Theme: PRAYING AND WAITING ON THE LORD ALWAYS
Text: “And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.” – 1 John 5:14, 15.
Comment: God is ready to answer the prayers of His children. (Psalm 65:2) However, we must meet certain conditions before our prayers can be answered. One of them is that as we pray we should believe that God will do for us what we are asking of Him. (Mark 11: 23,24) And we do not have to scream or repeat the prayer endlessly before He hears us. Our words should be few, straight to the point and the prayer should be said quietly. (Matthew 6:5-8; Ecclesiastes 5:2) Again, the prayer must be said through Jesus Christ the only mediator between God and men. (1Timothy 2:5; John 15: 16) The aforesaid points, in addition to good understanding of the purpose of God, constitute “the will of God”, the basis on which God answers prayer, as in the text for today. We must be ready to submit ourselves to Jehovah’s ultimate will in our lives and in His Church. (Matthew 26:39, 42; John 6:38) Realising that “God heareth not sinners”, the person praying must have repented of his sins and be doing God’s will. – John 9:31.
“If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me: But verily God hath heard me; he hath attended to the voice of my prayer. Blessed be God, which hath not turned away my prayer, nor his mercy from me.” – Psalm 66:18-20.