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May 10, 2017, 8:34 AM

In Jesus' Name

Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

The most incredible things are promised to prayer. The Old Testament abounds in promises and examples. Deliverance and help, guidance and grace were assured to those who called upon God and committed their way unto Him. Nothing was too hard for the Lord, and nothing was impossible to those who prayed. Some of the passages are overwhelming in their challenge to prayer. For example, 1 Kings 3:5 declares, “At Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon during the night in a dream, and God said, ‘Ask for whatever you want me to give you.’” Prayer passes from entreaty to command. There is no limit to the possibility of prayer, and the Old Testament confirms and attests the promises by examples and demonstrations of its power.

Our Lord speaks with the same unlimited speech in the New Testament. He declares, “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to the him who knocks, the door will be opened” (Matthew 7:7-8). Jesus gave prayer a new basis, a new confidence, and a new range. For he gave as its reason the fact that God is our Heavenly Father. Prayer is a child’s petition. “If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!” (Matthew 7:11). There is one saying of Jesus that is even more starting. “Therefore,” he says, “I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours” (Mark 11:24).

Samuel Chadwick writes, “The promise to prayer reaches its climax in the Upper Room on that memorable night of revelation and tragedy. Jesus declared Himself to be the basis of prayer. They were to pray in a new way. They were to pray in His name, and they would be heard for His sake... ‘And whatsoever ye shall ask for in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask anything in my name, I will do it” (John 14:13-14)… Prayer reaches its highest level when offered in the Name which is above every name, for it lifts the petitioner into unity and identity with Himself.”

We are not heard for our much speaking, nor for our loud shouting. Neither are we heard for our fine phrasing, nor our much weeping. Neither are we heard for our good works, nor for our self-denials. Prayer in Jesus Name is heard for His name’s sake. “Ask, and ye shall receive.”

Let us pray together: Gracious Father, thank you for Your Son. May He abide in me and I in Him. Through Him, may I have victory over sin and death. In Jesus’ Name I pray. Amen.

You are Loved!

Pastor Jason Stevens

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