Prayer That A Believer Should Pray

Grace, love and peace to each and everyone in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

Last week we learnt from Ephesians 1:17
* To whom should our prayer be addressed to
Our Prayer should be addressed to Father in the name of Jesus.
We have boldness to enter the sanctuary through Jesus Christ
We have confidence through Christ Jesus

We also learnt that Whatever we ask to the Father in the name of Jesus we will receive it.

* We should also pray that we should receive
The Spirit of Wisdom
The Spirit of Revelation and
The Knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ

We also learnt that secret things belongs to God and whatever has been revealed it is for us and our children (Deuteronomy 29:29)

Ephesians 1:18
I pray that the perception of your mind may be enlightened so you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the glorious riches of His inheritance among the saints, 

This verse highlights on 3 Important things
1. Perception or the insights of our mind to be enlightened
2. So we may know Hope of His calling
3. and to Know the glorious riches of God’s inheritance among the saints

This is not referring to new insights or predictions of future events. These believers already knew the facts of salvation and the believer’s future hope with God. However, Paul wants them to better understand the importance of these blessings. 

1. Perception of our mind might be enlightened
The Mind plays an important role in a Christian life.
Many neglect but the Bible clearly says 

Romans 12:1-2
Therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, I urge you to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God; this is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God.

Our mind should be transformed or renewed or changed if not we will not be able to discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God.

If our minds are not transformed we will be conformed to this age.

Our prayer should be that our minds will be transformed.

Prayer includes getting enlightened.
Our minds need to be enlightened 

Perception of our mind should be enlightened.

2 Corinthians 4:3-6
But if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. In their case, the god of this age has blinded the minds of the unbelievers so they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. For we are not proclaiming ourselves but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your slaves because of Jesus. For God who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of God’s glory in the face of Jesus Christ.

2. So we may Know Hope of His calling
Only when our minds are enlightened we will know.
Knowing is very important.
Many people are ignorant because they do not know the real blessings
Many people are ignorant because they do not know the reality
Many people are ignorant because they do not know the spiritual realm
Many people are ignorant because they do not know the God’s providence
Many people are ignorant because they do not know God’s work

When our minds are enlightened we will know

What will we know?
To know God’s calling or to know the Hope in God our minds need to be enlightened.

Can you see how deep this prayer takes us?
We should pray this prayer because many struggle to find their calling.
 
We should start praying that our minds might be enlightened so that we can know the Hope of God’s calling.

3. And to Know the glorious riches of God’s inheritance among the saints
Can we see that when our mind is renewed we will know
When our mind is enlightened we will know

We will know the Hope of His calling
We will know the glorious riches of God’s inheritance 
We will know where we have the inheritance – it is among the saints

The problem with the believers is they really do not know where they belong.
 
The Bible keeps telling Don’t you know, Don’t you know.

Hebrews 5:11-14
11 We have a great deal to say about this, and it’s difficult to explain, since you have become too lazy to understand
12 Although by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the basic principles of God’s revelation again. You need milk, not solid food. 13 Now everyone who lives on milk is inexperienced with the message about righteousness, because he is an infant. 14 But solid food is for the mature—for those whose senses have been trained to distinguish between good and evil.

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Naveen John (NJ)

NJ MINISTRIES

Prayer that a believer should know

Grace, love and peace to each and everyone in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

Let us dive into our Bible Study on Ephesians 1:17-19

This passage talks about the prayer that Paul did and every believer needs to start praying because there are many spiritual insights in this prayer.

Paul prayed that the Ephesians might really understand who Christ is.

Christ is our model, and the more we know Christ, the more we will be like Christ.

Personal knowledge of Christ is life – changing.

Ephesians 1:17-19
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I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, would give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him. 
18 I pray that the perception of your mind may be enlightened so you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the glorious riches of His inheritance among the saints, 19 and what is the immeasurable greatness of His power to us who believe, according to the working of His vast strength.

We should learn to pray this prayer because it is a spiritual prayer which does not talk about physical things but it talks about the Spiritual things.

This prayer gives us a deeper understanding why most of the Christians remain as baby Christians rather than growing in Christ.

Our Prayers are self-centered
Our prayers are selfish
Our Prayers are for our physical benefit.

But this prayer if we study in detail talks about 10 things that a Spirit man or inner man or a matured man is needed:
* Glorious Father
* Spirit of Wisdom
* Spirit of Revelation
* Knowledge of God
* Perception of our mind
* Enlightened
* Riches of His inheritance
* Immeasurable greatness of His Power
* Belief
* Working of His vast strength

Paul’s prayer starts of saying I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ
We pray to the Father in Jesus name.
We pray to God in Jesus’ name.

This is something that we need to understand.

John 16:23-24
“I assure you: Anything you ask the Father in My name, He will give you. 24 Until now you have asked for nothing in My name. Ask and you will receive, so that your joy may be complete.

Jesus is talking about prayer.
Whatever we ask of the Father – we will receive.

We don’t pray to Jesus
We have fellowship with Jesus
We address Jesus in the prayer to the Father.

We pray to the Father in the name of Jesus.
When I am praying to the Father we ask in the name of Jesus.

Hopefully you have understood.
Let’s see what Jesus taught us in the Heavenly Prayer.

Matthew 6:9
Our Father in heaven, Your name be honored as holy.

Our Prayers are addressed to the Father but we have boldness and confidence through Christ Jesus.

Hebrews 10:19
Therefore, brothers, since we have boldness to enter the sanctuary through the blood of Jesus,

Ephesians 3:12
In Him we have boldness and confident access through faith in Him.

John 16:23-24
“I assure you: Anything you ask the Father in My name, He will give you. 24 Until now you have asked for nothing in My name. Ask and you will receive, so that your joy may be complete.

Everything is given by Father in heaven and we receive it or pray in Jesus name.

Now this prayer tells about our glorious Father.
We should pray that Father would give us the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him.

Every believer should pray that we should receive the spirit of Wisdom
Every believer should pray that we should receive the spirit of Revelation
Every believer should pray that we should receive the knowledge of God.

Just think if a believer has the spirit of wisdom – he or she will be able to apply the wisdom and when wisdom is applied the path would be opened and they would make right decisions and will not be deceived.

If a believer has the spirit of Revelation – everything that the natural eye cannot see our spiritual man will start seeing and we will start living in the revelation.

Deuteronomy 29:29
The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may follow all the words of this law.

If a believer lives in the knowledge of God he would not be ignorant of the works of God and the believer would start knowing what’s the right path and will not be deceived.

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Naveen John (NJ)

Is it God’s will for me to be prosperous

Grace, Love and Peace to each and everyone in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

Many have many doubts about prosperity.
Is it really God’s will for me to be prosperous?
Why are the worldly people more prosperous than Christians?

Firstly let us see what was the plan of God for man when He created 

Genesis 2:8-14
The Lord God planted a garden in Eden, in the east, and there He placed the man He had formed. 
The Lord God caused to grow out of the ground every tree pleasing in appearance and good for food, including the tree of life in the middle of the garden, as well as the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

10 A river went out from Eden to water the garden. From there it divided and became the source of four rivers. 
11 The name of the first is Pishon, which flows through the entire land of Havilah, where there is gold. 
12 Gold from that land is pure; bdellium and onyx are also there. 
13 The name of the second river is Gihon, which flows through the entire land of Cush. 
14 The name of the third river is the Tigris, which runs east of Assyria. And the fourth river is the Euphrates.

When God created:
Curse was not in God’s list for man
Pain was not in God’s list for man
Poverty was not in God’s list for man
lack was not in God’s list for man

If we see the verses, the Garden was huge and it had every kind of tree and four rivers flowed through the garden, Gold, Onyx, bdellium were in that garden.

2 Corinthians 8:9
For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ: Though He was rich, for your sake He became poor, so that by His poverty you might become rich.

God became sinner so that we can be righteous
In the same way God became poor so that I can be rich. 

Rich does not mean we become millionaire and billionaire.
It means that we are more than enough. 

Rich means full supply. 

3 John 2
Dear friend, I pray that you may prosper in every way and be in good health physically just as you are spiritually.

Prosperity comes to us:
1. Intention of Heart
2. Walking in Love
3. Tithes

1. Intention of Heart

2 Chronicles 1:8-10
And Solomon said to God: “You have shown great and faithful love to my father David, and You have made me king in his place. Lord God, let Your promise to my father David now come true. For You have made me king over a people as numerous as the dust of the earth. 10 Now grant me wisdom and knowledge so that I may lead these people, for who can judge this great people of Yours?”

God asked Solomon what you want. Solomon did not ask for money. 

Our motive should be right when we pray 

* Solomon’s Prayer 

– Solomon was thankful to God
– His prayer was not for himself but for God and God’s people. 

People are not prosperous because of their selfishness.
God does not answer the selfish prayers. 

When our motives are pure for God’s work – then God will bless us.
God is not just looking at words but He His looking at His heart. 

2 Chronicles 1:11
God said to Solomon, “Since this was in your heart, and you have not requested riches, wealth, or glory, or for the life of those who hate you, and you have not even requested long life, but you have requested for yourself wisdom and knowledge that you may judge My people over whom I have made you king, 

In My heart
Our heart is very important when we pray and believe. 

God is testifying about Solomon.
Solomon’s heart had a thought about God, God’s work and God’s people 

When your heart is right – even the devil cannot hold anything in your life. 

2 Chronicles 1:12
wisdom and knowledge are given to you. I will also give you riches, wealth, and glory, unlike what was given to the kings who were before you, or will be given to those after you.”

2. Walking in Love

Galatians 5:14
For the entire law is fulfilled in one statement: Love your neighbor as yourself.

Proverbs 3:9-10
Honor the LORD with your possessions 
and with the first produce of your entire harvest; 
then your barns will be completely filled, and your vats will overflow with new wine. 

3. Tithes

1. Paying Tithes is not the Law 

Abraham paid the tithe before the Law
He paid tithe 400 years before he paid to Melchizedek
Isaac and Jacob paid.
They honoured God with their tithes.
They did not pay out of fear but of love and honour towards God. 

2. Jesus spoke about Tithes Matthew 23:23 

“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! You pay a tenth of mint, dill, and cumin, yet you have neglected the more important matters of the law—justice, mercy, and faith. These things should have been done without neglecting the others. 

Isaiah 1:19 

If you are willing and obedient, you will eat the good things of the land. 

Is it God’s will to be prosperous and the answer is Yes
Is it God’s will to be prosperous and the answer is Yes
It is God’s will to be prosperous and the answer is Yes

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Naveen John (NJ)

Afraid – Bible Study Topic

Grace, Love and Peace to each and everyone in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!​

Learning about a topic or learning always keeps us equipped for the things that change uncertainty.
Learning helps us to defend ourselves when condition go beyond our reach
Learning helps us to fight our weakness and makes us focus on our strengths
Learning helps us to stand firm.

Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.
Philippians 4:9

As for you, the anointing you received from him remains in you, and you do not need anyone to teach you. But as his anointing teaches you about all things and as that anointing is real, not counterfeit—just as it has taught you, remain in him.
1 John 2:27

When we learn we will not be afraid.
worried that something undesirable will occur or be done.

So let us see from the Bible, where this afraid or fear began?

And he said, “I heard You in the garden and I was afraid because I was naked, so I hid.”
Genesis 3:10

The first man was afraid because he disobeyed God.
Adam was afraid because he was naked
Adam was afraid when he heard the voice of God.

1. Many Christians are living with fear or in afraid because of their disobedience.

Bible says 
Psalm 8:4 – 6
What is man that You remember him,
the son of man that You look after him?
You made him little less than God
and crowned him with glory and honor.
You made him lord over the works of Your hands;
You put everything under his feet:

2. Christians are afraid because they are naked.

Colossians 3:5-11
Therefore, put to death what belongs to your worldly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desire, and greed, which is idolatry. Because of these, God’s wrath comes on the disobedient, and you once walked in these things when you were living in them. But now you must also put away all the following: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and filthy language from your mouth. Do not lie to one another, since you have put off the old self with its practices 10 and have put on the new self. You are being renewed in knowledge according to the image of your Creator. 11 In Christ there is not Greek and Jew, circumcision and uncircumcision, barbarian, Scythian, slave and free; but Christ is all and in all.

3. We will be afraid when we have sinned and when we hear God's voice.

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Naveen John (NJ)

Broken But Beautiful

#Broken But Beautiful

Broken Clouds Pour Rains
Broken Soil Sets A Field
Broken Crop Yields Seeds
Broken Seeds Gives Life To A New Plant

When God Breaks You,
Remember He Is Building You.
God Isn’t Burying You.
He Is Planting You.
Broken Crayons Can Still Colour !

Remember Broken People Save Broken People !

Why Mother’s Prayers Are So Strong

Like I Have Always Believed Like Really Believed That My Mother’s Prayers Had Magic In Them.
( I Still Believe ) I Will Go To Her Like I Did When I Was A Little Girl & Say “ Mom Please Pray For Me “
Believing That She Was Surely Going To Fix It and
The Best Part About My Mother Is – She’s A Mother To Many.
A Mother Is Truly Second Only To God !!

In Luke 7, Jesus observed a huge funeral procession in Nain. The entire town was present. He observed the young men and women weeping. He observed the pastors and apostles weeping. He observed the elders weeping. He observed the fathers weeping. He observed the children weeping. He observed the sadness on people’s faces.
Nothing seemed to move Him, until HE SAW THE MOTHER.

The bible says He had compassion when He saw her and immediately raised her boy from the dead. (Luke 7:12-15). It was the cry of a mother that moved the Heart of God. Still today, Mothers who cry before the Lord for their families, for their marriages, for their homes move the Heart of God.

When Mothers stop praying their families (especially their children) perish. Satan gets a foothold and starts to destroy the home, yet when they return to their rightful place as the anchor of the home, demonic strongholds get demolished. In Psalms 17, 36, 57, 63, and 91 God’s role is likening to that of a Mother.

As a Mother protects, upholds and defends her children, so does God also protect us under the shadow of His Wings. We find refuge there and can hide there until the danger is over.

A mother’s role is so vital that a father cannot get his prayers answered if he dishonours/ disrespects her (1 Peter 3:7). Because, of this favour over mothers, they are also the most attacked persons in the home.

The devil is terrified of Mothers (the powerhouse in the home).
Yet the Lord has put inside Mothers grace and resilience to overcome any situation.

Today, As the woman of the home, consider yourself blessed.
Consider yourself highly favoured and consider yourself dangerous when you pray !

I am His Love

I am His Love

I may not be righteous like Noah
I may not be faithful like Abraham
I may not be obedient like Isaac
I may not be a fighter like Jacob
I may not be a forgiver like Joseph

I may not be a great leader like Moses
I may not be as bold as Joshua
I may not be as courageous as Caleb

I may not be a priest like Samuel
I may not be a fiery prophet like Elijah
I may not be double anointed like Elisha

I may not be stronger like Samson
I may not be a worshiper like David
I may not be wiser like Solomon

I may not be direct like Isaiah
I may not be an intercessor like Jeremiah

I may not be a prayer warrior like Daniel
I may not be brave like Shedrech, Meshech, Abednego
I may not have revelation like John, Peter or apostles
I may not be zealous like Paul 

I may not be like anyone in the Bible
But still Jesus loved me,
Jesus loves me
And  Jesus gave His life for me on the cross.

Because I am the child of God.

“I am His love”

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Written by Rev. Naveen John

Gaining Wisdom

The primary difference between the two words is that wisdom involves a healthy dose of perspective and the ability to make sound judgments about a subject while knowledge is simply knowing.

Accountability

Many Christians live a life as though they are not accountable to anyone.
They simply think that life can be lived as they want but the Bible tells us we are accountable for everything that we do, everything that we say, and everything that we lived as well.

Access

We all have access to mobile phones
We all have access to Internet
We all have access to lot of things

But when it comes to God we were not having access.

Jesus taught us that acceptance is the way in Christianity.
Acceptance is a way of life.