June 22 Do Your Prayers Deserve Answers?

In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express.  Romans 8:26

Self-image plays a significant role in how we approach God in prayer. When you have a proper estimation of yourself as a redeemed child of God, you don’t come to prayer as a beggar. Instead, you present your case confidently. Prayer does not mean appealing to God’s sympathy; rather, prayer means coming to Him knowing you deserve what you request because of the righteousness of Christ and because the request is based on His Word.

You must present the evidence of God’s Word as in a court of law. In addition, you must believe that when you walk into the courtroom of God, Jesus is at your left, the witness side, and the Holy Spirit is at your right, as your counsel. In God’s courtroom, with your heavenly Father as Judge, your Elder Brother (Jesus the Son) as witness, and the Holy Spirit as your personal counselor, how can you lose the case?

Jesus goes before the Father and testifies to your faith in Him. When you don’t know how to plead, or when you aren’t sure how to quote the promises, the Holy Spirit intercedes. He speaks to God directly from the heart of a

legal counsel. Therefore, when your efforts are inadequate, you have heavenly assistance to help you pray.

Prayer: Father, please help me to remember that my prayers deserve an answer when I come to You in Christ’s righteousness and according to what You have promised in Your Word. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Thought: You need to present the evidence of God’s Word as in a court of law.

Reading: 1 Chronicles 16–18; John 7:28–53; Hebrews 7:25; John 14:16–17.)

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