Have you ever felt so overwhelmed about a situation and no matter how you looked at it, there just seemed to be no way out. In fact, you felt like your hands were tied and there was nothing much you could do to help yourself? Well, I have good news. Talk to the Lord about it!
James 5:13, 16b says “Is any among you afflicted? Let him pray. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much”. Before you conclude that you are not afflicted let me define the word affliction so you don’t think am only talking about “spiritual torments”. To be afflicted according to Encarta dictionary is to be distressed or in something that is causing you distress mentally or physically. So, think again, is that situation taking away your peace and sleep and causing you pain and discomfort even mental anxieties and grief? Then take it to the Lord’s feet in prayers!
The Song Writer that wrote “What A Friend We Have In Jesus” was right, absolutely right! Because so many of us bear a lot of “needless pain” and that is because we do not even think of taking it to the Lord in prayer. It is Jesus Himself that said “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest”! What a joy and peace we find in Him.
Now, before you “get it twisted”, when you pray please expect an answer from Him. Don’t be out to do any ceremonial prayers because that is not good at all. He promises us that He hears our prayers and if He hears we should expect a reply from Him. Proverbs 15:29, “The LORD is far from the wicked: but he heareth the prayer of the righteous”, 1 John 5:14-15 says “And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him” and finally John 16:23b-24 says “Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you. Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full”.
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1 John 5:14-15 speaks of asking according to His will and because of this many of us don’t even bother to ask at all because we are not sure it is His will. Hmm! Here is my advice, ask first and wait for His reply. There are three possible replies that will tell of what you have asked, whether it is His will or not. The possible replies are 1. YES 2. NO and 3. WAIT. His will, Yes. Not is will, No. His will but not yet, Wait. But the beautiful thing about just asking Him and telling Him everything that you so desire is because you trust Him to hear you and that He loves you and that any reply He gives you doesn’t change the fact that He loves you.
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Jesus did an identical thing and I have learnt also to do it. Just talking to the Lord about everything and anything imaginable under the heavens. LOL. Jesus, when He was to go through the pain and suffering of dying for man on the cross prayed exceedingly to the Father the He should take “this cup” meaning the pain and suffering of the cross away. First, Jesus asked! Was this the will of the Father, No but He still asked! He said in His prayers, “O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt”. He was open to the will of the Father! This shows something very vital and that is having a relationship with the Father! He told Him just how He Jesus felt about the pain and suffering to come and that if the Father wishes, He should please take it away. This was Jesus just communicating with the Father and at that point what is most important to be noted is the relationship that they have. He could tell the Father anything and was not afraid of the reply. And because of this relationship, Jesus could take the reply and it was No. After praying the first time that the cup should pass it is recorded (Matthew 26:39-44) that He later began to still pray, in the same prayer session, “O my Father, if this cup may not pass away from me, except I drink it, thy will be done”. He listened and got that the reply was no and realigned His prayers to do the will of the Father. That is the beautiful thing about praying with an already established relationship in place and because of the relationship you can hear Him, His replies which could also come by way of reading your bible or while in church through a sermon or even by just going about your normal daily chores. Because you are His sheep, when He leads you just know He is the One and that you have got your reply.
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This relationship is paramount and that is why Proverbs 15:29 that we read earlier says He is far from the wicked but hears the prayers of the righteous. Who is a righteous person, one that has confessed and repented of his sins and has received Christ into his life. 1 Corinthians 1:30 says “But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption”. Christ is unto us that believe in Him our righteousness. What does it mean to receive Him? Accept that you are a sinner and have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God and that you need Christ in your heart. Romans 10:9-11, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed”.
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Why is the above very important? When you realize that Christ is your righteousness then condemnation from the devil or yourself dies a natural death. 1 John 3:20-22, “For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things. Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God. And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight”. There is nothing pleasing to God you can do without first repenting and receiving Christ into your heart.
It takes humility to pray. The very act of going on your knees to pray is humbling. 2 Chronicles 7:14, “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land”. You can find more on this in my book, Pride. You can buy the E-book and Paperback on Amazon or read online on Okadabooks. It is my prayer that as you take those worries to the Lord, the Giver of rest, you shall find rest for your soul this week in Jesus name. Amen.
I Love You But God Loves You More! Enjoy your day!