BEHOLD, HE PRAYS!

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PRAYING UNDER THE SPIRIT’S INFLUENCE

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Ephesians 6:17-18 In Christ’s day few men demonstrated a...

THE WORD OF GOD UNLEASHED!

THE WORD OF GOD UNLEASHED! Robert D. Pace Hebrews 4:12 Hebrews 4:12 uses powerful phraseology to...

DISCOVERING UNSEARCHABLE THINGS

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace Jeremiah 33:3...

JESUS: GOD & MAN

Pulpit Today Sermon Robert D. Pace Teaching Outline The nature of Jesus Christ has been debated...

CHRIST DIED FOR THE UNWORTHY

Robert D. Pace During the Vietnam War, a West Point graduate marshaled a group of new recruits...

THE TRIUMPH OF GRACE

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace The Pharisees...

AUTHORITY TO ASK!

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace 1 John 5:13--15 There’s a huge difference between the God of...

BEHOLD, HE PRAYS!

Pulpit Today Sermon Robert D. Pace Acts 9:10-19 I find it interesting that God assured Ananias, a...

BIBLE PROPHECIES OCCURRING NOW

By Robert D. Pace For centuries, ministers have preached the message of Christ’s Return to earth....

GOD RAISES DEAD DREAMS

Scripture uses death to identify man’s greatest enemy and there’s nothing man fears more. When a person expires, losing all vital signs, doctors, medicine, and science stand powerless in its presence. Only God can resurrect. But this sermon doesn’t deal with the physical cessation of life, it deals with death of a different nature. The death of God’s divinely inspired promises and visions. I’m persuaded that many Christians are in the gestation stage of a specific promise God has given them. Perhaps years ago He planted a dream and you’re still awaiting its fruition. Maybe even hope has begged you to admit that promise is dead. But the God that resurrected Christ from the dead can resurrect your promise.

THE SONG OF MOSES

PULPIT TODAY SERMON Robert D. Pace Exodus 15:1-2 The Song of Moses is the first anthem recorded in...

CREATED IN GOD’S IMAGE

PULPIT TODAY SERMON Robert D. Pace Opening Remarks When Scripture says Man is “created in God’s...

WHAT NEVER HAPPENED ON THE DAY OF ATONEMENT

Let’s journey back several thousand years to Jerusalem during Passover week. This was the holiest of the seven Hebrew festivals that attracted thousands of worshipers. Some traveled hundreds of miles to attend this celebration in the religious capital of the world—Jerusalem. What a sight it must have been! For seven days the Priests appeared in their royal apparel, led the people in worship, offered sacrifices, and blew shofars (2 Chronicles 30:21). Everything was leading to the Day of Atonement when the High Priest would present the blood of a Passover lamb for the people’s sins. Not only was Jerusalem sightly its aroma was pungent.

Son of David, Son of God

This is a profound look at the lineage of Jesus from Robert D Pace's feature-length DVD "The...

EXPECTATIONS OF PENTECOSTAL WORSHIP

In 2003, Robert D. Pace was interviewed by the Evangel magazine, the Official Publication of the...

HEADLINES FROM THE BOOK OF JOB

Pulpit Today Sermons Robert D. Pace Pre-Scripture Remarks The Scottish historian Thomas Carlyle,...

HOW TO PRAY BIG!

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace 1 Chronicles 4:9-10 Nothing more is known of Jabez other than...

THE RIGHT CHOICE

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Proverbs 2:1-8 (Illustration) William was sixteen when he left...

Hosanna!

  Robert D Pace Hosanna! Passover. It was the week Christ was born to confront. Everything...

THE WEAKNESS OF ANGELS, THE POWER OF BELIEVERS

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Hebrews 2:5-8 The nature of angels is intriguing. When you...

ENTERTAINMENT OR TEMPTING GOD?

Robert D. Pace Nik Wallenda, a seventh generation funambulist, continues his acrobatics. He's a...

NOAH’S IMPOSSIBLE ASSIGNMENT

Pulpit Today Sermon Robert D. Pace Genesis 6:9-22 Five chapters had been written in Genesis and...

BOUNDARIES

Pulpit Today Sermon Robert D. Pace Psalm 16:15-16 I want to talk about “boundaries.” Maybe you’re...

WHAT IT MEANS TO BE BORN AGAIN

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace John 3:1‑3 Today, four out of ten Americans claim to be Born...

NONE CAST ASIDE

Pulpit Today Sermons Robert D. Pace Isaiah 42:1-4 This message is for those that have, at some...

HOW THE ANTICHRIST WILL RISE TO POWER

Disclosing Prophecies; Inspiring Hope for the Endtime Robert D. Pace It begins with...

A Call to Corporate Prayer for USA Elections

Robert D Pace You know the turmoil that has imbibed our country—a worldwide pandemic, anarchy in...

YOUR TIMES ARE IN GOD’S HANDS

Robert D. Pace From man’s perspective “time” is uncontrollable. Even with all the advances of...

THE LAW OF REVELATION (Part 1)

"Disclosing Prophecies; Inspiring Hope for the Endtime" Robert D. Pace This is Part 1 of 2, in a...

MAKING THE MOST OF LIFE

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Ephesians 5:15-17 The Bible is a prophetic book that discloses...

ENOCH’S REMARKABLE TESTIMONY

Pulpit Today Sermon Robert D. Pace Hebrews 11:5 It’s strange that an amazing man like Enoch has so...

COMPASSION IN ACTION

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Matthew 9:35-38 What is Compassion? Let’s get to the heart of...

HOPE FOR A VEXED GENERATION

"Disclosing Prophecies; Inspiring Hope for the Endtime" Robert D. Pace Scientists call the Second...

From Insects to Archangels God Controls Everything

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS ROBERT D PACE   From Insects to Archangels God Controls Everything...

TEAR IT DOWN!

Robert D. Pace Jeremiah 1:4-10 What we have to understand is this: Before converting to Christ,...

ALWAYS GIVE THANKS

Pulpit Today Sermons Robert D. Pace Introductory Remarks The name of today's message is “Always...

The Beauty of the Righteous

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D Pace God’s love for trees is evident in Creation. Botanists assert...

PRACTICING THE PEACE OF GOD

Robert D. Pace Teaching I want to begin our lesson with a question. Which command of Scripture,...

DIVINE ASSIGNMENTS, DIVINE ASSISTANCE

"Disclosing Prophecies; Inspiring Hope for the Endtime" Robert D. Pace Alone in my house, I...

BLESSINGS OF REPENTANCE

PulpitToday.org Robert D. Pace Acts 17:30-31 John the Baptist is Scripture’s premier Prophet of...

The Power of our Spoken Words

Mark E. Hardgrove PhD, DMin Genesis 15:22-23 INTRODUCTION: There is no denying the importance of,...

Driving Out The Canaanites

Pulpit Today Sermon Robert D. Pace As we discuss Driving out the Canaanites I want you to...

TRUSTING GOD WHEN IT’S DIFFICULT

Trusting God When It's Difficult Isaiah 12:2 Robert D. Pace Introduction (Definition) The word...

Are You Ready for Jesus

Mark E. Hardgrove John 11:45-53 INTRODUCTION Are you ready for Jesus to move in your life? Before...

An Excellent Example of Leadership

Dr. Mark E. Hardgrove Genesis 7:1-10 INTRODUCTION I lived in Maine for several years while I was...

THE ONE-MINUTE CHALLENGE

Have you ever wondered or asked whether Jesus is the "only way” of salvation? It’s a fair question...

A STUDY OF DIVINE HEALING

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace The following study is an outline that provides Biblical...

THE MIRACULOUS CATCH OF FISH

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Private and Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace In Luke 5, the...

YOUR TIMES ARE IN GOD’S HANDS

Your TImes are in God's Hands Robert D. Pace Psalm 31:14--15 From the beginning, God ordained time...

A Voice in the Wilderness

Dr Mark Hardgrove Matthew 3:1-6 INTRODUCTION In Luke chapter 1, verses 1-15 we read of the miracle...

DIVINE ENTRAPMENT

Pulpit Today Sermons Robert D. Pace Job 1:8-10 The book of Job issues some everlasting truths...

THE PURPOSE OF VISIONS

  The Purpose of Visions Robert D. Pace Job 33:14–18 God has blessed Christians with two types of...

FIVE PROVISIONS OF CHRIST’S BLOOD

Five Provisions of Christ’s Blood Revelation 12:11 Robert D. Pace Introduction My text is from the...

GOD DEFENDS ISRAEL!

by Robert D. Pace In recent weeks, Hamas has launched thousands of rockets into Israel, yet...

ZERUBBABEL’S TEMPLE

Pulpit Today Sermon Robert D. Pace Zechariah 1:14-17 Zechariah prophesied at the end of Israel’s...

THE MYSTERY OF THE ANOINTING

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace 1 Peter 4:10-11 Anointing! There’s a mystery to that word. In...

CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW?

Pulpit Today Sermon Robert D. Pace John 18:1-11 Most people don’t recall Malchus, but he was one...

THIRTY FEET FROM TRIUMPH

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Joshua 6:1-5 This is a tremendous story of triumph that Joshua...

POWER TO SHARE CHRIST

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D Pace Each year more...

A KING AMONG MEN

Robert D. Pace In ancient days, Persia was governed by a benevolent, loving king. In order to...

THE COMING REVIVAL IN AMERICA

"Disclosing Prophecies; Inspiring Hope for the Endtime" Robert D. Pace In recent days, the Holy...

THE CHEMISTRY OF MIRACLES

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace Perhaps you...

PREVIEW A DISCERN THE DAYS PROPHECY CONFERENCE

This is the trailer for Robert D. Pace's Discern the Days Conference which teaches deep prophetic...

PROPHECIES OF THE ENDTIME UNVEILED

Robert D Pace conducts "Discern the Days Prophecy Conferences" throughout America. The...

THE GOD OF OUR PROBLEMS

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Mark 2:1--11 (Illustration) For many years the cinema and...

Don’t Overlook Jesus

Clarence R. Bolton John 6:1-14 I remember reading a story some time ago about a little boy having...

IS IT WORTH IT TO SERVE THE LORD?

Is it Worth it to Serve the Lord? Robert D. Pace Malachi 3:13--16 Malachi, whose name means...

FULFILLED PROPHECIES OF THE LAST DAYS

by Carl Worline The following article provides an insightful description of the Bible’s depiction...

ACCORDING TO THE PATTERN

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace I typically have a single passage as my “message text,” but...

GOD REALLY IS GOOD!

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Genesis 1:1 (While this is a standalone message, it can also...

PARTNERSHIP WITH GOD

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Introductory Remarks Throughout Scripture, we see people that...

THE CHRISTIANS’ CROWN TODAY

PULPIT TODAY SERMON Robert D. Pace How would you like to wear a crown today? You can! And we will...

CAN MAN LIVE WITHOUT MERCY?

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Titus 3:3-7 One of Christ’s great commands is for Christians...

YOU ARE THE LIGHT

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace Jesus...

HOW TO MAINTAIN SPIRITUAL FERVOR

How to Maintain Spiritual Fervor Robert D Pace Spiritual fervor is necessary to advance the...

LIVING WITH GODLY INFLUENCE

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace 1 Timothy 4:11-16 At some point everyone decides what shapes...

DIVINE CONSCIOUSNESS OF CHRIST

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace Years ago, I...

THE OASIS OF WORSHIP

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Revelation 14:6-7 (Illustration) We live in a unique sphere of...

PROPHECY OF TREES FULFILLED IN ISRAEL’S DESERT

Robert D. Pace Isaiah's Prophecy Fulfilled! In Isaiah 41, the Bible discloses an odd prophecy...

THE GRACE OF JESUS CHRIST

Pulpit Today Sermon Robert D. Pace Ephesians 2:8-9 Years ago a convicted murderer was given a life...

THE INSPIRING STORY OF HANDEL’S MESSIAH

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Edited by Robert D. Pace In a...

THE IMPORTANCE OF THE RESURRECTION

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace Despite...

Book Review: How to Read the Bible Like a Seminary Professor

Mark E. Hardgrove, PhD I recently received a book entitled How to Read the Bible Like a Seminary...

THE MESSAGE OF CLOUDS

Robert D. Pace 1 Corinthians 10:1-5 The study of clouds in Scripture is fascinating. Most...

World Cup and Christ’s Cup

People are excited about their team claiming the World Cup. While that’s great, ultimately, only...

PRAY FOR PRESIDENT TRUMP

Shortly after Donald J. Trump was sworn-in to office, the Lord impressed me that much prayer would...

IMITATORS OF CHRIST

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace A boy caught a...

WILL YOU LIVE UNDER THE SUN OR UNDER HEAVEN?

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Pre-Scripture Remarks (Illustration) Billy attended the Los...

LET’S BE THANKFUL!

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D Pace The ability to...

PARDON ME!

In Psalm 32, David proclaims the blessedness of the one whose sins are forgiven. And he does this in a unique way. He uses three expressions for sin and then employs three expressions of God’s pardon for sin. Here’s what I mean: David called one category of sins transgressions, which indicates “rebellion against God”; another he simply called sin, which describes “knowingly missing the mark”; and the third category he called iniquity, which speaks of a “vile perversion.” Those terms cover the entire gamut of our sinfulness—major and minor. But then after showing us three categories of sin he uses three expressions to show how God pardons our sins:

YOUR SUPPORT IS APPRECIATED!

Dear Faithful Viewer, Greetings, in the Name of Christ Jesus! Since 2003, God has privileged me to...

MEN IN BROWN

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace It’s Christmas...

A Man of God

Mark Hardgrove Ezekiel 22:30 INTRODUCTION A little boy was lost in a large crowd and was...

CONQUERING THE SPIRIT OF CONTAINMENT

PulpitToday.org Robert D. Pace Genesis 12:1-3 Abraham is one of Scripture’s greatest men. As the...

AFFIRMING THE BIBLE AS GOD’S INSPIRED WORD

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace 2 Timothy 3:15-17 (NOTE: This Teaching provides an overview of...

Six Steps For Finding God’s Will

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS   George Meuller   A Teaching Outline by George Mueller (1805-1898)...

America in Crisis!

Pulpit Today Sermons Robert D Pace The turmoil that America is experiencing is nothing new. It is...

FINDING THE TREASURES OF DARKNESS AND WEALTH OF SECRET PLACES

Pulpit Today Sermon Robert D. Pace Opening Remarks (Harbinger) Several years ago, the Lord spoke...

THE BEAUTY OF FORGIVENESS

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Matthew 18:21-35 Forgiveness is a word we both love and hate....

Biblically Woke!

Robert D Pace Biblically “Woke”! Matthew 1:24 says, “When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of...

Supernatural Provision For Difficult Times

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Psalm 78:11 As the Endtime draws nearer the needs of mankind...

YOUR FOUNDATION: FIRM OR FLAWED?

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Matthew 7:24-27 The Leaning Tower of Pisa is one of Seven...

GOD IS WITH YOU!

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Judges 6:1-10 A while back a man heard an alarming rush hour...

“A NEW THING”

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Isaiah 43:18-21 Through the years, I have heard people make...

GOD’S APPOINTED TIME

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Galatians 4:4--7 I want to speak to you on the subject, “God’s...

THE PARABLE OF THE GOOD SAMARITAN

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Luke 10:30-37 The Parable of the Good Samaritan is the most...

YOU AND YOUR TWIN

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace “Created in...

YOU CAN KNOW!

How to Know the Bible is true; Jesus is the Messiah;And Salvation is Yours!1 Peter 3:15 Imagine...

THE PROPHET’S SECLUSION

"Disclosing Prophecies, Inspiring Hope for the Endtime Robert D. Pace The Prophets of Scripture...

THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace 2 Peter 1:2-4 Introduction (Illustration) Years ago, in...

THE END SHALL COME LIKE A FLOOD

"Disclosing Prophecies; Inspiring Hope for the Endtime" Robert D. Pace The Second Coming of Jesus...

THE REWARD OF SACRIFICING

THE REWARD OF SACRIFICING Malachi 3:10-12 Robert D. Pace (Illustration) Years ago, an express...

HOW THE BIBLE SHOWS THE WORLD ITS DAYS ARE NUMBERED

PULPIT TODAY SERMON Robert D. Pace Introduction I want to talk to you on the subject of How the...

Mountaintop Worship

Dr. Mark E. Hardgrove Genesis 22:5-25 INTRODUCTION When you think of worship, what comes to mind?...

UNLOCK YOUR DESTINY

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Everybody has a destiny. So much so, that God himself has taken a personal...

THE CHRISTIAN’S RESPONSE TO TERRORISM

Prophetic Insight Robert D. Pace The safety of mankind is at stake! Isis, Al-Qaeda, Hamas,...

DARE TO QUESTION GOD!

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace Jesus knew the...

POWER OVER SIN

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Opening Remarks (Humor) Everyone wants mastery over various...

JUDAH MUST PLOW

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Isaiah 28:23-26 God addressed Israel clearly and pointedly in...

THE DYNAMIC MESSENGER

Robert D. Pace Dynamic Messengers are rare, but desperately needed! They are prophetic people that...

The Comfort of Communion

Communion Devotional Robert D. Pace World War II left London ravaged by Nazi bombs. The artillery...

THE INCOMPARABLE CHRIST

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace John 3:31‑35 Today, I want us to focus our attention on Jesus...

THE PROPHETIC VOICE

"Disclosing Prophecies; Inspiring Hope for the Endtime" Robert D. Pace Hosea 1:1 opens with these...

THE BEGINNING OF THANKSGIVING DAY IN AMERICA

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace In the early...

ARISE AND CLAIM THE BLESSINGS

Arise and Claim the Blessings! ROBERT D PACE Matthew 7:7–11 Throughout the Bible Christians are...

JESUS—THE FIRST PROSPERITY PREACHER

Robert D. Pace The boast of the Laodicean Church was, “I am rich!” (Revelation 3:17) Gloating over...

A BRAND PLUCKED FROM THE FIRE

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace Near the close...

THE ELEVENTH COMMANDMENT

Pulpit Today Sermons Robert D. Pace When reading this account of the man with the withered hand...

DOES THE BIBLE CONTAIN ERRORS?

KINGDOM ISSUES Robert D. Pace Other than the Bible, no book claims to present the actual words of...

HOW TO PRAY AN HOUR AND MAKE IT SEEM 15 MINUTES

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Opening Remarks In Matthew 6 Jesus disclosed the prayer of the...

WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS ABOUT FASTING

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace I. Types of Fasts Fasting can be broadly characterized in...

THE BELIEVERS’ REST

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS  Robert D. Pace Hebrews 4:1-11 (Illustration) Some years ago, two artists...

AMERICA’S SOCIAL DISORDER

Disclosing Prophecies, Inspiring Hope for the Endtime Robert D. Pace [AUTHOR’S NOTATION: The...

“THE DAYS SHALL BE SHORTENED”

Robert D. Pace Jesus often spoke of the Endtimes and the signs the people of that day would...

“BLESSED ASSURANCE” SALVATION IS YOURS!

Robert D Pace Assurance of Salvation People often face inner conflict concerning their salvation,...

SUCCESS WITH GOD

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace PulpitToday.org Luke 5:1-7 Today’s society places much...

DOES GOD KILL?

KINGDOM ISSUES Robert D. Pace The sixth of the Ten Commandments forbids murder. Does God violate...

REEMERGENCE OF DRAMATIC SIGNS & WONDERS

"Disclosing Prophecies; Inspiring Hope for the Endtime" Robert D. Pace In the near future, the...

CHRIST YOUR DELIVERER

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Daniel 3:8-12 What a story! It’s a page from Scripture...

THE GIFT GOD GAVE

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Luke 2:8-14 Christ’s birth in Bethlehem is the greatest...

LET THE REDEEMED OF THE LORD SAY SO

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace The Bible is clear: There’s a pronounced command for an...

What Can the Righteous do When the Foundations are Destroyed?

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Psalm 11:3 When crisis appears so do questions. It has always...

The Service Jesus Never Conducted

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D Pace Marriages,...

Malchus

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace Most...

The Power of Life and Death

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace One of today’s...

JESUS FULFILLS MESSIANIC PROPHECIES (V)

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YOUR KEY TO SUCCESS AND OTHER BIBLE FORMULAS THAT DON’T WORK

Pulpit Today Sermon Robert D. Pace Psalm 16:7-11 Our generation has a formula for whatever need...

THE COMING WINDS

"Disclosing Prophecies; Inspiring Hope for the Endtime" Robert D. Pace The presence of wind...

Arabs Claim Jesus was ‘Palestinian’

Robert D. Pace "Jesus was a Palestinian!" That’s now the official pronouncement of the Palestinian...

DOES HELL OFFEND YOU?

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Hell. The word suggests an eternal abode that is void of God,...

21 Ways the Holy Spirit Manifests Himself to Believers

Pulpit Today Sermons Robert D Pace (This message is presented in Outline form, describing numerous...

SHAPED FOR A HIGHER PLACE

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace Years ago, a...

Speak Lord, But is it Really You?

Of all experiences that exhilarate people, chief among them is when God speaks directly to the human soul. One inspired word to a thirsty, hungry traveler can refresh and sustain more than a thousand meals. It was Elijah who heard God’s instruction to “rise and eat” that received nourishment to navigate 285 miles for the following forty days

Water Baptism: A Post Conversion Experience

KINGDOM ISSUES Robert D. Pace Water baptism, in the Name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit is a...

THE ACTS OF ANANIAS

PulpitToday.org Robert D. Pace Acts 9:10-19 Which great Christian do you admire? Which Bible...

MANS’ ONLY HOPE

Pulpit Today Sermons Robert D. Pace Romans 5:1-5 Charles Dickens wrote the book, A Tale of Two...

MAGNIFICENT ATTRIBUTES OF GOD

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace An attribute of God is any quality or characteristic that is...

DISTINGUISHED BY THE ANOINTING

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Television commercials are aimed at convincing the public...

JESUS IS LORD! OR, IS HE?

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Acts 2:34-36 The lordship of Jesus Christ is one of...

GOD AT WORK

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Pre-Scripture Remarks Many people, whether they are...

THE QUEST FOR PEACE

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace John 20:21 If peace could be packaged and marketed sales would...

HE WHO SITS ABOVE THE CIRCLE OF THE EARTH

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace I want to preach to you on the subject: He Who Sits Above the...

Communion: The Total Sacrifice

Robert D. Pace The story is told of a dying girl whose only hope was to receive blood from someone...

CARTE BLANCHE FAITH

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Mark 11:22-24 Mark 11:22-24 Most people are familiar with the...

WHAT ABOUT THE “WRATH OF GOD”?

Robert D. Pace The book of Revelation describes the last days as a time when the "wrath of God" is...

Guarding Your Soul and the Souls of Others

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D Pace Proverbs 4:23 “Above all else, guard your heart, or everything...

God Said It; Now, You Settle It!

Dr. Mark Hardgrove Joshua 21:42-45 INTRODUCTION Reading these lists, whether it is a genealogical...

WHY CHRISTIANS MUST NOT QUIT

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace 1 Corinthians 15:1 2 The Bible describes Christianity as...

UNCOVERING THE GIFT

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Luke 2:8-17 For several weeks, I planned a different message...

“DO NOT HARM THE OIL AND WINE”

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace The book of...

THE TRUTH ABOUT LIES

Pulpit Today Sermon Robert D. Pace Introductory Remarks (Quote) A USA Today poll found that only...

LIVING WITH THE RIGHT ATTITUDE

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Ephesians 4:17-24 The mind is incredible.  It can instantly...

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN CHRIST ARRIVES!

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Zechariah 9:9-17 In Zechariah’s days a king’s arrival was...

WHAT IS ADVENT?

By Dennis Bratcher Advent is the beginning of the Church Year for most churches in the Western...

WHAT WERE THEY THINKING AT THE MANGER?

POINT OF INSPIRATION DEVOTIONAL   Robert D. Pace In 800 BC Isaiah prophesied: “Unto us a...

THE PEACE OF GOD

Reverend Bud Leonard John 14:27 Introduction Peace means, “Quietness or rest,” and it’s a word...

I PRAY ALL GOES WELL WITH YOU

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace 3 John 2 John was the apostle filled with God’s love and...

HOW TO OVERCOME TEMPTATION

Pulpit Today Sermon Robert D. Pace Genesis 22:1-14 Life is full of temptations and tests. Everyone...

PRAYER THAT WORKS!

PULPIT TODAY SERMONSRobert D. Pace What was true about Jesus 2000 years ago is still true today....

IRREFUTABLE REALITIES

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Psalm 111:7--9 It is said that the only things certain in life...

BIBLICAL SUPPORT FOR “SIGNS AND WONDERS”

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Signs and wonders are divine events that display God’s glory...

A Workman Unashamed

Dr. Mark E. Hardgrove INTRODUCTION I realize that the phrase referring to “a workman . . ....

HALLOWED BE THY NAME

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Exodus 20:7 The chief concern of the third of the Ten...

Building on the Rock

Mark E. Hardgrove Matthew 7:24-27 INTRODUCTION This particular parable is included in a series of...

“I AM THE WAY” — JESUS

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace John 14:6 Introduction For years, Smith Barney has said: “We...

VANQUISHING FEAR

Pulpit Today Sermons Robert D. Pace Revelation 1:17-18 Today’s subject is universal in...

FROM THANKSGIVING TO THANKS-LIVING

Robert D. Pace Psalm 113:3 Consumer confidence is an important factor in maintaining a prosperous...

THE LOST AXE HEAD

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace 2 Kings 6:1-7 Introduction Whatever else can be said about...

GOD’S NAME REVEALS YOUR ASSIGNMENT

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace God has an...

CHRONOLOGY OF HOLY WEEK

CHRONOLOGY OF HOLY WEEK Palm Sunday: Day of Adoration Jesus makes his Triumphal Entry into...

ONE-WORD DESCRIPTIONS OF GOD’S LOVE

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal or Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace One-Word...

MORE THAN CONQUERORS

PulpitToday.org Robert D. Pace Romans 8:35-39 There’s an expression used in our culture that says,...

AN ALTAR INVITATION

Robert D. Pace "THE BOOKS" An Altar Invitation The Bible speaks of two books being opened at the...

THE MINISTRY OF A PROPHET

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace Hosea 1:1...

SACRIFICIAL LIVING

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Acts 9:10-19

I find it interesting that God assured Ananias, a layman, that Saul’s conversion to Christianity was authentic by telling Ananias: “Behold, he prays.” God could have said: “Behold, Ananias. I’ve blinded Saul of Tarsus and repaid him for shedding innocent blood. But he’s now a Christian.” But the Lord didn’t say that. The Lord could have said: “Behold Ananias. Do you see the humility of this Pharisee, Saul? It’s proof that he’s converted to Christianity. But Scripture incorporated none of those expressions. Immediately following Saul’s conversion God declared to Ananias: “Behold, he prays!” And when Ananias anxiously arrived at Saul’s residence I’m sure he paused outside the door hoping to hear Saul reverently invoking the name, “Jesus.” When you consider it, it’s not strange that God used prayer to mark Saul’s conversion because prayer is a priority with God. It’s that which draws one into the closest connection with the Creator. As someone stated: “Prayer is the main business of the day”!

(Transition) Since prayer is preeminent with God, let’s discuss four facts about Saul’s transformed prayer life. First, let’s discuss the importance of Saul’s praying.

I. The Importance of Saul’s Praying

How important is prayer to Christians? Scripture employs more than 360 references to it! Jesus said in Luke 18:1 that we “should always pray and not give up.” And 1 Thessalonians 5:17 says to “pray without ceasing.” There are several reasons why we should maintain a strong prayer life:

1. First, prayer is the means that Christians access God. Hebrews 4:16 says the praying Christian can “approach the throne of grace with confidence.” The marvel of prayer isn’t that God’s can supernaturally transcend whatever perplexity that faces us, the marvel is that He even permits men access to His divine, holy presence and let us commune with Him!

2. Second, prayer helps conquer worry and assures us that God works in our behalf. Paul said in Philippians 4:6 “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”

3. Third, prayer is the means of obtaining help from God. Mark 11:24 says: “Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”

4. Fourth, prayer helps prevent one from falling into temptation. In the Lord’s Prayer Jesus taught his disciples to pray: “Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from the evil one” (Luke 11:4).

From the time I accepted the Lord’s Call to Preach, in my teenage years, I have felt “pressed to pray.” That is the best way I know to describe it. Every day there is a pressing of the Spirit upon my soul to pray. And I’m confident that, to some degree, for every Christian there’s this same compulsion of the Spirit.

The reason Christians can’t shake this “pressing” toward prayer is because God prescribed it for those “created in His image.” Part of God’s image within Man is our ability to communicate. We are born with the inclination to commune with God because He designed us that way.

    In the Gospels Christ is often seen being “pressed to pray” and it’s because He was our Example.

    When the Apostles saw how prayer affected Jesus they asked Him to teach them how to pray (Luke 11:1).

    And the New Testament Christians were so compelled to pray that Acts 2:42 notes “they devoted themselves to . . . prayer.”

So when God informed Ananias that Saul could be found praying He indicated Saul was engaged in the natural duty of a Christian. Saul was fellowshipping with the Lord of those he had once persecuted and engaging in the main business of the day. And prayer should be the same priority of Christians today.

(Transition) When God told Ananias, “Behold he prays,” the Lord was assuring Ananias that Saul’s conversion was genuine.

II. Saul’s Praying Testified that His Conversion was Genuine

A sure evidence of salvation is a consistent prayer life. It isn’t the chief evidence, because faith lays claim to that. But prayer is one of the chief distinctions of one’s conversion. For example, which statement is more convincing:

    “Behold, he prays” or “Behold he sings”?

    “Behold, he prays” or “Behold he preaches”?

    “Behold, he prays” or “Behold he exercises spiritual gifts”?

Each of these things can be exhibited by Christians but the more convincing testimony of one’s conversion involves someone praying to the Father in the name of Jesus. Prayer is the Spirit’s autograph upon a transformed life.

(Example) Let’s illustrate it this way. I have two children. I know they are mine and they know I am their father. But how do others know of our kinship? If you had seen the relationship I had with my children when they were very young you could have noticed several things: When my children were frightened they sought my comfort; when they were confused about solving something they asked for my assistance; and when they wanted something they sought my supply.

(Example) When children at the shopping mall tug at an adult’s clothes and beg from them there’s no doubt who their parents are. Your children don’t ask your neighbors for food, clothes, and other temporal supplies—they ask you!

When a Christian consistently seeks comfort, counsel, and supply from the heavenly Father it displays great evidence that they have been adopted into God’s family. And God used the words: “Behold, he prays,” to convince Ananias that Saul, who had persecuted and imprisoned Christians, was truly converted. Can you imagine the terror striking Ananias when God commanded him to visit Saul of Tarsus? The chapter opens with the words: “Meanwhile, Saul was still breathing out murderous threats against the Lord’s disciples.” The entire New Testament Church was acquainted with Saul’s tactics. The Sanhedrin nearly gave him a James Bond “license to kill” warrant against Christians. Any confrontation with him meant a flogging and incarceration at best.

An encounter with Saul was like playing monopoly and drawing the card: “Do not collect $200.00, go directly to jail.” It was like putting a stray cat in the care of a pit-bulldog. Sometimes God asks us to do something that is so risky and ‘not us’ that it makes us wonder whether He likes us! I can hear Ananias now: “But God, Saul’s beating and imprisoning Christians. I’d prefer going directly to jail, skip the beating, and forfeit my $200.00!” But God said, “No Ananias, find Saul. He’s a transformed man. And you will know he’s transformed because he’s praying.”

And don’t you know Saul’s prayer was music to Ananias’s ears when he stood outside Judas’ house? When Ananias found that house on Straight Street maybe he circled it several times before entering it hoping to hear divine supplication. And when Ananias heard Saul calling on the Name of the Lord he instantly knew the persecutor had been transformed.

(Application) If God used prayer to convince Ananias that Saul was saved I wonder how many Christians could furnish the same evidence? Can it be said of you: “Behold, he prays?” Has prayer marked your life for God?

Do you realize that when God asks us to pray He inviting us to identify with the cross? God isn’t asking us to sacrifice ourselves for the world’s sins because He did that. But Jesus said: “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me” (Mark 8:34, NIV). And the Cross we bear will certainly resemble His.

One of the things Jesus did from the cross was pray. Despite being falsely accused, publicly humiliated, and physically abused He prayed for God to forgive those that crucified Him. And the specific claim that Calvary places upon all Christians is the claim to pray! Christ’s actions from Calvary demand that Christians pray.

Examine yourself saints of God, Do you pray? It is a test of your adoption into God’s family. I’m afraid there are many of whom it can be said, “Behold, he never prays.” I trust that’s not the case with you.

(Quote) This is what Spurgeon said about prayerless Christians: “What a sight upon earth! A man created by his Maker who never worships his Creator, a man who is daily fed by God’s bounty, and never worships Him! Sir, you are a monster, you are a creature among men most loathsome. A man that lives without prayer ought not to live. It is a wonder that the earth does not open her mouth and swallow up such a wretch. And yet when he does pray, God makes a wonder of it.”

(Transition) But let’s discuss what else this passage indicates about Saul’s prayer. That is, the presence of Jesus in Saul’s praying.

III. The Presence of Jesus in Saul’s Praying

Paul was a Pharisee, and the boast of that sect was their devotion to prayer. Some Pharisees prayed nine hours each day. They prayed three times at three hour intervals. The first and third hour of each session was spent in silence while the second was spent in supplication. They prayed in the Temple, synagogues, and marketplaces . . . places of visibility. Saul was a Pharisee and well acquainted with this structure of prayer that was practiced. Gamaliel, who trained Saul, and the Sanhedrin, that commissioned him, probably knew Saul as a prayerful man. But I wonder what value God had placed on all of Saul’s pre-conversion praying?

I believe it’s likely that God considered much of Saul’s praying prior to his Damascus Road experience as worthless because he failed to recognize the Christ’s Lordship! But when Saul recognized Jesus on earth his prayers were recognized by God in Heaven. It’s Jesus that empowers prayer and raises it before God’s presence!

(Application) Most people here were taught to pray from their childhood. You learned a nighttime prayer, recited The Lord’s Prayer, and have always prayed before partaking of your food. But if you’re praying without a personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ there can be no assurance that Heaven will recognize your prayers.

I’m not saying God will categorically invalidate a sinner’s prayer because the prayers of sinners are occasionally answered. Theologians call this the “un-covenanted mercies of God.” But there can be no assurance that a sinner will be answered when he calls upon God for assistance. True prayer is empowered by the great Intercessor Himself, Jesus Christ.

Jesus said in Matthew 22:32 His Father was “‘the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’? He is not the God of the dead but of the living.” If the Heavenly Father is the God of the living who are the living? It certainly isn’t sinners. Ephesians 2:1 says unbelievers are “dead in [their] transgressions and sin.” The living are those “alive with Christ” and “quickened by the Spirit.” God has covenanted with “living” people. They are the ones that have special covenant rights to approach God throne and make request from Him—not dead people!

Proverbs 15:8 says: “The LORD detests the sacrifice of the wicked, but the prayer of the upright pleases him.” The prayer heaven consistently recognizes is the one uttered in “spirit and truth.” And we’re assured that God will give our prayers attention when we pray in Scripture’s appointed way. And that’s praying in the Name and authority of Jesus. We don’t do anything in this Covenant of Grace without the sanction of the Lord Jesus Christ. He is the all-in-all of man’s salvation experience:

    Philippians 4:19 says our needs are supplied through Him.

    John says we receive the presence of the Holy Spirit through Him.

    Romans 14:8 say: “if we live, we live for the Lord, or if we die, we die for the Lord; therefore whether we live or die, we are the Lord’s” (NASU).

    And Ephesians 3:12 says Jesus is the key to praying when it says: “In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence.”

The Name of Jesus carries force and authority on earth and in heaven. It’s the Name that enforces the claims of the New Covenant.

(Transition) A fourth fact about Saul’s praying is its authenticity.

IV. The Authenticity of Saul’s Praying

There’s a correct and an incorrect manner to approach the throne of grace. The fact that God drew attention to Saul’s prayer by stating “Behold, he prays” indicated Saul’s earlier misconceptions about prayer. In Matthew 6 Jesus illustrated genuine prayer. Let’s read:

Matthew 6:5-12

The Lord used the Pharisees to illustrate three errors rendering prayer ineffectual:

1. First, He noted that Pharisaical praying was pompous and pretentious; Nothing more than a spectacle. The classic Pharisee chose public arenas as their primary prayer-points. Jesus noted how they loved to pray before men. But when we use prayer to glamorize our spirituality and impress others it loses its effectiveness.

Jesus retired to lonely places of mountains, hillsides, and gardens to pray, and nobody prayed with His results.

2. Secondly, the pride of the Pharisees depleted prayer of its power. Allow me to repeat myself: pride obstructs prayer!

When prayer leaves man’s lips it travels one of two directions: If emanated from a faith-filled heart of humility it rises before God; but if it stems from a heart of haughtiness it descends straight into the graveyard.

Isn’t it amazing how fouled-up the lives of religious people get sometimes? The Pharisees memorized volumes of Old Testament passages but ignored Solomon’s warning that said: “The LORD detests all the proud of heart . . .” (PRO 16:5), and his words in Proverbs 21:4: “Haughty eyes and a proud heart . . . are sin.” They should have acknowledged Hananiah’s song that echoed: “Do not keep talking so proudly or let your mouth speak such arrogance, for the LORD is a God who knows” (1SA 2:3).

Turn to Luke 18 and let’s investigate Christ’s parable of the Publican and Pharisee? While The Lord’s Prayer illustrates the proper procedure of praying this parable clearly illustrates the improper manner of praying. Luke 18:10 says:“Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. (11) The Pharisee stood up and prayed about himself: `God, I thank you that I am not like other men—robbers, evildoers, adulterers—or even like this tax collector. (12) I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.’ (13) “But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, `God, have mercy on me, a sinner.’ (14) “I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”

This is exactly how Saul of Tarsus must have prayed. He was a classic example of this pompous Pharisee whose prayer was nothing more than clamor. Thankfully when he accepted Christ he recognized his past works-oriented righteousness as “rubbish,” or literally, “refuse,” from the Greek translation. It’s the prayer emanating from the “broken and contrite heart” that evokes God response.

(Transition) But Jesus pointed out another improper way of praying.

3. Pharisaical praying was ineffectual because it wasn’t need-oriented.

Some people mistakenly assume the longer the prayer, the more flattering the phraseology, and the more redundant the request the greater the possibility the prayer has of getting answered. Jesus rightly called this praying “babbling” in verse seven.

I mentioned earlier the priority the Jews gave to prayer. They ranked prayer as the pinnacle of religion. The rabbi’s said: “Great is prayer, greater than all good works.” I would have difficulty refuting that because it is significantly important. But Pharisaic praying was problematic because many unscriptural tenets had filtered into it. The least of which was not vain repetition.

(Illustration) For example: For hundreds of years the Jews had repeated the Shema. The Shema is a compilation of three passages of Scripture: Deuteronomy 6:4-9; 11:13-21; and Numbers 15:37-41. In Christ’s day the Shema was repeated twice daily: once in the morning and once in the evening. That equates to 730 times a year. Barclay noted that “no matter where a man found himself, at home, in the street, at work, in the synagogue, he must stop and say it” (William Barclay, The Daily Study Bible Series, Westminster Press, 1975 [Matthew, Vol. one, page 192]

When prayer is reduced to ritual and redundancy it contradicts everything God intended for prayer to be. It’s nothing more than lifeless monologue. And prayer is powerless when the emphasis is on length not on sincerity.

(Example) I hate to continue picking on the first century Pharisee, but they are so adept at illustrating the incorrect I can’t ignore them. They had another prayer that attempted to pile up all sorts of titles and adulation to God in order to gain his attention. One famous prayer of repetition begins this way: “Blessed, praised, and glorified, exalted, extolled and honored, magnified and lauded be the name of the Holy One.” Do you suppose that would attract the Lord’s attention?

(Example) 1 Kings 18:26 said the prophets of Baal cried out “from morning till noon, “O Baal, answer us.”” Acts 19:34 says that the Ephesian mob “shouted in unison for about two hours: “Great is Artemis of the Ephesians!”“ Do you know what these prayers have in common? They weren’t answered! The prayer that emphasizes volume or repetition rather than sincerity will sink into the graveyard. God calls us to peel away the husk of our prayers and get down to the kernel!

Conclusion

Jesus laid down specific rules about prayer, one of which strictly prohibits vain repetition. Even though it’s melodramatic, the song written years ago is relevant today: “Jesus on the main line, tell Him what you want.” That’s good, old-fashioned theology! It’s good, because that is precisely how God wants us to pray. When He told Ananias, “Behold, [Saul] prays,” I believe the Lord was implying: “Saul has picked-up the phone, called me, and is making sincere supplication. There is no pretension, no pride, and he is not praying to be noticed of men. He is a broken man begging for forgiveness.” That is the prayer God accepts! Psalm 51:7 says: “The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.”