This is where I will be collecting scriptures that I may refer to in my talk.
Be A Good Berean!
Whenever you hear someone speaking that has references to scripture, it is a noble thing to go and check those references for yourself to see if you think that what they say lines up with what is said in their scripture references. I hope that you will do just that with any of my references! Paul praised the Bereans for doing just that … for checking that what he said matched up with scriptures:
10 The brethren immediately sent Paul and Silas away by night to Berea,and when they arrived, they went into the synagogue of the Jews.11 Now these were more noble-minded than those in Thessalonica, for they received the word with great eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see whether these things were so. 12 Therefore many of them believed, along with a number of prominent Greek women and men. Acts 17:10-12 NASB (click=> 3 translations)
Look for Good Examples around you and imitate them! (keep being you … but you don’t have to start from scratch for everything). Paul even TOLD people to IMITATE HIM or FOLLOW HIS EXAMPLE … here are some translations of this (1Corinthians 11:1):
So imitate me, watch my ways, follow my example, just as I, too, always seek to imitate the Anointed One. (The Voice)
Imitate me, as I also imitate Christ. (HCSB)
And you should imitate me, just as I imitate Christ. (NLT)
Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ. (NIV new)
And this is repeated in a similar way seven other times in scriptures, so it must be important! Click=> see these scriptures
We MAY need to DO something! (Aaron and Hur held up Moses arms – all three were DOING something)
Yes God has a plan and Yes God will act … but often WE need to actually DO something too! To win the battle, Moses had to hold up his arms … and as he got tired, Aaron and Hur had to hold up his arms!
10 Joshua did exactly as Moses had instructed him to do. He gathered the strongest men he could find and fought against the soldiers of Amalek. Meanwhile, Moses, Aaron, and Hur climbed to the top of the hill.
11 It happened that whenever Moses raised his hand, the battle went well for Israel; but whenever he lowered his hand to rest, Amalek began to win. 12 When Moses became too tired to hold his hands up any longer, Aaron and Hur took a stone and sat him down on it. Then both men stood beside Moses, one on each side, holding his hands up and keeping them steady until sunset. 13 In the end, Joshua and the men of Israel defeated Amalek and his soldiers with the sword. Exodus 17:10-13 Voice (click=> 3 translations)
Elijah was just ONE person, just like us! He prayed big prayers! Just him, did not get others to pray with him!
You may be asking yourself, can the prayers of just one person (like me) be enough? Or do I need to get many more people to pray along with me? Consider Elisha as an answer to your question:
Now Elijah the Tishbite, from the Gilead settlers, said to Ahab, “As the Lord God of Israel lives, I stand before Him, and there will be no dew or rain during these years except by my command!” 1Kings 17:1 Holman (click=> 3 translations)
James refers to the result of that one man’s prayer:
17 Remember Elijah? He was a man, no different from us. He prayed with great intensity asking God to withhold the rain; God answered his prayers and did not allow a single drop of rain to fall for three and a half years. James 5:17 Voice (click=> 3 translations)
We are told to pray according to God’s will. If we base our prayers around scripture, it would seem like we would be praying according to His will:
13 These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know that you have eternal life. 14 This is the confidence which we have before Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.15 And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests which we have asked from Him. 1John 5:13-15 NASB (click=> 3 translations)
WRITING IS SIGNIFICANT!
Over a dozen times scriptures refer to WRITING as very important. Click=> Put it in Writing!
HOW DO YOU PRAY?
I have compiled a list of over 20 ways to pray. Click=> “how do you pray?”
It is OK to imitate your leaders, elders and godly people! Click=> Imitate