Word 4U Today

Keys to Answered Prayer

‘…Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.’ John 16:24 NKJV

If your prayers are not being answered, ask yourself:

1) How is my relationship with the Lord?

‘If I had cherished sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened’ (Psalms 66:18 NIV). Anything that hugely affects your relationship with God also affects your prayers. Remember this: Friendship gives you favor; intimacy gives you access.

Jesus said, ‘If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you’ (John 15:7 NKJV).

2) How strong is my faith? ‘

Without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is…a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him’ (Hebrews 11:6 NKJV).

Notice three words:

a) ‘Believe.’ God’s deepest longing is to be believed, regardless of emotion or circumstance.

b) ‘Diligently.’ When you pray, put your heart and soul into it. Paul speaks of ‘laboring…in prayer’ (Colossians 4:12 KJV).

c) ‘Him.’ God is not some ‘force out there’, He’s your heavenly Father who ‘…knows that you need all these things’ (Matthew 6:32 NKJV).

Your highest priority should not be getting your needs met, but building your relationship with God.

3) Am I showing patience?

‘Until God’s time finally came—how God tested his patience!’ (Psalms 105:19 TLB). Joseph (remember his dreams?) was tested by the very promise God gave him. Can’t you hear Satan whisper, ‘I thought the dream said you
were supposed to be prime minister; what are you doing locked up in prison?’

Of course, it only looks like a prison; in reality, it’s the birthplace of destiny! Joseph saw God’s promise fulfilled— in God’s time. And you will too!

Joy Ferdiz

November 19th, 2013

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