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  • Writer's picture DaRhon Conner, D.R.E.

Your Prayer was Heard

Take comfort if your prayer has not been answered yet. The bible tells us that if we ask for anything that is in GOD’s will for us to have we will receive it (1 John 5:15). So, if we take a moment and verify that our request is in the will of GOD then we know that it is on the way. How do I know? The bible tells us.

“13 And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.”

(John 14:13-14 King James Version).

“7 If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.” (John 15:7 KJV).

“7 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: 8 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.” (Matthew 7:7-8 KJV).

The issue is not if, but when our prayer will be answered. Abraham was around 75 years old when he told GOD that HE hadn’t given him a seed, and GOD told him, in that moment, that he would have an heir that came from his own body (Genesis 15:3-4). Chapter 17 of Genesis tells us GOD gave him that promised seed 25 years later when he was 100 years old.

Abraham didn’t do anything to delay or mess things up by having a child by Hagar while waiting on Sarah to bear the child GOD promised. It was a bad decision for sure, but it did not stop GOD's word from coming to pass. Genesis 17 tells us that Abraham asked GOD would Sarah have a child at 90 years old and himself at 100? Then he expressed desire for his son by Hagar, Ishmael to be blessed. GOD said that HE would indeed bless Ishmael because he asked. Then HE went on to say, “21 But my covenant will I establish with Isaac, which Sarah shall bear unto thee at this set time in the next year.” (Genesis 17:21 KJV).

So, no matter what Abraham did, GOD was going to keep HIS word and give Abraham and Sarah a child. Abraham was also righteous before the LORD. HE believed GOD no matter what. He was not without faults and mistakes, but HE trusted the LORD and that counted for a lot with GOD.

The LORD had plans for Isaac. GOD has plans for the things we have prayed for. Our answered prayers do not only affect us. GOD will use what HE gives us to bless others. Isaac was the father of Jacob, whom GOD called Israel, the same Israel that fathered the twelve tribes and who has a country named for him in the Middle East today. This is also the same Israel who fathered Judah, from whom came the ancestors of Jesus, including King David (Matthew 1:1-17).

Elizabeth was barren and unable to give Zacharias a child. We can imagine that she prayed and prayed for her womb to be opened, yet nothing happened. We know it was GOD’s will for her to have a child because she had one. It was just in GOD’s time. Remember, we just spoke about our answered prayer being a blessing to others as well as ourselves.

As it turns out, Elizabeth had to wait for Mary to be born, reach child-bearing age, and for the power of the Holy Ghost to cause her to be pregnant with Jesus because Elizabeth would be the mother of John, who was born to pave the way for Jesus. So, there was nothing Elizabeth could have done to delay or speed up the answer to her prayer. She was going to have a child when GOD deemed it to be the right time.

It wasn’t about Elizabeth just like it wasn’t about Abraham. It’s always about GOD and HIS plans for us. Things will come to pass when GOD needs them to, not when we want them to. And when it’s time, they will not delay. “3 For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.” (Habakkuk 2:3 KJV).

We did nothing to delay or mess up our blessing, nor can we do anything to speed its arrival. Just know that GOD heard, and it will come in HIS timing. Be blessed, family.

“16 Now the Lord of peace himself give you peace always by all means. The Lord be with you all.” (2 Thessalonians 3:16 KJV). Amen (it is so, may it be fulfilled).

How to be Saved

Romans 10: 9-13

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. 10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. 11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. 12 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. 13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved (KJV).

9 If you openly declare that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by openly declaring your faith that you are saved. 11 As the Scriptures tell us, “Anyone who trusts in him will never be disgraced.” 12 Jew and Gentile are the same in this respect. They have the same Lord, who gives generously to all who call on him. 13 For “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved” (NLT).

Say the welcoming word to God—“Jesus is my Master”—embracing, body and soul, God’s work of doing in us what he did in raising Jesus from the dead. That’s it. You’re not “doing” anything; you’re simply calling out to God, trusting him to do it for you. That’s salvation. With your whole being you embrace God setting things right, and then you say it, right out loud: “God has set everything right between him and me!” 11-13 Scripture reassures us, “No one who trusts God like this—heart and soul—will ever regret it.” It’s exactly the same no matter what a person’s religious background may be: the same God for all of us, acting the same incredibly generous way to everyone who calls out for help. “Everyone who calls, ‘Help, God!’ gets help. (MSG).

Romans 5:8

8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. (KJV)

8 But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. (NLT)

It is your belief that saves you, family. If you believe, you will speak what you believe and not be ashamed or embarrassed to do so, whether you are alone or among others. Simply talk to GOD. Say aloud to God:

“I confess all my sin known and unknown, and ask You, GOD, to forgive me. I believe Jesus was born of a virgin, crucified, died for my sins, and rose from the dead. Jesus, come into my heart and make me new in You. Save me, Lord! Jesus, you are Lord. Be Lord over my life. Thank You, GOD for Your forgiveness. Thank You, Jesus, for making me Your own. Amen.”

You are now saved. You may not feel different or you may. Just know that the internal change is taking place once you uttered that prayer in faith. Day by day, you will begin to be transformed into whom GOD wants and created you to be. You will care more about the things of GOD than your own personal desires, and you will want to share the word of GOD when you have the opportunity. Begin to read your bible daily, and learn about GOD's will for your life. If you are not already a member of a local church, I encourage you to pray and allow GOD to guide you to the right fellowship for you. The pastor will help you grow in your gifts and talents so that you can begin to use them for GOD’s glory, and you and the other members will encourage and help each other along this journey with GOD.

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.

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