“There is nothing there (1 Kings 18:43).” Nothingness doesn’t matter if God has promised to send something.
Here was Prophet Elijah on Mount Carmel overlooking the sea. His prayer had just brought down fire from heaven. False prophets had been killed. And he already told King Ahab that there is a sound of heavy rain (v. 41). It was after telling him so, that Elijah climbed to the top of … Read the rest
Luke says that Jesus spoke a parable to teach us to always pray and not give up (Luke 18:1). Plainly stated. But easily forgotten.
Why do we give up praying? It mostly happens because most of our prayers are wishes only. Such prayers cannot be sustained.
Then there is the problem of no visible change in situation. Only when you know the mind of God and his will regarding that … Read the rest
It is amazing how one act of obedience can go a long way in fulfilling God’s purposes. Look at the case of Ananias. He was asked by God to “Go!” The reason was that a man named Saul was praying. And Saul was blind for a period of three days.
Ananias was the answer to Saul’s prayer.
But Ananias had no clue as to the change that was happening … Read the rest
Jesus said, “Ask and it will be given to you” (Matthew 7:7).
At first look, this looks quite simple; isn’t it? But is it really that simple? If God gave you a chance to ask him something what would you ask? Are you prepared for such a chance?
King Solomon got such a chance. God appeared to him and said, “Ask for whatever you want me to give you” (2 … Read the rest
For he has not despised or disdained the suffering of the afflicted one; he has not hidden his face from him but has listened to his cry for help (Psalm 22:24 NIV).
The feeling of being despised can affect believers too. It need not be taken as a sign of lack of faith. But it can be understood as a natural human reaction and emotion. David went through this. He … Read the rest
In the morning, O Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation (Psalm 5:3 NIV).
God wants us to live life one day at a time. For the day is a God-given unit of time for man’s sake. Therefore it is best to begin each day by meeting with God. A day which begins with a meeting with God has … Read the rest
May those who hope in you not be disgraced because of me, O Lord, the Lord Almighty; may those who seek you not be put to shame because of me, O God of Israel (Psalm 69:6 NIV).
There are two possibilities for a prayer like this. The first one can be sin. In the previous verse David talks about his folly and his guilt which is not hidden from God. … Read the rest
They told him, “This is what Hezekiah says: This day is a day of distress and rebuke and disgrace, as when children come to the point of birth and there is no strength to deliver them.” … Therefore pray for the remnant that still survives (2 Kings 19:3, 4z NIV).
This is a lesson about prayer. There comes times in life when some difficulty occurs in the fulfillment of something … Read the rest
As for me, far be it from me that I should sin against the Lord by failing to pray for you. And I will teach you the way that is good and right (1 Samuel 12:23 NIV).
“Failing to pray” is a sin. Many Christians have not thought about failure to pray in this manner. It is not selfish kind of praying that is referred to here. But is is … Read the rest
Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know (Jeremiah 33:3 NIV).
This message came to Prophet Jeremiah while he was still imprisoned. This came in response to his earlier prayer. God was speaking to him the second time. Surely this message was important. It talked about the restoration of the Jewish people in times to come. The message was … Read the rest