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From: KS Cathy (70.169.101.94)
Subject:         Not to be cruel but the verse Titus 3:9 came immediately to mind.
Date: October 14, 2008 at 11:50 am PST

In Reply to: How to convince a friend that prayer means something... posted by anon. on October 14, 2008 at 6:26 am:

"But avoid foolish questions, and genealogies, and contentions, and strivings about the law; for they are unprofitable and vain."
These words can be for ones who want to argue with us. He says he "wants" someone to prove him wrong. People like that "usually" are not looking for the truth. They really want justification for what they believe. Your friend sounds to be argumentative especially if he brings up the subject frequently. Proverbs 15:29 "The LORD is far from the wicked: but he heareth the prayer of the righteous."
An example of where someone prayed and GOD heard was King Hezekiah
2Ki 20:1-6 "In those days was Hezekiah sick unto death. And the prophet Isaiah the son of Amoz came to him, and said unto him, Thus saith the LORD, Set thine house in order; for thou shalt die, and not live. Then he turned his face to the wall, and prayed unto the LORD, saying, I beseech thee, O LORD, remember now how I have walked before thee in truth and with a perfect heart, and have done that which is good in thy sight. And Hezekiah wept sore.
And it came to pass, before Isaiah was gone out into the middle court, that the word of the LORD came to him, saying, Turn again, and tell Hezekiah the captain of my people, Thus saith the LORD, the God of David thy father, I have heard thy prayer, I have seen thy tears: behold, I will heal thee: on the third day thou shalt go up unto the house of the LORD. And I will add unto thy days fifteen years; and I will deliver thee and this city out of the hand of the king of Assyria; and I will defend this city for mine own sake, and for my servant David's sake."

When, after you have read to him from the WORD, he still wants to argue (and he will) I would then quietly say that this is something you will both disagree about. Let him know that you care for him but that the subject is closed.
Zechariah 7:11 "But they refused to hearken, and pulled away the shoulder, and stopped their ears, that they should not hear."

After he leaves then pray for his eyes to be opened. Nothing you say will changes his mind. The lesson I have learned in the past month is that it is time for my mouth to be silent and let the LORD do the heart work that needs to be done. Sometimes we hinder what the LORD wants to do. It was hard for me to come to that realization and accept that correction. The LORD can reveal it to him but he has to have an open heart to hear the LORD.


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