God Answers Prayer, Part II
God Answers Prayer
God’s work of answering prayer is a cosmic work—not only on earth but in heaven. The promises of God are forever, and the power of God is everlasting.
John testified to these things in the book of Revelation, which is in part, a book about the world that is to come. When this world has passed, what will be next? John’s writings give some answers to this question.
Scripture: Revelation 21:1-7 (NLT)
Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the old heaven and the old earth had disappeared. And the sea was also gone. And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven like a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. I heard a loud shout from the throne, saying, “Look, God’s home is now among his people! He will live with them, and they will be his people. God himself will be with them. He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever.” And the one sitting on the throne said, “Look, I am making everything new!” And then he said to me, “Write this down, for what I tell you is trustworthy and true.” And he also said, “It is finished! I am the Alpha and the Omega—the Beginning and the End. To all who are thirsty I will give freely from the springs of the water of life. All who are victorious will inherit all these blessings, and I will be their God, and they will be my children.
The old has passed. God is making all things new!
What is the picture of heaven as John describes it?
Notice that believers are not escaping to heaven, but heaven is coming down to us. In what way has heaven already come close through Jesus Christ?
How is verse 4 an answer to many of our prayers? Take confidence in God’s love for us. When it comes to cancer and Coronavirus; when it comes to our jobs and the nation’s struggling economy; when it comes to our family and friends and everything we hold dear; in the end there will be no more crying, no more death, and no more pain.
Mighty God, help us to be excited about the new heaven and new earth you are making for your glory, without forgetting about this earth we already have. We want to build your kingdom, put us to work for you. Through Christ, our Lord. Amen.