Category: Prayer

Trust Your Request in God’s Care

David Wilkersonby David Wilkerson

One of the reasons our prayers might not be answered is because we attempt to prescribe how God should answer them. And that all boils down to a lack of trust. The believing soul, after he has unburdened his heart in prayer to the Lord, resigns himself to the faithfulness, goodness, and wisdom of God. The true believer will leave the shaping of the answer to God’s mercy and he will welcome whatever way God chooses to answer.

Those who prescribe to God how and when to answer their prayer actually limit the Holy One of Israel. Since God may not bring the answer in the front door, they are not aware of his coming in the back. They trust only in conclusions and not promises. But God will not be bound to time, manner, or means of answering. He will forever do exceedingly, abundantly more than we ask or think of asking. He will answer with health, or grace that is better than health. He will send love, or something beyond it. He will deliver, or do something even greater.

God desires that we simply leave our requests lodged in his powerful arms, cast all our care upon him, and go forth with peace and serenity to await his relief. How tragic to have so great a God and so little faith in him. So, no more, “Is he able? Can he pardon? Can he heal? Can he work a miracle for me?” How that must grate on the ears of our almighty God. Away with such unbelief! Rather, come to him as unto a faithful Creator.

A few words of encouragement concerning prayer. When you are down and Satan whispers in your ear that God has forgotten you, stop his voice with this: “Devil, it is not God who has forgotten, but it is me. I have forgotten all his past blessings or else I could not now be questioning his faithfulness.” And then pray as David did, “I will remember the works of the Lord; surely I will remember Your wonders of old. I will also meditate on all Your work, and talk of your deeds” (Psalm 77:11-12).

by David Wilkerson

Take heed what you ask for!

Charles Spurgeonby Charles Spurgeon

“He prayed 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 would 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 Elijah 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 give His desponding servant what he prayed for.

There is a limit to prayer. 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,
if we ask without an eye to His glory,
–then we must not expect that we shall receive what we pray for.

Yet, if we do not receive 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–but take heed what you ask for!

by Charles Spurgeon