December 9, 2012

God Answers! – Don R. Patton

Posted in Uncategorized at 6:00 am by sranderson0103

“For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.” (Matthew 7:8)

What an incredible promise. The incomparable creator of everything in the universe has promised, over and over again, He will answer our prayers. This tremendous resource of prayer is far too often neglected by far too many Christians.

Conditional

We have all had our faith challenged by asking and not receiving. God’s amazing promise is not unconditional. For example, the Holy Spirit explains:

“You do not have because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives,…”(James 4:2-3.)

The Apostle Peter explained that prayers may be hindered by our sin.

“You husbands in the same way, live with your wives in an understanding way, as with someone weaker, since she is a woman; and show her honor as a fellow heir of the grace of life, so that your prayers will not be hindered.” (I Pet. 3:7)

The Bible plainly teaches that our faith is a condition.

“But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But he must ask in faith without any doubting, for the one who doubts is like the surf of the sea, driven and tossed by the wind. For that man ought not to expect that he will receive anything from the Lord, being a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.” (James 1:5-8)

Sometimes our request is not wise, or it is not wise now. Thankfully, He answers, but says, “No.” Sometimes we separate ourselves from God and His promises by our unforgiven sin.

Do not let God’s plainly stated conditions become a stumbling block for your faith. These marvelous promises assume that those who ask are abiding in His commandments, truly desiring His will, having His priorities, thinking His thoughts, and are asking in faith and in His son’s name. Understanding and believing this provides powerful motivation, both to submit to Him and to ask Him for the desires of our heart.

Stand On His Promise

If, by the power of His blood, nothing is standing between us and the Lord to keep us from asking effectively (sin, unbelief, selfish motives, etc.), then God, for whom it is impossible to lie (Hebrews 6:18), has promised. He has promised to act when we ask by giving us our request or something better. Believe it!

Consider just a few of the many promises to those who ask:

“But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him.” (James 1:5).

“Until now you have asked for nothing in My name; ask and you will receive, so that your joy may be made full.” (John 16:24).

“So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. “For everyone who asks, receives; and he who seeks, finds; and to him who knocks, it will be opened. “Now suppose one of you fathers is asked by his son for a fish; he will not give him a snake instead of a fish, will he? “Or if he is asked for an egg, he will not give him a scorpion, will he? “If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him?” (Luke 11:913).

“… and whatever we ask we receive from Him, because we keep His commandments and do the things that are pleasing in His sight.” (I John 3:22).

“This is the confidence which we have before Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests which we have asked from Him.” (I John 5:14-15).

“Whatever you ask in My name, that will I do, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask Me anything in My name, I will do it.” (John 14:14).

“If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.” (John 15:7).

Adapted from an article by Henry Morris

 

 

 

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