GATHERING UP THE FRAGMENTS
By Eddie Wrinkle
“God Always Answers Prayer”
1 Peter 3:12 For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and His ears are open to their prayers; But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.
First, prayer is a privilege for those who have trusted Christ as their Savior and Lord. Isaiah wrote, “Behold, the Lord’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; Nor His ear heavy, that it cannot hear. But your iniquities have separated you from your God; And your sins have hidden His face from you, so that He will not hear.” (Isaiah 59:1-2) The blind man whom Christ healed in John 9:31 said, “Now we know that God does not hear sinners; but if anyone is a worshiper of God and does His will, He hears him.” The only prayer that God will hear from a sinner is the prayer of repentance.
Sometimes God says, “Yes.” When we pray in His Name, according to His will, and stand on the authority of His Word, He says “yes” to our prayers. Paul says, “For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us.” (2 Corinthians 1:20)
Sometimes God says, “No.” God is too wise and too good to give us everything we ask for. He won’t give us what He knows is not good for us. James says, “You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures.” (James 4:3)
Sometimes God says, “Wait.” God’s timing is perfect. He never comes too late nor too soon. Psalm 27:14 says, “Wait on the Lord; Be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the Lord!” Isaiah 40:31 says, “But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.”
Sometimes God says, “My grace is sufficient for you.” (2 Corinthians 12:9) Like the apostle Paul, there are times when God tells us that we must accept our circumstances. The Serenity Prayer says, “God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.”
1 John 5:14-15 says, “Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.” God always answers prayer for those who love Him and are “the called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28). He either says, yes, no, wait, or My grace is sufficient for you. Keep trusting Him, and keep praying. Until next time…
LET THERE BE LIGHT!