“Man shall not live by bread alone,
but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.“
In my continued study on prayer and intercession, I am amazed at how our heavenly Father answers our prayers when we know why and what to pray.
Two main points of this thing called Prayer are essential if we are to experience answered prayer. And these two are the essence of Christian life ~ not just for prayer.
Christian living and Prayer are two sides of the same coin. Our petitions are selective and representative of our lives.
Asking from the Heart
As earthly creatures, we speak from the heart the first thing that comes to mind.
James speaks of those whose prayers are not answered because they ask selfishly.
Jesus speaks of answered prayers spoken according to what our heavenly Father promises.
Jesus did not come to earth from His glory in heaven to receive the scorn of sinners, to die, and to open heaven so that we could continue in our selfish state.
There are many facets of prayer. We will consider two in this article. One facet of prayer is the understanding of why we pray. The other facet is knowing what to pray
When we consider who we are in Christ, living to the glory of God ~ whether we eat or drink ~ or pray ~ it is all to the glory of our heavenly Father
(1 Corinthians 10:31)
Our main course of eating should be the Word of God. Our main drink should be the Holy Spirit (Luke 11:13). We know why we pray when we are feasting at His table. We pray for the resources revealed in His Word for His glory and the benefit of others.
The Pipeline of Grace
Prayer is the pipeline of grace that reaches the heights of His glory, whereby we ask and receive what He has prepared for His people. Heaven is the storehouse of the goodness and provisions we need for His life and preparation for eternal life with Him.
We, as His creatures, know what to ask because we know Him. We must know His Word and His promises. His promises are much more applicable to our needs than what we usually ask.
We ask to be relieved from our troubles. The Lord promises to be with us in our troubles. In His sovereignty, He plans to use our trials and difficulties as His means of grace to draw us closer to Him and to grow us in grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
We are called to pray for others. When Job prayed for his friends, the Lord restored him.
Getting back to the point and title of this article, we, as God’s people, have access to the storehouse of God’s Word that replenishes and satisfies the human soul.
We speak it in power to others, and it opens the storehouse of heaven when we ask it for others. What we ask in prayer has to do with what He wants to give.
We ask according to His Word, knowing Him and His Word. We pray because our lives are dependent on Him and because we live according to His Word and for His glory.
It is the spirit that quickens; the flesh profits nothing:
the words that I speak unto you,
they are spirit, and they are life.
We experience prayer in its true light when we see it from God’s point of view.
Imagine you are God, waiting with glorious things prepared for your people, blessings unimaginable to the human mind. They do not receive because they do not know your great heart and love for them. They do not read the good news you sent them with the order form, or they would come and ask and partake of the glorious bounty you have promised in your Word.
“Then Simon Peter answered him,
Lord, to whom shall we go?
you have the words of eternal life.”
Gracious heavenly Father, you have blessed us by your grace to know your goodness and to see your glory. In your Word, you have revealed the greatest gift ~ eternal life through Jesus Christ your Son. By your Holy Spirit, you open our eyes to the promises revealed in Christ. Thank you for drawing us to Him to receive Him, to live in and through Him here, now, and forever. In Jesus’ name, I praise you. Amen.
This will lead us into our next post ~ Words of Life ~ BREAD