A Systematic Expository Study of the Word of God
ASSURANCE OF ANSWERED PRAYER FOR EVERYONE
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What a great privilege praying is. It is a privilege we have not studied,
learnt or practised enough. Every believer and every preacher would do more
good in life if he knew what Christ taught in this passage. It will do us a
world of good to lay all excuses and speculative theories on prayer aside
and take the words of Christ at face value. Christ, Himself, prayed and got
supernatural answers like no other man before Him. And His teaching on
prayer is higher than any man’s concept on prayer as the heavens are higher
than the earth.
and Saviour assures us of the absolute certainty of answers to our prayers.
He, the Son of God, is the perfect Example for all the sons of God. He said,
“Father, I thank Thee that thou hast heard me. And I knew that thou hearest
me ALWAYS” (John 11:41,42). He prayed with absolute trust and peaceful
confidence. His expectation was based on His relationship with the Father.
That is the true basis for firm expectation in prayer - relationship with
the heavenly Father. Sinners cannot have absolute certainty of receiving the
children’s bread (John 9:31; Psalm 7:11). The goodness of God is to lead
sinners to repentance (Romans 2:4). “God commendeth his love toward us, in
that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8). The first
and only prayer a sinner can pray with absolute assurance is prayer of
repentance, forgiveness and salvation in Christ. This makes him to be born
again, truly born into the family of God. Now, with Christ as his Saviour
and God as his Father, the promises of God to all members of His Family are
also his. With the proper relationship with God, we can ask and receive
whatever the Father has promised His own children.
THE IMPARTIALITY OF GOD IN ANSWERING PRAYER
7:8; Luke 11:10; Numbers 21:8,9; Acts 10:34,35,43; Romans 2:11; 10:11,12;
Psalms 32:6,7; 65:2; Isaiah 55:1-3; James 1:5.
is often found in the human family because of man’s sinful nature (Genesis
37:3; 25:28). Partiality, favouritism, preference, injustice and unfairness
will always cause problems whether they are found in the human family or in
the church family. God’s Word condemns partiality in clear terms and it is
not to be allowed any manifestation in our families or in the Church (2
Chronicles 19:7; Proverbs 24:23; 28:21; James 2:1,9; Colossians 3:25;
Ephesians 6:9). God’s perfection assures us of His impartiality (1 Peter
response to prayer, God is fair and impartial to all His children. “Every
one that asketh receiveth.” God is more faithful and infinitely more just
than any man that ever lived. After giving us a promise sometimes man in his
earthly, sensual, devilish wisdom (James 3:15) may find reasons and
arguments not to keep those promises - God is infinitely more righteous and
impartial than man. Most parents, even non-Christian parents, because of
natural love and affection will provide necessities of life for their
children. “How MUCH MORE shall your Father which is in heaven give good
things to them that ask Him?”
IMPOSSIBILITY OF GETTING ANTITHETIC ANSWERS IN PRAYER
7:9,10; Luke 11:11,12; Proverbs 25:21,22; Job 4:17; Psalms 85:12,13;
145:9,19; John 16:23,24; Deuteronomy 32:4; Psalm 103:1-5; James 1:16,17.
people have developed many theories on prayer. These theories are to excuse
their unbelief so that they can give some comfort to those who fail to
receive expected answers to prayer. Some of these “comforters” (Job 16:1-3)
in an attempt to unravel the mysteries of life say that we may pray for
something and God may give us the exact opposite - evil instead of good,
sickness instead of health, poverty instead of wealth, defeat instead of
victory, sorrow instead of joy, setback instead of progress, weakness
instead of strength, oppression instead of deliverance, etc. Some Christians
believe such theories so much that they resign to their fate and say, ‘Thy
will be done’! They think they are resigning or submitting to the will of
God when in reality they might be yielding, giving themselves up to the will
of Satan. What would have happened if Jabez, Hannah, David (during the
treachery and treason of Absalom), Esther, Hezekiah, Jochebed (the mother of
Moses) or Jonah had believed such theory of prayer? Not only they themselves
alone but their nation and the world would have suffered a great loss. Our
Lord asks a series of questions with obvious answers. (1) “What man is there
of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone?” (Matthew 7:9).
Will you? No. Are you better than God? (2) “Or if he ask a fish, will he
give him a serpent? ” (Matthew 7:10). Will you? No. Are you more considerate
than God? (3) “Or if he shall ask an egg, will he offer him a scorpion?”
(Luke 11:12). Will you? No. Are you more loving and compassionate than God?
When you ask for something good from God, especially when it is something He
has promised in His Word, He will give what is good and beneficial, not what
is evil and injurious.
INSIGHT INTO GOD’S AFFECTION FOR HIS PEOPLE
7:11; Luke 11:13; Psalm 103:11-13; Isaiah 49:15,16; 1:2-4,15-18;
30:8-10,15,18; Romans 8:14-17; 1 John 2:12-17; 3:8-10,19-22; Luke 15:11-32.
then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, How MUCH
MORE shall your Father which is in heaven give GOOD THINGS to them that ask
Him? ” (Matthew 7:11). “HOW MUCH MORE shall your heavenly Father give THE
HOLY SPIRIT to them that ask Him?” (Luke 11:13). “How much more?” By how
much is God more loving, more compassionate, more benevolent, more faithful,
more righteous, more gracious, more merciful than man? Infinitely more! God
loves His children infinitely more than any human parent could possibly love
his own offspring. No earthly parent would want their children to be wanting
or to lack good things (morally, materially, spiritually) if he could
prevent it. Earthly parents do their best to provide everything necessary to
keep their children healthy, prosperous and happy. Will God do any less?
Certainly not! God, in His infinite love, will do infinitely more for us
than earthly parents could ever do.
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