Posted: March 13, 2018 by Lilye Sease, Prayer Pastor
A common question I hear is, “Does God answer prayer?” Here are the facts: God wants to hear from you, and He wants to know your concerns. God is not a magician. A magician makes things appear as though they are not, a deceiver. You have a God that is a God of truth! God is real, straightforward, and there is no instability in Him.
The fear of the Lord, which refers to respect, not submission, is the beginning of wisdom.
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.
– Proverbs 9:10 (NIV)
The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding.
– Proverbs 4:7 (NIV)
God Always Keeps His Promises
God answers prayers in his timing. That answer may be a Yes!, No! or Wait! It might not be when you want him to answer, and the answers might not be what you want to hear, but He is ALWAYS on time! God knows what’s best for you and always answers your prayers.
There are a couple of things that can keep Him from giving you what you ask for:
#1. Sin, which is acting outside of the will of God.
#2. When you’re asking for something that goes against the will of God.
Remember God knows what’s best for you, but because sin separates you from Him you must turn to his Son, Jesus Christ, who paid the price…the ultimate price for your sins. When you do, then the roadblock is removed and God hears all of your prayers! Isn’t that great? Are you ready for a real relationship with Jesus? This relationship with Jesus is the direct prayer line and will bring you to great joy and immeasurable peace.
When all else has failed, don’t you think it’s time to give Jesus a try? A real try! God loves you and has a plan for success FOR YOU!
The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.
– John 10:10 (NIV)
But understand this, man is sinful and separated from God. We have all done, said, or thought bad things, which the Bible calls sin.
All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. – Romans 3:23 (NIV)
There Is Good News
God sent his son to die for your sins!
God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. – Romans 5:8 (NIV)
Christ died for you, but it did not end there. He was buried and raised on the third day. Now, take thought to this next key scripture giving understanding as to why you pray in the name of Jesus.
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father, except through me.
– John 14:6
Salvation can’t be bought, earned or bargained for. We are saved only by God’s grace when we have faith in his Son Jesus Christ. All you have to do is believe you are a sinner, believe that Jesus Christ died for your sins, and ask for forgiveness. Then, turn away from your sins, which is called repentance. Jesus Christ loves you and knows you. What matters to him is the attitude of your heart, your honesty. God answers your prayer through you receiving the gift of salvation.
An Important Prayer
Try praying this most important prayer and see what happens:
I pray in the name of Jesus as I confess I am a sinner. I ask for forgiveness. I believe with my whole heart, mind , and everything within me, that Jesus is your only son. I believe that he died for my sins. I believe you, Oh God, raised him to life again! I want to trust you Jesus as my savior and follow you as Lord of my Life from this moment foward.
Lord in the name of Jesus, be shepherd of my life and help me as I learn of you and do your will. It is in your son Jesus’ name I pray…Amen