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Men, has the Lord placed a devotional on your heart that you would like to share with other standers?
“Answer me when I call to you, O my righteous God. Give me relief from my distress; be merciful to me and hear prayer.” Psalm 4:1
What is the key to receiving from the Lord? It seems so simple, yet the Bible makes a point of spelling it out…you first must ask the Lord in order to receive anything from Him.
“Hear my prayer, O Lord, listen to my cry for help; be not deaf to my weeping.” Psalm 39:12
The Lord desires to have a relationship with His children. He wants you to persist in pursuing Him. Knowing God takes faith in the belief that He listens and wants to meet your needs.
“Listen to my prayer, O God, do not ignore my plea; hear me and answer me. My thoughts trouble me and I am distraught.” Psalm 55:1-2
If you do not immediately receive answers to prayer, do not give up on your pursuit. God will reward your continued trust in Him.
“‘Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened. Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who seek him!’” Matthew 7:7-11
Jesus is revealing the heart of the Father in this scripture passage. God is not selfish, begrudging, or stingy. You do not have to beg or grovel as you come before God with your requests. He is a loving Father who understands your struggles, pain, cares and concerns. If we as humans in our fallen nature can be kind to our children, imagine how kind God the Father can be!
“Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up. He said: ‘In a certain town there was a judge who neither feared God nor cared about men. And there was a widow in that town who kept coming to him with the plea, ‘Grant me justice against my adversary.’ For some time he refused. But finally he said to himself, ‘Even though I don’t fear God or care about men, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets justice, so that she won’t eventually wear me out with her coming!’’ And the Lord said, ‘Listen to what the unjust judge says. And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?’” Luke 18:1-8
To persist in prayer does not mean endless repetition or painfully long prayer sessions. It means keeping your requests before the Father consistently as you live for Him each day, believing that He will graciously answer your prayers. Living by faith means not giving up on God in spite of what may appear to be a delay in answering. In these delays, God is working His good plan in you and in the lives of others. As you persist in your requests, you are growing in perseverance, character, faith and hope.
“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me.” John 14:1
Prayer is a humbling experience. You are admitting to God that you are incapable of handling the problems you face on your own. You are reaching out to God in faith, knowing that He hears you and loves you. Not hearing from God may be a sign that you are still trying to fix things through your own efforts. God works best in the heart of the person that has abandoned all to His loving care.
“Hear, O Lord, and answer me, for I am poor and needy. Guard my life, for I am devoted to you. You are my God; save your servant who trusts in you. Have mercy on me, O Lord, for I call to you all day long. Bring joy to your servant, for to you, O Lord, I lift up my soul. You are forgiving and good, O Lord, abounding in love to all who call to you. Hear my prayer, O Lord; listen to my cry for mercy. In the day of my trouble I will call to you, for you will answer me. Among the gods there is none like you, O Lord; no deeds can compare with yours. All the nations you have made will come and worship before you, O Lord; they will bring glory to your name. For you are great and do marvelous deeds; you alone are God. Teach me your way, O Lord, and I will walk in your truth; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name. I will praise you, O Lord my God, with all my heart; I will glorify your name forever. For great is your love toward me; you have delivered me from the depths of the grave.” Psalm 86:1-13
God is listening to your cry for help. He is moved with compassion. He will respond with an outpouring of His love. God answers the prayers of His people!
“As a mother comforts her child, so will I comfort you.” Isaiah 66:13
“This is what the Lord…says, ‘I have heard your prayer and seen your tears; I will heal you.” 2 Kings 20:5
In faith, place all your cares and concerns before God. He gives generously to all who believe in Him. Have faith that God is able to heal the wounds in your marriage and renew it in the perfect image of Christ’s love for the Church (Eph 5:25-32).
“If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.” Matthew 21:22
Persevere and trust in the Lord. God bless you, O faithful Brother in Christ!