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God remains a prayer answering God!!! - Pastor Kalu Oji

God remains a prayer answering God!!! - Pastor Kalu Oji

"Then He spoke a parable to them, that men always ought to pray and not lose heart, 2 saying: “There was in a certain city a judge who did not fear God nor regard man. 3 Now there was a widow in that city; and she came to him, saying, ‘Get justice for me from my adversary.’ 4 And he would not for a while; but afterward he said within himself, ‘Though I do not fear God nor regard man, 5 yet because this widow troubles me I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me" (Luke 18:1-5, NKJV).

I never planned on writing on this until a good friend of mine asked me a question about why we keep praying, if God hears and answers originally when we prayed. Many of us feel this same way. Many others have been so cornered by Satan that when we call upon the LORD our God, we no longer do so by faith. All we do is to go through the motion of prayer without any faith in God to answer our prayers. So many others already have what they intend to do for themselves and just want to go through the motions of prayer. Watch this:

"Then the Lord said, “Hear what the unjust judge said. 7 And shall God not avenge His own elect who cry out day and night to Him, though He bears long with them?" (Luke 18:6-7, NKJV).

God alone determines whether to bear long with us or not depending on the situation. God does not owe us any favors. When we call upon Him concerning any situation, we must go to Him in spirit and in truth. In other words, we go to Him in all honesty and with sincerity knowing and believing in Him totally. If for any reason the situation we are currently undergoing is due to God teaching us a lesson, God may decide to bear with us as long as it takes us to learn the lesson. If on the other hand God sees the wicked hands of Satan attempting to do something that is detrimental to our belief and faith in Him, God may decide to answer our prayer while yet we are calling upon Him. In Daniel 10:12-13, NKJV Watch this:

"Then he said to me, "Do not fear, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart to understand, and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard; and I have come because of your words. 13 But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me twenty-one days; and behold, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, for I had been left alone there with the kings of Persia.”

As Daniel God's servant prayed, God not only heard his prayers but also released His angel to go and give Daniel some answers. The prince of the Kingdom of Persia withstood the angel and caused a delay for twenty-one days. Watch again:

"I tell you that He will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?" (Luke 18:8, NKJV).

Daniel was very wise to hold on, waiting for God's answer. Why? Because he had peace in his heart that God has not only heard but answered his prayers. Daniel was waiting for the manifestation of God's answer to his prayer. Many of us tend to give up even before God answers our prayer. This was why our LORD Jesus Christ asked the question: "when the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?" In other words, will He still see us faithful? Are we going to be there waiting in anticipation of God's answers or are we going to be on our way going about what we really wanted to do for ourselves? Many of us pray without faith forgetting that the LORD our God sees every heart and knows exactly what goes on within us.

"Also He spoke this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others:" (Luke 18:9, NKJV).

Every word of God follows the next. None of God's word is spoken in isolation. Whenever we put our trust in personal abilities like the Pharisee, it means that our trust is no longer on God but on ourselves and on our so called righteousness. This is when we start threading on very dangerous paths and have allowed Satan to overtake us with pride. Watch this:

"Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. 11 The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, ‘God, I thank You that I am not like other men—extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this tax collector. 12 I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I possess.’ 13 And the tax collector, standing afar off, would not so much as raise his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me a sinner!’ 14 I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted" (Luke 18:10-14, NKJV).

The Pharisee has allowed pride to overtake and set him on a destructive route. At this time, he was no longer praying to God but at God. He was now reeling out all his accomplishments as a righteous man, far above the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus. In other words, the Pharisee no longer needed the grace of God, and was now above God Himself. In such a situation, do we think that God will listen to such a prayer or even acknowledge such prayer? On the other hand, the tax collector understood where he was coming from and his great need for God's mercy. The tax collector understood that he is a poor sinner who needs immediate repentance and salvation from God. Glory to God, Alleluia!!! As we come to God in prayer, let us learn how to humble ourselves and lay aside everything that easily entangles knowing that God answers prayers:

"Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God" (Hebrews 12:1-2, NKJV).

Let us pray!!!