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Summary: prayer

Jeremiah 33:1 - 3 Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.

1. The Asking... “Call unto me.”

What a proposition! You and I didn’t think up prayer—God did!

God Is The Source Of Prayer, The Substance In Prayer, The Sum Of Prayer. (a) It's Simplicity… “Call.”

This can be done with the mind without the utterance of a single word.

(b) It's Accessibility… “Call unto me.”

The God of the universe invites you to speak to Him—at any time.

Romans 5:1 & 2 says, “Therefore being justified by faith we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: By whom we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand.”

(c) It's Audacity... “Call unto me,”

God says. We are invited to go to the top! Talk to the King of kings and Lord of lords.

You cannot ask too much or too often. God’s only rebuke is that we do not ask.

2. The Answer. “...and I will answer thee....”

(a) This is Positive… “I will…”

(b) There is Promised… “...answer…”

(c) This is Personal… “...thee…”

God answers prayer because: He is listening. He is interested. He is able. He is willing.

Phillips Brooks - “Prayer is not overcoming God’s reluctance, but laying hold on His willingness.”

3. The Assurance --- God answered the prayer of:

Moses when his weary arms were held high and his army defeated the Amalekites.

Hannah and gave her a son, Samuel.

Elijah with fire from heaven.

Jabez, granting him what he had requested.

Hezekiah, and healed his sickness and extended his life 15 years.

The Jerusalem church by senting an angel to deliver Peter from his prison to freedom.

God answers prayer!

How do we address the mystery of “unanswered prayers.”

(a) If the request is wrong, God says, “No”... answer denied! “No” is an answer to prayer -

(b) If the timing is wrong, God says, “Slow” ... answer delayed! “Wait” is an answer to prayer. God’s delays are not God’s denials. God’s timing is perfect. Wait on the Lord.

(c) If you are wrong, God says, “Grow” ...answer is different.

1 Peter 3:7 God tells husbands to dwell with their wives according to knowledge, ”that your prayers be not hindered.”

You see, an unsettled relationship, 1 Peter 3:7, - unholy motives, James 4:3,

unconfessed sin, Psalm 66:18, - an unforgiving spirit, Mark 11:24-25,

and an unstable faith, James 1:5-8, will all postpone God’s answer to our prayers.

4. The Abundance “And shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.”

Jesus said, "Whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, THAT WILL I DO, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I WILL DO IT" John 14:13, 14. We ask and God acts. That is the way prayer works.

"Great" things mean big things, abundant things, many things, precious things, vast things and things which know no bounds.

"Mighty" things indicate things requiring power, strength, force, ability and authority.

"Hidden" things. I will "show thee great and might things, which thou knowest not,"

I know not by what methods rare, But this I know—God answers prayer.

I know that He has given His Word, Which tells me prayer is always heard,

And will be answered, soon or late, And so I pray and calmly wait.

I know not if the blessing sought, Will come in just the way I thought.

But leave my prayers to Him alone, Who's will is wiser than my own,

Assured that He will grant my quest, Or send some answer far more blest. --- anonymous

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