I John 5:14-15 This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him.
John 15:7 If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.
I Thessalonians 5:16-18 Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
Hebrews 4:16 Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.
Let us pray! We’ve all heard that expression many times in our lives. It’s time to eat. Let us pray. It’s time to begin church service. Let us pray. It’s time to end church service. Let us pray. I’m going through a rough patch. Let us pray. A massive hurricane just made landfall, the economy is struggling, the presidential race is crazier than a rat race, people are rioting, people are sick and dying, people have been in accidents….let us pray.
We say the words, but do we follow through? Are we approaching the throne of God’s grace confidently knowing that He will hear our prayers? Do we really go to Him in prayer, or are we just saying the words “let us pray?” I don’t know about you, but I know for me personally God’s ears probably have blisters on them from all the pulling on His ears that I do, and I still feel that I am not praying enough. There is so much power in prayer.
Think about the power of a prayer. When we go to God in prayer, petitioning Him for His help, whatever we ask will be done if it is within the will of God. We merely need to have faith and confidence in Almighty God to accomplish what we know He can. One thing that we can rest assured in is the fact that God hears our prayers. He hears us when we speak. We see miracles that can only be attributed to answered prayers. We have seen cancers cured, accident victims healed, marriages strengthened, and the list goes on and on. But sometimes, our prayers don’t seem to get answered, and we struggle with this. We wonder if some prayers are better than others. Are some people better at praying? Do some people have a better connection with the Creator? Why isn’t God listening to me?
God hears our prayers…all of our prayers, and He answers them. The answers, however, are not always apparent. Sometimes, He answers our prayers in increments, bit by bit. He may resolve an issue gradually. Sometimes, He grants a miraculous healing, opens a door of opportunity, or the one I like best, gives us a sense of complete peace that truly transcends all understanding. Other times, He may not give the answer we are desiring because the desires of our heart are not the desires of His heart. Did you ever think about that? John 15:7 reminds us of this, “If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.” We have to make sure that our request is within the will of God and that we are remaining in Him. And then there are the times that He doesn’t answer our requests the way we want Him to answer because He is using the situation to grow us or grow others in a relationship with Him. The situation we are enduring may be what we need to endure in order for us to learn to lean on Christ and recognize his sovereignty and power. Only God truly knows.
One thing that I do know for sure, however, is that there is POWER in prayer, and we have direct access to that mighty power! Isn’t that the best news you’ve heard all day. If we have accepted Christ as our Lord and Savior, we have the Holy Spirit within us. We have the power of the living God within us guiding and directing our paths. Jesus died for our sins and was resurrected so that we may be made right before God, and He is the intercessor for us. We have a direct line to the Almighty! Therefore, if we go to our Father with pure hearts and ask that His will be done in any and every situation, I can guarantee that His will will be done. His will, not mine.
When you wake up in the middle of the night with someone on your mind, even if it’s someone you really don’t like, take them to the feet of Jesus. Pray for that person. It’s very likely that the Holy Spirit woke you up at just that time to intercede for that person in prayer. If someone asks you to pray for them, pray. Pray right then and there. Don’t say you are going to pray for them, and then don’t do it. Pray. I heard on the radio yesterday that because of the pandemic, possibly 20% of the churches in this country will close. 20%! Pray for our churches, our pastors, our church leaders and workers. They’ve never been through a pandemic before. They need our prayers. We want the rioting and violence to stop. Pray. We want the government to be lead by leaders who will heed to the will of God. Pray for our country, our government leaders, and the upcoming election. We want the lost to be saved. By all means, pray for the lost too. We need to be praying now more than ever.
Prayer isn’t just for meal time, bedtime, and church time. We are to rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. Pray continually. That’s what the Word of God says. We are to pray continually. If we join together and pray fervently and earnestly and continually, we could move mountains. We could see changes that we didn’t dream were possible. We only need to seek God’s will and pray. Let us pray! Will you pray with me today?