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Responding To Delayed Answers
September 12, 2021

Responding To Delayed Answers

September 12, 2021

 Jeremiah 12:1-5

Why are prayers sometimes ?

Now He was telling them a parable to show that at all times they ought to pray and not become discouraged.  Luke 18:1 NASB

Disregard For Personal

Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.  Hebrews 4:14-16 NIV

Our authority to God in prayer is based entirely on the of Christ.

But, sin in the believer’s life can effective prayer.

Who may ascend the mountain of the Lord? Who may stand in his holy place? The one who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not trust in an idol or swear by a false god. Psalms 24:3-4 NIV

Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. James 5:16 NIV

Praying For The Reasons

When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.  James 4:3 NIV

Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Psalms 37:4 NIV

God knows our , and He knows whether we are delighting ourselves in or in the things we from Him.

Who may ascend the mountain of the Lord? Who may stand in his holy place? The one who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not trust in an idol or swear by a false god. Psalms 24:3-4 NIV

Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. James 5:16 NIV

Failing To Keep Right

And whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father who is in heaven will also forgive you for your offenses. But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father who is in heaven forgive your offenses.”  Mark 11:25-26 NASB

Therefore, if you are presenting your offering at the altar, and there you remember that your brother has something against you, leave your offering there before the altar and go; first be reconciled to your brother, and then come and present your offering.  Matthew 5:23-24 NASB

You husbands in the same way, live with your wives in an understanding way, as with someone weaker, since she is a woman; and show her honor as a fellow heir of the grace of life, so that your prayers will not be hindered. 1 Peter 3:7 NASB

Looking To the Wrong

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and pleading with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. Philippians 4:6 NASB

And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19 NASB

God is our source! Failure to recognize this can result in prayers.

Satan Prayer.

When we pray we enter into warfare.

Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil.  For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. Ephesians 6:11-12

You are from God, little children, and have overcome them; because greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world. 1 John 4:4 NASB

God Has His For Delay.

But I knew that You always hear Me; nevertheless, because of the people standing around I said it, so that they may believe that You sent Me.” John 11:42

Gathering them together, He commanded them not to leave Jerusalem, but to wait for what the Father had promised, “Which,” He said, “you heard of from Me; Acts 1:4

Then the Lord took note of Sarah as He had said, and the Lord did for Sarah as He had promised. So Sarah conceived and bore a son to Abraham in his old age, at the appointed time of which God had spoken to him. Genesis 21:1-2

Consider it all joy, my brothers and sisters, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance.  And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. James 1:2-4

Prayer Can Lead Away From .

Commit your way to the Lord, Trust also in Him, and He will do it. Psalms 37:5

Something to ponder!

  • We need to delayed answers to prayer as to express in the sovereign Lord.
  • We must the temptation to take matters into our own or to up.
  • We must to God’s and if we are to grow stronger in the faith.

“If you have run with infantrymen and they have tired you out, How can you compete with horses?
If you fall down in a land of peace, How will you do in the thicket by the Jordan? Jeremiah 12:5

Rest in the Lord and wait patiently for Him; Do not get upset because of one who is successful in his way,
Because of the person who carries out wicked schemes. Psalms 37:7

  • Remember – rarely do God’s come according to our , but God is .

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