We Are Privileged Petitioners

We know that prayer changes things. At least for those of us who belong to the great Sovereign God who rules over all. If we are His servants, citizens of His kingdom, and members of His own family, we can have full assurance that we are heard. It is a marvelous fact. Yet too few Christians use their privilege. That privilege of coming before the Ruling King and just humbly asking that He grant petitions.

Maybe many Christians simply don’t believe. Somewhere in their minds they know there is truly a God, they think He probably listens if He chooses to do so, and that He is able to fix their problems if He feels like it. Yet even these beliefs are actually vague in their minds. If it wasn’t, we would see a lot more praying going on.

1 John 5:14,15 says, “This is the assurance 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.” Isn’t that great?! And Jesus promises in John 16:23,24, “My Father will give you whatever you ask in My name… Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete.” Wow. Do we believe this? Because we must believe. For God honors faith.

Yes, when we rest in trustful confidence, believing that He will answer and act, He definitely will! There may be a waiting period, or He may guide us to take certain steps, or He may say, “Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today… The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still.” (Ex. 14:13,14) Or, as in verse 15, “Move on!”

How does one stand firm and still, yet move on? We stand firm on God’s Word, His promises, and our hearts and minds are fixed upon Him, our spirits completely at peace… quiet, trusting peace. But our actions? Well, if told to wait, then we wait in prayer, praise, service, and love. If told to move on, that too should not entail scurrying, but instead calm, purposeful, marching forward, praising continuously as we go. For even as we do our part, God’s Word tells us, “Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army [this problem]. For the battle is not yours, but God’s.” (2 Chron. 20:15)

These are beautiful, comforting promises. Promises from an all- powerful God, THE God, our God. He who does not change His Word.

What a privilege.



~ by smilesback on October 6, 2009.

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