this as to me it seems like one is giving up a sin that should not be in your life any way.
I am a believer. I am struggling with the death of a loved one, (untimely and tragic….aged 20). Over a year has passed. Job chapter 3, verse 3, would sum up my feelings, as well as my thoughts.
Concerning people who claim healing in Jesus’ name, or bind things in Jesus’ name. I asked a woman who admitted she attends a charismatic church about why she prays this way, binding and claiming and so forth. She took me to Matthew 16:19 telling me that Jesus has given us the power to do these things.
I had a question on prayer. Does prayer change God’s mind? Or is God changed by prayer?
Q. My question is about fasting. I know that there are examples in the New Testament of people fasting, but I’ve never had a pastor ever teach about it. How should we fast? When? For how long? How often? How does it work? What is it’s purpose? Please teach me about this subject and how I should incorporate it into my own life and walk with God. Thank you, as always, for all of your hard work.
I have a real prayer burden for my children and their spouses. They reject the Bible as the Word of God. One even said that it’s” just words written by men and I know men.” When I point out that- It claims to the “inspired ” Word given by the Holy Spirit to holy men , and it’s historical accuracy , the test of time, etc…they turn a deaf ear.
My sister-in-law has told me that she’s in love with another man, other than her husband. She still claims to be a Christian and does not feel that it is wrong to meet with the other man and have a relationship with him. I have prayed for her and I know in my heart this is not right. What should I do?
The following question was emailed to our “Ask a Bible Teacher” column this week. Since it’s such an important question, I’m responding in our feature article format so as to provide greater detail. This will also allow more people to see it, because it’s a question we’ve all asked.
Q. I have a friend who has grown up Catholic but has gone to other churches to study the bible. She believes that on All Souls Day, we should pray for our loved ones who have passed on. Is there any biblical evidence for this? When we pass on, don’t our souls go either to heaven or hell? Thank you for your help.