Saturday, September 25, 2021
Title: God listens to prayer
Author: Pastor Andrew Lim
Translation: Margaret Ong

Everyone knows to pray to God, because they firmly believe that God loves them and cares for them, so they will pray to God earnestly for certain things and express their distresses and worries in detail. However, some people feel very depressed because their prayers have not been answered. Sometimes wonder why God seems to have done nothing? Did God listen to my prayer seriously? Many people may have such doubts: “I have prayed wholeheartedly many times for something. Why does God not comply with my request? What is keeping God from responding after I’ve prayed for so long?” Why is God like this? Is your prayer answered in accordance to your wish? In fact, it is not that God did not hear our prayers. Sometimes, it is because God needs time to wait— wait for us to transform, or when our time is up, He will bless us with the gifts that are already “prepared” in the most suitable way with the right timing. Just as a child saw his father driving a car, he wanted to drive also. Dad would definitely not let him drive at that moment. If he got the car so young, he would for sure get into a serious accident, so his father waited until he grew up and had a driver’s license. Only when he was mature enough to be trusted with a car.

God will hear everything, including our prayers. Because He is God. God is omniscient, and He has perfect knowledge of everything (Ps. 139:1-4). The question is not whether God is aware of every prayer, but whether God decides in our prayers whether to respond to them immediately. God wants us to pray. He created prayer. Prayer is a way of communicating with God so that we can enjoy intimate relationship with Him (Revelation 3:20), confess our sins to Him (1 John 1:9), and “call upon Him in the day of trouble,” (Psalm 50:15), to enjoy His presence and protection, and to enable us to fully obey the will of God because we understand His love and will for us (Jeremiah 29:11-12; Luke 22 :42.) There is a kind of prayer that can definitely be answered. It is the prayer of repentance. When we willingly cry out to God with honest, humble and repentant heart, He desires to make us righteous and to forgive our transgressions.

The promises of the Bible give us confidence that God will listen to people’s prayers. Because Jesus said: “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone?Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!” (Matt 7:7~11). God, our Heavenly Father will definitely prepare all the best things for those who ask him, but when “the hour has not yet come”, if the prayer insists on asking for it, the bread you want may turn into a stone, and the fish you desire may turn into a snake that bites people.

What is really certain is that we can come to God at any time, talk to Him or pray to Him. No matter the answer is: “Positive”, “Negative”, “Wait”, He will always answer. God also promises that He will not let anything happen to us indiscriminately, but what can happen to us, even if everyone thinks it is bad, He can make it the most beneficial to us. Because the promise of the Bible is: “No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.” (1 Cor. 10:13) “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, ”(Rom. 8:28 ) So do not underestimate the purpose of God putting us through the mill.

When we make decisions for the sufferings or difficult problems we face in life, God is absolutely capable of helping us to get rid of our challenges, but God’s spirit will not make decisions for us. He allows us to act according to our own wishes, and God will give us enough wisdom and ability to face them. The Bible promises “Fear not, for I am with you, be not dismayed, for I am your God , I will strengthen you. Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.” (Isaiah 41:10)The Holy Spirit will guide us, help us understand the principles of the Bible, and teach us how to put the principles into practice, respond positively to ordeals and make the right choices and decisions.

The Bible assures us: “For the eyes of the LORD are on the righteous, and his ears are open to their prayers.” (1 Peter 3:12 )Therefore, Jehovah God listens to the prayers of the righteous, whether they pray loudly or pray silently in their hearts. God does not despise our every prayer, we have to wait for God’s time, when the time is right, God will help. You don’t have to shout to Him in prayer, He knows your every little fear. Before you pray, he already knows your mind and thoughts. When you face Him alone, you can even cry as you pray, and God will not despise it; you can find the answer in His words; this is true because He walks with you.

Prayer: Dear God, thank You for allowing me to give you all my worries and troubles so that I can be released. You know every tiny fear in me, so I do not need to hide from You, even if sometimes I will still be suspicious in prayer. You still listen to my spoken and unspoken prayers. Help me believe that You will keep Your promises. Thank You for listening to my prayers. Thank You and I pray in the holy name of the Lord Jesus. Amen.

星期六, 2021年9月25日

上帝会听到一切说话,包括我们的祷告。因为他是上帝。上帝是无所不知,没有一件事上帝不知道 (诗139:1-4)。问题不在于上帝是否意识到每一个祷告,而是上帝是否在我们的祷告中决定是不是立刻回应它们。上帝要我们祷告。是祂创造了祷告,祷告作为一种与上帝沟通的方式,让我们可以享受与祂亲密的沟通(启3:20),可以向祂承认我们的罪(约一1:9),祈求他满足我们的需要(诗50:15) ,享受祂的同在与保护、并使我们因为明白祂对我们的爱和意愿,愿意做与他的旨意相符的事(耶29:11-12;路22:42。)有一种祷告肯定可以得到回应,那就是悔改的祷告。当我们愿意以诚实、谦卑悔改的心向上帝呼求时,祂渴望让我们成为公义的人并原谅我们的过犯。
真是可以确信的是,我们随时都可以随时来到上帝的面前,和祂说话或向祂祈求。无论答案是:“肯定”、“否定”、“等候”,祂总是会答复。上帝也应许,祂不会胡乱让任何事物都临到我们身上,但是能够临到我们身上的事,就算是人人都认为不好的,祂都能使其,成为对我们最有益的。因为圣经的应许是:“你们所遇见的试探,无非是人所能受的。神是信实的,必不叫你们受试探过于所能受的;在受试探的时候,总要给你们开一条出路,叫你们能忍受得住。” “我们晓得万事都互相效力,叫爱神的人得益处。”所以别轻看上帝给我们的磨练。
圣经向我们保证:“耶和华的眼看顾义人,祂的耳倾听他们恳切的祈求。”所以,耶和华上帝倾听义人的祷告,不论他们是朗声祷告还是心里默祷。上帝没有轻看我们的每一个祷告。要等候上帝的时间,时间到了上帝就会出手相助。你祷告不必向他大喊,你每一个微小的恐惧祂都知道。你未祷告前,他已经知道你的心思与想法。当你独自面对祂时,你的祷告甚至可以哭泣,上帝不会轻看;你可以在他的话语中找到答案; 这是真的,因为他与你同行。