What Prayer Moves God?

Sometimes, it seems as if God doesn’t hear when we come to Him. If, however, our hearts are right, He does hear! That leads me to ask of myself, and of you, some questions. First, are our requests motivated by a genuine concern for God’s will? “And this is the confidence that we have in Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He heareth us: and if we know that He hears us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of Him” (I John 5:14-15). The “bottom line” here is this: is our petition according to the will of God? When we ask God for something and there seems to be no response, go to the Word, see if we are in harmony with or in conflict with God’s Word. Second, what motives prompt our requests? Do we want what He wants? Are we just doing the “Christian thing” or are we earnestly desiring God to do what He knows is best? Or, do we want Him to do whatever we want of Him, as if He were our servant to satisfy every desire that we have?  Third, do we come with true concern for people’s needs or do we say, as a matter of habit, I’ll/We’ll pray for you. Then, do we mention the need to God and feel that we’ve done our duty? Perhaps, we can sometimes be part of the answer. Are we really concerned for the individual(s) or do we pray and forget it? Finally, is prayer a wonderful, personal  time of talking things over with, and sharing our burdens with, the One Who loves us? Or, are we only doing a “religious” thing? In the third stanza of the hymn, “Renew Thy Church, Her Ministries Restore,” Kenneth L. Cober shares a prayer that we would do well to make our prayer. He wrote, “Teach us to pray, for Thou art ever near: Thy still voice let us hear. Our souls are restless till they rest in Thee: this our glad destiny. Before Thy Presence keep us still, that we may find for us Thy will and seek Thy guidance ev’ry day: Teach us, Lord, how to pray!” Selah! Hearts on fire with love for God and ignited by His love for us, will soon learn to talk to Him in confidence that His will is best!   Ron

Questions? E-Mail me at knowingtheway1@gmail.com 

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