There’s a battle going on and it’s attacking your faith. If you consider everything in the spiritual realm, you will come to find out that your success or failure is all hinges on your prayer life. Knowledge of scriptures is extremely important to believers in Jesus because this is where your faith is developed. The Word of God says that Faith Comes by hearing, and hearing the Word of God. (Romans 10:17). In order for us to have prayers that bring results I believe there are at least three areas that we need to look at.
Do We Know Gods Character?
God is our good Heavenly Father who delights in doing good for us and through us. Oftentimes we see God as a all powerful ball of energy that is waiting to strike us with lightning when we mess up. That’s as far from the truth as it can be. The bible says “Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.” (1 John 4:8 NIV) and it is His nature to love us. God loves and values you so much. Matthew 6:26 says, “Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?” This is Jesus speaking about how much God values live in general but God loves you so much more that you don’t need to worry about the other things in life that may come to stress you out. God is a good father and He’s looking out for you. When you read Matthew 7:9-11 we can read that even people who are evil would Give good gifts to their Children. God is perfectly loving towards all of us so how much more is He able to give us good gifts when we need it or ask for it. God wants to establish us in the land with his whole heart as is mentioned in Jeremiah 32:40-41 and whenever we call for Him He will be right there to answer us and show us things that we don’t know. Takeaway: See God like a good father that wants to love on you and give you good things all the days of your life.
Our motives are wrong?
We also have to be honest with ourselves and ask if we have the right motives on our heart. James 4:2-3 talks about asking and not receiving because we Your motives are wrong. Selfishness is not of God. It isn’t one of the fruits of the Spirit. So if you are asking for something that will only benefit you then you have to rethink that prayer request. Every time I’ve seen God answers a prayers I have noticed three things. 1) the answered prayer caused the person requesting it to grow spiritually. 2) the answered prayer is a blessing to others as well as the person asking. 3) the answered prayer gives God glory. If you can’t think of hot your prayer request will measure up to these three criteria then I would examine my motive behind that prayer request.
Our Heart Condition
In Matthew 13, Jesus talks about the parable of the sower. In that parable, the sower goes out and scattered seeds that landed in different places. The results or fruit that grew out of the place that the seeds fell were different. Only the seeds that fell on the soil brought forth increase. But even out of the seeds that fell on the soil there were different levels of increase. Some thirty fold, some sixty fold, some one hundred fold. The explanations of this parable is that Gods word is powerful. What will determine the results is the heart of the person that receives and acts on that word. God will give you the desire of your hearts but the condition that you need to satisfy is to delight yourself in Him (Psalm 37:5). Also the blessing that will come on your household and generations after you are conditional based on you taking great delight in the laws of God. (Psalm 112:1-3) Considering these verses, what is your heart saying to you right now?
There’s a lot of things that can hinder our prayers. Let’s make sure that we are not part of what is hindering the answers to our prayers. I’m going to be launching a new podcast called The Faith Fight Podcast that is designed to help you with scripture reference, understanding of that scripture and a practical prayer plan. Each episode will be powerful na f fill with the word of God about a specific topic that you can use in your prayer and devotional time. Use the link below or click here to be put on the notification list so that you can catch the first episode.
Be blessed my friend!