The Bible tells us of times when God allowed tragedy and even death to fall upon his chosen people. Yes! Christians suffer difficulties and defeat sometimes. Everything is not always a victory. And every prayer prayed doesn’t always receive a “Yes” answer. But when God allows our enemies to triumph over us or when God says “No” it is almost always an invitation for us to repent and to receive His mercy.
The Lord says in Revelations 3:19, “Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest and repent.”
Our response to God’s rebuke or His refusal to favorably answer our prayers should never be to sulk, pout and get angry or crotchety. Those things do not move God. What I have discovered is that the prayer of contrition and tears of sincerity from the heart is what God responds to.
In the Story of Hezekiah found in 2 Kings 20, Hezekiah was sick and near death. And Isaiah the prophet went to him and said to him, “Thus says the LORD: ‘Set your house in order, for you shall die, and not live.’”
Upon hearing this news, Hezekiah turned his face toward the wall, and prayed to the LORD, saying, “Remember now, O LORD, I pray, how I have walked before You in truth and with a loyal heart, and have done what was good in Your sight.” And Hezekiah wept bitterly.
Hezekiah prayer was openly honest and reminded The Lord of his faithfulness and loyalty to Him. He cried out to God as a child would cry out to a parent who was about to punish them although they did what was asked of them by the parent – reminding the parent of their good and obedient behavior that brought pleasure to the parent.
[I wonder how many of us could pray such a prayer—having our prayer rest upon our loyal obedience to God.]
Hezekiah’s prayer was earnest, private and not toward man or prophet but toward God with bitter tears.
And before the prophet could exit the yard of the King’s premises, the Lord heard Hezekiah’s prayer and saw his tears and sent word by Isaiah that He would heal Hezekiah and grant him 15 more years of life and in addition to that He would deliver him and his city from their enemy – the Assyrian King.
God may say “no” today and the news may be terribly troubling, but through the sincere, contrite, earnest, private and heartfelt prayer from an obedient and faithful child of God, The Father is bound to hear our prayers and to see our bitter tears and to come to our rescue in a hurry.
Psalms 34:15 says, “The eyes of the Lord are toward the righteous and his ears toward their cry.”
James 5:16 confirms that, “The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective and accomplishes much.”
P– Praise God for Who He Is.
R– Repent and Remember God’s Faithfulness.
A– Ask for what you want – grace and mercy.
Y– Yield to God’s will. Surrender.
E– Expect and trust God’s Favor and Faithfulness
R– Rejoice in God through Christ Jesus.
Prayer Changes Things!
(Bishop O.W. Prince)
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