“So I say: Ask and it will will be given unto you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.
Which of you fathers, if your son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead? Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion?
If you then, though you are evil, know to give good gifts to your children, how much more will you father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him.”
When you pray to God, do you really expect a positive response? Do you expect a response at all? If you are unsure how to answer this question, like many of us may be, perhaps it’s time to re-evaluate the kind of relationship you have with the heavenly Father.
When is the last time you really talked to God? When was the last time you really listened to God? Maybe your prayer-style has not been a conversation where active-listening was used at all. Here’s an example, a family member comes to talk to you, the person immediately starts to apologize for not coming sooner or more often. The person talks about how badly they now need your help with a list of favors, immediately. They further explain their desperation and their need for help as they urge you to get busy answering their requests. Is this example close to your/family member prayer style?
This would be the time to guide this family member through prayer, because it’s God’s guidance, through you that’s needed. It does little good, I feel, to say to someone who’s wings of faith are in their infancy, “just pray about it!”
Blackaby and King tells us in their book, Experiencing God If you do not have clear instructions from God in a matter,
-Pray and wait
-Depend on God’s timing
-His timing is right and best.(pg. 75)
Now, we are not God, nor do we understand the mind of God or His Ways (Isaiah 55:8-9). God is however, availing Himself to us, each day through prayer.
“Prayer is a Relationship to a Person.”
“Prayer is a two-way fellowship and communication–you speak to God and He speaks to you. Prayer is not a one-way conversation in which you merely list everything you want God to do. Your personal prayer life may have been primarily one-way communication–you talking to God–but we now learn that prayer is much more than that.
” Prayer includes listening. In fact, what God says in prayer is far more important than what you say. God already knows what you are going to say. You, however, do not know what God is thinking.
Prayer is a relationship, not just a religious activity. Its purpose is to adjust you to God, not align God to your thinking. God doesn’t need your prayers. but He does want you to pray because of what He wants to do in and through your life as you pray. God speaks to His people by the Holy Spirit through prayer.” (1, pp 107-108)
Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for allowing each of us the privilege of communicating with you through the gift of prayer. We don’t take this gift for granted, but use it to stay on-task with you as we constantly receive your guidance for our lives. Enrich our prayer life, we pray. In your name. Amen.
1. Blackaby, Henry & Richard, King,Claude, Experiencing God, Knowing and Doing The Will of God. Lifeway Press 1990. Revised 2007.
2. Scripture from: The New International Version Study Bible, Zondervan, 1973.
Originally in Homewords News,July 2011