Is God hearing your prayers? Does he answer
Is there anything you could have done to keep God
from hearing your prayers?
Prayer -- "Wait For A Minute."
It has been well said that God always answers
prayer. Sometimes He says, "Yes." sometimes He says, "NO."
Sometimes He says, "Wait for a minute," and a day to the Lord is
a thousand years to us (2 Peter 3:8). That means that a ten year
wait for us, is 14 minutes and 24 seconds to God, so ask in
faith, but rest in peace-filled patience.
Surveys show that more than 90% of America
prays daily. No doubt they pray for health, wealth, happiness,
etc. They also pray when grandma gets sick, and when grandma
doesn't get better (or dies), many end up disillusioned, and
some end up bitter. This is because they don't understand what
the Bible says about prayer. It teaches that sin will stop God
even hearing your prayer (Psalm 66:18). It teaches, among other
things, that if we pray with doubt, we will not get an answer
Here's how to be heard....
1.) Pray with faith (Hebrews 11:6).
2.) Pray with clean hands and a pure heart (Psalm 24:3-4).
3.) Pray genuine heart-felt prayers, rather than vain
repetitions (Matthew 6:7).
4.) Make sure that you are praying to the God revealed in the
Holy Scriptures (Exodus 20:3-6).
How do you "pray with faith?" If someone says
to you, "You're a man of great faith in God," they may think
that they are paying you a compliment. But they aren't -- the
compliment is to God. For example if I said to you, "I'm a man
of great faith in my doctor," it's actually the doctor I'm
complimenting. If I have great faith in him, it means that I see
him as being a man of integrity, a man of great ability -- that
he is trustworthy. I give "glory" to the man through my faith in
him. The Bible says that Abraham "He did not waver at the
promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith,
giving glory to God, and being fully convinced that what He had
promised He was also able to perform." (Romans 4:20-21). Abraham
was a man of great faith in God. Remember, that is not a
compliment to Abraham. He merely caught a glimpse of God's
incredible ability, His impeccable integrity, and His wonderful
faithfulness to keep every promise He makes. His faith gave
"glory" to a faithful God.
As far as God is concerned, if you belong to
Jesus, you are a VIP. You can boldly come before the throne of
Grace (Hebrews 4:16). You have access to the king, because you
are the son or daughter of the king. When you were a child, did
you have to grovel to get your needs met by your mom or dad? I
So, when you pray, don't say, "Oh God, I hope
you will supply my needs." Instead say something like, "Father,
thank you that you keep every promise You make. Your Word says
that you will supply all my needs according to Your riches in
glory, by Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19). Therefore, I thank
you that you will do this thing for my family. I ask this in the
wonderful name of Jesus. Amen"
It was the great missionary, Hudson Taylor,
who said, "The prayer power has never been tried to its full
capacity. If we want to see Divine power wrought in the place of
weakness, failure, and disappointment, let us answer God's
standing challenge, 'Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and
shew thee great and mighty things of which thou knowest not
How do you get "clean hands and a pure heart?"
Simply by confessing your sins to God, through Jesus Christ. His
blood cleanses from all sin (1 John 1:7-9). When you confess
them to God through Jesus, God will not only forgive your every
sin, He promises to forget that sin (Hebrew 8:12). He will even
justify you, on the grounds of the sacrifice of the Savior. That
means He will count it as though you have never sinned in the
first place. He will make you pure in His sight -- sinless. He
will even "purge" your conscience, so that you will no longer
have that sense of guilt that you sinned in the first place.
That's what I mean "to be justified by faith." That's why you
need to soak yourself in Holy Scripture -- to read the letters
to the churches and see the wonderful things that God has done
for us through the Cross of Calvary. If you don't bother to read
the will, you won't have any idea of what has been left for you.
How do you pray "genuine heart-felt prayers?"
Simply by keeping yourself in the love of God. If the love of
God is in you, you will never pray hypocritical, or selfish
prayers. In fact, you won't have to pray selfish prayers, if you
have a heart of love. When your prayer-life is pleasing to God,
the Bible says that He will reward you openly (Matthew 6:6).
How do you know that you are praying to "the
God revealed in Holy Scripture?" Study the Word. Don't accept
the image of God portrayed by the world, even though it appeals
to the natural mind. A loving, kind fatherly-figure, with no
sense of justice or truth appeals to guilty sinners. Look to the
thunderings and lightnings of Mount Sinai. Gaze at Jesus on the
cross of Calvary -- hanging in unspeakable agony because of the
Justice of a holy God. Such thoughts tend to banish idolatry.
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Warfare -- Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition