“Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.” (1 Jn 5:14)
“Father, I thank you that you have heard me. I knew that you always hear me.” (Jn 11:41-42) Jesus prayed with deep conviction and confidence. Immediately after this simple prayer, Jesus performed one of his most astonishing miracles by making Lazarus, a man dead for four days, walk out of a tomb alive. In history, great men of God have been prayerful and great signs have followed them. Today, it is important for us to examine ourselves to see whether we have the same confidence to associate ourselves with Jesus and say, “Father, I knew that you always hear me.”
There’s a garden where Jesus is waiting, A place that is wondrously fair, for it glows with the light of His presence, Tis the Beautiful garden of prayer.
There’s a garden where Jesus is waiting, And I go with my burdens and care, Just to learn from His lips words of comfort, In the beautiful garden of prayer.
There’s a garden where Jesus is waiting, And He bids you to come meet Him there, Just to walk and to talk with my Savior, In the beautiful garden of prayer.
“The LORD is my portion,” says my soul, “Therefore I hope in Him!” The LORD is good to those who wait for Him, To the soul who seeks Him. It is good that one should hope and wait quietly for the salvation of the LORD. (Lam 3:24-26)
Being a child of God is blissful. We are blessed, protected, and guided by Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit. Yet we may encounter difficulties and sickness throughout our journey of life. As every morning is new, God’s grace is abundant. We still have hope when we are in distress. Facing the pressures and difficulties of life, why not try to seek peace and rest from prayers, adjust our emotions, relax oneself, and find the strength to start again.
“You shall make an altar to burn incense on… Aaron shall burn on it sweet incense every morning… And when Aaron lights the lamps at twilight, he shall burn incense on it, a perpetual incense before the Lord throughout your generations.” —Ex 30:1,7-8
“Take sweet spices, stacte and onycha and galbanum, and pure frankincense with these sweet spices; there shall be equal amounts of each. You shall make of these an incense, a compound according to the art of the perfumer, salted, pure, and holy. And you shall beat some of it very fine, and put some of it before the Testimony in the tabernacle of meeting where I will meet with you. It shall be most holy to you.” (Ex 30:34-36)
How can we make our prayers of intercession more effective? Abraham’s intercession for Lot in Genesis 18 provides much insight into how our prayers can reach God.