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Prayer - Issue 3 of Basic Course

Prayer is our hotline to Heaven. Connecting with Jesus through prayer is as simple, as real, and even more reliable than picking up the phone and calling your best friend. He's always on call to meet your every need.

01-03-2009
Hotline to Heaven
Hotline to Heaven

When you stop to think about it, our modern means of communication would probably be totally incomprehensible to someone living only a few generations ago. Yet without a second thought we pick up the telephone and talk with someone thousands of miles away, or send a letter via e-mail to someone on the other side of the world, which we’re confident they’ll receive in a matter of minutes.

Although the concept is probably as inconceivable to those who have never tried it as the telephone or the Internet would be to our ancestors, connecting with Jesus through prayer is just as...

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01-03-2009
Connecting with God
Connecting with God

God’s idea of prayer is not a ritual, but loving and lively communication between the best of friends.

But sad to say, many people think they can’t talk to God like that. Some think they’re not religious enough, not righteous enough, or not spiritual enough. Some think He’s too big—too far above them. Some think He’s too busy to be concerned about them and their problems, which to Him must seem awfully petty. Some feel unworthy, not good enough. Some feel guilty or ashamed about things they’ve done. Some are even afraid of Him. If only they understood how differently God...

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01-03-2009
Streams That Never Run Dry
Streams That Never Run Dry

I can never forget the day when it dawned upon my consciousness as a reality, a fact, that the promises of the Bible were practical, that they could actually be applied to my everyday needs. It was a revelation to me that God meant exactly what He said in the numerous promises given in His Word, and that He would fulfill them to the very letter if I, in faith, would reach out and claim them in a definite manner.

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01-03-2009
The Missed Bus
The Missed Bus

“I’ve missed my bus again,” sighed Miguel, who was working later than usual.

Just then Pablo came into the office. “I thought you went home a while ago,” Miguel said. “Why did you come back?”

“I forgot my Bible,” Pablo answered, “and now I see that I’ve missed the bus too!”

Just then they heard the screech of brakes and tires, followed by a loud crash. There had been a serious accident!

Miguel and Pablo were shocked to learn what had happened. The brakes had failed on a freight truck loaded with iron as the truck started down a steep hill. The driver lost...

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01-03-2009
Prayer for the Day: You Understand

Dear Jesus,

Thank You that You understand my heart. Thank You that I never have to worry about whether You understand or not. When I feel that I can’t explain properly and I fumble over my words, or when I can’t find the right words to express what I really want to say, thank You that I can just rest in Your arms and know that You make sense out of these words I speak. Thank You, Jesus, that I don’t always even have to talk to You in words. You just understand everything I’m trying to say as I pour...

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01-03-2009
Falling
Falling

When I was a child we played a game in which we would each stand straight as a board and then try to fall backward into the strong arms of an adult who was waiting to catch us. It’s strange, but no matter how many times I’d seen it done or tried to do it myself, it was still difficult to keep from bending my knees or doing something else at the last split second to try to break my fall. Not chickening out took a certain “letting go” that went contrary to my natural reasoning and reflexes. It took...

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01-03-2009
Jesus and Jim
Jesus and Jim

The story is told of a certain minister who was disturbed to see a shabbily-dressed old man go into his church at noon every day and come out again after a few minutes. What could he be doing? He informed the caretaker and asked him to question the old man. After all, the place contained valuable furnishings.

“I go to pray,” the old man said in reply to the caretaker’s questioning.

“Come, come now,” said the other, “you are never long enough in the church to pray.”

“Well, you see,” the old man went on, “I don’t know how to pray a long...

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01-03-2009
What Is Prayer?
What Is Prayer?

Prayer is simply communicating with Jesus, just like you would talk to a good friend. You don’t have to follow any routine for Him to hear you. To be effective, prayer doesn’t depend on the position of your body, but the position of your heart.

Just tell Jesus what’s on your mind. He loves to listen to you. He’ll either solve the problems that you face, or give you the strength to make it through them.

Lots can be said about prayer, but here are a few tips that help get results:

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01-03-2009
How Much Does a Prayer Weigh?
How Much Does a Prayer Weigh?

How much does a prayer weigh? The only man I ever knew who tried to weigh one still does not know.

Once he thought he did. That was when he owned a little grocery store on New York’s West Side. It was the week before Christmas of 1918 when a tired-looking woman came into the store and asked him for enough food to make a Christmas dinner for her children. He asked her how much she could afford to spend.

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01-03-2009
God’s Delays Are Not Denials
God’s Delays Are Not Denials

Question: I’ve been told that prayer is a sure thing—that when I pray, God will answer. Why then do some of my prayers seem to go unanswered?

 

Answer: Each of us has experienced disappointment when things didn’t work out the way we wanted them to, and if we had prayed for that outcome that didn’t happen, we were doubly disappointed—first because we didn’t get what we wanted, and second because it seemed God had failed us.

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01-03-2009
Prayer Power
Prayer Power

Praise and thank the Lord before presenting your request to Him.

Psalm 95:2: Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving; let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms.

Psalm 100:4: Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.

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01-03-2009
The Future Foretold, Part 2

When Jesus’ disciples asked Him what would be the sign of His return and the end of the world as we know it, He answered by revealing not one sign but many, including the four covered in this second of five installments of The Future Foretold.

 

“Mommy, I’m Hungry!”

“And there will be famines...”1

Extreme poverty remains a daily reality for more than 1 billion people who subsist on less than US$1 a day. Hunger and malnutrition are almost equally pervasive: More than 800 million people have too little to eat to meet their daily energy needs.2

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01-03-2009
How Faith Works
How Faith Works

If faith no larger than a mustard seed can move a mountain (Matthew 17:20), you figure that your faith must be small indeed, because your prayers seem to go unanswered. That can be disheartening, I know, but it shouldn’t stop you from asking Me for a miracle when you need one.

There are a couple of things you should know about faith: First, it’s not something you can earn or muster up yourself, but it’s a gift from your heavenly Father. Second, like a muscle, faith needs nourishment and exercise to grow. That spiritual nourishment comes from reading and absorbing God’s...

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