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There are certain requirements we must fulfill before God will listen to our prayers.

We Must Belong to God.


There is one God and one mediator between God and man, the man Christ Jesus
(1Timothy 2:5). Because Jesus is the mediator between us and God, we must give Him
our total allegiance.
Before I yielded the control of my life to Jesus Christ, I would pray, but I was never sure
if God was listening or would answer. After I asked Him to be the Lord of my life, I had
confidence that God was hearing and answering my prayers.
We Must Pray to God the Father in the Name of His Son Jesus Christ.
Only the name of Jesus Christ gives us credibility with the Father not our education,
our wealth or poverty, our church, our background or our position only Jesus Christ.
Jesus said, If you ask anything in my name, I will do it (John 14:14).
Sometimes I use my husbands name, or my church, or my work to gain credibility with
people I meet. But only Jesus name gives us credibility with the Father.
We Must have a Clean Heart.
Psalm 66:18 says, If I had known of any sin in my heart, the Lord would not have
listened to me.
It is very important to keep a clean heart before God. Someone said, I fess them as I
does them, I dont bunch them. Dont wait until you go to church or a crisis arises in
your life to confess your sins to God. As soon as you become aware of an attitude or
action that is displeasing to God, admit that it is wrong and thank God for His
forgiveness. 1 John 1:9 tells us that if we confess our sins, God is faithful to forgive us
and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
We Must have a Forgiving Spirit.
In Mark 11:25, Jesus says, Whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything
against anyone, so that your Father also who is in heaven my forgive your
transgressions.
Jesus makes it very clear that we cant carry anger, hatred, or bitterness in our hearts
toward anyone if we expect God to forgive us and/or hear our prayers.
We must Pray in Faith.
Jesus said in Matthew 21:22, And everything you shall ask in prayer, believing, you
shall receive.
The very fact that you are asking God for your needs demonstrates your faith.

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The answers come every time, but not always in the way we expect. There are times
when God answeres prayer as soon as we pray. Other times we have to wait for them
to be answered. Sometimes is anwer is No, like all good parents, He gives us what is
good for us, but not what is harmful to us, but He always listens and answers.
by Katherine J Kehler

If you want to be sure God is listening to your prayers, consider if you have ever asked
Jesus Christ into your life, you can do so right now by submitting to him with a simple
but powerful prayer.
Lord Jesus, I want you to listen and answer my prayers, I need You. Thank You for
dying on the cross for my sins. I open the door of my life and receive You as my Savior
and Lord. Thank You for forgiving my sins and giving me eternal life. Take control of the
throne of my life. Make me the kind of person You want me to be.
If you prayed this prayer, we would love to hear from you . Perhaps we could connect
you with a mentor or provide resourceful links that could help you in your journey to
know God in a deeper way.

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Continuous Partial Attention by John Grant

Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in
the earth. Psalm 46:10

A Microsoft researcher recently suggested that many people today suffer from what she
described as continuous partial attention. We are watching television, working on our
laptop and talking on our cell phone when someone comes in to speak to us.

We then find ourselves engaged in a number of tasks, but only partially concentrating
on any of them. In this crowded, confused electronic world, attentive listening is
becoming more difficult.

Our God is a speaking god and He wants our full and undivided attention. He wants us
to listen, for what he says is not just information, but truly imparting life itself. It brings us
into the presence of God Himself.

Gods voice brings an awareness of sin, our need for cleansing and our longing to
worship Him as we should. But, none of that is possible without our complete and
undivided attention.

To enter into solitude and silence is to take the spiritual life seriously. It is to take
seriously our need to quiet the noise of our lives, to cease the constant striving of
human effort, to pull away from our absorption in human relationships for a time in order
to give God our undivided attention.

In solitude God begins to free us from our bondage to human expectations, for there we
experience God as our ultimate reality. Silence deepens the experience of solitude. In
silence we not only withdraw from the demands of life in the company of others but also
allow the noise of our own thoughts, strivings and compulsions to settle down, so we
can hear a truer and more reliable Voice. Reliance on our own thoughts and words,
even in our praying, can be one facet of a need to control things, to set the agenda, or
at least to know what the agenda is even in our relationship with God.

It is in silence that we habitually release our own agendas and our need to control and
become more willing and able to give ourselves to Gods loving initiative. In silence we
create space for Gods activity rather than filling every minute with our own.

Give God your total undivided attention. Be still and know that He is God. Hear His
voice and heed his ways, for no other conversation in your life can be more important.

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Pray, Then Decide by K. J. Kehler

They did not inquire of the Lord (Joshua 9:14).

While reading through the book of Joshua, I read a verse that I have been reflecting on
many times since then. The Israelites had entered the land of milk and honey and had
destroyed several cities with all their inhabitants. The kings surrounding them were very
frightened and met to plan a strategy against the Israelites.

One group of people, called the Gibeonites, decided to deceive the Israelites by
pretending to be from a distant land. They asked Joshua to make a treaty with them -
offering to be Israels servants rather than be killed. It sounded like a very good offer.
The Israelites fell for it and signed the treaty.

The key verse that impressed me was, They did not inquire of the Lord (Joshua 9:14).
If they had asked the Lord for direction before they made the decision, they would not
have been deceived. But they choose to rely on their own wisdom instead.

Because they did not inquire of the Lord, they unwittingly broke a very important
command that God had given them: to kill all the ungodly people in the land they had
conquered so their people would not be infiltrated by the ungodly thinking and living of
people who worshiped idols.

With the passing of time, as they married and inter-married, the Israelites began
worshiping the gods of the Gibeonites. They drifted from their love and obedience to
their God (the only true God). The grandchildren of this generation no longer followed
the true God all because their fore fathers did not inquire of the Lord. One bad
decision can greatly affect many generations thereafter.

Father, please remind us to check with You before making decisions. Our decisions
affect so many people. Thanks! Amen.

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Forgiveness is Good For Your Health
By Katherine Kehler

Fix your thoughts on what is true and good and right. Think about things that are
pure and lovely, and dwell on the fine and good things in others. Think about all
the things you can praise God for and be glad about (Philippians 4:8).

I recently read a book review of Forgive for Good: A Proven Prescription for Health and
Happiness. After five years of research, the authors found that people who forgive have
decreased stress and fewer physical symptoms of stress. They experience greater
physical vitality and feel less hurt and anger.

The authors concluded that the problem with grudges is that each time we think about
the hurt or anger at the heart of the grudge, its a reminder of the helplessness we felt
when it occurred. They recommend nine steps for moving towards forgiveness.

1. Know exactly how you feel about what happened.


2. Forgiveness is for you. Make a commitment to do what you need to feel better.
3. Seek peace not necessarily reconciliation with the person(s) who hurt you.
4. Get perspective and recognize that distress comes from hurt feelings and
thoughts, and not what hurt you in the first place.
5. When you feel upset, redirect your thoughts to that which is positive.
6. Give up expecting things from other people that they choose not to give you.
7. Instead of mentally replaying the hurt, seek new ways to get what you want.
8. Focus on goodness, love, and beauty. Remaining in the hurt only gives power to
the person who hurt you.
9. Rewrite the story of the grievance in your mind so you can focus on the heroic
choice to forgive.
It seems to me that this is much the same advice that the Apostle Paul was giving in
Philippians 4:8.

Someone said, The practice of forgiveness is the most important contribution to healing
the world. What do you think?

It begins with us. How about you? Holding on to any grudges? Forgiveness is good for
your health! Want to help heal the world? It begins with you.

Father, You have given us all the principles for our health and the healing of the world.
You know that we always see how others need to change, but it is our attitudes that will
begin to effect change. Your grace is sufficient for each one of us. Thank You that Your
Holy Spirit will give us the will and the power to forgive wholeheartedly. Amen.

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Let Go of Your Hurt
Make allowance for each others faults, and forgive anyone who offends you.
Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others Colossians 3:13(
NLT, 2nd edition).
Many of us have someone in our lives who has done some crazy, hurtful thing to us or,
maybe even more importantly, to somebody that we love. In our minds we think, I know
the Christian thing to do is to forgive, so I will. I will forgive him as soon as he gives me
an apology.
The problem with that is, youre still holding onto the hurt. Truth is, that person may
never ask you for forgiveness. He may never say hes sorry, because he doesnt get it,
or he may not even realize what hes done. So you end up stewing over something that
the other person has long ago forgotten. And its eating you up inside!

Never hold onto a hurt, because resentment tears you up. Resentment is like
drinking poison and hoping its going to kill someone else. It doesnt work. You have to
decide that, before anything else happens, you are going to forgive that person.
Jesus said this even in the most extreme of circumstances, as he was hanging on the
cross: Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing (Luke
23:34a NIV).
So what do you do? When you struggle with forgiving, remember the great gift of Gods
forgiveness.

Remember a verse like Colossians 3:13: Make allowance for each others faults, and
forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive
others (NLT, 2ndedition). Its not a bad one to memorize and carry with you throughout
the day, because youre going to have plenty of chances to use it.
That phrase make allowance is the Greek word that means to bear with, to endure, to
be tolerant. Basically it means to cut people some slack. Jesus said, Blessed are the
merciful, for they will be shown mercy (Matthew 5:7 NIV).
I want Gods blessing in your life. One of the ways you receive that is by being merciful.

Talk It Over
What hurt are you still holding onto?
What do you need to do today so that your hurt does not turn into resentment?
How would you define mercy?