Posts by Keith Roberts

I'm curious about what makes people tick... and about the quest for spirituality. Why are most of us hungry to discover higher powers? How can we relate to God and how do we get there? (See more at www.whygodwaits.com).

The Book

Why God Waits For You To Pray

By Keith Roberts

WhyGodWaitsCoverShadow

Is it really true that God doesn’t act until you ask… that He waits for you to pray?

The answer could change everything.

An amazing testimony (30 sec read):

“I have read your book at least 10 times in the past 3-5 years. Applying it has helped me overcome the same cancer (gliobastoma multiforme) as John McCain without conventional cancer treatment. (I) rose and stayed at the top on my day job, and led many souls to Christ, very supernatural results.

“When I got the diagnosis in November 2015, they gave me 4 months to live. I already had your teachings in my mind so I devoted myself to 3 hours of prayer 3am- 6am for at least 6 months everyday… walking by faith continuing the work of the Messiah is an amazing journey. I revisit your book every few months for a reminder to spend much time in prayer.”
-T.B. (Texas)

Available now online (search by title):

 Amazon.com

 www.ChristianBook.com

 www.BarnesAndNoble.com

http://www.booksamillion.com/

www.Xulonpress.com/bookstore.php

For Kindle & other e-readers:

Amazon.com

NOOK

Changes to ‘Why God Waits For You To Pray’ book site

If you’ve landed here looking for the site for my book ‘Why God Waits For You To Pray’, you’re in the right place.

It was time for an upgrade and a refresh, so this is the place where it will happen. It may take a few days, but you’ll soon see new pages and items to inform you about the book and how to get the most out of it.

You can find ‘Why God Waits For You To Pray’ on lots of internet book sites, including Amazon.com and Barnes And Noble. You can also search the internet by the book’s title (Why God Waits For You To Pray) and find deals at several book sites.

Thanks for your interest in the book! You can contact me at CalhounVicar@gmail.com or find me on Facebook.

Looking forward to hearing from you!

Keith Roberts

Why We Quit Praying

If my core values as a Christian don’t include a serious prayer life, there must be a good reason.

  1. If I’m not praying, it could be that I don’t really believe in God. Most atheists and agnostics say they can’t pray because they don’t believe in a Supreme Being. Why bother to pray? There’s no one there to hear you. It’s useless.
  2. If I’m not praying, it could be that I don’t believe God cares. So if there is a God but I’m not praying, I must’ve decided that this God doesn’t care to hear what I have to say. Maybe this God is so distant and transcendent that He has no use for human beings. Maybe this God never notices me or my puny problems. Maybe “God” is just a force of nature instead of an intelligent, loving being.
  3. If I’m not praying, it could be that I don’t believe prayer works. Maybe I’ve prayed before again and again, but didn’t see the answer I was looking foPraying girl at crossr. Maybe I figured that answered prayers are for others, but not for me. It could be that I’ve never been able to get much traction in a prayer life because I don’t understand how it works. And that I emphasize the prayer failures I see around me rather than what the Bible says about prayer.
  4. If I’m not praying, it could be I think I can handle my own life without help. Maybe I think that if I ask God for help it will obligate me. I’ll have to let God take over my life in ways I’m not ready for. Maybe I’m afraid that if I rely on Him I’ll get disappointed. So why bother? Just forge ahead and handle my own life.
  5. If I’m not praying, it could be that I don’t believe Jesus’ life as a man of prayer is valid. We all know Jesus prayed and taught His disciples to pray. We can tell from the Gospels that He prayed strenuously and with supreme dedication, sometimes praying all night long. And even praying till His sweat was mixed with blood. But if I don’t believe that He’s my Lord and I’m His disciple, I won’t pursue His kind of prayer life.
  6. If I’m not praying, it could be that I don’t understand that Jesus and the Holy Spirit are both praying for me. Maybe I haven’t realized I’m not alone. That when I’m praying, the Lord prays. And the Spirit prays, too. (Romans 8:26 & 8:34)
  7. If I’m not praying, it could be that I’m just too busy.

“Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up.” (Luke 18:1 NIV)

 

 

Prayer changes nothing!… Really?

Why God Waits for You to Pray

“Prayer changes nothing!”

Often attributed to Dr. Donald Grey Barnhouse, famous author and Bible expositor, that quote puts into words what many Christians seem to think.

In decades of teaching seminars & workshops on prayer, I’ve heard it often. “Prayer really doesn’t change circumstances, it just changes us.”

The problem is… that’s wrong. It borders on heresy, denying the personal working of God in this world today.

It’s wrong for these basic reasons:

The Bible contradicts it. Even though true prayer certainly changes the person doing the praying, that isn’t the whole story. Here’s a sample of what the Bible says about answered prayer:

  • Prayer gave Isaac twin sons even though his wife was barren – Genesis 25:21.
  • Prayer kept Esau from killing Jacob and caused the two to reconcile – Genesis 32:11 & 33:4.
  • Prayer freed the children of Israel from Egyptian bondage – Exodus 2:23-25.

View original post 312 more words

Yes, the church can be intimidating

Churches have a problem.

How do we win people to Christ and still please the culture around us?

Sometimes we can’t. Sometimes a church that’s ‘on fire for God’ intimidates unbelievers. That’s why they avoid it.

Notice what happened in Acts chapter five when the apostles demonstrated the supernatural power of God:

“And all the believers used to meet together in Solomon’s Colonnade. No one else dared join them, even though they were highly regarded by the people. Nevertheless, more and more men and women believed in the Lord and were added to their number.”

Did you see that?

Outsiders felt intimidated by the supernatural activity in the church, but it didn’t stop the growth.

And the supernatural events continued to happen:

As a result, people brought the sick into the streets and laid them on beds and mats so that at least Peter’s shadow might fall on some of them as he passed by. Crowds gathered also from the towns around Jerusalem, bringing their sick and those tormented by impure spirits, and all of them were healed.”CPPLogo

That reminds me of a passage in 1 Corinthians 14:24-25:

“But if an unbeliever or an inquirer comes in while everyone is prophesying, they are convicted of sin and are brought under judgment by all, as the secrets of their hearts are laid bare. So they will fall down and worship God, exclaiming, ‘God is really among you!’”

Despite the intimidation factor, that’s what unbelieving seekers want.

They want an encounter with God!

That means that we—the church—must encounter Him regularly. If not, unbelievers won’t be intimidated (or won) by a timid church.

Stop apologizing for being the church. The unbelieving culture will never understand us (1 Corinthians 2:14). But when they encounter God and His love through usWow!

 

What Would God Pray?

No doubt Jesus was a man of prayer.

By my count, seventeen times the gospels show him praying. And at least fifteen times we see him teach his disciples about prayer. We even know a lot about the content of his prayers, especially from John chapter 17.NASA Gates of Heaven

But I wonder what he prays about now. He is praying now, you know. He sits at the Father’s right hand and right now continually prays for us (Romans 8:34 & Hebrews 7:25).

And I wonder what the Holy Spirit prays about now. He’s constantly interceding for us when we groan in prayer with heart-issues that language can’t touch (Romans 8:26-27). I wonder what the Spirit prays right now.

Yes, God “prays”. He is relational – the Father, Son and Spirit. He is love. He communicates within the Godhead, the Trinity.

Remember the second Psalm? Before time began, the Father said to the Son “Ask of me, and I will make the nations your inheritance…”. Even on earth, the Messiah bathed himself in prayer. And the conversation continues in heaven.

So what’s God “praying” about now, what’s His heart-cry, His deepest desire?

PEOPLE. God converses about lost people. There’s “more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.” (Luke 15:7 NIV) And God converses about born again people. Jesus and the Holy Spirit both intercede (talk to the Father) for the church constantly.

So every time you pray in Jesus’ Name, you join that “Divine Conversation”. The Father lovingly listens, Jesus leans to his left and speaks into the Father’s ear, and the Holy Spirit intercedes from the human heart level. And then our squeaky little voices chime in.

Amazing!

So – how does joining that “Divine Conversation” change your prayers?

 

Ten Ways To Pray For This Election… and Beyond

As I’m writing this, America is voting. Some say it’s the most momentous election in our lifetime. It could decide this nation’s direction for a generation or more.

So, how can Christians pray for this election… and for what happens afterward?

  1. Pray for a fair and calm election.
  2. Pray that believers on Christ will get out and vote… in ALL our elections.
  3. Pray for the outcome of this election to spark a greater spiritual awakening in America.
  4. Pray for America’s churches to wake up, to preach the Word of God boldly despite persecution, and to pray without ceasing.
  5. Pray for our new President to be specially touched by God and drawn closer to Him through Christ.
  6. Pray for those who lose in these elections to gracefully support America and work with even their political opponents to see our nation live up to our

    prayers-for-election-day

    nationaldayofprayer.org

    God-given potential.

  7. Pray for a renaissance of mature statesmanship in our political process so people of excellence and Christ-like moral values will be drawn to elective office.
  8. Pray for newly elected officials to protect our religious freedoms as guaranteed in the First Amendment to our constitution.
  9. Pray for God to touch all our elected officials with His Presence, bringing about a spiritual awakening among those who serve in government.
  10. Pray for peace in America as this election ends.

What else are YOU praying for?

“The king’s heart is a stream of water in the hand of the Lord;
    he turns it wherever he will.” (Proverbs 21:1 ESV)

“I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.”   (1 Timothy 2:1-4 NIV)