Prayer Basics: A Faith Adventure
Luke 11:8-18 teaches us to state our needs, be direct, be spirit-controlled and ask God all sorts of questions. Many people want to know why we should ask God anything. Some of these folks think that God is too busy to be questioned. Others believe He is not interested in our insignificant problems. Still others think He already knows our needs and there in no use in repeating the list. Allow this blog entry to empower you with the truth about prayer.
At the very minimum we should ask God question because the He taught us that way. We know John 17:17 Gods word is truth. We know 2 Timothy 3:16, all scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works. God created us for relationship. What better way to relate to our Heavenly Father than to talk to Him. Prayer establishes a relationship of faith. Without faith it is impossible to please God. Praying to God is a show of respect. We honor God when we come to Him in an act of obedience and submission.
Another simple reason to engage in prayer is so that we will receive. God’s word teaches that when we ask we will receive. This is the promise. This is the contract. If you want to receive, you must first ask. Of course, when we ask in faith we need also to give thanks in faith. God is a just God. He will answer our prayers. He will answer in accordance with His wisdom, knowledge, omnipotent, and omnipresence. Remember to be thankful when you pray.
Speaking of the all-knowing, all powerful, ever-present qualities of God, worship is a great part of prayer. God is worthy of all of our praise. We have no idea how God has served us. We need to investigate this act and then be respectful enough to give Him the attention He deserves. Our God is an awesome God. He reigns. Nothing will ever separate us from His love.
God is interested in you and me. He is interested in the details of our life. He walked with Adam and Eve in the cool of the day. He kibitzed with them. They shared the favorite parts of the day; the memories, the favorite colors, the favorite textures. God acted on these emotions and sharing’s. He wants to be the same God with you. Dialogue with your Heavenly Father.
One comment above is true. God does already know our needs. However, He does desire relationship. His word teaches us that if we confess our sins to Him, He is faithful to forgive them. Another contract: confess first, forgiveness is immediate and automatic. He does everything required for our health and wellbeing. We merely need to know what to do and do it. He tells us what to do. If we would just visit with Him and be obedient to His leading He will take care of the rest.
1 Peter teaches us that He cares for us. In fact we are to cast all our cares on Him.
We are taught to pray all the time. This discipline is rewarded with a greater understanding of how life works. This world teaches life on one level. You and I are all too aware how this natural life works. Our time invested with God in prayer will open our eyes and ears and mind to God’s supernatural laws, promises, and kingdom ways. He desires His will to be done on this earth. He desires for us to partner with Him to bring His kingdom now.
An aspect of pray that cannot be overlooked is the thankfulness. We already covered the thanks given in faith. Remember to voice your gratitude to God when the prayers are actually answered. You will realize that God will answer prayers in ways that far outweigh, outlast, out-answer the question.
So go now and practice the presence of God. Worship Him, talk to Him, ask Him questions, Place you needs with Him, visit with Him, Tell Him your secrets, Listen to Him, Thank Him, and be obedient to what He shares with You.
Over the 2014 Timothy Group season we will continue this revelation of the power of prayer. Later we will discuss “praying God’s will”. The act of living out our prayer life speaks to God and others that we believe what God says.