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Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Why Pray?

Do you really believe God hears and answers your prayers? If you have accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior and are living a life that lines up with His Word, then yes, He does hear and He does answer.

The problem we sometimes have is believing we are worthy to ask anything of the God who created every last galaxy. Or, we may think He has so many other concerns why would He care about my needs.

There have been many times in the past that it has been hard for me to reach out to my husband with a personal problem for counsel and advice. Why? Because as a pastor, he is forever helping other people with theirs and I am aware of how draining counseling can be. And we can view God this way too. He has enough He has to deal with, why would He care to take the time to listen to my prayer, much less answer it.

Oh my dear dear friend, just like my husband would never want me to carry a burden alone, no matter how depleted he may feel, God too does not want you to carry your load alone. He cares more than you will ever know. His compassion is so strong He’s not wanting to just share your load, He wants to carry it for you. He instructs us to “cast” our cares on Him (1 Peter 1:7). Let me tell you what that word cast means, it means to throw your need to God like Nolan Ryan throwing the first pitch in the World Series.

So let's look at our reasons for prayer today because God already knows everything about you and your needs, so why do you need to pray, you're not telling Him anything new. That’s true; we do not pray to inform God of anything. He knows what you have need of before you even ask (Matthew 6:8). And we also do not pray to instruct God. God knows how to handle our situations better than you and I ever could.

So why do we pray?

We pray to invite God.

Ask, and God will give to you. Search, and you will find. Knock, and the door will open for you. Yes, everyone who asks will receive. Everyone who searches will find. And everyone who knocks will have the door opened. Matthew 7:7-8

When you pray you are opening the door and inviting God in to your life and situation giving Him total control.

Now, does God always answer the way we want Him to? No, not always. Only because He knows what’s best for us and our life. Jesus prayed before His crucifixion Lord if there be any other way let this cup pass from me (Matthew 26:39). But God knew the only way to save humanity was through the cross and Jesus' greater prayer was our salvation not His comfort.

Does God always answer when we want Him to? No, not always. Why? The time between our prayer and our answer can be times of tremendous spiritual growth. Times when we learn to lean on and trust in God with every part of our being. Mary, Lazarus' sister, wanted Jesus to come when her brother was sick, not four days after his death. But did the prayer still get answered? Did the miracle still happen? Oh, yes, just not in their timing.

Is there something in your life that has been long dead? It's STILL not too late for your miracle.

Ask, seek, and knock…

cast your care…

and then believe.

God does hear, and will answer your prayer. In His time, and in His way, only because He knows what's best for our lives. And when He does show up, He gets all the credit because only He can bring life out of death.

Is anything impossible for our God? Mary and Martha would answer you in a resounding... NO!

The prayer of a person living right with God is something powerful to be reckoned with. Elijah, for instance, human just like us, prayed hard that it wouldn't rain, and it didn't—not a drop for three and a half years. Then he prayed that it would rain, and it did. The showers came and everything started growing again!
James 5:16-18 (Message)

Is that rain I hear in the distance......
Tina

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Thank God I learned a long time ago to not only pray for BIG things but small things as well..If it concerns me...it concerns God...when He answers even the smallest prayer it increases my faith so much...