Jesus said, “Follow me (Matthew 9:9).”
Yet when a ruler knelt before him, saying, “‘My daughter just died, but come lay your hand on her and she will live,’ Jesus rose and followed him (from Matthew 9:18-19).”
The God we follow responds to prayer with humility, kindness and love.
God is near.
not the present
not the future
from God’s love.
No matter what
God is there.
No matter what
you can pray.
Give thanks to the God of heaven, for his steadfast love endures forever (Psalm 136:26).
Because of this love, God answers our prayers. He gives what we need. He gives what is best.
God is love and love covers a multitude of sins (1 John 4:16; 1 Peter 4:8).
We pray, knowing God forgives sin.
I sat, reading. This verse jumped out at me: We have thought on your steadfast love, O God (Psalm 48:9).
I let Scripture guide my thoughts as I pondered God’s love. I listened and believed: God is love (1 John 4:16).
That is prayer.
Every answer to prayer is a demonstration of God’s love.
Pray believing God loves you.
The Father’s motive for allowing believers access to Him is that He loves them. Because of that they can boldly and fearlessly enter His presence in complete confidence, as children for whom He cares deeply.*
Because we are his children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, prompting us to call out, “Abba, Father” (Galatians 4:6).
*adapted from John MacArthur, The MacArthur New Testament Commentary John 12-21, p. 227.