How does God anticipate
the needs of His children?
Before they call I
will answer; while they are still speaking I
will hear. Isaiah 65:24.
Is there any limit to Gods
ability to help?
Now to him who is
able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or
imagine, according to his power that is at
work within us. Ephesians 3:20.
How fully has God
promised to supply our needs?
And my God will
meet all your needs according to his glorious
riches in Christ Jesus.
Do we always know what to pray
In the same
way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We
do not know what we ought to pray for, but
the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans
that words cannot express.
Does God always see fit to
grant our petitions?
Three times I pleaded
with the Lord to take it away from me. But he
said to me, My grace is sufficient for
you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.
2 Corinthians 12: 8,9.
affliction, some have thought, was impaired
sight. (Acts 9:8, 9, 18: 22:11-13.) The retaining
of such an imperfection would be a constant
reminder to him of his conversion, and hence a
blessing in disguise.
Patience and Perseverance
If an answer does not come at
once, what should we do?
Be still before the
Lord and wait patiently for him; do not
fret when men succeed in their ways, when they
carry out their wicked schemes. Psalm 37:7.
Why was the parable of the
importunate widow given?
Then Jesus told them
His disciples a parable to show them that they
should always pray and not give up.
Note The request of
the importunate widow was granted because of her
persistency. God wants us to seek Him earnestly,
when we pray. He is a rewarder of them that
diligently seek Him. (Hebrews 11:6.)
How did Elijah pray before
obtaining his request?
Elijah was a man just
like us. He prayed earnestly that it would not
rain, and it did not rain on the land for
three and a half years. Again he prayed, and the
heavens gave rain, and the earth produced its
crops. James 5:17,18. (See also Revelation
Two Fundamental Conditions
Upon what condition does
Christ say we shall receive?
Therefore I tell
you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe
that you have received it, and it will be yours.
Without this faith, will God
But when he asks, he
must believe and not doubt, because he who
doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and
tossed by the wind. That man should not think
he will receive anything from the Lord; he is
a double-minded man, unstable in all he does.
What petitions may we
confidently expect God to hear?
This is the confidence
we have in approaching God: 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 what we asked
of him. 1 John 5:14,15.
Note Gods will
is expressed in His law, His promises, and His
word. (Psalm 40:8; Romans 2:17, 18: 1 Peter 7:4.)
Examples of Answered Prayer
During the night
the mystery was revealed to Daniel in a vision.
Then Daniel praised the God of heaven.
When Peter was imprisoned
and was about to be executed by Herod, what did
the church do?
So Peter was kept in
prison, but the church was earnestly praying
to God for him.
How were their prayers
Suddenly an angel of
the Lord appeared and a light shone in the cell.
He struck Peter on the side and woke him up.
Quick, get up! he said, and the
chains fell off Peters wrists. Then the
angel said to him, Put on your clothes and
sandals. And Peter did so. Wrap your
clock around you and follow me, the angel
told him. Peter followed him out of the prison,
but he had no idea that what the angel was doing
was really happening; he thought he was seeing a
vision. They passed the first and second guards
and came to an iron gate leading to the city. It
opened for them by itself, and they went through
it. When they had walked the length of one
street, suddenly the angel left him. Verses
Because Solomon asked for
wisdom, rather than for long life and riches,
what beside wisdom did God give him?
So God said to him,
Since you have asked for this and not long
life or wealth for yourself, nor have asked for
the death of your enemies but for discernment in
administering justice, I will do as you have
asked. I will give you a wise and discerning
heart, so that there will never have been anyone
like you, nor will there ever be. Moreover, I
will give you what you have not asked for
so that in your lifetime you will have no equal
among kings. 1 Kings 3:11-13.
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