Welcome to Part three of the Prayer series for the month of November. Today I want to talk with you about your prayer requests. Who or what are you praying for and how can you be sure that God hears your prayers?
We covered in parts 1 and 2 of this series the need for a repentant heart and how imperative it is that we pray in faith when we come before our heavenly father in prayer. There is something that we as believers can do when we pray to ensure that He hears us when we pray.So many times when I would actually take time to pray, it was all about me and what I wanted or thought I needed. They were selfish prayers. Prayers were I was the primary focus.
“You ask and do not receive because you ask for wrong motives, so that you may spend it on your pleasures.” James 4:3
I will admit that it was not until after the stroke that the focus of my prayers changed to asking God what His will is for my life. It is now my desire to be in the center of His will because I want His blessing, help, and strength to accomplish what He wants for my life.
As believers when we put God first in everything, our desires align with his desires and He hears us. God hears our prayers when they are aligned with His will.
“Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.” Psalms 37:4
Once are hearts are aligned with God; we can use the power of prayer to help and bless others. Just as Jesus Christ intercedes for us with the Heavenly Father, we too can intercede for so many in our prayers.
This accomplishes two things; it helps us get our mind off ourselves and focused on the needs of others. Secondly, we feel so much better in our spirit because we are lifting up someone else in prayer.
“Confess your sins to one another and pray for one another that you may be healed. The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much.” James 5:16
I absolutely love the last part of this verse especially. There are so much that comes to mind that we as believers need to be praying for. Here are just a few things that come to mind.
Pray for the leadership of our country as we seem to be moving away from “one nation under God” on the federal, state, and local levels.
Pray for our pastors, bible teachers, and missionaries who boldly share the gospel of Christ both here and abroad.
Pray for our family members, friends, and loved ones that need both help and encouragement.
Think about what we can accomplish if we pray these prayers on a consistent basis! What other things come to mind that we can pray for knowing that God hears us? Please share with me in the comments.
Prayer is a privilege. Having the opportunity to communicate with the one who loved us beyond all measure and the creator of the universe is a blessing that cannot be overlooked or taken for granted.
As we head toward the Thanksgiving holiday this week and we bow our heads with our family and friends to pray; let’s thank God for choosing us to be a part of His family and the blessing it is to speak to Him through our prayers.