God answers prayer – Part 3
Charles H. Spurgeon presses home the point that God answers prayers and fulfils His promises, if only we would be diligent to remind Him of His promises.
In his words: “Our heavenly Banker delights to cash his own notes. Never let the promise rust. Draw the word of promise out of its sheath and use it with holy violence. Think not that God will be troubled by your importunately reminding him of his promises. He loves to hear the loud outcries of needy souls. It is his delight to bestow favours. He is more ready to hear than you are to ask. The sun is not weary of shining, or the fountain of flowing. It is God’s nature to keep his promises; therefore go at once to the throne with, “Do as you have said.”
Isaiah 62:6-7 says, God has positioned watchmen whose duty it is to remind Him of His promises, “On your walls, O Jerusalem, I have set watchmen; all the day and all the night they shall never be silent. You who put the Lord in remembrance, take no rest, and give him no rest until he establishes Jerusalem and makes it a praise in the earth” (Isaiah 62:6-7 ESV). Only a covenant keeping God can position men to remind Him of His promises.
Saints of old had their way with God because they always invoked the covenant promises of God to challenge Him to either act or relent from His action. And God did not fail to respond to them. When Israel committed idolatry in the wilderness and God was about to punish her, Moses succeeded in getting God to relent His action, when he reminded God of His promises.
“Remember Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, Your servants, to whom You swore by Your own self, and said to them, ‘I will multiply your descendants as the stars of heaven; and all this land that I have spoken of I give to your descendants, and they shall inherit it forever.’ ”So, the LORD relented from the harm which He said He would do to His people” (Exodus 32:13-14 NKJV).
When three nations gathered to attack Judah, Jehoshaphat and the children of Judah were overwhelmed because of the number of the invading army. In his helplessness, he mobilised the people to pray and fast, he then reminded God of His covenant promises (2 Chronicles 20:5-12 ESV).Another leader who challenged God concerning His covenant promises was Nehemiah. In the events leading to his rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem, he prayed to the Lord reminding Him of His promises:
“And I said, “O Lord God of heaven, the great and awesome God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, let your ear be attentive and your eyes open, to hear the prayer of your servant that I now pray before you day and night for the people of Israel your servants, confessing the sins of the people of Israel, which we have sinned against you… Remember the word that you commanded your servant Moses, saying…”
There are over thirty thousand promises in the Bible covering every area of need that we can use to remind God in our prayers. Like the Apostle James said, “You do not have because you do not ask.” We are encouraged to ask, so that our joy may be full. Are there problems that seem to defy solution? Bring them before God reminding Him of His covenant promises, and be rest assured that He will answer you. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
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