“Fox Hole Prayers”

Posted: September 1, 2015 in Christian Life, Gospel, Prayer

Many a soldier, engaged in mortal combat with the enemy, has offered up a “Fox Hole Prayer.”  He promises God that he will do anything if God will spare his life. But most often when the battle is over and no harm was sustained, the soldier forgets about his vow to God and goes on with his life. Did God, who is omniscient, forget his vow? Will He hold him accountable for it? Are some people suffering physically, spiritually, or emotionally because of unfulfilled vows (James 5:15)? What does God’s Word say about making vows (Ecclesiastes 5:4, 5; See James 4:13-17; Romans 8:14; Judges 11:29-40)?

Clear Instructions. Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. Do not quench the Spirit. Do no despise prophecies. Test all things; hold fast what is good. Abstain from every form of evil” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-22; See Philippians 4:4-8). These are not things that an unsaved person must do to be saved. He/she isn’t interested in or capable of doing these things. Without God’s help a Christian can’t do these things either (John 15:5; Philippians 4:13). Doing them enables Christians to grow spiritually (2 Peter 3:18), serve others as Christ Himself would (John 13:14; 34, 35), and to be good witnesses for the Lord (Acts 1:8).

Eight. There are eight ways for Christians to communicate with God: Worship, Praise, Thanksgiving, Supplication, Intercession, Asking in Jesus’ name, Confession, and making Vows. To improve your communication with God, in good times or hard times, we’d like to encourage you to take time to answer the following questions and share your answers with others who will engage in this activity with you. It could dramatically change you life for the better.

Twelve. Here are 12 questions that need Biblical answers:

Are there some people whose prayers God won’t hear and answer? Why? Psalm 66:18

For whom should we pray and not pray? 1 Timothy 2:1-4; 1 John 5:16; 1 Samuel 16:1

With whom should we pray and not pray? Amos 3:3; 2 Corinthians 6:14; 2 Chronicles 19:2

What should be our purpose in praying? 1 Corinthians 10:31; Psalm 34:3; Luke 11:2

For what should we not pray? Why? Proverbs 30:8, 9; 1 Timothy 6:8; Hebrews 13:5

Where can a believer pray. Matthew 6:6; John 4:24; Acts 2:42; 12:1-17

From where does the believer’s help come? Psalm 121:1, 2; 75:6; 1 Kings 8:30

When should we pray and give thanks to God? 1 Thessalonians 5:16-22

What righteous believers’ prayers would have been of no avail? Why? Ezekiel 14:14, 20

When will prayers no longer be necessary? 1 Corinthians 13:13; 1 John 3:2

When will our real motives be unveiled? 1 Corinthians 3:11-15; 4:5

What happens if we ask according to His will? 1 John 3:22; 5:14

Action. It’s one thing to know how to communicate with God. But it’s another thing to actually engage in it on a continual basis in private and/or with other believers in public (1 Thessalonians 5:17).

Remember. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain; and it did not rain on the land for three years and six months. And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth produced its fruit” (James 5:16-18; See Revelation 11:3-12). “The world has yet to see what God can do in and through and by and for a man/woman who is fully devoted to Him.” – Attributed to D. L. Moody.

Dedication. “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this [age] but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may [approve] what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God” (Romans 12:1, 2). This is a verse for Christians, not for the unsaved person as a requirement for his/her salvation.

Gospel.  To be saved unsaved people need to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ who died for our sins…and rose again bodily from the dead on the third day (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). God wants salvation to be simple enough for little children to be saved.  Don’t add any good works to faith in Christ for your salvation (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5).  God’s Formula for salvation: Grace + Faith = Salvation + Works.

Help. We’re here to assist those who need additional information from the Scriptures and who are teachable and willing to change (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17). We can be reached at 805-238-3549 or through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. If you’ve been blessed by reading this, we’d like to hear from you. Would you help us reach others by forwarding this to someone else who might appreciate it? Click on “Follow” if you’d like to receive future articles as they come out.

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