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God‘s Expressed Will (Photo by Pastor Davis) “Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.” Genesis 1:6a



In lesson one, we provided you with several steps you need to take in order to get your prayers answered by God.  In this lesson, we will continue with several more.

BE DILIGENT: When most people pray (to be healed, find a job, etc.), they ask God once, maybe twice, and then give up.

But Christ said, “ask, and it shall be given to you; seek, and you shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: for every one that asks receives; and he that seeks finds; and to him that knocks it shall be opened. Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone? Or if he asks a fish, will he give him a serpent? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask Him?” (Matthew 7:7-11; Luke 11:8-9).

Let God know that you are serious about your request.

Keep in mind that He seldom answers prayers in the way or time frame most people expect. God does things His way, according to His timetable.

If a matter is important to you, do not pray about it just once. Come to God again and again, not in a nagging way, but with sincere, heartfelt petitions. Be diligent.

Again, let God know how serious you are.

Pray for God’s will, not your own: In the world, most pray for selfish reasons. Some ask God to bless them in winning the lottery. Others pray that their enemies will get their “just desserts.” But are they seeking God’s will?

Notice James 4: “You lust, and have not: you kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: you fight and war, yet you have not, because you ask not. You ask, and receive not, because you ask amiss, that you may consume it upon your lusts” (James 4:2-3), If your mind is set on foolish, carnal lusts, God will not hear you.

Your requests must be centered on what God desires. The Apostle John wrote, “And this is the confidence that we have in God, that, if we ask any thing according to His will, He hears 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) Just before He was arrested, tortured and crucified, Jesus cried out to God in anguish. He prayed, “O My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from Me: nevertheless not as I will, but as You will (Matthew 26:39) Humanly, Jesus did not want to suffer the brutal torture and death that awaited Him. Yet He still prayed that God’s will be done, not His own. Christ always put God first. He always approached Him with a yielded, humble attitude.

Follow Christ’s example and God will answer your prayers.

You can know God’s will by studying His Word. The Bible contains more than a thousand pages and 750,000 words of God’s expressed will. If you study it daily, replacing your thoughts with His, you can understand what God wants.

Remember, the choice in the manner you chose to pray is always yours.  The choice for God to answer your prayers is always God’s.  Since He has provided you with the correct way to get his attention why not follow it, you just might be surprised.  May you grow and prosper in God’s grace and allow Him to bless you abundantly, in Jesus name, AMEN!

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