Prayer: Does it Really Matter?

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by: Lynn Passet

03/29/2022

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Why pray?

There are two important reasons why you should pray each and every day. First of all, you should pray because it's commanded of us in the Bible. You also should pray because it works!

God is willing to hear and God is able to answer prayer. Prayer is the path that God has chosen to provide for that believe in Him to speak to Him. Whatever you need God to do in your life, give it to God! When we work, we work. But when we pray, God goes to work for us!

Here are five ways to get your prayers to work.   

1.  Pray with a heart of sincerity

In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus warns, “And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. For they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward” (Matthew 6:5).

Hypocrites pray just like everyone else does! However; their prayers are a performance for other people to see and hear but not done in order to worship God. They do it to be seen and heard by other men. And when others see them praying, they have gotten exactly want they wanted. God does not owe them anything at all! Your prayers won’t work if your heart is more concerned with what man thinks about you, rather than what God knows about you.

Jesus commands, “But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who sees in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you” (Matthew 6:6). The secret to prayer is doing it in privacy. Secret prayer does not mean you should not pray publicly or with others. It simply means that you must guard your sinful heart from praying to the wrong audience and in the wrong ways!

2.  Pray in the name of Jesus

Jesus declared to his disciples, “Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son” (John 14:13). This is a standing promise for all believers. However; it's not a promise that permits you to write your own ticket with God. The name of Jesus is our means of access to God.

If you go to God in your own name, you will only receive what your name deserves. (For the record, you do not want God to give you what you deserve!) But when you go to God in the name of Jesus, you receive what HIS name deserves.

Paul tells us, “And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him” (Colossians 3:17). Everything we say and do should be done in the name of Jesus with thanks and praise to God Almighty!

3.  Pray according to the will of God

John writes, “And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us. And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him” (1 John 5:14-15). The Lord only answers prayers in accordance with his divine will.

The Lord’s Prayer instructs us to pray, “Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven” (Matthew 6:10). Prayer is not about getting your will done on earth. Instead, prayer is all about getting the will of God done earth.

4.  Pray by faith

Jesus said, “Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours” (Mark 11:24). This is not an open opportunity to get everything you want from God. Faith is the fuel of prayer. No matter how fully loaded your prayers might be, your prayers will not go anywhere if you do not pray with confidence that God hears and answers all prayer.

Hebrews 11:6 tells us, “And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.” To pray in faith is to stand on the promise that he rewards those who diligently seek him.

The words you say, the requests you make, and the promises you claim are meaningless if you do not pray in dependence of God! This is why we pray better when trouble comes! It should't take trouble or fear to get you to recognize your need for God. That is something that you should carry with you each and every day.

5. Pray to the glory of God

“And call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify me” (Psalm 50:15). Spiritual devotion will not exempt you from troubled times. But you can call on the Lord when you find yourself in trouble. The Lord will hear you and He will deliver you. But deliverance should never be the main goal of prayer . The purpose of prayer isto bring Glory to God!

The glory of God should shape how we pray, not just our response to the answers we receive. What we pray and how we pray should be consumed with the God’s glory, not our happiness, comfort, or pleasure. Paul states, “For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen” (Romans 11:36).

Prayer is a lot like medicine for our broken bodies and our broken lives. You must take medicine consistently in order for it to work properly. It's exactly the same way for prayer! Pray to God consistently and God will not only hear you but he will deliver to you what He believes and knows what you really need in order to bring you peace in your life.

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Why pray?

There are two important reasons why you should pray each and every day. First of all, you should pray because it's commanded of us in the Bible. You also should pray because it works!

God is willing to hear and God is able to answer prayer. Prayer is the path that God has chosen to provide for that believe in Him to speak to Him. Whatever you need God to do in your life, give it to God! When we work, we work. But when we pray, God goes to work for us!

Here are five ways to get your prayers to work.   

1.  Pray with a heart of sincerity

In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus warns, “And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. For they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward” (Matthew 6:5).

Hypocrites pray just like everyone else does! However; their prayers are a performance for other people to see and hear but not done in order to worship God. They do it to be seen and heard by other men. And when others see them praying, they have gotten exactly want they wanted. God does not owe them anything at all! Your prayers won’t work if your heart is more concerned with what man thinks about you, rather than what God knows about you.

Jesus commands, “But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who sees in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you” (Matthew 6:6). The secret to prayer is doing it in privacy. Secret prayer does not mean you should not pray publicly or with others. It simply means that you must guard your sinful heart from praying to the wrong audience and in the wrong ways!

2.  Pray in the name of Jesus

Jesus declared to his disciples, “Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son” (John 14:13). This is a standing promise for all believers. However; it's not a promise that permits you to write your own ticket with God. The name of Jesus is our means of access to God.

If you go to God in your own name, you will only receive what your name deserves. (For the record, you do not want God to give you what you deserve!) But when you go to God in the name of Jesus, you receive what HIS name deserves.

Paul tells us, “And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him” (Colossians 3:17). Everything we say and do should be done in the name of Jesus with thanks and praise to God Almighty!

3.  Pray according to the will of God

John writes, “And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us. And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him” (1 John 5:14-15). The Lord only answers prayers in accordance with his divine will.

The Lord’s Prayer instructs us to pray, “Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven” (Matthew 6:10). Prayer is not about getting your will done on earth. Instead, prayer is all about getting the will of God done earth.

4.  Pray by faith

Jesus said, “Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours” (Mark 11:24). This is not an open opportunity to get everything you want from God. Faith is the fuel of prayer. No matter how fully loaded your prayers might be, your prayers will not go anywhere if you do not pray with confidence that God hears and answers all prayer.

Hebrews 11:6 tells us, “And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.” To pray in faith is to stand on the promise that he rewards those who diligently seek him.

The words you say, the requests you make, and the promises you claim are meaningless if you do not pray in dependence of God! This is why we pray better when trouble comes! It should't take trouble or fear to get you to recognize your need for God. That is something that you should carry with you each and every day.

5. Pray to the glory of God

“And call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify me” (Psalm 50:15). Spiritual devotion will not exempt you from troubled times. But you can call on the Lord when you find yourself in trouble. The Lord will hear you and He will deliver you. But deliverance should never be the main goal of prayer . The purpose of prayer isto bring Glory to God!

The glory of God should shape how we pray, not just our response to the answers we receive. What we pray and how we pray should be consumed with the God’s glory, not our happiness, comfort, or pleasure. Paul states, “For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen” (Romans 11:36).

Prayer is a lot like medicine for our broken bodies and our broken lives. You must take medicine consistently in order for it to work properly. It's exactly the same way for prayer! Pray to God consistently and God will not only hear you but he will deliver to you what He believes and knows what you really need in order to bring you peace in your life.

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