April 5

Philippians 4: 6-7 is one of my favorite verses and I find I need to use it quite frequently.

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

          God has promised us that he will hear our prayers and that he will answer them. Luke 11:9-10 “I say unto you, ask and it shall be given to you; seek and ye shall find; knock and it shall be opened to you. For every one that asks receives and he that seeketh finds and to him that knocks it shall be opened.”

          Charles Spurgeon comments on prayer saying “When we pray, the simpler our prayers are, the better. The plainest, humblest language that expresses our meaning is the best.” He goes on to say, “You do not need to have scholarship, training, talent or wit for prayer. Ask, seek, knock…that is all”

          Yet the Apostle James gives us a qualification about a successful prayer in Chapter 1:6-7. He tells us that when we ask for something in prayer we “must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That man should not think he will receive anything from the Lord.” James warns us that a successful prayer is one where the person praying must believe it will be answered. Matthew 9:29 tells us “…according to your faith it will be done.”

          Spurgeon addresses that doubt by saying.  “Will you believe the promise? It is Christ who gives it. No lie ever fell from His lips so do not doubt Him.”

          Will the prayer be heard?  Yes, as Spurgeon explains “Jesus testifies to the fact that prayer is heard because Jesus says “You may be sure the promise will be fulfilled, not only because I say it, but because it is and always has been so.”

          Will you receive what you asked for? Spurgeon says “God promises that everyone who asks shall receive.”

          Do you believe in the name of Jesus? A successful prayer must be presented in the name of Jesus.  John 16:23 “I tell you the truth, my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name.”

The key phrase there is “in my name,” with the understanding that God always answers prayers that are in your best interest.