"The Lord is nigh unto all
them that call upon
him, to all that call upon him
God Answers Our Prayers
The Holy Spirit works on our
behalf ~ a relationship of total
intimacy with the Father ~ so
our unspoken prayers are before
the Father's throne even before
we speak them, or even before we
are aware of our needs. In ways
that cannot be known with groans
that words cannot express, the
Spirit brings before the throne
of a gracious and merciful God
all our cares and concerns.
"In the day of my trouble I will call upon thee: for thou wilt
answer me." Psalm 86:7
God will answer us! Can we really be so confident? YES! He assures
us that He will answer our
"Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and
ye shall find; knock, and it
shall be opened unto you."
How often do we pray half-heartedly, doubting God will hear? "Ask,
and it shall be given you."
All that is required when we
pray is faith. Yes, faith! Jesus
often had to rebuke His
disciples for their weak faith.
And, in connection with His
miracles, how often did He
commend people for their faith?
Effective prayer and faith go
all things, whatsoever ye shall
ask in prayer, believing, ye
Adding the petition. "Lord, strengthen my faith" to a prayer will
work wonders. If you believe,
you will receive whatever you
ask for in prayer.
"Peter therefore was kept in prison: but prayer was made without
ceasing of the church unto God
for him." Acts 12:5
God does the most amazing things! Peter had not known that his
fellow Christians prayed
"without ceasing" asking the
Lord to deliver him from the
prison. It was the only thing
they could do. They were
absolutely helpless, and
therefore they were all the more
willing to let the Lord handle
the matter. But they had not
expected that their prayer would
be answered ~ their faith was
weak. We can all learn from this
story of Peter too. We are
praying to the true God who
loves us dearly, asking things
of Him who can do all things. We
need to have the courage to step
to the throne of grace and ask
God for the impossible! That is
when our faith really begins to
shine! Acknowledge God to be the
great God He really is ~ nothing
would please Him more.
"And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will
answer; and while they are yet
speaking, I will hear."
Does the Savior know all our needs and wants? Surely He does, but
He still invites us to pray
about any and all of them. God
is capable of granting us
anything He wants to and fully
answers all our petitions
according to His good and
"And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his
commandments, and do those
things that are pleasing in his
sight." 1John 3:22
True prayer commits us to action. Prayer without doing God's will
is insincere. It displeases God.
When we pray for good health, we
should do our part~ get the
proper rest, eat healthy, and
exercise. If we ask God to
improve our marriage, we should
forgive and be patient and
considerate. If we ask God to
overcome our loneliness, we
should be friendly and look for
ways to help others. If we pray
for world peace, we should be
peacemakers wherever we are.
Jesus offers an excellent example of the connection between prayer
and action. The night before His
death Jesus prayed, "Not
my will, but Yours be done."
The Father answered Jesus'
prayer and Jesus acted out the
Father's will. Our Lord did this
extremely hard thing because He
loves us in an extreme way. As
our love for Jesus grows through
God's grace given us in the Word
and sacrament, so will our
obedience to God's will and our
willingness to be part of God's
answer to our prayers.
Heavenly Father, grant that when we pray, we accept Your answer in
faith and trust Your good will.
Lord, we know You hear our
prayers and always answer in our
best interest, just as any
loving father answers his child
~ sometimes yes, sometimes no,
and even sometimes wait ~ but
always with love. We place our
trust in You, dear Lord, to take
care of our spiritual and
physical needs. Above all,
strengthen our faith. In Jesus'
Name we pray. Amen.
God Bless You All as your faithful prayer and thanksgiving receives
answers to guide you through