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I know – I obviously should have been an actress! Ha!

(It’s hard to find the right pics for free online sometimes.)

 

 

Some inspiration for you who are hurting and seem not to be receiving answers for your prayers from God.

There are some prerequisites to answered prayer:
1. A genuine relationship with Jesus Christ.

Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent. (John 17:3)
2. Faith that God can and will answer your prayer.

And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him. (Hebrews 11:6)

3. Repentance of all known sin.

If I had cherished sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened (Psalm 66:18)

If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14

This includes having pure motives – seeking what God desires, not selfish things, and getting rid of all pride and humbling ourselves before God.

What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you? You desire but do not have, so you kill. You covet but you cannot get what you want, so you quarrel and fight. You do not have because you do not ask God. When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures. You adulterous people,a don’t you know that friendship with the world means enmity against God? Therefore, anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God. James 4:1-4

4. Obedience to God’s Word and what He has clearly revealed for you to do.

Jesus replied, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. Anyone who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me.(John 14:23-24)

 

Sometimes, there is a delay in God’s answers to our prayer. These are times of testing our faith to prove and refine it. E. M. Bounds (a minister in the South after the Civil War in the 1800s) describes the importance of delay in his book The Necessity of Prayer (from The Complete Works of E. M. Bounds on Prayer):

“Faith does not grow disheartened because prayer is not immediately honored. It takes God at His Word, and lets Him take what time He chooses in fulfilling His purposes, and in carrying on His work. There is bound to be much delay and long days of waiting for true faith, but faith accepts the conditions. It knows there will be delays in answering prayer, and regards such delays as times of testing. During that time it is privileged to show its mettle, and the unyielding stuff that it is made of…

(description of the importance of Jesus’ delay in going to Lazarus when he was sick)…

Jesus’ delay was in the interests of a greater good.

Fear not, O tempted and tried believer, Jesus will come, if patience is exercised and faith holds fast. His delay will serve to make His coming the more richly blessed. Pray on. Wait on. You cannot fail. If Christ delays, wait for Him. In His own good time, He will come, and will not tarry.

How much patience is required when these times of testing come! Yet faith gathers strength by waiting and praying. Patience has its perfect work in the school of delay. In some instances, delay is the most essential part of the prayer. God has to do many things before He can give the final answer- things that are essential to the lasting good of the one who is requesting favor at His hands.”

UNBELIEF

See to it, brothers and sisters, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God. But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness. We have come to share in Christ, if indeed we hold our original conviction firmly to the very end. As has just been said:

“Today, if you hear his voice,
do not harden your hearts
as you did in the rebellion.”
Who were they who heard and rebelled? Were they not all those Moses led out of Egypt? And with whom was he angry for forty years? Was it not with those who sinned, whose bodies perished in the wilderness? And to whom did God swear that they would never enter his rest if not to those who disobeyed? So we see that they were not able to enter, because of their unbelief. Hebrews 3:12-19

How I pray that none of us might be overcome by unbelief!!!!!!

Unbelief is a most deadly sin, my precious sisters!

E.M. Bounds writes in The Necessity of Prayer,

“We need to guard against unbelief as we would against an enemy. Faith needs to be cultivated. We need to keep on praying, “Lord, increase our faith,” for faith is susceptible of increase… Faith is increased by exercise, by being put into use. It is nourished by painful trials… It would be well if all of us were to stop and ask ourselves, “Have I faith in God? Have I real faith – faith that keeps me in perfect peace about the things of earth and the things of heaven?”

 

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