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Summary: God Answer’s Prayer: According to His Time and Will

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• Have you ever desired a more perfect prayer life? The Bible is emphatic in that God Does Answer Prayer!

• Examples of answered prayer:

a. The Israelites were desperate; Moses prayed and water turned sweet.

b. Hannah sought a child and Samuel was born

c. Elijah challenged the prophets of Baal and fire fell

d. Jesus said “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.”

e. To these examples and scriptures we could add our own testimony, but prayers are not always answered as we think they should be.

• What is our reaction when heaven seems closed and there is no response to our pleas? When praying, we should:

1. EXAMINE YOURSELF BEFORE GOD

• Sometimes we can discover sins that prevent our receiving the answer we seek

Psalms 66:18: “If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me:”

Isaiah 59:2: “But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.”

• Sometimes we discover selfish motives within our prayer life

James 4:3: “Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.”

• We must be careful to ask according to the will of God and not to seek personal/carnal gain

1 Corinthians 11:28: “But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup.”

• Self-examination is a critical aspect to our Christian lives as we must continually remove the “chaff” from the heart of our soul

2. REAFFIRM YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD

• When things don’t go our way through prayer, many people turn to ‘gimmicks’ or begin going through ‘religious’ routines in order to have their prayers heard and answered

• We must remember that our RELATIONSHIP with God is just that; and as our earthly relationship’s take effort and work we must work on our relationship with God

Psalms 9:10: “And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, LORD, hast not forsaken them that seek thee.”

• We must trust God that he will do what is best for us

• “A loving father leaned over a crib and whispered to his sleeping child, “Child, we love you. We’re glad that you are here and we want you to enjoy life. We hope to do all that is necessary for your welfare while you remain in our care.” And then it dawned on him, this was his relationship with God, only he was the child and God the Father. We must trust God to do whatever is best for us in our physical and spiritual life.”

• In order to work on our relationship with God then we must:

a. PRAY (Matthew 6:9)

b. STUDY (II Timothy 2:15)

c. SERVE (James 2:18)

3. ACKNOWLEDGE GOD’S INFINITY

• INFINITY: “Unlimited extent of time, space or quantity; boundlessness. We apply infinity to God and his perfections; we speak of the infinity of his existence, his knowledge, his power, his goodness and holiness.”

Revelation 1:8: “I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.”

• God is fully capable of answering any petition brought to him; we must understand that he is able and claim that ability when we pray


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