This week I wrote the verses from Scripture Writing Schedule 2.6 “Answered Prayers.” I found it so comforting to meditate and think about how many times God has told us in His Word that He is there for us, and yet, many don’t tap into that God-given power of prayer. The memory verse was Isaiah 65:24, “And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while they are speaking, I will hear.” He knows our needs so well, that before we finish asking, God is already answering. We know that “He is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think” (Ephesians 3:20). He may be “far from the wicked, but He heareth the prayers of the righteous” (Proverbs 15:29). The Psalmist said, “I will praise Thee: for Thou has heard me, and art become my salvation” Psalms 118:21).
So, what do we have to do to have God hear our prayers? In Luke 11:9-10, Jesus said, “And I say unto you, Ask and it shall be given you; seek and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. For everyone that asketh, receiveth and he that seeketh, findeth, and to him that knocketh, it shall be opened.” But we have to “ask any thing according to His will” (I John 5:14). It may be that you don’t have your prayers answered because “ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts” (James 4:3). “And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive” (Matthew 21:22). Hannah understood the power of prayer when she brought Samuel to the temple to Eli, she told him, “For this child I prayed; and the Lord hath given me my petition which I asked of Him” (I Samuel 1:27).
In the front of my Bible, I have written “Heaven is just a prayer away, as fast as an angel can fly.” In Daniel 9:21, while Daniel “was speaking in prayer, even the man Gabriel, whom I had seen in the vision at the beginning, being cause to fly swiftly, touched me about the time of the evening oblation.” Isn’t that a beautiful thought? Thank you, Lord for hearing, for listening, and for answering our prayers. In Jesus name, Amen. We are so blessed to have the avenue of prayer. It is power – use it! Simply blessed, Courtney