If you’re a Christian you’ve prayed to God for something you wanted. Even if you’re not a Christian you’ve probably prayed to God.
And For some God may have said yes and for others, he may have said no or not yet. But why? Why did he give you what you asked for? Why did he say no? Was it that you weren’t praying loud enough? Were you not on tour knees when you asked?
No, none of these are the reason God did or didn’t say yes to your prayers. And while there may be many reasons why God did not say yes to what we wanted one of the main reasons is because we were not obedient in our prayer.
Pray Humbly, Pray Privately
“But when you pray, go in your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father will reward you” — Matthew 6:5–15 9 (NIV)
Many of us have been taught to get on our knees, bow our heads, close our eyes and clasp our hands together when we pray. However, what they did not tell us is that in order for a yes to be sent down as a result of those prayers going up is that we should pray in private.
But why? Why does it matter than we pray in private as opposed to in public?
Because God is a jealous God and just as he does not want us to worship other Gods he does not want any attention that is meant for him to go to anyone else.
When we pray for others to hear what we are doing is drawing attention ourselves instead of God who it should be on. When we pray we are to come to him humbly and earnestly focusing all our attention to the one who deserves it.
“And when you pray do not keep on babbling like the pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him” — Matthew 6:7–8 (NIV)
Also, when we pray we should not go on and on and on believing that the breath of prayer will increases or chances of getting the answer we desire. If God already knows what we need there is no reason to belabor the point.
God knows what we need and he knows what we want but we don’t have to pester him in order to receive what it is we asked for. There is no reward for length of prayer nor the theatrics that may come with it.
Don’t go on and on when you pray simply because you think your prayer was too short. Ask what of Him what you want and he will hear you.
However, if we do are not obedient with what is word says and opt for attention and lengthy prayers we may not receive what we asked for. But by simply being obedient when we pray he will give us whatever we ask.
“If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer” — Matthew 21:22 (NIV)
One of the most important things we must do when we pray is have faith.
If we don’t have faith why pray? Why even make an attempt if you don’t believe you will get what you prayed for? Why should God go out of his way to perform a work if you don’t have even believe he can do what you asked of him?
If you want something from God you have to have faith. You have to believe it’s going to happen or else it won’t.
If you don’t believe that God will provide what you asked for then he won’t provide it. But if you have faith that he will grant your request you will receive what you prayed for.
We like to call ourselves Christians and say we believe in God but do we really?
If we truly are followers of Christ we shouldn’t pick and choose which aspects of God to believe. If we are his disciples should believe in his abilities not just the fact that he exists.
Just as you have faith that your order from Amazon will be delivered on time you must also have faith that God will give you not only what you need but what you want when you need it.
If we seek from God we must be obedient and have faith. Then we will receive whatever we ask for in prayer.
Don’t Be Anxious
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. ” — Philippians 4:6 (NIV)
When we come to God we should be calm. Worrying won’t make the situation any better nor will it make God work any faster on your behalf.
When we worry all we do is add to the stress about what it is we are already stressed about. However worrying cannot add anything to our lives nor can it ensure a yes from God. But let’s look at why the Bible says not to worry.
“But seek his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things [life, food, clothing] will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own” — Matthew 6: 25, 32–34
Too often we are worried about a day that isn’t even here and lose focus on the day we are presently in
We are constantly worked up about the next day, the next week, the next month, and sometimes even the next year. But those days aren’t here yet they have yet to come
Why are we so worked up over a day that isn’t even here yet? Why are we so concerned about the future when it’s out of our control?
Those days aren’t here yet they have yet to come. The only thing we have control over is today. We must be obedient and do what is required of us today in order to receive what it is we need for tomorrow, next week, next month and next year.
Let’s take each day one day at a time and let God take care of the rest. If you are in need or want from God let it be known. But do not worry about when and how it will come.
If we call ourselves children of God, we will obey our father making sure that what we do is in agreement with what he requires for his kingdom and then there will be no need to worry.