How GOD answers prayers....
August 24, 2008 6:10pm CST
have you had an answer to prayer? i asked that question in my newspaper column, but i did not expect the number of replies i got. in fact, it took me about a week to read them all. as i read the many letters i received, i was first impressed by the fact that "GOD is no respecter of persons."some replies came on the letterheads of prominent businessmen, others on the cheapest tablet paper, written with pencil. some of the letters were from people who gave the impression of being well educated and cultured, others were from people who could express themselves only with great difficulty. through some of the letters there were revealed qualities of a saintly life which has been lived close to God; others told me of how they had sinned and were ashamed of their lives. but when it comes to prayer, WE ALL STAND ON EQUAL GROUND AND EACH HAS THE RIGHT TO ACCESS TO THE FATHER. the learned and the unlearned, the rich and the poor, the saint and the sinner, all stand in need before God; and when in prayer they carry that need to God, He answers. Jesus said, "For everyone that asketh recevieth,..." (Matthew 7:8), and when He said "every one" HE meant just that. also, i was deeply impressed with the complete sincerity of those who wrote me. in belittling prayer,some claim that so called-answeres are mere coincidence, that the prayer made no difference; but many, many people believe that prayer is what did make the difference. and it is awfully hard to argue with one who has prayed and to whom the answer has come.
26 Aug 08
money.. hmm, the root of all evil. God is not givng instant money, to correct you my friend.. megaman is right.. He does provide us with everything we need to gain some money. it is for our own benefit as well. cant imagine that the money would just come down from the clouds so that it will be for ours for free. my friend, it is part of the training God will give us.. He is providing us everything to have some money. money that is enough...
26 Aug 08
jinbautista,I agree with you, we have everything to be able to provide for ourselves. This brings me to question what prayers are used for?. I have no problem if it is used to praise and thank God but you can't pray to be a doctor, a lawyer or anything prominent without working hard. Getting up every day praying and begging God won't help you. As a matter of fact, I don't think He cares what you want to do with yourself, you are on your own.
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25 Aug 08
I honestly believe that god answers all prayers. Maybe not in the way we'd like them to be answered. I dont think he answers them based on your good deeds or sins. He answers them in a way that's best for us to understand, deal with. Maybe a person who tends to be lazy prays for money or food. God may not suppy the food. He may open up opportunities for him or give him ideas of how he can help himself. God isnt just about fulfilling needs. He puts the gift of knowledge forth so that if this ever happens again, you'll have the know how to resolve it. God is all things to all people. remember that! God Bless dl
26 Aug 08
thank my friend.. you really have a point there. and i wonder if you are a christian?.. if you are, can we share each other's beliefs and faith?.. and how your life is going on right there... and what is your present condition... hope for a postive response.. i am a christian...from the Philippines
26 Aug 08
there is something missing there my friend. that is, your belief. your faith. and your life as well. Jesus said those to His disciples who leave their family for JESUS' sake. and the same is true today. we can only ask the Lord for anything if we are really following HIm with all our lives.. that is the missing part there my friend. your commitment as well. the rich has become richer, but the righteos, that is those who believe and is following JESUS CHRIST, will never be shakenn. it is true that those rich are living a comfortable life right now, but surely, i am not envious of themm.. GOD had provided me with the things that i needed everyday.. and i believe in HIM. HIS presence, HIS WORDS in the Bible...
28 Aug 08
well, that statement is found in Luke 14.. my friend, Jesus said that to the following crowd along with Him.. He said those so as to get the commitment of those who really would want to follow HIm. it doesnt mean that we should really hate our parents or our family.. what He meant was to make Him the first of our lives. that no matter whom we are with, it is HE who should be the first in everything...don't literally interpret the Bible. ask a counselor to guide you my friend...