AN ANSWER TO PRAYER!

If you have ever felt frustrated over a  situation you found yourself in after asking the Lord for deliverance from it you are in great company. King David, one upon whom God showed great favor, felt the same way (Psalm 44:24). So also did the prophet Jeremiah who expressed his frustration by complaining to God as recorded in Jeremiah 12:1-4.

Perhaps the greatest frustration felt and expressed was our Savior Himself in the final moments before His death on the cross. In Matthew 27:46 we hear Him say: “My God, My God why hast Thou forsaken Me”. The pain we feel when uttering our prayers are not so great as He Who died for all mankind’s sins.

So why does it seem God refuses to answer our prayers. God wants all of us to be saved. That requires we be driven to a point of confession and out of it understanding. As Psalm 66:18 tells us: “The Lord will not hear” if we have iniquity (sin) in our heart. We need to pray daily confessing our sin.

God also refuses selfish prayer (James 4:3). Prayers desiring personal gain rather than that which will carry out His will and further His kingdom is misplaced prayer. We should not doubt that God can and will answer our prayers (James 1:5-7) but they need to have proper intent and purpose.

God expects obedience and that requires we spend time reading and hearing His Word (Proverbs 28:9). Not only should we become familiar with the Word but God expects us to help those in greatest need (Proverbs 21:13) if we desire to be heard.

Today humble yourself unlike the pharisee of Luke 18:12-13. Come to our Lord in the right frame of mind and know you will receive AN ANSWER TO PRAYER.

THOUGHT FOR TODAY: Prayers prayed in proper fashion are promised to be heard.

DEVOTIONAL VERSE FOR TODAY: Psalm 44:24 “plea to be heard”.

PRAYER FOR TODAY: Lord I humbly beseech You hear my prayers.

QUESTIONS TO THINK ABOUT:

  1. Do you examine your heart before praying?
  2. Have you ever expressed frustration  with God?
  3. Do you express your sin frequently to God?
  4. What is your plan to help those in need?

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