Let’s continue our journey through victorious living and overcoming the enemy.
Check out Part One if you haven’t read it already.
One of the ways we overcome the enemy, protect our stuff (I mean our life) and gain revelation and grace, is through prayer. God has given us power in our prayer. God hears our prayer, He answers our prayer, He admonishes us to pray daily and He taught us how to pray.
If so, then why don’t we pray?
1. We do not feel worthy to ask God for anything.
(1 Timothy 2:1-3, 1 Peter 2:5, Ephesians 1:3-7)
It is not by our works that we are made worthy. Apart from Jesus, none of us are worthy. The Bible says “there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” God sees us as spotless through the blood of His son, Jesus. Stand up and pray!
2. We are not sure that God really hears us when we pray.
(Ps. 10:17, Ps. 34:15, Ps. 145:18-10, Prov. 15:29)
The Lord hears us when we pray. As times, when it seems we cannot break through with our prayers or have few answers to our prayers. It could be the consequences of asking amiss. The Bible says, “you have not, because you ask not, then when you ask you ask amiss.” When we pray, we must pray the will of God. How do we know His will? We read His word. It is His will. God hears our prayers, every one. He answers every one with either: yes, no, go or slow.
3. We do not know how to pray or feel we have anything to say to God.
(Jer. 33:3, Ps. 142:1-2, Matt 6:9-13)
This scripture in Matthew is what we could call a “blueprint” to prayer. It is not a magical phrase but a model Jesus taught for daily prayer. As we get more proficient with this model, the less we need it. Daily prayer is self-centered. Praying for ourselves initially sounds selfish but the truth is, we need to pray more for ourselves, not less. As we pray about our attitudes, circumstances, thoughts, relationships, etc. we are changed and our heart is aligned with the will of God and mind is renewed. We are free of personal burdens and sins so we can successfully pray for others. Unless we petition daily, we cannot be proficient in intercession for others. Unforgiveness and sin serve as blockages to our prayers. With unforgiveness and sin, God cannot hear us or answer prayer.
4. We fear we might become obligated to God not to sin.
(Eph 2:8-10, Heb. 12:28, Rom. 5:19-6:2)
We think that we must produce to be loved or accepted, therefore, if we pray and ask God for anything, we are then obligated to repay the debt or favor with religious activity. God doesn’t want religious activity, He wants our whole life. God gave wholly to us when He gave His only Son. We didn’t earn it. The same way, we ask by grace and He answers by grace.
If you have a prayer request you’d like to share in the comments, I’d love to include you in my prayers, this week.
See you in part 3