Today we are looking at prayer in the life of the Believer. Mark 11:24 says, “Therefore I say to you, all things for which you pray and ask, believe that you have received them, and they will be granted you.” (NASB 1995) Prayer is the very life’s blood of a Believer in Jesus Christ. It keeps us connected to God, and when we see the answer to those prayers, it increases our faith, and we grow in our walk with the Lord.
In his commentary, J. Vernon McGee states, “the first step in prayer must be faith in God. The writer to the Hebrews stated this same principle: ‘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’ (Heb. 11:6). If you don’t believe in God, friend, then the skeptic is certainly correct when he says that prayer is a madman talking to himself. Having faith in God is the first step.” By placing our faith in God, we can then trust Him to answer our prayers. Notice the verse in Hebrews says that our Heavenly Father is a rewarder to those who diligently seek Him. He rewards our faith and trust in Him, that when we ask, He will answer.
We can pray about everything in our lives, from healing for us and our loved ones to praying for unsaved loved ones, we need faith that we will receive an answer. James 5:15 says, “and the prayer offered in faith will restore the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up, and if he has committed sins, they will be forgiven him.” (NASB 1995)
The more we receive answers to our prayers, the more we begin to believe God for other things, and it shows us how faithful He is to us! We can look back on other requests that He has answered, and we can see Him working in our lives and the lives of others.
When we pray in faith, we have the power we need to daily live out our lives in this world that is filled with the influences of our enemy, the Devil. Prayer is a tool in our toolbelt that we can use to defeat him. As we pray for victory over things we struggle with, Satan begins to lose the battle. When God tells us what we must do and we submit to God’s will for us, the enemy must leave. “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” (James 4:7 ESV)
We must be careful, however, that we pray with God’s will in mind. “And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us.” (1 John 5:14 KJV) Our prayers need to be in line with God’s will for our lives. How do we know what His will is for us? By reading His Word and by praying for wisdom to know what He desires for us. (James 1:5)
Daily communication with God helps us keep our relationship with Him strong. We pour out our hearts to Him, and He listens and answers. Even though He already knows what is heavy on our hearts, He wants us to talk to Him and tell Him our desires, our hurts, our struggles, our joys, and everything that is important to us. We can be assured that He is listening and wants to answer our prayers.