The Prayer That God Answers

Prayer to God

Prayer along with the word and evangelism is a must for every Christian. God through the word has admonished us to pray without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:17). Christ too admonished us to pray and be vigilant so we may not fall into temptation (Matthew 26:41).

There are prayers that God answers and some others which he does not. The prayer and sacrifices from a sinner is an example that he doesn’t answer. You must have your heart purged from all secret sins (Proverbs 15:8). There is no point in speaking to someone when the person will not listen to you. God will not listen to you if you are living in sin.

Jesus in Matthew 6:7 taught us a better way to pray. Our prayer must not involve vain repetitions. That means repeating words repeatedly. That was what the prophets of Baal did, calling on Baal day and night like a child seriously in need of milk (1 Kings 18:26).

The prophets of Baal cut themselves with knives (1 Kings 18:28). This means our prayer is not answered but just mere activities like hitting ourselves on the wall or rolling on the floor.

Let the Holy Spirit control your prayer. He should decide when and how to pray. The scriptures say He only can intercede on our behalf to God. Without Him, we may not know what to say (Romans 8:26).

Many have concluded that praying in the Spirit is referring to praying in tongues. While this is true, it is not only limited to it. Praying in the Spirit means praying as directed and dictated by the Holy Spirit. He will decide whether you speak in tongues or plain English.

Some boast of praying for several hours but praying for hours without connecting to God through his Spirit will avail little. He should decide the timing.

When you pray, do not be rash with your words. Don’t rush or you will run out of ideas, leading you to repeat your words. God wants to help you pray to him but rushing with your words means you are telling him you can do it on your own (Ecclesiastes 5:2).

God doesn’t welcome hypocrisy in prayer. Praying with one eye closed and the other eyes peeping to see if your pastor is watching is a waste of time. Set your attention on the Lord instead (Matthew 6:5).

Always pray because God has said through prayer and supplication we should make our request known (Philippians 4:6).
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