Saturday, October 1, 2011

Claiming God’s Promises

by Aleta Kay

Here are a few things I have learned about getting your prayers answered (although all prayers do get answered: sometimes the answer is no; sometimes yes, and sometimes later).
Hebrews 11:6 says, “For without faith it is impossible to please him; but he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of those who diligently seek him.” We must believe that God exists and that He is all-powerful. We must believe that He wants to give us good things. Then we must diligently seek Him as if looking for a lost heirloom.
The way to get that faith is also through prayer. The book of James tells us we don’t get what we want either because we haven’t asked, or because we have asked for the wrong reason, or the wrong thing. John 15:5 says we can’t do anything on our own. We can’t even get the desire to pray without asking the Holy Spirit to give it to us. Then we have to put some effort into it. We have to open our Bibles, ask the Holy Spirit to help us understand what He is trying to tell us, then meditate on it. Let it sink into your heart so it becomes part of you.
Matthew 6:9-13 gives us the order of things we should pray for, starting with acknowledging God’s sovereignty.
Deliberately set aside a time for prayer and Bible reading, just as you would keep a doctor appointment. It might only be ten minutes, or it could be an hour. Then try to keep an open line of prayer throughout the day, because you never know what is coming. If we mess up, we should ask God to forgive us immediately and try not to do that again. That keeps the prayer line open.
Look for passages or verses where God is promising something. Write it down. Try to memorize it. The more you read it, and see results to your prayers, the more your faith will grow.
Now watch your prayers start getting answered. If not, contact me. I’d love to hear from you.

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