6th, January 2017
Romans 8:32 (AMPC)
He who did not withhold or spare [even] His own Son but gave Him up for us all, will He not also with Him freely and graciously give us all [other] things?
When we pray, we normally expect an answer from the Father. Whether it be for healing, provision, salvation of the lost or divine direction, we expect to receive the desired; and rightly so, because the scripture says if we ask, it shall be given to us, if we seek we shall find and if we knock it shall be opened unto us (Matthew 7: 7).
But much more important than expecting an answer, is the reason we expect an answer. The reason we expect an answer can determine whether we receive an answer or not. We know that the Father can discern our motives and intents of our hearts and that none can stand justified before Him by works. As such anyone hoping to receive from the Father based on His ability is least likely to receive the desired; for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble (1 Peter 5: 5).
Also, our reason for expecting an answer can also determine when we receive our desired because it sets a threshold at which point we become ready to receive; for it is unto everyone according to his belief. For example, an individual who believes it would take long hours of prayers to get his request, would only get the desired after long hours of prayer because that is the point at which he is ready to receive.
As new creatures, we must always remember that we pray to the Father because of what Jesus has done and as such we would get our responses, not because of what we do but also, because of what Jesus has done. Our reason for expecting an answer must always be the ‘finished work’ of Christ and nothing else.
Jesus has done all that needs to be done. I can come boldly to the Father in prayer because of the ‘finished work’. The Father hears my prayers because of the ‘finished work’ and I get my requests because of the ‘finished work’. I refuse to put up self-generated barriers to the reception of the answers to my prayers. Hallelujah!!
John 15: 7 If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.
Matthew 9: 29 Then He touched their eyes, saying, According to your faith and trust and reliance [on the power invested in Me] be it done to you (AMPC)
Extracted from our Daily walk of perfection(January 2017). Get this months devotional at: https://iiconlinestore.biz/index.php?route=product/category&path=68