THE BASIS FOR EFFECTIVE PRAYER

The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much (James 5:16).

Access through the worldwide web brings multitudes of prayer requests to our attention.  While praying for one another should be considered a high honor, we must realize that the increase of the number of those praying does not twist God’s arm.  We can tell that this misunderstanding is common because such prayer requests are often accompanied with the added request that we also ask others to pray.  God has not made Himself subject to the pressures of multitudes!

“I say to you, that if two of you agree on earth about anything that they may ask, it shall be done for them by My Father who is in heaven (Matthew 18:19).”

Ganging up on God is a symptom of another misunderstanding of prayer.  It is often revealed by the content of prayer requests that people are praying for their own will to be done, and want us to help them get God to do their will for them.

Jesus teaches His disciples to pray:

“Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven (Matthew 6:10).”

Most often I respond to prayer requests by seeking God’s will concerning them.  I express my love and concern for the person making the request, asking God’s best for them.  But, I do not add to the proliferation of religious noises futilely bombarding the gates of heaven.  Unless God’s will is revealed to me, I simply pray for His will to be done in the matter.

This is the basis for effective prayer:

This is the confidence which we have before Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.  And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests which we have asked from Him (1 John 5:14-15).

 

 

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