05.13.12

Encouraging Poem For Single Mothers

Posted in Encouragement, Encouraging Christian Resources, Encouraging Poems, Encouraging Sermons at 1:10 am by Administrator

My Dearest Single Mother

by

Evangelist Manuel Scott, Jr.


My Dearest Single Mother,
God has a plan for you
Stay strong, stay focused, stay prayerful
For He will surely see you all the way through.

Though your burdens may be heavy
And your nights may be oh so long
Look up my Sister, for there’s a brighter day
And He will gently guide you along.

When it seems like you’re not appreciated
When it seems as if no one really cares
Just remember the very tears you shed
God will take them, and wipe them, and change them
Into butterfly wings
That will soar
And flutter
All through the air.

My Dearest Single Sister,
Relief is on the way
Relief from stress and strain
Relief from problems and pain
Relief from shackles and chains
For God has just sent some angels
And charged them to lift all your cares away.

My Dearest Single Mother
Remember that the Father is a parent like you
For He shares your hurts and hopes for your children
To Him, continue to pray, for He knows exactly what to do.

My Precious Sister of Heaven,
Let this thought caress you like none other
The Father deems you priceless, wonderful, and oh so special
My Dearest, Dearest, Single Mother.

(Poem from Just A Hug:10 Poems For Christian Sisters To Think About)

“Casting all your cares upon Him; for He careth for you.” I Peter 5:7

Happy Mother’s Day!

Be encouraged,

Evangelist Manuel Scott, Jr.


Related Blog Posts
:

All Things Work Together For Good
Three Ways God Answers Our Prayers
Choose To Focus On The Positive


Related Sermons by Evangelist Scott:

Always, Always
You Can Make It If You Can Take It
Jesus Still Makes House Calls


Additional Resources For Christian Parents:

Train Up A Child lecture by Evangelist Manuel Scott, Jr.
Single Parenting That Works by Dr. Kevin Leman
Help! I’m Raising My Children Alone by Bishop T.D. Jakes

05.03.12

Three Ways God Answers Our Prayers

Posted in Encouragement, Encouraging Bible Verses, Encouraging Christian Resources, Encouraging Quotations, Encouraging Sermons at 6:04 pm by Administrator

Prayer is the intimate oral and mental communication with God that lets us know that God hears, God cares, and God is able to act.

Prayer is friendship with God.” George Buttrick

Prayer involves a concerned earthly child connecting with a concerned heavenly Father (Matthew 6:9).

“Prayer honors God, acknowledges His being, exalts His power, adores His providence, secures His aid.” E.M. Bounds

Prayer is the spiritual gymnasium in which we exercise and practice godliness.” V. L. Crawford

Because Christians strongly believe that our God is a God who hears and answers prayer, it is most important that we explore, as best we can, how God answers prayer.

I contend that there are three significant ways that God answers prayer:

  • God says “YES”

This answer means that God agrees with our requests and answers accordingly.

The story of Hannah and the birth of her son Samuel is a good example of God saying, “YES!” Read I Samuel 1:26-28.

My late great father Dr. Manuel Scott, Sr.’s sermon, Footnotes To An Answered Prayer, tells of lessons learned when God answered YES to his fervent prayer in his youth.

  • God says, Not Until Some Conditions Are Met

This answer means that God indeed plans to grant our requests. However, He desires that certain terms be met either by the person asking, or in regard to what the person is asking for.

In other words, when God answers in this manner, He is either saying that YOU are not yet ready to handle what you have asked for, OR, WHAT you have asked for is not yet ready for you!

For example, if you are a Sister and you ask God for a certain Brother, and God answers you by saying, “Not until certain conditions are met,” God is either saying to you:

1. YOU need to get yourself “more together,” perhaps in terms of your attitude, associations, family ties, habits, finances, etc., before He will grant your request

OR

2. That Brother who you have asked for needs to get himself “more together,” perhaps in terms of his attitude, associations, family ties, habits, finances, etc., before God will grant you your request.

Moreover, whenever you perceive that God is answering you by saying, “Not until certain conditions are met,” you have several options:

1. You can discern that you need to make some improvements.

2. You can discern that what you have asked for needs more time to make the necessary adjustments.

3. You can discern that both you and what you have asked for need more time.

4. You can decide to change what you have asked for altogether and ask for something new.

A biblical example of God answering a prayer with “Not Until Some Conditions Are Met” can be found in II Chronicles 7:14.

  • God says, I Have Something Better For You

This type of an answer means that God is answering you with what I call a “proactive No.” By this I mean that God says to you, “While I’m not going to give you what you want, I am going to give you something that is much better, better for you and all concerned.”

For example: Sisters, if God, in His infinite wisdom, doesn’t give you that brother you have asked for, STAY FAITHFUL, for God will give you a brother who will be much better for you and your entire situation!

“Prayer is the voice of faith.” William Van Horne

A biblical example of this kind of answer can be found in Matthew 26:39.

“Be thankful that God’s answers are wiser than your answers.” William Culbertson

“God alone fully understands what each of us needs. We make mistakes continually and pray for things which would be harmful to us if we received them. Afterwards we see our mistakes and realize that God is good and wise in not giving us these things, even though we plead ever so earnestly for them.” O. Hallesby

When you pray, it is important that you believe that God’s answer, whatever it is, will always be for our benefit.

“Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” Hebrews 4:16

“Pray without ceasing.” I Thessalonians 5:17

Adapted from Evangelist Scott’s The Need And Importance Of Family Prayer lecture

Related Sermons by Evangelist Scott:

Always, Always

It’s Not Over Until God Has Spoken




Be encouraged,

Evangelist Manuel Scott, Jr.


Links To Other Helpful Christian Resources On Prayer:

National Day Of Prayer website

Praying In Victory website

Our Daily Bread devotional on prayer

Bible Study Planet: Prayer And Faith