Summary: True prayer is not just a one-way monologue. It also involves being still and silent before God and allowing time to listen to Him. Many do all the talking (if not the complaining), when listening to God’s still small voice is a great joy!
Intro: Today we ponder on prayer. Real prayer is our means of releasing faith and submitting our hearts to the Lord’s will. Simply put, prayer involves among other things: Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving and Supplication (ACTS) in the Spirit. True prayer is not just a one-way monologue. It also involves being still and silent before God and allowing time to listen to Him. Many do all the talking (if not the complaining), when listening to God’s still small voice is a great joy! Some say. “I can’t feel anything so I quit.” Real and effective prayer is a good time to exercise and release our faith. When you can’t “feel” that your prayers are heard, it could be a time of testing – to see if you truly believe or are just talking!
Our time in prayer should ever be a close fellowship with God and not just mere recitation of familiar pious words and phrases. Good prayer needs to arise out of a sensitive heart, not just a talkative mouth. Also, the word of God does the work of God; so we can also look up to the Bible and ponder some prayer aids found in it. More good things are wrought by prayer than by dreaming. The sparrow can pray all day, but that does not automatically get him a worm!
Today, we shall look at the seven biblical laws of prayer.
1. THE LAW OF A PURE HEART (Psa. 66:18). God is always looking for pure hearts. Anyone from the countryside knows that if a cow eats onions all the time, not only will the cow’s breath stink, but the cow’s product will both smell and taste bad. Whatever is taken in will eventually come out! God looks more on our inside than on our outside. Our ears must be opened to God’s words and our hearts obedient to His will, if we are to be heard (Prov. 28:9; cf. I Sam. 14:37; 28:6). Our hearts must be washed clean by the cleansing power of the blood of the Lamb (Isa. 59:2; Mic. 3:4).
2. THE LAW OF A FORGIVING SPIRIT (I Pet. 3:7). Bitterness, anger and hatred are rampant in the community, the school, the workplace, and sadly even in Christian churches and homes! Such fault-finding and wrath hinder and neutralize the effectiveness of our prayer. Fighting and division at home and in the local church can kill both our prayers and prayer life! Therefore, a forgiving spirit is necessary to break through God’s throne of grace (Mark 11:25-26). Brethren, if the expected answers to your prayers seemed very delayed or hindered for quite a long time, honestly examine who you are bitter, angry or unforgiving!
3. THE LAW OF FAITH (Mark 11:24; Jas. 1:6). How sad that we pray many words and then worry afterwards! Worry is a type of doubt. Doubt is a type of fear. The prayer warriors of old used to “pray through” which meant that they stayed on their knees until they knew for sure that they have been touched by God. What a shame that we pray in church, go home and immediately worry over what we have prayed for! Without faith it is impossible to please God and have answers to our prayers. (Heb. 11:1; I Tim. 2:8; Mark 11:23). Unbelievers live by the saying, “To see is to believe” while for Christians their saying is, “To believe is to see!”