I'M A CHRISTIAN...NOW WHAT?
DAY 30: God Hears Your Prayers
7"Blessed are those whose lawless deeds are forgiven, and whose sins are covered; Blessed is the man to whom the Lord shall not impute sin." Romans 4:7-8
Some people think that if they were more "right" with God, then He would hear their prayers. For example, they sometimes believe that if they had not quarreled with their wives or had those bad thoughts earlier in the day, then God would answer their prayers. God is not like that. He wants you to know beyond any doubt that you can always come to His throne of grace with boldness and have every confidence that you will receive His mercy and grace (Hebrews 4:16). You see, because of Jesus' finished work on the cross, you are already right with God. You don't need to do anything to make yourself more right with God.
In fact, by faith in Jesus, you have received the righteousness of God Himself (2 Corinthians 5:21)! And no matter how many mistakes you make, you will never lose that righteousness because in the first place, God gave it to you apart from your works (Romans 4:5-6). In other words, God did not impute righteousness to you because you were good, but because you believed in Jesus. Because of what Jesus has done for you at the cross, all your sins – past, present and future – are forgiven. God will by no means ever remember your sins or count them against you (Hebrews 8:12; 10:17)! My friend, because Jesus has been punished for your sins, today, God is not counting your sins against you. This means that your sins won't stop Him from hearing and responding to your prayers.
So, you can always run into His presence knowing that you can boldly stand in and enjoy His presence and His love. When you know this truth, it is going to set you free in your relationship with God. You can talk to Him without fear or any sense of condemnation. You can practice His presence and trust that He always hears you. Should something happen at home or at work, you don't always have to call for your church leaders - you pray, and God hears you! Beloved, you are righteous in Christ and God hears your prayers - all because of Jesus!
DAY 31: Power From Jesus' Body To Yours
26 ... "Take, eat; this is My body." Matthew 26:26
Can you imagine the Lord sick, nursing a cold or fever while He walked on earth? No, our Lord Jesus was never sick! He was vibrant, full of life and full of health. When He told His disciples, "Take, eat; this is My body", they could practically visualize what it meant because they had lived and walked with this Man. They had seen people without hands or feet made whole when they touched His body (Matthew 15:30-31).
Even His clothes were soaked with His health! A woman who had a bleeding condition for 12 years – NO doctor could cure her – WAS healed immediately when she touched the hem of His garment. If the hem of His garment was soaked with His health, vibrancy, energy and divine radiance, how much more His body!
You know, some of the most encouraging verses in the Gospels are these: "And as many as touched Him were made well" (Mark 6:56), for "power went out from Him and healed them all" (Luke 6: 19). I love those verses! That is our Jesus! The Bible says that they put sick people along the streets, and Jesus walked around, touched them and healed them. Now, you see movie stars doing this: They run here and there, they slap their fans' hands, but nobody gets healed. But wherever Jesus walked, whoever He touched, He healed. Picture this: A trail of people. Those in front of Jesus are lying down, but those behind Him whom He has touched are leaping with joy and following Him! That is how Jesus healed the sick.
So that night, when He said, "Take, eat; this is My body," as He broke the bread and gave it to His disciples to eat, they knew what it meant. They were probably thinking, "We are going to ingest His health into our bodies! Hallelujah!" That is what you must believe when you partake of the Holy Communion. It is not just a ritual or symbolic act. No, you must believe that He is the true bread from heaven who took your cancer, diabetes and heart disease, so that you can have His supernatural health! And when you eat of His broken body with this revelation, you will have life in abundance and the health of the Lord!
Hi Everyone, I pray all is well with you all and your families! I have posted the new days (30 to 31) of Pastor Joseph Prince's 31 day devotional, "The One Thing!" This is the end of the devotional. In this posting, you have the complete 31 days of the devotional; you can go over these over and over until these powerful teachings, become a part of your life.
God's Blessings to you all and your families!!
Rev. Dr. Dorothy E. Hooks