if we want God to answer us, we must call
upon His Name!
said, "If ye then, being evil, know how
to give good gifts unto your children: how
much more shall your heavenly Father give
the Holy Spirit to them that ask Him"?
unto Me all ye that labour and are heavy
laden, and I will give you rest."
him that cometh unto Me, I shall in no wise
cast out." (John 6:37)
and it shall be given you, seek and ye shall
find. Knock and it shall be opened unto you.
For everyone that asketh receiveth, he that
seeketh findeth and to him that knocketh it
shall be opened." (Matthew 7:7-8)
I stand at the door and knock. If any man
hear My voice and open the door, I will come
into him and will sup with him and he with
Me." (Revelation 3:20)
unto Me, and I will answer thee, and show
thee great and mighty things which thou
knowest not." (Jeremiah 33:3)
will never leave thee nor forsake
-- JESUS CHRIST
GUARANTEE TO ANSWER PRAYERS
Bible is the authoritative, divinely
inspired and perfect WORD OF GOD!
God's signature is on the original
autographs, written by holy men as they were
inspired by the Holy Spirit.
Peter emphasized, "Knowing this first,
that no prophecy of the scripture is of any
the prophecy came not in old time by the
will of man; but holy men of God spake as
they were moved by the Holy Ghost."
(2 Peter 1:20-21)
Luther had not seen a Bible until he was
more than 20 years old and his colleague Dr.
Carlstadt had received his doctorate in
theology from a prestigious Roman Catholic
Seminary without ever reading the Bible!
ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH REFUSED CHRISTIAN
LAYMAN TO STUDY AND READ THE HOLY SCRIPTURES
FOR 100's OF YEARS
hundreds of years the Roman Catholic Church
refused Christian laymen the right to read
and study the Holy Scriptures. They claimed
that it was too deep. "Only an educated
priest or theologian could understand God's
Word", they pontificated! This of
course, was a trick of the devil!
WAS A TRICK OF THE DEVIL - SATAN KNOWS
THE POWER OF GOD'S WORD
knows how powerful God's Word is and so was
using this deceptive tactic to keep people
in bondage. Jesus said, "Ye shall know
the truth and the truth shall make you
free." (John 8:32)
wonder Martin Luther stated, "The
papacy is a general chase (hunting
expedition) in which the Bishop of Rome is
seeking to capture and bring to hell as many
unsuspecting people as he can."
Roman Catholic Theologians put their own
private interpretation on God's Word, as do
The Mormons, Jehovah Witnesses and other
religious cults today.
St. Peter said, "No prophecy of the
scripture is of any private
interpretation...." What did he
Paul was simply saying:: God interprets the
message God wants you to receive is not what
a certain sect or denomination reads into
the scripture, but what He (God) is
DOES GOD INTERPRET THE SCRIPTURES?
does God interpret the scriptures? By using
other scriptures which the Holy Spirit has
anointed! Scripture interprets
scripture and God does not contradict His
Word. When taken in context, you will find
that there are NO contradictions in The Holy
HOLY SPIRIT AND THE WORD OF GOD AGREE
Holy Spirit and the Word of God agree
totally, for the Holy Spirit anointed holy
men to write the scripture, and God has no
mental block or speech impediment!
SAID WHAT HE MEANT AND MEANT WHAT HE SAID
honours His Word today with all power and
CHRIST HIMSELF IS THE LIVING WORD OF
Christ Himself is the Living Word of God
while the Holy canon of scripture, the
Bible, is the written Word of God.
Therefore, if you will believe the Word of
God and appropriate it for yourself, Jesus
Christ will come out of the pages of this
holy book and come into your heart. This
offer from Christ is open to every person in
the entire world, regardless of age, race or
color. This offer is worldwide and has
no strings attached.
Paul said, "For what if some did not
believe? shall their unbelief make the faith
of God without effect? God forbid: yea, let
God be true, but every man a liar..."
are more than 33,000 promises of blessings
in the Bible and they all have to do with
God's dealings with mankind! His promises
are not for angelic beings, but for lost,
sinful, sick and fallen man. His promises
are for you and me!
Christ's Invitation is genuine
invited, "Come unto Me, all ye that
labour and are heavy laden, and I will give
you rest." (Matthew 11:28)
most beautiful word in any language is
'Come'. This is a word of invitation and
when Jesus calls, we must always be ready to
answer His call!
SAID "COME UNTO ME" - HE IS
INVITING YOU TO COME TO HIM IN PRAYER
said, "Come unto Me". He is the
only one with solutions to our problems and
answers to our questions! How do we
come unto God? The only way we can
respond to His invitation of
"Come Unto Me", in through Prayer.
Prayer is our direct communication with God.
IS OUR DIRECT COMMUNICATION WITH THE
on a visit to the USA several years ago, the
then Soviet Union's communist president
Mikhail Gorbachev stated, "Only Jesus
Christ had the solutions to every problem. I
don't possess that skill."
asked by US reporters, the reason for
glasnost, perestroika and the new freedom of
religion which was happening in his country,
Gorbachev replied: "JESUS CHRIST"!
startled reporters asked him to repeat his
answer, he stated without hesitation:
"JESUS CHRIST". Then, as if
realizing what he had just said, Gorbachev
quickly changed the subject.
STATED: "ONLY JESUS CHRIST HAS THE
SOLUTION TO EVERY PROBLEM"
invitation is to "all who labour and
are heavy laden", and that takes us all
in. Gorbachev was right: Only Jesus Christ
has the solution to every problem!
The Bible, which is the Word of God, our
LORD promises rest and peace to all the
world, to anyone who responds to His
Invitation. We all need a new meeting
with Jesus. No one in this world is
exempt from the cares, burdens,
frustrations, temptations, pressures,
sicknesses and other pitfalls
of Satan. These are all of the world and of
the flesh. But God promises that
prayer can change all this.
ARE ALL CONSTANTLY FACING TRIALS &
are all constantly facing testing,
temptations and trials in various forms and
fashions. The ability to pay our debts
- due to unemployment, unreasonable taxation
or sickness - are some of the biggest stress
producers in this generation.
FAITH IN SORELY TRIED AS WE DEAL WITH
THE PROBLEMS OF LIFE
faith is sorely tried as we deal with things
like family break-up among children,
grandchildren, relatives and friends. But
Christ Jesus has promised us total victory,
a release from tension and an abiding peace
as we look to Him alone and keep our trust
in His Word.
His Word again: "Come unto Me, all ye
that labour and are heavy laden, and I will
give you rest." (Matthew 11:28)
you will notice, Christ didn't say
Come to a certain religious body or embrace
a certain philosophy, ideology or
theology...but He said, "Come unto
Me", and every person in this world is
included in this offer.
didn't mention His mother Mary or His inner
circle disciples Peter, James or John or His
half-brother James who became the first
authority as Pastor of the world's first
Pentecostal Church (the church was born on
the day of Pentecost and exhibited
supernatural signs and wonders) in
DIDN'T TELL US TO GO TO A HIGH PRIEST, RABBI
OR PASTOR - HE SAID, "COME UNTO
CHRIST didn't say come to the high
priest or rabbi or pastor, evangelist,
apostle or prophet! He said, "Come unto
will not find a single account in the Bible,
of Jesus Christ ever turning anyone away.
Jesus met the needs of every person who
asked Him for help.
MET THE NEEDS OF EVERY PERSON WHO ASKED
HIM FOR HELP
a reassuring feeling it is to know that
Jesus Christ honours His Word. When
you are in need or a miracle healing or are
in danger and must have an answer to your
prayers, you can depend on the LORD Jesus
Christ. He has given us the
Invitation, "Come Unto Me", it
is up to us to respond to His invitation,
OWN TESTIMONY OF GOD ANSWERING PRAYER
can verify that God is a "God at hand
and not a God afar off". (Jeremiah
23:23) I can confirm that God answers
prayer, through my own personal testimony.
1984, my team and I were conducting a
crusade in Northern India, when a staggering
miracle occurred. I had planned to
have a very large crusade in the South,
where nearly all visiting evangelists go.
I had been in the South and Central parts of
India, but had not ventured into the North
where the zealous, devout and often
fanatical Brahmin Hindus have almost total
power. In fact, for the previous
twenty years, the number of Christians had
declined there each year!
of pastors were ready to embrace our
ministry in the South, and we were expecting
100,000 persons on the opening night, with
prospects of larger crowds as the crusade
progressed. And I was excited about
CHANGED MY PLANS AND I WAS CHALLENGED TO GO
TO NORTH INDIA
God changed my plans and I was challenged to
go to North India, to a very intellectual
city of Brahmin Hindus and Moslems.
Hindus had just completed a ten day revival,
in preparation for our coming..iin order to
rejuvenate the people in their beliefs. This
was also done to warn the people of the
the first night of our crusade, 1/4 million
Moslems were in the streets in a gigantic
parade, to start 21 days of fasting in a
celebration called Ramadan!
started with 3,000 people on the opening
night, backed by two Methodist churches and
about 120 zealous young people, from across
Asia, working with a group called
"Christ is the Answer".
MESSAGE WAS TITLED, "JESUS CHRIST THE
SAME YESTERDAY, TODAY AND FOREVER"
message was entitled, "Jesus Christ the
same Yesterday, Today and Forever"! I
declared the gospel of Christ according to
St. Peter: "Neither is there salvation
in any other: for there is none other name
under heaven given among men, whereby we
must be saved." (Acts 4:12)
fear of contradiction I presented the claims
of Christ where He stated: "I am the
Way, the Truth, and the Life: no man cometh
unto the Father, but by Me". (John
14:6) "I am the door: by Me if any man
enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in
and out, and find pasture. The thief cometh
not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to
destroy: I am come that they might have
life, and that they might have it more
abundantly." (John 10:9-10)
quoted St. Paul: "For this is good and
acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour:
Who will have all men to be saved, and to
come unto the knowledge of the truth. For
there is one God, and one mediator between
God and men, the man Christ Jesus; Who gave
Himself a ransom for all, to be testified in
due time." (1 Timothy 2:3-6)
declared that Jesus Christ was the only
begotten Son of God - that He was born of a
virgin, His sinless less, His miracle
ministry, His victorious death and His
than 100 came forward for salvation in the
first service, but God performed several
miracles of healing in answer to my prayer!
next evening there were 6,000 in attendance.
Again I shared the Word of God. I chose for
my text Acts 17:18-32 where St. Paul
preached his famous Mars Hill message,
"The Unknown God".
said, "I entered your city last evening
and beheld your temples and places of
worship - I saw your images, idols and gods!
Idols that are made of wood, stone, plaster
of paris and plastic; gods that have eyes
that see not, ears that hear not, mouths
that cannot speak, hands that have never
helped anyone and feet that are
continued, "They are dead and lifeless,
and so ignorant that if I were to slap their
faces, they wouldn't have enough sense to
move out of the way or say ouch."
THEN PRESENTED JESUS CHRIST, THE ONLY
TRUE SAVIOUR OF THE WORLD
I presented Jesus Christ, the only true
Saviour of the world and the Son of the
precisely 9:00 PM as I was making the altar
call, suddenly loud speakers began blaring
out an opposing message - in the Hindi
language - in the very same venue which we
HINDU RELIGIOUS LEADERS WANTED TO STOP THE
WORD OF GOD BEING TOLD
RELIGIOUS LEADERS HAD CALLED A MEETING AND
DECIDED TO CONDUCT ANOTHER 10 DAY REVIVAL OF
THEIR OWN, IN THE SAME PARK WE HAD
PERMISSION TO USE.
HAD ALREADY ALERTED THE POLICE THAT THERE
WOULD BE A RIOT ON THE CRUSADE GROUNDS. AND
50 FANATICS WITH STONES & STICKS WERE ON
THEIR WAY TO START AN UPROAR, STOP THE
CRUSADE AND KILL ME, IF NECESSARY!
those same grounds, two years previously,
the Moslems had started a riot in a
Christian crusade, in order to stop the
meetings. Moslem fanatics had overturned a
bus with 17 men, women and children, poured
gasoline on it, setting it ablaze and
killing them all! Of course, everyone
fled and the crusade was history!
than thirty years earlier, a well known
American evangelist was conducting a
successful crusade in North India. Fanatics
began a riot and he had to leave.
Indian government then declared him non-grata-persona,
effectively barring him from the country
since his crusades were dangerous and prone
to violence and riots. In this manner
the bigots had stopped one of the world's
greatest soul winners from preaching in that
nation for more than 3 decades!
FANATICS WANTED ME STOPPED FROM PREACHING
THE GOSPEL OF CHRIST, BUT GOD INTERVENED
as the fanatics were entering the grounds, I
was making the altar call. More than 500
people were so gripped by the message and by
the Holy Spirit, that they rushed forward to
as I prayed a powerful prayer, rebuking the
devil and calling upon God - in Jesus' Name
- for miracles among the people, a 6 year
old boy who was lame in one leg from birth
was instantly healed!
parents who were Brahmin Hindus rushed
forward to testify, along with their healed
son. Upon hearing the commotion and
the testimony, the fanatics asked, "Who
is that man? Is he a prophet?"
Those around them in the crowd said,
"Yes, he is a prophet from
THEN DROPPED THEIR STONES AND STICKS SAYING,
"WE'LL GIVE HIM ANOTHER DAY", AND
PULLED DOWN THEIR LOUD SPEAKERS.
next evening the crowd grew to 10,000 and I
preached on "God's Love and the Blood
of Jesus"! The fanatics who had
previously wanted to hurt me, now wanted to
kiss my feet... And the revival continued
with the crowd growing to approximately
according to the last reports we have had,
the Christian community was not only
strengthened but also is growing! Thousands
enrolled in the New Converts Class, by mail.
And hundreds took special courses for
Christian Ministry! To God be the glory!
the time of this writing (December, 1992),
we have just heard the sad news that another
well known American evangelist has very
recently been banned from India for the same
reason. Hindu fanatics took over his crusade
declaring that he was fabricating lying
testimonies of people who claimed to be
CAN COME TO GOD ANYTIME, ANYWHERE
AND EXPECT TO RECEIVE AN ANSWER
Word says, "Call unto Me, and I will
answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty
things, which thou knowest not."
of us have times of difficulty and trouble,
and God is more willing to give than we are
to ask. In fact, Jesus said,
"Hitherto have ye asked nothing in My
name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your
joy may be full." (John 16:24)
INVITATION IS "COME UNTO ME" AND
"CALL UPON HIS NAME"
are invited to call upon Him in the day of
trouble and He will deliver us and show us
His mighty arm outstretched, in signs,
wonders and miracles!
we must do is call, and He will answer! It
is humbling for us to acknowledge our
weakness and need for help. It is humbling
for us to request assistance from an outside
force in this proud, efficient and
materialistic world, in which we live.
WE WANT ANSWERS TO PRAYER, WE MUST CALL UPON
said, "If ye then, being evil, know how
to give good gifts unto your children: how
much more shall your heavenly Father give
the Holy Spirit to them that ask Him"?
our Lord stated, "Come now, and let us
reason together, saith the Lord: though your
sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white
as snow; though they be red like crimson,
they shall be as wool." (Isaiah 1:18)
invited, "Ask, and it shall be given
you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it
shall be opened unto you: For every one that
asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh
findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall
be opened." (Matthew 7:7-8)
MUST SPEND TIME IN PRAYER AND LEARN TO
simplest thing in the world for anyone to do
is to ask for something. And yet, it can be
the most difficult! We must spend time in
prayer, learn to pray.
MUST ASK GOD FOR FORGIVENESS OF SINS, FOR
STRENGTH AND GUIDANCE
ASK GOD FOR FORGIVENESS, WE MUST ACKNOWLEDGE
OUR FAILINGS AND SINS. TO ASK GOD FOR
GUIDANCE, WHICH ROAD TO TAKE OR FOR
STRENGTH, WE ACKNOWLEDGE OUR WEAKNESS. AND
TO ASK GOD FOR DIVINE HEALING, WE ADMIT THAT
WE ARE SICK AND NEED HELP!
Jesus made it so easy! He said, we must
become like little children and ask with
child-like faith and expectation. And
His promise is sure and guaranteed to work.
He will keep His Word!
said, "If ye abide in Me, and My words
abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and
it shall be done unto you." (John 15:7)
He stated, "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
whatsoever ye ask of the Father in My name,
He may give it you." (John 15:16)
CHRIST, WE ARE HOPELESS LOST AND WE ARE
POWERLESS AGAINST SATAN
must remember Who our Source is. Jesus
Christ is our Redeemer and the Holy Spirit
gives us the power to function by His grace.
And the Word of God is Supreme, that God may
be all in all!
promised, "But ye shall receive power
after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you
and ye shall be witnesses unto Me..."
(Acts 1:8) Again our Master stated,
"Without Me, ye can do nothing"!
our Lord said, "I will never leave
thee, nor forsake thee. I will be with you
until the end of the world." (Hebrews
PRAYER REQUESTS SHOULD BE SPECIFIC AND WELL
NEEDED - WE MUST ASK IN FAITH
we approach God's Throne of Grace, we must
ask specifically for what we need or desire!
We must be specific so that we can
prioritize our request and focus on our
needs, or the needs of others all over the
world. Prayer requests should be
specific and well needed.
is important to lay out our needs in a
definite request, believing that He hears us
and will keep His promise!
IS EXPECTING AN ANSWER WHEN YOU PRAY -
FAITH IS TRUSTING GOD
is expecting an answer when you pray. Faith
is trusting God so implicitly, that when you
have met the conditions He has set forth in
His GREAT DOCUMENT, the Bible, He will
Bible says, "Now faith is the substance
of things hoped for, the evidence of things
not seen." (Hebrews 11:1)
is Moffat's translation of this verse:
MEANS WE ARE CONFIDENT OF WHAT WE HOPE FOR
means we are confident of what we hope for;
convinced of what we do not see."
is like the title deed to a property you own
but have never seen. You know it is yours
because it has been bequeathed to you in a
will or it has been given to you as a gift -
possibly in another part of the world, and
you still haven't received it or seen it.
is how faith works. You have God's promises
regarding prayer and His desire to answer,
but the things you prayed for haven't
MUST KEEP TRUSTING, BELIEVING AND EXPECTING
THE ANSWER WILL COME
on trusting, expecting and believing and the
answer will come. Loved ones will come to
Christ, sicknesses will he healed by God's
power and your many prayer requests will be
answered when you pray in the Name of Jesus!
Bible says, "Commit thy way unto the
Lord; trust also in Him; and He shall bring
it to pass." (Psalms 37:5) Jesus showed
us how faith works in Mark 11:22-24:
Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith
in God. For verily I say unto you, that
whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be
thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea;
and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall
believe that those things which he saith
shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever
he saith. Therefore I say unto you, What
things soever ye desire, when ye pray,
believe that ye receive them, and ye shall
my opinion, Hebrews 11:1 is a theologian's
definition of faith. The layman's definition
of faith is found in verse 6.
without faith it is impossible to please
Him, for he that cometh to God must believe
that He is, and that He is a rewarder of
them that diligently seek Him."
IS FAITH? FAITH IS 3 VITAL THINGS:
is coming to God with your needs and making
your requests known to Him.
asking God for help you are exhibiting
faith! This proves that you believe He is
greater than yourself and your need!
are in fact saying: "Lord you are
bigger than I am and more powerful and that
is why I am approaching you for help"!
wouldn't come to God for help if you didn't
believe He could help you!
IS BELIEVING THAT GOD EXISTS
is believing that God is real, that He is
eternally existent in three persons: God the
Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit!
And that He is omnipotent, omnipresent and
IS BELIEVING THAT JESUS CHRIST IS THE
SON OF GOD
is believing that Jesus Christ is the Son of
God, that He died on the cross for our sins
and arose from the dead for our
IS BELIEVING IN THE GOD OF THE BIBLE