Words of Encouragement:
God promises to forgive our sins in 1 John 1:9 KJV: If we confess our sins, God is faithful and just to forgive and cleanse us from all unrighteousness."
God will hear and answer our prayers as we pray according to His will. What is that will? His will is found in His Word. It is so important to hear and know His Word so we will use His word in our prayers. Jesus said, ‘If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.’ John 15:7 NIV Those who live by the principles of God’s Word don’t pray to win the lottery, or for their horse to finish first in the Grand National.
They know that those are unscriptural prayers God may not honor. When you pray, your request must line up with His will. After leading the children of Israel for forty years in the wilderness Moses naturally longed to enter the Promised Land and celebrate victory with them; to ‘go over and see the good land beyond the Jordan – that fine hill country and Lebanon’ (Deuteronomy 3:25). But in spite of his prayers it didn’t happen. Why? ‘Because…the Lord was angry…and would not listen…“That is enough,” the Lord said. “Do not speak to me anymore about this matter. Go up to the top of Pisgah and look west and north and south and east. Look at the land with your own eyes, since you are not going to cross this Jordan”’ (vv. 26-27).
Prayer isn’t some kind of trinket, or lucky charm, or religious formula you repeat to get the results you want. When your prayers line up with the Scriptures and are in harmony with God’s will, then will He answer them. This truth may not be palatable or popular in today’s ‘feel good’ generation where everybody wants all the benefits of God’s kingdom on their own terms. If you’re serious about getting your prayers answered – read the fine print!
Heavenly Father, help me be in touch with Your will and ask for Your will to be done in my life. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
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