Effective Prayer

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find;

knock, and it will be opened to you.

“Fear not little flock, for it is the Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.”

“Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do…”

Is this the truth?  Is God answering your prayers?  Are you in need of healing?  A job?  A solution to your challenges?  Freedom from stress?

These are promises of God.  They are based on a fixed principle – Love.  Not the personal love that one might feel for his or her spouse, children, friends, but a love that is all encompassing, all embracing – that will warm you to your core if you but allow it in.

But this love is quite demanding. If we love some, but not others, we are not following the teachings of Jesus.  Jesus told us that God ‘makes the sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.’  Why?  Why is it that evil people enjoy nature’s benefits equally with the good?

Is that just the way it is?  An indication of the unfairness of life?  Why should evil people enjoy the same benefits of this world as good people?  Where is God’s hand in this?

But Jesus said, ‘love you enemies, bless those that curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you.’

If your brother or sister does something to upset you, that doesn’t diminish your parents’ love for you both.  God loves all of us with an indescribably deep and unending love.  We are built in God’s image and are ‘wired’ to try to achieve the same love that God manifests.

So, if we feel anger, or resentment, or hurt about something or someone, we are putting ourselves outside of God’s protection.  Jesus clearly told us not to be angry or profane.  These mistakes take us away from God’s protection. As we work at overcoming them we feel God’s love embracing us.

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