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Listen while you read: "When The Roll Is Called Up Yonder"1 (Lyrics)
I was reading a little devotional by Norval Hayes entitled "How to get your prayers answered". He tells the story of a woman in the congregation challenging him about her continual prayers not being answered — prayers for her daughter of seventeen, who ran away from home, to call her. Norval quoted Scriptures to her about Jesus' promises that God would answer her prayers in Jesus' name, if backed by sufficient faith.
Matthew 7:7a – Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. (NLT)
Mark 11:24 – I tell you, you can pray for anything, and if you believe that you've received it, it will be yours. (NLT)
He then prayed with the lady, and told her to thank God continually for answering her prayers.
Months later, Norval was preaching again at that church, and the same lady was among the congregation. She stood up again, but this time her message was one of victory. She told him that her daughter had called her and had returned home. Her daughter was also present and shared that she was now born again. The lady hugged Norval, and they were both Spirit-filled and shared tears of joy!
Some time ago, I also prayed for a lady in similar circumstances, who phoned me the next day to say that her daughter had just phoned, and was coming to visit that weekend! Hallelujah!
John 14:12-14 – I tell you the truth, anyone who believes in me will do the same works I have done, and even greater works, because I am going to be with the Father. You can ask for anything in my name, and I will do it, so that the Son can bring glory to the Father. Yes, ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it! (NLT)
Hebrews 11:1 – Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see. (NLT)
There's that word "faith" again! It's so easy to say and to understand, but when times of trouble come, and come they will, it's so difficult to hold onto!
Yet Jesus, being wholly human as well as wholly divine, knew how challenged we would be, from time to time, and emphasized the critical importance of our believing the assurances and promises of Jesus (having faith), that our Father in heaven will always hear and respond positively to all heartfelt prayers in the name of Jesus that are in His holy will!
Faith — the opposite of fear — is an essential weapon given to every saint, which renders powerless all of Satan's darts and lies! We need only stand on the promises of Jesus for victory over all the forces of darkness! Thanking God for answering one's prayers is giving evidence of believing His promises, i.e. faith! Thank You, Jesus!
Prayer: Father, we come before Your holy presence as flawed sinners saved by Your grace alone. Unworthy as we are, we thank You for Your unconditional love, such that You even gave Your beloved Son, Jesus, to bleed and die on that lonely cross of Calvary 2000 years ago! Please forgive us for our sins and help us to become more like Jesus, as we offer up our love, our worship, and our service in Your mighty army. Please strengthen and increase our faith, that we may walk with ever-increasing boldness, and declare from the rooftops that Jesus is Lord! Amen and Amen!