Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened. -Matthew 7:7-8 (NIV)What profit is there in prayer? Much every way. Whatever God can do faith can do, and whatever faith can do prayer can do when it is offered in faith. An invitation to prayer is, therefore, an invitation to omnipotence, for prayer engages the Omnipotent God and brings Him into our human affairs. Nothing is impossible to the man who prays in faith, just as nothing is impossible with God. This generation has yet to prove all that prayer can do for believing men and women. -A.W. Tozer, The Set of the Sail
When we face challenges as believers, we pray. But how much faith do we have in that for which we pray? Do we give up when we don’t get an answer when we want it?
As believers, we already believe in One who we cannot see. We believe in a God who so loved the world that He gave His only Son to save us. We believe in this Son who became flesh—two millenia ago—and saved us from ourselves. We believe we are travelers through a world to which we do not belong…that we are emissaries and ambassadors to a king who we will join once we depart this world. We have no doubt!
So if we believe those things, how can we not also believe in His Word? He asks us to trust in Him, to have faith in Him…to have faith in His promises. He asks us to surrender all we think we know…surrender ourselves…and give all to him: mind, body, soul.
His Word demonstrates to us over and over again how His saints win through demonstrated faith. Let us do the same when we pray. We are not to sulk and come before Him with weak, ineffectual whimpers of pleading. We are children of the One True King, who boldly approach His throne of grace.
His Word commands us to pray without ceasing…to pray fervently and persistently.
As His loyal servants and children, He hears our cries and is waiting to answer our every prayer. Can we honor Him enough to have faith in Him delivering what we ask according to His will and timing?
I believe we can.