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PURPOSE OF PRAYER

Anything that has even a hint of dejection spiritually is wrong. * Dejection= A sad or depressed state, low spirits. One or two things have happened if I have reached this spiritual state. 1) I have either satisfied a LUST, or, more so, 2) I have not satisfied my overwhelming desire. * LUST means I MUST HAVE IT AT ONCE. When we pray, do we EXPECT an answer AT ONCE? * EXPECTATION means, a strong belief that something will happen now or in the future. God's Expectation is for our future and a hope to the end. JEREMIAH 29:11 "For I know the thoughts that I think towards you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you an expected end." On the other hand, our expectations are much different. Say, 4 days have gone by, and still no answer! He hasn't done what I expected! It's not about what I should expect, but about what the great I AM expects from me!! Example: Mary telling Jesus that Lazarus has been dead for 4 days. If you'd only been here sooner she says...but Jesus gave a different EXAMPLE: MATTHEW 6:6 But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly. See, He can only reward me if I first become open, totally, to Him. Breaking down the Scripture spiritually means: ...Enter Into Thy Closet...( Closets have doors) Ref. MATTHEW 7:8- ...knock and the door will be opened to you. ...And When Thou Hast Shut Thy Door...(the song comes to mind "Shut The Door Keep Out the Devil, Shut The Door Keep The Devil In The Night" )  a good example in Scripture for this is JOHN 4:7 "SUBMIT yourselves therefore to God RESIST the devil, and he will flee from you." THE CONCLUSION: The purpose of prayer is NOT to demand an answer NOW, but to get hold of God. And once you've opened up the door to your spiritual closet then shut the door behind you, resisting the devil, then God, who is in that secret, most intimate place, can then begin to talk with you and show you unimaginable things in Him. He will assure you that He has heard your petition and let you know the answer is on its way and will arrive in His perfect timing. There's no need to fret when that may be. He will then reopen the door and your light from Him will shine brighter and more openly to others. I pray that this has given someone some food for thought, I know it did me. God is so good and He always has our best interest at heart and He's never wrong. So, let's all be willing to open up to the LORD when we pray, EXPECT God to be there when we open up the door, and then trust that He's heard us and know the answer is on its way in His perfect timing. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Expire Date: 
Thursday, March 4, 2021 (All day)

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