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(April 15, 2003)

Two Prayers God Always Answers

      By Fern Horst

"And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it." (John 14:13-14)

I was listening to a radio interview with Charles Stanley when a lady called in to the show. She explained how her husband was not meeting her emotional needs and wondered what she should do. Stanley told her about a similar situation in his own life when he learned that God can meet our needs, even when those in our lives refuse to, or when we have no spouse and friends and family aren't close by. He said that in his own situation he kept calling out to the Lord, saying, "Draw me to yourself." The Lord did, and met his need to feel loved and significant and wanted.

I was struck with his simple testimony -- one that stands out in our society where self-gratification in relationships is seen as a need, and the lack of it as reason to attempt to get our "needs" met our own way, or to abandon the relationships that don't meet our needs. Stanley went on to tell this lady that there are two prayers that God always answers:

  1. Draw me to Yourself.
  2. Show me the truth.

Rather than telling this lady to pray that her husband would learn how to relate to her emotionally, or encouraging her to see a counselor, Stanley pointed her to the Lord and to His promise to "supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus" (Philippians 4:19). God hasn't promised to make other humans meet our needs, but He has promised to meet our needs Himself. Sometimes He does so through other people, and sometimes it is simply through the awareness of His presence and His love for us as we draw close to Him.

The importance of the second prayer, "Show me the truth," is revealed in John 8:32 where Jesus said, "You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free." As we pray this prayer, the Holy Spirit can open our eyes to the perspective He wants us to have of our situation, giving us courage and a sense of His purpose for our lives. He can also show us what we need to change in our thinking or behavior. And as we pray this prayer, He is free to lead us in the paths He has for us.

© 2003 Fern Horst

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