Now that’s an interesting question. So, let me ask you this: why do you pray? The answers are probably numerous but most people will probably say that they pray because they need an answer from God regarding some situation or they need something from God. Or still, maybe they pray for God to help someone else. But are they really praying or simply begging God to answer their prayers?
Yes, there are a myriad of reasons why people pray. But what is the real reason why people should pray? That’s another good question. Let me tell you why I pray.
I pray because I truly believe that my prayers are effective and will get the desired results that I am seeking. I pray in faith according to God’s Word and when I do that, God always backs up His Word. So, how does someone get to the place where they have confidence that the prayers they’re praying are effective?
First of all, let’s begin with defining just what prayer is. In its simplest form, prayer is communication with God. We talk to Him and He talks to us. What? You mean God actually talks to us? Of course He does but we’re not always listening. And it would probably be more accurate to say that most of the time we’re not listening.
People can go on and on about how the devil is aggravating them but then they say that God never talks to them! No so. God is always talking to us, mostly by that still small voice inside. But, we have to be quiet and settled to hear. So much of our time is spent on being busy and distracted with the affairs of life that we don’t take the time to listen inside.
Of course, God talks to us through His Word and that’s another way we hear Him. In fact, studying the Word is a form of prayer, of which here are many.
Ephesians 6:18a (KJV) 18 Praying always with all prayer…
Ephesians 6:18a (AMP) 18 Pray at all times (on every occasion, in every season) in the Spirit, with all [manner of] prayer and entreaty.
In Ephesians we’re told to pray with all prayer. That means with all manner of prayer, indicating that there are different kinds of prayer. But, of course, the prayer of faith is involved because everything with God is about heart faith. Here are some kinds of prayer:
Too many times begging is the main way people pray but that’s a prayer of unbelief and God cannot answer unbelief. The reason that it’s unbelief is because it’s not according to God’s Word. If you’re praying according to God’s Word, you already know what God has said about your problem and how He can solve it. But if you’re begging Him to answer you, it shows that you don’t know what He has already said in His about your situation. He can only answer prayers prayed in faith according to His Word. So what should you do?
Stop your prayers of unbelief and get back into the Word and find out what God has said and build your faith for receiving. Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God. That’s the way faith comes and that’s the way it develops. When that happens, you only need a mustard seed size of faith to get the job done and then when you speak, it’ll come out with power and effect your situation. Praise the Lord of Glory!
Ephesians 6:18 (AMP) 18 Pray at all times (on every occasion, in every season) in the Spirit, with all [manner of] prayer and entreaty. To that end keep alert and watch with strong purpose and perseverance, interceding in behalf of all the saints (God’s consecrated people).
Luke 17:6 (AMP) 6 And the Lord answered, If you had faith (trust and confidence in God) even [so small] like a grain of mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, Be pulled up by the roots, and be planted in the sea, and it would obey you.
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.
Romans 10:17 (KJV) 17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
Mark 11:22-24 (KJV) 22 And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God. [Have the God kind of faith.]
23 For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.
24 Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.
James 5:15 (KJV) 15 And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.