Bible study: ‘Have faith when you pray’

Scripture:  James 5: 13-16
Bishop Pendleton continues with his series on prayer. “Just pray, believe God.”

"Men ought always to pray, and not to faint."

Notes: Praying without doubting
-How many times have we prayed doubting?
-When you pray, believe God and pray for somebody else; Somebody else needs your prayer.
-”You pray for me and I will pray for you and I know the Lord will answer prayer.”
-Paul and Siles were praying and praising God, when the chains began breaking.
-The enemy doesn’t want us to pray, because there is power in prayer.
-When God delivers you the enemy gets mad.
-You have to have faith in your prayer, whether you feel it or not.
-A prayer of faith can and will save the sick, for the Lord will lift you up.
-Remember He might not come when you call Him but He will always be on time.
Make your request known
-God says: Let your request be made known, although He knows your request before they even come to mind.
-He already knows, but yet he still says Ask; it’s your faith that makes the difference. – Ask, seek the Lord, with nothing doubting, and He will answer you in due time.
-Don’t worry about time running out, because God knows how to hold up the other end until we get ready.
-Pray and leave it up to the Lord. Cast all your cares on Him for He careth for you.
-If you pray and don’t feel anything keep on praying; it doesn’t matter how you feel.
-God will hear you; He knows all about it. He’s already working on your request before you even ask, because He knows your uprising from your down-sitting.
-He knows the way you think, your temperament.
-Yet while you are still speaking He hears you.
-If you pray and praise God for it the devil will be confused.

In the heat of battle

-Pray for those you want to fight, those who don’t treat you right.
-Turn your battles over to Him, and let Him do the fighting.
-”Greater is He than is in you than he that is in the world.”
-Matthew 5:43-44 says “Love your neighbors and your enemies” for love covers a multitude of faults and forgives.
-The nature that you were born with says ‘Get ‘em’, but Paul says modify the deeds of the body.
-We don’t have any excuse to take matters into our own hands.
-Instead of trying to fight our battles, we let the Spirit of God rule and dwell in us richly.
-Bishop shared this story:
A tall tough guy in the Army confronted him one day. “You’re one of those Holy boys?” Bishop said yes. “I ought to slap you.” That’s when Bishop said he started praying “real hard.” But the guy walked away, and Bishop believed God heard his prayer.

Q&A
Q: What do you do if you’re in a situation where you are constantly being attacked? Do you defend yourself?
A: Please don’t ask me what I’m going to do. I’m not going to say that someone should stand there and let someone beat them up. Vengeance is mine saith the Lord. The natural thing to do is to fight back. The right thing to do is to pray and ask God to move that mountain or that stumbling block. I don’t see anywhere in the bible where it says fight them back, Bishop says. And make sure that you are not the instigator. The bible says to live peacefully with all men. As a child of God we are supposed to do everything we can to avoid a physical confrontation.
Need something to pray for? We always have something to pray for. Pray for witnesses, souls to be saved, revival, unity in the church. Persevere in pray until something happens. God will hear your cry.

Q: Do I still have to talk to people that I have forgiven?
A: Purposefully avoiding someone is not a part of forgiveness. Romans 12:19-21: Avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath. Do no man evil for evil. If thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head…. Overcome evil with good.
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