By: Brother S.
is Faith? How do I increase my faith? What can I expect from God?
Does God still perform Miracles? How should I pray? What is too big
These are questions that some Christians may not fully understand
how to answer. I hope that this commentary will provide you with
insight to these types of questions. As you read the text, you will
see that more than 80% of it is composed of Bible scripture, with
the remaining being my comments.
help us understand the gifts of God (Salvation, Faith, or the other
spiritual gifts), it is helpful to understand the capabilities and
limitations of God.
the first two pages of this commentary, I have listed verses that
may help define the greatness of God’s power. The remaining pages
are dedicated to uplifting scriptures of Biblical promises.
†The use of the name God or Lord in this commentary is
referring in general to the Biblical Holy Trinity being composed of
God the Father, his Son Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost. All
scripture references provided in this document are from the Kings
James Version Bible.
The power of God:
read in the first chapter of the Bible that God created all
things. I don’t see any evolution based “Big Bang” events listed
here, but I do see a master creator that systematically planned the
universe and all things according to his purpose. As I read through
these verses, the nonchalant statement that “he made the stars also”
(Genesis 1:16) caught my attention. It is as though this was so
simple a task that it was barely worth mentioning. To help us
understand the magnitude of this one event, we can look at secular
science’s understanding of the universe. It has been estimated that
the universe contains 70 sextillion stars (7 followed by 22 zeroes)
http://www.cnn.com/2003/TECH/space/07/22/stars.survey/ . That is
equal to about ten times the number of grains of sand on all the
Earth’s beaches and deserts. What kind of awesome God do we
serve that such an incredible creation only warrants this trivial
comment of his ability to create an uncountable number of stars and
Genesis 1:1 In
the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. 1:2 And
the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face
of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the
waters. 1:3 And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.
1:4 And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the
light from the darkness. 1:5 And God called the light Day, and
the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were
the first day. 1:6 And God said, Let
there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it
divide the waters from the waters. 1:7 And God made the firmament,
and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the
waters which were above the firmament: and it was so. 1:8 And God
called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were
the second day. 1:9 And God said, Let the waters under the heaven
be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear:
and it was so. 1:10 And God called the dry land Earth; and the
gathering together of the waters called he Seas: and God saw that it
was good. 1:11 And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass,
the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit
after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was
so. 1:12 And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed
after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in
itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good. 1:13 And the
evening and the morning were the third day. 1:14 And God said,
Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day
from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and
for days, and years: 1:15 And let them be for lights in the
firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so.
1:16 And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the
day, and the lesser light to rule the night:
he made the stars also.
1:17 And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light
upon the earth, 1:18 And to rule over the day and over the night,
and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was
good. 1:19 And the evening and the morning were the fourth day.
1:20 And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the
moving creature that hath life, and fowl that may fly above
the earth in the open firmament of heaven. 1:21 And God
created great whales, and every living creature that moveth,
which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and
every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that it was good.
1:22 And God blessed them, saying, Be fruitful, and multiply, and
fill the waters in the seas, and let fowl multiply in the earth.
1:23 And the evening and the morning were the fifth day.
1:24 And God said, Let the earth
bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping
thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so. 1:25
And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after
their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his
kind: and God saw that it was good. 1:26 And God said, Let us
make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have
dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and
over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping
thing that creepeth upon the earth. 1:27 So God created man in his
own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female
created he them.
And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which
from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created
all things by Jesus Christ:
1:16 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven,
and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be
thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were
created by him, and for him: 1:17 And he is before all things,
and by him all things consist.
We read in Ephesians and Colossians that God through Jesus
created all things and that he existed before all things. I’ve
heard people question the eternity of God and ask where God came
from or how he began. Due to the nature of human existence, it is
difficult for us to completely understand the concept of eternity.
For humans, there is always a start and end to all things, but this
is not the case with God. When trying to comprehend eternity, we
should consider that God only provided humans with a limited mental
capacity that makes a complete understanding of eternity very
Ah Lord GOD! behold, thou hast made the heaven and the earth by
thy great power and stretched out arm, and there is nothing too
hard for thee: 32:18 Thou showest lovingkindness unto thousands,
and recompensest the iniquity of the fathers into the bosom of their
children after them: the Great, the Mighty God, the LORD of hosts,
is his name, 32:19 Great in counsel, and mighty in work: for thine
eyes are open upon all the ways of the sons of men: to give every
one according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings:
Isa 66:1 Thus
saith the LORD, The heaven is my throne, and the earth is my
footstool: where is the house that ye build unto me? and where
is the place of my rest?
In Job 9 we see it mentioned again that God created the celestial
Job 9:5 Which
removeth the mountains, and they know not: which overturneth them in
his anger. 9:6 Which shaketh the earth out of her place,
and the pillars thereof tremble. 9:7 Which commandeth the sun,
and it riseth not; and sealeth up the stars. 9:8 Which alone
spreadeth out the heavens, and treadeth upon the waves of the sea.
9:9 Which maketh Arcturus, Orion, and Pleiades, and the
chambers of the south. 9:10 Which doeth great things past finding
out; yea, and wonders without number.
With the ancient is wisdom; and in length of days understanding.
12:13 With him is wisdom and strength, he hath counsel and understanding.
12:14 Behold, he breaketh down, and it cannot be built again: he shutteth
up a man, and there can be no opening.
12:15 Behold, he withholdeth the
waters, and they dry up: also he sendeth them out, and they overturn
the earth. 12:16 With him is strength and wisdom: the deceived and
the deceiver are his. 12:17 He leadeth counselors away spoiled, and maketh the judges fools.
12:18 He looseth the bond of
kings, and girdeth their loins with a girdle. 12:19 He leadeth princes away spoiled, and overthroweth the mighty.
God states and then asks Jeremiah if anything is too hard for him
Ah Lord GOD! behold, thou hast made the heaven and the earth by thy
great power and stretched out arm, and there is nothing too hard
Then came the word of the LORD unto Jeremiah, saying, 32:27 Behold,
I am the LORD, the God of all flesh: is there any thing
too hard for me?
God questions Job about man’s limitations compared to his own
power and ask the question “where wast thou” during the creation of
Job 38:1 Then
the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said, 38:2
Who is this that darkeneth counsel by words without knowledge?
38:3 Gird up now thy loins like a man; for I will demand of thee,
and answer thou me. 38:4 Where wast thou when I laid the
foundations of the earth? declare, if thou hast understanding.
38:5 Who hath laid the measures thereof, if thou knowest? or who
hath stretched the line upon it? 38:6 Whereupon are the
foundations thereof fastened? or who laid the corner stone thereof;
38:7 When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God
shouted for joy? 38:8 Or who shut up the sea with doors, when it
broke forth, as if it had issued out of the womb? 38:9 When I made
the cloud the garment thereof, and thick darkness a swaddling band
for it, 38:10 And broke up for it my decreed place, and set bars
and doors, 38:11 And said, Hitherto shalt thou come, but no
further: and here shall thy proud waves be stayed? 38:12 Hast thou
commanded the morning since thy days; and caused the dayspring to
know his place; 38:13 That it might take hold of the ends of the
earth, that the wicked might be shaken out of it? 38:14 It is
turned as clay to the seal; and they stand as a garment. 38:15 And
from the wicked their light is withheld, and the high arm shall be
broken. 38:16 Hast thou entered into the springs of the sea? or
hast thou walked in the search of the depth? 38:17 Have the gates
of death been opened unto thee? or hast thou seen the doors of the
shadow of death? 38:18 Hast thou perceived the breadth of the
earth? declare if thou knowest it all. 38:19 Where is the way
where light dwelleth? and as for darkness, where is the place
thereof, 38:20 That thou shouldest take it to the bound thereof,
and that thou shouldest know the paths to the house thereof? 38:21
Knowest thou it, because thou wast then born? or because the number
of thy days is great? 38:22 Hast thou entered into the treasures
of the snow? or hast thou seen the treasures of the hail, 38:23
Which I have reserved against the time of trouble, against the day
of battle and war? 38:24 By what way is the light parted, which
scattereth the east wind upon the earth? 38:25 Who hath divided a
watercourse for the overflowing of waters, or a way for the
lightning of thunder; 38:26 To cause it to rain on the earth,
where no man is; on the wilderness, wherein there is no man; 38:27
To satisfy the desolate and waste ground; and to cause the bud of
the tender herb to spring forth? 38:28 Hath the rain a father? or
who hath begotten the drops of dew? 38:29 Out of whose womb came
the ice? and the hoary frost of heaven, who hath engendered it?
38:30 The waters are hid as with a stone, and the face of the deep
is frozen. 38:31 Canst thou bind the sweet influences of Pleiades,
or loose the bands of Orion? 38:32 Canst thou bring forth
Mazzaroth in his season? or canst thou guide Arcturus with his sons?
38:33 Knowest thou the ordinances of heaven? canst thou set the
dominion thereof in the earth? 38:34 Canst thou lift up thy voice
to the clouds, that abundance of waters may cover thee? 38:35
Canst thou send lightnings, that they may go, and say unto thee,
Here we are? 38:36 Who hath put wisdom in the inward parts? or who
hath given understanding to the heart? 38:37 Who can number the
clouds in wisdom? or who can stay the bottles of heaven, 38:38
When the dust groweth into hardness, and the clods cleave fast
together? 38:39 Wilt thou hunt the prey for the lion? or fill the
appetite of the young lions, 38:40 When they couch in their dens,
and abide in the covert to lie in wait? 38:41 Who provideth for
the raven his food? when his young ones cry unto God, they wander
for lack of meat.
Satan is a created being and, like all of God's creatures, is
subject to the final authority of God. Satan is not permitted to
do anything unless God first allows him. In Job 1 and 2, God granted
permission for the devil to touch Job's possessions and even his
physical body, but refused to allow Satan to kill him.
Job 1:9 Then
Satan answered the LORD, and said, Doth Job fear God for naught?
1:10 Hast not thou made a hedge about him, and about his house,
and about all that he hath on every side? thou hast blessed
the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land.
1:11 But put forth thine hand
now, and touch all that he hath, and he will curse thee to thy face.
1:12 And the LORD said unto Satan, Behold, all that he hath is in
thy power; only upon himself put not forth thine hand. So Satan went
forth from the presence of the LORD.
Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he
will flee from you.
12:9 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called
the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was
cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.
20:10 And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of
fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are,
and shall be tormented day and night forever and ever.
Even the unbelievers are ultimately subject to his control:
20:6 And said, O LORD God of our fathers, art not thou God in
heaven? and rulest not thou over all the kingdoms of the heathen?
and in thine hand is there not power and might, so that none is
able to withstand thee? 20:7 Art not thou our God, who didst
drive out the inhabitants of this land before thy people Israel, and
gavest it to the seed of Abraham thy friend forever?
The LORD doth build up Jerusalem: he gathereth together the outcasts
of Israel. 147:3 He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up
their wounds. 147:4 He telleth the number of the stars; he
calleth them all by their names. 147:5 Great is our Lord, and
of great power: his understanding is
infinite. 147:6 The LORD lifteth up the meek: he casteth
the wicked down to the ground.
Nahum 1:3 The
LORD is slow to anger, and great in power, and will not at
all acquit the wicked: the LORD hath his way in the whirlwind and
in the storm, and the clouds are the dust of his feet. 1:4
He rebuketh the sea, and maketh it dry, and drieth up all the rivers:
Bashan languisheth, and Carmel, and the flower of
Lebanon languisheth. 1:5 The mountains quake at him, and the hills melt,
and the earth is burned at his presence, yea, the world, and all
that dwell therein. 1:6 Who can stand before his indignation?
and who can abide in the fierceness of his anger? his fury is poured
out like fire, and the rocks are thrown down by him. 1:7 The
LORD is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble; and he knoweth
them that trust in him.
Jesus said that he was the first and the last or the beginning and
the end. He was before all things and will exist after life as we
know it is over.
21:6 And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the
beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of
the fountain of the water of life freely. 21:7 He that overcometh
shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my
Things impossible for God
You may wonder how can this great God that we serve have
limitations, but after reading the following verses you will see
that there two things that the Lord can’t do.
That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God
to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for
refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us:
5:21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin;
that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.
God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man,
that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or
hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?
It is impossible for the Lord to either LIE or SIN. Holding to this
understanding, we know that the Lord will hold true to any promises
that he made! Keep this in mind as you read the remainder of this
God’s Promises of Help
31:6 Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of
them: for the LORD thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he
will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.
Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever.
The Lord promises Abraham (at 99 years of age) that he and Sarah (90
years old) will have a child. We read that Sarah laughs within
herself at this thought and then the Lord asks if anything is too
hard for him. After reading of the unlimited power of the Lord, is
there indeed any thing too hard for him?
And he said, I will certainly return unto thee according to the time
of life; and, lo, Sarah thy wife shall have a son. And Sarah heard
it in the tent door, which was behind him.
18:11 Now Abraham and Sarah were
old and well stricken in age; and it ceased to be with Sarah after
the manner of women. 18:12 Therefore Sarah laughed within herself,
saying, After I am waxed old shall I have pleasure, my lord being
old also? 18:13 And the LORD said unto Abraham, Wherefore did
Sarah laugh, saying, Shall I of a surety bear a child, which am old?
18:14 Is any thing too hard for the LORD? At the time appointed
I will return unto thee, according to the time of life, and Sarah
shall have a son.
Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with
such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave
thee, nor forsake thee. 13:6 So that we may boldly say, The
Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me
Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you:
and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.
4:19 But my God shall supply all your need according to his
riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
12:9 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee:
for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore
will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may
rest upon me.
10:13 There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to
man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted
above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way
to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.
Jude 1:24 Now
unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to
present you faultless before the presence of his glory with
exceeding joy, 1:25 To the only wise God our Savior, be glory and
majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.
Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not
what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh
intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. 8:27
And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the
Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints
according to the will of God. 8:28 And we know that all things
work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the
called according to his purpose.
15:51 Behold, I show you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we
shall all be changed, 15:52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an
eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead
shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. 15:53
For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal
must put on immortality. 15:54 So when this corruptible shall
have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on
immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is
written, Death is swallowed up in victory. 15:55 O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?
15:56 The sting of death is
sin; and the strength of sin is the law. 15:57 But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord
John 1:12 But
as many as received him, to them gave he power to become
the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:
Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath
Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in
Zion a chief corner stone,
elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be
And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall
reap, if we faint not.
He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might
he increaseth strength. 40:30 Even the youths shall faint and be
weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: 40:31 But they
that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount
up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they
shall walk, and not faint.
2 Peter 3:9
The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men
count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that
any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
As for God, his way is perfect: the word of the LORD is tried: he
is a buckler to all those that trust in him. 18:31 For who is
God save the LORD? or who is a rock save our God? 18:32 It
is God that girdeth me with strength, and maketh my way perfect.
18:33 He maketh my feet like hinds' feet, and setteth me upon my
Behold, the LORD's hand is not shortened, that it cannot
save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear:
7:14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble
themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn
from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and
will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
Promises of Financial
The LORD maketh poor, and maketh rich: he bringeth low, and
The blessing of the LORD, it maketh rich, and he
addeth no sorrow with it.
The Lord instructs us to PROVE him by paying our tithes and
offerings and he will pour out a blessing so large that we wouldn’t
have room to receive it.
Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein
have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings. 3:9 Ye are
cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation.
3:10 Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be
meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD
of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour
you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive
Riches and honor are with me; yea, durable riches and
righteousness. 8:19 My fruit is better than gold, yea, than fine
gold; and my revenue than choice silver. 8:20 I lead in the way of
righteousness, in the midst of the paths of judgment: 8:21 That I
may cause those that love me to inherit substance; and I will fill
Luke 6:38 Give,
and it shall be given unto you, good measure, pressed down, and
shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom.
For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be
measured to you again.
Honor the LORD with thy substance, and with the firstfruits
of all thine increase: 3:10 So shall thy barns be filled with
plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine.
Promises of Spiritual
blessings to those who hunger and thirst after righteousness
Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for
they shall be filled.
John 6:32 Then
Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Moses gave you
not that bread from heaven; but my Father giveth you the true bread
from heaven. 6:33 For the bread of God is he which cometh down
from heaven, and giveth life unto the world. 6:34 Then said they
unto him, Lord, evermore give us this bread. 6:35 And Jesus said
unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall
never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.
That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory,
to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man;
Proverbs 3:6 In
all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
Promises of Strength
Then he said unto them, Go your way, eat the fat, and drink the
sweet, and send portions unto them for whom nothing is prepared: for
this day is holy unto our Lord: neither be ye sorry; for the joy
of the LORD is your strength.
2 Samuel 22:2
And he said, The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and
my deliverer; 22:3 The God of my rock; in him will I trust:
he is my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my
high tower, and my refuge, my savior; thou savest
me from violence. 22:4 I will call on the LORD, who is worthy to
be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies. 22:5 When the
waves of death compassed me, the floods of ungodly men made me
afraid; 22:6 The sorrows of hell compassed me about; the snares of
death prevented me; 22:7 In my distress I called upon the LORD,
and cried to my God: and he did hear my voice out of his temple,
and my cry did enter into his ears.
The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God,
my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my
salvation, and my high tower. 18:3 I will call upon the LORD,
who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies.
18:4 The sorrows of death compassed me, and the floods of ungodly
men made me afraid. 18:5 The sorrows of hell compassed me about:
the snares of death prevented me. 18:6 In my distress I called
upon the LORD, and cried unto my God: he heard my voice out of his
temple, and my cry came before him, even into his ears. 18:7
Then the earth shook and trembled; the foundations also of the hills
moved and were shaken, because he was wroth. 18:8 There went up a
smoke out of his nostrils, and fire out of his mouth devoured: coals
were kindled by it. 18:9 He bowed the heavens also, and came down:
and darkness was under his feet. 18:10 And he rode upon a cherub,
and did fly: yea, he did fly upon the wings of the wind. 18:11 He made darkness his secret place; his pavilion round about him were
dark waters and thick clouds of the skies.
18:12 At the brightness that was
before him his thick clouds passed, hail stones and coals of fire.
18:13 The LORD also thundered in the heavens, and the Highest gave
his voice; hail stones and coals of fire.
Definitions: Rock – the LORD is a solid foundation, Fortress –
protection or defense in battle, my God, my Strength, my Buckler – a
portable full body shield, Horn of my Salvation – The power of my
salvation, High Tower – provides peace and safety in the midst of
all kinds of struggles
In summary, David stated that the promises of the Lord are as solid
as a rock and he provides his protection from the weapons of satan
in any situation.
Psalms 27:1 A
Psalm of David. The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall
I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I
My soul melteth for heaviness: strengthen thou me according unto
He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he
increaseth strength. 40:30 Even the youths shall faint and be
weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: 40:31 But they that
wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall
mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and
they shall walk, and not faint.
Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy
God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will
uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.
4:13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.
1:10 That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being
fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of
God; 1:11 Strengthened with all might, according to his
glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with
Paul explains that our fight is a spiritual one and must be fought
with spiritual weapons.
Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his
might. 6:11 Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able
to stand against the wiles of the devil. 6:12 For we wrestle
not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against
powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against
spiritual wickedness in high places. 6:13 Wherefore take unto you
the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil
day, and having done all, to stand. 6:14 Stand therefore, having
your loins girt about with truth, and having on the
breastplate of righteousness; 6:15 And your feet shod with
the preparation of the gospel of peace; 6:16 Above all,
taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench
all the fiery darts of the wicked. 6:17 And take the helmet of
salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of
God: 6:18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication
in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and
supplication for all saints;
Help in times of
4:8 We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are
perplexed, but not in despair; 4:9 Persecuted, but not forsaken;
cast down, but not destroyed; 4:10 Always bearing about in the
body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might
be made manifest in our body.
4:17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh
for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; 4:18
While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things
which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but
the things which are not seen are eternal.
Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with
such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave
thee, nor forsake thee. 13:6 So that we may boldly say, The
Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.
Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will
give you rest. 11:29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me;
for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your
souls. 11:30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favor is life:
weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.
Hear, O LORD, and have mercy upon me: LORD, be thou my helper.
30:11 Thou hast turned for me my mourning into dancing: thou
hast put off my sackcloth, and girded me with gladness;
The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in
mercy. 103:9 He will not always chide: neither will he keep his
anger forever. 103:10 He hath not dealt with us after our sins;
nor rewarded us according to our iniquities. 103:11 For as the
heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them
that fear him. 103:12 As far as the east is from the west, so
far hath he removed our transgressions from us.
The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath
anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to
bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the
captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are
bound; 61:2 To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and
the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn;
61:3 To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them
beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise
for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of
righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified.
He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds.
But the salvation of the righteous is of the LORD: he is their
strength in the time of trouble. 37:40 And the LORD shall
help them, and deliver them: he shall deliver them from the
wicked, and save them, because they trust in him.
The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he
delighteth in his way. 37:24 Though he fall, he shall not be
utterly cast down: for the LORD upholdeth him with his hand.
37:25 I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the
righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.
For this shall every one that is godly pray unto thee in a time when
thou mayest be found: surely in the floods of great waters they
shall not come nigh unto him. 32:7 Thou art my hiding
place; thou shalt preserve me from trouble; thou shalt compass
me about with songs of deliverance. Selah.
My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my
heart, and my portion forever. 73:27 For, lo, they that are far
from thee shall perish: thou hast destroyed all them that go a
whoring from thee. 73:28 But it is good for me to draw near to God:
I have put my trust in the Lord GOD, that I may declare all thy
Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the
wicked. 91:9 Because thou hast made the LORD, which is my
refuge, even the most High, thy habitation; 91:10 There
shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy
dwelling. 91:11 For he shall give his angels charge over thee,
to keep thee in all thy ways. 91:12 They shall bear thee up in
their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone. 91:13 Thou
shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon
shalt thou trample under feet
They that sow in tears shall reap in joy. 126:6 He that
goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come
again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.
Behold, God will not cast away a perfect man, neither will he
help the evildoers: 8:21 Till he fill thy mouth with laughing, and
thy lips with rejoicing.
For he hath not despised nor abhorred the affliction of the
afflicted; neither hath he hid his face from him; but when he
cried unto him, he heard.
Psalms 9:9 The
LORD also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times
of trouble. 9:10 And they that know thy name will put their
trust in thee: for thou, LORD, hast not forsaken them that seek
Though I walk in the midst of trouble, thou wilt revive me: thou
shalt stretch forth thine hand against the wrath of mine enemies,
and thy right hand shall save me.
For thou wilt save the afflicted people; but wilt bring down high
looks. 18:28 For thou wilt light my candle: the LORD my God will enlighten my
darkness. 18:29 For by
thee I have run through a troop; and by my God have I leaped over a
wall. 18:30 As for God, his way is perfect: the word of the LORD is tried: he is a
buckler to all those that trust in him.
18:31 For who is God save the LORD?
or who is a rock save our God? 18:32 It is God that girdeth me with strength, and maketh my way perfect.
The righteous cry, and the LORD heareth, and delivereth them out
of all their troubles. 34:18 The LORD is nigh unto them that
are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.
34:19 Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD
delivereth him out of them all. 34:20 He keepeth all his
bones: not one
Psalms 23:1 A
Psalm of David. The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. 23:2 He
maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the
still waters. 23:3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the
paths of righteousness for his name's sake. 23:4 Yea, though I
walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil:
for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. 23:5
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies:
thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. 23:6 Surely
goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I
will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.
These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace.
In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I
have overcome the world.
The name of the LORD is a strong tower: the righteous runneth
into it, and is safe.
3:3 But the Lord is faithful, who shall establish you, and
keep you from evil.
Waiting on the Lord
Psalms 40:1 To
the chief Musician, A Psalm of David. I waited patiently for the
LORD; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry. 40:2 He
brought me up also out of a horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and
set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings. 40:3 And
he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many
shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the LORD. 40:4 Blessed
is that man that maketh the LORD his trust, and respecteth not the
proud, nor such as turn aside to lies.
And therefore will the LORD wait, that he may be gracious unto you,
and therefore will he be exalted, that he may have mercy upon you:
for the LORD is a God of judgment: blessed are all they that wait
Psalms 25:2 O
my God, I trust in thee: let me not be ashamed, let not mine enemies
triumph over me. 25:3 Yea, let none that wait on thee be
ashamed: let them be ashamed which transgress without cause.
25:4 Show me thy ways, O LORD; teach me thy paths. 25:5 Lead me in
thy truth, and teach me: for thou art the God of my salvation; on
thee do I wait all the day. 25:6 Remember, O LORD, thy tender
mercies and thy lovingkindnesses; for they have been ever of old.
Teach me thy way, O LORD, and lead me in a plain path, because of
mine enemies. 27:12 Deliver me not over unto the will of mine
enemies: for false witnesses are risen up against me, and such as
breathe out cruelty. 27:13 I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of
the LORD in the land of the living. 27:14 Wait on the LORD: be
of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I
say, on the LORD.
3:24 The LORD is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I
hope in him. 3:25 The LORD is good unto them that wait for him,
to the soul that seeketh him. 3:26 It is good that a man should
both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the LORD. 3:27
It is good for a man that he bear the yoke in his youth.
Psalms 62:5 My
soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from him.
62:6 He only is my rock and my salvation: he is my defense; I
shall not be moved. 62:7 In God is my salvation and my glory:
the rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God. 62:8
Trust in him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before
him: God is a refuge for us. Selah.
Therefore turn thou to thy God: keep mercy and judgment, and wait on
thy God continually.
Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the
world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled,
neither let it be afraid.
Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine
Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he
may exalt you in due time: 5:7 Casting all your care upon him;
for he careth for you.
Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also
in me. 14:2 In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not
so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 14:3
And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and
receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.
4:6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and
supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto
God. 4:7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding,
shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
3:15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the
which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful. 3:16 Let
the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and
admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs,
singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.
4:19 But my God shall supply all your need according to his
riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye
shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye
shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than
raiment? 6:26 Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow
not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your
heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than
they? 6:27 Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit
unto his stature? 6:28 And why take ye thought for raiment?
Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not,
neither do they spin: 6:29 And yet I say unto you, That even
Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 6:30
Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which today is,
and tomorrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe
you, O ye of little faith? 6:31 Therefore take no thought,
saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal
shall we be clothed? 6:32 (For after all these things do the
Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need
of all these things. 6:33 But seek ye first the
kingdom of God, and his
righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
Romans 8:6 For
to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is
life and peace. 8:7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against
God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.
8:8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.
Psalms 91:1 He
that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under
the shadow of the Almighty. 91:2 I will say of the LORD, He is my
refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I
trust. 91:3 Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the
fowler, and from the noisome pestilence. 91:4 He shall
cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust:
his truth shall be thy shield and buckler. 91:5 Thou
shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow
that flieth by day; 91:6 Nor for the pestilence that walketh in
darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday. 91:7 A
thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand;
but it shall not come nigh thee. 91:8 Only with thine eyes
shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked.
Psalms 4:8 I
will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, LORD,
only makest me dwell in safety.
Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee:
because he trusteth in thee. 26:4 Trust ye in the LORD forever: for
in the LORD JEHOVAH is everlasting strength:
[to trust; to persuade, to draw towards any thing, to conciliate; to
believe, to obey]
1 a :
allegiance to duty or a person : LOYALTY b (1) : fidelity to one's
promises (2) sincerity of intentions
2 a (1) :
belief and trust in and loyalty to God (2) : belief in the
traditional doctrines of a religion b (1) : firm belief in something
for which there is no proof (2) : complete trust 3 : something that
is believed especially with strong conviction; especially : a system
of religious beliefs
Paul provides a definition of faith in Hebrews 11
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of
things not seen. 11:2 For by it the elders obtained a good
report. 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him:
for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a
rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
We see in Hebrews 11:6 that “without faith it is impossible to
please him”, so it is the duty of all Christians to work to grow in
recall Brother Robert Hayden saying that “Faith is reaching out and
taking hold of nothing and holding on to it until it becomes
Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find;
knock, and it shall be opened unto you: 7:8 For every one
that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that
knocketh it shall be opened.
John 16:23 And
in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you,
Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you.
16:24 Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive,
that your joy may be full.
And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye
Scriptures relating to a
grain of mustard
Then said he, Unto what is the
kingdom of God like? and
whereunto shall I resemble it? 13:19 It is like a grain of
mustard seed, which a man took, and cast into his garden; and it
grew, and waxed a great tree; and the fowls of the air lodged in the
branches of it.
Luke 17:5 And
the apostles said unto the Lord, Increase our faith. 17:6
And the Lord said, If ye had faith as a grain of mustard seed,
ye might say unto this sycamine tree, Be thou plucked up by the
root, and be thou planted in the sea; and it should obey you.
Mark 4:30 And
he said, Whereunto shall we liken the kingdom of
God? or with what comparison
shall we compare it? 4:31 It is like a grain of mustard seed,
which, when it is sown in the earth, is less than all the seeds that
be in the earth: 4:32 But when it is sown, it groweth up, and
becometh greater than all herbs, and shooteth out great branches; so
that the fowls of the air may lodge under the shadow of it.
And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for
verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard
seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder
place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto
Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of
heaven is like to a grain of mustard seed, which a man took,
and sowed in his field: 13:32 Which indeed is the least of all
seeds: but when it is grown, it is the greatest among herbs, and
becometh a tree, so that the birds of the air come and lodge in the
We typically hear preachers and teachers refer to the scriptures
above and how these infer that a small amount of faith (like a grain
of mustard seed) can move mountains. While discussing this idea with
my daughters, one of them made the comment that if a small amount of
faith could achieve this kind of result, then we wouldn’t need
bulldozers. I’m not downplaying the power of God or the potential of
faith, but I think we should be realistic about what level of faith
is required to warrant such a prayer to be answered. Jesus even said
that “This kind can come forth by nothing, but by prayer and
After researching information about the mustard seed, I think that
the more applicable theme the Lord was referring to, is the quick
growth of a mustard seed to a large plant and how a small seed of
faith can grow quickly. If we can take hold of faith until it grows
and fully develops, what are the possibilities? We know that God is
bigger then any need that we have, but we can only see the greatest
potential if we can match these promises with equal trust and
seed – According
to botanists a Mustard seed planted one day can begin growing the
next. A grown black mustard would still be a herb, botanically
speaking, but sometimes a very big herb, popularly considered a
shrub. There are wild mustard plants over ten feet tall near the
Jordan River, and even in moderate climate a mustard plant may grow
that tall, provided it gets enough sunshine. It must, moreover, be
remarked that generally trees in most parts of the Holy Land do not
reach a large stature. The stem of a mustard plant also becomes dry
and wood-like, which gives it the aspect of a tree. In summary, the
three features of the mustard plant emphasized by the Lord are the
small size of the seed, the large size of the plant in relation to
the seed, and the rapid growth.
Spiritual growth doesn’t happen over night, but requires time and
effort to achieve spiritual maturity in faith.
How do we grow in faith? The Bible tells us that faith comes by
hearing or reading his Word. The more we study the scriptures and
understand the way of the Lord, the stronger we can grow
So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of
Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass
Forever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven. 119:90
Thy faithfulness is unto all generations: thou hast established
the earth, and it abideth. 119:91 They continue this day according
to thine ordinances: for all are thy servants.
The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: because the spirit of the
LORD bloweth upon it: surely the people is grass. 40:8 The grass
withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand
Blessed be the LORD, that hath given rest unto his people Israel,
according to all that he promised: there hath not failed one word
of all his good promise, which he promised by the hand of Moses
his servant. 8:57 The LORD our God be with us, as he was with our
fathers: let him not leave us, nor forsake us: 8:58 That he may
incline our hearts unto him, to walk in all his ways, and to keep
his commandments, and his statutes, and his judgments, which he
commanded our fathers.
Faith and Works
What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith,
and have not works? can faith save him?
2:15 If a brother or sister be
naked, and destitute of daily food, 2:16 And one of you say unto
them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye
give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth
it profit? 2:17 Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead,
being alone. 2:18 Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I
have works: show me thy faith without thy works, and I will show
thee my faith by my works.
The verse below describes a woman that continually made requests
unto a judge until he finally became weary of her and granted the
We don’t have to be concerned about making God weary with our
prayers, as he desires hearing from us. I think this illustrates
that a simple two minute prayer may not always get the job done. Our
continual seeking for answers to prayer proves to God that we are
sincere in our requests.
If we can plant the seed of faith by asking God in prayer and then
continually “water” and “nurture” it by prayer, reading the Bible,
attending church services, and fasting, we will see the same growth
potential that a mustard plant possesses. That is when we can expect
to see our prayers answered.
Luke 18:2 Saying, There was in a city a judge, which feared not
God, neither regarded man: 18:3 And there was a widow in that city;
and she came unto him, saying, Avenge me of mine adversary. 18:4
And he would not for a while: but afterward he said within himself,
Though I fear not God, nor regard man; 18:5 Yet because this widow
troubleth me, I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she
weary me. 18:6 And the Lord said, Hear what the unjust judge
saith. 18:7 And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry
day and night unto him, though he bear long with them?
James 1:5 If
any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men
liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. 1:6 But
let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth
is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. 1:7 For
let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.
Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back,
my soul shall have no pleasure in him.
James 1:2 My
brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers
temptations; 1:3 Knowing this, that the trying of your faith
worketh patience. 1:4 But let patience have her perfect work,
that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing. 1:5 If any of
you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men
liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. 1:6
But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth
is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. 1:7 For
let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.
1:8 A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.
For I am the LORD: I will speak, and the word that I shall speak
shall come to pass; it shall be no more prolonged: for in your days,
O rebellious house, will I say the word, and will perform it,
saith the Lord GOD
What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can
be against us?
1Peter 1:5 Who
are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to
be revealed in the last time. 1:6 Wherein ye greatly rejoice,
though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through
manifold temptations: 1:7 That the trial of your faith,
being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it
be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honor and glory
at the appearing of Jesus Christ:
5:7 (For we walk by faith, not by sight:)
Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever.
Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who
for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the
shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are
possible to him that believeth.
1John 5:4 For
whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the
victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. 5:5 Who is
he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is
the Son of God?
In whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the
faith of him.
For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for
what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for? 8:25 But if we
hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.
8:26 Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for
we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit
itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be
uttered. 8:27 And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the
mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints
according to the will of God. 8:28 And we know that all things
work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the
called according to his purpose.
Mark 11:22 And
Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God. 11:23 For
verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain,
Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not
doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he
saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.
11:24 Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire,
when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.
Luke 12:30 For
all these things do the nations of the world seek after: and your
Father knoweth that ye have need of these things. 12:31 But rather seek ye the
kingdom of God; and all these things
shall be added unto you.
5:24 Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it.
Faith of Abraham (Father
Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace; to the end the
promise might be sure to all the seed; not to that only which is of
the law, but to that also which is of the faith of Abraham; who
is the father of us all, 4:17 (As it is written, I have
made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he
believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those
things which be not as though they were. 4:18 Who against hope
believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations,
according to that which was spoken, So shall thy seed be. 4:19 And
being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead,
when he was about a hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of
Sarah's womb: 4:20 He staggered not at the promise of God
through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God;
4:21 And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he
was able also to perform. 4:22 And therefore it was imputed
to him for righteousness.
Keys to getting answers
James 5:15 And
the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall
raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven
him. 5:16 Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for
another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a
righteous man availeth much. 5:17 Elijah was a man subject
to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it
might not rain: and it rained not on the earth by the space of three
years and six months. 5:18 And he prayed again, and the heaven gave
rain, and the earth brought forth her fruit.
– Having adequate power or force to produce the effect. Fervent-
From ferveo, to be hot, to boil, to glow. Hot; boiling; as a
fervent summer; fervent blood.
Just; accordant to the divine law. Applied to persons, it denotes
one who is holy in heart, and observant of the divine commands in
practice; as a righteous man. Applied to things, it denotes
consonant to the divine will or to justice; as a righteous act.
James 5 we can see that prayer with adequate faith (effectual) and a
spiritual burning or desire (fervent) from a Christian living a
righteous life (holy according to God’s standards) will avail much.
This is as close to a recipe for successful prayer as we need.
Prayer and fasting
Pray for our enemies
David humbles himself and prays for his enemies and receives a
blessing in return.
False witnesses did rise up; they laid to my charge things that I
knew not. 35:12 They rewarded me evil for good to the spoiling of
my soul. 35:13 But as for me, when they were sick, my clothing
was sackcloth: I humbled my soul with fasting; and my prayer
returned into mine own bosom.
Bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully
Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbor,
and hate thine enemy. 5:44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies,
bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and
pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;
5:45 That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven:
for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and
sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.
Praying without hatred toward others
1Timothy 2:8 I
will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands,
without wrath and doubting. 2:9 In like manner also, that
women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and
sobriety; not with braided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly
array. 2:10 But (which becometh women professing godliness) with
From the following verse we find that prayer mixed with fasting
gets God’s attention. Perhaps this is because God sees that we are
serious and concerned enough to sacrifice something for it.
Mark 9:28 And
when he was come into the house, his disciples asked him privately,
Why could not we cast him out? 9:29 And he said unto them, This
kind can come forth by nothing, but by prayer and fasting.
Thankfulness and Praise
to the Lord – Keeping a prayer on our hearts
5:16 Rejoice evermore. 5:17 Pray without ceasing. 5:18
In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in
Christ Jesus concerning you. 5:19 Quench not the Spirit. 5:20
Despise not prophesyings. 5:21 Prove all things; hold fast that
which is good. 5:22 Abstain from all appearance of evil.
Phi 4:6 Be
careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication
with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
Luke 18:1 And
he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always
to pray, and not to faint;
Luke 21:34 And
take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged
with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so
that day come upon you unawares. 21:35 For as a snare shall it come
on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth. 21:36
Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy
to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand
before the Son of man.
The Lord covets our praise as is evident by the statement that David
was “a man after mine own heart”. How many psalms can you find that
David didn’t praise and uplift the Lord?
Act 13:22 And
when he had removed him, he raised up unto them David to be their
king; to whom also he gave testimony, and said, I have found
David the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which
shall fulfil all my will.
Praying in the spirit and
14:15 What is it then? I will pray with the spirit, and I
will pray with the understanding also: I will sing with the spirit,
and I will sing with the understanding also.
Luke 22:40 And
when he was at the place, he said unto them, Pray that ye enter
not into temptation.
Jude 1:20 But
ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith,
praying in the Holy Ghost
Luke 22:44 And
being in an agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat
was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground.
22:45 And when he rose up from prayer, and was come to his disciples, he
found them sleeping for sorrow,
22:46 And said unto them, Why sleep
ye? rise and pray, lest ye enter into temptation.
Humble ourselves in
Luke 18:10 Two
men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the
other a publican. 18:11 The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with
himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are,
extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican. 18:12 I
fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess. 18:13
And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as
his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be
merciful to me a sinner. 18:14 I tell you, this man went down
to his house justified rather than the other: for every one
that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth
himself shall be exalted.
Daniel 9:3 And
I set my face unto the Lord God, to seek by prayer and
supplications, with fasting, and sackcloth, and ashes: 9:4 And
I prayed unto the LORD my God, and made my confession, and said, O
Lord, the great and dreadful God, keeping the covenant and mercy to
them that love him, and to them that keep his commandments; 9:5 We
have sinned, and have committed iniquity, and have done wickedly,
and have rebelled, even by departing from thy precepts and from thy
Jesus tells us that the Father knows what are needs are before we
He instructs us how to
to the Father , asking for his will be done, asking for our needs,
asking for forgiveness, forgiving those indebted to us, asking for
deliverance, and closing with praise again.
Matthew 6:8 Be
not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what
things ye have need of, before ye ask him. 6:9 After this
manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy name. 6:10 Thy kingdom come. Thy will be
done in earth, as it is in heaven. 6:11 Give us this day
our daily bread. 6:12 And forgive us our debts, as we
forgive our debtors. 6:13 And lead us not into temptation, but
deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the
power, and the glory, forever. Amen. 6:14 For if ye forgive
men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you:
Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye
pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.
11:25 And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have aught against any: that
your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your
trespasses. 11:26 But if ye
do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive
We should not Ask for the
Jam 4:3 Ye
ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume
it upon your lusts.
We should not perform
deeds for the honor of men, but of God
Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of
them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in
heaven. 6:2 Therefore when thou doest thine alms, do not sound a
trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in
the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you,
They have their reward. 6:3 But when thou doest alms, let not thy
left hand know what thy right hand doeth: 6:4 That thine alms
may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall
reward thee openly. 6:5 And when thou prayest, thou shalt not
be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the
synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen
of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. 6:6 But
thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou
hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy
Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly. 6:7 But
when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they
think that they shall be heard for their much speaking. 6:8 Be not
ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye
have need of, before ye ask him. 6:9 After this manner therefore
pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. 6:10
Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
6:11 Give us this day our daily bread. 6:12 And forgive us our
debts, as we forgive our debtors. 6:13 And lead us not into
temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and
the power, and the glory, forever. Amen. 6:14 For if ye forgive men
their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: 6:15
But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father
forgive your trespasses. 6:16 Moreover when ye fast, be not, as the
hypocrites, of a sad countenance: for they disfigure their faces,
that they may appear unto men to fast. Verily I say unto you, They
have their reward. 6:17 But thou, when thou fastest, anoint thine
head, and wash thy face; 6:18 That thou appear not unto men to
fast, but unto thy Father which is in secret: and thy Father, which
seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly.
For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are
open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against
them that do evil.
Prayer with Fasting
Lord, have mercy on my son: for he is lunatic, and sore vexed: for
ofttimes he falleth into the fire, and oft into the water. 17:16
And I brought him to thy disciples, and they could not cure him.
17:17 Then Jesus answered and said, O faithless and perverse generation, how
long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you? bring him
hither to me. 17:18 And
Jesus rebuked the devil; and he departed out of him: and the child
was cured from that very hour. 17:19 Then came the disciples to
Jesus apart, and said, Why could not we cast him out? 17:20
And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for
verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed,
ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and
it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you. 17:21
Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting.
Examples of Confidence in
By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain,
by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying
of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh. 11:5 By faith
Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was
not found, because God had translated him: for before his
translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God. 11:6 But
without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to
God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that
diligently seek him. 11:7 By faith Noah, being warned of
God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to
the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and
became heir of the righteousness which is by faith. 11:8 By faith
Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he
should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out,
not knowing whither he went. 11:9 By faith he sojourned in the
land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles
with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same
promise: 11:10 For he looked for a city which hath foundations,
whose builder and maker is God. 11:11 Through faith also Sarah
herself received strength to conceive seed, and was delivered of a
child when she was past age, because she judged him faithful who had
promised. 11:12 Therefore sprang there even of one, and him as
good as dead, so many as the stars of the sky in multitude, and as
the sand which is by the sea shore innumerable. 11:13 These all
died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen
them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and
confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. 11:14 For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country.
Define: HEAL [to be
whole or entire]
1. To cure of a
disease or wound and restore to soundness, or to that state of body
in which the natural functions are regularly performed; as, to heal
the sick. 2. To cure; to remove or subdue; as, to heal a disease.
3. To cause to cicatrize; as, to heal a sore or wound. 4. To
restore to soundness; as, to heal a wounded limb.
HEAL, v.i. To
grow sound; to return to a sound state; as, the limb heals, or the
wound heals; sometimes with up or over; it will heal up or over.
Promise of signs
Mark 16:15 And
he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel
to every creature. 16:16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be
saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. 16:17 And
these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall
they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; 16:18
They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it
shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they
James 5:13 Is
any among you afflicted? let him pray. Is any merry? let him
sing psalms. 5:14 Is any sick among you? let him call
for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing
him with oil in the name of the Lord: 5:15 And the prayer
of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up;
and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.
Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the
works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these
shall he do; because I go unto my Father. 14:13 And whatsoever ye
shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be
glorified in the Son. 14:14 If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.
14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.
And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand.
10:8 Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out
devils: freely ye have received, freely give.
Jesus provides a
special promise of healing unto his people
When considering the special gift of healing that Jesus provided by
suffering beatings and mocking, we should remember that just like in
salvation, the price has been paid in full! The same faith
that can save us, also allows us to claim the promise of healing.
recall several occurrences of healing that my pastor Franklin
Chapman, Sr. has told about over the years. One of those occasions
Brother Frank told about how as a young man he developed a bone
disease after severely breaking his ankle. The doctors put a rod in
his ankle but the bones would not mend. Doctors told him that if the
bones did ever mend, that he would likely have limited movement and
severe arthritis would develop. He told of being in a church service
and the Lord telling him to remove the ankle brace and leap for joy.
He was healed instantly! That night after returning home, he
experienced severe pain in his ankle and asked his wife for liniment
to rub on his ankle. His wife told him that they didn’t have any
liniment in the house and that he was healed that night and didn’t
need it. Brother Frank told her that he was “healed if he did die”.
He is now in his seventies and hasn’t had any other problems with
his ankle and hasn’t suffered from any symptoms of arthritis.
have witnessed and experienced both instant healings and gradual
ones, so I know that both do occur. I recall that when I was a
teenager, I had black spots that formed on the skin of my left leg.
Over a year after the spots developed, I was in a revival service at
church and Brother Robert Hayden said that the Lord told him that
someone had just been healed of cancer. No one testified that they
had been healed during that service, but later that night I saw that
the black spots on my leg were gone and the skin was clear, as
though nothing had even been there. I was a young Christian then and
did not make mention of it until later, but after seeing pictures of
skin cancer, I have no doubt that it was me that was healed that
night. I could go on about stories of seeing and experiencing many
healings through the years. Needless to say, we serve a living Lord
that is touched by the feelings of our infirmities and can meet our
Brother Frank’s experience tells us that even with miracle healings,
there can still be a struggle with doubt. If we can overcome that
doubt, we can see the desired result. As I stated above, all
healings aren’t instant miracles, but some are gradual and require
claiming the stripes that Jesus endured, just like we claim his
blood that he shed for our salvation. Satan will fight a Christian
over their salvation and try to make them doubt, so can we expect
the devil to do any less with our healing? With this in mind, should
we have any lack of faith in a God that created the universe and all
things in it?
That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet,
saying, Himself took our infirmities, and bare our sicknesses.
Then they cry unto the LORD in their trouble, and he saveth them
out of their distresses. 107:20 He sent his word,
and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions.
107:21 Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for
his wonderful works to the children of men! 107:22 And let them
sacrifice the sacrifices of thanksgiving, and declare his works with
But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our
iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and
with his stripes we are healed. 53:6 All we like sheep have
gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD
hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. 53:7 He was oppressed,
and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as
a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb,
so he openeth not his mouth.
Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we,
being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose
stripes ye were healed.
When the even was come, they brought unto him many that were
possessed with devils: and he cast out the spirits with his word,
and healed all that were sick: 8:17 That it might be fulfilled
which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying, Himself took our
infirmities, and bare our sicknesses.
According to our Faith
And when Jesus departed thence, two blind men followed him, crying,
and saying, Thou son of David, have mercy on us. 9:28 And when he
was come into the house, the blind men came to him: and Jesus saith
unto them, Believe ye that I am able to do this? They said unto him,
Yea, Lord. 9:29 Then touched he their eyes, saying, According to
your faith be it unto you. 9:30 And their eyes were opened; and
Jesus straitly charged them, saying, See that no man know it.
Why do people get sick?
The fall of mankind (Adam and Eve’s sin) brought the penalty of sin
(suffering and death) to all mankind.
But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not
eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely
And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of
thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee,
saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy
sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life;
3:18 Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and
thou shalt eat the herb of the field; 3:19 In the sweat of thy
face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for
out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust
shalt thou return.
And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus
Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement. 5:12
Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by
sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have
sinned: 5:13 (For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is
not imputed when there is no law. 5:14 Nevertheless death reigned
from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the
similitude of Adam's transgression, who is the figure of him that
was to come. 5:15 But not as the offense, so also is the free
gift. For if through the offense of one many be dead, much more
the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus
Christ, hath abounded unto many.
15:20 But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the
firstfruits of them that slept. 15:21 For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of
the dead. 15:22 For
as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.
15:23 But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits;
afterward they that are Christ's at his coming.
15:45 And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living
soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit. 15:46 Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is
natural; and afterward that which is spiritual.
15:47 The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from
heaven. 15:48 As is the
earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly,
such are they also that are heavenly.
Sicknesses aren’t necessarily the result of sins that we or our
family committed, but as a result of man’s curse or for God’s
demonstration of healing.
There were present at that season some that told him of the
Galilaeans, whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices.
13:2 And Jesus answering said unto them, Suppose ye that these
Galilaeans were sinners above all the Galilaeans, because
they suffered such things?
John 9:1 And
as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth.
9:2 And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin,
this man, or his parents, that he was born blind 9:3 Jesus
answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that
the works of God should be made manifest in him.
Because of mankind’s fall, God allows Satan to oppress us. In Acts
10 we find that Satan or the devil causes oppressions of sickness.
Oppression should not be confused with Possession. [Oppression-
imposition of unreasonable burdens,
cruelty; severity. Possession - To hold; to occupy without title
or ownership]. Christians can not be possessed by demons but they
can be oppressed as is evident by Paul’s messenger from Satan (2Cor
Acts 10:38 How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost
and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that
were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.
Luke 13:16 And ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham,
whom Satan hath bound, lo, these eighteen years, be loosed
from this bond on the sabbath day?
The Lord limits how much Satan can oppress Christians. Isaiah 59:19
says the Lord will lift up a standard (flag of war) against him.
Isaiah 59:19 So shall they fear the name of the LORD from the west,
and his glory from the rising of the sun. When the enemy shall
come in like a flood, the Spirit of the LORD shall lift up a
standard against him.
Because of the fall of man, we can expect suffering and sicknesses,
but we have Jesus Christ (our advocate with the heavenly Father) who
bore our sins and sicknesses. We should remember that God is always
in ultimate control and the devil can not supersede his authority.
We do not always understand why some things occur, but as 1
Corinthians 13:12 states, we shall know in full one day. We also
know that all things work together for good to those that serve him.
Everyone will not have the faith (Romans 12:3 refers to measures of
faith) required to see cancers healed or miracles performed, but
that should not keep us from striving to seek God for those answers
because we know that he still has the power to do so.
For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is
among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to
think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every
man the measure of faith.
13:12 For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to
face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even
as also I am known.
And we know that all things work together for good to them that
love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
There are nine spiritual gifts that Paul says that a Christian
should covet or strive for after salvation. Of these, Faith, Gift of
Healing, and working of Miracles are three. That means that if we
can become spiritually minded and close enough to God, that he will
pour these blessings out to us. Some may say that these gifts were
only for the apostles and not for our day, but I haven’t found an
“expiration date” listed in my Bible yet.
12:4 Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. 12:5
And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord.
12:6 And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same
God which worketh all in all. 12:7 But the manifestation of the
Spirit is given to every man to profit withal. 12:8 For to one is
given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of
knowledge by the same Spirit; 12:9 To another faith by the
same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same
Spirit; 12:10 To another the working of miracles; to another
prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds
of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues:
12:28 And God hath set some in the church, first apostles,
secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then
gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues.
12:29 Are all apostles? are all prophets? are all teachers? are all workers
of miracles? 12:30 Have all
the gifts of healing? do all speak with tongues? do all interpret?
12:31 But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet show I unto
you a more excellent way.
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh
down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness,
neither shadow of turning.
Neglect not the gift that is in thee, which was given thee by
prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the presbytery.
Peter was so close to God that his shadow healed the sick
Acts 9:32 And
it came to pass, as Peter passed throughout all quarters, he came
down also to the saints which dwelt at Lydda. 9:33 And there he
found a certain man named Aeneas, which had kept his bed eight
years, and was sick of the palsy. 9:34 And Peter said unto him,
Aeneas Jesus Christ maketh thee whole: arise, and make thy
bed. And he arose immediately.
Insomuch that they brought forth the sick into the streets,
and laid them on beds and couches, that at the least the shadow
of Peter passing by might overshadow some of them.
Virtue from Jesus heals
Mark 5:24 And
Jesus went with him; and much people followed him, and thronged him.
5:25 And a certain woman, which had an issue of blood twelve
years, 5:26 And had suffered many things of many physicians,
and had spent all that she had, and was nothing bettered, but rather
grew worse, 5:27 When she had heard of Jesus, came in the press
behind, and touched his garment. 5:28 For she said, If I may
touch but his clothes, I shall be whole. 5:29 And straightway
the fountain of her blood was dried up; and she felt in her body
that she was healed of that plague. 5:30 And Jesus, immediately
knowing in himself that virtue had gone out of him, turned
him about in the press, and said, Who touched my clothes? 5:31 And
his disciples said unto him, Thou seest the multitude thronging
thee, and sayest thou, Who touched me? 5:32 And he looked round
about to see her that had done this thing. 5:33 But the woman
fearing and trembling, knowing what was done in her, came and fell
down before him, and told him all the truth. 5:34 And he said unto
her, Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace, and
be whole of thy plague.
Luke 6:17 And
he came down with them, and stood in the plain, and the company of
his disciples, and a great multitude of people out of all Judea and
Jerusalem, and from the sea coast of Tyre and Sidon, which came to
hear him, and to be healed of their diseases; 6:18 And they that
were vexed with unclean spirits: and they were healed. 6:19 And
the whole multitude sought to touch him: for there went virtue
out of him, and healed them all.
And, behold, there came a leper and worshiped him, saying, Lord, if
thou wilt, thou canst make me clean. 8:3 And Jesus put forth his
hand, and touched him, saying, I will; be thou clean. And
immediately his leprosy was cleansed.
Other scriptures related
Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits:
103:3 Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy
diseases; 103:4 Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who
crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies; 103:5 Who
satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed
like the eagle's. 103:6 The LORD executeth righteousness and
judgment for all that are oppressed.
3 John 1:2
Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in
health, even as thy soul prospereth.
And said, If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the LORD
thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt
give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I
will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought
upon the Egyptians: for am the LORD that healeth thee.
And ye shall serve the LORD your God, and he shall bless thy bread,
and thy water; and I will take sickness away from the midst
of thee. 23:26 There shall nothing cast
their young, nor be barren, in thy land: the number of thy days I
7:11 Thou shalt therefore keep the commandments, and the statutes,
and the judgments, which I command thee this day, to do them. 7:12
Wherefore it shall come to pass, if ye hearken to these judgments,
and keep, and do them, that the LORD thy God shall keep unto thee
the covenant and the mercy which he swore unto thy fathers: 7:13
And he will love thee, and bless thee, and multiply thee: he will
also bless the fruit of thy womb, and the fruit of thy land, thy
corn, and thy wine, and thine oil, the increase of thy kine, and the
flocks of thy sheep, in the land which he swore unto thy fathers to
give thee. 7:14 Thou shalt be blessed above all people: there
shall not be male or female barren among you, or among your cattle.
7:15 And the LORD will take away from thee all sickness, and
will put none of the evil diseases of
Egypt, which thou knowest, upon thee; but will lay them upon all them that
Heal me, O LORD, and I shall be healed; save me, and I shall
be saved: for thou art my praise. 17:15 Behold, they say unto me, Where is the word of the LORD? let it come
A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit
drieth the bones.
For I will restore health unto thee, and I will heal thee of thy
wounds, saith the LORD; because they called thee an Outcast,
saying, This is Zion, whom no man seeketh after.
My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings.
4:21 Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of
thine heart. 4:22 For they are life unto those that find them, and
health to all their flesh.
And saying, Lord, my servant lieth at home sick of the palsy,
grievously tormented. 8:7 And Jesus saith unto him, I will come
and heal him. 8:8 The centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not
worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof: but speak the word
only, and my servant shall be healed. 8:9 For I am a man under
authority, having soldiers under me: and I say to this man, Go, and
he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do
this, and he doeth it. 8:10 When Jesus heard it, he marveled, and
said to them that followed, Verily I say unto you, I have not found
so great faith, no, not in Israel. 8:11 And I say unto you, That
many shall come from the east and west, and shall sit down with
Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven. 8:12 But
the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness:
there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. 8:13 And Jesus said
unto the centurion, Go thy way; and as thou hast believed, so be
it done unto thee. And his servant was healed in the selfsame
But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise
with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up
as calves of the stall.
A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit
drieth the bones.
And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye
Prayer can change God’s
Hezekiah’s prayer is heard by God and his days lengthened, Moses
pleads for his people
2Kings 20:1 In
those days was Hezekiah sick unto death. And the prophet Isaiah the
son of Amoz came to him, and said unto him, Thus saith the LORD,
Set thine house in order; for thou shalt die, and not live.
20:2 Then he turned his face to the wall, and prayed unto the LORD,
saying, 20:3 I beseech thee, O LORD, remember now how I have
walked before thee in truth and with a perfect heart, and have done
that which is good in thy sight. And Hezekiah wept sore. 20:4
And it came to pass, before Isaiah was gone out into the middle
court, that the word of the LORD came to him, saying, 20:5 Turn
again, and tell Hezekiah the captain of my people, Thus saith the
LORD, the God of David thy father, I have heard thy prayer, I
have seen thy tears: behold, I will heal thee: on the third day
thou shalt go up unto the house of the LORD. 20:6 And I will add
unto thy days fifteen years; and I will deliver thee and this
city out of the hand of the king of Assyria; and I will defend this
city for mine own sake, and for my servant David's sake.
And Moses besought the LORD his God, and said, LORD, why doth
thy wrath wax hot against thy people, which thou hast brought forth
out of the land of Egypt with great power, and with a mighty hand?
32:12 Wherefore should the Egyptians speak, and say, For mischief
did he bring them out, to slay them in the mountains, and to consume
them from the face of the earth? Turn from thy fierce wrath, and
repent of this evil against thy people. 32:13 Remember
Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, thy servants, to whom thou sworest
by thine own self, and saidst unto them, I will multiply your seed
as the stars of heaven, and all this land that I have spoken of will
I give unto your seed, and they shall inherit it forever. 32:14
And the LORD repented of the evil which he thought to do unto his
Anointing with Oil and
the use of “Prayer Cloths” (used by Paul)
James 5:13 Is any among you afflicted? let him pray. Is any merry?
let him sing psalms. 5:14 Is any sick among you? let him call for
the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing
him with oil in the name of the Lord: 5:15 And the prayer of
faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if
he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.
Mark 6:13 And they cast out many devils, and anointed with oil
many that were sick, and healed them.
All churches may not have the custom of using “prayer cloths”, but
it is based on the scriptures in Acts 19 where Paul sent forth
handkerchiefs and aprons to the sick. At our church, we typically
cut up small pieces of cloth and anoint them with oil and have the
church pray over them before sending them to the sick or for other
needs. There of course is no “magic” in the cloths, but it is the
same faith that applies when we anoint someone with oil.
Acts 19:11 And
God wrought special miracles by the hands of Paul: 19:12 So that from his body were brought unto the sick handkerchiefs or
aprons, and the diseases departed from them, and the evil spirits
went out of them.
If we do not receive our healing in this life, as Christians we have an
unconditional promise of a glorified body in heaven.
21:4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and
there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying,
neither shall there be any more pain:
for the former things are passed away.
1Corinthians 15:53 For this corruptible must put on
incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. 15:54
So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this
mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass
the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.
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