Answered prayers

I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength because he considered me faithful. So he appointed me to ministry even though I used to speak against him, attack his people, and I was proud. But I was shown mercy because I acted in ignorance and without faith. Our Lord’s favor poured all over me along with the faithfulness and love that are in Christ Jesus. This saying is reliable and deserves full acceptance: “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners ” —and I’m the biggest sinner of all. But this is why I was shown mercy, so that Christ Jesus could show his endless patience to me first of all. So I’m an example for those who are going to believe in him for eternal life. Now to the king of the ages, to the immortal, invisible, and only God, may honor and glory be given to him forever and always! Amen. ~1Timothy 1:12-17 (CEB)

“We are rich and strong, good and holy, beneficent and benignant, by answered prayer. It is not the mere performance, the attitude, not the words of prayer, which bring benefit to us, but it is the answer sent direct from heaven. Conscious, real answers to prayer bring real good to us. This is not praying merely for self, or simply for selfish ends. The selfish character cannot exist when the prayer conditions are fulfilled.

It is by these answered prayers that human nature is enriched. The answered prayer brings us into constant and conscious communion with God, awakens and enlarges gratitude, and excites the melody and lofty inspiration of praise. Answered prayer is the mark of God in our praying. It is the exchange with heaven, and it establishes and realizes a relationship with the unseen.” ~From The Possibilities of Prayer by Edward M. Bounds

Possibilities. That is what God sees in me when He looks down from heaven. All my possibilities. As I read scriptures and pray I begin to see just what it is that God might possibly see in me. The more I pray the less I am overwhelmed by what God sees in me and I start to dream. I start to see possibilities. Even in me.

Almighty God, the Seerer of all possibilities, thank You for seeing more in me than I could ever dream possible. Amen.

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