TODAY'S WORD FOR Wednesday, May 08, 2019:
To offer a devout petition, praise, thanks, to God. To communicate with God.
For this reason, I tell you, whatever you pray and ask for, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
Everyone desires to have someone in their life who understands them and identifies with their circumstances and with whom they can share their thoughts and concerns. Jesus is that someone, and because of His death and resurrection we have the privilege of communicating with Him through prayer if we accept Him as our Savior and Lord. Through prayer we can have an intimate connection to God and come directly to His throne of grace.
Prayer is not about petitioning God to bend His will to conform to our desires. It is us seeking God’s will and submitting to it.
The dictionary defines prayer as not only devout petition but praise and thanks. So often our prayers are motivated by our selfish motives, so called needs and desires. How often do most of us pray just to thank God for His blessings to us and to praise Him for who He is and for His righteousness and goodness.
Many believers struggle with prayer because they do not feel that God hears them because they do not seem to get answers. There are several principles that one who knows Christ must understand about prayer and the response that God gives.
First, your heart must be right with God. You cannot be living a worldly life sinning against God and then when trouble comes your way you stop and pray and expect God to answer and give you what you want. Sin has consequences and it is through the consequences we learn the importance of obedience. If we come with a repenting heart then when we ask, He will answer.
Secondly, you must be reading and studying God’s Word daily. When you search the Bible with a desire to listen, God will speak to you by the words you read and the Holy Spirit will lead you to your answer through your understanding of what is right and wrong. In other words, you must be communicating to God and then listening for His response. God hears every prayer.
God is never farther than a prayer away and prayer should never be far from our lips. There are so many times and reasons we should pray and yet we do not.
We are to pray in times of adversity, lest we become faithless and unbelieving. We are to pray in times of prosperity, lest we become boastful and proud. We are to pray in times of danger, lest we become fearful and doubting. We need to pray in times of security, lest we become self-sufficient.
Sinners need to pray to a merciful God for forgiveness. Christians need to pray for an outpouring of God’s Spirit upon a willful, evil, unrepentant world. Parents need to pray that God will convict them to be spiritual leaders of their children and bless their home with his grace and mercy. Believers need to pray for the salvation of their parents, their children and others they know who do not know Jesus as their Savior. Christians need to pray that the dew of heaven may fall on earth’s dry, thirsty ground, and that righteousness may cover the earth as the waters cover the sea. The whole world needs a revival, a turning back to God. God will answer. He will not turn a deaf ear.
Our memory verse for this week is found in Acts 16:31.
Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved.
I yield everything I have and know unto You, O Lord, so You can use me as an instrument to further Your gospel. Cleanse me from my sin and make me an instrument fit for Your use. Give me listening ears to hear Your answers to my prayers. Thank You for the assurance that You hear me and will answer me.
These Family Devotional thoughts are written by Dr. Ken Phillips, Executive Director of America's Hunger
Solution, 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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