PRAYER DEMONSTRATES OUR DEPENDANCE ON GOD (And THAT Is No Small Matter!)

Jesus Did It!

By: Bill Keller, Evangelist

Prayer is an issue that troubles many people.  Everyone has prayers that aren't answered the way we wanted them to be answered.  We prayed for God to heal someone we love, only to see them die.  We prayed for a financial need that didn't get met.  We have all had prayers that simply weren't answered the way we wanted them to be.

What does that mean?  Does that mean we prayed wrong?  Does that mean we didn't have enough faith when we prayed?  Does that mean God didn't hear us?  What does it mean when we pray and we don't get the answer we want?

Never forget that prayer demonstrates our dependence upon God.  If you didn't need God's help, why would you pray to Him in the first place? We pray out of our need.  We are constantly dealing with the trials and tribulations of living in this sinful and evil world.  We pray because we are instructed to in God's Word.  God tells us over and over to call on His name, to cast our cares upon Him, to boldly come to the throne of grace.  We pray in faith. We pray believing that God is able to meet whatever need we have, no matter how small or great that need may be.

As you mature in your walk with the Lord, you begin to accept that there are things you will pray for that simply won't be answered as you desired.  That doesn't mean God didn't hear you, or that God doesn't love you, or that God is punishing you.  It doesn't mean that you prayed wrong or that you didn't have enough faith.  It simply means that God had another answer.

Many times I have prayed for something and didn't get the answer I wanted.  Of course I was disappointed, maybe a little frustrated, even a bit discouraged.  But as I matured in my relationship with the Lord I began to accept God's answer even when it wasn't the answer I wanted to hear.

I have come to the place in my journey with Jesus that I pray in faith, pray believing, but am willing to accept God's answer regardless what it is since I know His answer is the best answer.  God sees down the road where I can't.  He sees the big picture that I can't.  I have come to realize that God loves me and how He answers my prayers, even when they are not the answers I want, are because He only wants the best for me, and He determines what is best ... because He is always looking into eternity on our behalf.

Let me give you some wisdom.  In the end, you want God's answer, not yours.  God's way works -- our way doesn't. I can assure you that God's answer will always be better than yours.  Eternity will prove that out.

Some people may say, "Why pray at all?  Why waste my time?"  Simple, because God tells us to pray! (See: 1 Thessalonians 5:17; Ephesians 6:18)  Again, prayer demonstrates our dependence upon God.  It is a way of exercising our faith.  We pray, but are prepared for God's answer which may not be the answer we want.  However, we accept it because it is the best answer for our life.

So don't be upset the next time you don't get the answer you wanted from God.  Instead, thank and praise Him for the answer, knowing that His answer is better than yours.  The key to this whole issue is for God's heart and desires to become our heart and desires.  We can't always know the heart and desires of God, but the longer we walk with Him, the more we study His Word, the more our heart becomes with His heart and our desires become His desires.  That is the place all followers of Christ should strive to be.


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PT Staff Note:  Let us always remind ourselves that prayer is one of the weapons of spiritual armor God has given Christians.  What value to us is a weapon God has given us if it is never used?  (See: Ephesians 6:18).

Here is a writing that can help people come to a little better understanding about prayer:  http://www.precious-testimonies.com/Exhortations/p-t/PrayingInTheSpirit.htm


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Dear Reader - are you at peace with God?  If not, you can be.  Do you know what awaits you when you die?  You can have the assurance from God that heaven will be your home, if you would like to be certain.  Either Jesus Christ died for your sins, or He didn't (He did!).  Are you prepared to stand before God on the Judgment Day and tell Him that you didn't need the shed blood of Jesus Christ on the Cross to have your sins forgiven and get in right-standing with God?  We plead with you...please don't make such a tragic mistake.

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PRAYER DEMONSTRATES OUR DEPENDANCE UPON GOD
(And THAT Is No Small Matter!)