STMA STMA : Something About Prayer

In the middle of this series on prayer, I want to share something that God showed me today during my study through DFD 5.

Luke 6:46 reads, “‘Why do you call Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say?‘”

Christ is really on to something here (imagine that). Matthew 21:22 tells us that if we believe, we will receive; if you believe, you will be obedient. James 5:16 says that the prayer of a righteous man will avail; righteousness is in obeying God. Why on earth would we cry out to God and believe, and yet not believe that we are to obey? Why would we believe in God’s power to save us, and not in the perfection of His will? If we don’t believe in Him enough to do as He commands, why would we waste our time trying to believe in Him enough that all our prayers will be answered?

1 John 5:14 makes it clear that He hears us. In Matthew 7:11, Jesus says that God knows how to give good gifts to His children. Do you believe him enough to obey? Is my prayer effectual and fervent, from a righteous man? Or am I calling, “Lord, Lord,” and not doing what He says?

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