Does God Hear My Prayers?

Does God Hear My Prayers?

S – Scripture:

My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?… Every day I call to you, my God, but you do not answer….” ~Psalm 22:1-2

O – Observation:

David writes a song which is a prophesy (Ps 22:11-21) of the cry from Jesus at his crucifixion Mt 27:46

J. Vernon McGee: listen to this nine-and-a-half minute teaching about the prophesy of Jesus’ death on the cross.

Henry Blackaby’s devotion:

Who, in the days of His flesh, when He had offered up prayers and supplications, with vehement cries and tears to Him who was able to save Him from death, and was heard because of His godly fear. ~Hebrews 5:7

“The life of Jesus provides the model for our prayer lives. God is seeking to mold us into the image of His Son (Col. 1:27-28). If we are to act like Christ, our prayer lives must be conformed to His. Many Christians are unwilling to pay the price that Jesus paid when it comes to interceding with God. Jesus’ prayers came with vehement cries and tears and, because of His godly fear, He was heard by the Father.”

“Why then, did the Father refuse His request? It was not due to any sin in Jesus’ life, nor was it because the Father did not love His Son. The Father said no, despite the unfathomable love He had for His Son, because He  knew He could not spare His Son and save a world. Likewise, the Lord cannot always spare you and your family and complete His redemptive work in those around you.”

A – Application:

As I listened to Dr. McGee’s teaching on this scripture and Blackaby’s devotion on the scripture of Heb 5:7 – I am persuaded that there are times that we will feel abandoned by God, and this may not be due to sin in our lives or sin in the lives of those we pray for, but that it may be God’s will for our prayers not to be answered at the time that we ask.

Blackaby says: “Are you willing for God to deny your pleadings? Will you intercede with the Father so deeply and intimately that even in the midst of your tears you are able to say, “Nevertheless, not my will but thine be done?” The Father will always relate to you out of the context of His love for a lost world. Has God said no to one of your requests recently? Accept His answer. Have you been learning obedience through what you have suffered (Heb. 5:8)? If you have, God may choose to make you a source of salvation to others even as He did with His Son.”

P – Prayer:

Thank you Father for your love and patience, your forgiveness, your grace. I ask that you hear my cry as I pray for the lives of those who do not know you, that they will come to know you in a personal relationship. I pray for those who claim to be your children that they will delve in your Word to seek your wisdom and guidance and share your saving grace with all whom they embrace.  Let your will be done.

Reading: Exodus 2:11-3:22, Matt 17:10-27, Psalm 22:1-18, Proverbs 5:7-14

Today’s Date:  January 26, 2010

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  2. I have often felt that way and in the midst of it had to apologize to GOd because I know that his Word is true and that he knows the plans he has for us. All things work for the good of those who love hiim, and it is then in those moments that I realize that my pain helps me to lead someone else to him because when they are crying out for the same help I cried for I can point them to Jesus because I have already been there. I can’t tell you how many people have gotten saved because I kept asking them to go to church with me or I kept praying with them even though they didnt believe in God. My fiancee just got truly saved on July 22nd 2009, and the sad thing was he thought he was a Christian. I knew in my heart he wasn’t. There are a lot of people who are decieved into thinking that they are saved who aren’t. They don’t have a real relationship with God just the knowledge that he exist and that Jesus died on the cross but it is just info not knowledge. I have had people look at me and say how can you still be here, how did you make it through that , and I just look at them and say because God carried me through it and I choose to be like him instead of the world. My ex-husband started cheating on me 3 days into our marriage and the church we went too blamed it on me and then when I told the female pastor about it all and asked for prayer is jumped down my throat and told me I deserved it. She prayed for me asking God to forgive me for bothering him with prayers about my cheating husband when I deserved everything I got. I told my best friend at the church about it and she said I would tell everyone and said No whats the point. The truth will come out someday and it will set me free. I told her I wasn’t worried about it and I told I would find another church that didn’t judge. Everything about the church I used to go to seemed perfect until I was told I talked too much, sing too loud, didn’t judge the teenage girl that went out with one of thier favorite teen boys at the church, I didn’t condemn people for things they did, I was too nice, I was a matyr, I blah blah blah, whatever. At the end of the day, I didn’t care because my exhusband went to church there and became part of the body of Christ because of me, and he never went to church before but three times in all his 33 years of life so if judgment and condemnation of me was the price for possibly planting a seed in his heart then so be it. I am no wussy, bring it on, because at the end of the day after all my tears and heartbreak I fall asleep in the arms of God and no one can take that away. It is never easy when you are in one of those moments of heartbreak, but i learned to refocus on Jesus

    • Bridget, what a great testimony. I agree that from our experiences that the Lord allows in our lives, we are able to the next person through their current struggle. I’m sorry that you had to go through what you did at the church you attended with your ex – I pray that you have found someplace that you can fellowship at, which will not only teach the truth, but one that in counsel will hold others accountable for their actions and be an example to the body of Christ. Just yesterday Pastor Bob Coy of Calvary Chapel Ft. Lauderdale (1/30-31/2010) http://www.calvaryftl.org or activeword.org – taught about why we don’t share the gospel and why and how we should “plant seeds” so that the Lord can do the rest of the work and create opportunities for people to come to know him. You are doing this by evangelizing to others and not just once, but repeatedly asking people to go to church and planting seeds. We often forget and think if we shared God’s love or invited someone to church or a function – once – we have done our job. But we forget that we ourselves didn’t have an ‘instant’ transformation, we needed to be reminded of God’s love on an ongoing basis and we need to stay in his word and follow his commandments. The bible says that the Lord would rather we be hot or cold, not lukewarm; I’ve written about that in another devotion. It’s a blessing to read your comment and I hope you’ll come back and visit my blog again and share with your friends if you think they will benefit from sharing God’s word.

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