How God Answers Prayer
Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not. ~Jeremiah 33:3
Prayer is a privilege that every child of God has to call upon God for his every need. Jesus taught that we should pray, “Give us this day our daily bread.” Proverbs 15:8 tells us, “The prayer of the upright is his delight.” Then in Proverbs 15:29, we are told, “he heareth the prayer of the righteous.” For many Christians, prayer is a major struggle. First, it is a struggle for many Christians just to make the time to pray. Second, it is a struggle to see God answer prayer. Third, it is a struggle to meet God’s conditions regarding prayer. God wants us to pray, and He wants our prayers to be answered. Let’s look at the scriptural steps for praying effective prayers.
Let’s pray prayers that are unhesitating.
Hebrews 4:16 encourages us to “come boldly unto the throne of grace.” “Unhesitating” means that we should come without delay. It means that we should ask, seek, and knock. It means that we should come expecting God to meet us at our point of need. The nobleman in John 4 came to Jesus without hesitation for his son. The Syrophoenician woman came to Jesus without hesitation for her daughter. God told Jeremiah, “Call unto me.” Don’t put up a wall between you and God that God never intended to be there.
Let’s pray prayers that are uninhibited.
Uninhibited prayers ask in faith. Uninhibited prayers are bold prayers. They are like Jabez praying for God to enlarge his coast. They are like Elijah praying for rain to return after a three-year drought. This type of praying does not limit God. This type of praying fulfills Hebrews 11:6 where it says, “For he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” Don’t put a stop sign where God has given you passage.
Let’s pray prayers that are unheard of.
By this, I mean prayers that ask for the impossible. “Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.” Joshua prayed a prayer that was unheard of when he asked God to hold the sun still for 24 hours. Elijah prayed an unheard-of prayer when he prayed for God to give the widow of Zarephath back her son. Hezekiah prayed an unheard-of prayer more than once. One time, he prayed for God to overthrow the Assyrian army that encamped about the city of Jerusalem. God answered him by sending an angel who went through the camp and killed 185,000 Assyrians. Another time, he prayed for God to extend his life, and God gave him an additional 15 years.
When it comes to praying, let us come to God with the expectation that nothing is too hard for Him. Don’t limit God. Trust God for the big things, little things, and everything in your life. Let’s be a people who pray. Have faith in the God Who answers our prayers!
Have a prayer-filled God Morning!
Bible Reading Schedule: 1 Samuel 21-24