“Most assuredly, I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in My name He will give you.” John 16:23
“For the Father Himself loves you.” John 16:23
“Before they call, I will answer; and while they are still speaking, I will hear.” Isaiah 65:24
“Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.” Mark 11:24
He that converses much with God in prayer and has childlike confidence in His word shall certainly be heard — and these answers of prayer are undeniable evidence of the truth, faithfulness, and love of God. They also greatly strengthen one’s faith and promote an intimate acquaintance with God. The more we receive, the more we are enlightened to see how much there is still wanting. This stirs us up to more frequent and fervent prayer. And the more we desire (believing that we shall receive it), the more shall we be gratified. Unbelief receives nothing (Matthew 13:58) — but faith opens all the treasures of God and never goes away empty.
My soul, it is in God’s heart to bless you, to make large communications to you; and therefore He has given you so many, such exceeding great and very precious promises. These promises are solemn pledges, given to assure you that God waits to be gracious, delights in mercy, and rejoices over His people to do them good. “Ask,” then, as Jesus bids you, and “receive, that your joy may be full.” Ask in His name and expect for His sake.
Devotion by Karl Heinrich von Bogatzky (1690—1774)
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Do not be anxious about anything. (Phil 4:6)
In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, we must rightly remember who is in control. Our God is sovereign over all things, including COVID-19. As Charles Spurgeon (1834-1892) said, “The sovereignty of God is a soft pillow on which weary people lay their heads.”
Remember also God’s gracious promise, and that it is true and He is faithful to keep it: Hebrews 13:5 …”I will never leave you, nor forsake you.” The next verse remind us of the power that comes in trusting God and how we can live: Hebrews 13:6 So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man [or COVID-19] shall do to me.
God loves us, and in Christ we find confidence and calm in times of uncertainty and trouble. When we trust in God, fear is replaced with faith, stress is replaced with strength, anxiety is gone and hope abounds, problems become opportunities, and we are able to receive the blessings God has for us in the midst of difficult circumstances. Turn to Jesus. He will lead you to the still waters and give rest for your troubled soul.
This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast…Hebrews 6:19
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