Jesus Christ said, “It is written, My house shall be called a house of prayer.”

Prayer and Warfare, Part 4 (Onward Christian Soldiers #120)

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Our key Bible verse is John 14:14: If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.

Our lesson today is titled “Prayer and Warfare, Part 4”

Although, in the words of John R. Rice, “Prayer is simply asking and receiving,” it also involves these three elements — (1) communion, (2) petition, and (3) intercession.

Does God Always Answer Prayer?

Yes, God always answers our prayers with a yes, a no or a wait. There are two conditions which we must meet if we want God to answer our prayers in the affirmative:

1. We must be “on praying ground.”

This means that our life must be pleasing to God. God does not answer the prayers of disobedient Christians. But He delights to answer the prayers of those whose lives are pleasing to Him. The Bible says in 1 John 3:21-22, “Beloved, if our heart [our conscience] 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.”

When our prayers are not answered, we should ask ourselves, “Is there anything in my life that is hindering God from answering my prayers in the affirmative?” The great hindrances to prayer are: (1) sin, (2) selfishness, (3) unforgiveness, (4) unbelief, and (5) doubt. These things give Satan a foothold in our life, and God will not hear our prayers.

Psalm 66:18 says, “If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me.”

2. We must pray in the will of God.

If we ask God for something that is not in accordance with His will, He will not give it to us. We should be very grateful for this, because we do not always know what is best for us. A little boy might ask his father for a razor or a sharp knife, but the father loves his child and he knows that this would bring suffering to him, so he does not grant his child’s reques in the affirmative.

The greatest prayer we can pray to God is, “Your will be done.” This shows that we are trusting God’s love and His wisdom. We can ask for the things we want, but in all of our prayers we should pray, “Your will be done.”

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If you do not know Jesus Christ as your Saviour, John 3:16 states, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

The Bible also says in Romans 10:9 and 13: “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 whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and I want to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Him as my Savior and follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! I want to congratulate you on doing the most important thing in life and that is receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”

Until next time, May the Lord Bless You!