Prayer – the Old Way!
What if your children were to come to you and ask, “Please daddy, can you please give us our meals today? Can you also please give us some water to drink today? Don’t forget also to please give us a hug…”
How would you feel? Would you think “Wow! What great kids I have!” I don’t really think so, unless perhaps you are an uncaring parent . . . Instead, you would probably be offended that your own children do not trust you! “What’s wrong with you?” you would say. “Don’t you know I do these things automatically because I love you?”
If we would be offended with
these kind of requests from our children, how do you think
God feels when we approach Him in prayer and ask Him:
“Please God, give me a new job. And please heal me from my disease and
please save so and so.” (P.S. There is nothing wrong to ask
from God, just like there is nothing wrong when our children
ask things from us.
The Bible encourages us to do so.
However it’s the way of asking that should be
Is our way of asking glorifying God?)
Let’s review some basic facts about God:
But if it is so natural for
God to give us good gifts, why don’t we receive them?
Is it because our way of asking is showing a lack of
trust in our Heavenly Father?
Is it because we seem to spent more time ordering God
around than listening to His gentle voice? Isn’t it because
we are doubting His Word and don’t really believe that Luke
10:19 “I have given you authority to trample on snakes
and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy;
nothing will harm you.”
Isn’t faith one of the most important ingredients to
a successful prayer life? James 5:15 “The prayer offered
in faith will make the sick person well…”
Shouldn’t prayer be offered
as a worship to God, elevating us to the heavenlies where we
can adore our Maker and Saviour?
Here is a perfect example of what real prayer is. No
wonder that David was considered a friend of God! Ps 103:1-5
“Praise the LORD, O my soul; all my inmost being, praise
his holy name. Praise the LORD, O my soul,
and forget not all his benefits-- who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases,
who redeems your life from the pit
and crowns you with love and compassion, who
satisfies your desires with good things so that your
youth is renewed like the eagle's.” NIV
Prayer should be a form of
worship and an acknowledgement of God’s nature. Stand on His
promises with thanksgiving.
Acknowledge that “Isa 53:5 “by His stripes we are
healed.” NKJV Jesus paid for your healing, as well for
you salvation 2000 years ago!
Isn’t that big rejoicing!
The facts of this life may contradict this promise.
Stand on God’s truth and believe in it.
Soon you will discover that your circumstances are
not truth, but that Jesus is “the way and the truth and
the life.” (see John 14:6)
God never lies. This is one thing He cannot do!
He cannot lie! Heb 6:18 “It is impossible for God
to lie.” NIV If He made a promise in His Word, stand
firm on it, believe it, thank Him for it and watch it become
truth in your life.
Remember the principle of
Would you prefer your child to come to you and say “Thank
you for always being there for me and for watching me in my
Wouldn’t you naturally ask your child “when is your
next baseball practice?” Or would you prefer your child to
come to you and say: “Please come to my baseball practice
Can’t you come for once?”
Go to God with thanksgiving,
my friend. This
is showing trust and faith in Him. No wonder the apostle
Paul was encouraging the Philippians with the following
advice: Phil 4:6-7 “Do not be anxious about anything, but
in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving,
present your requests to God.”
It was natural for Paul to approach God with
thanksgiving in his prayers.
See for example 2 Tim 1:3 “I thank God, whom I
serve, as my forefathers did, with a clear conscience, as
night and day I constantly remember you in my prayers.”
(see also Philem 4; 1 Tim 1:12; 2 Thes 2:13; 2 Thes
1:3; 1 Thes 3:9; 1 Thes 2:13; 1 Thes 1:2; Col 1:3; Phil 1:3;
2 Cor 8:16; 1 Cor 14:18; 1 Cor 1:4; Rom 1:8…)
Jesus is faithful to us and
will keep His promises. Heb 3:6 “But Christ is faithful
as a son over God's house. And we are his house, if we hold
on to our courage and the hope of which we boast.”
Believe it, stand firm on this truth.
on the Lord and watch it happen in your life.
40:28-31 “Do you not know? Have you not heard?
“Daddy, daddy…” what will you add to these words addressed to your Heavenly Father? Will you add words of trust and thanksgiving? Or do you prefer to make your demands known and your lack of trust? The choice is yours my friend.
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