Prayers that Get Answered

—Prayer pt2: John 15:5–17

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Fervent Prayer

Fervent Prayer

Two things to remember from last week:

  1. God wants you to treat him like your closest friend, be totally honest and open with him.
    You can do that!
  2. Cause and effect. Prayer is just as much how this world works as the law of gravity.
    Your prayers this week will count

No food for breakfast

No food for breakfast

Extract from George Müller—The Guardian of Bristol’s Orphans by Janet and Geoff Benge

“I hate to bother you, Mr. Müller,” began the matron, “but... the children are all ready for breakfast and there is not a thing in the house to eat. What shall I tell them?”
George stood up. “I’ll take care of it."... [He] reached down and took [a little girl’s hand] hand. “Come and see what God will do,” he said. Inside they found three hundred children standing in neat rows behind their chairs. Set on the table in front of each child were a plate, a mug... and spoon. But there was no food whatsoever to be seen....
“...where’s the food?” Abigail asked in a whisper.
“God will supply,” George told her quietly, before he turned to address the children. “There’s not much time. I don’t want any of you to be late for school, so let us pray,” he announced.
As the children bowed their heads, George simply prayed, “Dear God, we thank you for what you are going to give us to eat. Amen.”
George looked up and smiled at the children. “You may be seated,” he said. He had no idea at all where the food he had just prayed for would come from or how it would get to the orphanage. He just knew God would not fail the children. A thunderous din filled the room as three hundred chairs were scuffed across the wooden floor. Soon all three hundred children sat obediently in front of their empty plates.
No sooner had the noise in the dining room subsided than there was a knock at the door. George walked over and opened the door. In the doorway stood the baker, holding a huge tray of delicious-smelling bread.
“Mr. Müller,” began the baker, “I couldn’t sleep last night. I kept thinking that somehow you would  need bread this morning and that I was supposed to  get up and bake it for you. So I got up at two o’clock and made three batches for you. I hope you can use it.”
George smiled broadly. “God has blessed us through you this morning,” he said as he took the tray....
“There’s two more trays out in the cart,” said the baker. “I’ll fetch them.” Within minutes, the children were all eating freshly baked bread.
As they were enjoying it there was a second knock at the door. This time it was the milkman, who took off his hat and addressed George. "I’m needing a little help, of you could, sir. The wheel on my cart has been broken, right outside your establishment. I’ll have to lighten my load before I can fix it. There’s ten full cans of milk on it. Could you use them?" Then looking at the orphans sitting in neat rows, he added. "Free of charge, of course...."

A. Jesus our Prayer Example

Prayers that Get Answered

  1. [Martha:] “But even now I know that whatever you ask from God, God will give you.”
  2. So they took away the stone. And Jesus lifted up his eyes and said, “Father, I thank you that you have heard me.
  3. I knew that you always hear me, but I said this on account of the people standing around, that they may believe that you sent me.”
  4. When he had said these things, he cried out with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out.”

Hebrews 5:7,8

  1. During his earthly life Christ offered both requests and supplications, with loud cries and tears, to the one who was able to save him from death and he was heard because of his devotion.
  2. Although he was a son, he learned obedience through the things he suffered.

Jesus’ perfect obedience

B. Obedience and Answers to Prayer

1 John 5:14–15

  1. And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us.
  2. And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him.
  1. We know that God does not listen to sinners, but if anyone is a worshiper of God and does his will, God listens to him.
  2. Never since the world began has it been heard that anyone opened the eyes of a man born blind.

John 15:5–17


Vending Machine

Vending Machine

1. Obedience trains us

2. God reveals his heart to the Obedient

John 14:12–15

  1. “Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father.
  2. Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
  3. If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it.
  4. If you love me, you will keep my commandments.

John 14:20f

  1. In that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you.
  2. Whoever has my commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves me. And he who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and manifest myself to him.”
  3. Jesus answered him, “If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him.
  4. Whoever does not love me does not keep my words. And the word that you hear is not mine but the Father’s who sent me.
  5. but I do as the Father has commanded me, so that the world may know that I love the Father. Rise, let us go from here.

John 5:19–20

  1. So Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of his own accord, but only what he sees the Father doing. For whatever the Father does, that the Son does likewise.
  2. For the Father loves the Son and shows him all that he himself is doing. And greater works than these will he show him, so that you may marvel.
  1. You are my friends if you do what I command you.
  2. No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you.

In Jesus’s Name John 16:23–26

  1. In that day you will ask nothing of me. Truly, truly, I say to you, whatever you ask of the Father in my name, he will give it to you.
  2. Until now you have asked nothing in my name. ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.
  3. “I have said these things to you in figures of speech. The hour is coming when I will no longer speak to you in figures of speech but will tell you plainly about the Father.
  4. In that day you will ask in my name, and I do not say to you that I will ask the Father on your behalf;