We do a lot of praying, but we don’t always expect an answer. And we often find ourselves asking the question, “Why doesn’t God answer my prayers?” In this sermon message, we consider real-life examples from people in the Bible. From these examples, we can learn the right attitudes that we need in order to receive an answer from God.

Before Todd’s message, we watched this video which illustrated Biblical examples of people who had to wait a LONG time to receive an answer from God. What God is doing in us while we wait is more important than what we are waiting for.

HOW GOD ANSWERS PRAYER

Message by Todd Lester – November 22, 2015

Luke 1:5-23

1. Be willing to let God answer in His own time

Luke 1:18 Zechariah said to the angel, “How can I be sure this will happen? I’m an old man now, and my wife is also well along in years.”

Luke 1:13 But the angel said, “Don’t be afraid, Zechariah! God has heard your prayer…”

Mark 11:24 I tell you, you can pray for anything, and if you believe that you’ve received it, it will be yours.

2. Be willing to let God answer in His own way

Isaiah 55:8 “My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine.”

Ephesians 3:20 Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.

3. Be willing to let God answer in His own power

Biblical Examples: Sara and Abraham; Lazarus; Jairus’ daughter

4. Be willing to let God answer for His own purpose

Romans 1:7, 8 I am writing to all of you in Rome who are loved by God and are called to be his own holy people … God knows how often I pray for you.

Romans 1:10 One of the things I always pray for is the opportunity, God willing, to come at last to see you.

Romans 1:15 So I am eager to come to you in Rome, too, to preach the Good News.

Romans 15:20 My ambition has always been to preach the Good News where the name of Christ has never been heard, rather than where a church has already been started by someone else.

Romans 15:24 I am planning to go to Spain, and when I do, I will stop off in Rome. And after I have enjoyed your fellowship for a little while, you can provide for my journey.

Acts 28:16 When we arrived in Rome, Paul was permitted to have his own private lodging, though he was guarded by a soldier.

Summary:

When you pray and the request is not right, God says “no.”

When you pray and you’re not ready, God says “grow.”

When you pray and the timing is not right, God says “slow.”

When you pray and everything is in place, God says “go.”

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