Does prayer really work?
The Lord foils the plans of the nations;
he thwarts the purposes of the peoples.
11 But the plans of the Lord stand firm forever,
the purposes of his heart through all generations.
Have you ever heard a voice whispering that prayer is a waste of time. Satan may be trying to convince you that God isn’t even listening. The truth is God loves to communicate with His children and He is powerful enough to answer our prayers. The will of the Lord is greater than our will. His wisdom is complete, and His love is everlasting.
Nothing that happens is a surprise to the Lord. Now, does that mean every awful and ugly gift is from the Lord? No, it means that He gives us free will, so we can choose to obey or to disobey. Obedience brings blessing and disobedience brings consequences from God and natural consequences.
1 John 5:14-15
“This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us – whatever we ask – we know that we have what we asked of him”.
Prayer is not a time to make selfish requests of God for our current desires, it’s a time to realign our will to His. When we desire the things that God desires, we start praying for His will to be done.
What does it mean to ask according to God’s will, as says?
1 John 5:14-15
This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. 15 And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him.
Just because we go to our knees in prayer doesn’t mean we get to have whatever we want. God is not a genie or a vending machine. We don’t make a wish or select B-3 to get what we want at that moment. God is the creator of everything including time. He is outside of time looking in and able to show us how to join Him on His timeline.
What is the Holy Spirit saying to you through these scriptures?