I was just clipping along in my daily bible app today, when I was reminded of this.
We’ve all heard people who have asked us, or others to “pray hard,” for something or someone?
That indicates that the more lengthy or rhythmic our prayers, surely the more likely that God is to answer.
But Jesus says otherwise;
““And when you pray, do not use meaningless repetition as the Gentiles do, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. So do not be like them [praying as they do]; for your Father knows what you need before you ask Him.”
MATTHEW 6:7-8 AMP https://www.bible.com/bible/1588/mat.6.7-8.amp
Now, we are to pray without ceasing, but I think most people have a wrong approach to prayer.
Prayer in simplicity, is communion.
Communicating with the Father about needs He already knows you have.
How would that change our perspective of prayer if we believed He already knows what we need?
Well, you may be thinking, if He already knows, then why pray?
He already knew where Adam and Eve were the day they were hiding, so why did He ask them?
He wanted them to acknowledge where they were so they could communicate about it.
God has always wanted a relationship with us.
It’s amazing to me to see how Jesus wanted to show us how to live as children of the Father, Our Father.
Isn’t that what Jesus wanted to show us?
So, wouldn’t that make the Father,
just like He is ours?
I know this may shock some religious minds, but I saw Jesus, while reading over this, as my big brother, who came from where I’ll be going, to show me how to live here, until I get there.
He lived in communion with the Father daily.
There would be times He would say, that He knew the Father heard Him, but He prayed out loud for the people standing by.
He taught us how to live as God’s children on the earth.
He lived as though there was a heavenly umbilical chord attached to Him from Heaven.
According to Jesus, we are no less.
He purchased our place.
To as many as receive Him, that is.
So, I want to encourage you, as He is encouraging me, to look at your prayer life differently.
Look at it from Your position as His Son or daughter.
A child, who has a Father that’s already fully aware of their needs and Has already provided for them.
Its not the amount of prayers, or the length, or even the most theological of words,
it’s the believing behind them.
Do you believe it’s your Father’s Good pleasure to give you the Kingdom?
Yes, pray from that place.
Next will come what Jesus always showed us to say,
THANK YOU FATHER.
He thanked Him because He always received what He prayed for.
Hang on a minute though,
He prayed in the Garden something you and I must also be aware of,
you’ll find it in this model prayer in Matthew 6 as well,
“thy will be done.”
When you know you’re His Child, even in the most difficult circumstances, like Jesus, you can rest assured that God’s will is always the best.
The Best Life is the Blessed life.
Look at what came from God answering Jesus’ prayer according to His will, not what Jesus was asking for at the time.
What would have happened if Jesus hadn’t gone through the cross?
Thank God, He surrendered His will.
Now, We get to be a part of the family.
Won’t you trust Him along side of me today.
Every day we see Him for who He truly is, the more anchored we become in His character.
The more of His character we behold, the more we become like Him.
Like Father, like Son.