My question is, do these leaders actually pray, or do they just make speeches and talk about prayer? God always responds to the humble and contrite of heart. Therefore, to answer the president's question, the reason "nothing happens" is because he and those in attendance did not meet God's criteria!
15 When you spread out your hands, I will hide My eyes from you; Even though you make many prayers, I will not hear. Your hands are full of blood.
16 "Wash yourselves, make yourselves clean; Put away the evil of your doings from before My eyes. Cease to do evil,
17 Learn to do good; Seek justice, Rebuke the oppressor; Defend the fatherless, Plead for the widow.
"But on this one will I look: On him who is poor and of a contrite spirit, and who trembles at My word.
James 4:2-3, 6-10
2 You lust and do not have. You murder and covet and cannot obtain. You fight and war. Yet you do not have because you do not ask.
3 You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures.
Therefore He says: "God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble."
7 Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.
8 Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.
9 Lament and mourn and weep! Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom.
10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up.
God hears when we pray according to HIS WILL--not according to our will!
1 John 5:14-15
14 Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.
15 And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.
Perhaps Obama's confusion comes from the fact that he doesn't realize we are praying to a different entity. While I pray to God Almighty, he prays to the god of vanity.
It will leave him empty every time.
You can't pray to end wars then send drones into a sovereign nation and kill innocents. You can't pray for bipartisanship then go on the record tearing apart Fox News. You can't pray for for an end to racism then have all of your sheep play the race card on every news network in the nation.
James 5:16--"The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much." Everyone, please watch Dr. Ben Carson's remarks at this same prayer breakfast--kind but blistering.
I saw the clip and he's exactly right.....The problem is right wing racist still hate the fact that Obama is president...Well get used to it , get over it , and stop hating him so much...That's what Jesus would do...
Jesus wouldn't mandate government (Roman) healthcare. ;-)
Go take your 'right wing, racist' comments over to the 'The Daily Kos'.
Actually Jesus would make sure the sick got healed....And some people agree with him.
"Funny that other countries have figured out a way provide health insurance for their citizens with less money and less corruption".
And most of them are as broke as we are. Well, except maybe for the Communist countries like China and Cuba, where the 'peasants' don't live long enough to require it. Or in the case of the Canadians, where the wealthy come here for quality, free market, health care. ;-)
Funny that other countries have figured out a way provide health insurance for their citizens with less money and less corruption...Did you think they care about their citizens more than we do...??
Jesus taught individual charity. Not once did he preach that it was the responsibility of government to 'heal the sick'.
As for your links, Jesus spoke of faith in God, not 'faith' in religion. Morality is an individual responsibility, no government or church can mandate it, no matter how hard they try. This has been proven again and again down through history.
I believe in God. I don't believe in 'church'. ;-)
Hindrances to Prayer
a) Anxiety Hinders Prayer Phil. 4:6
b) Disobedience Hinders Prayer Deut. 1:43–45; Deut. 3:26; 2 Sam. 22:27, 41–42; Jer. 11:10–11; Lam. 3:8, 39, 41–42, 44; Mic. 3:4
c) Doubt Hinders Prayer James 1:5–7
d) Failure to Heed God’s Law Hinders Prayer Prov. 28:9; Zech. 7:12–13
e) Failure to Pray Hinders Prayer 1 Sam. 12:23; Hos. 7:7; James 4:2
f) Failure to Remain in Christ Hinders Prayer John 15:7
g) Faithlessness Hinders Prayer Heb. 11:6
h) Forsaking God Hinders Prayer 2 Chron. 15:2; Prov. 1:24–32
i) Haughtiness Hinders Prayer Job 35:12–13; James 4:6, 10
j) Hypocrisy Hinders Prayer Ps. 78:36–37; Ezek. 33:31; Matt. 15:1–9; Mark 12:38–40
k) Idolatry Hinders Prayer Jer. 11:10–11, 14; Ezek. 14:1–3; Ezek. 20:31; Zeph. 1:4–6
l) An Improper Husband-Wife Relationship Hinders Prayer 1 Pet. 3:7
m) Insincerity Hinders Prayer Deut. 4:29
n) Irreverence Hinders Prayer Mal. 1:7–10
o) Losing Heart Hinders Prayer Luke 18:1
p) Meaningless Repetition Hinders Prayer Matt. 6:7
q) Praying Contrary to God’s Will Hinders Prayer 1 John 5:14
r) Pretentiousness Hinders Prayer Matt. 6:5
s) Refusal to Help the Poor Hinders Prayer Prov. 21:13
t) Selfishness Hinders Prayer James 4:3
u) Self-Righteousness Hinders Prayer Luke 18:9–14
v) Sleepiness Hinders Prayer Matt. 26:40–43
w) Unconfessed Sin Hinders Prayer Ps. 66:18; Isa. 59:1–2; John 9:31; James 4:8
x) Unfaithfulness Hinders Prayer Hos. 5:6–7; Mal. 2:11–14
y) An Unforgiving Spirit Hinders Prayer Matt. 6:14–15; Mark 11:25
z) Wickedness Hinders Prayer Prov. 1:24–31
Great post, Philip! Obama is a Muslim. He prays to Mohammed who was a murderer and a rapist. He had a wife who was 9 years old. Mohammed, Obama's "God", was a pedophile. As Walid Shoebat says, "Americans...your country has been infiltrated, your president is a muslim".
praying on a carpet and bending over 5 times a day doesnt work Mr President. Try placing your hands together and lowering your head in humility in the thought that there is someone greater than you.
Even Satan answers prayers. Skeeter wears a ring that has an inscription that reads" There is no god but Allah". At some point in time, Skeeter will have to pay his debt to Satan; because God's (not Allah) justice cannot sleep forever.
*snort* And since when was Obama anything CLOSE to humble? He's the most arrogant President we've ever had.
Dr. Benjamin Carson who spoke at the prayer breakfast this morning. AMAZING speech !
That was such a great speech! Now there's a candidate for the Nobel Peace Prize. I though President Arrogant looked very uncomfortable listening to the Dr. .....even before he got into the content of his speech. Thanks for the link, Eleanor.
God answers all prayers. I know this will come as a shock to Obama, but sometimes the answer is "no."
I like the way he says "humility" while looking down his elitist nose at everyone around him like they are sewer sludge. This is one despicable hypocrite who belongs in prison.
Jesus is answering your prayers Obama, you are just too full of yourself to listen to what Jesus is saying.
Jesus doesn't hear his prayers.
1Pe 3:12 For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil.
The condoning of 3,500+ innocent lives a day through abortion is not "righteous".
And he expects his prayers to be heard!! How arrogant, how self righteous Obama and millions of other Americans are!
He slept through the keynote speech and then hurries "to work in order to watch tv"?
John/Jane Kerry/Fonda had a nap too.
Lot's of praying going on in those two heads.
Surely hope that Michelle had enough to eat....that would keep her awake.
All of them should have listened to the doctor...he was speaking to them and about them.
obama is inhabited by evil spirits and those entities know that prayer is powerful, so powerful in fact, that we could turn the tide around in our country, if we ALL went to G-d, repented of our sins, forgave others and prayed in earnest.
The Priority of Prayer
By Michael Youssef, Ph.D.
Nothing pleases Satan more than coming between you and the Lord in your time of intimacy and prayer. He knows prayer is key to your power and victory over him—and if he can cut your power at the source, then he will succeed in weakening you spiritually.
A problem with many people is that they pray only when they are in trouble. Yet, the Gospel tells us that Jesus habitually rose early in the morning, before daybreak, to meet with the Father. If the Son of the living God gave priority to that time, how much more should we? Prayer and intimate communion with God was Jesus’ spiritual food.
It is important to know that the purpose of prayer is for God to be glorified. God is the focus of prayer—because through prayer, God reveals His goodness and power. Jesus said, “I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father” (John 14:13).
Indeed, prayer is for God’s glory, not just our needs. However, when God meets our needs, He is glorified. There are some who see prayer simply as lining up with what God has already foreordained, and there is nothing we can do other than conform to His will. On the other hand, there are those who think that prayer is asking God to do what He would not and could not do without our requests.
The Scripture teaches both views—and we are under obligation before God to hold both views in tension. The Bible teaches that God is, without a doubt, sovereign. The Bible also teaches that God, within His sovereignty, responds to His people when they pray with a right focus.
There are people who are terrified to ask God for anything. This is not consistent with His will. On the other hand, there are some who treat God like a bellhop who moves only at their commands. Both are extreme, and both are wrong.
When children are young—and even sometimes when they are older—they ask for all kinds of things. Do we give them everything they want? Of course we don’t. We give them what we believe is best for them. If we, as fallen men and women, know how to give good gifts to our children, how much more does our heavenly Father give good gifts to those who ask Him (see Matthew 7:11)?
How, then, should we pray? God in His magnificence knew there would be many times when we didn’t have the wisdom to pray as we should, so He commissioned the Holy Spirit to intercede for us.
In Romans 8:26, Paul wrote, “We do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groaning too deep for words.” And that is why in Matthew 6:9-13, Jesus gave His disciples a succinct, meticulous, and comprehensive outline of what true prayer should be like—and it is called the Lord’s Prayer.
In Matthew 6:9, Jesus said, “Pray . . . in this way,” meaning “Along these lines” or “in such a pattern.” Still, we must remember that in Matthew 6:5-8, Jesus warned His followers not to pray like the Pharisees, using meaningless, repetitious prayers. To be clear, He is not replacing one meaningless, repetitious prayer with another. Instead, Jesus is giving them—and us—a model.
Jesus wants us to learn to follow the Lord ’s Prayer as a pattern of praise, adoration, and petition. It is a guide for our prayer life, not a substitute for it. When we understand this guide and use it, we will experience power in prayer like we have never experienced before.
google translator: NARCISSIST LANGUAGE DETECTED:
"I don't understand. I thought I asked my allah to make fox news stop making me look bad and actually marvel at my feet! And why do I still hear booing? That reminds me, I need to get my golf clubs a shine. Hey, JARRETT??"
*paraphrasing more or less ;)
Mr. President, instead of watching Cable TV after the prayer breakfast, you could read and understand the Constitution and a Christian bible. You may learn what it means to possess a moral code and understand that there is a diety higher than yourself!
obama doesn't understand prayer because he does not have a loving relationship with G-d of the bible.
Creflo Dollar, Winning In Spiritual Warfare (Serie 36.1)
Creflo Dollar? Are you serious? There's someone that's in it for filthy lucre.
Here some scripture that describes Creflo Dollar:
1Ti 6:3 If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness;
4 He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings,
5 Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself.
1Ti 6:9 But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition.
10 For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.
Creflo Dollar is the epitome of a wolf in sheep's clothing. He is what gives Christianity a bad name. ....from such withdraw thyself.
2Ti 4:3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;
4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.
No offense 12grace, but I have to call them as they are.
I am very sad to hear these things about Creflo Dollar. I wonder if you could give me an example of the false teachings he is promoting.
My point about obama is that he cannot understand the effectiveness of prayer because he doesn't understand the G-d of the bible. He doesn't love our G-d and his son, Jesus.
I think obama understands that prayer brings us closer to the G-d of the bible and this is a major reason he doesn't want us to pray- so he pulls an alinsky on us.
Obama Mocks & Attacks Jesus Christ And The Bible / Video / Obama Is Not A Christian
Obama Praises the Koran & Disrespects the Bible / Video
No offense taken. I go to links when offered and research information about such matters. I think we should pray for Creflo and all others that preach the word as they have a covenant with G-d to be truthful. And this is a serious abrogation of the covenant. And in this evil world in which we are living, the "dark" always look to bring down G-d's children for any mistakes that they make while allowing the secular world free reign to be as despicable, as possible.
Also, do not get side tracked with Creflo Dollar, the issue is obama's ignorant statement about prayer. I suspect obama wants to get Americans away from prayer as it connects them to G-d of the bible. And we all know how obama feels about the G-d of the bible. Go to You tube and look up obama mocks Christianity and the bible.
12grace, just do a search on you tube "Creflo Dollar exposed" or "Creflo Dollar false prophet". You could spend most of the evening watching the proof. If you know the Bible at all you will see the blatant false teachings. If you need help seeing it just ask, I can certainly show proof from the scripture where he is a wolf is sheep's clothing. Look no further than the "health and welfare" gospel he preaches. It's quite obvious. Creflo Dollar "prophesied" that all Christians would get rich in 2012. It's OBVIOUS he is in it for the filthy lucre.
NO OFFENSE intended by this but if you really thought Creflo Dollar was legit, you REALLY need to have your eyes opened. I would be glad to help you if you would like.
we can't be too judgemental ! Although God's Heart and Will are simply stated in His Word the Bible, HE is a personal God with a Galaxy size LOVE and HE reaches out in many times to human kind in mysterious ways !
Not being judgmental, crosshr. Just calling a spade a spade as the Bible instructs us to. When someone preaches a false gospel true Christians need not keep their mouths shut. It's our duty to expose them!!
Eph 5:11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.
1Ti 5:20 Them that sin rebuke before all, that others also may fear.