I know I need to be in constant communication with God through prayer, but how often do I need to pray? I’m either rushing off to work or coming back exhausted, I want to be more prayerful but with everything going on, I can’t seem to get around it.
I say this as I turn to Bella, hoping for some words of direction and advise.
Bella- That’s an easy one Elma, Pray without Ceasing-1 Thessalonians 5:17
I love how the TPT puts it, “Make your life a prayer”. Simply means adopt a prayer lifestyle, always be in a prayer mode, regardless of what you’re doing.
it seems difficult to you because you’re thinking of prayer as a big ceremony but you have to understand that, Yes the quiet times we set aside for God is important to speak to and hear from God, but it is also important to turn your life into a prayer.
I heard Joyce meyer say one time that everything can be made into a prayer. From saying Good morning to God/Jesus/Spirit once your wake, to thanking God for water while in the shower and asking his spirit to lead you, to saying a quick word of protection before entering the car, to thanking God when you alight from the car, from asking the Holy Spirit to speak through you during an important meeting/interview, to thanking God when it’s over. Literally every step or action you take/make can be made into a prayer of thanksgiving, provision, protection, direction e.t.c.
See Elma, like i always tell you, prayer should be the first thing and not as a last resort- oh I’ve tried everything else so I guess I’ll just pray about it”. There is nothing too trivial to pray concerning.
*Elma cuts in* Yeah but another thing is, alot of times I feel like my prayers go unanswered & I tend to get tired of praying for the same thing over and over again, I feel like perhaps God doesn’t want to do is so I might as well move on from praying about. I mean doesn’t the bible say ask and you shall receive if I believe? Or is it that I don’t believe enough? Or?
I understand where you’re coming from, Bella said..This is a very important question and a struggle that I have personally have dealt and sometimes still deal with as matter of fact.
I’ll explain as I understood from speakers like George Muller, John McAuthur, Betsy St.Amant Haddox..
The first thing to know is, God is not our personal genie.. He is so much more. You shouldn’t expect to literally place a demand and have it magically appear to you. There’s so much to understand about asking & receiving.
To understand the conditions of a successful prayer and for proper context, we must compare scriptures, as well as take the bible as a whole.
You’re right, Jesus does say in Matthew 21:22 “If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.” However, to fully gain context, that scripture must be compared with 1 John 5:14 which reads “We have courage in God’s presence, because we are sure that he hears us if we ask him for anything that is according to his will.
You can see there is an important distinction which clarifies what Jesus said in Mathew. Our request but be in accordance to God’s will.
Secondly John 14: 13-14, which is twofold, tells us we must ask in the name of Jesus, so that the father will be glorified through the son. So first ask in the name of Jesus, & then your request must glorify the Father, and what glorifies the father? His will.. You see how all scriptures are somehow intertwined?
Thirdly as put down in Mark 11:24 “For this reason I am telling you, whatever things you ask for in prayer [in accordance with God’s will], believe [with confident trust] that you have received them, and they will be given to you”- When you ask in the name of Jesus and in concordance to the will of the father, you must then exercise your faith in the power of God and his willingness to hear and answer you. We know that without faith no man can please God.
You excersie your faith by intentionally looking out for the answers to your prayers, signs God may be showing you and words he may be speaking to you. Be sensitive in your spirit and to the spirit of God & avoid speaking to others about a request you’ve tabled to God, with the intention of complaining about it or for the sake of getting their help. That hardly displays trust in God. If you trust God, hard as it may be, you must be satisfied to stand with him alone.
Fourthly, as in Psalms 66:18- you must not regard iniquity in your heart.
Now you see why I said its important to compare scriptures. You must know God’s word found in the bible..
Yes Yes, Elma said.. Makes so much sense to me now.
Bella continues; You see, Mathew 7:7-8- says to ask and keep on asking, seek and keep on seeking, knocking and keep on knocking. For everyone who keeps on asking receives, and he who keeps on seeking finds, and to him who keeps on knocking, it will be opened.
So you can’t pray once or twice and give up, continue to wait on God until the answers comes. God’s ways and times are not ours, that’s why we can’t give up asking. Like I heard Pastor M. Todd say “The Kingdom of God is voice activated, so in order to receive, you must first Ask.
Before you start asking, be sure to CONFESS your sins, ADMIT to God that only him can do for you what no one can, SEEK his will through & in connection with his word and his Holy Spirit, ALIGN yourself with his will andpray with a surrendered mindset that “father knows best” ACCEPT his answer however it comes, ACTIVATE his word in your life and APPRECIATE him for prayers answered.
I personally always feel better about an outcome of a thing/situation I prayed about. It keeps me from wondering “what if” because I know I handed it over to God, so it turned out his way. I may not always like it but I know God’s grace will sustain me, and even if I never understand why, I know I’m living my life in line with his will. The first purpose for which we were all put on earth is to serve God.
*Elma with a smile on her face* having conversations with you are always the best, From today I will pray pray pray all the time and most importantly pray believe and have faith. It’ll be nice if you can also share your insight on how to decidpher God’s will.
Certainly, Bella said…
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