Let’s think about prayers that God answers every time.
Too often we find ourselves thinking that God doesn’t answer our prayers or that when he does answer us we are told, “No!”
What about the prayers we pray that are sincerely Christlike prayers:
“Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing?” They do not know what they are doing when they infringe against us; they may not see any fault their side of things, nor the repentance needed, nor the reparation to be made. But when we pray, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing (against us)” we are praying a Christlike prayer. God will honour that prayer. He will forgive them. And we ourselves are glorifying God, which is all that matters.
What about when we pray, “Lord, I am truly committing everything unto you. Bring whatever before me, and I will do it.” God will honour that prayer and there may be something horribly testing that might come our way. It’s a God-honouring and Christlike prayer, “Not my will, Father, but your will be done.” We will need to be ready for any possibility that life might pass our way — and we truly don’t know the half of it. Yet, it is to God’s glory that we can even utter such a beautiful prayer of godly personification.
When we pray our prayers for patience and strength and wisdom, God will give us opportunities to show patience that will probably anger us, and he will bring us to weakness so we rely on his strength, and we will be pushed to folly so we can learn true wisdom. God is not sadistic, but he takes our growth seriously. There is no easy ground in growth. Each inch must be taken through monumental struggle.
All discipleship prayers can be expected to be answered in the affirmative.
God will answer them with a resounding “Yes!” all the time — if he discerns we are very serious about them. If we are just playing with God we can expect no prayer to be heard.
When we are serious in our prayer, and our prayer is set in the context of changing us, God will assist. God will answer. And he will not tarry.
There are certain prayers God answers with a “Yes!” every time. They are the very serious prayers. They are the prayers we pray for our own growth. They are prayers that glorify God.
We should pray seriously, for our growth, and to the ends of God’s glorification. And that’s all. God will answer us “Yes!” each and every time.
© 2015 Steve Wickham.