God answers when I come with prayer

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All answered prayer can be seen as miraculous, but some are quite obvious – Joshua asking for the sun and moon to stand still would be such a miraculous answer to prayer.

On the day that the Lord gave the men of Israel victory over the Amorites, Joshua spoke to the Lord. In the presence of the Israelites he said,

“Sun, stand still over Gibeon;
Moon, stop over Aijalon Valley.”

The sun stood still and the moon did not move until the nation had conquered its enemies. This is written in the Book of Jashar. The sun stood still in the middle of the sky and did not go down for a whole day.

Never before, and never since, has there been a day like it, when the Lord obeyed a human being. The Lord fought on Israel’s side! – Joshua 10:12-14  GNT

I believe God honours bold prayers.

“Bold prayers honor God, and God honors bold prayers.  If your prayers aren’t impossible to you, they are insulting to God.”  Mark Batterson 

Is there not a correlation between God being moved and the level of faith I bring to my prayers? Is my prayer life too small and is my life a witness to the smallness of my prayer? I believe my prayers reflect how big or small I believe God is. Maybe I believe that I am offering God a prayer I have no business praying – maybe this is where my faith gets stretched.

Bold prayer requires bold faith believing God is able. All impossible things that He does comes in response to prayer. Do I believe that God fights for me in the battle?

“Anytime our Heavenly Father intersects our earthly lives, and answers our prayers by any means He chooses, it is a miraculous occurrence. And I believe He desires to do this in a bigger way in our lives — here and now — than most of us have ever imagined.” — Pastor Steven Furtick, Elevation Church

No matter what my trials and troubles are I have a choice – fall away from God or take them to Him, in prayer, so that I may endure and grow. Psalm 143 is a greater psalm of prayer teaching me how to pray correctly when facing serious trials.

It reminds me that praying is not something I consider to manipulate God to get what I want. It is place for me to repent, and to trust Jesus to be my Saviour. It is where I know God as my God and I want to follow and obey Him as His servant.

For the particular mercies bestowed on us. Ways God has been patient with us; ways he has helped us change and break bad habits and patterns of thought, heart attitude, and practice; ways he has protected us from the fuller consequences of our own blindness and foolishness; ways he has revealed himself to us, giving us communion with him; ways he has answered our prayers; ways he has walked with us through pain and suffering. – Timothy Keller

 

 

 

I have prayed for you

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What an amazing encouragement for me today to read again that Jesus prays for me. I am stronger already for it. 

And so he is able, now and always, to save those who come to God through him, because he lives forever to plead with God for them. – Hebrews 7:25 GNT

“Our blessed Lord is interceding for us, but He is in no sense appeasing God. All that God’s holy Being and righteous government could demand was once for all, completely and forever, satisfied at the Cross.” – Newell

It is not the intercession that needs to be a mediating type of thing nor is it something like a ritual religious thing. It is more like He wants me to draw near to His Father and I believe it is also about helping me or defending me against the evil one’s accusations and attacks. Remember how Jesus prayed for Peter – that his faith would not fail.

Life-changing.

“God is here, within these walls;
before me, behind me, on my right
hand, on my left hand. He who fills
immensity has come down to me
here. I am now about to bow at His
feet, and speak to him…I may pour
forth my desires before Him and
not one syllable shall escape His
ear. I may speak to him as I would to
the dearest friend on earth.”
 Austin Phelps, The Still Hour