BY JOEL A’BELL
What would help you pray more consistently? Would it help if you knew God was actually listening? Would the conversation be easier if you knew it was two-way?
Conversations only work if somebody is talking and somebody is listening. We already know that God speaks through His Word, and we also know that God hears the prayers of the righteous.
“The LORD is far from the wicked, but he hears the prayers of the righteous.” (Proverbs 15:29 NLT)
There are many days where I don’t feel right with God, but this righteousness is imputed to me. This means it is granted to me. I am right with God because He acknowledges my faith in Jesus, not because I have had better days.
Prayer works by faith.
I have faith in Jesus for salvation. This same faith makes me right with God. This faith also helps me believe that God spoke His Word, and this same faith believes God hears my prayers.
By faith I believe that God has already spoken many things to me (Bible) so that when I talk to God (whom I cannot see), I believe He hears me. And because He hears me, I believe He will speak to me again, through His Word or by His Spirit, because He hears the righteous.
If you feel your prayers have been hitting a brick wall, you may need to step back and take another look how you pray. As a starting point, here are some steps to follow:
• Make note of a real need you have today.
• What has God already said in His Word about it?
• Use this scripture as the basis of your conversation.
TODAY: TAKE ANOTHER LOOK… at how you pray.