Have you wondered how God could ever take time to listen to your prayers given just how small and sinful you are compared to Him? If you have or know someone who has, then the linked audio sermon is for you.
Explore the Parable of the Persistent Friend (Luke 11:5-10), how it relates to our prayers today, and God's promise to answer our prayers.
Luke 11: 5-13
However, God doesn’t always answer our prayers when and how we want. Further delving into the Parable of the Good Father, we explore the series of questions concerning a father and a son and view examples which illustrate the point Jesus is making: "Whatever you ask God the Father for in prayer He will not respond by giving you something bad because God is good." Learn reasons why our prayers are not answered in the way we were expecting and how we should react.
"Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us." 1 John 5:14
"You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures." James 4:3
Instead of praying for the good things God has promised us in His Word we pray for the things we want which God hasn’t promised. And that’s why we don’t receive what we asked for, that’s why we don’t find what we are seeking, and that’s why certain doors don’t open even though we knock. It’s because we want the wrong things.
Paul prayed three times that the Lord would take away the thorn in his flesh. Instead God said, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” (2 Corinthians 12:7-10)
When we don't get the answer we wanted, we have to trust that God is always good. When a bad situation isn’t resolved we have to remember Romans 5:3-5 "And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope. Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us." When healing on earth doesn’t come and someone instead experiences healing in heaven we have to remember Philippians 1:21 "For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain." Because as Philippians 1:23 adds “to depart and be with Christ” is “far better.” "And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose."Romans 8:28
Conclusion: "So keep asking, keep seeking, and keep knocking because you have a good Heavenly Father who will always give you what’s best when you pray."
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Do you feel an emptiness in your life? Are you seeking answers but don't know where to look? Have you ever wondered if you are good enough? Please read the summary of the gospel message, "Four Things You Need to Know About God"