God hears and answers the prayers of His children. We are encouraged in Hebrews 4:16 to come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.. Tbe Scripture teaches us to seek God’s face in prayer and make our petitions and supplications known to Him. “Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.” 1 John 5:14 – 15. Reading through the Bible we can see how God answered the prayers of His Saints.

God, however, cannot be activated, coaxed, manipulated, or compelled into doing anything. I don’t know where some Christians got that idea or doctrine from. That certainly is not the God of the Bible – the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

You can’t manipulate, command or activate God or the Holy Spirit. God is not a heathen God you appease with sacrifice or some sort of propitiation!

We can plead with God in prayer. The Bible encourages and teaches that we plead/wrestle with God in prayer (Gen. 32:26;Col. 4:12) till His will is done (1 John 5:14). This is exclusive of the belief or notion that we can make Him do for us whatever we desire.

Moses pleaded with God to be allowed to enter the promised Land, but God disobliged his request. Read Deuteronomy 3: 23 – 28.

Then I pleaded with the Lord at that time, …. 25 I pray, let me cross over and see the good land beyond the Jordan, those pleasant mountains, and Lebanon.’
26 “ …. So the Lord said to me: ‘Enough of that! Speak no more to Me of this matter. 27 for you shall not cross over this Jordan.”

David also pleaded with God in prayer and fasting for seven days on behalf of his sick son.

David therefore pleaded with God for the child, and David fasted and went in and lay all night on the ground.” 2 Samuel 12: 16 -24.
But God did not change His mind on the issue.

The Lord Jesus pleaded with His Father three times in the Garden of Gethsemane that the cup might be taken away from Him, but He also said three times, “Nevertheless, not what l will, but Your will be done.” Luke 22:44.

Paul pleaded with God three times to take away his thorn in the flesh. God didn’t take it away but told him three tiimes, “ My grace is sufficient for you.” 2 Cor. 12:8-9.

There is a vast difference between wrestling with God (imploring/pleading with God in prayer) and thinking you could actually manipulate, cajole, compel, command, or activate God into doing whatever you want or desire through prayer. That is a strange doctrine.

Those men and women who walked with God in the Bible, how did they approach God in prayer?

They came boldly, not arrogantly, there is a difference between the two. They came boldly and with reverential awe. They came in faith in Him. They came lifting up holy hands. They came with sincere and honest hearts. They came pleading and standing on His promises.

Church, let’s get back and study the prayers of the Bible. Jesus is the same yesterday, and today and forever (Hebrews 13:8). We can approach God no other way, except the way He has already laid down for us in the Scripture.

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