The Truth is—Prayer Is Essential to the Life of a Christian
Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” (Mark 11:24) This bible verse can cause some people to be disappointed and lose faith. They pray and don’t get what they ask for. As a Christian, I think it is safe to say most of us want nice things cars, homes, etc.. When we pray based on the verse above we expect to receive what we ask. However, we should ask ourselves whether God is our servant or are we God’s servants? Is it about what we will for our lives or is it about what God wills for our lives? Is it about what we want for our lives to be satisfied or what we need for our lives to be truly satisfied?
“This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.” (1 John 5:14) The bible teaches us to pray according to God’s will not according to what we want. This is not to say it is wrong to pray for things you want, but the priority is to pray for things God wants for you. God is the creator, he knows better than you or I know what is most beneficial to meet our needs. “And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.” (Phil 4:19)
In 1 Thessalonians 4th chapter verse 1-12 we find this written about God’s will, “Finally, brothers, we instructed you how to live in order to please God, as in fact you are living. Now we ask you and urge you in the Lord Jesus to do this more and more. For you know what instructions we gave you by the authority of the Lord Jesus. It is God’s will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid s****l immorality; that each of you should learn to control his own body in a way that is holy and honorable, not in passionate l**t like the heathen, who do not know God; and that in this matter no one should wrong his brother or take advantage of him. The Lord will punish men for all such sins, as we have already told you and warned you. For God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life. Therefore, he who rejects this instruction does not reject man but God, who gives you his Holy Spirit. Now about brotherly love we do not need to write to you, for you yourselves have been taught by God to love each other. And in fact, you do love all the brothers throughout Macedonia. Yet we urge you, brothers, to do so more and more. Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business and to work with your hands, just as we told you, so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody.” There are other things said about God’s will in the bible, so read and learn.
Prayer: Lord God please lead us by the power of your Holy Spirit to seek your kingdom as first priority and to walk according to your will. Give us the faith to understand that you will meet all our needs, spiritual, physical and emotional through your son Jesus Christ. It is in Jesus name that we pray for the faith that we need to trust you.