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An Answered Prayer

And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.

-1 John 5:14-15 KJV

14 And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:

15 And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.

If you are here because you have asked God for something and God has answered your prayer, then we rejoice with you! God is a powerful God; nothing is impossible with Him. Whenever we pray to God for something, we ought to pray for it in faith. If what we pray for is God’s will, He will surely answer. However, there is something that you have to look out for in these good times when God answers your prayer, and that is being careful not to make an idol out of it.

If you take a look at the life of Abraham, having a son was an answered prayer for both Abraham and Sarah. Having a son is something they desired and waited for; not just for years but for decades. Imagine Abraham and his wife Sarah’s joy when they finally receive what God had promised to them, which was an heir whose name was Isaac. For sure, Abraham loved Isaac so much. Just imagine praying for a new house for your family—you will surely take great care of your house if God answers your prayer.

And he said, Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of. And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and saddled his ass, and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his son . . .

-Genesis 22:2-3 KJV

2 And he said, Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of.

3 And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and saddled his ass, and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his son, and clave the wood for the burnt offering, and rose up, and went unto the place of which God had told him.

Abraham was tested to see if he loved Isaac more than God. God tested Abraham by asking him to sacrifice his son Isaac. The passage shows us that Abraham rose early in the morning the next day after God’s instruction and obeyed God. That means Abraham was willing to sacrifice his son just to obey God—the son he loved and had waited many decades for. Why? Because even if Abraham received Isaac after all those years, Isaac didn’t take the place of God in Abraham’s heart. Abraham loved God more than Isaac. That is why Abraham trusted God and obeyed Him even if it was difficult. 

Learning from the story of Abraham, I hope and pray that we will not make an idol out of whatever answered prayer God gave us. Our life is in Christ. Even if our prayers don’t get answered, it does not matter because we have Christ, Who is more than enough for us. Answered prayer does not give us joy, but Christ does. Paul said that he was willing to give up everything over Christ because he knew the unsearchable riches he had in Christ. Eternity matters more than any temporary wealth and health. Give all praise to God and thank Him for the answered prayer that He granted to you, and let your testimony be an encouragement to others to be in faith and believe in God for providing something.

Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ;

-Ephesians 3:8

Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ;

What did Jesus say the most important commandment was?

What is the connection between what we talked about above and the most important commandment that Jesus gave? It’s simple: loving God surpasses loving others. That is why Abraham was shown to be faithful to God, because Abraham loved God first, and Isaac was just second. Now, this does not mean that Abraham didn’t love his son. It only means that he loved God above all else. For us too, that means that we should love God above all—more than our spouse, job, family, career, and all the good things in life.

Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.

Matthew 22:37

Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.

How shall we love the Lord our God?

That is why we need to be careful not to make an idol out of an answered prayer. An idol is something that has replaced God in your life. It is something that you love more than God. Idolatry is a sin because we end up loving something or someone more than we love God. The Bible commands us to love God with all of our hearts, souls, and minds. That means that the love we should have for God should be only for God. It is Him we love above all else. That is important to take note of because, human as we are, we are prone to love God’s answered prayer more than God Himself, once He has answered our prayers. Blessings can become idols.

Are you struggling with idolatry? Here is one of the ways you can pray:

Heavenly Father, I am sorry for loving something/someone else more than You—You Whom I should worship and love with all my heart, soul, and strength. Remind me that idols are not worth worshipping, for everything I have ultimately comes from You. Help me always to worship You, the giver of gifts, rather than worship the gifts themselves. Give me the graces I need and empower me, Holy Spirit. Open my eyes more to the love, grace, and mercy that You have for me. Help me guard my heart against idols. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.