Insights into God-ordained, AUTHENTIC PRAYER. A moment of reflection on your Journey to More:

“And will not God bring justice for His chosen ones, who cry out to Him day and night? Will He put them off? I tell you, He will see that they get justice, and quickly.” Luke 18: 7-8.

Did you really hear what you just read? Read it again.

Is this your prayer experience? Is that promise couched in some mystical spiritual language meant to confuse us? Hear it another way: When we cry out to God in prayer, He always answers, immediately, instantly, and without any delay. Always.

How can that be true?

Before examining this a bit further, note how He ends His thought in Luke 18:8, “…However, when the Son of Man comes, will He find FAITH on the earth?” Note that He leaves His puzzling statement with an open question, hanging in the air. Paraphrasing v.8, “Yes I will answer all prayers, decisively and quickly, but when I come to take you Home, will I find you living and PRAYING IN FAITH?”

Yes, God, as with any good and righteous father (or mother), would (hang on to that analogy) always answer His children’s requests,  without delay…yet not always the way they want, or expect, but ALWAYS FOR THEIR GOOD.

How are we to understand God’s answers? God says, if we “have ears that hear and eyes that see” (Prov.20:12; Matt. 13:16), we will hear and see what God is saying, trust in everything He gives, but also trust in what He withholds, knowing that He is always perfect in His judgments and always good in His decisions. That’s exactly what faith is (Heb. 11:1, 6).

In fact, the question in Lu. 18:8 gets to the real issue of prayer --- authentic “faith”! “…when the Son of Man comes for each of His children, will He find a life that is characterized by total and authentic “faith” --- trusting in His every answer.

When He comes to take us Home, is this what He will find in us, or will he find doubts, fears and regrets in His always good answers to our prayers?

Authentic prayer is always wrapped in confidence, trust, and faith in God’s Sovereign will.

Thanking and praising, instead of doubting and complaining always dominates authentic prayer. Prayer is receiving, rejoicing, accepting, and appropriating His answers coupled with joy and thanksgiving.

Robert Robertson (1758) in his beautiful hymn summed it up:

“Come thou Fount of every blessing,
Tune my heart to sing Thy grace;
 Streams of mercy, never ceasing,
Call for songs of loudest praise.

O to grace how great a debtor
Daily I’m constrained to be!
Let that grace, Lord, like a fetter,
Bind my wand’ring heart to Thee.”

This prayer faith-walk is a Journey To More!
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