Kalamazoo Free Methodist Church
931 West Maple Street
Kalamazoo, Michigan
Services at 10:
00 a.m. Sundays

 

Day 36                                                                               Romans 8:28-39

 

     Meek prayers are weak prayers.  I am speaking of prayers that cower and crawl to God, expecting to be met with harshness and condemnation.  Such prayers are not biblical.  After describing Jesus as our High Priest who sympathizes with our weaknesses and empathizes with our struggles, the writer of Hebrews then prompts, “Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need” (Hebrews 4:16).


     Paul preached the same message throughout his days after encountering Christ on the road to Damascus.  In his letter to the Romans, Paul reminded the Church, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him” (Romans 8:28).  The point is that God is a loving Father who cares for us and is on our side.  We don’t have to question this.


     The word if, though tiny, can turn a thought on its ear.  For instance, for the person who is unsure of the constant care of God, they stumble over the phrase but if.  “But if I mess things up, will God turn his back on me?  But if I don’t live up to God’s expectations, will He still call me His own?”  Such doubts are lies from the depths of hell and only serve to keep us from seeing God as He really is: our faithful Father who year s to see us succeed and grow closer to Him.


     In Romans 8:31-32, Paul writes, “What then, shall we say in response to this?  If God is for us, who can be against us?  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?”


     The if in verse 31 serves as the hinge to opening the door to a new perspective and relationship with God that will transform our prayers.  These two verses erase the thoughts of abandonment or rejection because we don’t “measure up.”  Instead, they invite us to trust our God and accept His invitation to ask of Him with confidence and boldness. Paul places an exclamation mark on this thought in verses 37-39.

 

     No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.  For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

 

     Now, there is one other if phrase to avoid.  It is this if of regret: If only.  “If only I had trusted God.  If only I had prayed and asked Him.  If only I had not been meek in my prayer life.”  Such “if only” brings only sorrow!


     If you will activate your faith – come boldly before the throne of grace – and ask what you know aligns with the will of God as revealed in Scripture, you can be confident that God will answer.  His answer will be filled with the love and compassion of Christ.  Just ask!