Monday, September 20, 2010

Monday, September 20, 2010

Verse for Today
1 John 3:22 - Whatever we ask we receive from Him, because we keep His commandments and do the things that are pleasing in His sight.

We often wonder why some of our prayers are not answered. The answer might be delayed by the Lord to strengthen and increase our faith. But it my be also that something is hindering the answer from coming to us. This may be outright disobedience on our part or because we do not do what is pleasing in the eyes of God. He is willing to answer His obedient children and want us to obey Him in all that is revealed to us by His grace. Here God is making us responsible to Him in our relationship with Him. If He is our Father and we are His children through the salvation we have received in Jesus Christ, we have to treat Him as our Father and show respect and love, both of which ought to make us obey Him. Obedience to the Father is a mark of our love and respect to Him. If we do not want to responsibly handle our relationship with the Father, should we expect Him to be responsible in answering our prayers? Delays in getting our prayers answered is also God's way to discipline us. When we do not get answers, we need to examine ourselves to see if we really obey the Lord. We also need to examine whether we truly love Him and His commandments. It is good to ask ourselves whether His commandments are a burden for us. If it is a burden, then it doesn't come out of our love to Him. If we do not do what we ought to have done, it is a sin of omission. If we do what we ought not have done is a sin of commission. Both of these are not pleasing to the Father. He wants us to be obedient and loving children who please the Father and live according to His desires for us. This is the way to reassure ourselves that the Lord will hear our prayers and answer us at the right time.

Dear friend, do you feel that your prayers are not answered by the Lord even after waiting for a long time? If so, it is time to do some soul searching for the possible hindrances in getting answers from Heaven? If it is the purposeful delay of God in preparing you to receive the answer to your prayers, you can take it as His loving and caring way to deal with you. But this is not the possible reason, then there could be something that might be obstructing the answer from coming. One such obstruction is the sin of disobedience. Let us today examine our lives to see if there are any wicked ways in us and if so, let us confess it before the Lord. Once the sin is confessed, the Lord will forgive us, and then there won't be any hindrance for the answer to come from Heaven. But before you expect a blank answer to all your prayers, make sure to discern whether you have asked amiss or asked out of the will of God. In the case of any request to God which is expressly forbidden in the Bible, you do not have any locus standi to ask for it. Furthermore, let us not use our relationship with God as a platform to bargain with God for whatever we want from God. But let us make our relationship a matter of our responsibility to bind us to His heart in love and reverence. Let our lives be thus pleasing to Him. Then we won't be always asking for things, but would rather be praising Him for all that gives us to meet our needs. Let us all bring joy and satisfaction to God's heart about us through a change in our behaviour and attitude towards Him. Let us think most highly about the Lord and think most lowly about us and be ever conscious about our unworthiness. Let us all be responsible to the Lord in our relationship with Him and continue to worship Him with all that we are and all that we have, and be accountable to Him for all that He has already given to us. Let it be the desire of our hearts to obey the Father unconditionally and without any reservation. Let us seek to do only those things which would please the Father and glorify His name!

1 John 5:3 - This is love for God: to obey His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome.

Thought for Today
Disobedient children can never please a father and so should not expect any favours from him.

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