What does that have to do with it you ask? Here is an explanation.
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But your iniquities have separated you from your God. Your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear. It's pretty natural to feel that separation from God. When people begin to ask God for something, what usually takes place? They begin with, "God, I really need your help with this problem And the person knows that it's not just them; that God is aware of it too.
There's a feeling of, "Who am I kidding? They might not know that they can come into a relationship with God so that God will hear them. This is the foundation for God answering your prayer.
The Availability of Prayer
You must first begin a relationship with God. Here's why.
Imagine that a guy named Mike asks the president of Princeton University to co-sign a car loan for him. If Mike doesn't personally know the president of Princeton, that car loan is not going to happen. Yet, if the daughter of this president asked her dad to co-sign a car loan for her, it would be no problem. Relationship matters. With God, when the person is actually a child of God, when the person belongs to God, he knows them and hears their prayers. Jesus said, "I am the good shepherd. I know my sheep and my sheep know me I know them and they follow me. I give them eternal life and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand.
When it comes to God then, do you really know him and does he know you? Do you have a relationship with him that warrants God answering your prayers? Or is God pretty distant, pretty much just a concept in your life? If God is distant, or you're not sure that you know God, here is how you can begin a relationship with him right now: Getting Connected. For those who do know him and rely on him, Jesus seems to be wildly generous in his offer: "If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you. Then they're able to ask him whatever they want.
Here is another qualifier: "This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us -- whatever we ask -- we know that we have what we asked of him. Where we trip up is assuming we know God's will, because a certain thing makes sense to us!
We assume that there is only one right "answer" to a specific prayer, assuming certainly THAT would be God's will. And this is where it gets tough. We live within the limits of time and limits of knowledge. We have only limited information about a situation and the implications of future action on that situation. God's understanding is unlimited. How an event plays out in the course of life or history is only something he knows.
And he may have purposes far beyond what we could even imagine. So, God is not going to do something simply because we determine that it must be his will.
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Pages and pages could be filled about God's intentions toward us. The entire Bible is a description of the kind of relationship God wants us to experience with him and the kind of life he wants to give us. Here are just a few examples:. He rises to show you compassion. For the Lord is a God of justice.
Blessed are all who wait for [trust] him! Like someone rising out of his chair to come to your help, "He rises to show you compassion. He is a shield for all who take refuge in him. However, God's greatest display of his love and commitment to you is this: Jesus said, "Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends," 10 which is what Jesus did for us. And so, "If God is for us, who can ever be against us?
Since God did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won't God, who gave us Christ, also give us everything else?
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Certainly people get sick, even die; financial problems are real, and all sorts of very difficult situations can come up. What then? God tells us to give our concerns to him. Yes, we have an enemy who does bad things. We see that in the Book of Job, where God allowed bad things to happen. In the moment, all pain seems purposeless. But it never is. We do not see what God sees. We do not know what He knows. Will you trust Him in prayer with your deepest desires.
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