Apostle Grace Lubega
Matthew 6:6 (KJV); But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.
The Bible and church history are filled with the stories of men who enjoyed the results of prayer.
When they prayed, God heard. When they got on their knees, circumstances bowed to the God to whom they prayed.
A story is told of Dr. Charles S. Price, one of the most influential ministers of the twentieth century. He was once called to pray for a woman dying with cancer. When he got to the hospital and saw her, it so happened that his time with her was interrupted by a doctor who needed to perform some actions. Dr. Price told the woman that now that he had seen her and she had seen him, he would proceed home and pray for her and she would heal. At that point, the doctor paused what he was doing and told Dr. Price that he was willing to stop what he was doing so Dr. Price would pray for her because the prayer would soothe her. To this, Dr. Price responded that he had not come to soothe her. He was going to pray for her from home and she would heal. The woman was healed.
Once John Wesley, the great Methodist leader, was on a ship that was delayed in reaching its destination because the winds were contrary. John Wesley was below deck, reading a book when he heard commotion on the deck. When he asked, he was told the wind was contrary and that they would be delayed. To this he responded, then we must turn to prayer. He got on his knees and prayed and went back below deck and continued his reading. The winds righted and the ship was set on its rightful course. John Wesley made no remark, for to him, it was almost for granted that his prayer had to be answered.
Prayers are not darts that we throw into the spiritual realm and hope for answers. A true man of prayer expects results from his prayer.
In fact, you should be more surprised when prayer is not answered than when it is because God could never have granted us access to Him through prayer without guaranteeing that prayers must have results. Like E.M Bounds, the great author on the subject of prayer once said, “Prayer can do anything that God can do.”
FURTHER STUDY: John 14:13, 1 John 5:14-15
GOLDEN NUGGET: Prayers are not darts that we throw into the spiritual realm and hope for answers. A true man of prayer expects results from his prayer.
PRAYER: My Father, I thank You for this word. You are the Lord who answers prayer, who cares and who handles our situations. I pray with the confident assurance that You hear me and because You hear me, I have whatsoever I ask of You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.