In the last article, you learned that if you want to talk to God, you must approach him in prayer, not in some showy act of display mind you, but with sincerity, honesty and humility. You also learned that if you want God to hear your prayers, you must petition Him according to His will and in Jesus' name only. Today, we'll discuss a question that so many people have on their minds - Does God answer my prayers?
Back in Biblical times, God spoke directly to His people or used angels and prophets to communicate His instructions. (Exodus 24:12*) Today, God speaks to us through His Word, the Bible. In what way? Well, when you get a letter from a friend and you want to share the contents with someone else, you might say, "I've just heard from so and so...", but the letter wasn't spoken, it was written. The same applies with the Bible. It's not just a book written about God, it's like a manual of instructions from Him to you. So if you want to hear what God says, you must regularly read the Bible, meditate on the scriptures and apply/act on the counsel contained. In that way, you are allowing God to speak to you personally and unlike human manuals that constantly need updating, Bible principles remain the same. How so? Because Jehovah God never changes and neither does His righteous standards and principles. (Malachi 3:6*)
Bear in mind that answers from God do not always come when you expect them or even how you want them. Sometimes, it may seem your prayers are going unanswered. If this is true for you, then you should persevere in prayer. (Romans 12:12*) Look to the perfect example of Jesus who taught us not only how to pray and what to pray for (Matthew 6:9-13*), but who also prayed persistently himself. (Luke 6:12; 22:40-46*) Remember too, God knows what's best for you and will respond to your genuine needs at the right time and in the right way, but always on His timetable not yours or mine. (John 11:41, 42; 1 Peter 5:6, 7*)
Life as we know it today is filled with pain and turmoil, but the Bible really can give you answers to many of life's big questions such as: What is the meaning of life? (Genesis 1:28*) Is God to blame for our suffering? (Romans 5:12; James 1:13*) What happens when you die? (Ecclesiastes 9:5*) Do you talk to Jehovah God daily, like a close friend, and do you in turn allow Him to speak to you by reading the Bible and applying the counsel contained in its pages? Notice what Isaiah 48:17, 18* says: "This is what Jehovah says, your Repurchaser, the Holy One of Israel: 'I, Jehovah am your God, The One teaching you to benefit yourself, the One guiding you in the way you should walk. If only you would pay attention to my commandments! Then your peace would become just like a river and your righteousness like the waves of the sea.'" Are you listening to God or are you choosing to follow your own course of self-destruction?
I encourage you to make daily prayer and Bible reading a priority in your life. Doing so will not only benefit you mentally, spiritually and morally (John 17:3*), but more importantly will help you draw close to God and He will draw close to you. (James 4:8*)
*New World Translation Bible (2013) available to read/download free here
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