Prayer Basics: Part Two
Not many people wake up in the morning and need to remind themselves to start breathing. The act of breathing is automatic. You do it without thinking or hesitation. The same can be said of the act of sitting in a chair. You just know that its purpose is to hold you up. The chair did its job yesterday it will do it again today. The same is true of your prayer life. You need to believe in your prayers. Not in the prayer itself but in the relationship you have with your Father God. In other words you are at liberty to have confidence in this relationship. You can know that God hears you when you speak with Him. You can know that God will engage with you. John 16:24 uses the phrase “will”. This simple word lets you know that you can expect God to act on your behalf. He chooses, He desires, He is ready to answer your prayers. Just read the end of 1 John Chapter 5. There is a multitude of items you can know to be true.
I mentioned contracts in the last prayer blog entry. Let us go a little deeper. There is a scripture which states, ‘to whom much is given much is expected’. The prayer relationship is a great example of this reality. God is prepared to grant much to you. Therefore He expects you to give much. One bit of warning here: do not take scripture out of context. Read these passages: 1 John 3:22, James 4:3, and Matthew 21:22. All three give glimpses into the contractual relationship with your Father. Your part: You must, believe, not ask amiss, and keep His commands. His part: deliver. In other words you must love God in order for this relationship to work correctly. There are things to do on both parts in order for the relationship to be healthy. That is all at the moment. Let’s get back to the prayer relationship.
You can have confidence in God. He will provide for you. He wants to give you what you need. Do not hesitate to ask the hard questions. He is a big God…the biggest. He can handle it. You need to be prepared to listen and also be obedient to what you hear.
God is omnipresent. He is everywhere at all times. He hears you when you pray. Psalm 10:17 teaches that you need to be humble before the Lord. Not weak. Not feeble. You need to approach God with respect and esteem due a superior. You need to consider God’s many qualities and compare them to your own. He will be pleased at your humility.
God will answer you when you pray. You need to engage in His system of doing things. You need to know that Gods word is true. You need to know that God watches over His word to perform it. You need to know that God is your protector, provider, healer, counselor, redeemer, and more. If these things are true, then you need to ask and believe, and live as if they will come to pass. George Muller, evangelist, missionary, and director of orphan houses in the 1800s said, "The great point is to never give up until the answer comes. I have been praying every day for fifty-two years for two men, sons of a friend of my youth. They are not converted yet, but they will be! How can it be otherwise? There is the unchanging promise of Jehovah, and on that I rest. The great fault of the children of God is that they do not continue in prayer; they do not go on praying; they do not persevere. If they desire anything for God's glory, they should pray until they get it.”
God has given you authority. You need to step into this authority and live as the child of God that you are.
Let us spend a little time discussing the will of God. Outlined above I mentioned this in the contractual relationship of prayer. One of your responsibilities is to pray the will of God. How do you know what that is? This is a great question. Here comes the answer. Matthew 6:10 teaches you to ask for God’s will to be done on earth. Here is a powerful truth. God has entrusted His will being done on this earth to you. We know that actions take place in the spiritual prior to them being manifested in the physical. There are many bible stories that prove this to be true. As you pray, God stirs heaven in the preparation for His will to be done in the earth. You, God’s child, need to ask and believe His will be done on this earth. Some would ask, ‘Can God not get His will done just by commanding it into existence?’ The answer is yes He can. He is all powerful. Yet in His infinite wisdom He wants relationship with you. He wants you to put your faith into action. So back to the question, ‘how do I know God’s will?’ His will is revealed in His word. The bible lets you know His will is salvation: 2 Peter 3:9, long life: Deuteronomy 6:2, protection: Ps 91, provision: Philippians 4:19, wisdom: James 1:5, blessing: Galatians 3:14, and more. You need to pray His word. Of course this means you need to know what is in His word.
So start reading the bible and meditate on the content. Ask for guidance. Make your petitions known to Father God. Pray God’s word. Believe in God’s word. Faith is action. Live expectantly with all confidence in God’s ability to love you. Remember to thank your Heavenly Father.