How’s your prayer life?

Could it use some tweaking?

Some CPR?

Perhaps some believing?

Consider Professor Torrey’s key insight that could transform your prayer life and give you confidence with God whose promises to you never, ever, fail.

If we listen to all God’s commands to us, He will listen to all our requests of Him. If, on the other hand, we ignore His instructions, He will likely ignore our prayers. We find here the secret of much unanswered prayer. We are not listening to God’s Word, and therefore He is not listening to our petitions.

I was once speaking to a woman who had been a professed Christian but had given it all up. I asked her why she was not still a Christian. She replied she did not believe the Bible and said, “I have tried its promises and found them untrue.”

“Which promises?”

“Does it not say in the Bible, ‘Whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith’?” she asked me (Matt. 21:22).

“It says something nearly like that.”

“Well, I asked fully expecting to get and did not receive, so the promise failed.”

“Was the promise made to you?”

“Certainly, it is made to all Christians, is it not?”

“No, God carefully defines whose believing prayers He agrees to answer.” I then turned her to 1 John 3:22 and read the description of those whose prayers had power with God.

“Were you keeping His commandments,” I asked, “and doing those things pleasing in His sight?”

She frankly confessed that she was not, and she soon came to see that the real difficulty was not with God’s promises, but with herself.

That is the difficulty with many unanswered prayers today: the one who makes the request is not obedient. If we want power in prayer, we must be earnest students of His Word to find out His will, and then having found it, do it. One act of disobedience not confessed on our part will shut the ear of God against many petitions.

R.A. Torrey, How To Pray (1900)

Post Author: Pasturescott

6 Replies to “Confidently Yours, Me”

  1. Hi there, well I read Professor Torrey’s quote of 1 John 3:22 . But in reading his whole article there is a feeling that if we are disobedient in everything our prayers aren’t answered. In reading verses 22 thru 24 the command is specific. Stated in verse 23, ” and this is the command: to believe in the name of His son, Jesus Christ – and to Love one another – as He has commanded us. 24 “those who obey His commands live in Him, and He in them…”

    vs 19 says about loving one another ” this then is how we know we belong to the truth – and how we set our hearts at rest in His presence whenever our hearts condemn us.” 21 “and if our hearts do not. condemn us, we have confidence before God And receive from Him anything we ask.

    So it seems to be that the disobedience comes from not forgiving one another. “Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, long suffering. Bearing with one another and. – forgiving – one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you must also.” Col 3:12 ,13. God doesn’t love us less when we mess up, but people do. It seems to me that being at peace with all men is very pleasing and important to God. The one act of disobedience is one that we know that we know is there. If there is unconfessed sin in being unloving toward someone we know it. If, being disobedient In general was the issue, no one could bear it. No one could walk in perfect obedience. Thank you Lord for the finished work of the cross! It is interesting to me that The Lord never addressed Peter’s denial of Him or asked him to confess it. That says to me that He forgave Him, made Peter lunch and moved on.

    1. Thanks, Janine. The spirit of the posting had more to do with the wrap-up paragraph: those who say Lord, Lord, yet do not what He says (Lk 6:46) – living by every word that proceeds out of His mouth – cannot expect to enjoy an overcoming life, regardless of Christ’s finished work. His work is finished but there are commands we are called to obey – by His enabling, super-empowering grace.

      Hope that clarifies – I cannot speak for Mr. Torrey – but if it doesn’t, God’s grace to you! Also, I do not argue your hermeneutic: pretty spit on in the overall context.

        1. I don”t think the wrap up paragraph was posted here or i am missing something.

          LOL! I know, grrr autocorrect, I have to reread everything now! Sometimes I don’t want to go back and correct it 10 lines later.

          Also, Please explain what “could also use a log in the woods” means?

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