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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

G.A.P.S. - God Answers Prayers Still

Bridging the G.A.P.
When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures James 4:3

A large number of Christians are members of the D.U.A.P. club; ‘Doubter of Unanswered Prayers'. These individuals argue God does not respond to prayers. Desires were not met when wanted. 

There is a misconception that prayers are instantly answered. Let me remind you God hears all prayers however it’s only in due season he responds. Jesus stated whatever you ask in my name I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son John 14:12. What’s most often omitted from this verse by believers is they are not asking in Jesus name for the desires. Furthermore, prayers are typically for your own satisfaction opposed to the Father being glorified in the Son. John also elaborates, prayers are answered because we keep God’s commandment of believing in the name of Jesus Christ and loving one another 1 John 3:22-23.

God Answers Prayers Still

Praying can close G.A.P.S., (which stands for God Answers Prayers Still) 
Prayer is empowered by reading, meditating, and studying God’s word daily. I ran across an acronym, T. R.I. P., which teaches how to pray using scriptures. 

THANKS: What in this verse makes me thankful?

REGRET: What in this verse causes me regret?

INTERCESSION (prayer): What does this text lead me to pray for?

PURPOSE: What action does this text encourage me to take today?
prayer changes things

During your supplication, incorporate T.R.I.P. to develop your relationship and grow in faith. Don't fall back into bad habits of quarreling in your mind  and asking God with some doubt. He who has doubt is like waves of the sea James 1:5-8. Such a mind set will keep Christians confused, bitter, and angry with God. 

Transform the mind

Transformation of the mind and spirit begins when you show humility and start applying the A.S.K. principle during prayer, as Jesus stated Matt 7:7: ask, and it will be given to you, seek and you will find and it will be opened.

There is blessedness from answered prayers when you lift God’s name in praise, trust in him and ask, with right motives. Though weeping may endure for a season, in return God arms you with strength by turning your mourning into dancing, and depression into gladness. Never be silent, sing praise and give thanks to God so that your prayers will not fall in the GAPS again.

Tigner J. Rand

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