“…When saying our prayers, do we “feel His Presence,” or maybe He’s on vacation..?”

The Great Leader, Teacher, and Motivator! The Lord God Almighty!

The Great Leader, Teacher, and Motivator!
The Lord God Almighty!

Do you every wonder if God is listening?  When saying our prayers, do we “feel His Presence,” or maybe He’s on vacation?  First, let me say that God does listen. As to rather He responds…well then, that’s another story. Often, we just call upon God when we’re in trouble, or in serious need of His intervention, or just need His consolation.  All too often, God has not heard from us since the last time we were in desperation.  But still, God has promised to answer our prayers. In Matthew 21:33, he says: “And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.”  The critical term, here, is “believing.”  If we don’t really believe in Jesus, as our Savior, then we’re at ground zero. But wait… God has placed certain conditions on His intervention.  God does not honor unfaithfulness. God does not answer the prayers of those that reject Him as they’re Lord and Savior.  Were told in John 9:31: “Now we know that God heareth not sinners: but if any man be a worshiper of God, and doeth his will, him he heareth.”  We must come to the Lord with unwavering faith in Him. James 1:5-7 tells us:  “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.”   We should not expect God to answer our prayers if we have unconfessed sins on our soul.  We must be in “Sanctifying Grace.” Isaiah 59:2 says: “But your iniquities have separated you from your God; and your sins have hidden His face from you, so that He will not hear.”  Too, we must live “in the Will of God.”  This process involves more than just keeping the written commandments of the Lord. It involves doing what God wants us to do in our lives.  John 9:31 tells us: “Now we know that God does not hear sinners; but if anyone is a worshiper of God and does His will, He hears him.”  So…you see…sometimes, when “we find it difficult” to pray, and wonder if God is listening… it may be because we are, simply, not worthy to approach the Altar of God through prayer. It would suggest, then, that we 1) Accept Jesus as our Savior, 2) Confess our sins, and 3) Live in the will of God. It is then, that God hears our petitions and reacts to them. Blessings… cjlb…7/9/14  

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About Charles Brooks

who is originally from Miami, Fla., moved to SC, holds two degrees from the University of SC. His business background is primarily in Real Estate Development (Motels, Hotel, Office Buildings, Restaurants, Residential) and Business Consulting. He currently is Managing Director of Brooks, Baker, Lehman & Kohlhepp - Investors in Real Estate and Mining, and has other business interests under the umbrella of Brooks Properties. FULL-TIME-MINISTRY: Fully engaged in spreading the Gospel of Our Lord Jesus Christ, with an emphasis on the Business Community.

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