Your Answer To Prayer Often Includes Suffering For It

Hebrews 5.7-10 describes, while He lived on earth, anticipating death, Jesus cried out in pain and wept in sorrow as He offered up priestly prayers to God. Because He honored God, God answered Him. Though He was God’s Son, He learned trusting-obedience by what He suffered, just as we do. Then, having arrived at the full stature of His maturity and having been announced by God as high priest in the order of Melchizedek, He became the source of eternal salvation to all who believingly obey Him. MSG


Because Jesus honored the Father, the Father answered the prayers of the Son. As we ask anything in Jesus’ Name, the anything that will honor the Son and glorify the Father, the anything that will facilitate the kingdom of God increasing upon earth as it fills heaven, He, Jesus, will hear our prayers and grant us what we asked of Him.


The successful answer to prayer often is wrapped in the body, the means, of suffering. As the answer to the Son’s prayer for the establishment of the eternal kingdom upon heaven and earth came at the price of His own life to make it possible, so too the answer to our prayers, for seeing His kingdom come and His will being done on earth as it is in heaven will come at the cost of our own lives.


This cost can be physical but so often is displayed in the surrender of our will to God and men; the serving of the proud, the humbling of ourselves before the wicked, the forgiving of the unforgivable, the loving of the unlovely, showing kindness to the cruel and goodness to the mean. In this way we demonstrate the power of God Who lives within us and died for us so that we could all be restored to God the Father Who is love, kindness, goodness.


We invite men to believe by obeying the command to go. We demonstrate the kingdom in us by living kingdom lives outside of us. Faith within is proven by obedience without. In this way, God is glorified and men come to eternal salvation as we lift high the Name of Jesus so that He can draw all men to Himself.

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