Prayer & Life in Messiah

by John & Ruth Greene

prayer to YHWHIn the world of religion, prayer for understanding and the desire to understand the Heavenly Father and His Word are rare. So often, prayer is a recital or ritual that may have little feeling or meaning at the time. Another common approach is that when times are rough, prayer is what you do out of sheer desperation. That has never been the intention of YHWH for His people. Effective prayer brings honor to YHWH through Messiah in a very real way. That is a sanctified element of worship as the purpose of prayer. Prayer can unite the body of Messiah in singular purpose. (Ephesians 3:14-21) As this purpose relates to the world, evangelism is required. The body cannot sit up in a church building allowing someone else to do all “the work.” Going to church is not simply a social occasion. Getting together is not a fashion show. The purpose is to sound the Word of YHWH (from the Bible) into the hearts of all present for strengthening so that the strengthened can strengthen others both in word and deed. (Matthew 28:19-20) This commission is the purpose of every disciple for the upbuilding of everyone as they reach outward. (“Bible Truth: What is a Christian?“; “Prayer: A Large Act for YHWH’s Sanctified“; “Prayer & Your Trust“; “YHWH’s Prayer Shawl of Protection“)

The goal is to make disciples of all nations. That is what YHWH, your Heavenly Father wants to do! Baptism is just the beginning once a heartfelt commitment is made, always through Yahshua [Jesus] Messiah. Obedience follows as an ongoing life process for every man, woman and child that shares like faith and trust in YHWH. The disciple becomes part of the sanctified gathering of the Messiah. This is the beginning of salvation, always seeking understanding and truth. (“The Real Power Behind Baptism“)

baby-Christian-wParents provide what is necessary for the growth of their children. In the same way, teaching in the gathering of the Messiah must accompany evangelism, looking outward in ministry. Reaching out to others is simply a part of spiritual life. (Ephesians 4:12) Every member in the gathering of Messiah learns to understand their intimate purpose before YHWH, ultimately to discern Bible truth for themselves. Believers that compromise need to be built up so that they can realize what YHWH really wants for them in honest righteous living. The goal is grow to be spiritually mature, equipped for every good thing before YHWH. The “leaders” in the body are not responsible for the actions of every member of the body. Each member must learn personal answerability before Elohim [YHWH, ‘God’]. Contrary to popular opinion, every disciple is expected to be a leader. How can you be a leader without the knowledge and Spirit of the Bible sounded into your soul? YHWH wants you to look at Him alone. He is your significance. He sent His Son to die for you. He wants you to be just as determined to honor YHWH as His Son was. We work together to become more complete in the Messiah. In a real sense, each disciple is a sanctified worker so that the work that YHWH has purposed will be accomplished. (2 Timothy 4:16-17; Discernment the World Doesn’t Have“; “Discernment: Having an Ear to Deeper Understanding“; “Disciple: Focused on the Messiah & His Purpose)

“In the sight of Elohim and the Master Yahshua Messiah, Who shall judge the living and the dead at His appearing and His reign, I earnestly charge you: Proclaim the Word! Be urgent in season, out of season. Reprove, warn, appeal, with all patience and teaching.  For there shall be a time when they shall not bear sound teaching, but according to their own desires, they shall heap up for themselves teachers tickling the ear, and they shall indeed turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to myths.  But you be sober in all matters, suffer hardships, do the work of an evangelist, accomplish your service completely.” – 2 Timothy 4:1-5, ISR98 (Romans 16:18; Isaiah 30:10, Jeremiah 5:31)

hypno-control-authority-wThe world says that Christian religious leaders are those who are notable for their influence on the religious thought or religious activity of people who consider themselves Christians. (1 Timothy 3:1-13) The liturgical priesthood model, followed by a prominent pastoral model are creations of man, imperfect distortions of Bible truth. No single person is truly fit to lead. Even then, religion is full of groups of men that have led millions, even billions astray! We are all dumb sheep that the Savior, the Messiah must rescue! (John 10:11; 1 Corinthians 11:1) That is what His Second Coming is about! Every member is to follow the Messiah personally. We live from every Word that comes from the mouth of YHWH. (Deuteronomy 8:3: Ezekiel 34:16) Yet man sees a problem with what seems to the world to be the “absence of leadership.” Satan eagerly fills any appearance of a spiritual vacuum, quickly filling it with apostasy.

blind-authority-wElohim disciplines those that He loves! (Proverbs 3:12) Since all are to be leaders through the Yahshua [Jesus] the Messiah rather than blind guides, the qualities sounded out in 1 Timothy 3 apply as a personal GOAL. It isn’t about titles or status. This isn’t to be pleasing to man or to self, but to relate to one another in honesty and truth as we trust in Elohim together with the same purpose of heart and mind. We seek to be blameless before Messiah, clean vessels of honor that teach the uncompromising Word of YHWH. (Isaiah 52:11; Psalm 51:13; Acts 8:35; Truth About the Modern Concept of Pastor“; “Beware of False Teachers & Disciples“; “Living in an Apostate World“; “The Antichrist & the War on Reality)

“But know this, that in the last days disastrous times will be upon us. For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, braggarts, arrogant, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, wicked, without natural feeling, addicted to lust, slanderers, without self-control, savage, haters of good, traitors, hasty, boasters, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of Elohim, having a form of righteousness, but denying the power of it; even turn away from these.” – 2 Timothy 3:1-5, HRB (2 Timothy 3:6-17; 2 Peter 2:10)

A true disciple of YHWH’s Word puts the Bible foremost! Bible truth is always first using scripture, not simply sprinkling it around as it suits “the need!” Unrelated matters and speculations are of little importance. Disciples must be able to clearly reflect the Gospel Truth without getting bogged down as a sinner in the desert! (Acts 17:2, 18:28; 2 Timothy 2:15, 3:14-17) Sanactified disciples must be set apart to Elohim’s Kingdom, depending on the Holy Spirit [Sanctified, Set Apart Spirit]! (John 3:15; Acts 6:10; 1 Corinthians 2:4) Disciples of Messiah are answerable to the Father with His loving-mercy in mind. (Romans 12:1; How Do You Honor YHWH?“; “Listening to the Holy Spirit)

“For the rest then, brothers, we beg you and call upon you in the Master Yahshua, that as you received from us how you should walk and to please Elohim, you should excel still more, for you know what commands we gave you through the Master Yahshua.  For this is the desire of Elohim: your set-apartness! – that you should abstain from whoring, that each one of you should know how to possess his own vessel in set-apartness and respect,  not in passion of lust, like the gentiles who do not know Elohim, not to overstep and take advantage of his brother in this matter, because the Master is the revenger of all such, as we indeed said to you before and earnestly warned. For Elohim did not call us to uncleanness, but in set-apartness.” – 1 Thessalonians 4:1-7, ISR98

“But the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, following deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons, who with false appearance mislead and will speak lies in hypocrisy, being seared in their own conscience, forbidding to marry, saying to abstain from foods, which Elohim created for partaking with thanksgiving by the believers and those knowing the truth. Because all things created by YAHWEH are good, and nothing is to be rejected, if it is received with thanks-giving; for it is sanctified through the Word of YAHWEH and prayer.” – 1 Timothy 4:1-5, HRB

preacher-wWhile a an overseer (anyone that holds a measure of authority over another) must hold to a higher level of conduct than the world, no less is true for a disciple, regardless of what role he or she may play. The difference is that the overseer must be proved faithful and spiritually mature. In the same way, as disciples, we do not want to fall into the traps of the devil. Especially for those that serve within the congregation or gathering of YHWH, they must hold to a certain level of conduct in their life. They should reflect Messiah and this will be clearly evident. All the while, a high level of conduct before YHWH is the goal of every disciple as a leader of His purpose. Any less is living a lie. (Matthew 7:15; John 13; What is the Standard of Life Conduct in a Disciple of Messiah?)

“Do not lie to one another, having put off the old man with his practices, and put on the new life which is renewed in knowledge after the pattern in which it was originally created” – Colossians 3:9-10, HRB

Disciples of Yahshua [Jesus] are to be devoted to prayer with thankfulness and watchfulness, praying that fellow servants of YHWH do the same. (Colossians 4:2; 3:5-9, 11, 12-14) YHWH loves persistence. This doesn’t mean continually praying for the same thing as if in doubt, but rather addressing the needs of the day and mindfully considering those around you. We don’t need to pray in desperation, but realize that all things come in time. Your trust stays the same, knowing that your Heavenly Father provides all things for His purpose and for your good, either in the present or the future. (Esther 2:8, 17, 7:3-10; 8:11-13, 9:13-15) This isn’t about politics and the things of man, but about your trust in YHWH based on your standing in life right now. (“Break Down Walls of Darkness with Prayer“; “The Power of Prayer Depends On You“; “Properly Directed Prayer is Potent“)

Your trust must not die simply because delay is present. Don’t be weary. YHWH is always listening and answering His people. This may not be the way you would hope in your limited understanding, but works in the perfect timing of YHWH. (“Personal Choices & Waiting on YHWH “)

“Therefore, as the elect of YAHWEH, holy and beloved, put on bowels of mercy, kindness, humility, meekness, long-suffering, bearing with one another and forgiving yourselves, if anyone has a complaint against any; even as Messiah forgave you, so also you should forgive. And above all these, have love, which is the bond of perfection. And let the peace of Messiah rule in your hearts, for that goal you are called in one body, and be thankful to Messiah.” – Colossians 3:12-15, HRB

YHWH wants His people to live peaceably. This peace requires that disciples work together despite differences. We meet each others’ needs in brotherly love. To believe means that we live in love which leads to peace, a peace that heals and mends. This peace rules as an umpire or director in your heart. Conflicts exist, but the balanced heart through the Messiah chooses YHWH’s peace. The balanced heart abides in Messiah because Messiah transcends all divisions. (“Refining Your Heart“; “The Struggle for Purity of Heart“; “Secession of the Heart“; “Hardened Hearts: Strengthening the Brotherhood in Messiah“)

“Because of this, hearing of your faith in our Master Yahshua Messiah and your love toward all the saints, I also do not cease giving thanks on your behalf, making mention of you in my prayers, that the Elohim of our Master Yahshua Messiah, the Father of glory, may give to you a spirit of wisdom and revelation in the full knowledge of Him, the eyes of your mind having been enlightened, for you to know what is the hope of His calling, and what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us, the ones believing according to the working of His mighty strength which He worked in Messiah in raising Him from the dead; and He seated Him at His own right hand in heaven, far above all cherubs, and authority, and power, and dominion, and every name having been named, not only in this age, but also in the coming age; and “He put all things under His feet” and gave Him to be Head over all things to the Congregation, which is His body: the fullness of the One filling all things and everything;” – Ephesians 1:15-23, HRB (Psalm 8:6, 110:1)

We get to know Messiah through personal prayer, which develops both relationship and dependence. Both should be keenly desired instead of shunned and rejected. This relationship heals and builds spiritual maturity, confidence in the Master. Still, there are times when you feel as if your prayers go no further than the roof above your head. Some conclude that prayer doesn’t really work. This is hardly the case. Instead, a short circuit likely exists in your prayer relationship. (“Abiding With YHWH in Quiet Places“)

Style: "Porcelain pastel"Prayers of people who refuse to be cleansed of satanic strongholds commonly go unanswered because they are defeating their personal prayers. Resentment and repeated sin creates a block, a hindrance in prayer.

“If I had regarded iniquity in my heart, YAHWEH would not have heard.” – Psalm 66:18, HRB

Examine your heart to be certain that you have forgiven and sought forgiveness for works of the flesh. Five basic destructive tendencies block prayer as well, keeping you from effective living and a dynamic prayer life. First is unbelief. When you don’t belief, you can’t receive. (“Is Your Forgiveness Real?“; “Hindered Prayer in Marriage“; “Forsaking Bitterness“)

“And whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.” – Matthew 21:22, NKJV

mask of shameThen follow fear, bitterness, shame and guilt. Through your Messiah, your fear dissolves and as you grow in the Holy Spirit, you are able to put down the strongholds of Satan and the world. Grudges always block blessings, creating a millstone for your relationship with YHWH. Grudges are especially destructive and evident in marriage. The grudge severs communication with your Heavenly Father and as resentment builds, the line of prayer is sealed off. The grudging resentment becomes an idol in your life, arresting your spiritual growth and hardening your heart, which creates distance between you and your Creator, ultimately cutting you off. (John 14:6; Condemnation, Dogs & Hogs“; “Breakthrough Prayer: Shame)

gods-armor“And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.” – Matthew 6:12

To enjoy fellowship with YHWH through your Savior, you must open the lines of communication for earthly separation and division. Real prayer is action that believes and trusts. (“Serving for YHWH’s Glory“; “Disciple: YHWHs Answer to Your Prayers“)

“After these things, Yahshua [Jesus] found him in the sanctuary and said to him, Behold you are whole again. Do not sin no more, lest something that is worse than before should happen to you.” – John 5:14, HRB

Seriously examine the claims of the true Gospel and make a decision for your Messiah today! Now is the time! (Isaiah 49:8, 55:6; Proverbs 27:1)

“For He says, ‘In an acceptable time I heard you, and in a day of salvation I helped you.’ Behold, now is the acceptable time! Behold, now is the day of salvation! Give no occasion for offense to anyone, in anything, that the ministry may not be blamed, but in all things let us show ourselves as servants of YAHWEH, in much patience, in afflictions, in emergencies, in difficulties” – 2 Corinthians 6:2-4, HRB (Isaiah 49:8)

wealth-of-men“And He spoke a parable to them, saying, ‘A certain rich man produced well from the land. And he reasoned within himself, saying, ‘What may I do, for I have nowhere I may gather my fruits?’ And he said, ‘I will do this; I will tear down my barns and I will build larger; and I will gather there all my produce and my goods. And I will say to my soul, ‘Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years; take rest, eat, drink, and be glad.’ But Elohim said to him, ‘Fool! Your soul will be required from you in this night; and that which you prepared, to whom will it be?’” – Luke 12:16-20, HRB

“Come now, those saying, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go into this city, and we will spend one year there, and we will trade and prosper, who do not know what will happen tomorrow.’ For what is your life? For it is a vapor, which appears for a little while, and then it disappears. Instead, you should say, ‘If YAHWEH wills, even we shall live, and we will do this or that’” – James 4:13-15, HRB

double mindedTruly, disciples of the Messiah must be patient, trusting fully in YHWH and personal dealing through the Holy Spirit. ‘If God wills’ is not an excuse to doubt. Many religious people use ‘if God wills’ as an excuse to doubt or to justify what appears to be a lack of results (in a results oriented world) for what they personally seek from YHWH. (Matthew 6:17-26) YHWH wants to prosper His people. If a person blocks any personal favor from the Almighty, that is his or her doing, not the doing of YHWH. YHWH wants to heal your life with the same favor that Yashua [Jesus] gave to the needy while He was here. (“The Grace of YHWH’s Vineyard?“; “The Secret Weapons of Christians“; “Healing Wounds That People Can’t See“)

“And answering, Yahshua [Jesus] said to them, ‘Let the faith of YAHWEH be in you. For truly I say to you, that he who says to this mountain, ‘Be lifted up and fall into the sea.’ And does not become divided in his heart but believes that it will happen. That thing which he said he will happen. Therefore I say to you, ‘All things, whatever you ask, praying, believe that you will receive, and it will be to you. And when you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive it, so that your Father in Heaven may also forgive your transgressions. But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father in Heaven forgive your deviations.’” – Mark 11:22-26, HRB

love of wealth - mammonYHWH’s work is not about fostering wealth to the disadvantage of your brothers in Messiah. Even the Jewish priesthood was participating in such things. Messiah put them down with YHWH as His authority! (Mark 11) The times of history after have been no different. Satan still seeks to install falsehoods over Bible truth. To counter this, disciples are to witness any time, all the time, in any place and in all places with their lives at every opportune moment. (Psalm 73:1; Acts 16:25-31, 27:20-25; 2 Timothy 4:16-17) YHWH, Elohim of Hosts will certainly work through you! Prayer is an extension of your life and relationship with Him! (“A Hidden Lifestyle Message from Messiah“; “A Lifestyle Message from Jeremiah“)

“And answering, Yahshua [Jesus] said to them, ‘Do you not err because of this, not knowing the Scriptures nor the power of YAHWEH? For when they rise again from the dead, they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are as the angels in Heaven. But concerning the dead, that they are raised, have you not read in the book of Moses, as YAHWEH spoke to him at the Bush, saying, ‘I am the Elohim of Abraham, and the Elohim of Isaac, and the Elohim of Jacob?’  He is not the Elohim of the dead, but Elohim of the living. Therefore, you greatly err.’” – Mark 12:24-27, HRB

Whether the power of Elohim is in your life and stays in your life depends on you. Yahshua [Jesus] has given each person on earth this opportunity. Do you know the power of YHWH? Do you want to know? What will you say or do? (“How to Receive the Holy Spirit“; “Holy Spirit 101“; “Being Set Apart Makes You Aware of Sin“)

“For YHWH so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
John 3:16, RNKJV
Heavenly Father,
Thank you for sending the Messiah, your only begotten Son to be my Savior. I believe in Him and have made this belief the center of my life. Because of this, by faith I have everlasting life! Thank you! I repent of my sins and of my past, freely admitting that I have fallen short of Your glory. I look fully forward to you in my life and commit my life to You. Thank You YHWH, my Heavenly Father for setting me free in the name of your Son Yahshua [Jesus]. Amen.
genuine-articleYou will never enjoy true freedom through the Messiah and power of the Holy Spirit unless you read and absorb the Bible in prayer and trust. You will never know this freedom until you experience it for yourself. Get to know your Heavenly Father, His Son and allow the Holy Spirit to work in your life. The Holy Spirit is your teacher, your Holy Counselor that lives in you to help you learn about the truth of YHWH and His spiritual gifts.
Satan does not want you to have the excellence of YHWH in your life. People pray for protection and want to be taken care of, but often do little in growing close to Him. The world, your husband, your wife, your family, your government do not build your trust in YHWH or free you from spiritual bondage. Your church or your pastor cannot save you. Education, power and money will not free you, but only the Word of your Heavenly Father. Salvation is a daily walk, an act of love for yourself and for those around you, not a one-time event that centers only on you. Make the Word of YHWH your own, your very life!
YHWH is Yahweh, the covenant name of your Heavenly Father.
The names Yahshua and Yahushua are original language names for Jesus,
He is often referred simply as the Messiah or Master.
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