Prayers God Always Answers with “Yes”

         I was speaking with a discouraged friend this week who felt it was a long time since her prayers had received a “yes” answer from God. She’s been in a winter season of her life for some time and the stress is wearing on her spirit. She had even begun to feel as though her personal sins were so huge that God had just said, “I’m finished with you.”

         Have you ever been there? I have, so I knew exactly how she was feeling. Sometimes, when those winter seasons of life last more than the usual 3-month stretch, we get antsy about what could be causing the drought. It’s at times like these when we must rely on the only thing left standing—the truth.

  1. God loves you. Regardless of the situation or the surrounding and pressing circumstances, God has not stopped loving you.
  2. Those sins you think are so insurmountable: pish-tosh! There is not one sin that wasn’t washed away atCalvary. If your particular sin could keep you from God, Jesus’ death and resurrection were ineffective.
  3. Seasons of life don’t have the same time restrictions as calendar seasons. The major similarity between the two is that seasons do change.
  4. God does answer your prayers. “Yes” is the answer we usually want; however, “no” and “wait” are also answers. The question is, can we trust Him to be doing the right thing when His answers are other than “yes”?

          God always answers with a “yes” when our prayers center on His glory. Jabez had everything going against him: his brothers were dishonorable, and his mother even saddled him with a name that meant “to grieve and be sorrowful.” Yet, Jabez’s prayers had nothing to do with bewailing his family situation and his pitiful lot in life. He called on God saying, “Oh, that You would bless me indeed, and enlarge my territory, that Your hand would be with me, and that You would keep me from evil, that I may not cause pain!” 1 Chronicles4:10(NKJ). We have not idea how long it too, but this verse ends with the wonderful declaration that “God granted him what he requested.”

          The prayer of Jabez did not ignore the fact that he wanted to be blessed (“bless me indeed, and enlarge my territory”), but the focus was not so much on him as it was on the end result, to bring God glory. You see, Jabez was looking to use his blessing and enlarged territory to show others that God’s hand was with him. By being kept from evil and not causing pain, others would look at Jabez and see his God. When Jabez expressed the focus of his requests, God knew his heart was right and granted them.

          I am not suggesting that my friend’s heart is not right. In fact, knowing her as I do, I believe her heart is one of the purest toward God that I know. I am suggesting that we all need to take a closer look at our prayers and their ultimate purpose. Are we more concerned with our comfort or God’s glory? Can we turn the corner in our prayer lives and focus more on God and what He wants and less on ourselves and what we want? Can we trust that even in winter seasons of life, God still has us in the palm of His hand and He knows exactly what He’s doing? Once the results of our prayers are completely about His glory, “this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him” I John 5:14-15 (NKJ).

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©2012 Sharon Norris Elliott. Feel free to forward this devotion in its entirety, including this copyright line. Leave comments, ask questions, read past devotions, or subscribe to receive these devotions daily in your e-mail at www.sanewriter.wordpress.com. Also, periodically check in at www.LifeThatMatters.net to see what’s going on in the ministry.

 And pick up a copy of Sharon’s new book, Power Suit: The Armor of God Fit for the Feminine Frame, available at Christian bookstores, online, from New Hope Publishers, and from the Life That Matters Ministries’ website.

 

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~ by sanewriter on June 23, 2012.

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