Story #1. When the people cried out to the Lord, the Lord raised up a deliverer (Judges 3:9).
Story #2. The people cried out to the Lord, and the Lord raised up for them a deliverer (Judges 3:15).
Story #3. The people cried out to the Lord for help . . . so on that day God subdued their enemy (from Judges 4:3-23).
Story #4. The Lord still delivers those who cry out to Him.
May God give you the Spirit of wisdom
that you may know the hope to which he has called you
the riches of his glorious inheritance
and the immeasurable greatness of his power to us who believe.
(from Ephesians 1:17-19, bold mine)
Decision-making can be hard. We don’t see the future like God does. We don’t know what He knows.
You can ask the Lord to block a choice that isn’t best.
“They attempted to go . . . but the Spirit of Jesus did not allow them (Acts 16:7).”
“Think about particular people, particular problems, particular needs, and then pray about those things specifically and earnestly, so that we can see God’s answer and offer Him our thankful praise.”*
*John MacArthur, The MacArthur New Testament Commentary, EPHESIANS, p.381.
Put on the whole armor of God . . . and pray at all times (from Ephesians 3:11-18).
“Prayer is not merely another godly weapon. It is the all-pervasive strategy in which warfare is fought.”*
*adapted from John MacArthur, The MacArthur New Testament Commentary EPHESIANS, p. 376-377.
I made a very specific request.
I got a very specific answer.
That’s how I know God answers prayer.
I got a curious phone message last week, from someone I love: “Please call me. I have something to tell you.”
I called as soon as I could, and heard these words: “Remember that guy you prayed for during my college days? He just informed that he was baptized because he believes in Jesus!”
For years, the two us prayed faithfully for his salvation. And now his friend is a brother!
Click here to see the verses we prayed: https://ablogonprayer.files.wordpress.com/2012/09/prayingsalvationforothers1.pdf
And keep on praying for the salvation of those you love! The next prayer God answers might be yours!