We all have needs and wants in our lives, things we pray about and believe for. Some of you have prayed for healing for such a long time you feel as if God is no longer listening to you. Some of you have prayed for provision and money to get you out of a financial mess, and you to have prayed for such a long time it feels as if God no longer listens to what you have to say. When it feels as if God no longer listens to us it can be challenging for us to handle. If the lines of communication are no longer working, it is our responsibility to unblock them and get them to work again. How do you unblock them? By changing two things you believe about yourself and your relationship to Yeshua.
What would you say if I asked you this question: Why should Yehovah (God) answer your prayer?
Your default answer could be something like this “I have accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior, this makes me a child of God, and the Bible says God answers the prayers of His children”
It is true He always answers the prayers of His children, but who are Gods children? The Bible says in John 3:16, 1.John 2:6, 3:4, 3:7, 5:3, James 2:10-26 a child of God is someone who obeys God. So if you want to be a child of God, you have to start obeying His law. This is what is called repentance, you decide to turn from living a life in disobedience to the law of Moses and start obeying it again. In James 2:10-26 and 1.John 2:6 we read that if you believe Yeshua died for your sins, your life has to reflect what you believe by your choice to obey His law. If you believe but you do not obey you are not saved and not a child of God.
We see this when we read in Luke 6:46 when Yeshua (Jesus) asks a question that ought to make us stop and think about our own lives. He asks “why do you call me Lord but you do not do what I tell you to do?”. You can almost hear the grief in His voice when He asks that question. There He is sorrounded by people calling Him Lord, but they are not obeying Him. How would you have answered His question?
If you have made Yeshua the Lord of your life, you have no choice but to start obeying everything He said in the Bible. This means you also have to obey those sayings of Yeshua you/your pastor/your friends/your family/your denomination dont understand or dont agree with. If He is the Lord of your life, He and He alone is the one who gets to decide what you can do or can’t do.
We know from 1. Cor 11:1 Paul the Apostle had accepted Yeshua as his Lord and Savior when he says he imitates the life of Yeshua and encourages all his readers to do the same. In 1.John 2:6 and James 2:10-26 we see this again when it says if you believe Yeshua died for your sins, if you believe you are united with Him, you have no choice but to start living your life the way He lived His life.
So my question to you is this if you have accepted Him as your Lord are you obeying His teachings? If you want to be a child of God you have no choice but to obey His teachings. What are His teachings?
We know He taught His disciples how to properly obey the written law of Moses (Matt 5:17, 23:2). So if you have accepted Him as your Lord and Savior, and if Paul accepted Him as his Lord and Savior, you should both be obeying the law of Moses (James 2:10-26). We know from the Bible Paul continued obeying the written law of Moses after his salvation. But what about yourself? Are you obeying the law of Moses as evidence of your salvation? And please notice how 1.John 2:6, 3:4, 3:7, 5:3 does not say “only the moral code of the law of Moses/just the Nohadite laws”. The Bible says that if you have accepted Him as your Lord and Savior, you have to obey every 613 commandments applicable to your gender living outside of Israel without a temple.
This is the first and most important thing when it comes to having your prayers answered. You need to accept Yeshua as your Lord and Savior and the way you live your life has to reflect your decision to obey Him.
The second and just as equally important thing is to make sure you have a relationship with God whose name is Yehovah. As a mainstream Christian, you have been told you must have a relationship with Jesus and Jesus is God. Is this what is being taught in the Bible?
There is no doubt, Yeshua (Jesus) is Yehovah (God), the Bible says so in all the Gospels and all the letters in the New Testament. We also know He had to be Yehovah to free us from the law of jealousy in Numbers 5 if He was just a human being we would still be eternally divorced from Yehovah. To free us from the law of jealousy He had to be Yehovah because Yehovah is the one we cheated on when we first disobeyed Him. (Rom 3:22, Rom 7). There is therefore never any question about Yeshua divinity, He is God but as we are about to see, He never told His disciples to focus on Him.
In John 14:6 Yeshua confirms He is God when He says He is the only way to the Father. Because we cheated on Yehovah and He divorced Himself from us, only Yehovah is able to bring us back to Him by dying for us and freeing us from the law of jealousy. But even though Yeshua is Yehovah we never see Him telling anyone to focus on Him. He always tells His disciples, and us, to focus on His Father whose name is Yehovah. So the second and equally important thing we need to do to have our prayers answered is to make sure we have a relationship with God. But our relationship with God is a relationship with Yehovah the Father that can only happen if we make Yeshua the Son the Lord of our lives and believe He died for us on the cross
The Bible also says that if we focus on Yehovah and make Him the priority in our lives, we will as a natural consequence also have a relationship with Yeshua. (John 14:23)
So what the Bible teaches us is that we are not to focus on Yeshua, we are to focus on Yehovah and establish a relationship with Him. But this can only happen if we first make sure Yeshua is the Lord of our lives and we believe He died for our sins on the cross.
What are you believing God for right now? Is it healing? Money? Guidance? Deliverance? Whatever it might be, ask yourself this question, how would you react if you did everything you are supposed to do but Yehovah still said no or wait to your request? How your answer that question shows if you really have established a relationship with Yehovah through faith in the death of Yeshua.
We can fool ourselves into believing we have a relationship with Yehovah, but we can’t fool Yehovah. The Bible says He sees what is in our hearts (1.Sam 16:7), so He knows if you have a genuine relationship with Him or not. Sometimes He will say no or “not just yet” when we ask Him to meet our legitimate needs because He wants us to see that we have made our needs into an idol and fooled ourselves into thinking we have a relationship with Yehovah.
How can you be guilty of having made legitimate needs into an idol?
When you ask of something from Yehovah, and you get frustrated, angry, fearful, stressed, worried, anxious, sad because He says no or “not just yet”, you have made that legitimate Biblical need into an idol and lost your relationship with Yehovah. Why? When a thing or a need has the power to affect your emotions you have given it power and authority only Yehovah is supposed to have. When you give something or someone other then Yehovah power and authority to decide your emotions, you have made it or them into an idol. Yehovah is the only one who is supposed to affect our emotions, not our circumstances.
Because Yehovah loves you He wants you to see this so you can repent from it. The only way for you to see this is by Him provoking a reaction from you by saying no or not just yet to your prayer need. It is more important to Him that you repent from idol worship than to be healed or having your needs met. Yehovah is not opposed to healing you or providing for you, but He is more concerned about the health of your soul than to make sure your needs are met. If your soul is healthy, then He can focus on meeting your needs (Deut 28:1-13)
So how do we make sure we have healthy souls and a genuine relationship with Yehovah?
We have to do what the Bible says in 1.John 2:6, 1 Cor 11:1 and imitate the life of Yeshua. Yeshua lived His life focused on Yehovah (John 5:30, 10:30). Yeshua was and still is 100% human and 100% Yehovah, and as a human being, He had needs while He walked among us. He was tired (John 4:6), hungry (Mark 11:12) and needed to sleep (Mark 4:38-40). Because He lived His life focused on Yehovah all of His needs were met at once. Yehovah was and is the center of His life, His love, and His joy. Because He was satisfied with only having Yehovah, Yehovah provided Him with everything else He needed. (Mark 6:25-34)
So the second key to having your prayers answered is this, build a relationship with Yehovah by making Yehovah the most important thing in your life. If you make Him the most important thing in your life, He will make your needs, your wants and your life the most important thing in His life. (Deut 28:1-13)
Is this what is being preached in most churches today? No, far from it. Most churches preach a Jesus who resembles more a genie in a bottle always ready to fulfill your wish and your desire. This Jesus does not want anything, has no desires for himself, he resembles more a senile old grandfather then the real Yeshua in the Bible. If you want a relationship with this Jesus you will one day hear the real Yeshua of the Bible tell you “depart from Me for I never knew you, your workers of lawlessness”. If you, on the other hand, want a relationship with Yeshua in the Bible and His Father Yehovah, you have to come to them on their terms. In a true relationship with Yeshua and Yehovah you dont get to decide what you can do or not do, Yehovah is the only one who gets to decide. If you will accept His decisions and will, you will be given the status of a child of Yehovah (John 3:16). If you refuse, you will one of them who hears “depart from Me for I never knew you, your workers of lawlessness”
If we want salvation, if we want to have our needs met, we have no other choice. We have to repent back to obeying the law of Moses, believe Yeshua died for our sins and make Yehovah the most important thing in our lives above everything else. If you can honestly say “I only need Yehovah”, no matter what happens in your life, (Phil 4:11-13) you have established a relationship with Him through faith in Yeshua shown in constant obedience to His law. Then you can know for sure you are a genuine child of God.
I know this sounds very familiar to some of you, you have heard your pastor telling you to rest in Jesus and be content with Him, rejoicing in Him. Why do we need to focus on Yehovah when we can focus on Yeshua?
The Bible says in 1.John 2:6, if we want to be united with Yeshua/Jesus we have to imitate His life. Yeshuas strength, His joy, His needs, His peace came from living a united focused life on Yehovah and not on Himself. If He rested in Yehovah, no matter what happened to Him, we are called to do the same. But for us to be able to rest in Yehovah, we first have to make Yeshua the Lord of our lives by choosing to repent from living lawless.
Do you want your prayers to be heard?
We have learned today there are two things you need to do. First you have to make Yeshua the Lord over your life by choosing to repent from breaking the law of Moses and believe He died for you. Secondly you have to establish a relationship with Yehovah where you decide to make Him the most important thing in your life.
Today it is Friday and the Shabbat will begin in a few hours from now. If you want to have a relationship with Yehovah, you have to celebrate Shabbat. You celebrate Shabbat by not working for money and not making others work for money. If you have a medical emergency, you are of course allowed to make others work for money. Do you suffer from a medical condition making certain things impossible to do during the week, and only possible to do on Shabbat? You are allowed to break Shabbat in such cases. But if it can wait until the sun sets tomorrow it has to wait.
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Yehovah bless you.