Or does God answer all prayers? It all depends on where you are in your relationship with God. If your walk is not with God, then why would God answer your prayers? God is sovereign and can choose to answer any prayer He sees fit, but Scripture clearly indicates that God does not listen to or answer every prayer. Hosea 4:6 (KJV) My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children. Many believers are wondering why they are not seeing the fruits of their lives. We as believers must seek the Word of God in every matter to see how we should be directed by the Holy Spirit. Many times, the Holy Spirit is left out and when this happens, we will not see the fruits of what we are looking for. We as believers cannot claim the Scriptures and not walk according to the Scriptures. God is not looking for part-time Christians. I have said many times, God is not looking for weekend visits; God is looking for you 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Why then, does God sometimes seem deaf to our prayers? One reason may be because we have allowed sin to take root in our hearts. Sin always cuts us off from God. Sin may be anger, or hatred, or prejudice, or an unclean habit, or anything else that we have allowed to pollute our souls. For this reason, we need to make sure we give our lives to Jesus Christ entirely. Remember that Jesus came into this world to cleanse us of our sins. So, let me ask you this: “have you given your life to Him?” If you have your name written in the Book of Life, do not just stop there, but rather save your friends, or your co-workers. Save all of the people you can think of, because it is the one thing we can take to Heaven – SOULS! If you need prayer, go to our website NOW www.connectingyourvision.org and fill out the prayer request. Many times, when God does not answer our prayers the way we think He should, it is because He loves us, and He knows what is best for us. Often it has been said that God answers prayer in one of three ways: “Yes”, “No”, or “Wait”— that is not Biblical, not true at all. We see only part of the picture—but God sees the whole. Therefore, we must seek God’s will when we pray, and not just our own. The Bible says, “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will … we have what we asked of him” (1 John 5:14-15). Prayers can be hindered just by the way you are treating people. Look at what the Word says for the way you are to treat your wife: 1st Peter 3:7 (KJV) Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered. What, then, is honor? The Biblical words often translated as “honor” can have several shades of meaning. As a baseline definition, to honor means: to esteem and treat another with respect because of who they are, or what they have done. Honor has a sense of value, price, or quality. That which is valued and esteemed is “honored.” When you honor your wife, it is an open door for God to use you when you respect people with the God kind of Love. I want to be used by God, what about you? I believe God hears your prayers, but the question is: is God answering your prayer? Are we putting ourselves in a position for our prayers to be answered? When you read your Bible and study your Bible, when you pray and have a prayer life, when you have the secret place, when you meditate on God’s Word day and night, when you seek the Kingdom first, when you are a giver of your money to the Kingdom, this is putting yourself in the position for God to answer your prayers! Notice how I said Prayers with a “S”? It is more than one prayer! The most dangerous place to be is not in all the way – A halfway Christian… There are many who believe we are covered under grace and therefore all has been forgiven and you can live the life you like to live. The Bible even talks against this, Titus 2:11-14 (KJV) 11 For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, 12 Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; 13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; 14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works. Verse 12 tells us to reject the things that are not of God, and what this means is God’s Grace will take you away from SIN and not keep you in SIN. Too many people are wanting to change the Scriptures to fit the way they live instead of changing the way they live to fit the Scriptures. Grace vs. Mercy in Christianity In the Bible we can see the example of King David. Despite being a great ruler, he was a fornicator and an adulterer. But he is not alone. Plenty of other Bible characters have done something terrible at some point in their lives. Saul was a disbeliever, Moses was a doubter, and Jacob was a liar. Responding to Grace and Mercy Grace and mercy are undoubtedly God’s ultimate expression of love for us. But how should we respond to this undeserved kindness? The Bible teaches us of three ways: recognize, accept, and grow. Recognize We first must recognize a need for Jesus. We have done it on our own and now it is time to make a change by realizing that: I am a sinner! Jesus died for me just as He did for everybody else, and I am included in “everybody”. Accept He has given His grace and mercy for free, and it is only right to accept these acts of love with all our hearts. Wholehearted acceptance is the best way of showing our gratefulness for everything we have received. All Jesus asked for, was to follow him. Grow When we accept His grace, we begin to grow in His love. In time, these seeds of love that He has planted in our hearts will take root and bear fruit. Through acts of kindness and compassion, we can then spread His love to the world, showing what He has for each one of us. We all could say we do not deserve this, seeing the way we have acted towards each other and/or the way we have treated the King of kings. As we walk this earth the best we can without sin, God hears and answers our prayers. We are going to believe that the things you are believing for will come to pass as soon as you say: “God, I have been doing this wrong, please forgive me, change my heart, let me see life through your eyes and not my eyes.” If this letter is touching your heart and you know you need to make that change, say this prayer out loud: “Father, I ask you to come into my life TODAY. You said if I were to ask, you would come, so, Father I am asking you to forgive me of my sin. You said If I ask you would forgive me right now. Father, I declare Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior for the rest of the days of my life, and I receive it now, Amen!” Reaching the lost and fulfilling God’s mandate to the Church to go and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost Matthew 28:19-20 (KJV) has always been our focus. Therefore, we rejoice over each person who comes into repentance just as Heaven does! As you PARTNER with us you get to be a part in sending the Gospel for this end-time harvest like God says in Luke 10:2 The harvest truly is great, but the laborers are few; therefore, pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.
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