September 20, 2021

The Lord Hears Our Prayer - Bro. T. Stephen

I greet and bless everyone in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.  The blessed  word  that God  has  given  for  you  today  is  from the book of  Luke 18:7,8 “ And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them? I tell you that he will avenge them speedily.”

From the above context we see that God will avenge his own elect, who cry out to Him day and night.  In the above context   we learn that Christ uses the parable of the widow woman and the unjust judge to encourage us to be continually in prayer, not to lose our hope in God, when the answer to our prayers get delayed due to   various reason, to pray without ceasing – to remain in constant communion with the Lord, as we request Him for the blessings we need, from His gracious hand, especially when those blessings seem to be delayed.

Our God is not as a worldly judge, Who is reluctant to bestow His blessings, but rather a generous Father Who gives good gifts to all His children   without any variation.   Nor are we likened to some lonely, poverty-stricken, unsupported widow, for we are children of God, beloved of the Father, accepted in the Beloved and inheritors of the kingdom of heaven. Because we do not have to grovel for meagre scraps at the bench of an unbelieving judge, for we have free and open access into the throne of grace and the riches of His love in Christ Jesus so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

We are to be continually in prayer,   to pray without ceasing , to remain in constant communion with the Lord, knowing that God answers our prayers.  His delay is not inactivity or disinterest, but a preparation to make all things work together for good, to those that love God and are called according to His purpose. Will not God grant justice to His elect who cry out to Him day and night?  Any perceived delay is His wise preparations.

We are a special people, whom God has loved with an everlasting love. Hence of his own sovereign good will and pleasure, He chose to offer everlasting life and salvation to us.  As a result we are peculiarly His: and these He will avenge and vindicate, right their wrongs, do them justice, and deliver them from their adversaries, and take vengeance on them.   He hates sin, and wants to do His justice to those who lift up to Him in prayer, whose prayers He always hears; whose tears He puts up in his bottle; and whose importunity must surely be thought to have more regard with Him, than that of the poor widow with the unjust judge:  May God give you the grace to trust God at all times. Then The Lord will be merciful to you and your children and grant all your prayer requests. For God takes pleasure in those who hope in His mercy. God Bless you.

Prayer:  Our loving   heavenly Father, we   thank You for this blessed day. Dear Lord   help us to maintain a trusting attitude of prayer, knowing that any perceived delay is Your willing preparation.  Thank   You that You are our Father and we are   Your children.  Teach us to wait upon You for every need of ours. Thank You Lord for hearing our prayers and answering our prayers at the appointed time of our need.

 In Jesus name we pray.

Amen.

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