Does God Answer Prayer?
by Pr Sue Redman
Pastor's Piece - Does God Answer Prayer? I say, "Yes!"
I don't know if you believe God answers prayer but I have had some very obvious answers of late. Not so long ago I was thinking about all I had to do that week and the impossibility of preparing a sermon on top of everything else, so I got on my knees and asked God if He might please provide for me and no sooner had I said "Amen" than the phone started ringing. Not even thinking that this would be the answer to my prayer I simply answered the call as I would any call and I couldn't believe it when the person on the other end asked if they might do a presentation at my church of the time and when I asked them if they could come that Saturday they said yes!
This experience isn't dissimilar to one I had a few months before that. Someone had called me on a Monday to ask if I could do a cremation committal the next day and having never even been to a cremation committal let alone led one before, I was rather nervous but said yes. The next morning however, being the morning of the cremation, I really started to panic because I had no idea if what I had prepared was appropriate or not so I got on my knees and asked God to help me and at that very moment, which was 8.00 o'clock in the morning, a hospital chaplain called and told me he had been thinking about me and thought he needed to call and see how I was doing! Who calls at 8.00am?! And of all the people in the world, who knows more about cremation committals than hospital chaplains!
These are just two examples of God not only answering my prayers but continuing to provide for me personally which is something I've learnt He will always do whilever I am walking in His ways. Of course I can't know if these stories encourage or discourage you or otherwise, but I would like to let Jesus speak to you about wherever you're up to right now and I will be quoting from Luke 12:22-31,
"Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat, or about your body, what you will wear. For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing. Consider the ravens; they neither sow nor reap, they have neither storehouse nor barn, and yet God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds! And can any of you by worrying add a single hour to your span of life? If you are not able to do so small a thing as that, why do you worry about the rest? Consider the lilies, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin; yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not clothed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will he clothe you - you of little faith! And do not keep striving for what you are to eat and what you are to drink, and do not keep worrying. For it is the nations of the world that strive after all these things, and your Father knows that you need them. Instead, strive for his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well."
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