Answered prayer glorifies God (John 14:13), for it gives evidence that man has peace with God (Romans 5:1) through the Gospel. Answered prayer demonstrates that God strongly interacts and acts on behalf of those redeemed by Jesus!
To frame this weeks ePray properly, I propose in the most uncomplicated way, that when we pray, God answers.
Recently, I made a short list of people I want to pray for everyday. Included on this list is a handful of people who do not follow Jesus. This list also includes my family, some close friends and a traveling evangelist that has a large ministry in Europe. By faith, I take this list (used as a book mark in my bible) and pray that the Lord would move and speak to those on it. By faith, I lift these people to the Lord in prayer, trusting that He honours his Word to answer my prayers. To be honest, it still is surprising and refreshing to find God has been answering my prayers.
I was talking to one friend (who is on my list) on the phone. I told him I had been praying daily for him that God would empower and mature his walk in Christ.
“How long have you been daily praying for me?” He inquired.
“Two weeks,” I answered.
“Wow!” He said, “for the past two weeks I have had a real hunger to read my bible. I feel like God has re-kindled a desire in me to draw close to Him and be used by Him.”
I have challenged myself (and now challenge you), to make a list and lay it before the Lord in expectant prayer. Your list could include individuals, a church, a city or a ministry. Why? God has given Himself to the prayers of His people. Jesus said, “Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” (Mark 11:24). Answered prayer glorifies God (John 14:13), for it gives evidence that man has peace with God (Romans 5:1) through the Gospel. Answered prayer demonstrates that God strongly interacts and acts on behalf of those redeemed by Jesus! The children of God should live confidently aware of the resources and promises of heaven. Answered prayer works to renew your mind (Romans 12:2) to think and act in view of what you have received in Christ (Ephesians 1:3). Make a list and pray expectantly.
Again and simply stated, when we pray, God answers. This is why David so confidently wrote in Psalm 5:3, “In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly.”
Who and what is on your list?
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