Pastor Lucy Paynter
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Prayer Closet

At the beginning of the year, many believers spend more time in the Prayer Closet. Prayer and fasting for twenty-one days, thirty days, or forty days cycles. What a joy to spend time in the presence of the Lord. To dwell in the secret place of the almighty.

In my Prayer Closet this year, the holy spirit started teaching me about hindrances that cause unanswered prayers. Among the issues, the Lord taught me I felt compelled to share two of them with friends and parishioners.

1. Praying according to the will of God.

As we started the prayers and fasting, I shared this truth that the Holy Spirit was emphasizing in my heart. We need to pray according to the Agenda and will of God.

For a long time, we receive a new year, and we rush to proclaim ” this is my year”. However, there was something different with 2021, the Lord is saying “2021 is the year of the Lord “.

Therefore, when in the Prayer Closet it is up to us to yield and align ourselves to him so that we fulfill His agenda, His Purpose, His Plan for this year.

2. Deal With Unconfessed Sin

But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.
Matthew 6:6 KJV

Understanding that transactions of the Prayer Closet are privy between you and God is the first step to liberation.

We are in an era where the pressure to keep appearances is on the higher end. Sometimes we forget that we can not keep appearances with God. There is nothing to hide from Him. If we keep appearances it for people not for God. Because He looks into the heart. He rebuked Samuel when he sent him to anoint a king. Like us, Samuel was looking at appearances.

But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”
1 Samuel 16:7

In the process of hiding our shortcomings, failures, and sins from others let us not carry it over to the Prayer Closet. Like David we can tell the Lord to search our hearts and if there be any wickedness to lead us in his way of everlasting.

Search me [thoroughly], O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts;
Psalms 139:23 AMP

And see if there is any wicked or hurtful way in me, And lead me in an everlasting way.
Psalms 139:24 AMP

To listen to a playlist dedicated to this topic. Check out this link below. You will discover

  • The Cause of Unconfessed Sin
  • The Condition of Unconfessed Sin
  • The Consequences of unconfessed sin
  • The Conclusion.

Listen to Prayer Closet, a playlist by Pastor Lucy Paynter 

 

 

I believe

In the depths of my heart I believe in the faithfulness of God. It is not easy to comprehend his ways and timing, but through it all I am convinced of His unconditional love for me.

The Prophet Isaiah wrote that our ways and His are far apart .

Isaiah 55:8-9New International Version

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
    neither are your ways my ways,”
declares the Lord.
“As the heavens are higher than the earth,
    so are my ways higher than your ways
    and my thoughts than your thoughts.

We align ourselves to fit in His plans and His ways by living a life of total surrender. Yielded and fully trusting. I guess that is where I am right now. I am not afraid, I am calm within me even though every other thing without is screaming worry and fear.

I feel the touch of His hand holding me and a whisper of his voice in my inner ear, saying, “you are mine ,I love you. “

I cannot fully explain it but as I lay in this hospital bed, I am calm and at peace from that assurance that I am not alone.

Maybe you are reading this, and there is a turmoil within or without you. I urge you to believe with me that God will not fail you.

Blessings you are not alone.

Serving the Purposes of God In our Generation.

God has a purpose for every one of us. Many times we go through time oblivion of this truth, but if we can halt and ponder, maybe we can take the right path. The path designed by God, which, when we walk in it, we become faithful

witnesses of His Power and Glory. We are here to Proclaim His love and power. He is willing that you experience His Glory. He is concerned with every detail of your life. A life full of the miraculous power of God can be yours, enabling you to live a purposeful and fruitful life.

HUMILITY

1. But he gives more grace. Therefore it says, “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” (James 4:6)
2. Clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble. (1 Peter 5:5)
3. Although he is scornful to arrogant scoffers, yet he shows favor to the humble (Proverbs 3:34)
OUTLINE I. Introduction – Understanding humility!
A. Definition – A personal quality in which an individual shows dependence on God and respect for other persons.
B. It is the absence NOT opposite of pride!
C. Biblical humility is grounded in the character of God. The Father stoops down to help the poor and needy ( Psalm 113:4-9; 138:6-7 ); the incarnate Son exhibits humility from the manger to the cross ( Matt 11:29; Acts 8:32-33; Phil 2:5-8).
D. As a sign of genuine religion (Micah 6:8), humility is necessary to enter God’s kingdom (Matt 5:3; 18:1-4) or to be great in it (Matt 20:26-27; Mark 10:43-44).
E. Humility is the prerequisite for honor (Prov 15:33; 18:12; 22:4; 29:23) and physical blessing (Psalm 37:11; Matt 5:5).
F. It is intimately associated with the fear of the Lord ( Psalms 25:9 Psalms 25:12-14; Prov 15:33 ), it may provide the key to wealth and life ( Prov 22:4 )
II. The Example of Jesus. How did he show humility?
A. His focus was on the Father‟s will, not his own. “For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me” (John 6:38). He prayed as he was facing the cross: “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will” (Matthew 26:39).
B. His focus was away from himself, not on himself. He came to seek and save the lost (Luke 19:10). Because we are to be like Jesus, the Bible says, “Nobody should seek his own good, but the good of others” (1 Corinthians 10:24). “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others” (Philippians 2:3-4).
C. His focus was on serving, not being served. The humility and servant-spirit of Christ is very well demonstrated during the Last Supper when he washed the feet of his disciples. After Jesus washed their feet, he said to them: “Do you understand what I have done for you? You call me „Teacher‟ and „Lord,‟ and rightly so, for that is what I am. Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another‟s feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you” (John 13:12-15).
III. Pride Versus Humility
A. Pride sings the song, “How great you are.” Humility sings, “How Great God Is.”
B. Pride refuses to worship and give God glory and honor, but humility is unashamed to praise, honor and glorify the King of the universe.
C. Pride is concerned with what other people think; humility is concerned with what God thinks.
D. Pride refuses to ask for help; humility asks God for help.
E. Pride is exaltation of self; humility is exaltation of God.
F. Pride makes its own way; humility chooses God’s way.
G. Pride wants the credit for the good things done; humility gives God glory for all good things.

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IV. Conclusion – The Christian ought to emulate Christ’s example (Matt 11:28-30; 2 Col 10:1 ) of meekness and humility. There is a great reward for humility. It is the avenue or highway to glory.
AMEN

The Anointing you despise cannot spice your life.

©Pastor Lucy Paynter

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