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If you want something so badly and you pray for it diligently, but don’t believe it will ever happen….do you think you will ever get it? James 1: 6-7 “…

But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.
For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.”

In the context, we know it is talking about asking for wisdom in this Scripture, but it also says “any thing.”

We had worked for 21 years to convert my dad, after we learned the truth about the gospel of Christ…but we were so anxious that we really made him bitter against it.

One of Bobby’s old family friends came by one day selling Bibles and a program on Successful Soul Saving. It was a real eye opener for us. It taught, among other things, the concept of believing you get what you are praying for…and it starts with imagining that you have it. That is a very Biblical concept that we have over-looked in the past.

Matthew 21:-23 Jesus replied, “Truly I tell you, if you have faith and do not doubt, not only can you do what was done to the fig tree, but also you can say to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and it will be done. 22 If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.”

We know that Jesus was speaking to His disciples and that this was still the era of miracles, but the concept of believing what we pray for is still true today…as we saw in James 1:6-7.


The part that grabbed my attention was the instructor saying to concentrate on the one person you are most concerned about teaching the gospel. Of course it was my dad. The instruction was to imagine the person obeying the gospel several times a day as you pray for them to understand the truth.

Imagine them walking down the aisle or whatever scene you think will be involved in it. Pray several times a day and imagine them making the confession of Christ and submitting to baptism.

Imagine it so strongly, that you even “see” the clothes they are wearing.Well I did this…and it wasn’t but a few months and it happened!The strange fact about this….After I had followed these instructions for just a little while…I couldn’t even imagine my dad NOT obeying the gospel.


I had a dear Christian friend who had cancer and a few weeks earlier, I had told her about this system and in about a month her dad obeyed the gospel. He had been very bitter against the church.

Just a while later, she was in the hospital for the last time and some of us were taking turns sitting with her. One night when I was with her, I wanted so badly to know if she had used what I’d told her, because her dad had obeyed the gospel so soon…but I hated to ask her when she was so sick…but I did anyway and I’m so glad I did.  She looked up and smiled and said, “Yes, especially the prayers and imagining the clothes he was wearing.”

Just wanted to share this and I hope it helps many who are trying so desperately to teach their loved ones. As you can see, it is a Biblical concept.  It simply gets your mind working together with your prayers and actions.



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    June 22, 2011 at 5:54 pm


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