I’ve been thinking a lot lately about Biblical prayer. In the past, I have acted out of fear rather than faith. I’ve been afraid of being expectant in case God’s answer is “no”, or in case I ask for the wrong thing. To put it simply, I’ve been afraid of being disappointed by the results of my prayers. I may also tend to pray more when I am really in need. God has been showing me that He has given me guidelines regarding prayer. I only need to do what He says! He tells me to ask, to believe He hears and will answer, to pray according to His will, to pray continually, and to be thankful and not worry. See for yourself!
Matt 21:22- And whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive. NKJV
John 16:24- Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full. NKJV
James 4:3- You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures. NKJV
Luke 11:2- When you pray, say: Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. NKJV
1 Thes 5:7- pray without ceasing NKJV
Phil 4:6- Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. NKJV
Proverbs 15:29- He hears the prayer of the righteous. NKJV
I want to begin to pray according to the guidelines God has given me. Far be it from me to make up my own rules about prayer! My first step in putting this into practice is to pray expectantly. When I’m living my life according to His will, I don’t have to fear asking anything in His name. The next thing to do is teach my children to pray without ceasing. I don’t want it to be unusual in our home to say “let’s pray about that right now!”.
The only condition in order for our prayers to be heard is righteousness (Proverbs 15:29), which we have when we have been covered by the blood of Christ. The conditions to receiving from the Lord are a) that we don’t “ask amiss”, which we can avoid by continually abiding in Jesus so that our will is aligned with His; and b) that we believe. What are we waiting for? We only stand to gain a deeper, faith-building prayer life by applying His word to our prayers!
By: Jessi Burke