John 8:32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
Today, in the last days, you search the internet “prayer doesn’t work” and you’ll find a serious number of skeptic’s, heretic’s, mockers, and agnostics claiming “prayer doesn’t work.” But the truth is, Prayer does work, but not for everyone.
And the main reason why in this message today, is simply: God only hears the prayers of the righteous in Jesus Christ. And He heareth not the sinner unless the sinner first comes to repentance unto Jesus Christ. So if you are living in continued sin, God will not hear.
In the Old Testament, Isaiah 59:1-2 Behold, the Lord’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither His ear heavy, that it cannot hear: But your iniquities (rebellion) have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid His face from you, that He will not hear.
In the New Testament, James 5:16 The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much
And God will only answer prayer in His only begotten Son, the Lord Jesus Christ (Yeshua HaMashiach’s) name. So you must know Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior in order for God to answer prayer.
John 16:23 Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in My name, He will give it you.
This is the very reason why the world “claims” prayer doesn’t work, because some of them “tried it” while living in debauchery, sin and rebellion against God. Changing His glory into a corruptible human.
Even rejecting and blaspheming the name and character of Jesus Christ. Portraying Him as a homosexual in words, carnal thoughts and deeds. So it is no wonder why God never answered their prayers and why the world claims “prayer doesn’t work.”
Who are the righteous? Those who repented from sinning, who are spiritually cleansed by the blood of Jesus Christ. Who knows Him as Lord and Savior and lives by faith in Him.
Romans 3:19-25 Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.
Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in His sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin. But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets; Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe:
for there is no difference: For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in His blood, to declare His righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;
Once a person is a born-again Christian (John 3:5-8), prayer is then empowered in faith by God’s Holy Spirit to pray as we ought. And God Most High will hear and answer,
Romans 8:26-27 Likewise the Spirit (The Holy Spirit) also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.
And He that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because He maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.
Here’s the truth about prayer, born-again Christians praying in The Holy Spirit offers prayers according to God’s perfect divine will and in accordance to His Holy Bible in faith, knowing God will answer.
But the world, if they pray, living in sin, blaspheming the Lord, offers up selfish “wishes” of carnality they do not understand, in vain to God they do not know.
You cannot effectively pray without knowing God, without being born-again by His Holy Spirit and without knowing His Word which should be hid in the heart.
Prayer empowered by the Holy Spirit with patient and unwavering faith, the child of God is virtually unstoppable. As long as he or she continues to walk in the Spirit of God
Galatians 5:16 This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.
To Be Continued (Faith In Prayer)