God’s Call To Prayer
Prayer is one of the most powerful resources we have available to us. In prayer, we can speak directly to the Father. As believers we have confidence in knowing that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And, we also know that if He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him. (1 Jn. 5:14, 15)
Our loving heavenly Father is in the business of answering prayer. He hears when his faithful children speak with Him. He knows our infirmities. Knows what we need even before we ask. Why then do we pray? Prayer is an expression of our faith and dependance upon God. It demonstrates our trust. It is a means of communication.
Through prayer we express our adoration for God. Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. God’s name is not to be taken in vain. Rather it should be hallowed.
Prayer helps to clarify our needs. We are exhorted and encouraged to make supplications to God. A supplication is a very specific request. Many do not receive because they do not ask. When we say they do not ask, we mean they do not ask specifically for what they want.
We must fully empower ourselves by utilizing and activating the resources of prayer. Being specific is one of those resources. James says we can ask “amiss”. We do not hit a specific target but prayer in generalities. God help me? Help you do what? What specifically do you need help with?
Some fear asking God for something specific because they do not believe He will grant it for them. By not asking for exactly what they want, they can always claim, they never asked for it in the beginning. That is how some doubting believers pray. James says if you lack wisdom, ask for wisdom. He also said, we are to ask in faith, nothing doubting. Those who double should not expect to receive anything of the Lord. The cancel out their faith by their doubts.
It also is a channel for confession our sins to God. Through prayer we can confess our sins (Acts 8:17). James said confess your faults one to another and pray one for another that you might be healed. The effective fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. (Js 5;16)
One of the most powerful element of prayer is Thanksgiving. This is probably used the least by many. However it is essential to offer thanks and gratitude in prayer. Since the faithful know in advance that they have the petitions or requests granted, it is proper to give thanks in every prayer. Have you answered God’s call to pray?
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