RESPONSIBILITY OF PRAYER
(Luke 11:1) And it came to pass, that, as he was praying in a certain place, when he ceased, one of his disciples said unto him, Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples.
EXPECT GOD TO ANSWER YOUR PRAYERS
Sometimes God says no to our prayers. Sometimes we pray for things that would not be best for us. There is a country song that says "I thank God for unanswered prayers." Actually the prayers are not unanswered, God just says no sometimes.
Sometimes God says wait. We may ask for things sometimes when we are not yet ready to receive them or to handle them. When I first surrendered to the ministry I prayed hard for a church to pastor. It was four years before God answered my prayer but as I look back I now know that I was not ready before then. I am thankful that God had me wait because if I had started pastoring sooner I would have probably became discouraged and quit.
Sometimes God answers yes and we are very sure that it is an answer to prayer. In my life I have seen many things that God did and I knew that it could only come from Him. That is what a miracle is.
In closing this section on prayer I want to finish with one story. Early in my ministry my car was about to fall apart and I desperately needed a car but it seems like there was no way for me to get one. I was a little disturbed that God would not provide me a way to visit hospitals, to witness and to do His work. I was really having a pity party. When I finally realized that my attitude was in the way I prayed, "Lord, I intend to serve you. I will witness if I have to walk. I will visit the hospitals if I have to ride a bicycle. Me having a car is not what is important. Doing your work is what is important."
The next day I was able to get a car financed at a price that I could afford and I don't think I have ever been without a vehicle since.
We serve a great God who wants us to pray. How is your prayer life?
Please feel free to contact me by email at
shilohkosciusko with questions, comments or even suggestions for further devotional studies. @gmail.com
If you know of someone new to the Kosciusko area and would like for our church to visit them please let us know. Our prayers are that this devotional ministry will be an outreach to bring people into a closer relationship with Jesus. I do appreciate you taking the time to read these devotionals and please keep us in your prayers.