How do we receive the spiritual nourishment we need from the Lord? It’s so simple: we just have to have the faith of a little baby!
When a baby is crying to be fed, he knows his mother wouldn’t think of refusing him! God put it in that baby to know that if he calls, she will answer. He expects the answer and he gets it!–And if we, as children of our Heavenly Father, ask for milk, He’s surely not going to give us a serpent or something else! (Luk.11:10-13).
And what is it that brings the milk out of the mother’s breast? When the baby sucks, he creates a vacuum inside his mouth which pulls the milk out. Prayer is creating a vacuum like that inside our hearts: “Lord, here is this empty space!–You fill it!”
When the baby is very tiny, his mother has to bring the nourishment to him and show him where it is. But as he gets older, he automatically knows where to find the milk and he can reach out for it himself.–And likewise, the more we practice receiving nourishment from God, the better we know where to find it! And as long as we keep sucking, we’ll get more because God has unlimited capacity to give!
You don’t have to be down on your hands and knees to be praying. In fact, in everything you’re doing you ought to be praying and looking unto Jesus, the Author and Finisher of your faith.
Prayer is like breathing, just breathing the Holy Spirit all the time. Stay in constant communication with the Lord, constantly thinking about Him, and you will be anointed and Spirit-led in everything you do! If you’re praying about what you’re doing and asking God for wisdom, He has promised to give it to you!
The Lord can save you a lot of work, a lot of trouble and a lot of time if you’ll just pray first before you start a job. Pray about it and ask the Lord to help you and lead you, even if it’s just a word–“Jesus, please help me!” You can pray in a split second and get the answer back quick, but if you lean on your own understanding and your own wisdom you’re apt to make a sad mistake!
So “pray without ceasing!” (1Th.5:17). Ask the Lord about everything, every problem, every decision, and make sure you’re doing what He wants you to do. “In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your paths!” (Pro.3:6).
By Jerry A. Marzinsky, M.Ed. C.P.C.
The following story is one of many stories that will be included in the book Jerry Marzinsky is writing. This story is a stand-alone piece for a taste of Jerry’s work on the front lines as a licensed mental health practitioner, specializing in psychiatric care. The patient’s name in this story has been changed to Lilly.
There is something I do not know, the knowing of which could change everything.” — Werner Erhard.
Prelude: The story you are about to read is a true accounting that took place while working as a psychiatric crisis evaluator in the emergency room of the Tucson Medical Center in Tucson, Arizona. This story provides a rare insight into the psychotic mind and what drives schizophrenia as well as a unique perspective into the human condition and the unseen forces that affect us all.
As I entered the psych ward, its heavy steel door slammed shut behind me with a metallic bang. I headed for the psychiatric evaluators’ office to begin my shift. Within the cramped work space, surrounded by thick sheets of clear shatter proof Plexiglas, two of my colleagues stared at computers. To my right, a sudden movement in the annex snagged my attention. Any quick movement in this place signaled trouble. In the middle of the annex floor surrounded by other psych patients who watched from their beds, an attractive Caucasian female, like a drunken Kung Fu artist, flailed at the air. Was she burning off nervous energy or fighting some invisible demon? Sue, the psych nurse tapped my shoulder.
Continue reading “Black Toads – [How to get rid of demons]”
God expects His children, those who know Him personally and know His Will and His Word, to touch Him personally, directly, and make a direct contact with Him, not through somebody else’s faith or prayers. And that’s why the most important thing that any Christian can learn–and each new Christian has to learn it himself–is how to follow God and hear from Him fresh every day!
You can hear from God every day, and you should be hearing from Him every day. It doesn’t have to be out loud, it doesn’t have to be with an audible voice. It can just be in that small voice that you feel inside of you. Sometimes it’s not even words, just an impression that you have. God doesn’t have to communicate in words, He can just give you a feeling or a picture or an idea. If you really believe and ask the Lord, and you want to hear or see, you won’t be disappointed! And that which you see or hear with the eyes or ears of your spirit, that’s the Lord!–It will be such a comfort to you!
If you really want to hear Him, He’ll talk to you. You just have to have faith. Jesus speaks anytime, anywhere, if you believe!–Anytime you believe!
A little full-of-faith prayer from a little child can turn the tide! “And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receives me. But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hang about his neck and cast into the sea!” – Jesus said it and he meant it. God bless these humble policemen.
I was out today as usual witnessing and tracting at some school, and I ran into many interesting people. Two people received the Lord and one of them was a German man who came to faith in Jesus. I just showed him two passages, John 1:12-13 and John 3:3-10 about being born again. It grew his faith instantly. he was so ready. Nice guy too. A new brother!
Then I ran into a Local man and his son, and I told him that God loved him after I had given him a tract, but he said that he didn’t think so.
I asked him why. He said, because the last 20 years he’s had nothing but problems. I asked him what his problems were, he said that for example his back had been hurting in his spine for 20 years.
I asked him if I could “bless” his back. (euphemism for praying for it)
He said sure! Continue reading “My First Instant Healing for Someone Else from Jesus. Hallelujah”
An SDSU researcher found that declines in religious practice have now spread to personal beliefs and private activities. The percentage of Americans who prayed or believed in God reached an all-time low in 2014, according to new research led by San Diego State University psychology professor Jean M. Twenge.
A research team that included Ryne Sherman from Florida Atlantic University and Julie J. Exline and Joshua B. Grubbs from Case Western Reserve University analyzed data from 58,893 respondents to the General Social Survey, a nationally representative survey of U.S. adults administered between 1972 and 2014. Five times as many Americans in 2014 reported that they never prayed as did Americans in the early 1980s, and nearly twice as many said they did not believe in God. Continue reading “Fewer Americans Now Pray [Reason for American Troubles?]”