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Thursday, January 15 2015

Psalm 55: When Does God Listen To Prayer?

"The LORD is far from the wicked: but He heareth the prayer of the righteous"

Anyone and everyone can pray to God, but only those who heed the Law of God will have their prayers "heard." God does not answer the prayer of those who rebel against Him (see Why Call Me, Lord, Lord, and Do Not The Things Which I Say? and the Fact Finder question below).

"28:9 He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer shall be abomination." (Proverbs 28:9 KJV)

The righteous principle is timeless. It did not begin in the so-called New Testament. "The LORD is far from the wicked: but he heareth the prayer of the righteous" has always been the reality.

"15:28 The heart of the righteous studieth to answer: but the mouth of the wicked poureth out evil things.

15:29 The LORD is far from the wicked: but he heareth the prayer of the righteous." (Proverbs 15:28-29 KJV)

"The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much" because it is within the means and purpose of the righteous that the prayer is asked - and the prayer is answered, according to God's Will.

King David

"5:9 Grudge not one against another, brethren, lest ye be condemned: behold, the judge standeth before the door.

5:10 Take, my brethren, the prophets, who have spoken in the name of the Lord, for an example of suffering affliction, and of patience. 5:11 Behold, we count them happy which endure. Ye have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord; that the Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy.

5:12 But above all things, my brethren, swear not, neither by heaven, neither by the earth, neither by any other oath: but let your yea be yea; and your nay, nay; lest ye fall into condemnation.

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. 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 Elias 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.

5:19 Brethren, if any of you do err from the truth, and one convert him; 5:20 Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins." (James 5:9-20 KJV)

Many of the Psalms of David were prayers, set to music (e.g. see David's Prayer and The Morning Blessing). They varied in time and circumstance, but were always the same whereby a righteous person's prayer was made to God for God's purpose.

"55:1 To the chief Musician on Neginoth, Maschil, A Psalm of David.

Give ear to my prayer, O God; and hide not thyself from my supplication. 55:2 Attend unto me, and hear me: I mourn in my complaint, and make a noise; 55:3 Because of the voice of the enemy, because of the oppression of the wicked: for they cast iniquity upon me, and in wrath they hate me.

55:4 My heart is sore pained within me: and the terrors of death are fallen upon me. 55:5 Fearfulness and trembling are come upon me, and horror hath overwhelmed me. 55:6 And I said, Oh that I had wings like a dove! for then would I fly away, and be at rest. 55:7 Lo, then would I wander far off, and remain in the wilderness. Selah. 55:8 I would hasten my escape from the windy storm and tempest.

55:9 Destroy, O Lord, and divide their tongues: for I have seen violence and strife in the city. 55:10 Day and night they go about it upon the walls thereof: mischief also and sorrow are in the midst of it. 55:11 Wickedness is in the midst thereof: deceit and guile depart not from her streets.

55:12 For it was not an enemy that reproached me; then I could have borne it: neither was it he that hated me that did magnify himself against me; then I would have hid myself from him: 55:13 But it was thou, a man mine equal, my guide, and mine acquaintance. 55:14 We took sweet counsel together, and walked unto the house of God in company.

55:15 Let death seize upon them, and let them go down quick into hell: for wickedness is in their dwellings, and among them.

55:16 As for me, I will call upon God; and the LORD shall save me. 55:17 Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud: and he shall hear my voice. 55:18 He hath delivered my soul in peace from the battle that was against me: for there were many with me. 55:19 God shall hear, and afflict them, even he that abideth of old. Selah.

Because they have no changes, therefore they fear not God.

55:20 He hath put forth his hands against such as be at peace with him: he hath broken his covenant. 55:21 The words of his mouth were smoother than butter, but war was in his heart: his words were softer than oil, yet were they drawn swords.

55:22 Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved. 55:23 But thou, O God, shalt bring them down into the pit of destruction: bloody and deceitful men shall not live out half their days; but I will trust in thee." (Psalm 55:1-23 KJV)

Fact Finder: What does the Word of God teach about how to pray?
See How To Pray: 12 Biblical Principles Of Personal Prayer


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This Day In History

This Day In History, January 15

69: Servius Sulpicius Galba, the Roman Emperor who succeeded Nero (see Nero's Torches), was assassinated by the Praetorian guard in the Roman Forum (see The Politics Of Rome and A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars).

1077: German Emperor Henry IV stood barefoot in the snow for three days at Canossa, Italy, pleading for a reversal of excommunication by Pope Gregory VII (see Emperors and Popes and The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation; also Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy).

1493: Christopher Columbus set sail for Spain from the island known today as Hispaniola, thereby ending his first voyage to the New World. In reality, all of the 4 voyages of Columbus were limited to the islands of the Caribbean Sea area, not the "America" of the popular hijacked-history propaganda myth (see also Thanksgiving In History and Prophecy).

Voyages of Christopher Columbus 1519: Spanish explorer Vasco Nunez de Balboa died at age 44. He was the head of the first stable settlement on the South American continent (1511), and the first known European to sight the Pacific Ocean (September 25 1513). His last years were troubled by conflicts with his superior, who had him seized on unfounded charges of rebellion and treason from which Balboa was condemned to death and beheaded.

1535: After his split with the Papacy, King Henry VIII became Supreme Head of the Church of England under the Act of Supremacy.

1541: King Francis I of France granted Jean-Francois Roberval a commission to settle "the province of New France" (what is today much of eastern Canada and New England) and for the spread of the "Holy Catholic faith."

1552: The Treaty of Chambord was signed by Henry II of France and several German princes including Maurice of Saxony who ceded Metz, Toul and Verdun to France.

1559: Elizabeth Tudor, daughter of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn was crowned at Westminster Abbey as Queen Elizabeth I.

1582: The Peace of Jam-Zapolski was signed between Russia and Poland, ceding Livonia and Estonia to Poland.

1697: The citizens of Massachusetts spent a day of fasting and repentance for their roles in the 1692 Salem Witch Trial hysteria. Judge Samuel Sewall, who had presided over many of the 20 capital judgments, published a written confession acknowledging his own "blame and shame" (see also Innocent Unless Proven Guilty).

1759: The British Museum opened at Montague House in London.

1889: The Coca-Cola Company, then known as the Pemberton Medicine Company, was incorporated in Atlanta, Georgia. As its name indicates, the original formula for "Coke" used the same "natural" ingredients as that used for making various legal and illegal drugs (see What Is Sorcery?). The drug in the beverage was later replaced with sugar and caffeine to maintain its stimulant effects (see also Seed-Bearing Plants: For Food Or For Folly?).

1906: Britain relinquished its naval bases at Halifax, Nova Scotia and Esquimault, British Columbia to Canada.

1919: Karl Liebknecht, 48, and Rosa Luxemburg, 49, founders of the Spartacus League which in 1919 became the German communist party, were killed in Berlin by soldiers who were taking them to prison.

1922: The Irish Free State was formed.

1965: Former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill suffered a severe stroke.

1970: Israeli archaeologists reported uncovering additional evidence supporting the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 AD by military forces of the Roman empire (see What Did Jesus Christ Say About Those Stones? and Pella; also Legions Of Men And Angels).

1970: Biafran forces surrendered, thereby ending Biafra as an independent territory of Nigeria.

1971: The Aswan Dam was officially dedicated by President Sadat of Egypt and President Podgorny of the Soviet Union.

1973: Golda Meir became the first Prime Minister of Israel (see also Israel In History and Prophecy: Israel Of Judah) to meet with a Pope.

2005: The European Space Agency's SMART-1 lunar orbiter discovered the "Earth" elements calcium, aluminum, silicon, iron, and others on the moon.




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