Bible Promise for the Day – The Secret Behind Successful Prayer

God's Promises Are Ever Faithful
God’s Promises Are Ever Faithful

I John 3:22 “And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.”

There is a lot of talk about prayer these days. It is, after all, easier to talk about it than to actually engage in serious praying. Even then, there is a big difference between praying and getting those prayers answered.

Christ told His disciples that there really is no limit to what prayer can do. In His example to them, no mountain is safe, because prayer can move it. This is because true prayer engages God’s unlimited power to accomplish a specific task.

Notice that there is a condition in this verse. I need to mention that this verse only deals with prayer and not salvation. God gladly answers prayer from His children who are sincere about pleasing Him. They want to obey Him and fulfill His will in their life.

All the saints of the Old Testament who accomplished marvelous things in prayer were people who wanted to please God. They sought Him and His blessing even when others around them did not. They often walked alone as far as people were concerned, but they knew that God was with them. That was what mattered most to them.

As this verse shows, prayer gets answered when there is a right life behind it. Other verses bring out a few other conditions, too, but this one is very important. He knows our life, minds, and hearts. He also knows whether we really want to walk with Him and live holy or just get His blessings.

Christian, do you pray like you should? If you are not getting the answers you seek, could there be a problem with simple obedience and wanting to please Him first of all?

The Third Step Toward Revival

Before an individual or a nation can experience true revival from God, it is imperative that three steps occur. A quick review of the first two steps toward revival, all found in II Chronicles 7:14, are:

  1. Humbling ourselves
  2. Praying and truly seeking God.

The third step is just as important. In fact, there will not be any revival without it. The Bible puts it like this: “and turn from their wicked ways.” This should be the natural result when there is sincerity in the first two steps.

This third step speaks of repentance. It means being sorry for sin in a way that results in a willingness to turn away from it. Many people today are only sorry that they got caught, but the kind of sorrow for sin that God is interested in is a sorrow that produces repentance. It was first necessary for salvation (II Cor. 7:10 “For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death.”), and it is necessary to walk daily with a holy God.

When it comes to sin, God hates it all. The Cross shows us how much. He does not let His people pick and choose which sins they want to hold on to. Not at all. If He is going to bless, they need to depart from all that is called sin, as we are told in 2Ti. 2:19: “Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.”

Some Christian groups are of the impression that God is all love and loves everybody. To them, everything is a bed of roses and God’s purpose is to give you a good day – no matter how you live.

Unfortunately, it just is not true entirely true. The Bible tells us that the Apostles and others in the New Testament who God tells us were filled with His Spirit certainly did not have that kind of life. Although God does love, He also wants simple obedience if He is to bless. He is not only love; He is also holy and just.

God wants us to think about sin the way He does, so that He may give us the life He wants us to have. A reaction that sometimes occurs when God’s truth about sin is preached is that even some of God’s people get huffy and say: Well, that is just that preacher’s opinion! Yet they never take the time to search the Scriptures to see if it is true, or ask the preacher to please explain it to them. It’s a pet sin, and they just want to hold onto it – no matter what God says about it!

Our God is holy, and He never changes. We are told that nothing unholy or defiled will ever enter Heaven after the last days: “And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb’s book of life” (Re. 21:27).

He also tells us, in II Cor. 6:17,18: “Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.”

If you want revival, get in line with God’s will. Stop doing those things that you know are displeasing to Him. You also need to give up sin, and then start doing His will with all your heart.

He has given us His promise. If you, as a born-again Christian, a true child of God, will put away sin, and start seeking Him, then you can find Him and His blessings again, as He promised in James 4:8-10:

“Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded. Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.”

Will you do it? Will you seek Him today? My friend, I hope and pray that you will and that you will start right now.

This means that if you have not been going regularly to a Bible-preaching church that you will start. It means that if you have not been reading your Bible that you will start today. If you have not been praying and witnessing, that you will start. The good thing about it is that He does not expect you to do it alone. If you are sincere, He is more than willing to help you – all along the way!

Tomorrow, I will talk about the blessings that God will give when he revives His church and people.

For True Revival,
Evangelist Mike Valles

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