Sunday, May 13, 2018
Answered Prayer: Our Assurance
John 16:23 - 27
Are you confident that the LORD will hear and answer your prayers? One of the reasons we may struggle with doubts is because we don't realize all that GOD has done to make it possible for us to bring our requests before HIM.
Association. Our sin once separated us from GOD, but CHRIST gave HIS life on the cross as payment of the penalty we owed. At the moment of our salvation, we enter into an intimate association with GOD the FATHER through HIS SON.
Access. With our new relationship comes access to the throne of where we can boldly and confidently bring our concerns to GOD.
Authority. In the Gospels, the LORD'S prayers always carried the power of HIS divine position. Now, because of our association with HIM through salvation, JESUS CHRIST has given us the privilege of praying in HIS name according to HIS power and authority.
Agreement. But prayer offered in JESUS' name should always be in agreement with what HE would ask. In other words, our requests must align with the character of GOD and the content of HIS WORD. It does no good to tack "in JESUS' name" on a petition for something outside HIS will.
Assurance. When JESUS told HIS disciples HE would answer requests offered in HIS name, HE was saying that we can pray with assurance because of our association and agreement with HIM.
When we're uncertain whether our requests are in accordance with what JESUS would ask, we can take comfort in knowing that CHRIST is seated at the FATHER'S right hand, always interceding for us according to GOD'S will.
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16