TODAY'S WORD FOR Thursday, February 22, 2018:
Communication with God; the act of addressing a Divinity; ask earnestly for.
Let my prayer come before You; incline Your ear to my cry.
But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the Word.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
With modern day technology we have come to expect instant answers. Perhaps that is why many question why God does not answer prayers sooner or if He hears them at all.
Jesus Himself taught us how to pray in Matthew 6:9 -- He gave us the Lord’s prayer. Since Jesus instructed us how to pray we can be assured that He hears every prayer. God not only hears every prayer but He answers our prayers although His answers may not be what we expect or come as soon as we want.
We will consider here some reasons God may delay His answer to our prayers.
First, is because of our doubt. Remember that with faith all things are possible with God but He wants us to trust Him fully and so many times our trust is shaky. Yes, we doubt if God even hears our prayers. Go to God with your need without doubting His love, power, and provision for us.
Secondly, many try to manipulate God with a request. If we try to control God by telling Him what we want or what the situation is that is manipulation and God will not respond.
Thirdly, many people when they pray do so with the wrong motivation. Self-centered requests and requests tinged with evil intent will not receive an answer. God will not partner with our lusts or our schemes.
Fourthly, sin is disobedience and our sin can prompt God to withhold His loving hand from us. When we disobey His commands as outlined in His Word and refuse to repent of our wrong doings, He will withdraw His favor and wait to answer us until we deal with our sin. If we disobey Him and break His commandments do we really have a right to expect Him to answer our prayer?
Fifthly, God cannot be expected to compensate for a lazy or negligent person that has a lack of being responsible. Many believers today lack responsibility and do foolish things that bring trouble. Should we expect God to do what we are capable of doing but foolishly neglect to do?
Finally, God desires at times to teach us to patiently wait on Him and He might want us to focus on our spiritual and eternal needs so we will learn to trust Him in all things and for all things. Even when God delays His answers, He wants us to keep on praying. He wants us to stay focused on Him.
God answers prayer according to His wisdom and according to His purpose and in His perfect timing.
Our memory verse for this week is found in Psalm 119:105.
Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.
Teach me Lord, that prayer is an act of faith. Help me to learn as I pray that You know all things and that I need your wisdom, strength, ability and peace. Thank You God that I know that You will never fail me when I call upon You.
These Family Devotional thoughts are written by Dr. Ken Phillips, Executive Director of America's Hunger
Solution and Ministry Director for World Bible Society, and his wife Dottie. Ken has had ministry positions
with The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, World Vision, Youth For Christ, World Opportunities International,
and World Bible Society. He also has consulted for more than 30 Christian ministries in management and stewardship
development. They have published a book called No Problems Only Situations that discusses the journey of their family.
Ken and Dottie have been married for 60 years, and have 6 children, 20 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. Their
second book, TODAY'S WORD, includes 365 daily
devotionals and is now available for only $10.
Ken & Dottie Phillips
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