God hears you when you pray

Two friends, one an avid churchgoer, the other a seldom church visitor, went on a fishing trip. On their way out to sea, they got into a heated conversation about whose prayer God answers. The churchgoing friend asked, “Does God answer you when you pray? The church visiting captain answered, “I may only be a church visitor, but I have faith in God, and God hears me and answers all of my prayers.”

His friend replied, “Impossible; I go to church every Sunday, and God doesn’t answer all of my prayers. Why should He answer all of your prayers when you’re seldom go to church?” The captain answered, “All I know is, God hears, and He answers my prayers when I pray.”

While they debated about church and prayer, they noticed a small cloud on the horizon, and within a few minutes, the sea got rough. Soon it started to rain, and suddenly, their engine stopped. They were in a terrible storm with no engine. They were at the mercy of the storm. Their boat drifted further out into the sea.

After several hours, the storm ceased, and the sea became calm, however, they did not know where they were. The two men tried for hours to start the engine to no avail. They scanned the horizon for signs of land, and they spotted a small island about two miles away. But the tide was taking them away from the island, so the friend said to the captain, “If we’re going to make it to that island, it looks like we’re going to have to swim. Let us pray that we make it safely to that island.” So they prayed and began swimming toward the small island.

God Hears and Answers When We Call

When they reached the island, the captain said to his friend, “You see, I told you God answers all of my prayers.” The captain’s friend replied, “You forgot; I also prayed with you.”

“Now that we made it safely to the island, let’s split up and try to find food and water,” said the captain. His friend still wanted to prove his point, responded, “Very well, you go to the other side of the island and pray, and I will stay here and pray. Then we will see whose prayers God answers.”

So the two men separated. The friend started walking toward the interior of the island. As he walked, he prayed for food and water. He lifted his eyes, and there in front of him stood a Coconut tree, ladened with coconuts. After he had his fill of coconut flesh and coconut water, it started to rain. So he prayed for shelter. To his amazement, there was a cave just beyond where he had found the coconut tree. The friend, now warm and his belly filed, sat in the corner of the cave and prayed that a ship would come and rescue him. Then he fell asleep.

When he awakened, he stood in the cave’s entrance, and lo and behold, there was a ship near the beach, near where they had come ashore. He hurriedly ran down to the beach, jumped into the water, and swam to the ship.

You Never Know Who Is Praying for You

When he boarded the ship, he heard a voice from within quietly say, “What about your friend, the captain? Are you going to leave him on the island?’ He thought to himself, “The captain is going to be alright. He said God answers all of his prayers. I guess he didn’t earnestly pray.” The voice answered, “That’s not true. He did pray.” The friend replied, “Then what did he pray?” The voice answered, “Your friend, the captain, prayed for your prayers to be answered.”

The Scriptures say, “God hears the prayer of the righteous.” But what makes a person righteous? Romans 4:3 says, “Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.” It is easy to become legalistic in our view of God. We forget that God is Spirit. We start believing that God answers prayer, and we gain favor with God because we do all of the right things outwardly. Abraham was not righteous because he kept the law. After all, Abraham lived before the law was given. Not only that, Abraham lied twice, yet God called him righteous.

God examines the heart. The captain’s friend thought he merited a response from God because of his self-righteousness. He believed his church attendance made him righteous. On the other hand, the captain believed in God. He believed God would answer his prayer based on what he believed and not what he did.

Pray for Others

If you are facing hardship, don’t just pray for yourself. Try praying for your friends as well. There is a story in the Bible of a man named Job. The Bible says that Job was blameless and upright. That’s another way of saying Job was righteous. The Scriptures tell us that sores covered Job’s body. Job’s friends thought God was punishing him for hidden sin. However, Job’s sickness was an attack from Satan. What’s interesting about Job’s story is that Job was restored when he prayed for his friends (Job 42:10).

Job had suffered much through the unkindness of his friends. They had criticized his conduct without feeling or mercy. Job had reason to be irritated with his friends. Instead, he chose to be merciful toward them. The Scriptures say that God shows mercy to the merciful. Because Job was merciful to his friends, God was merciful toward him. The message here is a simple one. “Forgive, and you will be forgiven” (Luke 6:37).

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Recovery from Heroin
Heroin is an opioid drug made from Morphine. It belongs to the category of opium related painkillers. It looks like a white or brown powder, or a sticky black tar. Many people smoke or snort heroin, while some inject it into their veins. The number of people who use heroin has steadily risen over the years.
Why do people use heroin?
Some people take it as a means of reducing pain.
Some people take it in order to deal with anxiety, worries and other stressors.
Those who become dependent on or misuse these drugs may start looking for a stronger, cheaper, higher one.
Heroin is dangerous. Research showed that overdose death rate rose and some of these deaths happen because heroin is laced with other drugs such as this painkiller: “Fentanyl” No matter how you take it, whether by injection, snorting or smoking, heroin gets to your brain quickly and it’s also easy ever addicted. After using heroin just one or two times, it can be hard to stop yourself from using again.
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You see, the moment you take heroin, you get this ecstasy; this rush of happiness or good feelings just in a rush. Then after that rush of good feelings, you thinking and walking rate becomes slow; at times you feel like you are in a dream.
How does Heroin affect you?
It blocks your body from getting pain messages and slows your heart rate and breathing.
Overdosing leads to death.
What are the effects of taking Heroin?
Taking Heroin results in:
Dryness of the mouth.
Flushed skin
Heavy arms and legs
Collapsed veins
Upset stomach
Itchy brain
Heart valves infection
Liver disease
Skin infection
Kidney disease
Mental disorders
Lung diseases
Menstruation problems
A higher chance of getting HIV/ AIDS, Hepatitis B, and Hepatitis C
Have you ever tried withdrawing from Heroin on your own by personal struggles to stay sober?
If you try to stay sober from Heroin, you are likely to see these signs:
Severe muscle and bone pain
Diarrhea and vomiting
Cold flashes
Uncontrollable leg movements
Health problems
Trouble at home, work or school
Loss of white mater in the brain which affects decision making and control.
“Can I ever be free from Heroin? I want to be free”
Is this your heart’s cry? Does it really break your heart that you found yourself trapped by Heroin and you just can’t find freedom? I announce to you that you can be free! Sounds quite amazing? Yes, you can be free! Jesus paid the price for your complete dominion over Heroin. He has the power to break the chains of this addiction.
Think about the effects of being addicted to heroin. For how long will you struggle on your own, depending on yourself? Your life is so beautiful and your future is so bright, you must not allow Heroin destroy you. Your destiny is so promising and should not be truncated by Heroin. Your soul is so precious and should not be wasted by addiction to Heroin.
Dear reader, you’ve been fighting on your own to set yourself free, but the more you struggle, the more it threatens your life, future, family, health, present and eternal destiny; it even threatens the reality of living a beautiful life. Think about this!
Now, I know a Deliverer who has the power to liberate you and make you escape the snare of addiction. His name is Jesus! The Bible says, “Surely, he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.” (Isaiah 53:4,5)
He did that just for you!
Do you know that He is the Mediator between you and God. Despite the fact that sin, and this addiction has separated you from the One who loves you, Jesus is the Mediator. God sent Him to pay the price of Mankind’s redemption; and yes, to redeem you from sinful nature of humans and Heroin which seem stronger than you are.
You need to repent and get reconciled with God. He is a holy God; and He loves you. But you can’t access Him based on religion, depraved merits and others. That is why He sent His Sib, Jesus who is The Way. Jesus says: “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life, no man cometh to the Father but by me.” (John 14:6)
So, you need to believe in Jesus and repent of your sins in order to make right with God. Surrender to Jesus and welcome Him into your heart as Your Personal Lord and Saviour. He will liberate you from the chains of sin and Heroin.
Do this now!
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By Eric Dunbar

Once addicted to crack cocaine, my story is not unique but inspiring. I have been a professor of faith for most of my life. Before you inquire about my credentials, let me explain. I don’t mean professor as in “teacher” but professor as in “squatter.” For most of my life, I have been trying to occupy what I had never fully possessed, namely, faith. You see, my trust was in God long before I used drugs. To this day, I cannot tell you what happened to cause me to be addicted; it just happened. After a lifetime of serving God, somehow, I became a crack cocaine addict. I grew up in the church. I was born with talent. I started playing the organ for local churches at the age of eight years. I cultivated strong confidence in God early in life. From the time I was five until I was eighteen years old, I can’t remember ever missing a church service. I started playing keyboards in a popular R&B band at the age of nineteen years old. Midlife When you’re young, life is all about having fun, and I was indeed having a lot of fun. Playing in an R&B band exposed me to the rigors of nightlife, leading me to deviate from the church. I started experimenting with all kinds of drugs. At first, it was marijuana, then pills, and soon, I was using cocaine. All the while, I still attended church, although not as often. When I was married, my infrequent music revenue was inadequate to raise a family. So I left the band and found a job. I have always had confidence in God, but I didn’t know how to implement my faith. When my first child was born, I renewed my faith and got heavily involved in the church. A few years later, my pastor inspired me to begin a cell ministry in my home, where I faithfully worshipped God and held Bible studies every Tuesday. About seven years into my marriage, I slipped back into drug use. This time cocaine was my choice drug. Soon after, I learned to cook cocaine, converting it into a rocky substance called crack. That was the beginning of a life of trouble. I had become a slave to the drug; crack cocaine was now my master. Confident Expectation My wife threatened to leave if I didn’t control my addiction. Nevertheless, I remained confident that God would deliver me. But my wife insisted that I seek help. I wanted to save my marriage, so I enrolled in the Narcotics Anonymous Twelve Step Program. I completed the required thirty-day classes, and I went home drug-free. Fifteen days later, I was once again smoking crack. My crack smoking eventually led to my wife divorcing me. I lost my family, possessions, and everything dear to me. Life had become challenging, and I was near depression. My parents taught me that faith believes, so I understood the principle of faith. I had faith that God would liberate me, so I continued to pray that God would soon rescue me from this evil that had come upon me. One day I opened my Bible, and my eyes fell on this scripture: “So then faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God” (Romans 10:17). “I don’t go to church anymore,” I said to myself, so how can I hear the word of God? Then I thought to read the word aloud to myself. The Bible was now my best friend. I read the word to myself. The word of God came out of my mouth and went back into my ears. Alas, I was hearing the word of God. I still craved crack cocaine and got high whenever the opportunity presented itself. But for the next two years, I mostly stayed to myself, reading the Bible aloud, quoting scriptures, and praying. Believing Faith Speaks After two years of practically being alone with God, my craving for crack cocaine was gone. My confidence in God rewarded me with freedom. I learned that believing faith speaks. No longer did I profess faith, but I now possessed it. Faith is having confidence in the things we hope for. Although they are not visible to our physical eyes, we believe that God is working our hope into physical existence. It is the bridge linking us to the spiritual realm and makes God a touchable reality. When we trust God, it guarantees that God’s promises and Biblical revelations are true. We cannot detect these revelations and promises of the word of God with our physical senses. However, by trusting God, we have the confidence that our expectation will come to pass. Faith is the quintessence that the things we hope for become so concrete that even belief itself becomes a definitive reality of those things that are not yet visible. Your faith becomes so tangible that you believe you possess those things in the spiritual realm.

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