Glory glory alleluia, glory glory Praise the Lord! glory glory alleluia, glory glory Praise the Lord! glory glory Lord, we give You glory, we give You glory Lord, glory glory Lord You are a Mighty God!// I will magnify Thy Lord who is worthy to be Praise, I will glorify the Lord, He is worthy to be Praise, the Lord reigneth, blessed be the Lord! honour to the Lord! Let the Rock of my salvation be exalted. The Lord reigneth, blessed be the Rock, honour to the Rock, let the Rock of my salvation be exalted.

Father we bless Your Holy Name! alleluia to you Father, You are good, You are Mighty, heaven and earth are full of Your glory, hosanna in the highest Father. Be glorify in Jesus Name. Thank You for showing Yourself strong on our behalf. Thank You Father for healing, provisions, and protection; thank You Lord for great and mighty things You are doing and will yet do and will continue to do in our lives and situation. Thank You and thank You and thank You in Jesus Name O! Lord!

Beloved, how are doing? Hope all is well with you? Are you ready to pray? Last week we discussed that prayer is a two way communication- God and man. Prayer is not a monologue. Prayer should be relational please let us refresh our memory again by going through the ministration again.

While is it so important that we memorize that study? Better understanding of prayer gives us insight when we are confronted with challenge that tends to bulge us down. When we are threatened by man or situation or you were woken by a terrible night mare? What you do at such a time is very critical.

Do you still remember that God is with you? Are you are aware that He keep and watches over you? Do you still believe that He can do it again? Or you give up and throw your hands up? Beloved, God eye goes to and fro and He watches over us, not a sparrow will fall to the ground without His knowledge so be assured that He is just by your side and no harm will befall you. Praise the living Jesus!

In our text today is Elijah, a powerful prophet of God, who displayed the power of the Living God by calling down fire from heaven and he killed all the prophets of Baal was running from a queen’s threat. Isn’t that surprising?

He forgot who was backing him up? Whose office he is representing, beloved, prayer – though it is often draining, even an agony- is in the long term the greatest source of power that is possible. – Timothy keller.

People often say, “God didn’t answer my prayer.” actually, God does indeed answer every prayer we pray. Sometimes He says, “Yes,” sometimes He says “No” and other times He says, “Wait.” But, when we don’t get our prayers answered according to our desires, we assume that “He didn’t answer our prayer.”

This thought pattern tends to be selfish and yet, if we are all honest, we have probably entertained this though at some point in our lives. We asked God to do this good things for us, when it didn’t happen, we found ourselves left with a bruised heart because we trusted God. And that is just plain difficult to accept.

Let us allow discouragement with our unfulfilled plans cause us to doubt God who created the world. When we come to a place where we truly believe God has our best interest at heart, there is a peace that follows. Oftentimes, His “no” answer are to protect us.

When we don’t get the answer we desire from God, instead of the first response being “why did you let this happen?” let’s begin asking, “How are you going to use this?” let’s change our “why” to “how.”

Adjusting our view of God that shows Him as mean and withholding, to a God who wants the best for us will indeed change us from the inside out.

God’s plan and thought for us are good and not evil. May we always remember that God is more able to protect us, provide for us and defend us .

Does prayer even work? Come along with me to discover more:

“And he requested for himself that he might die.” 1 Kings 19:4

 

It was a remarkable thing that the man who was never to die, for whom God had ordained an infinitely better lot, the man who should be carried to heaven in a chariot of fire, and be translated, that he should not see death—should thus pray, “Let me die, I am no better than my fathers.”

We have here a memorable proof that God does not always answer prayer in kind, though He always does in effect. He gave Elias something better than that which he asked for, and thus really heard and answered him. Strange was it that the lion-hearted Elijah should be so depressed by Jezebel’s threat as to ask to die, and blessedly kind was it on the part of our heavenly Father that He did not take His desponding servant at his word.

There is a limit to the doctrine of the prayer of faith. We are not to expect that God will give us everything we choose to ask for. We know that we sometimes ask, and do not receive, because we ask amiss. If we ask for that which is not promised—if we run counter to the spirit which the Lord would have us cultivate—if we ask contrary to His will, or to the decrees of His providence—if we ask merely for the gratification of our own ease, and without an eye to His glory, we must not expect that we shall receive.

Yet, when we ask in faith, nothing doubting, if we receive not the precise thing asked for, we shall receive an equivalent, and more than an equivalent, for it. As one remarks, “If the Lord does not pay in silver, He will in gold; and if He does not pay in gold, He will in diamonds.”

If He does not give you precisely what you ask for, He will give you that which is tantamount to it, and that which you will greatly rejoice to receive in lieu thereof. Be then, dear reader, much in prayer, and make this evening a season of earnest intercession, but take heed what you ask.

Yes like we have written earlier prayer works. The prophet got something better than what he was asking for. And that is how God treat our prayer request. If our definition of prayer is that we say a prayer and ask for God to grant us something that we are asking for and He doesn’t, then no, prayer doesn’t work. But, if we see prayer as having an ongoing, two-way conversation with God where we grow in our intimacy with Him, then yes, prayer does work. It all depends on our definition.

As someone once said, “When life is rough, pray; when life is great, pray.” And let us remember that the objective of prayer is not about sounding extra- spiritual in a prayer meeting or acquiring every material possession we want. The objective is an intimate relationship with God.

So let us just keep praying- on the pretty days, on the ugly days, on the glorious days, and on the melancholy days. Because He is always there; nearer to us then our breath.

Father, we come to you receive us and make us what you have destined for us to be in Jesus Name!!!!!!!! Amen!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Beloved, let us not be despaired rather pray and have in our mind that God has the best plan for us. let us also not as in amiss as God will not answer a prayer that will not glorify Him.  Praise the Lord.

He will always answer, does that comfort you?

Remain blessed in the Lord.

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IFEOMA OHONDU is the founder of the MattersoftheHeart foundation, a platform where issues affecting our everyday life are discussed and where necessary proffer solution. She is part of the end time army, who will not break their rank to fulfill the urgent call of God upon her life by declaring His word to the helpless, the doubting, the comfortless and the dying world. The world will experience great restoration and healing in the Word of God through her ministration. She is a voice to emphasize key spiritual truth about Faith, Healing and Encouragement.