THEME: GOD ANSWERS PRAYERS
“And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.”
-Jesus gives us the confidence to ask anything in His name and He will answer us so that the Father may be glorified in Him. The name of Jesus is glorified above every other name, and one of the objectives of answered prayers is for the glory of God. The prayer of a righteous man avails much, and we see Elijah a man with a nature like ours prayed earnestly and it could not rain for three years six months. He prayed again and the heaven gave rain and the earth produced its fruit (James 5:16-18). Abraham alike had faith in God and it was accounted to him for righteousness. We too are called to have faith in God and He will answer us for the glory of His name.
The Hebrew word for prayer is Tefilah and it means to beg, beseech and implore. Our theme this week is a reminder that God answers prayers. This is a call for us to pray and without loosing hope and God will hear us and answer us. Despite the challenges that have come with the COVID-19 pandemic where most churches are closed all over the world, we should always pray because God is Omnipresent and dwells in us not in church buildings. Although some people have lost hope in God and feel that their dreams have been shuttered. We are called to wait patiently on the Lord and submit our plans unto Him and He will answer us according to His will. Like David who was confronted by king Saul, Joseph who was in the dungeon, Hannah who was barren, the woman who had an issue of blood for twelve years, Apostle Paul who had a thorn in the flesh and Jesus who sweat blood at the garden of Gethsemane, we should always remember to pray and the Lord will deliver us from all our fears. When we pray, we should have faith in God. Jesus died for our sins so that we may be victorious in all things and become His children. Through our faith in Him we are made righteous and our prayers avail much. When we ask in prayer and doubt we become double minded and should not expect to receive our requests. Like Elijah who prayed and it did not rain for three years six months and later on rained, we should always pray putting all our trust in God and He will answer us. In our prayer we should always pray according to the will of God in our lives otherwise if the motive is to use what we receive in our own pleasures, we ask amiss. King Solomon knew his purpose and prayed for wisdom and God gave him wisdom, honor, riches, peace and long life. The motivation for our prayers should be love and not self seeking interests. In everything that we do, we should do it with love and the Father will be glorified through our answered prayers.
We give thanks to You Lord our God, with all our hearts and glorify Your name forever. Only You deserve our worship and praises, only You deserve the praises on our lips. Teach us Lord how to fear You and to rely on You completely in all things. You are Omnipotent, Omniscient and Omnipresent Lord thank You for loving us Father. We love You Lord because You loved us first and glorify Your holy name for only You are holy and worthy to be praised. For all the nations will come and worship before You for Your righteous acts have been revealed to us. Thank You for protecting us, preserving us, providing us for us, sustaining us, giving us sufficient grace and peace in our families and nation. Thank You for the great plans for us, plans to prosper us and not to harm us, plans to give us hope and a future. All glory and praise belong to You Lord, now and forever. Amen
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