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Thursday, June 23, 2016

#50 The Role of Importunity

Dr. Wesley L. Duewel: God uses importunity to bring us into great spiritual blessing. Andrew Murray calls importunate prayer one of God's choicest means of grace.

1. Importunity teaches...
the most Christlike aspects of character.

If for no other reason, God would reserve His special answers for the importunate intercessors because the very nature of importunity develops in you the highest Christian graces. W. E. Biederwolf 
called importunity "one of the instructors in God's training school." (Prayer Power Unlimited, by J. Oswald Sanders).

Moses' eighty days of communion and intercession, the last forty of which included much importunate intercession, left a lifelong seal of God upon his life.

Afterward he was a more patient, forgiving, and humble man of God than he had ever been. The experience at Mount Sinai not only was vital for Israel, it was the vital preparation for the next thirty-eight years of Moses' leadership.

Importunate praying makes us ever more godlike in character. Moses left that time of prevailing with God's glory radiating from his face and God's obvious seal upon his life—not just in outward miracles (which he had experienced before), but in godliness of personality.

More than ever, he became a partner of the very Spirit of God.

God makes you strong spiritually by leading you to exercise your spiritual muscle. His love causes Him to delay your answers until you rise to the heights of His grace.

R. A. Torrey wrote,

   "There is no more blessed training in prayer than
    that which comes through being compelled to ask
    again and again and again, even through a long
    period of years before one obtains that which he
    needs from God." (How To Pray, p. 63).

2. Importunity brings answers available in no other way.

It has often been said that nothing is beyond the scope of prayer unless it is beyond the will of God. Bole importunity succeeds where all other pleas and prayers fail.

Importunity conquers impossible circumstances, drives back overwhelming forces of darkness, and overcomes a seemingly endless succession of hindrances.

Importunity binds God to His promises, brings heaven's angels to our assistance, and scatters the demons from hell. Importunity brings God's will into realization when all else fails.

Used by permission of the author and Duewel Literature Trust, Inc., Greenwood, Indiana

#50 The Role of Importunity
by Dr. Wesley L. Duewel
(pp. 86, 87)) Zondervan

(Google image and my emphasis added)

{This will be the last posting from Dr. Duewel's book until 9/1, as I'm just to post one Faith Message during July and August on Sundays. Hopefully, I'll give the messages that will strengthen the faith of my readers.}

Let's pray-

Father, may we remember that importunity
teaches us the most Christlike aspects of character.

It is our desire to become more patient,
forgiving and humble, so help us
learn how to pray more effectively,
 and with importunity.

Dr. Duewel says that You'll make us
strong spiritually by leading us to
exercise our spiritual muscle in this way.

Help us remember that importunity brings
answers available in no other way, when
we use Your Word to pray for the situations 
we face, which seem impossible.

May You be glorified in all that we do,
and cause us to trust in Your 
leading us today, as we ask
this in Jesus' name.

Today's Bible verses-

(Acts 10:44 KJV) "The Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word."

(Acts 10:44-46 CEV) "While Peter was still speaking, the Holy Spirit took control of everyone who was listening. Some Jewish followers of the Lord had come with Peter, and they were surprised that the Holy Spirit had been given to Gentiles. Now they were hearing gentiles speaking unknown languages and praising God."

Today's quote-

"The only real prayers are the ones mouthed with thankful lips. Because gratitude ushers into the other side of prayer, into the heart of the God -love, and all power to change the world, me, resides here in His love. 

Prayer, to be prayer, to have any power to change anything, must first speak thanks: "in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God" (Philippians 4:6 NIV, emphasis added. From the book,
 One Thousand Gifts, by Ann Voskamp, p. 60)

Our thought today-

We need the Spirit of God within us. When we get to the place where we walk in faith and believe God, we'll still need His help. The encouragements and testimonies which come from other believers, will strengthen and build our faith.

Our question today-

Do you wonder "How can that happen?", when God impresses you with thoughts that are challenging? {God knows your heart, so He will be patient with you...He will work with you to build your faith to believe His plan for 
you. He understands each of us, and allows our honest questions}.

Upcoming posts-

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    25th- Saturday's post by Debbie McEwen

Broken to be Made New
    26th- Sunday evening's post by Dennis Fisher

    7/3- Sunday evening's post by Lisa Buffaloe

Our Father Listens
   7/10th- Sunday evening's post by Susan Ferguson

A guest post- 

Forgiveness: You Need To Offer It Everyday

By Jill Savage on Jun 13, 2016 04:47 am 

"Mark: Jill didn’t hear what I said. I had to choose to forgive. 

Jill: Mark forgot to stop at the grocery store to pick up cat food on his way home.  I had to forgive. 
Mark: Jill didn’t turn on the air conditioning like I hoped she would. I had to choose to forgive. 
Jill: Mark was too tired to watch the movie I’d hoped we could watch together. I had to forgive..."

31-day Devotional + my personal story, using
 the information I shared.

 A great gift for someone who may need help to 
prepare for marriage, and for those in a 
marriage, wanting some good advice.

For the cat lovers

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