Posted by: admin888 Post Date: May 13, 2019

Heroes of Faith

The Bible is filled with examples of faithful men and women of God who believed Him to the end and experienced His power to bless, heal, and save.

A servant (Abraham’s chief servant) and a king (Solomon) both asked for wisdom, and God gave it to them in each case. (See Genesis 24:1–27; 1 Kings 3:4–14.) Hannah asked God for blessing and deliverance from her distress, and God granted her heart desire. (See 1 Samuel 1:1–20.) Moses and Daniel interceded for the nation of Israel, and God heard their prayers and answered in mercy. (See Exodus 32:1–14; Daniel 9.)

Nehemiah wept for the  sorry state of his nation and prayed for the restoration of Jerusalem (see Nehemiah 1:1–11) and he was protected as he rebuilt the walls. After lifetimes of devotion to God, Anna and Simeon received signs confirming God’s promise of a Redeemer in the person of Jesus Christ. (See Luke 2:25–38.) Paul and Cornelius also received understanding about the way of salvation after they prayed. (See Acts 9:1–20; Acts 10.)

Jesus at His baptism (see Luke 3:21–22) and the disciples at Pentecost (see Acts 1:14; 2:1–4) received the Holy Spirit after prayer. Peter and John received prophetic insight and revelation while they prayed. (See Acts 10:9–15; 11:1–18; Revelation 1:9–10.) Paul and Silas were delivered from prison after praying and singing to God. (See Acts 16:16–34.)

Through these examples, God tells us that He will intervene on our behalf, too. We are His beloved children, redeemed by His Son and undergoing preparation to rule and reign with Him in eternity. “He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?” (Romans 8:32).

Prayer: Father, thank You for being a God who intervenes on my behalf as I put my faith in Your Word.
In Jesus’ name, amen.

Thought: The Word says much about how God answers the prayers of believers.

Reading: 2 Kings 17-18; John 3:19–36

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