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While surfing the web this week I came across this site (http:www.christianprayercenter.com/submit.cgi) which offers to pray for people. They also tell you that they will have thousands of others praying for you also. But the catch is that when You go to another page to fill out your request at the mid section of the page there appears different pay scales of offerings that you MUST select in order for your prayer to be processed. When you just try to send the request the page pops out a message box telling you that you MUST choose an offering in order to send your request. Now how ridiculous is that? Paying to get prayed for? Or paying for a prayer request to be made? What is this? modern day money changers selling prayer request in front of the temple of G-d? Does G-d charge us every time we approach him in prayer or charges us to hear prayers?? I image at this point that Yeshua (Jesus) would have kicked over their tables by now! But this just goes to show that unbiblical activity is growing among Christians and is getting worse. They even misuse scripture to justify their works. Here’s something to meditate on:

 

 Prayer is not for sale!

 The foresaid website lists this scripture:

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 this is NOT a prescription for convincing people to give money in order to get prayers answered! Actually the scripture here is dealing with selfish people who have abundance but never use it to aid the less fortunate. Yeshua (Jesus) says to them, “GIVE and it shall be GIVEN (more so) to you”! If you wish to excel in more blessing than give a worthy blessing that one may continue to be given back in abundance. He was not talking about prayer requests. In Jewish circles of the day giving to the poor was expected from those who were well to do. Even G-d set apart the corners of the Harvest because it belonged to the poor (Lev 23:22). It was his portion from the Lord. Those who obeyed the mosaic Law then continued to be blessed in abundance. But when the nation disobeyed and ceased to give they too lost their blessings. Giving your money to someone in order to get your prayers heard is not what G-d expects. Prayer is given out of a free service of G-ds Love and he doesn’t charge you for it. Believers should seek the scriptures for themselves on prayer not fall for or get douped into believing these schemes.

Many people today struggle over whether or not their lives are perfect enough for G-d to use. However does G-d really expect us to be a perfect people in order to serve him? Actually the B'rit ha Dasha (New Covenant) comments on people being perfect, but the use of the word perfect is not literal but means those who need no more, meaning you now know enough of G-ds word to walk in right standing and give service to G-d.The lessons of the apostles never taught on human perfection, but rather that one learn to walk perfectly by knowing. living and applying G-ds words to their life. If we all stood around worried about perfection in our lives we would not be ministers of the Messiah Yeshua (Jesus). G-d in my opinion is not searching for those worried about perfection but is more concerned with a person whose willing to have a open heart to follow and do his will in spirit and in truth. For every follower of Messiah whose (perfect) needs no more and is responsible to to share G-ds word, and is called to service in the Messiah. Heres something to meditate on:

All followers of the Messiah were created to do his good works. No one is without excuse because everyone has been created with the purpose of service to G-d.perfection is not a need but faithfulness to good works  is.

Eph 2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Mashiach Yeshua (Jesus Christ) unto good works, which Elohim (G-d) has before ordained that we should walk in them.

Knowing enough of G-ds word allows the follower of Messiah to be fit and ready for sharing good works.Perfection is not the issue, but placing trust in the perfected one (Yeshua) is who will make you fit for his pleasing.

Heb 13:20  Now the Elohim (G-d) of shalom (peace), that brought again from the dead our Lord Yeshua that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, 21  Make you perfect (FIT or Complete) in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is well pleasing in his sight, through Yeshua HaMashiach (Jesus the Messiah); to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

During the course of walking in the Messiah, you may have been known by friends and family who knew you as something else or as someone else.  Often time’s these people will only judge or have their focus on your past life, sins, mistakes, failures and will not accept that we who are in Yeshua (Jesus Christ) are a new person. In the New Covenant writings Rav Sha’ul (Paul) reminds us that we are called new creations! Old things have passed away; all things are a new (2nd Cor.5:17). No matter how many judgment calls others of our past may make or even say about us it doesn’t change nor void the word of G-d for who we are in Christ. The plain truth is the past is the past. Here’s something to meditate on.

Our old life is dead, and our old lives are hidden in the Messiah

Col 3:3 For you have died, and your life is hidden with Messiah in G-d.

Though many may never see Christ or believe that Christ is in you, we will all be glorified like Christ in the end

Col 3:4 When the Messiah, who is our life, appears, then you too will appear with him in glory!

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