Does Prayer Work…?

 

Do you believe in the power of prayer? Or do you think that Jesus promised too much for us? He told his disciples that God will give them whatever they ask in Jesus’ name. And, yet, we don’t get everything we ask, right?

Very truly I tell you, my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name.Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete. (John 16:23-24, NIV)

How come we don’t get everything we ask for? Why did Jesus promise this if he can’t keep it? Excellent questions. And we need to know the answers before we can fully trust God and pray believingly. Does prayer work?

The message translation gives us already some hints about what Jesus meant: This is what I want you to do: Ask the Father for whatever is in keeping with the things I’ve revealed to you. Ask in my name, according to my will, and he’ll most certainly give it to you. Your joy will be a river overflowing its banks! (John 16:23-24, MSG, emphasis added.)

Jesus had spend three years with his disciples and he was preparing them to manage on their own after his resurrection. Jesus wanted them to know that through prayer they could continue to ask him questions in the future. Jesus wanted them to know that through prayer they will continue to have a connection with him. Through prayer we are able to have conversations with God. Through prayer we are interconnected forever more.

But just like Jesus did not give everything to his disciples while he was with them, God won’t give things according to our whims but according to his will. For example, James and John asked if one of them could sit on Jesus’ right and the other on his left in heaven (Mark 10). Jesus did not grant them that. And there are many other stories when the requests of the disciples were not according to his will. Hence Jesus did not give them what they would have wanted. The same goes to our prayer requests.

God the Father is happy to hear our requests but he won’t grant us everything we want. Especially when our requests are about money, success, honor or something else that would harm us. God will give us everything we ask in Jesus’ name that is good for us and according to his will. God is indeed a prayer-hearing God. But he loves us so much that he doesn’t give us what is not good for us.

Prayer works indeed. God is not a Santa Claus and prayer is not wishful thinking. Prayer is our connection to God. We are called to be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer (Romans 12:12, NIV).

Prayer is our most important task. Nothing else compares to it. Because prayer changes things. The more we pray, the more Christ-like we become. The more time we spend in prayer pray, the more alive we are. Because only Jesus has the words of eternal life. Only Jesus can resurrect our lives. We only need to ask.

 

Gracious God,
Forgive us for neglecting prayer.
We believe, forgive our unbelief.
Draw us into ongoing conversation with you.
Give us joy like a river overflowing its banks.
Give us nothing but your will!
And everything in your will!
In Jesus’ name,
Amen

Marianna Frangen  Stalnacke

http://www.flowingfaith.com

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10 thoughts on “Does Prayer Work…?

  1. Hi! I know this is kind of off topic but I was wondering which blog platform are you using for this site?
    I’m getting fed up of WordPress because I’ve had problems with hackers and I’m looking at options for another platform. I would be great if you could point me in the direction of a good platform.

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    • Hi there…
      Well, just be honest. I don’t now exactly about the another platform. But as far as I know there are many good professional and secure (of course) host and domain that you can take.
      Or, you have to trying pro version of the wordpress. another way is, just trying to contact wordpress admin to ask about overcoming your hacking problem.
      Regards,
      Karina

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  2. Prayer is one of the most important parts of our relationship with God. It’s the way we connect and communicate with Him. He knows what we want/need before we even lift it up in prayer. But I believe He wants to see if we know what to ask Him for, and how to do so correctly.

    It is all a part of growing in the knowledge of God and His love…

    ~Steve

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    • Hello brother in Christ, Steve.
      Thank you so much for another insightful comment on my old post 🙂 Yes prayer is the way we talk with our Father in Heaven freely . But we also have to know how the we pray. Sometime we pray with wrong way and purpose. By the way, I would like to thank you for always visiting and reading my blog posts everyday. It was such a great honor to me 🙂 Many love and blessings to you. Have great day.

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      • It is exciting to find a young lady with such a good and Godly heart! And yes, we must pray with proper motives and faith, or the prayers will not be heard nor answered.

        And thank you for reading at our site so often as well Karina! God love and guide you and yours…

        ~Steve

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        • Dear brother in Christ, Steve.
          Thank you very much for such lovely comment about me. I really love your blog posts. Though I not always put comment on your post, there is always something that I can get from your posts. Many love and blessings to you and yours too 🙂

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          • You are so sweet, Karina! I too read your posts and feel there is at least one or two points we can take away and use in our daily lives.

            You are so busy with your family and business, yet you find the time to ponder and then share the things of God.

            May you always do this in your life!

            ~Steve

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  3. This is a very good post on prayer, Karin! You are right, God will grant prayers according to what is best for us, and according to His will and plans. We know that He will answer faithful prayers which work for our good, or the good through us of someone else. Thanks for sharing this one!

    Steve

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