If you pray for something persistently and consistently, will those blessings come true?
The question was posed this week to “Bible Answer Man” Hank Hanegraaff of the Christian Research Institute by a listener of his broadcast who specifically noted Hanegraaff’s disagreement with Pastor Joel Osteen when it comes to how one receives blessings.
The Lynnwood, Washington, resident said that when he was facing “some real consequences four years ago,” he turned to God and prayed Mark 11:22-25 every day. “And my blessings came true,” the listener said.
The passage says in part, “Whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”
“I know that you (Hanegraaff) say that it’s dangerous to think that if you say something into the atmosphere or whatever, that I believe that if you pray to God every day for the same thing as hard as I did that your blessings can come true. I’m not saying it comes true every time,” he added.
Hanegraaff, who in 2017 revealed that he is undergoing chemotherapy to fight cancer, noted that he also prays for specific things.
“For example, I pray fervently that God will completely heal me from mantle cell lymphoma. And I pray for that every single day,” he revealed.
At the same time, he pointed out that he also prays, “Not my will, but Thy will be done.”
“Perhaps God has a greater plan. Perhaps God wants to be glorified in my suffering. Perhaps God is still pruning me and not ready to heal me. Perhaps God has a plan that I can’t even articulate on the radio or elsewhere because His ways are higher than my ways,” he added, suggesting that sometimes prayer is not answered in the exact way people expect.
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Source: Christian Post