How important are your prayers? Do you care if your prayers are not just heard, but that they are answered? Any person who desires heard and answered prayers should continue on. Many can agree that the Word of God gives assurance. The Word is also filled with many promises. In fact, the Word promises, “The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results.” (James 5:16 NLT) What does the prayer that gets results looks like? That was my question to God; how can I get results?
His response was not what I was looking for, but was the only way I could see results in what I pray for. What He told me was not that I needed to pray louder, longer, or memorize more scriptures. He told me this through His Word. If I had not confessed the sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened. (Psalm66:18 NLT) I had stuff in my heart. I was holding on to unforgiveness. I was complaining silently because things were not going how I wanted them to go and to Him these things were sins. I needed to be set free from these things before He could hear my prayers and answer them.
Listen to this conversation recorded by David in Psalm 66:16-20: Come and listen, all you who fear God, and I will tell you what he did for me. For I cried out to him for help, praising him as I spoke. If I had not confessed the sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened. But God did listen! He paid attention to my prayer. Praise God, who did not ignore my prayer or withdraw his unfailing love from me. David, the “man after God’s own heart” had stuff in his heart, but once he confessed those things and allowed God to free him, he got answered prayers.
What have you been praying for lately, that has not yet been answered? Is there any unforgiveness, doubt, hatred, self-pity, lovelessness, or revenge lurking in your heart? The only way to know is to allow the Father to search it because He said, “The human heart is the most deceitful of all things, and desperately wicked. Who really knows how bad it is? But I, the LORD, search all hearts and examine secret motives. I give all people their due rewards, according to what their actions deserve.” (Jeremiah 17:9-10 NLT)
I thank You for Your love. Father, I ask that the love that You have for me would cause me respond in repentance. Lord, I don’t have time to waste so I give my heart to You asking that You would search it and free me from every sin that would cause Your ears to be deaf to my prayer. I thank You for grace and hearing my cries. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!
I EMPOWER you take some time out today and allow the Lord to search your heart. Just as a home inspector searches a house for a home buyer and finds everything wrong with the house, let the Spirit of God do that for you on today. Yes, it will hurt, but your prayers will begin to be answered according to the Father’s will.
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Mrs. Lisa M. Purnell-Marshall is happily married to the wonderful and inspiring Antoine L. Marshall. She is the proud mother of two gorgeous girls. Her voice is one of the leading and authentic voices for breast-feeding, especially for the African-American community and Generation Y. She currently works inside of her home and plans to become a professional licensed lactation consultant in 2014. She and her family are members at Spirit of Liberty Church located in Markham, IL. Embracing the love that God has for her, Lisa labors to live an acceptable and pure life through the leading and keeping of the Holy Spirit so that her attitude, words, and actions attract the glory of God. In her free time she loves receiving manis and pedis. Her favorite promises that she find comfort and reassurance in are: Psalm34:19: “A righteous man may have many troubles, but the LORD delivers him from them all” and Luke 6:38: “Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”