God Answers Prayer
God answers prayer. In the OT, God says, “Call to me and I will answer you” (Jer 33:3). In the NT, Jesus says, “If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you” (John 15:7). Numerous other passages teach the same (e.g., 2 Chron 7:14; Ps 91:15; Isa 65:24; Mark 11:24, Matt 7:7; etc.).
The truth that God answers prayer is not an abstraction. God answers prayers in real life. Scripture teaches what really happens in the lives of Christians all over the world. Here’s an example.
I have a friend who has pastored the same church for over a decade. About a year ago, him and his wife felt that God might be calling them to a different ministry. So, my friend applied to a church and began an interview process. As the interview process progressed, the church’s search committee eliminated numerous applications, excluding my friend. The pool of candidates became smaller and smaller. My friend felt that this church might choose him. He didn’t want to become the candidate and then tell the church he didn’t want the job. So, prior to becoming the candidate, he and his wife asked the Lord for confidence regarding what to do. One day their youngest child came to them, holding a globe. As he was holding it, he pointed to a specific spot on the globe and said, “Mom and dad, I want to live right here.” When his parents looked at where their son was pointing, they were astonished. The child’s finger was right on the state where their potential new ministry was located! Up until this point, they had not told their children about this new job. Their son had no idea that he was pointing to his family’s new home. My friend was recently confirmed as the new Senior Pastor of this church.
Brothers and sisters, the same God who answered my friend’s prayer can and will answer your prayer. We serve a tremendous God. He hears us when we pray, and he answers our prayers. Pray big, bold, powerful prayers. Remember that the Lord hears you. And that he does answer prayer. Hebrews 4:16 puts it so well, “Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”