8-21-2016 “THE POWER and WONDER OF ANSWERED PRAYER!” John 14:13-14

If you don’t understand why God hasn’t answered every one of your prayers then you will want to listen to this message.  Bro. Leo explains the Biblical reasons why God answers some prayers and doesn’t answer others in this message.

This week Bro. Leo continues our study of faith with a look at the faith that expects God to answer prayer.   In order to expect, without a doubt, that God will answer our prayer we must first know exactly how and why God wants us to pray.

The most important reason for our prayer/request should be that God will be glorified through the granting of our request so that others will be drawn to and glorify God also (John 14:13, Luke 18:41-43, Psa. 40:2-3).  God will not answer selfish prayers/request (James 4:3).

Our prayer/request must be simple, concise, direct and specific (Luke 18:41).   We must be praying for/requesting good things in Jesus name (Matt.7:11, John 14:14).   Praying for “good things in Jesus name” equates to praying in and of God’s will.

We should begin praying by asking, seeking and knocking (Matt.7:7).  We ask by making an honest request.  We seek for God’s wisdom in our request.  We knock with the passion of heart caused by knowing God’s will (Phil. 4:6-7).  The result will be God opening the door for us to praise Him (Psa. 50:15), which will cause those around us to praise Him (Luke 18:43).

Scriptures used in today’s message:

Joh 14:13 And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
Joh 14:14 If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.

Luk 18:40 And Jesus stood, and commanded him to be brought unto him: and when he was come near, he asked him,
Luk 18:41 Saying, What wilt thou that I shall do unto thee? And he said, Lord, that I may receive my sight.
Luk 18:42 And Jesus said unto him, Receive thy sight: thy faith hath saved thee.
Luk 18:43 And immediately he received his sight, and followed him, glorifying God: and all the people, when they saw it, gave praise unto God.

Mat 7:7 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:
Mat 7:8 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.
Mat 7:9 Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone?
Mat 7:10 Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent?
Mat 7:11 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?

1Jn 5:14 And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:
1Jn 5:15 And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.

Psa 50:15 And call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me.

Psa 40:1 To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David. I waited patiently for the LORD; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry.
Psa 40:2 He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings.
Psa 40:3 And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the LORD.

Joh 11:41 Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead was laid. And Jesus lifted up his eyes, and said, Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me.
Joh 11:42 And I knew that thou hearest me always: but because of the people which stand by I said it, that they may believe that thou hast sent me.

Php 4:6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
Php 4:7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Jas 4:2 Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not.
Jas 4:3 Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.

Psa 50:15 And call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me.

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