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Saturday, April 30, 2011

Joanne Lowe's Meditations

"Jesus answered and said unto them, Verily I say unto you, If ye have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; it shall be done.  And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive."
Matthew 21:21, 22 (King James Version)
      It's not our prayers that touch the heart of God, it's our faith.  We can pray from morning until night but we must believe that He will answer our prayers or our prayers are in vain.  The Bible makes it very clear that we must believe that God will answer our prayers if we want to receive answers to our prayers.
      There will be times when we believe that He will give us what we ask for but we don't receive them.  Just as our earthly parents have to say no to things we want because they are not good for us, so our Heavenly Father sometimes has to say no to us because the things we want are not good for us or in His will. 
      Before we ask Him for anything, we need to be sure that our heart is in right standing with Him.  How dare we ask Him for anything if we have unforgiveness, bitterness, resentment and hatred in our heart?  I have to admit that there are times when I forget to ask Him to forgive me for things that displease Him.
      Chaplain James Edwin Orr wrote a hymn that we need to sing to God every day "Search Me, O God".  He knows if we really want Him to search our heart or if we are just giving Him lip service.  Are you willing to let Him search your heart or are you trying to hide the things in your heart from Him?
Joanne Lowe

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