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Getting prayers answered
pastor corner

All people have concerns that we need God to intervene on our behalf for. The scriptures give us some insight on how this can happen.

First we must have access to God, the Father. David reminds us in Psalm 66:18 that it is sin that blocks this access when he said, “If I had cherished sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened.” We are told all throughout the New Testament that our sin problem can be dealt with when we accept forgiveness through Jesus Christ. This gives us access to the Father.

Also, when we pray we need to center in on the specifics of what we desire God to do for us. Do we have a son or daughter who needs to get saved? Do we have a sister who needs physical healing? Do we have a neighbor who is having marriage problems? We could go on and on, but the point is, we need to know what we need God to act on.

Then we need to be persistent.

In Luke 18:1 it says, “Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up”. He then went on to tell the story of a persistent widow who kept bringing her case before a non-compassionate judge. Only because of this persistence did the judge grant her request. Jesus went on to say how much more a loving Father is willing to give to those who earnestly seek Him. If we just ask once and never bring it up again, then that says to God that it must not be so important to us.

Then, we need to get others to join with us in prayer; there is power in unity. We should unify ourselves together in prayer. Matthew 18:19 says, “if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven”.

A final thought is that we can’t expect an answer to our prayers if we don’t bother to pray. James 4:2 says, “You do not have because you do not ask God”.

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