Spirit & Life Devotional
Wednesday, May 27
Chinaemerem Joshua Ibezim
Praying To The Father
Daniel 9.23 "At the beginning of your supplications the command went out, and I have come to tell you, for you are greatly beloved; therefore consider the matter, and understand the vision."
The way some of us behave some times, as if God is deaf, or unwilling to answer our prayers, or as if we are the ones that make Him answer our prayers! Until we understand how much He loves and cares for us, how much He is willing to do things for us, we will continue to err in prayer. God is our Father!
Jesus said, “Do not fear, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom." New Living Translation says, "It gives your Father great happiness to give you the Kingdom." And New American Standard Bible says, "your Father has chosen gladly to give you the kingdom." It gives Him great happiness to answer our prayers; and before we even ask, He has chosen gladly to give to us! Hallelujah!
The angel told Daniel that he was heard from the first day! Matthew 6.7-8 says, "And when you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the heathen do. For they think that they will be heard for their many words. “Therefore do not be like them. For your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him." Here's what God promised, that before we call, He will answer; and while we are still speaking, He will hear! Hallelujah!
That's why I'm always thankful; because when I have prayed, my faith is turned on, and I begin to thank Him for answering my prayers. It may not come when I expected it, but that doesn't mean He didn't hear me, so I just keep thanking Him! And guess what, He never disappoints! I don't just pray to "God", I talk to my Father.