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The Great Demand for Importune Prayer

Prayer A to Z


From what I have discovered from my study, there seems to be two main aspects of importune prayer: it is urgent, and it has a dogged persistence.  Each of these has their own demands.  Urgency is demanded because of great needs.  Persistence is demanded because of the time factor—the fact that it takes time for prayer to be answered.

The Demand for Urgency

In every importune prayer there is a demand for urgency.  In the parables and stories we saw that there was always a great need, which required urgency.  The man who went to his friend for bread (Lu. 11:5-10) had a great need for bread.  The woman in the parable in Luke 18 had a great need for justice.  The Canaanite woman had a daughter who had an urgent need to be healed (Matt. 15:21-28).  And the blind man had a great need to see (Lu. 18:35-43).

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What is the goal of the Jan 6 Investigations?

What is the goal? Destroy Donald Trump? Or something even more hideous? Read this article.



What the Jan. 6 Revelations Confirm About the Left’s Ominous Agenda

The larger, more insidious goal at the heart of the Democrats’ “investigation”.

March 10, 2023,   by Robert Spencer 

What was the point of the Democrats’ Jan. 6 hoax? Now that Tucker Carlson has provided abundant confirmation (with more on the way) that there was no “insurrection” on Jan. 6, 2021, and that the Democrat leadership knew full well that there wasn’t even as they went full-throttle with their narrative, the question is inevitable: why? What were Leftists hoping to accomplish? Some obvious answers are that they hoped to destroy Donald Trump as a political force once and for all and discredit and demoralize his supporters. But there was clearly a larger, more insidious goal as well: the Democrats hoped with their fabricated Jan. 6 “insurrection” to create the pretext to do nothing less than destroy their legitimate opposition, not rhetorically but in a real sense, so that America would henceforth be functionally a one-party state in which only one point of view would be allowed.

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Who Are the real Villains?

Some people are sitting in jails—even in solitary confinement—just because they went to a Trump rally, marched over to the Capital,  and dared to wear a red Trump MAGA hat. Many have been sitting in there for over a year and haven’t been charged with anything yet.

Why is this happening? I think it is because they—the DOJ—wants to send a message. They want all people to know that if they side with trump this is what could happen to them too. I think this sound a little like what happened to the newly released negro slaves back in Woodrow Wilson’s time. They wanted them to be fearful of voting Republican so they sent the Ku Klux Klan after them and hung many of them.

Now who are the real villains?

Please real this article:

The Real Villains Here Are the Federal Judges in Washington DC” – Julie Kelly on How Courts Have Severely Abused Jan 6ers

By Joe Hoft,   Mar. 8, 2023

The judges in DC are monsters who align with the corrupt DOJ and persecute and sentence innocents for crimes not committed in abusive courts. 

The innocent victims of Jan 6 have been abused more than any group in recent US history.  After suffering under a police barrage of flash bombs and rubber bullets, Jan 6 victims were arrested, with some sitting in jail to this date with no court dates or charges.

Judge Napolitano a year ago said that none of these individuals should be sitting in jail.

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The Importune Prayers of Elijah and Daniel

Prayer A to Z


We will continue our study of Importunity in prayer with two more holy men, Elijah and Daniel.


Elijah’s Prayer, 1 Kings 18:41- 45

 Now Elijah said to Ahab, “Go up, eat and drink; for there is the sound of the roar of a heavy shower.” 42 So Ahab went up to eat and drink. But Elijah went up to the top of Carmel; and he crouched down on the earth, and put his face between his knees. 43 And he said to his servant, “Go up now, look toward the sea.” So he went up and looked and said, “There is nothing.” And he said, “Go back” seven times. 44 And it came about at the seventh time, that he said, “Behold, a cloud as small as a man’s hand is coming up from the sea.” And he said, “Go up, say to Ahab, ‘Prepare your chariot…

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Let Us See All of the January 6 Videos

Here you see a policeman walking behind Jacob Chansley, directing him where to go in the Capitol building.

On the front-page caption of Saint Paul’s Pioneer Press it read: “Tucker Carlson uses new video to rewrite Capitol riot narrative.”  NO! That is not true. That video is not new; it was just not used. Carlson is just now introducing it as part of the video that had been hidden from the public.

Now let’s go to the article. The writers of the Associated Press said that Carlson was “working to bend perceptions of the violent, grueling siege that played out for the world to see into a narrative favorable to Donald Trump.”

NO again! The video that Carlson played was in an effort to show exactly what happened—to show the truth!

The video clip I am referring to (pictured above) shows Jacob Chansley (with horns outfit) being escorted by the Capitol police into the Capitol and through the halls of the Capitol. I did not see any violent actions at all. The police were leading the way and opening the doors for him. It was like they were showing him around peacefully. The police were encouraging him to walk around; giving him a tour of the Capitol. But we didn’t see any of that on the original video—because it was all edited out, covered up!

The writers of this article quoted Democratic Rep. Bennie G. Thompson who chaired the House Jan. 6th Committee, as saying, “The speaker (McCarthy) decided it was more important to give in to a Fox host who spews lies and propaganda than to protect the Capitol.

NO! THAT IS BACKWARDS. Carlson is trying to bring out the truth of what really happened. THE JAN 6TH COMMITTEE IS GUILTY OF LIES!

In addition, it was written that “Chuck Schumer called the Monday night Fox News episode from Carlson ‘one of the most shameful hours we have ever seen on television.’” NO! Schumer is under a cloud of denial! He is one of the liars. Carlson and McCarthy are the heroes of truth! I hope and pray that all the videos are made public and that many of the innocent parties are released from prison.

Why do people Lie?

I get so sick of all the lying. What makes people lie? I think there is only two answers. They are either deceived; or they know they are lying, but they don’t care. They think lying is acceptable if they get what they want—what they think is good for the country. Chuck Schumer, Bennie Thompson, and most of the Democrats are lying. And as far as I can see, they think it is acceptable if it can take down Donald Trump. But lying is never good. If it is not dealt with it will lead to the downfall of this country. Lying is of the devil. All those who lie are like their father the devil. Jesus spoke to such people in John 8:44.

You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desire. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.

Being Glad in My Weaknesses

Paul had what he called “a thorn in his flesh.” He said that it was a messenger of Satan to keep him from exalting himself. We don’t know what it was. Some say it was his poor eye sight.

I’m sure you know your weakness. That thing that torments you, that keeps you from doing your best. But that weakness can be the very thing you can be glad about, because Christ will perfect His power through that weakness—so that we can be content with our weakness.

2 Cor 12:9-10

And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me. 10 Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ’s sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong.

The Fall of Babylon: Religious Babylon

The fall of Babylon, very simply, is the destruction by God of the Antichrist and his domain of evil in the world. It will be a display of God’s authority and dominion. It will be the toppling of an evil kingdom so that a new righteous kingdom can be put it its place.

In tackling this great subject, we will first deal with the fact that there are two Babylon’s: a religious Babylon and a commercial Babylon. In this section we will look at religious Babylon, from Revelation 17; then, in a second blog we will look at commercial Babylon, from chapter 18. Also, along the way, we will show how the two are linked and how we really can’t speak of either of them without there being a connection to the other.

I think there is no better way to study this subject than to work our way through chapter 17, one verse at a time. So, from the first two verses we see that there is a “great harlot who sits on many waters,” and the kings of the earth are allied with her in her evil doings, and all who dwell on the earth are “made drunk with the wine of her immorality.” The great harlot symbolizes the false religious system of this religious Babylon; and it is termed a harlot because of its deceptive, sinful nature—as a prostitute. The term “sits on many waters” is explained in verse fifteen—that she has a ruling power over all the nations of the world; and it seems that they are glad allies with her; moreover, all the worlds people are intoxicated with her teaching.

In verses three and four we read that the woman (the harlot) is sitting on a scarlet beast. This is the first place we see that the woman (religious Babylon) is linked to the beast. And we also read that she is scarlet (v. 4). I have two observations. First, the riding of the beast indicates that she has some control over him. Second, the fact that they both are dressed in scarlet shows us that they both are of royalty and powerful, and they also are tied to the Roman Catholic church (more on that later).

In verse four we are given a picture of this harlot: she is clothed in purple and scarlet, adorned with gold and precious stones, and has in her hand a gold cup full of abominations; then also, in verse five we see that on her forehead is a name written, “BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND OF THE ABOMINATIOINS OF THE EARTH.” So, what can we make of this?

First of all, her clothing and expensive jewelry tell us of her great wealth, and also that she is of the Catholic Church. We see this in the colors of purple and scarlet, and also in the precious stores that are worn by priests. The gold cup full of abominations is, I think, the wine of immorality and sin that she partakes of and also offers to all others in the world (v. 2). Then in verse five, the name on her forehead tells us that she (this false religious system out of the Catholic Church) does not hide its abominations, rather, she parades them to the world as something she is proud of.

What we see in verse six, that the woman was drunk with the blood of the saints and with the blood of the witnesses of Jesus, is a further proof that this religious Babylon is of the Catholic Church of Rome; for it has a long history of persecuting and killing Christians in the most barbaric way. And when Rome is established in power, we will see the same practice and with the hearty approval of the Antichrist.

Now there are two more things in this seventeenth chapter that we will mention, which pertains to this harlot—the religious Babylon. First, from verse nine, where John says, “Here is the mind which has wisdom. The seven heads [of the beast] are seven mountains on which the woman sits…” Besides the seven great world empires (Egypt, Assyria, Babylon, Medo-Persia, Greece, Rome, and the Antichrist kingdom), the seven mountains (or hills) also means Rome—which sits on seven hills. I may be wrong, but I can’t help feeling that God wants us to know that the woman sits on and rules from Rome.

Also, from verse sixteen, we should know that at the midpoint of the Tribulation, the Antichrist, with his ten kings, will destroy the harlot (or make her desolate)—and they will do it by the inspiration of God (He will put it in their hearts to do it).

It is also important to know that from this point on, her wealth and the power of her control will be transferred to the beast. Hence, he will now hold all worship for himself. Thus, looking ahead, we must realize that when God destroys Babylon, it destroys not only commercial Babylon but also religious Babylon; for during the last half of the Tribulation, until the end, Babylon is not completely secular but is full of idolatry in its nature—just as it was earlier with the harlot. Hence, at the end all evil is destroyed.

Update: Lewis and Clark Reading

I have been reading this wonderful book on Lewis and Clark by John Bakeless. The first few chapters were a little boring—with a lot of background stuff. But once I got into the reading of the expedition it was quite good. I am thrilled with all their adventures. Every day they are faced with a new challenge. But they were prepared for most of it. They kind of knew what they would face with the Indians, the Missouri river, and the wild animals. So, they brought along many things to trade with the Indians; and they recruited a few expert hunters. They were always well fed with fresh meat—buffalo and deer, and other small animals.

I was so impressed with Lewis, with his knowledge of the wild—how he knew of all the natural berries and herbs to use for eating and health. Several times he used wild herbs and berries (choke cherries) to restore health to those who got sick.

I am about half-way through the book now. I just finished reading about how they encountered grizzly bears when they were in the area of present Montana. They were especially ferocious, and big—some up to 1,000 pounds. They commented that since the grizzlies had never experienced the loud and deadly rifle shots, they did not fear them. And their hides were so tuff that it took 5 or 6 shots to kill them.

I was amazed in my reading of the bravery of the men, how they continued on even after being chased by huge wounded bears for miles. And it was amazing, miraculous that no one was killed by the bears. In fact, in the entire expedition there was only one death; they were well prepared and very good survivors.

When I say “they,” there were more of them than I originally thought. It wasn’t just the two men. There were about 30 or 40 of them—most were soldiers in the army. And there were also a couple Indian squaws, including the famous Sacagawea who was the best interpreter, and also very helpful with many things.

Well, that’s all I will write today. I’m gonna do some more reading of this book and drink more coffee at my favorite hangout. Good day to you!