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Prayer

God answers prayer. Mighty King David knows this in his heart. He has seen lots of trouble. God comes through.

David pleads with God. He goes after it, not just sitting back. He yells for help. He doesn’t ignore what is going on and shrug his shoulders. He doesn’t faintly whisper. David yells!

God answers him. God got him out of the mess he was in. God cares and is compassionate. God answers my prayer. I cry out sometimes in the middle of the night. I yell for help. God answers me even when no answer is an answer.

I give you all the credit, God — you got me out of that mess, you didn’t let my foes gloat. God, my God, I yelled for help and you put me together. God, you pulled me out of the grave, gave me another chance at life when I was down-and-out. | Psalm 30:1-3 (The Message Bible)

It is all about God. It is all about God. It is clearly a “God thing”. God pulls him out of the grave. God is good and in a good mood.

It is nothing I do. I have no rights independent of Jesus. Jesus is my Master (aka Lord) and owns me, just like with David.

God promises to hear and respond to my prayers, when I pray in the name of his Son and according to his will.

There are conditions on how to pray. Some people would like prayer with no conditions. They wish God to be a celestial genie who, when summoned by prayer, must grant any request they make. They find a measure of encouragement in the fable of Aladdin and his lamp, aspiring to that level of control over God’s power in their prayer life. But the biblical fact is that prayer has conditions. It’s true that Jesus said, “If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer” (Matthew 21:22). But, even in that statement, we have one condition to prayer: faith. As we examine the Bible, we find that there are other conditions to prayer, as well.

Here is one example. There are many others.

Whatever you ask in My name, that will I do, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask Me anything in My name, I will do it. ” (John 14:13-14)

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