Developing The Habit Of Praying

Q. I need help to get into the habit of praying.  I personally need help from the Lord to center my life around Him, but I forget to pray for it.  When I do pray, I am easily distracted.  I “forget” what I am talking about and ramble foolishly, and never seem to “make contact” with the Lord.  What suggestions can you give me to “cure” this thing that keeps me away from the “closer walk” I want and need with God?

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Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem

A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

Right from the beginning, most informed commentators have predicted that the only logical conclusion to the so-called Middle East Peace process would be war.  Contrary to what our leaders have told us, the Palestinian goal has never been to accept a two state solution.  They’ve already turned that deal down at least twice.  No, the goal has been to eliminate the Jewish state altogether.  As long as they could win concessions at the bargaining table war could be avoided, but the day would obviously come when no more concessions could be given, and the only option would be to go to war for the rest.  That day may have come, and of course the stumbling block is  Jerusalem.

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Is Anointing With Oil Proper?

Q. There are a lot of pastors who dip their finger on some holy oil and then lay hands on people. This oil is sold and advertised on TV. Some renowned pastors use holy water. The bible says we have to pray and heal the sick in the name of Jesus only. When the question is posed they answer by saying in the book of James  5:14 it is written that we must lay hands on the sick and anoint them with oil. Is this verse being applied correctly? Is the usage of oil in this verse have supernatural effect or medicinal effect.

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Praying At The Western Wall

Q.  I got a letter from a Jewish organization yesterday. Included was a blank form for me to write my prayer requests and return to them. They say they’re going to Israel later this summer and will recite my requests at the Western Wall. My question is, is it okay to do that? I thought we’re only supposed to pray directly to God.

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Repetitive Prayers

Q.  I recently read an article in which the author referenced the “Prayer of Jabez.” (1 Chron 4:9-10)  He concluded that “God will not give us what we want just because we pray a certain prayer 3, 4, or even 1,000 times a day.  When we do this we are putting our trust in the prayer instead of God, and it becomes a form of idolatry.”  I had never thought of repetitive prayer in that way.  I know there are several religions that have their prayer rituals and chants.  What are your thoughts on this?

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Will Mixed Motives Negate My Prayers?

Q.  I have kidney and pancreas failure,  and have been on dialysis for 2.5 years now. We have been praying for healing for years, even before it got to the dialysis stage. My prayer is that even if its only a month before the Rapture and that is all the time I have as a ‘well’ person, I still ask for it, partly because its horrible to be sick all the time, and partly  because I think it would be a tremendous witness in the power of our Lord to go from having barely any kidney function, and no pancreatic function, to all of a sudden being as healthy as any healthy person is.  I have been blessed beyond belief with my faith, my husband, and finances. But this decaying body is always hanging over my head, and its seems like each month we are here on this earth it gets worse and worse.  I guess the question is, since my motives aren’t 100% please-heal-me-so-I-can-be-a-witness and honestly more geared towards wanting to be healthy even for a short time, will this negate my prayers?

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Is It OK To Say “Amen”?

Q.  I have something I have been wondering about for a while now. When we pray, we say the word “Amen” at the end of our prayers.  Being as how this was the name of an Egyptian god, are we to pronounce it as Jews do, which I have heard pronounced as “Ahmain”, or should we not use the word at all? I don’t want to be offering up prayers to a pagan god. Please help me as this has been bothering me.

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Group Prayer

Q.  It has been my experience that we have a great God and it is not our great prayers or positive thinking that works miracles but God moving to answer our prayers.  And so I have never understood the need for groups of people to pray together about any particular issue.  I know that whenever two or more people join together in prayer the Lord is there with them and this is a blessing I can understand anyone wanting to enjoy, but it does not make the outcome any different than if one person prayed, does it?  Am I missing something here?

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Amos Speaks Again … Part 4

This entry is part 4 of 5 in the series Amos Speaks Again

A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

This promise of judgment against Israel began in chapter 2 verse 6 and shows no sign of letting up. Now the Lord will single out the complacent and the proud.

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