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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Greetings in Jesus ‘ name

“Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.” Jeremiah 33:3

Prayer is fellowship with the Unseen and Most Holy God. It is the essence of true religion and the channel of all blessings. It is the secret of power and life not only for ourselves, but for others, for the Church and for the world. God has given the right to take hold of Him and His strength to prayer. The promises wait for their fulfillment.
If you ask, He will be delighted to take you to closer fellowship with Himself and teach you to pray.
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Greetings in Jesus ‘ name 

“Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.” Jeremiah 33:3

      Prayer is fellowship with the Unseen and Most Holy God. It is the essence of true religion and the channel of all blessings. It is the secret of power and life not only for ourselves, but for others, for the Church and for the world. God has given the right to take hold of Him and His strength to prayer. The promises wait for their fulfillment.
If you ask, He will be delighted to take you to closer fellowship with Himself and teach you to pray.
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Recovery From Emotional/Psychological Trauma

Emotional trauma is the result of stressful events that shatter your sense of security, making you feel helpless in a dangerous world; it can leave you struggling with memories and anxiety that won’t go away.
Emotional/psychological trauma could be caused by accident, injury, an unexpected violent attack, living in a neighboring known for crime, battling a life threatening illness; it could also be as a result of experiencing traumatic events that occur repeatedly like domestic violence, sexual abuse, bullying, loneliness, and addiction. It could also be caused by the sudden death of a loved one or deeply disappointing experience.

What are the symptoms of trauma?
*Anxiety and panic attacks; anger and irritability
*Fear, emotional numbing,depression and confusion
*Racing heart beats, mood swings, muscle tension and agitation
*Shame, guilt, feelings of sadness and hopelessness
*Fatigue, feeling of worthlessness, withdrawing from people.
*Ache and pains, obsessions and feeling of being overwhelmed.

What do you do to recover from emotional trauma?
1. Don’t isolate: Make an effort to maintain your relationships and avoid spending too much time alone
2. You don’t have to talk about the trauma all the time
3. Participate in social activities.
4. Join a support group for trauma survivors: connecting with them help reduce the sense of isolation; and hearing how others cope could help in your own recovery.
5. Volunteer to help others: In fact, this is a great way to challenge the sense of hopelessness that often accompanies trauma. Remind yourself of your strengths and reclaim your sense of power by helping others.
6. Make new friends if you live far away from family and friends; and avoid toxic people.
7. Self regulate your nervous system: No matter how agitated, nervous, or out of control you feel; it’s important you know that you can calm yourself.
8. Take care of your health
9. Get plenty of sleep
10. Avoid alcohol and drugs as their use can worsen your trauma symptoms, and increase feelings of depression, anxiety and isolation.
11. Eat a well balanced diet to keep your energy up and minimize mood swings.
12. Reduce stress by relaxation techniques such as meditation, deep breathing exercises and schedule time for activities that bring joy to you such as your favorite hobbies.
13. Forgive all hurts and forget the past as this can also worsen the symptoms.

Recovery from trauma takes time, and everyone heals differently. So, avoid being negative or hard on yourself.

Beyond all the tips mentioned above, is the power of God to heal your broken heart and mend your broken life in Jesus’ name.

“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 53:5
But, for you to be healed with His stripes, you need to be reconciled with Him.
Jesus is the only Mediator between God and man; and you can only be reconciled to God if you believe in Jesus; in what He accomplished on your behalf. What did He do? He, being the Son of God and the Mediator between you and God, paid the price of your iniquities(sin) by leaving His abode in Heaven, became flesh, at the appointed time, He was betrayed, crucified, died and was buried; but He rose on the third day granting victory to whoever believes in Him. He was sinless but He tasted death for you and me. He paid the ultimate price to grant us access to the Father and to His Kingdom because no one can access the Father without Him.
He says : “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life, no man cometh to the Father but by me.” John 14:6
We can’t access God’s Kingdom with good works, morals and religious activities alone; they are not enough to save your soul and reconcile you with your Maker, because it is written: “For all have sinned, and have come short of the glory of God” Romans 3:23
So, you simply need to believe in Jesus, repent of your sin, and be saved
“Whosoever call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved”
Talk to Him and He will heal you.
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Recovery From Emotional/Psychological Trauma 

Emotional trauma is the result of stressful events that shatter your sense of security, making you feel helpless in a dangerous world; it can leave you struggling with memories and anxiety that won’t go away. 
Emotional/psychological trauma could be caused by accident, injury, an unexpected violent attack, living in a neighboring known for crime, battling a life threatening illness; it could also be as a result of experiencing traumatic events that occur repeatedly like domestic violence, sexual abuse, bullying, loneliness, and addiction. It could also be caused by the sudden death of a loved one or deeply disappointing experience.

What are the symptoms of trauma?
*Anxiety and panic attacks; anger and irritability 
*Fear, emotional numbing,depression and confusion 
*Racing heart beats, mood swings, muscle tension and agitation 
*Shame, guilt, feelings of sadness and hopelessness 
*Fatigue, feeling of worthlessness, withdrawing from people.
*Ache and pains, obsessions and feeling of being overwhelmed.

What do you do to recover from emotional trauma?
1. Don’t isolate: Make an effort to maintain your relationships and avoid spending too much time alone
2. You don’t have to talk about the trauma all the time
3. Participate in social activities.
4. Join a support group for trauma survivors: connecting with them help reduce the sense of isolation; and hearing how others cope could help in your own recovery.
5. Volunteer to help others: In fact, this is a great way to challenge the sense of hopelessness that often accompanies trauma. Remind yourself of your strengths and reclaim your sense of power by helping others.
6. Make new friends if you live far away from family and friends; and avoid toxic people.
7. Self regulate your nervous system: No matter how agitated, nervous, or out of control you feel; it’s important you know that you can calm yourself. 
8. Take care of your health 
9. Get plenty of sleep
10. Avoid alcohol and drugs as their use can worsen your trauma symptoms, and increase feelings of depression, anxiety and isolation.
11. Eat a well balanced diet to keep your energy up and minimize mood swings.
12. Reduce stress by relaxation techniques such as meditation, deep breathing exercises and schedule time for activities that bring joy to you such as your favorite hobbies.
13. Forgive all hurts and forget the past as this can also worsen the symptoms.

Recovery from trauma takes time, and everyone heals differently. So, avoid being negative or hard on yourself.

Beyond all the tips mentioned above, is the power of God to heal your broken heart and mend your broken life in Jesus’ name.

“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 53:5
But, for you to be healed with His stripes, you need to be reconciled with Him. 
Jesus is the only Mediator between God and man; and you can only be reconciled to God if you believe in Jesus; in what He accomplished on your behalf. What did He do? He, being the Son of God and the Mediator between you and God, paid the price of your iniquities(sin) by leaving His abode in Heaven, became flesh, at the appointed time, He was betrayed, crucified, died and was buried; but He rose on the third day granting victory to whoever believes in Him. He was sinless but He tasted death for you and me. He paid the ultimate price to grant us access to the Father and to His Kingdom because no one can access the Father without Him.
He says : “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life, no man cometh to the Father but by me.” John 14:6
We can’t access God’s Kingdom with good works, morals and religious activities alone; they are not enough to save your soul and reconcile you with your Maker, because it is written: “For all have sinned, and have come short of the glory of God” Romans 3:23
So, you simply need to believe in Jesus, repent of your sin, and be saved
“Whosoever call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved”
Talk to Him and He will heal you.
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By Eric Dunbar

I am the founder of Believing Faith Blog and the author of the book "Believing Faith Speaks." Once addicted to the heinous drug, crack cocaine, I was delivered by the power of God through faith in Jesus Christ. Believing Faith is my Online Ministry, through which I take the opportunity to spread the good news of the Gospel of Christ. It gives me great pleasure to help other believers to activate, feed, exercise, and speak faith. because believing faith speaks. 2 Corinthians 4:13

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