... a weekly letter of encouragement.
June 7, 1993
Does God answer our prayers?
Yes and no. Of greater concern to God than answering our prayers is the furtherance of His Glory and our becoming Christ-like. Whether prayers are "answered" or not focus on these two important issues. For example:
Hanna - A misunderstood, barren wife, cries out in desperation to God for a son.
God's answer is "yes", and Samuel the prophet is born. ( I Samuel 1)
Paul - A minister of the Gospel petitions God for the removal of a bodily affliction.
God's answer is "no", and Paul remains physically disabled. (II Corinthians 12:7 - 9)
God's answer to Hanna's prayer produced Samuel whom God used to prepare Israel under King David for Her greatest era, all of which redounded to God's glory.
God's denial of Paul's prayer helped develop in this high-powered scholastic Christ-like character that was dependant upon Jesus amidst the permanency of physical limitations:
"And He said to me, 'My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.' Most gladly therefore, I will rather boast about my weakness, that the power of Christ may dwell in me.
"Therefore I am well content with weakness, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ's sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong." (II Corinthians 12:9, 10)
God's will in responding to our prayers focuses on His glory and our becoming Christ like. Everything else is negotiable.
"And this is the confidence which we have before Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us." (I John 5:14)
Have a great week!
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