Topical - Prayer, Amazing Prayer
God, Creator of all, invites us, mere creatures, to pray, and He assures us He will hear.
He is holy, separate from sinners and undefiled, and we are rebellious and sinful, but as a Father, He invites us to ask favors and promises help.
Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. "For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. "Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? "Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent? "If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him! (Matthew 7:7-11 NKJV)
Amazing! Prayer changes things.
The Bible says, “The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much” (James 5:16).
Prayer for the sick is not a substitute for medicine, prayer for daily bread is not a substitute for work, and prayer for the lost is no substitute for the gospel, but those things are no substitute for prayer either.
Because Christians pray,
1. Some are well who would still be sick, some alive who would be dead (James 4:15),
2. Souls are saved that would be lost (Rom. 10:1),
3. Doors of opportunity are open that would still be closed (Col. 4:3),
4. Some are wiser than they were (James 1:5).
“More things are brought about by prayer than this world dreams of.” And many more things if we prayed more: “You have not, because you ask not” (James 4:2).
How amazing! God commands us to pray.
Pray without ceasing, (1 Thessalonians 5:17 NKJV)
Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving; (Colossians 4:2 NKJV)
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; (Philippians 4:6 NKJV)
The greatest of all privileges is not only allowed, but is even enjoined upon us. To let us pray would be marvelous, but He commands us. Amazing indeed!
1. God urges us to be persistent in prayer. If at first we do not get what we ask for, we are to keep asking. If God, who hears all things, appears deaf to our cries, we are to cry longer.
Jesus told a parable about an unjust and uncaring judge, who finally ruled in favor of a poor widow simply because she wore him out with her persistent pleas.
He told that parable, He said, to teach us that we “ought always to pray and not give up” (Luke 18:1).
God is not unjust and uncaring, like that judge; but we are to be persistent, like that widow. God never wearies of our asking, even when it appears He is not hearing. Astoundingly amazing! We are invited to pray and God has promised to hear.
Great things happen because of prayer.
We are commanded to pray by the One who loves us, and reminded that we show Him our love by keeping His commandments. We can “come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need” (Heb. 4:16).