John 11:41 Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead man was lying. And Jesus lifted up His eyes and said, "Father, I thank You that You have heard Me.
The answer to prayer begins with the sincere devotion in our hearts. The confidence we have in God does not come from His willingness to do as we desire – it is birthed in our undiminished hope and trust in His Word. Walking with and pleasing our Lord must be the motive that possesses our will more than simply regulates our behavior. All of life must be viewed from God’s perspective – we must will ourselves to remain focused upon His eternal purpose. Jesus Christ viewed all conditions and issues of this life as God’s means to bring us to His sovereign purpose. Our prayers can be hindered if we allow the comfort of this world to define our confidence in God. God’s answers are not defined by my expectations or need for relief – my prayers are not a means to simply endorse my desires – they are offered to discover the love, grace and mercy of my Lord. Our dependence and trust in Christ must be a consuming passion. To acknowledge our absolute dependence upon God must be paramount in everything we bring to the altar.
Read through the Bible in one year – May 28/ John 10:24-42; 2 Chron. 4,5,6