How does God
anticipate the needs of His children?
call I will answer; while they
are still speaking I will hear.
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
we always know what to pray for?
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.
always see fit to grant our
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
2 Corinthians 12: 8,9.
Pauls 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
If an answer
does not come at once, what should we
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
was the parable of the importunate
Then Jesus told
them His disciples a parable to show
them that they should always pray
and not give up. Luke 18:1.
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.
did Elijah pray before obtaining his
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
what condition does Christ say we
tell you, whatever you ask for in
prayer, believe that you
have received it, and it will be
this faith, will God answer prayer?
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
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.
will is expressed in His law, His
promises, and His word. (Psalm 40:8;
Romans 2:17, 18: 1 Peter 7:4.)
of Answered Prayer
night the mystery was revealed to
Daniel in a vision. Then Daniel
praised the God of heaven.
was imprisoned and was about to be
executed by Herod, what did the
So Peter was
kept in prison, but the church was
earnestly praying to God for him.
were their prayers answered?
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 7-10.
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