Daily Bible Reading for Wednesday, January 24th:

How God Answers Prayers

God wants us to be in continuous contact!

God wants us to be in continuous contact!

One thing that God has made clear throughout the Bible is that he wants us to depend on him. If we look closely at Matthew 7:7-8 we have the essence of how Christ expects us to be able to live out his commandments.

  • We need to ask, and keep on asking –
  • We are to seek, and keep on seeking –
  • We should knock, and keep on knocking –

The Sermon on the Mount is a challenging lifestyle change for many, especially those in his audience at the time. He wanted all to know that God is listening and is ready to help us.

As a prayerful people, we will come to understand how God answers prayers. The first thing we might notice is that his response isn’t exactly a direct one. We should remember “No” is an answer too. Anything we pray for has the same possibilities as any other request. A prayer can be answered…

  • Gradually
  • Literally
  • Negatively
  • By giving us what we actually need
  • With delay

With a quick look around the Bible, we can know the proper attitude we should have to approach God in prayer:

  • We should not be living in sin (Psalm 66:18)
  • We need to have faith in the prayer and that God is listening (James 1:6-8)
  • It needs to offered the way God said to offer it (1 John 5:14)
  • We should do it persistently (Luke 18:1-8)
  • We should do it sincerely (Hebrews 10:22)

Today, take a close look at your prayer life. Is it one that let’s God know you need him and trust him?

About Butch Adams

In addition to writing this blog and contributing elsewhere, I have served as elder and deacon in the various places I have worshiped. In these duties, I have concentrated my attention on the area of education - both in outreach to seekers through the Internet and inside the congregations for ongoing Bible scholarship. Comments and thoughts about referenced material in the article above are Copyright 2018 by Butch Adams . Any referenced material belongs to its owners and every attempt has been made to use it according to their wishes.

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