How the Lord Answers Prayer
By Janet Ljutich
Notes from February 3, 2012
When the Lord challenges us in an area, no matter where we are on our walk, we impact the people we take with us. It is those little moments, those one-minute testimonies, that we can plant a seed that God waters and brings to harvest.
We need to encourage ourselves. Go to God in prayer in all things. He is faithful, sovereign, El Elyon – Most High God.
Blessed are you, Lord God, Sovereign of the Universe. Deep in our innermost soul we know He is Sovereign. We are the Temple of God, and we need to dedicate ourselves to the Lord.
Solomon built the Temple according to David’s instructions. David was not permitted to build the Temple because of his warfare. In this passage, Solomon is dedicating the Temple. He is also showing us how to pray.
2 Chronicles 6:12 Then Solomon stood before the altar of the Lord in the presence of all the assembly of Israel, and spread out his hands
He is in the most humble position.
2 Chronicles 6:13 (for Solomon had made a bronze platform five cubits long, five cubits wide, and three cubits high, and had set it in the midst of the court; and he stood on it, knelt down on his knees before all the assembly of Israel, and spread out his hands toward heaven);
From this humble position he is addressing the people.
2 Chronicles 6:14 and he said: “Lord God of Israel, there is no God in heaven or on earth like You, who keep Your covenant and mercy with Your servants who walk before You with all their hearts.
God keeps His covenant.
2 Chronicles 6:15-18 You have kept what You promised Your servant David my father; You have both spoken with Your mouth and fulfilled it with Your hand, as it is this day. Therefore, Lord God of Israel, now keep what You promised Your servant David my father, saying, ‘You shall not fail to have a man sit before Me on the throne of Israel, only if your sons take heed to their way, that they walk in My law as you have walked before Me.’ And now, O Lord God of Israel, let Your word come true, which You have spoken to Your servant David. But will God indeed dwell with men on the earth? Behold, heaven and the heaven of heavens cannot contain You. How much less this temple which I have built!
God is so big, omnipresent, omniscient. He wants to flood us. We can’t contain Him. He wants to. He wants to ooze out on people.
2 Chronicles 6:19-20 Yet regard the prayer of Your servant and his supplication, O Lord my God, and listen to the cry and the prayer which Your servant is praying before You: that Your eyes may be open toward this temple day and night, toward the place where You said You would put Your name, that You may hear the prayer which Your servant makes toward this place.
Let His eyes be open toward the temple day and night. Nothing can snatch us. We are His kids.
2 Chronicles 6:21-23 And may You hear the supplications of Your servant and of Your people Israel, when they pray toward this place. Hear from heaven Your dwelling place, and when You hear, forgive. “If anyone sins against his neighbor, and is forced to take an oath, and comes and takes an oath before Your altar in this temple, then hear from heaven, and act, and judge Your servants, bringing retribution on the wicked by bringing his way on his own head, and justifying the righteous by giving him according to his righteousness.
God is a righteous judge. God is our vindicator. Our shoulders can be free from burden because of His shed blood. We do not hold judgment on our enemies, for then we bind God’s hands in this. Best to turn all over to Him, for He is a righteous judge.
2 Chronicles 6:24-25 “Or if Your people Israel are defeated before an enemy because they have sinned against You, and return and confess Your name, and pray and make supplication before You in this temple, then hear from heaven and forgive the sin of Your people Israel, and bring them back to the land which You gave to them and their fathers.
God has promised the people they will be brought to the land God gave them.
2 Chronicles 6:26-27 “When the heavens are shut up and there is no rain because they have sinned against You, when they pray toward this place and confess Your name, and turn from their sin because You afflict them, then hear in heaven, and forgive the sin of Your servants, Your people Israel, that You may teach them the good way in which they should walk; and send rain on Your land which You have given to Your people as an inheritance.
This is our instruction book. God wants us to go to Him when we have a grievance. God doesn’t want us to have any unsanctity, unforgiveness, doubt, unbelief, or pressure of our lives. There is never an emergency in the Kingdom of God. No need to make a quick choice. If we feel there is a need for a quick choice it may be pride or unbelief speaking.
God is building and pruning our temple. We must accept His Word, obey and yield.
We yield to God, submit to Him, then we see Him move in our situation and we can receive what He wants us to get in His pure love for us.
Wait on the Lord. Isaiah 64:4-5a For since the beginning of the world men have not heard nor perceived by the ear, nor has the eye seen any God besides You, who acts for the one who waits for Him. You meet him who rejoices and does righteousness, who remembers You in Your ways.
He acts for us who wait.
2 Chronicles 6:28-30 “When there is famine in the land, pestilence or blight or mildew, locusts or grasshoppers; when their enemies besiege them in the land of their cities; whatever plague or whatever sickness there is; whatever prayer, whatever supplication is made by anyone, or by all Your people Israel, when each one knows his own burden and his own grief, and spreads out his hands to this temple: then hear from heaven Your dwelling place, and forgive, and give to everyone according to all his ways, whose heart You know (for You alone know the hearts of the sons of men),
Tell God what we are dealing with. God knows our ways and our hearts.
2 Chronicles 6:31 that they may fear You, to walk in Your ways as long as they live in the land which You gave to our fathers.
We worship and adore God, and walk in His ways, in our land. If we don’t go before Him we can trip others up. God is in control. God is sovereign.
2 Chronicles 6:32-33 “Moreover, concerning a foreigner, who is not of Your people Israel, but has come from a far country for the sake of Your great name and Your mighty hand and Your outstretched arm, when they come and pray in this temple; then hear from heaven Your dwelling place, and do according to all for which the foreigner calls to You, that all peoples of the earth may know Your name and fear You, as do Your people Israel, and that they may know that this temple which I have built is called by Your name.
God will act on behalf of the foreigner if they humble themselves to God, for the sake of His great Name. He has the power to create and judge with an outstretched arm from East to West.
2 Chronicles 6:34 “When Your people go out to battle against their enemies, wherever You send them, and when they pray to You toward this city which You have chosen and the temple which I have built for Your name,
God sends them. Our battles are where God sends us. If God does not send us, He is not required to cover us. Before we battle, take it to the Lord.
2 Chronicles 6:35 then hear from heaven their prayer and their supplication, and maintain their cause.
God will maintain our cause.
2 Chronicles 6:36-37 “When they sin against You (for there is no one who does not sin), and You become angry with them and deliver them to the enemy, and they take them captive to a land far or near; yet when they come to themselves in the land where they were carried captive, and repent, and make supplication to You in the land of their captivity, saying, ‘We have sinned, we have done wrong, and have committed wickedness’;
When we come to ourselves, after being caught up in captivity, and repent to God.
2 Chronicles 6:38-40 and when they return to You with all their heart and with all their soul in the land of their captivity, where they have been carried captive, and pray toward their land which You gave to their fathers, the city which You have chosen, and toward the temple which I have built for Your name: then hear from heaven Your dwelling place their prayer and their supplications, and maintain their cause, and forgive Your people who have sinned against You. Now, my God, I pray, let Your eyes be open and let Your ears be attentive to the prayer made in this place.
When they return to God with their whole heart you will be attentive to their cause. Solomon asks God to be attentive to the prayer they made in this place.
2 Chronicles 6:41-42 “Now therefore, arise, O Lord God, to Your resting place, You and the ark of Your strength. Let Your priests, O Lord God, be clothed with salvation, and let Your saints rejoice in goodness. O Lord God, do not turn away the face of Your Anointed; remember the mercies of Your servant David.”
We know what we are to Him. We can have confidence in Him.
In Greek, the word for confidence is Parrhesia. It means, freedom in speaking, unreservedness in speech, openly, frankly, without concealment, without ambiguity, without the use of figures and comparisons. Free and fearless confidence, cheerful courage, boldness, assurance.
Confidence in the Lord. Make sure our prayer expresses confidence that we have in Him. We can come to God with boldness and full assurance.
We read the whole chapter of Hebrews 10 because of the beauty of what it portrays.
Hebrews 10:1 For the law, having a shadow of the good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with these same sacrifices, which they offer continually year by year, make those who approach perfect.
We do not need to sacrifice – Jesus made the perfect Sacrifice for us.
Hebrews 10:2-5 For then would they not have ceased to be offered? For the worshipers, once purified, would have had no more consciousness of sins. But in those sacrifices there is a reminder of sins every year. For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and goats could take away sins. Therefore, when He came into the world, He said: “Sacrifice and offering You did not desire, but a body You have prepared for Me.
This refers to Jesus.
Hebrews 10:6-10 In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin You had no pleasure. Then I said, ‘Behold, I have come— In the volume of the book it is written of Me— To do Your will, O God.’” Previously saying, “Sacrifice and offering, burnt offerings, and offerings for sin You did not desire, nor had pleasure in them” (which are offered according to the law), then He said, “Behold, I have come to do Your will, O God.” He takes away the first that He may establish the second. By that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
We are sanctified, washed, clean, and holy, set apart to do His will because of the perfect sacrifice of Jesus Christ.
Hebrews 10:11-18 And every priest stands ministering daily and offering repeatedly the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. But this Man, after He had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down at the right hand of God, from that time waiting till His enemies are made His footstool. For by one offering He has perfected forever those who are being sanctified. But the Holy Spirit also witnesses to us; for after He had said before, “This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, says the Lord: I will put My laws into their hearts, and in their minds I will write them,” then He adds, “Their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.” Now where there is remission of these, there is no longer an offering for sin.
Jesus made the perfect sacrifice, there is no longer the need to sacrifice in the Temple for Jesus died once for all.
Then we come to a passage that begins with therefore. When we see a therefore – we have to ask ourselves what is the there for?
Jesus came and gave us new life and set us apart for His will.
Hebrews 10:19 Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus,
The blood of Jesus gives us boldness to enter the Holiest.
Hebrews 10:20-22 by a new and living way which He consecrated for us, through the veil, that is, His flesh, and having a High Priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.
FULL ASSURANCE, fully understanding, knowledge, confidence, full confidence.
Hebrews 10:23 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.
This speaks of Abraham’s unwaivering faith. Romans 4:20-22 He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God, and being fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform. And therefore “it was accounted to him for righteousness.”
We can’t waiver. No unbelief flowing in the Blood. Fully convinced, and accounted to Abraham as righteousness.
Hebrews 10:24 And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works,
Stir up love that is in each other.
Hebrews 10:25 not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.
The day is approaching –
Hebrews 10:26-31 For if we sin willfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a certain fearful expectation of judgment, and fiery indignation which will devour the adversaries. Anyone who has rejected Moses’ law dies without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. Of how much worse punishment, do you suppose, will he be thought worthy who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, counted the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified a common thing, and insulted the Spirit of grace? For we know Him who said, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. And again, “The Lord will judge His people.” It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.
No willful sin after we know the truth. God will judge. There is judgment.
Hebrews 10:32 But recall the former days in which, after you were illuminated, you endured a great struggle with sufferings:
Recall former days – remember your first love.
Hebrews 10:33-34 partly while you were made a spectacle both by reproaches and tribulations, and partly while you became companions of those who were so treated; for you had compassion on me in my chains, and joyfully accepted the plundering of your goods, knowing that you have a better and an enduring possession for yourselves in heaven.
We’ve had oppression of people, reproaches and tribulations. We count all things as loss when compared to the better and enduring promise of Heaven. What we have God gave us. He gave it to us 10, 20, 30, 100 fold. We always have salvation and the promise of the glory of God. We have a better possession – the Holy Spirit.
Hebrews 10:35 Therefore do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward.
Therefore (what is it there for?) don’t cast away our confidence.
Hebrews 10:36 For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise:
We need endurance – we are to stay faithful, doing the will of God, and receiving the promise.
Hebrews 10:37-39 “For yet a little while, and He who is coming will come and will not tarry. Now the just shall live by faith; but if anyone draws back, My soul has no pleasure in him.” But we are not of those who draw back to perdition, but of those who believe to the saving of the soul.
He has heard our prayer and He attends to our prayers. He is abiding in our temple, He will attend to every need. Nothing is hard for Him, neither life or death. Walk in faith believing. Press through.
Ruth Fazal sings of the majesty of the Lord with the 24 elders and the throne.
Every ounce of our being is given to Him. Worship Him from the depths of our soul with full confidence.
Hoping your day is blessed.