KEY SCRIPTURE: John 4:47 KJV “When he heard that Jesus was come out of Judaea into Galilee, he went unto him, and besought him that he would come down, and heal his son: for he was at the point of death.”
Many people pray, yet a lot of people do not receive answers to their prayers, because they do not pray rightly. In the above verse a noble man, or a ruler head about Jesus’ presence in Cana which was close to Capernaum, where he was. He had a very pressing need. His son was very sick at the point of death. He went to see Jesus, and asked Him to come heal his son. Nothing seemed wrong with his request until the Lord revealed the man’s error. In verse 48, the Lord said,” Then said Jesus unto him, Except ye see signs and wonders, ye will not believe.” This man wanted a solution from Jesus, but did not come in faith. He prayed with passion like most people do, yet lacked the vital punch to bring the answer. He came to the master with a preconceived thought about how the Lord must answer.
His anticipation was that, the Lord must come to his house and lay his hands on the child or do something in the presence of the child before his son would be healed.
The bible says whosoever comes to the Father must believe.
To believe means, when you place your request before the Lord, the next is to leave assured of the answer.
It becomes an act of unbelief when you create in your mind the process by which, the Lord should answer you. In verse 49, he voiced out his expected approach to be answered.
Lord come down, or else my son dies.
Dear child of God, it is the desire of God to answer your prayers.
John 16:24 KJV “Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.” This is the master’s candid desire for you. He wants your joy to be full by answering your request. Don’t create barriers to your answers. He says “when you pray, believe that ye receive the answers, and you shall have what you ask for” Mark 11:24
Hindrances to most people’s prayers come from a clear misunderstanding of the following,
1 The power of God Jeremiah 32:17
2 The love of God Rom 8:38,39
3 The word of God. PS 119:89,90
The power of God shows His works and acts. His love reveals his nature, which makes you, His favourite. His word declares His covenant. All creation is sustained by the word of His power (Heb 1:3). Failure of His word in the shortest moment, would mean the disintegration of all creation, but His word cannot fail. So long as the universe is held intact, then God’s word is fully in force and whatever He said is sure. Meditate on these three qualities about God and come always to Him, in full assurance of faith.
THOUGHT: ANSWERS =ASK + BELIEVE + RECEIVE
Jeremiah 32:17 KJV” Ah Lord GOD! behold, thou hast made the heaven and the earth by thy great power and stretched out arm, and there is nothing too hard for thee:”
Rom 8:38, 39 KJV For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Psalms 119:89 KJV LAMED. For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven. Thy faithfulness is unto all generations: thou hast established the earth, and it abideth.