There was a popular rock group of the 1960’s and early ’70s which went by the name of The Doors.
One of the songs the Doors sang was entitled “Soft Parade.”
The first lines from that song had lead singer, Jim Morrison, speaking the words into the microphone.
After a pause, Morrison would then SCREAM out “You CANNOT petition the Lord with prayer.”
[Originally, the lyrics and theatrics were a lead-in to the title song from the album, The Soft Parade. Later, the words were attributed to a song supposedly entitled, “Petition the Lord With Prayer.” HOWEVER, if this song did somehow exist, it was NOT included on early LPs and CDs of the album. ]
This all goes to say, “It’s a good thing Jim Morrison was NOT a Bible student.”
Because the LORD God CAN be petitioned with prayer–IF the petitioner is a born-again believer.
“And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.”
Because those who are eternally saved by experiencing the transformation of the new birth have God’s Holy Spirit dwelling within them, the prayers they say get heard by God BECAUSE the Holy Spirit makes sure they pray with the will of God.
“Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.”
“I the LORD search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.”
SO, regardless of what exalted rock singers (or their supposed friends and acquaintances) might claim, the born-again believer CAN petition the LORD with prayer.
The wicked, evil and foolish sinner?
No, he cannot petition the LORD with prayer.
And now the reader knows.
Did the reader ever wonder if he could petition the LORD God with prayer?
What does the reader NOW believe?
It is not YET too late: there is still time to change direction (repent), place your faith (hope) for the future entirely on Jesus Christ and enter the kingdom of heaven.
DOES the reader believe he is saved?
DOES the reader believe he is NOT saved?
THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST
“Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:
And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time. ”
–1 Corinthians 15:1-8
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”
[Portions of this piece appeared originally in End Times Prophecy Headlines: July 28, 2021.]
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