Because thou hast forgotten the God of thy salvation, and hast not been mindful of the rock of thy strength, therefore shalt thou plant pleasant plants, and shalt set it with strange slips: In the day shalt thou make thy plant to grow, an in the morning shalt thou make thy seed to flourish: but the harvest shall be a heap in the day of grief and of desperate sorrow. –Isaiah 17:10-11
This people draweth nigh unto Me with their mouth, and honoureth Me with their lips; but their heart is far from Me. But in vain they do worship Me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men. –Matthew 15:8-9
Do you think God answers your prayers?
I know He does.
People will say, “I keep praying and asking God for…(fill in the blank).” I use to pray and ask God for something, over and over and over, too.
Did I think God didn’t hear me the first time? Was I showing faith when I’d keep asking, and asking, and asking, which at some point turns into begging, does it not? O me of little faith. That wasn’t a typo, I said “me” :)
So, a few years back, I started asking God for something, once. The next time I prayed, I’d thank Him for what I asked Him for the last time I prayed. I kept thanking Him from that point on.
Now when I pray it’s full of “thank you God for (insert what I asked Him for)” even before I have received it. After He answers that prayer, I keep thanking Him for it.
I am still thanking Him for things He gave me years and years ago. I’m also still thanking Him for things I’ve asked for, but are not yet received.
My prayers seem to be answered a lot more quickly.
Is it because I’m not begging God by asking over and over? Or, is it because I’m showing Him faith, and giving Him thanks, in return, He is blessing me with what I’m asking of Him?
So shall it be at the end of the world: the angels shall come forth, and sever the wicked from amongst the just,
And shall cast them into the furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing if teeth. –Matthew 13:49-50
And immediately Jesus stretched forth His hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt? –Matthew 14:31
Down my face the tears were flowing
Panic, anxiousness ever growing
Repeatedly telling myself I’ll be fine
Hoping one day tranquility would be mine
Finality came I could bear no more
God poured out His love and filled me to my core
If we come to Him with an open heart and truth
God will have mercy on us, of this I’m living proof
For the LORD of hosts hath purposed, and who shall disannul it? and His hand is stretched out, and who shall turn it back? –Isaiah 14:27
And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in Me. –Matthew 11:6
The son of man came eating and drinking, and they say, Behold a man gluttonous, and a winebibber, a friend of publicans and sinners. But wisdom is justified of her children. –Matthew 11:19
Come unto Me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you, and learn of Me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For My yoke is easy, and my burden is light. –Matthew 11:28-30
O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh. –Matthew 12:34
But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgement. –Matthew 12:36
For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned. –Matthew 12:37
Behold God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: For the LORD JEHOVAH is my strength and my song; He also is become my salvation. –Isaiah 12:2
He said unto them, Give place: for the maid is not dead, but sleepeth. And they laughed Him to scorn.
But when the people were put forth, He went in, and took her by the hand, and the maid arose. –Matthew 9:24-25
Whosoever therefore shall confess Me before men, him will I confess also before My Father which is in heaven.
But whosoever deny Me before men, him will I also deny before My Father which is in heaven. –Matthew 10:32-33
And what will ye do in the day of visitation, and in the desolation, which shall come from far? to whom will ye flee for help? and where will ye leave your glory? –Isaiah 10:3
Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brothers eye. –Matthew 7:5
And He saith unto them, Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? The He arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm. –Matthew 8:26