Topic: Why Your Prayers Are Answered
Text: John 16:23-33 (KJV)
23 And in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you.
24 Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.
25 These things have I spoken unto you in proverbs: but the time cometh, when I shall no more speak unto you in proverbs, but I shall shew you plainly of the Father.
26 At that day ye shall ask in my name: and I say not unto you, that I will pray the Father for you:
27 For the Father himself loveth you, because ye have loved me, and have believed that I came out from God.
28 I came forth from the Father, and am come into the world: again, I leave the world, and go to the Father.
29 His disciples said unto him, Lo, now speakest thou plainly, and speakest no proverb.
30 Now are we sure that thou knowest all things, and needest not that any man should ask thee: by this we believe that thou camest forth from God.
31 Jesus answered them, Do ye now believe?
32 Behold, the hour cometh, yea, is now come, that ye shall be scattered, every man to his own, and shall leave me alone: and yet I am not alone, because the Father is with me.
33 These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.
Key Verse: “And in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you” (John 16:23).
Sometimes, we think that we receive answers to prayers because of our fervency or intensity of praying. It could even become something of pride to some believers that when they prayed for themselves or for other people, they received answers.
All these are, of course, good, but not nearly good enough alone to attract answers to prayers from God. More than anything else, Christians receive answer to prayers because of the nature of God and our Lord Jesus Christ. We should always direct our prayers to our Father in heaven through the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. He assures us that when we do this, we will receive answers that give fullness of joy.
God loves and appreciates us because we love Jesus Christ. We have no doubt who He is, where He came from and to where He has returned. We express our faith in Christ as the One who alone has power to save us from sin. We believe His every word, including when He is foretelling the future. It is in Him that we find peace in all circumstances.
Jesus’ sacrifice at Calvary grants us direct access to God. We no longer need to go through any other medium, or count on our merit, sacrifice and service, or solely on our faith and fervency in prayer. Instead, we come to the Father confidently knowing that Jesus has made us acceptable to God. The Father grants our requests, not for our sake, but because of His dear Son Jesus Christ. You must, therefore, make Him your Lord and Saviour, to be assured of answers to your prayers.
Thought For Today: Jesus is the key that unlocks the treasure trove of heaven.
DCLM Daily Manna was written by Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi; is the founder and General Superintendent of the Deeper Life Bible Church situated at KM 42 on the busy Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Nigeria.