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Dr. Erwin W. Lutzer

When The Answer Is Disguised #2 of 3

September 18, 2009
There's a process that takes place as we mature as Christians. Our prayers shift from asking for things, to asking for God. That's why some of our prayers are answered in ways that surprise us. God wants a relationship with each of His children, a relationship that transcends all the daily details we think are so crucial. That's why His responses to our prayers may be disguised.

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Sometimes, we ask God for things we clearly need. No answer is forthcoming. But then, out of left field, another answer comes our way. Prayer is something of a mystery. We're commanded to ask in faith, without doubting. The answers sometimes come from unexpected directions, even unrelated to what we asked for. Today: another perspective on the matter of unanswered prayer: answers in disguise.
September 17, 2009
Scan your cable TV box...sooner or later you'll land on a channel offering faith healing services. Watch out. All too many people bring high hopes to these kinds of meetings, only to leave disappointed, told that they lacked enough faith to claim their rightful healing. Can believers expect physical healing on demand? Today: some straight talk on when God fulfills His promises.
September 16, 2009
Most of us get antsy when having to wait more than five minutes at McDonald's. Oh, to be Abraham in the Old Testament. God gave this man promises that would not come to pass for hundreds of years. Abraham died before seeing any of them fulfilled. Next time you feel like God is a bit slow in answering your prayers, remember: His scale of time is bigger than yours...He has a larger agenda.
September 15, 2009
Our lifespans are microscopic when measured against a vast eternity. God has a much longer timeframe. Abraham would never live to see the promises God made to him come to pass. In that light, who are we to complain when our prayers are not answered right away? Today, we'll gain a larger perspective on prayer than many of us may have ever had.
September 14, 2009
We're truly creatures of time, and waiting means minutes, hours and days. But months and years? That's tough. When we pray for something, we hope for a quick response from God. But God has His own clock, not always in sync with ours. How do we handle prayers that, to us, are time critical, when the answers seem to be anything but?
September 11, 2009
Someone has said, "Pressure produces." It's when we're in the crucible of suffering that our characters are refined and our character is what God is interested in...even more than in answering our prayers when we think He should. Unanswered prayers and suffering form in us the quality of endurance. Today: more on what to do when prayer does not seem to work.
September 10, 2009
When we pray, and the answers to our prayers don't come on our schedule, many of us lose heart. Does this happen to you? Perhaps we don't grasp the real reason for praying. The Bible tells us that trials and suffering produce endurance, a lasting quality with which God is very pleased. Are you enduring well these days? Am I? Today, more lessons on what to do "When the Promises Don't Work."
September 9, 2009
It happens again and again: a child at death's door...urgent prayer...the child dies anyway. Where was God? When prayer is not answered as we'd like, many simply give up and stop praying. We may question God's promises, his intentions, or even his character. If your prayers seem to bounce off the ceiling, you need to stay tuned for the next several weeks.
September 8, 2009
Some philosophers see both good and evil in human nature. For them, the side that wins is determined by our environment. As much as we'd like to take credit for being basically nice people, only the new life implanted by God in the new birth can take a bad man and make him good. Then our new desires for righteousness will spring forth in any environment.
September 7, 2009
John Newton wrote about "Amazing Grace that saved a wretch like me." We like the song, but we're not so sure about that "wretch" part. Fact is, we can't win in life's race without agreeing with God about our basic condition. We need His grace, not to supplement our goodness, but to save us from our depravity.
September 4, 2009
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The end is near. These words can be a wake-up call or a comfort. While acknowledging that what is yet to come for the world is beyond the scope of our finite minds, Pastor Erwin Lutzer reminds us that we have not been left completely in the dark. The King Is Coming has been written precisely to aid your personal examination of Scripture’s prophecies. Saturated with both humility and a sense of urgency, this book not only provides answers for those questioning what happens next, but also empowerment to live accordingly in the here and now. Click below to receive this book for a gift of any amount or call Moody Church Media at 1.800.215.5001.

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Running the race of life is hard. But with the Bible front and center and a heart to encourage, Pastor Erwin Lutzer presents clear Bible teaching, helping you make it across the finish line. Since 2011, this 25-minute program has provided a Godward focus and features listeners’ questions.

About Dr. Erwin W. Lutzer

Dr. Erwin W. Lutzer is Pastor Emeritus of The Moody Church where he served as the Senior Pastor for 36 years (1980-2016). He earned a B.Th. from Winnipeg Bible College, a Th.M. from Dallas Theological Seminary, a M.A. in Philosophy from Loyola University, and an honorary LL.D. from the Simon Greenleaf School of Law (Now Trinity Law School).

A clear expositor of the Bible, he is the featured speaker on two radio programs: Running to Win—a daily Bible-teaching broadcast and Songs in the Night—an evening program that’s been airing since 1943. Running To Win broadcasts on a thousand outlets in the U.S. and across more than fifty countries in seven languages. His speaking engagements include Bible conferences and seminars, both domestically and internationally, including Russia, the Republic of Belarus, Germany, Scotland, Guatemala, and Japan. He has led tours to Israel and to the cities of the Protestant Reformation in Europe.

Pastor Lutzer is also a prolific author of over seventy books, including the bestselling We Will Not Be Silenced, One Minute After You Die, and the Gold Medallion Award winner, Hitler’s Cross. Pastor Lutzer and Rebecca live in the Chicago area and have three grown children and eight grandchildren. Connect with Pastor Lutzer on X (@ErwinLutzer) or moodymedia.org.

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