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HINDRANCES TO ANSWERED PRAYER, Part 1: Testing God’s Ability

Luke 23:8 “When Herod saw Jesus, he was greatly pleased, because for a long time he had been wanting to see him. From what he had heard about him, he hoped to see him perform some miracle.” NIV

Matt 27:42 “He saved others,” they said, “but he can’t save himself! He’s the King of Israel! Let him come down now from the cross, and we will believe in him.” NIV

In both of these instances people were trying to test Jesus’ ability to perform miracles and they received nothing in return. Their curiosity was not satisfied. King Herod was always interested in miracles and was curious to see Jesus perform one. The scribes and Pharisees wanted also to see Jesus perform a miracle as well, but they were not sincere either.

My friends God is not our slave, neither is He our miracle worker. Too often we address God as children address Santa Clause. “I want this and also I want that, and let’s not forget that either!” God will never satisfy this kind of curiosity. People who are not sincere in their prayers and never intend to give their heart to God are merely playing mind games.

God does not need to prove Himself. He is our Creator. He is our Saviour. He loves us! What more do we want?

Heb 11:6 “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.” NIV

Without faith in God, we are fooling ourselves to receive what we want from God. “Give me, give me, give me” isn’t God’s way. God’s way is: John 3:16-17 “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” NIV How different from our world’s mentality. The world constantly wants to receive. God is the opposite, He gives. But He gives only gifts that are good for us like eternal salvation, like inner peace, like friendship… Matt 7:11-12 “How much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!” NIV

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