Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Faith Gets Answers

I've been reading some devotions in "The Word For You Today" about hindrances to answered prayer. There were things mentioned that I will list with my own comments about what they mean to me:

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1) Prayerlessness - Sometimes we are so busy thinking about circumstances and problems and whining, that we don't take time to actually pray. God is waiting for us to make requests of Him, and is willing to act on our behalf, if we only pray.

2) Lack of Confidence - Often we know that God can do something, but do not believe that He will do it for us. We don't believe we are worthy.

3) Sin - Unconfessed sin shuts the door to God. We must ask him to reveal any sin and we must confess it to make the pathway clear to His throne.

4) Praying Outside Of God's Will - We need to spend time in the Word so we know what God's promises are. If you're not sure, pray for something if it's God's will. St Augustine said that the sweetest lesson he ever learned in God's school was to let the Lord choose for him.

5) Wrong Motives - A motive is the why behind the what. We must purify our hearts and get out of the "it's all about me" mode. Examine motives for your prayers.

God longs to be believed!

I love that phrase from the devotion book. I love to read about God's promises to Abraham. God has given us access to so much and all we have to do is believe to receive it. Doubt brings distraction and inability to focus on the Truth and to stand in Faith.

Don't spend time thinking about the problem, picture and believe for the results and desires of your heart. Delight in Him and He will give you the desire of your heart (Psalm 37:4). Delight in knowing His love for you and don't give Him a time line. Picture and prepare for the answer.

James 1 says, "But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord."

It's so exciting to know that if we focus on that fact and truly believe we can have all of God's best in our lives. Sometimes we want what's not God's best and the devil uses that to discourage us and make us think that prayers don't work.

Be anchored to what God says and do not drift!

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