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Prayer and fasting

Hi there everyone! by now its quite obvious that the topics which are shared on this Blog have to do with Christ and how to be more Christ like. Therefore lets ponder together on praying and fasting.

I’m quite aware that this Blog is sort of an amateurs work and that there are loads of articles, blogs and sermons which have done more Justice to some of the topics I have written on or am yet to write on so I would implore you, that’s if your interest has been aroused, to read up further on various Christ related articles or even better, to search the scriptures(Bible) and get the word directly from the fountain of life.

Now then, back to prayers and fasting. One can’t talk of being Christ like with out mentioning or talking of the need to pray and fast. The Bible shows us that our lord Jesus Christ even though he was the son of God was lead by the Holyspirit to go in to serious praying and fasting for forty days and nights before he started his ministry. The scriptures also shows us that our lord Jesus Christ was always secluding himself to Pray.

So then, I ask myself. If our Lord Jesus Christ the Son of God, in whose name all knees will bow and all tongues will confess, saw the need to always pray and fast, then how much less do we sinners, normal people like you and I, need to pray and fast. I believe the need is great. The Bible further states in the book of 1-Corinthians chapter 16 verse 9:

9 For a great door and effectual is

opened unto me, and there are many

adversaries.

Now in my opinion the “Great and effectual” door here represents an opportunity, a blessing, a talent, a challenge, a dream etc. on the other hand am sure, we all can guess that the “adversaries” refers to the obstacles, challenges that one has to face in the processes of overcoming. However in my opinion the Bible explains this explicitly in the book of Ephesians chapter 6 verse 10-18:

10 Finally, my brethren, be strong

in the Lord, and in the power of his

might.

11 Put on the whole armour of

God, that ye may be able to stand

against the wiles of the devil.

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.

13 Wherefore take unto you the

whole armour of God, that ye may be

able to withstand in the evil day, and

having done all, to stand.

14 Stand therefore, having your

loins girt about with truth, and having

on the breastplate of righteousness;

15 And your feet shod with the

preparation of the gospel of peace;

16 Above all, taking the shield of

faith, wherewith ye shall be able to

quench all the fiery darts of the

wicked.

17 And take the helmet of salvation,

and the sword of the Spirit, which is

the word of God:

18 Praying always with all prayer

and supplication in the Spirit, and

watching thereunto with all perseverance

and supplication for all saints;

Now from the above Bible text we can see that a Christians true adversaries, obstacles aren’t ones neighbours or that person who seems to hate one with all his guts and is working against one in one way or the order. A Christians adversaries are principalities and powers, rulers of darkness in this world and spiritual wickedness in high places.

Now reading the above I’m sure that it might look like the next big fantasy story that am writing about, but remember that the word of God is ye and Amen and it’s also written in the book of John chapter 1 verse 1:

1 In the beginning was the Word,

and the Word was with God, and the

Word was God.

Back to the main topic. That’s why I believe that there is great need of Prayers and fasting for a Christian who intends to overcome. The Bible further highlights this in the book of st. Luke chapter 18 verse 1-8:

1 And he spake a parable unto

them to this end, that men ought always

to pray, and not to faint;

2 Saying, There was in a city a

judge, which feared not God, neither

regarded man:

3 And there was a widow in that

city; and she came unto him, saying,

Avenge me of mine adversary.

4 And he would not for a while:

but afterward he said within himself,

Though I fear not God, nor regard

man;

5 Yet because this widow troubleth

me, I will avenge her, lest by her

continual coming she weary me.

6 And the Lord said, Hear what the

unjust judge saith.

7 And shall not God avenge his

own elect, which cry day and night

unto him, though he bear long with

them?

8 I tell you that he will avenge

them speedily. Nevertheless when the

Son of man cometh, shall he find

faith on the earth?

Now that we have established the need for prayers and seen that continual prayer brings about fruits speedily. One more question crops up, which is: “what kind of prayer is acceptable unto God and actually gets to our father in heaven”. This is quiet a broad topic which one can write a lot on.

Therefore, lets keep it short and highlight in my opinion the most important aspect, which is praying to God with ones whole heart in truth and in spirit with meekness and understanding having faith that our lord Jesus Christ is capable of doing all things. The book of st. Luke Chapter 18 verse 9-14:

9 And he spake this parable unto

certain which trusted in themselves

that they were righteous, and despised

others:

10 Two men went up into the temple

to pray; the one a Pharisee, and

the other a publican.

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.

12 I fast twice in the week, I give

tithes of all that I possess.

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.

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.

Also it is written in the book of st. Mark chapter 11 verse 23-26:

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.

24 Therefore I say unto you, What

things soever ye desire, when ye

pray, believe that ye receive them,

and ye shall have them.

25 And when ye stand praying, forgive,

if ye have ought against any:

that your Father also which is in

heaven may forgive you your trespasses.

26 But if ye do not forgive, neither

will your Father which is in heaven

forgive your trespasses.

Thanks a lot for reading, hope that I have been able to highlight the need for Praying and fasting in ones life and the sought of prayer which brings about results.

Remain blessed in Jesus name, Amen.

Nonso B-Anyeji

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Salvation

Hi readers, hope you all had a splendid year 2013. We are at the start of a fresh year full of expectations and challenges which brings about unknowns. Definitely, for some, the year 2014 will be wonderful and progressive while for others, well, it’s not going to be that progressive but just the same old, same old. However this year has something in common for everyone, that is:The going is going to get tougher and its only the tough that will overcome and have something positive to report afterwards.

Now, this Blog is all about salvation, why I think its necessary and how one can attain salvation in my opinion. I believe that there is a God, that our Lord Jesus Christ is the son of God, was sacrificed on the cross of Calvary for the forgiveness of sin, and is the only true part to salvation. The Bible explains this in the Book of st. John chapter 5 verse 19-29:

19.Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise.

20.For the Father loveth the Son, and sheweth him all things that himself doeth: and he will shew him greater works than these, that ye may marvel.

21.For as the Father raiseth up the dead, and quickeneth them; even so the Son quickeneth whom he will.

22.For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son:

23.That all men should honour the Son, even as they honour the Father. He that honoureth not the Son honoureth not the Father which hath sent him.

24.Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.

25.Verily, verily, I say unto you, The hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall live.

26.For as the Father hath life in himself; so hath he given to the Son to have life in himself;

27.And hath given him authority to execute judgment also, because he is the Son of man.

28.Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice,

29.And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.

Salvation for me is being able to overcome. Making it to heaven, gaining everlasting life, running the good race and then at the end of the day possessing ones crown of glory. Now there are loads of other words or phrases that can be used to describe salvation. So one can’t help but ask, how does one make it to heaven. A similar question was asked to our Lord Jesus in the book of st. Luke chapter 10 verse 25-28:

25.And behold, a certain lawyer stood up and tested Him, saying, “Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?”

26.He said unto him, “What is written in the law? How readest thou?”

27.And he answering said, “‘Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind, and thy neighbor as thyself.’”

28.And He said unto him, “Thou hast answered right; this do, and thou shalt live.”

From the Bible text above we can see that salvation and Gods love go hand in hand (To read more on Gods love please refer to the Blog titled “Gods love”). In the Bible Jesus also referred to the choice between heaven and hell as the choice between two parts. Matthew chapter 7 verse 13-14:

13.Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:

14.Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.

In the Bible the part to salvation is described as a narrow way while the part to destruction is described as a broad way. When I think of the part to salvation I imagine a sort of steep, winding, mountainous part which one has to thread alone with fear and trembling of our lord Jesus in order not to fall of, while I imagine The part to destruction as a wide express road which one can thread on easily even in groups if one prefers, side by side with others. I believe also that salvation is a personal thing between ones self and our Lord Jesus Christ. This in my opinion translates into always choosing to do the right thing irrespective of what the consequences maybe or what others around you may be thinking or doing. This means choosing the harder and not the easy way out cause it’s never easy to do the right thing.

Well from what I have just stated about the part to salvation. It would seem that doing the right thing seems so very difficult with no fun to it, and for some it even seems to be humanly impossible. However being able to thread on this narrow part of salvation doesn’t require any super human abilities neither does it mean that one is going to live a miserable life with no fun to it. The Bible further explains this in the book of st. John chapter 15 verse 1-11:

 

1.I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman.

2.Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.

3.Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you.

4.Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.

5.I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.

6.If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.

7.If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.

8.Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.

9.As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love.

10.If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love.

11.These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.

 

In my opinion the Bible text above explains that to be able thread on the narrow part of salvation simply requires one to abide in Christ, with the fear of God, submitting ones self totally to the guidance and leading of the Holyspirit. This in turn brings about everlasting life and joy in Christ with the blessings of God that addeth no sorrow.

 

That’s why I would advice everyone to take salvation seriously and always choose to do the right thing being lead by the wisdom of God. It may seem difficult at first but just know that doing the right thing and taking the harder way out at the long run always brings about a far more greater reward than one could have ever received by doing the wrong thing and taking the easy way out.

 

 

May the blessings of God be with you and the Holyspirit abide with you in Jesus name, Amen.

 

Nonso B-Anyeji.