How many times have you heard someone pray and wonder when they were going to stop? How many times have you prayed on and on and on and on, hoping that your answer was directly proportional to the amount of “spiritual” words you used?That’s not how to get answered prayer. Let’s look at what God has to say.
Hebrews 11:6 (KJV) 6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
Proverbs 10:19a (KJV) 19 In the multitude of words there wanteth not sin…
Ecclesiastes 5:3b (KJV) 3 … a fool’s voice is known by multitude of words.
First of all, whatever is not of faith is sin and without faith, we can’t please God. Therefore, whatever we do – or pray – has to be in faith or it’s to no avail.
Romans 14:23b (KJV) 23 … for whatsoever is not of faith is sin.
Too many times we think that we have to explain every detail to the Lord in order for Him to fully understand why we’re making our request. Really!!! He already knows what we need and how to supply that need. Our part is to ask in faith. Sounds simple but few do it. I’ve witnessed over and over prayers that were just babbling and not in faith. Those prayers don’t get answered because they’re not prayed according to the will of God, nor is there any faith in them.
1 John 5:14-15 (KJV) 14 And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:
15 And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.
And another thing . . . flowery words don’t cut it with God. He looks at your heart and simplicity is all that is needed. Speak God’s Word in faith, making your request, and He said that He will hear and answer. How easy is that!
Matthew 6:7-8 (KJV) 7 But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.
8 Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.