How many times do believers pray hoping that God will answer their prayers? Probably all the time. But is that what they really believe? Or do they think that their prayers will somehow change God causing Him to do what they want?
You see, prayer doesn’t change God. He doesn’t need changing. What He said is what He means and what He means is what He said. Too often we go to prayer and think that we’re informing God about our situation because He doesn’t really know what’s going on down here on earth. I know that sounds a bit silly but in reality that’s what many people think and do. I’ve heard lots of people pray and this that is how they pray, as if God doesn’t know the situation.
So what do we do and how should we pray? Of course the answer is much more involved than I can expound on in one blog but suffice it to say that God told us to remind Him of His Word. He has already made known to us His promises and our part is to stand fast by confessing them – speaking forth what He has already said.
We have to remember that God gave us His Word so that we would know His will and what He has already given us. He told us that if we pray according to His will He hears us and if we know that He hears us, then we have the petitions that we have asked. His will is His Word! You can’t get much clearer than that!
That’s why it behooves us to get into God’s Word and find out what He has already said. Then we can remind Him—not that He has forgotten but that we would be aware of what He has said. And the good part is that God watches over His word to perform it. Then as we speak it in prayer, it doesn’t return to Him without doing what He has sent it to do. What a life we have in the Lord!
Isaiah 43:26 (KJV) 26 Put me in remembrance: let us plead together: declare thou, that thou mayest be justified.
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.
Jeremiah 1:12 (KJV) 12 Then said the LORD unto me, Thou hast well seen: for I will hasten my word to perform it.
Isaiah 55:11 (KJV) 11 So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.