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Partner Letter June 2014
How often have we prayed and wondered why we have not seen an answer to our prayers? I used to wonder if God even listens to me, or if He does, why or how would He even answer me.
One of the greatest revelations that I have received from the Lord is that He wants to answer our prayers more than we even want them answered! Look what Jesus said in John 15:7-8,
If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. 8 By this My Father is glorified that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.
Glorified means that His glory will show up in your life. By His grace and power the fruit He desires in our life will come forth in a way that others will see it. If I may put it this way…God wants to “show off” through you! And He does it through answered prayer!
Jesus said, “Ask…and it SHALL be done for you.” Not “might”…
Now of course, He began by saying if we abide in Him and His words abide in us. This means that He desires for us to fellowship with Him. The reason is that when we spend time with God, talking with Him and reading His Word, the Bible, we develop a sensitive ear to hear His will.
When you know what God says on an issue it is easy to stand in faith for it. Remember Romans 10:17,
So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
Even if an attack comes from the enemy where he tries to tell you that God will not do something, you are confidentially able to stand up against that and declare, “It is written…” and call out the promise that God has established in His Word.
Jesus told us in Mark 11:22-24,
Have faith in God. 23 For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, 'Be removed and be cast into the sea,' and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. 24 Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.
I have learned not to try and work out what God is going to do or how. Jesus said that we are to have faith in God. That means I am going to rest in the knowledge that He has said that whatever I ask for, I will have it. Now I am going to trust God to answer that prayer the best way He wants to.
Rather than me thinking that He has not answered my prayer, I am going to praise Him in the knowledge that Jesus said that it is answered.
I have seen many, many times how God has answered my prayer…and it has been totally different to what I expected. And, in fact, worked out WAY better than had it gone the way I wanted it to.
HAVE FAITH IN GOD! Jesus said that your prayers are answered.
As you sow your seed this month, lay your hands on it and declare, out loud, “My God answers my prayers…Jesus said so. I believe it with all my heart. As I sow this seed I have a promise from God that it will multiply and that my needs are met (Galatians 6:7, Philippians 4:19). By this my Father is glorified. I have faith in God!”
Janine and I love you and pray for you every day.
You are blessed!
Jesus is Lord,
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