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Sep262016

The Package Is on Its Way!

My son was supposed to have been born on September 27, 1998. But that day came and went. As the nurses were monitoring him every couple days after his due date, I remember my doctor saying, “We see the package and it looks fine.” Then he laughed and said, “When he’s being delivered,
you’ll know.”

As my son grew, I would pray for the bumps and bruises he’d encounter. In the fourth grade, he began having problems in math. I prayed for him to succeed and not fail. By the end of the fourth grade, he had improved a lot. When that year’s report card came in the mail, I held the evidence of answered prayer in my hands (he earned a B!).

When we pray, there is sometimes a temptation to believe that God the Father is like the unjust judge in Luke 18. In Andrew’s book, A Better Way to Pray, he uses this example. When we see God this way, we are believing that we have to be persistent—as if we are wrestling an answer away from Him that He doesn’t want to give. And if we “trouble” Him enough, He’ll “avenge” (answer) us, just to get us off His back (Luke 18:5).

As Andrew says, “That’s not what this passage is saying. God is not like the unjust judge” (pp. 67-68). Andrew explains how Jesus uses this example because He is pointing out a wrong attitude about prayer. “This parable is a contrast showing us the absurdity of such thinking.” Then Andrew says that in Luke 18:8, Jesus basically straightens them out: “I tell you that he will avenge them speedily [meaning when His children pray] . Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?” (brackets added). In other words, the delay is connected to our lack of faith. It never comes from the Father who answered all things in His Son on the cross in anticipation of our needs—over 2,000 years ago!

Andrew explains that if you see God as an unjust judge when you pray, “…you’re approaching God in an adversarial relationship…and believing what Christ did wasn’t enough” (p. 70). Wow! You might just have to let that sink in. How can you and I pray in faith while seeing Him that way?

Imagine that you call your sister and tell her you are leaving the post office, and you had just mailed her a gift. Then an hour goes by, and she calls you up, crying, “You lied! I went to the mailbox and it wasn’t there.” What would you think? Would you be angry? Then she calls you the next afternoon, but this time she’s angry. “I just went for the mail and the package is still not there! Are you sure you really mailed it?”

This is how we sometimes act toward God when His promises don’t show up right away. I know our Father is not angry with us when we do not understand Him or the wonderful gift He’s given us in prayer. In fact, because of what Jesus did for us, He invites us to “come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of
need”
(Heb. 4:16).

If you’ve ever been unsure about how God responds when you pray, Andrew’s book A Better Way to Pray can help you grow in confidence toward Him. It’s available in CD, DVD, book, and study guide formats. It’s available in Spanish as well. I also encourage you to watch Andrew as he teaches A Better Way to Pray on the Gospel
Truth
broadcasts.

If this has blessed you, post a comment below.

Reader Comments (9)

Dear Andrew,
Please take some time to consider the life of one gay person, namely me, who has been blessedly in love with the same man for 39 years. I still feel so incredibly lucky we found each other. If my parents had been believers in your doctrines on sin, I most likely would have grown up to marry a woman and spend years living the sort of lie that eventually breaks families apart -- all due to the cruel and needless denial of my deepest nature.
I don't expect you to change your views at this point. But you must be aware that every gay person comes from a mother and father, a family, and those of us who were raised at home not to fear and condemn gay people (to fear our very selves!) are the ones who now live healthy and fulfilled lives. Parents who don't want their gay children are the inevitable cause of wounded and fractured gay adults. Your ministry is part of this wounding. Can you see that?

September 26, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJim Bartley

To put it in a different way: What, Andrew, would you say is the correct Christian path for me at this point? I'm in a stable and loving gay relationship, sustained by me and my partner for almost 40 years through thick and thin, including an eight-month hospitalization that my partner would not have survived without my support and advocacy. But your view is that our lives have been 40 years of continuous sin with no effort to break our sinful habits. Should we separate? Say goodbye and go on our own lonely paths of spiritual redemption? Throw our love (in all meaningful senses exactly like a perfect marriage) out the window? What course would you suggest? Please also understand that millions of gay and lesbian people worldwide are in similar fundamentally committed relationships that don't differ from ours, or from those of millions of straight people. Should all gays dump their partners and try to go straight, or celibate? If you think that's the solution, you do not understand love.

September 26, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJim Bartley

Thank you so much for taking the time to share this with us, Jim. We appreciate your thoughts and your heart. We do not believe that Jesus promotes fearing, condemning, or hating homosexuals, and we don't believe that Christians should either. Sadly, we realize that this is not always the message that is portrayed by Christians, and we apologize for any hurt that you have experienced from the church. The truth is, you are loved by God! You have an intrinsic value that can't be changed in His sight.

We want you to know that God has made you for a purpose, and that purpose is relationship with Him! God is not a mysterious, angry tyrant. He is a loving Father, and He wants to help you experience His love like never before.

God thinks about you. He believes in you. The thoughts He thinks towards you are more in number than the sand on the shore (Ps 139:17-18), and every single one of those thoughts is good (Jer 29:11). God is real, and so is His love for you.

We think you might be interested in an interview that Andrew had with Janet Boynes, a homosexual woman who encountered a real relationship with God. You can watch it for free here: http://www.awmi.net/video/tv/#/2015/week40/monday

Feel free to let us know your thoughts as you watch. We hope it might offer a different perspective!

God bless you!

September 26, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterAWM - Communication Services

I watched the video. I feel for that woman and her struggle, and mostly I feel that what she should have learned in life is that the pain and abuse she was raised with in her family can only be cured by love. And that love could have come to her from a woman, and a lesbian relationship. Her committment to your interpretation of God has ensured that she will not have a chance to know if she is truly gay or straight. In your view, she MUST be straight. The word of God that you adhere to with such passion denies gay people their natural, individual, appropriate love. You have not really listened to the story of my life and love as I told it in these posts. You just don't get it. And you won't get it if your own children come to you someday and say they are gay. And if they are indeed gay, their only path to happiness will be to abandon your narrow and harmful doctrines.

September 26, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJim Bartley

Thank you for taking your valuable time to watch the video at the link we shared and for providing us with your thoughts. We understand that you currently have a different view of the world than what Andrew teaches. Andrew’s beliefs are based on God’s Word and what it teaches about this subject. Please know that Andrew's goal is not to condemn but rather to share the truth of God’s Word.

Every person has a choice of how they will view the world. They can view the world based on their experiences and the norms of their society, or they can view the world based on the truth of the Bible, which is oftentimes contrary to norms of the world. When we accept the jargon of the day, such as the word ‘orientation,’ and the definitions that they imply, we are easily manipulated and diverted from truth. The idea of a sexual orientation is a man-made concept meant to disguise a deeper problem, i.e., sin.

The power of sin has manifested itself in many ways in humanity and the results are always the same: frustration, depression, sickness, hopelessness, despair, broken relationships, unfulfilled dreams, etc. There is only one way to happiness and peace, and that is through submission to the Word of God which results in a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

We are here to testify that Jesus is real. He died on the cross for the sins of the world, and God raised Him from the dead in the most beautiful display of love this world has ever known. Those who put their faith in Christ are able to receive a brand new nature, one that desires to live life according to the precepts of God’s Word.

We understand that this may be contrary to the way you view the world, but please understand that we hear from multitudes who are in this lifestyle and they say it is destroying them. We have seen Jesus set so many free, just like Janet, but we know that this only happens when there is first a desire to receive this freedom.

If you desire to know more about who God really is and how He really sees you, feel free to check out this free teaching called "God's Kind of Love to You," at the link below:

http://www.awmi.net/audio/audio-teachings/#/awm_1054a_knowing.mp3

Thank you for taking the time to think about the message of the Gospel and engage us here. We know how much you mean to our Heavenly Father, and are thankful that you reached out to us.

September 27, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterAWM - Communication Services

Thank you for continuing the conversation. Your words are civil and welcoming, and I appreciate that. Nonetheless, we have irreconcilable differences on the subjects of God and love and relationships.

You say that the results of sin "are always the same: frustration, depression, sickness, hopelessness, despair, broken relationships, unfulfilled dreams" and so on. Thus you reject my life story, and the lives of literally hundreds of millions of people worldwide (millions of them gay and lesbian) who do NOT have lives of depression, despair, broken relationships etc. We are happy and fulfilled, while dealing with life's ups and downs just as you do. You have personally disparaged the joys of my life as I described it above, and you lump me with your imaginary group of miserable unfulfilled sinners.

My life is has been blessed, continues to be blessed by the presence of my beloved life-partner, Brian, and by our loving, supportive family on both sides along with dear longtime friends. Maybe God had a hand in that. You would say no. You believe I'm a deluded sinner who should take up faith in your terms and tell my dearest loved ones that they they too are deluded. That sounds to me like arrogance, the belief that only you have the key to God's truth.

People who are desperate, depressed, sick with disease, rejected in love, alone and lonely, or oppressed by tyranny, obviously can and do find new happiness in religious faith. I'm glad if they can find that new life, new purpose. I also know as do millions, that happiness is individual. My happiness has been steady, sustaining, and will be secure until the terrible day when Brian dies, or I do.

Your faith has blinded you to the lives of others. Your insistence that gay people are sick, are sinners, are in in need of a cure by Jesus, is also the cause of needless self-hatred among young gay people who come under your influence. You disagree, of course. The rest of us, gay and straight people alike, know from experience that the young gays who escape your influence will be the lucky ones.

September 28, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJim Bartley

Actually. I have a question I have wanted to ask for years. It may be a question that only those in the most devout ministries can adequately answer.

Why does God allow countless numbers of children to be born outside the Christian faith, in places where they live their entire lives with almost no chance of entering into Christian fellowship or the possibility of eternal life? One can say that every adult has a choice to accept Jesus or not, but what does the Lord achieve by casting billions of new-born babes into Muslim lands of spiritual ignorance, where they face the near-certainty of eternal damnation? Why has He peopled the earth for centuries with literally billions who will have no possibility of knowing Him?

A related question: Why did God allow humans to walk the earth for thousands of years before sending Jesus to us? Were people before Jesus less worthy?

September 28, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJim Bartley

@JimBartley

Thank you for reaching out to us with doctrine-related questions! Please send your doctrinal questions to questions@awmi.net, and we will respond to you as soon as possible. We look forward to communicating with you further!

September 29, 2016 | Registered CommenterSite Admin

By listening to Andrew's teaching on A Better Way to Pray on youtube....I was healed from fibromyalgia. Thank you for your teaching. I listen daily and have done some of your studies in small groups. My brothers and sisters @ church watch your DVD's sometimes...and we are learning much.
God is blessing people through his clear teaching of what the Bible actually says.

August 8, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterElaine Csire

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