Feb. 27, 2021 (16th of 12th month)
These are only brief notes. For the entire sermon, please listen at https://soundcloud.com/isawthelightministries/27-feb-2021-prayers-of-babylon-rejected
John 9:31 God doesn't pay attention to and answer the prayers of Babylonian religious people & their leaders, and other sinners, except for repentance and salvation if and when they come to the truth.
We often see books of prayers; and we also often see famous prayers posted on social media.
Many of these are popular, well known prayers from Babylonian leaders such as:
"Instrument of Your Peace" by St. Francis of Assisi
Christ Be With Me – St. Patrick
Covenant Prayer – John Wesley
Lead Us – St. Augustine
Let Me Serve You – St. Theresa of Avila
Empty Vessel – Martin Luther
A Boy Scouts' Patrol Song Poem - Rudyard Kipling
And any Prayer of Salvation or Sinner's Prayer
Rudyard Kipling: (1865 – 1936) was an English journalist, short-story writer, poet and novelist. He was born in India.
Kipling's works of fiction include The Jungle Book (1894), Kim (1901), and many short stories, including "The Man Who Would Be King" (1888).
Kipling in the late 19th and early 20th centuries was among the United Kingdom's most popular writers. In 1907, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. All Nobel prize winners are riders of the white horse of Rev. 6.
He was a 3rd degree Freemason, which is a form of Islam which is part of the green horse of Rev. 6.
Many of his books included the swastika on it as a Hindu symbol. Swastika = black horse.
Hinduism came from Islam.
Isa. 59:2-4 Sin separates sinners from God.
Isa. 1:15-20 The hypocrite prayers and sacrifices are not appreciated by GOD.
There are good prayers of good people in the bible for our examples of how to pray, such as the Prayer of Manasseh & many others. But not for us to repeat as our own prayers. Jesus wants us to pray from our own heart. He wants to hear your prayer, not someone else's.
Matt. 6:1-13 However, the falsely called "Lord's Prayer" is popular prayer for people to repeat often. But GOD doesn't want us to repeat it often.
He wants to hear us pray from our heart, our own words.
And it wasn't even a prayer but rather a teaching of how to pray.
He didn't say "repeat the prayers of other people".
Matt. 7:21-29 Religious leaders who Jesus rejects because of their lawlessness.
Matt. 15:8-9 Teaching for doctrines the commandments of men, worship Him in vain.
Rev. 18:4 Come out of her, my people, to not partake of her sins and her punishment.
Their leaders are not our leaders. Their prayers are not our prayers.
If the Babylonian church leaders do not serve the true GOD, who are they really praying to?
Jesus rejects their prayers. Pray your own prayers. Not someone else's.
Confirmation: Earlier today, someone had left 2 bibles on the porch of the ministry, as people occasionally drop off clothes and stuff for the ministry to distribute to the poor and needy. But just now, just a few minutes after posting the notes for today's sermon, I looked in these bibles and one of them has one of the famous prayers!!!!! The "Serenity prayer"! Although I didn't list this particular/specific prayer in the notes, it is definitely one of the famous/popular prayers for people to post/share and to repent as their own. This is an amazing confirmation of the sermon!
The prayer was written by: Karl Paul Reinhold Niebuhr (1892–1971), who was an American Reformed theologian, ethicist, commentator on politics and public affairs, and professor at Union Theological Seminary for more than 30 years.
Aside from academics, activists such as Myles Horton and Martin Luther King Jr. and numerous politicians have also cited his influence on their thought, including Hillary Clinton, Hubert Humphrey, Dean Acheson, James Comey, Madeleine Albright, and John McCain, as well as presidents Barack Obama and Jimmy Carter. Barack Obama said that Niebuhr was his "favourite philosopher" and "favorite theologian".
Niebuhr was also one of the founders of "Americans for Democratic Action", a Democrat organization! During the 1930s, Niebuhr was a prominent leader of the militant faction of the Socialist Party of America, although he disliked die-hard Marxists. He described their beliefs as a religion and a thin one at that. In 1941, he co-founded the Union for Democratic Action, a group with a strongly militarily interventionist, internationalist foreign policy and a pro-union, liberal domestic policy. He was the group's president until it transformed into the Americans for Democratic Action in 1947.