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Wordwise Insight, Issue #10
March 14, 2013


BIBLE INSIGHTS (and Reader Q & A): Does God answer prayer? Some biblical insights and present-day illustrations.

WORDWISE HYMNS: My Blog called Wordwise Hymns for you to check out!

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Prayer Answers

(Does God Answer Prayer?)

Prayer Answers. As to the subject of prayer, I need to ask you a couple of serious questions:

1) Are you on praying ground? By that I mean are you a born again Christian, one who's trusted in the Lord Jesus as your Saviour? What's needed in that case is faith in Christ's Calvary work, trusting fully (and only) in what He did there to pay your debt of sin (Isa. 53:6; Jn. 3:16). We aren't saved by good works or church rituals, only by what Jesus did for us (Eph. 2:8-9).

2) If you are a Christian, are you harbouring unconfessed sin in your life? As the psalmist says, "If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me" (Ps. 66:18; compare Isa. 59:1-2)? The answer there is confession of your sin, and accepting God's cleansing and forgiveness (I Jn. 1:9).

If you have dealt with those two areas, then you can be sure that God will hear your prayers. God's Word tells us that "the effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much" (Jas. 5:16). Another translation of that verse says, "Tremendous power is made available through a good man’s earnest prayer" (J.B. Philips paraphrase).

The Bible invites us to make our requests to the Lord, and promises "peace" of heart as we trust Him to answer (Phil. 4:6-7). We are also promised "mercy and...grace to help in time of need" (Heb. 4:14-16), and "wisdom," when it's required (Jas. 1:5).

Some answers come over time, and are more difficult to see. Others come quickly and dramatically. Here are two examples of prayer answers.

1) A few years ago, I was sitting in the living room of the home we are renting. I was concerned because we had little income, and didn't have enough to pay the rent that month. As I was praying about it, the phone rang. A local pastor said he had something for me, and could he come over and give it to me. It turned out to be ...

For the rest of this article, click on Prayer Answers.


Come and Pay Us a Visit!

I have developed a blog that is called Wordwise Hymns. As the title suggests, it is about hymns, and church music in general.

But as many of you will know, a blog is especially designed to facilitate a conversation on its particular subject. Readers can easily post comments about what they see, and I'm able to reply. I hope you will take part in the discussion!

Through 2010, almanac entries dealt with what happened in hymn history on each day of the year. Beginning in 2011, I hope to analyze hymns from a biblical standpoint, linking to the material that has come before.

My hope is that the blog will add to the value of the website and this newsletter, and promote some profitable exchanges on the subject of sacred music.

What happened on this day in hymnology? To find out, click Wordwise Hymns.

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