2005-10-01 - Answered Prayer: Literally
How God Answers Prayer - Part 1
Phillippians 4:4-7 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will
say it again: Rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be evident to all.
The Lord is near. 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in
everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests
to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding,
will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Hello my Friends,
Over the next several weeks, I would like to talk to you about six ways in
which God answer our prayers.
The first way that God answers our prayers is:
Literally and Immediately.
According to 1 John 1:9, God forgives our sin literally and immediately.
1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and
just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all
According to Joshua 10:12-14, Joshua prayed to God and requested that the
sun and the moon stand still, and they did.
Joshua 10:12-14 On the day the LORD gave the Amorites
over to Israel, Joshua said to the LORD in the presence of Israel: "O sun,
stand still over Gibeon, O moon, over the Valley of Aijalon." 13
So the sun stood still, and the moon stopped, till the nation avenged itself
on its enemies, as it is written in the Book of Jashar. The sun stopped in
the middle of the sky and delayed going down about a full day. 14
There has never been a day like it before or since, a day when the LORD listened
to a man. Surely the LORD was fighting for Israel!
According to Jonah 1:14-16, when Jonah was found to be the one to be the
cause of the rough seas because of his disobedience to God, the men in the
boat cast him over -expecting that the sea would not take their lives. When
they cast him overboard, the sea became calm
Jonah 1:14-16 Then they cried to the LORD, "O LORD, please
do not let us die for taking this man's life. Do not hold us accountable
for killing an innocent man, for you, O LORD, have done as you pleased."
15 Then they took Jonah and threw him overboard, and the raging
sea grew calm. 16 At this the men greatly feared the LORD, and
they offered a sacrifice to the LORD and made vows to him.
According to 1 Kings 18:30-39, when Elijah called down fire from heaven,
fire came down and consumed his sacrafice.
1 Kings 18:37-39 Answer me, O LORD, answer me, so these
people will know that you, O LORD, are God, and that you are turning their
hearts back again." 38 Then the fire of the LORD fell and burned
up the sacrifice, the wood, the stones and the soil, and also licked up the
water in the trench. 39 When all the people saw this, they fell
prostrate and cried, "The LORD -he is God! The LORD - he is God!"
According to James 5:17-18 Elijah prayed for it to not rain, and then prayed
for it to rain, and both times his prayer was answered.
James 5:17-18 Elijah was a man just like us. He prayed
earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three
and a half years. 18 Again he prayed, and the heavens gave rain,
and the earth produced its crops.
So we can see that one way that God answers prayer is lterally and Imediately.
Series to be continued.
God Bless You, My Friends!
I want my life to be for the glory of God