Wednesday, January 03, 2018

The Power of Persistent Prayer

I was asked recently, "How many times should we pray to God about the same thing?" God has given me the word that we need to be persistent in our prayers. Jesus tells us this in Luke 11:5-9 in the parable of the man who went to his friend at midnight for three loaves of bread. The Bible says that even if the man wouldn't open the door for the sake of friendship, he would open it because his neighbor was persistent.   The Bible says ask and you will receive, seek and you will find, and knock and the door will be open.  The NLT translation says keep on asking, keep on seeking, and keep on knocking.  There's power in persistent prayer!

The story of Hannah praying to conceive a child is a story of persistence in prayer (1 Samuel 1:1-28). Hannah didn't talk back to her  rival, Peninnah who made fun of her for being childless; nor her partner, Elkanah who thought he was better for her than 10 sons; nor her priest, Eli who thought she was drunk.  Hannah talked to Jehovah Jireh, her great and awesome Provider!  And soon Hannah conceived Samuel, one of the greatest prophets who ever lived.

The widow pleading before the unjust judge for justice is another example of persistence paying off (Luke 18:1-8). The widow had to go to a corrupt judge.  We can go to our heavenly Father (Ephesians 3:14).  The widow was a stranger.  We are God's children (John1:12).  The widow had no access to the judge.  We have constant access to God (Hebrews 10:19).  The widow came to the court of law.  We come to the throne of grace (Hebrews 4:16).  The widow had no lawyer.  We have Jesus as our advocate (1 John 2:1).  The widow had to wear down the judge before he really listened.  We already know that God hears our requests (Psalm 4:3).  If this poor woman received what she deserved from a corrupt judge, how much more will we receive from our loving heavenly Father?  As Jesus illustrated, persistence pays off.  Keep on praying!

Romans 12:12 says, "Rejoice in hope; be patient in affliction; be persistent in prayer."

We know that God does not always answer prayers the way we want Him to or expect Him to, however, the good news is that in these instances of persistent prayer, God said "yes"! This suggests that we have not, in many cases, because we ask not persistently. 

When it comes to prayer, it's important that we are consistently and persistently asking God for the lost to be saved and for our prayer requests to line up with His will for our lives! Prayer is not getting your will in heaven.  It is getting God's will on earth.  1 John 5:14-15 states, "And we are confident that he hears us whenever we ask for anything that pleases him...."  We serve a God who is able to do exceeding, abundantly above all we can ask or think!

What are you asking God for? Post your prayer requests and prayers in the Jesus Saves Ministries group, and keep on posting them, and keep on praying! Jesus saves!

The prayers of the righteous availeth much!!

This group of intercessors lifts up the names of those who are sick & shut in, bereaved, and/or just standing in the need of prayer. We are fasting and praying for God’s will to be done in our homes, churches, schools, and communities. We are asking for souls to be saved, broken marriages and relationships mended, people healed and delivered of their afflictions, and spiritual growth for Christians. Become a prayer warrior. Post your prayers, prayer requests and join our discussions or start your own discussion. James 5:16 states the prayers of the righteous availeth much! Join us in praying for the unsaved, our communities and the nation.

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Here Are New Year's Resolutions Worth Keeping in 2018

"v20 It will be a sign and a witness that the Lord of Heaven's Armies is worshipped in Egypt. When the people cry to the Lord for help against those who oppress them, he will send them a savior who will rescue them. v 21 The Lord will make himself known to the Egyptians. Yes, they will know the Lord and give sacrifices and offerings to him. They will make a vow to the Lord and will keep it." Isaiah 19:20-21 NLT

Each year, we start the year making resolutions of every kind, some worth keeping and some frivolous and not worth keeping. In recent months, the word "Challenge" has been used to describe vows, pledges, and resolutions to keep our promises.  Anytime, however, we vow to know and obey the will of God, then there is a resolution worth keeping.
In this passage, Isaiah speaks of the time when Egypt, of all places, would know the Lord, and worship Him - Not only would they worship the Lord, they would make a vow to Him and keep it.  One of the cities in Egypt, Heliopolis, worshipped the sun god.   That the worship of Yahweh would be taken up was the sign of a radical transformation. First, note the reason for them making and keeping this vow (v20). They are being oppressed, but because God is full of grace and mercy, he sends a deliverer, a savior to rescue them. The savior is believed to be a reference to a future millennial reign of Jesus Christ.  Every Christian is a recipient of God's grace and mercy.  At some point we were, like Egypt, separated from God.  But somebody prayed for us and the Lord answered.   We underwent a radical transformation.  Jesus saved, delivered, and set us free. Therefore, when we make vows to God, we ought to keep them.  If nobody else around us lives for God, we ought to live for him.

Here are some vows (resolutions) concerning our relationship with Jesus Christ, the Bible and the church that are worth keeping.  We should better understand our relationship with Jesus Christ, better understand the Bible, and the church.

First, we should strive to better understand three things about our relationship with Jesus Christ.   Jesus is only way to  salvation (Acts 4:12 & John 14:6); Christ was sinless and therefore my example (1 Peter 2:21-22); and I am not my own but belong to Christ (1 Cor 6:19-20).

Secondly, we should strive to better understand these three things about the Bible.  It as the inspired Word of God (2 Tim 3:16);  It is my light and guide (Ps 119:105);  and One day I will be judged by the Gospel (Romans 16 & I Cor 3:13-15).

Finally, we should strive to remember three things about the church. It was purchased with the precious blood of Christ, and ought to be respected (Eph 5:25 & Acts 20:28);  The church is a divine institution and ought to be honored (Matt. 16:18). Jesus instituted the church. He protects the church. He is the head of the church. Lastly, It is my duty to be loyal to the church by attending regularly (Heb. 10:25) and keeping my membership in good standing.

Going to the gym, watching what we eat, and getting more sleep are all fine and dandy resolutions, but these spiritual resolutions far outweigh those and will greatly bless our lives. They are worth keeping and worth fighting for.  Make it a goal to pray every day, and read the Bible every day, and attend church regularly. There is an app for that!  Oh, yeah, and there is an online church app, too! Each day in 2018 seek first the Kingdom of God and his righteousness (Matt. 6:33). We hope that you will participate with Jesus Saves Ministries this year and spread the word about our online Facebook group and community projects and initiatives.  Let this mind be in you that is also in Christ Jesus.  Amen.  Jesus saves!

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Back to Work With Joy!

We can best celebrate the birth of Jesus by returning to our every day duties with joy! This is what the shepherds did.  The shepherds had just seen angels, heard their marvelous music, and had seen the Christ child. After all this, we read that they "returned glorifying and praising God...." With joy the shepherds returned to their common, everyday duties of attending sheep. Christian joy, unlike worldly joy, fits one for duty. This is because Christ brings joy; Christ brings joy into the performance of duty.  He gives strength for the assignment because the joy of the Lord is our strength.

No doubt as they went about their tasks, those shepherds were joyful a very long time, if not the rest of their lives thinking about what they had witnessed. Shepherds were the least in the community, and were relegated to work on the outskirts of town because of the smelly, dirty job they did tending sheep. That they would be visited by angelic hosts, that the LORD would reveal himself as a baby to the likes of them, oh, what joy!  We should understand that Jesus doesn't come in "showy" ways, but in "lowly" ways. He was born not in a palace or a mansion, but in a stable in a manager.   He appeared not before kings and dignitaries, but before shepherds in a field. He came to extend peace and goodwill not just to certain pious people, but to all people (v14).  You can return back to work filled with joy not just after Christmas and the holidays, but on Mondays and on any day of the week knowing Jesus Christ was born. And because he was born, died and rose again, salvation is available to all who trust in him.  Jesus appeared to shepherds tending sheep, and He can show up on our jobs, even at school, on any day at any time in answer to prayer. He is Jehovah Shammah, the Lord who is present.  His name is Jesus, the hope of the world (Matt. 12:21).  His name is Immanuel, God with us (Matt. 1:23)   His name is Jesus, the One who saves his people from their sins (Matt. 1:21)!  Jesus saves!

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Jesus Saves Ministries' Fifth Annual Hope Food Baskets Giveaway

This Thanksgiving, we experienced the blessed joy in giving. We held our fifth annual Thanksgiving Hope Food Basket Giveaway on Monday, November 20th at The Life Conference Suite, distributing 52 food baskets with turkeys, chicken, and all the trimmings, plus turkey/ham vouchers to additional families in need.  We are thankful not because we are so good, but because God is so good.  He deserves ALL the glory! 
Churches, ministries, organizations worked together supplying food, turkeys and financial support including coordinating ministry, Jesus Saves Ministries,  The Church of Truth, Broadway Temple AME Zion Baptist Church, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Dare to Care Food Bank,  Withers Academy of Music,  Old Testament Exegesis, and WLOU Radio.  Thank you to volunteers Minister Marian Anderson, Pastor Emery Lee, and Deacon Jerome Price for their service to our families in this initiative. 
This is a major give back for us because in one day we were able to feed as many families as we have fed between January and October 2017 through our Food Pantry at The Life Conference Suite.  It is our mandate to be a change agent in West Louisville offering life, love, faith, and hope to residence who need it the most. HOPE has been defined as Having Only Positive Expectations. It is our prayer that through efforts like this, each of us can do our part to share the hope of Jesus Christ and to offer hope to those in need.  Keep watching for our Christmas Food Basket Giveaway in association with Liberty Tabernacle Church at The Life Conference Suite.  Sincerely, Min.

Angela Lee Price

Friday, November 24, 2017

Showing Gratitude in An Ungrateful World

Have you ever heard people say "thank you" insincerely because its the politically correct thing to say, or as if to way to end a conversation, "you may go," or "you're dismissed"?  There is a difference between Godly and worldly thanks.  With worldly thanks, there is no "holler up" to God as the provider of all things, and neither is there "follow up" with actions commensurate with the sincerity of our hearts.  In an ungrateful world, entitlement reigns supreme.  Very few say thank you because they believe they're supposed to get to what blessings they receive.  Jesus healed ten lepers, but only one, a foreigner, a Samaritan returned to say thank you.  Jesus asked the whereabouts of the other nine, then told the one, "Rise and go; your faith has made you well" (Luke 17: 11-17).
As believers, we ought be thankful to God not just at Thanksgiving, but at all times. David said in Psalms 34, "I will bless the Lord at ALL times.  His praises shall continually be in my mouth...."  All ten lepers were cleansed, but only one was cleansed and made well. Don't miss the blessing of thanksgiving. Psalm 107 states, "Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.  Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, those he redeemed from the hand of the enemy." And Hebrews, 12:28 states, "Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, for our 'God is a consuming fire.'"   What are you thankful to God for?  Let there be "follow up," with your "holler up."  Jesus saves!

Saturday, November 04, 2017


Jesus healed ten lepers, but only the one, a foreigner, a Samaritan, followed up.  He returned to Jesus to say thank you. Jesus asked the whereabouts of the other nine, and then told the one, "Rise and go; your faith has made you well" (Luke 17: 11-18). Don't miss the blessing of giving thanks. Verse 15 states, "And one of them, when he saw that he was healed turned back, and with a loud voice gloried God."  When praises go up, brothers and sisters  blessings come down! All ten lepers were cleansed, but only the one was cleansed and made well.   This Samaitan, a Gentile, Jesus pointed out was more spiritually minded than the nine leprous Jews.  All were healed, but only the one gave thanks to Jesus.  And so, his salvation was complete (v19).  Let us give thamks in this season not because everybody else is doing it, or because it is the politically correct thing to do, but because we recognize where our blessings come from.  They are not of ourselves, but from the Lord!

As believers, we should be thankful to God not just at Thanksgiving, but at all times. The Bible says, "Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus" (1 Thess. 5:18 NIV). The Bible declares, "Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever. Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, those he redeemed from the hand of the enemy" (Psalms 107:1-2). And Hebrews, 12:28 states, "Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, for our 'God is a consuming fire.'"

Are you that one offering Godly thanks, "follow up" to your "holler up," your  petitions and supplications, requests in prayer? Are you that one, hollering out with praise and testimonies that honor God?  You can't beat God's giving! Jesus saves!

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Verse of the Day: Colossians 3:15

Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Colossians 3:15 NIV


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