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28 October 2020: Keith Evans - Petersfield and Liss United reformed church

Prayer

An atheist lived next door to an elderly Christian lady. She would pray regularly and often the neighbour would hear it, and then he would tell her that God didn't exist and she was wasting her time. One day she ran out of groceries and prayed that God would help her. The neighbour heard this and thought he would teach her a lesson. He went and bought some groceries and left it on her doorstep. When she found it, she praised God for His provision. The neighbour then confronted her and explained that it wasn't God but he who had provided the food. The elderly lady replied " I knew God would provide but I didn't know He would get you to pay for it."

In the good times we feel self sufficient. Science, medicine, the economy, our job and our family meet all our needs. God, if he exists, is irrelevant, a hobby for the deluded.

When things go wrong life takes on a different perspective. The covid pandemic has shown that science and human endeavour have severe limits and are unable to deal with a life-threatening infection. Suddenly the claims of Christianity and the promises of Jesus Christ don't seem so irrelevant. During this pandemic the number of people seeking prayer and help from the churches have greatly increased. If God is indeed the creator and sustainer of the universe then surely He can meet our current need?

Does God really answer prayer?

The answer to that question is YES. Ask any practicing Christian and they will have numerous examples of Gods faithful answer to fervent prayer. Jesus himself promised "Ask and it will be given to you, seek and you will find, knock and the door will be opened to you" Matthew chapter 7 verse 7. Jesus also refers frequently to God as "Father". Fathers give their children good things, not always what they ask for, but always what they need.

If you are not sure of Gods reality, ask Him to reveal Himself to you. Ask and trust God to answer. The secret of answered prayer is: faith, a forgiving spirit, and asking for those things that God knows are good for us.

 

 

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