Ye Shall Ask In Prayer…
When we pray what is actually happening? Is it a time of reflection, a time of seeking or is there something else, altogether, going on? What exactly is happening in our heart, in our mind and in our soul? Are we aligned with God’s will and have been obedient to His will in the past? Does it matter?
These should be serious questions for any person claiming to be a believer, a follower of Jesus Christ. We should have a solid understanding, based on Biblical teachings from Jesus Christ Himself about the answers to these, and a great many other questions about our prayer time. Since we aren’t planning on writing a book this morning we will cut to the chase and provide a simple review.
First, we must be aligned with God and be aligned with His will. This is crucial. Even when the worst possible situation is happening in our lives – at the exact moment prayer is needed – we must accept the fact that we must seek, first, the Kingdom of God. Isn’t that a major component of what prayer is all about? Seeking God, seeking God’s guidance and assurance. We must accept that God, in the name of Jesus Christ, is with us, around us and in us all the time.
God is invisible–we can’t see Him or touch Him–But God is here. He is with you now. He is beside you. He surrounds you. He fills the room or the whole place where you are right now. He is in you now. He is in your heart. Source
While is God with us at all times, He still wants us to come to Him, to show Him reverence, honor and glory. We need Him. God doesn’t actually need us, but He wants us.
And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive. ~ Matthew 21:22 KJB
Quiet, the still small voice that most of us are familiar. We must get quiet, we must ask, earnestly, for God’s will in our endeavors. If it is not His will, why would God, in the name of Jesus Christ, fulfill a prayer?
Ask questions that show honor, show an understanding of reverence and that puts God’s will ahead of our own. “Teach me, Father God, what is Your will during this time?” “What, in the name of Jesus Christ, is the beauty of God in the passing (illness, injury, etc.) of my ________ ?”
Disciple is a derivative of discipline. As a disciple of Jesus Christ we must be disciplined in our faith. Maybe writing down what we hear during prayer time. The good, the bad, the ugly, the holy, the unholy and all the rest. When we do this, we can assess if it is from God or…or if it is from the devil. Remember, the devil quoted scripture to Jesus Christ when the devil was attempting to steal His identity.
Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them. ~ Matthew 18:19-20 KJB
When we pray what is actually happening? Is it a time of reflection, a time of seeking or is there something else, altogether, going on? What exactly is happening in our heart, in our mind and in our soul? Are we aligned with God’s will and have been obedient to His will in the past? Does it matter? You bet it matters.
Either the Scripture is the divine Word of God teaching us how to live and how to be a reflection of God, or it’s nothing more than a historical account of events.