2 God’s Spokesmen Believed God Hears and Answers Some apparently do not believe their prayers have anything to do with what happens on earth.God’s spokesmen believe he hears and answers1 Samuel 12:23Luke 18:1Psalm 103:1-2
3 He Hears Our Prayers Matthew 6:6 Jesus promised God hears Acts 10:4 God heard CorneliusSo, like PaulPhilemon 4 We should prayPhilemon 15 We may wonder if we understand how God answers
4 He Sometimes Says NoDeuteronomy 3:26 Moses was not allowed to enter CanaanMatthew 26:39 Jesus had to drink of the cup of suffering – Hebrews 5:7-91 Samuel 12: David’s child by Bathsheba died2 Corinthians 12:7-10 Paul’s thorn in the flesh was not removedRomans 8:28 All should know God is working toward our ultimate good
5 He Sometimes Says Yes1 John 5:14 If we pray according to his will he will answer as we needKing Hezekiah2 Kings 20:1-11 He was given 15 more yearsJonah 1:1-2:10God did not hear the rebelliousGod did hear him from the belly of the great fish and caused him to be vomited out
6 He Sometimes Adds Blessings 1 Kings 3:1-13Solomon asked for an understanding heart and was given riches & honorActs 12:1-17Apparently got more than they asked since they doubted Rhoda’s reportEphesians 3:20-21Exceedingly—abundantly—aboveAll that we ask or think
7 He Sometimes Makes Substitutions Deuteronomy 3:23-29Asked to enter promised landFrom Mt. Pisgah he was able to see all the landJohn 11:1-44Wanted Jesus to come heal LazarusReceived him raised from the dead
8 He Sometimes Says Wait Jeremiah 42:1-7 Job 30:20 The remnant of God’s people asked for directionsThey had to wait 10 daysJob 30:20Job did not receive an immediate answer when he cried outJob 42:12 Blessed more than when troubles beganLuke 18:7 God will one day avenge his elect
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