One of the dangers in praying is not expecting God to answer. The Bible says, " But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him." (Hebrews 11:6). The only currency God trades in is faith, and "faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God" (Romans 10:17). As you immerse yourself in Scripture, faith takes root and begins to grow. And faith is what makes your prayers effective. But what if your faith lines up with God's Word and the answer is delayed? Keep praying and believing! "Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompence of reward. For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise." (Hebrews 10:35-36). When a rural farming community was hit by severe drought, the local church called a prayer meeting. Almost everybody in town showed up (interesting how trouble has a way of getting our attention). As the pastor stood before a packed church he noticed an eleven-year-old girl beaming with excitement in the front row. Lying on the pew beside her was a bright red umbrella poised and ready for use. The beauty and innocence of the sight made him smile, as he compared the child's faith with that of all the others in the church. Looking at the congregation, he announced: "The rest of us came to pray for rain, but she came expecting God to answer!" So don't just pray—believe!
"Thy word is true from the beginning: and every one of thy righteous judgments endureth for ever." (Psalm 119:160)
Never doubt, O people of the Lord, the veracity of His word for it bears His own mark and will ever reveal His plan for your redemption. Every assurance is granted you in His word and can be relied upon without fail! Rejoice in His abounding grace and unceasing truth! He is the way. He is the truth. He is your life. And He is your very soul's blood! Rejoice in Him! Sing, "Hallelujah!" and praise His name forever!
Week #46 Schedule for reading the Bible
This schedule will take the Bible student through the Bible in one year. Just click on the text to read and get started today.
Sunday: (Law) Deuteronomy 4-6
Monday: (History) Ezra 1-5
Tuesday: (Psalms) Psalms 131-133
Wednesday: (Poetry) Ecclesiastes 7-8
Thursday: (Prophecy) Zechariah 1-8
Friday: (Gospels) Acts 15-16
Saturday: (Letters) 1 Peter 4-5