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Church of The Lord Jesus Christ
Assemblies of The Apostolic Faith
Atlanta, Georgia - USA
Apostle Dennis G. Smith, Pastor and Spiritual Overseer

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Date: August 14, 2022
To all the Saints of God,
     Grace and peace be unto all the Saints of God around the World.  As this Coronavirus Pandemic continues, we are continually reminding the Saints of God that we are obeying the magistrates and following the guideline of the health and governmental authorities for the safety of all people. 
     Health authorities and governmental officials continue to strongly encourage people to wear face coverings in public gatherings and use social distancing, wash your hands, and get tested to help stop the spread of the Covid-19 virus.  In some places wearing face mask is mandatory in indoor public spaces.
     We are continuing indoor, in-person services with face mask, social distancing, temperature checks and Covid-19 testing. We are also continuing online services through Zoom, Facebook, and YouTube.   In-person Baptism and prayer service are available by attending our local service on site, attending our services on Zoom, or emailing your request to:
      As we obey the Magistrates, we have complete faith that God will continue to hear our prayers and provide a way for us through these uncertain times.
 Romans 13:2-4 Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.
 TITUS 3:1-2 Put them in mind to be subject to principalities and powers, to obey magistrates, to be ready to every good work, To speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers, but gentle, shewing all meekness unto all men.
 This week’s encouraging words of growth focuses on:
“The Power in Prayer and Fasting” (Part 3)
By Apostle Dennis G. Smith
     During this 40-day fasting period we want to continue to increase your confidence in the power of prayer and fasting.  This will change the way you view each situation that you are confronted with in your life.  You will be able to say without any doubt that you can do all things through the Lord God Jesus Christ that makes you victorious and strong.

James 5:16 - 20 Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. James 5:17 Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain: and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six months. James 5:18 And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth brought forth her fruit. James 5:19 Brethren, if any of you do err from the truth, and one convert him; James 5:20 Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins.

Apostle James teaches us that the effectual fervent Prayer, which is our daily prayer with intense sincere emotional feelings that are true and righteous will be answered by the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, the one Almighty God producing the effect of genuine communication with God.  This is the Prayer of a Righteous Man, one who makes all effort to overcome sin and live a holy life. This type of prayer produces a character change in that the righteous person will humble themselves before God Almighty. The sincere praying person will approach God as a child making a request from their father.

 We receive whatsoever we ask in prayer, when we ask it according to the will of God because we obey the commandments of God and seek to please God in everything that we do. When we do not receive an answer to our prayer, we must examine ourselves to see whether or not we have made our request according to the will of God or have we failed to live a holy the Christian life or whether or not our request is the will of God Almighty.  When we learn to live a holy life that pleases God, we ask God for things that are righteous according to his will and God will give us what we ask him.

John15:7 - 11 If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. John 15:8 Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples. John 15:9 As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love. John 15:10 If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love. John 15:11 These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.

King Solomon prayed unto the Lord God before the congregation of Israel with a sincere prayer which can serve as an example of the fervent prayer of a person who prays to God with a sincere heart and lives in obedience to the commandments and will of God Almighty.

2Chronicles 6:12 - 14 And he stood before the altar of the LORD in the presence of all the congregation of Israel, and spread forth his hands:  2Chronicles 6:13 For Solomon had made a brasen scaffold, of five cubits long, and five cubits broad, and three cubits high, and had set it in the midst of the court: and upon it he stood, and kneeled down upon his knees before all the congregation of Israel, and spread forth his hands toward heaven,  2Chronicles 6:14 And said, O LORD God of Israel, there is no God like thee in the heaven, nor in the earth; which keepest covenant, and shewest mercy unto thy servants, that walk before thee with all their hearts: 

And the Lord heard the prayer of King Solomon and promised to hear the prayer of the people who humble themselves and pray and turn from their wicked ways.  From this text, you should come to realize that you can have complete confidence in prayer if you will humble yourself and turn from your sinful ways.

2Chronicles 7:11- 16 Thus Solomon finished the house of the LORD, and the king’s house: and all that came into Solomon’s heart to make in the house of the LORD, and in his own house, he prosperously effected. 2Chronicles 7:12 And the LORD appeared to Solomon by night, and said unto him, I have heard thy prayer, and have chosen this place to myself for an house of sacrifice. 2Chronicles 7:13 If I shut up heaven that there be no rain, or if I command the locusts to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among my people; 2Chronicles 7:14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. 2Chronicles 7:15 Now mine eyes shall be open, and mine ears attent unto the prayer that is made in this place. 2Chronicles 7:16 For now have I chosen and sanctified this house, that my name may be there forever: and mine eyes and mine heart shall be there perpetually.
The prayer of Jabez is also known to us because he was more honorable than all his brethren.  This is another example of a person having the desire to live a righteous lifestyle rejecting the ways of the world.

1Chronicles 4:9 - 10 And Jabez was more honourable than his brethren: and his mother called his name Jabez, saying, Because I bare him with sorrow. 1Chronicles 4:10 And Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, Oh that thou wouldest bless me indeed, and enlarge my coast, and that thine hand might be with me, and that thou wouldest keep me from evil, that it may not grieve me! And God granted him that which he requested.
 Living a righteous and holy lifestyle involves confession of our sinful ways and our trespasses to each other, and praying for each other, that we may be healed. Sins committed against one another must be acknowledged for us to have mutual forgiveness and reconciliation to each other which should bring healing for all of our shortcomings and conflicts.

A righteous, holy man in the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ is a person who is justified by repentance from their sins and who have been baptized in water in the name of Jesus Christ for remission of his sins and has received the gift of the Holy Ghost with the signs following speaking in other tongues as the Spirit of God gives him utterance. The righteous holy person is one that loves the Lord God Jesus Christ with all their heart, with all their soul, with all their mind, with all their might, with all their strength, and with everything that they have.  The righteous holy person is one who will also loves their neighbor as themselves and lives peaceably with all men when possible.  

The sincere effectual fervent daily constant prayer without ceasing has the power to deliver a righteous holy person from the troubles that they face each day, heal sickness in their body and change a bad situation in life to a victorious outcome because their prayers will be answered by the Lord Jesus Christ who is the one and only Almighty God who loves us all.
We continue with the Many Infallible Proofs for Why Pray from Apostle S. McDowell Shelton:
Many Infallible Proofs for “Why Pray.”
13.  Psalms 4:1 To the chief Musician on Neginoth, A Psalm of David. Hear me when I call, O God of my righteousness: thou hast enlarged me when I was in distress; have mercy upon me, and hear my prayer.
14.  Psalms 39:12 Hear my prayer, O LORD, and give ear unto my cry; hold not thy peace at my tears: for I am a stranger with thee, and a sojourner, as all my fathers were.
15, Psalms 54:2 Hear my prayer, O God; give ear to the words of my mouth.
16. Psalms 84:8 O LORD God of hosts, hear my prayer: give ear, O God of Jacob. Selah. 
17. Psalms 102:1 A Prayer of the afflicted, when he is overwhelmed, and poureth out his complaint before the LORD. Hear my prayer, O LORD, and let my cry come unto thee.
18.   2nd Samuel 22:33 God is my strength and power: and he maketh my way perfect.
19.  Psalms 68:35 O God, thou art terrible out of thy holy places: The God of Israel is he that giveth strength and power unto his people. Blessed be God. 
20 Matthew 9:6 But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (then saith he to the sick of the palsy,) Arise, take up thy bed, and go unto thine house. 
      Matthew 9:7  And he arose, and departed to his house. 
      Matthew 9:8  But when the multitudes saw it, they marvelled, and glorified God, which had given such power unto men. 
We will continue with part 4 of this message on next week...… 
May the Lord Bless you and Keep you and eternally hold you in the center of his will. 
May he open your understanding that you will come to know that you must repent of your sins and be baptized by immersion in water in the Name of Jesus Christ for the remission of your sins. 
Then you must continue in prayer to God asking him for the Holy Ghost, calling on the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ and waiting or tarrying until you receive the gift of the Holy Ghost with the sign following speaking with other tongues as the spirit gives you utterances.  
Then you must leave the principles of the doctrine and go on to perfection overcoming the love of the world, the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life.
Then you must continue steadfastly in the Apostle’s Doctrine remembering always that he that endures until the End, the same shall be saved.  In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ who is God Almighty. Amen
With perfect love,
Apostle Dennis G. Smith
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