Prayer ain’t a religious thang. Real prayer never has been – it’s the intimate honest talk of a love relationship.
“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.“ ~ God
When our thoughts turn to worry, fear, discouragement, and anger, we are to consciously and quickly turn every thought into prayer and every prayer into thanksgiving. In his letter to the Philippians, Paul commands us to stop being anxious and instead, “in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God” (Philippians 4:6). Facebook.com/shareJesus
For the Scripture says concerning this Pharaoh, "even for this same purpose have I raised thee up, that I might show my power in thee, and that my name might be declared throughout all the earth. Therefore He has mercy on whom He will have mercy, and whom he will he hardeneth" (Rom 9:17-18). But Kurt, that doesn't sound fair at all. Again, listen..using Pharaoh as an example as God declared, "I will harden whom I will harden." Go back again to the Bible story of this Pharaoh. It says, "And Pharaoh hardened his heart against the Lord... and Pharaoh hardened his heart against the Lord." Foolish of him. We read about this ten different times that Pharaoh hardened his own heart against the Lord. And after declaring this ten times that Pharaoh hardened his heart against the Lord, it said, "The Lord hardened the heart of Pharaoh." That's patient mercy giving him time to repent.
It is so interesting that two different Hebrew words are employed in this text. The one that says this, "Pharaoh hardened his heart against the Lord" ..that's how it is translated. But where says, "The Lord hardened the heart of Pharaoh," the Hebrew word literally is "the Lord made firm or stiffened the heart of Pharaoh." So that there is what? It is Pharaoh hardening his own heart, hardening his heart, hardening his heart again, and finally God does something. He moves in and He firms-up Pharaoh in this.. and He sets him real firm really in that hardened condition. Scary! Religious, or not, who in their right mind would want that to happen? I hope not you! If a man or woman hardens their heart over and over and over again.. against the Lord it is very possible that God will then go ahead and make firm that person's own decision. SAD!!! What a waste of a life! God hasn't changed over the years--He will stiffen them in it and that, of course, is worse than a tragic day for them. Jesus is waiting for each of us to turn away from sin, from dead religion to Him, because this rejecting of Him (as the Father's only provision for our sins), this choice to harden literally constitutes the unpardonable sin.