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DevotionsAssurance of Answered Prayer, Patience, and the Holy Spirit

John 14:16-18

16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever— 17 the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be[a] in you. 18 I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.

📞One of the greatest hindrances to our prayer life is a lack of perseverance.

📞Oftentimes we quit praying too soon. It is easy to feel that since we have asked, the answer to our prayers should immediately be forthcoming or our need should quickly be met.

📞However, God is not a robot, just waiting to give us exactly what we want the moment that we want it. We often have to exercise patience and continue praying.

📞All Christians are given the Holy Spirit to seal their relationship with God, and it is He who counsels believers on how to pray (Rom. 8:26).

📞We sometimes believe that we need to come to God only when we have a need. But, prayer is about intimacy with the Father.

📞 If the Lord gave us whatever we wanted as soon as we asked Him, we would not be able to understand the dynamic of our relationship—and might never learn important skills like patience or dependence.

📞Think about the apostle Paul, who tells us that he implored three times for his thorn in the flesh to be removed before God gave him a firm answer of no (II Cor. 12:7-8). This probably refers to three protracted periods of time that Paul begged for relief.

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📞When we have been praying for a long time about something and do not feel as if our words are going anywhere, that is not the time to quit. We have to pray through those situations. God is listening attentively to our cries, and His Spirit is our constant companion—even when we cannot feel His presence or involvement in our lives.

📞Instead of ceasing to pray, will you call on the Holy Spirit to aid you in persevering?

📞Many contemporary Christians take God as their errand-boy who must do what they ask in their own time. They command Him as if God’s existence depends on their will. They take Him for a hug robot who has no will of His own. Patience is out of the way, it must be now. This phenomenon has made some people tag themselves prayer warriors. These warriors earn the title from the aggressive nature of their prayers and the level of shouting and commands to God in the process. But, is it Scriptural?

📞Every child of God has a totally free access to God’s Throne of Grace and Mercy. We all, as God’s children, have the legal right to come before God to make our request known in prayer.

📞It is disheartening that, in Modern Christianity, whatever is acceptable by majority goes whether it is Biblical or not, such as using Points of Contact in prayer. God does not need Points of Contact to answer payer for a distance. This phenomenon is imported from confraternities (secret societies).

📞Let us be careful, God has His ways of doing things. Let us follow His ways. Being aggressive, shouting, clapping, jumping, hitting the tables, and running around is not how a child receives from his/her father and it is not God’s pattern either (Matt. 6: 5-8). Please, read this passage, it is Jesus Himself speaking.

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Shalom and Maranatha!

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