INTRODUCTION: Weíve talked about prayer for the last two weeks. The Christian can have confidence that God hears his prayer. We know that God commands us to pray. And He also assures us that He answers our prayers. How does God answer those prayers. But the real question is, "How does God work in this world?" There are two extremes. Some say that God predestines every little action. If this were true there would be no need to pray. But the other extreme states that God has wound up the world once like a clock and now is far removed from this earth. This other extreme is also false.
Our God has changed His mind
about a certain deed promised (Genesis 18:32). God promised to cause all
things to work together for our good. (Romans 8:28). God can manipulate
natural law. God indeed answers prayer. But how does he answer the prayers
of His saints.
I. OUR GOD ANSWERS PRAYER THROUGH HIS INSPIRED WORD.
A. Have you ever prayed for patience or comfort.
II. OUR GOD ANSWERED PRAYER THROUGH NATURAL LAW.1. Romans 15:4 - "For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope."B. Do you pray that someone might come to a knowledge of the truth?1. Acts 8:25- "So when they had testified and preached the word of the Lord, they returned to Jerusalem, preaching the gospel in many villages of the Samaritans."C. Have you ever prayed for knowledge?
A. We pray for our daily bread.III. OUR GOD ANSWERS PRAYER THROUGH PEOPLE AND SITUATIONS.1. Matthew 6:11 - "Give us this day our daily bread."B. We pray for physical healing.
A. Paul needed protection form the Jews.IV. OUR GOD ANSWERS PRAYER IN HIS OWN MIND.1. God gave it through the Roman law.B. We pray for opportunities.a. Acts 21-232. Matthew 6:13- "And do not lead us into temptation, But deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen."1. 1 Corinthians 16:7- "For I do not wish to see you now on the way; but I hope to stay a while with you, if the Lord permits. But I will tarry in Ephesus until Pentecost. For a great and effective door has opened to me, and there are many adversaries."
A. Forgiveness of sins.V. WHAT HAPPENS IF WE DONíT PERCEIVE AN IMMEDIATE ANSWER FROM GOD?1. God will answer our prayer for forgiveness as alien sinners when we comply with His truth.B. How do we know our sins are forgiven?
A. Make sure you meed scriptural requirements.CONCLUSION: Prayer is not an exact science. We canít take it apart and understand all the workings of it in a couple of easy lessons. But we can be assured that God hears us, wants to answer our prayers, and truly cares for us.1. 1 John 5:14- "Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us."B. Even though God has not answered our prayers immediately, rest assured that God will answer your prayer.1. James 1:5-8 "If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways."C. Set forth to put your prayers into action.1. "Pray at the end of a hoehandle."D. Donít lose confidence in God if the answer turns out to be NO.
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