PRAY, GOD WILL ANSWER YOU!
“What a friend we have in Jesus, all our sins and griefs to bear! What a privilege to carry everything to God in prayer! O what peace we often forfeit, O what needless pain we bear, all because we do not carry everything to God in prayer.” – (Joseph M. Scriven)
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These lyrics of the first stanza of a popular hymn written by Joseph Scriven communicate to us the profound truth of God’s wonderful relationship with man. The fact that an Almighty and Sovereign God, creator of the universe, would stoop low to listen to lowly beings as we are is indeed a great privilege that should cheer us. God is indeed very mindful of us and cares about the situations we are in and very readily comes to help us out when we call on him. Though He dwells in highest heavens, He hears even the faintest cry for help of His dear children anywhere they may be on the face of the earth. The Psalmist, King David, knew this fact about God and he declared “O God, it is right for us to praise you in Zion and keep our promises to you, because you answer prayers.” (Psalm 65:1-2) This great king of Israel knew the wonderful privilege he had to call upon the Lord and receive direction and instructions in every course of his life. In most distressing moments, when suffering the loss of his house, property, wives and children to the attack of marauding amalekites, it was his prayer to God that brought God’s intervention and the recovery of his losses (1 Samuel 30: 1-20). Little wonder that God always helped him and he never lost a battle with enemy nations and was the most successful and accomplished king Israel ever had. It is a true saying that “they that kneel before God (in prayer) will stand before any man or situation”. Friend, it is a privilege to talk with God in prayer, but why do we suffer needless pain and sorrows trying to fix the issues of our lives all by ourselves. Let us take it all to God in prayer and we shall have the testimony of His hearing and answering our prayers.
I also have a testimony of God’s wonderful answer of my prayers. On a daily basis, I have witnessed His mighty hand reach out to help me through life situations. On Thursday, the 5th day of March 2015, I had gone to a Courier service station in Calabar to receive a parcel sent for my company from Lagos, Nigeria. After I had picked up the parcel, I boarded a Taxi cab to a bus point enroute my place of work. As I alighted the Taxi cab at the Bus stop, I forgot the parcel I had kept in the Taxi’s booth, and I only remembered it some minutes after the Taxi cab had left. I looked every direction to see if I could track the particular cab I had boarded, but this was very difficult to do amidst the stream of very many other similar taxi cabs. After minutes of fruitless search, I had no clue what else I could do to track a cab I did not know the vehicle number or its driver’s particulars. I began to pray as I stood at this junction. I asked God to help me bring the driver back to me with parcel. I had been there about an hour praying and looking out to see the cab. As I kept praying, I asked God to direct me on what to do, and then I had the strong persuasion in my mind to take another cab to the bus stop at the point I had come from, which was God leading me on what to do. As I got back to that bus stop, I again looked out for the cab. I kept praying and all of a sudden the cab pulled up in front of me to carry me. The driver could not recognize me so I had to introduce myself again to be a passenger he had picked about two hours previously. He confirmed my identity and I was able to pick up the parcel. I began to praise God for this recovery, and for His leading me in the time of helplessness and perplexity. The items I had in that parcel were so valuable and costly, in fact, a set of 1000V VDE tools I had in that parcel was the only remaining set that could be purchased from International Tools company in Lagos at that time. This is one of the times I have had God answer me in very difficult situations when I prayed, and indeed I can say that God makes impossible situations possible.
Dear friend, you have a great privilege to call on the helper of the helpless, the healer of the sick, the deliverer of the oppressed, the strength of the weak, the comforter of the mourning. The Lord Jesus Christ, our savior, and the only one in whose name God hears and answers our prayer, is a very dependable friend. He is the High Priest who mediates our case before God, and He can very well do so because He feels what we feel and knows all about our struggles (Hebrews 4:14 – 16). He loves us so much that He willingly laid down His life and shed His blood to wash away our sins and reconcile us to God almighty. He beckons us to pray to God and present all matters in His name, so that we can receive answers and have the fullness of joy (John 16:24). We have no need to fight a battle we can never win by our strength and power, for we wrestle not against flesh and blood(humans or physical things) but against principalities and powers of Satan’s dark kingdom (Ephesians 6:12). We need to call on the Lord to save us from the onslaught of the wicked one. In every trial and circumstance you face, understand that Satan is behind it and only God can rescue you, therefore pray and call upon God. God will surely answer you that in your deliverance and well being you will praise and give glory to His holy name. But you may say I do not know how to pray, hence I tell you by the truth of scripture that God is our Father and we can talk with Him just as we would to our earthly fathers (Matthew 6: 9). Come to Him reverently and be free to speak out what you feel, but start with thanksgiving of what He had done in the past, ask for His mercy and then tell Him your needs. He will hear you and He will answer you. You may say,’ but I do not feel right or holy enough to approach a Holy God”, and I tell you again by truth of scripture that though God is under no obligation to answer the prayer of a sinner, yet if you come to Him in genuine repentance and through trust in the sacrifice of Jesus Christ for your sake, He will indeed hear you and answer you. And you may say “Will he answer me if I were on the road and not in Church”, and I can again tell you by the authority of scripture, that God is there right where you are and He will answer you anytime you call (1 Thessalonians 5:17).
Let us suffer no more the needless pain by negligence of prayer. Let us pray and God will answer us. Let God be your first and last resort. If you are sick, pray before ever you think of taking medication. Pray before you take any decisions, and you can be sure you can never get it wrong. Friends let us not live below our privileges. We have God’s throne room open to us and His rich store open to meet all our needs at just the beck and call of our moving lips in prayer, let us take the opportunity and have the blessings. Let us therefore” have confidence, then, and approach God’s throne where there is grace. There we will receive mercy and find grace to help us just when we need it” (Hebrews 4:16).
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