… BECAUSE you have heard ME+.
This is the principle for answered prayer, isn’t it ?
Listen to the Word of The LORD to Josiah, King of Judah, so many years ago:
Courtesy of Bible Gateway: 2 Chronicles 34 ~ from Huldah , the prophetess to Hilkiah, the priest, after the Word of GOD was discovered in the Temple….
26 And as for the king of Judah, who sent you to enquire of the LORD, so shall ye say unto him,
Thus saith the LORD GOD of Israel concerning the words
which thou hast heard;
27 Because thine heart was tender,
and thou didst
humble thyself before GOD,
heardest His words
against this place, and against the inhabitants thereof,
and humbledst thyself before ME,
and didst rend thy clothes,
and weep before me;
I have even heard thee also,
saith the LORD.
~ ~ ~ Answered Prayer ~ ~ ~
The guiding principle for answered prayer is to ALIGN ourselves with the Word of GOD. Our LORD JESUS reveals His+ Will for our lives throughout the New Covenant, but ESPECIALLY in Matthew chapters 5, 6, and 7.
Are we KEEPING and LIVING those Words of Life, truly, in every area of our lives ?
If NOT… then that will hinder our prayers.
~ ~ ~ A Plan of Action ~ ~ ~
We all have UNanswered prayers in our lives. What, then is to be done about them ?
We cannot, like some advocate, simply “whip up” our faith , grit our teeth and close our eyes, claiming, ” I believe I’m going to receive…. I believe I’m going to receive… ” Nor can we DEMAND our will from The LORD.
NO. The LORD has shown us a BETTER WAY.
Here is the promise:
1 John 5
14 And this is the confidence
that we have in HIM+,
if we ask any thing
according to HIS+ WILL,
HE+ heareth us:
15 And if we know that HE+ hear us,
whatsoever we ask,
we know that we have the petitions
that we desired of HIM+.
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His+ BETTER way is this: ALIGN OUR LIVES with His+ Word.
In this way, our prayers will ALSO align themselves with His+ Will. Those prayers WILL CHANGE and our eyes will be opened unto the Will of Our FATHER Who art in Heaven.
When we line ourselves up with His+ Word in all areas of our lives, then HE+ moves.
We will have power in prayer to change things… according to HIS+ Will . And… in proportion to the bringing of our OWN HEARTS in line with His+ Perfect Will.
Sometimes, UN-answered prayers are designed to make us pay attention: SOME thing is out of order with our time, our priorities, our desires.
SOME thing is grieving the HOLY SPIRIT in what we are doing, what we are thinking, who we are spending time with, our “entertainments”, and in short, our VALUE SYSTEM.
So, if frustration and lack of peace is our experience in prayer, then we need to TAKE HEED.
We need to RETURN to Matthew 5, 6, and 7 and prayerfully consider EACH VERSE, each passage and MEASURE ourselves: Are we LIVING that verse, that passage IN OUR HEARTS, outwardly as well as inwardly, and IN OUR VALUE SYSTEM ?
If not, those areas within our hearts are sorely in need of over-hauling. We need to REPENT and RE-COMMIT our selves to walking HIS+ Way … not ours, not our family’s, and not the world’s ways.
Then WAIT AND SEE what happens ! The PEACE of GOD will come, that PEACE that passes all understanding. Our understanding of the Will of The LORD will increase in all these dire situations we must face daily.
And, we will GROW in LOVE for our LORD JESUS CHRIST.
That is the true goal, isn’t it ?
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Glory be to The FATHER, and to His HOLY SON+ our LORD JESUS CHRIST, and to the Blessed HOLY SPIRIT; ONE GOD, now and forever. Amen.
Courtesy of Bible Gateway, here is the background of King Josiah, from 2 Chronicles , chapter 34:
Josiah was eight years old when he began to reign, and he reigned in Jerusalem one and thirty years.
2 And he did that which was right in the sight of the Lord, and walked in the ways of David his father, and declined neither to the right hand, nor to the left.