We were created to fellowship with God. It therefore means that our primary activity here on earth is to walk day by day with God worshiping him.
95% of our prayer life should be praise, worship, and thanksgiving. Not asking, complaining, crying and pleading with God to do something.
What do we mean when we ask God to grant us the desires of our heart?
What are these desires anyway? Do we really think he doesn’t already know what we need or want? Why then is our mentality automatically one of asking him to do for us?
Here’s my answer: God has done and granted us all that we will ever need or want. He did that on Calvary when he died to give us life and this life comes with all that we need. No wonder most of our prayers go unanswered because we spend little time fellowshipping and worshiping him but telling him what he already knows!
He said before you call I will answer, when you call I will hear.
He said come into his presents with thanks giving enter into his courts with praise.
Yes we can ask God for things and issue but given that he already knows, why waste time reciting it to him? God’s already done it our prayer cannot change him. Surprise, are you?
God has already done it we don’t have it because we have not receive it. Yes, when you come into his presence with a mentality of asking him to do…. Rather than thanking him for having already done… we come unsure and when we don’t’ receive we automatically rationalise it.
We’ve reasoned …. Maybe there’s sin in my life
I am not praying enough…
It is not his will…. Or not his time….
We’ve not done this or done that…..
If our reasoning of God is like this, then it is flawed. God is not angry with us, we did nothing to merit Jesus? If we didn’t’ deserve Jesus, why then after salvation do we think and act like we have to DO to deserve his blessings? Are all the blessings not in Jesus? Or is the cross separate from certain blessings?
God is loving, kind, good and faithful. He’s done it, all we have to do is start praising him for the answer. Step in and receive the finish work done at Calvary, stop asking him to do what he’s already done.
Will we not wait for our child to cry, plead, knee, do the chores and such like before we pay their hospital bill, take them on holiday, and clothe them, WE EVEN ANTICIPTATE THEIR NEED BEFORE THEY ARISE!
Why do we think less of God? You don’t I hear you say, why then do you beg him to do what he’s already done, when you have not accepted his finished work?
We quote scriptures of the unjust judge who relented and showed mercy after persistence asking from the subject. We also quote scriptures of the friend who knocked on the door of his friend’s house because he had nothing to give his visitor and persisted until his friend opened the door to him and gave him what he asked to get rid of him.
Jesus was saying here, if this judge and your friend are humans and will only answer after your persistence, given that I am not a man and am loving and kind, I won’t wait for you to cry, shout, plead and knock. I will do better, before you call I will hear, while you are yet praying I will answer.
No wonder prayer is not exciting because we view it as a chore, will you go back to your friend in the event of another need knowing that he reluctantly opened to you the last time? The same thing with God praying about the same issue wearies us; we keep coming with the same issuing in order to remind him, as if he has forgotten! no wonder we don’t look forward to praying, because at the back of our minds is the thought “I’ve been praying and asking about this issue for a long time now still no result, I’ll just keep at it one day he will have mercy” with this attitude, we’ve made the Cross of Christ of no effect.
We should approach the throne of grace boldly with thanksgiving: sing his praise, thanking him for his goodness, for his love and just get loss in his presence, just fellowship and worship, you’ll be surprised and filled with faith that by the time you mention your request it will be with a thankful heart and for only a few minutes! After thanking and worshipping him you will find yourself saying. Father I think I have this need, but I know you are already aware and have made the provision. I trust your grace and believe you’ve supplied the answer. So I step in and accept all the answer, I thank you for providing it. Go back to praising and worshipping him you’d be greatly surprised that you will lack nothing with this new approach to prayer!