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Missionary teacher, writer, preacher
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The Gift of Friendship

Friendship is God’s idea. It is a gift of God. John 15:12-17 This is my commandment, that ye love one another, as I have loved you. Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you. Henceforth I call you not servant; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth; but I have called you friends, for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you. Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you. These things I command you, that ye love one another.

True friendship is demonstrated by compassion

True friendship is a gift. It is not really conditional. And it is shown by compassion. Jesus is the greatest example, when He laid down His life for us, His friends. We are to do the same.

I John 3:16-18 Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. But whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him? My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.

True friendship is demonstrated in confidence:

Jesus said: Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you. Although it appear that this is a conditional command, the thrust is that Jesus trusts us to keep His commandments. He has confidence in us when, for example, He said to go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. Furthermore, the more we obey, the more we will be given. Mark 4:24 And he said unto them, Take heed what ye hear; with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you; and unto you that hear shall more be given.

Jesus will enable us to do so. I Thessalonians 5:24 Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it…

True friendship is demonstrated in companionship

Jesus called His disciples not only to follow Him, but to be with Him. As we spend time with Him, we become true friends, and the Holy Spirit changes us into His image. 2 Corinthians 3:18 But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass (mirror) the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord
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The Gift of Friendship

Friendship is God’s idea. It is a gift of God. John 15:12-17 This is my commandment, that ye love one another, as I have loved you. Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you. Henceforth I call you not servant; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth; but I have called you friends, for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you. Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you. These things I command you, that ye love one another.

True friendship is demonstrated by compassion

True friendship is a gift. It is not really conditional. And it is shown by compassion. Jesus is the greatest example, when He laid down His life for us, His friends. We are to do the same.

I John 3:16-18 Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. But whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him? My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.

True friendship is demonstrated in confidence:

Jesus said: Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you. Although it appear that this is a conditional command, the thrust is that Jesus trusts us to keep His commandments. He has confidence in us when, for example, He said to go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. Furthermore, the more we obey, the more we will be given. Mark 4:24 And he said unto them, Take heed what ye hear; with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you; and unto you that hear shall more be given.

Jesus will enable us to do so. I Thessalonians 5:24 Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it…

True friendship is demonstrated in companionship

Jesus called His disciples not only to follow Him, but to be with Him. As we spend time with Him, we become true friends, and the Holy Spirit changes us into His image. 2 Corinthians 3:18 But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass (mirror) the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord
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The Gift of Friendship

Friendship is God’s idea. It is a gift of God. John 15:12-17 This is my commandment, that ye love one another, as I have loved you. Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you. Henceforth I call you not servant; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth; but I have called you friends, for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you. Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you. These things I command you, that ye love one another.

True friendship is demonstrated by compassion

True friendship is a gift. It is not really conditional. And it is shown by compassion. Jesus is the greatest example, when He laid down His life for us, His friends. We are to do the same.

I John 3:16-18 Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. But whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him? My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.

True friendship is demonstrated in confidence:

Jesus said: Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you. Although it appear that this is a conditional command, the thrust is that Jesus trusts us to keep His commandments. He has confidence in us when, for example, He said to go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. Furthermore, the more we obey, the more we will be given. Mark 4:24 And he said unto them, Take heed what ye hear; with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you; and unto you that hear shall more be given.

Jesus will enable us to do so. I Thessalonians 5:24 Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it…

True friendship is demonstrated in companionship

Jesus called His disciples not only to follow Him, but to be with Him. As we spend time with Him, we become true friends, and the Holy Spirit changes us into His image. 2 Corinthians 3:18 But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass (mirror) the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord
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The Gift of Friendship

Friendship is God’s idea. It is a gift of God. John 15:12-17 This is my commandment, that ye love one another, as I have loved you. Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you. Henceforth I call you not servant; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth; but I have called you friends, for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you. Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you. These things I command you, that ye love one another.

True friendship is demonstrated by compassion

True friendship is a gift. It is not really conditional. And it is shown by compassion. Jesus is the greatest example, when He laid down His life for us, His friends. We are to do the same.

I John 3:16-18 Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. But whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him? My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.

True friendship is demonstrated in confidence:

Jesus said: Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you. Although it appear that this is a conditional command, the thrust is that Jesus trusts us to keep His commandments. He has confidence in us when, for example, He said to go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. Furthermore, the more we obey, the more we will be given. Mark 4:24 And he said unto them, Take heed what ye hear; with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you; and unto you that hear shall more be given.

Jesus will enable us to do so. I Thessalonians 5:24 Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it…

True friendship is demonstrated in companionship

Jesus called His disciples not only to follow Him, but to be with Him. As we spend time with Him, we become true friends, and the Holy Spirit changes us into His image. 2 Corinthians 3:18 But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass (mirror) the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord
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The Gift of Friendship

Friendship is God’s idea. It is a gift of God. John 15:12-17 This is my commandment, that ye love one another, as I have loved you. Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you. Henceforth I call you not servant; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth; but I have called you friends, for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you. Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you. These things I command you, that ye love one another.

True friendship is demonstrated by compassion

True friendship is a gift. It is not really conditional. And it is shown by compassion. Jesus is the greatest example, when He laid down His life for us, His friends. We are to do the same.

I John 3:16-18 Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. But whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him? My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.

True friendship is demonstrated in confidence:

Jesus said: Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you. Although it appear that this is a conditional command, the thrust is that Jesus trusts us to keep His commandments. He has confidence in us when, for example, He said to go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. Furthermore, the more we obey, the more we will be given. Mark 4:24 And he said unto them, Take heed what ye hear; with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you; and unto you that hear shall more be given.

Jesus will enable us to do so. I Thessalonians 5:24 Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it…

True friendship is demonstrated in companionship

Jesus called His disciples not only to follow Him, but to be with Him. As we spend time with Him, we become true friends, and the Holy Spirit changes us into His image. 2 Corinthians 3:18 But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass (mirror) the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord
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The Gift of Friendship

Friendship is God’s idea. It is a gift of God. John 15:12-17 This is my commandment, that ye love one another, as I have loved you. Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you. Henceforth I call you not servant; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth; but I have called you friends, for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you. Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you. These things I command you, that ye love one another.

True friendship is demonstrated by compassion

True friendship is a gift. It is not really conditional. And it is shown by compassion. Jesus is the greatest example, when He laid down His life for us, His friends. We are to do the same.

I John 3:16-18 Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. But whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him? My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.

True friendship is demonstrated in confidence:

Jesus said: Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you. Although it appear that this is a conditional command, the thrust is that Jesus trusts us to keep His commandments. He has confidence in us when, for example, He said to go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. Furthermore, the more we obey, the more we will be given. Mark 4:24 And he said unto them, Take heed what ye hear; with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you; and unto you that hear shall more be given.

Jesus will enable us to do so. I Thessalonians 5:24 Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it…

True friendship is demonstrated in companionship

Jesus called His disciples not only to follow Him, but to be with Him. As we spend time with Him, we become true friends, and the Holy Spirit changes us into His image. 2 Corinthians 3:18 But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass (mirror) the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord
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Pray Again

James 5:16B-18 The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain: and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six months. And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth brought forth her fruit.

Introduction:

Prayer is basic for the Christian. God answers prayer. The Bible commands us to pray. The prayer life of Jesus was so striking that the disciples asked Him to teach them to pray – but not to heal, to work miracles, or to raise the dead, although He did all three, and later they did too.

Prayer is available to the believer. Elijah was a man like us, but prayed to God, who stopped rain on the earth for 3 ½ years. He prayed again seven times, and rain occurred.

Elijah did not pray randomly. King Ahab and his wife Jezebel had brought 450 false prophets of Baal to Israel, and she persecuted the true prophets of the Lord. Elijah knew the Old Testament. Leviticus 26 warned Israel against idolatry in verse 26:1, and stated that if they did not heed his warnings, they would be punished. Leviticus 26:19 And I will break the pride of your power, and I will make your heaven as iron, and your earth as brass: and your strength shall be spent in vain: for your land shall not yield her increase, neither shall the trees of the land yield their fruits. God said in Deuteronomy 28:23-24 And thy heaven that is over thy head shall be brass, and the earth that is under thee shall be iron. The Lord shall make the rain of thy land powder and dust: from heaven shall it come down upon thee, until thou be destroyed.

After Elijah successfully defeated the prophets of Baal, he prayed for rain, and sent his servant to look for a cloud. Six times the servant saw nothing. But the seventh time, there was a small cloud, which rapidly turned into a downpour.

Jesus also taught two parables about continuing faithful in prayer in Luke 11 and 18. So we should be faithful to keep praying.

What about prayer for the sick? We should pray. God does answer prayer. However, He does not always answer prayer with healings. 2 Corinthians 12:7-10 And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, let I should be exalted above measure. For this thing, I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in mine infirmities, that the power of Christ should rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake, for when I am weak, then am I strong.

God may use sickness to call us to himself. He may use sickness to chastise us for some sin. Or he may simply use illness to glorify himself. We need to submit to God and pray to him. We may need to call other believers alongside to pray for us. Prayer in unity is powerful.

What about oil? I personally believe that oil is primarily the symbol of the Holy Spirit. God is the ultimate healer. He may heal by natural or by supernatural means. He may choose to use doctors and medicines or not. Thus we should pray to him.

How should we pray? We should pray fervently, and not give up. We should pray effectually – with the power of God. And if we do not receive an answer from him initially, what should we do? Pray again! #missionsteacher
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Pray Again

James 5:16B-18 The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain: and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six months. And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth brought forth her fruit.

Introduction:

Prayer is basic for the Christian. God answers prayer. The Bible commands us to pray. The prayer life of Jesus was so striking that the disciples asked Him to teach them to pray – but not to heal, to work miracles, or to raise the dead, although He did all three, and later they did too.

Prayer is available to the believer. Elijah was a man like us, but prayed to God, who stopped rain on the earth for 3 ½ years. He prayed again seven times, and rain occurred.

Elijah did not pray randomly. King Ahab and his wife Jezebel had brought 450 false prophets of Baal to Israel, and she persecuted the true prophets of the Lord. Elijah knew the Old Testament. Leviticus 26 warned Israel against idolatry in verse 26:1, and stated that if they did not heed his warnings, they would be punished. Leviticus 26:19 And I will break the pride of your power, and I will make your heaven as iron, and your earth as brass: and your strength shall be spent in vain: for your land shall not yield her increase, neither shall the trees of the land yield their fruits. God said in Deuteronomy 28:23-24 And thy heaven that is over thy head shall be brass, and the earth that is under thee shall be iron. The Lord shall make the rain of thy land powder and dust: from heaven shall it come down upon thee, until thou be destroyed.

After Elijah successfully defeated the prophets of Baal, he prayed for rain, and sent his servant to look for a cloud. Six times the servant saw nothing. But the seventh time, there was a small cloud, which rapidly turned into a downpour.

Jesus also taught two parables about continuing faithful in prayer in Luke 11 and 18. So we should be faithful to keep praying.

What about prayer for the sick? We should pray. God does answer prayer. However, He does not always answer prayer with healings. 2 Corinthians 12:7-10 And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, let I should be exalted above measure. For this thing, I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in mine infirmities, that the power of Christ should rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake, for when I am weak, then am I strong.

God may use sickness to call us to himself. He may use sickness to chastise us for some sin. Or he may simply use illness to glorify himself. We need to submit to God and pray to him. We may need to call other believers alongside to pray for us. Prayer in unity is powerful.

What about oil? I personally believe that oil is primarily the symbol of the Holy Spirit. God is the ultimate healer. He may heal by natural or by supernatural means. He may choose to use doctors and medicines or not. Thus we should pray to him.

How should we pray? We should pray fervently, and not give up. We should pray effectually – with the power of God. And if we do not receive an answer from him initially, what should we do? Pray again! #missionsteacher
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Pray Again

James 5:16B-18 The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain: and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six months. And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth brought forth her fruit.

Introduction:

Prayer is basic for the Christian. God answers prayer. The Bible commands us to pray. The prayer life of Jesus was so striking that the disciples asked Him to teach them to pray – but not to heal, to work miracles, or to raise the dead, although He did all three, and later they did too.

Prayer is available to the believer. Elijah was a man like us, but prayed to God, who stopped rain on the earth for 3 ½ years. He prayed again seven times, and rain occurred.

Elijah did not pray randomly. King Ahab and his wife Jezebel had brought 450 false prophets of Baal to Israel, and she persecuted the true prophets of the Lord. Elijah knew the Old Testament. Leviticus 26 warned Israel against idolatry in verse 26:1, and stated that if they did not heed his warnings, they would be punished. Leviticus 26:19 And I will break the pride of your power, and I will make your heaven as iron, and your earth as brass: and your strength shall be spent in vain: for your land shall not yield her increase, neither shall the trees of the land yield their fruits. God said in Deuteronomy 28:23-24 And thy heaven that is over thy head shall be brass, and the earth that is under thee shall be iron. The Lord shall make the rain of thy land powder and dust: from heaven shall it come down upon thee, until thou be destroyed.

After Elijah successfully defeated the prophets of Baal, he prayed for rain, and sent his servant to look for a cloud. Six times the servant saw nothing. But the seventh time, there was a small cloud, which rapidly turned into a downpour.

Jesus also taught two parables about continuing faithful in prayer in Luke 11 and 18. So we should be faithful to keep praying.

What about prayer for the sick? We should pray. God does answer prayer. However, He does not always answer prayer with healings. 2 Corinthians 12:7-10 And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, let I should be exalted above measure. For this thing, I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in mine infirmities, that the power of Christ should rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake, for when I am weak, then am I strong.

God may use sickness to call us to himself. He may use sickness to chastise us for some sin. Or he may simply use illness to glorify himself. We need to submit to God and pray to him. We may need to call other believers alongside to pray for us. Prayer in unity is powerful.

What about oil? I personally believe that oil is primarily the symbol of the Holy Spirit. God is the ultimate healer. He may heal by natural or by supernatural means. He may choose to use doctors and medicines or not. Thus we should pray to him.

How should we pray? We should pray fervently, and not give up. We should pray effectually – with the power of God. And if we do not receive an answer from him initially, what should we do? Pray again! #missionsteacher
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Pray Again

James 5:16B-18 The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain: and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six months. And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth brought forth her fruit.

Introduction:

Prayer is basic for the Christian. God answers prayer. The Bible commands us to pray. The prayer life of Jesus was so striking that the disciples asked Him to teach them to pray – but not to heal, to work miracles, or to raise the dead, although He did all three, and later they did too.

Prayer is available to the believer. Elijah was a man like us, but prayed to God, who stopped rain on the earth for 3 ½ years. He prayed again seven times, and rain occurred.

Elijah did not pray randomly. King Ahab and his wife Jezebel had brought 450 false prophets of Baal to Israel, and she persecuted the true prophets of the Lord. Elijah knew the Old Testament. Leviticus 26 warned Israel against idolatry in verse 26:1, and stated that if they did not heed his warnings, they would be punished. Leviticus 26:19 And I will break the pride of your power, and I will make your heaven as iron, and your earth as brass: and your strength shall be spent in vain: for your land shall not yield her increase, neither shall the trees of the land yield their fruits. God said in Deuteronomy 28:23-24 And thy heaven that is over thy head shall be brass, and the earth that is under thee shall be iron. The Lord shall make the rain of thy land powder and dust: from heaven shall it come down upon thee, until thou be destroyed.

After Elijah successfully defeated the prophets of Baal, he prayed for rain, and sent his servant to look for a cloud. Six times the servant saw nothing. But the seventh time, there was a small cloud, which rapidly turned into a downpour.

Jesus also taught two parables about continuing faithful in prayer in Luke 11 and 18. So we should be faithful to keep praying.

What about prayer for the sick? We should pray. God does answer prayer. However, He does not always answer prayer with healings. 2 Corinthians 12:7-10 And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, let I should be exalted above measure. For this thing, I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in mine infirmities, that the power of Christ should rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake, for when I am weak, then am I strong.

God may use sickness to call us to himself. He may use sickness to chastise us for some sin. Or he may simply use illness to glorify himself. We need to submit to God and pray to him. We may need to call other believers alongside to pray for us. Prayer in unity is powerful.

What about oil? I personally believe that oil is primarily the symbol of the Holy Spirit. God is the ultimate healer. He may heal by natural or by supernatural means. He may choose to use doctors and medicines or not. Thus we should pray to him.

How should we pray? We should pray fervently, and not give up. We should pray effectually – with the power of God. And if we do not receive an answer from him initially, what should we do? Pray again! #missionsteacher
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