Sometimes we do not get the things we requested in prayer. We may have prayed for a loved one’s healing, and they died; or prayed that God would bless a marriage and they end up divorced. The bible clearly states that if we say to this mountain be thou removed and cast into the sea without doubting it shall be done. God said ask and it shall be given, seek and you will find, knock and the door shall be open unto us. And that if we delight ourselves in God, He said He would give us the desires of our hearts. So why then do we not always get what we asked for in prayer? The bible suggests that perhaps we pray amiss. We may be praying with doubt and not faith. We may be praying selfishly or from our own personal biases, and not in the will of God. We may be praying as a reaction to a bad situation, making deals with God that we have no intentions of keeping. God hears and answers all the prayers of His people. He is not Santa Claus or an endless atm machine waiting to do whatever we want when we want it. God desires to bless us however, and give us the desires of our hearts when we delight ourselves in Him. As our Heavenly Father, He already knows what we need before we ask for it. He knows the good plans He has for us, and wants to accomplish He will in our lives. If we pray in the spirit in the will of God using the Word of God, we will always get what we ask for. For God is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we could ever ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us.
Prayer is communication with God, acknowledging our frailness and God’s sovereignty. Although God already know what we need, want and what we will ask for, he still wants us to pray and develop a relationship with Him. When praying we are not only talking to God we are listening for His response to us. He responds to us in different ways; a dream or vision, a still small voice, and inner knowing, through a person or event, through his Word, in a shout or thunder, or showing Himself strong right in the situation. His response could be yes, no, or wait. God doesn’t mind us asking Him questions. He’s always willing to answer. He minds us questioning His authority. He wants us to trust His will and plan for us, and trust that he always has our best interest at heart. He wants us to pray without ceasing; praying for ourselves, our family, friends, associates and enemies. He wants us to seek and acknowledge Him in all of our ways, and for every area of our lives. He wants us to develop a lifestyle of prayer and supplication, and to encourage others to do the same. God hears all the prayers of his children, and answers them all. He hears the sinners’ prayer, asking Him to become His child.
Everything we do we must do it in the spirit. For we are spiritual being living out a natural, physical experience. God is a spirit, and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth. We get the best results from our prayers when we pray in the spirit using the word of God. His word is a lamp unto our feet, and a light unto our path. God has elevated His word above His name, and whatever He said, He will do. These weekly entries are designed explore the prayer of the believer as a tool for developing a closer relationship with God. May you be richly blessed, encouraged and inspired as we pray in the spirit using the word of God.