Thursday, January 5, 2012

How to Get “Yes” Answers to Your Prayers

by Aleta Kay

Psalm 37:4—“Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.”
          Have you ever wished you were friends with a rich man who could and would take care of your debts? Have you ever wished there was someone powerful you could turn to in times of trouble?
          There is no one more powerful in the universe than Almighty God. The Bible tells us he owns everything because everything was created by him. Things that were created by man were created with knowledge and skill given by God. He can calm storms, heal broken hearts, comfort the sick and bereaved. And he cares more than anyone else possibly could.
          The key to getting your prayers answered in the affirmative is to delight in the LORD. When we delight in him we want to read and study his word. We want to know what he has to say to us. We want to be in close fellowship with him and seek his will.
          Matthew 6:33 says, “Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you.” When we put God first in our lives and tell others about his goodness, his greatness; when we love others enough to want to lead them to Christ, that they might be delivered from hell, we know we have God’s ear.
     John15:1-7 says, “Joh 15:1  I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman.
Joh 15:2  Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.
Joh 15:3  Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you.
Joh 15:4  Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.
Joh 15:5  I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.
Joh 15:6  If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.
Joh 15:7  If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.
        Notice Jesus said we must abide in him. That means we realize that we cannot accomplish anything on our own and we depend on him for everything. We turn to him for every need, our own needs and the needs of others we are concerned about. If we keep our focus, our attention on living for him, we will have our prayers answered because our desires will agree with his (not the other way around).
Many people today seem to be trying to make God into their image. It won’t work. God is not malleable. He will not be manipulated, shamed, or goaded. If you choose to argue with him you will lose. You are not all powerful but he is. And he always knows and desires what is best for you and the rest of us.

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