TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 17
“And we are confident that He hears us whenever we ask for anything that pleases Him. And since we know He hears us when we make our requests, we also know that He will give us what we ask for.”
1 John 5:14-15 (NLT2)
BEDROCK TRUTHS: MY PRAYERS ARE HEARD
Television interviewer and journalist Larry King describes three farmers who gather daily in a ﬁeld during a horrible drought. The men are down on their knees, looking upward, and praying the skies will open and pour forth a much-needed rain. Unfortunately, the heavens are silent, and the petitioners become discouraged, but they continue to meet every morning to lift up their request to God.
One morning an uninvited stranger approaches and asks the men what they are doing. They respond, “We’re praying for rain.” The newcomer looks at each of them and shakes his head, “No, I don’t think so.” The first farmer says, “Of course we’re praying. We are down on our knees pleading for rain. Look around, see the drought. We haven’t had rain in more than a year!”
The outsider continues to nod his head and advises them their efforts will never work. The second farmer jumps in and says, “We need the rain; we aren’t asking only for ourselves, but for our families and livestock.” The man listens, nods, and says he still isn’t impressed. “You’re wasting your time,” he says.
The third farmer can’t take any more, and in anger he says, “Okay, what would you do if you were in our shoes?” The visitor asks, “You really want to know?” The three landowners answer, “We really want to know! The future of our farmlands is at stake.” The guest announces, “I would have brought an umbrella!”
The more confident we are in who God really is, the more confident we can be that He hears our prayers. 1 John 5:14 says God hears anything we ask that pleases Him. When we pray according to God’s will, we will walk around with “umbrellas.”
In Luke 22:42 Jesus was about to be arrested and nailed to a cross when He prayed, “Father, if You are willing, remove this cup from Me. Nevertheless, not My will, but Yours, be done.” Are there any areas where you aren’t sure your will is lining up with God’s will? Pray a prayer like Jesus did, confessing your desire but also yielding to God’s will.